• 8:49 am Sunset Jams concert series kicks off this week
  • 8:12 am Fayetteville Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for Drug Distribution and Firearm Offenses
  • 8:09 am Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Communities to receive generators for powering critical public infrastructure
  • 7:36 am Thoughts While Shaving for June 19
  • 6:03 am Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy
Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown teenager, student at Harrells Christian Academy, and a very good golfer.  He has accepted a scholarship offer from Mt. Olive College to continue his education career….and his golf career.  And, we wish him well.

I think back over the past 10 to 15 years, remembering some I have met along the way.  Recently I thought about visits to the area by Doug Henderson, former East Bladen football coach and a member of the NC High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  May have changed the official name, a little.  Back to the point, Doug had many friends in the area, including players and would visit just about every year during the Christmas holidays.  He and I would meet at the Corner Café and share an hour, maybe a couple re-living high school football highlights.  Doug is deceased, so a blank space in my holiday schedule.

Lots of questions arising as a result of election irregularities in Bladen, and now surrounding counties, namely, Columbus and Robeson.  Columbus voters are being accused of electing a Robeson County resident as sheriff…State election laws say a candidate must have been a county resident for at least a year in order to serve in an elected position….and Robeson, like Bladen has many issues, so I am told.  Maybe not the same, but issues, not sure any county can match Bladen, and I have reason to believe the situation locally will worsen before it gets better.

I am told, damaging information related to previous elections is being made public by state election officials that implicates numerous local individuals from the 2016 campaign, maybe earlier.  Bring it on, dig deep, let’s expose it all.  it’s painful, but if not exposed now, if will fester and erupt later.  Let the ‘chips fall wherever they may.’

When you sleep with dogs, the chances of attracting fleas increases.

Sad that the topic of election irregularities is competing with a most sacred time of the year, for the headlines. Too big and important to sweep under the rug.  No doubt, there are some that would love for Santa to bring a big broom and a rug.

So, have you completed your Christmas shopping?  Gift cards and cash have changed the landscape.  Don’t worry about size, color or style.  I know not all agree.  To each his/her own…

One good thing about Christmas shopping is it toughens you for the January sales.   Grace Kriley

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop shopping when they ran out of money.  Author unknown

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.  Burton Hills, columnist and author.

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