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Columbus County News

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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Whiteville wins 2-A state title

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Whiteville High School won the 2-A baseball state championship series on Saturday over Randleman High School. It's the fifth state title in baseball for the Whiteville Wolfpack. Full story...
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Columbus County woman wins top prize $4,000,000 Cash Blowout

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Clariece Hammonds of Chadbourn in Columbus County became the second person to win the top prize in the N.C. Education Lottery’s $4,000,000 Cash Blowout game. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Widow talks about arrest of three teens for husband's murder

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video Three teens are behind bars in Columbus County charged with murdering a man. Today, the wife of the victim says her husband did not deserve the fate he received, and she is fighting for justice. Full story...
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Three Columbus Co. teens charged with murder after bragging to classmates

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video Three Columbus County teenagers have been arrested and charged with murdering a Hallsboro man after deputies say they bragged to classmates at East Columbus High School. Sheriff Chris Batten says deputies found three of the victim's guns in the suspects' homes Thursday. Full story...
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Fair Bluff police chief, town clerk fired amid drug scandal

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video Fair Bluff's police chief is out of jail and out of a job. Town leaders held an emergency meeting last night to fire the Chief Marty Lewis and another town employee after both were indicted on drug charges. Mayor Randy Britt says these moves were necessary amid the scandal. Full story...
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Three teens arrested for Hallsboro murder

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Three teens have been arrested in Columbus County for a murder in the town of Hallsboro. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Fair Bluff police chief out of jail

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video Fair Bluff's police chief is in hot water after being charged with selling drugs on the job. The district attorney says officers arrested Marty Lewis yesterday while he was taking part of a drug-deal on duty and in uniform. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Fair Bluff police chief arrested

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Fair Bluff's police chief has been arrested. Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says the arrest of Marty Lewis came after an SBI investigation. Full story...
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Tabor City Police search for man connected to shooting

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Tabor City Police are searching for Jeffrey Billings, a man they say is connected to a shooting last week in Tabor City. Full story...
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Wilmington based Flight 22 basketball team wins Big Shots event in DC

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The Big Shots Washington, D.C Basketball Tournament is one of the nation's premier basketball exposure events. On Sunday the Wilmington based 17 and under Flight 22 team captured the title with a victory over the DC Metro Ballers. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Brawl breaks out at West Columbus High School

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video A brawl broke out at a Columbus County high school this week. When it was all said and done, more than a dozen students were suspended. Now they all face charges. Full story...
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Gun found on Columbus County school bus

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Students found a gun on a South Columbus High School bus this morning. According to Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten, four students were riding the bus near Tabor City, when one student told the bus driver that a gun was on a seat. Full story...
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