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Friday Fail leads to Monday Halloween Makeup

BladenOnline.com has had a Fun Friday Beauty Tip with Jenna Lee for the past month. This past Friday was a fail in our book, however we have not forgotten some of our readers like beauty tips. In the past Charlotte Smith with BladenOnline.com did a beauty tip video with the legendary Vlogger, Curly Guy, from Bladen County. Curly guy is known world wide for his beauty tips. Today, Curly Guy published another amazing video on how to apply Halloween makeup. Therefore, we figured we would share the information with our readers. Below are the videos we have referenced in this article. \ Share:

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Turkey Shoot planned to benefit ECA programs

A Saturday Night Turkey Shoot is planned to benefit Elizabethtown Christian Academy’s extracurricular programs. The Turkey Shoot will take place behind the Elizabethtown Baptist Church Christian Activities Center. Dates for the Turkey Shoot are October 28th, November 4th, 11th, and 18th. Starting times are 6:30 p.m. nightly.  There will also be a lane each night for a chance to shoot for an AR-15 Del-ton rifle that will conclude on the last night of the shoot. Share:

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: A Look at Whole Grains

By Sandra R. Cain Eating whole grains is one way to make your diet healthier. Most Americans don’t get enough whole grains in their diet. Refined grains have only a fraction of the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and dietary fiber — or roughage — of whole grains. Cardiovascular health benefits from whole grains which lower the risk of hypertension, diabetes and some forms of cancer, and decrease bad LDL cholesterol. Also, fiber creates a feeling of fullness with fewer calories, which can help to curb your appetite and that also means it helps lower our risk of chronic diseases. It should be easy to get the recommended three one-ounce servings a …..

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Bladen County well represented in NC State Fair competition

By Erin Smith Bladen County is well represented in various competitions at the 150th annual North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. As of Friday morning, one Bladen County business and two residents had picked up awards for their efforts. Lu Mil Vineyard brought home several prizes in the Commercial Wine Category. Lu Mil placed second for Muscadine White Blends, third place for their wine Carlos, a third place for their wine Noble, and a third place for their Rose/Blush Wines, and Lu Mil earned a fourth placement for their wine Magnolia. Hannah Wheeless of Garland earned a first place in the Food Preservation competition in the Junior Category for Ages …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon The BeastFest 5K Color Run will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21st. The Color Run event will begin at the Bladenboro Town Hall located at 411 Ivey Street, Bladenboro. Registration is $25 for adults 18 and older and $20 for children ages 13-17. There is no fee for children under age 12; however the t-shirt fee for those under age 12 will be $12. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Valentiner or Berkleigh Pridgen at 910-872-6264 or 910-872-6252. Also on Saturday, a one-day camp opportunity with no cost will be offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Families will be able to bring …..

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Smith named Miss Preteen Fayetteville State University

Contributed Miss Heavyn Armani Smith of Elizabethtown, daughter of Miss Carla D. Smith and granddaughter of Reverend Carl A. and Jewell L. Smith, was crowned Miss Preteen Fayetteville State University 2017-2018, on Saturday night, September 23rd, on the campus of Fayetteville State University in the Rosenthal Building.  Heavyn competed against another young lady in her age category and was crowned winner. Heavyn is a 6th grader at Elizabethtown Middle School.  “The crown came back to Elizabethtown.”  Last year’s 2016-2017 winner was Miss Necole McDowell of Elizabethtown, daughter of Reginald and Kendra McDowell and granddaughter of Mr. Lorenzo McDowell and Carolyn Trumilla McDowell. The pageant was sponsored by the Cumberland County Chapter of …..

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30th annual MLK Day parade scheduled Jan. 15 in Elizabethtown

Preparations are underway for the 30th annual parade honoring the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be held in downtown Elizabethtown on Monday, January 15 at 11 a.m. The parade’s theme is “Together We Win With Love For Humanity”. (http://www.thekingcenter.org/news/2017-04-king-center-leads-nation-and-world-commemorating-50th-anniversaries-dr-martin-luther) Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Dr. King. He promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience. He is perhaps best known for his “I have a dream…” speech in 1963. He was assassinated in 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a federally recognized holiday in 1983. The first year the holiday was observed was 1986, although not by all states. In 2000 …..

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Veterans photography and writing exhibit Wilmington

The opening reception for Invisible Wounds of War exhibit will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 6 until 9 p.m. at ACES Gallery at The Arts Council of Wilmington, 221 N. Front St., Suite 101. At 7 p.m., several of the veterans will read their writing from the project. The exhibit will remain on display until the end of November. The Invisible Wounds of War exhibit highlights collaborative self-portrait photographs and writing by veterans participating in the project during 2017. The writing and photographs offer an intimate view into the invisible wounds that veterans carry when they return home from war. The photographs are created collaboratively by the veterans and Jen …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield to Host Free Living History Event

Currie–Moores Creek National Battlefield will be hosting the second of its annual fall Third Saturday Living History Program on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This event is free to the public and will take place in the park’s Demonstration Area near the Patriots Hall picnic area. Demonstrations will include Patriot and Loyalist encampments and weapons demonstrations, backwoods camps and fire starting, blacksmithing, bagpiping, colonial cooking and beverages, medicine, dentistry, candle making, woodworking, quill pen writing, and toys and games. This event will feature demonstrations and activities that are appropriate for all ages; dogs are welcome as well (please keep them on a leash). Stop by …..

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Jones Lake State Park set to hold Fall Festival

By: Erin Smith Jones Lake State Park is a beautiful destination for many people who want to relax, swim, fish or take a hike. On Saturday, Oct. 28th, Jones Lake State Park will be the destination for a fall festival from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  There will be plenty to see and do as there will be hay rides, games, cake walks, face painting, crafters, and more. There will also be a halloween costume contest beginning at noon. Jones Lake State Park Superintendent Shane Freeman said there will be four age groups for the contest.  The age groups are: 0 to 3 years old; 4 to 6 years old; …..

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Restaurant and Catering business opens in Tar Heel

By Erin Smith The town of Tar Heel is growing as evidenced by the businesses who have chosen to call Tar Heel home recently. Willidean Council’s Catering and Cafe has opened in Tar Heel offering clients a wide variety of trays including meat trays, veggie trays, salad trays and more. She also serves breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. and lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information or to place your order, call 910-639-5767. Share:

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How Did They Do It Without Computers?

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC More than 85 percent of American homes have some sort of computer. Millions of people rely on computers daily to access, formulate, and store information. People use computers for everything from sharing family pictures to shopping to banking and paying bills. But, we haven’t always been able to count on the convenience of the computer to make our lives easier. How did Social Security, one of the world’s largest “bookkeeping operations”, manage to keep records of our nation’s workers before we had computers? How did we match workers with their earnings? We used a process called the “Visible Index” …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: What is Dietary Fiber?

Sandra R. Cain Dietary fiber has become a household word. Most food labels in the supermarket now list dietary fiber. Even though fiber is not considered a nutrient, health professionals agree that most Americans don’t get nearly enough in their diet. Dietary fiber is found only in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. Complex carbohydrates which are not digested but are excreted from the body are called dietary fiber. Small amounts of some dietary fiber may be broken down by bacteria normally found in the intestine. Two types of dietary fiber are soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water while insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. …..

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Lu Mil Vineyard

Upcoming Events in Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon Lu Mil Vineyard will be hosting the Grape Festival this Saturday, Oct. 14, and will begin at 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Dublin Boy Scouts will be sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. Registration for the Grape Stomp Competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 10 a.m. There will also be a Super Yard Sale, Antique Tractor Clubs, and a Food Truck Round Up. The Three River Bend Band will play on Doc’s Deck from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The Blackwater Rhythm and the Blues Band will begin performing around noon and the festival will end at 3 p.m. For …..

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Repurpose old cell phones for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Lucy Byrd with Families First reminded Facebook users old cell phones can be repurposed. Anyone may drop off their old mobile phones to Families First for clients to use to access 911 in emergency situations. Byrd suggested on the social site. “Please bring them to our office, 121 West Main Street, in Whiteville or to our Elizabethtown office, directly across from the main steps of the Bladen County courthouse. Thank you so much!” Byrd said. Share:

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Free Bluegrass Concert at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

Bluegrass on the Blackwater Featuring The Outliers will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017. This is an annual event in partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council, this year features The Outliers, the popular five-piece eclectic bluegrass ensemble hailing from Raleigh. The Outliers creates an acoustic music experience with influences ranging from the founders of bluegrass music to new originals and ancient tunes from the Old Country. Made up of a seasoned musicians, the Outliers bring a new perspective for audiences and creates the unexpected from places “not in the center.” This concert is free and open to the public with general seating. The Carolina Civic Center …..

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Coffee Talk Support Group to meet

Coffee Talk, a support group for parents with children for special needs will meet in Thursday, October 17th, at 1 p.m. at the Bladen County Health Department. The support group offers parents of a child with special needs a chance to support one another and share their joys and their struggles.   Share:

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East Bladen High School celebrates Homecoming

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong East Bladen High School celebrated homecoming on Friday. Festivities included various activities throughout the week culminating with a parade and the naming of the Homecoming King and Queen on Friday evening. The king is Michael Wax and the queen is Shardajah Brown. The East Bladen Eagles won the game against Fairmont by a score of 42-38. Share:

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Bladen County citizens help with hurricane disaster relief

Photos contributed by Michael Butler Hurricanes have been hitting people hard this year. Bladen County citizens know the affects of a hurricane disaster all too well. Last year, on today’s date, Hurricane Matthew brought many local residents to their knees. Two people lost their lives and the flood waters devoured homes in the area. A year later, you will find Bladen County still is not the same. One thing still rings true, the mother county does have caring citizens. We have heard of several Bladen County citizens helping out with the hurricane disaster relief efforts. This year Texas, Florida, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have all been hit hard …..

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Mary Joann Foland rejoicing now

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Mary Joann Foland is rejoicing in Love today with her husband, mother, father, brother, sisters and granddaughter. Her life started on January 16, 1939 and ended on October 7, 2017.  She was surrounded by those she loved and those that loved her during her her final days. Surviving the loss is one daughter, Mary Saunders, husband, Junior. She is also survived by two sons, Norman James Foland, wife, Brenda and Rodney Foland, wife Michelle. Also here without her now are her grandchildren Chris, Kelly, Tommy, Brandy, Josh, Justin, Brittany, and Tommy Dale and 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. She will be greatly …..

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Former Veeder-Root Employees Reunite

  by: Erin Smith A group of about 100 retirees gathered at Specialty Product Technologies on Friday morning for a retirees luncheon. The luncheon was an opportunity to reunite employees who were instrumental in the plant’s opening. The plant originally opened as Veeder-Root in Elizabethtown in 1965. Some of the original employees included, Hilda Priest, Bernadine Bell, Vollie Coleman, Lucille Andrews, Roy McKeithan, Howard Johnson, Harold C. Davis, Wayne Watts, Luther Melvin, Houston Hester, and Jessie Thomas. Carolyn Lewis, who helped to organize the reunion, said the company came to Elizabethtown in the 1960s and set up shop in a modest space in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse. …..

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Fun Friday Beauty Tips with Jenna

    It is that time of the week again; Fun Friday Beauty Tips with Jenna Lee, Account Executive at BladenOnline.com. This week Jenna shares eyebrow tips with Tonya Bockover with Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC. Jenna gives tips on how to make your eyebrows more defined while Tonya explains what her company offers to the Bladen County area. If you would like to be in the beauty videos or if you have ideas on what beauty tips you would like to see contact us at (910)879-1029 or email us at bladenonline.com@gmail.com.   Share:

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Steps to Successful Baking

By: Sandra R. Cain Imagine baking whole-grain breads, rolls or muffins. Or maybe you prefer cakes, cookies and bars. Whatever you bake, it will fill your kitchen with wonderful smells. Family baking projects teach kids cooking skills. And they create lifetime memories. Here are five tips to make every baking project a success. 1. Follow directions exactly. You can be creative while cooking, but follow baking recipes exactly. To be a successful baker, you need to have the right ingredients. They need to be combined in the right order. Then they need to bake at the right temperature. Change any of these things, and you may end up with tough …..

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Let’s talk about Breast Cancer Prevention in PINKtober

By Erin Smith The month of October is a time to talk about Breast Cancer Awareness and the importance of screenings and early diagnosis. Wearing pink to show your support for breast cancer survivors and those receiving treatment is one way to mark the occasion.  The White House was illuminated in pink light on Monday night in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many wear pink T-shirts or pink ribbons to honor those who are battling this disease and to bring the issue to the light.  Some other ways to show your support is through raising money for continued research for a cure or providing someone who is undergoing treatment …..

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Officials talk about Mental Illness Awareness Week

By: Charlotte Smith Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 1st though October 7th, 2017. BladenOnline.com along with Eastpointe and the commissioners want to help educate our community about the topic. Mental health is just as important as your physical health. Cheryl Harris, William Sellers, with Eastpointe and Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners spoke with BladenOnline.com General Manager, Erin Smith at Bladen Community College about mental health. Watch the video now. If you or someone you know needs assistance with mental health, please call: 1-800-913-6109. Share:

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Upcoming Events in Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon The Grape Festival will be taking place at Lu Mil Vineyard on Saturday, Oct. 14. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and will last until 3 p.m. The Pancake Breakfast at the General Store, sponsored by the Dublin Boy Scouts, will begin at 7 a.m. There will be food available along with a Grape Stomp competition with cash prizes! Registration for the Grape Stomp starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10 a.m. A Community Yard Sale will be held during the event, including Antique Tractor Clubs. Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band will begin performing at noon until the event ends at 3 p.m. The 11th …..

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BBQ was a Big hit for East Bladen Booster 

Contributed  The East Bladen Booster Club held their annual BBQ plate sale on Friday, September 29th at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. The club handed out plates from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Over 400 tickets were sold and 350 plates  were distributed.  Smithfield Foods donated the BBQ which really helped with the fundraising efforts.  Josh Raynor, Mike Potter and Paul Johnson all donated cups to give out. Michael Wyatt, Lee Cain and Paul Shaw cooked the BBQ.  James Leach donated the beans and Ben Hill donated the tickets. Many parents and community members showed up to help serve and support the Booster Club.  Dr. Samuel Ray Cross said East Bladen Booster …..

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Bladenboro Historical Building

Bladenboro Art Gallery to feature exhibit by Paula Blizzard and Dani Kaye Blizzard

Contributed The Bladenboro Art Gallery would like to invite the public to a folk art exhibit by Paula Blizzard and Dani Kaye Blizzard.  It will include a wide variety of folk art:  painting on wood, glass, metal, rocks, pottery and gourds.  You can come view and return home with a nice craft at a reasonable price. There will be a reception Saturday, October 14th, from 2-4 p.m.  Please join us. The exhibit will be from October 7th to December 31st, from 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building (the old school house) at 818 South Main St., Bladenboro, N.C. 28320.  Admission is free.  For more information call:  910-633-7982. Share:

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston Welcome to October, and the lower temperatures we long for. Good-bye September, until we meet again. Did you eat out more than usual in September? I know I did. That’s why I enjoy the monthly reports formulated by the Bladen County Health Department, concerning the cleanliness of our local eateries. Thanks to them, we can make informed choices whenever we go out to eat. And thanks to BladenOnline.com for publishing this helpful information every month as a public service. We all rely on our media outlets, more than we realize sometimes. Please check out the list below to see the grades received by the restaurants, kitchens and …..

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Bladen County works to eliminate Domestic Violence

By: Charlotte Smith October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Marjorie Walker with Families First, Inc., in Elizabethtown strives to educate the community about domestic violence. On Monday evening, October 2nd, 2017, Walker accepted a proclamation from the Bladen County Board of Commissioners for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The commissioners called upon all citizens to join in making every home a safe home and to support Families First in working toward the elimination of personal and institutional violence against women, according to the proclamation. If you or someone you know needs assistance due to domestic violence, contact Marjorie Walker at Families First, Inc. Their office is located at 103 East Broad …..

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Bladen County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 1-7

Elizabethtown, NC (October 2, 2017) — For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Bladen County 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them. Bladen County 4-Hers plan to kick off this week celebrating with our Bladen County Commissioners as they present the official proclamation to our youth members and officers at their October 2nd meeting. You …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living : Tips for Eating Out

Sandra R. Cain It is possible to eat out and still eat healthy. Many restaurants offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. That’s good news for your health because a diet high in saturated and trans fats raises blood cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, and it’s also a risk factor for stroke. When eating out, ask which type of fat the restaurant uses. Try to replace the saturated and trans fats in your food with more healthful unsaturated oils. Canola, olive and corn oil are among the most desirable. Request soft and trans-fat- free margarine. It is …..

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Awareness for Childhood cancer and Leukemia

Each day, 42 families in the United States will receive the devastating news that their child or teen has cancer according the website. childrenscancer.org. It seems Bladen County families receives this news more than its fair share. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month takes place in September each year. Cancers that Develop in Children that are most common cancers of children are according to the American Cancer Society: Leukemia Brain and spinal cord tumors Neuroblastoma Wilms tumor Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin) Rhabdomyosarcoma Retinoblastoma Bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma) Other types of cancers are rare in children, but they do happen sometimes. In very rare cases, children may even …..

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6 contouring beauty tips for Bladen

Beauty tips seem to be very popular these days on the interwebs. We have started a series with our new account executive, Jenna Lee. This Funday Friday video has 6 contouring beauty tips from Jenna with Charlotte Smith at BladenOnline.com. If you would like a free makeover with beauty tips and wouldn’t mind being in our Funday Friday video, contact us at 910-879-1029.   Share:

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Happy Birthday Erin Smith

September marks the start of the fall season, pumpkin spice coffee and Erin Smith’s birthday. Erin is our General Manager here at BladenOnline.com. We wish her the very best life has to offer and many, many more happy birthdays! Thanks for all you do Erin! From your team here at BladenOnline.com Share:

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By: Dora Brogdon This Friday, at the Families First, Inc. office in Elizabethtown, there will be a women’s support group. The group will meet every two weeks on Fridays. For more information, contact Majorie Lewis at 910-862-2534. This Saturday, Allison Fisher will be appearing at the Cape Fear Winery at 6 p.m. in the Gallery Ballroom. She will be sharing her amazing story during An Evening with A Champion. The show will also be including; trick shot exhibition, Q&A, challenge matches, dinner, and with the appearance of two special guests. This event will take place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. You can learn more about this event by clicking here. Share:

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Bladen County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans chartered, named for Robert C Hester

By Erin Smith Bladen County now has a charter chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). In a charter ceremony held at the Elizabethtown Municipal Building the DAV Robert Curtis Hester Chapter #99 was officially recognized and the charter was read aloud to those in attendance.  “It’s very near and dear to my heart that this has become a reality,” said Juanita Hester, Mr. Hester’s widow.  She said her late husband fought for Veterans and made sure they received the recognition and services they needed.  David Brown, who was officially sworn in as Commander, said he met Robert Hester two and one-half years ago and explained to Mr. Hester he …..

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United Way Day of Caring rescheduled

By Erin Smith The United Way Day of Caring event has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 3. This will allow more people to take part in the event. Barbara Knight, with United Way of Bladen County, said it is often difficult for people to take off from work on a Monday, so it was decided by the event’s organizers to reschedule the event to a Friday to allow more people to take part. Knight said people can continue to drop off canned food for backpacks for students to the Elizabethtown Fire Department for the Day of Caring event now through Nov. 3. Items needed for the backpacks include pop-top canned …..

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Bladen County law enforcement, gone but not forgotten

By: Charlotte Smith Today marks 16 years since Bladen County lost a beloved officer of the law. Many citizens mark today’s date with tributes and memorials. The new Law Enforcement Center also has a special place of honor for the fallen. Bladen County Deputy Sheriff, James Brian Collins number 33 passed away on September 26th, 2001 while on duty according to reports. Collins was in a high speed vehicle pursuit of a felony suspect when he turned into a sharp curve in Elizabethtown causing his vehicle to go off road and crash. Deputy Collins passed away due to his injuries. He was 27 years of age at the time of …..

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Celebrate Take a Child Outside Week by visiting an Educational State Forest

Ranger Josh Gray conducts a program at Clemmons Educational State Forest in Johnston County. RALEIGH – Sept. 24-30 is Take a Child Outside Week, and the N.C. Forest Service is encouraging adults and children to get outside and visit one of the agency’s Educational State Forests. “Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the cooler days and crisp air while learning about nature,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Each forest features a series of easily accessible, well-marked trails with exhibits and displays depicting the ecology of a managed forest. All the forests have a large picnic shelter that can be reserved by groups.” The ESFs are intended for use …..

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Fun Friday Bladen Beauty Tips

BladenOnline.com was excited to announce last week, Jenna Lee, as our new Account Executive. Not only will Jenna be assisting our customers with their advertising and marketing needs, but once a week she will offer beauty tips. Jenna is certified in cosmetology and has plenty of tips to share. In order for our readers and viewers to get to know Jenna better we will be publishing a weekly video of Jenna’s beauty tips on our YouTube Channel. View this week’s video now by following the link below. Jenna has been going around to business leaders this week announcing the opportunity to advertise in our new first edition, “Bladen County Beautiful” magazine. For …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Pick a Pear

By Sandra R. Cain The pear is a fruit that has been cultivated for centuries. Though there are thousands of varieties of pears, only about ten are grown and sold commercially. While pear culture is somewhat similar to apple culture, several factors inhibit pear production. Nevertheless, there are quite a few roadside market growers of pears primarily in the apple-producing areas of the state. The Kieffer variety is an old variety that produces a fairly reliable product. Many homes in central and eastern North Carolina have one or more Kieffer trees. This variety will generally produce some fruit every year. Although the fruit is rough and of limited dessert quality compared to Bartlett, it …..

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Mark Andersen and Friends Present “Phantom of the Opera”

Contributed Mark Andersen and Friends will present “Phantom of the Opera” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 26th. Organist and composer Mark Andersen returns to his home theater and our Mighty Morton theater organ with a special evening of film and singing just in time for Halloween. The first half of the show features Andersen accompanying on organ the 1925 silent horror film classic with his own original score, while the second half features some of the region’s best vocalists performing selections from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s hit musical. An utterly unique evening not to be missed!  Performers:  Melvin Ezzel will sing the Phantom, Janiel Miller will sing Christine, Brad Thompson will sing …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By: Dora Brogdon On Friday, an online webinar called Ten Tips and Tricks for Your Pitch from 10 until 11 a.m. will take place through Bladen Community College. All seminars are open to the public and provided at no charge due to special funding arrangements for the Small Business Center and Bladen Community College. To register for any of the seminars or for more information, contact Todd Lyden, Small Business Center Director, at 910-879-5572 or register online: https://www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75040. There will be a display of Upcycled and Repurposed Garden Projects this Saturday. The program is free but a pre-registration will be required. It will start at 9 a.m. until noon located at the Bladen County …..

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice offers Family Day for Families with Children Coping with Grief

Healing the Hearts of Families with a Special Fun-Filled Day WILMINGTON, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) will offer a no cost, one-day camp for families with children coping with the death of a loved one. It will be from 10 a.m.until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21st, at New Life Church of God, 107 Maultsby Street in Whiteville. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, call 910-515-6689 or 910-796-7991. “Children grieve differently than adults and experience many emotions they’ve never had to face,” Kristen Rudy, children and youth bereavement counselor, said.  “They may not feel comfortable talking about these emotions with their parent(s), because they know seeing them sad makes their parent(s) sad. …..

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International young educator has Bladen ties

Contributed When it comes to Halle Jordan Stanley, the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Halle is the 16 year old daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Stanley, of All Tied Up Clothing Store in downtown Whiteville, and Dr. Jennifer Smith, an International Education Leader and Superintendent, from Clarkton. At the young age of 16, Halle has already experienced a life that most people can only dream about.  Due to her mother’s career internationally, she has gained the opportunity to live abroad and attend private international schools in four different countries and continents:  Seoul, South Korea; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Africa, and Germany.    Halle has always …..

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The end of the Dublin Peanut Festival

Photos by Jeff Owen: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2XqoYb By: Charlotte Smith The 25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival may be the last. The roads were overflowing with people in the local Bladen County town which was great, but organizers confirmed rumblings of this being the festival’s final year.  James Hopkins brought his whole family to the parade from Grays Creek for the first time. He said, “This is awesome. I’ve never seen anything like this in my whole life.” Dublin Peanut Festival Committee member, Mrs. Bobbie Todd explained the benefits to the community of the festival. The nonprofit donates money every year to the Dublin Dixie Youth , Bladen We Care, Boy Scout Troop …..

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Frances Tyson Blount to marry Max Frederick Jones III

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Glenn Blount of White Lake, N.C., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Frances Tyson Blount, to Max Frederick Jones III, son of Bettie Blackwell Jones and the late Max Frederick Jones Junior of Murrells Inlet, S.C. The Bride-elect is a graduate of East Carolina University. She is a realtor with Century 21 Boling & Associates Inc. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Groom-elect is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is a realtor with Commercial Sales and Leasing at NAI-The Lachicotte Company in Pawleys Island, S.C. The Groom-elect is also the owner of Furniture & Mattress Gallery in Murrells Inlet, S.C. …..

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Perfect Peanuts program to take place

A program called Perfect Peanuts will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28th, at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension. There is a $10 prize for the best peanut recipe. There is $1 entry fee or $1 per treat. To register, you can call 910-862-4591. Share:

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Herb program planned

A program on growing herbs is planned for Monday, Sept. 25th, at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office. The program, Let’s Do Herbs–Growing, Picking, Drying will take place from 9 .m. until noon.  There is a $5 fee and registration is required by Friday, Sept. 23rd. To register, call 910-862-4591 Share:

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Upcycled and Repurposed event planned

If you have items that are upcycled and repurposed, there will be a display of Upcycled and Repurposed Garden Projects on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension. The program is free but pre-registration is required. The public is invited to bring their upcylced and repurposed projects to show and explain how they were made. The public is also invited to come out and learn and gain ideas for your next project. To register, call 910-862-4591.   Share:

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Moores Creek National Battlefield to Host Free Living History Event

Contributed Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield will be kicking off its annual fall Third Saturday Living History Program this Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This event is free to the public and will take place in the park’s demonstration area near the Patriots Hall picnic area. Demonstrations will include Patriot and Loyalist encampments and weapons demonstrations, backwoods camps and fire starting, blacksmithing, bagpiping, colonial cooking and beverages, medicine, quill pen writing, and toys and games. This event will feature demonstrations and activities that are appropriate for all ages; dogs are welcome as well (please keep them on a leash). Stop by the Visitor Center …..

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2017-2018 Dublin Peanut Featival Queens

It was all about Glitz, Glamour and Sparkles this past Saturday night, as the Dublin Peanut Festival held it’s annual Scholarship Pageant. Queens are as follows:  Left to right, Front Row- Kennedi Brown, Ambassador; Kelbi Bowen, Tiny Miss and Kayla McLaurin, Junior Miss; Back Row from left-Cylee Lugenbell, Little Miss; Tara Ward, Miss and Hannah Townsend, Teen Miss Share:

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Bladen County Young Professionals: Helping people find their voice is her passion

  By Erin Smith Helping people to find their voice is the passion of Speech and Language Pathologist, Ariel Johnson. She enjoys nothing more than seeing someone succeed at overcoming impediments such as stroke or cleft pallets and learning how to speak once more. “I knew I wanted to help individuals but I didn’t know in exactly what field,” said Johnson. When she left Bladen County to attend college, she said she had no idea she would return here to start her career. Johnson graduated from East Bladen High School in 2011 and from North Carolina A & T State University with a degree in Speech and Language Pathology in …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By: Dora Brogdon This Saturday the Bladen County Master Gardeners will be having a Fall Plant Sale at 9 a.m. The sale will be taking place in Bladenboro at the “100 Year Anniversary of the Farm Life School” which is located at 801 S. Main Street, Bladenboro. At 7 p.m. the B.C.T.S-B.C.H.S Alumni Association will be holding its annual Awards Banquet at the Paul R. Brown Building in Elizabethtown. Admission will be $25.00 to get in and the public is invited to come. Also, this Saturday, the Centennial Celebration will be taking place at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building for the Bladenboro Farm Life Building. The event will start off at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast sponsored by …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: What to do if Your Freezer Stops

By Sandra R. Cain With the upcoming storm predictions, I thought it might be helpful to talk about what to do if you lose power. If you have a freezer full of food, you have made a major financial investment. If you grew the food and prepared it for freezing, you also have many hours of time invested. Considering these investments, it is important to take a few precautions to ensure against loss in case of a power or mechanical failure or other problem that may cause the freezer to stop or malfunction. Thermometer.  Purchase a refrigerator/freezer thermometer and keep it in the freezer. If your freezer goes out for any …..

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Riders in the Sky Salute Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys

Contributed Riders in the Sky will salute Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton. Celebrating their fortieth anniversary this year, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging “buckaroos” and “buckarettes” to live life “The Cowboy Way!” …..

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Social Security Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC We know the importance of “familia” in Hispanic culture, and we are proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by helping build a secure future for you, your family, and your future family. You can learn more about how Social Security helps secure today and tomorrow for millions of families by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/people/hispanics/. Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of 56.6 million, according to 2015 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Social Security is here to help maintain and improve our economic well-being for generations to come. Currently, we …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon This weekend on Saturday the Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is pleased to have Ed Harris exhibit his work at the Bladenboro Art Gallery in Bladenboro Historical Society Building. The exhibit will be available from September 2nd to October 1st.   On September 9th, Ed Harris and his wife, Elizabeth, will be talking to visitors from 12 noon until 4 p.m. The Bladenboro Historical Society Building is open from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Share:

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Elijah James Melvin

James and Judy Dufault would like to announce the birth of their grandson, Elijah James Melvin. He was born on Monday, August 21, 2017, at 8:08 a.m. at Bladen County Hospital. He weighed 9 lb. 8 oz. and measured 22 1/2 inches in length. Congratulations to Alexis Celeste Monroe! God is good! Share:

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Glen Campbell Alzheimer’s Documentary

Join the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater for a free community screening of the documentary, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” on Thursday, September 28th! Free Alzheimer’s disease resources and information about the upcoming Lumberton Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Saturday, October 14th at Wesley Pines) will be provided. Registration and refreshments will be between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6 p.m. RSVP is required by Sept. 25th by calling 1-800-272-3900 or by following the following link (click on the first purple banner Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events, then enter your zip code, you will see the online registration link):  http://www. communityresourcefinder.org/ All questions about …..

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Afton Shaw and Keith Tolar to marry

  Mr. and Mrs. Leon Shaw of Clarkton announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Afton Shaw, to Keith Tolar, son of the late Terry and Debbie Tolar. Keith is employed with ABC Supply Company in Fayetteville. Afton is employed with First South Bank in Elizabethtown. The wedding is planned for October 7th, 2017. Share:

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25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival set

It’s salty, plain, roasted, green and boiled. It’s always the star of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest gem, “ Peanuts.”  We celebrate the peanut the third Saturday of September each year.  This year’s date is September 16th, 2017. The festival is held in Dublin, N.C, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, that is known and whose peanuts are shipped worldwide. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade. Entry for parade is free, except for Queens & Kings. Cost to enter: 1 Queen in auto $25, 2 to 3 Queens in auto $40 …..

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Open house for East Bladen High

School starts for Bladen County Schools Monday, August 28th. East Bladen High School held an open house for all students on Thursday, August 24th 2017 Students and parents were able to tour the classes, get schedules and meet the teachers and staff. The Booster Club, the Keyette Club, and PTO were taking sign ups as well. Out in the field football and soccer players were getting ready for games held on Thursday evening. The new school year has arrived and excitement is in the air. Share:

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Bladen County business leaders offered classes at no cost

The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars in September. The seminars will be held on the college’s campuses in Dublin and East Arcadia. Some seminars will be hosted online.   Social Media for Churches and Non-Profits will be offered Sat., Sept. 16, from 9 A.M. until 12 noon on the Dublin campus in bldg., 2, room 207. The Entrepreneurs’ Academy will meet at the Dublin campus on Tuesdays starting Sept. 12, from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M. Participants who attend at least five of the seven-part series will receive a certificate. The series will meet on the following dates: Sept. 12 – How to …..

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Rotary District Governor speaks to Bladenboro Rotary Club

Rotary International District Governor R. B. Richey was the special guest speaker at the Bladenboro Rotary Club meeting on Monday, August 21st. Governor Richey focused on the theme for this year Rotary: Making a Difference. In his presentation he stressed the importance of bringing in new members under the age of 40 into the organization. Governor Richey said Rotary was losing approximately 12 percent of its members each year. In order for Rotary International to survive, Rotarians must make a difference by encouraging the younger generation to join. Share:

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Back to School Fling is planned

By Erin Smith A Back to School Fling is planned for Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The event will feature give aways of school supplies and information regarding asthma education and healthy school lunch ideas. The event is sponsored by Ricky DD’s Party Entertainment, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and C. I. K. Kids Movement. There will be face painting and slime crafts will be available as well. There will also be appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Spiderman, Doc McStuffins, Dora, Power Rangers, Minions and Clowns. For more information on this event, call 910-862-5500.   Share:

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Benefit August 26th for Bladen County

There will be a benefit this weekend in Bladen County to help two families. There will be a bike ride, BBQ plates, an auction, entertainment and more! The families of Eva Pait and Sean Mullane are the reason behind the big event. Eva is a daughter with health issues and Sean is a truck driver diagnosed with cancer. Eva’s mom helped explain the current situation. She said, “We get lots of questions about whats next for Eva Pait. Is her heart fixed? The answer is we don’t know. This last surgery was the last in the series to give her the best chance to grow and have good quality of life. …..

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Beauty tips from a Bladen County Pro, Curly Guy, Dawan Pearson

By: Charlotte Smith   YouTube can be used for many things these days. BladenOnline.com has a channel on the well known platform to assist in recording news, events and other interests in our area.  Recently I had the opportunity to interview a well known Vlogger in Bladen County Dawan Pearson, known as, Curly Guy, on his YouTube Channel. Curly Guy is reaching many with his tips, how-to’s and reviews by being a Vlogger, which is like a blogger only with videos instead of blogs.  The local internet icon has been featured in Allure Magazine among other notable publications. Pearson saw a need for a male beauty guru and filled it.  …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon A 2 year old bulldog mixed named Harlow was chosen as Pet of the Week once again. He has stayed at the shelter for 4 months now and he really needs a caring and loving family to take him to his forever home. He’s a super friendly guy that just loves everyone! Harlow loves to play with children and gets along with other animals very well. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and …..

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SPT gives to Bladen County students

 Left to Right: Jim Borst, Sally Creasy, Karely Jiminez and Thomas Brooks (not present for photo, but helped, Shirleen Bryant). Bladen County Schools start back for the new school year next Monday, August 28th, 2017. Local businesses and organizations are helping the students prepare with donations. Specialty Product Technologies in Elizabethtown donated school supplies this week to the Bladen County Board of Education. Paper, pencils, tissues, binders, lunch boxes and more were just some of the items the local company donated. Excitement is beginning to mount as the days inch closer to a the new academic year. Open houses for schools are being held through out the county all week …..

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Local American Legion and Kiwanis Club work together to educate youth

By: Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown American Legion and the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club worked together this summer to help a youth receive a once in a lifetime experience. Elliot Madden was nominated by the local American Legion to attend the Tar Heel Boys State camp and the local Kiwanis Club sponsored the trip. Elliott Madden was the only Bladen County youth sent to the unique camp. He attended the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club meeting on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 to thank the group for their support and to report on what he learned. There were 400 boys selected from across North Carolina to attend the six day camp in June, according to …..

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Celebrate fall apple harvest

Join the staff of the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office on Thursday, August 31, from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. for a fall apple harvest. There will be an apple treat competition, tasting and judging, facts about apples, and a Do It Yourself apple cinnamon project. The cost to enter is $1 or $1 for each treat entry. The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information, contact Nancy Olsen at 910-862-4591. Share:

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Bladen County Young Professionals: Helping people to keep their smiles looking great is her goal

  By Erin Smith Sometimes the decision to come home after living away is an easy one to make. For one Bladen County dentist, returning home was an easy choice to make. Having grown up in Bladen County, Dr. Annie Greene said when she left to go to college she didn’t initially intend to return home to open a dental practice. She met her husband, Dr. Justin DeGarmo, while they were in residency near St. Petersburg, FL.  After completing their residencies, they both had experience in rural communities and were pleasantly surprised by how much they both enjoyed working in the rural communities versus the more urban areas. “There’s a …..

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YOU DECIDE: WHAT EXPLAINS RISING COLLEGE COSTS?

Dr. Mike Walden It’s the beginning of a new academic year on college campuses. It’s my 40th as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. I see the eager, young students venturing onto the campus for the first time and tell myself – that was me a long, long time ago! Of course new students face many challenges, including: deciding on a major, adjusting to the rigors of college courses and balancing “study time” with “fun time.” Then there’s the matter of money. It’s been well publicized that college costs have risen much faster than other costs in our economy. Data from the federal government show a 52 percent …..

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Bladen Native comes home to share his book

A well known author is coming back to Elizabethtown for a book signing soon. On Sunday, September 24 the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery will be hosting a special storytelling and book signing lunch for Elizabethtown native, Mr. Joe Hamilton. Hamilton recently published, “Firepot Stories”. Many residents are excited about Hamilton coming to town. Walter McDuffie says Hamilton grew up in Bladen a county and has a lot of interesting things to talk about. Hamilton will be at the local vineyard for lunch and story telling starting at noon. Mr. Hamilton will start speaking at 1 pm, entertaining those in attendance with stories about life in Elizabethtown among other things. …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Time for School Lunches

Sandra R. Cain Buying lunch at school may be the first time your child gets to call the shots about which foods he or she will eat. The good news is that school lunches have improved over the years, both in taste and nutrition. School lunches meet the standards for protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron. Most schools also have made an effort to serve better dishes, such as grilled chicken sandwiches and salads. Use school lunches as a chance to steer your child toward good choices. Start by explaining how a nutritious lunch will give them the energy to finish the rest of the school day and enjoy after-school activities. …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon If you live in the Bladen County, there is plenty to do this weekend. Saturday there will be two events. Starting at 9 a.m. until noon the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office will be holding a Hand Tool Repair Workshop. In the afternoon, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., there will be a Benefit for 4 Families which will include barbeque plates at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. On Sunday, the Galeed Baptist Church will be holding a Back to School Bash. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. The night will be filled with games, food and fellowship to start off the new school year. …..

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Benefit planned to assist four families

The Bladenboro Benefit Committee is planning a barbecue plate sale and bake sale to benefit for families. The benefit is planned for Saturday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. The proceeds will go to Richard Bryan, Chris Pait, Lewis and Sue Thompson,  and Eva Pait, to assist with medical expenses. Plates will consist of barbecue, slaw ,baked beans, rolls, tea and water. There will also be a bake sale featuring many delicious items.  There will also be a raffle for a 270 Remington Camouflage Rifle with scope. Tickets cost $5 each or you can purchase 5 tickets for $20. Tickets may be purchased at the event. …..

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Pretty in Pink Paint Night set for Bladen Community College

Ready for a fun night out? Go by Bladen Community College to register and pay for The Pretty in Pink Paint Night. The paint night will take place on the campus of Bladen Community College. The class is $35 and all supplies will be provided. No experience needed. Just come out and have fun!  Best painting gets a prize of a beautiful wine glass. For more information email Stephanie Gonzalez at sgonzalez@bladencc.edu or call 910-879-5539 for instructions on how to register through email or fax and phone.  Remember if you are interested in the paint night class, you need to register immediately as the class starts tomorrow (Thursday). Share:

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Bladenboro Historical Building

BVAC welcomes artist Ed Harris

The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is pleased to have well-known Elizabethtown artist, Ed Harris, exhibiting from September 2nd to October 1st, 2017, at the Bladenboro Art Gallery in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. September is the building’s 100th anniversary. The exhibit will include floral, landscape, still life, and wildlife watercolors in Realism. Ed Harris and his wife, Elizabeth, will be available for talking to visitors September 9th, Fun Day, from 12-4 p.m.  We hope you will take this opportunity to discover our art gallery right here in Bladen County. We are also open from 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment on weekdays. Our location is in the old Bladenboro school building …..

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Citing Safety, Charter Schools to Close Early for Eclipse

Leland, North Carolina – Out of concern for the safety of children and their parents during the upcoming solar eclipse, the charter schools managed by the Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) will observe a half-day schedule on Monday, August 21, 2017. RBA’s four tuition-free schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. Parents were also notified that the AlphaBEST daycare services on these campuses will not be offered after Noon on Monday. “We have advised parents that the four campuses will be closed to all students, teachers and staff after 12:30 p.m. on Monday,” said John …..

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Ayusa and Dublin, NC Welcome New Foreign Exchange Student to Community

Hi Wa Lee “Eva’ from Hong Kong to live with Knight  Family for 2017-2018 School Year   Dublin – Ayusa, a non-profit promoting global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students, is pleased to welcome Hi Wa Lee a high school student from Hong Kong to the Dublin community. Hi Wa “Eva,” will be living with the Thomas Knight  family and attending West Bladen High School for the 2017-18 school year. “We are all so excited to welcome Eva to Dublin and give her a taste of American life,” said Connie Lawrence, Ayusa Community Representative.  “Ayusa is committed to building bridges of understanding between …..

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Dublin Peanut Festival –Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest

Dig out your favorite peanut recipe and brush up on your cooking skills! Make plans to enter the cooking contest during the Dublin Peanut Festival on September 16. Dishes will be judged in three categories including Candy, Bread and Dessert. Contestants will be divided into two age groups: Youth (Ages 8 – 16) and Adult (Ages 17 – up).  Age is determined by the age you will be on the day of the festival.  Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st – $50, 2nd – $30 and 3rd – $20. All applications must be received by Tuesday, September 12th, at 5 p.m. For an application and a complete …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Let’s Make Some Homemade Ice Cream

By Sandra R. Cain Homemade ice cream is a special summertime treat. However, for hundreds of consumers each year it can also become a threat as they suffer the effects of salmonellosis. In homemade ice cream, Salmonella Enteritidis, which can be transmitted from the hen to the egg yolk before the shell forms, is the more common culprit. Because of this, it’s no longer safe to assume that a clean, uncracked raw egg is safe to eat. Salmonella infection is characterized by fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps usually beginning 12 to 72 hours after eating or drinking a contaminated food item and lasting up to a week. Although most people require no medical …..

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Band of Oz draws a crowd

By Erin Smith The sounds of Beach music and laughter filled the air at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Thursday evening as the Band of Oz took to the stage for the third installment of the Summer Sounds Concert series. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. A crowd estimated to be between 700 to 800 people gathered to dance the night away and enjoy the smooth rhythms of the band. The Band of Oz played such hits as Shama Lama Ding Dong, Ocean Boulevard, Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy and a medley of Glenn Frye hits. Chamber Executive …..

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Back to School fling to offer school supplies

By Erin Smith Back to school is an exciting and nervous time for many students across Bladen County. Some students will be starting school without the necessary supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. In order to change that, A Back to School Fling is planned for Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The event will feature giveaways of school supplies as well as plenty of games and entertainment. The event is sponsored by Ricky DD’s Party Entertainment, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and C. I. K. Kids Movement. Shaundra Todd, one of the event’s organizers said, “The …..

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Sudan Ghostbusters conducting raffle

The Sudan Ghostbusters Parade Unit is conducting a raffle of a golf cart. Tickets are $10 each and the drawing will take place on Labor Day (September 4) at 3 p.m. The golf cart comes with a full bumper to bumper one year warranty. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Terry Baker at 910-872-1293. All proceeds go for the benefit of the Sudan Ghostbusters. Share:

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For Better Living: Have you Tried Brown Rice?

By Sandra Cain If you haven’t taken the leap and tried brown rice, you are in for a treat. Brown rice has a nutty flavor and a chewier texture than white rice. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines state that Americans need to eat at least 3 servings of whole grains every day. Many American diets fall short of dietary fiber and whole grains are an easy way to get more fiber or roughage into your system. Whole grains contain the three component parts that make up a cereal grain – the bran, germ, and endosperm (the starchy part of the grain). Whole grains provide more vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber than …..

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Reward offered for missing Bulldog

An American Bulldog has gone missing and a reward is being offered. It is feared the dog may have been sold by someone other than her owner. The bulldog answers to the name of CoCo. Anyone with information regarding the location of CoCo is asked to call 864-323-1522. A reward is being offered for the safe return of CoCo to her rightful owners. Share:

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Bladen County Pet of the Week: Pearl

By: Dora Brogdon A one year old female cat by the name of Pearl was chosen to be Bladen County’s Pet of the week for a second time. She is a very super sweet and affectionate cat that just loves to play. Pearl has been staying at the shelter since May. This lovely feline needs a caring family to come and take her forever home. So anyone that feels something missing, like a nice purring companion, then Pearl would be perfect for that role! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

Here we are at the start of a new month and, as always, BladenOnline.com is happy to publish your report from the Bladen County Health Department, concerning the restaurants and eateries they inspected during the month of July. The list is short this time around, but it is good to see that the fine folks who work hard every month to ensure the cleanliness of our local kitchens were able to enjoy a vacation as well. Take a look at the list below. Bon Appitité. Share:

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Senior Games Sports Clinics to be offered

The Bladen County Division on Aging is happy to announce that the Lumber River Council of Governments is offering Senior Games Sports Clinics in order to assess the interest and possibly add new games to the 2018 Senior Games schedule of events.  Any Bladen County resident 50 years of age or older is welcome to attend. The clinics are as follows: *Pickleball held at the Hoke County Senior Center located at 423 East Central Avenue, Raeford on Thursday, August 17, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. *Bocce Ball held at the Bladen County Park located on US 701 South, Elizabethtown on Wednesday, September 6, from 10 a.m. until noon. *Croquet …..

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Summer Jam planned for Seniors

The Bladen County Division on Aging and Senior Center is planning a Summer Jam for Seniors 60 and older. The event is a 60s/70s themed party and Albert Leach will serve as photographer for the event. There will be a nominal fee for photos. Summer Jam will take place at Lu Mil Vineyard on Thursday, August 10, from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. DJ Joseph Everett will play a selection of Motown hits for you to dance the afternoon away. Light refreshments will also be served. All Nutrition sites will be open and serve lunch as usual and BARTS will provide transportation to and from the event for current clients. …..

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