Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com
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thoughts while shavingRemember last summer when it was soooo hot … We promised ourselves that we would not complain when the cold of winter arrived … How are you doing with that promise?

Yesterday’s high temp was 54, not bad. Early morning low … mmmm … somewhere in the mid to upper 30s…

Today’s forecast … Mostly cloudy with a high near 66 … Mostly cloudy tonight, low near 51. Saturday, partly sunny with a high near 74 … and windy … Gusts locally as high as 22 mph … Showers likely Sunday (Church Day) thru Monday night … Prepare accordingly…

Scores from a couple of recent ACC games…
Duke 71 – Notre Dame 53
Syracuse 94 – Louisville 93

Looking ahead to Saturday’s men’s basketball schedule…
12 noon, Clemson at Syracuse
2 p.m., Boston College at Duke
4 p.m., NC State at Wake Forest, UNC at Miami
5:30 p.m., Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
6:30 p.m., Georgia Tech at Louisville
7:45 p.m., Virginia at Florida State

Super Bowl Sunday…

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits was down slightly last week … some layoffs, mostly in the Tech industry.

Unemployment rate in Bladen and nearby counties (December)
Bladen, 3.9%
Columbus, 3.5%
Sampson, 3.2%
Robeson, 4.7%
Pender, 3.0%

Highest rate for Alzheimer’s in the area…
Bladen County, 13% of population, 65 years old … and older…
Sampson, 13.1% (same age group)…
Columbus, 12.9%
Cumberland, 14%
Most nearby counties … same range…

Not much noise … lest we forget, elections upcoming soon in North Carolina…

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle Onassis

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Stephen Covey

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