Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com
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Thoughts While ShavingGood news related to rainfall near the Elizabethtown Airport … 0.64 inches of rainfall around midnight last night, much needed and appreciated…

National Weather Service info … Summer 2023 outlook … Named storms – 12 to 17 this summer … 5-9 hurricanes, 1-4 expected to be major hurricanes … Seasonal temperature outlook for eastern North Carolina … 50% to 60% chances of slightly above normal temps … Info courtesy of NWS, Wilmington, NC.

63 degrees at 3:30 a.m.

A chance of showers mainly before noon today. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation, 30%. Mostly clear tonight, low near 67. Friday, sunny with a high near 84 … Sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 80s…

Will be relieved when the smoke is gone and it feels good outside, again … smoke from Canada and the northeastern US is a serious issue…

Bladen County estimated population has dropped slightly … 2020 population was 29,606 … Estimated population (2022) 29,446 … down 160. Brunswick is one of the fastest growing in the state … Beach is attractive … Wake and Mecklenburg are the largest counties in the state (population).

Columbus, Robeson and Sampson population … down slightly … Cumberland & Pender, up slightly.

Attended a meeting recently … numerous topics on the agenda … One of Bladen’s greatest needs … childcare … daycare…

Crops are looking good in the area, especially when you consider the low rainfall totals…

Bladenboro’s new downtown area is looking good … Hopeful of a grand opening before the end of the year … Most recent report indicates all or nearly all space have been, or will be spoken for…

Another huge issue throughout the area … lack of available workforce … More jobs available than ‘warm bodies’.

“I knew a guy who was going to open a pastry shop … but he couldn’t raise enough dough.”

“I’m great at multitasking. I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.”

“When my boss asks me who is the stupid one, me or him? I told him everyone knows he doesn’t hire stupid people.”

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