Code Red Alert:: The Bladen County Forestry Service has issued the following statement, due to hazardous forest fire conditions a ban on open burning has been put in place effective November 29th at 5:00pm and shall remain in effect until further notice. If anyone has any question they can contact the Elizabethtown Fire Department at 910-862-4586.


Town Says Goodbye to Eddie Madden

The Town Council and staff of Elizabethtown said their goodbyes to Eddie Madden yesterday in a private reception, wishing him well as he takes on the role of Columbus County Manager.


Expressing appreciation for his 13 years of service, Mayor Sylvia Campbell recalled many of the projects that Madden had completed during his time as Town Manager including downtown revitalization, the airport terminal, Tory Hole Park, Brown’s Creek Bike Park and Nature Trail, and the soon to be opened Greene’s Lake Conservation Park as well as helping the town to recover from several destructive hurricanes. The Mayor noted that in all, Madden was responsible for raising about $20 million in grants to help the town.


Many of the Council Members and staff also thanked Madden for his leadership, vision, and friendship.


The Mayor presented Madden with a plaque and miniature replica of the town’s clock.


Madden’s wife, Dawn; three of his four children and his parents were present for the reception, which was kept small due to COVID concerns.


Madden did have a chance to meet with several departments before his departure.