02/22/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:35 pm Tillis & Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Give Veterans Who Honorably Served Access To The American Legion
  • 4:01 pm Arraignment date for former Elizabethtown doctor and girlfriend rescheduled
  • 3:56 pm Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal to Sen. Thom Tillis’ Requests More Details From Administration On Offshore Drilling And Plans To Protect North Carolina
  • 2:33 pm State to hold last of two public meetings on draft Animal Feeding Operations General Permits
  • 2:03 pm Proposed legislation to make cell phone use while driving illegal in NC
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Thoughts While Shaving
The weather forecast was for cold weather over the past 36 to 48 hours and, it was cold….Better days ahead, warmer later this week with the possibility of rain.
Holidays are nice, but looking to return to a normal schedule…
December, 2018, seasonally adjusted unemployment stats for U.S. and N.C. were released recently, county by county info will be released at the end of this week.
December 2017, seasonally adjusted, indicated 4.5% of eligible workers were unemployed, compared with 3.6% for 2018.  Nationwide, 4.1% for 2017, compared to 3.9% for 2018.  About as low as I recall in a long time.
November 2018 stats for Bladen County indicated 4.9% unemployed, in fact 90 counties in the state were below 5%.
Bladen County has 13,902 workers, 681 were unemployed in November.
Jobs are available in Bladen County and more on the way.  If you want a job, you can get a job, may not be the job you are qualified for or want, but jobs are available.
A reminder, if you have not paid your city-county taxes, you will pay more….state law, a penalty has been added.  The longer you wait, the more penalty.  And, who can ever forget, federal taxes are due by April 15.  With the federal shut-down continuing and a new tax schedule to deal with, could become an interesting issue….
Bladen County Commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. today.
Had a smart spell, emptied all or a portion of 3 or 4 closets, now what do we do with all we re-discovered….scattered all over the house, must be dealt with, time for one supervisor and one worker.  The debate is underway…about what stays and what goes..and I feel my authority as head of the household is being challenged.  Actually, not too bad…..considering the debate is only about who is #1 and #2.  Can’t slide but so far.
I think I have an urge to get up and clean the house.  Wait, no.  False alarm.
Don’t wear headphones while vacuuming…I’ve just finished the whole house and realized the vacuum wasn’t even plugged in.
1.  Make a list
2.  Don’t lose the list
3.  Remember to look at the list
4.  Repeat
robert g hester
910-876-2322
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