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Columbus County News

Killer pleads guilty before testimony begins in trial

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The man accused of kidnapping and murdering a 14-year-old Columbus County boy pleaded guilty to two counts of murder today, just as testimony was set to begin in his trial. Full story...
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UPDATE: Prison officials rule out tuberculosis

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The department of corrections says all the test samples from inmates at Tabor Correctional are negative for tuberculosis. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Prison officials investigate inmate's illness

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videoA sick inmate at an area prison has the Department of Corrections testing for tuberculosis. On Tuesday Tabor Correctional officials removed a inmate from the prison after he complained numerous times about his health. The man was so sick that prison officials had to take him to Central Prison in Raleigh to get treated. Full story...
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Funny money afloat in Columbus County

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Show me the money. Just make sure it's real. Counterfeit money has been circulating in Columbus County, and police are cracking down. Full story...
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Sources: Liquor store worker sold to nephew's underage friend before fatal crash

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A Tabor City ABC employee has been cited for selling alcohol to a minor who died in a car accident shortly after the purchase. Troopers said alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash. Full story...
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Whiteville High School celebrates 100 years of education

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Whiteville High School will hold a centennial celebration tomorrow, June 4th from 5-8p.m. on the WHS campus. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Funnel cloud in Columbus County causes concern & confusion

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video Dozens of people saw it while dozens did not; just after 2:00 Wednesday afternoon Columbus County Emergency Services received several calls saying a funnel cloud was near HWY 701 and Old Lumberton Road, just north of Whiteville. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Funnel clouds spotted in Columbus County, no damage reported

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Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten tells WWAY his officers and firefighters have checked several areas where there were reports of a funnel cloud or tornado and have found no damage. Full story...
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Sen. Soles's father has died

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Robert Charles Soles, Sr., was 98 years old. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: DA candidates talk about the Soles bill to split the district

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video "Soles has a history of abusing his office and abusing his power," says Joe Sinsheimer, a consultant for the Democratic Party. "And it's incumbent upon Senator Basnight to take a stand and publicly rebuke Senator Soles for this kind of self-serving and embarrassing legislation." Full story...
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Charlotte Observer: Soles should resign immediately

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Charlotte Observer editorial: "Senator's maneuvers reflect rot in politics. Soles should resign now and N.C. Senate should kill his bills." Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Gore admits he helped write pension bill

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video An e-mail from Gore to Brunswick County Democratic Party chair also raises questions about Sen. Soles's bill to split 13th judicial district. Full story...
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Head-on collision kills two in Columbus County

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video Two Columbus County families are mourning the loss of a loved one. An East Columbus High School student collided head-on with a Columbus County transportation driver Monday morning on Old Lake Road just north of the high school. Full story...
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Soles introduces bills to create new DA, lower pension requirements

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video Sen. R.C. Soles may be leaving the legislature, but he's not going quietly. The longest serving member in the history of the legislature filed a bill today that would split the 13th judicial district. Full story...
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Recreation could be cut from unhealthiest county's budget

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Just three months after being named the unhealthiest county in the state, Columbus County may cut funds for recreational facilities. The proposed county budget will be unveiled tonight. Full story...
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