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Bladen County News

Bladen County residents picking up after tornadoes

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videoFolks in Bladen County spent Sunday picking up the pieces after two tornadoes touched down Saturday night; leaving a path of destruction. Full story...
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Possible tornado in Bladen County

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Saturday’s severe weather caused reports of a possible tornado touching down in Bladen County. Full story...
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Southeast NC population growing, despite unemployment numbers

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videoDespite the unemployment numbers, people are still moving to North Carolina. Though the growth rate has slowed a bit, new numbers from the US Census Bureau shows our piece of paradise is still a desirable place to live. Full story...
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East Bladen Lady Eagles ready for state championship game Saturday

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videoExcitement is brewing at East Bladen High School. The girls varsity basketball team will be playing in the 1A state championship game tomorrow in Raleigh. East Bladen is the only area high school still playing hoops this season. Full story...
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Poor third quarter earnings announced by Smithfield Foods

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Smithfield Foods, the leading pork processing plant in the country, just released their third quarter earnings. In the third quarter, Smithfield netted a loss of more than $100 million. Full story...
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A Bladen County family celebrates a 108th birthday

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videoThere was a very special, and monumental, birthday celebration in Bladen County Monday. In fact, it was for the county's oldest living resident. Full story...
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Gang issues growing in Bladen County

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videoBladen County is battling a gang problem. The efforts stem in part from the shooting of 19-year-old Jakhee Sledge outside of a McDonald’s last month; the case still remains unsolved. Full story...
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Bladen Community College going green

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School officials and students at Bladen County Community College are going green. Recycle bins have been spread throughout the campus and in classrooms. Full story...
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Bladen County efforts to fight gang violence continue

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Efforts continue to battle gang activity in Bladen County. These efforts stem in part from the shooting of 19-year-old Jakhee Sledge outside of a McDonald’s last month. Full story...
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Troubleshooters: Dispute over County Boundry Line

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videoJD Davis grew up going to Columbus County schools, and has been paying property taxes to Columbus County for years. He did not know what to think when he got a notice from Bladen County threatening to foreclose on his home for failure to pay property taxes. Full story...
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Smithfield to close many plants

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Smithfield Foods announced they will close six plants around the country, including the one in Elon that produces country ham. One hundred sixty employees there will lose their jobs by the end of the year. Full story...
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Rural dentists few and far between

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videoElizabethtown is the hub of Bladen County, and believe it or not, there are only four dentists there. Dentists say once they graduate from dental school, they owe thousands of dollars and can't afford to set up shop in rural communities. Full story...
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Police seize two of at least five guns involved in shooting of high school student

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There is some new information on the shooting death of a West Bladen High School student earlier this week. Full story...
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West Bladen student's death treated as homicide; county sheriff indicates victim had record

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The county sheriff said West Bladen senior Jahkee Sledge had a record. He was arrested twice in 2007, once for bringing a weapon to school and once for assaulting someone at gunpoint. Full story...
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Holiday Miracles for a family in Bladen County

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videoOur WWAY Holiday Miracles effort has taken us in many directions this year. When we got a request for beds, we weren't quite sure what to do. Full story...
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