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Bladen County News

More arrests made following outbreak of fights at West Bladen High School

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videoAs of Monday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies arrested ten people involved in the riots at West Bladen High School. Since then, there have been two more, and they're not finished yet. Deputies now say the incident did involve community gangs. Full story...
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Bladen County gang related forum focuses on West Bladen fights

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videoViolence was fresh on the minds of a community-based gang task force that met Monday night in Bladen County. Gang related or not, the people who gathered in Elizabethtown said the violence has to stop. Full story...
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Riot breaks out at West Bladen High School

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videoPolice called what happened at a Bladen County High School Monday "a riot." Students at West Bladen High reported that more than 50 people were involved in the fighting that resulted in a number of arrests. The violence started just after 10:00 this morning, and continued until about noon. Full story...
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Friends and family mourn drowning death of Cody Hammond

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videoA 15-year-old West Bladen High School student drowned Sunday afternoon, and on Monday, friends and family mourned his passing. Full story...
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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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