Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com
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thoughts while shavingI like to begin with a look at the weather forecast … Sunny, today, with a high near 68, windy, gusts as high as high as 17 mph … Rain chances increase over the next few hours … A 50% chance of precipitation early today … Friday’s forecast … Showers likely early, becoming partly sunny with a high near 69 and windy … Chance of rain … 70%.

Looking ahead … High for coming Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday … in the low to high 70s…

Average high, low and precipitation for the area…
February High near 59 – Low 38, average rainfall 3.6 inches
March average high … 67degrees – average low 45 and average rainfall is 4 inches…

ACC college basketball results from yesterday’s action…
Duke 84 – Miami (FL) 55
Clemson 81 – Georgia Tech 57
Notre Dame 72 – Louisville 50

Next ACC action, Saturday, February 24.

John Clark covers the local action … daily on BOL.

Remember when?
Bladen County Ag staff was in the courthouse, as was the local library?
Local Board of Education was next door to the courthouse and adjacent to Paul H. Sessoms Wholesale?
When Cole’s Feed and Seed was on the corner … now Corner Cafe?
Belk was located next to or near Leinwand’s?

When Bladen County had at least 8 new auto dealerships? All went away due to National Auto companies’ approach to new vehicle sales, changed … that included population?

Remember when Rev. Jerry Wallace was pastor of Elizabethtown Baptist Church … later the 4th President at Campbell U? Now retired … still in the Campbell area?

Bladen County was and continues to be a very rural farming area … with a few very good farmers … all about consolidation…

So what has replaced the past … Independent offices for Education, Social Services, Health Department, Library, Ag department and jail … More, and better, medical facilities, schools and BCC … No one sitting around doing nothing … New industry here and more on the way … I love calling Bladen County home, for the past … mmmmm … many years, all my life … Newcomers are discovering … and welcome…

“Living in a rural setting exposes you to so many marvelous things – the natural world and the particular texture of small-town life, and the exhilarating experience of open space.” Susan Orlean

“A bright future for the nation depends on the health and prosperity of rural America.” Kirsten Gillibrand

“In rural areas of North Carolina, you can get lots of great advice on how to clean up and quarter a deer carcass, but we didn’t really have anyone to ask for video advice, so we just kept learning through trial and error.” Rhett McLaughlin

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