Angel Foods orders being accepted
White’s Creek Baptist Church is accepting Angel Foods orders for the month of April. Orders will be taken at the church office from Tuesday, April 10 - Sunday, April 15 from 2 - 6 p.m., and at Elizabethtown Nursing Center from Monday, April 9 - Friday, April 13 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Regular packages are $25 each, with three specials offered for $18 to everyone who orders a regular package. A coffee special is also being offered for $14.
Angel Food orders are open to everyone, with no limitations on income. For more information, call Pastor Kincy Barrow at 874-1525.
Mother County Genealogical Society meeting
Mother County Genealogical Society will have its meeting on April 14 at 12:30 pm. Speeker will be
Layton Dowless. His topic of discussion will be “How to Obtain headstones for our Veterans.” It will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Building, South Main Street Bladenboro. Any questions please call Linda Smith at 863-2257. Everyone is invited to attend.
Blueberry Festival meeting
The 12th Annual Ammon Blueberry Festival Committee will meet April 13 at the home of Don &
Janet Melvin, on Old Fayetteville Road in Ammon (242 N.). A covered dish provided by committee members will be shared at 6:30. The meeting will follow. Any person interested in helping in any way is invited to attend.
This year’s festival will be held Saturday, June 2, beginning with the pancake breakfast.
You may call 588-4002 or 588-6151 for information
On April 15, at 3 p.m., there will be a men’s and women’s softball meeting at Watree Park in Bladenboro.
On April 14, there will be a steak fund-raiser for William “Dick” Benson at Benson’s Grill in Bladenboro (910) 863-3695. It will be 5 p.m. unti. Plates include steak, baked potato, rolls, tea and corn.
14th Annual Black Business Banquet
The Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association's 14th Annual Black Business Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2007. All businesses present will be recognized and given an opportunity to briefly tell of it services. The John L. Lucas Outstanding Business Award will also be presented at that time.
The keynote speaker will be Mr. Dennis Troy, US Postmaster of Dublin.
The Banquet will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Paul R. Brown Building on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown. The public is invited. All minority business owner/operators are urged to attend.
For business registration and other information please contact Dorothy McKoy at (910) 588-4423; 555 McLean Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate ‘A Day
of the Child’
In observance of Child Abuse Awareness Month, celebrate ‘A Day of the Child’, April 11, noon to 4 p.m., at the Bladen Community Services Building, 208 S. Morehead St., behind King Street Gym. It is sponsored by Families First Domestic Violence Agency and United Way of Bladen County. There will be free food, a bicycle raffle, a magic show, a bounce house, games and prizes. For more information, call 862-2534. Will be held inside in case of inclement weather.
slated at BCC
The Bladen Community College Practical Nursing Department will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose auditorium at the Dublin campus.
All donors will be entered into a regional drawing for A “New York Get Away.” The trip includes two round-trip domestic tickets on Delta Air Lines, a two-night weekend stay at the New York Palace and show tickets.
To donate, individuals must be 17, weigh at least 110 pounds, in good health, and not on antibiotics. To make an appointment for a donation time or for more information on the blood drive, call Erin Hinson at 910-879-5632 or Al Marshburn at 910-879-5500.
“Day of Written Word”
at Bladen County Library
The Bladen County Public Library will host a “Day of the Written Word” on April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is being held as a part of Beth Mundy's Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Admission to this fun-filled celebration of words and literacy is a new or gently used book to donate to the library. If you would like to donate additional books prior to the event or would like more information feel free to contact Beth Mundy at 645-4277.
Blueberry Committee meeting
The 12th annual Blueberry Festival Committee will meet on Friday night, April 13, at the home of Don and Jane Melvin, on Old Fayetteviile Road in Ammon (242 North). A covered dish provided by committee members will be shared at 6:30. The meeting will follow. Any person interested in helping in any way is invited to attend. This year’s festival will be held June 2, beginning with the pancake breakfast.
You may call 588-4002 or 588-6151 for information.
Elizabethtown fire safety
The Elizabethtown Fire Dept. will be offering fire safety training for daycare facility caregivers or others who may need training on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, starting at 4 p.m.
Stew Cook-off at
Harmony Hall Plantation in White Oak will have its annual Heritage Day Celebration Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be Colonial games, demonstrations, re-enactments and much more.
Barbecue chicken and pastry, sausage and cabbage plates will be available 11 a.m. until. Prizes will be awarded for the best pot of stew. To enter the cooking competition, or for more information, call 866-4844. Event is free, though donations are appreciated.
The White Oak Fire Department will be holding their pancake breakfast Saturday, April 14, from 7-10 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
The North Carolina Strawberry Festival Association presents the Strawberry Gospel Jubilee, Saturday, April 28, 6:30 p.m., West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo (Columbus County)North Carolina, featuring Strait Gate Quartet of Lumberton, Four Heart Harmony of Sanford, Deb Wilson of Chadbourn, Consumed of Whiteville, and Randy Ward of Bolton. Event emceed by radio and television personality Bill Jackson. Admission is free. For more information call (910) 770-1534 or visit www.ncstrawberryfestival.com.
Sportee Eighth reunion
The Sportee Eighth reunion, for students who attended from 1962-1983, will be Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m. at the Blue Moon 701 bypass.
Join us over lunch to talk about old times. Eat what you want and buy what you eat, For more information, call Wanda Burch, 40 Melvin St., Clarkton, NC 28433 at 647-4251, or 647-1000.
The monthly meeting of the Bladen County Firefighter’s Association will be held April 12, 7 p.m., at Tobermory Fire Dept. All stations are encouraged to attend
Clarkton Woodmen of the World will have its regular monthly meeting April 12, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at the lodge building. Meal will be provided.
Kelly Museum closure
The Kelly Museum will be closed on Sundays except by appointment. It will continue to be open on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. For appointments, please call (910) 669-2901 (Richard Smith), (910) 669-2244 (Elliot Henry), or (910) 669-2294 (Thelma Benson).
Clarkton Spring Clean-up Day
To help clean up Clarkton, meet the beautification committee members at the Town Hall at 8 a.m. on April 21. Register your group to be eligible for $25, $50, and $100 cash prizes or Nascar race tickets.
In addition, all participants will receive a free day-pass to the White Lake Water Park. For more information, you may contact the Town Hall at 647-5961 or Keep Bladen Beautiful at 645-4279.
Tar Heel F.D. fund-raiser
The Tar Heel Fire Department Auxiliary Support Unit is having a glamour shots fund-raiser. Members have tickets for sale at the low price of $9.95. This includes cosmetic makeover and hairstyling. Colorful accessories, wardrobe and backdrop selections, also a FREE 8 X 10! Once you purchase a ticket from one of our members, you will be contacted for appointment time and date. Pictures will be taken May 13 through 16 from 11 a.m. til 8 p.m. at Tar Heel Fire Department. Ages 5 and up, under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. For tickets you can contact Diana 862-7993 or Cheryl 866-5230.
BCC Foundation Coco
Loco Fund-raiser set
The Bladen Community College Foundation Coco Loco, III, fund-raiser is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 7 - 10 p.m. The event will be held at Creekside at Lu-Mil Vineyard, located on Suggs-Taylor Road in Dublin.
The event will feature live music, dancing and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Come out and join in the fun.
Tickets are $15 each and proceeds from the event will benefit the Campus Beautification Fund.
For tickets, call (910) 879-5519.
Clarkton School of Discovery Open House
It is once again time for the application process to begin for those interested in attending Clarkton School of Discovery for the 2007-08 school year. The school will hold an Open House for students (and parents) interested in applying. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday April 24. The Open House is the first place applications will be available. After the Open House applications will only be available at the Board of Education.
The application and acceptance process has very specific guidelines so if you are interested in applying for your child to attend, please read carefully. Applications must be sent through the postal service, hand deliveries are not accepted. After the deadline closes on Wednesday May 9, a computer program randomly selects the number of students for which there are slots available. The process is not completed by hand and it is not done on a first-come first-served basis due to the requirements of the federal MSAP grant guidelines. Grant guidelines also require that students with siblings already attending CSD are given preference (but not guaranteed) if an application is completed. Proof of residency in Bladen County is required in the form of a deed or lease provided to the school when the year begins and you come to officially enroll your child. Students who are accepted will be notified by District Office staff on Friday May 25. The next enrollment opportunity will be at the beginning of the second semester and will be based on space availability due to student transfers etc. At this time the selection process is based on the order of those on the waiting list from the original selection list.
The timeline for dates follows:
April 24 — Open House at CSD from 6-8 (applications available)
Apr 25 — Applications available only at the District Office
May 9 — Final deadline for completed applications to Dr. Dinkins
May 25 — Acceptance list released by the District Office
The number one youth soccer camp in the Unites States is coming to Bladen County. Challenger Sports is hosting one of their nationwide British soccer training camps right here in Bladen County. The camp will run the week of July 23, 2007, it will be held at the Bladen County Soccer Complex at the County Park on Hwy 701. To sign up for the camp, either visit www.challengersports.com or contact Jon Lewis at (919) 266-1516, or e-mail email@example.com
Contra dance comes to Red Springs
A contra dance will be held April 14 in conjunction with the annual Red Springs Street Festival. The dance will be in the Flora Macdonald Academy Old Gym at 8 p.m. the evening before the festival. Free lessons will begin at 7:30 p.m. Both couples and singles are welcome. Cost is $5. The event is free for students with I.D. No contra experience is necessary for participation, and participation is not required. We’ve had people come for the music alone.
The Carolina Cut-Ups will provide the gaelic music. This band is recognized as one of the best contra bands currently performing in North Carolina. Kenny Greer will be the dance caller. Greer will guide participants through the separate moves and dances. According to John Bowman, long-standing member of the Red Springs Arts Council, contra folk dancing is easy to learn.
“No experience is necessary as each dance is taught by the caller,” he said, “and we will have one of the best callers around.”
The event is sponsored by the Red Springs Arts Council through a Grassroots Arts Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, contact Lesley Covington at LesleyGwyn@aol.com, or at (910) 843.8747
Camp Dixie open house
Camp Dixie will be hosting an open house/family fun day Sunday, May 6, from 1-5 p.m., The public is invited to enjoy an afternoon of recreational fun, including: go-carts, the BLOB, swimming, mini-golf, boating, and basketball. Optional summer camp tours will be given at 3 p.m. Free food for the first 500 people. Call (910) 865-5180 for more information, or visit the Web site at www.campdixie.com.
Camp Dixie summer camp registration
It’s time to register for summer camp at Camp Dixie. Located on Hwy. 87, south of Fayetteville, eight miles from St. Pauls. Camp Dixie offers programs for children graded 2-6 and teens grades 7-12. Visit our Web site — www.campdixie.com — for more information or to register online, or call (910) 865-5180.
White Lake Water Festival Pageant applications
Applications for the 2007 White Lake Water Festival Pageant are now available. The pageant will take place on Saturday, May 12, 7 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin.
Categories are as follows:
Tiny Miss, ages 3 to 5; Little Miss, ages 6 to 9; Junior Miss, agews 10 to 12; Princess, ages 13 to 16; Queen, ages 17 to 22 (not married). Deadline, for applications, entry fee ($70), and photos, is April 20, 2007. There will be Early Bird awards given for anyone turning in their applications by April 1, 2007.
For information or an application, please call Penny Perkins, Pageant Director, at 648-2197 or leave message; Heather Guyton, 863-3473, or Dennis Burney, 863-4246. Or you may contact the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Jones Lake State Park
Canoe trips at Jones Lake will be held Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m., and Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. Join a park ranger for a leisurely paddle on Jones Lake. All equipment is furnished. Minimum age to participate is 6 years of age and all children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so reservations are required. Please call the park office at (910) 588-4550 to register. All participants should meet at the park pier. This program is free of charge and open to the general public.
Bridger Memorial Public Library meeting
The Bridger Memorial Public Library Board of Trustees will have its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. at the Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro. The public is invited to attend.
Carvers Creek Unity Dinner
The Carvers Creek precinct will hold a Unity Dinner Saturday, April 21, from 6-8 p.m. at the East Arcadia school cafeteria. Tickets are available from any precinct member for $5. For more information, please contact Althea Lesane, precinct chair.
Keep Bladen Beautiful
April Spring Clean
Win a $100, $50, or $25 cash prize. Win Nascar race tickets. In addition, all participants will receive a free day pass to the White Lake Water Park. Gather a group and do a clean-up project where you live, work or play.
You must register your cleanup and report your results by calling 645-4279 or 863-4582 by April 30.
Orange trash bags, vests, and gloves may be picked up at Solid Waste on Mercer Mill Road, or for large roadside clean-ups, from the Department of Transportation on 701.
Pink Ribbon Princess Pageant
Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Pink Ribbon Princess Pageant held annually will all proceeds going to the Bladen County Relay for Life. The pageant will be April 29 at 3 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. It is open to females from birth up. Please contact Heather at 872-0089 or 247-3122 after 6 p.m.
Evening GED class
ongoing in E'town
The Basic Skills Department of Bladen Community College has a new GED class in Elizabethtown at the Paul Brown Center, 1360 Martin Luther King Drive.
The class meets Monday through Wednesday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. and is free.
For information call the Basic Skills Department at 879-5561 or 879-5587.
The Elizabethtown Housing Authority meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building in Elizabethtown.
The Clarkton Housing Authority meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Oakdale Homes Community Building in Clarkton.
The Bladenboro Housing Authority meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Housing Authority administration office in Bladenboro.
The 2007 Bladen We Care Spring Fling will be held April 13, starting at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard near Dublin. Dinner will be served and entertainment will be provided by Second Time Around.
There will be a silent and live auction during this year’s Bladen We Care Service Recognition.
Proceeds from the event will support Bladen County Needy Healthcare, Bladen County Hospital and Bladen Crisis Center.
Dress will be casual and the tickets are $20 per person, or for a table of eight, $150. Advance tickets only and they may be obtained by contacting Rich Glenn at 874-2016.
Sewing Mentors Needed
4-H is looking for adult and teen volunteers to teach sewing. The specific duties of these volunteers would be to mentor a 4-H'er in the process of sewing their 4-H Fashion Review project. Interested volunteers should contact the 4-H Office for a job description and application at 862-4591.
White Lake Fire Dept.
The White Lake Fire Department will host a paint ball tournament on April 21.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the first match at 10 a.m. Registration fee will be $20 for pre-registration and $25 at the gate.
The tournament will be held across from the White Lake Motel at the intersection of Hwy. 701 N. and White Lake Drive.
For more information and pre-registration, contact Stevie Tatum at 876-4995.
Kelly Community preparing for annual festival
Entrants are being sought for the 2007 Kelly Spring Festival Parade to be held Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. The parade will flow down Hwy. 53 in the Kelly community of Bladen County, with festivities to follow at the Kelly Ball Park. Church groups, bands, businesses, civic groups, schools and other organizations, beauty queens, horses, clowns, tractors, etc., are all welcome to take part in the annual festival. Vendors are also being sought to set up at the festival. There is no fee for the parade or vendors; however, donations are welcome.
Contestants are also being sought for the Miss Kelly Spring Festival Pageant. The pageant is open to females of all ages and will be held April 7 with the Easter Bunny attending to help crown the winners. A concert is also being planned and details will be announced soon. Brave males are also being sought for the Missed Kelly Spring Festival Womanless Beauty Pageant to be held April 27. For more information, please contact Michelle Fisher at (910) 669-3204, or Janice Corbett at (910) 669-2573.
Pre-K and kindergarten physicals
Is your child starting Pre-K or kindergarten this year? If so, contact Bladen County Health Department today to schedule a physical exam. Appointments are scheduled every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30-10 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Immunizations may also be given at this appointment if needed. Physical includes vision and hearing screenings. Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and United Healthcare accepted. Payment based on income also available for those without insurance. Call 862-6900 for appointments.
Woodmen of the World will meet
Woodmen of the World, Lodge 208, Bladenboro, will meet the first Monday night of the month. All members are invited to come enjoy a meal and business meeting. For more information, call Craig Waters, FIC, at 648-4414.
Looking for volunteers
for plays, skits, singing
Extra! Extra! I am looking for people of all ages that are interested in volunteering for plays, skits and singing as a ministry. All songs and plays are Christian based. To learn more, call (910) 648-6910. This is an opportunity to serve the Lord.
BCC GED class
available in Tar Heel
The Bladen Community College Basic Skills program is offering a GED class in the Tar Heel Multipurpose Building (the old fire station) across from Tar Heel Middle School. The class is free and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration is open and individuals may begin at any time.
For information, call 879-5529 or 879-5587.
Kelly Historical Society
The Kelly Historical Society meets on the third Saturday each month at 10 a.m. at the Kelly Museum. For more information, call 763-6966.
4H mentors needed
Bladen County 4-H Friends of Youth seeks responsible caring adults to work one-on-one with youth in need of positive role models.
Volunteers will serve as a friend and mentor to help encourage positive behavior and educational improvement. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a young person, call 910-862-4591 for further details.
Anyone interested in information on The Compassionate Friends may contact Jean Cross and Walt Burney in Clarkton at 647-8401, or Jean Roney, Grief Counselor for Lower Cape Fear Hospice at 642-9051.
The Compassionate Friends, Inc. is an international self-help support organization offering hope to bereaved families following the death of a child of any age, from any cause. The national office, located in Oak Brook, Ill., serves more than 600 chapters across the 50 states. Locally, meetings are held on the second Monday of every month, at Grace Episcopal Church in Whiteville. Registration is not required. There are no membership fees or dues. The group invites all grieving parents to attend. For more information on the Web, contract www.thecompassionatefriends.org.
The Bladenboro and Clarkton Housing Authorities are now accepting applications on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Immediate housing units are available upon completion of the eligibility process.
Persons interested in either location should apply at the main office located at 117 Main Street in Bladenboro. For more information, call 863-4919.
Guardian ad Litem
Guardian ad Litem program of Columbus and Bladen Counties needs volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. Free training provided. Make a difference in the life of a child.
Please call Sabrina Ward at 641-4034.
Members of the East Bladen High School Class of 1994 are interested in planning a class reunion. Contact Kimberly Melvin-Swindell at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jane Howell-Salmon at email@example.com.
Dance lessons at
Bladen Fitness Center
Dance lessons are back at Bladen Fitness Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays Lessons are for children ages 3 and up, and classes include tap, jazz and ballet.
Participants may enroll at any time.
For more information, call Bladen Fitness Services at 862-6533. To enroll, call Leslie Dumas at 850-6363.
Bladen NAACP meets on third Tuesdays
The Bladen County Chapter of the NAACP will meet the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Focus Building on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown.