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Bladen County News

Bladen Co. man gets life in prison for 2009 murder

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A Bladen County jury ruled Kevin Christopher Rogers killed Sean Maurice Lesane in 2009 and sent him to prison for life. Full story...
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Classmates mourn 8-year-old boy killed in hunting accident

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video An eight-year-old boy died Friday after a hunting accident in Bladen County. Family and friends gathered in Clinton for James Ethan Bartley's funeral today. Meanwhile, his friends at school mourned their classmate. Full story...
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JUST ADD HOPE: Church surprises Thanksgiving shoppers with free groceries

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video A small Clarkton church is adding hope by surprising Thanksgiving shoppers with a holiday treat and footing the bill for their turkey and all the fixin's. Full story...
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Sheriff, school district say no evidence of gang issues after school fight

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Things were back to normal at West Bladen High School today. The Bladen County Sheriff's Office and school district say there was at least one fight yesterday at the school. Full story...
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Crossing enemy lines: Ken Cross starting to settle in at East Bladen

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video Leaving West Bladen to coach at East Bladen is like going from Duke to UNC. It's just not common. Back in May Ken Cross resigned as the West Bladen boys basketball coach to coach at East Bladen. It's been an adjustment for both the players and Cross, but it's a good adjustment. Full story...
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C.J. Melvin intends to go back to ECU

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Courtney "C.J." Melvin would like to play college basketball at East Carolina. She's just not ready to do it this season. The former East Bladen standout would like to re-join the Pirate Nation for the 2012-2013 season. Full story...
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Son shoots mom's boyfriend after she's hit with beer can

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Paul Lewis Sawyer was shot in the thigh with a shotgun Sunday morning following a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend, Tina McDaniel. Sawyer allegedly struck McDaniel with a thrown beer can and her son retrieved a shotgun and shot Sawyer. Full story...
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D.J. Mason signs with Campbell Camels

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West Bladen senior basketball standout D.J. Mason signed with the Campbell Camels on Thursday. Topsail High School had two softball players sign national letter of intents as well. Full story...
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Eight busted in Bladen Co. on drug charges after nearly year-long investigation

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Since December of 2010, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Unit along with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, have been conducting an undercover operation at the residence of Carrie Maxine Smith. Agents during the investigation bought alcohol, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana from the residence. Full story...
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Write-in winners emerge from blank Tar Heel ballots

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Usually elections are about who is on the ballot, but in the Bladen County town of Tar Heel, yesterday's election was about who was not on it. No one filed to run for mayor or three open town council seats. The lack of candidates led to write-in campaigns. Full story...
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Tar Heel voters write in candidates on empty ballot

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video Polls are open, but the ballots are empty in one Bladen County town. None of Tar Heel's 117 residents filed to fill three town council spots and the mayor's office. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Strickland moved to prison closer to home

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Allen "Frog" Strickland, who was sentenced to seven months in prison for vandalizing former Sen. R.C. Soles's home and office, has been moved to a facility closer to home. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: SBI asked to investigate Bladen deputy for sex allegations involving minor

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video Another area law enforcement agency has asked the SBI to help investigate one of its own. Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston says he asked the SBI to investigate criminal allegations against one of his sergeants. Full story...
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Burlington teen keeps faith after diving accident at White Lake

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Horner’s family spent several days at White Lake in August. Year after year, the Horners and their extended family would return to the lake to enjoy time with each other and the friends they’ve made. It was in the afternoon that Horner sprinted before diving off the pier. His head hit the bottom of the lake. Full story...
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5th QUARTER: Week 11 High School Football preview

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video The 2011 regular season for high school football will conclude on Friday night. For some teams this will be the final game of the year, but most of our local squads will be advancing to the state playoffs. Check out our preview for week number eleven. Full story...
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