• 12:10 am Three Bladen Softball Teams In State Tournaments This Weekend
  • 11:55 pm Bladen pre-kindergarten application days scheduled July 22-24
  • 11:37 pm Municipal races taking shaping as filing deadline is noon Friday
  • 10:31 pm July 18 Vineyard Golf Thundering Herd Results
  • 10:27 pm This Day in History for July 19
Town of White Lake
Town of White LakeMayor Goldston Womble and the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners, recognized Mrs. Helen Womble McSwain posthumously for reaching her 100th birthday.  Mrs. McSwain moved with her family to Goldston’s Beach in the early 1940’s.  Together with her husband, they operated a billiards hall, a rental float stand and a tour boat named the Lilly.  In the late 1960’s, they purchased the Lasley’s Beach property which included cottages, an old wooden hotel and an apartment building.  They later replaced the old hotel with a newer one.  Following the death of her husband, with the help of family and a dedicated staff, Mrs. McSwain continued to operate the business, working every day until the age of 98.  For the last two years, she “called the shots” from her recliner in her home.  Mayor Womble stated “Mrs. McSwain was a role model for the citizens of the Town and exemplified obedience and devotion to God and family.”  Mayor Womble will present the resolution to the family as they gather this weekend for her funeral services.
Bryon Scott with Thompson, Price, Scott & Adams Auditing Firm presented the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year annual audit for the Board’s consideration.  The Board accepted the audit as presented.
In administrative matters the Board approved Utility Releases ($2,036.20) and Tax Releases ($1,077.94); made a clarification on the Voluntary Shared Leave Policy; approved purchase of 1994 Freightliner Rescue Truck from Union County for $1.00 and declared the 1986 International Equipment Truck as surplus property.
Mayor Womble gave an updated report from Bridget Munger, NC Department of Environmental Quality, on the lake water quality.  Water sciences staff reported that results from the study indicated lake conditions did not change from what was observed over the last year.  Work that was conducted on the lake focused primarily on identifying the spring locations and collecting water quality information related to flow from the springs.  Attempts to quantify groundwater input from the springs was unsuccessful.  Currently, staff with the Intensive Survey Branch and Fayetteville Regional Office are discussing options for groundwater monitoring near the lake to help quantify those inputs, as the lake itself saw little change this summer.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, water quality monitoring in flood stricken area has taken precedent.  As a result, this project has been temporarily placed on hold.
The Municipal complex will be closed December 23-27, 2016 for Christmas and Monday, January 2, 2017 for New Year’s.  The on-call person will be available in case of water/sewer emergencies.