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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingI’m proud to be a Bladen County resident.  There must be more volunteers per 1,000 than any county in the state.

Special Olympics, Bladen County Relay for Life, recent  Kelly Spring celebration, fundraisers in other parts of the county, Bladenboro, White Oak, Bladen We Care fundraisers, and so many more from one end of the county to the other. All successful because of volunteers.

Impressive employment report for March 2018, the last update from the NC Department of Commerce.  Every county in the state had a lower rate than the previous month.  Bladen County has a labor force of 14,549 with 837 unemployed or 5.8%.  Statewide the unemployment rate was 4.3%.

Around us,
Columbus County 5.5%
Pender 4.4%
Sampson 4.5%
Cumberland 5.4%
Robeson 6.4%

Hyde County had the highest rate in the state at 12.7% and Buncombe was the lowest at 3.3%.

If you do not have a job, visit the local NC Employment Security office or an independently owned and operated employment office in the area.  Jobs are available.  And, if you have no skills, enroll at Bladen Community College.  They can equip you for a job, or a better job.

Today is the last day for early voting across the state.  Voting sites close at 1 PM.  The primary election will be held Tuesday and you can vote at your normal voting place.

Over 2300 early voters had cast their ballots as of closing time Thursday.  There are over 22,500 registered votes in the county.  Elections in off presidential years, as this year, usually attract less interest than when presidential candidates are on the ballot.  If you don’t vote, don’t complain.

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.   Keith Ellison

Voting rights are constitutional rights.  Jon Ossoff