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Hot Rod Grill new eatery at White Lake

By Charlotte Smith The big foot shadow sign on your way into White Lake may your grab attention, but the Hot Rod Grill has more than the unique sign at their business.  A mother-daughter duo started the local eatery back in April of this year. Owners Kim Harr and Betty Orender offer a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner at their restaurant located at 126 White Lake Drive in White Lake. They are open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday they are open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. They have hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, seafood, eggs, pancakes and lots more. …..

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Fantastic Shakers draw a crowd

By Erin Smith The Fantastic Shakers drew a crowd for the final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” Concert series of the summer. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. The Fantastic Shakers entertained the crowd with such favorites as “Hold Back the Night,” “Lady Soul” and “Cupid Shuffle.” The crowd enjoyed shagging and line dancing. Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard said a new item for the final Sunset Jams concert was the inclusion of a screen on the stage that broadcasts the logos of all of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze level sponsors who have helped make concerts …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend promises to be a busy one for Bladen County residents. Tonight, (Thursday, August 16) beginning at 6 p.m. the final Sunset Jams Concert Series will be at Goldston’s Beach. The band that will be performing are called The Fantastic Shakers. The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. The concert will continue whether it’s rain or shine and admission is free. On Saturday, there will be a Back to School Blast from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The event will help parents to obtain the many items a student needs like: school supplies, free haircuts, …..

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Event: An evening with author Sam Quinones

Judge Lewis and The Brunswick County Treatment Courts are proud to announce an evening with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”.  This event will take place on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Odell Williamson Auditorium, located on the campus of Brunswick Community College.  Admission is FREE and the first 250 attendees will receive a free copy of the book (1 per family).  We would love for all to come! Share:

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Fantastic Shakers to Close out Sunset Jams Concert Series

By Erin Smith The final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive after Five” Concert Series featuring The Fantastic Shakers will take place Thursday, at White Lake on Goldston’s Beach, starting at 6 PM. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Regional Health. The Fantastic Shakers are well known for their soulful sounds. The band was formed in 1978, and is known for such songs as “I Still Do,” “Myrtle Beach Days,” and “Shakin’ the Shack.” The band has received numerous awards from various beach music organizations. Those awards have included Group of the Year, Album of the Year three times, and more. …..

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Dublin Peanut Festival applications for pageant, car show and vendors now being accepted

Contributed Plans are under way for the 26th annual Dublin Peanut Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th. Applications are being accepted for craft and food vendors, the Classic Car Show and the Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant. The Dublin Peanut Festival is now accepting applications for Craft and Food Vendors. Those who are interested in becoming a vendor can email dublinpeanutfestival@gmail.com for information. The Classic Cruisers Car Club is now accepting registrations for the car show. All antiques, classic cars and trucks are welcome. For registration information, email dublinpeanutfestival@gmail.com. Applications are now being accepted for the Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant which will be held on Saturday, September 8th, …..

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Crisis Intervention Program Has $43.9 Million to Assist with Heating and Cooling Emergencies

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has $43.9 million available from the Administration for Children and Families to support the Crisis Intervention Program in state fiscal year 2018-19. The program provides funds distributed through county departments of social services to help qualifying low-income households who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. During SFY 2017-18, county departments of social services helped 104,853 North Carolina households with assistance with utility bills or securing fuel or cooling resources. “This program is designed to help alleviate heating emergencies during the winter months and cooling emergencies during the summer months,” said NC Division of Social Services Director Wayne Black. “Assistance can prevent …..

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Smithfield, Bladen Released Time and Foundation Bible Back 2 School Bash

Contributed Foundation Bible Church, the coordinator of the Back 2 School Bash, would like to thank Smithfield Foods, Inc.  for their generous donation to Bladen County Released Time for the purchase 1,000 backpacks and school supplies.  This event is designed to support the students of Bladen County as they start the new school year. Pictured is Ryan Godwin, MD at Foundation Bible Church, Rhonda Campbell, Sustainability Coordinator  of Smithfield Foods and Dean Hilton, Board Member of Bladen Released Time. Share:

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Benefit planned for Ayven’s Sunny Place

Contributed A benefit is planned to support Ayven’s Sunny Place which is a non-profit group offering support to families with critical ill children. The event will take place on Saturday, September 8th, at the Lumber River Camp Ground located at 570 Tar Landing Road, Evergreen. According to the Facebook page for the non-profit, the funds raised will be used to construct the first house in Brunswick County for critically ill children and their families to enjoy a trip to the beach between their treatments. The event will include plenty to see and do. On Friday, September 7th, there will be a spaghetti plate sale and corn hole tournament. Cost fo plates is …..

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Odd Tools for Odd Jobs

Many of these tools are designed to accomplish specific jobs that would otherwise be very time consuming and much more frustrating. The right tools can definitely make the job easier and more enjoyable. Here is a quick look at some of the equipment out there and how to decide what you really need. The first rule of thumb is not to set out to stock up on all of these more obscure implements before you have the basics. Once that’s done, you can begin collecting specialty gardening tools. While there are about as many tools out there as there are gardening chores, some are practical choices that you will use …..

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Make it Last

By Richelle Stafne There is a fine line in a productive summer garden where the harvest goes from plentiful to growing “out your ears.” Of course, you can give extra produce away or donate it to a local soup kitchen, but another option is to freeze the abundant harvest. I grew up on a rural farm where food preservation was a way of life. From snapping green beans for canning to washing blackberries for freezing, we learned to help from a young age. Here are tips to help you get started with freezing produce at home.   Selecting Produce Be sure fruits, vegetables and herbs are harvested at the right …..

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Legacy Motown Revue livens up the evening

By Erin Smith The Legacy Motown Revue drew a large crowd to the Cape Fear Farmers Market on Thursday evening. The free concert is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. The band from Kernersville kept the crowd entertained with such hits as “Carolina Girls,” “ABC,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Members of the band joined members of the audience for a sing-a-long and dancing. In addition to enjoying the soulful sounds of the band, the crowd engaged in line dancing and shagging to the beat of the music. The next Summer Sounds Concert will feature an encore performance by the North …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon Tonight (Thursday), the Legendary Motown Revue takes the stage at 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The concert is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. Admission is free and concerts are rain or shine. This Saturday, beginning at noon, the Mother County Genealogical Society will be meeting at Bladenboro Historical Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro. Albert Shaw will be there to discuss the Shaw family history and the early industries in Bladen County. Everyone is welcomed to come and attend the meeting. Share:

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Cub Scout Pack 600 visits USS Yorktown, Fort Sumter

Contributed Cub Scout Pack 600 of Elizabethtown spent the weekend visiting and learning about history at the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Every year around fall/winter Pack 600 sells popcorn as a fundraiser for the Packs upcoming activities. As a reward the scouts whom sold are treated to a great Summer camping trip, this year we went to USS Yorktown. While visiting South Carolina, Pack 600 rode a ferry to Fort Sumter where they were able to learn about the Civil War. They also toured the historic site. At the USS Yorktown, Pack 600 met Scrappy, the mascot for the ship. The members of Pack 600 also …..

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How to Afford a Pricier House in the Neighborhood You Love

When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home. “Location was so important to us. We got used to walking everywhere while we were in Germany. Grocery stores, restaurants, beer gardens and pubs were all within walking distance of our apartment. We wanted to find a neighborhood like that,” explains Danielle, an employee relations attorney. They found the perfect neighborhood: Bay View, Wisconsin. They also found a house in a perfect location, right across from a park, with a lovely view of Lake Michigan.But the house itself wasn’t so perfect: it needed about $20,000 …..

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East Bladen High School Class of 1988 Plans Class Reunion

The East Bladen High School Class of 1988 will conduct a  Class Reunion on October 19 and 20. The cost is $110 per couple and $60 for individuals. The cost includes the following: *Tailgate before the East Bladen High School Cougars home game *Premier Location for the tailgate “The Venue at Regal Resort” *Catered Dinner by Southern Smoke *Photographer *DJ playing all of the best ’80s songs *Open Bar The deadline for payment is September 1. Rich Glenn a Class of 1988 member and banker is collecting the payments for the class reunion and you can use the following methods to make your payment. CashApp – $RichCGlennJr PayPal – Richglennjr@hotmail.com …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston This year July was great for fun, food and celebrations. The summer weather was (plenty) warm enough, but we got the rain we needed too, so it seemed pleasant to me. I love summer. Its the time of year when folks go on vacation and either want to eat a cold sandwich or throw something on the grill and enjoy the great outdoors. People don’t mind cooking when they’re on vacation, but coming back from vacation is an adjustment to make. Some of us like to stop into local shops and delis to eat a lot of subs and grilled items after we return from the beaches, …..

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Jury is deliberating in the third Hog Industry trial

By Charlotte Smith Opening arguments in the third trial involving the Hog Farm Industry began early Thursday morning in the US District Courtroom located in Raleigh. US District Judge Earl Britt has now presided over all three lawsuits involving the pork business. The defendant in the three cases has been listed as Murphy-Brown, LLC, doing business as Smithfield Hog Production. The plaintiffs in the cases are residents living in close proximity to farms producing pigs for the company. In the current trial Greenwood Livestock is the properties’ owners and the hog producers. Dean Hilton of Bladen County along with his partners own and operate Greenwood I and II. The jurors, …..

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Public Meeting

The Mother County Genealogical Society to hold meeting

The Mother County Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday August 11th from noon until 2 pm in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main St in Bladenboro.   All are welcome to attend.   Albert Shaw will speak on his Shaw family history in Bladen County.   Pitch, tar, turpentine, and rosin taken from pine trees were perhaps the most important products from the Bladen County area during its early history.   Mr. Shaw will also bring tools and artifacts and talk also about that industry. Share:

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Keep ‘Em Makin’ Bacon: North Carolina Farmers Fight for Their Farms

By: Kristen Traugh, Growing America, with northcarolina.growingamerica. com Statistics say that the average person is three generations removed from the farm. That fact is plainly evident in North Carolina right now. HD3 Farms of the Carolinas, an operation that finishes hogs for Smithfield Foods, is the third farm to be taken to court and accused of being a nuisance due to the presence of the hogs. The two prior defendants’ farms have already lost their respective court cases. HD3 is busy taking proactive steps to educate the public, care for the environment, and, of course, produce safe pork. Travis Brown is the Division Manager of the operation, and I spoke with …..

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Fundraiser set for Saturday

A fundraiser is planned for David Johnson on Saturday, August 4th, at Merritt Brothers located at 8906 NC Highway 41 East near White Lake.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last all day. There will be a plate sale, a 50-50 Raffle, an auction, a yard sale, bounce houses and more. The event will also feature a show for bikes, big rigs, cars, trucks and a Jeep Cruise-In is also planned. Cost is $10 per entry and trophies will be awarded. Al proceeds go to David “Punk” Johnson for medical expenses. He has had a stroke which has left him paralyzed on the left side. Share:

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Moores Creek National Battlefield to Host Informational Meeting on How to Become a Reenactor and Get Involved in Living History

Currie, NC –  Have you ever visited as historic site or event and wondered “How do I become a Re-enactor”? Join us on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for an informational meeting and orientation as to how to get involved with Living History- i.e. Reenacting and Storytelling in a historical setting. Staff and volunteers at Moores Creek National Battlefield will be providing a brief overview of volunteer opportunities offered in the park and how you can participate. Demonstrations will be provided and Question and Answer sessions will take place to assist you in getting the answers you need. Volunteer Living History opportunities include: Share the Stories of the American …..

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Mountains to the Sea Trail Signs, Trail Markers Erected

By Erin Smith Signs and trail markers are being posted along the Coastal Crescent Trail section of the Mountains To the Sea trail in Bladen County. Carl deAndrade and his family have been hard at work posting the brown signs to assist trail walkers and hikers in following the trail.  He said his grandson, Josh deAndrade, assisted with posting the signs as well. Josh is working towards a Life Service project with the Boy Scouts. The Coastal Crescent section of the trail enters Bladen County at Suggs Mill Pond travels to Harmony Hall in White Oak, and onto Jones Lake State Park. The trail then winds along NC 242 to …..

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NC Emergency Management Details Progress on Hurricane Matthew Recovery

In a letter sent yesterday, NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry shared detailed information on North Carolina’s progress recovering from Hurricane Matthew. Read the full text of the letter below. July 26, 2018 Representative Brenden Jones 16 W. Jones Street, Room 2217 Raleigh, NC 27601-1096 Dear Representative Jones: Sir, I am taking this opportunity to respond to your letter of July 23, 2018 to the Governor and to provide you with an update on Hurricane Matthew Recovery for the state, as well as for Bladen, Columbus, and Robeson counties. Thank you for asking how you and other legislators could assist in the state response to Hurricane Matthew recovery. As we implement HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, …..

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Hog farm lawsuit key plaintiff misleading; defendants want to talk

By Charlotte Smith The third week in the third lawsuit trial involving hog farms and their neighbors is quickly coming to an end. This week during the trial, Bladen County farm producer, Dean Hilton took the stand along with a key plaintiff from Pender County, Jimmy Jacobs. Bladen County native, Hilton was not given much time for extended answers once questioned by Michael Kaeske, the Texas lawyer for the plaintiff’s, while on the stand this week. He was questioned about his involvement with Greenwood I and II. Yes and no answers were about all Kaeske would allow Hilton to say when asking about reports in evidence. Some witnesses said the …..

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Public Meeting

Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter to meet

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, will hold a meeting on the First Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown. The August meeting will be Friday, August 3, at 3 PM. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. Time has proven that with caring and sharing comes healing. We always focus on helping each other. Chapter members affirm that “When we get together, we help one another” and we find strength and solace. Together we discover that ‘We Do Not Walk Alone’. For more information, contact …..

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Back to School Blast planned

As the lazy days of summer are winding to a close, many parents are beginning to think about sending their children back  to school. To help parents with the many tasks involved of preparing for back to school such as purchasing school uniforms, school supplies and haircuts, a Back to School Blast has been planned for Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The Back to School Blast will offer free haircuts, free uniform exchanges, health screenings, and more. For more information call Billie Hall at 910-862-2066 or Pastor Brock Meyer at 919-606-6350.   Share:

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Bladen County Dementia Workshop

Melanie Bunn who is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and a Dementia Training Specialist, from Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, will be presenting on “What Happenings Next?” at the Bladen County Community Dementia Workshop on Wednesday, August 29th. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. Understanding the progression of dementia can help us learn what to expect and how to better interact with those we care about.  Follow  the story of one family as they move through the stages of dementia.  Learn along with them what works, what doesn’t work, and how to keep the peace along the way. The church is located …..

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Smith awarded NC State Firefighter’s Association Scholarship

Contributed Kaley L. Smith of White Lake was the recipient of the NC State Firefighters Association George Horace Moore Scholarship. She is a graduate of East Bladen High School and plans to pursue a degree in Nursing. She has been accepted as an RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) which is partnership between Bladen Community College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  “It was a honor for me to receive this scholarship. It shows me the importance of working hard in high school and volunteering in my community,” said Smith. She was recognized by the White Lake Fire Department for the accomplishment. Share:

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Bladenboro Boutique offers a variety in town

By Charlotte Smith One business moved out, but another moved in. Teresa Horton is excited about her new business venture after working over a decade and a half with Cynthia Singletary’s law office. Horton is the proud owner of Lolli’s on Main, a children’s and ladies boutique, tanning and gifts shop located at 109 Main Street in Bladenboro. The store was formally the location of Grace & Company. “I just didn’t want to see another business leave Bladenboro,” Horton said. When she found out Grace & Company was closing, she decided to open the store back up under her company name and offer even more products. The boutique currently offers …..

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Clarkton Public Library will host a Harry Potter Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, July 31

Clarkton, NC — Attention wizards, witches, and muggles ages 10 & up! You are invited to join the Bladen County Public Library system for a free, magical fun-filled evening celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday on Tuesday, July 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Clarkton Public Library located at 10413 N. College St., Clarkton, NC 28433. Partygoers will enjoy Harry Potter themed entertainment, activities, games, refreshments, and crafts. Here are just some of the festivities guests can enjoy at the party: +Make a magical craft +Take a picture in our photo booth +Test your Harry Potter knowledge in our trivia contest* +Come dressed up and enter our costume contest* …..

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The Pizzaz Band to Play Summer Sounds Concert on Thursday

By Erin Smith The Pizazz Band is set to take to the stage for the next installment of the Summer Sounds concert series at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Thursday from 6 until 9 PM. The concert series is presented by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. Admission to the concert is free and Sunset Slush of Bladen County will be on hand offering tasty frozen treats. Concertgoers can also purchase Summer Sounds concert series T-Shirts for $10. Don’t forget to stop and meet the vendors who helped to make the concert possible. The Pizazz Band is from Roxboro and plays a variety of …..

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Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Held for Tory Hole Park

By Erin Smith The Tory Hole Park in Elizabethtown was buzzing with excitement as town leaders gathered to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated park on Monday morning. The renovations to the park took place in two phases. Elizabethtown Mayor, Sylvia Campbell, welcomed the guests, and Town Manager, Eddie Madden, updated the crowd on the progress that has been made at the park. “We were able to actually do more than what we had originally planned. We had this phased into two separate projects,” said Madden. Madden credited Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation Director, Rod Fritz, and Assistant Town Manager, Pat DeVane, with assisting with the managing the renovations in …..

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E-Wallet App Protects Family Debit Card Number

Many families have a single debit or credit card shared among several individuals, including teens and college students who may lose track of purchases, buy from unsecured websites, or access money without clearing the amount with parents.These problems may do more than cause friction in the family; they can put the family credit at risk if a card number is stolen or a card is misplaced.A simple solution: Prepaid credit cards with unique one-time-use numbers distinct from a family’s debit card number and bank account.One example of the latest in prepaid card technology is MovoCoin.Users of the MOVO e-wallet app can create digital prepaid cards on the spot in exact …..

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Americans Are Flossing in the Strangest Places

Where have you flossed other than your bathroom? If you’re like nearly 40 percent of Americans, the answer is… in a car.How about on a date? Seven percent admitted to flossing on a date. Another six percent said on an airplane, and then there was the five percent who said in a work meeting.While experts agree that even some flossing – no matter where – beats none at all, the survey by Atomik Research for the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) illustrates a bit of a dichotomy: Only seven percent of Americans name flossing as most important to their personal care routines when it comes to perfecting their smiles, revealing …..

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Grape Escape Metric Century and Half Century Bike Ride planned

The Grape Escape, a metric century and half century bike ride, is planned for Sunday, August 26. Both rides begin at 1 p.m. and the start/finish line is located at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. Registration is $45 (T-shirts guaranteed to first 100 entries0 and riders may register at https://www.active.com/cycling through August 24th. Riders can also register onsite the day of the race beginning at 11 a.m. Entry includes all SAG stops. Overnight accommodations are available at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery by calling 844-846-3386 or at Lu Mil Vineyard by calling 910-866-5819. Share:

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Big Time Party Band Brings Party to White Lake

By Erin Smith The second concert in the Sunset Jams “Alive after Five” Concert series drew a large crowd to Goldston’s Beach at White Lake on Thursday. The featured band was the Big Time Party Band, and many in the crowd enjoyed dancing. The band played hits such as “Lady Soul,” “Pontoon,” and “Wagon Wheel.” Guitarist Craig Saunders, entertained audience members as he wandered through the crowd, playing as he went. Several audience members participated in line dancing and shagging to the sound of the music. The next Sunset Jams Concert will take place on Thursday, August 16, at 6 PM at Goldston’s Beach and will feature the Fantastic Shakers. …..

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Stand Down Event Draws Crowd in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith A Stand Down event was held at the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown on Thursday. The event helped veterans and their families to learn about various types of services they are eligible to receive. Ann Garrett said the Bladen County Veterans Day Committee partnered with the NC Works Veterans Representative Renee Deramus, to bring the event to Bladen County. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy presented the colors to open the event. Michael Dorman, with Military Missions in Action, spoke briefly and welcomed all of the veterans and their families to the Stand Down. The guest speaker was Sgt. Maj. Paul A. Berry (retd). He recognized all …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend there will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Today (Thursday, July 19th), the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health will be sponsoring the annual Sunset Jams Concert Series at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. The event will begin at 6 p.m., whether it rains or not, and will end at 9 p.m. The band named The Big Time Party Band will be taking the stage and admission to the concert is free. On Friday at 1 p.m. a Beginning Genealogy group will be meeting at the Bladen County Senior Center, located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. Remember to bring a notebook and a pencil! …..

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Impact on Children

Contributed Do you ever think back on things that happened to you as a child and recognize what kind of an impact it had on your life?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future health outcomes, violence, victimization, and lifelong opportunities. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as potentially traumatic events that can have negative, long lasting effects on health and well-being.  Children and families representing all types of demographics and socioeconomic backgrounds will experience stress.  There are different types of stress:  positive, tolerable, and toxic. Toxic stress (extreme, repetitive stress) is proven to have …..

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10 Powerful Ways To Use Social Security Online

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Chances are good that you use the internet or a cell phone app every day. Social Security has you covered. We have created online tools to make the lives of millions of people easier. We have put together a top ten list of easy-to-use resources for you. Do you want access to our latest news, retirement planning tips, and helpful information? Social Security Matters is our blog at blog.socialsecurity.gov. There, you can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, where you can watch our popular videos. Our online calculators, such as the Retirement Estimator, the Life …..

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Christmas in July event sees plenty of shoppers, raises money for scholarships

By Erin Smith Bladen County residents turned out to start their Christmas shopping early on Friday at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Extension Office in Elizabethtown. The well attended event offered all manner of crafts including homemade preserves, handcrafted jewelry, handmade cutting boards and handmade ornaments to please everyone on your shopping list. Dorothy Barnes said she enjoyed shopping and the lunch was delicious. She also was able to get an early start on her Christmas shopping list. Shirley Hough of Elizabethtown also stopped in to shop and talk with friends. Ms. Hough said, “I enjoy getting out and seeing people I don’t normally get to see.” The event is hosted by …..

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Christmas in July to be held at Bladen County Cooperative Extension

If you want to get an early start on your Christmas shopping the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center will host the annual “Christmas in July” Bazaar and Salad Lunch from 10 a.m. until 2 pm. Lunch includes chicken, pasta, vegetable and fruit salads, bread sticks and a beverage for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. There will also be raffle tickets available for themed baskets filled an array of goodies. Vendors will also be available with a variety of items. The funds by the Extension and Community Association ladies go to support scholarships. For more information call 910-862-4591. Share:

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Attend the Main Stage Series at Carolina Civic Center

TICKETS GO ON SALE NOON JULY 24! Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to our web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or with credit card or cash noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance. Masters of Soul 7 p.m. Friday, September 14 A regular sell-out show, Masters of Soul is a celebration of artists discovered in the Motor City in the 1960s. The show features …..

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Crowd braves the rain for Summer Sounds Concert

By Erin Smith Rain could not dampen the spirits of those who turned out for the Summer Sounds Concert at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Thursday. The event was sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. The North Tower Band played many crowd favorites while folks danced the evening away. Some of the songs included “I’ll be Dog Gone” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Heavy downpours finally forced audience members to seek shelter and wait it out. The rain-shortened event was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The next Summer Sounds Concert is scheduled for Thursday, July 26th, at 6 p.m. at …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon There will be plenty to see and do in Bladen County this weekend. Tonight, the Summer Sounds concert will take place at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. The band North Tower will be taking the stage at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown from  6 until 9 p.m.  The event is free and is sponsored by by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. On Saturday, July 14th, there will be a Breast Cancer Fundraiser for Deborah Powers Sealey which will begin at 11 a.m. at 269 Tar Heel Rd, Tar Heel, NC 28392 and will end at 3 p.m. All proceeds earned at the fund …..

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Jury to decide country smell or collateral damage in hog industry law suit

By Charlotte Smith The United States District Court in Raleigh was packed full Wednesday for the opening arguments during the third lawsuit involving hog farms and their neighbors. Two prior lawsuits against the hog industry has resulted in millions of dollars in fines effecting Bladen County farmers since April of this year. A jury of 10 women and two men will decide the fate of the next lawsuit in line with at least 20 more cases to follow. Michael Kaeske, a Texas attorney representing the Plaintiffs in the cases gave his teams opening arguments stating, “Murphy Farms, Inc is industrialized”. He continued to point out how since 1972 the companies …..

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Opioid Task Force making progress; increase risk of heroin abuse

By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman of the county’s Opioid Task Force opened the meeting calling for prayer. First Sergeant Richard Allen with the Bladen County Sheirff’s Office started the discussions with updates on the success of the community outreach educational presentations. Churches and other civic organizations are being informed about the Opioid abuse, the impact it has on communities, medication disposal options, treatment centers and support by Allen and his committee from the task force. He reported his team continuing to give two to three educational presentations per month at different locations throughout the county. Allen also mentioned some positive outcomes Brunswick County’s Sheriff’s Office …..

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Cotillion Expansion Plans Include Bladen County

CHARLOTTE, NC ──The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle school students, has announced plans to reestablish its national program in Bladen County. Says Charles Winters, President of the National League of Junior Cotillions, “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion.” The organization currently has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 30 states. Says Winters, “This program is making a positive impact on students across the nation and we are delighted to know that more young people in this area will have the opportunity for …..

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Early morning in Tar Heel

Rural Bladen County offers many beautiful views to those who drive through it. The sunrise above was captured near Tar Heel on Wednesday morning as the sun made its appearance above a pasture. The peaceful scene beckons one to stop and sit for a while. Share:

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Rogers achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Michael L. Rogers Jr. of Winston-Salem achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on January 7, 2018 at his Court of Honor ceremony held at Highland Presbyterian Church. Michael is the son of Jill and Michael Rogers and brother of Anna and Emma.  He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Worsley of Elizabethtown, NC and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rogers of Albemarle, NC. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 722 of the Wachovia District, Old Hickory Council, chartered to Highland Presbyterian Church. To earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week – Chocalate

By Dora Brogdon This week a 1 year old mixed breed female by the name of Chocalate has been picked for Pet of the Week! She is a medium sized dog and friendly towards people. Only thing is she can’t handle the fast movement of small children. It would be best if her forever family either had a teenager or likely no children in the home. Other than that Chocalate is a friendly dog and waiting to be adopted! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and it’s $40 to adopt a cat, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday from noon …..

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Fundraiser planned for David Johnson

A fundraiser is planned for David Johnson on Saturday, August 4th, at Merritt Brothers located at 8906 NC Highway 41 East near White Lake.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last all day. The event will feature bikes, big rigs, cars, trucks and a Jeep Cruise-In. Cost is $10 per entry and trophies will be awarded. There will also be a plate sale, 50-50 Raffle, an auction, a yard sale, bounce houses and more. Al proceeds go to David “Punk” Johnson for medical expenses. He has had a stroke which has left him paralyzed on the left side. Share:

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Bladen County Cooperative Extension and Community Association will host Christmas in July

Contributed The annual “Christmas in July” Bazaar and Salad Lunch will be held Friday, July 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center. Lunch includes chicken, pasta, vegetable and fruit salads, bread sticks and a beverage for $5.  Tickets can be purchased from any Extension & Community Association (“ECA”) member or at the Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. Also available from ECA members are raffle tickets for the giveaway of themed baskets of goodies. Vendors, many of them local, will be selling a unique variety of items at the bazaar. The money raised by the ECA Ladies will be used …..

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You’re invited to solve the case of ‘The Pin Stripe Murder’

A new stage production by Shug Productions will be presented on Saturday, August 18, at 5 p.m. at the Paul R. Brown Building in Elizabethtown. You can be present at the scene of the crime for “The Pin Stripe Murder.” Tickets cost $25 each and include dinner, dessert, beverage, and plenty of laughter. Come out and be a part of solving the crime. Prizes will be given to each person seated at the table that solves the murder. Tickets will be sold at the door from 4 until 4:45 p.m. and the show will begin promptly at 5 p.m. Actors will include Brenda Williams, Reginald Thompson, Joyce Britt, Marcus Jones, …..

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Winner of Snapper lawn mower announced

Contributed The Elizabethtown Kiwanis club had their drawing for the Snapper lawn mower on July 2nd at 12 noon. The drawing was held at Thompson Small Engine Repair. Mr. Wade Kinlaw from White Oak was the winning ticket holder. Mr. Kinlaw stated he had never won anything before and was excited about his prize. The Elizabethtown Kiwanis would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket for this drawing. The money raised goes right back into our community and the children of Bladen county. The Kiwanis offers scholarships each year to Bladen county high school seniors. This year the club gave four scholarships to local high school seniors. The Elizabethtown …..

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Weekend weather outlook

By Timothy Armstrong – NOAA Federal Overview: Scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon will become more numerous on Saturday as a cold front moves into the area. This front will stall near Savannah, GA Sunday with drier air moving into the Carolinas from the north. A tropical disturbance about 350 miles off the Carolina coast is becoming better organized, and the system could be declared a tropical depression later today. There are increasing chances this system will meander just off our coastline through the first half of next week. Impacts: Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms this weekend could produce locally heavy rainfall. At this time no direct impacts from the tropical …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston Ahhh, summer. I love it! When the temperatures rise folks head outdoors. What else could you need than lots of sun, sand and surf? Oh yeah, food. We all eat out more in the warmer months so it’s important to know whats available, and how it is maintained. I always look for the sanitation certificate on the wall when I eat out, don’t you? I see Galigo’s Family Restaurant is holding on to the 100% score they earned months ago. The fine folks over at the Bladen County Health Department visit many restaurants, kitchens, and eateries every month to inspect for sanitation and health code violations and …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 6

1775 – Congress issues “Declaration of the Causes & Necessity of Taking up Arms”, listing grievances but denying intent to be independent. 1776 – American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of “PA Evening Gazette” 1785 – US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the “dollar” and adopts decimal coinage. 1858 – Lyman Blake patents shoe manufacturing machine. 1898 – US Senate agrees to annex Hawaii. 1908 – Robert Peary’s expedition sails from NYC for north pole. 1924 – 1st photo sent experimentally across Atlantic by radio, US-England. 1932 – 1st class postage back up to 3 cents from 2 cents. 1936 – 121 degrees (F), …..

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Many celebrate freedom at White Lake

By Charlotte Smith Independence Day drew hundreds of folks to White Lake this July 4th. Scattered through out the town you could find many people enjoying the holiday in a variety of ways. The day started for some at the motels lined across the lake or at their mobile home in Camp Clearwater. Many enjoying Sunset Slush of Bladen and their refreshing products at several different locations throughout the town. White Lake Water Park was packed and hopping with excitement. There was a DJ, games, give aways and free food for their patrons to enjoy. The park even stayed open extra hours for their customers to splash around a little …..

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Patriotic donation made to White Lake

By Charlotte Smith The Woodman of the World donate flag poles, the U.S. and N.C. flags to the Town of White Lake.  White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble accepted the patriotic donation from Trey Duncan on behalf of the Woodmen of the World. A formal dedication ceremony acknowledging the Woodman of the World’s involvement in the community and their generosity will be held during the August 14, 2018 Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners regular meeting according to Brenda Clark with the town.  Share:

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Fruit Tree Friends 

by Alan Branhagen Fresh fruit picked off your own trees is a hot horticultural pursuit these days. Homeowners envision delectable apples, pears, peaches, plums and cherries dripping from their trees. Well, truth be told, there’s a lot of work that goes into those beautiful fruits. Bumps and blemishes from an army of fruit tree pests are the reality of the orchardist. Organic gardeners know the first step in pest control is to work with Mother Nature. The majority of bugs in the garden are good guys: beneficial insects that pollinate and form the framework of the web of life. Every time one of these beneficials stops a pest, it is …..

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Sandspurs, fireants and all

By Jefferson Weaver I’ve never been convinced that Neil Sellers and Dave Brown killed Blanche Packer. I spent a lot of time with Blanche, Brown, Sellers, Sheriff Lyon and others a few years back, and I have never been completely sure that the men hanged on the courthouse lawn in Elizabethtown were indeed murderers. But whether or not Sellers and/or Brown were truly hardened criminals, or the victims of a lynch mob mentality in a racially-charged election year, is a moot point. For those unfamiliar with the case – Blanche Russ Packer, 21, was the wife of a  sawmill hand named George Packer. They lived near Abbottsburg. George worked for …..

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More fireworks ready to celebrate

By Charlotte Smith Watching fireworks is an annual tradition for many celebrating our country’s Independence Day. Bladen County is no different during the patriotic holiday. Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce confirmed there will be more fireworks this year at the annual Fourth of July Fireworks show. There was an extra 1,000 dollars spent, making the total investment around 10,000 dollars in fireworks for this year’s show at the lake according to Maynard. The event is planned for Wednesday evening, July 4th, around 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. The annual fireworks show is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of …..

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Tasty Ways to Support Your Local Farmers 

by Jacqueline DiGiovanni With scares over contaminated, big-ag produce the last few years, consumers have become more interested in where their food comes from, how it is grown and how far it traveled to get to their tables. People have become more interested in growing their own vegetables and herbs, or when space and time do not allow for that, they shop at farmers markets. Some consumers take it a step further and partner with a farmer to grow their food through a community supported agriculture program, or CSA. Tips for Shopping Farmers Markets If you are new to farmers markets, expect your experience to be educational and fun. Some …..

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Prepare for Summer Power Outages

Prepare to beat the heat this summer. Heatwaves often cause power outages. Be ready in case one affects your neighborhood. Learning to prepare for power outages this summer is easy. The ReadyCampaign offers the following tips: Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. Learn about the emergency plans in your area. Visit your state’s website to locate the closest cooling center. Build or restock your emergency kit. Include food, water, prescription medicines, flashlight, batteries, hearing aid batteries, cash, copies of important financial documents, and first aid supplies. Be prepared to stay cool if the power is off for a long time. Consider going …..

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Let’s Eat Out, at Bladen County’s Historic Landmark

By Cheryl Thurston  Bladen County Beautiful Magazine is celebrating the past, present and future. This area has a rich history of supporting local business and bringing people together. Some of the folks around here have brought their dreams to fruition while providing a valuable service to the community, like Melvin’s Hamburgers and Hot Dogs Restaurant. They are celebrating 80 years in the same location in 2018. Melvin’s opened in 1938 as a Pool Room with a grill. Just as the nation was coming out of the Great Depression, the Melvin family got together and created a spot where local people could come to shoot pool, or just the breeze, and …..

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Social Security, a source of Independence

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC On July 4, people in communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s independence with neighbors, family, and friends. A strong community promotes independence by helping each other lead full and productive lives. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. Over those decades, we have made it even easier for you to access the programs and benefits you might need. Now, applying online is the fastest way to get those crucial benefits. Here are some the types of benefits you can apply for Retirement or Spouse Benefits – …..

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High and Dry

by Cindy Shapton A kitchen garden’s survival during a drought, or periods drier than normal requires planning, preparing and making smart, water-saving decisions along the way. Start with the Soil Add organic matter and compost to your garden soil before sowing seeds or planting veggies. This will help the soil retain more water and to absorb more rainfall when it does come. Choose the Right Plants Choose plants that have low to moderate water needs or those that can better handle drought and water restrictions. Mulch Pile it on! Mulch with newspapers, cardboard, leaf mold, grass clippings, straw, etc. My neighbor Jack puts down a heavy layer of leaf mold …..

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8 Steps to Prevent Vehicular Heatstroke

On hot days, the temperature inside your car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes. In 2017, 42 children died of vehicular heatstroke. Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees. A core body temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal. When left in a hot car, a child’s temperature can rise quickly. A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s. Help prevent vehicular heatstroke with these eight steps from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Never leave a child or pet in a car unattended—even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running, and the air conditioning is …..

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Crafters and Farmers at the market

This Saturday morning the Cape Fear Farmers Market is bright and busy as craft and farm vendors are out to market their products. There were beautiful handmade cloths, tasty treats, fresh vegetables and more. Tom’s Subs and Burney’s Bakery is also open. Craft vendors can be found at the Cape Fear Farmers Market the first Saturday of each month. For more information about the Cape Fear Farmers Market and how you can rent a space, call 910-862-2066. Share:

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Summer Read and Hike Day at Jones Lake State Park

Contributed Bladen County will be receiving its first “Little Free Library in late July. There are plans for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and “Summer Read and Hike Day” for youth at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday, July 28th, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, according to Carrie Harmon. According to Harmon, the Little Free Library is a non-profit book exchange program with the mantra of “Take a Book. Share a Book”. The program has engaged communities around the world to promote reading and literacy. Historically, Bladen County has never had a Little Free Library until now! As part of a final project for a local educator’s North Carolina Environmental Education …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County

By Dora Brogdon The annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale in Elizabethtown kicks off on Friday and will continue on Saturday and all of next week. Stores will have merchandise displayed on the sidewalks and there will be plenty to chose from inside as well. Also, on Saturday the alumni of Tar Heel High School classes from 1980 through 1989 will be holding a Class Reunion. If anyone is interested in attending this event please email Karen Singletary Sands at F00man@bellsouth.net. Share:

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July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month

Contributed Often we don’t know what to say or do for grieving parents, so we do nothing. However, the month of July is designated as Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, a time for supporting our friends and loved ones who’ve experienced the loss of a child. Each year in the United States, the parents of over 50,000 children face the tragedy of losing a child. Rather than looking ahead and planning their children’s futures, bereaved parents are often trapped for years in the memories of their children’s lives. Bereaved mothers and fathers experience more physical and emotional issues than do non-bereaved parents, including severe depression; mortality due to illness and suicide; and failed …..

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Public Meeting

Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter announce July meeting

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, now meets in Bladen County at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. This month we meet on Friday, July 6th, at 3 p.m. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. We meet to share and understand our grief to and help each other. We invite and welcome any parent, grandparent or adult sibling who is interested in attending. Share:

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Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale set to begin Friday

By Erin Smith Ready, set, shop! The merchants in downtown Elizabethtown have an array of bargains waiting to greet shoppers this weekend for the annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale. The Sidewalk Sale will take place from Friday, June 29th, through Saturday, July 7th. The sidewalk sale is an event that is enjoyed by merchants, visitors and residents alike. Stores will be offering a variety of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise as well as new arrivals will be available to choose, which is sure to please everyone on your shopping list. Mike Suggs, owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said shoppers will find plenty of items …..

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Amateur Radio Enthusiasts host international competition in Bladen County

Contributed Amateur radio enthusiasts from Bladen County came together this past weekend to demonstrate their technical expertise, and the emergency response capabilities of amateur, or ‘Ham’, radio.  Members of the Bladen County Amateur Radio Society, known as W4BLA, set up a make-shift operations site in the field adjacent to the Farmer’s Market in downtown Elizabethtown, and, for a 24-hour period known as ‘Field Day’, they operated an around-the-clock effort to contact as many radio amateurs around the world as possible.  Their efforts were astonishingly successful! At an almost frenetic pace, club members logged hundreds of contacts thru-out the day, and across the night, ranging from northern Canada, all the way …..

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Bladen County Solid Waste announces July 4th operating schedule

Contributed Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Wednesday, July 4th – Independence Day: The Mercer Mill Road Convenience Site will be operating on its normal schedule, 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. All other convenience sites will be closed. The Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Thursday, July 5th. Share:

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Three Common Ways Your Social Security Payment Can Grow After Retirement

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your Social Security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. Did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase? Once you begin receiving benefits, benefit checks can increase three common ways. They are a cost of living adjustment (COLA), additional work, or an adjustment at full retirement age if you received reduced benefits and exceeded the earnings limit. The COLA is the most commonly known increase for Social Security payments. We annually announce a COLA. There is usually an increase in …..

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Cape Fear Teen Challenge conducts Open House

By Erin Smith Bladen County now has a treatment facility for women who suffer from addiction. Cape Fear Teen Challenge conducted an Open House Saturday to give Bladen County residents the opportunity to view the facility and to learn more about the program. Pastor Holly Loyer, with Teen Challenge, said the business owners and residents the staff has met as they prepared for the Open House have made them feel at home. “We have been made to feel so welcome by everyone,” said Pastor Loyer. Twelve women between the ages of 18 and 40 will be housed at Cape Fear Teen Challenge and there will be a staff member on …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Sherman Gilliard III commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserve. The Elizabethtown Town Council adopted a fire service contract with Bladen County. Bladen County could be eligible for a $702,000.00 federal grant for school construction. Clark-Shaw Ford celebrated their 80th Anniversary in business. Share:

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Poyner Spruill partner McIntyre receives prestigious state public service award

Contributed RALEIGH, N.C. — Poyner Spruill partner and former North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre has been honored for a lifetime of public service by the North Carolina Bar Association. McIntyre received The Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award at the Bar Association’s Awards Banquet at its convention on Thursday, June 21st, in Wilmington, North Carolina. The award recognizes an outstanding lawyer in North Carolina who has performed exemplary public service. The award is not given every year. Nominees are sent to the Past Presidents’ Council as the selection committee, and the committee’s selection is subject to Board of Governors/Directors approval. McIntyre was chosen by a unanimous vote. …..

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Fun times with Summer Jams

By Charlotte Smith Thursday, June 21 is the first actual day of summer in 2018. The crowd came out to Goldston’s Beach at White Lake to kick off the season with the first concert of the Summer Jams Concert Series.  The Imitations had the crowd dancing and entertained from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with beach music. The series is presented by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. First Bank, R.A. Jeffreys, Sharonview Federal Credit Union, Sunset Slush of Bladen and BladenOnline.com were vendors offering give aways to the folks in attendance. “It is a great crowd having a ton of fun,” said Maurice Williams, Whimsical …..

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Teen Challenge to host Open House Saturday

By Erin Smith Teen Challenge will host an Open House for their Bladen County location on Saturday, June 23rd, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The house is located at 1456 Lula Long Road in the Ammon community and everyone is encouraged to come and learn more about the Teen Challenge program. Teen Challenge will begin to accept applications for the Bladen County location on Monday, June 25th. However, if you need treatment, you can call Albemarle Teen Challenge at 252-338-8263 and Teen Challenge will work with you to get you the help you need. The curriculum utilized for Teen Challenge includes personal studies which encourage the women to study areas in …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon There will be plenty for Bladen County residents to do this weekend. This Saturday the Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church will be having a food pantry, from His Table to Yours, opening from 10 a.m. until noon and a clothes closet from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. No fee is required while personal transportation and identifications are required. Saturday evening, the White Oak Community Building will be the location for a barbecue chicken plate fundraiser from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. for Sandy Hunsinger. All proceeds will be going to benefit her recovery. The cost per plate is $9 and all fixings will be included. For more information call Caroline Rising …..

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Sunset Jams concert series kicks off tonight

By Erin Smith The Sunset Jams Alive After Five concert series will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. featuring the Imitations at Goldston’s Beach in White Lake. The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. Admission to the concert is free and adult beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers or pets are allowed. The Imitations plays a variety of Beach, Soul and Rock N’ Roll music.  The band is from Wilmington and plays such crowd favorites as Shagging on the Boulevard, I Love Beach Music, and Carolina Girls. The Sunset Jams concert series began when the Chamber sponsored a concert at Goldston’s …..

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Support for Big Tomatoes 

by Patsy Bell Hobson Long-time gardeners have usually tried several tomato trellising systems in search of a heavy-duty solution. Determinate tomato varieties require less support than indeterminate varieties that can continue growing right up  until frost. Simple staking or tomato pens are usually adequate for determinate tomatoes. Paste tomatoes are determinate or semi-determinate. Their tomatoes ripen in one flush, a short but heavy production period. Most heirloom tomatoes grow on huge, indeterminate vines with fast-growing, often unwieldy branches. These are the plants that can produce 1 and 2 pound tomatoes. Long, heavy vines with super-sized fruits require sturdy support. One way to prevent vines from snapping off is by reducing …..

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7 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Summer

As summer approaches, now is a great time to prepare your home for warmer weather and beat the heat with a cool house. Extreme heat may affect your health or the health of those around you. Learn ways to reduce the heat in your home. The Ready Campaign recommends the following measures to keep your home cool this summer: Check to see if your home’s cooling system is working properly. Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside. Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary. Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation. Install temporary window …..

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West Bladen Betas score wins at National Senior Beta Club Convention

Contributed The West Bladen High School’s Betas have been working hard preparing for the National Senior Beta Club Convention. Cierra Byrd and Autumn Brisson are attending and competing at the National Beta Convention in Savannah, Georgia, this week, and their efforts have been rewarded. Congratulations to Cierra Byrd for her National Senior Beta Club Convention recognitions. Byrd won first place in the nation and National Senior Beta Convention Sculpture Champion for her sculpture entry. Her sculpture was also named National Senior Beta Convention 2017-2018 Best of the Show among all visual arts entries at the convention. Brisson won seventh place in the nation with her Fiber Arts entry. Share:

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