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Five years later, Riegelwood tornado survivors still cope

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video Five years later, and still scars remain. That's how long it's been since a tornado tore through Riegelwood devastating homes and the lives of many in the community. Talking about that day is still not easy for those who went through it. Full story...
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Columbus Co. woman pleads guilty to killing her boyfriend

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Mattie Kelly plead guilty to 2nd Degree Murder and 1st Degree Burglary in Columbus County. Ms. Kelly told the officer that she had just killed her boyfriend. Ms. Kelly then told the officer the name of her boyfriend, Edward Jerome Jackson, and the location of his body Full story...
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Recount for Bolton mayor race Monday

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It may be more than a week since Election Day, but the election process is not over yet. In Columbus County, there's still some double-checking to be done for mayor in Bolton. Full story...
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Family, investigators split on 10-year-old's death

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video A Columbus County family is grieving tonight after the death of a 10-year-old girl. Loved ones say they found Jasmine McClain last night hanging by a belt in her room. The family says the girl's death was an accident, but investigators believe it's was intentional. Full story...
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Central wins Columbus County middle school football championship

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video Central Middle School captured the Columbus County middle school football championship on Tuesday night. Central and Hallsboro were tied at halftime, but Central knocked off the defending champs with an impressive second half. Full story...
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Man who accused Soles of assault wants charges dropped

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video The controversy surrounding R.C. Soles continues as the former state senator once again faces criminal charges. Soles is accused of beating a man on his property back in September. Today he was in court, but after court, Jernigan said he wants to drop the charges against Soles. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: 'Fight Mom' makes plea deal for suspended sentence

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video The Columbus County mother who drove her daughter to a parking lot brawl with another teen has pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. WWAY was the only media outlet in the courtroom when Aneshia Cartret entered her plea this afternoon. Full story...
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Columbus Co. Sheriff clarifies criticism of DA

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video Jon David, who is responsible for cases in Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen Counties was featured in this week's edition of "North Carolina Lawyers Weekly." A few strong comments by Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten in that story have stirred up some controversy. Today, though, Batten said some of those comments were taken out of context. Full story...
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Girlfriend of Soles shooting victim dies in crash

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Highway Patrol says Jessica Nealey died yesterday from injuries suffered in a car crash Monday night. Troopers say Nealey's car ran into a tree off of State Road 1141 east of Tabor City. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Man who says Soles molested him wants to make formal complaint

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videoA man who says former state Sen. R.C. Soles molested him three decades ago is trying to tell his story, but he says law enforcement turned him away. Toby Faircloth has told his story to WWAY before, but now he wants to file a formal complaint. Full story...
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