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Thoughts While Shaving For January 13

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100 Bladen County residents have died from COVID-19 according to the latest news release from Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency … 10 are currently hospitalized … 5,956 have recovered. Statewide, 19,763 have died … 4,098 are currently hospitalized…

Never seen any issue that has divided the rank and file citizens as the COVID-19 issue … As for me, I’m vaccinated twice and have a booster shot … and if another is needed, I will report to the designated place and on time…

Changing the subject, ‘naked’ trees remind us it is winter time…

Not sure if I shared or not … Brad Allen is a NFL official. The Lumberton native has, or did have, extended family in the Bladenboro area. He has done well. This week he has been assigned the Bills-Patriots AFC Wild Card playoff game at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo … Temp is expected to be in the teens at game time, maybe in single digits with a brisk northerly breeze. He will be the official wearing the white hat. Many have observed him locally, at high school games and college games … He has been at the NFL level since 2014 … And, this is his 4th postseason assignment … Game time is 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

Saw the Hall of Fame YouTube version of the enshrinement of Charles “Lefty” Driesell. The event was held sometime 2 or 3 years ago. He is or was 90 years old using a walker, but just as full of himself as he was as a college coach, a very successful basketball coach at several schools, including Duke, Maryland, Davidson and more.

We can expect increasing clouds today with a high near 59. Cloudy tonight, gradually becoming partly cloudy with a low near 36. Friday, sunny, with a high near 56 and windy in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 17 mph.

“I’m thankful for my struggles because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” Alex Elle

“It isn’t what you have in your pockets that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” Anonymous

“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” Tom Allen

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