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Bladen County News

FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: E'town shooting suspect surrenders

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In an update to a story you saw FIRST ON 3, the woman accused of a shooting at an Elizabethtown night club has turned herself in. Full story...
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NC storm victims say FEMA assistance spotty

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved just 23 percent of the requests for assistance it has received in the three months since tornadoes tore across North Carolina killing 24 people. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Investigation continues into shooting at Bladen club

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video There are new details surrounding a weekend shooting outside of a club in Bladen County. The shooting happened early Saturday morning at Club World Wide in Elizabethtown, and sent one woman to the hospital. Full story...
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Woman shot outside club in Elizabethtown

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The Elizabethtown Police Department has confirmed a shooting that happened outside of Club World Wide Friday night. Full story...
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Tar Heel will have blank ballot come November

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video The deadline to run for municipal elections has ended and one community will have a blank ballot come November. The small town of Tar Heel in Bladen County has no one running for mayor or any of the three council positions and the deadline for municipal filings has not been extended. Full story...
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Live Oak fire update

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NC Forest Service uses heavy equipment to fight wildfire in Bladen County. Full story...
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Bladen Co. school board members reportedly overspend on California trip

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video Two Bladen County School Board members reportedly over-spent more than $1,000 of tax payers' money during an out of state conference. In April, the two board members attended a national school board conference in California. According to spending records from the trip, the two spent much more than they were supposed to. Full story...
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Bladen County fire jumps barrier, threatens homes

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A wildfire in Bladen County has broken through containment lines, forcing the evacuation of 10 homes. Full story...
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Bladen Community College repays misspent money

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A state audit of Bladen Community College found several problems, including a lack of safeguards over cash and checks and access to information systems. Full story...
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NCDOT aims to help travelers save time and money over July 4 holiday

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As the summer travel season continues, the NC Department of Transportation is taking steps to help motorists save both time and money by suspending most road construction activities on major routes across the state. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations more quickly while also cutting down on fuel consumption and costs. Full story...
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NC Forest Service plans to burn 2,700 more acres in Bladen to control wildfire

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video Crews are still battling a wildfire in Bladen County. So far that fire has spread across 1,300 acres. The forest service is working to contain it. Full story...
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27 eastern counties now under burn ban

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Burn bans are in effect for 27 eastern NC counties, including Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. Full story...
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Bladen County wildfire destroys homes; burns 1,300 acres

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videoSome of the attention involving wildfires in our area has now shifted to Bladen County. Work crews for North Carolina Forest Services are trying to contain a fire that is believed to have started because of lightning that struck Monday night. That fire has now burned a large section of land near White Oak and has destroyed at least three homes. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Grandmother says her grandson is the vicitim of racism

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video Beverly Graham says her grandson Traquan is being targeted at the Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen County not because of the quality of his actions, but rather the color of his skin. Full story...
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Two months after tornadoes, Bladen clean-up continues

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videoTwo months ago strong storms left behind a trail of debris in Bladen County. Four people died across the county in the storms. The tornadoes left plenty of damage as well as businesses and families left picking up the pieces of their lives. Today we went back to see how the clean-up is going. Full story...
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