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By: Dora Brogdon This Saturday, Jan 20, will have a total of 3 events. The first event to start the day off will be a Introduction to Carolina Bays at Jones Lake State Park. Participants will learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays that some call home! Those that due attend should meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. The NC Muscadine Growers Association will be meeting at Lu Mil Vineyard. Registration will begin at 8:30a.m. and those who do plan on attending should contact Dianna at 910-267-4531. There will be a no-cost business seminar on Church Event Planning: Beyond the Fundraiser. The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. On Sunday, Jan …..

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Snow cream for snow days

Bladen County has received more snow this year than most years. Schools have been canceled and some may be wondering what to do on this snow day. Snow cream is always a good, fast, tasty treat. We thought we would share the recipe for the refreshing cream. You will need the following ingredients: 8 c. clean snow 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract Then in a large mixing bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring until all ingredients have been added; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture has been reached. You may need as …..

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Wyche Gallery features Native American exhibit

The exhibition “Women of the Red Earth” gives a view through the Indigenous lens and features the poems of Tonya Holy Elk Locklear, who is Lumbee/Oglala Lakota, and the visual art work of Margie Beth Labadie, who is Ashkenazi-Levi. Visually striking Native American objects entice viewers to come closer to read newly written, untold histories of Native Americans who continue to struggle in an overwhelmingly non-indigenous United States. This Native American – non-Native American collaboration crosses cultural boundaries and open up lines of communication between all communities. Everyone is cordially invited to participate in the afternoon discussion and attend the opening reception to learn more about the poetry and art from Earth Women Arts. …..

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Pet of the Week: Pickles

By: Dora Brogdon This week Pickles, now a 1 year old male, has been chosen to be Pet of the Week. He’s very friendly and affectionate towards people but he doesn’t quite get along with other dogs. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information or questions call (910)862-6918. Share:

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Historical Martin Luther King Junior Parade

Photos By: Kenneth Armstrong This year may be one for the record books for the annual Martin Luther King Junior Parade. Bladen County Commissioner and community leader, Arthur Bullock, coordinates the big event each year with great success, but this year seems to have been the largest one yet. Dedicated Soulz MC, a local Christian motorcycle club focused on empowering lives of individuals and enriching communities had hundreds of motorcycle riders in the parade. The parade also showcased numerous cars belonging to multiple car clubs. The parade entries varied in a large variety. There were floats, characters, elected officials and citizens running for public office in addition to the dressed up cars …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools closed for inclement weather

Valerie Newton with Bladen County Schools sent out a call and social media posts to notify students and parents about the schools’ schedule for Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  In the post Newton said, “…due to predicted inclement weather affecting our area beginning mid-morning on Wednesday, all Bladen County Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, January 17 and it will be an optional teacher workday. Essential transportation and maintenance personnel will be notified by your immediate supervisor with specifics for reporting to work.” More information will be published as it is provided. Share:

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Jefferson Weaver: Eyes half-filled with hope

By: Jefferson Weaver I have no idea how long he was lost, but it was long enough that he was grateful for a decent meal. I’d finally managed to find a few hours to head for the woods, and despite any number of ridiculous delays, I still had a good two hours of daylight to get some work done. I’d even come up with an alternative plan since it turned out I’d grabbed the wrong keys as I fled the house, and was locked out of the hunting grounds far better than anyone with criminal intent. Then I saw Will. At first, I thought he was an early-moving coyote hunting …..

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Bladen County marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with celebrations

By Erin Smith Residents of Bladen County came together on Monday morning to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Festivities for the day kicked off at 11 a.m. with the annual parade through the downtown of Elizabethtown.  The parade included entries from several car and motorcycle clubs in the region, beauty queens, churches, businesses, elected officials and schools. It was estimated there were 190 motorcycles took part in the parade. Following the parade, several programs and events took place to mark Dr. King’s birthday. A program was conducted at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church with Pastor Willie J. McCaskill II as the guest speaker. The service is sponsored by the …..

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Historical Markers In Bladen County: Oakland Plantation

We will be running a series on Historical Markers in Bladen County. Oakland Plantation, situated on a bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River in Carvers, Bladen County, North Carolina, was built over 200 years ago by General Thomas Brown, an American Revolutionary War patriot. It is one of a few houses of its period in North Carolina still being used today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Oakland depicts the architecture and skill of the artisans of that period. Bricks laid in Flemish bond were brought from England on sailing ships as ballast, transported up river, and unloaded by hand. It was added to the National Register of …..

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30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade planned

Everyone is encouraged to attend the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade planned Monday, Jan. 15 in downtown Elizabethtown. Everyone is encouraged to attend the parade and bring your family and friends. There will be plenty of floats, classic vehicles, high school queens and kings, bands, dancers, social organizations, motor cycle clubs, VFW Posts, Boy Scouts, American Legion Posts, and much more for everyone to enjoy. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience. He is perhaps best known for his “I have a dream…” speech in 1963. He …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 13

1733 – James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, South Carolina. 1794 – Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes. 1854 – Anthony Foss patents the accordion. 1888 – National Geographic Society founded in Washington, D.C. 1913 – Delta Sigma Theta, the world’s largest Black Women’s Sorority is founded at Howard University, Washington, D.C. 1920 – NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly. 1928 – RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture. 1930 – …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week: Onyx

By: Dora Brogdon This week a 1 to 2 year old male named Onyx. This handsome cat is very affectionate and sweet. He’s very playful and the perfect family cat! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information or questions call (910) 862-6918. Share:

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice to offer grief and loss workshop

WILMINGTON  – Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a 90-minute grief workshop: Understanding Grief and Loss. It will take place from  3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13th, at the Bladen County office, located at 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. There is no cost to attend; pre-registration is required. Call 910-515-6689 to register. “It’s been said, every loss is different and every loss is the same,” Melissa Rogers, LCFH bereavement counselor, said. “Though a person’s loss is truly unique, a person’s grief process probably shares some similarities with the grief process of others. This workshop will focus on those similarities and some tried-and-true coping skills those grieving can learn …..

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Help Keep Bladen County Clean

  Litter is piling up all over Bladen County and we need a solution. It kills wildlife, looks disgusting, is hazardous to our health, and clean up doesn’t come cheap. Litter clean-up costs the U.S. more than an estimated $11.5 billion each year. Folks need to realize they are causing a real problem when they litter. When you litter, you are not just affecting yourself. Indirect costs include the degree to which litter reduces the value of real estate, deters a customer from entering a business, or a new employer from locating to a community. This issue affects our whole community. Keep Bladen Beautiful promotes recycling, solid waste handling practices, …..

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Rotary Club learns the importance of healthy weight loss

Health and fitness are topics that many of us have confronted. Kellye Fell, daughter of Rotarian Roy Allen, addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about her journey to get healthy and improve her fitness.  Fell told the club her journey began with a gastric bypass surgery. She said at the time of her surgery, she weighed 350 pounds. As she became more active and began to go to work out following her surgery, she said the weight came off. Fell explained that while she was loosing weight, when she looked in the mirror, she still felt overweight. She said as a result she began to exercise more and was eating less …..

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Beware! It’s flu season

Contributed Be aware of being around large and crowded areas as the flu season is still here. Signs and Symptoms of Flu People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms: Fever* or feeling feverish/chills Cough Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose Muscle or body aches Headaches Fatigue (very tired) Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. Flu Vaccines available: the Flu vaccine (ages 6 months and up) the Flu Intradermal vaccine (90% shorter needle) the High Dose Flu vaccine (is recommended for ages 65 and older) The Health Dept. will bill your insurance for …..

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Bladen Opioid Task Force meets, gets update on grant opportunity

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon and heard an update regarding a grant application for the proposed Jail To Treatment Diversion program. The grant application is due on January 10th. The meeting was well attended by concerned members of the community, County Commissioners, members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County Clergy, Bladen County Schools, Eastpointe MCO, Bladen County Health Department, Bladen County Department of Social Services, Bladen County Guardian ad Litem program, and health care professionals.  Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson, who facilitated the meeting, said the county is applying for a grant to create a program whereby individuals who have …..

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Chamber hears about Elizabethtown Parks

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce heard from Rod Fritz, Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Elizabethtown, regarding the town’s parks and improvements that have been made to them.  Town Manager Eddie Madden introduced topics to the membership. “About 10 years ago we began work to improve the downtown and really focusing on lifestyles and getting people outdoors.” Madden said the town performed a study and developed and bicycle and pedestrian plan. He said they studied what the town needed to do to make the parks more friendly and accessible to the public. Rod Fritz was hired as the Parks and Recreation Director and he …..

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By: Cheryl Thurston January has started off so chilly, it makes me crave a good bowl of chili. It might be a good time to organize a chili cook-off for the cold winter months. By now, everyone is probably back to work after a nice holiday vacation, and getting back into the old routine. Does your routine include eating out somewhere? Mine does. BladenOnline.com is back to work too, serving our readers and bringing you the sanitation grades for the kitchens and eating establishments which were inspected in December by your local Health Department. Please check to see if your favorite restaurant is on the list. And as always, Bon Appitité.   …..

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Bladen County Schools

Inclement weather make-up days announced for Bladen County Schools

The board of education has approved the following days as make-up time for students for the January 2 through 5, 2018 delays, early release, and closings due to inclement weather. January 25 is now a regular student day in place of being closed on January 4. Because the district had additional student time built in the school calendar to accommodate two inclement weather days, January 5 will be used in place of one built in day. Due to a two-hour delay on January 2, a two-hour early release on January 3 and a two-hour delay on September 11 for Hurricane Irma, the remaining one day of additional inclement weather time has been exhausted. …..

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Interest meeting planned for Dublin Peanut Festival Committee

By Erin Smith There will be a meeting Tuesday night for those who are interested in becoming a member of the Dublin Peanut Festival Committee. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Dublin Lions Club building.  Horace Wyatt said, “Anyone who is interested (in the Peanut Festival) needs to be there.”  You do not have to reside in Dublin to be a member of the committee. Wyatt said the committee needs a minimum of 10 members but 25 members would be ideal.  “We’ve got to elect new officers,” said Wyatt.  He said the committee has a need for members who are able to be active all year …..

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11th annual Bridal Show set

By Erin Smith Lu Mil Vineyard will host their 11th annual Bridal Show on Sunday, January 21st, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free and prospective grooms as well as the public can attend.  There will be tours of the venues offered. “If anyone is interested in any of the venues, tours will be offered,” said Denise Bridgers. The Bridal Show will be hosted in Creekside and entry is through the Gift Shop. All of the brides will be asked to register as they enter the show. Last year, the Bridal Show was attended by 124 brides from 14 counties in North Carolina, three brides attended from South …..

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Bladen Community College now registering students

Bladen Community College is now registering students for Spring Semester classes. Registration was rescheduled due to the winter weather. Registration is being held on Monday, January 8th, 2018. Registration is MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018, 11 A.M. until 2 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. until 7 P.M., and on TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018, 9 A.M. until 2 P.M. For more information, contact Student Services at 910 879-5500 Share:

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Southeastern Hospice volunteer training set

Southeastern Hospice will host a training course for new volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their families in homes or at Southeastern Hospice House. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions, which will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 6 – 27, from 9:30 am to noon at Southeastern Hospice House, located at 1100 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. Volunteers must consent to a background check (paid for by the agency) as well as a TB skin test and flu vaccination (also provided by the agency). Each volunteer session is designed to increase awareness of issues important to the care of dying patients and their families, including hospice philosophy, …..

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Four Questions to Ask Yourself as You Plan For Retirement

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Deciding when to start receiving your retirement benefits from Social Security is a decision that only you can make, and you should make that decision with as much information as possible. There are a lot of important questions to answer. Should you claim benefits earlier and get a smaller monthly payment for more years? Or should you wait and get a bigger monthly amount over a shorter period? There are no right or wrong answers, but we encourage you to consider these four important questions as you plan for your financially secure retirement: How much money will I need …..

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Bladen County’s first baby in 2018

Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare welcomed their first baby of the year! Trashawna Melvin and Donald Mitchell, II welcomed Aisha Royalty Mitchell on Monday, January 1, at 7:55 p.m. weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces.  Dad says, “Her name means life, and we are thrilled!”    Aisha’s siblings, Donald III, Takye, and Tyese are excited with the new addition to their family.  Mom & Dad are very thankful for the wonderful nurses and all the staff at Cape Fear Valley- Bladen Healthcare – we are blessed.  Aisha was delivered by Dr. Paul Sparzak.   Trashawna and Donald were able to take part in the Expectant Mothers Program, which started January 2017. This …..

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Guardian ad Litem program seeking volunteers

By Erin Smith If you have a heart for children and are seeking a volunteer opportunity, you may want to consider becoming a Guardian ad Litem volunteer. These volunteers represent the interests and speak on behalf of children in North Carolina’s court system.  Scott Herrera, who serves as the Guardian ad Litem Program Supervisor for the 13th Prosecutorial District, of which Bladen County is a member, said Bladen County is in need of volunteers to serve as Guardian ad Litems. He said becoming a volunteer is simple and does not require a special college degree or any type of special skills, just a desire to be an advocate for children.  …..

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Southeastern Medial Center

SRMC limits visitors as flu hits the region

Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has implemented visitation restrictions due to the increasing trend in flu cases throughout the region. The visitation restrictions allow for two visitors per patient ages 18 and older except in the emergency department, where only one visitor will be allowed per patient. Any pastor/clergy who has registered with Pastoral Care Services and has an SRMC clergy badge will be allowed to visit. Some areas, such as ICU, may have a stricter policy as part of their normal operations. Exceptions will be made in extreme medical circumstances only. Any individual with flu-like symptoms, including muscle aches, fever, headache, sore throat, coughing or vomiting, is asked not …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools closed Thursday

According to Valerie Newton with Bladen County Schools due to extreme winter weather Bladen County Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 4 for students and staff. Any updates or changes to school schedules for the remainder of this week will be published as soon as they are made available. Share:

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Money

Money saving tips during cold weather

Duke Energy offers cold weather energy and money-saving tips CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The new year brought in a blast of cold weather, and Duke Energy is offering some tips for managing your energy costs. As colder temperatures settle in, follow these simple energy-efficiency tips to save all winter long: Money-saving tips to combat the cold Reduce your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home. Operate ceiling fans in a clockwise direction, which pushes warm air back down into the room. One of the easiest things customers can do to support heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. …..

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Tips from NC Gov to stay safe during winter storm

State officials are preparing for North Carolina’s first winter storm of 2018 and people in areas that could see snow are encouraged to do the same, Governor Roy Cooper said Tuesday. A winter storm watch begins Wednesday for many eastern North Carolina counties and snowfall is expected across the coastal plain on Wednesday afternoon and night. Bitter cold air from an arctic high pressure system means temperatures statewide are expected to average well below normal for the rest of the week. While the current forecast calls for varying snow amounts of up to five inches in parts of eastern North Carolina, the state is preparing should the forecast change. “Snowfall …..

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Maldonado at West Bladen named a 2018 Golden Door Scholar

Contributed A student at West Bladen High School makes history. Gerardo Reyes Maldonado, a senior at West Bladen High School, has been named a 2018 Golden Door Scholar. Golden Door Scholars has, since 2013, awarded college scholarships to 158 exceptional, undocumented students from an applicant pool of over 3,500. Golden Door Scholars may choose to attend one of 27 colleges and universities that serve as partner schools. These include Davidson College, Wake Forest and Emory Universities, among others. As a recipient of the Golden Door Scholarship, Gerardo is applying to some of these schools and receives a full ride to the college or university of his choice upon acceptance. He has already …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon This week a two year old male bulldog mix has been chosen for Pet of the Week. The lucky dog, named Manley, is very friendly and affectionate towards people. But Manley doesn’t quite get along with other dogs, but he adores people. This handsome dog has been at the Animal Shelter since September of last year. He needs a loving family to adopt him this New Year. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon  until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, …..

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Camp Clearwater Polar Plunge into White Lake

Temperatures have dropped in Bladen County making this year’s 6th annual Polar Plunge at Camp Clearwater into White Lake very interesting. The event is something many residents and tourist look forward to each year at one of North Carolina’s most popular lakes. The water temperature was 34 degrees with the air temperature being 23 with a wind chill. “There was ice on the piers,” according to Hope Campbell. To help folks warm up from the dive into the icy waters, White Lake Fire Department has collards, black eyed peas and chicken and rice plates for sale to help everyone warm up. Share:

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Tips for pets during cold weather

By: Krista Hansen, A Shelter Friend You are not the only one who is cold… Remember the health and safety of your pet during winter months. Pets need good shelter, nourishing food and plenty of clean drinking water to stay comfortable in cold weather.   It takes extra calories for your pet to stay warm in cold weather so offer extra food. Don’t feed the worms!  Worms rob your pet of the nutrition needed to keep warm, and also affect your pets’ overall health.  Deworm your dog and cat regularly.   A shelter must keep your pet dry and out of the wind.  Add bedding such as dry straw to help …..

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Party recipes for the new year

The following non-alcoholic drink recipes are a courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Join Together, a national resource center for communities working to reduce substance abuse. Many of these unique drinks can add “flavor” to your party by giving your guests healthy, tasty alternatives to alcoholic beverages. Enjoy! Citrus Collins Fill a 10–12 oz. glass with ice cubes 2 oz. orange juice 1 oz. lemon juice 1 oz. flavored syrup Fill with club soda. Garnish with an orange slice or a cherry. Mai Tai 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup club soda 1 tbsp. cream of coconut 1 tbsp. grenadine syrup In a …..

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Planning a safe holiday party

The winter holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family, friends, and coworkers. Whether you are planning a dinner, informal gathering, or holiday party, your job as host is very important. Your many responsibilities include planning the menu or catering, organizing entertainment, and considering space arrangements. However, some of the most crucial details can be overlooked in all of the frenzy. Perhaps your most important responsibility as host for a party or gathering where alcohol is involved is to take steps to ensure your guests’ safety both during and after the celebration. Drinking and driving is an all too familiar and tragic combination. More people are on the …..

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Food Lion Recalls Food Lion Brand Buttermilk Homestyle Biscuits

SALISBURY, N.C – Food Lion is voluntarily recalling all code dates of its Food Lion brand Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits in an abundance of caution after being notified by its manufacturer today the product may contain listeria monocytogenes. While there have been no reports of illnesses to date, the product is being recalled as a precautionary measure after T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of the product, has indicated a possible contamination issue with Listeria monocytogenes at one of its plants. Food Lion has removed all affected product from its shelves and urges customers to return the product to their local Food Lion store for a full refund. Customers may also contact …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for the New Years weekend in Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon The New Years weekend is always a time for reflection and celebration. There are plenty of activities to help you ring in the New Year. On Sunday, December 31, the Regal Resort at White Lake will be holding a New Year’s Eve Party at The Venue. The party will begin at 9 p.m. with the fee of $30 per person and attire is dressy casual. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a Champagne toast at midnight. DJ Brian Evans will be playing a variety of music for the event. At 11 a.m. the Purdie UMC will be having a Moravian Lovefeast. There will be singing, juice and bread, along with …..

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Kwanzaa celebrations begin

Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday, which celebrates family and Africa-American heritage. It is celebrated by many from Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a time for Africa-American’s reflect and celebrate. Kwanzaa was started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate and honor African culture and to also inspire African-Americans. The seven-day holiday is mainly celebrated in the United States according history.com. There are approximately 18 million people who celebrate Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase Matunda ya Kwanzaa  meaning “Frist fruits of the harvest” Kwanzaa celebrations often include African dances, drums, storytelling and poetry. A big feast is held on December 31st during Kwanzaa. There are seven colored …..

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Folk art in Bladenboro

By: Charlotte Smith Bladen County is full of talent. To showcase some of the talent hidden in our rural communities, Bladenboro will host local artists through the month of December. Folk art from some of the best around will be on display for viewing and purchase. But, you can not view it every day in December. The doors to the Bladenboro Historical Building holding the treasures will only be open every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m through this month. If you would like to purchase something unique, or take your family on a trip they will not soon forget, visit the art display today! The building …..

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Bladen County Beautiful Magazine: Farm Life

Bladen County Beautiful Magazine By: Erin Smith Farm life in Bladen County is one that is both peaceful but also filled with hard work. As one drives through rural Bladen County, you see cotton fields, corn fields, tobacco, soy beans, blueberries, cattle, and more. Growing up on a farm is something that many Bladen County residents have had the privilege of doing.  Fleta Harrelson, Elaine Steinbeck and her brother, Robert Regan took time to talk about growing up their family’s farm located on Harrelson Road near Clarkton. The farm was registered in September 1989 as family farm dating 100 or more years in age, according to Steinbeck.  Robert Regan recalled …..

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Christmas Jokes and Quotes

While Erin and Charlotte were helping prepare for Christmas Paul Alan Smith lead the Jokes & Quotes video this week. View Paul’s polar pal, puns and more. Please like and subscribe. Share:

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Last chance to see light show 

The Lu Mil Vineyard Christmas Light Show will wrap up this weekend. The light show is a tradition for some friends and family. The final showing will be held tomorrow, December 23rd. Get in line today and/or tomorrow evening so you don’t miss the opportunity to see the best light show in Bladen County. The vineyard’s light shows are from 6 until 10 p.m. nightly and cost is $6 per person. A country buffet will also be served during the hours of 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and costs $11 per person plus tax. Santa will also be on-hand in the Candy Shop to hear your child’s wish list. There are also …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon The Christmas weekend brings plenty of excitement as everyone is busy making final preparations for Christmas morning. There is plenty to do in Bladen County this weekend. On Saturday, Dec 23, the Jones Lake State Park will be holding an event free of charge. It will be open to the general public and all participants should meet at the jones Lake Park Visitor Center at 10 a.m. The event will be about learning how to ID, migration routes, and the waterfowl found in the area. For more information about the event call the Park office at 910-588-4550. On Sunday, December 24th, some churches have announced special services. They are as …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week: Angel

By: Dora Brogdon This week a 4 month old female named Angel has been chosen for Pet of the Week. This sweet little girl loves attention and is very affectionate to everyone. She just loves to play and cuddle with her favorite people. Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats through Dec. 29. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and to adopt a cat is $40, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County …..

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Bladen County Law Enforcement Association delivers Christmas cheer

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association helped to make Christmas a little brighter for some of our younger county residents. Officers spent Tuesday morning assisting Santa in making a few early deliveries and the officers were rewarded with hugs and squeals of excitement as the children eagerly greeted them. Santa is riding in one of the patrol cars as they travel from home to home to deliver presents. The officers all agree the smiles and excitement on the faces of the children are what make this day so special. According to one officer, all of the toys were made possible through donations and fundraisers held throughout …..

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Auditions to be held for My Time to Shine talent competition

Auditions are scheduled for the My Time to Shine talent competition. Auditions will be held February 9, 10 and 11 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton for two upcoming events at the theater. Auditions will be  held February 9 ( at 6 and 7:30 p.m.) and February 10th ( at 11 a.m.) for the theater’s annual My Time to Shine Talent Competition scheduled for Saturday, March 24.  The competition includes all categories of talent – from singing and dancing to juggling, instrumental and more, with contestants competing for a top prize of $1,000.  Applications for My Time to Shine auditions can be downloaded through the theater’s web site …..

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Registration underway for Bladen County youth

By: Charlotte Smith Agriculture is the leading industry for Bladen County, NC. A lot of area students take advantage of opportunities to learn more about the topic. The Bladen County Agriculture Extension office announced a project coming up in the new year that may interest some of our local children. There will be a 2018 Chicken Project.  According to Stacie C. Kinlaw, with the N. C. Cooperative Extension – Bladen County Center,  the upcoming project enables youth to learn and develop the responsibility for raising, caring, and showing chickens; provides opportunity for public speaking in front of a judge; creates an opportunity for egg business in the future; and many other great life skills.  Participants must be ages 5 …..

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Fun Friday jokes and quotes

December is a time of joy and celebration. A local Bladen County student out of school for the holidays is helping spread cheer with BladenOnline.com. Paul Alan Smith has jokes and quotes to tell our viewers during the month of December. View this week’s Fun Friday Jokes & Quotes Video now on our YouTube channel. Previous article: https://bladenonline.com/fun-friday-video/ Share:

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Bladen County Crafters at market

By Erin Smith If you still have not found that perfect Christmas gift, look no further than the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Craft vendors will be on hand with a variety of items from which you can choose. Vendors offer items such homemade baskets, handmade jewelry, baked goods and more. 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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Bladenboro Middle School performs songs of the season

The Bladenboro Middle School 7th grade performed on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, directed by Pamela Bryant. (Principal Randi Harrelson & Asst. Principal Brendan McCarthy). They sang “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Joy to the World” to the delight of those in attendance. You can view a video of the performance here. Share:

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Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon Saturday, Dec 16 ** Tickets for the Gospel Apollo are on sale. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and will be taking place at the Brunswick Missionary Baptist Association. ** From 9 a.m. until noon will be a no-cost business seminar at the Bladen Community College. The seminar will be about The Business Side of Non-Profits and Faith-based Organizations. ** At 10 a.m. join a park ranger at Jones State Lake Park to learn about the geological mysterious of the Carolina Bays. ** The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church will be having a Clothes Closet that will begin at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Food …..

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Pet of the Week: Pepsi

By: Dora Brogdon This week a affectionate 8 month old male by the name of Pepsi was chosen for Pet of the Week. He’s very friendly and loves to love all over those he cares about. This sweet boy deserves a loving family to take him home for Christmas. Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats from December 1st through December 29th. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and …..

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New Year’s Eve Party planned

There will be a New Year’s Eve event at the The Venue at Regal Resort at White Lake beginning at 9 p.m. DJ Brian Evans will playing a variety of music and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will also be party favors and a  Champagne toast at midnight. Attire is dressy casual. Cost is $30 per person to attend. BYOB. Share:

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Comedian James Gregory to perform at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

James Gregory, often referred to as “The Funniest Man in America,” returns to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton on January 26, 2018, for one performance only.  Tickets cost $28 or $35 middle front (limited quantity). Ticketing Information Tickets can be purchased in-person or by  telephone with credit card or cash 1-5pmMonday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance. More about James Gregory While his routines include such Southern subjects as covered-dish suppers, …..

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Annual Christmas for Kids in Bladenboro

The Bladenboro Police Department has completed their annual Christmas for Kids for this year. Officers were able to take children shopping and the Southeastern Cruisers Car Club partnered with the police department to provide the children with bicycles. Each child was able to purchase a winter coat, three to five outfits, shoes, socks, undergarments, hygiene products and toys, said Chief Hunt. “We thank everyone who donated because their donations ensured these kids had a Christmas to remember. We hope they (those who donated) have the satisfaction of knowing they helped these children have a brighter Christmas,” said Chief Hunt. Chief Hunt said that it’s not too late to get your …..

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Fun Friday Video

A new video series has started for December called, “Fun Friday Video” with Paul Alan Smith. Paul talks with Charlotte Smith about holiday fun, quotes and jokes. View the video now: Share:

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By: Dora Brogdon There is plenty for Bladen County residents to see and do this weekend. On Saturday, Dec 9, the Jones Lake State Park will be having a Discovery Hike. Participants will learn and discover why the environment is so unique and important. Those that are intending to go will need to meet at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Bug spray, water, and hiking shoes will be required for the hike and the event is free of charge and will be open to the public. If you have any questions please contact (910) 588-4550. On Sunday, Dec. 10, Bladen native Joe Hamilton will be at Lu Mil Vineyard at 4 p.m. …..

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Bladen County native will be sharing his book on Sunday

If you are still looking for that perfect Christmas gift, you are in luck. This weekend Bladen County native Joe Hamilton will be sharing stories from his book, “Firepot Stories,” on Sunday, Dec. 10. Hamilton will be at Lu Mil Vineyard at 4 p.m. and plans to discuss his book which features stories which originated in Bladen County. He will also be available to sign copies of his book as well. Hamilton is the founder of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and has compiled a lifetime of outdoor writing in his new book, “Firepot Stories: Collected Writings of a Naturalist, Conservationist, Wildlife Biologist, Sportsman and Raconteur,” available from QDMA. …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston Happy December everyone. By now your Thanksgiving feast, (and all those left-overs) is just a pleasant memory. We all have a lot to be thankful for, like the fine folks at the Bladen County Health Department who work hard each month to ensure our safety when we eat away from home. As always, BladenOnline.com is serving the Mother county by publishing the results of the sanitation inspections that were performed last month. Check out the list below to see which restaurants and kitchens were inspected in November. Bon Appitité.   Share:

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Harmony Hall Christmas Open House

By Erin Smith Harmony Hall Plantation Village will hold their annual Christmas Open House this weekend. The house will be open for tours on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and experience Harmony Hall Plantation Village in its holiday finest. Hot cider and cocoa will be available and children will have the opportunity to try their hands at making traditional Christmas crafts to take home. Don’t forget to take walk on the newly refurbished River Trail while you’re there. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Share:

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Jones Lake State Park is Hosting Programs for January

Jones Lake State Park is offering various programs for the month of January. The schedule is as follows: *January 1, 2018 @ 10 a.m. First Day Discovery Hike Start the year off in the outdoors! Join a park ranger for a four-mile hike around Jones Lake! We will be hiking the Bay Trail which travels through several habitats that are found around Carolina Bays.  Discussion on the hike will include the history of Jones Lake State Park and the flora and fauna. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes. This event is free of charge and …..

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Jones Lake State Park is Hosting Programs for December

Jones Lake State Park is hosting various programs during the month of December. Program dates and times are as follows: *December 9, 2017 @ 10 a.m. Discovery Hike Join a park ranger for a hike through the bay forest at Jones Lake State Park and “discover” why this environment is unique.  Discussion on the hike will include the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important.  Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes.  This event is free of charge and is open to the general public.  Contact the park office at (910) …..

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Entries sought for MLK Parade

The annual Martin Luther King Parade in Elizabethtown is planned for Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 11 a.m.  Come with your family and friends and enjoy the floats, classic vehicles, high school queens and kings, bands, dancers, social organizations, motor cycle clubs, VFW Posts,  Boy Scouts, American Legion Posts, usual parade participants, etc.   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  MLK promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience.  He is perhaps best known for his “I have a dream…” speech in 1963.  He was assassinated in 1968.  Martin Luther King, Jr. day became a federally recognized holiday in 1983.  The …..

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Bladenboro Christmas Parade packed with fun

Rain couldn’t stop the enthusiasm as folks lined the streets in Bladenboro for the 44th annual Bladenboro Christmas Parade on Saturday morning. Brightly decorated floats, beauty queens, classic cars and majorettes made their way through town heralding the official beginning to the Christmas season. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in style in a sleigh to the delight of the children. The Bladenboro Fire Department conducted a barbecue plate fundraiser which was deemed a success. View the parade below.     Share:

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Todd named Antioch Christian Homecoming Queen

Chandolyn Layne Todd has been named as Antioch Christian Academy’s 2017-2018 Homecoming Queen. She will be a graduate this year and is a member of the Beta Club and plays basketball, volleyball, track and softball. She maintains a high grade point average and serves as a  Life Guard at Woodmen Pool of Bladenboro. She is also a Boost The ‘Boro Member Share:

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Lu Mil Christmas Light Show continuing through December

The Lu Mil Christmas Light Show is under way in Dublin. The show is continuing each weekend and can also be viewed nightly beginning Dec. 14 through Dec. 23. from 6 until 10 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. Santa is also on-hand for your child to deliver his or her wish list and don’t forget to stop at the Candy Shop and select your favorite treat. You can warm up after your light tour with a cup of hot chocolate for $1. Folks can also rent the double-decker bus at a cost of $6 per person and you must have a minimum of 20 people. Vans and buses are also welcome …..

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Bladenboro lights town Christmas tree, parade Saturday

Johnny Anderson photos There was singing, caroling, cookies and hot chocolate at the Bladenboro Farmers Market on Friday night. And, of course, Santa Claus was there. It was all to set the stage for the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree about a half-block away. Mayor Rufus Duckworth led the lighting of the tree, which is located at the intersection of N.C. 211 and N.C. 410. The Bladenboro Christmas Parade is scheduled Saturday through downtown. It begins at 10:30 a.m. Share:

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon The Bladen Christmas Parade will be taking place Saturday, Dec 2. The Parade will be celebrating its 44th year and will begin at 10:30 a.m. They are looking for Queens, church groups, singing groups, and walking units. If you are interested in participating in the parade then you may contact: Amanda G. Skyes at 874-2627 or by email at asykesfd@yahoo.com: Greg Sykes at 879-8502 or by email at sykesgreg7@gmail.com or you can call Jane Walters at 648-4379. Share:

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Seniors celebrate Harvest Day at Division on Aging

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Division on Aging conducted a Harvest Day event on Thursday. The day was planned for fun, food and fellowship.  Seniors could choose from a variety of games including Pickle Ball, Croquet, Corn Hole and Bingo, said Kelly Robeson, Director for the Division on Aging. They also enjoyed a barbecue plate lunch which consisted of barbecue, baked beans, slaw and roll. The public can also purchase plates form the senior center at a cost of $5 each.  Carol Mitchell with Division on Aging said the Bladen Baptist Association WMU contributed Bingo Grab bags to be used as prizes for the Bingo game. Robeson thanked the …..

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Ex-mental health agency leaders ordered away from finances

  CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A court has told the former CEO and ousted board members of North Carolina’s largest regional mental health care agency to stay clear of the finances of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions since state officials have taken it over. A Mecklenburg County judge signed Wednesday an order preventing ex-chief executive Richard Topping and the former board from interfering with actions by the Department of Health and Human Services for 10 days. DHHS also wants something more permanent. The department took charge temporarily of Cardinal Innovations on Monday following recent audits chronicling what they called excessive spending, executive pay and severance packages. A state attorney provided to …..

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Holiday of Hope in Dublin

This is the season of giving and a store in Dublin wants to help others in need with a day of “Holiday of Hope”. “We want to help children and families in need,” Brenda Tatum, the local Dollar General Store Manager, said when she announced the big day. The Dollar General, located at 7460 Albert Street in Dublin, has a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and lights. The ornaments have initials of children and families’ names who are in need this holiday season. The store asked Dublin Elementary for assistance with the names of students who may need help, according to Tatum. “Some need coats, shoes, school uniforms and other …..

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Celebrating 33 years of service

By Erin Smith Tuesday afternoon was a bittersweet time as friends and co-workers gathered to recognize Sandra Cain for 33 years of service in Cooperative Extension as she prepares to retire on Thursday, Nov. 30. Cain, who is currently the Director of Bladen County Cooperative Extension, began her career with Cooperative Extension as a 4-H agent in Hoke County before moving to Bladen County Cooperative Extension to serve as a 4-H agent in 2002. Keith Walters, Southeast District Extension Director, said, “She is a great employee and she is a part of Bladen County.” Walters said he first met Cain when he was a 4-H member and Cain was the …..

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Celebrate Fair Tuesday with WorldCrafts

Celebrate Fair Tuesday with WorldCrafts! Use code FTD17 to save 20% off your WorldCrafts purchase of $100 or more through 12/13/2017!   Each WorldCrafts product represents lives changed by the opportunity to earn an income with dignity and to hear the offer of everlasting life. Shop Now Share:

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ECA holds Book Fair to benefit Boys & Girls Home

Elizabethtown Christian Academy’s Scholastic Holiday Book Fair to benefit the school and books may be donated to the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina. Please plan to shop with us and spread the word – anyone is welcome to come by and shop! Our fair is online at:  https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=eca Share:

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Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop Christmas under way

By Erin Smith As folks begin to think about Christmas, one group of law enforcement officers’ wives want to make sure those who protect our citizens are not forgotten. The Second Annual Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop for Christmas is now under way. “We have 125 officers,” said Melanie Davis, one of the event’s organizers. The officers include the White Lake Police Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Park Rangers and Wildlife Officers. Adopting a cop for Christmas is easy. All you have to do is contact Davis by calling 910-308-8148 or by email at bladencountyadoptacop@yahoo.com. You can adopt as many officers as you wish. Davis said about half of …..

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Large crowd for the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade

The annual Elizabethtown Christmas Parade drew a crowd on Sunday afternoon. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the parade each year. The theme the Chamber of Commerce promoted was “Shop Local!” The line up had a large variety of businesses, elected officials, Shriners and more. Folks lined Broad Street to watch the festivities. This year no one was allowed to throw candy out to the crowd due to a new town ordinance passed earlier in the year. Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the local chamber did report she had several questions about the ordinance prohibiting throwing candy during the parade. Even though no candy was tossed to the …..

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Success for White Lake Fire Department annual fundraiser

The White Lake Fire Department held it’s annual Turkey and Boston Butt Sale Fundraiser this year. There was a line for pick up at the local fire station the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The volunteers helped the process run smoothly and fast. The event raises money to help the fire department while helping many feed their families and friends without having to take the time to cook. Folks bought tickets for $30 to receive either a fried or baked turkey or a Boston Butt. Chief of the White Lake Fire Department, Dale Brennan said he wanted to thank everyone who helped and supported their annual fundraiser. This year was one of …..

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Dublin’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thanksgiving has past and more holiday celebrating has begun in Bladen County. Dublin held their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday night. Thelma Robeson and other event organizers of Dublin thanked everyone who came out to celebrate. Share:

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FEMA : Winter Preparedness for Older Adults

Not only should kids wear a coat to avoid catching a cold, but older adults should, too. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says older adults lose body heat faster than when they were young. Review the cold weather safety tips from NIA and share the following tips on how to stay warm: Set your heat at 68°F or higher. To save on heating bills, close off rooms you are not using. Close the vents and shut the doors in these rooms, and keep the basement door closed. Place a rolled towel in front of all doors to keep out drafts. Make sure your house is not losing heat through …..

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Shoeboxes loaded up to change lives

Monday may have been one of the busiest days for the local Central Drop Off site for Operation Christmas Child at Fellowship Bible Church in Elizabethtown. Bladen and Columbus County residents helped pack boxes with presents for children in other countries to enjoy for Christmas. Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is a mission many participate in. The mission has grown since it first started in the 1990’s after Dave Cooke, a father of four from Wrexham, North Wales, saw the horror of abandoned children in Romanian orphanages on the news and asked friends to help fill a truck with toys to drive to the children’s home in Romania. Churches, Boy Scouts, non-profit groups, …..

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White Lake Marine number one in US

By: Charlotte Smith Contributed Photos White Lake Marine (WLM) in Bladen County has been reaching great business heights for many years. The locally owned and operated company is known world wide. Many have said WLM is the best in the Nautique domain. Recently they were recognized for some of their achievements. White Lake Marine received the Top Servicing Dealer in the United States at the Nautique Boats dealer meeting awards presentations. The event was held on November 7th, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. PCM Marine Engine Company presented the award to David deAndrade, Chief Operating Officer of the local Bladen County business. After receiving the award, Carl deAndrade, Chief Executive Officer …..

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Shop Small Business Saturday and enjoy Christmas Parade

By: Charlotte Smith Black Friday is a historic kick off for the holiday shopping season. This Saturday, November 25th is Small Business Saturday. Many of our local businesses in Bladen County have special hours for the shoppers along with huge sales. “We have a lot of people come in from out of town,” Michael Leinwand from Leinwand’s said. “Our hours are 9 am until 6 pm, but we will stay open as long as the shoppers need for us to, Leinwand added. He also said the store will open Sunday for people to come in and shop after the parade. Mike Suggs from Fisher’s Mens Shop & The Ladies Shop …..

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9th year of churches working together for Thanksgiving

By:  Charlotte Smith  Photos by: Mark Summerlin Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude. Some Churches in Bladen County have been doing this for the ninth year in a row by feeding others on Turkey Day.  Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Church members have been working together to feed hundreds each year. This year was no exception.  Randy Andrews, Pastor of Open Door Ministries said, “When you can look past denominational lines and have a kingdom attitude, that’s when you can start getting stuff done.”  Together the churches handed out 475 plates with a bountiful blessings of food and love.  Share:

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Safe Handling of Wild Game

By Sandra R. Cain After the big hunt, hunters are eager to prepare the meat for a meal. Most game meats are low in fat compared to domestic animals. The care of any wild game begins with planning prior to the hunt. Game must be cooled as soon as possible to preserve its natural taste and ensure safety. CARE IN THE FIELD * Hunters should not handle or consume wild animals that appear sick or act abnormally, regardless of the cause. * Always wear heavy rubber or latex gloves when field dressing deer. * If intestinal contents contact meat, consider the meat contaminated; cut off and discard affected area. * …..

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Hayley Hall awarded Buckley Scholar

Contributed Hayley Hall of Bladenboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has been officially awarded and recognized as a Buckley Scholar. Hall is at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is a senior graduating from the School of Dentistry in May 2018. To qualify as a Buckley Scholar recipient, a student must perform a minimum of 300 hours of community service, participate in a number of leadership trainings, and maintain a high GPA in good standing with the University. Buckley students over the years have contributed millions of hours of service to Orange and Durham counties, UNC, statewide in North Carolina, in various underprivileged areas of the …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center Temporary Closure

Currie, NC- The Visitor Center at Moores Creek National Battlefield will be closed November 22, 2017 through Mid-December, 2017. This temporary closure will allow for the completion of a roof and floor renovation project. The National Battlefield, located at 40 Patriots Hall Drive in Currie, NC will remain open to the public seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The site is closed on Federal Holidays. Please visit our Facebook page to stay tuned to updates on this and other events. Moores Creek National Battlefield is a unit of the National Park Service. Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s national …..

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Pork and Beats draws a crowd

By Erin Smith The first annual Pork and Beats Festival is under way at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. Everyone is invited to the public celebration. The event kicked off with a Pig Cookoff won by the Porkaholics. Second place was Rudy Lennon and third place went to Richard Sling Shaw. There will be love entertainment throughout the day. Vendors are also set up with handmade jewelry, food, wood crafts, decorations, Lula Roe and more. The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band will perform at 4 p.m. The Pork and Beats Festival will continue until 6 p.m.  Share:

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Be Thankful and enjoy the day

By Jefferson Weaver Another week has flown dragging past, my friends, leaving a trail of smiles and tears, hopes and fears, and maybe even a little excitement about the week to come. I implore you, as always to remember the oft-forgotten holiday we celebrate next week. Thanksgiving means just that – a time to be thankful for all the blessings that surround us, a time to enjoy fellowship and family and friends, not just a time to get into a shoving match over a half-priced loss leader in your favorite retailer. I’ll not criticize those who enjoy shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but I will indeed look askance at those …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Let’s Talk Turkey

By Sandra R. Cain Purchase the right turkey Consider buying a fresh turkey from your grocery store.  There is no need to defrost it and no added fat or sodium as  in the self-basting, frozen birds.  For a small dinner with 6 or fewer people, you may want to consider purchasing a breast.  A bone-in turkey breast gives you a small turkey roast that can be carved in the traditional style without the excess fat and leftovers from dark meat. Purchase a half-pound of turkey for every guest.  Increase that to one pound if you want leftovers.  Turkeys heavier than 12 pounds yield more meat, so go with one-third pound per person.  …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon This Friday, Nov 17, East Bladen High School will be holding a Holiday Bazaar. They are scheduled to open their doors from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov 18, the Pork and Beats Festival will begin at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The festival will be filled with entertaining events: Barbecue, Car Show and, Blackwater Rhythm Blues band! Also, the Skate Park will be holding a competition from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The entry fee to get in is $40. The age divisions are: 15 and under, 16 to 34, and 35 years and older. there will be an opportunity to win $2,500 worth …..

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SCC Foundation Christmas Luncheon features #1 bestselling author

When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended to become an internationally known author. Southeastern Community College is excited to announce Evans as the guest speaker at the SCC Foundation Christmas Luncheon held at Vineland Station on Thursday, November 30, at 11:30 a.m. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation.  Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O’Hara and Richard Thomas.  Two more of Evans’s …..

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Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Happy Birthday Robert G. Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

By: Charlotte Smith A birthday only comes once a year. Today, gives us the opportunity to celebrate someone who has made BladenOnline.com possible along with many other things in Bladen County and North Carolina. Today, November 14th, Mr. Robert G. Hester turns 79 years young. This gentleman is not one for fancy titles or recognition, but he is one of the most deserving of praise. Our business of reporting the news, sports, advertising and more happening in Bladen County would not be in existence if it were not for this hard working, caring man. His wit still inspires us and keeps us up-to-date in his daily “Thoughts While Shaving”. A …..

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