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Straw Bale/Wine Bottle Decoration

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

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BCC Trustees meeting rescheduled

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). The meeting was  postponed on September 18th due to Hurricane Florence.  For more information contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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Updated Listing of Road Closings for Bladen County as of Friday Afternoon

The following is an updated listing of road closures for Bladen County as it appears in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Travel Information System. They are as follows: *NC 11 East of East Arcadia is closed in both directions *NC-211  west of Bladenboro is closed in both directions *NC-210  North of Kelly is closed due to flooding *NC 210 east of Kelly is flooded in multiple locations between NC 11 and NC 53 *Nc 210 east of White Lake is impassable to the Pender County line. *NC-210  North East of White Lake is closed in both directions due to a pavement washout in two locations *NC-210  North East of …..

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Cape Fear River has crested at Tar Heel, Elizabethtown; Still Rising in Kelly

The Cape Fear River has crested in Tar Heel and Elizabethtown but is still on the rise in the Kelly community, according to the National Weather Service. At William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 near Tar Heel crested at a level of 70.75 feet which is two feet higher than the observed level in Hurricane Matthew. The river crested in Elizabethtown on Friday with an observed level of 42.43 feet at 9:45 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. That is six feet higher than the level observed at Elizabethtown following Hurricane Matthew. At William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 1 near Kelly, the river was still …..

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Tar Heel Community Fairs Well

By Erin Smith The town of Tar Heel faired well during Hurricane Florence’s wrath, according to Mayor Roy Dew. The town hall lost part of the roof and some trees were reported down, said Dew. “The town has already taken care of the trees,” said Dew. Some roads still remain closed, namely River Road, Tar Heel Ferry Road, and Burney Road due to flooding from the Cape Fear River. The river crested at 70.75 feet, which is about two feet higher than the crest for Hurricane Matthew, according to the National Weather Service. He said power was back on in the town on Sunday. The town hall used to serve as …..

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NCWorks Career Center of Bladen County will be open Saturday

NCWorks Career Center of Bladen County will be open Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 8:30AM to 1:00PM to assist with Disaster Unemployment Claims.   You can apply for unemployment via:   1.    In Person – Online with staff assistance NCWorks Career Center of Bladen County will be open to assist with Disaster Unemployment Claims Only Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:30AM – 1:00PM 401 Mercer Mill Road 910-862-3255   2.    File online: https://des.nc.gov/des   3.    File by phone: Disaster Unemployment Assistance (Toll Free) 1.866.795.8877   Share:

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State Highway Patrol Graduates 31 New Troopers

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 31 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 145thBasic Highway Patrol School.  The ceremony ended 29 weeks of demanding training preparing them for a rewarding career of service to the state of North Carolina. The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m.  The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Mark D. Martin, Supreme Court of North Carolina.  Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., the 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks to those in attendance. “You have been called to be a part of something bigger than one’s self, an organization that is striving to …..

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This Week at NCDOT: Hurricane Florence Efforts

Photos courtesy NC DOT RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. From behind the scenes at the Statewide Transportation Operations Center where staff are working hard to keep North Carolinians informed and safe, to crews in the field assessing and repairing our infrastructure, thousands of NCDOT employees are working around the clock responding to Hurricane Florence’s aftermath which left more than a thousand road closures around the state. The storm left roads looking like rivers as sections of both Interstate 40 and 95 are still closed until water recedes and crews …..

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church to celebrate Homecoming and 184th anniversary

Hickory Grove Baptist Church cordially invites everyone to come and bring your friends and families to a wonderful day of fellowship during our annual homecoming and 184th anniversary celebration on October 21st. The day’s services begin with Sunday School at 10:00 am, followed by worship service at11:00 am. A memorial service will be observed during worship service, guest speaker Rev. Dennis Harrell will bring the morning message, and we will enjoy special music. Lunch will be served in the Family Life Center following the worship hour, and the annual Hickory Grove Cemetery, Inc. business meeting will be held in the church sanctuary at 1:30 pm. The church is located at 6414 Center Road, Bladenboro. For more information, …..

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Flooded crops cannot be used for human food

NCDA&CS, NCSU to help farms divert crops to animal feed with proper testing RALEIGH – Farmers whose crops were flooded by Hurricane Florence face not only the prospect of lower yields and loss of quality, but also the reality that those crops cannot be used for human food. Crops and commodities exposed to floodwaters are considered adulterated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and cannot enter human food channels. They also cannot be used for animal feed unless they pass a testing protocol. “Floodwater may contain sewage, harmful organisms, pesticides, chemical wastes or other substances,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Also, wet foods may grow mold, which can produce …..

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Sinkhole at cemetery after Hurricane Florence

By Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown City Cemetery has been damaged due to a giant sinkhole giving way after the flood waters from Hurricane Florence subsided. The graveyard is located behind the Old Trinity Methodist Church Cemetery in Elizabethtown on E. Queen Street. Eroding soil has moved grave markers from where they once stood. The ground has shifted and is affecting a large perimeter. The ground has shifted from one side of the graveyard, crossing the damaged Queen Street and showing parts of the sinkhole on the other side of the street. Eddie Madden, Town of Elizabethtown Manager said, “We have seen geological changes at the cemetery. We have contacted the …..

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Kelly residents are urged to evacuate and report to Post Office immediately

We have been advised by technical specialists that there is high probability that Kelly will flood at critical water levels. For those who can safely move to the Kelly Post Office, please do so immediately. If you are unable to safely move out of your location, call 911 and assistance will be provided. This may be the last opportunity to safely evacuate as roads are becoming impassible and will continue to worsen. We strongly urge you to evacuate as soon as possible. Stay tuned to your local and social media channels for updates. Share:

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Politics: How to Apply for Disaster Assistance

  • 09/20/2018
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From Congressman David Rouzer: Our office is here to help assist recovery and rebuilding efforts in any way possible.  At of the time of this newsletter, the following counties in the 7th District are eligible for both individual and public disaster assistance — Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Wayne counties.  Below you will find a summary of disaster assistance programs available to individuals and businesses.  If you need assistance navigating these resources, please do not hesitate to call one of our offices. Individual Disaster Assistance There are several ways to see if you qualify for financial assistance: Use the address lookup on DisasterAssistance.gov to find out if you …..

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Needed Items for Hurricane Florence victims

According to the Bladen County Emergency Operations Center, there is assistance available. The statement from the center announced locations for anyone with a true need for items such as cleaning supplies, diapers, wipes, formula, canned food items, first aid supplies, etc. Each site will be open from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm daily for pick-up. Visit one of the following locations: Bladenboro Farmer’s Market located at: 204 N Main St, Bladenboro, North Carolina 28320 Clarkton Town Hall located at: 81 N Elm St, Clarkton, NC 28433 Call: Angie Dorsett 910-647-5961 East Arcadia Senior Center located at: 1472 East Arcadia Road, Riegelwood, NC 28456 Call: (910-655-0953) Please note that these sites are not …..

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Steps for Cleaning Up After a Hurricane

After a hurricane, it is important to know how to clean up safely. Listen to local authorities to determine when it is safe for you to return home. Do not return home until local officials indicate it is safe to do so. Stay vigilant and monitor radio or TV stations for local emergency management officials’ guidance. Ensure water is safe to drink, cook, or clean with after flooding. Often local officials put a boil water order in place following a flood or hurricane. Remember, never run a generator inside your home, and keep it away from windows, doors, and vents. Tips from FEMA for clean-up after returning home: *Always wear protective clothing including long-sleeved shirts, long …..

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State Officials Urge People Not to Travel in Many Areas of Southeastern North Carolina  

RALEIGH – State Highway Patrol, emergency response and transportation officials are urging motorists not to travel in many areas in southeastern North Carolina because many roads remain impassable due to flooding and road conditions are continuing to change. Travel is not recommended in the following counties: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, western Craven (west of U.S. 17), Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, southern Johnston (south of U.S. 70), Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland and southern Wayne (south of U.S. 70 Business). “Several roadways in the affected areas are still under water, presenting very dangerous driving conditions,” said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “While some routes are starting …..

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County sees loss of livestock, crop damage due to Hurricane Florence

By Erin Smith Bladen County’s farmers have suffered severe losses of livestock and crop damage as a result of Hurricane Florence. Chris Tatum with the Farm Service Agency office in Bladen County said on Thursday he had no estimated dollar amount yet for the losses as there are still areas of the County which remain inaccessible due to flooding. Tatum did say the County’s farmers have reported losses of poultry, swine and cattle. Again, Tatum said he had no exact figures yet as areas such as White Oak, Rowan and Kelly remain unaccessible to agriculture agents. “We did have a high mortality rate (for livestock),” said Tatum. “We have suffered …..

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Damage Report – Bladen County, NC Hurricane Florence

From Bladen County Emergency Management: We are trying to determine how many homes have been damaged due to Hurricane Florence. Please fill out the following survey to report your home damage to the Bladen County Emergency Services. Submitting this damage report DOES NOT ensure financial assistance. YOU WILL STILL NEED TO FILE WITH FEMA AFTER INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE IS DECLARED FOR BLADEN COUNTY. Use the following link to complete the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/8zcTBs45RNpqKtE92 Share:

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NCDA&CS offers post-flood cleanup and disposal assistance for pesticides 

RALEIGH – As floodwaters recede and cleanup continues, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges farmers and homeowners to evaluate pesticides and other chemical storage areas. “If your pesticide or fertilizer storage area was underwater because of flooding, materials could be damaged, leaked or spilled,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “There are ways to safely handle and remove these chemicals. Do not mix chemicals when cleaning up due to potential reactions. A good rule of thumb is to keep solids separate from liquids and keep unlike chemicals separate.” Disposal assistance is available through the Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program. “Due to Hurricane Florence and flooding we have revised the …..

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Updated listing of Bladen County road closings as of Thursday morning

The following is an updated listing of road closures for Bladen County as it appears in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Travel Information System. They are as follows: *NC-210 is impassable from I-95 to I-40 *NC-211  North of Bladenboro is closed in both directions *NC-210  North of Elizabethtown is closed between Melvin’s Bridge Road and Green’s Bridge Road *NC-210  North East of White Lake is closed in both directions due to a pavement washout in two locations *NC-210  North East of White Lake is closed in both directions the shoulder is closed for repairs. *NC-210  Near White Lake in both directions is closed due to shoulder washing *NC-211  BUS …..

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Meals for Bladenboro and Clarkton area for Hurricane Florence victims

  • 09/20/2018
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For those in need of meals in the Bladenboro and Clarkton areas TODAY, September 20, 2018, the National Guard will be serving MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), and bottled water from 10 am until 7 pm, at the following locations: Bladenboro Fire Department located at 519 W Seaboard Street, Bladenboro, NC 28320 Town Hall, 81 N Elm St, Clarkton, NC 28433 Emergency Food Stamps have not been approved by USDA at this time. As soon as USDA approves, Emergency Services will make an announcement. Share:

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State Sees Surge in Malicious Email

NC DIT reminds email users to eye electronic communications closely Raleigh, N.C. – Malicious emails sent to the state of North Carolina increased more than 60 percent during the days leading up to the landfall of Hurricane Florence, State Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson said Thursday. During the week of Sept. 8-14, the state saw significant increases in the number of spam and phishing emails, and in attempts to send viruses to the state’s network. Cybercriminals often take advantage of natural disasters such as hurricanes to solicit personal information illegally and to take advantage of vulnerable infrastructures, disaster victims, and volunteers. People should remain skeptical about any email solicitations they receive at …..

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Bladen County Solid Waste Transfer Station is open

The Bladen County Solid Waste is open at the Transfer Station located on Mercer Mill Road, in Elizabethtown to receive solid wastes and storm debris from 8 am until 5 pm daily. The convenient sites that are accessible are open on normal hours. Please keep vegetative debris (tree materials)and building material separate (please ensure no trash is mixed in with the tree materials). Any loads larger than a pick-up truck need to go to the Transfer Station on Mercer Mill Road.   Share:

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Evacuation Order for Kelly has been extended

The mandatory evacuation order issued for the Kelly community has been extended to include areas of Highway 53 (west of Kelly), over Lyon Road, Cassius Smith Road, and Elwell Ferry Road. The Cape Fear River continues to rise and is expected to crest on Saturday, to levels higher than that of Hurricane Matthew. Residents are encouraged to move further inland if at all possible, or move to your closest Bladen County shelter, which will be: West Bladen High School, 1600 NC-410, Bladenboro, NC 28320 (also our Special Needs and Animals shelter) The water is coming in around the dike, which has made Highway 53 impassible for passenger vehicles at this …..

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Flood waters spill out at Lock and Dam No 2 Elizabethtown

Thursday saw a beautiful sunrise over the Lock and Dam No. 2 in Elizabethtown. Flood waters from the Cape Fear River could be seen from NC 87. The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at Lock and Dam No. 3 overnight. At 10:30 p.m. it had reached a level of 75.71 feet, which is higher than the observed level in Hurricane Matthew. The river in Elizabethtown was expected to crest overnight as well. At 10:30 p.m. the observed level was 41.74 feet, which is higher than the observed level in Hurricane Matthew. The river in Kelly is expected to set a record when it crests Friday or Saturday morning. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Norms are out the window, mostly due to the weather. Utilities still out of order for many: a visit to the grocery store is frustrating: shelves bare (produce, meats, dairy).  Saw an elderly couple at a gas station frustrated in their efforts to get to Burgaw, (I assumed their home) no route available, according to him, due to road closures. Had an elderly friend (’bout my age) in Durham, been staying with family, called and ask about roads in this area as he attempted to travel to his home in Brunswick County.  He was dealing with closures on 95, 242, 701, 131, 87, finally followed 301 to St. Pauls, 20 to 87 to …..

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UPDATE – National Guard’s Hurricane Florence Response

RALEIGH, N.C.- Hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina with walls of wind and rain, then slowly churned across the border between the Carolinas for three days. Days before hurricane landfall, the North Carolina National Guard and other state’s Guard forces converged on North Carolina in order to be in position and ready to support state and local authorities, once the storm passed. Currently there are about 3,430 National Guardsmen from 13 states here, of which, 3,100 are from North Carolina. “This has been an unprecedented mobilization of the NC Guard with almost 2,800 soldiers and airmen on duty prior to landfall”, said Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk. Adjutant General of the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 20

1797 – US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston. 1814 – “Star Spangled Banner” published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith. 1859 – George Simpson patents electric range. 1870 – Mayor William Tweed accused of robbing NY treasury. 1873 – Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure) NY shut banks for 10 days due to a bank scandal. 1891 – The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. 1904 – Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II. 1922 – Rogers Hornsby ends hitting streak of 33 games. 1945 – German rocket engineers begin work …..

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Bladen County Register of Deed to remain closed

The Bladen County Register of Deeds Office will be closed Thursday, September 20, 2018, until further notice, for repairs and clean up. However, other Bladen County government offices will resume their normal operating schedule on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Share:

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NCDOT Reopening Coastal Ferry Service to Public Along More Routes

RALEIGH – Ferry service for the public has resumed for several more coastal routes, and two state ferries arrived in Southport late Tuesday evening after traveling 14 hours down the Intracoastal Waterway carrying much-needed fuel, transportation workers and supplies to the Wilmington area. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has reopened coastal service along the following routes: Southport to Fort Fisher routes resumed Wednesday on a limited schedule for Brunswick County residents and essential vendors, people with critical medical and commerce responsibilities, and infrastructure support personnel. NCDOT will announce when service for visitors resumes. Cherry Branch to Minnesott Beach ferry service resumed Wednesday for daytime trips only. Bayview to …..

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Clarkton sustained significant damages due to hurricane

Clarkton residents have sustained major damages due to hurricane Florence and the flooding. Churches, Clarkton Fire Department, National Guardsmen and the Salvation Army have been set up to distribute food and water. Some residents have said they sustained flooding in their homes with up to a foot of water. Share:

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BCC and the SBC are closed until Monday September

As we begin the recovery process, the Small Business Center at Bladen Community College is here to assist as you prepare to apply for SBA assistance. We’ve included the recent information released from the SBA below. SBA Home and Property Loans After a disaster declaration has been made, SBA offers affordable financial help to homeowners and renters in declared disaster areas. You don’t need to own a business. Help is available in the form of low-interest, long-term loans for losses not fully covered by insurance or other means. You may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace your primary home to its pre-disaster condition. But you can’t use the …..

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Some NCDMV Offices Remain Closed Due to Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH – Most N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles driver license and license plate agency offices in central and eastern North Carolina remain closed on Wednesday due to flooding and power outages following Hurricane Florence. Some NCDMV offices could be closed for several days, depending on the conditions in areas most affected by Florence, which has already forced the closure of hundreds of roads in North Carolina. Before heading out, individuals are urged to check the status of any driver license office or license plate agency they plan to visit on the office locations page of the official NCDMV website. NCDMV’s main call center, located in Bladen County, reopened Wednesday with limited staff. Customers may experience longer …..

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Leaders visit Hurricane Florence affected area

Washington, DC — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) leaders are visiting Hurricane Florence affected area to assess the damage and review the response efforts. Senior leaders will have opportunities for media engagements during their time on the ground and talk about USACE response efforts to the devastating storm. Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, will be available for media opportunities at the North Carolina Emergency Operations Center, Wednesday Sept. 19, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. USACE is working in partnership with the local, state, and federal response for Hurricane Florence. We have more than 310 personnel who are providing support both onsite …..

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Clarkton Sustained Flood Damage

By Erin Smith The town of Clarkton sustained severe damage as a result of Hurricane Florence. Town Commissioner, Lawrence McDougald, said some houses had as much as 8 feet of water in them due to the storm. He said some residents have lost their homes. The railroad tracks also suffered damage. McDougald said the railroad was acting as a sort of man-made dam, holding the water back until the water finally blew it out. McDougald said until that happened, the business side of the tracks had little water in them. McDougald said his store did not flood. However, the building beside his did get water inside. He said he had …..

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NCDA&CS moving into communities to assess damage & assist in recovery

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is dispatching inspectors and field forces to begin assessing damage to the state’s agriculture industry and to ensure food is safe for consumers. Inspectors are waiting for flood waters to recede to safe levels before making site visits. In the meantime, they are contacting firms to determine which areas will be prioritized. “This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory. We know agricultural losses will be significant because the flooding has affected the top six agricultural counties in our state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, who conducted an aerial survey …..

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DAV to Bring in Medical Supplies Saturday

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans is bringing medical supplies to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, according to David Brown. The items are coming from Georgia. He said the equipment will consist of walkers, medical beds, canes, and wheel chairs. “We’re taking it to the hospital to be distributed down to the coast,” said Brown. Brown said a second truck is coming with food, clothing, and furniture supplies for both Bladen County and residents along the coast. “There are two 18-wheel trucks coming from Georgia and the Disabled American Veterans are making sure this gets out to the people that need it,” said Brown. Share:

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Feeding Hurricane Florence victims

UPDATED: For those in need of meals in the Bladenboro, Clarkton, Kelly areas TODAY, September 19, 2018, the National Guard will be serving MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), and bottled water from 10 am until 7 pm, at the following locations: Bladenboro Fire Department located at 519 W Seaboard Street, Bladenboro, NC 28320 Clarkton Fire Department located at 205 Peach Street, Clarkton, NC 28433 Centerville Baptist Church located at east, 18577 NC-53, Kelly, NC 28448 Vertical Church started feeding people at 1 p.m. in Elizabethtown. Second Chance Church feed lunch to folks in Clarkton and will be feeding them again starting at 4:30 p.m. for dinner. New Light Church in …..

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East Bladen Shelter to Close

Due to many residents returning home from shelters, we will be closing the East Bladen Shelter at 1:00 pm today, September 19, 2018. Anyone in need of a shelter, can go to one of the following locations: *West Bladen High School, 1600 NC-410, Bladenboro, NC 28320 (Special Needs and Animals) *East Arcadia Elementary School, 21451 NC-87 E, Riegelwood, NC 28456 Call: 910-862-7809 or 910-862-7810 for shelter information. Stay tuned to your local and social media channels for updates. Share:

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Office open for disaster unemployment filing

  • 09/19/2018
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By Charlotte Smith NCWorks Career Center of Bladen County is open today until 5 pm for anyone needing to file for disaster unemployment according to Ann Garett with NCWorks. The address is 401 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown. Garett said the phone system is not operational at this time. However, their phone number is 910-862-3255.     Share:

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Piedmont Natural Gas advises customers on storm-damaged natural gas meters and appliances

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Piedmont Natural Gas announced today that crews will begin canvassing neighborhoods to examine natural gas meters for signs of damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Damaged meters will be turned off and inspected and may be fully removed and replaced. Piedmont will notify customers whose natural gas service needs to be temporarily turned off until service can be safely restored. Additionally, natural gas appliances damaged by Hurricane Florence will need to be inspected for safe operation by Piedmont or a licensed contractor before Piedmont can restore service. Appliances may need to be replaced if an inspection finds they have been damaged by floodwaters and cannot operate safely. “Piedmont Natural Gas …..

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Feeding location Change for Clarkton

Location Change: For those in need of meals in the Clarkton area today, September 19, 2018, there will be food served for lunch from 12-1:30 pm and dinner served from 4:30-6 pm, by Second Chance Church and The Love of Christ Ministries at the following location: 81 North Elm Street, Clarkton, NC Stay tuned to your local and social media channels for updates. Related news: County officials updated on recovery effort Share:

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County officials updated on recovery effort

By Charlotte Smith On Wednesday morning Bladen County Deputy Fire Marshal, Chase Lancaster, started the morning briefing stating there was a positive sign. The flood waters from the Cape Fear River are looking better. Lancaster stated Bladen County Lock and Dam No. 3 has crested and Lock and Dam No. 2 is expected to crest today. The Lock and Dam in Kelly may break a record tomorrow after it crests, according to Lancaster. There have been a total of 147 life threatening rescues in addition to the rescues made that were not life threatening in Bladen County. There have been more rescues made this morning, according to Lancaster. As Lancaster …..

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NCBEEC reminds homeowners that repair scams often follow storms 

Hurricane Florence has left many homes and buildings damaged by wind and flood waters. The North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors (NCBEEC) is warning North Carolina homeowners not to become a victim to thieves pretending to be legitimate contractors. Homeowners whose home and other property are damaged are prime targets. If you have had electrical equipment damaged or flooded, the NCBEEC has the following advice: *Check to make sure the contractor is properly licensed. Consumers should verify a contractor’s NCBEEC license at www.ncbeec.org, or 919-733-9042 before signing a home repair contract or paying any money. *Be wary of door-to-door repair solicitations, contractors using vehicles with out-of-state license …..

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Cape Fear River to Crest Today near Tar Heel and Elizabethtown

The Cape Fear River is expected to crest Wednesday morning at the William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 near Tar Heel and near Elizabethtown, according to the National Weather Service. As of 10:30 p.m. the observed river level near Tar Heel was reported to be 69.27 feet and flood stage is 42 feet. The Cape Fear River near Elizabethtown was observed at 40.04 feet and flood stage is 25 feet. The forecast for the crest calls for the river to reach four feet higher than the level observed in Hurricane Matthew for the Elizabethtown area. The Cape Fear River at William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 1 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

I would love to be in the bread baking business now, well for a few days.  Nearly impossible to find a loaf of fresh or stale bread, shelves are clean.  It should not be long before we will have a choice, again… Can’t stand to not check out the landscape at least once a day.  On my most recent tour, mostly returning to normal, slowly but surely. Most of the stoplights in Elizabethtown were working, a couple of notable exceptions.  Retail outlets, including fast food and convenience stores were operating, and most appeared to be busy. For those still without electricity, patience is wearing thin, understand, but hold on, help is on the …..

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Emergency Services Monitoring Rivers, Starting Recovery Efforts

The Bladen County Emergency Operations Center has been busy Hurricane Florence unleashed her wrath on Bladen County.  During an emergency, the Emergency Operations Center is a hub of activity. They have been busy since Thursday coordinating rescue efforts, monitoring flooding on the Cape Fear River, and evacuating residents to safety. The County has also been hosting several Strike Teams who are assisting with rescues not only in Bladen County but in other locations as well. Relief supplies are also expected to begin arriving in the county. If you would like to donate supplies, contact Kelly Robeson as 910-549-4735. To make a financial contribution, makes checks payable to Bladen Crisis Assistance, …..

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Remember safety first during storm debris cleanup

RALEIGH – Hurricane Florence has resulted in damaged and downed trees and branches. The N.C. Forest Service is encouraging homeowners and anyone else looking to clean up after a storm to exercise caution and think safety first. Unless a damaged tree is a safety risk, tree removal decisions can come later after the storm cleanup. After a storm, hasty or emotional decisions about damaged trees can result in unnecessary removals or drastic pruning decisions. The following are some basic guidelines: Debris cleanup Cleaning up downed debris is fraught with safety risks including a debris field making for poor footing and potentially downed electric lines. If electrical wires are an issue, …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 19

1778 – The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States. 1796 – George Washington’s farewell address as president. 1849 – 1st commercial laundry established, in Oakland, California. 1876 – 1st carpet sweeper patented (Melville Bissell of Grand Rapids, Mich) 1931 – 14th PGA Championship: Tom Creavy at Wannamoisett CC, Rumford, Rhode Island. 1931 – Lefty Grove wins his 30th game of season over White Sox, 2-1. 1947 – Jackie Robinson is named 1947 “Rookie of Year” 1951 – 1st broadcast of “Search of Tomorrow” on CBS-TV. 1952 – “Adventures of Superman” TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US. 1952 – The United States …..

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TAXPAYERS’ FRIEND AWARD

Annual award recognizes Members of Congress for supporting lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom.   WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is the latest recipient of the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” in recognition of having one of the strongest pro-taxpayer voting records in Congress.   Presented annually by the National Taxpayers Union, the award is based on support for lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom.  This year, Congressman Pittenger was one of only 66 Members of Congress to receive an “A” rating from the non-partisan organization.   “We must restore fiscal sanity in Washington,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For too many years, and too many trillions, Washington has refused to live by the …..

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Political powers working together to help Bladen

By Charlotte Smith Congressman Mark Meadows with North Carolina District 11 and Republican Candidate for Congress Mark Harris paid a visit to Bladen County on Tuesday. While they were on the way down to Bladen County, they were on the phone with FEMA and President Trump. Harris said, “Sheriff McVicker helped us navigate down here because with the roads as bad as they are we would not have been able to get here without his guidance. We saw incredible damage in Bladenboro. Congressman Meadows has come in from a helicopter tour of Bladen County. Meadows came down and toured the county after Hurricane Matthew as well. After he finished his …..

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Cape Fear Valley Closures and Delays

FAYETTEVILLE – Due to flooding and power outages as a result of Hurricane Florence the following clinics will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 19: *Bladen Medical Associates – Bladenboro *Bladen Medical Associates – Dublin *Bladen Medical Associates – White Lake *Bladen Medical Associates – Clarkton *Cape Fear Valley Primary Care at Lumberton *QuikCare at Robeson *Cape Fear Valley Foot & Ankle – Lumberton and Laurinburg offices *Cape Fear Valley Podiatry’s Lumberton office *Bladen Physical Therapy *Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center’s Outpatient Pediatric Physical Therapy   All other Cape Fear Valley Clinics are open.   The following are on a delayed schedule: *Cape Fear Valley Diagnostic Center will open at 7 …..

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Listing of open stores in Elizabethtown

Stores and gas stations in the town of Elizabethtown are beginning to re-open for those who are in need of supplies following Hurricane Florence, according to Lt. Mark McMichael with the Elizabethtown Police Department.  They are as follows. Gas Stations: *The Minute Man at West Broad Street and Peanut Road is open and accepting cash and debit/credit cards. *The Sunoco Station on South Poplar Street beside the McDonalds is open and accepting cash or debit/credit cards. *The GoGas station has just received a fuel shipment and cash only. They have both diesel and regular gas. *The Happy Mart on West Broad Street is open and accepting cash only. Grocery Stores: …..

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Camp meets needs at capacity

White Lake Christian Camp and Retreat Center is at capacity hosting hurricane relief volunteers from Murphy, NC, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and California, according to Lake Church Pastor Cameron McGill. McGill said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to meet the needs of those who are here, to meet the needs of our community, and those close by.”   Share:

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Hot meals available

For those in need of meals in the Bladenboro, Clarkton, Kelly areas, on September 18, 2018, the National Guard will be serving  MREs (meals ready to eat), and bottled water from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the following locations:   *Th eBladenboro Fire Department located at 519 W Seaboard Street, Bladenboro, NC 28320 *The Clarkton Fire Department located at 205 Peach Street Street, Clarkton NC 28433 *Centerville Baptsit Church located at 18577 NC 53, Kelly NC 28448. Stay tuned to your local and social media channels for updates. Share:

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Relief Donations Are Now Being Accepted

By Erin Smith Donations of relief supplies are now being accepted. Kelly Robeson, Director of the Bladen County Division on Aging, is serving as the County’s Disaster Relief Coordinator. “We have supplies coming,” said Robeson. Currently, Emergency Management Officials are searching for a location from which to distribute those supplies to those who need them. As soon as those locations are established, an announcement will be made, said Bladen County Emergency Management Director, Bradley Kinlaw. Robeson said those wishing to donate supplies can do so by calling 910-549-4735. Those wishing to make monetary contributions can make checks payable to Bladen Crisis Assistance and note on the Memo line “Hurricane Florence” …..

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River Levels along Cape Fear River

Although the rain has stopped, power is being restored, and weather conditions continue to improve, we are still experiencing flooding effects throughout large areas within Bladen County from Hurricane Florence. Bladen County’s Cape Fear River Lock and Dams continue to rise with the following expected crest levels: Lock and Dam #1- expected crest levels of 29.60 feet by Thursday, September 20, 2018. Higher than Hurricane Matthew levels of: 28.80 feet. Lock and Dam #2- expected crest levels of 39.30 feet by Thursday, September 20, 2018. Higher than Hurricane Matthew levels of: 36.44 feet. Lock and Dam #3- expected crest levels of 68.00 feet by Wednesday, September 19, 2018. These levels …..

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Elizabethtown Middle School Shelter closing

The Bladen County Emergency Operations will be closing the Elizabethtown Middle School Shelter effective as of 12 pm today, Tuesday, September 18, 2018. All residents within this shelter will be transferred to the East Bladen High School Shelter located at 5600 NC-87 E, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. All Bladen County Shelters currently have power restored at each location. For shelter information: Please call 910-862-7809 or 910-862-7810. Share:

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Bladen County Serving as Staging Area for Many Needed Resources

By Erin Smith Bladen County is serving as a host, as well as receiving assistance from many groups and rescue teams. On Tuesday morning, Bladen County Emergency Management Director, Bradley Kinlaw, said that right now preparations are underway to establish community feeding locations. Once those sites are determined, an announcement will be made, said Kinlaw. Bladen County residents have been reporting seeing helicopters flying overhead. Kinlaw said residents are observing several things which are taking place. He said the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department helicopter has been flying over areas of Bladen County assessing damage, observing the flooding and looking at road conditions. Kinlaw also said there are resources that have …..

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Duke Energy estimates power restoration times for Carolinas customers following Hurricane Florence

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy expects to restore power to most North Carolina and South Carolina customers impacted by Hurricane Florence by Sept. 26 at 11:45 p.m. – but the vast majority will be restored sooner. “We’re doing everything we can to safely restore power to every customer as quickly as conditions allow,” said Duke Energy incident commander Howard Fowler. “We won’t rest until the job is done.” See the latest map for estimated power restoration times, by geographical area. Duke Energy will send customers – via text message – additional information, including updated restoration times, when available. The estimated times apply to customers whose homes and businesses did not …..

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Southeastern Medial Center

SeHealth weathers the storm thanks to employee and provider commitment and service

By Roxana Ross, SeHealth Hurricane Florence feels like déjà vu for many in Lumberton and Robeson County, where parts of the community still hadn’t fully recovered from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew before the area was hit again this month. Southeastern Health, which includes Lumberton’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center and many other medical offices throughout the area, did its best to prepare for the worst. By the time the hurricane’s winds dropped and the Lumber River began to rise, the organization’s staff was as ready as possible for the next stage of the disaster. “Preparation started last Monday,” said SeHealth Chief Nursing Officer Renae Taylor, “We opened our Command Center on Tuesday, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

NFL Bears 24, Seawhawks 17. Quoting WNCN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, “Hurricane Florence produced one of the ‘most significant rainfall events’ in the Carolinas, the National Weather Service said.” “The NWS released totals for cities and towns across the state after Hurricane Florence.” “As of 2 p.m. Monday, Elizabethtown topped the list after it received 35.93 inches of rain.”  Swansboro was second with 34.00 inches.  Other totals: Wilmington 26.58″ Oak Island 26.98″ Whiteville   25.91″ Wilmington ILM (Airport) 23.02″ Supply 22.92″ Lumberton 22.26″ Dunn 20.41″ Clinton 17.85″ Fayetteville 15.27″ Burgaw 11.60″ Okracoke 9.29″ Raleigh 6.98″ Elizabeth City 2.01″ Recovery is underway, but not at the pace most would like.  Lots of …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 18

1679 – New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1789 – 1st loan is made to pay salaries of the presidents & Congress. 1793 – US President George Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. 1842 – 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published. 1851 – New York Times starts publishing (2 cents a copy) 1895 – Booker T. Washington delivers ‘Atlanta Compromise’ address. 1919 – Hurricane tides 16 feet above normal drown 280 along Gulf Coast. 1927 – The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air with 18 stations (and WOR as NYC affiliate) 1947 – US Department of Defense 1st day of operation. …..

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Storm Sees Neighbors Bonding Together

By Erin Smith When there is an emergency, neighbors work together to help each other. On Monday morning, Colly Creek overflowed its banks along NC 41 East. As the Merritt family and friends gathered to move equipment out of the shop at Merritt Brothers, they were also helping their neighbors. They took the time to take their equipment and move a family and their belongings to higher ground as well. In the midst of their own emergency, a friend of the Merritt family called with his own emergency — he needed help to get to his farm. Pedro and Perry Merritt didn’t have to think twice when Dale Murphy called. …..

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Hurricane Florence updates from the Department of Public Instruction

As Hurricane Florence continues to affect the state, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is providing the following updates.   “We are nowhere near the end of this storm or its devastation, but we have already begun responding when and how we can,” said State Superintendent Mark Johnson. “Even as many schools in the state return to normal this week, others will be in varying conditions of response and restoration. Every one of our team members is doing what we can and will continue to help.”   According to unofficial DPI data, 49 of North Carolina’s 115 school districts were closed Monday, and another 23 were operating on a …..

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Bladen County is battered following Hurricane Florence

By Erin Smith As the rains from Hurricane Florence subsided on Monday, the task of assessing the damage and preparing for historic flooding began. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin said the Cape Fear River is rising and mandatory evacuations are in place for residents living along the river. Martin said, now that the storm has passed, the focus is on the river, which is rising, and waiting for it to crest. “Hopefully people are taking heed of the message to evacuate,” said Martin. He said there was a lot of flooding which took place during the storm. Bladenboro has been with hardest hit with the downtown flooded once more. Clarkton …..

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Power slowly returning to Bladen County

Power is slowly returning to Bladen County on Monday as utility workers from as far away as Texas have arrived to help begin the process of repairing downed lines and replacing broken poles. Four County Electric reported on their website on Monday, September 17, 2018, that an estimated 5,085 Bladen County customers or 47 percent of their customers remain without power. Duke Energy is reporting more than 1,400 customers in Bladen County remain without power. According to the Duke Energy website, crews are now assessing the damage to their equipment. Duke Energy crews have begun making repairs as they announced an estimated 435,000 customers remain without power in North Carolina …..

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Elizabethtown beginning the process of recovery

By Erin Smith The town of Elizabethtown is beginning the efforts to clean up and begin the process to recover from Hurricane Florence. On Monday morning power was beginning to return to the town. Elizabethtown Town Manager, Eddie Madden, said the power has been restored to a portion of the downtown and Duke Energy indicated they would have service restored to the rest of downtown by 11:45 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2018. “I want to give credit to our street department and water and wastewater personnel. They did an exceptional keeping the streets clean and the water and wastewater operating throughout the duration of this storm,” said Madden. Madden also …..

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Updated Road Closings in Bladen County as of Monday morning

The following is a list of updated road closings due to Hurricane Florence as of Monday morning, Sept. 17, 2018. They are as follows: Mote Road near US 701 NC-131 West of Bladenboro / Both Directions NC-20 near Tar Heel / Both Directions NC-210 near White Oak / Both Directions NC-210 North of White Lake / Both Directions NC-211 north of Bladenboro / Both Directions NC-210 East of Elizabethtown / Both Directions NC-210 East of White Lake NC HWY 210 (NC-210 ) near Kelly MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DR (NC-211 BUS) in Bladenboro NC-211 in Clarkton NC-242 near Bladenboro NC-242 near Elizabethtown NC-41 East near White Lake JOE BROWN (NC-410) in …..

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Flooded neighborhoods near Bladenboro

Photos courtesy Jessica Gillis Lee On Sunday afternoon, neighborhoods were inundated with flood waters. A lineman with Four County Electric was out attempting to make repairs in a flooded neighborhood along NC 211 near Bladenboro. Lee said NC 211 near Richardson Road was flooded on Sunday. Bladen County had received more than three feet of rain as of 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Cape Fear River is forecast to crest on Tuesday at major flood stage. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents living along the Cape Fear River, Tar Heel Ferry Road, Burney Road, River Road and the Kelly and Rowan communities. Share:

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Bladen County receives nearly three feet of rain from Hurricane Florence

The National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Florida is estimating the Bladen County has received more than three feet of rain since Thursday. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, September 16, 2018, the doppler radar has measured 29.05 inches of rainfall in Elizabethtown. Communities throughout Bladen County are dealing with issues with flooding. Downtown Bladenboro, Clarkton and Elizabethtown all reported flooding issues during the storm. At least 56 rescues were reported in Bladenboro and still other rescues were reported in Clarkton and Elizabethtown. The Cape Fear River is forecast to crest at major flood stage on Tuesday. Mandatory evacuations have been order for those who reside along the river in Kelly …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Florence disrupted so many plans, activities and caused harm to many…looking forward to some sunshine, and some semblance of normal. Many references to Hazel and for anyone less than 70 years of age probably do not remember.  Hazel was the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the 1954 hurricane season.  It struck near the border between North and South Carolina, actually near Calabash, as a category 4 hurricane in early October.  As a result of the high death toll and the damage caused by Hazel, its name was retired from use for North Atlantic hurricanes. It was the only time I ever spent a night in a shelter, one night in the Bladenboro National …..

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Most NCDMV Offices to be Closed Monday Due to Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH – N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles offices in most of the state will be closed on Monday due to Hurricane Florence. Offices in north central and northeastern North Carolina are expected to open on a normal schedule Monday. Some NCDMV offices could remain closed for several days, depending on the conditions in areas most affected by Florence, which has already forced the closure of hundreds of roads in North Carolina as it continues its slow trek westward. A list of affected offices can be found on the office locations page of the official NCDMV website. Individuals are urged to check the status of any driver license office or license plate …..

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Flooding on Lisbon, Porter, McKoy Roads

Photos Contributed by Kevin Robeson The homes along Lisbon, Porter and McKoy Roads were affected by flood waters on Sunday morning. By Sunday night  Bladen County had received almost 30 inches of rainfall according to the National Weather Service. Another 3 to 5 inches was forecast to fall overnight Sunday into Monday morning.     Share:

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A view of Downtown Elizabethtown

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This aerial view of downtown Elizabethtown was taken at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2018 by Chris Robeson. The normally busy downtown is quiet and calm following Hurricane Florence. The Cape Fear River is forecast to rise to major flood stage near Elizabethtown and could possibly rival that of Hurricane Matthew. More rain is in the forecast overnight Sunday into Monday morning. Share:

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Hurricane Florence’s wrath still being felt in Bladen County

The wrath of Hurricane Florence is still being felt in Bladen County on Sunday evening. Many homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed. Flooding is occurring in many communities throughout Bladen County. Water rescues were made in Bladenboro, Clarkton and Elizabethtown. Many residents in Bladen County are being displaced from their homes along the Cape Fear River as mandatory evacuations are in effect for Kelly and Rowan as well as those who reside all along the Cape Fear River in Bladen County and those who reside on Burney Road, River Road and Tar Heel Ferry Road. Many roads are flooded making travel in the county difficult. Residents are asked …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 17

1691 – Massachusetts Bay Colony granted new charter. 1787 – The US Constitution is signed by delegates at the Philadelphia Convention. 1819 – First whaling ship arrives in Hawaii. 1858 – Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America. 1872 – Phillip W Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires. 1911 – 1st transcontinental airplane flight, NY-Pasadena in 82 hours, 4 minutes. 1920 – National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; re-named the NFL in 1922. 1931 – 1st LP record demonstrated …..

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Southeastern Medial Center

Southeastern Health affiliates to open Monday

It is the goal of Southeastern Health leadership to strategically respond to the needs of our communities as quickly as possible. The following Southeastern Health affiliates will be open during normal business hours on Monday, Sept. 17. All other affiliates will be closed. -Southeastern Health Mall Clinic -Southeastern Medical Clinic St. Pauls -Southeastern Urgent Care Pembroke -SRMC Outpatient Pharmacy Share:

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools closed until further notice

With continued severe impacts to our area from Hurricane Florence, Bladen County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, September 17 until further notice. We will reassess the status of our buildings by Friday to make a determination as to when schools can reopen. Shelters at East Arcadia Elementary, East Bladen High School, Elizabethtown Middle School, and West Bladen High School remain open but are operating with limited power and food. Additionally, many roads throughout Bladen and surrounding counties are impassable due to flood waters. Continue to monitor local news outlets for updates and any status changes to the schools. Share:

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Elizabethtown Middle School shelter nearing capacity

The Emergency Shelter at the Elizabethtown Middle School is nearing capacity, according to Bladen County Emergency Management. Anyone needing shelter in the Elizabethtown area is encouraged to go to East Bladen High School located at 5600 NC 87 East, Elizabethtown Nc 28337. Please bring blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, packaged snacks, medications, diabetic supplies and equipment,m board games, card games, toiletry items etc. For shelter questions call 910-862-7809 or 910-862-7810. Share:

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Road Closings in Bladen County as of Sunday evening

The following is a list of updated road closings due to Hurricane Florence as of Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2018. They are as follows: Mote Road near US 701 NC-131 West of Bladenboro / Both Directions NC-20 near Tar Heel / Both Directions NC-210 near White Oak / Both Directions NC-210 North of White Lake / Both Directions NC-211 north of Bladenboro / Both Directions NC-210 East of Elizabethtown / Both Directions NC-210 East of White Lake NC HWY 210 (NC-210 ) near Kelly MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DR (NC-211 BUS) in Bladenboro NC-211 in Clarkton NC-242 near Bladenboro NC-242 near Elizabethtown NC-41 East near White Lake JOE BROWN (NC-410) in …..

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Many areas flooding, residents should use caution if they have to go out

Bladen County is still being hammered with rainfall and catastrophic flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Florence. Some residents ventured out in Elizabethtown on Sunday morning to area stores in search of supplies. Roadways were flooding and water is rising in many locations. Water rescues were reported to have taken place in Clarkton, Bladenboro and Elizabethtown. Bladen County is forecast to receive another 3 to five inches of rain overnight Sunday into Monday, according to the National Weather Service. NC DOT along with Emergency Management officials are asking people to stay off the roadways. Bladen County has a curfew in place from 8 p.m. until  7 a.m.   Share:

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NCDOT: Stay Off Roads as Conditions Worsen

Drivers Could Impede Hurricane Response and Recovery   RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation continues to urge drivers to stay off the roads, as the rain continues and conditions are getting worse by the hour. As of Sunday morning, there were more than 600 road closures across the state. While residents may feel the need to check on homes and vacation properties in southeastern North Carolina, they will likely impede state and local response and recovery. “The flooding we are seeing in our state is unprecedented and road conditions are changing rapidly,” said state Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon. “If you are not in an evacuation area, stay in place.” …..

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Flooding of roadways occurring in Bladen County

By Erin Smith Flooding is occurring throughout Bladen County on Sunday. The Bay Tree Lakes Fire Department was busy on Sunday morning erecting barricades and checking on residents in their fire district. Chief Ben Corebtt said on Sunday morning that his department has had very few rescue calls during the storm. Many Bladen County communities were not so fortunate as water rescues were being reported in Bladenboro, Clarkton and Elizabethtown. The Bay Tree Lakes Fire Department made a trek on Sunday morning to the Rowan Fire Department down NC 210 checking the road conditions and crossing dangerously flooded areas and deep water to reach the fire department. Water was rising …..

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