• 12:10 am Three Bladen Softball Teams In State Tournaments This Weekend
  • 11:55 pm Bladen pre-kindergarten application days scheduled July 22-24
  • 11:37 pm Municipal races taking shaping as filing deadline is noon Friday
  • 10:31 pm July 18 Vineyard Golf Thundering Herd Results
  • 10:27 pm This Day in History for July 19
Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Spent time recently with a friend, reminiscing about, times, places and issues we shared working with local governments, statewide.  Both now retired with enough memories to last a lifetime.

Wish all the new and re-elected office holders the best as they work to make Bladen towns better for all.

I think often of folks county-wide who devoted hours to solving issues, making more and hopefully better jobs available and adding tax base to Bladen County.  The only thing that has changed is the competition for any new industry.  Every county, state and even other countries ‘dangling’ carrots.

Few recognize or realize how many industries arrived here over the years, some still thriving, some closed, but few came without some sacrifice, enticements and effort by those who came before us.

Remember when a gas war would ‘break-out’ and you could buy 5 gallons for as little as a dollar?  Probably more gas sold a dollar at the time in the 50s and from an old hand-gas pump than any other source.  Seldom see them any more even at long-timed closed country stores or at antique shops.  Kind of a joke that above the dollar level in the gas pump was most likely rusty.

High school football becomes serious business from now forward.  Losers pack it up, winners move forward.  East Bladen will host James Kenan Friday at 7:30 PM.

Remember 6 man football?  State championships were won by at least a couple of local schools, a long time ago.

West Bladen High School’s reverse-raffle fund raiser is set for Saturday, at the school, beginning at 6 PM.  Tickets are $100 and includes dinner for 2.  Tickets are still available from Booster Club members.

The 44th Annual Bladenboro Christmas parade is set for Saturday, December 2.  Step off time is 10:30 AM.  Contact Amanda Sykes, Greg Sykes or Jane Walters for details, including how to participate.

Christmas lights go on at Lu Mil on Saturday, November 25th, a must for many during the holiday season.

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.  Paul Ryan

Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life.  It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient.  It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.  Dorothy Height

I’m a reflection of my community.  Tupac Shakur