Bladen County

Carolyn Rawls Booth

Carolyn Rawls Booth, born in nearby Bladen County, spent nearly five years of her early childhood in a New Deal homesteading project known as Penderlea.  When she was five, her family moved to Raleigh.  She left college after two years to get married and raise a family; it wasn’t until she was in her 40s that she decided to go back to finish her undergraduate work.  Carolyn Rawls Booth graduated at age 50, and published her first novel when she was 65. 

Danny Hefner, the Ocean Isle Beach Democrat who lost 2012’s Senate District Eight race to incumbent Bill Rabon, has thrown his hat into the same ring again. A former Marine Corps officer and truck driver, Hefner now works as a local delivery driver, an inter-faith minister, and a therapeutic foster parent to abused and troubled children. The third-time Senate candidate recently sat down with WHQR to discuss his plans for a range of social issues—but first, Hefner says he plans to address the economy.

NC Department of Commerce

New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender Counties are among the most prosperous counties in North Carolina. 

Town of Elizabethtown

During a two-stop trip to Columbus and Bladen Counties yesterday, Senator Kay Hagan learned a few things about the efforts of her constituents to support small business, grow the local economy, and promote local food.