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Great article in Charlotte Observer this AM. Former East Bladen and ASU all-everything football star Kevin Richardson, is one of several former athletes now associated with NASCAR. Richardson, 32, is currently a member of the pit crew for Ricky Stenhouse’s Roush Fenway No. 17 Ford. Richardson rushed for 88 yards in Appalachian State’s upset of Michigan in 2007. Enjoy Chris Adam’s Facebook posts. Today, his question is, “What happened to Opie’s mother on the Andy Griffith Show?” Thought provoking posts and responses are equally interesting. Tar Heel is changing. New Dollar General, new Hardees, to go along with all the local outlets. Thinking out loud….Before this time a year from …..

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Romphims, union suits and Hello Kitty

A while back, I snorted with derision and snarled about $400 jeans that are permanently marked with fake dirt. The idea is to make the wearer look like he or she works for a living. When combined with the companion $1,200 wornout workboots, said britches ensure that the wearer needs to work for a living, since Mom and Dad ain’t going to support the pursuit of that cultural arts degree forever. I thought that perhaps I had seen the pinnacle of stupidity in men’s clothing, not to mention the pinnacle of stupidity in men who would wear such things. It’s bad enough that entire swarms of wannabees  have attempted to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Another one of those ‘so sad’ tragedies in Manchester, England. As of early Tuesday morning, May 23, 2017, 22 confirmed dead and 50 injured at a Ariana Grande concert. Early reports indicate a single individual was the bomber, still in the early stages of the investigation. Ariana Grande is a 23 year old Pop & R&B singer from Boca Raton, Florida. She was on a world-wide tour with additional concerts planned for UK, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and then to Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica on to Mexico for a July 13 concert. Future concerts are on ‘hold’….So sad. We have recorded about three quarters of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

A new week begins, but first a look back. A recent article in newspapers nationwide compared ‘the average age at death’ by county, nationwide. Bladen County was on the lower end of the chart, but improving. In 1980, the average age of death in Bladen County was 70 years old. In 2014, it was 75. BladenOnline has had a couple of weeks of unusually high numbers. Week of May 7-13, 2017 Weekly Page Views: 175,660 (2nd highest in history) Weekly Visits: 37,778 (4th highest in history) Daily page views: 59,717 (May 12, 2017) (All Time Record) Weekly visits 37,778 (4th highest in history) Most read story 40,044: Bladen County teacher …..

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Thoughts While Shaving  Thanks to all who worked so hard on the White Lake Water Festival. Fun time for those who attended. It has been a busy weekend for law enforcement. Thanks for your efforts….Drugs, guns and humans can be a bad combination. Congratulations to graduates at all levels. A reminder that Freedom Quartet will be at Northside Baptist Church at 7 PM today. Good southern gospel music for those that enjoy. Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday at 5:30 PM as they continue working on a budget for the coming year. Towns in the county continue the process as well. The new fiscal year begins July 1. Believe in yourself! …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

 The White Lake Water Festival, 2017 edition, is today. See the line-up of events, beginning with the Annual Parade, at 10 AM, on our news page. Fun for all ages, all day long. Organizers are to be commended…Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and volunteers doing their thing to mark the beginning of the White Lake summer season. Do we have to speak bad things about those who disagree on any subject? Can we respect their thoughts and agree to disagree? Hope you read the article from the Sheriff’s Office related to the murder of a migrant laborer Friday night. Don’t know all the details, but best I can tell a …..

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Have you made a difference this year? Is there still time?

By Amy Schumacher The school year is coming to a close and most teachers are busy teaching to “the test” that is required for each student to take. Reflection is not high on the teachers MUST DO list but its very important that teachers ask themselves some questions and remind themselves that there is a great deal more to “teaching” than the bulleted content outlined in the content standards. Take 15 minutes and ask yourself these five questions, taken from Education Week.  Reflect on these questions to ensure that the time has been taken to teach the skills children need to grow into strong, capable, compassionate, and caring people. The world …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsors Back The Blue Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, co-sponsored the Back the Blue Act of 2017, legislation introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that would increase the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. “Last year was one of the deadliest years ever for law enforcement officers, a stark reminder that these men and women go to work every day not knowing whether they’ll return home safely to their families,” said Senator Tillis. “Our law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect ours, and the Back the Blue Act will enact new …..

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HURRICANE MATTHEW RECOVERY: SEEING THE JOB THROUGH

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Hurricane Matthew brought immense devastation to eastern North Carolina, with thousands forced from their homes, hundreds of damaged roads, destroyed farms, closed schools, and flooded businesses and community facilities. Just days after the storm, I toured Robeson, Bladen, and Cumberland counties, detouring around flooded sections of I-95, visiting evacuees at a Red Cross Shelter at South Robeson High School, speaking with Lumberton residents at a water distribution station on Farringdom St., and meeting with local officials in all three counties. Armed with that information, I returned to Washington to help secure $334 million in initial disaster relief funding. On Monday, I joined Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The 2017 edition of the White Lake Water Festival begins today, and continues through late Saturday evening. BladenOnline has all the events posted on our news page. Some members of the East Bladen Track team will participate in the state meet today at NC A&T University, Greensboro. President Trump is set to visit 5 countries over the next 8 days. He is joined by some family members and staff. The first 2 stops of this trip are Saudi Arabia and Israel. You can always do more than you think you can. John Wooden Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost. Mistakes are proof that you’re trying. Do …..

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Tillis Statement On The Selection Of Robert Mueller As Special Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed to serve as special counsel: “Robert Mueller is an excellent choice for special counsel, and I welcome his appointment. He has a well-deserved reputation for fairness and independence from political pressure, and I have confidence he will lead this investigation with professionalism and impartiality, taking it wherever the facts may lead. “The Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Chairman Burr, is currently conducting a bipartisan investigation, and I expect Director Mueller will work with the Committee to ensure their investigation can move forward unimpeded.” …..

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9th Congressional District Convention to be held

The 9th Congressional District of the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is pleased to announce our 2017 District Convention. The 9th Congressional District includes the counties of Anson, Bladen, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, and Union. The convention will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium and Community Center, on the campus of Richmond Community College, at 1042 W Hamlet Ave, Hamlet, NC 28345. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and we will gavel to order at 11 a.m. Lunch may be purchased at the meeting via a food truck. “I’m so excited by the overwhelming turnout at our recent Democratic events around the district. There has been so much interest from both long time and new Democrats!” said Cynthia Wallace, …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The 39th edition of the White Lake Water Festival is just hours away, begins tomorrow (Friday) with a Street Dance at Goldston’s Beach featuring Southern Touch Band (free) from 7-9 PM and Classic Car Cruise in at 6:30. Saturday morning, the Parade begins at 10 AM. This years Grand Marshall is Mike Minter, Campbell University Head Football Coach. We have the complete line-up of all activities on our Events page. Finishing touches are being applied to the new Bladen County Detention Center, scheduled to open in the next few weeks. It’s located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown, across the street from the Ag Center. Graduation date for East Bladen Seniors …..

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Scars earned and lessons learned

By Jefferson Weaver On my right arm, there are two parallel knife scars. On my left jaw, under my beard, is another, unrelated knife scar. The origins of all three have no real bearing here, except that I learned some lessons in both situations. I reckon I could, were I vain, have them removed, but it would accomplish nothing. A few thousand dollars in surgery wouldn’t erase what happened, and might marginalize the good that came about in each case. The scars – and both the good and bad memories that led to them — are part of my own history. My family in New Orleans is more than a …..

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Sen. Thom Tillis: ‘I’m fine’

Sen. Thom Tillis issued a video statement on his Twitter account Wednesday from the hospital saying, “I’m fine,” after collapsing  during a race in Washington, DC. View his statement here: https://mobile.twitter.com/SenThomTillis/status/864839398575280136/video/1 Sen. Tillis was competing in the ACLI Capital Challenge Three Mile Team Race held in Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C. The proceeds from the race go to charity. According to reports, he was leading his own team in the race. He is a junior Senator from North Carolina. He was elected to the US Senate in November 2014 and prior to being elected to the US Senate, Tillis served in the North Carolina General Assembly. Share:

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Congressman Pittenger’s statement on Sen. Thom Tillis

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement after learning Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) required CPR and was rushed to a hospital this morning: “This is very unsettling news, and I am praying that Senator Tillis makes a full recovery.  To Susan, their children, and Senator Tillis’ staff, I think of 2nd Thessalonians 3:16:  ‘now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  The Lord be with all of you.’” Share:

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Sen. Thom Tillis collapses

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapsed Wednesday morning during a race in Washington, DC. According to reports he was taken from the scene by ambulance after CPR was administered.  Several reports indicated Sen. Tillis was revived and breathing as he was taken from the scene. It is not immediately known which hospital he was taken to for treatment. He was competing in the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race. The race is touted as drawing competitors from all over Washington, DC. According to WECT, Sen. Tillis was leading his team in the race and the proceeds from the race go to charity. Sen. Tillis, 57, is a junior senator from …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

A couple of baseball thoughts. Elizabethtown Middle School baseball team finished their 2017 season 6-0 according to John Clark’s articles. The Cougars, coached by Tripp Lancaster, reportedly scored 90 runs, allowed 3 for the season. Great season. Baseball America is touting MacKenzie Gore, Whiteville Wolfpacker, as the top left-handed pitcher in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft. The 6-2, 180 pound prospect has committed to East Carolina, but may never arrive in Greenville. The article indicates he is a sure first rounder. Gore has been rumored as high as number 3 to the San Diego Padres and would make a good fit with Atlanta who has the number 5 pick. …..

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The 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival will be held this weekend. We have the lineup of activities on BladenOnline from the first events on Friday thru the final event Saturday night. One of the highlights is the Parade scheduled to kick off at 10 AM Saturday. Something for every member of the family and it’s the beginning of another fun-filled summer season at White Lake. Remember when it was the Blueberry Festival? It was ‘birthed’ by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, the town of White Lake and Elizabethtown and numerous volunteers. That was over 50 years ago. A few changes, but still a fun-filled weekend for locals and …..

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Tillis, King Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging Homeland Security, Labor Departments to Help America’s Small Businesses In Need of Seasonal Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) and Congressmen Andy Harris (R-MD-01) and Bill Keating (D-MA-09) have led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 87 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Labor urging them to take immediate action to ensure that small and seasonal businesses across the nation are able to get the workers they need to operate during the busy summer months. In the letter, the Members of Congress emphasized that small and seasonal businesses need to begin hiring workers immediately in order to be ready for the fast-approaching summer months and urged Homeland Security Secretary John …..

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Could not ask for a more beautiful day, and why not? It was Mother’s Day, 2017. Corrections to my Sunday edition of Thoughts. I mentioned my Grandpa Marshall Cain, stating he died at an early age, actually he died in the 1940s, and he was in his 60s. The road by his home was later named Marshall Cain Road. It’s located north of Bladenboro in the Zion Hill Church community. BladenOnline continues to amaze me. For the record: May 7-13, 2017 stats: Pages viewed: 175,660 (2nd most – record 177,077 January 3-9, 2016) Weekly visits: 37,778 (4th most – record 41,535 January 3-9, 2016) Daily Page views: 59,717 Friday, May …..

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Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers. Woke up this AM thinking about Mother’s Day over the years. As a youngster, remember that the day began by going to Zion Hill Baptist Church, north of Bladenboro, followed by a trip to Grandpa and Grandma Hesters’ (Kingsbury and Mary) followed by a trip to see Grandma Cain (Helen Anders Cain). Grandpa Marshall Cain died at an early age, think I must have been about 4 years old. Sometimes the order of the visits were reversed, but the visits were never in doubt. Always a good meal and time to play with cousins, some who lived nearby and some we seldom saw, their …..

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You Decide: What Divides Us On Taxes?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension It was a hot, humid day in 1985. President Reagan was appearing at Reynolds Coliseum. I was in the audience. The arena was not yet air-conditioned. Despite huge fans that had been brought from Ft. Bragg, everyone was sweating. As the President stepped to the podium he mentioned the warmth in the building and promptly removed his suit coat. As if on cue, all the dignitaries on the stage also removed their coats! The purpose of President Reagan’s visit was to promote his tax proposals being considered by Congress. Now, a little over thirty years later, another president – President Trump – …..

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Relay For Life for 2017 was another successful event. It was held yesterday at Elizabethtown Middle School. This has been an Annual Event for many, many years and hopefully goals were met in the fight to defeat cancer. Some successes have been made, more are needed. Another example of volunteers doing good. Can’t help being a little frustrated when we are told proceeds from certain products will benefit designated needs. Example, gasoline taxes over the years were to be used to improve our roads, then we learn that some portion of the proceeds are used to balance the state budget, nothing new, been going on for many, many years. Secondly, …..

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The 2017 edition of Bladen County Relay for Life begins at 11 AM today and continues through 11 PM this evening at Elizabethtown Middle School Athletic Field. Much planning and hard work has gone into this year’s event and you are invited. Next weekend, another huge event, the Annual White Lake Water Festival on Friday and Saturday. Continue to check BladenOnline for a list of activities, topped off by a huge parade Saturday morning. On the Sports Calendar, West Bladen Lady Knights softball conference champs will host Washington this evening at 7 PM in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A softball playoffs. The East Bladen High School baseball …..

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Tillis issues update on federal funding for NC for Hurricane Matthew recovery

Recently the US congress appropriated more than $6 million to North Carolina to assist with the Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. Late last year, Senator Tillis worked with the North Carolina delegation to secure more than $334 million for the recovery effort, which will be used to help rebuild homes, roads, and infrastructure. Additionally, the federal government has provided the state of North Carolina with more than $750 million in assistance, funding that did not require Congressional authorization. Below is the statement from Senator Tillis’ office below, as well as breakdown of the federal assistance that North Carolina has received, which does not include the estimated $6 million authorized in the …..

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Thursday is my favorite day of the week. I spend a couple of hours every Thursday reading statewide newspapers. For years it was a daily task and I shared results with nearly 300, mostly county and city managers statewide. Still have request for articles related to the work group, but share with just a few. For 25 years, I was Field Rep for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). Best job in the state. Thursday evening, for the past mmmm 20 to 25 years (guessing) I have shared the evening meal with siblings and my mom, prior to her death. Some habits are difficult to change, and in …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR COOPER’S HURRICANE MATTHEW LETTER

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who has been actively engaged with local leaders on Hurricane Matthew funding needs since October 2016, issued this statement in response to Governor Cooper’s letter: “Currently, federal administrators are finalizing nearly $200 million in disaster relief funding for North Carolina.  At the same time, I’m working quietly, behind-the-scenes, directly with Appropriations Chairman Frelinghuysen and Senator Tillis to secure additional funding available in current FY2017 appropriations, and we have already laid the groundwork for additional funding in FY2018. “While my team and I have had extensive and ongoing contact with local officials regarding their needs, prior to late last week, my office had …..

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Tillis Statement On James Comey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey: “Throughout his career, Director Comey has served the nation with distinction, and I have found him to be professional and responsive during my interactions with him. While Director Comey has faced criticism from both Republican and Democratic elected officials, it is my belief he attempted to lead the FBI to the best of his ability given the difficult circumstances before him and the hyperpartisan political climate that exists in Washington.” Share:

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Ever feel you are overwhelmed by news reports from around the world, Washington, DC and Raleigh, NC, and it seems it is mostly ‘bad’ news? Head of FBI fired, Russia intervening in our elections and others around the world, do we have an Independent investigation or leave to Congress and the President, some who’s names are being ‘batted around’ as participants? In Raleigh, one squabble after another. Plane crashes in Myrtle Beach, fire kills several in campground, drug arrest continue in our area, Dog Pound is sick and closed, what do we do about our schools? Hard to look to our religious leaders for direction, they are busy as many …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER GREETS NORTH CAROLINA MILITARY PERSONNEL IN JAPAN

WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) met with North Carolina military personnel while visiting Yokota Air Base in Japan. Congressman Pittenger was at Yokota Air Base to meet with Major General Charles Chiarotti (USMC), Deputy Commander of United States Forces Japan, and other leaders, to discuss regional security concerns, including North Korea and China.  Later in the day, he was scheduled to meet with Members of Japan’s Diet. “Tar Heel pride!  Thank you to these brave women for defending our freedom so far from home,” said Congressman Pittenger.   Congressman Pittenger serves as Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance. Share:

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, plan accordingly.  If your mother is still living, you are fortunate.  Enjoy! They love attention and have earned it. Kris Williams is the new West Bladen High School football coach.  John Clark has all the details on our sports page.  Check it out. Wish there was less partisanship at the state and national level of our government.  Think both parties have some good ideas, but it appears on far to many issues, it’s my way or no way. And forget Independents.  The reason there are Independents is they are usually highly opinionated individuals who seldom agree with anyone on anything. I do believe our political system is begin influenced …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Spring time is one of my favorite times of the year. Love to ‘cruise’ areas that I once visited on an a daily, some times hourly basis as a youngster. Yesterday afternoon was one of those times. I grew up in the Zion Hill Church area north of Bladenboro. We moved often, but never far from the church. As the son of a sharecropper, there are numerous houses we lived in, many no longer exist, some are in various stages of disrepair, but all bring back mostly good memories. After the Sunday afternoon drive, I thought about how many times I followed a mule (Lou) or our one horse with …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for May 7

I spent some time Saturday with between 50 and 60 (est), mostly senior citizens, celebrating a reunion of graduates of Clarkton High School, and enjoyed. Must confess, was not excited about going, usually feel like a seldom used spare tire, along for the ride just in case there is a nail that spoils the trip. Yesterday was different. As I listened to graduates, mostly from the 40s, 50s and 60s, I thought of my friends from Bladenboro, class of ’56. As we grow older, the times together become more special. The group was about evenly split between those who traveled a distance to attend, and locals. Obviously, many were disappointed …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for May 6

Bladen We Care’s Gala last night was another successful venture. Large crowd, good food, great entertainment and folks just having a good time. It is the last of two Annual Fundraisers by the group who provide support to Bladen County residents falling through the cracks in our medical health care system. They also offer nursing scholarships for local residents to attend BCC and UNCP who, commit to returning to the area. If you could not or did not attend the Gala or the Golf Tournament and would like to make a contribution to the cause, mail contributions to Bladen We Care, PO Box 1569. Elizabethtown, NC, and thanks for your …..

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With all the conversation and confusion associated with the health care debate in DC, I have a suggestion. For hard working Americans who live by the rules, provide all with the same benefits as our members of Congress, after all, they work for us, right???? One more thought on our medical networks, why not do a customer survey occasionally. Customer service is important and seldom do we get to grade our providers, and reading the results should be mandatory for management, especially for those in regional healthcare systems. For NASCAR fans, who should drive #88 next year? Dale Earnhardt is retiring, lots of time for debate. I must confess, I …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s Statement on the National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after participating in a Capitol Hill observance of the National Day of Prayer: “Today we celebrate the freedom we enjoy as Americans to pray and worship openly, without fear of arrest or oppression.  Many of our forefathers did not enjoy this freedom, and sadly, even today, many around the world suffer religious persecution. “On this National Day of Prayer, please join me in asking God to give wisdom and courage to our leaders, protection for the troops who defend our freedoms, safety for the brave law enforcement officers who serve our communities, and strength for our dedicated teachers. “Isaac Watts’ great …..

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Weddington High School Senior Wins 2017 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON – Emily Decker, a senior at Weddington High School, is winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.  Her graphite drawing, titled “Realization,” was judged best entry in a selection process that included professional artists, community input, and Congressman Pittenger’s staff. Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant, assistant professor of art at UNC Pembroke, remarked that “Reflections” is a “compelling composition,” makes “complex use of the medium,” and “created a variety of tones and values.” Lucas Krenzin, a professional fused glass artist from Monroe, said “I particularly like (Reflections) because of the story or the question I think it is asking.  The man is looking at his own hands with what looks like …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Bipartisan Funding Bill Includes Important Pro-life Protections

WASHINGTON – As a pro-life leader on Capitol Hill, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is working to secure passage of important pro-life protections in the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill and set the stage for further legislative efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. “In addition to extending the Hyde Amendment, the bipartisan funding bill includes specific provisions to keep your tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions in D.C., in federal prisons, and via foreign aid programs.  We also make sure your tax dollars aren’t used for abortion litigation,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Already this year, we passed and President Trump signed legislation allowing states which value life and women’s health to …..

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Opinion: Gentleman, father and friend

By: Jefferson Weaver I felt a little underdressed, since it was the family gathering for Easter, and I wasn’t wearing a tie. Still, I was wearing a white shirt and a black vest, and my best black jeans. Out of deference to the nieces’ plans for an egg hunt, I decided to forego the tie, regardless of tradition and holiday. My father-in-law half-smiled when he looked at me. “You look just like your daddy,” he said. I was taken aback; the Old Man never had long hair, and couldn’t stand more than a day or two’s worth of whiskers. He would never have shown up at a family dinner like …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Bipartisan Funding bill supports rural communities

WASHINGTON – As part of his ongoing efforts to support rural North Carolina communities, agriculture, and health care, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is working to secure passage of the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill. Specific provisions which benefit rural North Carolina communities: ·RURAL DEVELOPMENT:  Provides $2.94 billion for rural development programs, an increase of $166 million from last fiscal year. ·RURAL HEALTH:  Provides 4 percent increase in funding for rural health programs. ·OPIOIDS:  Provides $150 million increase for programs to address the opioid and heroin epidemic.  Combined with $500 million already authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act, this will result in a total increase of $650 million to combat the …..

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Wilmington is hosting their first PGA Championship in 46 years. The Azalea Open was last played in 1971. The Wells Fargo has been held at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte since its inception in 2003. The tournament was moved to Wilmington because the Charlotte course is hosting the 2017 PGA Championship later this year. Eagle Point Golf Club near Wilmington has never hosted a tour event, It is a private course designed by Tom Fazio. It’s 7,259 yards and opened in 2000. Early reports indicate players and fans are providing positive reviews. PGA Tour members Webb Simpson and Carl Pettersson are members at Eagle Point. The Pro-Am is being …..

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Congressman Pittenger: American Health Care Act continues protections for pre-existing conditions

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), a persistent critic of Obamacare, has also been a consistent advocate of continuing protections for those with pre-existing conditions. “The American Health Care Act absolutely does not eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions.  The legislation does give states the flexibility to choose which solution is best for their unique circumstances.  Current law remains in force unless an individual state chooses to serve those with pre-existing conditions through another risk-sharing or reinsurance program.  Even then, those individuals cannot be charged more if they maintain continuous coverage. “Our legislation gives states options in how to meet a common standard.  Those with pre-existing conditions will still be protected …..

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Letter to the Editor: Bladen County Shrine Club says ‘Thank you’

The Bladen County Shrine Club would like to extend their appreciation to all of the citizens and volunteers who assisted with the recent fundraiser. We would appreciate everyone’s continued support for the upcoming fish fry in October. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success Sincerely, Garrett Smith President Bladen County Shrine Club Share:

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When I think back to 2008, to the early days of BladenOnline, I continue to be amazed. Bladen County residents continue to depend on the news source for all their local news, sports, Ag news, obits, and so much more. April 2017 stats have just been released and all are good. Pages Viewed: 431,924 Visits: 86,018 compared with 83,859 a year ago Users: 37,149 compared with 30,086 a year ago. Good staff, good news source, loyal readers and advertisers. Great combination. A wonderful source for advertising in Bladen County. Call 876-5393 to add your business to our line-up. Another reminder about the Bladenboro Rotary Club Golf Tournament. The 19th Annual …..

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Letter to the Editor: Why you should support the Modernize Nursing Practice Act

May 1, 2017 Dear Editor, We support House Bill 88/Senate Bill 73, the Modernize Nursing Practice Act, and know that patients across the state do, too. Under current law, many Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) must be “supervised” by a physician. In this case, “supervised” does’t mean what you might think. Physicians aren’t looking over APRNs’ shoulders, checking charts and diagnosing illnesses. In fact, a physician never has to actually see an APRN’s patients; they don’t even have to work in the same city as the APRNs they’re supervising. Often, the “supervision” requirement means little more than a couple meetings per year with a physician who can charge the APRN …..

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Over 300 attend Pittenger’s Service Academy events

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) hosted special events in Charlotte and Fayetteville to help local students learn about opportunities at all five United States Service Academies.  More than 300 local students, parents, and teachers participated. In Charlotte, students heard first-hand descriptions of academy life from West Point Cadet Ben Litton, a graduate of Charlotte Catholic, and U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Connor Clavin, a Charlotte Christian graduate.  Representatives from West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy were available for one-on-one conversations at both events, along with Congressman Pittenger’s staff. “These incredible young men and women are considering …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for May 1, 2017

2017 Wells Fargo Championship activities begin today at Eagle Point Golf Club, 8131 Bald Eagle Lane Wilmington, NC, and continues throughout the week, capped off Sunday afternoon when a new champion is crowned. Week day passes are no long available (sold out) for the tournament, however weeklong passes are still available for $165. This is a major sporting event with the likes of Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zack Johnson, Davis Love III, William MCGirt, Phil Mickleson, Webb Simpson, Vijay Singh, Ricky Barnes and so many more. The golf tournament is just one big event in the area. In Bladen, a full slate and most are listed on our Events section, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Who do you trust, really trust to look out for your best interest, business person, politician, friend, foe, anyone? I watch “Cops” sometimes after Sanford and Sons, Fred G. Sanford. Don’t want to be a cop. I appreciate them more. If I were one, would be concerned I would go ‘over the line’ with some of the ‘bad dudes’ they deal with. And, today, seems everyone has a phone and every move is being recorded. Still enjoy sports, golf, major league baseball, college sports, NASCAR, NFL, etc. I am interested at how bad behavior is dealt with at the pro level. Saw a young man on video, punching a young …..

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Sandra Cain

A Look at Brussels Sprouts

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living   Brussels sprouts are the newest member of the cabbage family. The leaves are on the top of the plant and the tiny heads completely surround the stalk. These heads resemble tiny cabbages. There are several types of cabbage: red cabbage; green, crinkly-leaved Savoy cabbage; green, smooth-leaved cabbage; and green-leaved Chinese cabbage. Nutrition Information The scientific name for the group of plants that includes Brussels sprouts and cabbage is cruciferous. Scientists use this term to identify plants whose blossoms resemble a cross. The group of vegetables that includes cabbage and Brussels sprouts may help prevent cancer. Both cabbage and Brussels sprouts are also good …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the Second Annual Carolina Crossroads Golf Tournament beginning at 1 PM today at Land ‘O Lakes Golf Course. Proceeds benefit men dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. Captain’s Choice, Entry fee $240 per team, lunch provided and door prizes available. If you cannot participate, donations are welcomed. Make check to SE Carolina Crossroads and mail to PO Box 2023, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 or drop off at Bladen Baptist, 137 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown. Dirt racing fans are in for a big weekend at Dublin Motor Speedway. Top prize in the Ultimate Super Late Model division will be $10,000. Pits gates open at 3 PM, Grandstands at 4. …..

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You Decide: What Determines County Jobless Rates?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension The unemployment rate is one of the most closely tracked of economic statistics. There are two reasons for this. First, unemployment rates for the nation, state and local areas (counties, metropolitan regions) are released each month and with a rather short lag – so the information is reasonably up-to-date. Second, an unemployment rate, unlike many economic measures, is relatively easy to understand. It’s the percentage of the adult workforce actively looking for a job. In any given month in North Carolina the unemployment rate varies by a wide margin among our 100 counties. For example, in February of this year, the jobless …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones’ HB466, The Pharmacy Patient Fair Practices Act Passes House

Bill Would Provide a More Level Playing Field for Independent Pharmacies Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Robeson, Bladen) is pleased to report that his bill, HB466, has passed the House by a unanimous vote. “This bill will assist independent pharmacies by allowing them to provide more information to their patients regarding the amount of the insured’s cost share for a prescription drug,” says Rep. Jones. “Pharmacists will also now be permitted to sell lower-cost alternative drugs to consumers.  Overall, the aim of this bill is to provide a more level playing field for small businesses which play such a vital role in our economy, particularly so in my …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Works to Pass HB835, Create Chain of Survival Task Force

Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Bladen, Robeson) is pleased to announce the passage of HB835 entitled “Create Chain of Survival Task Force.”  The bill creates a chain of survival public-private task force that will identify ways to achieve funding for the placement of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDS) in all state buildings and agencies, as well as all public schools. “I am pleased to join with Reps. Carney, Lewis and Earle as a primary sponsor of HB835,” stated Rep. Jones.  “This is the first step in identifying how best to pursue and obtain funding for the placement of AEDS in governmental facilities. In addition, this 14-member Task Force will …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Yesterday’s Bladen We Care golf tournament was a huge success. Thanks to all, 56 teams, or there about, beautiful weather, great meals, caring volunteers, a well groomed golf course (Vineyard at White Lake), just about everything positive you could ask for. The winners, Bladen County residents who need ‘a shoulder to lean on’ in time of a short term medical need. Bladen We Care averages well over $1,000 a week in grants to folks falling through the cracks in our health care system. Can’t solve all the needs, but more than any other group I am aware of. It takes a large group of folks contributing in a small way …..

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Tillis, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Increase Newborn Care For Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced The Newborn Care Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation that would double the number of days veterans receive care for their newborns from seven to 14. Currently, a veteran must find outside healthcare for her child within seven days of birth or the baby will not have health insurance. “The brave men and women who served in our military deserve the best healthcare for them and their families,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank Senator Klobuchar for her partnership on this bipartisan legislation that justly increases the number of days veterans receive care for their newborns so families …..

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Congressman Pittenger co-sponsors bill to block “Congressional Obamacare Exemption”

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) helped introduce legislation to eliminate the “Congressional Obamacare Exemption” included in the current draft of theAmerican Health Care Act. The current draft proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare allows states to apply for waivers of provisions related to essential health benefits and pre-existing conditions.  Due to Senate rules, Congressional health plans are currently excluded from the waiver. “We don’t yet have a final version of the American Health Care Act, and we are working to remove the exemption before passage,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “If Senate rules prevent us, then I’ve already co-sponsored and introduced separate legislation to revoke it.  Personally, I exited …..

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EVALUATING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Saturday is the 100th day of President Trump’s Administration, and by any quantitative account, it has been one of the most productive first 100 days in modern Presidential history. Let’s take a look at the numbers. In his first 100 days, President Trump has: * Worked with Congress to sign 28 pieces of legislation, the most by any President since Truman. By comparison, President Obama signed only 11 bills in his first 100 days. * Worked with Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal 13 costly Obama-era regulations (I supported 12 and opposed 1, related to Internet privacy, because I don’t believe Internet companies …..

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Jefferson Weaver

The death of a newspaper, 1978

By: Jefferson Weaver The headlines had to be perfect. They had to fill the space, they couldn’t run into each other, and larger headlines went higher on the page. Italic and straight typefaces – what everyone calls “fonts” nowadays — had to be staggered, and an even mixture was preferred. And there could never, ever be a typographical error, an ampersand, or an “at” symbol in a headline. The old joke was that the largest that could ever be run was 72 points, or just over an inch tall, and that was only to announce the second coming of Christ. Anything else – President Nixon’s resignation, the evacuation of Saigon, …..

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Daughter says ‘Thank you’ for kindness shown to father after fire destroys his home

I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who came to the BBQ Fundraiser at Center Road Baptist Church yesterday for my father, Charles Adams! For every cake donated, every BBQ plate purchased, all the trimmings donated, the fellowship had by all participants from servers to cookers, for every dollar donated, to everyone who help to share the flyers, and to every person who spoke encouraging words of love! Yogi and I thank you! My dad thanks you and is humbled by the love and kindness shown to him by so many people! Also for every piece of clothing and house accessory he has been given thank you so …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen We Care’s 28th Annual Byron Gooden Golf Tournament fund-raiser is underway at Vineyard Golf, White Lake today. Approximately 50 teams of 4 are participating with proceeds benefiting Bladen County residents who are ‘falling through the cracks in our healthcare system.’ If you do not play golf and cannot or do not plan to attend the upcoming Gala, donations are welcomed. Help support this worthy cause by sending donations to Bladen We Care, PO Box 1569, Elizabethtown, NC, 28337. The Gala is scheduled for Friday, May 5th at Lu Mil Vineyards. Tickets are moving quickly, but there are a few remaining. Call 910-874-4001 or 910-876-2322, for more info. And, along …..

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Congressman Pittenger introduces bipartisan legislation to clarify lending rules

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-NC) and Congressman David Scott (D-GA) introduced bipartisan legislation to clarify and improve certain regulations which have created confusion and unnecessary costs in commercial real estate lending. In January 2015, the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency adopted regulatory capital rules related to “high volatility commercial real estate” (HVCRE).  Despite repeated requests from community banks, other financial institutions, and real estate developers, federal regulators failed to clearly define the types of loans and projects to which the rules are meant to apply.  As a result, many banks have pulled back from commercial real estate lending, leading to fewer jobs and …..

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Tillis Discusses Border Security With Tucker Carlson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on the Fox News Channel, where he discussed the most effective ways to secure the United States’ Southern border. Senator Tillis toured the Texas-Mexico border earlier this year, spending days with Border Patrol agents and learning about the challenges and dangers they face on a daily basis. Senator Tillis recently laid the groundwork for a methodical, step by step approach to bipartisan immigration reform that would start by securing the Southern border. The Wall Street Journal reported that, “What is different about the Tillis approach is that it tackles the issue incrementally—but at every step gives each …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Two of my heroes are retiring. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kenny Rogers. First time I saw Dale, Jr. in action was at the Myrtle Beach, SC Speedway where he and sister, Kelly were racing on Saturday night. The story was Dale, Sr. provided a car for each, but it was their responsibility to keep it running. No idea if that was true or not. Both struggled at times, but never gave up. For the record, both were racing against Robert Hester (now Hester Trucking of Bladenboro). Robert and brother Reynold were Myrtle Beach track champ years ago, driving Elizabethtown based Merritt Logging late model autos, if my memory is correct. …..

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Tillis Selected As Commissioner For Helsinki Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced he has been selected as a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission. The Helsinki Commission, an independent government agency that is comprised of members of Congress and Administration officials, has a mandate to monitor the acts of the 56 other signatories of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This includes the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms like the freedom of thought, religion and the press. The Commission also focuses on economic, humanitarian, and security cooperation between the United States and other signatories. The Helsinki Commission …..

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Congressman Pittenger lays wreath at WW2 cemetery in Italy

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had the solemn privilege of laying a wreath at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, where nearly 8,000 American soldiers were buried following the liberation of Sicily and the landings at Salerno and Anzio during World War II. “These noble men and women sacrificed their lives in the fight against tyranny, securing a bright future for America and much of the world for the generations which followed,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “The vast majority were ordinary Americans who together did extraordinary things for the cause of liberty.  Let us never forget.” Congressman Pittenger visited the cemetery during a national security trip focused on NATO issues, …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones: Legislative Update for April 24, 2017

By: Rep. Brenden Jones Last week was a short but busy week in the General Assembly. Below is a summary of key bills I introduced or sponsored, key actions taken by committees on which I serve, and key House votes. BRIGHT Futures Jobs Bill Passes North Carolina House The North Carolina House of Representatives passed House Bill 68 BRIGHT Futures Act on Thursday by a 109-8 vote, approving legislation to connect rural residents of the state to broadband services and help under-served regions attract economic development opportunities of the 21st Century. “I represent some of the lowest income areas in the state and access to broadband is extremely limited,” said Rep. …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

And the rain came down. Rainfall at the Hester household, located about 3 miles southwest of Elizabethtown, totaled 3.5 inches from 5 AM Monday ’til 5 AM Tuesday. The National Weather Service station at the Curtis Brown Airport recorded about 2.85 inches of rain over the same time period. Good rain, much needed rain. But, some construction projects have had to be put on hold, including some NCDOT projects. Projects underway following a visit by Hurricane Mathew late last year. The first of two annual fund-raisers for Bladen We Care is scheduled for Thursday at The Vineyard Golf Course, White Lake. Best I can tell, a full, or near full …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Support local students in 2017 Congressional Art Competition

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) invites the community to celebrate local high school artists and help select finalists for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Nearly 40 students from Matthews, Waxhaw, St. Pauls, Monroe, Lumber Bridge, and Charlotte have submitted entries, which can be viewed in the “2017 Congressional Art Competition” album on Congressman Pittenger’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/ CongressmanPittenger. To help select finalists, please visit Congressman Pittenger’s Facebook page and “like” your favorite artwork.  The three entries receiving the most “likes” by noon on Friday, April 28th will be named finalists. Three additional finalists will be chosen by professional artists from North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The final round …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

I hear the sound of falling rain outside and so happy. Rain began about 5 AM and is expected to continue today and tonight. We really need the wet stuff. Looking forward to farm crops ‘peeping’ through the soil. Wesley’s Chapel UMC youth were in charge of Sunday’s worship service, and based on what I saw and heard, our future is in good hands. A very good service. Just wish all youngsters were of the same caliber. Far to many wondering aimlessly through life, with little or no support. Remember Readers Digest? Apparently the publishers are pushing for more market share. Included is a new publication “Ultimate Word Power.” The …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ever so often I think of the old Johnny Cash tune, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, remember? It was about to much activity the night before…”Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes and found my cleanest dirty shirt. Then I washed my face and combed my hair and stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.” Hopefully, this Sunday some rain will be coming down. Rain is in our forecast for today and tomorrow, in fact, quiet a bit of rain, maybe several inches. In my ramblin’ through recent news of interest, discovered a recent article from the NC Board of Elections, related to all the ‘bad mouthing’ from …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Ever get the feeling you are observing the state, US and world from the eye of a storm? Think it has never been like this before? In 1944, Sen. Harry Truman of Missouri replaced Henry A. Wallace as the running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was seeking an unprecedented fourth term as president. Roosevelt (D) won the election, but died 82 days into his term. Truman took over, having met with FDR just two times in his new role as VP. Truman led the effort to end WWII. In the 1948 election, Truman was challenged by Gov. Thomas E. Dewey (R) of New York. Headlines in some ‘big …..

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Alan Greenspan: “If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact”

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC, “If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact on the economy.” As a Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is working to pass the Financial CHOICE Act, which would eliminate taxpayer bailouts of financial firms, increase penalties for Wall Street fraud, and repeal unnecessary regulations which currently make it difficult for small businesses and community banks to grow the economy and create jobs. “Dodd-Frank has been Obamacare for the financial system, with the same regulatory burdens and disastrous results.  The Financial CHOICE Act will repeal and …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

This, that and the other. The people that sell paper weights may be some of the nations best sales folks. 5 Most Intelligent Animals on Earth, in reverse order: (no idea who made the list) #5 Whales #4 Parrots #3 Bottlenose Dolphins #2 Pigs #1 Chimpanzees Average high & low temp in Bladen County, NC, USA: April 74 56 May 81 66 June 87 69 degrees (National Weather Service) Do you think term limits for political offices would be better than current system? The US is the 4th largest country in the world by land area and 3rd in population. On February 25, 2013, the estimated population of the US …..

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Charlotte Smith

Opinion: Calling All Voters: Don’t wait until elections

By: Charlotte Smith Your candidate may not have won the election, but that does not mean you do not have a voice. All voters near and far in Bladen County, in North Carolina, should be contacting their elected officials and asking for some accountability for our tax dollars. Some of the biggest issues our county and state are facing right now are not Red versus Blue. Education, Healthcare and Economic Development are key issues all tax paying citizens should be aware. I addressed the Bladen County Board of Commissioners this week about significant concerns uncovered after investigating our Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services during our Opioid Crisis Series on BladenOnline.com. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Sometime retirees have to much time to dream, wonder what if, etc. When I am having one of those days, I begin to search for something new, different. Such was the case recently. I stumbled across USA Facts, a Steve Balmer project. Who is Steve Balmer? Former CEO of Microsoft, now retired, filthy rich, owner of the NBA LA Clippers basketball team. One of his latest projects is USAFACTS. According to Mr. Balmer, he uses Smart Design to makes sense of government spending…not political, non-partisan, in fact nothing to do with politics, except where does government $’s come from and where do they go. Volumes of info. According to his …..

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From Fox News Opinion: Rep. Robert Pittenger on China and the crucial choice America needs to make

By Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) Fox News Opinion Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Over the past several decades, American foreign policy towards China has been primarily economic in nature.  In 1979, we granted Most Favored Nation trading status with China, and in 2001, China became a member of the World Trade Organization.  For years, the theory has been that China will reform government dominance and communist tendencies with increased access to global markets.  Our leaders have believed that open market access would permeate the Chinese culture with greater personal freedoms and liberties. Unfortunately, the outcome of continuous and unrestricted market access has not yielded the intended results.  China remains a significant …..

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President Trump signs Congressman Pittenger’s radar legislation into law

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday evening, President Donald J. Trump signed Congressman Robert Pittenger’s radar legislation into law, setting into motion a 180-day study by the Commerce Department into Charlotte’s lack of adequate radar coverage.  Following completion of the study, the Commerce Department will have 90 days to submit a plan to fix the radar gap. “Charlotte is the largest metropolitan area in the United States without local National Weather Service radar coverage.  Because meteorologists lack consistent and reliable local radar data, NWS has actually missed tornadoes in Mecklenburg and Union counties,” explained Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “Thank you to President Trump, Senator Burr, and Chairman Lamar Smith with the Science, Space, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

April and May are busy times for many in Bladen. Tuesday, April 25 – A Job and Career Opportunities Fair will be hosted at Bladen Community College from 10 AM ’til 1 PM in the college auditorium. Wednesday, April 26 – Bladen County Educational Foundation Fund Raiser. Thursday, April 27 – 28th Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament at The Vineyard Golf Course. A limited number of slots available. Friday, April 28 – Bladen County Master Gardeners Volunteers Annual Plant Sale at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. Saturday, April 29 – Kelly Spring Fest at the Kelly, NC Ball Park hosted by the Kelly Volunteer Fire Department. Parade …..

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From The Hill: Securing our border must be first step in immigration reform

Senator Thom Tillis The Hill For the last 40 years, elected officials in Washington have repeatedly tried to secure our nation’s southern border and fix our broken immigration system, but every attempt at comprehensive reform legislation has failed. While some falsely assume that this prolonged failure only affects border communities, the reality is that it has also created disastrous repercussions for the rest of the nation. This point was made abundantly clear when I recently joined fellow members of Congress for an extensive tour of the Texas-Mexico border, spending days meeting with border patrol agents who work tirelessly to stop illegal trafficking and contraband and keep our nation safe. The …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

One of the really ‘kewl’ events that is held annually is Kids Appreciation Day in Elizabethtown, sponsored by the Police Department. The date is Saturday, May 6, on the lot behind Town Hall. Food, games, horseback riding, a home run derby, basketball free throw shots and bicycles will be given away. Meet police, play games, enjoy tasty food, an all around fun event. Have attended over the years and it is interesting to see youngsters checking out police vehicles and fire trucks. If you are not checking all the different pages of BladenOnline, you could be missing important announcements or news events. Today’s sports page includes results from high school …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Legislative Update April 17, 2017

By: Rep. Brenden Jones Last week was a short but busy week in the General Assembly. Below is a summary of key bills I introduced or sponsored, key actions taken by committees on which I serve, and key House votes. News Clips Key Bills Sponsored / Introduced HB636: Sale of Salvage Vehicle/No Inspection HB666: Revise Volunteer Fire Department Req’ts HB708: Require Criminal BGC/Pharmacist Licensure Key Committee Actions HB68: BRIGHT Futures Act (discussion only) HB443: Auto Dealers/Continuing Education (reported favorably) HB298: 00 Alcohol Restriction—All DWI (reported favorably) Key House Votes HB206: NC Cancer Treatment Fairness (Passed; I voted in favor) HB243: Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act. (Passed; I voted in favor) SB68: …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

For many, this day is another work day. For others, Easter Monday is a holiday, a day off. Weatherwise, today should be perfect for any outdoor activities. Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80s. Keep watching nearby fields looking for plants to ‘spring forth’. Next dates worthy of note, Mother’s Day (May 14) followed by Memorial Day (May 29). A reminder, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18, is deadline for filing tax returns for 2016. Interesting story circulating today related to Prince Harry of Great Britain and his struggle with emotional problems after the death of his mother, nearly 20 years ago. Guess we forget that despite their status in life, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Easter to ALL. It’s not just about the Easter eggs or bunnies. It’s the hope that this season enfolds in everyone’s home. Happy Easter Easter is the only time it’s OK to put all of your eggs in 1 basket. It’s not about a bunny….it’s about The Lamb. Love is patient, is kind, does not envy, does not boast, does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil, rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 I will walk by faith even when I can not see. 2 Corinthians 5:7. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

It is a beautiful day for an Easter Egg Hunt and many are scheduled for today. One of the largest will be held at Jones Lake State Park beginning at 11 AM. Must have pre-registered. Weather, perfect. Mostly clear skies with temps in the 80s by mid afternoon. Many will rise early Sunday morning for sunrise services. Easter is a very special day. Youngsters will be dressed up for services tomorrow in their pretty new outfits to worship at churches throughout the area. Christmas and Easter are two of the most important events for Christians everywhere. Switching topics, I keep hearing there are no jobs in our area. There are …..

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You Decide: Why Did We Move Away From Self-Sufficiency?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension We are again involved in a debate about health insurance for those not covered by their employer, Medicare, Medicaid or other group. Many want to replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “Obamacare”) that addresses the uninsured, but consensus on a replacement has not been found.   The health care debate includes many elements, among them politics and power. I’m not deriding those elements – they are part of the process. But they sometimes obscure some important fundamental factors that eventually must be considered to have a successful insurance plan. Among these fundamental factors are the economics of health care and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Today (Good Friday) is an official holiday for many. When I was in school, many, many years ago, I thought we should have Good Friday and Easter Monday off. As I grew older, I realized it was better to be in class than following a mule and planter. Ran across a couple of interesting notes related to the US debt recently: 1962: US debt was $300,000,000,000. April 15, 2017 @ 4AM the debt was $19,874,805,750,900 and growing by the second. Fast approaching the $20 trillion mark. Check US National Debt Clock, scary! In 2016, the debt for the month of March was $108 billion. In 2017, same time period the …..

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Editorial from Brunswick Beacon: We, the public, are the ultimate government watchdogs

Jackie Torok, The Brunswick Beacon There was a really great story in The Washington Post last week that grabbed my attention and made my heart sing. It was about the staff of the Booster Redux, the student newspaper of Pittsburg High School in Kansas, who questioned the credentials of their new principal. She resigned as a result of their story; it turned out her story didn’t check out. My friend and former colleague, Bill Glassgow, had this to say about the story: “This is a perfect example of the free press at work. Investigative reporting is key in how the free press works. Don’t allow ANYONE to take away the …..

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Bladen County Special Olympics will be held today at Elizabethtown Middle School, from 9:30 AM ’til 1 PM. For more info, call Shayla Yancey at 910-874-8130 or Tessia Williams at 910-862-4136. Athletes and volunteers should begin arriving at 8:30 AM. An Opening Ceremony will be held prior to the games, including a torch run by local law enforcement officers. The public is invited to attend and support the participants. It is good to see the support for Dixie Youth activities, all over the county. It begins with willing adults, eager youngsters and lots of support from family and friends. Early reports are positive for those attending a Buies Creek Astros …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

A couple of reminders, (1) Today, enjoy a fresh fish plate, courtesy of the local Shriners. Will be taking place in the Food Lion parking lot in E-town. Proceeds benefit Shriner’s Hospitals who provide free medical service to children in need. Eat on the site, or take to the office or home. The weather should be ideal around noontime. 76 degrees, partly cloudy skies and a soft spring breeze, about 5 mph. (2) Deadline for filing income tax is next Tuesday, April 18. Proceeds go to Congress and the President who determine where and how much…. Saw a news article recently where a former Bladen County Emergency Services Director is …..

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Bladen County Guestbook is opinions

BladenOnline.com is honored and grateful to bring Bladen County news, sports, advertising and more to our readers. We take this opportunity with a great sense of responsibility and seriousness. We do offer spaces on our site for opinions as well as facts. Our Guestbook page is a space with visitors comments and opinions. The Guestbook posts are not facts presented by our staff. We do try to police the page as much as possible to delete any abusive behavior or posts. Our Guestbook page is strictly a social page for our readers to use to discuss topics they care about, but is not part of the news, sports or information brought …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Springtime is normally a very busy time, and checking our Events page, this year appears to be no exception. Bladen County Shriners are sponsoring another Fish Fry tomorrow (Wednesday) from 10 AM to 7 PM in the Food Lion parking lot. Proceeds benefit the Shriner’s Hospital for children. There are numerous Easter egg hunts and Cantata’s this weekend. Check with churches in the area. We are nearing the annual fundraisers for Bladen We Care. The 27th Annual Byron H. Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, April 27 at Vineyard Golf, White Lake. Entry forms are available at the Pro Shop or call 910-874-4001. The cost is $125 per …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 11

1783 – Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War. 1865 – Abraham Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction. 1890 – Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigrations station. 1900 – The first modern submarine designed and built by John Philip Holland is purchased by the US Navy. 1921 – Iowa imposed 1st state cigarette tax. 1921 – First sports broadcast on the radio takes place. 1936 – Rodgers & Hart musical “On Your Toes” premieres in NYC. 1945 – US soldiers liberate Nazi concentration camp “Buchenwald” 1951 – US President Harry Truman fires Gen. Douglas McArthur. 1955 – “Marty” directed by Delbert Mann and starring …..

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Guess we all think about changes in our lifetime. I know I do. An example is EMS services for local citizens. Think back to the days when funeral homes provided limited service, no trained personnel, but a ride to the hospital or funeral home, depending on the condition of the patient. In the late 60s and early 70s, Rescue Squads were promoted by the state. There was basic training available to local volunteers. Rescue Squad buildings built, vehicles purchased and working relationships with hospitals established. All combined to provide a necessary service. Over the years, more training was required, staffing 24/7 became a real problem, the volunteer list began to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Wonder how often a mistake occurs at an ATM machine.  Must have a near perfect record.  I recall one time in my life, and I use them exclusively for cash.  Wish I had been smart enough to design and patent.  Oh well, someone needed to look at the ‘rear end’ of a mule or horse pulling a plow, that was my role as a youngster.  No patent needed. One more reminder of the BBQ Plate Sale today at Elizabethtown Middle School.  Proceeds benefit Live Oak UMC in the White Oak area in their effort to remove mold following Hurricane Mathew.  Serving time is 11 AM – 6 PM.  $7 donation minimum, more …..

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Tillis, Peters Lead Colleagues in Calling for Funding to Advance Self-Driving Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Gary Peters (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues in a letter calling for increased funding to support the advancement of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies. The letter specifically calls for Congress to appropriate funding for the safe development and testing of CAV technologies at U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) federally-designated proving grounds. The letter was sent to Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI). “The auto industry is in the midst of a seismic technological shift that will revolutionize the transportation of people and goods in our lifetime. Connected and …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Supporting Rural Healthcare

By Congressman Robert Pittenger One of my most important jobs is making sure your tax dollars are spent wisely. We must restore fiscal sanity in Washington, forcing bureaucrats to live within a budget and focus on priorities just like you do with your personal finances. This week, every Member of Congress submitted official requests to the Appropriations Committee listing priorities for federal spending in their home districts. This lays the groundwork for building a responsible budget. Here in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, supporting access to rural health care is a priority. Why? Six out of eight counties are eligible for rural health grants (Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Robeson, Cumberland, and …..

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Rouzer statement on Syria

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) released the statement below on Syria: “Assad is a brutal dictator who, once again, is responsible for a tortuous attack killing his own people, including innocent children and women. I applaud President Trump’s decision to conduct devastating air strikes against an airbase in Syria, and I salute the brave soldiers who carried out this mission. President Trump has sent a clear message to the Assad regime, Russia and our other enemies, such as Iran, North Korea, Al Qaeda, and ISIS, that our country will not tolerate such acts of evil. In order to keep Americans safe and protect our own homeland from these …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Remember nick names from years gone by? I was ‘Bobby’ (many still call me that, and that is OK), ‘Runt’ was my brother’s nickname, now Rev. J. Ronald Hester and one I never quiet understood. My cousin, Kendrick Hester was ‘Chink’. There were many, many more. Guess we all grew up and the name on our birth certificate must correspond with that on our employment records. Heck, I don’t know. I had no problem with the nicknames. Speaking of names, I have been informed that I recently had a birthday, didn’t know it. For the past 78+ years, my birthdate has been in November. Have no idea, must be another …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts while shaving

Stormy weather still in our forecast for today, mainly before 11 AM.  We can expect rain (70%), wind with gusts up to 40mph, before becoming mostly sunny later today. Rainfall totals are all over the board depending on location.  At the Hester household, about 1.5 inches as of 6 AM.  Higher amounts at the Curtis Brown airport, according to the National Weather Service. It has been one of those nights, woke up early, peeped out the window, back to bed, thoughts of this, that and the other, up again and began to read newspapers statewide.  Now, yawn all day long. Did you know department, circulation for: Charlotte Observer – 146,511 News & …..

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