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Columbus County News

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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ONLY ON 3: Chadbourn leaders refuse to talk about Town Manager's legal problems

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video It's the traffic stop that turned into some serious charges. Earlier this week Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox was arrested for impersonating a cop after a state trooper said Cox handed him a police badge and said he was the chief. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: State Trooper claims Chadbourn Town Manager showed him badge and said, "I'm the Chief"

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video He was caught speeding and given a ticket, but this traffic stop soon led to a much more serious charge. So why is Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox facing a charge of impersonating an officer? Full story...
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Admitted bank robber makes court appearance

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A man who admitted robbing two Columbus County banks made his first appearance in court today. Investigators say 29-year-old Jonathan Bo Drye admitted robbing the first bank in Whiteville yesterday and the BB&T in Riegelwood last week. Full story...
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EPA adds Riegelwood site to Superfund list

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video The US Environmental Protection Agency is adding 10 new hazardous waste sites that risk people's health and threaten the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites and is proposing to include 15 additional sites. The list includes a site in Riegelwood. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Mom accused of taking daughter to a street fight is no longer a county school employee

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video The Whiteville mother accused of taking her daughter to a street fight and then cheering her on is no longer an employee of Columbus County Schools. On Monday night the Columbus County Board of Education spent part of their monthly meeting behind close doors to discuss Aneshia Cartret's employment status. Full story...
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