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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.

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