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Thoughts While Shaving for June 9

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First things first … Yesterday my ‘thoughts’ included info related to US military working on athletic fields as part of their training at East Bladen High School, years ago … I failed to point out that the school is now Elizabethtown Middle…

Guess it’s what happens to senior citizens … I often refer to the old Western Auto, Fowler Simmons, Mann’s Department Store, Hutchison Drug, Bennett-Stone Pharmacy, Smith’s Drug, Belks, and on and on … At one time, all were located on Broad Street, Elizabethtown … Younger folks and visitors never heard of some…

The only 3 businesses on Broad Street that I recall when I settled here in the early 60s, still in business today are Leinwands, Melvins and Kinlaw Furniture … all located in the 100 block of West Broad Street … While on the topic … remember DeVane Jewelers, a couple of restaurants in the area including McGills … Bank of Elizabethtown, Corbett’s Mens Store, a couple of florist, Collier Gas, Coles Feed and Seed, Bladen Ace Hardware and Registers 5 & 10? I attempted to sell advertising to all while employed at WBLA … Oh yes, a grocery store near Fowler Simmons, IGA I think. One more, Mayor Cecil Edge’s Piggly Wiggly … There have been others over the years … I know, no different than many other small towns…

Frankly, I think the downtown Elizabethtown area is the most attractive small town anywhere around … Am I prejudice? … yep…

Positive comments and not so positive comments about changes at White Lake … more good than unfavorable … It’s going to be OK … White Lake is still White Lake … a favorite spot for many…

I enjoy an occasional drive through Bladen County … another yesterday and more on the agenda…

Seems more folks are on ‘edge’, touchy about most any topic … I choose not to share … attempt to stay in neutral…

A chance of showers and thunderstorms today. Partly sunny with a high near 87. Southwest breeze with gusts as high as 15 mph and a 40% chance of rain … more of the same tonight…

“Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.” Joseph Joubert

“Inquire not what are the opinions of any one, but inquire what is truth.” John Calvin

“The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.” Arnold H. Glasow

robert g hester
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