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Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/22/2017 at 2:09 pm:
Thank you everyone for all the ideals.
I heard some of the existing businesses were in desperate need of CNC Machinist has BCC started teaching this skill?

I other counties High schools and Community Colleges are using the trades ie Plumbing, Electrical, Heating/air, Brick Masons ect that they
are teaching to build a house and auction it off when complete. Why can't Bladen County do it? Just a question?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/22/2017 at 11:30 am:
Was unaware that there was a teachers union in Bladen County. Can certainly see how that would affect the educational process. On the cost of getting sewer service to B-boro industrial park and natural gas to the E-town park, maybe we could get judge Sasser to require it be done like he did with the new jail!!! Or even get the Feds involved, has anyone contacted our senators or even President Trump (he certainly is interested in pipelines)? Now that would be a feather in the cap of the Bladen County Republican Party if they could get President Trump down here; sort of like the "rural internet stop" that President Clinton made over in Whiteville when he was in office.
Those call centers are an interesting idea for new "industry"; hopefully, our schools are turning out graduates that can intelligently speak on the phone. What about warehouses where orders for items ordered on the internet can be filled!!!!!!! All so interesting especially when one considers that every graduating high school senior does not want to leave Bladen County. Hopefully, sooner than later someone will come up with an idea that works. Success to the industrial minded folks in Mother Bladen.
Are we taking full advantage of the wonderful resource that runs through the county, the mighty Cape Fear river? Other than dumping sewage into it. What about the railway service that runs through B-boro?
Is there any chance that a Super Wal-Mart will appear with accompanying shopping center across Hwy 701 from the SECU after the construction on the highway has been completed? Maybe, again, judge Sasser can help us with that if there is resistance to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, so many possibilities; the future indeed looks oh so bright for the "Mother of all counties", Bladen.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/21/2017 at 9:10 pm:
To add to the conversation about industrial development—

My understanding is that natural gas pipeline expansion would cost roughly $1M per mile. That’s not exactly ‘chunk change’, and would require much more funding than Bladenboro and Elizabethtown are currently capable of raising. There is NO tax increase which would provide this level of financial underwriting, and—let’s face it—the local citizenry would never support it anyway.

I like Don White’s suggestion that, perhaps, other industries which DON’T require such facilities inputs would be equally, if not more suitable for the Elizabethtown Industrial Park as a location site. I can assure him that our city council and our city manager in E-town are looking very, very strongly at this, along with Mr. Chuck Heustess, our economic council director.

Of equal concern with respect to economic development in Bladen County is the strength of the educational opportunities, and the strength of the school system. We HAVE, in times past, actually LOST development opportunities in Bladen County because of our less-than-functional school system (be it public or private). Make no mistake—this is no small issue to industries looking to locate into this area. Bladen Community College has enormous capabilities and programs readily available to tailor a training curriculum to a specific workforce, but it is the K-12 school system which is considered sorely lacking. I blame that mostly on politics, lousy direction from the state level, and on an entrenched teacher’s union which is more concerned with solidifying its power base, than it is with providing a solid, useable, 21st century education for all students everywhere. (just my opinion).

Trust me—Bladen County is NOT sitting still! We DO have an energetic, articulate, AND professional-level cadre of leadership which is aggressively promoting this county nationally, and even internationally! Despite being a mostly rural bloc of southeastern NC, Bladen County IS confronting its financial and developmental issues, and appears to be looking for the most profitable and equitable methods to benefit the county. I, for one, am impressed!
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 04/21/2017 at 4:37 pm:
GC – That’s a really good question and I think you make a couple of good point. As I understand it, both Bladenboro and Elizabethtown each have somewhat unique issues that you have addressed, in that Elizabethtown needs to extend the natural gas service out to their industrial park and Bladenboro’s waste treatment facility is perhaps unable to handle the additional capacity needed to support industrial business growth in the areas we are attracting. I think it would be of interest to know just how much these infrastructure upgrades would cost and see where there might be funding opportunities. I suspect this has already been studied and maybe someone would add to this for clarity.
I also would offer up just as food for thought, perhaps there are other areas of business that were not so dependent on mass waste treatment, natural gas or even close proximity to major interstate, such as order call centers or fulfillment warehousing, etc. Just a thought.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/21/2017 at 9:48 am:
Back to the two industrial parks Bladenboro and Elizabethtown and the two things they lack. Has anyone made a study as to how much it would cost to run a natural gas line from the one currently going through Bladen County to the E-town industrial park? Seems it gets closer to the park as it moves east. How about the cost of a sewage disposal plant of its own for the B-boro industrial park? If industry is ever going to grow at these two locations then both of these needs are going to have be taken care of. Are our industrial minded people in the county searching for companies that would be willing to help with the cost of these two items as part of their agreement to locate in Bladen. If they are willing to do it in other counties, why not be willing to do it to locate to locate in Bladen?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/19/2017 at 8:36 pm:
The primary reason that parents choose a charter school, a private school, a church school, or perhaps even a home school option is because they perceive the government-run public school system to be a failure.

It could be argued that public schools are less of a learning institution, and more of a warehouse, where parents simply park their children until the school ejects them, whether they’ve learned anything or not. And, again—in my opinion—the major reasons that public schools are a failure is (1) because the public schools are not that terribly interested in actual education anyway; they are interested in promoting the ‘party line’ of force-fed propaganda, as directed by the Dep’t of Education. The Dep’t of Education is not so much interested in teaching as they are in social engineering, and in fostering the utopian idea that their standardized curricula will result in an equal outcome where ALL students achieve the same level of competency. This is nonsense.

(2) The second reason for the failure of public schools is (again, in MY opinion) because of disinterested and uninformed parents. Parents are the ones who set the standards for learning, and it is parents who set the standard for a child’s behaviour. When all too many of these little cretins arrive into the high school environment, they are thoroughly programmed by this point NOT to learn, NOT to behave, and have little or no study skills. Why…??? Because parents let them get away with it. Because parents don’t enforce and reinforce good behaviour and good study habits. Instead, the parents argue that all of that is the TEACHER’S job, and by golly, the first time their little snowflake gets a failing grade, or gets suspended for bad behaviour, the now-suddenly attentive parents show up on the principal’s doorstep demanding to know why the school isn’t doing IT’S job!!! It’s never the parents fault, you see.

Public schools, under the decades-long regime of the Dep’t of Education, is a failure. Alternative schools will continue to thrive, unless and until the public school system wakes up and realizes that it is its own worst enemy.
Margaret Margaret from Bladenboro wrote on 04/19/2017 at 7:49 pm:
I am all for parents having the right to choose where their child is educated, however, why should our district have to 'pay' for their choice? If a child attends a private school the parents choose to pay; if a child decides to attend a charter school, the district should be provided the same respect. Look up the statistics of corruption, failed students and the overall success rates of charter schools. The results may surprise you. For all of their choices, you are taking funding and teachers from students in the public school. How many of the parents attended and graduated from the public school system? I did. I have an advanced degree and felt I was provided the best education Bladen County had to offer!
Everett Butler Everett Butler from Bladenboro wrote on 04/19/2017 at 5:29 pm:
It has been a while since I have posted on Guestbook but an article that I read earlier today has convinced me that I should again begin to post when I have something of interest to state.

I recommend that citizens who own firearms to read House Bill 723. Then contact your representative in Raleigh requesting that they vote against that portion of it that requires gun owners to carry liability insurance for their guns. If I understand the bill correctly, one must carry liability insurance to own, buy, or transfer a firearm. These bills are written in such a manner that only a lawyer can understand them fully.

There are several editorials that can be searched that explains it further. Please read some of them and draw your own conclusion.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/18/2017 at 10:47 am:
An exciting range of topics and discussions of interest to conservatives highlighted the monthly Bladen County Republican Club meeting, held Monday evening at the San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Club Chairman Walter McDuffie welcomed several new members to the club, and the meeting quickly began to focus on how to broaden the outreach of the Republican Party within Bladen County. It was noted that, by working to develop methods to broaden the party’s membership within the county, it would have to sharpen its message of responsible conservatism, and develop more effective ways to reach the many different demographic groups that are represented within the county. Members agreed that, in light of strong Republican victories at the national level, it was time to launch a more concentrated communications effort at the local level, with the intent of countering the current trend of liberal progressivism with the GOP’s more rational approach, which encourages sound fiscal, social, and political accountability.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/14/2017 at 2:16 pm:
See the BOE has scheduled the school consolidation meetings. Looks like folks from the Bladenboro area will have to drive to one of the other meeting places to voice their opinions.
Believe it or not Mr. Anderson, there are plenty of folks who read the guestbook but never comment on what is stated ; at least not on the guestbook itself.
Looks like fake news is really getting to be a big problem when the Director of the FBI talks about it; that is unless the article about his comment was "fake news"!!!!
And today is "Good Friday" when the ultimate price was paid for each of us to "have life and have it more abundantly". It may be "Good Friday" but thank God "Resurrection Sunday" is coming.
Johnny J Anderson Johnny J Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/13/2017 at 6:01 pm:
I see no one bothered to answer my last post about the Budget survey.
I understand what some people mean you ask a legitimate question on here and all you get is crickets...... Thank you Mr. GC at least I know someone is here. I guess all the national political debate team left town. Don't worry I have a couple of School Board questions next... more to come
Keith Kinlaw Keith Kinlaw from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/13/2017 at 2:46 pm:
GC, regarding the Fay Observer article, read it closely. If I remember correctly, this article was based on the opinion of the Cape Fear River keeper and not on any data collected from the river.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/12/2017 at 10:00 pm:
Well folks, if you read the front page of todays Fayetteville Observer Paper about "CAPE FEAR RIVER LISED AS 'ENDANGERED' "? Looks like any future industry projects are a NO GO as they relate to any kind of discharge into the Cape Fear river. Sub heading for the article, "POULTRY AND HOG FARMS BLAMED FOR POLUTION". Believe that was one of the big concerns back years ago when Smithfield located here. How about it Cape Fear fishermen, seen any mutated catfish caught out of it lately? Another good question, whose responsibility in Bladen County government is it to check into this situation? If the Cape Fear goes, that leaves only White Lake as our only other natural resource to remain unpolluted. Oh, I almost forgot the other lakes in he area.

Seems years ago that I remember reading an article about sewage discharge into rivers by industry. The catch was that the discharge had to be upstream from any intake water that the industry took out of the river. Hence, the industry was using the same water they discharged. Might not be a bad idea to adopt that standard in the good ole USA.
Johnny J Anderson Johnny J Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/12/2017 at 11:12 am:
The dates were wrong in my last post. Here is the post I was talking about.
"The Bladen County Board of Commissioners values citizen involvement in County government. As the County of Bladen develops the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget, residents are encouraged to share feedback and priorities to help guide the upcoming budget development process. There are a few ways to provide input: Visit the County’s website at to access budget survey questions or click here – Bladen County Pre-Budget Hearing 2016 Questions ; Complete the form and mail it by March 14, 2016 to the County Manager’s Office at PO Box 1048, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. People who do not have access to the internet can call the County Manager’s Office at 910-862-6700 to have a paper copy ….."

1. If we have computer people that work for the county why don't we have a fillable form to submit online? Why do you think people are going to print off the form then mail it or take time to scan it and email it. I'm sure that's why you didn't get any response to it!

Next the questions are very vague, how does general public (Bladen County citzens) know what services that are provided with our tax dollars. Give us some information so we can participate and help you and the County Commissioners make informed decisions. Thank you for your time
Alvin Shepherd Alvin Shepherd from Dublin wrote on 04/11/2017 at 5:55 pm:
I need your help. I would ask that everyone please read the article on Bladen online and the Bladen Journal Web site in reference to the lack of text books and teaching resources that was discussed at the School Board Meeting held Monday night. I have helped to start the conversation about the lack of teaching material in our public schools. (I have not done this alone there are several people on the School Board at the Central Office and in our Schools that have been working on this for quite some time) The Board of Education approved a request of funds for a Capital Investment of Laptop computers for our middle school students. It is know up to our Board Of Commissioners to approve the funding for this much needed resource. I know $163,000 is a lot of money but is a very small investment for our county in order to help educate over 1400 middle school students. Please help the children of Bladen County by contacting your County Commissioners to let them know that you support our students and want to provide the resources that they need to get a quality education. To quote a poster in the Board of Education meeting room. "If you teach our children today like you did yesterday you are robbing them of tomorrow". Our society is ever changing to a digital world, our classrooms need to change as well. That is why every student needs access to a computer every day. Our High Schools have it now, we need to get our Middle Schools next and keep working our way down until every student in the county has access to a computer, every day. Thank you for your support of our children.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 04/11/2017 at 12:31 pm:
Thank Mr. Heustess for your responses. Keep up the good work on behalf of Mother Bladen and its work force
Chuck Heustess Chuck Heustess from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/11/2017 at 10:20 am:
Mr. Bryan,
Thanks for the question. I can't discuss everything we learn about projects, but I can discuss my perception of Sanderson. We did inquire about the Sanderson Project on the initial search and after it was turned down in Cumberland. My guess is they really wanted to be near that large Fayetteville labor market, because they moved quickly from the Fayetteville site to the St. Pauls site. Also, you are right that the area of the county up around Dupont would make a great industrial area. We have county water, the surface water plant, rail, natural gas, and dual three phase power from different generation sources. Unfortunately, we do not have a public sewer source in that area. Smithfield and DuPont have their own sewer plants, but they built them when permits to discharge into the river were more attainable. Hopefully, in the future there could be a sewer source for other companies in this area to tie into. Mr. Anderson, I also agree that this forum is a great tool for information exchange.

Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/10/2017 at 11:19 pm:
Mr. Heustess, Thank you for taking time to answer my questions. I have served on the Bladen County Planning Board and am a member of the Committee of 100. I am of the understanding that we are to have a meeting in the near future.
Mr. GC, Sanderson Farms are such an outstanding company that they helped St. Pauls with their sewage issue. Or so I was told.
Now this is what this forum (Guestbook) should be used for....
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/10/2017 at 6:05 pm:
Sanderson Farms just opened two chicken plants in neighboring Robeson County. One is close to Lumberton and I'm sure most of us are familiar with the flooding problems Lumberton has everytime it rains a little bit. The other plant just west of St Pauls does not have a river near by and one would think that the current sewage system of St Pauls would not be able to take on the additional sewage that the new chicken plant puts out. Seems that both of these plants made some kind of deal to take care of the additional sewage. One other point about the plant that was built just outside of St Pauls. When it was rejected by Cumberland County, did anyone from Bladen contact Sanderson Farms about coming to Bladen? Up around the Dupont area it would have been close to the Cape Fear and within a stones throw of I-95, and also rail connections. Again, did anyone from Bladen contact Sanderson Farms? Inquiring industrial minded folks just might be interested.
Chuck Heustess Chuck Heustess from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/10/2017 at 10:13 am:
Good Morning Mr. Anderson.
The issue with sewer capacity in Bladenboro is less about money than about their state discharge permit limits. Elizabethtown discharges into the Cape Fear River, a huge fast flowing body of water, which allows for much more capacity. Bladenboro discharges into a swamp with much less capacity. Bladenboro has done a great job at investing in spray fields to maximize their capacity. However, as I understand it, the spray fields are only feasible during dry weather. Bladenboro is just close to maxed out due to their state limits on capacity. I think millions of dollars in replacing pipes throughout their system could help the efficiency, but this is an issue many, many towns face. Clarkton is inhibited by the same situation.
Bladen's Bloomin' and Bladen County are critical to each other and to our success in economic development; however, Bladen's Bloomin' is not a county board. It is a nonprofit like the United Way with its' own private board. The two boards work very closely together and recent changes in operations will make the relationship even stronger. There have historically been commissioners on the board and there are two commissioners currently serving on the board. If Bladen's Bloomin' discontinued operations the assets would first go to the county, but it's private charter allows it to do loans and real estate development confidentially and more efficiently than we could as a public entity which would have to operate under the laws rules and regulations of a public entity. It also protects the county (and the taxpayers) from potential liabilities associated with owning or leasing real estate. Sorry I don't have time this morning to go into a lot more detail, but those are the basics. Thank you for the question and feel free to contact me directly if you would like to learn more. Many people do and several have started serving on various economic development boards. The Bladen model is one of the most creative and successful in rural economic development and the work of our elected officials and volunteers is what makes us unique and successful.

Thanks again,
Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/08/2017 at 12:48 pm:
On the topic of Economic Development.
I have a question that maybe someone can answer for me. the Elizabethtown Industrial park has Sewer and no Natural Gas (I was told it would be very costly to add it.) I don't know myself. Bladenboro Industrial Park has Natural Gas but no Sewer. Wouldn't it be more feasible to help the Bladenboro Park? Are there grants and such to help? Just a question

My other question is the Bladen County Commissioners appoint every other Board in the county, How does Bladens Bloomin Board tell the County Commissioners who to put on their board? I'm only asking these questions because I have been asked by several Citizens. I know and respect everyone on these boards but felt the need to ask....
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/08/2017 at 11:40 am:
During a conversation I had with Economic Development Director Chuck Huestess, he outlined several of the factors which tends to limit certain types of economic and/or industrial development within the Bladen County area. Over the last several months I have noted several posts in this on-line forum questioning ‘how we do/what we do’, insofar as attracting new businesses into the area is concerned. I believe that a follow-up interview with Mr Huestess might prove enlightening to the general public, in order to explain what those factors are. There seems to be some suspicions or concerns that our local political leaders are not doing all that they can to encourage new business development here, and I don’t believe that is a correct assumption at all.

With regard to local education, I note that there are ALSO broad concerns about the state of our local public schools, and, indeed, legitimate questions as to how the influence of charter schools in the area will affect performance of the public schools. I note that there are also many questions as to the effectiveness, performance, and intent of for-profit charter schools, and whether they should even be considered a legitimate alternative choice for our children’s education.

Good questions all, and I would be interested in seeing some editorial follow-up on these issues.
Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/08/2017 at 10:50 am:
Economic development, education and healthcare are the three main issues we face in this county in my opinion. Recently our local commissioners have received "updates" from leaders in all three areas. What are some ideas or actions you think would help in any of the three areas?
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Thank you for your continued readership. The spam guestbook entries happen from time to time. We try to keep a check on the entries here on this page. We delete anything we view as spam within 24 hours most of the time. However, we are very busy keeping the news, sports, and other pages updated and don't always get to the spam entries within the day they are posted. You are always welcome to report these entries to us directly by emailing The spammers never use the same email address or log in making it harder to keep them blocked. We do block each and every spam user.

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WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/07/2017 at 11:43 pm:
I would REALLY like to know how ‘trisha foxx’, ‘JENNA’, and ‘james from iowa’ manage to get into, and repeatedly submit all these annoying posts of spam!!???

I don’t know who edits, vets, or reviews all of the posts submitted here, but I’m very curious as to HOW this nonsense manages to find its way into this site. Perhaps SOMEONE from would like to address this, and tell what the deal is….??? Inquiring minds want to know. 
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/06/2017 at 12:22 pm:
Thanks for all the info on Emerau. It is getting more interesting all the time. A really sad time when elementary education becomes a for profit situation. Private colleges and private universities, think most folks understand that; but "to follow the money" as an old saying goes, to elementary education is really a bit much to swallow. What have we done to ourselves?

Did notice there is an advertisement on BOL in the news section about Emerau (wonder if our tax money will pay for it?) in case the tax payers of Bladen County want to investigate where some of their future education tax money will be going.
Neil Neil from Double in wrote on 04/06/2017 at 10:09 am:
GC, yes ACE is a "For Profit Corporation". The best I understand they front the money for everything. They form a LLC "Bladen Community Services" .... purchase the land build the facility and furnish it and are payed back.
And yes they get a portion of the funds that are allotted for each child that would have been enrolled in BCS.
I will say Charter Schools are good compared to what we have to choose from here in Bladen, but it's not all about education, it's about making money. Google "Baker Mitchell"
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 04/06/2017 at 9:42 am:
Emereau: Bladen
The first time I heard about this new school was here on this site. I took the time to read up on it and it appears to me that it's been underway for some time. Sadly, I no longer trust what they print in the Bladen Journal and refuse to even read it. How the information about this new school was disseminated is unknown to me but as I understand it, construction on the new school is underway.
This new school will be a charter school and will be known as: Emereau: Bladen.
To answer a few questions I saw from one reader, I learned that it will start small and will expand each year until they can cover each grade level.
Funding for this new school will come from our taxes at the local, state and federal levels. The school will receive about the same amount per student that is currently given to other public schools in the state.
The starting salaries for a teacher will be about $40,000 and will increase as prescribed in the plan submitted to the state.
I encourage everyone interested in learning more about this new school to read the application submitted for approval.
Like ever thing else, it's available on the internet.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/05/2017 at 10:21 pm:
Thanks Neil King for the information on Emerau. Wonder is ACE a not for profit cooperation or corporation? Wonder if the cooperation or corporation will be getting a portion of the public school money that will be appropriated to Bladen County Schools in the future years? Wonder why we have not heard from the Bladen County Schools about this new school? Wonder if Bladen County tax money will go toward the operation of this new school?
Neil King Neil King from Dublin, NC wrote on 04/05/2017 at 8:33 pm:
Let's see. The money people are a cooperation by the name of Advantage Capital for Education (ACE), the Bladen County connection is Gardner Altman, Jr. he is one of the partners in the cooperation and has a place up on River Road near Harmony Hall. That's where Eddie Madden comes in as a board member, he and his family live in one of Altman' s houses. (Madden also has experience with charter schools from where he came from) No the E-town's town manager lives way out in the county.

The name of the school derives from the selected works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, from whom the students will study for 5 years
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/05/2017 at 4:08 pm:
Just found out the "correct" amount of time that Senator Jeff Merkly of Oregon spent on speaking against the nominee for the Supreme Court last night and this
morning on the floor of the US Senate was 15 hours and 27 minutes. Believe it or not, they have been showing reruns of the speech like 15 hours and 27 minutes was not enough. Thank God Bill Murray's character in "Groundhog Day" was finally able to get from under the continuous rerunning of Groundhog Day. Speaking of Senator Merkly from Oregon, isn't it amazing that he could have said in 5 MINUTES what it took him 15 hours and 27 minutes to say. God have mercy on he Republic and pass the biscuits.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/05/2017 at 1:38 pm:
Thought I was caught up in the movie "Groundhog Day". Go to bed and a Senator is speaking about the confirmation of a judge to the Supreme Court. That was about 10:30 pm and he had been speaking since about 6:45 pm. Woke up this morning and the same Senator is still speaking and I understand he finally ended up speaking about 16 or 17 hours straight. Believe he was from Oregon and all I would say about that is the next time he is up for election, the good people of Oregon should vote him out of the Senate. Reasoning, anybody with any amount of common sense knows that it is almost an impossibility to hold an audiences attention more than say 30 minutes. Who does this man think he is kidding? Felt so sorry for him this morning. In my eyes, who ever put him up to it should be arrested for "cruel and usual punishment". Only other comment, did he get a chance to use the restroom during the 16 or 17 hours of speaking?

Looks like we are going to have a new school of "some type" this coming fall. Could someone connected with it please give the good people of Mother Bladen exactly what the word "Emerau" means?, I know Elizabethtown, Bladenboro, Clarkton, Tar Heel, White Oak, and all the communities in between; but what is Emerau? Will a new town named Emerau spring up out around the airport east of Elizabethtown? Personally, Mother Bladen School would have been a more appropriate name.

How about the language "our" representative used in his reply to Mr. Jackson about how he voted on repeal of HB2? One would wonder if his children go around "anywhere" using such language.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 04/04/2017 at 10:53 am:
Mr. Schaeffer:
Thank you for your comments. Finally, some give and take. I tend to shoot from the hips and call a spade a spade. I agree with you that sometimes it's how you say things to people that matters. But, in my opinion, some people can't read between the lines and need to be told certain things point blank. It's obvious to me that representative Jones is not right for North Carolina and more specifically, Bladen County and we need to do what we can to ensure that he doesn't get re-elected.
By the way, you should have seen the email I sent to that Democrat sitting in the governor's chair. Now that was a doozy. At least he knows what I think about him and the way he governs.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/03/2017 at 8:27 pm:
Mr. Jackson, your comments and observations are noted. As in all things, though, it is not what you say—it’s how you say it.

It galls me that the Church, by and large, is doing nothing ***NOTHING*** to address the root of the problem in the state of NC regarding bathroom access by cross-dressing, ‘transgender’ deviants. Might as well call them what they are.

With respect to the ongoing debate between conservative and liberals over this issue, I am tired of giving ground to the enemy. It's very depressing. Why are religious conservatives always on the defensive, running around in a panic to provide accommodation for belligerent sexual deviants? We are so terrified of being perceived as homophobes and bigots that we willingly sacrifice our liberty, AND the safety of our loved ones, to avoid it. Ironically, no matter how much we give in, we'll still be ridiculed and vilified as bigots.

Loving other people does not mean accepting everything that they do. Instead of making provision for deviant behavior, the religious and conservative Right needs to let the liberal crowd know that such behavior, in public, will not be tolerated, and that it WILL be punished. Contrary to liberal criticisms that we are being uncharitable and ‘unChristian’, it is not ‘loving’ to lend legitimacy to their way of life. They need to be unapologetically told that, unless they recognize the foundational validity of the Judeo-Christian moral ethic, they are morally and spiritually doomed.

Frankly, it is frustrating that we aren't doing more to fight against the onslaught of liberal/progressivism, and I feel that time is running out to act. In truth, I believe that it's already too late to save our nation as the Founders set it up. I'm just hoping for a religiously conservative remnant to survive.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/31/2017 at 8:10 pm:
I believe our representative, William Brisson, by his vote of No on repeal of HB2, was simply saying that he does not want the Govenor nor any other male using the same restroom, bathing facility, or shower stall with his wife or any other female. God bless William Brisson and his family.
The solution to this problem is found in the early history of mankind; "male and female created He them". That lesson was learned in Sunday School at an early age by those of us 50 years of age or older and also by some under that age. Will each of us find ourselves in the house of God with our children day after tomorrow or will we let the HB142 crowd and naysayers continue to tell us it is not important. I believe Joshua was the one who said it so eloquently, "as for me and my house, will serve the Lord". As Yogi Berra said, "it ain't over til its over". God have mercy on us and please pass the biscuits.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/31/2017 at 2:02 pm:
I wanted to sit back and enjoy the rain we're having today but I chose to look up the vote taken yesterday on the repeal of HB2. Early yesterday morning, I called the offices of our Representative and Senator and had to leave them a message since they failed to answer their phone. Still haven't heard back as yet. Probably won't. Anyway, I check the vote count this afternoon and learned that Representative BRENDON JONES voted to repeal HB2 as did Senator BILL RABON. What really surprised me the most was that WILLIAM BRISSON, a Democrat, voted NO to a repeal. When the time comes for them to seek re-election which I believe is 2018, I strongly urge all like minded people to vote NO as it pertains to re-electing JONES and RABON as they are not working for us. Although I won't vote for him, WILLIAM BRISSON deserves the vote of you Democrats.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 03/31/2017 at 11:08 am:
Here’s what Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said about the repeal of HB2:

“North Carolina’s brand and continued economic prosperity should not be beholden to the loudest voices on either the far-left or the far-right who don’t have our state’s best interests in mind. I’m glad that state lawmakers were able to reach a commonsense compromise to repeal HB2.”

And then, here’s what our esteemed Governor said:

“For over a year now, House Bill 2 has been a dark cloud over our great state. It has stained our reputation. It has discriminated against our people. And it has caused great economic harm to many of our communities.”

“Today, we repealed House Bill 2. We begin to end discrimination. We begin to bring back jobs and sporting events.” (AHA! THERE’S the REAL crux of this idiot decision!)

“This law I’m signing today is not just about North Carolina’s reputation – or jobs and sports. It’s about working to end discrimination. Under HB2, North Carolina had zero LGBT protections. Today’s law not only provides for LGBT protections, but opens the door for more.” (Oh good grief. So now we have to PANDER to a perverted minority…???)

“House Bill 2 created a misguided, unworkable, and unnecessary requirement that individuals use bathrooms that matched the gender on their birth certificate. Today’s law immediately removes that restriction.” (Where was this guy born…? Does he even have a CLUE how stupid a statement that is??)

“Now, transgender kids aren’t subject to a horrible requirement and embarrassment that could put them in even more danger of being bullied or preyed on.” (‘…horrible’…? …’embarrassment’…??? What about the innocent people who are expected to TOLERATE the transgender’s choice of perversion??? Think THEY might be a little embarrassed too??)

…and THEN he says,

“Sports are coming back. The ticket takers, the housekeeping staff, and parking attendants working at arenas around our state will have more money in their pockets.” (Well, now we KNOW what the Governor’s priority is, and it sure isn’t public safety, common sense, or common decency)
“This new law is a compromise. But we stopped Republican leaders from adding provisions that permanently placed LGBT rights subject to referendum or allowed people to use religious beliefs to discriminate.” (O PERISH the thought that those wide-eyed religious wing-nuts ‘out there’ want to impose some decency into the legislative process)

You can’t make this stuff up. Let’s face it: every single one of these elected officials is dumber than a rock, and corrupt to the core. They happily compromise their integrity and standards of morality at the altar of political expediency. Democrats elected this guy, and—from the sound of it—our Republican rep is right behind him. They’re all the same.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/31/2017 at 10:26 am:
They did what? They changed the law so a "male" can "lawfully" use he same bathroom, shower stall on school campuses,or bathing facility that females use!!!!!!!!!!!
All in the name of insanity. North Carolina, for those who do not know was ranked the number two(2) state in all of the United States to do business AFTER HB2 was passed. According to the math I was taught, there is only one spot ahead of #2. #2 is pretty good for a state that believed it is right for males and females to use separate facilities. With the passage of HB142 we may just sink to #10, #20, or even #50. Noticed that Gov Cooper (DEMOCRAT) said HB#2 didn't go far enough; wonder does he mean if he visits your home that he feels he should have the right to use your bathroom while your wife or daughter is in there????????

At least now we have the NCAA where we want them!!!
When they say they want to hold their tournament in our state, we can say to them "take your tournament and go else where, we have all the LGBT folks in our state that we can stand "peeeeuu"; in fact, you can take every last one we have with you and we will settle for still being the #2 state in which to do business with full assurance that at least we know where males and females should be "doing their business". Thank God and pass the biscuits.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 03/31/2017 at 12:25 am:
When it comes to political discourse, most often it is not a case of WHAT you say—it’s HOW you say it. Since I have been so roundly vilified and attacked over not dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” when it comes to attribution and referencing, I find that the (mostly) liberal readership that reads this forum cares far less about the subject being discussed, but much more about preserving their condescending, sneering, self-righteous confidence in their own grammatical and literary perfection. They are very good at this.

Thus, like every good liberal, they deflect from the point actually being discussed, and instead, focus on a niggling, minor point that effectively distracts the entire discussion. Liberals have perfected this to an art form. On the other hand, conservatives have begun to wake up to this tactic, and have begun to challenge the liberal/progressives. Liberal/progressives do not like this. Push-back from conservatives is not in their ‘play book’, and when it happens, it seems to ‘trigger’ them into a quivering mass of shrill, hysterical, hyper-ventilating snowflakes, whose only recourse is to find a ‘safe space’ somewhere, where they can calm down with a puppy and a coloring book until the ‘trauma’ of being directly confronted over their nonsensical logic subsides.

Since Mr. Jackson brought up the point of the HB2 bill, let’s discuss that for a moment.

It would seem that, in the state of North Carolina, commerce trumps common sense, and it is no longer our elected representatives who ‘make the rules’, it is the NCAA. So, bowing to an organization that tells the state, “If you don’t change your bathroom bill, we’re gonna keep taking our business elsewhere”, our state legislators decide that MONEY trumps MORALITY, and—if you are a conservative—what YOU think doesn’t matter! Yesssirr….by golly, they’ve ‘SEEN THE LIGHT’, and now they KNOW what is right, and proper, and moral, and good for our state, and that is, to allow men and women into each other’s bathrooms!!

So, go ahead, Tarheels---sit ON your heels (or whatever part you sit on), and keep quiet. DON’T tell ANY of our elected state legislators—and for goodness sake, DON’T tell the Governor—that the repeal of this bill is an offense to decency and common sense. That would offend him. See—he’s a Democrat, so…that makes him MUCH more socially enlightened than YOU—you Neanderthal throwback, you. Yeahhhh, our state leaders have ‘Seen The Light’, all right…now WE, TOO, can be a progressive and forward-thinking state. Just like California…also known as the Land of The Fruits and The Nuts, and not for nothing, I might add.

Keep up the good work, Democrats.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/30/2017 at 8:09 pm:
Bravo Mr. Jefferson Weaver on your column pertaining to what is really important about March. It is good to read after someone who can put it into such eloquent words.
@ Jerry Jackson. It amazes me also when I get into a conversation here in Mother Bladen and those who find out my name say something to the effect, "oh, you are the guy on BOL guestbook", but can; say I have ever seen a post by them. Seems that a lot of folks read BOL but not many comment about its contents. There certainly are a lot of things not going well in Bladen County, but on the other hand there are things that are going quite well.

Don't know when it started, but I do .know that a lot of children are unchurched. So heart breaking is the fact that in a lot of families, the children go to church and that one or more of the parents do not go. Wonder if the children are "also" telling the parents "do not go to church today"?

To really see how far the Democrats have sunk, just tune in C-span any weekday that congress is in session and one can see they all have the same speech writer. It is almost as though when they get to Washington that all the individuals become immeshed into one big blob of finding fault. Maybe that is it, hey became such big fault finders at home that their families got out and helped hem get elected to get the negitivety up to Congress and out of the individual states.

Has anyone ever figured out why the Republicans did not bring the health care repeal bill up for a vote? Seems after all the debate in congress that they could have at least found out who on the Republican side would have voted against it. No such problems with the Democrats, if it is living, breathing, and moving they are against it. By the way, we all do know that EVERYONE in every state that signed up for health care coverage under Obamacare will lose their coverage when it IMPLODES IF THEY DO NOT LOSE IT BEFORE. Glory to God and pass the biscuits. Keep it coming Mr. Jackson.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/30/2017 at 12:27 pm:
I can't hardly keep up with all of the traffic on this site. Oh, that's right, there is none. What ever happened to opinions and feedback? Is it because the guestbook is a completely useless forum for presenting opinions and views? If you read the opinions on this site, what's your problem? Are you brain dead, don't you have an opinion on anything? Are you afraid to put your name on anything? Keep it up and one day you might just loose the freedom you currently have, that being your freedom of speech.

Question: Does anyone out there give a damn that the North Carolina legislature is going to or has already repealed HB2? That's the bill which gives voyeurs the right to use a bathroom or shower of the opposite sex. If the Republican side of the legislature gave up and caved in to all the threats from the NCAA and other organizations, the next time you have to use a public bathroom, you just might see a man or woman in there watching you do your business. If they repealed the law, it's because of people like you that just sat on their hind end and let the world pass them by. If it was repealed, GOD help us and I truly pity you democrats. Very sick people if you allow this to go forward. Very sick.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/28/2017 at 9:33 am:
Tidbits to consider:
When I need a good laugh, I simply listen to a DEMOCRAT.
Why spend your hard earned dollars in town when you can take a short drive and save money?
Why were the privileged in this town given an exemption from serving this country during the Vietnam and in every war since?
Why is it that women earn less money for doing the same job but have to spend more of what they earn for things such as having their hair done and having their clothes altered?
Why do parents ask their children if they want to go to church instead of telling them to get dressed?
Why do parents allow their children to play with their electronic games for hours on end instead of encouraging them to go outside and play?
Why do we allow our politicians to do as they please instead of doing what "we the people" want them to do?
Why do our citizens sit idly by while "STUPID" is allowed to rule?
You kids of all ages. If you can read, ask your privileged father what he did during the war. Chances are, he was hiding under a rock.
Immigrants have always been welcomed in this country, but not as wards of the state and not as illegals.
Why can't our politicians put country first instead of a particular party?
Why don't the town leaders allow Wal-Mart to build a supercenter in or near town?
Where's the industry that would keep more of the graduating seniors in our community?
What are some of your "tidbits" that might cause us to exercise our minds and think?
Neil King Neil King from Dublin wrote on 03/23/2017 at 10:06 am:
Michael, it's not a 4-way Stop. It's a round-about. A circle with yield signs. They have been used for years in the EU and are very efficient at keeping traffic moving. One that i think of right off and use often is near Clinton High School. Another large one near Pinehurst.
Michael McDaniel Michael McDaniel from Dublin wrote on 03/22/2017 at 1:19 pm:
Putting a four way stop at the intersection of 410 and 41 is the stupidest idea I have ever heard of! I don't mind the idea of changing the intersection, but there are going to be a lot of wrecks with a four way stop I imagine. Think at least one of our elected leaders should contact DOT and tell them how stupid (and unsafe) that a four way stop is going to be.
Gary White Gary White from Bladenboro wrote on 03/21/2017 at 9:42 pm:
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G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/15/2017 at 9:31 pm:
It's Wednesday evening and PRAYER MEETING rules. Another opportunity missed by those who did no attend. Starting March 20 thru March 24 REVIVAL SERVICES will be held at Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist 5 miles out of Bladenboro and 7 miles out of Elizabethtown off of Hwy 242. A little singing and a whole lot of good ole time preaching of the WORD OF GOD. Rev. Dr. Bobby Carden will be the evangelist. Pastor Rev. James Howard Nobles and the congregation invite everyone to attend. Time is 7:30 each evening.
Mike Kinlaw Mike Kinlaw from Bladenboro wrote on 03/11/2017 at 9:24 am:
Bladenboro Middle School athletic department is looking for sponsors. Sponsorships are considered a charitable donation and are tax deductible. The school is looking for sponsors to help purchase new uniforms for the BMS football, soccer, basketball and softball teams that are in great need of new uniforms. It is very costly to purchase new uniforms for all of these programs. Any amount will be accepted. If you are interested in donating please call Bladenboro Middle School at 863-3232 and ask for Nicole Kinlaw. You can also mail your donation to 910 S. Main Street Bladenboro. Checks should be made payable to Bladenboro Middle School Athletic Dept.
Sharon H Anderson Sharon H Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 03/08/2017 at 6:28 pm:
Simply wanted to clarify. West Bladen's Honor Roll is done student by student, by hand. The mistake made for the 2nd Quarter was just a human error on my part. We do not use Powerschool to calculate honor roll since it averages the grades and the Bladen County Board of Education approved criteria is not an average. We have almost 800 students and a slightly different view of things with 4 class periods of attendance each day, BCC and NCVPS classes that only report semester grades, etc. We all work together, but sometimes mistakes do happen. I am happy to report that the problem was rectified and both parents and students were pleased. Prayerfully this will not happen again, but thanks to our school community who is understanding and patient with us when something like this does happen. Thanks also to Bladen Online for helping us get it right!!!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/08/2017 at 10:43 am:
Welcome back to Mr. Jackson here on the Guestbook. Continue to keep us informed. Gas over in Dublin at Inman's IGA was still $216 per gallon at last check. There is a local outlet in Elizabethtown that advertises "if the customer uses 'their' card" then gas can be purchased for $209 per gallon. If one doesn't use "their" card then it is $219 per gallon. From this it certainly appears this outlet "could" be selling their gas to everyone at $209 per gallon and hence they would start getting most of the gas business in E-town or a least help bring down the cost of gas. If not, I certainly urge everyone to pay their gas money to the Inman's over in Dublin; then at least we can "say" we are contributing to the economy of the biggest town in the world, for after all it is "Dublin" all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/05/2017 at 11:00 pm:
Alright. Let's see if the following can get some thoughtful input from somebody out there who remains a free thinker.
When I was allowed to write letters to the Bladen Journal, I made several comments about those stupid snow flakes the town puts up every Christmas. As it turns out, they won't be coming down any time soon because rumor has it that the town mayor and manager has a problem with Christmas ornaments. Can you believe that folks? In spite of what the people want, they don't want traditional Christmas ornaments put up on their new light poles. This information came from an reliable source so until it's proven otherwise, I will accept it as being a true statement. Talk about political correctness, sometimes people take things to the extreme, don't you think?
I'd like to add a comment on another subject that was being discussed, that being economic development. Even though I left Elizabethtown back in 1965 in order to serve my country, I was born and raised here in Bladen County and can tell for a fact that after the lumber mills shutting down, economic development as I understand it, has been next to nothing. There used to be a textile plant located downtown which stayed open for a number of years and then in 1965, a company called Veeder Root moved to the outskirts of town. Some years later another much larger textile plant moved down the road from Veeder Root and that was it until Smithfield constructed their plant just west of Tar Heel. If you call the development that's taken place at the airport economic development, then you can add those businesses to the list. Other than that, what does Bladen County have to brag about for the last fifty-two years? This town and this county WILL NOT grow until you people get rid of the deep rooted Democratic control that has ruled this town as far back as I can remember. If you will elect more Republicans in the future, things will begin to change for the better. Ever wonder why there's not a Wall-Mart supercenter here in Elizabethtown or in the county for that matter? At the next town council meeting why not ask your mayor and town manager that same question. They probably won't tell you the truth but simply put, it's because they don't want outside competition. They want all the money you spend on gas, clothes and food to go into their bank accounts and not the coffers of a company like Wal-Mart. I can also tell you people, especially you new citizens, that Elizabethtown has NOT changed that much in the last seventy years or more. Sure, a few buildings have been razed and businesses have come and gone, but the buildings are the same buildings I remember as a young child. My senior class in high school graduated 60-70 students. Fifty plus years later, Bladen county has two very large high schools so don't tell me we don't have the people to work in a new plant or business because we do. The only thing I can come up with is they, the democratic machine in this area, simply does not want to grow. Prove me wrong.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/05/2017 at 9:41 am:
Good morning to the few people that don't mind putting their thoughts and concerns on this site. I wish I could use the Letter's to the Editor section of the Bladen Journal, but since they refuse to print my comments and letters, I'll use this forum until something better comes along.
Neil King: you know that change comes when one person speaks up or does something different. I applaud you for checking out gas prices in other locations. What I've written about as it pertains to the price of gasoline, still holds true today. Now, if you will tell ten of your friends about this and they end up telling ten of their friends, maybe then we can get our gas prices to fall in line with the rest of the state. Again I ask you, what makes Elizabethtown so special that we have to pay more for gasoline than surrounding towns. Could it be GREED? When you happen to be out of town, buy your gasoline for less.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/27/2017 at 7:08 pm:
I’m going to encourage parents and policy makers, counselors and pastors, educators and activists, along with all those who care about their trans-identified friends and family that: 1) there is no settled science confirming transgender identity; 2) we still know very little about many operations of the brain, including those related to what is now called gender dysphoria (previously known as gender identity disorder, or GID); 3) studies continue to indicate that the vast majority of children who identify as transgender do not do so after puberty (even if many ultimately identify as gay); 4) there must be a better way than our current approach to treating gender dysphoria; 5) it is unfair to impose the struggles of less than 1 percent of the population on the rest of the population, especially on impressionable kids; and 6) gender distinctions should be celebrated and appreciated, rather than branded patriarchal or heterosexist or the like.

With respect to the bathroom issue that we seem to be having in North Carolina, MY contention is very simple: if there is doubt about what your gender is, look inside your pants. You don’t get to choose; that was already done for you at birth. So, what you see, is what you get.

That being said, I think that there are some other considerations in play when it comes to the (apparently) genuine issue of people not reeeeeally being sure whether they are male or female. So, for those genuinely confused individuals who cannot fathom whose genitalia that is underneath their clothes, allow me to offer the following observations:

1. The fact is, there is no ‘settled science’ that confirms such a thing as ‘transgender’ identity. None.
2. However, we know very little about the operations within the brain, including those related to what is popularly now known as ‘gender dysphoria’ (aka ‘gender identity disorder’)
3. Some studies support the observation that the greater majority of children who identify as members of the opposite sex do not do so after puberty, although many ultimately identify as gay.
4. Currently, there is no peer-reviewed and agreed-upon method for treating gender dysphoria.
5. All of the above being said, it is ALSO quite clear that it is manifestly unfair to impose the confusion and gender struggles of less than 1% of our population onto the REST of the population! Most especially, it is grossly irresponsible, and is actually a form of child-abuse, for parents to encourage (or force) their children into an emotional framework which supports transgender dysphoria.
6. The gender uniqueness which is male and female should be celebrated, appreciated, and enjoyed for its own sake, instead of being attacked for being ‘sexist’ or ‘patriarchal’. All of that is sheer nonsense from liberal Leftist progressives who are driven by a political agenda, and not by some notion of gender fair play. Were that not the case, we would most likely have never heard of ‘transgender rights’.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/22/2017 at 8:55 pm:
Praise God. Our President Donald J Trump has lifted the "transgender bathroom guidance" that was forced upon the American people by former President Obama. Rightfully so, President Donald J Trump says it is an individual state issue. Who is laughing now? Reckon now NC can sue the NBA and the ACC for pulling their games out of the state. Thank God for former Gov. McCrory. Praise God. Praise God. Praise God. And God bless President Donald J Trump. Now this news came from the Associated Press; whether it is fake or not who know?. Guess "the shadow still knows"!!!!!!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/21/2017 at 9:46 pm:
Interesting ballgame over at West Bladen this evening. In the state boys basketball playoffs First Flight High School from Kitty Hawk was the visiting team. Evidently they had been winning games this year by trading 3 point baskets for 2 point baskets. That idea will work if all 3 point shots are made, unfortunately for them and fortunately for they missed more of their 3 point attempts than they made. Hence, The Knights won. Another interesting aspect of the game was mass substitutions on just about every change of possession by First Flight. Great news THE WEST BLADEN KNIGHTS move on in the playoffs.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/21/2017 at 10:31 am:
Yesterday was President's Day. That means ALL our PRESIDENTS. Can someone enlighten me on how a nationwide protest occurs with the moniker of "not my president day"? Especially on the day the Federal Government has set aside as President's Day. As has been noted in a recent post about the same pre-made signs showing up all over the USA; it certainly has the smell of a pig sty concerted effort by those who did not vote for OUR current President. By the way, his name is Donald J Trump not Donald R Trump (not withstanding we all can mis-strike the keys on the computer). For those involved in the protest, GET A LIFE AND GET A JOB.
The President we have is an intelligent man, at least he knew the number of electoral votes it would take to get him elected; the politician he ran against evidently did not and neither did the news media. God bless President Donald J Trump, his family, his cabinet, and the nation of which he is President. HE IS OUR PRESIDENT and he does not need the consent of the protesters to govern. One last thing, does the same person write speeches for all Democrats that are presented on the floor of the Senate? What a shame that the individuality of all Democrat Senators is sacrificed on the altar of ignorance.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/20/2017 at 5:59 pm:
We are all well aware that there is a Trump agenda—to Make America Great Again. But there is also an Obama agenda. It is, in fact, a clearly organized, and quite often violent effort by the liberal/progressive Left to attack, delegitimize, and to remove Donald Trump from office.

Quite literally from coast to coast, liberal activists are bringing the fight to the doorsteps of GOP members, disrupting their town hall meetings, and picketing and loudly agitating in the streets against the Trump presidency. Unable to cope with Democrats losing their bid for the Oval Office because of a defective candidate, they are employing Marxist tactics to tear down our constitutional form of government, as well as the principles and values which comprises the foundation of our democratic republic.

There is an organized method to this madness. The playbook for this sort of civil disruption was laid out by Saul Alinsky in his book, “Rules For Radicals”. Alinsky’s work has recently been updated by former Obama staff members who have launched their own aggressive assault on America, with the intent of crushing the Trump administration, and re-shaping America to conform to their radical progressive agenda. They have launched an effort known as ‘Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda’. This active assault was recently launched by former President Obama and his minions in an effort to collapse the Trump administration, and is designed to work hand-in-hand with Obama’s own original organization known as ‘Organizing For Action’. This organization was previously known as ‘Organizing for America’, which was created after Obama’s 2008 election win. Hence the latest version, ‘Indivisible’.

This is not just some spontaneous grass-roots effort. It takes a LOT of money and organization to pull together a national effort of this size and magnitude. Leaders of this organization are known to have ties to billionaire hedge-fund manager, George Soros, who is known to bankroll as many as fifty different liberal and/or radical Leftist organizations. While ‘Indivisible’ staffers deny this, the links to Soros are undeniable. How else can one explain the scores of protestors, who show up at rallies and town hall meetings with pre-printed signs, and who very often arrive in buses, parked discreetly away from the marches or meetings? This isn’t a get-together of your average neighbors from around your town; these are paid, professional protestors, paid to agitate, disrupt, and to generate violence and civil unrest.

Separately, Organizing For Action, which is run by ex-Obama staffers and officials, plans to stage 400 rallies across at least 42 states this year to attack Trump. The former President has set up 250 OFA offices around the country, with approximately 32,000 staffers and 25,000 trained anarchists, all of it with the intent of causing civil disruption, destruction of property, and generating economic chaos. Said Obama several weeks ago, “I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best time to share them.”

Those words are a quote, and those words reflect the Marxist activism of a President whom—in my opinion—should have never been elected in the first place. I submit to you that Barack Obama is proving to be an enemy of the United States, and that—if he continues his anti-American activities—he should be investigated, and legally charged as appropriate. If our constitutional rule of law is not upheld, and the political insurgency and guerilla warfare tactics against our elected government and officials is not checked, this country risks becoming a diminished, Third-World rat hole.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/19/2017 at 4:44 pm:
They are still at it folks, THE NEWS MEDIA that is. The President doesn't hold news conferences,it is the devil to pay; the President does hold news conferences and he is "STILL CAMPAIGNING"!!!
How about this one, IT IS COSTING THE COUNTRY TOO MUCH TO COVER ALL THE TRUMPS. Wonder if the they ever figured out how much it cost the American tax payer for President Obama to take vacations during his eight years in office. Last time I heard it was close to $90,000,000. But no one ever reported on that. NEWS MEDIA, listen up. You told us who was supposed to win the election; we the voter SHOWED you who won he election. Wise up and start giving the current President the favorable coverage you have given to past Presidents. The voting public is watching and waiting til 2017 and 2019. We have already got our eyes on you the NEWS MEDIA and we can turn the channel or drop our subscription any and every day. Did a bunch of people just turn from NBC to C-SPAN; did someone just drop their subscription for the Fayetteville "DEMOCRAT" Observer newspaper? Believe hey did.

Other than that, "everything is beautiful in its own way" out here in mid Mother Bladen county. Believe Ray Stevens sang about that back a few years ago.

There is news that is going o happen.
WHAT? Revival services.
WHEN? March 20 thru 24
WHERE? Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church. 5 miles from Bladenboro; 8 miles from Elizabethtown on Hwy 242.
TIME. 7:30 pm
Speaker Rev. Bobby Carden. You can listen to him every week day at 1;00 pm on 100.9 FM. If you have any lost friends, be sure and bring a car or van load of them. You will find he has a deep heart felt compassion for folks who have not made up their mind yet they want to go to heaven. The pastor, Rev. James H Nobles, and the congregation welcome each and every one who will attend.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 02/13/2017 at 11:15 am:
"The news is out all over town". Believe those words were in an old country song. The problem with that, is WHO controls the news hat gets to us, the news buying public? A good example of this present day phenomena is HB2. As most of us know NC has lost several "sporting event" tournaments, supposedly because of HB2.
When in reality, a state, Texas has the same law on the books as NC; but host Super Bowl LI. It is nothing but how various news media portray the news. If that is not true, then how does Texas, host the Super Bowl but he NBA moves its All Star Game out of NC? The last election told the news media to clean up its act in addition to electing a new President. We indeed do have a new President, who the news media said it was impossible for him to be elected; it is about time the news media gets the message that was sent to it AND GIVE THIS PRESIDENT THE RIGHT THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM and let him with his cabinet govern. That needs to happen soon or my prediction is that the rest of the liberal democrats will be turned out of office at the next election and America will start turning to news sources that get out the unbiased news. America is waiting. God bless our new President, his family, and his cabinet; and yes, God bless the news media of our nation that they will come to their senses and report the TRUTH.
RJAllen RJAllen from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 02/13/2017 at 6:15 am:
Bravo, Wayne--couldn't have said it better myself
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/05/2017 at 8:48 am:
Judging from the chaos and criminal actions which characterized the progressive Left’s response to a conservative speaker slated to speak at UC Berkley in California this past week, it is abundantly clear who controls the media narrative. The Left cannot tolerate conservative opinion, and the anarchists cannot stomach the fact that we have a strong-willed Republican President. Despite the endless, shrill outrage from liberals over the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, it is clear that they (liberals) control the narrative, and thus, it is liberals who decide what is legitimate news, and what is not. Rather than calling the destruction at the campus for what it is—anarchy—the media wants us to believe that it represents ‘legitimate dissent’.

It is not just a "double standard"; almost all of us can be called guilty of that from time to time. What is going on with the media is criminal collusion in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of the United States. It should be dealt with as treasonous actions, not as an issue of character and standards (as the media clearly has neither). I continue to find it oddly amusing at the comparison between how the media hero-worshipped Barack Obama, but salivates with malicious and angry glee over every tweet and comment from Donald Trump. I believe their actions to be part of a continuing effort to delegitimize Trump’s presidency, and worse—to effectively discard the constitution, and to dismantle the concept of our representative democratic republic. For those who cannot—or will not see—Barack Obama is a Marxist/socialist, and Hillary Clinton was an acolyte, even farther to the Left than he. The media is complicit in praising their narrative, as though it represents sage and settled wisdom, and the media has been complicit in supporting the progressive Left’s dysfunctional agenda for America. Thus, Trump (to them) represents a potent threat which must be removed at any cost, including seditious anarchy.

Trump presented himself as a law and order candidate, and it is clear from the criminal activity which has occurred this week that he will have to take strong and decisive actions to stop the mayhem. It starts with an Attorney General willing to enforce the law, and it starts with local and state law enforcement which stops the violence and destruction as soon as it begins. Contrary to his predecessor, Donald Trump is not a wilting flower. If he does not challenge the progressive Left, they will succeed in enacting their agenda for America, which is to (1) amass a nationwide following of lockstep disciples, willing to commit criminal acts when required, (2) shut down any conservative opposition whatsoever, (3) promote the belief that Donald Trump is a dangerous extremist, and (4) provoke a national crisis.

They intend to end Trump’s presidency. No question about it. And they fully intend to replace him with a candidate who will do THEIR bidding—an establishment progressive who will continue the Obama and Clinton legacy of reducing America to the status and level of a Third-World banana republic. The chaos is only just beginning.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/03/2017 at 2:26 pm:
Thank God a former poster on Guestbook says she is praying for those who voted for and support President Trump. By a letter to the editor in todays Fayetteville Observer newspaper evidently the poster has moved. At least this is one person who has moved since President Trump won the election; albeit only over to St. Pauls. Seems this former poster is still a little disgruntled over President Trump and his supporters. Let's be clear though, President Trump was not elected to be a church Deacon nor was he ordained to be a gospel minister. The same book that gives the qualifications for those offices, also request we send up prayers for all those in positions of leadership whether they be Republican, Democrat, or, Independent. That same book also shows that a good leader can also be a "good" man or a "bad" man. I certainly would encourage this former poster to bring up a link on the computer for the National Prayer Breakfast that was celebrated this week in Washington, D.C. President Trump was there and I must say that he impressed me as well as the Senate Chaplain, Barry Black. Thanks for praying for us and our-your President.
Chuck Chuck from Elizabethtown wrote on 02/02/2017 at 9:08 am:
No offense taken. I am happy to find folks passionate about creating a better Bladen County. We probably don't toot our own horn enough and there are several very good projects considering Bladen right now. Keep your fingers crossed, keep us in your prayers. Please do follow up with a call sooner rather than later. Office is 645-2292.

Thanks again,
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 02/02/2017 at 12:45 am:
Chuck – Thank you for the overview. I suspect I know who the common acquaintance might be and if so, we have had this discussion also.
I rarely comment on Bladen Online Guestbook and don’t intend to become a “frequent commenter”. I very much appreciated your response and I’m sure others who might read it will be enlightened as well and might suggest there be some periodic articles in our local news that does discuss just what is being done in the area of economic development. My comments and questions were in no way formulated to be insulting or inflammatory to anyone in particular and if they came across that way, I do apologize.
I applaud those members of our County and City Board(s) that ask the hard questions of those individuals responsible for the administration of our governmental process and hold individuals that might be employees accountable to the taxpayers, provided they are guided with both respect and with substantive merit. One of my favorite artists, James Brown had a song back in the 70’s called “Talking Loud and Saying Nothing” and too often that is all that takes place at some of our meetings.
If we have learned one thing from our past Presidential elections, voters are now once again engaged and will be demanding accountability and results from their elected officials and if they don’t feel like they are getting it, regardless of the circumstances, they will vote for change.
I would like to see a day when our Towns and County would be able to retain many of our top graduates to return after college or to start-up new businesses and be able to live, work, and thrive here in Bladen County.
Again, thank you for your response and I hope to be able to exchange thoughts and ideas with you personally at some time in the future.
Chuck Chuck from Elizabethtown NC wrote on 02/01/2017 at 11:38 pm:

I may have you confused with someone else, but I think a mutual acquaintance suggesting engaging you concerning our economic development efforts earlier today. I am the director for our economic development efforts and I have also heard the questions about what we can do to be more successful. Smithfield Foods was a once or twice in a lifetime project for Bladen County. We are very fortunate that our commissioners at the time recruited it and our community supported it. The ag and industrial impacts have been enormous. I hate to imagine where we would be without them.
There have been lots of great projects since Smithfield. Right there in Tar Heel, Smithfield brought us the Cold Storage. The county has worked with them twice to attract major expansions to the Cold Storage. Just up the road at DuPont (now Chemours), the county has worked with the site management and attracted Teflon, SentryGlas, Tedlar, and APFO expansions. Dupont has invested well over $125,000,000 in the site expansions alone since 2000. The Commissioners also pursued and were awarded an over $1,000,000 grant to get natural gas to the site which makes the site even more attractive for future growth. Bladenboro has worked with the county to attract one of the most modern Birdsong peanut buying stations in the county. The impact to peanut farmers in the area has been significant. Birdsong, Houstons, and EJ Cox (Sachs) have huge ag and manufacturing impacts on the county. We have worked with each of these companies to expand and prosper in our community. The town and county also worked together to bring MHM Marine, Southern Belle Organics, and Carrol Poultry (we hope they startup soon) to the industrial park. Another of the county's great projects working with Bladenboro is the Cape Fear Valley medical center in town. It created dozens of jobs and strengthened Bladen County Hospital. We even had a great run with military contracting with Axicor (Hiram Hester) and Gene Brisson's companies.
Clarkton and Bladen County have worked together to attract several great projects including Blacks Tire Service GoodYear and Gildan (one of the largest, most respected textile companies in the world). Both continue to go strong. Gildan created over 130 jobs and has invested over $25 million. Companies such as Flanders and Superior Media created hundreds of jobs, but due to market changes moved on.
Elizabethtown, Bladen County, and Ben and Mary Greene have worked together to build one of the neatest most vibrant small rural industrial parks in the state. The airport industrial park has helped Westwood Robotics thrive and has attracted great businesses such as Aramark, Alerttile, Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, Delton gun company, Delton Machining, Kuraray logistics, Sue Bee Honey and the NCDMV call center (150 employees). A recent economic impact analysis noted that the approximately 350 jobs there created a direct impact of around $30,000,000 per year (I think that is close; I do not currently have it with me) in the county. The recreational improvements Elizabethtown is making in the park will make it the envy of other industrial parks.
Mature cornerstone industries such as Taylor Manufacturing continue to diversify and grow (hopefully the road construction will end soon and Mr. Taylor can finish his expansion of his very successful food processing), and the county and the town have worked with SPT (formerly Danaher, Veeder-Root) to win four or more expansion projects to our Elizabethtown plant creating hundreds of jobs.
There have been several other industrial and small business projects, but these are examples that come quickly to mind.
I truly appreciate your questions and assure you that our town and county commissioners have worked very hard to build one of the most successful and innovative rural programs in NC. I had also seen the 60 minutes special you refer to. They are doing cool and innovative things; and I am certainly looking to "borrow" good ideas.
I am excited by the enthusiasm our current new board is bringing. They are learning about our programs and we are learning about their desires for our direction. I can tell you that they are looking to be more aggressive and invest more than ever to attract more investment and jobs to Bladen County. We have our challenges, but we also have a community and leadership determined to make it happen. We are part of a very successful regional marketing group (NCSE) and we are knocking on industry, consultant, and realtor doors looking for opportunities every day.
Please feel free to give me a call. I would love to host you for a tour of some of our projects and share ideas. We are always looking for community leaders to help in our efforts. This invitation actually goes for anyone interested in learning more or sharing ideas or concerns.
Thanks again for the questions,
Neil King Neil King from Etown wrote on 02/01/2017 at 8:28 pm:
@Jerry D. Jackson, I left Etown this morning and Go Gas gas was $2.19. I went over to Clinton for work and Go Gas gas was $2.05, so I filled up and went down the street to a store and when I came back by the place I had just bought gas at, low and behold it had dropped 1 cent. $2.04. When I returned back to Etown, well you guessed it, gas was still $2.19. Guess they didn't hear about the price drop.
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 02/01/2017 at 7:59 pm:
To Dalene – Meant no personal insult to anyone and really don’t know who you are that you would become so irritated when a taxpayer makes an observation and comment. No harm meant, but isn’t it the responsibility of all of us who pay taxes into this county to make these observations and comments so our elected representatives can respond to our concerns. Did I offend you? If I did, I am sorry. Did I mention your name or accuse anyone of anything? Don’t feel I did. No I’m sure I do not know the answer to all the questions you threw out but I’m pleased Mr. Britt is asking these questions and I encourage him to keep doing so until he gets the answers so some questions and some new directions or solutions might be pursued.
Hearsay. Nope. I suppose most sensible people can observe for themselves the county has fallen behind in many areas, economic development being only one of those. Have you ever considered that the employee base you so negatively discount that will not show up for work, cannot pass a drug test, etc., etc are untrained may be due to the fact that the county has failed to provide job opportunities for many that might like to stay after college, but just find better opportunities elsewhere. I’m sorry, but I do not support this claim that there is not a sufficient employee base within 25 miles in any direction to support a major employer, regardless of where it is located in the county. And we do have 3 local community colleges in Bladen, Columbus and Robeson County that can implement training programs to support a wide range of skill-set requirements for employers that would locate to this area. We can come up with a number of reasons why we can’t do something cause that’s easy. It’s a little more difficult to come up with reasons why we can.
Lastly, I meant no offense to you or anyone else in my comments, but you ask “do I know how many potential employers have visited Bladen County?” My question to you is, Do you know how many potential employers Bladen County has visited to recruit?” I hope the answer is a whole bunch. If you have an interest, take a look at the link that I shared in another post. It’s from a 60 minutes report about an area in Mississippi that is “dirt poor” and had some of the same issues we face her and how they successfully changed things.
Darlene Darlene from Elizabethtown wrote on 02/01/2017 at 3:15 pm:
This is in response to Don from White ?? Before you make statements such as the long one you posted. You should at least check the facts. Do you have any idea how many potential clients visit Bladen County? Do you know what criteria they are looking for? Have you spoken with local industries to find out the problems they have in hiring good candidates who report to work on time, can pass drug tests, background checks and have the skill sets needed to do the job? Have you checked to find out the infrastructure needs in the county before you accuse people of not doing their jobs? Heresay is a dangerous thing and most of us are still fed up with one of the most contentious political seasons in our lifetime. When you throw mud, as much sticks to the person throwing it as to the person it is aimed at. I suggest you demand facts from Mr. Britt and insist he backs them up.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/31/2017 at 11:44 pm:
A conversation that I had recently with some of the folks that are knowledgeable in the local economic development for Bladen County have suggested to me that some of the factors limited greater industrial development for the county include:

--distant access to an interstate, in this case Interstate 95—a distance of some 30 miles to the west. That, in and of itself, is a limiting factor, since transportation of goods and raw materials is essential for industry. Route 701, while a good and usable road, is not big enough, nor connected to suitable hubs, to meet the requirements for movement of goods.

--local water source (the Cape Fear River) IS a ‘plus’ for development.

--access to natural gas, however, is not. The cost for installing natural gas lines suitable for industrial use is significantly prohibitive, and when that question inevitably comes up, larger industries are not interested.

--availability of land for development is also a ‘plus’, but not necessarily on a large scale. Smaller industrial development, on a limited footprint, is more suitable to the Bladen County environment.

There are other issues, many of them related to EPA and Army Corps of Engineers regulations, as well as prospects for negotiation of tax incentives. One other significant issue for location of ANY industry is the availability of a trained, or trainable, workforce. Along with that comes periphery issues, such as public school, and other related quality of life options. In sum, as a largely rural county, Bladen County has some solid option to offer smaller businesses and industries, but not the larger ones. We are, in effect, limited by our own location and geography.
Don Don from White wrote on 01/31/2017 at 9:45 pm:
Watch this if you are interested in economic development for Bladen County
Don Don from White wrote on 01/31/2017 at 9:40 pm:
I spent some time watching a good portion of the live stream of the most recent County Commissioners meeting focused on Industrial Development in Bladen County. I heard lots of reasons why we cannot, heard lots of excuses. Mr. Ray Britt, who campaigned on encouraging our Economic Development efforts to become more aggressive in their efforts made some excellent points in stating your thoughts on this to the speaker, and I really don’t think Mr. Britt got much of an answer. I’m sure the individual presenting this to the commissioners is super knowledgeable in what he was talking about, but the level of enthusiasm leaves a lot to be desired. I’m sure this is more of his style, rather than his skillset in getting business interest to become attracted to Bladen County. Let’s hop so anyway. Do our Commissioners need to light a fire under our Economic Development team? To put it in another gear and go out and find some businesses or are we just waiting from them to find us? Are we as a county doing all we can to attract new industry to the county? I’m told the last major employer coming into Bladen was Smithfield in the 1990’s. that’s a pretty long time ago folks and not such a good success rate, but maybe there are other factors that are just beyond our elected officials and subsequently those who work for the taxpayer’s control. Not being critical mind-you, just asking some questions and making some observations to think about.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/30/2017 at 5:05 pm:
I noted with great interest the variety of protests going on around the country in response to Trump’s weekend restriction on immigration. In particular, I took note of what was written on the many different signs that the protestors were holding up. Some were vulgar, some were incoherent, some were simply stupid, and made no sense whatsoever.

A recurring theme that I noted, however, was the frequent reference to how American is a ‘land of immigrants’, and that ‘our country was founded on immigrants’, and that this current restriction on immigration ‘is not who we are’. Indeed? So, I should conclude that pouting, angry anarchists waving signs around at airports somehow KNOW ‘who we are’ as Americans, and that Trump’s temporary restriction on immigration somehow violates their delicate conscience to the very core of their oh-so-liberal soul? Gimme a break.

What I often hear cited in these discussions is a reference to the poem inscribed on a plaque at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty in 1901. It is a quote by Emma Lazarus which says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…” Liberals and progressives frequently cite that line, as though our entire premise for governing immigration should be based solely on that line—and no other consideration whatsoever. Nope. Just….throw open the gates! …open the borders!! …no restrictions, cuz after all—we’re AMERICA, and we want EV’rybody, cuz, after all, it was the immigrants who built American, and it was the immigrants who made America great, and….and….and on and on they go, until they are out of breath. Well, folks—that was then, and this is now, and the world isn’t what it used to be, but we still face threats from individuals and states who wish to harm us.

Our immigration policy is based on common sense, not some obscure line in a poem! Perhaps the liberals and the progressives have forgotten that, in response to the flood of immigrants this country encountered early in the 20th century, the government enacted The Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1903. That law imposed more restrictions on immigration than what were already in place. There was also an Immigration Act of 1907, and again in 1924, both of which imposed certain other requirements for admission, such as literacy tests, and which were specifically designed to allow the government to deny entry to those who were otherwise deemed a threat, or who could otherwise alter the demographics of the country. You can be quite sure that the enactors of those immigration laws knew full well what the poem said—but they were not bound by it, and neither should we be.

When individuals or groups can be identified as detrimental to the safety and well-being of Americans, they should be denied entry. Entry into America is not a right; it is a privilege. Those who attempt to connect Trump’s weekend restrictions on entry to a century-old poem are delusional. Clearly, these self-appointed little anarchists need a history lesson regarding U.S. immigration law and policy.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/30/2017 at 3:40 pm:
I do so hope that the regulations President Trump rolled back today will benefit all Americans, especially Billy up in Charlotte. Done more in his second week of his Presidency than others have done in eight years in office and we aren't even half way through the week. God bless our new President, his family, and his cabinet. A new Supreme Court appointee coming soon. Stay tuned.
Jane Pait Jane Pait from White Oak, NC wrote on 01/26/2017 at 11:42 am:
The United Voices of Baldwin Branch and the Baldwin Branch Male Choir will sing at White Oak Baptist Church, Hwy. 53, White Oak, NC (beside the old WO School gym, this Fifth Sunday, January 29, at 6:00 pm. It is going to be an awesome worship service. Don't miss it. WOBC extends a hearty welcome to all.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/26/2017 at 11:19 am:
Gas is $2.16 per gallon over at Inman IGA over in Dublin.

How about our new President. He has fulfilled more of his campaign promises in his first week in office as most have in their first term in office. Believe he will be good for our nation.
Ellen Gause Ellen Gause from Elizabethtown wrote on 01/25/2017 at 12:56 pm:
Kudos to Jefferson Weaver for a well-written, humorous, and down-to-earth letter to President Trump!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/24/2017 at 5:31 pm:
Thank you to the road crew working on Fayetteville Road yesterday an the drivers coming into Lumberton on same road. As the funeral procession of my former co-worker passed the road crew stopped working, placed their hard hats over their hearts, and stood at attention while the hearse passed them by. The drivers on the opposite side of the road stopped and honored the family of my friend and paid reverence too his family. One of the greatest shows of sympathy I have witnessed in a long time.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 01/22/2017 at 3:59 pm:
Just for the record.
I was driving through Clinton this past Monday and topped my gas tank off with gasoline priced at $2.09 per gallon.
This past Friday, I was in Whiteville for my weekly tray of oysters and decided to check the local gas prices. Once again, I topped off my gas tank with gas priced at $2.09 per gallon.
Back here in Elizabethtown, yea-you guessed it-the gas was priced at $2.21 per gallon. Month after month I keep asking myself-why? What makes us so special that we get to pay a premium price for gas.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/21/2017 at 7:59 pm:
Has the local DA assigned anyone on his staff to seek justice in the voter fraud cases that occurred in the last election. Whatever became of the charges that a county commissioner was seen taking pictures inside a voting place in Bladen County? We have less than two years to get these things cleared up. REMEMBER, less than two years and the voters will be casting ballots again. Isn't it about time that those in charge of investigating voter fraud START INVESTIGATING VOTER FRAUD and prosecuting those involved. The voting public is waiting.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 01/21/2017 at 4:25 pm:
Isn't it time for some "equal time?"
Let me tell you what I mean by that statement. When the so-called elite in the sporting world, the Hollywierd celebrities and many of those who entertain us with their voices get in front of a microphone, they bombard us with their misguided opinions. If we happen to be watching the program, we can either turn the channel or listen to them. Because I know these people can't refuse a good opportunity, I simply don't tune in.
What we need here is for our representatives to pass a bill giving us equal time to rebut their stupid comments.
I for one don't give a damn about their politics and wish they'd stick to their purpose for being which is to entertain us. That's it. Entertain us and shut up or, give us equal time.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/21/2017 at 2:30 pm:
What a breath of fresh air as the helicopter lifted off the ground with former President Obama and the former first lady on it. When he became President eight years ago he set off on a whirl wind tour of the world to apologize for America. This time he flew off to California to spend his first days as former President with some homosexual friends (as per the news media). During the eight years he was at the White House THE RICH GOT RICHER AND THE POOR GOT POORER at he expense of the middle class, of which there are so few left that America today can almost be classified into two classes the rich and the poor. Thank God we now have a President from the business sector that knows the worth of people working and being unburdened by such crazy things as having to pay a penalty for not buying into the ACA. He has already hit the road running and acting on behalf of the American people. Hold on Americans, there is finally great hope on the horizon for us. Just a few other notes. Don't we have a beautiful new first lady and don' the new first couple dance beautifully together. Lastly, when will the news media ever learn, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS? It was evident in the last election just how far off base they can be and yesterday they were at it again. As the old song said, "when will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?" If one likes to see the news as it happens, watch C-Span. God bless President Trump and God bless these United States of America. That fresh air is going to be good for the economy.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/20/2017 at 3:33 pm:
As expected, Trump’s inaugural address was entirely consistent with his previous speeches, and all of his campaign speeches—brief, blunt, to-the-point, and muscular. As well, Trump made it abundantly clear what the tone and tenor for his Presidency will be: he intends to restore the greatness that is America, and he intends to make America great again.

Trump made it clear that, unlike his predecessor, his will not leave the average American forgotten. He castigated the Beltway elite for enriching itself at the expense of the American people. He noted once again how his election represented a movement of Americans from across the country, and he noted that when we are unified, we are unstoppable, and can achieve anything. His message reinforced his constant theme that, as President, he expects to work non-stop on behalf of the American people.

He reiterated once again that he will be a President for ALL Americans, and that no matter if we are black, brown, or white, we are all patriots whose blood is the same color. He spoke about how America, and America’s wealth, has been diminished and redistributed across the world, to the detriment of the average American. Unapologetically, Trump hammered home the point that his intent is to put Americans—and America—first, before any considerations regarding other countries. I’m sure that sentiment did not sit well with the liberal progressives in the Democrat Party, nor with global sycophants at the UN.

Trump also spoke very clearly, forcefully, and without apology about radical Islamic terrorism, and noted that when it comes to defense, he is putting America first! In all, and despite the blunt muscularity of his message, Trump delivered a solid message of hope for the future of America. It comes as no surprise, then, as to why he won the election.

After winning his Presidency, Barack Obama famously went on a foreign tour apologizing for America. Donald Trump made it clear that he intends to make America great again! This is a new day for the future of our country.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 01/20/2017 at 12:03 pm:
President Donald J Trump has now been sworn in as our new President. To repeat the words of Jesus Christ as he died on the cross of Calvary, "It Is Finished." Obama is finished-thank you God.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/20/2017 at 11:00 am:
Now that his time as President has come to an end, it’s time to ask what Barack Obama has done to the country, and how he has been able to do it.

Obama is the most left-wing President in American history. Never mind his speech at the 2004 Democrat National Nomination Convention, or during the run-up to the 2008 election, when he was presenting himself as a moderate.

Someone scrutinizing Obama’s history, including his early years in and out of the U.S., his time in school, his stint as a Chicago community organizer, his law school experiences, and his political career as an Illinois state senator and a U.S. senator, should have recognized him for what he is: a radical leftist, steeped in Marxism, contemptuous of America’s Constitution, hostile to traditional values, and committed to Alinskyite notions of social justice.

It’s stupefying to realize how little the Mainstream Media (MSM) vetted him before January 20 2009. Perhaps it is therefore understandable that some who could not, or would not, recognize Obama for what he was believed he was some kind of moderate capable of uniting the nation along post-partisan and post-racial lines.

Obama’s term as chief executive has been disastrous for the U.S. in terms of both domestic and foreign affairs.

Obama’s real legacy is his damage to America, and, unless we find some way to peel portions of his (left-wing) backers away, there is a risk that another leftist could do it again. (from an article by Richard Winchester, AmericanThinker, ‘What Has Obama Done To Us…’, Jan. 20, 2017)
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown,NC wrote on 01/19/2017 at 9:42 am:
Good morning:

I've been waiting for this day for eight long tortuous years as America has been under the leadership of an educated fool. As you can see by the condition our country is currently in, we've been led by a man not even qualified to be a dog catcher. He had eight long years to do some great things and to bring this country together but sadly, we're more divided now than ever before.
To all of you like minded Democrats out there. For once in your pitiful lives, do something that's right for the country and drop the hatred you have for everything that's good. For sixteen years the Republicans of our country tolerated in an honorable way, the arbitrary use of our government by the likes of Bill Clinton and Barack HUSSEIN Obama II. Sure, we complained about them and criticized them for what they did or failed to do, but that's to be expected. So why can't you people show a little class for a change instead of showing the world how stupid and out of touch you really are. Oh by the way, if you promised to leave the country if Trump was elected, we're still waiting and believe me, you won't be missed.

Around the noon hour tomorrow, America's eight year long NIGHTMARE will end. Thank God. Maybe now America will be blessed once more.
Woody Fussell Woody Fussell from Bladenboro/ Elgin, SC wrote on 01/18/2017 at 6:55 pm:

I did not vote for P-E Trump. However I find myself looking forward to his inauguration. I have heard the P-E speak positively( from my point of view) about replacing the ACA. If conservatives can provide better coverage for more people for less money I am all for it. I am expecting there be a huge effort to boost the economy. I am especially encouraged by the focus on infrastructure.
Work on infrastructure is almost 100% local,returning pay for labor back into the local economy.

I am also tired of all the news media speculating on what the P-E may or may not do. I want to see what the P-E, house and senate together can do to Keep America Great.

May the weight of the presidency settle gently on his shoulders.
Woody Fussell Woody Fussell from Bladenboro/ Elgin, SC wrote on 01/17/2017 at 2:53 pm:
Mr Schaeffer, thank you for posting your thoughts on MLK. Your comments were right on point. The principles Dr. King fought and died for are not fully appreciated by younger generations.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/17/2017 at 12:22 pm:
Whoever organized the parade could have waited until Friday to hold it and gotten all those 40 or so US Congressmen WHO SAY THEY WILL NOT attend the inauguration of President Trump to ride in the parade. I'm sure those 40 additional floats would have been first class because they would have been paid for with tax payer dollars.

Personally, I don't think anyone knows what Dr. King would say or think about what is going on in his name today. All we can do is look at what he DID say and do while he was with us. To put it all in perspective, he was a lot like the man that will be inaugurated this coming Friday; THEY BOTH SPOKE AND SPEAK FROM THE HEART. Unfortunately, 40 of our US Congressmen will not listen to the President's inaugural speech but we can expect them afterward to say and think what they thought Dr. King would have said and thought. All the while Dr. King has been to the mountain top and looked on the other sided and I believed he like what he saw. Whereas, all of us who are alive and remain on this side can only THINK AND SAY WHAT WE THOUGHT HE SAW. .
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/17/2017 at 1:35 am:
Perhaps the reason the MLK parade in downtown E-town was not so well attended is because the focus of the parade itself is being lost.

Let’s face it: most parades thru ANY town are much the same—people dressed up and marching, bands playing, maybe some clowns and funny cars, a few notables waving from hi-dollar cars…yeahhh, we’ve seen all that before.

But the MLK parade should be something different, and the reason is because Martin Luther King, Jr was a very different, and very iconic man. He stood for something, and his message is being lost in the glitz and hype of parades, without remembering at all the uniqueness of his message, and of the man himself.

Dr. Martin Luther King was unique for all time because he preached about true equality for ALL people—it was not a politically-correct message selling the notion of embracing ‘diversity’, which is the mantra from today’s liberal Left. As well, he also spoke of a culture that embraced freedom—for ALL people, and not merely a message of progressive ‘multiculturalism’, again, a mantra of the liberal Left.

King spoke persistently about the subject of race, but not of many races. No, he spoke about all of us as though we are really of ONE race—which we are. And lastly, he spoke about that part of each of us which is most important of all—the nature of our character, and the need for recognizing that, as children of an Almighty God, we all bear a responsibility for one another—to seek that which is best for all of us, to lift one another up--and in so doing, glorifying God, while we improve the lot and the life of our fellow citizens.

I want to see young children, and men and women of all ages and all colors, remember the legacy for which this man gave his life. I want to see a parade that honors this legacy, honors the memory of a man who saw the potential and the possibilities in all of us—regardless of skin color, regardless of station in life. I want to see organizations, groups, clubs, schools, and civic committees reflect these values in how they participate in a parade honouring Dr. King, instead of just marching and honking down Broad Street throwing out candy and waving to disinterested on-lookers, who likely don’t know very much about Dr. Martin Luther King anyway.

Dr. Martin Luther King—and his legacy—deserve much more than this.
E. Hedgeman E. Hedgeman from Tar Heel wrote on 01/16/2017 at 4:20 pm:
The MLK JR. Parade was a bust in Elizabethtown on today. Vehicles were allowed to go thru town well after the parade was set to begin at 11am. There were huge gaps between several entries in the parade causing people to think many times the parade was over. Visitors coming into town were trapped on the bridge near Tory Hole because no detour signs were up encouraging motorists to turn down the street near Go Gas to go around the parade route. All in all, the parade is becoming a "who's who" in town, accompanied by motorcycles, dirt bikes, four wheelers, flashy cars, and hair salons. Is this the dream St MLK Jr. had?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/13/2017 at 2:28 pm:
I’m sure all of America watched the ‘farewell speech’ of our President a few days ago. Not unexpectedly, it was less a vision for America than it was just another campaign speech, designed to remind us how blessed we have been to have Obama in the White House.

Frankly, the whole speech seemed designed to be the concluding chapter to his version of “The Greatest Speeches of Barry Obama," which I’m sure will be in bookstores before too long. No wonder the substance of Obama's farewell was mostly just a rehash of his greatest sound bites—long on rhetoric, short on actual substance.

Obama spoke, for example, of Congress being "dysfunctional", something he has done many times in the past. But, as with everything Obama says, you have to read between the lines to figure out what he really means. What he clearly meant is that, in his mind, Congress isn't working properly when it refuses to do what HE wants it to do. He also spoke at some length about climate change, the suggestion being that any disagreement with HIS viewpoint on climate change is “contrary to the spirit of America”. He also insisted that the essence of democracy is the commitment "that we rise or fall as one," but when he referred to what he considered the new “social compact with America”, it was (as expected) just a rehash of what his progressive legislative agenda for America has been from day one, and which Americans soundly rejected by electing Donald Trump, instead of the dysfunctional Hillary Clinton.

And, frankly, THAT is not the spirit of democracy at all. Obama has always rejected mainstream American’s understanding and appreciation for constitutional principles from the very beginning of his tenure. It has always been his clear intent to reduce America’s greatness, such that America was not any different, and in no way any better, than any Third-World country. Like his father, Obama Sr (an avowed socialist), Obama Jr absorbed the belief that America was an imperialistic, colonizing power that needed to be minimized. (read: ‘Dreams From My Father’) To Obama, when people agree with him, that's democracy working. But when Americans rejects his counsel—as we clearly have by rejecting Hillary Clinton as his replacement--then that's just those bitter, fly-over redneck Americans, clinging to their Bibles and their guns.

We are fortunate to have survived eight years of this Marxist/socialist.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 01/12/2017 at 7:15 pm:
Good to see you back on guestbook Woody. Just think, tomorrow week the United States of America will have a new President. I believe the next four years, maybe eight, will be great years for our country as President Trump leads us. Believe, our friend Bill Butler, is in the trucking business up in Charlotte; don't know what kind of business you are in, but President Trump has said that his inauguration speech will be short so he can get over to the White House to start repealing some of the executive orders of President Obama that have stifled Billy's business, your business, and our nations business. He will lead us to being great again. Remember him as you pray each day and let's all work forward to GREAT things. Hope the Fussell family had a great Christmas and a great New Year and an even better 2017.
Woody Fussell Woody Fussell from Bladenboro/ Elgin, SC wrote on 01/06/2017 at 8:41 pm:
Mr.Schaeffer, I have sure missed your vitriol. Glad to see you are starting off the new year with a full charge.

WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 01/06/2017 at 11:26 am:
It seems the next two weeks can’t go fast enough, until we get rid of this tin-pot dictator President known as Barack (Barry Soetoro) Hussein Obama. Now we have this, from the mainstream news:

‘President Obama has another ironic award for his trophy shelf, to accompany his Nobel Peace Prize and all those participation trophies he got at Punahou for his basketball skills. His appointee and subordinate Ash Carter yesterday pinned a military medal – the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service – on his boss, as Warner Todd Huston reported for Breitbart. Defense Secy Carter presents Pres Obama with Dept of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.’ — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 4, 2017, from AmericanThinker.

So, apparently, he gets another useless award for accomplishing nothing, just like the Nobel award he received right after he was first inaugurated. That he gets it from a boot-licking sycophant like Ash Carter tells me everything I need to know as to why our military force-readiness structure has become so degraded over the tenure of this arrogant, narcissistic President. His incompetency is astounding, and the damage which Obama has done to America will take another generation from which to recover.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 12/29/2016 at 6:58 pm:
@Leslie Pate. 81 out of over 400 cases forwarded on to the DA's. Seems I can already hear a lot of the DA;s saying we have more important things to devote our time to. Like you, the right to vote and know that it counts is one of the few rights we have left. Maybe the DA s will take it seriously. After all, aren't they up for election every so many years?

Speaking of liberal progressives, how about that 85,000,000 current President Obama has spent on vacations during his eight years in the White House and they say it could top 90,000,000 when all the figures are in. What ever happened to people paying for their vacations out of their own personal earnings?

On a more somber note, my school days buddy and friend Billy Hester of the Bladenboro class of 1963 has passed way and his wake will be tomorrow evening. Hope to see him again one day and enjoy another smile and laugh. God bless his family during these most difficult of days.
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 12/28/2016 at 5:39 pm:
Just in from WECT........81 of the 400+ voter fraud cases reported to the Board of Elections investigation department in NC have been sent to District Attorneys for prosecution. It burns me up how liberals insist there is no voter fraud and fight the voter ID law. I sure am glad the Board of Elections is taking this CRIME seriously. I hope the DAs also take it seriously and prosecute to the fullest extend of the law. Why have elections if they aren't honest?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 12/28/2016 at 3:58 pm:
Mid-week prayer service tonight. Get your family together and go on out to the church house. Unless a New Years service is attended, to night will be the last opportunity to worship God in a corporate setting. HAPPY NEW YEAR.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 12/25/2016 at 10:25 pm:
On this Christmas day, which is the second night of Hanukkah, it is worth revisiting my earlier post about the significance of this particular ‘holiday’, if it can be considered as such.

It is interesting to me that, in this particular year, these two days of religious significance overlap. It is also of significance to me that both days involve, in a very special way, the observance of light. For Christians, the light that was observed so long ago on that Nativity Night was the light that guided shepherds and ‘wise men’ from a great distance away, to come and see the newborn child who was to be the Christ child. That child grew, and became the Light to mankind, offering hope and salvation to beleaguered people who had—and have since—otherwise lost their spiritual link to an Almighty God.

Hanukkah, too, is a symbol of light, reflecting the miracle of an Almighty God who blessed the courage and tenacity of His people in the face of adversity, and who, through His sustaining strength, enabled them to reclaim the holy Temple in Jerusalem, cleanse it from the occupation of a tyrannical government, and rededicate it to their God. The single and only flask of purified oil which the priests had for their menorah—oil which should have only lasted for, perhaps, one day, lasted instead for eight days, giving the Temple priests time enough to make more, thus ensuring that they could rededicate the Temple—and the people of Israel—to God once more. The story of Hanukkah is a story of tenacity, of resistance in the face of tyranny, and it is the story of a courageous people whose story we remember today every time we see the candles of the lighted menorah.

These two stories overlap—and share a common bond—not only in honouring the blessings that we enjoy from our Heavenly Father. They remind us, too, of the importance of our faith, and of the constant need for us to remain strong and vigilant in defending our faith. In this particular year—this year in which we have elected a new (and untried) leader for our nation, it is not unreasonable to suggest that, at perhaps no other time in our nation’s history, have we ever—as a people of faith—ever encountered so much assault and insult to our nation’s religious foundation. It is not beyond the realm of possibility to see these assaults as a direct threat to our freedom to worship, and it is not beyond the realm of possibility to see, in these threats, the fear that one day our freedom to worship according to the dictates of our conscience will be suspended by a government which no longer exists to serve the people.

The light of the menorah reminds us to remain vigilant and courageous in defending our right, as a free people, to worship in our churches and our synagogues. The light of the Nativity reminds us of the miracle of an Almighty God who, once again, reached out to His people, offering everlasting Hope and Salvation thru His Son. The two are intrinsically linked, and remind us of our shared faith in the Almighty God who loves us. A Merry Christmas and a Joyous Hanukkah to all!
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