• 1:27 am This Day in History for May 19
  • 1:22 am Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
  • 1:17 am Obituary: Clarence Angus Ferguson
  • 1:05 am Where Should I Play Golf … And What Does It Cost?
  • 12:57 am Three Bladen Players Named All-Three Rivers Tennis
Thoughts While Shaving

Earlier this week I mentioned about a railroad in or near the town of Elizabethtown, was not sure of location, except it crossed Peanut Plant Road near Bladen Builder’s current location.  Latest response came from Jim McLaney…”When my father and George McLaney owned Southern Pine Mills, Inc. in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the railroad dead ended halfway down the block where Fresh Foods is now located.  That is where the mill was located.”

Thanks, and when I arrived in the early 60’s there was still some evidence of a mill on the site.  Had a couple of others share similar information.

Speaking of a railroad, remember when folks in Bladenboro and possibly Clarkton could board the train, years ago….I remember friends catching the train to Lumberton, guess you could travel to Hamlet…with connections further west..  Hamlet was home base for that operation and they continue service today as far east as Wilmington and Southport, but ceased passenger service many years ago.

Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday, 6:30 p.m.  It’s a regularly scheduled meeting.  Open to the public….

One influential Republican member of the NC Legislature was quoted as saying there was considerable interest by members of both parties to change the way redistricting is done in the state.  Rep. Chuck McGrady (R) from Henderson County has introduced a bill that would shift redistricting from the legislature to a committee of non-politicians.  The state is facing at least four different legal challenges to the current maps.  Not sure the leadership of House or Senate agrees.  My thoughts…past due.

Daytona 500 set for today–the official beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season.

College basketball’s March Madness is fast approaching.  Can you believe we are to mid-February, 2019?

I’ve decided to sell my Hoover – it was just collecting dust.

My New Year’s resolution is to get in shape.  I choose round.  Sarah Millican

Toughest job I ever had?  Selling doors, door-to-door.  Bill Bailey

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