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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope your Christmas was great!

This group of Hesters’ had a great time.  A late, delicious lunch in Smithfield with immediate family, opening gifts, hit a homerun in that department.  Then back to Bladen County for another delicious meal with siblings, then home and ‘worn out’, but so many wonderful memories.

For us, that’s about as good as it gets.  Five siblings, all but one attended and she is usually with us, but family issues kept her in western Virginia.  (One of two sons is in the Navy and a short holiday for him made further travel nearly impossible.  They were missed.)

So, how about you?  Hopefully, good as well.  The only sad note, realizing that there are those who are sick, some with a recent death in their family and some strugglin’ and sadly, for too many, Christmas was just another day.

I am already looking forward to next Christmas!

Time to pay property taxes, if you haven’t already. (No complaining, we all received tax notices last July or August, it was due in September, and a penalty will be added in the early days of January, if not paid. That’s a state law)  No whining, no complaining to County Commissioners or the Tax Office.

Also time to begin the process of filing federal taxes.  Moan and groan if you like, it’s a federal law.

BladenOnline recorded another great week.

Dec 17-23
Page views: 110,939
Visits: 19,061

A Year Ago
Page views: 75,634
Visits: 15,807

As of December 23, 2017, we were more than 55,000 total page views ahead of our 2016 December numbers, thanks to our readers, advertisers and a great staff.  And, The Best Is Yet To Come!  We will celebrate 10 years of providing a Bladen County news service, by Bladen County residents for Bladen County residents, on February 1, 2018.  Same subscription price.  FREE!

Most Read Stories on our website last week:
5,430: On the hunt for two armed robbers
2,513: Two Wilmington men arrested after shooting at abandoned lumber mill
1,750: Bladen commissioners discuss lawsuit
1,625: Three men sought for theft of electronics from Elizabethtown Walmart
1,451: One arrested for armed robbery

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Christmas is not just a date.  It is a state of mind.  Mary Ellen Chase

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.  Burton Hill

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.  Erma Bombeck

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