04/17/2024
Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com
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thoughts while shavingAs usual, first things first, need to check the weather, past, present and future.

Yesterday’s high temp was 64 degrees, a beautiful day … Overnight windy, low temp in the low 50s … Weather will be changing … based on the forecast…

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after 4 p.m. today, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. High near 64, windy, gusts in the low 20 mph range … 80% chance of precipitation.

Tonight, a chance of showers before 7 p.m. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear with a low around 42 and a 30% chance of precipitation. Looking forward to Saturday, a slight chance of showers, low near 61 and windy.

Had a few calls related to the status of interim county manager! Don’t know … Saw announcement immediately after departure of former county manager, who retired, that an interim was being appointed and that the NC Association of County Commissioners would be leading the effort … Now understand, that will not happen … Current interim is the Board Chair … Only know what I read and hear … Everyone has a right to change their minds, including a majority of the board, our distinguished leaders … Been there and done that…

I appreciate your comments on “My Thoughts”…

Love to step back … see the progress in the area … Gone are Bladenboro Cotton Mills, Greene Brothers and more in Elizabethtown and many retail merchants all across the “Mother” county … But much remains, a good place to live work and play. The companies mentioned provided decent jobs for area residents a long time ago.

Sometimes we forget how it was years ago … especially in rural Bladen … we had kerosene lamps to see by, wood and coal to heat with … I remember, that was where I have spent most of my life … and still reside in rural Bladen … Thanks to companies like Four County and Star TMC, updates continue to occur and more are on the way … especially for underserved areas of the county … especially fiber … Much of Bladen is now served with fiber by Star and commercial companies, but not all. Federal funding has been assured for most of the rural areas … Funds designated, but not yet released … My hope and prayer is most, if not all, of the ‘Mother County’ will be served in the near future … hopefully over the next 12 months … Not a guarantee, but a goal … Four County does a great job of providing electricity throughout the area … I understand … I have ‘less’ patience than needed … My compliments for Star and Four County are extended to the commercial providers as well … We need all…

Looking forward to warmer weather and see our lakes, creeks and rivers come alive…

“I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” George Washington

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

“If country life is helpful to the body, it is no less so to the mind.” Giovanni Ruffini

robert g hester
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