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Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day is fast approaching and our freedom did not come free. The staff at BladenOnline.com recognizes a lot of sacrifices have been made  by our men and women in uniform for freedom. This week we would like to honor those men and women who sacrificed so much for our great country with memorials in their honor. Submit your photos and memorials by email to BladenOnline.com@gmail.com.   Share:

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Bladen County Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day will be held next Monday, May 29th, 2017. The Bladen County’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter has sent out an invitation inviting all Veterans to a Memorial Day Ceremony. All Veterans are invited to the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Bladenboro Historical Building on Monday, May 29th, at 2:00 p.m. The Guest Speaker will be fellow Veteran, Tom Martin. Every Veteran is also invited to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and to learn more about your rights at the Bladen County’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter. The Chapter meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building located at 109 Hill Street …..

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22nd Ammon Blueberry Festival in Bladen County

Blueberry farmers have had a lot of weather battles to fight this year. Local farmers will be celebrated for all their hard work this year and every year at the 22nd Annual Ammon Blueberry Festival. One of the event organizers, Johnny Coble announce this week the fun will begin on June 3rd, 2017 with a Pancake Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and a parade at 10 a.m with Dunn Clowns and Shriners. Opening ceremonies will be held after the parade. There will be a blueberry auction, games, crafts and food vendors. The event will also hold a antique/classic car and truck cruise in and car show. The crowd …..

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Morgan Allise Schumacher

Morgan Allise Schumacher, daughter of Andy and Amy Schumacher, will be graduating with her high school diploma on June 17, 2017,  from West Bladen High School. Morgan has been a part of the Dual Enrollment program between Bladen Community College and Bladen County Public schools for the past two years and has also graduated with her Associates Degree in Science. Morgan will be moving to Marietta, Georgia on July 5, 2017 to begin the next chapter of her life at Life University. Morgan has been awarded an athletic scholarship to play Volleyball for Life University. Morgan’s family is very proud of all of her hard work and determination in setting …..

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Destinee Simone Singletary

Destinee Simone Singletary, daughter of Borisce and Bridgette Singletary, will be graduating with her High School Diploma on June 17, 2017 at West Bladen High School. Destinee graduated on May 16, 2017, with an Associates Degree in the Arts from Bladen Community College. She plans to continue her education in the fall by attending a four year university and will be studying to earn her Bachelors Degree in Biology. Destinee has three siblings, Kasee, Brookee, and B.J.       Share:

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Submit your graduate’s photo and information

 Congratulations to the Class of 2017! BladenOnline.com is proud of all of our 2017 graduating seniors and would like to celebrate their accomplishments. You can submit photos of your graduating Senior to bladenonline.com@gmail.com and we will publish them to our Lifestyles page. Be sure to include the name of the graduate, their school, their accomplishments and a few words about them. Congratulations to all of our seniors! Share:

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Unemployment numbers for North Carolina drops for April 2017

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s April 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 3,721 over the month to 4,710,797 and increased 108,587 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 8,930 over the month to 234,768 and decreased 8,984 over the year.     Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 7,000 to 4,380,500 in April.  The major industries …..

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Bladen County Upcoming VFW Buddy Poppy Campaign

The Raymond W. Biglow VFW Post 8062 in Elizabethtown has scheduled its Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Campaign for Saturday, May 27th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Walmart and Tractor Supply locations. Donations are welcome but not required to receive a Buddy Poppy. Please come by and support your local VFW Post on this special day and wear a Poppy for a veteran. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the bloodshed by American service members. It reiterates that VFW will not forget their sacrifices. The Poppy movement was inspired by Canadian …..

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Bladen Veterans of Foreign Wars presented 2017 awards

The Raymond W. Biglow Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 8062 held their regular monthly meeting on Saturday, May 20th, and afterwards hosted a reception for recipients of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year, the Patriot’s Pen and the Voice of Democracy awards for the local Post. VFW Post 8062 Commander Oliver Gause presented the Teacher of the Year to Celeste Lennon of East Arcadia School. Nick Norris of Clarkton School of Discovery received the Patriot’s Pen award. Dylan Melvin of East Bladen High School was presented the Voice of Democracy award. The VFW Teacher of the Year award recognizes classroom teachers who teach citizenship education …..

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Education Contest Winners

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District proudly announces 1 st and 2 nd place winners at the State Level in the 2017 Education contests for Bladen County Academy, Primary, Elementary, and Middle school students. This year’s theme is “Soil and Water…Yours for Life.” These students won the District and Area 7 level competitions before advancing to State-level competition. The District is happy to have had so many students participate in our contests this year, and thanks all of the local teachers who made time in their busy schedules to fit in these competitions. The Soil and Water Conservation District believes that teaching children the importance of conserving our natural resources …..

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East Arcadia teacher received National Citizenship Award

East Arcadia Principal, Demetrice Johnson Jones, announced she was asked to nominate a teacher for a Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States award. She said, “Early in the school year I was given the opportunity by the VFW to nominate an outstanding teacher.” Ms. Jones continued, “There was no hesitation in my part to nominate Ms Celeste Lennon.”   The honored teacher, Ms. Lennon, was presented with the National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award by the VFW for promoting citizenship education in her classroom and school.  Share:

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Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Haunted House up in flames

Photo by: Rusty Marsh An early morning fire on Saturday has claimed the house which served as the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Haunted House. The house located on NC 211 near Abbottsburg was a total loss, according to Rusty Marsh with the Clarkton Fire Department. Frankie Burney, District 2 Director of Dixie Youth Baseball, said he received a telephone call notifying him of the fire at 6 a.m. The well attended event is a fall favorite for many people in Bladen and surrounding counties. Burney said those who attend the event often comment about the event “being the best haunted house around here.” He explained the haunted house is Clarkton …..

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Bladen County commissioners keeping close eye on mental health issues

  The Bladen County Commissioners have been asking a lot of questions about mental health and getting answers. Some answers are leaving more questions. Eastpointe, the Managed Care Organization for Bladen County’s Mental Health, Behavioral and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services provided the commissioners with a presentation of services and a Needs and Gaps report. The Eastpointe LME MCO Community Behavioral Health Service Needs, Providers and Gaps Analysis has a graph showing in the Fiscal Year 2015 the percentage of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse  Medicaid members [patients] served in Eastpointe’s area falls under the state average at about 5% served. The same report shows gaps of service in the six disability populations. All but two populations …..

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Have you made a difference this year? Is there still time?

By Amy Schumacher The school year is coming to a close and most teachers are busy teaching to “the test” that is required for each student to take. Reflection is not high on the teachers MUST DO list but its very important that teachers ask themselves some questions and remind themselves that there is a great deal more to “teaching” than the bulleted content outlined in the content standards. Take 15 minutes and ask yourself these five questions, taken from Education Week.  Reflect on these questions to ensure that the time has been taken to teach the skills children need to grow into strong, capable, compassionate, and caring people. The world …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Caffeine’s Hidden Dangers

By Sandra Cain Caffeine has been in the news recently as a result of the unfortunate death of the young boy in South Carolina. Caffeine is a drug that affects the central nervous system. It can make people feel more alert. For most adults, consuming 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine daily is not harmful. However, more caffeine can cause problems. High levels of caffeine can cause irritability, upset stomach, nervousness, diarrhea, anxiety, increased heart rate, difficulty sleeping, increased blood pressure, headaches, dehydration, and difficulty concentrating. Sources of Caffeine Caffeine is found in tea leaves and kola nuts. It is also found in coffee and cocoa beans. Tea, cola drinks, …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon Bladen County Animal Shelter opened yesterday, Wednesday May 17th, after being closed since Tuesday, May 9th due to the Parvo Virus. Karen Suggs, Bladen County Animal Shelter Manager said the virus has been eliminated from the facility. This week’s pet of the week is a male pit mix named Harley. This 2 year old dog is friendly, loves affection and, is an all around good boy according to Suggs. Parvo eliminated at Bladen County Animal Shelter Share:

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Marching orders at a new Hardee’s

The town of Tar Heel has a new business in town. Hardee’s, the new fast food restaurant, is not only offering food, but job opportunities for the local small town. The West Bladen High School Band helped the new establishment celebrate by performing a small concert at their Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.  The privately owned franchise is located at the intersection of NC Highway 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road. There was a large crowd drawn at the official event. Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker, along with other dignitaries and citizens, welcomed Hardee’s to the community. View the video of the West Bladen High School Band …..

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Bladen County Beauty Guru gives 6 tips

Bladen County has many types of talented people. YouTube has helped one local resident show off his talents and beauty. Known as, Curly Guy, on his YouTube Channel, Dawan Pearson, has been a favorite of BladenOnline.com for years. Now Allure Magazine has showcased our hometown beauty expert on their online platform. Curly Guy gives tips on some do’s and don’ts in the Allure article. Read it at: http://www.allure.com/story/natural-hair-male-vlogger Check out the latest Curly Guy video on his YouTube Channel. Share:

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Bladen County Opiate Related Deaths go from 0-5

In the past ten years opioid addictions have turned into a crisis. North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper reported on new data released on May 16th, showing a sobering local impact of the opioid crisis. In 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid-related deaths, a 73 percent increase from 2005 according to the newly released data. Bladen County Opiate related deaths went from 0 in 2005 to 5 Opiate Related deaths in 2015. “Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation,” said Governor Cooper. “This is a uniquely challenging crisis for our communities and will require a new level of collaboration between law enforcement, treatment-providers, and those in recovery. I am …..

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“Nunsense, the Musical” June 9-11 and 16-18 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton will be staging its own production of “Nunsense, the Musical” June 9-11 and June 16-18.  Directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook, Sister Julia, child of God, accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first-in-charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead …..

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ROUZER ANNOUNCES NC-07 ART COMPETITION WINNER, STUDENT AT TOPSAIL HIGH SCHOOL

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced Jocelyn Artman, an 11th grade student of Topsail High School, the winner of the NC-07 Art Competition.  Artman’s entry, entitled “Hidden History,” is a depiction of a post-World War II Watch Tower used for missile testing located in Surf City, North Carolina using water color and acrylic paints.  Artman’s artwork demonstrated and reflected this year’s Art Competition theme, “What I Love Most About North Carolina.” “It is an honor to announce Topsail High’s Jocelyn Artman as the winner of the 2017 Art Competition,” said Rep. David Rouzer. “Jocelyn’s artistic talent is inspiring and she is well-deserving of this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Every time I go …..

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39th annual White Lake Water Festival on tap

There is excitement in the air as business owners, residents and town officials are gearing up for the 39th annual White Lake Water Festival. The annual event is set to take place this weekend with plenty for everyone to see and do. The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with a Classic Car Cruise in at 6:30 p.m. and a street dance featuring the Southern Touch band from 7 until 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach. The Bladen County Firefighters Association Honor Guard will hold a pancake plate sale at the White Lake Fire Department from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $5. On  Saturday, the annual White Lake …..

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Bladen County Schools property going to continue education

The Bladen County Youth Focus Project along with Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy staff, parents and students were in attendance at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday evening. The Board of Commissioners received a request from Dr. Robert Taylor about the Bladen County Schools’ property which was of interest to Bladen County Youth Focus Project and the local charter school. According to Bladen County Manager, Greg Martin, the request from Dr. Taylor was the county’s interest in obtaining a small piece of property at the location on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive now housing the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. According to Martin the land in question is …..

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Parvo eliminated at Bladen County Animal Shelter

The Bladen County Animal Shelter has been closed to the public since Tuesday, May 9th. The reason for the sudden shutdown was an outbreak of the Parvo virus according to Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. The Health and Human Services Director David Howard gave an update on the issue to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners Monday, May 15, at the regularly scheduled board meeting. Howard explained an animal control officer with the county took four dogs from the same residence due to the owner’s inability to care for the animals. The four dogs were taken to the local shelter. Howard said, after the five day holding period the dogs were released …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TOURS ROBESON COUNTY, PROVIDES UPDATE ON DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING

LUMBERTON – This afternoon, Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey took Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) on a tour of communities still recovering from Hurricane Matthew.  Congressman Pittenger also met with Lumberton City Manager Wayne Horne as part of his continuing effort to respond to local needs and share firsthand updates with Washington.   “As your Congressman, I am actively engaged in securing additional funding and assistance to help those in need.  The process requires significant data before federal funds can be allocated, and I am committed to seeing it all the way through to assist hurting families,” said Congressman Pittenger.   Congressman Pittenger also provided updates on federal disaster relief funding …..

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Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Mom’s are special, mom’s great, mom’s are who we appreciate! Thank you Mom for all you’ve done for me and my family. You’ve helped me grow into who I am today. You’re one of the smartest, most beautiful women I’ve ever known. We love you and are grateful for you! Daine, Brandy, AJ & Paul Share:

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Sandra Cain

A Look at Lettuce in Bladen County

When most people think of salad they think of Iceberg lettuce. It is, by far, the most common variety of lettuce. Although it is often criticized by some for having little flavor and practically no nutritive value, iceberg continues to be the top seller in the lettuce category. Here are some more flavorful varieties that are available in most supermarkets: -Boston (or butter) lettuce is a round, loosely packed head lettuce with soft green leaves. It is very sweet and tender. -Bibb lettuce is related to Boston lettuce but is smaller, crisper, and more expensive. -Leaf lettuce (red and green) is less sweet than Boston and Bibb. Its soft leaves …..

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East Bladen Junior Marshals for the 2017 graduation

Contributed photo and information East Bladen Junior Marshals for the 2017 graduation was announced early Friday, May 12th. The top Top 15 students of Junior class were selected as Marshals. The Head Marshal is, Jacob Russell Barber. All the Marshals for East Bladen High School are listed below: Barber, Jacob Russell Avery, Ayanna Unique Daniels, Lataiya DeVane, Hannah Catherine Dove, Nicholas Lee Ezzell, Tyler James Hogan, ShaHyra Unique Jessup, Dawson Taylor Johnson, Faith McDowell, Braydan Tyrese Melvin, Dylan Payne Norton, Tucker Reid Potter, Makenna Blair Smith, Kaley L Wax, Michael Leander Share:

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Tribute To My Mom

    Dear Mom, I want to say ‘Thank you’ for your love, guidance and wisdom over the years. You have been my cheerleader and wiped away my tears. I love you Mom! Erin Share:

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Concert for Baby JT set

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, there will be a fundraiser concert for Baby JT 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 …..

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Charity is personal with local teen golfer

By: Tonya Bockover Local teen golfer, Cade Hancock, is raising money as part of the American Junior Golf Association’s Leadership Links. The charity he chose is Operation Smile, a charity that helps children around the world that were born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.  This charity is especially close to his heart as his sister, Cassie, was born with a cleft lip and palate. Since three months of age, Cassie has been through 10 surgeries to correct her lip and palate. Cassie is now a thriving junior at East Carolina State University. Cade has seen the struggles his sister has been through and the financial costs that his …..

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Happy Mother’s Day

  Happy Mother’s Day Mommy! Thank You for ALWAYS being there when I needed you and Encouraging me when I didn’t believe in myself!! Love you Always, Aleshia Share:

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Celebrate Nurses with Bladen Healthcare

Nurses Week is celebrated internationally each year May 6-12.   Locally,  Bladen  Healthcare invites all nurses-past, present and future- to celebrate two special events during this week. Tuesday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. the annual Blessing of the Hands will be held at the Nightingale Tree, located at Bladen Healthcare. This ceremony is a non-denominational, cherished hospital tradition.  The blessing provides a spiritual renewal for nurses, linking the art of nursing with the science of nursing practice.  Each year we gather to celebrate “our calling” and the unique gifts of each nurse. The Nurses Week Committee has chosen Dr. Pearly Graham-Hoskins to lead the ceremony. Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 …..

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National Nurses Week is May 6-12, 2017

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners made a proclamation for Nurses Week. Read it now: https://bladenonline.com/ wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ National-Nurses-Week- Proclamation-2017.pdf?utm_ source=rss&utm_medium=rss Share:

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Medicaid and NC Health Choice Request for Public Comment: April 25-May 25, 2017

The Department of Health and Human Services is looking at ways to build a Medicaid system with more opportunities to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolinians. Your thoughts, ideas and comments are important to shape a system that works best for our state. What Do You Think? How can, or should, Medicaid: 1. Care for the whole person to improve physical and mental health 2. Help health care professionals transition to managed care 3. Manage care to improve overall health, not only to treat injury or illness 4. Consider how income, housing, lifestyle, etc., affect health and health care services 5. Improve the quality of care 6. …..

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To my mother Judy Dufault, thank you

To my mother Judy Dufault, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me to be your daughter when I was 15 years old.You did not have to take me in , but you did , and for that I will forever be grateful. You are a strong, faithful, God-fearing woman and i hope to be even half the mother you are. I love you mama! Happy Mother’s Day. Alexis Monroe   Share:

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White Lake Prepares For 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival

By: Joy Warren The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday evening, announcing the 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival to be held on May 19-20th.  The parade will be held on Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m.  Everyone is invited to attend all the scheduled events. Mayor Womble introduced Mrs. Kimberly Grey, a new employee in the administrative department.  Mrs. Grey and her husband, Alex live in White Lake.  He works at Harrells Christian Academy. A request was received from Twilla Allen with the Lumber River Council of Government asked the Board to adopt a proclamation claiming May as Older American Awareness Month.  The …..

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Acknowledging Mom

  Momma, You are the epitome of motherhood! Your selfless sacrifices, unconditional love, and infallible strength have been a blessing to me throughout my entire life. I can never repay you for all you have done for me! Love You Always, Donald G. Rush Share:

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Thank you, mom

  “Mom looked into me and saw something worth believing in, long before I believed in myself.” -Keion Jackson I Love you Mama. -Ashley Wright-smith Share:

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NC Superintendent Thanks Teachers during 2017 Teacher Appreciation Week

NC Superintendent Mark Johnson marked National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12) and National Teacher Day (May 9) by posting a video message to teachers across North Carolina public schools and public charter schools. In the message, Superintendent Johnson noted his gratitude to teachers for all the roles they assume to help students succeed. He also called teachers “the most important part of a student’s learning in school.”   National Teacher Appreciation Week was first formally recognized by the National PTA in 1985. Each year, schools and communities make a special effort to say thank you to local teachers for their key contributions in students’ lives and in the community. In North Carolina, …..

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Bladen County Animal Shelter closed due to illnesses

The Bladen County Animal Shelter announced on Tuesday, May 9, the local shelter will be temporarily closed. According to Marianne Valentiner with the Bladen County Health Department the Bladen County Animal Shelter will be closed until May 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. The reason for the temporary closure, Valentiner gave, is due to several animal illnesses in the shelter.  The county representative used the term Parvo. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs confirmed Tuesday afternoon two adult dogs have died as a result of Parvo Virus. “We had four adult dogs in the shelter who came from the same residence and they were here at the shelter for five days. They were released to …..

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Local Charter Alumna Wins State Honor

Leland, NC – “Without Charter Day School, I would not have the drive within me to achieve what I have thus far.” – Katelyn Bright Former Charter Day School standout, Katelyn Bright, a rising senior at Brunswick County Early College High, has been accepted into Raleigh’s prestigious Governor’s School for English. Governor’s School is a five-and-a-half-week summer residential program for, “intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.” It is the oldest statewide program of its …..

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Bladenboro Pastor speaks to Rotary Club

The Bladenboro Rotary Club meets every Monday at the community center in Bladenboro. The guest speaker for this week’s meeting was a local pastor, Rev. Larry Hayes. Rev. Hayes enlightened the group on the local neighborhood watch program according to Rotarian Pam Benton. The dedicated citizens on patrol to stop crime meets the 3rd Thursday of each month in the conference room of the Bladenboro Police Department according to Rev. Hayes. Anyone interested in attending the neighborhood watch program is invited to attend. The Bladenboro Rotary Club is also planning their annual Golf Tournament. READ MORE Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Mother’s Day is Sunday, plan accordingly.  If your mother is still living, you are fortunate.  Enjoy! They love attention and have earned it. Kris Williams is the new West Bladen High School football coach.  John Clark has all the details on our sports page.  Check it out. Wish there was less partisanship at the state and national level of our government.  Think both parties have some good ideas, but it appears on far to many issues, it’s my way or no way. And forget Independents.  The reason there are Independents is they are usually highly opinionated individuals who seldom agree with anyone on anything. I do believe our political system is begin influenced …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

Bladen County Animal Shelter has cats and dogs available for adoptions. The “Pet of the Week” is a two year old dog. Named by the shelter staff, Oakley is a mix between lab and pit breeds according to Karen Suggs, Bladen County Shelter Manager. She said Oakley is a sweetie. The shelter is open to the public Monday through Friday Noon until 5 p.m for adoptions. For more information visit the shelter’s Facebook page, call them at 910-862-6918 or visit their location, 506 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. Share:

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Governor Urges Residents to Update Emergency Kits and Plans

With many communities still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, Governor Roy Cooper today reminded North Carolinians to get ready for another hurricane season. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and to encourage residents to prepare, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May 7-13 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. “Last fall, North Carolinians experienced first-hand the life-changing devastation of Hurricane Matthew, and we know from experience that any storm should be taken seriously,” said Gov. Cooper. “Now is the time to get ready to protect your home and family from the next hurricane.” Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina October 8-9, 2016 as a Category I storm. The deadly storm caused an …..

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Relay for Life event set for Friday

Bladen County Relay for Life will take place Friday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. at the athletic field at the Elizabethtown Middle School. The goal for this year’s event is $100,000 and the Bladen County Relay for Life website shows, as of Monday, $51,209.84 has been raised thus far. “We invite care givers, cancer survivors and their families and friends to come out and enjoy the festivities,” said Bladen County Relay for Life Chairwoman Angeline Powell. The theme for this year’s event is Dr. Seuss and each team is encouraged to use a Dr. Seuss book to create their campsite theme. Food will also be available for purchase. The …..

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Mother’s Day fast approaching, say thank you, Mom

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. The annual day of honor will be this coming Sunday, May 14th, 2017. BladenOnline.com would like to give you the opportunity to express your gratitude for the mom(s) in your life. Experts are forecasting record-breaking money to be spent on gifts for moms this year. For all that mothers have done for our families, communities and country, BladenOnline.com wanted to do something special for these special ladies at no cost or charge. Our staff will be publishing photos and words of acknowledgment for moms on our Lifestyles page at no cost between now and May 14th. Submit you photos and words of affection to BladenOnline.com@gmail.com …..

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Joyce Mason Puglia

Joyce Mason Puglia, 93, peacefully passed away at her home Friday, May 5, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born May 6, 1924 in Sanford, NC, Joyce was a daughter of the late Worth B. and Hurlie Adcock Mason. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Charles S. Puglia and her brother, Jack Mason. Joyce was full of life and lived each day to the fullest! She was fortunate to live in many beautiful towns including:  Elizabethtown, NC, Hound Ears Club, Blowing Rock, NC and Murrells Inlet, SC.  An avid golfer, she was a member of Hound Ears Golf Club. Joyce also had a passion for reading; …..

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White Oak Civic Club to hold fundraiser

The White Oak Civic Club will have a medical fundraiser on Saturday, May 20, at from 4 until 6 p.m. at the White Oak Civic Club Building (formerly the Ruritan Building) located on NC 53 West.  The fundraiser will benefit Bill Call and Amelia Roberson. Plates cost $7.25 for adults and a child’s plate can be purchased for $5. The menu will consist of your choice of fried or grilled chicken, two sides, a beverage and dessert. Amelia needs a special kind of walker her parent’s insurance will not cover. This walker will allow her to stand and have better balance. Mr. Call has a lot of medical expenses that …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Be Sure to Get Your Protein

By: Sandra Cain Protein is used for body growth and repair of skin, hair and nails. It also helps heal wounds and fight infection.  Protein is important for building muscles. It also keeps us strong and healthy and helps children grow. Many protein foods are good sources of iron which is needed for healthy blood and preventing anemia which causes us to feel tired. How much protein do we need each day? Children ages 2-13 need 2-5 ounce equivalents every day.   Ages 14 and up need 5-6½ ounce equivalents each day. What is an ounce equivalent? An ounce equivalent can be 1 ounce of meat, poultry or fish, ¼ …..

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Bladen We Care gala set for tonight

The 28th annual Bladen We Care Gala will take place Friday, May 5, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. The theme for this year’s event is Fiesta. The gala is sponsored this year by Smithfield.  At the gala there will be a live auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available. The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, which is always a crowd favorite, will also perform. All of the funds raised through its two main fund raisers, the Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament and the Gala, remain in Bladen County to help Bladen County residents. Proceeds from the event, hundreds of thousands of dollars, are used to …..

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Rotary planning for World War II veteran recognition service

The Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Rotary Clubs are planning to conduct a recognition service for Bladen County’s World War II veterans on Wednesday, May 31, at 1 p.m. at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.  These World War II veterans have been referred to by some as the “Greatest Generation.” They left their homeland to serve around the world including such places as Europe, Africa, and the South Pacific in order to defeat fascism and tyranny. According to Rotarian Darrell Page the clubs have identified about 12 World War II Veterans. The club is still asking for help in locating more veterans. The Rotarians are in need of your help in locating …..

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Bladen County Rabies Clinics kick off this weekend

North Carolina law states that “the owner of very dog and cat over four months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies.” In Bladen County, the owners of dogs and cats which have not been vaccinated in accordance with the law are subject to a civil penalty of $200. If the pet is due for a 3-year vaccine, owners are asked to bring proof of a previous vaccine. Here is the clinic schedule: There will be a free rabies clinic on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Bladen Animal Hospital located at 606 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown. The rabies clinic is open to both …..

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SBI Delivers 7 Tons of Pills to Alamance Incinerator

RALEIGH – The State Bureau of Investigation had more than seven tons of prescription pills incinerated May 3 following the statewide Operation Medicine Drop campaign. The campaign encouraged people to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired medications by dropping them off at a local law enforcement agency.  The law enforcement agencies took the collected medicines to SBI field offices. SBI agents from the eight field offices delivered a total of 15,442 pounds of collected pills to the SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crime Unit in Raleigh. The number of pills equaled approximately 7.7 million dosage units. Working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the pills were taken to an EPA-approved …..

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Tillis, Peters Lead Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter Calling for Funding for State Veterans Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Gary Peters (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urging them to support robust funding for State Veterans Homes that help provide long-term care to our nation’s veterans. Federal funds provided by the State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program allow states to make critical facility upgrades or construct new facilities to serve aging veteran populations. For fiscal year 2017, only 10 of the 57 highest priority projects were funded, resulting in a backlog of facilities requiring upgrades or new construction.   “State Veterans …..

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Funeral set for Sgt. Meggan Callahan

A North Carolina Corrections Officers will be laid to rest this week. Sgt. Meggan Lee Callahan’s funeral service will be held at Edenton United Methodist Church according to a N.C. Department of Public Safety news release.  The funeral will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 225 Virginia Road in Edenton. An inmate serving a life sentence for a first degree murder conviction 13 years ago was charged Friday with the killing of Bertie Correctional Institution Sgt. Meggan Lee Callahan, according to a N.C. Department of Public Safety news release. READ MORE Share:

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Bladen County high schools hold Career Days

Bladen County high schools held their second annual Career Day organized by Brian Campbell, President of Campbell Oil Company. It was a huge success.  When Campbell started organizing the Career Days, he said, “We want to try to help the students figure out their purpose.” The goal of the program is to get students to become more engaged, more interested in class, thinking about continuing their education, and what they will want to do after school and the goal was met for this first step in this new program according to Campbell. West Bladen High School held their Career Day on Tuesday, May 2nd and East Bladen High School held their Career …..

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston April was a very nice month in Bladen County, with Spring in the air and lots of celebrations. The good folks over at the Health Department were out doing inspections to ensure the safety of our food supply, and the cleanliness of our local restaurants, kitchens and cafeterias. You won’t be surprised to find out that the school cafeterias are in good shape (because they usually are), even though it can’t be easy to clean up after hundreds of children. Each month BladenOnline brings you the Bladen County Health Department’s report as a community service. Check out the list below to see the results of all the …..

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Southeastern farmers granted approval for industrial hemp seed importation

Elizabethtown, NC – A farming family from Bladen County has been approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to import top quality certified industrial hemp seeds from Europe in support of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program early April 2017.   Cesar and Luciano Alvarado, brothers and owners of Palomo Farms LLC, will offer a large variety of industrial hemp seeds only to farmers who have been approved by the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes.   Currently, the United States does not have a large-scale industrial hemp production and relies solely on imported hemp; however, with …..

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May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month; help raise awareness

May is national Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month and people are encouraged stories of friends and loved ones diagnosed with CF.  CF is a genetic disorder that results in the over production of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs and which can lead to repeated lung infections reducing a person’s ability to breathe over time. The month of May has been set aside as a time to raise awareness and to educate the public about the disease.  Newborn screening for CF is now performed in every state in the United States. Pamela Melton’s son, Nathan Nance suffers from CF and Melton has begun a booster to help raise awareness …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

School of Discovery Jr. Betas to hold fundraiser to attend Jr. Beta Club National Convention

Clarkton School of Discovery Junior Beta Club is headed to Orlando FL. to compete in the National Beta Convention. Back in February, CSD won second place in Songfest, 2nd in Banner and Wreath and 1st place in Tower of Power at the state competition, thus receiving the honor of competing at the national convention June 24-28th. The club is extremely excited about the opportunity to compete in these highly competitive areas of competition. In order to raise money for the trip, the CSD Junior Beta Club, along with Mr. Kyle Cashwell, have planned a Pork Cookoff to be held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown, May 12 and …..

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New White Lake business

The Lake season has almost officially started. One new business is already reporting a booming start. White Lake Supply opened its doors this month. The owner, Aaron Carver, originally from Greensboro said they bought a home at White Lake about 10 years ago and recently decided to start a local business. Carver, a heating and air conditioning business man, said he has owned a HVAC company over 30 years in Greensboro. Now he and his family want to offer the heating and air conditioning supplies and services in Bladen County. Carver and his daughter, Dana Garrison, started the company in April offering HVAC supplies, parts, services and installations. For more …..

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White Oak Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

By Amy Schumacher The Volunteer Fire Department held their semi-annual Pancake Breakfast at the White Oak Fire Department building Saturday beginning this service at 6 a.m. Many people from the White Oak community came out to support their volunteers as well as to mingle and enjoy sharing breakfast with their community. The atmosphere was one of fellowship and the event was enjoyed by all. The Fire Department is lead by Chief Tim Tatum, who also serves at East Bladen High School as the Fire Chief, and Ryan Varney, who serves as the President and Captain. Both men were happily serving their community and honored to do this twice a year …..

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Kelly community gathers for annual Spring Fest

By Amy Schumacher The community of Kelly gathered Saturday at the Ball Park for the Annual Kelly Spring Fest. The Kelly Volunteer Fire Department heads up this community gathering every year and has done this since 1985. This year the event included a parade, a car show, food and craft vendors as well as bounce houses for all the children of the community to enjoy. The Fire Department cooks up BBQ and the proceeds support the Fire Department in maintaining equipment and their annual running budget. The Chief, Kenneth Thornton, has lived in Kelly for 50 years. Many of the members have lived in Kelly all of their lives and …..

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Sandra Cain

A Look at Brussels Sprouts

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living   Brussels sprouts are the newest member of the cabbage family. The leaves are on the top of the plant and the tiny heads completely surround the stalk. These heads resemble tiny cabbages. There are several types of cabbage: red cabbage; green, crinkly-leaved Savoy cabbage; green, smooth-leaved cabbage; and green-leaved Chinese cabbage. Nutrition Information The scientific name for the group of plants that includes Brussels sprouts and cabbage is cruciferous. Scientists use this term to identify plants whose blossoms resemble a cross. The group of vegetables that includes cabbage and Brussels sprouts may help prevent cancer. Both cabbage and Brussels sprouts are also good …..

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Drayton Road releases new video

By: Erin Smith A band with Bladen County ties has released a new video. Brent Underwood, of Tar Heel, announced the band Drayton Road, of which he is a member, has released a new video called “Danger, Danger.” The video was filmed outside of Tar Heel in an old family barn. The band will also release their new album “Danger, Danger” on Thursday, May 4. It can be purchased in advance on iTunes, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify and many other outlets. This will be the band’s first album release since joining Wendigo Records in Sanford. Underwood said the song “Danger, Danger” was written about 1 1/2 years ago after …..

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Jail-A-Thon deemed a success; final tally not yet calculated

By: Erin Smith There was plenty of laughter and smiles to go around on Wednesday afternoon at the Bladen County Board of Education as the Bladen County Education Foundation held their 9th annual Jail-A-Thon. David Wall, one of the event’s organizers deemed this event a success, though final totals have not been calculated as donations are still being received. The Board of Education meeting room served as the “court room” as Judge Wall read the charges against each participant and pronounced a fine. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker agreed to take part in the event and was “arrested” by Assistant Coroner Kenneth Clark. He noted it is for a worthy …..

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Bladen Columbus Judge Sasser Awarded

By: NC Courts The Honorable Douglas B. Sasser, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for North Carolina Judicial District 13A (Bladen and Columbus counties), will receive two awards for his volunteer efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Judge Sasser was nominated for the Volunteer Service Award (VSA) by a local fire department chief. He will receive this award on April 27 in Whiteville, N.C. The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service describes the VSA as follows: “North Carolinians have always shown their concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in local communities across the state. This proud tradition of volunteerism and community service was first recognized by …..

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White Lake Water Festival is fast approaching

The 39th annual White Lake Water Festival is fast approaching this year. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Dawn Maynard, has started distributing the brochures. The festival will begin on May 19th with a classic car cruise in at 6:30 pm. A free street dance featuring, the Southern Touch Band from 7 pm until 9 pm on Friday evening as well. Saturday, May 20th the fun will kick off with a Classic Car Show. Registration will be from 8 am until 12 Noon. Judging will begin at noon. The annual parade at 10 am. Mike Minter will be the 2017 Grand Marshall of the parade. Minter is the …..

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Lifestyles: Southeastern Health conducts Focus Group meeting at White Lake

By Erin Smith Southeastern Regional Health conducted a focus group meeting at the White Lake Town Hall on Tuesday evening. The format for the evening featured residents of White Lake answering a set of questions facilitated by Cathy Hunt, Healthy Carolinas Grant Facilitator, and May Lample, Community Mobilization Coordinator with Southeastern Health. The purpose of the focus group is to learn the needs of the community. said Lample. “We are in the process of doing our Community Health Assessment and, as part of that process, we are polling the community to better learn the needs of the community.” Lample said the information gathered will be used to develop an action …..

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BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussions Series on Opioid Epidemic: HB 243

 BladenOnline.com‘s roundtable discussions on the opioid epidemic in North Carolina and Bladen County continues this week with a look at NC House Bill 243 known as the “The STOP Act.” NC Rep. Brenden Jones was a co-sponsor of the bill. His comments regarding the bill are below: “Over the last several years, there has been an ongoing opioid abuse problem across the country.  In North Carolina, we have 4 of the top 25 cities in the country for opioid abuse rate.*  This is a crisis that is causing people to lose their lives, displacing families, and wreaking havoc on many neighborhoods. What HB243 does is attempt to address this problem …..

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Windell Campbell Obituary

Mr. Windell Campbell of 649 Mears Ln., Clarkton,NC, stood on the banks of Jordan Friday morning and his ship came sailing in at Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown. All who wish to spend precious moments with Mr. Windell and his loving family, may do so on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 4-7pm in the A.B. Hobbs Memorial Chapel on the campus of Majestic Funeral Home. The family will be present to receive friends from 6-7pm. The Obsequies for Mr. Campbell, will be held on Wednesday April 26, at 1pm at Pierce Chapel AME Zion Church, 595 Porterville School Rd., Clarkton. Following the services in the sanctuary, Mr. Campbell’s earthen vessel along …..

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Glenn Miller Orchestra May 19 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater welcomes back a favorite touring big band that  perfectly complements the setting of a historic theater that first opened in 1928 – just 10 years before the original version of this famous big band was formed. The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present version of the Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the Orchestra’s present music director. Tickets can be purchased at any time on-line …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living; Encourage your Children to Eat More Vegetables

By: Sandra R. Cain Believe it or not, it is possible to raise kids who like eating a wide variety of vegetables. The secret is to never bribe or threaten them about eating green or orange things. Just follow as many of these simple steps as you can. Enjoy a variety of vegetables yourself The most important thing that adults can do for children’s eating is to model healthy habits. If you enjoy eating a wide variety of foods, including vegetables, children will see that as the normal thing to do. There’s no need to make a big deal about your enjoyment, just make vegetables a tasty part of every …..

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Charlotte Smith

Opinion: Calling All Voters: Don’t wait until elections

By: Charlotte Smith Your candidate may not have won the election, but that does not mean you do not have a voice. All voters near and far in Bladen County, in North Carolina, should be contacting their elected officials and asking for some accountability for our tax dollars. Some of the biggest issues our county and state are facing right now are not Red versus Blue. Education, Healthcare and Economic Development are key issues all tax paying citizens should be aware. I addressed the Bladen County Board of Commissioners this week about significant concerns uncovered after investigating our Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services during our Opioid Crisis Series on BladenOnline.com. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 20

1777 – New York adopts new constitution as an independent state. 1836 – Territory of Wisconsin created. 1896 – 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premieres in NYC. 1912 – Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings. 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary: Congress approves. 1916 – Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6. 1935 – “Your Hit Parade” begins broadcasting (becomes #1 quickly). 1940 – 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa. 1946 – …..

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Bladen County community members helping improve communities

By: Charlotte Smith Here are some photos captured back in 2010 of Bladen County community members helping improve communities. The photoed events are continuing today. This year the Spay and Neuter Clinics in Bladen County celebrated their seventh year anniversary by holding another Spay and Neuter Clinic. Dr. Gensel at Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital, his staff, some volunteers, and rescue group, A Shelter Friend, have been working together on this project with commitment. Bladen County Rabies Clinics have been offered in Bladen County for so many years, no one we spoke with could pinpoint the exact year the clinics were started. One thing is for sure, the communities’ beloved World War II Marine …..

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Methodist University to hold Spring 2017 Senior Art Exhibition “Untitled No. 5” beginning April 21

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Methodist University will host the spring 2017 senior art exhibition, “UNTITLED No. 5,” from April 21 to 28 in the David McCune International Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 21. This event is free and open to the public. The art show will feature the work of students Walter Barnett, Stephen Carroll, Deniel Cestero, Emily Brooke Highsmith, and Javahn Tyson. About the artists Walter Barnett was born in Indianapolis, Ind., son of Waltrina and Clifford Barnett. Walter spent all of his childhood in Portsmouth, Va., living there for 13 years. As a child, Walter found his passion for …..

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Bladen County employees recognized

Bladen County Board of Commissioners recognized employees for their years of service to the County and its citizens. The following employees were scheduled to be recognized. Jason Bryant, Animal Control, 10 years Amelia Batten, EMS, 5 years Desmond Gillespie, Housekeeping, 10 years Sherry Lanier, Solid Waste, 10 years Anthony “Clay” Carroll, Sheriff’s Office, 5 years Robert Duggan, Sheriff’s Office, 5 years Dominique Davis, Sheriff’s Office, 5 years Tony Sessoms, Sheriff’s Office, 25 years After distributing the recognitions at the Tuesday commissioners’ meeting there was a reception to celebrate the employees. Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman of the commissioner board said, “We thank you for everything you do for the Bladen County …..

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School Consolidation to be discussed at Community Forums

The Bladen County Schools Board of Education will be conducting four (4) community forums for the purpose of discussing school facilities, consolidation, and construction. The forums will be held on the following dates and at the following locations: May 1 at Tar Heel Middle School, 6:00 p.m. May 2 at Clarkton School of Discovery, 6:00 p.m. May 4 at East Arcadia School, 6:00 p.m. May 9 at Elizabethtown Middle School, 6:00 p.m. Persons living in or around these schools or who have an interest in public education in Bladen County are invited to attend. Share:

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FedEx deliveries may be delayed due to wreck

Thursday afternoon rain came with little warning in some parts of Bladen County. The rain along with speed was a factor in a single vehicle wreck involving a FedEx truck according to Highway Patrol officer Jason Weissinger. According to the trooper’s report FedEx driver, Raymond Thomas from Pembroke was traveling south on NC Hwy 131 and crossed the centerline, ran out of road to the left and struck a ditch causing the delivery truck to overturn. Thomas was charged with exceeding a safe speed due to rain, according to Weissinger. No injuries were reported. The truck did have packages on board. As our staff was leaving more FedEx truck drivers were …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Selecting, Storing and Serving Strawberries

By Sandra Cain Strawberry history goes back over 2200 years ago.  It is thought that the name “strawberry” came from the practice of growers spreading a layer of straw around the plants when the berries begin to form.  The 600 strawberry varieties found today stem from five or six original wild species, and are a member of the rose family. Strawberries are ready in Bladen County!  Whether you pick your own, or buy them from a produce stand or grocery store, here are some tips to help you enjoy them in simple preparations to savor their sweet flavor. Nutrition Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C. A one cup …..

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Stephen Damasco scores 2nd place in NC State NPC

Contributed photos by: Diane Trinidad Sometimes you never know where children may go once they graduate and travel away from Bladen County. One West Bladen High School graduate, Stephen Damasco, is leading the way in physical fitness. Stephen is 27 years old from Clarkton, NC placed 2nd place in the North Carolina State NPC (National Physique Committee) competition on April 8th for the open Men’s Physique Class A according to Diane Trinidad.  The competition placement qualifies Stephen to enter for the IFBB (International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness) Nationals. His goal is to obtain an IFBB PRO™ card and his ultimate goal is to enter at the Mr. Olympia competition which is also organized by IFBB …..

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice workshop offers tools for healing

  ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (04/12/17) – Tools for Healing is a no cost workshop offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. If you are coping with the death of a loved one, join us Tuesday, May 9, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at our Bladen County Office, 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. To register, call 910-515-6689. Because of our generous donors, these caring, no cost counseling services and programs are available to all. Your donation is always appreciated.   Most of us have loved and lost special people in our lives and we understand that coping with grief is a challenging process. If you and/or your friends and family are having difficulty dealing …..

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Boost the Boro, Inc requests funding for landscaping

The corner wall has been a piece of work for some time now in Bladenboro. Boost the Boro, Inc, President, Don White addressed the Bladenboro elected officials on behalf of the local non-profit for funding the painting project. White stated the Boost the Boro members would like to request from the elected town board $1,500.00 to landscape the corner lot property at the stop light intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Main Street in Bladenboro. White stated that the money requested for landscaping would be used on the property owned by the Town of Bladenboro and that all cost associated with the painting of the privately owned wall that borders the property would be completed with Boost the Boro funds. …..

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Bladen Community College classes

Paint Nights at Lu Mil Vineyard are scheduled for April 13 and April 27, from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Line Dancing classes are on April 13 and May 11, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Crocheting classes are on April 15 and May 13 from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Students may need to purchase some supplies. Register today by contacting Stephanie Gonzalez at 910.879.5539 or online at sgonzalez@bladencc.edu. Share:

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Homelessness is a Hidden Problem in Bladen County

By: Erin Smith  Homelessness in Bladen County is a problem that is, for the most part, hidden from view. There are those who have jobs, but simply cannot financially afford housing. There are others who have a criminal record which disqualifies them for government subsidized housing, according to William Moore. “We know we have them. We’ve tried different things to promote the conversation,” said Janet Miller with the Bladen County Department of Social Services. “If we are made aware of their situation, we can often help.” Miller said in Bladen County there are not a lot of resources to help those who find themselves faced with homelessness. She said her …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools April meeting 2017

By: Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where they began by recognizing three Career and Technical Education teachers for their classes earning 100% student achievement on their state testing scores. The classes and teachers recognized were Cedric Mathis’ Carpentry 1 class, Mitchell Newkirk’s Masonry 1 class, and Mary Todd’s Nursing Fundamentals class. Joseph DeMers, Selene Flores, Jorccahel Gonzalez Monroy, Toni McKoy, Brianna Nance, and Isabel Ramos George were all recognized for earning ServSafe Certifications under the leadership of their teacher, Gail Marsh, at West Bladen High School. East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School both had students in their respective HOSA …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ever hear an older person talk about someone being “tuckered out”, meant someone tired and needing rest.  Guess it is a flashback from my upbringing. Some of our oldest, best news sources are undergoing an overhaul.  If you are a Fayetteville Observer reader, you are aware of changes.  Family owned papers selling to conglomerates, small businesses are struggling.  We have less local news and regional chains are cutting staff and sending one writer to cover the NCAA basketball games and sharing with all their papers. The latest to announce cuts is the Greensboro News and Record, cutting over 30 positions. Revenues are stretched, more shopping on-line.  Competition for the advertising dollar …..

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