Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com
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Thoughts While ShavingA reminder … AGAIN … “Bladen County Emergency Services, along with the NC Forestry Services advises to postpone any outdoor burning. The predicted wind, including high gusts, low humidity and temperatures this week can create dangerous fire conditions. PLEASE postpone all outdoor burning until weather conditions have improved.” This comes from Bladen County Emergency Services…

Not much relief in sight … in the foreseeable future…

62 degrees at 4 a.m. today.

Sunny today, with a high near 82 and windy, gusts as high as 22 mph. Tonight, clear, with a low around 40 and windy … gusts as high as 18 mph. Wednesday, sunny, with a high near 61 … big drop … windy with gusts in the 18 mph range.

Next best chance of rain in the area … Friday, rain likely after 1 p.m., with a high near 55 … Chance of rain is 70%.

We have an answer to the naming of the McGirt Bridge (?) … Question was, is … Who was the individual the bridge was named for? … BladenOnline’s ace volunteer staff … at work. Lewis D. Smith reported the best chance was W.A. McGirt … Lewis and Lewis & B. Parrish, working together … shared a program for Bladen County Bridge Celebration … Elizabethtown-White Lake dated Wednesday, September 9, 1925.

Master of Ceremony, George H. Currie. A formal opening began at 11 a.m. … Presentation of bridge to State Highway Commission by D.B. Johnson. Acceptance of bridge for State Highway Commission was W.A. McGirt … BBQ dinner was provided and festivities concluded with a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music was provided by the 12th Field Artillery U.S.A Band.

Nothing on program references any formal dedication, related to naming … But best explanation yet.

Further research indicates the bridge was replaced or updated in 1983 and again in early 2020s … (ongoing today).

Credit for info goes to ace reporter Lewis S. Smith and B Parrish…

Just the FACTS … best I can tell…

Ron Taylor was the individual who asked the original question … Who was McGirt Bridge named for?…

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.

If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.

If you don’t step forward, you will always be in the same spot.

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