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Columbus Co. woman says faith helped her hold on until rescued from pond

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A Columbus County woman who mistakenly drove her SUV into a pond near Lumberton last week said Monday that she prayed and sang to pass the time until someone finally heard her cries for help. Full story...
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Silver Alert issued for woman who may be heading to Columbus County

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A Silver Alert has been issued for Margaret Britt Simmons. Simmons, 84, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment, was last seen in Lumberton. She could be headed toward Evergreen in Columbus County. She also has family in Bladen County. Full story...
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Boys & Girls Homes of NC and Thompson Child & Family Focus to unite programs

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Two nonprofitagencies – Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina,Inc. (Lake Waccamaw-based) and Thompson Child & Family Focus (Charlotte-based)– have entered into a partnership that expands regional access to mental healthand child welfare community services aimed at improving the lives of vulnerablechildren and families. Full story...
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Man accused of killing Lumberton police officer had child in car

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video Marques Brown, 27, had a small child in a car seat in his vehicle when Brown shot and killed Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Goodson, according to Captain Johnny Barnes with the Lumberton Police Department. Full story...
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Whiteville man arrested in Lumberton officer's shooting death

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A Columbus County man has been arrested and charged with killing a Lumberton police officer. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Road back from heart surgery brings Celtics' Wilcox home

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video Chris Wilcox is back in Columbus County this week for his annual basketball camp, but this year there's a special set of circumstances surrounding it. He's just signed a new deal after a major heart surgery. Full story...
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Shot suspect lives next door to home he allegedly robbed

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An update on the shooting of a breaking and entering suspect over the weekend in Columbus County. WWAY learned today the suspect lives next door to the home investigators say he broke into on Carver Moore Road near Lake Waccamaw. Full story...
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Man shot in Columbus County after breaking and entering

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A man who investigators say broke into a home was shot Saturday afternoon. Full story...
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Federal grant to help law enforcement in Columbus County

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A federal grant will help law enforcement in Columbus County get on the same page. The county has received a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) of $14,683 to increase communications and information sharing among law enforcement agencies in the county. Full story...
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Spivey takes over baseball program at South Columbus

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T.J. Spivey is back in Columbus County after one year of coaching at North Myrtle Beach High School. The former South Columbus Stallion was named the head baseball coach at South Columbus High School on Monday. Full story...
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Brisson, Hill set to join Republicans to override Perdue's budget veto

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Republicans in the General Assembly will need some help from across the aisle to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the state budget, and it looks like they may already have half the votes they need from our area. Full story...
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WWAY's Sunday night sports - June 24: Cari Blalock preps for Olympic Trials & more

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videoOn Sunday night we featured the final night of the District 9 Dixie Youth Softball Tournament from Brunswick County. We also showcased former New Hanover Wildcat Cari Blalock. The UNC Tar Heel is just one day away from competing in the US Olympic Swimming Trials in Nebraska. Full story...
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Ron Hewett's son Justin named Fair Bluff Police Chief

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video There's a new top cop in the Columbus County town of Fair Bluff, and he has a familiar name. Justin Hewett replaces Marty Lewis, who was fired after being arrested last month. Full story...
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Water main leak in Lake Waccamaw

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The water consumers of the Lake Waccamaw Water System in Columbus County are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a Leaking Water Main along Lake Shore Drive. Full story...
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Waccamaw Bank acquired by First Community Bank

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Waccamaw Bank is no more. First Community Bank, of Bluefield, VA, is taking over the business. Full story...
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