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Bladen County News

Topsail's Wil Thomas wins 2-A high jump title

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Wil Thomas of Topsail is a state champion. East Bladen's CJ Melvin is a state runner-up, yet Melvin did beat her personal best throw in the shot put by three feet on Saturday. Full story...
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Gov. says budget battle for education is not a partisan issue, it's philosophical

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The budget battle in Raleigh is coming down to the wire, and Gov. Bev Perdue says things will start getting dicey on June 30. Full story...
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FEMA already has OK'd $6.5M following NC tornadoes

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About $6.5 million in government assistance already has been approved for displaced or distressed residents and businesses after last month's deadly tornadoes, emergency officials told state lawmakers Monday but said they're trying to overcome obstacles to let people know about the help. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Ken Cross leaving West Bladen for East Bladen

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West Bladen basketball coach Ken Cross has resigned in order to accept the vacant head coaching position at rival East Bladen High School. The Bladen County School Board approved the move Monday night. Full story...
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Storm recovery focus of new NC legislative panel

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North Carolina lawmakers are meeting to keep tabs on the needs of thousands of homeowners and businesses whose property was damaged by deadly tornadoes last month and whether more should be done to help these and future storm victims. Full story...
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Community works to come together after severe storms

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video From demolished homes and buildings to loved ones lost, many folks in our region are working to put the pieces of their lives back together. Full story...
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Disaster food assistance available in counties impacted by tornadoes

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North Carolina is offering help putting food on the table to victims of the devastating storms that swept through the state earlier this month. Full story...
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Several tornadoes reported; damage reported in Columbus, Pender

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What damage did you see? If you have photos or video of the storms or the damage, send them along to newsroom@wwaytv3.com. Full story...
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Storm threat has Ammon residents on edge

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videoThere were tornado warnings and severe thunderstorms throughout Bladen County again today. In Ammon, where storms a couple weeks ago killed three people, the day was particularly tense. Full story...
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FEMA Update: Storm survivors can now start applying for federal disaster assistance

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Survivors in North Carolina with property damage from the April 16 storms and tornadoes may apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other disaster assistance. Full story...
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Students at West Bladen High School rush to help storm victims

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"It started on Sunday morning at 8:30 and hasn't stopped. The donations continue to come in at West Bladen High School for victims of the April 16 tornados in Bladen County." Full story...
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Obama declares parts of North Carolina a disaster

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President Barack Obama is declaring a major disaster for parts of North Carolina after last weekend's tornadoes. Full story...
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Tornado outbreak is NC's most active on record

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The National Weather Service says at least 25 tornadoes touched down across North Carolina this past weekend, making it the state's most active outbreak on record. Full story...
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Governor requests disaster declaration as death toll from storms climbs

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Gov. Bev Perdue this morning submitted requests to President Obama and US Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack asking them to declare a disaster in 18 counties in North Carolina. This comes after Gov. Perdue visited nine of the most heavily damaged counties and personally witnessed the property loss and agricultural damage wrought by Saturday’s tornadoes and severe storms. Full story...
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State faces massive cleanup as death toll rises to 22

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From remote rural communities to the state's second-largest city, thousands of residents hit by the worst tornado outbreak in nearly 30 years were clearing away rubble and debris, repairing power lines and facing a recovery that will cost tens of millions of dollars. Full story...
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