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Thoughts While Shaving for November 7

Good news in recent days for rural areas of Bladen & Sampson counties, and small portions of Cumberland, Columbus and Duplin. Star Telephone has been awarded a $24.7 million grant (must be matched 75-25) for replacement of copper lines throughout the area, with fiber. It’s one of many to be awarded across the USA, but Star’s is the largest as of yesterday. Much needed … Star serves the most rural of areas, averaging about 4 consumer/owners per mile. The company has 5 years to complete the project, actually it will require another huge investment to be 100% fiber. Congress approved and the President signed legislation sometime ago to assist rural coops across America.

Star TMC, celebrating it’s 60th year of service, will hold it’s Annual Meeting of member/owners Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Agri-Center in Clinton.

Larrell Murchison, former East Bladen standout athlete, now a senior defensive lineman at NC State University, has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl at the end of the current season….A huge honor for a deserving young man. Twin brother Farrell continues to do well at Winston Salem State University, after missing a year recovering from cancer. Talented young men from a good Bladen County family.

Four County EMC has awarded Bright Idea Grants to 3 Bladen County educators;
Ron Warren – East Bladen High School – Pendulum Design Painting – $1,950.
Dana Mills – West Bladen High – West Bladen Arboretum – $2,000.
Sabrina Sasser – Dublin Elementary – Lego Land! STEM Activities Develop Character and Communication Sills in 21st Century Learners – $1,235.

Congratulations to all and thanks to Four County EMC for continued support.

Lots of good, positive news … for rural Bladen County.

Beautiful day in Bladen if the weather person is correct …. mostly sunny today, with highs in the mid 70s, but big change is on the way, beginning tonight. … Showers, with thunderstorms after 2 a.m., low around 50, winds increasing with gusts as high as 18 mph, and an 80% chance of rain. High Friday in the low 50s. … Clearing skies Friday night with lows around 31 degrees and windy. Sunny, Saturday with a high in the mid 50s. Winter is on the way! (good high school football weather)

“Winter forms our character and brings out our best.” Tom Allen

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude.” William Shakespeare

“Winter is the season in which we try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer when we complained about the heat.” Author unknown

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