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Lifestyles: Detours, Friends a Gospel Singing

Contributed by Bobbie Todd For the past month if you have traveled anywhere you have seen your share of detour and road closed signs. Hurricane Florence was not invited into our lives by no means. She changed what we know as normal to utter chaos. One road at a time, they began to be repaired, opened and once again our travel directions were back to normal. Bladen County, once again, has one of their own whose life has taken a drastic detour and no longer is normal, Darby Carroll Bordeaux. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Connie Carroll of Dublin, NC. Darby’s journey began in 2008 when …..

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Campbell joins Hilton Auction & Realty for new career 

  Elizabethtown, NC: Charlie and Dean Hilton of Hilton Auction & Reality in Elizabethtown are excited to announce their newest team member. Christian Campbell also from Elizabethtown recently accepted a position at Hilton Auction & Realty to start her new career as a Real Estate Broker. Campbell graduated from UNC Wilmington with a degree in Exercise Science and teaches classes at HealthWorks Fitness & Wellness in Elizabethtown, but she wanted to do more.  “I wanted to come back to the area because I feel like there is a lot opportunity here,” Campbell said.  Residential and commercial sales is the focus of Campbell’s work right now, but she will also be …..

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Canned food collection challenge to schools

Contributed The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown is having a can food drive for the month of October. Since our county has suffered so much the club decided to expand their drive and make it an annual event. The Kiwanians put a challenge out to both East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School. Both, Mrs. Peggy Hester, Principal of West Bladen and Dr. Jason Wray, Principal of East Bladen High School accepted the challenge. The challenge starts today, October 15 and will go through the end of the month. The challenge is the students of the high schools are to collect can goods (can goods only) for the month …..

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Grape Festival Provides Fun For All

By Erin Smith While the morning air had a crisp feel to it, the atmosphere at Lu Mil Vineyard’s NC Grape Festival Saturday was one of fun and laughter. The well attended event had plenty to offer from the soft sounds of jazz music to the laughter of the Grape Stomp event. Denise Bridgers estimated the crowd in attendance to be 2,500. “I’m just thrilled. I think everything went well,” said Bridgers. She explained that organizers changed the festival layout slightly, and it made a very positive impact. Festivities kicked off with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Dublin Boy Scouts. The day continued with a food truck round up …..

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Essential Fire Prevention Tips to Share With Your Family

This week is Fire Prevention Week! This year’s theme is LOOK. LEARN. LISTEN. Many deaths and injuries from fires happen in homes, but fires can happen anywhere. Use these fire safety tips to help prevent and respond to a fire in your home: Make sure your smoke alarms work. Choose interconnected alarms so when one sounds, they all sound. Don’t be caught off guard. Place smoke alarms inside and outside every bedroom. Make sure everyone in your home knows how the alarms sound. Smoke alarms don’t last forever. Test alarms every month. If your alarms are 10 years old or older, it’s time to replace them. When you hear a smoke …..

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NC DOT

NC Ferries Resume Normal Schedules Friday Morning After Michael Passes

Conditions deemed safe after Remnants of Hurricane Pass Through NC RALEIGH – North Carolina ferries resumed their normal schedules Friday morning, after heavy winds subsided and conditions were deemed safe by the state Ferry Division. Heavy winds from the remnants of Hurricane Michael, which pounded parts of North Carolina with wind and soaking rain, forced state officials to temporarily suspend all ferry operations along the coast Thursday. For the safety of passengers and ferry crews, the state’s ferries do not run during potentially unsafe weather. Winds at times exceeded 30 mph along the North Carolina coast. Share:

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Valley Fine Food Recalls Meat and Poultry Products

WASHINGTON, DC – Valley Fine Foods, a Forest City, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 35,516 pounds of heat-treated, not fully cooked meat and poultry products that may be adulterated due to presence of spoilage organisms that have rendered it unwholesome and unfit for human food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The heat-treated, not fully cooked, refrigerated meat and poultry products were produced on various dates from Aug. 15, 2018 through Oct. 4, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: *12-oz. tray packages containing “SIMPLE DISHES™ Chicken Penne Alfredo” with case code #19034, case UPC code 1-07-42753-34709-0, and “BEST IF USED BY” “10/09/18” …..

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Massage Therapy, Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Stress

Contributed The ancient arts of massage therapy and acupuncture are known all the world over for being methods of stress relief and healing. The members of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Elizabethtown Massage R & R as a new member during Tuesday’s luncheon meeting. Chamber Members also learned more about the services the company offers. Massage Therapists Judith Brogdon, Carrie Kelly, Wanda Thomas, and Acupuncturist Leslie Brown, discussed the various procedures performed and how they help their clients. Brown spoke first regarding acupuncture. She said while many people fear needles, such as getting shots, the needles used in acupuncture are very different. The acupuncture needles are small …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend will be filled with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fall weather. On Saturday morning  the Annual NC Grape Festival will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. No payment is needed to attend. Vendor spaces will be available and booth spaces are free. The Grape Stomp Competition will begin at 10 a.m. and there is no cost to enter. For more information, please either call  910-866-5819 or go to www.lumilvineyard.com. Also on Saturday, the Mother County Genealogical Society will be having a meeting at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. Terry Smith will be speaking about Colonel James Gillespie who was a delegate …..

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Student artists are invited to UNCSA Open House on Friday, Nov. 9

WINSTON-SALEM – High school and college students who are interested in careers in the arts are invited to visit the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem for a day and discover why it is the place for exceptionally talented students to study and thrive. Fall Open House has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, for high school programs in dance, drama, music and visual arts and college programs in dance, design and production, drama, film and music.  Online registration is required. During the Open House, visitors will receive a guided walking tour of the campus that includes movie set facades, music and dance practice rooms, and stunning performance venues and screening spaces. They will also meet the deans, faculty, and current students, …..

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NC Grape Festival On Go for Saturday

By Erin Smith The annual NC Grape Festival is on go for this Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard. Admission to the festival is free. The band for this year’s event is the “Three to Get Ready” jazz band. “Jazz is a type of music we have not relied on before. We’re really excited about that (the jazz band),” said Denise Bridgers. She said the band will perform on Doc’s Deck, near the Grape Stomp competition. There will be a Super Yard Sale, and vendor spaces will be available. Booth spaces are free (call 910-866-5819). The local favorite, the Grape Stomp Competition, will …..

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4 tips for HVAC system after a disaster

Contributed Many property owners are still recovering from damage received in Hurricane Florence. Since the hurricane hit, Bladen County citizens have been scrambling to repair and recover communities. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard from Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC at their last meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. The company’s owner, Daine Smith, prepared four tips for the club members to remember while recovering from any disaster. *If your HVAC duct work was flooded, do not run your HVAC unit and close all your vents. Running an HVAC system that has been flooded may cause mold and mildew issues. *If your HVAC system is ever contaminated by flood …..

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12th Annual NC Grape Festival on tap

The 12th Annual NC Grape Festival at Lu Mil Vineyard is almost here and we are ready to celebrate! This year’s festival is Saturday, October 13, from 9 am until 3 p.m. After all the destruction to our communities recently, we are encouraging everyone to come spend some time with us for a free family fun day.  There is no fee to enter the festival. To kick off the day, there will be a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Dublin Boy Scouts (7am until) at the General Store. “Three to Get Ready” jazz band will be entertaining on Doc’s Deck throughout the day along with the Lumber River Old Iron …..

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Clean clothes for Hurricane Florence victims

Contributed Hurricane Florence victims of Bladen County may benefit from Free Laundry Day at a local laundry mat. Quarters for a Cause was organized by Cornelia Hester and Tina Brock.  Brock said, “We are real excited about this event.” The two announced two loads of laundry per family effected by Hurricane Florence may be washed this Saturday, October 13 at no cost to the victims. The event will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until the quarters run out. The quarters will be provided for hurricane victims needing their clothes washed. The event will take place at the Village Laundry Mat located on US Hwy 701 North at White Lake, NC. …..

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Columbus County and other counties receive millions in school construction grants

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces $141 million in school construction grants to 13 districts North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that $141 million in grant funds from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund will be awarded this year to school districts in Anson, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Cherokee, Columbus, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Nash, Swain and Tyrrell counties. The grant awards will allow for construction of new school buildings in these economically distressed areas.   “Through these grants, we will help address our state’s need to replace old, outdated schools with better learning environments,” Johnson said. “This is the second year these funds have been made available to benefit our students …..

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Shriners Fall Fish Fry Postponed

The Bladen County Shrine Club’s annual fall Fish Fry has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 14. There will be two locations once again this year — the Fresh Food IGA in Bladenboro and the Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown. According to Phillip Little, one of the event’s many organizers, the reason for rescheduling the event is due to Hurricane Florence. “We had to do that after Hurricane Matthew as well,” said Little. Share:

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Great Tourist Event Marred by Storm

By Charlotte Smith The Cycle North Carolina Mountains to the Coast Ride took place as originally scheduled bringing around 1,200 tourists through Bladen County. The tourist event started on Saturday, September 29th, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The tour ended on Saturday, October 6th, with cyclists leaving Elizabethtown and heading to Oak Island. As the cyclists rolled into Elizabethtown on Friday, October 5th, they were greeted by Town of Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell, the Chamber of Commerce, business owners and citizens. Elizabethtown was scheduled to be the last overnight stop for the riders. Mayor Campbell and other officials offered a warm reception to Cycle NC on King Street in Elizabethtown …..

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Brighter days ahead for storm victims in East Arcadia area

Making Christmas Brighter for Children of Storm Victims By Erin Smith A group of dedicated volunteers is hoping they can make Christmas a little brighter this year, for children whose families have been victims of Hurricane Florence’s flood waters. Debra Douglas said Camp Clearwater conducts a motorcycle ride each year in September, to raise money to put back into the community in various ways. With all the devastation brought on by Hurricane Florence, the organizers of the event wanted to do their part to help those in need. Douglas said the organizers of the event discussed it  and decided they wanted to help some children impacted by the flooding. This …..

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Tips to protect yourself from hackers

Facebook breach affects millions Contributed On Friday, September 28, 2018, Facebook announced an attack on its computer network impacting the personal information of nearly 50 million users. While Facebook has addressed the issue and informed law enforcement, you should still take steps to help protect yourself. Consider changing your password for Facebook. Use a strong password that includes numbers, uppercase letters and symbols. Make sure you don’t use the same password that you use for banking or any other sensitive financial services. If you’ve stored your credit card data with Facebook, or any site, we recommend deleting those numbers. Keep tabs on your personal credit and information using a credit monitoring …..

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NC National Guard Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. James Allen Slape, 23, of Morehead City, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 4, 2018, as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation. Slape was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously. Sgt. Slape was assigned to N.C. Army National Guard’s 60th Troop Command, 430th Explosive Ordnance Company, based in Washington, N.C. “We are deeply saddened by the news of Sgt. James Slape losing his life while serving our Country,’ said Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, Adjutant General of the North Carolina National Guard. “We honor his courage, his …..

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Public Meeting

Mother County Genealogical Society meeting Oct. 13th

The Mother County Genealogical Society will meet October 13th from 12 noon until 2 PM in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building located at 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. Terry Smith Cain will speak on  Colonel James Gillespie, who served with distinction in the American Revolution. Gillespie was a delegate to the 1776 Halifax Convention that wrote the state’s first Constitution, and both State ratification conventions for the U.S. Constitution. He served multiple terms in the state legislature as a representative, senator and Secretary of the Council of State before being elected four times to the United States House of Representatives. Gillespie and his wife, Dorcas Mumford were the progenitors …..

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Update: Win free tickets to great concert; Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Presents an Evening of Music

An Evening of Music and Baseball to Be Featured in Clarkton By Erin Smith Congratulations to our second Facebook Fan Trivia Contest Winner, Matt Needham. Need ham has won two free tickets to a local concert. Currently, Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball is still on go for hosting an evening of music as one of their annual fundraisers on Saturday, October 13th, from 5-9 p.m. at the Clarkton DYB Complex. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball has been around for years thanks to the founders Buddy Burney, Carlos Lyda, GC Dennis and Jack Heustess. A local group called The Pink Slips will be performing a variety of …..

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DSNAP locations open

Contributed by Vickie K. Smith, Director, Bladen County DSS The Cooperative Site for the administration of DSNAP benefits closed on Wednesday, October 3, at 6:30 pm. Anyone may visit any of our other sites to apply for DSNAP benefits: Bladen DSS, 208 East McKay St, Elizabethown, NC Bladenboro Voluntary Fire Department,  519 West Seaboard St., Bladenboro, NC Centerville Baptist Church, 18577 NC Hwy 53 East, Kelly, NC Tar Heel Town Hall, 14865 Hwy 87 West, Tar Heel, NC These sites will remain open until Saturday, October 6, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm Share:

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Health Grades

Lifestyles: Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston How many of us went out to eat in September? Was that before the hurricane or after? With all the storm damage and flooding it was difficult to get out of the house for a week or two. A few places remained open during the storm because they had generators, but many lost any food supplies they had when the electricity was out for days. If you are like me, you were concerned about family, friends and neighbors and also very grateful to have survived Florence’s onslaught. For those who lost loved ones or household possessions, I’m sorry for your losses and hope your recovery will be …..

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East Bladen High School

Participate in the East Bladen High School Homecoming Parade

Contributed by Ashley Cashwell The East Bladen High School Homecoming Parade will be held on October 12, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. If anyone is interested in participating in the Homecoming Parade, please call or email Ms. Cashwell at East Bladen High School at (910) 247-4610 or adcashwell@bladen.k12.nc.us (There is No Charge to Participate) Share:

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Meeting needs and seeking assistance

By Charlotte Smith Anyone who has suffered through a tragedy in life knows it is better to give than to receive. Volunteers are needed at the Bladen County Disaster Relief Distribution Site at 108 South Cypress Street in Elizabethtown from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday, to help those who have recently suffered tragedy. During the first two weeks the relief site was housed at Vertical Church. United Way of Bladen County and Foundation Church partnered together to house the new Disaster Relief Distribution Site at 108 South Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Pastor Jason Williams with Foundation Church said in the past four days over 4,400 people …..

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Farmers suffer in more ways than one in Bladenboro

Photos contributed by Don White Written by Erin Smith While businesses and residents begin the process of rebuilding, Boost the ‘Boro members have been working to repair flood damage to the Bladenboro Farmers Market. The local Farmer’s Market is the host of fresh produce, handmade crafts and so much more. Hurricane Florence caused record breaking flooding and significant damage to the market. According to Boost the ‘Boro President, Don White Jr., there were 10 inches of flood water reported inside the farmers market. “That building was purposefully designed to be built up off the ground by 34 inches. Even with that, 10 inches of water was inside,” said White. He …..

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Bladen Community College Hosts Scholars Breakfast

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College Foundation and Bladen Community College Student Services joined forces to host the first annual Scholars Breakfast on Wednesday, September 12th . Scholars were invited to attend the breakfast to learn more about student services offered by the college, to get better acquainted with key college department representatives and gain a deeper understanding of their scholarship requirements. Attendees were welcomed by Linda Burney, BCC Foundation Director. Mrs. Burney congratulated those scholars for being chosen and reminded them that their academic fitness and desire to succeed qualified them to receive a BCC Foundation scholarship. She pledged her support as well as that of Student Services, Financial Aid …..

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Governor Cooper proclaims October Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Cooper has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in North Carolina. The initiative is part of a month long campaign by the Department of Information Technology to educate people about cybersecurity threats and ways they can guard against them. “Data thieves continue to find new ways to try to get to private information from your homes, our business and our governments,” said Eric Boyette, State Chief Information Officer and Secretary of the Department of Information Technology. “Well-meaning people sometimes make this easier by not being careful. This month, we want to try to remind people of some easy ways they can stop data theft.” The North Carolina Department of Information …..

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Bladenboro suffers more loss

Staff report Bladenboro has not only seen loss of homes and businesses, but has also suffered loss of Town personnel. Cherished Chief of Police, Chris Hunt retired Friday, September 28 after 23 years of service. John O’ Daniel, Town Administrator served his last day on September 10th. Just days before Hurricane Florence hit the small town, O’Daniel’s served his last day as the Town Administrator. Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth did not give any details into where O’Daniels left to serve, but did say the town is searching for a replacement for the position. “We want a go-getter,” Duckworth said in reference to the type of person he would like to …..

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Basic Law Enforcement Training begins in November

Contributed BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING BEGINS NOVEMBER 1st AT BCC DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will begin classes for men and women interested in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) on November 1 st , 2018. Over the past 25 years, the college has graduated more than 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to local, town, county, regional, state, and federal organizations. The BLET is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, municipal governments, or with private enterprise. Typically, classes will be held Monday through Thursday evenings, from 6 PM until 10 PM and every other Saturday, from 8 AM …..

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Hot Rods appreciated

Contributed by Harry Meggitt   Confederate Riders MC presented Hot Rods restaurant at White Lake, owner Kim and family with a certificate acknowledging their outstanding support to the community by keeping their business open using a generator. “Without her loyalty to the community a lot of people would not of been able to have a hot meal. Thank you.”  Harry Meggitt Share:

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Bladen County car seat take back

Contributed by  Monique Travise Safe Kids Bladen will be hosting a car seat take back event. The purpose of this event is to exchange any damaged car seats from Hurricane Florence with new seats. The event will held October 18th from 3-7 PM or while supplies last in Elizabethtown beside San Jose Mexican Restaurant. If your child’s car seat was damaged due to flooding we are holding an event to replace it! Certified technicians will be onsite to install the replaced seats while supplies last. Share:

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Now Open: FREE Holiday Challenge!

Contributed by Marianne Valentiner Maintain, don’t gain this holiday season with the 12th annual Holiday Challenge! This FREE 7-week program provides you with access to weekly newsletters, daily tips, healthy holiday recipes, and a virtual race through Rome. Last year’s Holiday Challenge was the largest to date with more than 28,000 participants from all 50 states, all 100 North Carolina counties, and 17 additional countries. You are invited to join us for the 2018 Holiday Challenge!   November 12th – December 31st To learn more and to register, click below: The 2018 Holiday Challenge Holiday Challenge Share:

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Devastation and recovery from Hurricane Florence

Contributed Volunteers helping with disaster relief from Hurricane Florence was the topic of discussion at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club meeting. Rotary President, Col. Roy Allen, Bladen County teacher and Vertical Church member, Anita Willington and Cathy Page with Bladen Crisis Center told the members at the last club meeting about the great need for donations and volunteers in our area because of the damage from Hurricane Florence. Many hearts are broken because of the destruction and devastation left behind in Bladen County due to Hurricane Florence. However hope has been seen with the outpouring of support. The trio spoke about the distribution center held at Verticle Church, Mercy Chefs, Bladen …..

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Bladen County needs assistance with recovery

The second Saturday afternoon after Hurricane Florence was a work day for many in Bladen County. A lot of people were seen taking advantage of the sunny day to start recovering from the devastation left behind from the storm. Judge Douglas Sasser helped organize a work crew in Kelly. Local volunteers with Boost the Boro, Inc, met at the Farmer’s Market in Bladenboro. The Baptist Men met at Elizabethtown Baptist Church. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army were helping feed people. The Bladen County Distribution Center was handing out supplies. All hands are needed on deck to help with the recovery effort in Bladen County. Judge Sasser said, “We …..

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NC Department of Insurance in Bladen County to assist

By Charlotte Smith A representative with the North Carolina Department of Insurance would like all BladenOnline.com readers to know representatives are in town to assist victims of Hurricane Florence. Jared Lowery with the NC Department of Insurance said Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and other representatives with the department are stationed at the Elizabethtown Middle School located on Highway 701 in Elizabethtown today to help people with insurance claims and more. Lowery added, FEMA representatives are on site at the school grounds as well. Any citizens needing assistance with filing insurance claims for property damage due to Hurricane Florence are invited to stop by the school’s location to speak with officials …..

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Homeowners should review termite treatment agreements if flooding caused substantial damage

RALEIGH – Hurricane Florence not only flooded many areas, knocked out power and destroyed the possessions of thousands of homeowners and businesses in North Carolina, it may have washed away household termite protection as well, Commissioner Steve Troxler said today. “If soil eroded from around the foundation of a house, or if more soil was deposited on top of original soil, a home’s termite protection has been jeopardized,” Troxler said. “Where termite bait systems are in place, the bait or monitors in saturated stations may need to be replaced at the next scheduled monitoring.” In a conventional termite treatment using a liquid termiticide, the chemical applied to the soil next …..

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United for 50 years; Vietnam Veterans reunion

Contributed by Ellen Gause Fifty years after they were first united on the battlefields in Vietnam, 18 veterans and 11 wives met again for their 8th annual reunion.  The venue for the gathering was the picturesque Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee.  These veterans served with the Americal Division, Alpha Company 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade.  Most were members of the first platoon, but one served with the second platoon while four others were assigned to the fourth platoon. John Dyer and his wife Belva from Ohio were attending their first reunion.  Most of the others have attended all eight reunions.  For Richard Bergman and his wife Dale of Illinois, …..

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Residents Slowly Returning to Kelly; Beginning Process of Rebuilding

By Erin Smith With the lifting of the evacuation order and curfew for the Kelly community, many residents have slowly begun to return to their homes. On Thursday, some residents on Natmore Road were taking advantage of the warm, sunny weather to drag their belongings outside to dry. Some homes along NC 53 still had trees laying in the yards while others seemed to escape Hurricane Florence’s wrath relatively untouched. Kenny and Katherine Thornton, who reside on NC 53 in Kelly, said their home fared well. Flood waters came close but did not enter their residence. Frances and Alfred Ray Squires, who reside on Natmore Road, were cleaning out their flooded …..

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Governor Cooper Maps Recovery Path for Hurricane Victims

Focus Remains on Linking Storm Survivors with Post Disaster Aid, Services RALEIGH: Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast, Governor Roy Cooper and emergency response teams are focused on helping those impacted by the storm across the state get back on their feet. The hurricane has claimed the lives of 37 people in the state, and countless others are coping with flooded and damaged homes and businesses. “We’ll be by your side every step of the way, and we’ll work diligently to keep people from being left behind,” Gov. Cooper said at a morning press briefing. As emergency response operations now shift to full-time recovery, …..

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Volunteers needed for Bladen County Distribution Site

By Erin Smith There is a desperate need for volunteers to help man the Bladen County Disaster Distribution Site located in the former Paul. H. Sessoms building located at 108 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Kelly Robeson, Bladen County Disaster Relief Coordinator, said, “We are in desperate, desperate need of volunteers to come to the distribution site.” Robeson said there is a great need in the county right now for disaster relief supplies. She said the distribution center needs supplies such as paper products, personal hygiene kits, new towels, new wash cloths, new bed linens, new blankets, cleaning supplies, cleaning buckets, mops, rubber gloves and baby products, baby formula, and …..

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Cemetery and bridge compromised in Elizabethtown

By Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown Cemetery and bridge are causing great concerns for residents and officials. Since the hurricane waters receded the Elizabethtown City Cemetery and the U.S. 701 Bridge over the Cape Fear River have been compromised according to Town of Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia, Campbell. A substantial amount of debris has accumulated under the bridge causing the bridge to be compromised and the geological shift in the soil at the cemetery in close proximity to the bridge has caused another set of concerns. BladenOnline.com first reported on the debris and cemetery damage last week. Mayor Campbell confirmed a Geotechnical Engineer inspected the cemetery site at the Town of Elizabethtown’s …..

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Update: Missing person from Bladenboro

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker’s office released a missing person’s report on Chantal Kristen Carrico from Bladenboro on Thursday, September 27th in the early afternoon.  Major Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department reported there have been no new leads in Carrico’s disappearance. If anyone has any information, please contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s office at 910-6960. Share:

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House Fire Leaves One Dead

Sheriff Jim McVicker said a fire late Wednesday evening has resulted in the death of the homeowner. Joyce Beard Dowless, age 82, was found dead in her home located at 8511 NC Hwy 41, Bladenboro following a late night fire. A passing motorist saw flames coming from the house and stopped to get a neighbor to call 911 at approximately 11:45 Wednesday night. Flames could be seen coming out a window that was later identified as the bedroom of the deceased. Fire officials were able to extinguish the fire and locate the victim. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bladen County Fire Marshall and the Bladen …..

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An Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) Still On Go

An evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) will be held at the Carolina Civic Center Historic theater at 7 pm Saturday, October 13. From recording her first song at the age of two years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her music. She is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. This past winter she received a four chair turn on NBC’s “The Voice” talent competition, with Miley Cyrus as her coach, charting on the iTunes top 10 week after week, and ultimately getting third place on the show’s 13th season. Originally from …..

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Environmental Health tips for mosquitoes and well water

Bladen County Environmental Health would like to remind everyone to “Tip and Toss” all items in your yard that can hold water in order to help control mosquitoes that come out during the day. *Beekeepers will need to call Environmental Health with the location of their beehives at 910-862-6852. Mosquito dunks are available to be picked up, 1 pack per address will be available at the front desk at: Bladen County Health Department, located at 300 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC. Call: 872-6209 for questions or more information. *Please note that a plan for Mosquito spraying for Bladen County is being coordinated at this time. The Bladen County Environmental Health …..

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Bladen County Senior Center to Conduct Fall Festival

The Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown will conduct a Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be spaghetti plates available for a cost of $5. There will be vendors available offering crafts, jewelry, crochet, canned food, snacks, woven  baskets, ornaments, and much more!! Bladen County Senior Center is located at 608 McLeod Street in  Elizabethtown.   Share:

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Descendants of Cornelius and Lucy Cain Family Reunion

Descendants of Cornelius and Lucy Cain will conduct a family reunion on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. The reunion will be held at Windsor United Methodist Church, 12863 NC Hwy. 242 N, Fellowship Hall, Ammon, NC 28337. Please bring food or drinks to share with others. Also, please bring any photographs or documents to show. Please write Ann Wells at gswells@bellsouth.net or call or text her cell phone at 336-516-5781 if you are going so we can make an estimate on the number of people attending or if you have questions. Cain genealogy info – http://regan.org/genealogy/cain.htm Share:

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Bladen County Schools closed rest of week; 1.2 million students miss school

Bladen County Schools will be closed the rest of this week according to an announcement made earlier. Valerie F. Newton, Public Relations & Information Officer with Bladen County Schools stated in a press release, “Upon further assessment of road conditions throughout Bladen County by DOT and school transportation staff, we feel that the conditions are not ideal for safe transportation of students.” Bladen County Schools will be closed for the remainder of this week for students and staff; however, Friday will be an optional workday for staff. All identified essential personnel such as maintenance, transportation, and child nutrition are to contact their immediate supervisor regarding their work schedule for this …..

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Please send in your appreciation letters

Dear readers, The outpouring of compassion seen in Bladen County is remarkable. We cannot possibly report on all the good deeds performed during this devastating time or begin to thank everyone involved in helping recover from Hurricane Florence. We would like to try to help give credit where credit is due, but we need your help. If you have any photos and kudos you would like to share, please send them to bladenonline.com@gmail.com in an email format with your name and photos attached. We will publish all thank you notes with photos on BladenOnline.com. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with victims of the storm and those helping to provide …..

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Fall Classes offered at Cooperative Extension Office

The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located on Smith Circle  is offering classes free of charge for the community. They are as follows: *Straw Bale/Wine Bottle Decoration A fun little project using a small straw bale and three empty wine bottles. I will provide a straw bale and hot glue. You will need to bring three wine bottles, one string of 100 white Christmas lights and flowers or whatever you are using to decorate. This would be beautiful at the front door, on the dining room table or on the patio. When: September 26, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon Where: NCCE-Bladen County Center, 450 Smith Circle Dr., Elizabethtown, NC 28337 …..

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Straw Bale/Wine Bottle Decoration

A fun little project using a small straw bale and three empty wine bottles. I will provide a straw bale and hot glue. You will need to bring three wine bottles, one string of 100 white Christmas lights and flowers or whatever you are using to decorate. This would be beautiful at the front door, on the dining room table or on the patio. When: September 26, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon Where: NCCE-Bladen County Center, 450 Smith Circle Dr., Elizabethtown, NC 28337 Free of charge Register by September 24th Contact Nancy Olsen (910)-862-4591 for more information. Related articles: Fall Classes offered at Cooperative Extension Office   Share:

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools schedule to be determined

Valerie Newton, Public Relations & Information Officer released the following update regarding school schedules for next week. “At this time, we are unable to make a determination as to when students may return to school. Road conditions must be evaluated by DOT prior to being able to safely transport students. We will make an announcement on Tuesday if students will be able to return to school on Thursday, September 27. School staff will work the following schedule next week: Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25 are optional workdays, with Wednesday, September 26 being a required workday. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work on cleaning and preparing our schools for the return of …..

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Curfew lifted to help others in Bladen County

By Charlotte Smith The Town of Elizabethtown Manager, Eddie Madden, would like to remind everyone the curfew for Elizabethtown has been lifted. Many have wondered why the town lifted the curfew when the county is maintaining their curfew daily. Madden answered that question by saying, “We lifted the curfew in hopes that our businesses in town will stay open longer to meet the needs of citizens and out of town first responders needing supplies and hot meals.” “We have gone door to door asking businesses to stay open longer,” Madden explained. The grocery stores and restaurants in Elizabethtown have been open throughout the week, but many have closed early. The …..

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

(NewsUSA)  – National Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Microsoft shares inspiring stories about Latinos driven by passion, determination, faith, love – and everything in between. Join the celebration sharing your story using #MicrosoftLatinx and #HispanicHeritageMonth. From Fisherman to Senior Program Manager: A Life Full of Perseverance and Hope Thirty years ago, I came to the U.S. from Mexico to work as a fisherman. This move represented an opportunity I had never thought of, but somehow made all the sense in the world to chase.While I always loved life on the open sea, I knew there was more that I wanted to explore. The first step in that journey was going back …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Emergency folks in Bladen County have been very busy, doing good, even halting rumors.  A rumor began to spread that Lock and Dam 1 on the Cape Fear River had failed.  Local Emergency Service folks and the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, stepped in and confirmed there was no failure.  The issue was flood waters were going over the dike in Kelly and that was the reason for the mandatory evacuation issue.  Kelly, like no other community in the county, has a dike system, been in place for many years to protect the area. Will be nice when area residents can return to some degree of a normal lifestyle. NCDOT released …..

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Linemen going above and beyond after hurricane

Photos by Kelly White “These men got a tree cut up – tree off the fence – a new pole set – new lines to our neighbors house – in less than 30 minutes,” Kelly White said. She added, “It was amazing to see the teamwork of these Tennessee and Georgia workers.” Share:

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Bladen County Schools, Emereau: Bladen, BCC School schedules for upcoming week

We have only received updates from Bladen County Schools, Emereau: Bladen and Bladen Community College at this time regarding their schedules starting Monday. Bladen County Schools posted the following on their Facebook page regarding school closings: Please share: With continued severe impacts to our area from Hurricane Florence, Bladen County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, September 17 until further notice. We will reassess the status of our buildings by Friday to make a determination as to when schools can reopen. Shelters at East Arcadia Elementary, East Bladen High School, Elizabethtown Middle School, and West Bladen High School remain open but are operating with limited power and food. Additionally, many roads …..

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USDA

USDA Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Florence. The National Hurricane Center expects impacts from Hurricane Florence along the coastal southeastern U.S. into the mid-Atlantic region. According to the National Hurricane Center, flooding, hurricane force winds and storm surge are likely in portions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Everyone in the path of the storm should closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials. Hurricanes present the possibility of power outages and flooding …..

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Don’t get scammed; 5 tips to remember 

By Charlotte Smith After Hurricane Matthew citizens were victims of price gouging, fraud and scams. Don’t let that happen to you. “After hurricane Matthew people in Lumberton were charged for tearing out damaged duct work at the same rate we charge for tearing out the duct work and installing brand new duct,” Daine Smith with Cape Fear Heating & Cooling said. Be prepared to call a honest professional if you need construction work or tree removal services after a natural disaster strikes. Here are five tips to help guide you in the right direction and safeguard you against scams, fraud and price gouging. 1 – Don’t rush. It is important …..

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Cry Out America canceled; never forget

There is still hope, prayer and remembrance. Founded following the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks, Cry Out America is a grassroots prayer initiative signaling hope. Though the State of Emergency announcements canceled the local annual event organized to remember those who lost their lives 17 years ago, residents are still asked to pray. September 11, 2001 was a moment that forever changed America. “It was a national event which affected us all,” stated Ashley Wilson, former Cry Out America National Coordinator and current pastor of Lifegate Church in Lexington, KY. Collapsing structures, a culture of fear, emotional despair, increasing terrorism, and the encroachment of Islam sounded a spiritual alarm for this century. How did …..

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Gov. Cooper Orders Evacuation Ahead of Historic, Life-threatening Hurricane

State Evacuation Ordered for Vulnerable Coastal Areas Read Executive Order Here With powerful and dangerous Hurricane Florence zeroing in on North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today issued a mandatory state evacuation order for vulnerable coastal areas. The state order is in addition to local evacuation orders already in place in most coastal communities. The storm is expected to make landfall in eastern North Carolina with strong winds, high storm surge and heavy rains arriving on Thursday. The entire state should brace for impacts from Florence, and people asked to evacuate should get out now. “The waves and wind in this storm may be like nothing you have ever seen,” Gov. Cooper said. …..

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Update: Closings, delays and cancellations due to Hurricane Florence

Update 3 : Several organizations, event organizers and schools have announced closings and delays due to Hurricane Florence. Below is the current list of closings and cancellations as of  Tuesday morning. In order to ensure the safety of staff, all branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Thursday, September 13- Saturday, September 15. The libraries do not have Sunday hours. READ MORE In order to ensure the safety of employees and staff, the County of Bladen has made the decision to close county offices on Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14, 2018. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold classes on Wednesday and will be closed on …..

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8 tips for technology during hurricane

By Dr. Lisa Lee Bryan, MCP Get ready Florence is coming! Some technology tips. 1 – Back up everything and carry backups with you. 2 – Unplug all your computer/network equipment including printers. 3 – Get everything off the floor. Put on table tops.  4 – Cover and seal everything in trash bags. Make sure power is off. 5 – Shutdown servers. Cover them.  6 – If your business could flood – take your server with you.  Do not ever have your backup and server in the same place. 7 – Have a laptop and hotspot ready to use in case you have to take payments or lookup information. A …..

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Friday’s Masters of Soul Performance at Carolina Civic Center Rescheduled

Due to expected weather conditions associated with Hurricane Florence, this Friday’s sold out concert by Masters of Soul at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton has been rescheduled to 7 pm Saturday, January 26, 2019. All tickets purchased for this show will be honored for the January 26 show with same seating. When a show is rescheduled no refunds are available. Share:

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Moores Creek National Battlefield to Close Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Currie, NC –  Due to the incoming Hurricane Florence and uncertainty of its trajectory, Moores Creek National Battlefield will be closed beginning Monday, September 10, 2018, and remaining closed until after the storm passes and park management can make an assessment of park conditions. For questions or concerns related to Special Use reservations, please send inquiries to mocr_information@nps.gov. Share:

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Each day, 43 families in the United States will hear the dreaded news that their child has cancer. Some Bladen County residents are well aware of childhood cancer and the effects it has on children.  Cancer is the number one disease killing children from age six months to young adulthood. It is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children according to research. Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region. There are many ways you can help raise awareness for Childhood Cancer. Kids Cancer Care has the following four tips on how to show your support for Childhood cancer. 1. Show children affected …..

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Wildlife Commission requests deer hunters help to report wildlife observations

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking assistance from deer hunters to report wildlife observations from Sept. 8 through Jan. 1. Hunter observation information helps Commission biologists track long-term wildlife population and distribution changes, as well as provides valuable data on fawn survival and buck-to-doe ratios. Additionally, observation information is useful in understanding the impact of disease outbreaks in wildlife populations, such as ahemorrhagic disease in deer. Deer hunters who are still or stand hunting are asked to record an accurate count of game and furbearer species they observe on each hunt. For the first time this season, participants can now enter their observations online in the field from any …..

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Open House on Oyster Shell Ridge

Contributed Oyster Shell Ridge is one of the newer subdivision developments in Bladen County and is located right off of Owen Hill Road. There are many newer homes located here, and there will be more new homes coming soon as the plan is to begin another phase of development within the next few months. This weekend, Christian Campbell, one of the newest agents at Hilton Auction & Realty will be hosting an open house for a newly constructed home built by DeVane Builders. The home is located on the pond and is a must see! The open house will take place Sunday 9/9 at 153 Shell Dr.  from 2:30-5:00 pm. We hope to see …..

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Part 1 Series: Ending ignorance about people with disabilities; benefits of service dogs

By Charlotte Smith Our team at BladenOnline.com have been contacted by several different readers about citizens with disabilities being discriminated against or not having adequate services in the mother county. We are dedicated to helping our communities stay informed and help prevent discrimination of any kind. Therefore we are starting an educational series on disabled citizens. The first topic we wanted to distribute facts about is the use of service animals and their purpose. In 2011, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stated only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA. Service dogs are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for …..

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Artists Sought for 2019 North Carolina Duck Stamp Competition

RALEIGH, N.C.  — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority are seeking artists for their annual N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Print competition. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2019-2020 waterfowl conservation stamp, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp. Artists 18 years and older are eligible to enter the competition. Entries, along with a $50 entry fee, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2019 to the Washington Tourism Development Authority, located at 108 Gladden Street, Washington, N.C. 27889. The Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority sponsor the annual national contest, which typically draws artists from across the United States. This year, artists may submit a full-color, realistic …..

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Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater presents an Evening with Brooke Simpson

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton presents an Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) at  7 p.m. Saturday, October 13. From recording her first song at the age of two years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her music. She is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. This past winter she received a four chair turn on NBC’s “The Voice” talent competition, with Miley Cyrus as her coach, charting on the iTunes top 10 week after week, and ultimately getting third place on the show’s 13th season. Originally from …..

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Camp Clearwater to host Harvest Party October 27

Camp Clearwater of White Lake will host a Harvest Party on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vendors are being sought for the event. Reserve your vendor space for the 2018 Camp Clearwater Harvest Party. Spaces measure 10×10 and cost $20.00 each. To reserve your vendor space(s) please email the following information to kristy@campclearwater.com. *Name *Phone Number *Number of spaces needed *Items you will offer for sale The vendor fee is due the morning of the event when you arrive to set-up. Share:

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston Good-bye August, and take your humidity with you. I remember when I was younger and lots of folks didn’t have air-conditioning in their homes. If they cooked dinner at home, they had to sit on the porch until 11 p.m. because that’s how long it would take for the kitchen to cool off after using the oven. I don’t miss those days and don’t refer to them as the “good ole days” either. If I had my druthers, I’d spend August inside in the cool comfort of air-conditioning. On second thought, maybe I’d go out to eat, just so I wouldn’t have to do the dishes. Did you eat …..

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MKE, LTD announces promotion

MKE, LTD, owner John White, has promoted Terry Joyce to Vice-President of Sales Operations for the State of North Carolina. Mr. Joyce’s duties will consist of recruiting and training of new sales representatives. MKE, LTD offers home improvement, masonry work, concrete work, and metal roofing. MKE ROOFING’s main office is in Bladenboro with satellite offices in Fayetteville and Greensboro. MKE has been in business since 1984. Share:

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Dedicated volunteers work on Bladenboro’s Downtown Corner

Members of the Bladenboro Veterans were joined by members of Boost the Boro for a couple of hours on Saturday morning to continue working on a joint initiative of what is referred to as the Downtown Corner project. According to Don White, President of Boost the Boro, “This is an ongoing effort that is being completed and financed between various parties, including the Bladenboro Veterans, Woodmen Life and Boost the Boro, and one we hope will be contagious as to what can be accomplished in our downtown area when multiple parties work together on a common goal. “The corner lot project is a work in progress and has such high …..

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NC Highway Patrol helping stranded motorist; tips for motorist

By Charlotte Smith A lot of folks were ready for five o’clock this Friday due to the long holiday weekend ahead. In Tar Heel, just past Smithfield, on Highway 87 North we saw a NC Highway Patrol Officer on his hands and knees helping a stranded motorist change her flat tire. By the time we turned around to capture the scene in a photo an employee with a Thompson’s Small Engine Repair truck had arrived and started helping with the tire change. Traffic is expected to be heavier on the highways this weekend due to the Labor Day holiday. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety offers the following tips …..

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Bladenboro Historical Building

Bladenboro Visual Arts Council postpones caricature exhibit

The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is sorry to announce that the art exhibit planned for Sept. through Nov., by Ben Gordan, the caricature artist, will be postponed indefinitely, due to unforeseen circumstances.  We hope to have Ben with us in the future, and we will be announcing that at the time.  Thus, there will not be a reception or caricature art on Sept. 8.  If you will call 910-633-7982, we will let you know what new and intriguing temporary exhibits we will be having.  For the time being we will display our permanent collection and we welcome your visit at The Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main St., Bladenboro, …..

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Annual McKee Reunion planned

It is almost time for the annual McKee Reunion.  Family and friends will meet at the Clarkton Presbyterian Church located at 10433 N. College Street, Clarkton, in the fellowship hall on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. to socialize and eat around 12:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite foods and any McKee family memorabilia you may have. If you will not be attending the reunion and would like to contribute money to continue the upkeep of the McKee cemetery, you may drop a check in the mail to:                                                     …..

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Upcoming Events

Dedication Planned for Gymnasium

A dedication ceremony is planned for the former Bladen County Training School/Bladen Central High School Gymnasium located at 1360 Martin Luther King Jr.  Drive Elizabethtown, NC on Wednesday, September 5, at 10 AM. All graduates, attendees of the school and individuals in the community and surrounding areas are invited to attend. For additional information, please contact Minnie Price at 910-872-1712 or 910-872-5333.   Share:

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Car Seat Check to be Held in September

Elizabethtown, N.C – In September, Bladen County Health Services will host a car seat check for parents that travel with children. The event will be held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market, on Friday, September 28, from 10 am until 1 pm. The car seat check is for all parents that would like to ensure their child’s car seat has been installed correctly. The seats will be inspected by certified car seat technicians for defects and for proper installation. This event is free and open to the public. Anyone in need of a car seat check is welcome and encouraged to attend! Share:

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Free Seminar on “How Money Works”

The time has come to educate, equip and elevate the community one family at a time. Please join FergusonStrong & Associates at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Please come learn how money works. You will also be able to enjoy vendors including jewelry, hats/bags, Mary Kay, & more. Bring a friend to this FREE seminar & learn how you can secure your financial future. If you desire to be a vendor & want to get a FREE Table, call 910-247-4422. If you need supplemental or extra income, call us today for this great opportunity.  Tell everyone from anywhere to be at this …..

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Sunrise on farm industry

The sun rises again on the farm industry. Captured in this photo is the industrial park in Bladenboro. The park houses different farming industries and their operations.  Share:

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Apple mapping Bladen County

Staff report Many residents in Bladen County have reported an usual looking vehicle traveling the roads and highways this week. On Wednesday the vehicle was caught in Bladenboro.  The vehicle has been spotted in other areas of the mother county like Clarkton, Elizabethtown, White Lake and White Oak according to BladenOnline fans on Facebook.  Apple announced Apple Maps on their website saying, “Offering a host of innovative features, Maps makes finding and getting to your destination faster and easier than ever. With turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and proactive suggestions, as well as new indoor maps and lane guidance, Maps provides an incredible sense of direction.*” Share:

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Merchants Are Ready to Welcome Shoppers for Labor Day Sidewalk Sale

By Erin Smith Shoppers are getting their lists ready, and merchants are preparing their stores for the upcoming Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown. The annual event will take place Friday through Monday. Stores will be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise, as well as new fall arrivals, will be available. Mike Suggs, the owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said shoppers will find plenty of shorts and T-shirts on sale. He said Johnny O and Fish Hippie brand items will be on sale for half-price. All items on the sidewalk will be reduced 50 to 90 percent. Suggs said shoes, flip-flops, shorts, …..

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