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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope this has been a good week….for you…
A salute to the Bladen County Law Enforcement Association….Held their first annual golf tournament Friday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake…14 teams participated….
Check news page for the list of today’s activities…
Remember what building was formerly on the corner where First Bank is currently located?  When I came to town in the early 60s that location was occupied by the US Post Office…next door to the Rowe Theater and across the street was Register 5 & 10 cent store operated by Mr. Clayton Register and son Jerry.  Across Broad Street was Dixie Restaurant, and Bank of Elizabethtown and next door was Clark Motor Ford & Mercury and Elizabethtown Baptist Church where Rev. Jerry Wallace was the pastor.  Now Dr. Wallace is retiring as President of Campbell University…My how that corner has changed over the years and I probably forgot several others…like A&P food store in the new Cape Fear Farmers Market.
Thinking about Bladenboro…Remember when Hutchison Drug store was on the corner, next door to Bullock’s Department Store, across the street from Jones 5 & 10 cent store…near the Wonet Theater..the Ladies shop, the Cash store and Red and White Food Store…in no special order was Tom Hales Grocery, Bridger’s Drug Store, Hinson’s Super Market, H’s Barber Shop, Farmers Supply and Buie’s Cleaners….I know I missed some but memory is dimming….Tater Shaw’s station, J & B service station, Lennon’s Fish Market, Stanley’s Grocery, Azzie Harden’s Barber Shop, Freeman’s Jewelers, Herbert Stanly’s Grocery, Fowler Simmons, the Pool Room and Ed Lewis Furniture Store….OK, so I missed some…but better than I expected…
The Hester History class for today….
Small individually owned businesses are what small towns are all about…Some changes have been good…some not so good…
Hope your Saturday is good…
The road to a friend’s house is never long.
What is worth having Is worth waiting for.
Laughter is a smile with the volume turned up.
It is okay to visit your past just don’t bring any luggage with you.
robert g hester
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