02/07/2023
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Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.comUp early this AM, and I had been thinking about the Border Belt tobacco markets … how many markets, locations and more? … Then, saw a headline about another mass shooting in Wake County … Lordy, lordy, when will it end … 5 dead, including an off-duty Raleigh police officer … Youth taken into custody … Occurred late Thursday afternoon in the Raleigh area … When will it cease?

What I had on my mind related to the Border Belt tobacco markets … Can you name the NC towns where Border Belt were located, including Clarkton in Bladen County … Actually there were 49 warehouses, including several in South Carolina … NC Border Belt towns … Clarkton, Chadbourn, Fair Bluff, Fairmont, Lumberton, Whiteville and Tabor City in North Carolina … South Carolina Border Belt markets were located in Darlington, Timmonsville, Conway, Florence and Mullins…

Tobacco markets were a big deal in the 40s, 50s, 60s … the Eastern Market, north of Bladen had the largest number of warehouses … 65…

Today, still huge warehouses used for any number of businesses, or just standing with little inside … or storage facilities…

We received just over a tenth of an inch of rain Thursday at the local airport … No such luck today or for the next few days, if you are looking for more rain … Sunny today, with a high near 76. Clear skies tonight, with a low in the 47 degree range. Saturday, sunny, with a high near 82 … Looking ahead to Sunday, sunny, with a high near 83 … Enjoy, cooler weather is expected Tuesday with a high in the low 60s and lows in the mid 30s…

Early voting begins Thursday, October 20th. General Election November 8th. If my info is correct…

“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost

“All limitations are self-imposed.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“I could agree with you but, then we’d both be wrong.” Harvey Specter

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