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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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Chris Wilcox to undergo heart surgery

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Whiteville native Chris Wilcox played in 28 games for the Boston Celtics this season. In fact he started four games, but Wilcox recently played his last game of the season. Wilcox will undergo heart surgery later this month to repair an enlarged aorta. Full story...
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Farmers turns back the clock at Southern Farm Days

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The Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association is all about preserving the past and making history come alive. Saturday and Sunday, you can take a trip back in time at Southern Farm Days. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Columbus Co. detention officer under investigation after fight over poker machine

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video A fight over a video poker machine has turned into an internal affairs investigation at the Columbus County Sheriff's Office. Full story...
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Extinct bird lives on at NC Museum of Forestry

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An extinct bird came home to roost at the North Carolina Museum of Forestry this weekend. A print of James Audubon's "Carolina Parrot" is now on display at the museum in Whiteville. Full story...
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Lake Waccamaw store owner cleared in shooting

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A Lake Waccamaw store owner will not face charges after shooting a robber in January. Full story...
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Mom says daughter sexually assaulted by three classmates, wants school board to take action

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video A day after a mom speaks out about the rape of her child another Columbus County mom is speaking out saying the school district did little after her daughter was sexually assaulted by her classmates. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Mom says five-year-old son raped by classmate at school

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video A Tabor City mom says her five-year-old son was raped at school. But it's who she says attacked the boy that you just won't believe. Sherri Loika says her son was sodomized in a restroom at Tabor City Elementary School by a five-year-old classmate. She found out the night it happened after his teacher called. Full story...
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Columbus Co. based Freedman Farms fined $1.5 million, President sent to jail

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Freedman Farms Inc. was sentenced in federal court to five years probation and ordered to pay $1.5 million in fines, restitution, and community service payments for violating the Clean Water Act when they discharged hog waste into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River Full story...
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Soles upgraded to good condition

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Former state Sen. R.C. Soles is listed in good condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Soles underwent heart bypass surgery Friday, according to his Tabor City law firm. Full story...
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High-speed Internet finally available in Columbus County

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video More than a year ago ATMC received $16 million in federal funds to bring high-speed internet to southern Columbus County. Now the program is 80 percent complete. Full story...
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