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My Turn
    

Much has happened over the past 30 to 60 days with BladenOnline.  After 6 1/2 years, I have turned the reins over to Charlotte Smith.  Please allow me to elaborate.  Charlotte has been the salesperson for BladenOnline for the past year and a half.  When I began to think about stepping down and selling, she indicated an interest, and I could not think of a better person to do so.
 
Charlotte is a people person, she is involved in the community, her church and with Daine, her husband, a good family person with two young boys..She is a good salesperson and she will be a very good owner of BladenOnline.
 
Before I go further, I must thank everyone for being so receptive to an idea shared by Mike Simmons and myself about 7 years ago.  Thanks to our advertisers, many who have been with us from early in our endeavor and to our readers, so faithful and supportive.
 
BladenOnline would have never been for sale if I were a younger person.  I love what I do, but time has woven a realization that I am not the young person I once was.  My two sons have other interest and I want to see BladenOnline continue and grow, never losing sight of the fact that it is a Bladen County publication, with Bladen County residents at the helm and providing news of interest to Bladen County faithful.  Charlotte Smith will continue that tradition, I am sure.
 
I have promised to continue for a time as Charlotte works though the process of taking over the day to day operation.  The staff is basically the same.  My role is to assist her in keeping up with Bladen County news.  that role will eventually play out or be greatly reduced...and I am OK with that.
 
It is not time for me to bid farewell, but time to step back and enjoy watching the continued growth of BladenOnline.  And, speaking of growth, we just experienced one of our best months ever.  We recorded nearly 6 million hits, had nearly 100,000 visits and nearly 300,000 pages viewed.  it was the best September in our history, probably in billing as well...I really believe, The Best Is Yet To Come.
 
To our readers, the part time staff and to our advertisers....THANK YOU.

 

    

Robert G. Hester

rgh@intrstar.net

(910) 876-2322

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