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Bladen County News

Bladen County schools closed Monday

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As the county continues to clean up from Saturday's severe storms and tornadoes that killed three people, Bladen County schools will be closed Monday. Full story...
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Gov. Perdue declares state of emergency

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Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency for North Carolina following storms that generated tornadoes across the state. Full story...
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Ammon community loses two to severe weather

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video The small community of Ammon, just north of Elizabethtown in Bladen County, lost two people to the severe weather Saturday. Full story...
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Severe weather leaves Bladen County in disarray

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video Severe weather ripped through Bladen County Saturday, leaving trees down, buildings destroyed and some without their lives. Full story...
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Three dead in Bladen County

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The Bladen County Emergency Operations Center confirms there are three people dead after storms ripped through Bladen County this afternoon. They say two people are dead in Ammon north of Elizabethtown. One person is dead in Bladenboro. Full story...
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Killer storm coverage planner

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Marissa Jasek is in Ammon tonight, and Katie Harden is in Bladenboro. They'll be returning to the station later to update these stories and post video from the scene. Full story...
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UPDATE: Investigators say firefighter was speeding on way to call when wreck happened

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State Highway Patrol Investigators say a Tar Heel firefighter was speeding on his way to a fire call when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into an oncoming car. Full story...

Firefighter honored by Bladen County and fire departments throughout North Carolina

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video About 25 different fire departments from throughout North Carolina responded to David Hunsinger Jr.'s last call Sunday. Hunsinger was a firefighter at the Tar Heel Fire Department in Bladen County. Some traveled hours to honor someone they didn't even know. But to them, he was a brother. Full story...

Tar Heel mourns firefighter's death

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video Family and friends are mourning the loss of a fallen firefighter, husband, son, brother and friend. The volunteer firefighter died on the way to a call in Bladen County yesterday. Full story...

Fire chief's son killed on way to emergency in Bladen County

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A member of the Tar Heel Fire Department has died from injuries suffered in a car accident on the way to an emergency. Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw said the firefighter was David Hunsinger Jr., the son of Tar Heel Fire Chief David Hunsinger Sr. Full story...

Elizabeth revitalization costing more, taking longer than expected

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Folks in Elizabethtown might have to pay a bit more money to beautify their historic downtown area. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Bladen Co. attorney busted for coke, heroin; Friend charged with prostitution

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video Wilmington Police recently busted a Bladen County attorney for having drugs… then a day later, they charged the woman he was with, with prostitution. Full story...
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All-State honors go to Hoggard's Stilman White and East Bladen's C.J. Melvin

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East Bladen's C.J. Melvin earned all-state honors on Wednesday. Melvin will play college hoops at East Carolina. Hoggard's Stilman White also was named all-state. White hasn't made a commitment yet, but he does plan to play college basketball. Full story...
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Unemployment up in 99 of NC's 100 counties

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The unemployment rate in the Wilmington metro area jumped 0.7 percent from December to January. Overall unemployment increased in 99 of the state's 100 counties. Full story...
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Alton Hill resigns as East Bladen basketball coach

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Alton Hill's tenure at East Bladen High School didn't last long. He's resigned after just one season as the boys basketball coach at East Bladen. Full story...
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