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Columbus County News

UPDATE: Columbus Co. investigators identify murder victim

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video Columbus County investigators say the man found dead at a Cerro Gordo home Tuesday morning has been identified as Victor Ray Mitchell, who they say lived there. Full story...
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No foul play suspected in Old Dock Elem. fire

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Investigators say while they cannot determine the cause of a fire at a school, they say there's no evidence of foul play. Full story...
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Murder investigation underway in Columbus County

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Columbus County investigators are looking into a homicide in Cerro Gordo. Full story...
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School systems opening late Thursday due to cold

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Due to the impending cold weather, some school systems have decided to start Thursday's school day late. Full story...
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Fire destroys part of school and leaves community stunned

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videoCrews in Columbus County are investigating after a morning fire burns through part of a major elementary school there, causing the district to cancel classes. Full story...
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Three-judge panel assigned for Sledge innocence hearing

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videoChief Justice Mark Martin has assigned a three-judge panel to convene a special session of superior court in Columbus County to hear evidence relevant to the N.C. Innocence Inquiry Commission’s recommendation in the case of State v. Joseph Sledge, 78. Sledge was convicted of killing a mother and her daughter in Bladen County in 1976. Full story...
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Tabor City man collects more than 600 nativity scenes

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videoThe Star of Bethlehem is shining bright over Columbus County this holiday season, as a Tabor City man is calling all ye faithful. Rodney Gore has more than 600 nativity scenes, from around the world, on display at his home. He has even converted his carport into an additional room to house his collection. Full story...
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Train car derails at Riegelwood paper plant

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videoNo one was hurt when a train car derailed this morning at a Columbus County paper plant. Full story...
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Woman: 'Kitten found neglected in shelter'

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video After adopting a sick kitten, a woman says the condition and treatment of cats inside a shelter is a case of neglect. The director of the shelter says while they had problems with a bug infestation a few months ago, the shelter is clean and the kitten's illness was an isolated incident. Full story...
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