07/23/2019
  • 12:35 am State’s unemployement rate remains at 4.1%
  • 12:22 am Bladen County to receive hurricane recovery funds
  • 12:15 am This Day in History for July 23
  • 3:30 pm Bladen County Sheriff’s office receives recognition for participation in Operation Medicine Drop Take Back Event
  • 3:13 pm A Pinch of Butter blog started by Bladen County native
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Thoughts While Shaving
Mother’s Day is tomorrow and nothing is more important to a mom than a visit by children and hopefully grand-children.  We are fortunate, the children are coming, one today and the other on Sunday.  Makes mom very happy.
I miss my mom, even more so on special occasions.  She was never a wealthy person, meager means, her later years were not what she had planned when she said ‘I DO’ in the mid 30s.  She knew hard times, she also knew that the children would call or come on special occasions, and none more special than Mother’s Day.  And, if you went to church with her, you scored extra points.  Guess you could say, she led by example.
Farmers are busy folks.  See the corn ‘springing forth’, could use some rain.
I occasionally enjoy checking on Bladen grads who go on to college or enter the workforce.  So many options for youngsters today….they can always use  a dose of encouragement.
MacKenzie Gore, the Columbus County native who signed a contract to play baseball that included a huge bonus a couple of years, is beginning to show why he was paid all that money.  He is playing in the San Diego Padres minor league organization, this year with the Lake Elisinore Storm team in the California league.  The 20-year old has pitched in 6 games, as of mid-week, a total of 31.1 innings, given up 15 hits, 4 earned runs, struck out 45 batters, allowed 1 homerun, produced 94 outs and his earned run average, ERA, is slightly over 1, like 1.15.  If he continues at his current pace, could expect to begin to move up in the Padres system.  If you recall, last year he was hampered by blisters on his pitching hand.  He is off to a great start this year as a left-handed pitcher. Can’t imagine how proud his parents must be.
Graduation time, congratulations to all who have, or will be walking across the stage to receive a diploma.
A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.
I’d advise you graduates to keep your graduation gowns.  It’s the only outfit you might not outgrow.
One good thing about graduation is that you get to wear a funny hat that makes your brain look larger than it actually is.
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