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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Kinda sad to read about the flooding in Kelly, about the dikes that for years protected the community.  Remember Mr. Elliott Henry explaining how the community agreed to tax themselves in the 60s, maybe into the 70s and a local committee dealt with the complicated dike system.  As a former County Commissioner, I learned about so many interesting, unique situations across the county that we all take for granted.  Those who were around in the early days of the dike system have passed on.  Mr. Elliott invited me on more than one occasion to visit the dike system with him….I promised to go, but we never got around to making the trip…Even in the 90s, while we both served on the Star TMC Board he talked often about the uniqueness of the Kelly area.  Good, proud folks….now dealing with a catastrophe than nearly wiped out the community.

I am told by those attempting to assist the eastern part of the county, including Kelly, that over 500 homes are still in need of repairs, many that have been or can be funded (supplies) by FEMA, but volunteers are needed, preferably in teams of 3,4 or 5 to provide the manpower.  If you can assist, contact the Bladen Baptist Association in Elizabethtown…Rev. David Foster can provide all the details.

Had several complimentary comments on yesterday’s Thoughts, thanks…

Remember when there were Jaycee clubs in Bladenboro and Elizabethtown?  There were many other service oriented clubs in just about every area of the county…..Still some, but too many have disbanded, mostly due to a lack of membership, lack of time by individuals….too many projects and not enough hours in a day.  It is not easy, but rewarding.

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much….Helen Keller

You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.  Amy Carmichael

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.  Peter Marshall

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