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Bladen County News

West Bladen's new principal looking to lead change

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video West Bladen High School has been the scene for several news stories the last few years, but not the kind of stories the school would like. This year may be different thanks to a new principal hoping to change things for the better. Full story...
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Residents help pave way for Elizabethtown revitalization

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videoCivic leaders in Elizabethtown took a novel approach to funding a downtown revitalization. Soon downtown Elizabethtown will look like a whole other place. Everything is being replaced, from the benches to the trash receptacles, and the majority of the items are being purchased by the public. Full story...
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Not in my neighborhood

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video The heart of the controversy lies on 8 acres of land in west Bladenboro. Town leaders are considering changing it from industrial to residential and it's stirring up quite a debate. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: "Get Out the Vote" workers with criminal backgrounds

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video You may think that when you see people at the polling places on election day, trying to convince you to vote for a particular candidate, that those people are volunteers, giving their time to help their favorite candidate win elected office. But in many cases in our viewing area, those poll workers aren't volunteering at all. They're being paid to influence your vote. Full story...
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How "Get Out the Vote" Really Works

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Some candidates running for office in Bladen County think folks are getting a bit too heavy handed in their efforts to manipulate the elections. Other candidates say "Get Out the Vote" is a great way to get voters to the polls. Full story...
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Cancer-stricken girl gets pink fire truck

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Kayla Nunnery was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year. Today she's not thinking about that. Instead, she's thinking pink. Full story...
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Bladen County campaigning tactics questioned

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video You've probably seen sample ballots before being handed out by poll workers on election day, already filled out for the candidates they endorse. What you may not have known is that in some places, spots on those sample ballots are for sale to the highest bidder. Full story...
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Bladen farm turns to truffles

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videoA delicacy that's grown in Italy, Spain and France is growing right here in our own backyard. Bladen County is putting itself on the map by growing a type of mushroom that's not easy to come by. A couple is uncovering the secrets of the black perigord truffle. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Ward talks about run for Bladen Sheriff

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video Over the past few weeks we've reported on the lies, terminations and investigations that surround the race to be sheriff in Bladen County. Many of you ranted and told us we were picking on the people inside the department and giving candidate Billy Ward a pass. Well, we caught up with Ward today to find out more about him and where he stands on issues. Full story...
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Small stores look forward to big weekend

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video There's no doubt the larger chain stores love the tax free holiday, but smaller stores, like Leinwand's in Elizabethtown, do, as well. They say it gives customers a reason to come into their shops and start spending. Full story...
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Tanker crash shuts down NC 87 in Bladen County

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An early-morning accident involving two tanker trucks led to a big cleanup in Bladen County. It happened around 4:30 a.m. on NC 87 near the Cumberland County line. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Bladen County voter fraud accusations investigated

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video The Bladen Ballot Battle continues. The May primary has already been investigated for claims Commissioner Delilah Blanks cast multiple votes. Now the North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating several claims of voter fraud stemming from the May primary and the run-off in the sheriff's race. Full story...
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Bladen teens learn the ropes of firefighting

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Bladen County firefighters say they have a shortage of volunteers. So they're volunteering their time to train teens. Full story...
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Elizabethtown breaks ground on farmers market

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video Even the 110 degree heat index didn't stop a crowd from seeing the big day firsthand. The Cape Fear Farmer's Market will be located on the old Red and White grocery store property. Full story...
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East Bladen names new athletic director

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Even though it's summertime, there's been a shake-up in East Bladen High School's athletic department. Full story...
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