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Bladen County News

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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Pat Byrd is out as West Bladen football coach

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The season is over for the West Bladen football team. The Knights won't be in the state playoffs due to a 1-9 record in the regular season. Head coach Pat Byrd has stepped down with the school looking to go a different direction. Full story...
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D.J. Mason commits to Campbell Camels

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West Bladen senior D.J. Mason will be playing division one college basketball at Campbell University next season. Full story...
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TROUBLESHOOTERS: Woman waiting on benefits due from divorce settlement

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video A divorce settlement from 20 years ago is causing problems for one Bladen County woman. She's fighting with the federal government to try and get money she is owed. Full story...
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Couple claims largest lotto jackpot in Bladen Co. history

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An Elizabethtown man has won the largest lottery prize in Bladen County history. Wesley Skinner, who works as a warehouse manager in Dublin, and his wife Jeanette claimed claimed the $300,632 jackpot in Raleigh today. Full story...
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Bladen County holds Ag day for third graders

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Ag’em Up Day gave students an opportunity to get hands-on while exploring different aspects of agriculture. Seven different stations were set up, which included lessons on cotton, soil, and swine just to name a few. Full story...
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Elizabethtown sets Halloween revelry rules

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videoHalloween is less than a month away, and one Bladen County town is ready for the all the ghouls and goblins. Elizabethtown is so ready, that this week the town passed an ordinance setting the times for trick-or-treating. Full story...
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