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Columbus County News

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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