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Bladen County News

Smithfield agrees to sale to Chinese firm

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video Bladen County is the home to the world's largest slaughter house. Soon it could be owned by a foreign company. Full story...
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'Dollars for Daisy' yard, bake sale to support crash victim's recovery

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Friends and neighbors of a 9-year-old girl who was struck by a car while riding her bike in Wilmington are hosting a benefit to support the victim's recovery in Chapel Hill. Full story...
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Trial set for jailed former firefighter

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A trial date has been set for a Bladen County man and former Wilmington firefighter jailed in Virginia on sex crimes allegations. Full story...
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3 charged in Bladen County native's murder; blunt force trauma cause of death

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videoPolice say a Bladen County native found dead in her Raleigh apartment earlier this month died of blunt force trauma. Full story...
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Friend remembers Bladen Co. native killed in Raleigh

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video Melissa Huggins-Jones moved to Raleigh from Tennessee two weeks before her death May 14. A friend describes her as someone who loved life and loved the people in her life. She had just moved to raleigh looking for a new start when it all came to an end. Full story...
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Former assistant DA Kelley pleads guilty, must pay back money

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videoA former Bladen County assistant district attorney has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and must pay back money she improperly received. Elaine Kelley entered the plea yesterday in Brunswick County Superior Court. Full story...
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Bladen County man charged with raping child

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A Bladen County man is in jail charged with raping a child. The Sheriff's Office charged John Owens Jacobs, 42, of Bladenboro, yesterday with two counts of first degree rape of a child under the age of 13 and one count of first degree sex offense of a child. Full story...
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Broken track led to February train derailment in Bladenboro

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videoA federal report says a train derailment in Bladenboro in February happened because of a broken rail on the track. The report from the Federal Railroad Administration says eight cars derailed the afternoon of Feb. 2. Full story...
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Man arrested for cable theft

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videoIf you get a cable bill in the mail and don't know why, you might want to open it. A Bladenboro man is accused of setting up cable accounts under other people's names. Full story...
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Local man inducted in the Astronaut Hall of Fame

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video Curtis Brown from Bladen County was inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame over the weekend. Full story...
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Fisherman drowns in Bladen County

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videoA Bladenboro man is dead after falling out of his boat while fishing Saturday. The accident happened around noon Saturday on the Black River near the Pender County line. Full story...
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Parents say East Arcadia schools needs replacing, not fixing

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videoParents and teachers in East Arcadia are concerned about the condition of their children's school. They say they need a new building; not just repairs. East Arcadia is getting about $1 million in lottery money for renovations, but parents say that is not enough to solve all the problems the Bladen County school has. Full story...
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Police: Man arrested with deputy's stolen gun

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video A second stolen gun in a week has been taken off of Elizabethtown's streets. Police, investigating a suspicious person report Saturday, arrested Carl Reaves after they say they found a gun on him. Full story...
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High school student killed in Bladen county crash

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videoA car crash in Bladen county killed one teenager and sent two others to the hospital. Highway Patrol Trooper P.M. Sanders says William Humphrey, 17, of Fayetteville was killed. The Fayetteville Observer is reporting Humphrey was a junior at Cape Fear High School and a standout athlete. Full story...
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Police find gun stolen in 1991 during traffic stop

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videoA Bladen County man is charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and stolen property after Elizabethtown Police stopped his vehicle for having a false tag. Full story...
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