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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingBladenboro and Bladen County are mornin’ the loss of William Butler of Bladenboro.  He was older, by serveral years than I am, but our paths crossed many times.  We both attended Zion Hill Baptist Church, north of Bladenboro, his mother was my Sunday School teacher when cards were used, and she was the best.

We both were elected to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners in the early 70s, and we were the last of about 10 county residents living who served during the early 70s to early 80s.

I have many wonderful memories that include William Butler, one is when he had several Ostrichs and many other exotic birds.  Late on a Sunday afternoon, my bride (Sarah) and I were riding by when we saw him in a large field between his house and Center Road trying to coax, push, pull, persuade an Ostrich to go to the house.  One more memory, he was the first to share brown rice from a patch behind his house near Bladenboro.  He made a positive difference in Bladen, especially in the Bladenboro area.  He never stopped attempting to make Bladenboro a better place to live, work and play.

How about the Greenville, NC Little League team?  They are 3-0, have given up just one hit and take on a team from the loser’s bracket next.

Melvin’s Hamburgers were featured again in the Raleigh News and Observer yesterday.  Good advertising.

High School football begins a new season tonight.  East Bladen at Clinton and West travels to South Brunswick.  NO, there will be no broadcast, but not because Joe, Ricky and others have not tried.  Just need a nearby FM radio station to carry the games, and there are none available.

It’s like deja vu all over again!  Yogi Berra

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.   John F. Kennedy

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.  Albert Einstein

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