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Thoughts While Shaving for June 28

Today … the Annual July 4th Sidewalk Sale begins in Elizabethtown. Bargains galore, inside and out at numerous locations.

The 3rd Annual Aim for a Cure fundraiser for ALS will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve. Activities for all ages. One Main Event will be a 3D Archery Tournament. Events begin at 9 a.m. The location is 3062 Cabbage Road, Bladenboro … near Hickory Grove Baptist Church.

Fireworks at White Lake, Thursday, July 4th.

Looking ahead … Dixie Youth Majors D2 State baseball tournament will be held in Clarkton … begins July 12.

Checking on Sincere Smith, former East Bladen grad now in his second year with the NY Yankees. He is on the roster of the Gulf Coast League (short season) Yankees West team. Sincere had a couple of really good days recently. He was 2-for-3 with a home run and drove in four runs.

Speaking of minor leaguers … former Whiteville Wolfpacker MacKenzie Gore’s last outing was a dominating performance. He struck out 9 in 6 2/3 innings, gave up three hits and a walk, lowered his ERA to 1.12. This season he has pitched 72 1/3 innings, fanned 101 batters and walked 17. Opponents are hitting .138 against him. He has given up four homers and they account for almost half of the nine runs yielded this year. The 20-year-old left-hander is pitching for the San Diego Padres high Single-A Lake Elsinore team and is currently sporting a 7-1 record for the year.

Lots happening in the-good-old-summer time. Check our News, Sports and Events pages for more activities in the area. It’s a busy time in Bladen, despite the heat.

The cheapest way to have your family tree traced is to run for public office.

I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.

No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.

robert g hester

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