Bladen County was thrust into the national political spotlight over allegations of “numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee by mail ballots and potentially other matters” in connected with the U.S. House District 9 race.
The N.C. Board of Elections did not certify the win by Republican Mark Harris, who defeated Democrat Dan McCready by less than 1,000 votes, according to unofficial returns.
In Bladen County, Harris received 5,413 votes, McCready received 3,856 votes and Libertarian Jeff Scott received 129 votes.
Another story that put Bladen County in the national spotlight was the death of West Bladen High School student Lennon Lacy in 2014. He was found hanging from a swing set in a mobile home park not far from home. The death was ruled a suicide, but the Lacy family has questioned the finding.
“Always In Season” is a documentary by Jackie Olive that looks at the Lacy case and the “inconsistencies” in the case. The Lacy family believes Lennon was lynched.
The movie is expected to debut on Jan. 26 at the Sundance Film Festival, it was announced last week.
With the calendar turning to December, Bladenboro welcomed in the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 1 with its annual Christmas parade. It also was a time to celebrate recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence that flooded downtown in September.
A pair of Bladen County servants retired last week. Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt led the school for 10 years. Bladen County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rodney Hester worked in law enforcement for 30 years.
The intersection of NC 87 and NC 11 is getting a major redesign, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. The agency held an open house on its proposed cloverleaf design that is expected to major the intersection safer.
Other stories in the news last week included: