They can come from any business office, from any schoolhouse, from any household and from any church. From almost any nook and cranny in the county, there is a tidbit of good news that can be shared with neighbors, friends and family.
Each week, the Bladen Journal offers a column to point out those good things that people let us know about — though we are sure there are many more getting left out because we don’t get tipped off.
Won’t you call or email us so we can include the good stuff your friends and neighbors are doing?
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:
— S. Ryan Godwin recently landed a whopper of a largemouth bass at White Lake. He caught the 8-plus-pound fish using a dark blue with bright yellow tail artificial lizard.
— Edna Peterson, a member of Antiock United Methodist Church in Garland, recently turned 103 years old.
— Jimmy Mize has been hired by the Elizabethtown Fire Department as recruitment and retention officer for the department.
— Winners of the 2015 Dublin Peanut Festival Tractor Pedal-Pull were 3-year-old Braxton Lewis; 4-year-old Drake McIntyre; 5-year-old Cracey Edwards; 6-year-old Trenton Brisson; 7-year-old Abbie Hickman; 8-year-old Noah Britt; 9-year-old Lauren Hammonds; Ladies Division, Brandy Dashnaw.
— First-place winners in the 2015 Dublin Peanut Festival Bake-Off Contest were: Youth candy, Madilyn Brisson; youth bread, Bread Kaitlyn Brisson; youth desserts Amelia Brisson; adult candy, Leighanne Kelly; adult bread: Robin Roberts; adult dessert, Robin Roberts.
— Winners of the Classic Cruisers Car Show at the Dublin Peanut Festival were: Best of Show, Jerome Marchmon, 1970 Ford truck; Principal’s Choice, Jake Prevette, 1957 Corvette; Best Original, Jimmy Brice, 1957 Fairlane; Best GM, Danny Lesane, 1968 Chevy Camaro; Best Ford, Larry Biddinger, 1933 Ford Sedan; Best Mopar, Wayne Johnson, 1972 Dodge Dart Demon; Best Other, Henry Locklear, 1934 Woody Truck.
“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.