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TROUBLESHOOTERS: HVAC contractor leaves customers in the cold

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video Friendship and business can be a risky proposition. One Riegelwood couple may have found that out the hard way. They claim they hired a friend to install a new heating and air system in their home only to be left in the cold. Full story...
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Testimony wraps in Thomas sentencing

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video The jury had a short day Tuesday. They heard testimony in the morning and were released just before lunch time, but the attorneys stayed busy the rest of the day discussing and preparing for what's next. Full story...
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Mother of girl sexually battered on school bus says punishment doesn't fit crime

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videoSchool bus number 48 takes students from Acme-Delco Elementary and Middle schools to and from school every day, but Friday witnesses say one student crossed the line on a dare, and the victim's mother says not enough is being done about it. Full story...
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Jurors hear from murderer's family during sentencing

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Jurors heard a second day of testimony in the sentencing phase of Danny Lamont Thomas. Last week they convicted Thomas of killing four people in Chadbourn in 2005. Full story...
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Family says goodbye to woman run over by friend

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videoHighway Patrol says 22-year-old Kristy Nicole Yarbrough was run over by a friend off Old Stake Road just outside of Chadbourn early Saturday morning. Today family members in Bladenboro laid Yarbrough to rest. Full story...
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Strawberry Festival features food and fun, Soles as Parade Marshal

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video Chadbourn's famous Strawberry Festival brought the community together for the 85th time. Full story...
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Chadbourn Town Manager indicted for impersonating officer

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A Columbus County grand jury has returned indictments against Chadbourn's town manager, including one for impersonating an officer. Full story...
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Sentencing continues Monday in quadruple murders

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A sentencing hearing will continue Monday for a man convicted of four murders in Columbus County. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Thomas guilty of four murders

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video A Columbus County jury has returned guilty verdict on four counts of first degree murder against Danny Thomas. Full story...
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B.J. Wright given options on bond

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A Columbus County judge has given a troubled teen with ties to former Sen. R.C. Soles a couple of options to get out of jail. Full story...
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Columbus Co. murder trial goes to jury

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videoA quadruple murder trial in Columbus County is coming to an end. Late this afternoon the jury was read the charges against Danny Lamont Thomas, who's accused of killing for people. Tomorrow the jury will start deliberations. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Viewer captures video of Thursday storm near Whiteville

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Pat Kern sent us this video of Thursday's severe weather shot in front of his house on Mrs. Tates Rd. in Whiteville. Kern says he followed it to 1.5 miles west of Hallsboro on the north side of US 74/76. Is it a tornado forming? You be the judge! Full story...
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Tornado damage around Columbus County

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video Though the severe weather wasn't quite as bad today as it was a few weeks ago, there were a few places in Columbus County that did see some damage. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Why Tabor City Police always respond to Sen. Soles's house

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Former State Senator R.C. Soles lives near Tabor City, but not "in" Tabor City. His sprawling estate is outside of the official city limits. Yet whenever something happens at the house, Tabor City Police always respond, even though it's technically out of their jurisdiction. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Dept. not investigating Soles/Scott scuffle; Tabor City Police misinformed

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Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says Tabor City Police mis-informed us when they said his department was investigating last week's scuffle between former State Senator R.C. Soles and Stacey Scott. Full story...
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