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Doug Henderson, former Elizabethown/East Bladen football and track coach died Sunday night in Greensboro.  He departed East Bladen to return to Guilford County (Western Guilford) where he enjoyed a very successful coaching career.  The 79-year old was inducted to the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 2012.  He racked up numerous honors over the years, but sports aside, he was a good man who made a profound impact on the lives of many youngsters, locally.  After his retirement at West Guilford, he returned to E-town just about every fall to watch the Eagles play one more game of football.  Had the pleasure of enjoying ‘days gone by’ at the Corner Café with him.  He would call, say he was in town, “meet you at the Corner, and we chat for a while,” and we did.  Visits became less frequent as we both aged. He had suffered some health issues in recent years.

Bladen County is or has been well represented at recent Beta Club conventions in Greensboro.  Congratulations to all.

Craven County Health Director Scott Harrelson was recently recognized as the top professional in his field by the NC Association of Local Health Directors.  He is a graduate of East Bladen High School.  Dream big, work hard, go far.  Congratulations!

Efforts are underway to reorganize the Bladen County Historical Society and begin anew.  If interested in being a part of this group, contact Lewis Smith, Mick Robeson, Lynda Rivenbark or Laura Smith or attend the next meeting March 13, 7:30 PM at the Bladen County Library.

If you have money in the stock market, have an IRA or some other retirement plan, may not want to check today.  The bottom dropped out Friday and yesterday and more apparently on the way.  Hold on, no reason to panic, so I am told.  Some professionals say it was long overdue and good for the market.  I say, ‘crap’…..For most retirees, normal individuals, it’s a lifeline they depend on it for their livelihood and they are always concerned when something like this occurs.  Pros indicate it should come back stronger than ever.  I hope.

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens.  A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.  Dwight L. Moody

Retirement is not in my vocabulary.  They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.  Betty White

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.  Abe Lemons

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