02/07/2023
Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com
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Thoughts While ShavingI enjoyed being a part of a team that broadcast area high school football games for 50 years … It was a thrill, every game. Occasionally, I meet someone, coach, player, just a friend who wants to talk about those days … and I am ready … Last night, was in a nearby town with family for our weekly get-to-gether … Saw individual heading toward me … One of my favorite high school coaches … Wayne Williamson, coached at several area schools, including West Columbus … Lost his spouse about a year ago … Had a great, short visit. He resides in Evergreen … One of the Good Guys…

This weekend should be fun for sports fans … NFL playoffs & ACC basketball and more.

Basketball games … Saturday…
12 noon, Miami vs Duke
2 p.m., Virginia at Wake Forest
5 p.m., NC State vs UNC
6 p.m., Va Tech at Clemson…

NFL playoff schedule…
Saturday
4:30 p.m., Jags vs Chiefs
8:15 p.m., Giants vs Eagles
Sunday
3 p.m., Bengals vs Bills
5:30 p.m., Cowboys and 49ers.

Last I heard, Carolina Panthers still without a head coach…

61 degrees @ 3:30 a.m., January 20, 2023. Forecast for today … Sunny, with a high near 65 and windy, gusts as high as 22 mph. Mostly clear tonight, with a low near 38 … Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 53 … Hopefully, showers Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday night…

Paul R. Brown Academy has been a favorite stopping place for visitors from NC State … Latest, earlier this week … Al Byrd, Chaplin for NC State football team … Smiles on faces of students indicated a good time…

The Hester’s, 5th of 6 celebrated his 75th birthday recently … with his immediate family and siblings present … Total of 6, and all still able to move about and take nourishment … Wish mom could see us now … Still meeting, still speaking and still enjoying the company of each other … Not all there for every weekly get-to-gether … Absences due to health issues and distance for one … Hopefully, mom is pleased…

“Recipe for a unified family: 3 cups of love, 1 cup of empathy, 1/4 cup patience, 1 tablespoon teamwork”

“As long as I have my brothers and sisters, I have a family.”

“Family unity begins with U-N-I.

robert g hester
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910-876-2322