This is the norm in an election when a new sheriff takes office. Bladen County has had the same sheriff for so long, people have forgotten what it is like when a new one comes into office. Not only is it the norm, it is legal.
Bladen County has been long overdue for a 'changing of the guard' at the Sheriff's Department.
Political dots are easy to connect so, what are the dots leading to the extreme bias of the reporting by WWAY 3, like reporting that deputies were fired when in fact they were not sworn back in until records were reviewed (like any conscientious sheriff would do in swearing in officers he has no familiarity with), the obvious dislike for Storms is dripping from your story, so who was your pick....evidently not Benston or Storms. Journalism?? No, political muck-raking, yes....by someone who does not even live in Bladen County and therefore has no idea of the nuances of this situation. Talk about one-sided reporting.
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