Bladen County has plenty of good stuff going on — from White Oak to Kelly and Bladenboro to White Lake — and many of you are sending that good news to the county’s only printed newspaper in the form of stories and photos.
Each one of those, even if they haven’t been specified for the “Good News” column, are being funneled here for even more exposure.
It’s easy to get good news items on the front page of your hometown newspaper, and we’ll tell you how at the end of this column.
In the meantime …
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.
“We hope y’all will keep sending items to us,” said W. Curt Vincent, general manager/editor of the Bladen Journal. “We know there’s a lot more out there.”
This week’s good news is:
— Claire Parrish, representing Bladen County 4-H members, attended the 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held recently in Raleigh. She is a senior at West Bladen High School and the daughter of Tracy and Sharon Parrish, of Dublin.
— Anna Kate White, a 4-H’er from Bladen County and freshman at East Bladen High, attended the sixth annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Youth Summit, which was held in Greenville on Aug. 21-22.
— Allie Marsh of Clarkton recently participated in STAR Events — Students Taking Action with Recognition — at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s 2015 National Leadership Conference. Marsh, a sophomore at West Bladen High School and the daughter of Rusty and Gail Marsh, received a silver medal in the Life Event Planning category.
— Pam Taylor recently retired from Bladen County Schools where she has taught for the last 30 years.
— Riley McIntyre has been selected as the winner of the Dublin Peanut Festival T-Shirt Design Contest. He is the son of Derek and Elaine McIntyre and a fourth-grader in Cindy Clark’s class. He loves the weather and outer space.
— Zackary Bridgers has been selected as the winner of the Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Award. He is the son of Russ and Devonda Bridgers and is attending Bladen Community College with a major in criminal justice.
— John and Jennifer Britt recently purchased Cape Fear Hardware, a family owned business for the past 43 years. Their purchase keeps the operation in the family.
— Harmony Hall Chapel in White Oak will hold a Bible study each Sunday at 1 p.m. The Bible study is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
“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 email@example.com; 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.