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Bladen County News

Bladen farm turns to truffles

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videoA delicacy that's grown in Italy, Spain and France is growing right here in our own backyard. Bladen County is putting itself on the map by growing a type of mushroom that's not easy to come by. A couple is uncovering the secrets of the black perigord truffle. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Ward talks about run for Bladen Sheriff

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video Over the past few weeks we've reported on the lies, terminations and investigations that surround the race to be sheriff in Bladen County. Many of you ranted and told us we were picking on the people inside the department and giving candidate Billy Ward a pass. Well, we caught up with Ward today to find out more about him and where he stands on issues. Full story...
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Small stores look forward to big weekend

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video There's no doubt the larger chain stores love the tax free holiday, but smaller stores, like Leinwand's in Elizabethtown, do, as well. They say it gives customers a reason to come into their shops and start spending. Full story...
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Tanker crash shuts down NC 87 in Bladen County

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An early-morning accident involving two tanker trucks led to a big cleanup in Bladen County. It happened around 4:30 a.m. on NC 87 near the Cumberland County line. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Bladen County voter fraud accusations investigated

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video The Bladen Ballot Battle continues. The May primary has already been investigated for claims Commissioner Delilah Blanks cast multiple votes. Now the North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating several claims of voter fraud stemming from the May primary and the run-off in the sheriff's race. Full story...
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Bladen teens learn the ropes of firefighting

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Bladen County firefighters say they have a shortage of volunteers. So they're volunteering their time to train teens. Full story...
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Elizabethtown breaks ground on farmers market

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video Even the 110 degree heat index didn't stop a crowd from seeing the big day firsthand. The Cape Fear Farmer's Market will be located on the old Red and White grocery store property. Full story...
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East Bladen names new athletic director

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Even though it's summertime, there's been a shake-up in East Bladen High School's athletic department. Full story...
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Bladen County Animal Shelter reopens

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After a massive clean-up, the shelter started to accept dogs and cats again this afternoon. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Photo of 'gator' missing at White Lake

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Although we had a most impressive sketch of a fake alligator missing in White Lake yesterday, a viewer sent us an actual picture of Wally so we can put a face to his name. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Man framed for murder talks

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video A man wrongfully charged with murder was finally released from jail last week after investigators figured out he was innocent. ONLY ON 3, we talk with the man who paid the price for law enforcement's mistake. Full story...
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Alligator on the loose, but no reason to fear

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video Wally has been missing from his swamp at Goldston's Putt-Putt since Saturday morning, but there's no need to fear. That's because Wally is not a real reptile. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sheriff's deputy says "Bladen County is a criminal's paradise"

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videoDeputies say at a meeting last week Storms told them "not to conduct vehicle stops or call the K9 unit." They say Storms also ordered all radar equipment removed from the cars. Full story...
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Changes possible after dozens of animals died after shelter distemper outbreak in Bladen County

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video In total 50 animals, both cats and dogs, have died from the viral outbreak that closed the shelter to incoming unwanted pets. Full story...
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Bladen Animal Control puts down animals after distemper in shelter

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The disease has killed more than 50 animals in the shelter. Others had to be put down because of it. Full story...
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