01/18/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 1:30 am This Day in History for January 18
  • 1:20 am Bladen Lakes State Forest conducts prescribed burns
  • 1:04 am Saturday’s Lil Knight Results
  • 12:56 am Bladen County Middle School Girls Championship: Clarkton School of Discovery 33, Bladenboro 14
  • 12:47 am Bladen County Middle School Boys Championship: Elizabethtown 38, Tar Heel 29
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution that designates April 2019 as “Countering International Parental Child Abduction” month and instructs the federal government to educate state and local law enforcement about the issue and how to combat it. According to the Department of State, from 2008 to 2015 more than 9,000 […]

READ MORE

By Jefferson Weaver Since last fall’s hurricane, I have fallen into the habit of taking a walk or two a day. Sometimes it’s for recreation and exercise, sometimes to check the fence line. Occasionally it’s to make sure the ne’er-do-wells haven’t returned. Often I am checking the ditches and canals for beavers and absentee that […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Some things I have learned over the years…. Regardless of thoughts related to politics, anything you say, left or right (R or D) will offend someone.  So, after  80 years, I have learned it is best to keep my thoughts to myself…why cause a problem over something neither can change. And too often, both have strong feelings, […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following his vote against H.R. 268 — Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019: “The supplemental appropriations bill brought to the floor today is nothing but a political ‘gotcha’ vote designed to go after Republicans by coupling disaster relief, which includes language that I have co-authored, with […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored legislation to ensure federal workers that are deemed “essential” and continue to work are paid despite the partial government shutdown. The Shutdown Fairness Act authorizes federal agencies affected by the current government shutdown to pay the dedicated personnel that are still working every day to serve thepeople of the United States. “Federal workers who are expected to continue […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. “It is past time for members of Congress to amend the Constitution and […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) was selected to be on the deputy whip team for Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) for the 116th Congress. “This is a dynamic team, and I will rely on each of these men and women over the next two years. I’m thrilled to have the experience of Sen. […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Growing older has some advantages, some disadvantages….Think about how cold it is outside, early in the AM and give thanks for a warm home and no reason to be outside…..also give thanks for the fact I could, if it was necessary. Memory does not improve with age….forgot two meetings yesterday….promise to do better today. Weather […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Try to be positive, but more bad news than good on any given day… Three in custody after third-generation trooper shot in Wilson County, NC late Monday….Good news, if you can call it good, is the trooper’s injuries are not life threatening No resolution to federal situation, thousands required to work, receiving no compensation while our leaders accomplish […]

READ MORE

Raleigh, NC — As chair of the Health and Human Services committee, Sen. Pate has been instrumental combating the opioid epidemic and working with his colleagues to address this issue. Sen. Pate leaves with the respect and trust of his colleagues from across the aisle. He most recently served as Deputy President Pro Tempore. “Sen. Louis Pate […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation that will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws. The legislation was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and currently has 30 co-sponsors […]

READ MORE

Davidson, NC – Local law firm owners Bob McIntosh and Larry Shaheen, Jr. announced the formation of Carolina Revaluation Services, a joint venture between their firms, to assist commercial and residential property owners with their property revaluation appeals. The practice area will cover all counties in North Carolina currently undergoing revaluation. “Revaluation letters with newly assigned […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Winter time’s a-coming, more like winter time is here…..high temps for the past couple of days in the low to mid 40s… The list of teams still in the running for Super Bowl LIII is down to four after past weekend play…  Next weekend action has the New England Patriots traveling to Kansas City for the AFC championship […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Checking sports activities: NFL Saturday results: KC Chiefs 31 – Indianapolis Colts 13 LA Rams 30 – Dallas Cowboys 22 Action continues today as all aim for the Super Bowl.. 1 PM  LA Chargers vs New England Patriots 4:40 PM  Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints Super Bowl LII will be played in Atlanta, Georgia Sunday, February […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

The wranglin’ continues related to North Carolina US House of Representatives, District 9….Confusion reigns… If I were a federal employee required to work without pay, I would be upset…even more so while politicians who fail to do their job, continue to be paid…Fly back and forth, at our expense.  That should not be……I mean all politicians, regardless […]

READ MORE
William Brisson, North Carolina House Rep

By Erin Smith NC House Speaker Tom Moore has announced Representative William Brisson will be serving as a Chairman on the NC House Committee on Appropriations. “It kind of surprised me when he called my name,” said Brisson, who is a Republican representing NC House District 22 which includes Bladen County. He explained the Committee […]

READ MORE

Our readers and fans have asked for us to hold a contest to celebrate Bladen County’s favorite people, places and services. Please cast your vote by providing the name of the person or place under each category you feel deserves the Bladen’s Best of the Best title. There will be only one vote per electronic device […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

It’s winter time in Bladen…took a while….remember last year, I forgot, but I am reminded, it was cold…as it was this A.M. Ever read an obit, someone you did not have the pleasure of knowing and think…wish I had known him or her… Eighty-one entries this A.M. in my greymail file…junk, spoof, spam and others, fortunately […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Some of my fondest memories as a youngster was growing up in a house, two adults and five siblings, where the only source of heat was a ‘trash’ heater, not sure why it was called that, but if my memory is correct, we could use wood or coal.  Remember coal?  Purchased it in a …25 or 50 pound […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

So far so good as we reach the midway point of the first full work week in 2019…. College football bowl games are over, I think.  NFL playoffs continue for the next few weeks leading up to Super Bowl LIII, 2019  at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., Sunday, February 3.  Game time for the 53rd edition is […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on President Trump’s address to the nation regarding border security: “For decades, both parties have promised the American people they would secure our nation’s borders, promises that have gone unfulfilled. With the government partially shut down and the stakes high, if Congress can’t reach […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable, was signed into law by President Donald Trump. “Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced they will re-introduce the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act this week. The legislation would protect the current and any future Special Counsels from inappropriate removal or political pressure. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last Congress with an overwhelming […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

NCAA Championship – – Clemson 44 – Alabama 16.. Tigers undefeated….Tide lost only one….two great college football programs, two great teams and two great coaches…Dabo Swinney and Nick Sabon. Remember Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant and Frank Howard….pretty good coaches & programs years ago…at both schools… I have no desire to get involved in climate change discussion…just […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health was signed into law by President Trump. “Successfully getting this legislation signed into law has a deep personal meaning for me, as I was a caregiver for […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

2019 is underway and so much going on today, this week and beyond. Friday was a huge day on the stock market, will it continue? NFL football playoffs underway with a couple of interesting games Saturday and Sunday, especially the Eagles vs Bears. Bears missed a field goal at the end of the game…and are out.  Playoffs […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

NFL results from Saturday play: Colts 21 – Texans 7 Cowboys 24 – Seahawks 22 Today’s schedule: 1:00 p.m.   LA Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens  (CBS) 4:40 p.m.   Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears  (NBC) Monday College Football National Championship Game: 8 p.m. Alabama vs Clemson  (ESPN) Tar Heel/White Oak area fundraiser for one of their own last night, […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

A group of Tar Heel and White Oak area residents are sponsoring a reverse raffle fund-raiser for one of their own this evening at the Tar Heel Fire Department.  Tickets are $50 for a couple, includes two steak meals and a grand prize of $500, (if my memory is not playing tricks).  For tickets or more […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation co-introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid GI Bill housing benefits into law. The Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act was introduced to address the VA’s failure to fully comply with updated Basic […]

READ MORE

The Executive Director of the NC Republican Party was in Bladen County on Thursday night to talk with local Republican party leaders and to show support during the ongoing investigation into election fraud allegations in the 9th Congressional District. Woodhouse was in Bladen County on the same day Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional […]

READ MORE
Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver I do not know James Perry Garris, but I know a lot of men and women like him. My beautiful cousin Christen knows him, and thinks a lot of him, so that would be enough for me, even if he were not a firefighter and an EMT. Unfortunately, I have learned more […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments in March 2019 in a challenge to North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map, which is one of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders in American history. It will also hear the Maryland challenge, in which Democrats discriminated against Republicans for their party affiliation in its 2011 maps, in March as […]

READ MORE

By Dr. Mike Walden I make about 80 presentations across the state each year on a variety of economic topics. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job at N.C. State University, by allowing me to become acquainted with many people and groups in almost every region of our beautiful state. Recently I […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

The plot thickens in the nations capitol.  A Democratic House, as expected, passes legislation that will re-open government offices that were recently closed, fails to fund a wall and will not likely get a hearing in the Senate, and will not make it to the President, and, if it did, it would be rejected. In […]

READ MORE

Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has issued the following statement: “We applaud Congressman-Elect Mark Harris’ campaign for taking this important action to make sure the more-than 750,000 people in the Ninth Congressional District are represented in Congress. The North Carolina Republican Party fully supports this needed court action. “Given multiple opportunities for a […]

READ MORE

Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party takes their obligations under the law and State Constitution seriously. Our unwillingness to participate in the creation of an unlawful ‘interim’ State Board of Elections results from a desire to ensure that any future investigation surrounding the Ninth Congressional […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Occasionally, my inquisitive mind leads me to take a look at some type of detail info that I would not normally even think of…such was the case over the past couple of days as I looked for recent changes in laws in North Carolina.  Doesn’t take long to get ‘bogged down’ and give up. I […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

New Year (2019)…..return to original daily schedule following a couple of holidays…Life is one big adjustment, but no better example than the Christmas – New Year holidays. Headlines have changed little over the holidays….a portion of government still closed and officials (both parties) blaming the other.  Just get it done, that’s your job….. Bladen County […]

READ MORE

“As a Member of Congress for the last six years, I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving the 9th Congressional District. Regardless of the determination of the evidentiary hearing, I will not be a candidate in a possible primary election. “During my tenure in Congress, I focused on national security issues to protect our homeland. […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Happy New Year, 2019. Time for inventory, are you better off today, financially than a year ago, 5 years ago? Gator Bowl results:   Texas A&M 53 – NC State 13.  Trayveon Williams ran for 236 yards, scored 3 touchdowns, and broke a 30-year-old A&M school record leading the Aggies to the victory….. New Year parties are […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Time to bid farewell to 2018.  Hope it was a good year for all, always some ups and downs, hopefully more ups than downs.  Whatever, 2019 is just hours away… One more reminder of New Years Resolutions.  Not sure that it is as big a deal as it was years ago. Rainfall over the past 24 to 48 […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

The holiday season continues for some and for others, it’s back to a regular routine…with a break for New Year’s Day on Tuesday… Looking back, how was your Christmas season? Very good for this set of Hesters’…..Spent time with all the immediate family and my siblings and have time planned for in-laws over next couple […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Frustrating to read and hear our state and federal leaders quibble and quarrel about current issues…State issues mostly related to Bladen County and the election of a congressman in the district that stretches from Mecklenburg (Charlotte) to Bladen (Elizabethtown), created by the current leaders in Raleigh.  If one side says right, the other goes left.  DC […]

READ MORE

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper sent a letter to the two major political party chairs requesting nominations for the State Board of Elections by close of business today. These members will serve until a new board is convened on January 31, 2019 per HB 1029. NC Republican Party Chair Robin Hayes stated publicly this afternoon that he […]

READ MORE

Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party has encouraged the Mark Harris campaign to take immediate legal action in federal court to force the State of North Carolina to do what it is required to legally, constitutionally, and morally do: certify Dr. Mark Harris the […]

READ MORE

Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Vice-Chairman Michele Nix has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party would like to thank our four State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement members for their service to the citizens of a North Carolina over the last two years. Stacy ‘Four’ Eggers IV, Jay Hemphill, Ken Raymond, and John […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Holiday traffic is bumper-to-bumper, and not just on the interstate….and most restaurants are very busy.  Just enough ‘wet stuff’ to cause serious traffic issues.  Patience, Lord, now….please. Duke outscored Temple 35-0 in the second half of the Independence Bowl yesterday and won 56-27.  Both teams complete the 2018 season play with 8-5 records.  See yesterday’s Thoughts for […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Love this time of the year, between Christmas and New Years.  Less pressure on schedule, at least at the Hester household. Enjoy friends and family time together, the tasty leftovers, clean up the mess, catch up on college football, just a more relaxed pace. Looking back, good year…one interesting change in my latest Drivers License Renewal.  Took […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Hope your Christmas Day was good.  Very good for our family….Time together, sharing gifts and tales and delicious food….One couple missing, out of state visiting, and hopefully, we will be with them later this week…meanwhile, the Hester siblings will hopefully be together over the next couple of days….Enjoy making memories.. So how about your Christmas? With […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….. Up early, checking on Santa…..had not arrived….but I have high hopes. Thinking back to Christmases…long, long ago.  Tree fresh out of the woods, homemade decorations, no lights on the tree, a few gifts under the tree….fruit, nuts, a small amount of candy and a new shirt, or a new pair of […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Here comes Santa Clause, here comes Santa Clause right down Santa Clause Lane……The stout man in the red suit is on his way, with a sleigh loaded with goodies for all good little boys and girls and big girls and boys…. Hope this is the best ever for you and yours. Just a reminder, there are some […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

NFL scores from yesterday: Titans 25 – Redskins 16 Ravens 22 – Chargers 10 Full slate of games today Interesting article related to Chargers QB, NC State grad Philip Rivers. Married, 8 children, team moved from San Diego to the Los Angles area in the past few years. The Rivers family decided it would be […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Winter has officially arrived, as of yesterday.  Sunrise this AM was 7:17 and sunset at 5:07 PM, or 9 hours and 50 minutes of daylight. First day of partial shutdown by federal government, not sure if I should be happy or sad, sad I think that all the smart folks we elected can’t get it […]

READ MORE
Charlotte Smith

Political stories end differently when the truth comes out. In this season of peace, hope and joy Bladen County and North Carolina are in heated political battles. The battles against red verses blue are nothing new. However, making national news due to the tactics the parties use in local politics recently gained the mother county […]

READ MORE

By Dr. Mike Walden It’s that time of year when economists are looked to as fortune-tellers. The fortune, in this case, is our collective well-being tied to growth in the overall economy. Of course, no economist – no matter how well-trained – can perfectly predict the future of a $19 trillion economy like we have […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown teenager, student at Harrells Christian Academy, and a very good golfer.  He has accepted a scholarship offer from Mt. Olive College to continue his education career….and his golf career.  And, we wish him well. I think back over the past 10 to 15 years, remembering some I have met along […]

READ MORE

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on a possible federal government shutdown: “If not resolved quickly, shutting down the federal government could harm a critical program that helps children and families and delay needed federal funds for hurricane recovery. I urge the federal government to act responsibly to prevent a shutdown.” Background: […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Personnel, issued the following statement:   “Jim Mattis is the definition of an American Patriot. From his enlistment in the Marine Corps to his service as Secretary of Defense, he has always served our […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the President for signing the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bipartisan legislation included multiple wins for North Carolina’s farmers, including legislation he co-sponsored that delists hemp as a controlled substance, allowing NC’s hemp farming industry to continue to grow. The bill also includes the Carryover Equity Act (S. 2384), legislation co-sponsored by Tillis […]

READ MORE

Contributed Raleigh, NC — Bladen County Republican Party Chairman Walter McDuffie has released the following statement: “In releasing its case file regarding Bladen County and the 2016 elections, the North Carolina State Board of Elections has proven only one thing: the 2018 election fiasco could have been avoided if the State Board of Elections had […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

My predication…..The elections ‘mess’ in Bladen County is not going away any time soon.  Among the latest bits of info to emerge, is ‘Dowless Declaration’ the man at the center of the voting controversy, relating activities related to the first election of ‘Jim McVicker for Sheriff’ effort.  Who and how money was received and spent and the involvement […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Reminder, today is the final day for North Carolina survivors of Hurricane Florence to register for Federal Disaster Assistance, from FEMA or apply for a low-interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Individuals and businesses with uninsured losses can register with FEMA by: * Calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded passage of the First Step Act, once in a generation bipartisan legislation that reforms America’s criminal justice system. Senator Tillis worked hand in hand with Chairman Grassley, his Senate colleagues, and federal, state and local law enforcement on changes that would build additional support for the bipartisan legislation. A summary of the update can be found HERE.   “The […]

READ MORE
Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver Since I began writing this column years ago, many of you have been kind enough to request it every year. It’s embarrassing in a way, that folks begin asking me in November about the “Angel” column. Some say it’s even become part of their family traditions. I appreciate that, but I didn’t […]

READ MORE

Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “This morning we received the terrible news that Tom Stark, the North Carolina Republican Party’s parliamentarian and general counsel, passed away last night from an apparent heart attack. This news comes as a complete and sudden shock. Tom was a dear friend, mentor, […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Remember the old Hee Haw tune…’If it weren’t for bad news, there would be no news at all?’  Think for just a minute… Stock market has been a ‘stinker’ for some time, now worse… Bladen continues to suffer a ‘black-eye’ related to elections, and it did not just begin, but getting worse and one of […]

READ MORE

Raleigh, NC — The North Carolina Ninth Congressional District Republican Party has released the following resolution: WHEREAS: The people of North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District deserve to be represented when the 116th Congress is sworn in on January 3, 2019. Dr. Mark Harris is currently the leader in this race. Absent clear and convincing evidence presented in public by […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

NFL action last night – Eagles 30, Rams 23. Tonight – Saints at Panthers NFL regular season coming to a close, playoff action begins in about 3 weeks. 2019 Super Bowl will be played February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Falcons.  The game will be telecast on CBS. Weather for today […]

READ MORE

During an interview recently on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling praised Congressman Pittenger’s leadership on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, protecting the U.S. from Chinese predatory investments. Share:

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

The recent Congressional election fiasco, moved the GenX issue off the front page, for a while…. Received nearly 2 inches of rainfall over the past couple of days.  This year may have been one of the wettest ever.  We normally average about an inch a week, year round (48 to 52 inches).  The Wilmington area recently broke […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Baby, it’s wet outside….forecast is for less rain later today and tomorrow… More jobs available in Bladen…Formal ceremony at Smithfield Foods yesterday opening new expansion, new hires should total 250 or so between now and early 2019, and WARP Company in Clarkton is seeking to add another 75 to 100 employees in the next few months… Don’t want to hear…there […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-introduced to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the U.S. government’s capability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and other mass atrocities wherever […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) that section 201 solar tariffs played a role in the decline of utility-scale solar installations in the third quarter: “The growth of solar energy in North Carolina has […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded passage of bipartisan legislation to reform the process to pursue claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination experienced on Capitol Hill is headed to the president’s desk. The legislation would reform the dispute resolution process, protect workers, increase transparency and hold Members of Congress […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen’s election story continues to grow.  I am told some high percentage of those with additional info are either totally untruthful, or partially untrue.  Think it’s about time to begin using the ‘lie detector’.  It’s bad enough without the ‘pile-on’ group.  Broaden the investigation to anyone who ‘assisted’ someone with their ballot, other than a […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, the House of Representatives passed the conference report to Accompany H.R. 2 – Agriculture Improvement Act sending the five-year farm bill to the President’s desk for his signature.  The 2018 Farm Bill conference report is the result of an agreement reached between both chambers of Congress that will strengthen the farm […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Lest we forget, Christmas is a perfect time to do something nice for someone…..just do it.  Lots of sickness, deaths and other concerns…do it now. Christmas parties and cantatas are being held.  Cantatas are special, choirs and directors are working hard to prepare. Soon it will be added to the memory bank. Speaking of cantatas, […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. “Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who are victims of […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to expand access to much-needed resources and investment for rural entrepreneurs to start and expand local businesses was included in the Farm Bill that passed the Senate earlier this week. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) introduced the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018 in the Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation would help ensure that alternative procedures for challenging drug patents do not tilt the playing field contrary to Hatch-Waxman’s design and make sure that drug manufacturers have the proper incentives to continue developing life-saving medications. […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Seems there is a new revelation, or chapter in the ongoing 2018 election saga, daily.  Unraveling the facts from fiction must be one heck of a mess for those in charge.  How did we get here and how many more revelations?  Dig deep, there must be more.  Can’t believe there aren’t other counties with similar […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) supported the passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill Conference Report, which includes several provisions secured by Senator Tillis. The bipartisan report passed the Senate and will now head to the House for final passage. “This year has truly been one of the most challenging in recent memory for North […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded President Trump for signing the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act into law. The bipartisan legislation recognizes the unique kind of harm caused by child pornography and requires restitution in a manner that will support victims. The legislation helps child pornography victims seek restitution from defendants and gives […]

READ MORE

Washington, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman David Rouzer’s bill, H.R. 6118, to direct the Department of Interior to designate one city per year as a nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  Due to the hard work and dedication of Wilmington native Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), who is […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, introduced a resolution to establish a John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission, modeled after the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the resolution would create a bipartisan commission to examine […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

The period to apply for disaster assistance for damages from Hurricane Florence will remain open until Thursday, December 13, 2018.  The Disaster Recovery Center in Bladen has closed: however, applications can be taken and any questions can be answered by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.  This line is open from 6am – 10pm EST daily. If you received […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

  1672 – New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston. 1690 – Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money. 1836 – Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia. 1884 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is first published in the […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown golfer had a good day yesterday in the 29th Charles Tilghman Jr. Championship Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC.  After one round of play he is one stroke off the lead.  He was one of 3 that shot a 73 at the Surf Club & Beach Club, Grande Dunes Member Club.  […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Gladwin ‘Bo’ Priest, long time face of the Tar Heel Rescue Squad, He was recently recognized for his contributions by being named a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, by Governor Roy Cooper.  Rep. William Brisson made the presentation.  Bo has been a faithful servant to the squad for 42 years… […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. The First Step Act combines prison reform proposals that overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with sentencing reform provisions from the broadly bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary […]

READ MORE

By Dr. Mike Walden Many consider the National Football League (NFL) to be the most successful professional sports organization in the world. To many, having an NFL team is a signal a city and region have arrived and are in elite company. This is one reason why NFL franchises sell for in the multi-billions of […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Was it LBJ who compared a pile of sun-baked cow manure to some politically related activity years ago? Maybe it was another politician but it was an issue that would not go away…. The comment was, “the more you stir it, the more it stinks”.  Kinda relates to the current stinky political situation in Bladen County […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Like many US citizens, I kinda kept up with activities related to the passing of our former President George H.W. Bush yesterday and enjoyed the action and commentary, despite announcing in yesterday’s ‘Thoughts’ that he would be buried in Texas…..yesterday. I never met President Bush, but had a sister who served for some time as […]

READ MORE

About three weeks ’til Christmas. A bad day on the Stock Market yesterday… Today, former President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest in Texas. Bladen County continues to receive bad press related to the just completed General Election, not the Board of Elections or staff, but ‘vote for pay’ activities by bad actors.  […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will host over 300 Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors, and other officials from 80 nations for the 12th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum on Thursday, December 6th.   First conceived in 2014 to help restore U.S.-European relations in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, the forum has grown into a premier global […]

READ MORE

By Jefferson Weaver There are times when, like Miguel Cervantes’ famous and misunderstood character, I find myself incensed by man’s inhumanity toward man, the sheer idiotic desire to make misery out of mirth. Unlike Ol’ Mike’s hero, I have no plans to mount a broken-down horse, grab a battered, rusty sword and go fight windmills […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

It’s flu shot time, if you have not had yours, better do so soon. Had the pleasure of attending the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad Christmas Party last night, held at the VFW building.  Local Rescue Squads continue to have staffing problems.  Nothing new, but when you continue to lose members who take call, others must double-up.  […]

READ MORE

Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “Per usual, Governor Cooper takes a bad situation and makes it worse by continuing to erode confidence in the neutrality of the Board. Democrat Joshua Malcolm is the most partisan member of the NCSBE from either party. As highlighted by The Charlotte Observer, it was Mr. […]

READ MORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is continuing his bipartisan effort to support North Carolinians recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael with a direct appeal to Senate leadership urging support for disaster assistance for North Carolina farmers and the state’s agriculture community. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tillis requested that Congress provide supplemental […]

READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving

Much has been spoken and written over the past few days about the late, former President, George H.W. Bush, one of the best equipped chief executives in my lifetime.  His longtime bride was also a huge asset.  How could you not like Barbara Bush? Bladen County commissioners have a couple of meetings today, a Special […]

READ MORE