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Smithfield employees worry they’ve contracted COVID-19 at NC packing plant

A week after Smithfield Foods closed its South Dakota pork processing plant, one worker at the company's North Carolina facility said she is concerned for her health and safety on the job.

Bladen County inmate recognized after finding loaded handgun

An inmate in Bladen County has been recognized by the sheriff's office. The inmate was out on the litter patrol unit when he found a stolen handgun.

Suspect’s car runs out of gas during chase, man arrested on drug charges

A high-speed car chase led to a drug arrest in Bladen County yesterday afternoon, authorities say.
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2 employees injured in ‘senseless shooting’ at Bladen hog plant

Two employees were injured in a shooting at the Smithfield Foods processing facility in Tar Heel early Thursday morning.

Family: Suspect in Smithfield Foods plant shooting was bullied by victim

The family of a man charged with shooting two people at Smithfield Foods in Bladen County said he was the victim of bullying in an ongoing dispute with one of the victims.
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Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office searching for man and woman accused of stealing dog

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office is looking for two people who were caught on camera taking a pit bull from home near Tar Heel.
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Priest edges Edge for Bladen Commission after vote count problem in redo election

The do-over election in Bladen County was not completed until late last night. What was meant to be a new election to be clean of controversy almost came up short.

Bladen Co. deputies find overdue hunter, used tracking training

Bladen County deputies recently used skills learned in a man tracking course they attended last year to locate an overdue hunter in a densely wooded area.
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Smithfield’s Tar Heel plant gets $100 million expansion

The Smithfield Foods processing plant in Tar Heel is getting a new distribution center and will expand its cold storage in a $100 million dollar expansion.

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