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Columbus County News

Perdue asks for more federal help; New Hanover not on list

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Gov. Bev Perdue has asked FEMA to add counties to its disaster declaration request for recovery, including derbis removal, after Hurricane Irene. The list includes several counties in our area, including Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, Onslow and Pender. Full story...
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Pender moves home game vs. Whiteville after vandalism to field

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The Pender High School football team will play a home game away from home Friday because of damage to the football field. Full story...
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Topsail soccer & volleyball both win.... Laney soccer defeats West Carteret

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video Topsail has one of the best 2-A soccer teams in the east. They've got an outstanding volleyball team too. Laney picked up another win on Tuesday. Click video to see it all on WWAY online. Full story...
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Strickland in jail under $25 million bond

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video A Tabor City teen with ties to former state Sen R.C. Soles remains in jail tonight. Yesterday Allen "Frog" Strickland turned himself in after five days on the run. Full story...
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Thank you, Cape Fear, for making WWAYTV3.com #1 during Irene

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When severe weather hits the Cape Fear, folks here know they can depend on the StormTrack 3 Weather Team and WWAYTV3.com to keep them informed online. During the three days of Hurricane Irene (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) more than 160,000 people visited WWAYTV3.com and the site had almost 690,000 pageviews those three days (according to Google Analytics). Full story...
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A song in honor of Frog's 5 days on the run

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Now that Allen "Frog" Strickland is sitting comfortably in the Columbus County jail on a $25 million bond, it seemed appropriate to honor his five day run from the cops with a special song. Full story...
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"Frog" Strickland back in jail

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Allen "Frog" Strickland back in jail in Columbus County tonight after turning himself in to bail bondsman Mark Cartret. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: 'Frog' still on the lam

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Tabor City Police say Allen "Frog" Strickland called Chief Donald Dowless Saturday and said he would turn himself in this morning. At last check, the teen has not shown up. Full story...
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Thousands still waiting for power around Cape Fear

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video Progress Energy said Saturday afternoon 280,000 customers in North Carolina had no electricity. As of 11 a.m. Monday, that number was down to 91,300, including 10,100 in Onslow. New Hanover County had 2,200 homes and business still in the dark. That's down from about 7,000 Sunday night. Pender County has 1,500 outages. There are still 940 Progress Energy customers without power in Columbus County and 385 in Brunswick. Full story...
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Red Cross closes area shelters, two remain open

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The Red Cross has closed some of the evacuation shelters opened yesterday for Hurricane Irene. All residents staying at these shelters have safely returned to their homes. Full story...
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