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Columbus County News

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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Slain teen's family presses DA for answers in suspicious death

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video More than a dozen family members of a 16-year old girl killed last year in Chadbourn met with the Columbus County District Attorney today, demanding answers. The FBI’s civil rights unit is working alongside local and state agencies to find out whether Jasmine Thar’s death was an accident or a crime. Full story...
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Update: Several men accused of shooting into car with toddlers inside

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video Several men are accused of shooting into a rental car with two toddlers inside. Tabor city police say they are still trying to figure out just what happened this weekend. Full story...
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Three found shot to death outside Fayetteville

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Cumberland County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting deaths of three people outside Fayetteville. Full story...
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FBI steps in to investigate Chadbourn shooting death, neighbor relives tragic day

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video Jasmine Thar was shot and killed outside of a Chadbourn home last December and nearly four months later no one has been arrested. The shooter claims it was an accident, but now state and federal investigators are involved. Full story...
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FBI's civil rights unit probes Chadbourn shooting death

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The FBI's civil rights unit has joined an investigation into a Charlotte teenager's shooting death while she visited relatives in Chadbourn. Full story...
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Columbus County man shot and killed in his home

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A Columbus County man is dead after being shot in the head in his home Friday evening, according to Sheriff Chris Batten. Full story...
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NC officer to prison for setting up jail beating

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A former Columbus County detention officer is heading to prison after he set up an inmate for a jailhouse beating. Full story...
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Former Columbus Co. detention officer sentenced for inmate assault

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A former Columbus County detention officer is heading to prison for his role in a jailhouse assault. Full story...
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Columbus County churchgoers write New Testament along sidewalks

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videoAround 30 churches joined their congregations in downtown Whiteville Sunday for a unique Easter sunrise service. Following the service believers hit the streets, writing the New Testament (in chalk) on the sidewalks throughout the city. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Survey says Columbus unhealthiest county in the state; Bladen lags while New Hanover makes top 10

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video Unhealthy habits continue to plague Columbus County. A report released today shows the county is again the unhealthiest in the state, taking into account several factors including obesity and inactivity. Full story...
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Robbery suspect charged with murder after fatal car crash

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video A Columbus County man made his first appearance in court today to face charges of murder and other crimes after investigators say a robbery led to a deadly car crash. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says Lloyd Thomas Buffkin, 32, Sidney Cherry Rd. is charged with murder, common law robbery and assault on a government official. Full story...
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Columbus Co. stops student paddling after finding out it spanked 2nd most in state

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video It may seem like something from the old days, but children are still being paddled in North Carolina schools.Columbus County Schools recently abandoned the punishment after finding out the district was using it more than all but one school district in the state. Full story...
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Columbus Co., Whiteville schools stop using USDA beef

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There's no "pink slime" on the menu any more at school in Columbus County. The county's two school districts have stopped using beef from the USDA. Full story...
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