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Summer Salsa Social planned at Cooperative Extension Office

The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is planning a Summer Salsa Social! The Social is planned for July 27th from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. There will be a Salsa competition, tasting and $25 prize, tomato growth and nutrition facts, and a Do It Yourself Salsa recipe. Cost is $1 entrance fee or $1 for each Salsa entry. The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information, please call Nancy Olsen at (910) 862-4591.   Share:

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For Better Living: Grill It Safely

By Sandra Cain Grilling is a favorite method of cooking for many people. Men, especially, seem drawn to the open flame.  To help you enjoy your summer, remember these tips for safe grilling the next time you fire up the grill. SHOPPING *When shopping, choose meat and poultry last.  Be sure not to put them in the trunk. The temperature is too hot and bacteria will grow rapidly. Don’t leave meat  out of the refrigerator or cooler for longer than one hour during warm weather. If meat is out too long, bacteria can produce toxins that can cause illness and stay active even during cooking. *Refrigerate meat and poultry as soon as you …..

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5 Fun Things To Do In Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon Summer is the best time of year for a vacation. Kids are out of school and need to do something with their free time. But it gets almost way to expensive to travel somewhere for a vacation. Instead of being all stressed out over a planning, why not have a vacation in your own home? The first place to visit in our cozy little Bladen County is The Elwell Ferry. This hidden gem is still in operation since 1905, making the ferry 112 years old. River ferries like this one use to connect villages and local farms to each other until they were replaced by bridges or …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon A 3 year old Pit-mix, male dog by the name of Bubba was chosen as Pet of the Week. He’s very affectionate and gets along with other dogs, cats, and kids. Bubba also does a good job walking on a leash but he’ll let you know when he’s excited. 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 noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, …..

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Upcoming Events for Bladen County

*From July 22nd all the way to August 31st, the Bladen Smart Start and School Readiness Center will be starting a new event called B. E. A. R. S. which will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The event will only take place Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays will feature Math Monday, Tuesdays will be Tech Tuesdays, and Thursdays will be called Tall Tale Thursdays. All of these activities will be taking place at the Bladen Smart Start office. To register your child, space is limited, call 910-862-3335, ext. 206. *The White Lake Baptist Church invites all to a Vacation Bible Study this Saturday from 9 a.m. until …..

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Desmond Bryant gives back to Bladen County

This weekend the annual Desmond Bryant Free Football camp was held at East Bladen High School. Bryant, a 2004 East Bladen High School graduate gives back every year to Bladen County by hosting a free football camp. Bryant graduated from Harvard and currently plays for the Cleveland Browns. The nationally known football player has not forgotten the importance of giving back. Even though Bryant did not spend his whole high school career at East Bladen, he did play two seasons for the local high school Eagles and gives back to them every year. This summer marks the 6th year for Bryant’s football camp. According to Dr. Wray, East Bladen’s Principal, …..

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Money raised for Bladen County Animal Shelter

The Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board met this week to discuss improvements to the shelter and other agenda items. The biggest topic of discussion was the success of this year’s Bladen County Pet Palooza and plans for next year’s fundraising event. Mike Jackson, chairman of the local county board said he was pleased with this year’s Pet Palooza fundraiser. The group mentioned a big thank you needs to go out to Dr. Cross, Barking Lot, Bladen Animal Hospital, Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, BladenOnline.com, Kuraray America, Inc., A Shelter Friend, the Kim Family, Gordon Kinlaw, and the Town of Elizabethtown for their sponsorships. Also, Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray …..

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Jim Quick and Coastline Band open Summer Sounds Concert Series in Elizabethtown

The Summer Sounds Concert Series got off to a hot start on Thursday evening with temperatures in the mid-90s, but the crowd didn’t seem to notice as they danced into the evening to the sounds of Jim Quick and the Coastline Band. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley Hospital. Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard said, “We’re very pleased.” The well attended event saw 600 people gather at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The band played a variety of music including such songs as “Mustang Sally,” “Carolina Girls,” and “Low Rider.” Members of the audience took the time …..

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“A Great Man and a Prince has Fallen this Day”

By: Pastor Cameron McGill, Dublin First Baptist Church/Lake Church On the day that Abner died (II Samuel 3:38), a broken-hearted King David proclaimed that “a great man & a prince had fallen in Israel”… It seemed that the whole nation was going about their lives as though nothing had happened. This grieved the king immensely. Early last Sunday morning (July 2, 2017), Bladen County lost a great man and a prince when Rev. Don Coley (age 87) passed away peacefully at his home in Cape Owen Manor. While I realize that Rev. Coley’s death did not make the front page headlines, it was recognized as a day of great loss …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Meal Preparation and Food Safety After a Power Failure

By Sandra Cain This time of year, we are very likely to have afternoon thunder storms in which we lose power.  After a power failure, you might not have air condition, heat, refrigeration, or water. To prepare food when you have no power, follow these guidelines: *If you have limited heat for cooking, choose foods that cook quickly. Prepare casseroles and one-dish meals, or serve no-cook foods. *If you can’t use your stove, you can use: -Outside grill, either charcoal or gas. – Candle warmer, such as a fondue pot. Do not use a candle warmer to cook raw meats, fish, poultry, and eggs. – Camp stove-  Never use a fuel-burning camp …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon A two year old cat, female by the name of Lottie was picked to be Bladen County’s Pet of the Week. She is very friendly and affectionate to people but this female doesn’t quite get along with other cats according to Bladen County Shelter Manager, Karen Suggs. The orange tabby has already been spayed and the only  thing she’ll worry about now is going to a nice home. “Lottie has been at the shelter for over a month now and she really needs to get a new home.” said Suggs. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. …..

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North Carolina flags half-staff for 16 service members

We are the land of the free because of the brave. All flags were at half-staff around Bladen County on Wednesday in honor of 16 service members who died. Governor Roy Cooper ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, July 12 in tribute to the 16 service members who died Monday night in a Marine KC-130 transport aircraft crash. Governor Cooper said on a social post, “Yesterday we learned that among the 16 individuals killed in yesterday’s plane crash in Mississippi, seven were North Carolina Marine Raiders based right here at Camp Lejeune. Our hearts …..

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Blood gained at Bladenboro Historical Society

Giving blood can help save lives. Giving blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others according to the Red Cross. Many local communities hold blood drives throughout the year. One was held this week in Bladenboro. “On Monday afternoon, July 11th the Red Cross Blood Drive in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building in Bladenboro was a success,” Henry Singletary said. “In fact, some who came to donate without and appointment had to be turned away,” Singletary continued. The building has been in service to the community for 100 years according to Joyce Walters, who was also in attendance at the …..

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Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon This week on Thursday, July 13th, the Summer Sounds Concert Series will be taking place at Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting this concert featuring the Coastline Band, and the show will start at 6 p.m.  Friday, July 14th, the Bladen County Extension and Community Association will hold their annual Christmas in July event Friday, July 14th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Service Center. The Powell-Melvin Building is located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Lunch  will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Booth rental is $10 and lunch is $5. For an …..

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West Bladen High School Graduate Saves Carjacking Victims from Tragedy

Timing is everything. A West Bladen High School graduate happened to be at the right place at the right time. Charles (Charlie) Gooden,17 year old, was in the right place at the right time to save a family from being carjacked in Oak Island, North Carolina on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Charlie was working for Taylor Cubelet Ice and was delivering ice in Oak Island when he heard a scream and turned to see a lady screaming out an open passenger door while the driver was hitting her and pulling her back into the car. Charlie along with another person started running toward the chaos. Charlie told BladenOnline.com, “Instinct kicked in and …..

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White Lake, greater things yet to come

By: Tonya Bockover For generations, families have visited Lasley’s Motel at White Lake, NC for rest, relaxation and healing. The property formerly known as Lasley’s Motel, owned by the McSwain family of Bladen County, will be under new ownership. The popular destination will be a place to heal this generation according to the new owners. “While most people talk about the past at White Lake, we are looking ahead for the greater things yet to come,” states Pastor Cameron McGill. Cameron McGill, Pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church in Dublin and The Lake Church at White Lake, said the sale of the property will close Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living:Eggplants…What are they good for?

Sandra R. Cain Eggplant is one of the most exotic of all vegetables in appearance, taste, and history. Until 100 years ago, it was grown in America primarily as an ornamental plant. In Japan, it is the third most important vegetable. Eggplant is a native of South and Eastern Asia and is a member of the nightshade family so it is related to the potato and tomato. Eggplant is deep purple in color, making it one of the prettiest vegetables around. Its meaty texture makes it a perfect ingredient for main-dish vegetarian recipes. It is used a lot in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean cooking. The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” …..

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Fake news about White Lake, NC

Fake news happens a lot these days. Good, bad or ugly it all travels fast on social media. What is the definition of fake news? According to Merriam-Webster fake news is frequently used to describe a political story which is seen as damaging to an agency, entity, or person. However, it is by no means restricted to politics, and seems to have currency in terms of general news. This week fake news was stirring up shares about White Lake. Someone claiming to be running for the Mayor of Hope Mills posted a screenshot on Facebook with unsubstantiated allegations about White Lake.  Keith Bowen for Hope Mills Mayor with less than …..

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Bladen County Library announces summer programs

Come to the library…Let’s make some slime. It’s icky, it’s gooey, it’s awesome, sublime! We’ve found a great way to have a good time! To miss this event would be a real crime. Open to all ages, but not appropriate for children who will stick non-edible objects in their mouths. Participants will have a chance to make 3 different slimes. Registration is encouraged due to limited materials. Registration is recommended by calling 910-862-6990 Slime Time Programs: Monday, July 24, 5pm- Bridger Memorial Library, 910-863-4586 Tuesday, July 25, 5pm- Clarkton Public Library, 910-647-3661 Thursday, July 27, 5pm- Main Library in Elizabethtown, 910-862-6990 Program: Let’s Build a Better World as Habitat Fixer Uppers!! …..

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Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary

Bob did it again, grateful bird lovers

Bob Barker known best for his game show hosting skills on the “Price is Rights” is also an advocate for animal rights. Bladen County residents know about the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary (CFPS) in Pink Hill. The nonprofit has educated Bladen County school children and residence for a few years now. Barker and CFPS have been working together since last year when CFPS was awarded a grant from Bob Barker’s foundation for over $3,000 according to Ces Erdman, founder of the non-profit. This year the grant was even larger in the amount of $10,000 for CFPS, who has been educating Bladen County students and residents about birds for a few years …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon A two year old bulldog mixed breed, male by the name of Harlow was chosen to be Bladen County’s Pet of the Week. He is a very sweet and caring dog that needs a loving family according to Karen Suggs, Bladen County Animal Shelter Manager. This affectionate male can also be quite energetic and very playful. 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 cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith …..

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Travel Safely this Summer

Are you ready for your summer vacation? Whether planning a road trip or traveling abroad, stay prepared for emergencies with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ready Campaign, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Please consider the following tips: Create a Communication Plan to stay in contact with friends and family. Download the FEMA App. Review the Travelers’ Health information from the CDC. Before driving, click through the NHTSA’s Summer Driving Tips. If traveling abroad, use the Traveler’s Checklist from the State Department. When flying, follow the TSA’s Airport Security Tips. To learn more …..

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The Fourth of July: Fireworks, Family, Free of Misfortune

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging families to plan ahead to enjoy a safe Fourth of July holiday weekend. Hazards commonly associated with this holiday include extreme heat, fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking. In fact, studies show that more than 200 people on average go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during this time of year. “The 4th of July is a time to enjoy family and friends, fireworks and celebrate America’s Independence,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long.  “We encourage everyone to take a moment to review your household safety plan and talk with your family about the best …..

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21 fun and active games for kids to play on the beach

While beaches may not come to mind as Canadian tourist destinations, Canada is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, several of the most notable of which you can find in our list to the right. And that list represents only a smattering of the gorgeous beaches this country has to offer. READ MORE Share:

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Stay Safe While Enjoying Fireworks

The Fourth of July is approaching, and that means barbeques and fireworks! Many people love seeing the bright colors fly through the night air, but it is important to keep in mind that fireworks are explosives, and only professionals should handle them.   A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that more than 200 people, on average, go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in July close to the Independence Day holiday. Follow these tips to prevent injury from fireworks: Attend fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals. Do not try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully …..

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Bladen County Educator attends NCCAT

Cullowhee—Created in 1985, the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) provides professional development for educators. NCCAT’s main campus is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, with a second campus on Ocracoke Island. Amanda B. Allen of Elizabethtown Middle School recently attended a program held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers.   Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. NCCAT conducts a wide variety of high-quality professional development for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. For more information about …..

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Area Local Fireworks Schedules

  By: Tonya Bockover It’s almost here! July 4th, the celebration of our Country’s independence.  My fondest July 4th memories as a child include watermelon, cookouts and fireworks. Mom and dad used to load us up in the truck with a slew of lawn chairs and we would spend the summer nights leading up to the 4thvisiting the other area town watching fireworks! I was the last of 8 children and let’s face it, fireworks are cheap entertainment for a family of 8 children! Pop some corn, grab a cooler full of coke and head out. Here is a list of other local community’s fireworks schedules: Goldston’s at White Lake …..

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Fourth of July fireworks show planned for White Lake

The annual Fourth of July Fireworks show is planned for Tuesday evening, July 4th, at 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. The annual fireworks show is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “We invite people to bring a lawn chair and their families, and enjoy the rides and stay for the fireworks,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard.  She added the annual event offers a fun time for the entire family. Maynard said Goldston’s Sandwich Shop will be open as well as Goldston’s Restaurant. The arcade offers amusement rides and plenty of fun games for everyone. You can also try …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Sweetness Without the Calories

By Sandra R. Cain If you have a sweet tooth, you’re not alone. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like sweets. In fact, studies with infants show they innately prefer the flavor of sweetness over saltiness, bitterness or sourness. Although sugars, in moderation, can be part of a healthful diet, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize choosing and preparing foods and beverages with little added sugars or caloric sweeteners. Today, there are many choices for sweeteners with limited calories. Here are some examples of what is available on the market. Sugar alcohols. Often found in “sugar-free” candies, chewing gum, and desserts, sugar alcohols provide about half the calories of …..

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Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” concert series wraps up with North Tower

The Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” concert series will wrap Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake with the North Tower band. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. The North Tower band is known for their Beach Music and they also play a variety of funk and top 40 hits. Admission is free and adult beverages are $3 each. No coolers or pets are allowed. The stage is now located closer to the water front thanks to the installation of new equipment and folks can dance to the music as the sun sets over the lake. …..

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School Nutrition Professionals Participate in Innovative NC K-12 Culinary Institute

School nutrition managers from across the state have the opportunity to participate in regional K-12 Culinary Institute workshops this summer. The institute, designed to increase the availability of fresh, appealing, nutritious meals at school, is funded in part by a training grant the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Services received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Appealing meals that are filling and nutritious help students focus in the classroom,” said NCDPI School Nutrition Services Section Chief Lynn Harvey. “The North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute provides school nutrition managers with tools and information they can take back and implement in their school nutrition programs to ensure students …..

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Summer Blueberry Bash planned for Thursday

There will be a Summer Blueberry Bash on Thursday, June 29, from 3 until 5:30 p.m. The Blueberry Bash will be held at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown.  There is a $1 entry fee and a cost of $1 for each dish entered in the blueberry treat competition. There will be a blueberry treat competition, tasting and a $25 prize to the winner. There will also be information on blueberry history and growth and nutrition and storage facts. There will also be a Do It Yourself blueberry scrub and a raffle. For more information contact Nancy Olsen at 910-862-4591. Share:

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Beatty graduates from Howard University College of Medicine

Latoya Nicole Beatty of Bolton, NC and daughter of Nathan Beatty and Beverly McDowell graduated with her Medical Degree (M.D.) from Howard University College of Medicine on May 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Latoya attended East Columbus High School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Arts.), Mercer University (Masters of Public Health), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1-year Premedical Post-Baccalaureate program). Beatty says, “My path to medicine is quite unique. It’s long and very non-traditional (laughs). I always wanted to be a doctor since I was 3 years old. I was born with clubfoot so I was exposed to doctors quite often. Through the …..

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Local Man is Recognized For Outstanding Service

RALEIGH – Elizabethtown resident Dan Allen was recognized for outstanding service Friday evening during the 2017 Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen pageants. Winning awards in this year’s preliminary competition for Miss North Carolina were: Miss Greater Sampson County, Victoria Huggins who earned the Talent Award and Miss Randolph County, Laura Matrazzo, was awarded the Lifestyle & Fitness Award. In the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen competition, awards were as follows: Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen, Savanna Mayes, received the Talent Award and Miss Queen City’s Outstanding Teen, Marissa Garrison, earned the Evening Gown and Onstage Question Award. The Miss North Carolina Organization also took the time to recognize several of its volunteers for …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Have You Tried Tofu?

By Sandra R. Cain Although once only found in Asian food markets, this seemingly bland food can miraculously take on the flavor of its surrounding ingredients making it a highly versatile as well as highly nutritious part of a healthy diet. Tofu can now be found in your local supermarkets throughout the year. Discovered over 2000 years ago by the Chinese, tofu is sometimes called “the cheese of Asia,” because of its physical resemblance to a block of farmer’s cheese. Tofu is made from soybeans that are soaked, mashed, cooked and filtered to produce soy milk. The milk is then curdled using a coagulant or jelling compound like magnesium chloride …..

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“A Robeson County Christmas Show” Auditions at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theatre is holding auditions for its sixth Annual “A Robeson County Christmas Show” original production. Directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, the show is a heart-warming, holiday musical revue that the entire family will enjoy. The show will feature a talented local cast of singers and dancers performing popular and traditional season classics. With special appearances by Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, and of course Santa Claus! Rehearsals will start in September, with show dates Dec. 7-10, with school shows during the week of November 27.   Seeking: 3 female singer/dancers 3 male singer/dancers Also seeking mature and …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club gets visit from scholarship recipients

Each year the Elizabethtown Rotary Club awards scholarships to Bladen County students. On Wednesday, the Rotarians received a visit from this year’s scholarship recipients. The 2017 scholarship recipients are James Moore, Jacqueline Madden, and Marley Ketterer. In addition to these, the Club also decided to award a scholarship to one Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy student. Share:

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Bladen County referenced in new book

QDMA Founder Joe Hamilton Publishes “Firepot Stories” Collection ATHENS, GA – Joe Hamilton, the founder of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), has compiled a lifetime of outdoor writing in his new book, Firepot Stories: Collected Writings of a Naturalist, Conservationist, Wildlife Biologist, Sportsman and Raconteur, available from QDMA. “Firepot Stories is amazing, informative and inspirational reading for all who love the outdoors and care about the future of wildlife in America and beyond,” wrote Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops and noted conservationist, in a quote on the back cover of the book. “My friend Joe Hamilton is, without question, one of our nation’s true leaders in conservation, and I am …..

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5 tips to help you stay cool this Summer

By: A. Daine Smith, Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC Summer has arrived. Hot temperatures are increasing. Folks are usually searching for ways to stay cool in hot weather. We have put a list of 5 tips together to help you stay cool in the rising heat. 1. How many times have we heard this, “Drink plenty of water!” You can keep your body temperature down by drinking plenty of refreshening liquids. 2. The sun shouldn’t shine on the inside of your home if you want to stay cool inside. Try heat blocking curtains to help your home stay comfortable in the rising temperatures. 3. Your body has special cooling …..

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Three Bladen County employees honored

Cereca Newkirk, Johnice Autry and Vicki Pait were honored at the Bladen County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday evening, June 19th. All three county employees received honorable mentions, cheers and a plaque for their years of service to Bladen County before their retirement beginning on July 1st, 2017. Cereca Newkirk, started in 1986 as a CNA and advanced to a Community Services Technician and then moved to social services. Newkirk was described as a wonderful employee and never receiving any complaints about her. Newkirk said she will miss her co-workers but she has her granddaughter now. Then her granddaughter joined her for a photo. Johnice Autry, celebrating 27 …..

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Dog missing from Bladenboro

A reward is being offered for the safe return of a dog which has been reported missing by its owner. The dog answers to the name of Huck is a  brown male bulldog with a white chest and big ears. He has a black reflective collar and 8 months old. He was last seen on Thursday, June 15, in the vicinity of Berry Lewis Road and NC Hwy. 211 intersection in Bladenboro. He is on medication for health-related problems and needs his medication administered twice daily. If anyone has seen this dog or if you have any information regarding the dog’s whereabouts, please call Mary at 910-991-5287. Share:

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Happy Father’s Day Norman

Happy Father’s Day Norman You’re funny, sweet and kind. I’m blessed to call you mine! Happy Father’s Day, Dad! We love and miss you! Daine, Brandy, A.J. & Paul Share:

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Community Mart is now open

Newly renovated and now open, The Community Mart, is ready to serve customers. It is located at the corner of Scout and East Broad Street in Elizabethtown. The price of gas now advertised is $1.99 per gallon of regular unleaded. “It’s a gas station and a convenient store , offering gas , lottery tickets, groceries and a little bit of everything,” said owner  Mohamand Moustafa. PD Share:

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East Bladen High School Graduate: Alton Ross Johnson

Alton Ross Johnson, son of Alton E. And Patrica Johnson, graduated summa cum laude on June 16, 2017 from East Bladen High. Ross graduated 2nd in Rank (Salutatorian) and was honored to give the Welcome speech. Some of his senior highlights include N.C. Scholar Graduate, National BETA Club member , National Honor Society member, National Technical Honor Society member, Gold Certificate for National Career Readiness and EBHS History Club President. During his last semester he became a Certified Nursing Assistant. He is an active member of Elizabethtown Baptist Church and Youth Group. Ross will be attending East Carolina University in the fall. He plans to major in Biochemistry and pursue …..

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Weston Blake Tatum

  Matthew and Michele Tatum of Elizabethtown announce the birth of their son, Weston Blake Tatum. Weston was born at 8:36 pm on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, NC.  He weighed 6 pounds and measured 18 1/2 inches long. Weston was welcomed home by his big sister, Alleigh. Share:

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Bladen County Hospital recognizes Christina Lamb, BSN, RN II.

Contributed article Bladen County Hospital recognizes Christina Lamb, BSN, RN II. She recently completed two important milestones in a nurses’ journey. The first, milestone is recognition as a RN II. Cape Fear Valley Health System offers a Clinical Ladder Program that provides Registered Nurses with opportunities for advancement. The program is designed to recognize and retain direct clinical care nurses.  Participants are involved in promoting excellence in nursing practice through professional growth, supporting the organization, advancing clinical expertise, and contributing to health of the community. Participation in the Clinical Ladder Program is voluntary. Advancement is an achievement, not an expectation of every registered nurse (RN). The Clinical Ladder (CL) consists …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living : Make a Peck of Pickled Peppers

by: Sandra R. Cain Peppers are a vegetable used in a variety of dishes as seasoning, garnish, main dish, and relish. Peppers are na­tive to tropical America and were grown by Native Americans in North and South America over 2,000 years ago. Small hot peppers were discovered by Columbus in the West Indies. Peppers come in a variety of shapes, colors, sweet­ness, and “hotness.” Some sweet pepper varieties are bell, pimiento, sweet banana, and sweet cherry. “Hot” varieties are cayenne, chili, jalapeño, Hungar­ian, Serrano, and some cherry varieties. In general, the smaller the size of the pepper, the hotter the pepper is. Peppers are available from mid-July through September. Bell …..

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Bladen County Graduates in the spotlight

It is that time of year again. A new path begins for some of our Bladen County young adults. Graduations are being celebrated across our county. Local graduates will be in the spotlight in a couple different ways on BladenOnline.com. First, BladenOnline.com will continue to take graduation congratulations notes and photos of graduates to publish on our Lifestyle’s page. Information about the graduate  you would like to give kudos to should be emailed along with a photo to BladenOnline.com@gmail.com. Second we are excited to announce BladenOnline.com will be live streaming the graduations of our two local high schools on our Facebook page. Bladen Community College is the first graduation ceremony …..

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May Education Lottery Winners From Bladen County

$1,000 Winners: Brandon Floyd, Carol Davis, Kenneth Edge, Lee Douglas, David Shaw, Wilma Lesane, Arturo Garcia, Randy Deaver. $2,500 Winners: Martha Collins, Thomasina Wrenn, Jerry Brown, Evelyn McAllister. $2,600 Winner: Marian Lewis. $2,700 Winner: Ross Lesane. $5,000 Winners: Mary Lewis, Luther High. $5,200 Winner: Anthony Smith. $7,500 Winner: Jennifer Lewis. Share:

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Happy Father’s Day: Chris Callihan

Happy Father’s Day Pop (Chris Callihan)! Thank you for working hard to provide for us; always making time to tackle the math homework; being the biggest cheerleader of your little dancer; the best roller coaster riding buddy and, most importantly, for loving us with your whole heart. You are an AWESOME Pop and Hubby. We love and appreciate you more than you know! Mel, Topher & Charm Callihan Share:

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Trinity Faith Carroll

Trinity Faith Carroll is the daughter of Deanna Carroll and the late Ricky Carroll. She is a graduate of Bladen Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and also a graduate of East Bladen High School. Trinity is a member of the National Honor Society, NC Beta Club, Student Government, Dream Team, Fellow Christian Athletes and was a Junior Marshal last year. She has played Soccer and Tennis all four years of High School and received “Most Valuable Player in Doubles” and even tried cheerleading. She is attending East Carolina University in the fall to pursue a career in Nursing. She plans on being a Nurse Anesthetist. Trinity is the youngest of …..

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Happy Father’s Day: Benny Franklin Callihan

Happy Father’s Day Pa Benny (Benny Frank Callihan)! Thank you for taking us fishing; dance parties; big laughs we share when watching the ol’ black and white comedies and for keeping our tummies full of fresh fruit all summer long! We love you! Topher & Charm Callihan Share:

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Happy Father’s Day: Charlie H. Tatum

We would like to wish Pa Charlie (Charlie H. Tatum) a very Happy Father’s Day! Thanks for playing with us; praying with us; teaching us how to love and care for others unselfishly; teaching us about God’s unconditional love; secret dates at the sub shop and ice cream parlor. Thank you for all that you do for us. We love you! Charm & Topher Callihan Share:

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Bladen County free puppy to good home

A black female puppy was located at the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. The staff said there is a pack of dogs running loose around the area and this is the second puppy they have found. If you are interested in the puppy please contact, 910-645-4291. Share:

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Bladen Masonic Lodge No. 646 conducts raffle to support philanthropies

The Bladen Lodge No. 646 AF & AM in Elizabethtown is conducting a raffle of a Del-Ton AR-15 Rifle to support their philanthropic giving. Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 and can be purchased from any Lodge member. The drawing will take place on August 28, 2017. The proceeds from the raffle will go to support the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, NC; the Whitestone Retirement Home in Greensboro; and the North Carolina Masonic Foundation. The winner of the raffle must meet all federal requirements to be eligible to purchase and legally own a firearm. Only the named ticket holder may receive the rifle from the …..

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Happy Father’s Day Robert Munn

Happy Father’s day and thank you for the years of memories and the ones to come. We appreciate you for the times you were tough on us because we would not be the children we are without it.  Thank you for always supporting us and showing us how much we are loved. With that being said we all love you. Happy Father’s Day. Share:

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Happy Father’s Day : Marcus Clemmons

A dad is a man that shows you love and kindness. He shows his daughter how a man treats a woman and to never accept anything less. He teaches his sons how to be a man. He will love you even if your not his biological child. He will love you when you are good and when you are bad. He will do his best to make sure you always have what you need and want. We want to thank you for showing us and doing all of this for us. We are thankful for a dad like you. We love you and appreciate all you do for us. WE …..

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Happy Father’s Day : Jamie Lewis

Happy Father’s Day to my dad , Jamie Lewis! I am so thankful for all you do! You are the most caring, selfishless person I know & I cherish every moment that we spend together. Hope this is your best Father’s Day yet & I can’t wait to spend it with you! Share:

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Pet Palooza is gaining momentum 

The Bladen County Pet Palooza is hoped to be the first of an annual event. The event has been organized by the Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board. The board announced this week the event has received a great response. The proceeds of the event will be used for a dog exercise area at the Bladen County Animal Shelter and the cause has received more top sponsors. The Barking Lot, A Shelter Friend, the Kim Family and Dr. Samuel Ray Cross have all given at least $500 to be top sponsors. A Ribbon Cutting for the new dog park will officially kick the event off, there will be vendors, a …..

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Spring Fling hits good numbers

The annual Bladenboro Spring Fling by Boost the Boro was held Saturday, June 10th, at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market. Vendors, food, and live entertainment was the main focus of the event to help the local non-profit, Boost the Boro, Inc., raise funds to help promote economic development for the town. Before the official event began; farmers offered fresh produce at the market while Boost the Boro members and vendors set up for the big event. At 11 a.m. the fun day started with all the promised excitement. Barbecue chicken plates were available for sale along with other food. About 20 vendors offered a large variety of items. Live entertainment was …..

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Celebration of Bladen Community College’s 50th Anniversary 

The Bladen Community College Foundation hosted a celebration concert at Lu Mil Vineyard Saturday evening, June 10th, in Dublin. The weather was perfect according to Dennis Troy, Chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees. The event had live entertainment with a tribute to country music legend Johnny Cash, with the Johnny Folsom Four tribute band. The band performed many of Johnny Cash’s hit songs while college supporters enjoyed the music, drinks, dancing and the atmosphere. Troy welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone in attendance for supporting the college. Linda Burney, the college’s Foundation Director, introduced three new BCC Ambassadors and then t-shirts and other give-aways were shot out into the …..

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Father’s Day thank you notes

Father’s Day will be this Sunday, June 18th and BladenOnline.com would like to help you celebrate the dad(s) in your life. We are offering free thank you notes published on our Lifestyles page with a photo of dads included. If you would like to send in your words of gratitude with a photo of the dad(s) in your life to be published on BladenOnline.com you may email the information, including your dad’s name along with a photo to bladenonline.com@gmail.com. Thank you notes will be published now until Monday, June 19th, 2017. Share:

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West Bladen High School: Justin Nickle

Justin Nickle will graduate from West Bladen High School on June 17, 2017, with a 3.6 GPA.  He has enlisted in the National Guard and will be attending NC Wesleyan College once he completes his training. Justin is a fitness enthusiast who played baseball, soccer, and was on the track team. He received the Top Distance award for track and plans to continue running track at Wesleyan while he pursues a Business degree. We are very proud of Justin for all of his accomplishments and for the person he has grown to be today! Lots of love….Mom, Dad, and James Share:

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Sandra Cain

Lifestyles: For Better Living: It’s Blueberry Time!

By Sandra Cain There’s nothing more delicious than blueberries. A staple of our early ancestors, they’re as much a part of our heritage as country quilts and wood-burning stoves.  In addition to their visual  appeal, intense blue color and sweet delectable flavor, blueberries are a healthy and convenient food.  Readily available in Bladen County, blueberries are low in fat, sodium free and a good source of both fiber and vitamin C. In fact, a one cup serving of fresh blueberries will give you five grams of fiber – more than most fruits and vegetables – and 15% of your daily vitamin C at a cost of only 80 calories. Blueberries …..

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SCC Free Movie Night Featuring: Moana

The Southeastern Community College Student Government Association invites you to a free outdoor movie night on the front lawn of the SCC campus on June 29 featuring the Disney film Moana. Concessions are  cash only and will be available beginning at 7 p.m. and the movie will being at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Please note that pets and alcohol and tobacco use are not permitted on campus. For more information contact, Liz McLean, Director, Marketing & Outreach at 910-642-7141 Extension 343 or by email at liz.mclean@sccnc.edu Share:

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Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater 2017-2018 Schedule

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater has announced their 2017-18 season schedule 2017-18  for the Touring and Original Main Stage Performances. The schedule is as follows: Sept. 23: Old school party style with “A Temptations Revue” featuring Barrington “Bo” Henderson. Oct. 6:  Old school country-cowboy style with Riders in the Sky. Oct. 26:  Organist Mark Andersen and Friends return to mark Halloween with a “Phantom of the Opera” special performance of silent film and singing. Dec. 7-10:  The region’s newest holiday tradition, our own “A Robeson County Christmas” Show. Feb. 10: International Bluegrass Music Association two-time best performer winners Balsam Range. March 9: Traditional and contemporary Celtic music with The …..

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Cash on the Vine set for Saturday

Bladen Community College is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2017. The Bladen Community College Foundation is conducting a fundraiser called Cash on the Vine featuring the Johnny Folsom 4 on Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate. Many folks can recall growing up to the strains of such songs as “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues” playing on the radio. The Johnny Folsom 4 will bring those songs and other Johnny Cash favorites back to the stage for the evening.  Tickets are available online at  www.bladencc.edu/foundation. You can also enter for a chance to …..

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Bladen County Health Department

Bladen County Health encourages Men’s Health

June not only holds the first day of summer, but is also a month dedicated to raising awareness of different issues and causes. June is Men’s Health Month according to the Bladen County Health and Human Services Facebook Page. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the …..

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Health Grades

Lifestyles: Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

Well, June is here and soon it will be summer. Judging by the drive thru lines and the full parking lot, we’ve all probably been over to the new Hardee’s restaurant in Elizabethtown a time or two already. It’s nice to have choices, but where ever we decide to grab a bite, we want to know that our public spaces are kept clean to the standards of the Health Code. BladenOnline is committed to community service and is happy to bring you the results of the Bladen County Health Department’s monthly inspections of restaurants, kitchens, and cafeterias. Please check out the chart below to see if your favorite place was …..

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Win Free tickets

Bladen Community College Foundation is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. We here at BladenOnline.com want to help with the festivities. Tell us how Bladen Community College has assisted you in success for a chance to win two free tickets to the Foundation’s 50th Year Celebration Concert at Lu Mil Vineyard. Email your 500 words or less about your BCC experience to BladenOnline.com@gmail.com and you will be entered in the drawing on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 to win two free tickets to the concert celebration. Share:

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Issues in Bladen County with Elder abuse

Ageism is defined as a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention. Abuse is treating a person or an animal with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly. At times, ageism and abuse go hand in hand. Bladen County has reports of elder abuse. Bladen County Health and Human Services along with the Bladen County Commissioners are trying to take a stand against Elder abuse. Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman, Charles Ray Peterson Bladen County had 93 reports of senior citizens being abused in 2016. Peterson also said according to Social Services Director, Vicky Smith, there are already 84 cases of elder abuse this year. At …..

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Carl Stewart McCulloch gives back with estate

The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club lost a dear member, Carl Stewart McCulloch, this year according to it’s club members. McCulloch was a member of the local club for 60 years, Dr. Lisa Bryan, Kiwanis’ Secretary said. Last week the club Treasurer, William Thompson announced the club received a donation of $1,000 from Mr. Carl’s estate. This will help our club continue to give back to the children of our community Thompson stated. McCulloch was 92 years old when he died peacefully surrounded by his family in January 2017 according to his obituary. In lieu of flowers to honor McCulloch people were asked to donate to the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church or the …..

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Dublin First Baptist and Lake Church Graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 on behalf of Dublin First Baptist Church and the Lake Church. Our hope is Philippians 4:13 will be a verse of encouragement for each one of our young adults as they go out on their new journeys in life. May the Lord bless this generation. Share:

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Fundraiser for Baby JT in Elizabethtown

A fundraiser concert for Baby JT  Higgs will take place today at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. The concert will take place from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The concert will feature Black Swamp Hattie with special guests Papa Zita. The bands play a variety of classic and southern rock. All proceeds will go to Baby JT’s family for medical expenses. Parents Kelsey Cox and Jacobe Higgs received the news in March baby JT’s leukemia has returned and appears to be very aggressive. Currently, Kelsey is unable to work as she is spending time with JT at the hospital and Jacobe is trying to work and travel between their …..

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Ammon Blueberry Festival is today

If you are looking for something fun and exciting to do, come out to the Ammon Blueberry Festival.  The festival is held each year at the Ammon Community Building and there is plenty to see and do. Start your morning with a plate of hot blueberry pancakes and all the trimmings at the Ammon Volunteer Fire Department. Plates will be available from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Following the pancake breakfast, a parade will take place at 10 a.m. followed by opening ceremonies and live entertainment on the stage. There will also be a blueberry auction, vendors, crafts, antique cars and trucks and more. The Dunn Clowns, a crowd favorite, …..

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