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ONLY ON 3: Jurors seated in Strickland's arson trial

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videoWWAY was the only TV station in the courtroom today as Allen "Frog" Strickland went to trial accused of setting fire in 2009 to the house Sen. R.C. Soles bought for him. Full story...
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Grand jury returns presentment in Chadbourn town manager investigation

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A Columbus County Grand jury has asked for another step in the investigation of Chadbourn's town manager. Full story...
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Whiteville fight mom case delayed

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Aneshia Cartret was scheduled for court in Whiteville Tuesday morning but her case has now been moved to June 14. An attorney representing Cartret asked that the mom's case be continued for another date; the court granted the request. Full story...
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Town manager's impersonation case continued

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The impersonation case of Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox has been continued to June 6. Cox was scheduled for court Tuesday at the Columbus County Courthouse. Cox was not present but his attorney asked the court to continue the case to a later date. Full story...
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Fake crash makes a real impact

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Students at Whiteville High got a dose of reality Monday as they watched one of their classmates die in a car accident. The car crash was only pretend, but it made a real impression. Full story...
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Job seekers get their career lives in shape at bootcamp

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video Although some say the recession is over, many across the nation and in southeastern North Carolina are still without jobs. Full story...
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Frog out of jail on $500,000 bond; Teary Soles wishes him well

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video A judge today set a $500,000 bond for Allen "Frog" Strickland, the Columbus County teen accused of vandalizing the law office and home of Sen. R.C. Soles over the weekend among other offenses. Within 90 minutes of the hearing ending, Strickland was already out of the Columbus County jail, according to a booking officer, who said a local bail bond company posted the bond. Full story...
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Whiteville celebrates 200th birthday

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It's a celebration 200 years in the making. Today Whiteville residents got together to celebrate the town's bicentennial. Full story...
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"Frog" back in hot water; May face $1 million bond like Wright

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video One of the men at the center of the R.C. Soles saga is back in hot water. Allen "Frog" Strickland is accused of vandalizing the former senators home and law office. This time around, though, Strickland may not be able to get out of jail so easily. Full story...
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Whiteville cashes in on show business

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It was lights, camera, action today in Columbus County. The cast and crew of the movie "Hick" set up to film in historic downtown Whiteville. Full story...
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Safety device makes difference in high-speed crash

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The Toyota sedan hit a safety device mounted on the back of a DOT work truck. DOT officials say the crash impact attenuator is designed for the situations like this, and is the reason no one was killed. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Soles dodges questions about latest run-in with "Frog"

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video Former state Sen. R.C. Soles has been a tough man to get a hold of recently, but today we spotted him at Gov. Perdue's event in Whiteville. Full story...
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Perdue's security vigilant but unchanged after threat

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Earlier this week a man was arrested for allegedly saying, "When you see Bev Perdue with a .38 slug in her head, I did it." The man had apparently gotten angry at a DMV office when he made the comment. Full story...
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Police: Frog hits Senator Soles in the back; Soles takes a bite out of Frog

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Another strange chapter in the R.C. Soles saga. Tabor City Police say the former senator got into a couple of fights with Allen Strickland over the weekend. Full story...
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Perdue to visit Whiteville, Leland

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Gov. Bev Perdue will visit two area towns this week. The governor today kicked off a two-week jobs tour of businesses and classrooms. Full story...
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