Here were some of the stories making news in Bladen County in 1973:
• The State Highway Patrol reported 12 wrecks in Bladen County. Four persons were injured with $9,450 in damages.
• The Mel Rich Band would play for the 7th Annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival Ball.
• Ben Kilpatrick Jr. was promoted to Loan Officer at Bank of North Carolina, Cape Fear Office.