Hospital affiliation public meetings
Bladen Community Hospital will have public meetings through the end of May to discuss hospital affiliation. David Masterson, CEO of Bladen County Hospital will be at those locations to explain the process and address questions and concerns. Listed are the times, dates and locations for those public meetings:
The Bladen County Extension & Community Association is publishing a cookbook and needs recipes from past and present members of Home Demonstration Clubs, Extension Homemakers and ECA. Please either send or bring them to the Extension Office on Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. The address is P.O. Box 249, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.
Bladen County High Schools Baccalaureate Service
The Bladen County High Schools Baccalaureate Service will be held at both County High Schools, East and West Bladen, on Wednesday, May 30, and will begin at 7 p.m. The services will be primarily student led and will feature testimonies, readings from the Scriptures, songs and a message to the graduates.
The Baccalaureate Service is a worship service designed to give everyone an opportunity to worship God together and acknowledge the accomplishments of our graduates.
We are asking Churches to forgo regularly scheduled Wednesday night services in order to attend this event and make it as special as possible for the graduates.
This event is co-sponsored by the Bladen Baptist Association and the Bladen Ministerial Association.
Coble Reunion at Cypress Creek
The descendants of David Franklin and Ruth Elmina Coble reunion will be on Sunday, June 3, at Cypress Creek Baptist Church, Old Fayetteville Road, Garland. The gathering begins at noon with dinner at 1 p.m.
All family members are asked to remind their family group and to bring a covered dish and dessert.
The host for this year’s reunion wil be George Nelson Coble Sr. For more information, call Robert Coble at 588-6151, Earl Coble at 588-4446, or Gloria C. Smith at 588-4830.
Sunday Service at Harmony Hall
Beginning June 3, church service featuring speakers from a variety of local churches and music will be offered at the Harmony Hall Chapel each Sunday at 3 p.m.. Everyone is welcome. Non-denominational.
Harmony Hall Plantation and Village in White Oak is open for tours each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Groups and additional hours available by appointment. Admission is free. Donations appreciated. For information or a reservation, call 866-4844.
Annual scholarship fund-raiser
There will be an annual scholarship fund-raiser sponsored by White Oak Ruritan club, offering BBQ and fried chicken plates May 26, from 4-6:30 p.m., with a cake auction at 6:30 p.m. The event will be at the White Oak Ruritan Club, Hwy. 53 West, White Oak.
Baldwin Branch Health Seminar
Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Health and Wellness Ministry presents its 2007 Health Seminar, “HIV and Our Community,” Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m. Free HIV, cholesterol, glucose screenings (do not eat or drink if testing for cholesterol/glucose).
Please call 645-2396 with the number of participants from your church/group.
Senior Citizen Yard Sale Fund-raiser
There will be a senior citizen yard sale fund-raiser June 2, from 7 a.m. until at the home of Charlie and Betty Jessup, 8499 Hwy. 53 West, White Oak.
Call 840-7999 or 866-4265.
A genealogy workshop will be held June 14, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown. The workshop will be sponsored by the Bladen County Extension & Community Association and the Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. The leader will be Edith Cox, State Registrar, DAR. Participants should bring copies of any family information they have.
There will be a fee of $10. Checks should be made to Bladen County ECA. To pre-register, call Brenda Gooden, Bladen County Extension
Service, 862-4591 by June 7.
Recipes needed for
The Bladen County Extension & Community Association is publishing a cookbook and needs recipes from past and present
members of Home Demonstration Clubs, Extension Homemakers and ECA. Please either send or bring them to the Extension
Office on Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. The address is PO Box 249, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
East Bladen HS
The Awards Ceremony for East Bladen High School will be Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The Ceremony will be held in the main gym at East Bladen. We encourage students, parents and family to come and enjoy an evening together. Everyone is invited to attend.
MelFest Bluegrass Festival
The Ninth Annual MelFest Bluegrass Festival will be held at Melwood Music Park, White Lake, Friday, June 1 (6 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and Saturday, June 2 (1 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Bands appearing will be: the Grass Cats, Carolina Road, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion; starting Friday, the Black River Express, Carolina Sonshine, and Constant Change. Admission: Friday — $15, Saturday — $20. Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Spectators should bring their own chairs. Largest RV and tent campground in North Carolina located adjacent to Melwood Music Park. Amusement parks, motels, restaurants, and swimming within walking distance. Food and concessions available at the festival. No pets please. For further information, see the MelFest Web page at: www.melfestbluegrass.com. Contact person: James R. Melvin, 1994 White Lake Drive, White Lake, NC (910-862-8894). Large covered spectator area and ample parking. Parking lot picking. MelFest is sponsored in part and supported by the Bladen County Arts Council, along with other local sponsors and contributors. Our mission and goal is to augment and grow the unique tourism asset which White Lake and Bladen Countyrepresent.
17th and 18th Districts
Masonic and Sunday School outing
The Masonic and Sunday outing will be held June 23 at the Jones Lake State Park. Churches and lodges, if you have not made your $45 donation for this event, please do so by May 31 in order for the committee to properly prepare for the event. Send all correspondence to the secretary, Sister Grace George, 2553 Old Glade Road, Whiteville, NC 28472.
Buy a Brick for
military men and women
A new military monument will be constructed by the Bladen County Military Museum on a brick patio at 818 S. Main St., Bladenboro. The bricks will be $100 apiece and will honor all branches of service beginning with the Revolutionary War. The monument will be located on the grounds of the Bladenboro Historical Society between two brick columns.
For more information, call 863-4707.
BARTS plans trip
Barts Transportation has announced plans for a trip to the Wilmington waterfront for shopping and lunch on May 29. Barts will pick up passengers at 8:20 a.m. in Elizabethtown at the Post Office, and in Bladenboro at 9 a.m. at the First Baptist Church and return by 5 p.m.
Limited seating is available. Anyone interested in making the trip should call the Barts office at 862-6930 on or before May 25.
Fire Nutz Relay for Life
Party and Silent Auction
The Fire Nutz Relay for Life Team will hold its second annual Hat and Tea Party and Silent Auction June 3, 1-3 p.m., at Singletary United Methodist Church in Dublin. Admission is $5. Refreshments will be served. If you wish to entertain, call Jackie page at 862-3456 after 6 p.m.
DARE Graduation for
Bladen County Students
There will be a DARE graduation ceremony for Bladen County students who “dare to take charge” on the following date:
Summer grief camp
Most children experience the grief that comes with the death of someone they know — a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt or uncle, close friend, or extended family member. Children grieve differently than adults and often need assistance to work through it. Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter has developed Sunshine Camp, a day camp for all children coping with the death of a loved one. Campers experience the enjoyment of a summer camp, and together they express emotions, share memories, release anger, address their feelings, come to terms with their grief, and begin looking to the future. Art, music, writing, playing, movement, and other therapies help campers share feelings and concerns, build friendships, and have fun. These activities help children understand loss and death in a healthy manner.
Three different camp sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Children's Learning Center, 735 Medical Center Drive. The first week, June 11 to 15, is for rising second and third graders; week two, June 25 to 29, for rising fourth and fifth graders; and week 3, July 9 to 13, for rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Camp facilitators are Lorraine Perry, bereavement counselor and healing arts therapist, and Amy Prestwood, bereavement counselor.
The camp has a charge of $25 to cover cost of supplies. Parent inquiries are welcome, and assessments may be required. Sunshine Camp is sponsored in part by Landfall Foundation. For more information, call 910.815.3971 or 800.733.1476.
Blueberry cooking contest
to be held
A “Blueberry Cooking Contest” is being held during the Ammon Blueberry Festival on Saturday, June 2. Recipes are being accepted in three categories: breakfast, salad and dessert. There are two age groups: Youth (ages 8-15) and Adult (ages 16-Up). Age is determined by the age on the date of the contest. All recipes must contain at least one-half (1/2) cup of blueberries. Registration will be between 11-11: 30 a.m. at the Ammon Fire Department. Dishes will be judged on June 2 at 11:30 a.m. Winners in each category will receive the following prizes: first: $50; second: $30; and third: $20.
Applications and a complete list of rules are available by calling Sandra R. Cain or Brenda Gooden at North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 862-4591.
Woodmen of the World meeting
The Woodmen of the World, Elizabethtown Lodge # 865 will have a meeting the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Woodmen Lodge on Hwy. 242 N.
Ammon Blueberry Festival
The 12th Annual Ammon Blueberry Festival will be June 2, beginning at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Ammon Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy. 242. Parade entries will gather at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m., led by the Elizabethtown Fire Department color guard. They will also present flags, followed by Jefferson Weaver with the national anthem.
An auction for various items will take place, after which will follow entertainment. Many vendors will be hawking their wares.
Sandra Kelly Cain, of the agricultural extension office, will chair a cookoff event with monetary prizes.
Bring a chair and spend the day.
For more information, call Doug Smith at 588-4592, Don Melvin at 588-4002, or Bobbie Coble at 588-6151.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Housing Authority meetings
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.
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 at 6:30 p.m. 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.
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 seeks volunteers
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.
EBHS reunion planning sought
Members of the East Bladen High School Class of 1994 are interested in planning a class reunion. Contact Kimberly Melvin-Swindell at email@example.com, or Jane Howell-Salmon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.