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Bladen County News

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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Smithfield posts first profitable year since 2008

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Smithfield Foods has recorded its first profitable year since 2008, when recession gripped the country, and posted record fourth-quarter profits as the world's largest hog producer was able to command higher prices. Full story...
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FEMA deadline for NC tornado victims approaches

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Less than a week remains to register for disaster assistance because of losses from the tornadoes that struck North Carolina April 16. Full story...
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Democrats Hill, Brisson to vote for budget veto override

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video Gov. Bev Perdue made history yesterday when she became the first North Carolina governor to veto a spending plan. But this budget proposal is far from dead. Five Democrats voted for the Republican-led proposal; two of them right here in our area. But will they stand by their word when it comes to overriding the governor's veto? Full story...
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Travis Pait named West Bladen basketball coach

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Ken Cross shook up Bladen County when he left the West Bladen Knights in order to coach the East Bladen Eagles. Today the Knights introduced the replacement for Ken Cross. It'll be Bladenboro native Travis Pait. Full story...
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Bladen County's Trelonnie Owens named assistant basketball coach at South View

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At Bladenboro High School his friends called him "Tree" because he took up a lot of space on the basketball court. Owens recently returned to his roots. In fact the former Wake Forest Demon Deacon lives in Bladen County once again, but he'll be coaching in Cumberland County during the upcoming hoops season. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: After one year on job West Bladen principal making impact

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videoIt was a year ago that West Bladen High School made headlines for several incidents on campus. But a new school year and a new principal have put the school in a whole new light. Full story...
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