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Bladen County News

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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National Labor Relations certifies unionization of Smithfield

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The National Labor Relations board has certified last weeks vote for unionization of the Smithfield Packing plant in Bladen County. Full story...
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East Bladen Falls Short in 1-AA State Title Game

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videoThomasville knocked off East Bladen 42-13 in Raleigh Saturday night in the 1-AA state championship high school football game. Full story...
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Employees speak out about Smithfield union representation

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videoThough it was hardly a landslide victory, the employees of Smithfield have spoken. It's now official, and those in favor of the union say the outcome is overdue. Full story...
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East Bladen ready for state championship

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videoThere's Eagle fever in Bladen County and it appears to be spreading. The East Bladen Eagle football team is just one day away from playing for the state championship in Raleigh. Full story...
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Smithfield Packing is going union

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It was close, but in the end, the Smithfield packing plant in Tar Heel is going union. The results were released Thursday night. Full story...
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Smithfield union vote begins Wednesday

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videoWorkers at the largest employer in Bladen County are facing a tough decision. It all comes down to a vote to determine if the employees at the Smithfield Food's pork producing plant in Tar Heel will unionize or not. Full story...
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Dynapar to expand Elizabethtown plant

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A glimmer of hope for Bladen County. Governor Easley announced today that Dynapar Corp. plans to expand its Elizabethtown plant. Full story...
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