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Columbus County News

Sen. Soles won't get award after all

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videoA Monday event in Whiteville honoring former state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, has been canceled, Carolina Journal has learned. According to a man associated with the event who did not want to be identified, Soles decided Thursday to cancel the event awarding the Order of the Long Leaf Pine after Soles learned that CJ had been unable to find any record showing that former Gov. Bev Perdue approved the award. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Cops found beer cans months ago in crashed Fair Bluff car

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video Fair Bluff worker Billie Johnson admitted he'd been drinking before crashing the car in a late-night accident Jan. 26, but it appears this is not the first time Fair Bluff has had issues with alcohol and town vehicles. Full story...
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Fair Bluff Town Manager doesn't like to see himself on TV; Won't address employee who wrecked car

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Wednesday Town Manager Al Leonard did not have any answers about what has or will happen. video Leonard, who ran for state House last year and also serves as Tabor City's Manager, refused to go on camera saying, "I don't like to see myself on TV." Full story...
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Columbus Co. man gets 6 month jail sentence after killing friend in crash

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video A Clarkton man pleaded guilty Wednesday in a fatal drunken driving crash that claimed the life of his friend in May. Nicholas Kent Wilkson, 20,entered the guilty pleas Columbus County Superior Court to felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. Full story...
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Embattled former State Sen. R.C. Soles getting state award

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video Former State Senator R.C. Soles is scheduled to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine next week. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Additional charge for Fair Bluff worker after wrecking town car

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video Fair Bluff town employee Billie Johnson is not finished with trouble that started when he flipped a town vehicle then allegedly ran away. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Battered Columbus County inmate speaks

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video 24-year-old Daniel Davis was in the Columbus County Detention Center for a probation violation when he says the unthinkable happened. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Former drug dealer aims for second chance

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video Petey Powell, 38, grew up on Red Bug Road, in the small town of Hallsboro. He remembers his dad doing whatever he could to keep his family out of poverty but was eventually lured by the money he could make in dealing drugs. Petey was just a little boy when he drugs became a regular part of his life. Full story...
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Columbus Co. Sheriff investigating jail beating

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videoThe Columbus County Sheriff's Office is looking into a beating in the county jail that sent an inmate to the hospital. Daniel Lynn Davis was hit so hard his jaw was broken. Full story...
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NWS says microburst caused Columbus County damage

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video Families began the clean-up after strong thunderstorms caused some serious damage last night in Columbus County, as experts tried to figure out what exactly happened. Full story...
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Severe winds damage mobile homes in Chadbourn

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video Up to 10 mobile homes have been damaged by severe winds from Thursday's storms. No injuries reported at this time. Full story...
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New Hanover Regional Medical Center expands AirLink program

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video In a collaborative to better serve the communities in its seven-county region, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) has expanded its AirLink program with the addition of a second helicopter. By stationing the EC-135 T2 helicopters in Onslow and Columbus Counties, providers will be able to cut response times and deliver critical care and air ambulance services to patients following a traumatic illness or injury. Full story...
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Columbus County also exploring increasing officers in schools

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video Columbus County Superintendent Alan Faulk says safety is one of his school system's top priorities. At a meeting Monday night, educators asked county commissioners for support to make area schools safer. Full story...
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Morning fire kills gospel radio host

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video An early-morning fire in Columbus County claimed the life of a local radio broadcaster. Colleagues at WTAB-AM in Tabor City say gospel show host Bobby Pait Sr. died in the fire. Full story...
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Deputies say shootings that cross state lines may be connected

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video The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says two shootings on Friday that cross state lines may be connected. Police say Timothy Goings and Natasha Smith were shot Friday in the Green Acres community in Tabor City. Full story...
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