Gang issues growing in Bladen County
8 years ago
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Gang issues growing in Bladen County

Bladen County is battling a gang problem. The efforts stem in part from the shooting of 19-year-old Jakhee Sledge outside of a McDonald’s last month; the case still remains unsolved.
Bladen Community College going green
8 years ago
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Bladen Community College going green

School officials and students at Bladen County Community College are going green. Recycle bins have been spread throughout the campus and in classrooms.
Bladen County efforts to fight gang violence continue
8 years ago
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Bladen County efforts to fight gang violence continue

Efforts continue to battle gang activity in Bladen County. These efforts stem in part from the shooting of 19-year-old Jakhee Sledge outside of a McDonald’s last month.
Troubleshooters: Dispute over County Boundry Line
8 years ago
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Troubleshooters: Dispute over County Boundry Line

JD Davis grew up going to Columbus County schools, and has been paying property taxes to Columbus County for years. He did not know what to think when he got a notice from Bladen County threatening to foreclose on his home for failure to pay property taxes.
Smithfield to close many plants
8 years ago
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Smithfield to close many plants

Smithfield Foods announced they will close six plants around the country, including the one in Elon that produces country ham. One hundred sixty employees there will lose their jobs by the end of the year.
Rural dentists few and far between
8 years ago
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Rural dentists few and far between

Elizabethtown is the hub of Bladen County, and believe it or not, there are only four dentists there. Dentists say once they graduate from dental school, they owe thousands of dollars and can't afford to set up shop in rural communities.
Police seize two of at least five guns involved in shooting of high school student
8 years ago
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Police seize two of at least five guns involved in shooting of high school student

There is some new information on the shooting death of a West Bladen High School student earlier this week.
West Bladen student’s death treated as homicide; county sheriff indicates victim had record
8 years ago
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West Bladen student’s death treated as homicide; county sheriff indicates victim had record

The county sheriff said West Bladen senior Jahkee Sledge had a record. He was arrested twice in 2007, once for bringing a weapon to school and once for assaulting someone at gunpoint.