04/22/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 1:54 pm Happy trails to you, Erin Smith
  • 8:55 am Bladenboro Town Board to meet
  • 8:33 am The Cross marks celebration of Easter
  • 8:21 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:13 am This Day in History for April 22
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Thoughts While Shaving
High School prom time.  Remember yours?   WOW, so long ago, Bladenboro, NC, class of ’56, at National Guard Armory…I think. Seldom see many of my classmates, but think of them often.
Tax time…every year around April 15, for as long as I can remember.
Showers off and on overnight and more forecast for today.  Highs today should be in the lower 80s, according to the National Weather Service.
Good day yesterday….Met some folks I had the pleasure of working with for 25 years.  Some had to cancel last minute, sickness and other situations.  We all agreed to do it again.
Heading out of town for a few days….headed to D.C. with some Star TMC Directors…normal trip.  Topics no doubt will include ‘fiber in the ground’ and 5G.  Rural America is attempting to keep up with our urban friends.  Difficult when your system averages about 4 connections per mile and covers an area the size of Bladen and Sampson counties.  Large private companies, many times, have more connections in one block in a large downtown office building than rural coops serve in half a county.  This meeting will include folks from across the USA, most facing the same situation, more needs than money.  See where there will be $10 million available from the state level…good, will provide better service to a few, and every mile counts.  And, with few connections per mile, 8 coops statewide, and numerous small private companies across the state competing for the same pot of money..will take years to accomplish.  More needs than $s.  And private companies, for the most part, have no desire to serve large rural areas.  Difficult to make a good financial case for it.  Many in Congress representing large urban areas know little about rural America.
The older I get, the more I appreciate my rural childhood.  I spend a lot of time outdoors, unsupervised, which is a blessing.  Author Unknown
I think a common misconception about a small town in rural America is that everyone believes the same way, and nothing could be further from the truth.  Ree Drummond
I think maybe the rural influence in my life helped me in a sense, of knowing how to get close to people and talk to them and get my work done.  Gordon Parks
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