Good news continues to flow from throughout Bladen County.
Each of the following items were submitted by readers who wanted to tell their friends, family and neighbors about some of the good things happening in their community.
“There is plenty of good stuff going on out there,” said W. Curt Vincent, general manager/editor of the Bladen Journal. “Keep sending it in.”
This week’s good news is:
— Blannie Smith Hall recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
— A group of 15 traveled to Savannah, Ga., over the weekend as part of a regular mission trip, organized by Galeed Baptist Church in Bladenboro, to feed the homeless in that city. The nine youth who went were Krystyn Cate, Abby McLaughlin, Grace West, Jeremiah Bryan, Gabrielle Bryan, Jacob Bryan, Jonah Bryan, Wayden Norris and Cameron McLaughlin. The adults included Vicki Clark, Freida Adams, Jeff Bryan, Kristy Bryan and Crystal Cate.
— Brandon Robinson of Elizabethtown, a 2009 graduate of East Bladen High, was named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List at Winston-Salem State University.
— Travis Beck, a rising sophomore at West Bladen, and Wyatt Long of Raleigh, whose parents are Bladenboro natives, teamed up to take fourth place in the Youth Educational Series fishing tournament that included five stops between March and July. The high point for the duo was a second-place finish in May. Overall, the team finished just eight points behind the leaders.
— Junior Nance, former coach and teacher at West Bladen High, recently won the Senior Division of the Dial Insurance Robeson County Golf Championships at Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton.
— Release Time School Ministries of Bladen County has added its ninth school, Plain View Primary, for the 2015-16 school year. The program’s mission allows students to leave school for religious instruction to build character, honesty and integrity. It does not use any public school sites or equipment.
“Whatever you think is good news — personally, professionally or for your organization — is perfect fodder for this weekly column,” Vincent said.
Anyone can submit the information. Each submission must be 25 words or less and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed to “Good News,” P.O. Box 70, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337; or dropped off at the Bladen Journal office at 138 W. Broad St. in downtown Elizabethtown.
Those submissions received by noon on Wednesdays will be used in that week’s column. If a head and shoulders photograph is submitted with the item, the Bladen Journal will use it with the online column and may also be able to use it with the print edition.