• 4:46 pm North Carolina celebrates National Aviation Day
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  • 3:58 pm Burney Pleads Guilty to Murdering Father’s Girlfriend, Sentenced to Up to 38 Years in Prison
  • 3:44 pm Bladen County Man Pleads to Shooting, Sentenced to up to 11 Years in Prison
Thoughts While Shaving

Mid May and already several days with temps in the 90-plus range and no rain. Forecast for today, mostly sunny, high near 90 with southerly winds in the 9 mph range with gusts as high as 17 mph. Tonight thunderstorms possible near midnight. Low around 70 degrees and a 30% chance of rain. Temps in the upper 80s to low 90s thru Sunday and no further mention of rain. And, we need rain!

Bladen County Commissioners meet in regular session 6:30 p.m. today, usual meeting place, lower level at the courthouse.

Blueberry famers are ‘full steam ahead’. Crop appears to be good to very good.

As a lifelong resident of Bladen, I still remember when tobacco was king, not so today. Can drive for miles and never see a tobacco field. Corn, beans, peanuts and cotton follow blueberries, but not in that order.

Remember President-elect George H.W. Bush, in his acceptance speech (1988) called for a ‘kinder, gentler nation?”

The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work, and then get elected and prove it. P.J. O’Rourke

Politics, noun. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. Ambrose Bierce

Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening. President Bill Clinton

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln

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