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New Year’s

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Vol. 113 No. 56 n Est. 1899

December 30, 2011

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2011 TOP STORIES

Tornadoes kill four in the

county

A historic tornado outbreak

occurred on April 16 as a strong

storm system pushed its way

across North Carolina,

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spawning as many as

62 tornadoes in North

Carolina. About 24

lives were lost in the

state, including four in

Bladen County.

Bladen County took a

direct hit from two and

possibly three tornadoes during

the outbreak. The tornadoes

were later determined by

the National Weather Service

to be F2 tornadoes, which can

have winds of up to 125 mph.

Three lives were lost in

Bladen County in the Ammon

area and one life was lost in

Bladenboro as a result of the

tornadoes. The Elizabethtown

Baptist Church was severely

damaged and several homes

and businesses were also damaged

by the storms.

Gov. Beverly Perdue toured

the devastation in Bladen

County along with local officials.

Many local groups and state

and federal agencies came in to

help with the recovery efforts.

The Bladen Baptist Men’s

Association assisted with

Erin Smith | Bladen Journal

debris removal and repairs.

FEMA, the Salvation Army,

American Red Cross and other

groups also arrived to offer

their assistance to the storms

victims.

West Bladen High School

offered their assistance to

the relief efforts by donating

items and preparing emergency

kits. Once the kits were

prepared then-Principal Todd

Finn and his students set out

to the Bladenboro community

to assist as best they could

and deliver the emergency kits

which consisted of toiletries,

cleaning supplies, school supplies,

canned goods and other

items.

Melton Powell sits among the debris of his mobile home on Old Fayetteville Road in Ammon after the April 16 tornadoes swept through the area. Three people

were killed by the storms in Ammon.

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Erin Smith

Staff writers

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The Bladen Journal staff

took a careful look at the stories

that came out of Bladen County

during the past 12 months and

discussed the importance and

relevance of each one.

What follows is our subjective

choices for the biggest and

best stories that made up this

county’s fabric in 2011. Those

choices are strictly the opinion

of the Bladen Journal newsroom

staff. We understand, and

hope you will as well, that

certain stories carry greater

importance to different people.

But the list we are presenting,

we think, is one that

includes stories of far-reaching

interest and importance.

Happy New Year!

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Obituaries

...

Regina Pridgen

ELIZABETHTOWN —

Regina Priden, 56, of 2566 U.S.

Hwy. 701 N., died Friday, Dec.

23, at Bladen County Hospital.

Funeral services were held

Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Mount

Olive AME Zion Church in

Elizabethtown. The Rev.

Haywood Oliver presided. Burial

followed in the Mount Olive

Staff report

Monday, Jan. 2

No School

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Breakfast

Super Donut with Cheese

Assorted Cereal with Toast

Fresh Fruit

Assorted Milk

Lunch

Cheese Pizza

The following businesses

and government offices have

announced they will be closed

for the New Year’s holiday:

— All Bladen County government

offices will be closed

Monday, Jan. 2, in observance

of the New Year holiday.

They will resume their

normal hours of operation

Tuesday, Jan. 3.

— Bladen County Schools

were released Friday, Dec.

16, for the Christmas holiday

and New Year’s holiday.

The school system will

resume normal operations on

Tuesday, Jan. 3.

— Bladen County Solid

Waste Transfer Station will

be closed Monday, Jan. 2, in

observance of the New Year’s

holiday. All other collection

sites will operate on their normal

schedule.

— All municipal offices

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Erin Smith

Staff writers

New Year’s Eve has always

been a time for looking back to

the past, and more importantly,

forward to the coming year.

It’s a time to

reflect on the

changes we

want (or need)

to make and

resolve to follow

through on

those changes.

The cel-

ebration of the

New Year is

the oldest of

all holidays. It

was first observed in ancient

Babylon about 4,000 years ago.

The tradition of the New

Year’s Resolutions goes all the

way back to

153 B.C. Janus,

a mythical king

of early Rome

was placed at

the head of the

calendar.

With two

faces, Janus

could look back

on past events

and forward

to the future.

Janus became the ancient symbol

for resolutions and many

Romans looked for forgiveness

from their enemies and also

exchanged gifts before the

beginning of each year.

Following are the resolutions

made by local folks, past and

present, for New Year’s Eve …

— Rosita Age, Bladenboro:

“I don’t make them; that’s so 20

years ago. I don’t need a New

Year’s resolution to be disciplined.”

Corn Dog Nuggets

Baked Tater Tots

Seasoned Corn

Applesauce

Assorted Milk

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Breakfast

Scrambled Eggs

Bug Bites

Assorted Cereal with Toast

Fresh Fruit

Assorted Milk

— Ruth Rice, Dublin: “I still

make them, usually for a good

exercise program. This year my

resolution is to concentrate on

living life to the fullest.”

— Jean Gooden,

Elizabethtown: “I don’t make

them anymore. I take it as it

comes and just enjoy myself.”

— Horace Ball,

Elizabethtown: “I’m 77 years

old, so I make a resolution

every day to wake up tomorrow.

And when I do, I thank God.”

— Susan Porter, St. Pauls:

“I don’t really make any. But I

do strive to be the best wife,

mother and friend I can be.”

—Jane King, Elizabethtown:

“Organization is my priority

for 2012. My goal is to follow

Mary’s (McKeithan) guidance

New Year’s holiday closings listed

will be closed Monday, Jan.

2, for the holiday. They will

resume normal operations on

Tuesday, Jan. 3.

— All North Carolina

Courts will be closed on

Monday, Jan. 2, for the holiday.

They will resume their

normal hours of operation on

Tuesday, Jan. 3.

— All North Carolina

government offices will be

closed Monday, Jan. 2, in

observance of the New Year’s

holiday. They will resume

normal hours of operation on

Tuesday, Jan. 3.

— All federal offices will

be closed on Monday, Jan.

2, in observance of the holiday.

They will resume normal

hours of operation on

Tuesday, Jan. 3.

— All banks will be closed

Monday, Jan. 2, in observance

of the holiday. They

will reopen for business on

Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Lunch

Chili with Beans

Saltines

Turkey Tortilla

Tossed Salad

Baby Lima Beans

Peach Cup

Assorted Milk

Thursday, Jan. 5

— The Bladen Journal

office will be closed on

Monday, Jan. 2, in observance

of the New Year’s holiday. The

office will reopen for business

at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan.

3. In addition, The Tuesday,

Breakfast

Sausage Biscuit

Assorted Cereal with Toast

Fresh Fruit

and increase my exercising.”

—Linda Clark,

Elizabethtown: “I gave up a

long time ago. In 2004, I made

a resolution and I kept it. The

last one I made was to quit

smoking and I kept it. I figured

I would end on a good note

and I have not made one since

then.”

From years past …

— In 1985, Steve Lesane of

Elizabethtown said he’s “going

to keep my same girlfriend.”

— In 1985, Ruth Gooden

of Elizabethtown said she was

“going to live a better life and

try to be healthier.”

— In 1985, Teresa Parker of

Clarendon said she wanted “to

Jan. 3, newspaper will arrive

in the mail for subscribers

on Wednesday, Jan. 4. The

Bladen Journal will be available

in the newsstands and at

the office on Tuesday, Jan. 3,

after 4 p.m.

Assorted Milk

Lunch

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Chicken Nuggets

Whole Wheat Roll

Green Beans

Veggie Cup

Mixed Fruit

Assorted Milk

Friday, Jan. 6

Breakfast

Sausage

Grits and Cheese

work harder and be able to do

a better job (and) try harder to

get along with fellow employees.”

— In 1985, Geneva Hester

of Clarkton said “at my age,

I’ve made up my mind to slow

down this year (and) I’m going

to take it easier and do more of

the things I want to do.”

— In 1985, Mable Fisher of

Elizabethtown said she was

“going to try to catch up on

the resolutions I made last year

(and) to try to find something

good in everybody.”

New Year’s traditions and

superstitions

— Kissing at midnight is

a tradition for many couples.

According to toptenz.net, the

Toast

Assorted Cereal with Toast

Fresh Fruit Assorted Milk

Lunch

Cheeseburger

Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Baked Beans

Carrot Sticks

Chilled Pears

Assorted Milk

It’s that time: Resolutions are on folks’ minds

Ruth Rice

Jean Gooden

AME Zion Church Cemetery.

Survivors include: two

daughters, Pamela Pridgen

and Lamonica Pridgen, both

of Elizabethtown; five brothers,

Gary Gillespie, Mark

Gillespie, Desmond Gillespie

and Christopher Shirer,

all of Elizabethtown, and

Cornelius Shirer of Clarkton;

two sisters, Daisy Gillespie of

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Bernard Robinson looks over the collards in his truck at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market recently. Collards are supposed to

be consumed as part of a New Year’s meal to bring good luck and prosperity throughout the new year.

BURIED

in

Lumberton and Luella Carter of

Elizabethtown; and two grandchildren.

A service of F.W. Newton &

Sons Mortuary, Elizabethtown.

Robert Smith Jr.

ELIZABETHTOWN —

Robert “Sunny” Smith Jr., 64, of

706 Powell Street, died Friday,

Dec. 23, 2011.

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at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29,

at Browns Creek AME Zion

Church.

Surviving are his wife, Evon;

daughters, Marion Blanks and

Sharon Montgomery; siblings,

Albert, Donald, Shirley Grimes

and Judy.

A service of F.W. Newton &

Sons Mortuary, Elizabethtown.

kiss at the stroke of midnight

on New Year’s Eve is a symbol

that your love and affection for

each other will continue all year

long.

— The making of resolutions

for some folks is a wellentrenched

tradition.

— According to toptenz.

net another tradition for New

Year’s is the singing of Auld

Lang Syne. The song is based

on a Scottish poem and refers

to “the good old days” according

to the web site.

— According to the website

toptenz.net the first person to

visit your home in the New Year

also has significance. According

to the web site it is good luck if

a man crosses your threshold,

but as a guest, not as someone

who resides there. Also, it is

even better luck, according to

the website, if he is tall and has

dark hair.

— The web site adds that

nothing should leave your

house, including the trash, on

New Year’s Day as it will allegedly

bring bad luck. Oh, and

for those who loath household

chores, the web site recommends

not doing laundry or

dishes on New Years Day as

that washes away good luck.

— It is also a tradition held

by many that the New Year’s

meal should consists of pork,

black-eyed peas, greens such

as collards, cabbage or kale.

Also, the web site recommends

eating 12 grapes, one for each

month of the new year and

adding lentils as they resemble

coins for wealth and prosperity

throughout the new year.

— Another superstition is:

What you do on New Year’s

Day you will do all year long.

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Top Stories

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First Republican DA in

two decades takes office

Jon David had the distinction

of being the first

Republican

District

Attorney elected

to serve

in the 13th

Prosecutorial

District in

more than two

Jon David

decades. The

district serves

three coun-

ties — Columbus, Bladen and

Brunswick.

David handily defeated challenger

Harold Butch Pope with

36,063 votes to Pope’s 31,990

votes in the November general

election. Pope had earlier ousted

longtime District Attorney

Rex Gore in the May primary

election.

Baby is killed by family dogs

A Clarkton infant was mauled to

4 death by five family dogs and the grandfather

and mother of the child were

later arrested in the case. Addyson

Camerino was just 9 days old when the attack

occurred.

The family reportedly owned five dogs — a pit

bill, a bulldog, a German shepherd, a German

Shepherd/bulldog mix, and an Alaskan mala-

Johnson

Saquan Johnson drafted

by the Texas Rangers

On June 7, three-sport star

Saquan Johnson from East

Bladen High was drafted in

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the 28th round of the Major League

Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers.

He was the 864th player chosen in

the draft, and 12th high-school player

selected by the Rangers.

Johnson hit .415 for the Eagles in

the spring, scoring 32 runs and steal-

ing 25 bases. He also had a .522 on-base percentage

for Coach Russell Priest’s team.

Johnson, who also excelled for the Eagles in football

and basketball, was sent to the Arizona Rookie

League by the Rangers, where he played for the team

in Surprise, Ariz. While there, Johnson was given a

chance to become a switch-hitter.

Late in the season, Johnson hit his first professional

home run in Arizona. After the season, he was sent to

the Dominican to continue training.

Public officials indicted

Four former public officials were indicted by

7 a Bladen County Grand Jury. Indicted were:

• Gregory Alan Killingsworth, 59, former

superintendent of Public Schools in Bladen

County. He was indicted on one count of obtaining

property by false pretense. Date of offense: July 15,

2010.

• Sandra A. Baldwin, 52, a former counselor for

Bladen County Vocational Rehabilitation Services, was

indicted on 17 counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Date of offenses: Aug. 3, 2009 to June 24, 2010.

Ken Cross goes to East Bladen

Coach Ken Cross, who served as

varsity basketball coach for West

Bladen High through its first 10

years and won a Class 2-A state

championship with the Knights in 2008,

resigned his position at West Bladen

after philosophical disagreements with

the principal at the time.

Cross then was hired as varsity basketball

coach at East Bladen, where

he took over an Eagles team that had

turned in a 6-18 mark the previous

season.

“This wasn’t something I planned,”

Cross said. There were some mitigating

factors — I prayed on it, because I just

want to coach and be happy.”

So far, he has led East Bladen to a

10-1 record.

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mute.

Chelsea Lynn Briggs, 18, was arrested and

charged with involuntary manslaughter shortly

after the attack.

According to sources close to the investigation,

Brigman left her child in a car seat on a

kitchen counter and went to take a shower.

The baby’s grandfather, Nelson E. Camerino,

was later arrested and charged with involuntary

manslaughter.

Courtney Melvin of

East Bladen High

was named the

state’s female high

school athlete of

the year in 2011.

Kenny Armstrong |

Bladen Journal

• Kelly Ard Smith, 41, former vice-president of

finance for Bladen Community College, was indicted on

two counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Date

of offenses: July 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010

• Mitchell Gerald Byrd, 51, former Bladen County

fire marshal, was indicted on 25 counts of obtaining

property by false pretense. Date of offenses: Nov. 14,

2005 to March 3, 2009.

These officials were each employed by various public

agencies in Bladen County and were indicted for financial

crimes and misuse and misappropriation of public

funds.

Coaches get milestone wins

Bladen County is fortunate enough to have a solid lineup

of high-school coaches for all of its athletics, but two took

the spotlight in 2011 when they each achieved a coaching

milestone.

First was East Bladen varsity girls basketball coach Patty

Evers, who notched career coaching win No. 300 on Feb. 4 when

her Lady Eagles defeated South Columbus High, 56-23.

“This means a lot because it means I’ve built up a program in

the county I grew up in,” Evers said. “But I couldn’t do any of it

without the hard-working players I’ve had …”

Evers, who was in her 15th season as a head coach, got her

first 73 wins at Tar Heel High before coming to East Bladen.

Second was West Bladen varsity boys coach Ken Cross, who

got career coaching win No. 600 with a victory over Beddingfield

High on Feb. 23 in the Class 2-A sectional semifinals.

“My teams won 600 games,” Cross said, “I didn’t win any. I

never played in any of those games.”

Cross, then in his 39th season as a head coach, has led successful

programs in New Jersey, Georgia and Pennsylvania. He spent

11 seasons at Tar Heel High before coming to West Bladen.

Write-in candidates

fill Tar Heel board

Write-in ballots were cast in

the recent municipal elections

for the town of Tar Heel after

no one filed seeking election to

mayor and three council seats.

There was a total of 46 ballots

cast in the election.

Roy Dew won the mayor’s

seat and will be joined by newly

elected council members Sam

Honorable

Mentions

n January: A blizzard

dumps 7 inches of snow and

ice throughout

Bladen

County.

n February:

Former

District

Attorney

Rex Gore

and an

Rex Gore

Gov. Bev Perdue

talks with Bladen

County Sheriff

Prentis Benston

and Bladen County

Emergency

Management

Director Bradley

Kinlaw in Bladenboro

the day after a tornado

touched down

in the area.

Jenny Hayes-Carroll |

Bladen Journal

Allen, Angie Hall and Amy

Knight.

Knight was an incumbent on

the board who had initially

decided not to run for re-election.

All received their oaths of

office in December.

The election of write-in candidates

circumvented any possible

difficult decisions about

the future of the town’s charter.

Courtney Melvin tabbed state’s

Female Athlete of the Year

6 A stellar high-school career at East

Bladen High had a cherry placed

on top when Courtney Melvin was

selected the Female Athlete of the Year

by the North Carolina High School

Athletic Association in May.

Chosen by a panel of statewide media

representatives, the award went to

Melvin after she averaged 24.2 points

per game for the Lady Eagles, along with

10.9 rebounds per game. She was also

the Eastern Region MVP, and led East

Bladen to its third straight state championship

game.

Melvin, who signed a scholarship to

play basketball at East Carolina, established

a new school career scoring record

with 2,527 points.

Melvin also excelled in volleyball and

track for East Bladen.

Earthquake felt in Bladen County

Residents in Bladen County received

8 a jolt as an earthquake, which measured

5.9 on the Richter scale, rocked Virginia.

No damages were reported but the

911 county’s Call Center was kept busy for a few

minutes as about 10 calls were received reporting

the incident.

The earthquake caused officials to evacuate

the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the

Pentagon and downtown Washington, D.C., as a

precaution.

assistant,

Elaine

Marshall,

are put under investigation

by the State Bureau of

Investigation for improper

activities.

n April: Robert Taylor is

announced as the new superintendent

for Bladen County

Schools.

n June: Larry Hammond,

the longtime director of

Bladen County Elections,

retires.

W. Curt Vincent| Bladen Journal

January brought the area its second 7-inch

snowstorm of the winter.

n June: State Rep. William Brisson of Dublin sides with the state’s

GOP to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the state budget plan.

n July: Todd Finn, principal at West Bladen High for one year, leaves

the school for the same position at New Hanover High in Wilmington.

n July: The Bladen County Board of Education announces that no

teaching jobs will be lost within the school system for the coming school

year.

n July: U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre tours the business district of

Elizabethtown to look over the recently completed downtown revitalization

effort.

August: Bladen County hosts its first-ever Day of Caring, organized

by the United Way of Bladen County.

n November: The town of Elizabethtown holds an open house for its

recently completed Cape Fear Farmer’s Market.


Bladen Journal

Friday

December 30, 2011

Page 4A

EDITORIAL ...

LETTERS ...

Here’s WHat We tHink

Little

value

Y

es, that time of year is

upon us again: during the

December holidays we were

especially good to each other,

and on Jan. 1, we resolve to

be especially good to ourselves.

We’ll eat healthier, we’ll make our

lifestyles more sustainable, we’ll be

more frugal (the current economic

climate leaves us little choice), we’ll

turn over that new leaf that pops up

every year around this time …

Blah, blah, blah.

Enough already with the resolutions!

You’ve been there, done that, got

the bumper sticker, bought the teeshirt,

misplaced the button, and

chipped the coffee mug. In two places.

Fear not — you can relax, because

we’re not going to exact a single

pledge from you. After all, you’re

slogging through the vicissitudes of

winter and you’ve got enough to deal

with.

Those who still make New Year’s

resolutions do so with every good

intention they can muster to follow

through with them. And every once

in a while, one of those resolutions

might actually find a way to achieving

success — though it’s probably more

through luck than willpower.

For those who understand how resolutions

can be a source of self-torture

and disappointment, we offer you this

small piece of comfort: You are not

alone. In fact, you are in the majority.

While it’s nice to use the dawning

of a new year to re-evaluate your personal

and professional standing in

life, there is little reason for setting

yourself up with lofty “wants” that

you know good and well will only fall

flat. The sad truth is, more than 90

percent of the resolutions made on

Jan. 1 never survive the month.

And if you stop making resolutions,

we are sure you will quickly see just

how far less stressful your life will be.

So as 2012 approaches, we will

wish for you the simple things that

are so important in life — family,

friends, health, a comfortable lifestyle

and a realization that God loves you.

Everything else is secondary.

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Opinion

I

don’t do New Year’s resolutions.

They just don’t seem

to work out, which is true

for most of us … so why

waste the time?

The argument to that,

of course, is that there are those

who will tell you (and me) that it

is up to you (and me) to lay the

groundwork for our own destiny;

that it’s up to you (and me) to put

the pieces in place to ensure future

successes; that it’s imperative for

you (and me) to create the goals,

set a course and follow it through.

Blah, blah and blah.

I can’t say exactly what

I want to do tomorrow,

much less for the next

year or 10.

Sure, I’d like to lose

some weight, but it’s not

yet something my doctor

says is necessary. And I

wouldn’t mind exercising

more often, but you sure

won’t see me out running

the streets anytime

soon … or in this lifetime.

Then there’s the bit about

being a better person —

and if anyone needs a resolution

for that one, it’s already too late.

So resolutions of any kind aren’t

my thing. I’ve just never felt the

need to set myself up for disappointment,

which is exactly what

resolutions do nearly every time.

If YOU don’t mind disappointment

and regret … by all means,

have at it.

Instead, my annual first-of-theyear

“thing” is to think about

the things I’d like to see happen

around me in the new year — kind

of “My Hopes for 2012.” These

don’t always work out, either, but

at least I know that I had very

little control over their success or

failure. And, in some cases, absolutely

NO control over them.

So here are my Top 10 hopes for

2012 …

— No. 10: I would hope there

would be no tragedies caused by

God, man or beast in all of Bladen

County. We had more than our

share in 2011, which really ought

to buy us a reprieve for the next

365 days.

— No. 9: I would like to see

the economic doldrums of this

nation — and, by extension, this

state and county — truly begin to

recede. It’s gone on long enough.

Far too many folks have been hurt

by it already.

— No. 8: I would like to see the

NCAA stop its ridiculous reasoning

for not having a Div. I college

football playoff. We know

who the best college basketball

team was in 2011

(Connecticut); we know

who the best college

baseball team was in 2011

(South Carolina); and we

know who the best college

hockey team was in

2011 (Minnesota-Duluth).

We know this because

there are playoffs in each.

We have NEVER known

for sure who the best college

football team is. It’s

time.

— No. 7: I would like to see

Harmony Hall Plantation in White

Oak somehow become the historical

icon and tourist attraction it

should be — perhaps through a

mix of local creativity and state

support.

— No. 6: I hope the furious

pace of social networking slows

to a snail’s pace. While things

like Facebook and MySpace and

Twitter and even email and texting

have provided the world with a

much quicker way to communicate,

it has also created many destructive

and dangerous opportunities.

We’ve moved too far away from

handwritten letters, talking and

handshakes.

— No. 5: It is my hope that

America becomes, once again, a

Christian nation. We need to put

The Bladen Journal’s opinion is

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the authors and artists.

My hopes for 2012

B

W. Curt Vincent

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God back in the schools. We need

to remove agendas from those

churches that teach anything but

the true word of God. We need to

elect leaders who put God above

all else. And we need to get back

to prayer. There was a time when

all of these things were in place,

and this nation was far more

accepting, compassionate and worthy

of God’s blessings.

— No. 4: I hope this country

has had enough of “Yes, we can!”

when clearly “No, he couldn’t!”

After four years of “The Great

Half-Black Hope,” this country

needs yet another new direction

before we are forced to bail out

everyone except ourselves. There

is nothing better today than it was

three years ago. In fact, it is worse.

If the donkeys want to keep the

White House, then they need to

find someone to run against Mr.

O-No-I-Can’t.

— No. 3: I hope, somehow, we

can start to eliminate our reliance

on China for manufactured goods.

Too many things we purchase say

“Made in China” on them, when

they need to be made right here in

the United States. NAFTA should

be eliminated and jobs brought

back home. And YOU, the consumer,

should refuse to buy anything

made in a foreign country. Now

THERE’S a New Year’s resolution

for you!

— No. 2: It’s about time peace

on earth meant something. Over

the past handful of years, we’ve

seen the downfall and even death

of many of the world’s most heinous

dictators — now I hope we

start to see a rebuilding toward a

peacefulness that has been far too

quiescent for far too long.

— No. 1: And finally, I hope for

the simple things in life … health,

happiness, prosperity, joy and love.

If we each strive for these things

in our own little world, it just may

begin to spread.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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n Dec. 31, 1953: Bladen County

Sheriff John B. Allen reports

that “10 illicit liquor stills (and)

1,925 gallons of mash” have been

destroyed during the year. A total

of eight arrests have been made.

n Dec. 30, 1976: Elizabethtown

Police Chief Charles Taylor is featured

in the winter edition of the

“North Carolina Police Officer”

magazine.

n Dec. 29, 1986: The personal

income average in Bladen County

jumps at a higher rate than either

the state of North Carolina or

the United States between 1984

and 1985. The increase in Bladen

County was 7.9 percent; the

increase in North Carolina was 7.2

percent; and the increase in the

United States was 6.7 percent.

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lzheimer’s.

Just the word scares you to

death, doesn’t it?

A few years ago, I saw an

article that described and gave

examples of a new mental test

that can make a very reliable preliminary

diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s.

I read every word. I answered every

question. I will tell you why in a minute.

My family has a long interest in this

disease. It slowly robs its victims of the

ability to remember and to reason. Then it

takes their personalities and slowly steals

their lives away.

My father was a victim. After his death,

my mother spent the last part of her life

comforting the families of victims, organizing

support groups, and raising money

to find the causes of Alzheimer’s.

But there is more to it, more

that explains why any article about

Alzheimer’s always stops me in my tracks.

More than 40 years ago my father, only

58 years old, learned he was afflicted with

early onset Alzheimer’s. A successful col-

December 30, 2011 n www.bladenjournal.com n Bladen Journal n Page 5A

Who can teach us how to live and die?

A

Most people judge the

economy by the job market,

and certainly the job news

in North Carolina during

the last few years has been

challenging. For 34 straight

months beginning in January 2009, our

state has had an unemployment rate (seasonally

adjusted) above 9 percent, and

in 23 of those months the rate was over

10 percent. Today there are more than

300,000 fewer jobs than there were in

early 2008, and although there’s been job

growth since 2010, the growth rate has

been quite low, at 0.6 percent.

And what’s more worrisome to many

is that the state’s job situation has underperformed

the national numbers. In the

last three years, North Carolina’s unemployment

rate has been higher than the

national rate in all but one month. Also,

since the beginning of 2010, the nation

has added jobs at a rate three times faster

than North Carolina (1.8 percent versus

0.6 percent), and even the

national growth is sluggish.

So this isn’t a very

positive picture for North

Carolina. But what if I told

you another broad measure

of the economy actually

shows North Carolina performing

much better and

even better than the nation

for two straight years? This

would give us some hope.

The good news is that

such a measure does exist,

and it gives a much more

upbeat view of our state’s

economy. The measure is

“gross domestic product,”

usually shortened to GDP.

It calibrates the value of

what is produced in an

economy, and the measure

is available for the

nation as well as all states.

Unfortunately, we don’t yet

have 2011 GDP information

available, so my comparisons

are based on 2009 and

2010 data.

The worst of the recession

occurred in 2009, so it

shouldn’t be a surprise that

GDP fell in both the nation

and in North Carolina during

that year. But GDP

fell less (2 percent) in

our state compared to the

national drop (2.5 percent).

Fortunately, 2010 was a

growth year for GDP, and

once again North Carolina

did better, with our state

GDP rising one-third faster

than national GDP.

These results create an

economic paradox. While

North Carolina has performed

better than the

nation in the past two years

by a broad measure of production

(GDP), the state’s

job market has lagged

national trends. Why?

There are several possible

answers. Usually it takes

time — especially when the

economy is coming out of

a recession — for increases

in output to translate into

increases in jobs. One reason

is that businesses must

be convinced the economic

improvement is permanent,

so they will hold off on hiring

until they are certain

the recovery is for real.

Yet there’s no requirement

that the time between

output improvements and

hiring is the same in North

Carolina as in the nation.

In fact, traditionally the

time span between output

improvements and jobs

has been longer in North

Carolina. For example, in

the economic expansion

of the 2000s (2002-07),

employment growth was

faster in North Carolina

than in the nation over the

entire period, but it was

slower in the first three

lege president, widely admired and loved,

he seemed happy with his work and ready

for many years of additional service to his

college and community.

It never seemed fair.

But, of course, the killer diseases

that bring about premature

death never seem fair.

Now, why did I try all the

questions on that test that

made the preliminary check

for Alzheimer’s? Well, we all

worry sometimes, don’t we?

We worry about losing little

bits of memory and wonder if

perhaps, God forbid, it might

be Alzheimer’s?

I worry, too, but then I

think about my dad, and it is

more than worry.

I am older than my dad was when he

found out about his Alzheimer’s.

So I think about it more. It is not so

much worrying about losing my memory.

In fact, I did well on the test. Instead, I

mourn the loss of what my father would

years.

Job growth in North Carolina could

also be lagging due to the continued

downsizing in some of the state’s traditional

industries. Tobacco,

textiles and furniture, which

dominated the North Carolina

economy for almost a century,

have been cutting output and

jobs during the last 30 years.

These changes have occurred

in both expansionary and

recessionary periods.

However, trends since early

2010 don’t suggest this down-

sizing has been a big factor in

the state’s job market. Since

then, cuts in tobacco and textile

(including apparel) jobs

have been relatively small,

accounting for only 0.1 percent of all

state jobs. The furniture industry has

actually added some jobs in the last two

years.

D.G. Martin

Contributing Columnist

have taught me had he been spared.

My father’s life was full of monuments

for me. He showed me how to live and

serve with grace and honor. His example

was a good one, all the way

until Alzheimer’s brought him

down.

Now I ask myself, “Who

teaches me how to live the rest

of my life? Whose example do I

follow now?”

I miss not knowing how he

would have dealt with all the

things life brings in late middle

age and retirement years. And

now, when normal old age

would almost certainly have

brought about his death even if

Alzheimer’s had not taken him

so early, I miss most of all not

having had the chance to watch and learn

how he would have faced his normal aging

and death.

You see, Alzheimer’s stole not just his

life. It stole his ability to face death and

deal with it.

This brings us to an explanation for

the North Carolina economic paradox

that can be a short-run negative but

a long-run plus: worker productivity.

During and immediately after

recessions, businesses strive

to use their workers smarter

and more efficiently; that is,

to improve output per worker.

This can be done by improving

production techniques, using

better technology and upgrading

equipment and machinery.

Indeed, spending on technology,

machinery and equipment

has been a strong factor in the

recent economy.

North Carolina is one of the

leading states in worker productivity.

In 2010 (latest year

available), the state ranked 11th among

all states in a broad measure of worker

productivity. Also, from 2009 to 2010,

North Carolina’s worker productivity

I wish I had his example. I think it

would have been a good one. But I will

never know.

Meanwhile, I can watch and learn from

others.

Terry Sanford, for instance. When the

former governor and senator received

a diagnosis of “inoperable cancer,” he

turned it into a challenge to live to the

fullest until his death in 1998. He figured

out new ways to persuade people to support

good causes. He seemed to be telling

us, “I am going to live a lot longer than

you might think, but however long it is, it

is going to be good.”

I like that example.

When the time comes, I hope I can follow

it.

And, if I do, I know that my dad would

be proud.

n D.G. Martin hosts UNC-TV’s “North

Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Fridays

at 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. For

more information or to view prior programs

visit the webpage at www.unctv.

org/ncbookwatch/

What explains N.C. economic paradox?

improved twice as fast as the national

rate.

Obviously, if two people can do the

work that three used to accomplish, job

gains will be slower in the short run.

This could be what has been happening

in North Carolina and may be one reason

for the state’s economic paradox.

Yet there can be a silver lining.

Businesses like to locate where worker

productivity is high. So the payoff for

the state may be a burst of jobs down the

road. I know many people are waiting,

and I’m hopeful it will happen, but you

decide!

n Mike Walden is a William Neal

Reynolds Professor and North Carolina

Cooperative Extension economist in the

Department of Agricultural and Resource

Economics of N.C. State University’s

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

He teaches and writes on personal

finance, economic outlook and public

policy

WALKING UP THE STAIRS, JUNE QUANDT

F E LT HER CHEST SQUEEZE TO G E T H E R.

O H BOY, H E R E WE GO AG A I N,

SHE THOUGHT BEFORE SHE COLLAPSED.

“I had a mild heart attack in 2008. My first thought

was I was having another, but this was different,”

said June. “I couldn’t breathe, and it felt like my

body was shutting down. For the first time in my

life, I was scared I was going to

die.” Turns out, June wasn’t

having a heart attack, but did

need a pacemaker. “During my

surgery, everyone at Southeastern

went beyond the call of duty. I had

such confidence in the doctors, especially

knowing they were with Duke,” June said. “I know

I’m not going to live forever, but I’m going to be

healthy and enjoy life.”

Mike Walden

Contributing Columnist

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FRIDAY

Dec. 30, 2011

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Dec 31

n The Sandhill MBC

Deacons will conduct

a Watch Night Service

starting at 10:30 p.m.

with a candlelight march.

Come and help usher

2011 out and 2012 in.

n Baker’s Creek

A.M.E. Zion Church

located at 656 Center

Road, Dublin, will have

a Watch Night service

Saturday, Dec. 31, at

10:30 p.m. and a New

Year Day Worship service

at 10 a.m. with Holy

Communion. Sherwin

O. Greene Sr., pastor,

will be preaching at both

services.

n The Baldwin Branch

Missionary Church will

have New Year’s Eve

“Watch Night” service at

10 p.m. Saturday, Dec.

31. Musical ministry

will feature the Praise

Ensemble and musicians.

n First New Light

Baptist Church of

White Oak will have a

Community Fellowship

New Year’s Eve Service

Saturday, Dec. 31, at 10

p.m. The speaker will be

the Rev. Troy Russell,

pastor of St. Thomas

AME Zion Church, and

the choirs of St. Thomas

AME Zion Church and

St. John AME Zion

Church will also perform.

The church is located at

5146 River Road, White

Oak.

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Always be prepared to give an

answer to everyone who asks

you to give the reason for the

hope that you have.”

These are the words of Simon

Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples,

written to some of the first and

earliest Christians. And like most words

put down on paper, these instructions

have not always honored the intent of

the author.

Peter wrote this during a time when

Christianity was new, unheard of in

most places, and very often viewed

with suspicion. Thus, a graceful and

thoughtful explanation “for the hope

that you have” was absolutely required.

Thousands of years later, Christianity

is still handled with suspicion by many.

Not because it is a novel invention, but

because a large core of its adherents

have misapplied Simon Peter’s good

words.

Having a “prepared answer” – that

is a ready opportunity to interact, dialogue,

and discuss beliefs with others

– has been replaced with defensiveness,

anger, and out-and-out hostility toward

those who see things differently. Many

have forgotten to read the second half

of old St. Pete’s instructions: “But do

n Baker’s Creek

A.M.E. Zion Church

located at 656 Center

Road, Dublin, will have

a New Year Day Worship

service at 10 a.m. with

Holy Communion.

Sherwin O. Greene Sr.,

pastor, will be preaching

at the service.

Jan. 4

n Baldwin Branch

has also scheduled their

Bible Class series, “The

Power and Purpose of

the Daniel Fast” for 6:30

p.m. each Wednesday

beginning Jan. 4 and will

meet Jan. 11 and Jan. 18.

Baldwin Branch is located

at 4047 NC 242 Hwy.

South, Elizabethtown.

Jan. 28

n A wild game cook

off and barbecue supper

will take place at

Elizabethtown Baptist

Church in Elizabethtown

from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Supper will start at 5:30

p.m. Events will include

a 3D archery shoot, long

range and iron buck

shoot, bounce houses

for the children, and the

U.S.D.A. Wildlife services

trapping trailer will

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this in a gentle and respectful way,” he

said.

Yes, I am a follower of Jesus. Yes, I

consider myself a Christian (on most

days). Yes, there are a number of essential

beliefs important to me

and to which I hold. Yes,

some of these beliefs are in

conflict with the beliefs of

others, and these conflicts are

not easily dismissed. But my

beliefs, as important as they

may be, do not give me the

right to be belligerent toward

others who do not share my

beliefs.

I will allow that Christians

aren’t the only ones who

behave this way. Devotees to

other faiths, politicians of all

parties and persuasions, soccer

fans, college alumni, and those with

all manner of competing opinions will

attack, degrade, and smear those they

consider their opponents. The intent, it

seems, is clear: Win the argument at all

costs.

This cutthroat way of life is consuming

every facet of our society, resulting

in a complete collapse of common civility

– that’s a column unto itself – and

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churches to announce their upcoming events,

which are published on a space-available basis.

The deadline to submit events for Friday’s edition

is Wednesday at noon.

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also be onhand. There

will be door prizes and

more. The grand prize

will be a pheasant tower

hunt at Allen Brothers

Hunting Preserve. The

church is located at

1800 W. Broad Street,

Elizabethtown.

Ongoing

n Centennial AME

Zion Church will be having

bible study every

Tuesday night from 6

p.m. until 7 p.m. and

Sunday worship services

at 10 a.m. These

services will be held

temporarily at the Paul

R. Brown building, 1360

Martin Luther King Dr.,

Elizabethtown. Call Rev.

Andrea McDowell for

any questions or concerns

at 910-991-1386.

n Grace Church of

God will be sponsoring

a “give-away” of clothes

and other items on the

first Saturday of each

month from 9 a.m.-11:30

a.m. for all who desire

to come. The event will

take place at the church

on 113 Elm Street,

next to the Bladenboro

Community Center.

n The White Oak

Family Worship Center

is holding evening services

the first, second

and third Sundays of

each month at 6 p.m.

The fourth Sunday is

Paul Sessoms

Wholesale

910-862-2807 910-862-4163 910-862-3773

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Contributing Columnist

Family Day and there

are no evening services

on Family Day. The

church is located at 1932

Burney Road, White

Oak.

n Are you looking

for a good Bible

study? Then join us

each Wednesday night

at 7 p.m. at Living

Springs Church located

at 909 Poplar Street,

Elizabethtown.

n Elizabethtown

Baptist Church will have

a fish fry every third

Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information,

contact Elizabethtown

Baptist Church Office at

862-4538.

n The Refuge of

Deliverance Ministries

will be having a noon

day prayer every

Wednesday. The prayer

is open to everyone.

n The “Hour of

Prayer” is held each

Thursday from 7 to 8

p.m. at Living Springs

Church. The church is

located at 909 Poplar

Street, Elizabethtown.

n Purdie United

Methodist Church, located

on Hwy. 87 W. near

Tar Heel, has opened

a food pantry, but the

hours have changed.

Items may be picked up

from the church fellowship

hall between 5 and

6 p.m. every Wednesday

evening. A church

representative may be

contacted at 876-3761

there is no relief on the near horizon.

Anywhere there is an “us” versus

“them” attitude there will be nothing

but antagonism and disappointment

until “them/they” are somehow rehabilitated

or totally vanquished in

favor of “us/we.”

In other words, peace will

only come when all our adversaries

are destroyed. This may

be the way the world works,

but it is not the way of Christ.

For Christians, if Jesus is

who this thing is about, then

things should be different.

Just because we have some

assurance of our faith and

beliefs, we forfeit the ability

to share that assurance when

we behave badly.

Our beliefs need not

– should not – cannot – must not

– be used to hurt or harm others.

Consistently, and this should rend our

hearts to pieces, Christians are characterized

as mean-spirited, judgmental,

critical, and inflexible (You don’t need

research statistics to confirm this conclusion.

Simply do an informal interview

on any street corner.).

This is a reputation we have largely

for more information.

Donations for the pantry

are welcome and may

be dropped off at Allen’s

Tire Service in Tar Heel.

n Trinity United

Methodist Church in

Elizabethtown is holding

two morning worship

services with a service

at 8:30 a.m. and a second

service at 11 a.m.

n Full Gospel

Christian Church of

Deliverance is now

offering a daily prayer

ministry hotline Monday

through Friday from 10

a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Call

645-6046.

n I Am Inc. will

have a breakfast each

Sunday morning.

Breakfast will be served

at 9 a.m. in Leinwand

Park in Elizabethtown

on Sundays and on

Saturday mornings in

Riegelwood on 87 South

make a right on Lake

Road in front of the

school. For more information

contact Dave at

876-0421 in Riegelwood

and Hubert at 910-580-

3099 in Elizabethtown.

n Sword of the Lord

is offering free meals

every Monday and

Wednesday from 5 p.m.

until 6:30 p.m. Meals

will be served at 404

Martin Luther King

Drive in Elizabethtown.

Everyone is invited to

attend.

n Dublin First Baptist

Church will hold an

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after-school care program

for children Pre-K

through 5th grade. The

cost is $45 per week and

hours are from 2:30 p.m.

until 5:30 p.m. There is

a $45 registration fee.

For more information,

contact 862-2277.

n Awana Kids Clubs

have begun at Dublin

First Baptist Church.

All children ages 3

years to 8th grade are

invited to attend every

Sunday night from 6 - 8

p.m. Register by calling

the church at 862-2277

between 9 a.m. - noon.

n The Baldwin

Branch Missionary

Baptist Church Book

Store is open. Current

hours of operation are

Sundays from 9:15 - 9:45

a.m., and for 30 minutes

following the 11 a.m.

worship services.

It is also open each

Wednesday evening from

6:45 - 7:15 p.m. The

church is located at 4047

N.C. 242 Hwy. S. in

Elizabethtown.

n Galeed Baptist

Church is holding Kids

Worship at 11 a.m. for

ages 5-10 in the church

fellowship hall. Contact,

Nicole White at 863-

3407 for more information.

n Sword of the Lord

Ministries, located at

404 Martin Luther King

Drive in Elizabethtown,

holds a daily prayer session

at 6 a.m.

earned, because we have been more

concerned with proving we are right,

than we have been proving God’s profound

love and grace. We have been

more concerned with providing answers

than we have with providing gentleness

and respect.

Personally, I don’t think Jesus came

to create an “in” group, an assembly of

elitists who have truth held down under

lock and key. I believe he came to create

a “come on in” group, a crowd of fellowjourneyers

who come to know God,

experience grace, live life, and serve

others together. But why would anyone

want to come in to such a group if its

representatives are constantly rude,

arrogant, and unyielding.

Even if such a group had all the

answers to all the questions in the

world (and humility should caution

anyone from making such a claim), it

would be impossible to hear what they

had to say, because it is simply impossible

to hear the truth when it is communicated

from a hard heart.

n Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist,

speaker, and author. His books

include “Leaving Religion, Following

Jesus” and “The Jesus Tribe.” Visit his

website at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.

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AME Zion

Baker’s Creek AME Zion

Church, Dublin, Sunday School

10am, Worship Service 11a.m.

Brown’s Creek AME Zion

Church, Brown’s Creek Church

Road, Sunday School 10a.m.,

Worship Service 11a.m.

Carver’s Creek AME Zion

Church, 210 Carver’s Creek

Church Road, Sunday School 9:45

a.m., 1st & 3rd Sundays Morning

Worship Service 11a.m.

Cromartie Hill AME Zion

Church, Council, Sunday School

9:45a.m., 1st & 3rd Sundays

Worship Service 11:45a.m.,

Wednesday night Prayer Meeting

Cromartie Hill AME Zion

Church, Clarkton, Sunday School

10a.m., 1st & 3rd Sundays Worship

Service 11a.m., Wednesday night

Prayer Meeting and Bible Study

7p.m.

Harrison Creek AME Zion

Church, White Oak, Sunday

School 10am, 2nd & 4th Sundays

Worship Service 11a.m.

Martin Chapel AME Zion

Church, Hwy. 53, Elizabethtown,

Sunday School 10 a.m., 1st & 3rd

Sundays Worship Service 11 a.m.

Millers Chapel AME Zion

Church, Old Fayetteville Road,

Garland, 1st, 2nd and 4th Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m., Wednesday night Prayer

and Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.

Mt. Olive AME Zion Church,

Mt. Olive Community, Sunday

School 9:45a.m., Worship Service

11a.m., Wednesday night Bible

Study, 7:15 p.m.

Mt. Zion AME Zion Church,

Ben Street, Elizabethtown, Sunday

School 9:45am, Worship Service

11am, Tuesday night Bible Study

7:15pm

Pierce’s Chapel AME Zion

Church, Clarkton, Sunday School

10am, Worship Service 11am,

Wednesday night Prayer Meeting

and Bible Study 7:30pm

Piney Grove AME Zion Church,

Clarkton, Sunday School 9:45am,

Worship Service 11am-1pm

Rehobeth AME Zion Church,

Clarkton, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11am, Tuesday

night Prayer Meeting and Bible

Study 7:30 p.m.

Savannah Temple AME Zion

Church, Lisbon Road, Clarkton,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Wednesday night

Prayer Meeting 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

St. James A.M.E. Chuch, 1630

Overlyon Road, Kelly, Sunday

School 9:45 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m.

St. John AME Zion Church,

White Lake Road, Sunday School

10a.m., Worship Service 11a.m.,

Wednesday night Bible Study

7p.m., Community Fellowship and

Empowerment Sunday, every 2nd

Sunday 11a.m.

St. Luke AME Zion Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School

10a.m., Worship Service 11a.m.,

Wednesday night Bible Study

7p.m.

St. Peter’s AME Zion Church,

White Lake, Sunday School 10

a.m., 2nd & 4th Sundays Worship

Service 11a.m.

St. Rest AME Zion Church,

White Oak, Sunday School 10

a.m., 2nd & 4th Sundays Worship

Service 11 a.m.

St. Thomas AME Zion

Church, Hwy 53, White Oak,

Sunday School 10 a.m., 1st & 3rd

Sundays Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Wednesday night Prayer Service

6 p.m.

Zion Chapel AME Zion Church,

Across from TV Tower, Kelly,

Sunday School 10 a.m., 1st & 3rd

Sundays Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Wednesday night Prayer Service

7:30 p.m.

Assembly Of God

First Assembly of God, Hwy

410, Bladenboro, Sunday School

10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Wednesday nights 7 p.m.

Baptist

Abbottsburg Baptist Church,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. and Sunday nights

7:30 p.m., Wednesday night Prayer

Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Baldwin Branch Baptist Church,

4047 Hwy 242 S, Elizabethtown,

Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship

Service 8:45 a.m. every 2nd and

4th Sunday; 11 a.m., Bible Study

Wednesday 7 p.m.

Beards Chapel Missionary

Baptist Church, Hwy 701 N of

White Lake, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

Bethel Baptist Church, Dublin,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Evening Services

7 p.m., Wednesday night Prayer

Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Bladenboro First Baptist

Church, 500 Main Street,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Wednesday night Prayer Service

6:30 p.m.

Bladen Union Baptist

Church, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m., Bible

Study Sunday nights 6 p.m. &

Wednesday nights 7:30 p.m.

Briar Branch Baptist Church,

NC 242 near Ammon, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m.

Bryant Swamp Baptist Church,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Wednesday night

Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

7:30 p.m.

Butters Baptist Church, 1877

Berry Lewis Road, Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.,

Wednesday Prayer and Praise

Service 7:30 p.m. R/A & G/A’s

Acteens, Mission Friends firstst

and third Wednesday’s at 7 p.m.

WMU first Monday of the month 7

p.m. Brotherhood second Monday

of the month 7 p.m. Prayer meeting

each Monday 10 a.m.

Center Road Baptist Church,

2484 Center Road, Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., Church

Training 6 p.m., Wednesday night

Prayer Service 7:30 p.m.

Centerville Baptist Church,

Kelly, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. and 7:30

p.m., Wednesday night Worship

Service 7:30 p.m.

Christ Community Baptist

December 30, 2011 n www.bladenjournal.com n Bladen Journal n Page 7A

Bladen County Church Directory

Church, Elizabethtown, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Clarkton Baptist Church,

College Street, Sunday School 9:45

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

Community Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

Council Baptist Church,

Council, Sunday School 9:45

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Wednesday night Prayer Meeting

7:30 p.m.

Cypress Creek Missionary

Baptist Church, Garland, Sunday

School 9:45 a.m., Worship Service

11a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday

nights 7:30 p.m.

Dublin First Baptist Church,

Dublin, Early Worship Service

8:45 a.m., Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Traditional Worship Service 11

a.m., AWANA 6 p.m., Evening

Worship Service 7 p.m., Youth

Bible Study 7 p.m., Wednesday

nights 7 p.m.

Elizabethtown Baptist Church,

Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Wednesday night

Fellowship Supper 6 p.m., Bible

Study 6:45 p.m.

Faith Baptist Church, White

Oak, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m.

First Baptist Church, 501

Martin Street, Elizabethtown,

Intercessory Prayer 9 a.m., Sunday

School 9:45 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m., Life Changing Word

Study Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 9:45

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

First Baptist Church, Clarkton,

Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship

Service 11a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept

- May, 7 p.m. during summer

months.

First Missionary Baptist

Abbottsburg, Bladenboro, Sunday

School 10 a.m., 1st & 3rd Sundays

Worship Service 11:30 a.m.

First New Light Baptist Church,

White Oak, Sunday School 10am,

Worship Service 11 a.m., CTU 1st

Wednesday 7 p.m., Bible Study,

Wednesdays 7 p.m.

Friendship Missionary Baptist

Church, Garland, Sunday School

9:45 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

and 7:30 p.m.

Galeed Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School

9:45 am, Worship Service 10:45

a.m., Sunday night Discipleship

Training 6:30 p.m., Wednesday

nights 7:30 p.m.

Good News Baptist Church,

intersection of Center Rd. and

N.C. 211 Bypass, Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Morning

Worship 11 a.m., Evening Worship

6:30 p.m., Wednesday Service 7

p.m.

Grace Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 9:45

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Training Union 6 p.m., Wednesday

nights 7 p.m.

Grace Independent Baptist

Church, Garland, Sunday School

10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Prayer Time 5:45 p.m., Evening

Services 6 p.m., Wednesday nights

Prayer Service and Bible Study

7 p.m.

Haw Bluff Baptist Church, 1433

Haw Bluff Road, Kelly, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday

Nights Prayer Meeting and

Children’s Services 7 p.m.

Hickory Grove Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Sunday night Discipleship

Training 6:30 p.m., Wednesday

night Prayer Service 7:30 p.m.

Jerusalem Baptist Church, Hwy

211, Council, Sunday School 10

a.m., 1st & 3rd Sundays Worship

Service 11 a.m.

Kitchen Branch Missionary

Baptist Church, Council, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Sunday Pastoral

Services 11:30 a.m.

Lisbon Baptist Church,

Clarkton, Sunday School 9:30

a.m., Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

Love Grove Baptist Church,

Tar Heel, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. and 7

p.m., Wednesday Bible Study 7

p.m.

Mt. Elam Missionary Baptist

Church, Hwy 210 N, Garland,

Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Prayer Meeting/

Bible Class Mondays 7:30 p.m.

New Center Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Wednesday night Prayer Service

7:30 p.m.

New Hope Missionary Baptist

Church, 1604 White Plains Church

Road, Clarkton, 645-6464, Sunday

School 9:45 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m., Missionary Meeting 1st

Wednesday night 6:30 p.m., BTU

(Baptist Training Union) 2nd

Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Bible Study

3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesday nights

7:30 p.m.

Northside Baptist Church, 898

Sunset Park Road, Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday

morning Worship 11 a.m.,

Discipleship Training 6:30 p.m.,

Sunday Evening Worship 7:30

p.m., Wednesday evening Prayer

Service and Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

Peace Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Wednesday night service 7 p.m.

Pilgrim Hill Missionary

Baptist Church, 869 Elkton Road,

Clarkton, Pastoral Services 1st

& 3rd Sundays, Prayer Meeting

Wednesday 8 p.m.

Piney Grove Missionary Baptist

Church, 851 S Braddy Plantation

Road, Council, Sunday School 10

a.m., Morning Worship 1st and

3rd Sunday 11a.m., Bible Study

Thursday 6:30 p.m., Missionary

Meeting 1st Monday each month

6:30 p.m., BTU every 2nd Sunday

11 a.m.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church,

Clarkton, Sunday School 9:45

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

Pleasant Union Missionary

Baptist Church, East Arcadia,

Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. on the 2th and

4th Sundays, Bible Study Monday

7 p.m.

Richardson Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

Riverside Baptist Church,

Harrells, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service Sunday 11 a.m.

and 7 p.m., Wednesday 7

p.m.

Round Branch Baptist Church,

10295 Center Road, Bladenboro,

648-6026, Sunday School 9:45

a.m., Worship Service 1st, 2nd, and

4th Sunday 11 a.m., Youth Worship

Service 3rd Sunday 11 a.m., Youth

Bible Study Wednesday 6 p.m.,

Adult Bible Study Wednesday 7

p.m.

Sandy Grove Baptist Church,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

Sandhill Missionary Baptist

Church, 16920 Twisted Hickory

Road, Bladenboro

Second New Light Missionary

Baptist Church, 3201 Purdie-Hall

Rd., St. Pauls, Sunday School 9:45

a.m., Morning Worship 11:15 a.m.,

Prayer Service Wednesday 11 a.m.

&7:30 p.m.

Shady Grove Missionary Baptist

Church, 10981 Twisted Hickory

Road, Bladenboro, Sunday School

10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday night

Bible study 7:30 p.m.

Shiloh Missionary Baptist

Church, Dublin, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

Suggs Missionary Baptist

Church, Hwy. 53, Fayetteville,

Sunday School10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Sunday Night

Service 1st & 3rd Sunday 7:30

p.m., Wednesday Night Prayer

Service 7:30 p.m.

Tar Heel Baptist Church,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Discipleship

Training 7 p.m., Wednesday

Prayer Service 7 p.m.

West Bladenboro Baptist

Church, Village Street, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m., Wednesday Prayer Service

7 p.m.

White’s Creek Baptist Church,

Clarkton, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. & 6:30

p.m., Sunday & Wednesday Night

7:30 p.m.

White’s Creek Missionary

Baptist Church, Libson

Community, DR 1704 off NC 87,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Wednesday Prayer

Meeting 7:30 p.m.

White Lake Baptist Church,

7585 N.C. Hwy. 41 East,

Elizabethtown, Praise and Worship

10:30 a.m. Sunday; Sunday morning

Worship Service 11 a.m.;

Sunday school 7 p.m.; Wednesday

Bible Study 7 p.m.

White Oak Baptist Church,

Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Wednesday Prayer

Service 7 p.m.

Zion Hill Baptist Church, 12418

NC Hwy 131/410 N., Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10am, Worship

Service 11 a.m., Church Training

6:30 p.m., 1st Wednesday Mission

Night 7:30 p.m., Prayer Meeting

every other Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Catholic

Our Lady of the Snows Catholic

Church, Broad St. Elizabethtown,

Spanish Mass Saturday 7 p.m.,

English Mass Saturday 5 p.m.

Church of God

Ammon Church of God, 4816

Old Fayetteville Rd., Sunday

School 9:30 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wednesday

Night Bible Class 7 p.m.

Bladenboro Church of God,

211 Business, Bladenboro, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m., Wednesday

7:30 p.m.

White Oak Family Worship

Center, 1932 Burney Road, White

Oak, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.,

Wednesday 7 p.m.

Elizabethtown Church of God,

2326 U.S. Hwy. 242 N., Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible

Study 7 p.m.

Grace Church of God, 113 Elm

Street, Bladenboro, Sunday School

10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

and Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m.

Church of Christ

Bladen Church of Christ, 803

East Swanzy St., Elizabethtown,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

New Shiloh Church of

Christ, 801 Peanut Plant Rd,

Elizabethtown, Service Sunday

11 a.m.

Episcopal

St. Christopher’s Episcopal

Church, 2602 W. Broad St.,

Elizabethtown, Worship Service

10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist first

and third Sundays, Morning

Prayer every other Sunday in the

month.

Free Will Baptist Church

Ammon Pentecostal F.W.

Baptist Church, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m. & 7

p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.

Bethlehem Pentecostal F.W.

Baptist Church, Hwy 410 N., B

ladenboro

Clarkton Pentecostal F.W.

Baptist Church, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m. and

6 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.

Dublin Pentecostal F.W. Baptist

Church, Hwy 87, Sunday School

10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

& 6 p.m., Bible Study & Crusaders

for Christ Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown Pentecostal F.W.

Baptist Church, Broad St., Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

New Light Pentecostal F.W.

Baptist Church, Spinner Park

Road, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.,

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Riverside Pentecostal Church,

Airport Rd., Elizabethtown,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Rowan Pentecostal F.W. Baptist

Church, Hwy 210 near Kelly,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.

Salem Pentecostal F.W. Baptist

Church, Brown Marsh Rd.,

Clarkton, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.,

Wednesday 7 p.m.

Tar Heel Free Will Baptist

Church, Old 87 Loop Rd, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. & 6 p.m., Wednesday 7

p.m.

White Oak Free WIll Baptist

Church, Hwy. 211 Business,

Bladenboro Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m. & 7

p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Original Free Will Baptist

Oak Grove Original F.W. Baptist

Church, Bladenboro, Sunday

School 10 a.m.; Worship Service

11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday;

Wednesday night 7:30 p.m.

White Oak Original F.W.

Baptist Church, Hwy 211,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m. & 7

p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Holiness

Pleasant Grove United Holiness

Church, 188/150 Church Drive,

Elizabethtown, NC 28337. Sunday

school 10:30 a.m.; worship 11:30

a.m.; Bible study Tuesday nights

7 p.m.

Abbottsburg Pentecostal

Holiness Church, 14258 Twisted

Hickory Rd., Bladenboro, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wednesday 7:30

p.m.

Abe Branch Holiness Church,

965 Marsh Road, Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Morning

Worship 11 a.m., Sunday Evening

Worship 6 p.m., Wednesday

Evening Worship 7:30 p.m.

Bethal Emmanuel Holiness

Church, Hwy 211 Business West,

Bladenboro, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m. &

6:30 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m.,

CYS Sunday 6 p.m.

Colly Chapel Church, NC 41,

White Lake, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

& 7:30 p.m., Prayer Meeting

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Davids Chapel Holiness Church

of Praise and Worship, 627 Barney

Coe Road, Kelly, Sunday School

10 a.m., Morning Worship first

and third Sunday at 11:30 a.m.,

Wednesday night Bible study, altar

prayer and tarry service 7 a.m.

Faith Fellowship Holiness

Church, Railroad St., Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.,

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Floyd’s Temple #2 Holiness

Church, Bladenboro, Sunday

School 10am, Worship Service 2nd

& 4th Sunday 11:30am, Prayer

Meeting & Bible Study 7:30pm,

Wednesday 7:30pm

Friendship Holiness Church,

Mote Road, Colly Area, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m., Prayer

Meeting Wednesday 6 p.m.

Galilee Pentecostal Holiness

Church, 459 Airport Road,

Garland, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 2nd and 4th

Sunday 11 a.m., Prayer Wednesday

5 p.m., Bible Study Friday 7 p.m.,

Missionary Service 2nd Sunday

5 p.m.

Greater Robinson Temple

Holiness Church, 173 Robinson

Temple Church Road,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11:30 a.m.,

Prayer and Bible Study, Tuesdays

7:30 p.m.

Highway of Holiness Church,

528 Twisted Hickory Road, Dublin,

Sunday School 9:45 a.m., Morning

Worship 11 a.m., Bible study 6:45

p.m., Noon Day Prayer noon.

Living Springs Church, 909

S. Poplar Street, Elizabethtown

Sunday Worship Service 10:30

a.m., Children’s Church (Ages

4-10) 10:30a.m., Wednesday Night

Bible Study, Royal Rangers, Girls

Ministries 7 p.m.

Lula’s Temple First Born

Holiness Church, Della St.,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School

10 a.m., Bible Study 7:30 p.m.,

Tuesday & Friday Prayer Meeting

7:30 p.m., Worship Service 2nd &

4th Sunday 11:30 a.m.

McKoy’s Chapel First Born

Holiness Church, Dublin, Sunday

School 9:45 a.m., Worship Service

2nd & 4th Sunday 11 a.m.

Pleasant Hill Holiness Church,

Rt. 2, Elizabethtown, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

1st Sunday 11:30 a.m., Pray

Service Friday 7:30 p.m.

Richardson Chapel Holiness

Church, Hwy. 53, Sunday School

11 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

(1st & 3rd Sundays), Wednesday

7:30 p.m.

St. James United Holy Church,

Council, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. on the

4th Sunday and 6 p.m. on the

2nd Sunday, Bible Class every 3rd

Monday 7 p.m.

St. Matthews Holiness Church

by Faith, 4681 Old Fayetteville Rd.,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11:30 a.m., Wednesday

7:30 p.m.

Independent

The Apostolic Way Church,

Hwy. 53, Lagoon, Sunday School

10 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

& 6:30 p.m., Thursday 7:30 p.m.

Bible Crusaders, Crusaders

Mission, 700 Poplar St.,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.(1st,

2nd & 3rd Sunday), Bible Study

Tuesday 7:30 p.m.

Bible Faith Assembly of God,

Elizabethtown, Leadership

Training 10am, Worship Service

11 a.m.

Calvary Independent Church,

405 Main St., Bladenboro, Sunday

School 10am, Worship Service 11

a.m. & 7 p.m., Wednesday 7:30

p.m.

Christian Faith Independent

Church, 400 Main St., Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.,

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown Deliverance

Evangelistic Center, 412-A Peanut

Road, Elizabethtown, Sunday

School 10am, Worship Service

11a.m., Bible study: Prayer 7 p.m.

Bible study 7:30 p.m.

Fellowship Bible Church,

2803 Waddell St., NC 87 East,

Elizabethtown, Worship Service

10:30 a.m.

God’s Freedom & Faith

Independent Church, Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.,

Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Graham Tabernacle FBH

Church, 281 Grand Road, Clarkton,

647-0294, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11:30 a.m.,

Mission Night Tuesday 7:30 p.m.,

Bible Study Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.

Holy Temple of Living

Water Ministries, 109 Hill St.,

Elizabethtown, Sunday Worship

Service 10 a.m., Thursday Prayer

and Bible Study 7 p.m.

Liberty Worship Center, 89

North Grove St., Clarkton, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Sunday Worship

11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Wednesday

7 p.m.

Love Mission Christian

Center,408 Hwy. 242, Bladenboro,

Worship Service Sunday 10 a.m.,

Thursday 7:30 p.m.

New Beginnings Fellowship of

Elizabethtown, Sunday school 10

a.m., Morning Worship 11 a.m.,

Sunday night service 7 p.m., Bible

study Wednesday 7 p.m.

New Faith Ministries

Fellowship, 56 3rd Street,

Dublin, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.,

Wednesday 7 p.m.

New Testament Missionary

Church, McKoy Rd, Lisbon,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays

11:30a.m., Prayer Service

Wednesday 7:30 p.m., Bible Study

Friday 8 p.m.

Outreach For Christ Church,

Hwy. 211 Business W., Bladenboro,

Sunday School 10am, Worship

Service 11am & 6pm, Wednesday

7:30pm

St. James United Holy Church,

Brady Plantation Road, Carvers

Creek Community, Sunday School

10am, Worship Service 2nd &

4th Sundays 11am, Bible Class

Tuesday 7pm, Prayer Meeting

Wednesday 7pm

Sweet Home Holiness Church,

Sweet Home Church Road,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School

9:45 a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.

& 6 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Second Chance Community

Church, 1615 River Rd., at

Harmony Hall in White Oak,

Sunday school 10:15 a.m., Worship

service 11 a.m., Sunday evening

worship 7 p.m., Wednesday night

prayer service 7 p.m.

Greater Mount Calvary Church

of Deliverance, Airport Road,

Elizabethtown, Sunday school

10:30 a.m.; Worship service 1st,

2nd and 3rd Sunday 11:30 a.m.;

Prayer service Tuesday 7 p.m.; and

Bible study Thursday 7:30 p.m.

Methodist

Bethelehem United Methodist

Church, NC 53, White Oak,

Sunday School 11 a.m., Worship

Service 10 a.m.

Bluefield United Methodist

Church, 8697 Lisbon Road,

Clarkton, Worship Service 9:30

a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

Carvers Creek, Council,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 11 a.m.

Clarkton United Methodist

Church, 9050 U. S. Hwy. 701 S.,

Clarkton, Worship Service 11 a.m.

Live Oak United Methodist

Church, Hwy 53 & Live Oak

Methodist Church Road, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m.

Pleasant Grove United

Methodist Church, Pleasant Grove

Church Road, Bladenboro, Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m.

Purdie Untied Methodist

Church, Tar Heel, Sunday School

11 a.m., Worship Service 10 a.m.

Singletary United Methodist

Church, Hwy 410, Dublin, Sunday

School 9:45 a.m., Worship Services

8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Trinity United Methodist

Church, 901 W. Broad St.,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School

9:45 a.m., Worship Services at 8:30

a.m. and 11 a.m.

Trinity United Methodist

Church, Hwy 53, Kelly, Sunday

School 10:45 a.m., Worship

Service 9:30 a.m.

Wesley’s Chapel United

Methodist Church, Peanut Road,

Rt. 3, Elizabethtown, Sunday

School 9:45 a.m., Worship Service

11 a.m.

Windsor United Methodist

Church, Hwy 242, Ammon,

Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship

Service 8:45 a.m., Wednesday

Night Fellowship 6 p.m.

Presbyterian

Acme Presbyterian Church,

Hwy 87, Riegelwood, Worship

Service 10 a.m., Fellowship 11

a.m.

Beth Car Presbyterian Church,

Sunday School 10am, Worship

Service 11am

Clarkton Presbyterian Church,

College Street, Sunday School

10am, Worship Service 11am

Elizabethtown Presbyterian

Church, Broad & Morehead

Streets, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m.

Mount Horeb Presbyterian

Church, Hwy 87 & SR 1712,

Sunday School 10:30am, Worship

Service 9:30am

Second Presbyterian Church,

Dunham & Williams Streets,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School

10am, Worship Service 11am 2nd

& 4th Sundays

White Plains Presbyterian

Church, Sunday School 10am,

Worship Service 11am

Seventh Day Adventist

Elizabethtown Seventh-day

Adventist Church, 403 Broad

Street, Saturday Sabbath School

9:45 a.m., Church Service

11:30a.m., Prayer Service Tuesday

7 p.m.

Philadelphia Seventh Day

Adventist Church, 1855 Microwave

Tower Road, Council, Saturday

Sabbath School 9:45 a.m., Church

Service 11 a.m., Wednesday Prayer

Service 7 p.m.

Deliverance

Abundant Life Deliverance

Center, 412-A Peanut Rd.,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School

9:45 a.m., Morning Worship

11am, Empower-ment/Fellowship

Service 5 p.m., Thursday evening

Empowerment Bible Study

7 p.m.Church of Deliverance,

Clarkton, Sunday School 10 a.m.,

Worship Service 11 a.m. & 7:30

p.m.

Greater Omni Deliverance

Church, 112 Swanzy Street,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m.,

Bible Study Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Full Gospel Christian Church,

Richardson Street, Elizabethtown,

Morning Prayer 9 a.m., Sunday

School 10 a.m., Worship Service

11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

United Pentecostal

United Pentecostal Church,

Hwy. 701 N., Lakewood Plaza,

Elizabethtown, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11am &

6:30pm, Wednesday 7:30pm

Clarkton Pentecostal F.W.

Baptist Church, Sunday School 10

a.m., Worship Service 11 a.m. & 6

p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.


Christmas shopping

season is strong one

By erin smith

Staff writer

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County business

owners said their Christmas sales numbers were

strong and the returns have been basically nonexistent.

“We about broke even from last year. Returns have

not been tremendous,” said Denise Smith, manager of

Goody’s. “It seems everyone did their exchanges before

Christmas.”

While Smith said her store broke even on sales

numbers, she credits the pre-Christmas exchanges that

were made by savvy shoppers with keeping the store’s

after-Christmas return rate down.

JoAnna Schryber, manager of Bargain Town, said her

store did well overall even though they came in fifth in

sales in their district this year.

“It went good. Our district was tops in all the company,”

said Schrbyer. “We were up against some really

tough (sales) numbers. That was because there were

some stores going out of business.”

Schryber said the return rate for her store was also

very low.

“It’s the lowest it has ever been. We’ve hardly had

any returns what so ever throughout the company,”

said Schryber.

Schryber added her store has an ad going now which

offers 50 percent off all Christmas items; 40 percent off

all sweaters, and another clearance markdown will be

taken next week.

Ricky Leinwand, owner and operator of Leinwands,

said sales were “outstanding.” He said his sales numbers

were up compared to last year. Last year’s sales

were strong after a slow fall season due to construction

in the downtown area.

“We honestly had the best month of December in the

entire 77 years our store has been in business,” said

Leinwand. “With the economic times like they are, we

are very pleased.”

He added returns have gone smoothly as well.

Leinwand said the only thing he and his staff ask is

that if they don’t have an item in stock, to give them a

few days to get the item.

National outlook hopeful

On the national sales front, things are looking up

for the final few days of 2011 for retailers. Joya Doss,

a correspondent with The Nightly Business Report

said Tuesday that retailers expected about 3.8 percent

gain this year. That was not as large as last year when

retailers saw a 5 percent gain according to Doss, but it

is still positive. According to Nightly Business Report,

consumers spent about 5 percent more this year on

their holiday shopping this year than last year.

The research firm Comscore released a report indicating

that free shipping accounted for about 60 percent

of the transactions which were made online this

holiday season.

Not all retailers are feeling so jolly though as Sears

announced it will close 120 Sears and KMart stores.

The company has yet to identify which stores will be

closed.

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Rainy day

W. Curt Vincent | Bladen Journal

A couple braces themselves under an umbrella against the wind and rain in

downtown elizabethtown on Tuesday.

Jose Buenaseda, M.D.

Crime News

Elizabethtown man

charged with felony

statutory rape

w. Curt Vincent

Editor

ELIZABETHTOWN — An

Elizabethtown man has been arrested

and charged with two counts of felony

statutory rape of a minor and two

counts of abduction of a child.

Rogelio Labra, 30, of 114 Robin Dr.,

reportedly picked up

the minor from school

on two occasions and

transported her to

his residence, where

investigators with

the Bladen County

Sheriff’s Office say the

sexual assaults took

place in May.

According to Capt.

Rodney Hester, Labra

would drop the young girl off near her

residence after committing the sexual

assaults.

Hester said Labra was arrested on

Christmas Eve and is now in the

Bladen County Jail under a $100,000

secured bond.

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

recently released its arrest and victim

report for Dec. 21 to Dec. 28.

There were a total of 33 victims and

nine arrests.

Among those reports were eight for

breaking and/or entering, five for larceny

and two for assaults.

Following are the more interesting

and/or important arrests:

— Burnis Floyd, 44, charged with

felony common law robbery at 77

Shane lane, Bladenboro, on Dec. 24.

— Otis Darnell Montgomery, 44,

charged with assault on a female at

1468 Baldwin Elkton Road, Clarkton,

on Dec. 26.

— Douglas Dee Lacy, 52, charged

with assault on a female at 105

Singletary St., Bladenboro, on Dec. 26.

Dr. Jose Buenaseda, or “Dr. B.” to anyone who’s met him, is a pediatrician

with Bladen Kids’ Care. He is a prime example of a caring and compassionate

physician who goes above and beyond each and every day.

Dr. Buenaseda goes out of his way to ensure that he is providing excellent

care not only to his patients, but to anyone who walks through the door. He

spends as much time as needed with each patient, even if it means working

through lunch or staying late. He always takes the time to answer questions

and treats everyone with respect.

Dr. Buenaseda not only strives to help his patients, but he comes to work

every day with a positive attitude. He finds a way to make everyone’s day

brighter and his co-workers consider it a “joy to work with him.”

Congratulations to “Dr. B.” on winning this year’s Golden Stethoscope Award!

rogelio Labra


B

Cathy

Elliott

Talkin’

NASCAR

Letters

to Santa

FRIDAY

Dec. 30, 2011

Page 1B

We’ve all grown accustomed

to seeing busy

UPS and FedEx personnel

around NASCAR garage

areas, but the bright

red mailbox in the corner

of a particular motorhome lot at

Homestead-Miami Speedway seemed

especially overstuffed. A few racing

folks, it seems, had very particular

requests to make of Santa Claus this

year.

Tampering with U.S. Mail is a federal

offense, but North Pole security isn’t

quite so strict, and consequently, the

contents of those letters have been

anonymously leaked to the media. A

few of them are printed below.

Dear Santa,

I guess it’s probably bad form to

complain, since you gave me exactly

what I asked for in 2011 – the highest

number of points in the NASCAR

Sprint Cup Series. The problem as I

see it is that one of my competitors

asked for the same thing, and being

the generous kind of guy you are, you

came through for both of us. So with

your indulgence, this year I’m going to

recycle my request and make it a little

more specific.

In 2012, I would like to have the

highest number of points in the Cup

Series … plus one.

Also, I don’t mean to be greedy, but

if you’re feeling generous, you might

want to slip a nice neck brace under

the tree, just in case one of those backflips

goes horribly wrong. I’m not getting

any younger, you know.

Thanks, Santa. You’re the best …

Carl Edwards Well Santa, I thought we

had a mutually beneficial arrangement

working, but apparently I was wrong.

I have only asked for one thing every

year since 2006, and you have always

come through until now. Obviously, it’s

a one-of-a-kind gift, so I couldn’t help

but notice that you already gave it to

another guy. It can’t be that difficult

to deal with a list as short as mine,

so what’s the deal? I admit I may not

have been great this year, but I was still

pretty good.

Anyway, there wasn’t much else I

wanted, and I realize we’re dealing with

short notice at this point, so I guess I’ll

just go ahead and get my 2012 request

in early. Two words: Number Six.

Respectfully yours … Jimmie Johnson

Santa, we need to talk.

How can you realistically expect me

to be nice when you just can’t seem to

give me anything decent to work with?

Really, considering all your shortcomings,

I can’t imagine how that sleigh

could even get through a single lap at

Bristol, much less a full circuit around

the world. You are pathetic.

Despite my penchant for verbal

naughtiness, I have won a bunch of

races and a championship, and have

buried a few bucks in the backyard for

a rainy day. But in case you haven’t

noticed, it’s raining RIGHT NOW – at

my house, anyway – and the yard is

turning to mud in a hurry.

So if you think you can manage to

get it together long enough to handle

my list, I’ll make it easy for you and cut

it down to just three letters. I would

like a J-O-B.

I’m interested to see what you’ll

come up with, and strongly suggest you

get started right away … Kurt Busch

Hi, Santa!

I need your help. I’m getting a little

tired of hearing that I got my sweet

2012 fulltime ride in the NASCAR

Nationwide Series even though I’m

nothing but a pretty face with a pocketful

of sponsorship money (thanks for

the pretty face, by the way). So I’m

going to ask you to give me a little

extra help behind the wheel next season

so I can prove I deserve to be here.

I don’t even have to win a race,

Santa; just finishing out the season in

the Top 10 would be awesome.

See Elliott | 2B

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BLADEN JOURNAL

BOYS BASKETBALL

Knights nipped by Fairmont

West Bladen

also falls

against

Richmond

W. Curt Vincent

Editor

SOUTHERN PINES — It hasn’t

been much of a holiday for West Bladen

High at the Holiday in the Pines basketball

tournament at Pinecrest High.

After dropping its opener against

Richmond Senior on Tuesday, the

Knights lost a heartbreaker to Fairmont

High in the consolation bracket on

Wednesday, 56-53. It was the third

time West Bladen and Fairmont had

squared off this season, with the

Golden Tornadoes taking the last two.

West Bladen opened the game with

a 6-2 spurt, but Fairmont turned the

tables and ran off a 10-2 run to build a

12-8 advantage. The Knights, however,

finished the first quarter on a 5-1 run

that gave them a 13-12 edge at the

buzzer.

D.J. Mason and Justin Gillespie each

hit 3-pointers early in the second stanza

and helped the Knights to a 19-12

cushion, but the Golden Tornadoes

fought back with a 6-0 spurt that cut

the deficit to 19-18.

West Bladen went on a 6-2 run late

in the half, but Fairmont had a run

of its own and took a 28-27 lead into

intermission.

The Knights scored the first two

baskets of the second half for a 31-28

lead, but Fairmont manufactured a 9-0

spurt that propelled it to a 37-31 lead.

West Bladen fought back with a 9-3

spurt that knotted the game at 40-40

early in the fourth quarter, but the

Knights never could muster a lead the

rest of the way.

The Golden Tornadoes exploded for

a 13-5 run and 53-45 lead in the fourth

frame that all but sealed the victory.

West Bladen managed to get a pair of

late 3-pointers — from Gillespie and

Rahu Purdie — but it was too little,

too late.

Mason led West Bladen with

19 points and 15 rebounds, while

Gillespie tallied 13 points and grabbed

seven boards.

Knights drop opener

Undefeated Class 4-A Richmond

Senior proved too much for the

Knights of West Bladen on Tuesday

in the opening round of the Holiday

in the Pines basketball tournament at

Kenny Armstrong | Bladen Journal

D.J. Mason has led West Bladen High in scoring and rebounding through the first two games of

the Holiday in the Pines tournament at Pinecrest High.

Pinecrest High, as the Raiders took a

79-55 win.

“We didn’t play well,” Knights coach

Travis Pait said. “In fact, it may have

been the worst game we’ve played this

season.”

West Bladen showed early that it was

there to compete. The Knights took a

5-2 edge fueled by a 3-pointer from

D.J. Mason, but Richmond showed

why it’s one of the better big school

teams by going on an 11-0 run that put

the Raiders up by a 13-5 margin.

Still, the Knights didn’t fold.

Baskets by Justin Gillespie and

Shaquan Whitfield preceded a bucket

by Mason and two 3-pointers from the

lanky senior to cap a 13-2 West Bladen

spurt that gave the Knights an 18-15

lead after the first quarter.

West Bladen held a 20-17 edge early

in the second stanza, but that’s when

things began to go sour. Richmond

scored seven unanswered points for a

Baseball

exhibit visits

local library

Staff report

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County

Public Library has received a grant from the

National Endowment for the Humanities

and the American Library

Association for a six-week

exhibit of “Pride and Passion:

The African-American

Baseball Experience.”

The exhibit will be in the

meeting room at the main

library in Elizabethtown.

There will be program-

ming to enhance the exhibit.

Larry Lester, author, historian

and one of the founders

of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum,

will present programs for the high schools in

early January.

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coreboard ...

LocaL resuLts

BOYS BASKETBALL

Holiday in the Pines

Tournament

Pincrest High School

First round

Richmond Senior 79

West Bladen 55

Richmond 15-24-18-22 — 79

West Bladen 18-12-12-13 — 55

Highlights: For West Bladen, D.J.

Mason scored 21 points with three

3-pointers and grabbed eight

rebounds; Justin Gillespie scored

20 points with two 3-pointers and

had six rebounds.

Records: West Bladen 7-4.

Holiday in the Pines

Tournament

Pincrest High School

Second round

Fairmont 56

West Bladen 53

Fairmont 12-16-11-17 — 56

West Bladen 13-14-6-20 — 53

Highlights: For West Bladen, D.J.

Mason scored 19 points and had

15 rebounds; Justin Gillespie

scored 13 points and grabbed

seven rebounds.

Records: West Bladen 7-5.

Elliott

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Church to host wild game cookoff, BBQ supper

W. Curt Vincent

Editor

ELIZABETHTOWN — The possibilities

may not be from “A” to “Z,” but

Elizabethtown Baptist Church is expecting

to be able to offer folks the chance to taste

a wide variety of wild game on Saturday,

Jan. 28, when it hosts a wild game cookoff

and free barbecue supper.

“The church did a wild game dinner

two years ago,” said Greg Taylor, one of

the event’s organizers. “But we wanted

to do something similar to give people

the chance to taste food they hadn’t had

before.”

Taylor said that should include alligator,

bear and a whole lot more.

The event will begin at 10 a.m., and the

barbecue supper will start at 5:30 p.m.

Younger visitors will have activities like

bounce houses to look forward to, while

the adults can participate in the wild game

cookoff, a 3-D archery contest and/or a

From page 2B

I love hearing fans yell “Go Daddy” – and please

let us know if you need any help setting up www.

ExpressLettersToSanta.com – but “You go, girl,” would

sound really good, too.

Thanks as always … Danica Patrick Dear Santa,

I’m good. Thanks, Bud.

Your pal … Tony Stewart Mr. Claus:

Thank you for your thorough and completely satisfac-

Knights

From page 2B

24-20 lead it would never

give up. The Raiders went

on to outscore the Knights

by a 24-12 margin in the

period and take a 39-30 lead

into halftime.

Richmond kept the pressure

on in the second half,

forcing West Bladen turnovers

and scoring in spurts.

Holding a 44-35 edge, the

Raiders went on a 13-6 run

that all but sealed the game

at the end of the third quarter.

West Bladen never could

mount any sort of rally down

the stretch and Richmond

used a 10-2 spurt to end the

game.

“We just didn’t attack the

glass like we should,” Pait

said. “I’m not going to say

Richmond isn’t good — they

may be the best team we’ve

played all season — but if

we do what we do best for

48 minutes, we can beat that

team.”

Mason led West Bladen

with 21 points and three

3-pointers. He also had eight

rebounds. Gillespie was

right behind with 20 points,

a pair of 3-pointers and six

rebounds.

“I think D.J. could have

scored 40,” Pait said. “He’s

one of the best in our league

shooting the ball, but he’s by

far the best going to the rim

and he settled for jump shots

too much in this game.”

Baseball

From page 2B

On Saturday, Jan. 21,

Carl Long, outfielder for

the Birmingham Black

Barons, will meet and greet

from 10 a.m. to noon at

the Elizabethtown Library.

Long lives in Kinston.

He often attends games

at Grainger Stadium to

watch Kinston’s current

team, the Kinston Indians.

He has been honored by

the Indians with “Carl

Long Day” games, and in

2003 he was inducted into

the Kinston Professional

Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The wild game cookoff fee is $10 for

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charged an extra fee. Winners will receive

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will receive a pheasant tower hunt

from Allen Brothers Hunting Reserve in

Bladenboro.

The USDA Wildlife Services Trapping

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day.

“There should be plenty for everyone of

all ages to see and do,” Taylor said.

The barbecue supper, which will include

the wild game and all the trimmings,

will be free and open to the public. After

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tory response to our letter of request dated Dec. 24, 2010.

The 2011 season was, simply put, the best year in

recent memory. From 20-year-old Trevor Bayne’s win in

the Daytona 500 to the triumphant return of veteran Tony

Stewart to the head seat at the champion’s table, it was

just spectacular.

Next year, we would like to respectfully request that you

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Best wishes for the happiest of holidays and a prosperous

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n Cathy Elliott is a former Public Relations person at

Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, and currently

writes for the NASCAR Insider.

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Bladen

Journal

NOTICE OF PUBLIC

CLASSIFIEDS

LINE ADS ONLY $7.06 for the first FOUR LINES;

$1.30 for each additional line (about 34 letters per line)

DISPLAY ADS ONLY $10.85 per column inch

EXECUTOR/EXECUTRIX

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

SERVICES

EDUCATION

FINANCIAL

MERCHANDISE

ANIMALS

AGRICULTURE

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

REAL ESTATE SALES

AUTOMOTIVE

REAL ESTATE RENTALS

RESORT PROPERTY

EMPLOYMENT

MANUFACTURED HOUSING

SERVICE DIRECTORY

Legals

CLOSE-OUT PUBLIC HEARING

FOR TOWN OF ELIZABETHTOWN

2009 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BLOCK GRANT ADDITIONAL FUNDING

Notice is hereby given that the Elizabethtown

Board of Councilmen will

conduct a public hearing on January

9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town

Hall. The purpose of the public hearing

is to receive views and opinions

from the citizens of Elizabethtown

regarding the close-out of the 2009

Community Development Program.

All citizens, particularly

low-and-moderate income persons,

minority persons, handicap persons,

and persons living in blighted areas

are requested and encouraged to attend

and present comments and

suggestions. Formal written views

concerning the Community Development

Block Grant which are submitted

to the mayor will be responded to

within ten (10) calendar days.

This program was funded with

$24,308.41 in CDBG funds which

represents 100% of the total project

funds. Esta información está disponible

en español o cualquier otro lenguaje

a petición. Póngase en contacto

con Eddie Madden en

910-862-2066 o en 805 W Broad St.,

Elizabethtown, NC 28337 de alojamiento

para esta solicitud.

Sylvia Campbell, Mayor Town of

Elizabethtown, EEO Employer

TOE123011 12/30

NORTH CAROLINA

BLADEN COUNTY

Administratrix/Administrator Notice

Having qualified as Administratrix of

the estate of Barbara Gillespie, deceased,

late of Bladen County, North

Carolina. This is to notify all persons,

firms and corporations having claims

against the estate of said deceased

to present the bills to me, the undersigned

at 988 Dewitt Godden Road,

Elizabethtown, NC 28337, on or before

the 16th day of March, 2012.

This Notice will be pleaded in bar of

their recovery. All persons indebted

to said estate please make immediate

payment.

This the 12th day of December 2011.

Erica Campbell, Administratrix of the

Estate of Barbara Gillespie

2173 Mercer Mill Road

Elizabethtown, NC 28337

BG121611 12/16 12/23 12/30 1/6

NORTH CAROLINA

BLADEN COUNTY

Executor-Executrix Notice

Having qualified as Executrix of the

estate of Helmut K. Krein, deceased,

late of Bladen County, North Carolina.

This is to notify all persons,

firms and corporations having claims

against the estate of said deceased

to present the bills to me, the undersigned

at 306 W. 21st Street, Lumberton,

NC 28358, on or before the

9th day of March, 2012. This Notice

will be pleaded in bar of their recovery.

All persons indebted to said estate

please make immediate payment.

This the 5th day of December 2011.

Iris K. Adams, Executrix of the Estate

of Helmut K. Krein

PO Box 179

Dublin, NC 28332

HKK 12/9 12/16 12/23 12/30

NORTH CAROLINA

BLADEN COUNTY

Administratrix Notice

The undersigned, having qualified as

Administratrix of the estate of Lucy

W. Bernard, deceased, late of Bladen

County, North Carolina, this is to notify

all persons, firms and corporations

having claims against the said

estate to present them to the undersigned

Executrix c/o Gary A. Grady,

Hester, Grady & Hester, P.L.L.C., Post

Office Box 130, Elizabethtown, North

Carolina 28337, on or before the

23rd day of March, 2012, or this notice

will be pleaded in bar of their recovery.

All persons indebted to said

estate will please make immediate

payment to the undersigned.

This the 19thth day of December

2011.

Administratrix of the Estate of

Lucy W. Bernard

c/o Gary A. Grady,

Attorney for the Estate

Hester, Grady & Hester, PLLC.

Post Office Box 130

Elizabethtown, NC 28337

HGH122311 12/23 12/30 1/6 1/13

Legals

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA

COUNTY OF BLADEN

IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE

DISTRICT COURT DIVISION,

FILE NO.: 11 CVD 472

NOTICE OF SALE

COUNTY OF BLADEN, Plaintiff

vs

PRIMERA FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.,

COMMUNITY FIRST BANK (Lienholder)

and MARC LIVELY Trustee (Lienholder)

or if deceased, all assignees,

heirs at law devisees of Primera Financial

Services, Inc., Community

First Bank (Lienholder), and Marc

Lively, Trustee (Lienholder) together

with all their creditors and lienholders

regardless of how or through

whom they claim and any and all

persons claiming any interest in the

estates of Primera Finiancial Services,

Inc., Community First Bank, (Lienholder),

Marc Lively Trustee (Lienholder).

Defendants.

Under and by virtue of an Order of

the Clerk of Superior Court of Bladen

County, North Carolina, made and

entered in the action entitled

COUNTY OF BLADEN vs , PRIMERA FI-

NANCIAL SERVICES, INC., COMMU-

NITY FIRST BANK (Lienholder) and

MARC LIVELY Trustee (Lienholder), or

if deceased, all assignees, heirs at

law devisees of PRIMERA FINANCIAL

SERVICES, INC., COMMUNITY FIRST

BANK (Lienholder) and MARC LIVELY

Trustee (Lienholder), together with all

her creditors and lien holders regardless

of how or through whom

they claim and any and all persons

claiming any interest in the estate of

PRIMERA FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.,

COMMUNITY FIRST BANK (Lienholder)

and MARC LIVELY Trustee (Lienholder)

the undersigned Commissioner

will, on the 16th day of January,

2012, offer for sell and sell for

cash, to the highest bidder at public

sale, at the Courthouse door in

Bladen County, North Carolina in

Elizabethtown, at 12:00 oclock noon,

the following described real estate,

lying and being in Hollow Township,

State and County aforesaid, and

more particularly described in Exhibit

A attached hereto and incorporated

herein by reference as if set out in

full herein.

Exhibit A: LYING in Hollow Township,

Bladen County, North Carolina, Being

bounded on the east, south and west

by property described as Lot 2A of

the J.G. Hughes estate as reported in

the Book of Maps 13, Page 33,

Bladen County Registry, bounded on

the north by the southern right of

way margin of NC 20: COMMENCING

from the centerline intersection of

said NC 20 and NCSR 1306 South 47

degrees 30 minutes 59 seconds East

for a distance of 43.79 feet to an iron

pipe in the northern margin of NC

20, the point and place of true beginning;

thence South 03 degrees 58

minutes 51 seconds East for a distance

of 534.06 feet to an iron pipe;

thence South 89 degrees 37 minutes

53 seconds West for a distance of

165.33 feet to an iron pipe; thence

North 03 degrees 58 minutes 51

seconds West for a distance of

520.00 feet to an iron pipe in the

southern right of way margin of NC

20; thence North 82 degrees 25 minutes

13 seconds East for a distance

of 44.04 feet along said right of way

margin to an iron pipe; thence North

85 degrees 36 minutes 18 seconds

East for a distance of 121.05 feet

along said right of way margin to an

iron pipe, the point and place of true

beginning containing 1.9997 acres,

more or less. Being all of Lot 301 of

the Cowan Development. Being a

portion of lot 2A in map Book 13, at

page 33, Bladen County Registry. For

title reference see Book 83, at page

251, Bladen County Registry. Together

with and subject to covenants,

easements, and restrictions of records.

Subject to those certain restrictive

covenants recorded in Book

400, at page 465, Bladen County

Registry. This sale will be made subject

to all outstanding taxes, assessments,

and other liens not included

in the Judgment in the above entitled

action. A deposit of 10% of the successful

bid will be required.

This is the 5th day of December

2011.

ALLEN M. JOHNSON

ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF

P.O. BOX 2212, ELIZABETHTOWN, NC

28337, (910) 862-2252

JL 12/16 12/23 12/30 1/6

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Notices (ANNOUNCE)

TOWN OF ELIZABETHOWN

PUBLIC NOTICE

The January 2012 Town of

Elizabethtown Planning Board

meeting has been rescheduled

for Monday, January 9, 2012.

The normal meeting time has

been changed to 5:30 p.m. for

that date. The meeting will be

held in the Elizabethtown

Municipal Building.

Sylvia Campbell

Mayor

TOWN OF ELIZABETHTOWN

NOTICE OF PUBLIC

HEARING

Amending Text Amendment,

Town of Elizabethtown, North

Carolina Pursuant to

N.C. G.S. 160A-364, 385 and

386 the Town of Elizabethtown

will conduct a public hearing

on Monday, January 9, 2012

at 7:00 pm in the

Elizabethtown Municipal

Building. Council will consider

the following:

Text Amendment Petitioner:

Town of Elizabethtown Case

Number: TA 1012108780

Include additional language in

the Elizabethtown Zoning

Ordinance to Article 8, Section

8.4.1. to amend the Storm

Water Protection Ordinance

pertaining to TSS removal and

fee schedule for the Town of

Elizabethtown's zoning

jurisdiction. The Elizabethtown

Planning Board will consider

amending this same Text

Amendment at their 6:00 pm

meeting and forward to Town

Council for their consideration

at 7pm.

All interested citizens are

invited to attend this hearing

and present comments on the

above petition. Citizens

desiring to speak are required

TOWN OF ELIZABETHTOWN

HEARING

Amending Text Amendment,

Town of Elizabethtown, North

Carolina Pursuant to

N.C. G.S. 160A-364, 385 and

386 the Town of Elizabethtown

will conduct a public hearing

on Monday, January 9, 2012

at 7:00 pm in the

Elizabethtown Municipal

Building. Council will consider

the following:

INCLUDES

Text Amendment Petitioner:

Town of Elizabethtown Case

ONLINE

Number: TA 1012108780

Include additional language in

the Elizabethtown Zoning

Ordinance to Article 8, Section

8.4.1. to amend the Storm

Water Protection Ordinance

pertaining to TSS removal and

fee schedule for the Town of

Elizabethtown's zoning

jurisdiction. The Elizabethtown

Planning Board will consider

amending this same Text

Amendment at their 6:00 pm

meeting and forward to Town

Council

Notices

for their

(ANNOUNCE)

consideration

at 7pm.

All interested citizens are

invited to attend this hearing

and present comments on the

above petition. Citizens

desiring to speak are required

to place their name on the

sign-up sheet before agenda

adoption. Changes may be

made in the advertised proposals

that reflect information

presented at

the hearing. Those who

choose to view a copy of the

proposed text amendment

may do so during regular

business hours at the Town

Manager's Office located at

805 W. Broad Street.

Sarah L. Baysden

Deputy Clerk

ANIMALS

FINANCIAL

300 SERVICES

AGRICULTURE

MERCHANDISE

400 FINANCIAL

FOR SALE

40 gal. propane gas water

heater and a 19 gal. electric

water heater for 110 current.

Call 910-862-6634.

Want To Buy (MERCH)

I buy junk cars

Pay from $170-600. 100%

Guarantee call-910-385-8585.

Open 7 days a week.

Yard Sale (MERCH)

MOVING SALE

At 10710 NC Hwy 131, located

between Dublin and Bladenboro.

Desks, Day bed, crib,

baby items, mens name brand

clothes, size medium and

large, household items and

much more. Sat. Dec. 31, 7

a.m. - until.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

AUTOMOTIVE

REAL ESTATE SALES

REAL ESTATE RENTALS

House For Rent (RENT)

Home for Rent

3B/1.5B brick home in Council

Community. $550/mo + $350

sec. dep. Call 804-873-4793

HOME FOR RENT IN

CENTER ROAD AREA

3-BR, 1 BA, LIVING ROOM

AND SEPARATE DEN.

1800 SQ. FT. $700. MONTH,

PLUS DEPOSIT.

CALL 910-549-9396.

MANUFACTURED HOUSING

Rentals (MANUFACTURED)

FOR RENT: 2 and 3 Bedroom

manufactured homes in

Elizabethtown. Range $350

to $500. Deposit required.

Call (910) 872-5302

FOR RENT: 2 BR/1 BA mobile

home. NO PETS.

References. $285 month,

deposit $285. South of

Bladenboro. 910-874-0470.


Begin with a KEY WORD such as “Item for Sale”, etc.

Use DESCRIPTIVE WORDS to identify the item

State your PRICE or TERMS for the Sale

Include a PHONE NUMBER and/or EMAIL ADDRESS

BEST WAY

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company benefits program.

Send resume to:

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PO Box 1028 Lumberton, NC

28359 or email: jcraig@

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Human Resources Office Fayetteville

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NC 28303 Phone: (910)

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L C ocal alendar ...

Dec. 31

n Join a park ranger

and learn about the

geological mysteries

of the Carolina Bays at

Jones Lake State Park.

Formation theories and

the natural communities

associated with Carolina

Bays will be discussed.

Participants should meet

at the Jones Lake State

Park Visitor Center at 9

a.m. This event is free

and open to the public.

Jan. 7

n Join a park ranger

for a discussion on the

basics of waterfowl identification.

This program

will provide a basic

understanding of the

different types of waterfowl

and their habitats.

Participants should meet

at the Jones Lake State

Park Visitor Center at 2

p.m. This event is free

and open to the public.

Jan 12

n The Bladen County

Retired School Personnel

will meet at the Front

Porch Restaurant in

Elizabethtown at 10 a.m.

An auction will be held

to help raise funds for

the two scholarships to

be awarded in the spring.

Jan 14

n Join a park ranger

for a discussion about

Carolina Bays at Jones

Lake State Park. After

the discussion a short

hike through a Carolina

Bay, will give you a

chance to explore these

natural mysteries.

Participants should meet

at the Jones Lake State

Park Visitor Center at 2

p.m. and be sure to dress

appropriately. This event

is free and open to the

public.

Jan. 21

n Join a park ranger

for a discussion about

butterflies and how to

attract them to your back

yard. Participants should

meet at the Jones Lake

State Park Visitor Center

at 2 p.m.. The event is

free and open to the

public.

Jan. 28

n A wild game cook

off and barbecue supper

will take place at

Elizabethtown Baptist

Church in Elizabethtown

from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Supper will start at 5:30

p.m. Events will include

a 3D archery shoot, long

range and iron buck

For more event listings, or to submit a calendar item online, go to www.bladenjournal.com

THINGS TO DO

IN BLADEN CO.

shoot, bounce houses

for the children, and

U.S.D.A. Wildlife services

trapping trailer. There

will be door prizes and

more. The grand prize

will be pheasant tower

hunt at Allen Brothers

Hunting Preserve. The

church is located at

1800 W. Broad Street,

Elizabethtown.

n Join a park ranger

for a discussion about

the red-cockaded woodpecker

which calls

Jones Lake State Park

home. Learn about the

many adaptations that

make this bird unique.

Participants should meet

at the Jones Lake State

Park Visitors Center at

10 a.m. The program will

be followed by a short

hike. The event is free

and open to the public.

Ongoing

n Grandparents and

kinship caregiver’s

raising grandchildren

support group meets

every third Wednesday

of the month at the

Bladen County Division

on Aging located at

608 McLeod Street,

Elizabethtown. For more

information, call 910-

872-6334.

n Dublin First

Baptist Church Child

Development Center is

enrolling children ages

2-4 in the half-day program.

The program uses

the A Beka curriculum.

For more information or

to enroll call 862-2277 or

876-0419.

n The Bladen County

Youth Focus Project

will meet every second

Saturday of the

month at 10 a.m. at

the Paul R. Brown

Building on Martin

Luther King Boulevard,

Elizabethtown. All interested

persons are welcome

to attend.

n The Bladenboro

Visual Arts Council

Art Gallery will feature

the artwork of Esther

Colliers through the holiday.

The gallery is located

in the Bladenboro

Historical Building and

is open daily from 10

a.m. to noon, and on

Saturdays and Sundays

from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Bladenboro

Historical Building is

located at 818 South

Main Street, Bladenboro.

n The Bladen

County Amateur Radio

Society meets the

first Tuesday of every

month at the Bladen

County Courthouse in

Elizabethtown Room G7

at 7 p.m. The public with

or without an amateur

radio license are welcome

to attend.

n The Cape Fear

Farmer’s Market is now

offering its tailgate market

from 7 a.m. until 6

p.m.

Vendor information

and copies of the rules

for the market can be

obtained by contacting

Sarah Baysden at the

Elizabethtown Town

Office at 862-2066.

n The Elizabethtown-

White Lake Chamber of

Commerce meets every

second Tuesday at the

Front Porch Restaurant

at noon.

n The Garland Lodge

1511 of the Woodmen

of the World Insurance

Society meets the first

Friday of every month

at 7 p.m. at the Ammon

community building.

Members and guests are

welcome.

n Families First, Inc.

is offering a parenting

program for men and

women. The women

will meet on Mondays

at 4 p.m. and men will

meet on Wednesdays at

4 p.m. These classes are

open to anyone. Families

First is located at 208

S. Morehead Street,

Elizabethtown. For further

information contact,

862-2534.

n Families First,

Inc. is offering an

Empowerment Group for

Women meeting Fridays

from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

You don’t have to be in

an abusive situation to

attend. We encourage

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all women to come and

express themselves.

The program is open

to anyone. Families

First is located at 208

S. Morehead Street,

Elizabethtown. For more

information contact, 862-

2534.

n A new military

monument has been constructed

by the Bladen

County Military Museum

on a brick patio at 818

S. Main St., Bladenboro.

Brick’s may still be

purchased and are $100

each. The bricks honor

all branches of service

beginning with the

Revolutionary War. For

more information, call

863-4707.

n Bladen County

Habitat for Humanity

meets at 6:30 p.m. on

the second Monday

of each month at

the Elizabethtown

Presbyterian Church.

n The Woodmen of

The World Lodge 865

meets the third Tuesday

of each month at 7 p.m.

at the Woodmen of the

World Lodge on Hwy.

242 N.

n The Woodmen of

The World Lodge 208

meets the first Monday

of each month at 6:30

p.m. at the Woodmen

of the World Lodge on

Whiteville Hwy. Meal

will be served.

n The Kelly Historical

Society meets on the

third Saturday each

month at 10 a.m. at the

Kelly Museum. For more

information, call 910-

763-6966.

n 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.

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