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Bladen County News

Elizabethtown ready for a face lift

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videoIn Bladen County, Elizabethtown business owners and residents are looking forward to the town's upcoming revitalization project. Full story...
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Bladen County shooting still under investigation

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Bladen County is still investigating the death of 41 year old Ricky Carroll. Full story...
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Democrats pick Rand's replacement

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Rand resigned from the Senate and his role as majority leader December 31 to lead the State Parole Commission. Full story...
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Area unemployment up again

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The Employment Security Commission today said more than 18,000 people in the Wilmington metro area were out of work in November. Full story...
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Suspect captured using some high-tech help

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Bladen County Deputies used some high-tech help to end a hostage situation early Wednesday morning when a man barricaded himself in a house with hostages. Full story...
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Autopsy complete in Elizabethtown murder

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Investigators have completed autopsy reports involving the death of an Elizabethtown man. Twenty-two-year-old Caleb Stoker shot and killed 41-year-old Ricky Carroll at Tory Hole Park in October. Full story...
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Bladen County shuts down shelter's gas chamber

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The Bladen County Animal Shelter will no longer use it's gas chamber. In July, the state changed the guidelines for animal euthanasia. Under the new rules the county would have had to pay... Full story...
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No charges yet in Elizabethtown murder

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nvestigators are still looking into a murder between two families in Elizabethtown. Police said 22-year-old Caleb Stoker shot and killed 41-year-old Ricky Carroll next to the boat ramp at Tory Hole Park nearly two weeks ago. Full story...
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Fight leaves man dead in Elizabethtown

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videoIt sounds like something from a Shakespeare tragedy. One man is dead, and another seriously injured after a late-night fight in Elizabethtown; a daughter is left in the middle. Full story...
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Banding together to gather instruments in Bladen County

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videoBladen County band directors are asking for the public's help. They need old instruments for children who can't afford to be in band. Full story...
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Federal grant helps local students learn to read

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Bladen and Columbus County school kids may learn to read at an even earlier age, thanks to a federal grant. The school systems in the two counties have received a joint Early Reading First grant worth $4.3 million. Full story...
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Bladen County to welcome farmer's market

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Elizabethtown residents are looking forward to a new place to buy locally-grown produce. An open-air farmer's market is coming to Bladen County to help revitalize downtown Elizabethtown. Full story...
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Memorial tribute honors Bladen County man

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There was a memorial tribute Sunday near Myrtle Beach honored the three crew members, including a Bladen County man who died when a medical helicopter crashed on the South Carolina coast last month. Full story...
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Local counties see fall in unemployment

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There is encouraging news on the job front. There was a downtick in unemployment for our local counties in August. Full story...
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Bladen County commissioners okay selling of euthanized cats

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Bladen County commissioners gave the okay Tuesday night to selling dead cats. County commissioners approved selling euthanized cats for educational purposes. Full story...
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