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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

As we approach Thanksgiving we have so much to be thankful for…family, good health (if we enjoy good health), good neighbors and friends.  Yet, there is too much bad news….the recent kidnapping of the young girl in Lumberton, concern over guns in the hands of those who do not obey the laws, California fires, we could go on and on…..We all have our concerns….think about President George H.W. Bush ‘kinder, gentler nation” speech, many years ago. Stock market continues to ‘drop’…. Travel will be treacherous over the next several days, millions of people on the move….drive as if your life depended on it….. NCDOT has scheduled a time to hear from the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

NFL action last night – Bears 25, Vikings 20 Tonight – Rams vs Chiefs…. Short work week for many…Roadways will be crowded as we celebrate Thanksgiving….Drive as if your life depended on it…..because it does…. Many would be thankful for a more ‘settled’ stock market, especially retirees who depend on 401Ks and other such plans for a portion of their retirement income. Flooding still possible in low lying areas of the county…..has been a constant ‘theme’ for the past several weeks and months… Bladen County Commissioners meet today (twice), early meeting to discuss tax issues and regular meeting at 6:30…. Congratulations to West Bladen High School teacher….Gaye G. Davis, who was recently named winner …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Whew….time to take a deep breath as we head into the Thanksgiving season….. College football scores from Saturday… NC State 52 – Louisville 10 UNC 49 – WCU 26 Pittsburgh 34 – Wake Forest 13 Clemson 35 – Duke 6 Appalachian State  45 – Georgia State 17 ECU 55 – Connecticut 21 Alabama 50 – Citadel 17 Bladen County Commissioners meet twice Monday..a Special Meeting will be held at 5:30 PM to discuss Tax Matters and the regular session begins at 6:30 PM.  Included on the regular session agenda are numerous appointments to various local Boards and Commissions.  Meetings are held in the Commissioner’s room in the basement of the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

How often have I heard, deaths come in threes.  Well, two of my favorite people ‘passed away’ this week…Hope there is not a third, soon! Shared a little about Edgar Evans yesterday, and about his contributions to the area.  Did not tell you the numerous ways he made life a little more manageable when I was a youngster in Bladenboro and he and Jabe Frink (J&E Texaco) assisted so many, including me…examples, I could purchased gas on a credit, tires the same way and auto repairs when needed, and pay when I received my pay from JZ and Sally Hinson (Hinson’s Supermarket), two more great supporters, now deceased. Moved to Elizabethtown in …..

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Tillis Statement on FDA’s Announcement on Tobacco and Vapor Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the FDA’s recent announcement on tobacco and vapor products: “I applaud the FDA’s commitment to developing a robust plan to combat underage use of e-vapor products. However, I hope the FDA revisits some of its actions affecting traditional products that have been marketed for decades. The FDA must remain committed to using a science-based regulatory framework in order to effectively reduce risks and minimize collateral damage that would ultimately limit options available to adults seeking an alternative to smoking.” Share:

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Tillis & Coons join VP Pence in condemning violence against Burma’s Rohingya

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, issued the following statement in response to Vice President Pence’s criticism of Burma’s treatment of the Rohingya: “As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we have repeatedly condemned the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Rakhine State and called on the Government of Burma to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. We applaud Vice President Pence for affirming the United States’ commitment to a free and independent press and delivering a strong criticism of the treatment of the Rohingya during his meeting with Burmese State Counsellor …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

NFL score from last night….Seahawks 27-Packers 24….. High School football tonight…East Bladen will host Wilson Beddingfield in the NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs at 7:30 PM. I still miss broadcasting high school football and I know my cohorts do as well, but my time was over and no FM radio available in the area.  Still have folks asking why? Remember years ago when this time of the year farming chores included cuttin’ ditch banks with a bush ax?  Shopping for a Christmas tree was different, just go in the woods and locate a nice small tree, cut it down and drag it to the house and make the decorations…farmers settlin’ up …..

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Tillis & Shaheen to Lead Bipartisan Delegation to 10th Annual Halifax International Security Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will lead a bipartisan delegation to participate in the 10th annual Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tillis and Shaheen are the co-chairs of the recently re-established Senate North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group. They will join 300 delegates from around the world to discuss strategic cooperation on common global security goals. From 2009-2016, the Congressional Delegation was led by Senator John McCain. Mrs. Cindy McCain will present the inaugural John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service at this year’s Forum to the People of the island of Lesbos, Greece. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), John Boozman …..

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Thanks for all the ‘birthday’ wishes yesterday, ‘another day older and deeper in debt’…Remember the old Tennessee Ernie Ford tune??? Seems I have attended more funerals this year than ever before…..Sometimes a long walk, alone, is necessary.  Helps to keep all in perspective….. Remember the country song, “I am among men mostly richly blessed”….. Think it was a Bill Anderson….Jimmy Dean type recitation from years ago…. Sometimes I think of advice I have heard and used…example….”Make friends before you need them”…. Difficult to remember all the ID and Passwords needed to operate in this world…write them down, misplace them….change them and begin anew…..It must be an age thing… Ever discover you have …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up early thinking about so many activities going on and some good folks. and long, long ago…… Edgar Evans, former Bladenboro Mayor died after many years of suffering medical issues.  He was the ‘E’ at J & E service station in Bladenboro for years, but he was more….came from a good family, he and his bride produced a good family.  He was a good public servant (longtime Mayor of the ‘Boro).  You expected and he did not fail to deliver a firm handshake and greeting when you met him.  He is survived by a good family…. I was fortunate to call him my friend. Remember NASCAR’s Silver Fox?  David Pearson, …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

NFL results  Giants 27 – 49ers 23 Weather today — Warmer, windy and a chance of rain….high temps in the 60s. Stock Market in a nose dive, like down…..down…down. Volunteers still doing good deeds, assisting those devastated by hurricanes….. Bet if we all went through our closets and removed all the clothing we haven’t worn in the past 5 years, we could provide warm clothing to all in the area, in need.  I am hesitant to say I will do it….I’ve made the same promise over the past ??? years. Bladen County Shriners will be cooking fish again Wednesday (tomorrow) at two locations…Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown, and at Fresh Foods parking lot …..

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Many offices will be closed today observing Veterans Day.  A partial list includes banks, postal service, local and state governmental offices and Bladen County public schools.  Most retail outlets will be open for business as usual.  When in doubt, call ahead. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War 1.  Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday in 1938. The weather forecast for Sunday morning was expected to be in the low 30s, but National Weather Service reported low at Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown was a balmy 36 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up early this morning with a song on my mind!  Remember, ‘Over the river and thru the woods to grandmothers house we go….The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh’……..It was a favorite, ’bout this time of the year when I was a youngster….. Salute a veteran today….Most have interesting stories of their days in the various wars and in times of peace. Some prefer to not talk about those days. Too many made the ultimate sacrifice.  We owe them so much. A few area football scores from yesterday: Duke 42 – UNC 35 Clemson 27 – Boston College 7 Tulane 24 – ECU 18 Appalachian State 38 – Texas State 7 Alabama …..

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You Decide: Can Small Towns Make a Comeback?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina was once known as a state of small towns. The reason was the state economy. Led by the “Big Three” of tobacco, textiles and furniture, the economy was organized around small towns. Farmers took their crops and livestock to the closest town for processing and sale. Textile mills often located near rivers and streams for power and built small villages for their workers. Small towns in the foothills close to the state’s large forests were home to the furniture makers. Small towns in North Carolina were so popular that almost half the major league baseball teams in the 1940s had minor league teams in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

A loss is a loss is a loss, but not sure which causes the most pain, an old fashion butt-kicking like the Steelers delivered to the Panthers (52-21) in NFL play last night or a loss on the last play of the game like Wake Forest delivered to the NC State Wolfpack (27-23).  Both are painful! High School football action tonight for the Three Rivers Conference championship when the East Bladen Eagles travel to South Columbus. West Bladen entertains Red Springs.  Game time for both is 7:30 PM. Lu Mil Vineyard’s Annual Festival of Lights and country buffet  begins in a couple of weeks. Star Telephone’s annual meeting will be held …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thanks to all who offered their services for political office.  Without candidates our system of government would not operate very well….We all have preferences, but I repeat….we need candidates, so thanks to the winners and those who did not win.  And, it you have never ‘cast your hat into the ring’, you have no idea…it is an experience like no other. Huge high school football game Friday (tomorrow) night.  East Bladen at South Columbus for conference championship.  Regardless of the outcome, both teams will participate in the playoffs…..Go Eagles… West Bladen concludes their season Friday night when they host Red Springs. Basketball season is here.. The folks that monitor action on …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

The 2018 General Election is over, hallelujah!.  Check our news page for results of local political races.  And, for a complete rundown of all races, local, state and federal, Google NC State Board of Elections. Best I can tell, nationwide, Democrats take over leadership in the US House of Representatives and Republicans strengthen their position in the Senate, with some races still ‘to be determined.’ US House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement, “Tonight history has repeated itself.  A party in power always faces tough odds in its first midterm election……….We don’t need an election to know that we are a divided nation, and now we have a divided Washington.  As a country …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Frost arrived on schedule….again.   Average date of first frost in Bladen County is last few days of October to first week of November. Did you see Larrell Murchison intercept a Florida State University pass Saturday?  The 6 foot 4, 277 pound, former Eagle, now Wolfpacker, made a big time play. Last night NFL action – Patriots 31-Packers 17. Bryson DeChambeau was winner of the PGA Shriners Hospital for Children Open. Kevin Harvick was winner of the NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway. Locally, East Bladen at South Columbus Friday night for the Three Rivers 2A football conference championship.  Check our sports page for up-to-date details of all local sports, courtesy of John Clark. One more …..

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Checking local and area sports scores… High school football….East Bladen 48 – West Bladen 12… NCHSAA Class 2-A Boys’ Soccer: East Bladen 5, Trinity 0…. John Clark provides details on our Sports Page.. Area College football scores: Syracuse 41   Wake Forest 24 Georgia Tech 38  UNC 28 NC State 47  Florida State 28 Duke 20  Miami Fl  12 Clemson 77  Louisville 16 Memphis 59  ECU 41 Appalachian State 23  Coastal Carolina 7 If you watched the Duke game you know they played in a ‘flood’, at least some of the game. Early voting is over.  Around 6,000 Bladen voters have cast their ballots.  The General Election will be held Tuesday, November …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

By Robert Hester Today is the last day for Early Voting at the Bladen County Library. Polls close at 1 PM. Election will be held Tuesday, November 6 at all 17 precincts, county-wide. Time changes tonight, fall back. Move time pieces back one hour…..also a good time to check, maybe change the batteries in your fire alarm. East Bladen – West Bladen high school football game was moved back 24 hours due to weather related issues last night. The game will be played at West Bladen this evening, game time 7:30 PM. East Bladen’s men’s soccer team will host the NCHSAA 2A Play-offs at 5 PM today. It will be …..

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A bike, a dog, and a pocketknife

By Jefferson Weaver I had two devices demanding attention, an aching leg, and a car whose stubbornness challenged Mabel the Donkey. I was dramatically late for work, and the only thing in the mailbox was a rightfully insistent demand that a bill be paid. The dogs and cats were behaving as they usually do when my wife is gone, which is to say they were a mob of surly, mournful, lonely, hungry, demanding, destructive toddlers. I’d missed another chance to go hunting, due to family and work obligations. Sleep had been lacking because my heart was heavy for a half-dozen folks for whom I could do nothing but pray, but …..

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House Districts in Wake County Found Unconstitutional

Districts ordered to be redrawn in the next regular legislative session for use in 2020 RALEIGH – A three-judge state court panel today issued a unanimous ruling declaring four state House Districts in Wake County to be unconstitutional.  The panel agreed that the unnecessary redrawing of state House Districts 36, 37, 40, and 41 violated the North Carolina Constitution’s prohibition on mid-decade redistricting. The order instructs the legislature to remedy the unconstitutional districts in their next regular session for use in the 2020 general election. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice represented plaintiffs in NC NAACP v. Lewis.  Plaintiffs included NC NAACP,  League of Women Voters of NC, Democracy NC, A. Philip …..

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Capt. Jeff Singletary is retiring from the Sheriff’s office after 30 years, joining his long time partner Captain Jeff Bridgers in retirement.  Singletary, among other things, played a major role in the construction of the new Law Enforcement Center. Early voting continues today and until 1 PM Saturday at the Bladen County Library.  The General Election is set for Tuesday, November 6, with 17 voting sites open across the county. NFL action last night: 49ers 34 – Raiders 3. Tonight, 7:30 PM, high school football, East Bladen travels to West Bladen.  One game will remain in regular season play after tonight.  Last night East Bladen Jayvees defeated West Bladen 38-0. A reminder of the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Early voting is coming to a close.  It ends Saturday, November 3, at 1 PM.  Only one early voting site in Bladen County, at the library in Elizabethtown.  General elections will be held Tuesday, November 6, at all 17 voting sites in the county. Vote, by all means vote, regardless of political persuasion, vote for the candidates of your choice, but vote.  If you fail to do so, shame on you. Had too much time on my hands recently and googled NC State Board of Elections and checked candidates information related to how much was being raised and spent.  Not naming names.  One area State Senate candidate had raised nearly …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Trick or Treat time.  Remember as a youngster, we lived in rural Bladen County, neighbors were few and far between, memory is getting dim.  Not sure how or where but we participated and were treated.  Remember ‘Mary Jane’ and ‘Kits’ penny candy? Still big in some areas, but in many areas churches sponsor ‘Trunk or Treat’, or something related.  Need to be aware of times when it is allowed in the various municipalities in the county.  Call the town offices for details. First Baptist Church in Clarkton is sponsoring such an event from 6 to 8 pm this evening.  Candy will be handed out from the trunks of  vehicles to children …..

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Public Notice: Third Mail Absentee Meeting

The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold an Absentee Meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Election Office located at 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC  28337. Bobby R. Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

NFL score: Patriots 25 – Bills 6 As I observe the political ads today and think back over the years, the campaigns get more personal and so much of it, we have no idea who made the purchase, on TV, regional newspapers and slicks that flood our mailboxes.  No doubt, party plays a huge role in tone and content. Compare when I was a candidate (first time) in the early 70s.  It was local, (county commissioner), had 13 candidates for 3 seats, nearly all were of the same political persuasion.  No TV, no slick ads in the mail, a little local newspaper and a little local radio and a great …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Late night’s NFL score, Saints 30 – Vikings 20. Tonight, Patriots vs Bills Boston wins the World Series, 4 games to 1. Red Sox won last game of 2018 series 5-1 over Dodgers. Hobgobblins are coming.  Trick or Treat this week.  Buy good candy, and if the youngsters go Trunk or Treating, you can enjoy. This is the last week of early voting, General Election, November 6, a week from tomorrow. Make a mental note, time change, November 4th. Checked the National Debt Clock, running faster than ever.  Google it, educational.  See how much you owe! A BBQ plate sale will be held Saturday, November 3, at Dublin Primary School.  A cake auction …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

If you missed the Bladenboro Beast Fest, you missed a good time.  A huge crowed attended despite it being a little cool and windy.  The day began with a tribute to Trooper Kevin Conner, the native son who was killed while on duty in Columbus County recently.  Great local talent, introduction of politicians, beauty queens, good food, including collard sandwiches and an opportunity to meet and greet neighbors and friends, some who traveled a far distance to attend and topped off by a great performance by the Band of Oz.  Organizers will be meeting soon to begin plans for the 2019 Beast Fest. High school football last night (Saturday), East Bladen 49 – …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

The 12th Annual Bladenboro Beast Fest is officially underway and will continue throughout the day and into the evening hours.  It’s free and all are invited.  Google BladenOnline for a lineup of today’s activities including one of the biggest events of this year…7 PM, The Band of Oz will be on stage.  Hope to see you there.  May want to bring a chair if you plan a long visit. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 AM with a Tribute to Trooper Kevin Conner, the Bladenboro native recently killed in the line of duty. Have you voted?  One more week of Early Voting and on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6…. Drove home …..

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You Decide: How Will the “New NAFTA” Impact North Carolina?

By Dr. Mike Walden Who knew trade negotiations could play out like a best-selling thriller? The negotiations for a new trade treaty between the U.S., Mexico and Canada had a deadline of September 30th, which was a Sunday. I followed the news that day, and it was all gloomy about successful resolutions to several problems between the U.S. and Canada. An agreement on a new trade treaty had already been reached between the U.S. and Mexico, so as I went to bed on Sunday night I thought a three-country NAFTA deal was likely not going to happen. Arising the next day – Monday, October 1st – at 6 a.m., I …..

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Blue lights, black ribbons

By Jefferson Weaver All I do is tell the stories, best as I can. My friends in blue, gray, brown, red and green live the stories. So do their families. A couple years back, while I was on the way home one afternoon, Trooper Kevin Conner called me. Like many phone calls I have with the Highway Patrol, this one had to do with a fatal car crash, caused by a young woman who was allegedly texting and driving. I asked Kevin to let me pull over, since I can’t take notes behind the wheel. He chuckled, and said he was late calling me back because he had just pulled …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Spent most of yesterday in South Carolina looking for Mega Millions winner, no luck.  Not really, did travel through much of the state, headed to Asheville for a meeting. Can really appreciate Bladen after a few days away. Check our Events section for lineup of ‘what’s happening’ in the area.  And, John Clark has a list of high school sporting events on the Sports page. Reminder of Bladenboro’s  Annual Beast Fest Friday and Saturday.  Hope to see you there on Saturday.  Lots to see and do and a great time to spend time with friends from days gone by, and enjoy good food, including a collard sandwich. Happy to spend …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

World Series 2018–Game 1 Red Sox 8 – Dodgers 4 The two teams face each other again at 8:09 PM today.  It’s a best 4 of 7 series. Well, despite my prayers, and promises, I did not win the Mega Millions.  $4 wasted. The winning ticket was sold in South Carolina.  Still a chance of winning tonight….Power Ball drawing for over half a billion dollars. Could soon know about the future of local hog farming.  Arguments have been heard and motions filed in federal court related to the first three lawsuits that took place earlier this year.  No verdict and no idea when there will be. Seafood and Sunset, the Annual …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

I have a love-hate relationship with technology.  When it works, I love it.  When it doesn’t work right, I hate it. Usually the reason it doesn’t work right is something I ‘messed up”, but I still need to blame someone or something other than my own actions/decisions. Confused???? So am I. Tonight, the Mega Millions drawing and around $1.6 billion is on the line.  May cause so much confusion that you may wish you had never won, but if I win, the decision will be mine.  Fat chance….no, slim chance. Tomorrow, another $600 million or so on the line in the Power Ball drawing.  I am not a huge supporter, but may …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Late NFL score   KC Chiefs 45 – Bengals 10 Earlier, Panthers defeated the Eagles 21 – 17. Tonight, NY Giants at Atlanta Falcons Hundreds bid farewell to Master Trooper Kevin Keith Conner yesterday at South Columbus High School.  The 38-year-old Bladenboro native was the victim of a senseless murder last week while doing his job.  He leaves behind a wife and two young children. Best I can tell, most of our area is slowly returning to normal after two hurricanes, with a few exceptions, one being the delivery of my regional newspaper.  Have subscribed to it for 40 to 50 years, delivery before the storms was sometime before 9 AM, yesterday …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Sunday, Oct. 21

ACC football results Syracuse 40 – UNC 37 (overtime) Clemson 41 – NC State 7 Virginia 28 – Duke 14 Florida State 38 – Wake Forest 17 Other scores Alabama 58 – Tennessee 21 USF 37 – ECU 10 Purdue 49 – Ohio State 20 LSU 19 – MS State 3 Appalachian State 27 – Louisiana-Layette 17 MLB World Series begins Tuesday @ 8:09 PM Dodgers vs Red Sox Apparently no winner in Power Ball drawing last night (Saturday) Over $2 Billion between Power Ball and Mega Millions in next drawings. A lot of grocery money will be spent on lottery tickets. Bladenboro Beast Fest next weekend (Friday and Saturday) …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Not sure about a Mega Million (Billion) winner last night.  As of early Saturday (10/20/18) no one had stepped forward. Still early. According to statistics related to US lotteries $72.97 billion is spent annually on lottery tickets or about $223 for every American citizen.  Not sure if the math adds up, just repeating someone else info. Tonight, a drawing for Power Ball will be held and it apparently will be worth over $400 million. High School football results from Friday night action: East Bladen 40, East Columbus 0 St. Pauls 62, West Bladen 20 Read about both games on our Sports Page.  John Clark has it covered. Remember the Kevin Conner …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Condolences seem so inadequate for a man who lost his life protecting ours.  RIP Trooper Kevin Keith Conner.  Visitation and funeral are planned for Sunday afternoon at South Columbus High School.  Google Inman Ward Funeral Home in Tabor City, NC for details. Early voting is underway for the 2018 General Election.  The election will be held Tuesday, November 6.  Just one early voting site in Bladen County, the Bladen County Library on North Cypress Street. When rainfall totals are added up at the end of the year, may be one of Bladen’s wettest ever.  Average rainfall is in the range of 48 to 52 inches, or about an inch a week. Check BladenOnline News and Events pages …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Early voting for the November 6, 2018 General Elections is underway as of today.  Just one early voting site his year, at the Bladen County Library on N. Cypress Street.  Will be interesting to see how much activity in Bladen County this year.  Two years ago, in the presidential election, 15,743 voted in the county….54.1 percent for Trump, 44.6 percent for Clinton and 1.3 percent for others. In 2014, (non-presidential election year) 11,712 voted in he General Election.  In the race for Sheriff (normally one of the highest profile contests), 11,579 voted. Jim McVicker (R) received 5,964 votes (51.51 percent) and 5,615 (48.49 percent) voted for incumbent Prentis Benston (D).  Every …..

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Governor Cooper Signs Bill into Law

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: Senate Bill 3: An Act to Enact the 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on the bill: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure.” Share:

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Governor Cooper Comments on Florence Recovery Package

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following comment on the Hurricane Florence recovery package that passed the legislature tonight: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure.” Governor Cooper intends to sign the bill into law soon. Share:

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Just about every conversation begins with the weather, sooooo, how about the weather?  High today near 80 with a 40 percent chance of rain, low tonight around 65 with a 50 percent chance of rain.  High Wednesday near 74 with 50 percent chance or ‘wet stuff’.  Cooler temps Wednesday night with lows around 49, high in the mid 60s on Thursday and low Thursday night around 44 degrees.  Cool streak could last a few days. As election day draws near, just about everything related to politics causes more confusion.  Our ‘political fuse’ is short.  It’s just another election season.  It comes around every two years for county, state and national elections.  Early …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Busy weekend in the rearview mirror, hoping for a normal week. The 2018 General Election begins this week.  In the meantime, Bladen is one of 28 counties where the voter registration deadline was extended through today (Monday-October 15).  The extension was for counties most affected by Hurricane Florence and named by the North Carolina State Board of Elections. One-Stop Early Voting also begins this week, on Wednesday, October 17, and continues through Saturday, November 3, 2018.  For more info, call or visit the Bladen County Board of Elections. Bladen County Commissioners meet twice today, maybe more.  One is a Special Called Meeting and later, 6:30 PM, their regular semi-monthly meeting, at …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Hope your weekend has been good so far! Great for this group of Hesters’.  Grandson (Brooks) and longtime lady friend (Katie Hinton) were married late Saturday near Raleigh.  Wish them well.  Beautiful wedding.  Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Hester of Raleigh, NC. If we failed to answer or return your call, sorry… Revival services begin at 7 PM today at Wesley’s Chapel UMC, Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown, with Rev. Tim Reaves, Pastor of Pine Valley UMC, Wilmington, leading the services through Wednesday evening.  Rev. Reaves was former pastor of Bladen County UMC Charge.  All are welcomed, special singing, nightly.  Rev. Darrell Copeland is Pastor. So much road repair to be done following a couple of …..

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Pastor Brunson Released From Turkish Prison

North Carolina native Pastor Brunson is on his way home to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. While the Brunson family has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic and political nightmare for the last two years, their unwavering optimism and faith kept them strong during this very difficult and stressful time. Despite the anguish Pastor Brunson has had to endure locked away in prison with his fate uncertain, I was personally inspired when I watched him stand up in a Turkish courtroom during his trial – facing an effective lifetime sentence – and announce that he harbored no animosity or bitterness towards the …..

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Tillis Statement on the Release of Pastor Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson: “North Carolina native Pastor Brunson will soon return home to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. While the Brunson family has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic and political nightmare for the last two years, their unwavering optimism and faith kept them strong during this very difficult and stressful time. Despite the anguish Pastor Brunson has had to endure locked away in prison with his fate uncertain, I was personally inspired when I watched him stand up in a Turkish courtroom during his trial – …..

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You Decide: Why Do We Take Risks?

By Dr. Mike Walden In the aftermath of hurricane season, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk. Indeed, many people are. I have friends who are second-guessing their decisions to move to the coast after retiring.  Others are questioning why development is allowed in storm-prone beaches and barrier islands. To help think about these questions, it’s useful to step back and consider the concept of risk. Risk indicates an inability to perfectly predict the future, especially bad outcomes. For example, people who move to the North Carolina coast know hurricanes periodically happen. But they don’t know exactly when, where and the storms’ intensities. Risk doesn’t just apply to dramatic weather …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

NFL football – Eagles defeat Giants. High School football tonight: 7:30 PM   St. Pauls at East Bladen 7:30 PM   West Bladen at West Columbus Women’s Tennis 10 AM   Three Rivers Conference 2A Class 2A Tournament at East Bladen We survived another Hurricane….a little rain and lots of wind. (Dems blame Rep for the rain, Rep blame the Dems for wind), not really, just seems that way.  One party says hot, other says cold, neither willing to give an inch. Stock market stinks, better days ahead, I hope. Today (Friday) is the last day to register for November 6th General Election. Check out News page and Events page for some of the activities …..

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Tillis Urges Turkey to Release Pastor Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the Senate floor to speak on North Carolina native Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned by the Turkish Government since October 7, 2016. Pastor Brunson has his next hearing scheduled for tomorrow. Tillis on Pastor Brunson: “I’m here to talk about a man named Pastor Brunson, a North Carolina native who has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 7, 2016. He’s a Presbyterian minister that in 2016 under the emergency orders in Turkey, President Erdogan ended up ordering the arrest of many people, including Pastor Brunson. The two-year anniversary was last Sunday, and I called Pastor Brunson to speak with him …..

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Tillis, Shaheen, Lankford, & Graham Issue Joint Statement on Pastor Brunson’s Hearing Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued the following joint statement on Pastor Brunson’s hearing date scheduled for tomorrow: “Pastor Andrew Brunson and his family have been through an incredibly trying ordeal for the last two years. Their faith and strength have been an example to us all. It is our greatest hope that the Pastor will finally be allowed to return home to his family in the United States after his hearing tomorrow. This significant step would not only allow the Brunson family to move forward with their lives, but it would help improve U.S.-Turkey relations for the long-term. Ultimately, the United States …..

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Tillis & Burr Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance Applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding North Carolinians who are applying for federal disaster assistance: “We’ve recently heard stories of North Carolinians who were denied federal assistance for losses associated with Hurricane Florence. Our offices are now requesting additional information from FEMA and local officials to get a better sense of specifics surrounding these reported cases. While not every North Carolinian who suffered property damage will be eligible for federal assistance, we want to make sure everyone who is eligible for assistance receives it. We encourage any North Carolinian having issues with their application for federal assistance to contact our offices by calling 704-509-9087 (Tillis) or …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Weather remains the big story.  Two hundred year storms in two years and now two hurricanes in less than a month. Weather for today…Showers and thunderstorms.  High near 83.  Breezy, with a southeast wind 11 to 20 mph.  Winds could gusts as high as 30 mph and 100 percent chance of rain with new rainfall amounts of 3/4 to 1 inch expected. Tonight, a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m., then a slight chance of showers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.  Lows around 62.  Breezy with west wind 13 to 23 mph becoming northwest after midnight.  Winds could gust as high as 34 mph, 30 percent chance …..

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Charlotte Smith

Opinion: Hidden treasures in tragedy

By Charlotte Smith Families are homeless, some business owners have been forced to close their doors but, hope still seeps through in Bladen County, North Carolina. While the government means well with their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outreach, it is really ordinary citizens making an impact during disaster and tragedy. In the past few weeks we have seen countless churches, civic organizations, fire and rescue members, law enforcement organizations, political officials and many others assisting our county. The groups helping Bladen County and North Carolina are not just local people, but people from all across our nation. Watching the outpouring of support reminds me of a heartbreaking situation which …..

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Treasury Department Begins Implementation of Pittenger National Security Legislation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury, as chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), today issued temporary regulations to protect critical American technology and intellectual property from potentially harmful foreign acquisitions. The new regulations are a result of Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which was signed into law by President Trump this August as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Treasury Department will implement pilot programs that expand CFIUS review into certain non-controlling investments in U.S. businesses involved in critical national security technology.  Previously, China has used joint ventures and minority position investments to strategically gain access to sensitive technology …..

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Video Series Highlights Voters Who Could be Impacted by Voter ID Requirements

  The campaign launches one week before Early Voting begins   DURHAM, N.C. – Five videos released today by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice are the first installment of a campaign that’s aimed at educating voters about who may be disenfranchised if a state constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote is approved in this November’s election.  The “What’s at Stake” video series highlights the stories of North Carolinians who faced hurdles during the 2016 primary election when photo ID was required.  Some were either turned away for lack of the ID or forced to cast a provisional ballot that was never counted. Others would be unable to vote in …..

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Governor Cooper Recommends Robust State Funding Package for Hurricane Florence Recovery and Resiliency

Preliminary Estimates Show Florence Caused Almost $13 Billion in Damages; Recommends State Allocate $1.5 Billion to Help Those in Need  Full Budget Recommendation Can Be Read HERE For More Budget Documents Please Click HERE  RALEIGH: Less than one month after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today shared his state budget recommendations for Florence recovery and future storm resiliency. Gov. Cooper shared that preliminary damage estimates from Florence total almost $13 billion. To cover the state portion of recovery, Cooper recommends a robust $1.5 billion package to tackle a smarter, stronger recovery. “Hurricane Florence devastated our state and left families, businesses and farmers reeling from the impact,” said Governor …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

I make every effort to be a positive individual, but past few hours have been a test. Received info related to three different deaths in a short time frame, like less than 24 hours.  A former neighbor and co-worker; the father of a neighbor; and a 55-year-old, who died in an accident mid-afternoon yesterday (Tuesday). Recovery efforts continue following Hurricane Florence, and another storm is on the way. Grandson’s wedding Saturday, planned for outside, but inside is a possibility. While attempting to recover, would be easy to be discouraged.  Gotta hold chin high and move forward.  Many are going through much more difficult times, have lost just about everything.  No doubt, better days …..

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Tillis & Coons Call on Saudis to Investigate Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following statement: “We are closely following the concerning reports about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul one week ago today. Freedom of the press is a fundamental democratic value, and it sends a chilling message to journalists and those who support democracy around the world when voices of dissent are silenced. As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we urge Saudi authorities to immediately investigate and verify Jamal’s location.” Share:

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Attendance was good at last night’s Annual Four County EMC meeting.  Their employees, especially outside workers, have had a tough couple of weeks.  Pictures of damage done by the recent hurricane were shared during the meeting.  Four County serves mostly rural Bladen, Pender, Sampson and Duplin counties and maybe small areas of adjoining counties.  Company officials announced no new rate increases for the coming year and Capital Credit checks would be mailed in December.  Baldwin Branch Men’s Chorus provided the musical entertainment. FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center in the Ag Center (Bladen County Cooperative Extension building at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown).  They will be open for 60 …..

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Opinion: Are you registered to vote

By Darius Spillman “Are you registered to vote?” It’s a common, and imperative question this time of year. Political advertisements are seen on billboards, television, and often times found in your mailbox. The message is loud and clear, but truthfully, the majority of ads are seen as a nuisance, ignored, and tossed in the trash upon receipt. A lot of us are ignorant about the importance of voting, simply because we aren’t aware of a candidate’s intentions. We don’t take time out of our busy schedules to study each candidate and determine how that individual can positively affect our personal well-being and the communities we reside in. As of October …..

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Tillis Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court of the United States:   “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most eminently qualified individuals to be nominated to serve on the Supreme Court in recent memory. He has spent the last decade serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals, earning a reputation for being a mainstream and fair-minded jurist with excellent judicial temperament. He will be an outstanding Supreme Court justice.   “When the President nominated Judge Kavanaugh, I made a simple request to my Democratic colleagues to keep an open mind and treat him …..

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Chairman Hayes’ Statement on Kavanaugh confirmation

Raleigh, NC — Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate this afternoon with a 50-48 vote. Chairman Hayes released the following statement: “First of all, I’d like to congratulate Judge-now-Justice Kavanaugh on his confirmation to the United States Supreme Court,” stated Hayes. “He is an extraordinarily qualified judge with a fair and impartial judicial record. I firmly believe he will be an exceptional Justice that will uphold the Constitution and will not legislate from the bench. “Second, the conduct of Senate Democrats has been shameful,” continued Hayes. “Senate Democrats pushed vicious smears and uncorroborated allegations as fact. Some members of the press reported them without question as others openly cheered for …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Columbus Day, a federal holiday.  Closures most likely include Federal offices, Post Office and Banks.  Call ahead to make sure. Volunteers are expected to be manning the collection/distribution center (old Paul Sessoms Wholesale Building) in Elizabethtown, today.  And, volunteers are still needed at the site. Late night NFL action:  Houston Titans 19, Dallas Cowboys 16. Major League baseball playoffs continue and in NASCAR action yesterday, Chase Elliott finished .265 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin to win Dover race. A reminder of the Four County EMC Annual Meeting this evening at Elizabethtown Middle School.  Registration begins at 5 PM, with a light meal served on site.  The Baldwin Branch Choir will begin …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Looking back, a busy few days.  Volunteers busy gathering supplies and providing them to hurricane victims.  Churches throughout the county working side by side, even truckloads of supplies arriving from as far away as Elizabethtown, Ky.  One of the busiest places around has been the old Paul H. Sessoms Wholesale building near the courthouse, in Elizabethtown, NC. For years the building was home to a wholesale grocery business, including Jack’s Cookies and Wise Potato Chips, now the perfect place for stocking and providing supplies to hurricane victims.  Volunteers are running the show. Then there were bicyclist from across the state, spending an evening in Elizabethtown, the annual Mountains to the Coast bicycle ride.  Seem to go off without a hitch, good planning makes …..

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Tillis: GOP Must Resist Urge To Emulate Democrats’ Tactics In Future SCOTUS Confirmations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on future Supreme Court confirmations: “Roles will be eventually reversed when a Democratic president nominates a Supreme Court justice. For the good of the nation, Republicans must resist the urge to reciprocate the politics of personal destruction when that time comes. The toxic search and destroy tactics employed by Senate Democrats during the Kavanaugh confirmation have debased the integrity of the Supreme Court, disgraced our political discourse, and upended innocent lives. It revealed the dark and disturbing depths one side is willing to go to win at all costs, regardless of the collateral damage – including lasting harm to our nation, our institutions, and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

So much to do following Hurricane Florence, but many stepping up to assist. I am reminded it is a marathon, not a sprint. Headlines include, unemployment rate 3.7% nationwide, about 2% higher in our area, but still very low.  Jobs are available for those interested in working.  The last time the rate was this low was 1969.  You could purchase a gallon of gas for 35 cents, now in the $2.79 range, and it was followed by the 1970 recession, some would say the fed over-adjusted looking for a soft-landing.  Lets hope that does not happen this time. High School football action last night: East Bladen 28 – Fairmont 27 Whiteville 48 – …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

‘Bout this time of the year, I begin to expect more fall-like weather, like highs in the upper 70s.  89 yesterday, 90 is forecast for today, a pumpkin will not last long.  Guess I am attempting to rush ‘mother nature’.  Love the sight of a big orange pumpkin with colorful floral arrangements. Temps in the low to upper 80s over the next week or so.  Looking ahead, first frost in this area, usually last few days of October or early November. Stock market was ‘not good’ yesterday, well not good for 401k’s and other retirement programs.  Interest rates slowly inching higher, making it more difficult to finance a home, not …..

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Tillis Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis

Landmark Legislation Heads to President’s Desk   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted in favor of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, bipartisan legislation to combat the nationalopioid crisis. The sweeping legislation is the result of bipartisan work by five committees in the Senate and eight committees in the House of Representatives. “The opioid epidemic has reached every corner of America and devastated communities for too long. It is heartbreaking that more North Carolinians die every day to overdose than car crashes, and it is a trend that must be reversed,” said Senator Tillis. “This consensus legislation will help our communities fight back through education, prevention, and treatment, and I am proud …..

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Senator Thom Tillis’ Statement On FBI Report

Senator Thom Tillis’ statement on FBI Report: “This morning I received an extensive and detailed committee staff briefing on the FBI background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh. There is still no contemporaneous evidence that corroborates these allegations. I look forward to reading the complete report later today.” Share:

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Pray for Florence, SC police family.  5 officers shot, one killed late Wednesday.  What is this world coming to? Volunteers still accepting items for Kelly area residents.  Cleaning supplies are high on the most wanted (needed) list.  Prefer individual size packaging.  Items may be delivered to Paul H. Sessoms building in Elizabethtown.  Other items are needed/accepted as well.  The Kelly community continues to suffer following Hurricane Florence’s recent visit. A little bird told me one or more truckload of supplies should arrive today from sister city, Elizabethtown, Ky.  Follow BladenOnline throughout the day for updates. Congratulations to East Bladen’s Zack Mears, named WECT’s Athlete of the Week. How about Larrell Murchison?  The big man …..

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Governor Cooper Applauds Federal Funding For Hurricane Florence Response

Cooper Asked Senators for “Urgent Help” As Storm Ravaged NC Administration Working to Cut Red Tape to Respond to Two Historic Storms in Two Years RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today applauded news that Congress passed legislation that includes critical funding for Hurricane Florence recovery. Congressional leaders have indicated that North Carolina will receive approximately $1 billion of the $1.68 billion included for disaster recovery in the bill. Governor Cooper sent a letter to U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis on September 17 requesting their “urgent help in securing resources” to respond to Florence. That letter can be read HERE. “We appreciate the working relationship with the Congressional delegation in both …..

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Congressman Pittenger announces $841,151 grant to benefit Lumbee students

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce an $841,151 U.S. Department of Education grant to improve college and career preparedness for Lumbee Indian youth, with a particular emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The grant, which is expected to be renewed annually for a total of four years, will: *Create a STEM program for 878 Lumbee Indian elementary, middle, and high school students, including integrated year-round STEM and career-focused academic, career, and cultural enrichment activities. *Promote STEM awareness and college and career exploration for 400 Lumbee students. *Remove pedagogical, academic, curricular, and financial barriers to student success in STEM courses for 2,200 Lumbee high school students. …..

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A queen’s farewell

By Jefferson Weaver We met through a true friend on a late spring day, and fell in love on a farm where pears and persimmon blossoms were in riot after a long cold winter. We said goodbye a few days before Hurricane Florence as my best friend, my wife, dried my tears. June was malnourished, sick, and abused when she came into the rescue league back in 2012. Hers was one of the worst cases; she was nursing a nine-month-old filly, and eating fast food wrappers out of desperation to produce milk. I saw the pictures, but I didn’t meet her until she was healthy again, and I didn’t recognize …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Had an occasion to be in Wilmington recently, and the damage is as great as I thought it would be, limbs piled along the roadways and traffic galore.  Not sure how they can ever dispose of the debris without causing massive traffic issues.  But, they are making a huge effort, as are public and utility employees throughout the area .  A repeat of two years ago.  Thanks to all for their efforts. It’s a perfect time for scam artist.  Beware! And life goes on, deaths, births, gathering of crops, etc. Elections just about 5 weeks away.  Difficult to keep it all in perspective, but elections are important. Questions??  Call or visit …..

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Tillis Statement on U.S. Trade Agreement With Mexico and Canada

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada: “I applaud the Trump Administration on reaching an agreement with Mexico and Canada to replace the outdated NAFTA and ensure our alliances with our neighbors remain strong. Agriculture is the number one industry in North Carolina, and it is vital we provide certainty to the industry and the millions of jobs the U.S. agricultural industry it supports. This agreement is a step in the right direction for North Carolina’s farmers, businesses, workers, and consumers, and I look forward to reviewing the details in the coming weeks.” Share:

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Monday night NFL results.  KC Chiefs 27 – Denver Broncos 23. High School football, West Bladen 38 – South Robeson 30. Check our Sports section for all high school results from yesterday’s action.  John Clark has it covered. A reminder, have supplies for our Kelly friends who are still recovering from the recent hurricane?  You can drop them off at old Paul H. Sessoms building in Elizabethtown, Action Center! Did you see the pictures circulating on the Internet of the logs in the Cape Fear River near Tory Hole Park, beneath US 701 highway bridge?  An interesting situation.  A ‘mess’ would be a better description. Over 1200 cyclist will be visiting Elizabethtown …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

The vacation is over for students and teachers of Bladen County schools.  School resumes this AM, 2 hours late, for all.  Hopefully, all the roads are passable. A reminder of the many high school sporting events today, football, volleyball, ladies tennis, men’s soccer and cross country.  John Clark has it all listed on the BladenOnline Sports page.  Football, South Robeson at West Bladen at 7 PM. Volunteers continue to collect various items for Kelly area folks, those hit hardest during the recent hurricane.  The collection site is the old Paul H. Sessoms Wholesale building on Cypress Street, one block east of the Bladen County Courthouse.  Among the most needed items are cleaning …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Sunday, Sept. 30

Woke up early, too early this AM, thinking about expressions we no longer use, or tasks we no longer perform, many of the younger generation never heard of. Yep, one of those days. Remember when there were shoe shine boys (men) at the barbers shop? You could get a ‘spit shine’ for a quarter or half dollar while waiting your ‘turn’ for a haircut? Remember priming the hand pump and filling a tin tube with water, to be placed where the sun would provide the heat and all the youngsters would take a bath, one at a time? The oldest was usually last, and the water was ‘dingy’ by that …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up humming, I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill, the old Fats Domino tune. Kelly area folks are returning home and for the most part, returning to a ‘mess’.  Lots of folks assisting.  One group is led by Judge Douglas Sasser, they will meet at Centerville Baptist Church at 9 this morning to determine where they will go.  Other groups are providing food, others all types of cleaning supplies, volunteers are needed, all types of volunteers.  The task will last longer than one day, the needs are great.  If not today, pick a day. Bladen County schools will welcome students and staff Monday, October 1, according to info on the Bladen County …..

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Opinion: A new normal

By Charlotte Smith We are to expect storms in life. Some storms seem to catch us by surprise, while others are forecasted. Either way, we never know what damage the storm will cause until we have survived it. Finding a new normal is something many Bladen County citizens are working towards after the devastation to property left behind from Hurricane Florence. However, the hurricane is not the only cause for rumpus in our area. Many faith based organizations are experiencing controversial issues. There are some church locations with no pastor, others are losing members and a lot are struggling with where to stand on hot button political issues. Before Hurricane …..

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Gov. Cooper Encourages Donations and Volunteers to Aid Florence Recovery

Donate to the NC Disaster Relief Fund HERE Sign up to Volunteer at VolunteerNC.org RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper encouraged people in North Carolina and across the country to donate time and money to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. “As North Carolinians affected by Florence begin picking up the pieces, I want them to know that we’ll work diligently to keep people from being left behind,” Gov. Cooper said. “Donating to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund or volunteering can help people who have been devastated by Florence.” About the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund will support non-profit organization and local governments working to address immediate and short-term …..

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HOUSE PASSES BILL WITH $1.6 BILLION IN DISASTER FUNDING FOR CAROLINAS IN WAKE OF FLORENCE

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 302, Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 2018, which included a $1.68 billion down payment for Hurricane Florence disaster relief.  The relief includes $1.14 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funding for North Carolina to support recovery activities such as housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. “I thank the House leadership, the appropriators and my other colleagues for working with me and the rest of the North Carolina Delegation during the past two weeks since Hurricane Florence hit to put together this initial disaster recovery package.  The swift action Congress is taking today is …..

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You Decide: What is the Path of Hurricane Recovery?

By Dr. Mike Walden Hurricane Florence will likely go down as one of the most damaging storms to ever hit North Carolina. One estimate pegs the total cost at near $50 billion, which would place Florence as the sixth most expensive hurricane in the 21st century. The recovery efforts will take a long time. As the rebuilding takes place, and homes and businesses are put back together several important economic questions arise. Are there different kinds of costs and damages from a hurricane? Can we expect a surge in unemployment, and if so, how long will it take to bring jobs back? Could Florence’s devastation plunge the state into an …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Hurricane Florence has come and gone but the hurt continues for just about everyone.  So many strugglin’ with so many difficult situations.  And, numerous stories of ‘good Samaritans’ stepping up to assist.  One such effort is working out of the old Paul Sessoms Wholesale Building in Elizabethtown.  Items are being accepted and then shared (delivered), mostly in the Kelly area.  Volunteers are welcomed. Just one of many. Roads are still a problem, and despite efforts by the state as well as others constantly updating, conditions change on a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour basis.  Our No. 2 son drives a Food Lion truck, was having a difficult time attempting to determine if NC 130 from Whiteville to …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Gov. Roy Cooper is scheduled to be in Bladen County today, according to usually reliable sources.  His tentative schedule includes visits to Clarkton, Bladenboro, Kelly and Rowan area.  He is expected to arrive in Elizabethtown by helicopter, if all goes as planned. High School sports activities are expected to resume today.  All have been on hold since prior to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. NCHSAA has announced the regular high school football season has been extended by one week, due to the storm.  Area schools have had 2 games postponed, for many, regular season play will still be one game short.  Check daily schedules in our Sports Section.  John Clark …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

First things first.  Tiger Woods did not win $10 million Sunday.  He did win the Tour Championship and $1.62 million.  Justin Rose was the FedEx Cup winner and picked up $10m, Tiger finished second in that category and won an additional $3m. Think I made a bad career choice about 65 years ago.  But, there were no golf courses in the area at that time, and it does take talent. Recovery efforts continue in the area.  No doubt it will take some time for all to return to near normal. Florence was anything but a lady. Checking the Bladen County Board of Education website.  Posted yesterday (Monday, September 24) – “Upon further assessment …..

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Please send in your appreciation letters

Dear readers, The outpouring of compassion seen in Bladen County is remarkable. We cannot possibly report on all the good deeds performed during this devastating time or begin to thank everyone involved in helping recover from Hurricane Florence. We would like to try to help give credit where credit is due, but we need your help. If you have any photos and kudos you would like to share, please send them to bladenonline.com@gmail.com in an email format with your name and photos attached. We will publish all thank you notes with photos on BladenOnline.com. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with victims of the storm and those helping to provide …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Reminders from Hurricane Florence are all around as a new week begins: Kelly area still suffering, as are many areas of the county, no school, many roads in various stages of disrepair. There has been much progress, none more evident than in power being restored.  Over 99 percent of Four County and Duke Energy customers have power, but bet they would agree, one (1) is too many to be without and they are working hard to complete the job. Bladenboro Town Council meeting tonight to discuss ways to assist the local, hard-hit business community. Bladen County lost a very good public servant recently.  Visitation for Lewis Tatum will be held this p.m. at …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hurricane Florence has come and gone and caused great pain for many….in fact, the past week has been horrible for many and for others, blessed, spared.  Most are dealing with some issues. Folks in Kelly and the surrounding communities continue to suffer.  Dikes that have served the community well since the 40s have had some issues and water has caused tremendous damage.  Homes, businesses, churches, utilities, roadways, damaged or destroyed.  Residents have been  evacuated, and now want to know if their homes are damaged, and if yes, to what degree.  Emergency personnel on duty for hour after hour and day after day, hopeful that the situation will begin to improve soon. In …..

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Carolina Senators Lead Push For Florence Federal Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC) applauded the House for granting their request for a $1.68 billion down payment for Hurricane Florence disaster relief in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The relief includes $1.14 billion for North Carolina and $540 million for South Carolina. The senators made the formal request for a $1.68 billion down payment in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funding in a letter to appropriators earlier this week. The CDBG-DR grants would support a variety of disaster recovery activities in North Carolina and South Carolina, including housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic …..

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Letter to Editor: Age of accountability for sex acts

Is there a age of accountability or cut off point for acts committed as a child like the one Judge Kavanaugh is accused of? I understand he would have been 17 at the time the act was said to have been committed. How about middle school age? How about primary school? If a little boy pulls a girl’s pigtails or pinches her on the butt in kindergarten or 1st grade, is it going to come back to haunt him in his later years? Wm Settlemeyer Riegelwood NC Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Latest info from the NC DOT Travel System indicates at least 27 Bladen County roads are close due to disrepair or flooding.  And, the only way to reach Kelly is by air. Say a prayer for our Kelly friends and neighbors, many have been airlifted to other locations. Generally speaking, conditions are improving, following the recent hurricane, but slowly. Cape Fear River is very high and travel across it on US 701 in the Elizabethtown area has been altered slightly due to road repairs. Would be nice to return to a more normal lifestyle.  Seems to be upheaval from the national level, to the state and local level, in one form or another. …..

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Tillis & Burr Provide Update on Florence Recovery Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr provided an update on North Carolina’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Florence: “North Carolina is reeling from the destruction caused by Florence, and many of our communities are under the threat of more historic flooding as rivers crest. Federal assistance will be the key to North Carolina’s recovery over the coming months and years. Based on initial forecasts, we began engaging with Senate appropriators before Florence even made landfall, and over the last week we’ve had productive and encouraging conversations with President Trump, Leader McConnell, administration officials, Congressional appropriators and our House colleagues. We will continue to work diligently behind the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Emergency folks in Bladen County have been very busy, doing good, even halting rumors.  A rumor began to spread that Lock and Dam 1 on the Cape Fear River had failed.  Local Emergency Service folks and the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, stepped in and confirmed there was no failure.  The issue was flood waters were going over the dike in Kelly and that was the reason for the mandatory evacuation issue.  Kelly, like no other community in the county, has a dike system, been in place for many years to protect the area. Will be nice when area residents can return to some degree of a normal lifestyle. NCDOT released …..

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Tillis & Burr Join President Trump in North Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr joined President Trump during his visit to North Carolina to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. “We are now moving towards the next step, which is getting the initial funding for recovery. We’ve made a request, and we’ll be moving forward and working with Governor Cooper with trying to get the money in place for some of the initial recovery,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank all the volunteers as well who have come together, this is when North Carolina and America is at its best.” “I’ve been doing disasters in North Carolina as an elected representative …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

I would love to be in the bread baking business now, well for a few days.  Nearly impossible to find a loaf of fresh or stale bread, shelves are clean.  It should not be long before we will have a choice, again… Can’t stand to not check out the landscape at least once a day.  On my most recent tour, mostly returning to normal, slowly but surely. Most of the stoplights in Elizabethtown were working, a couple of notable exceptions.  Retail outlets, including fast food and convenience stores were operating, and most appeared to be busy. For those still without electricity, patience is wearing thin, understand, but hold on, help is on the …..

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