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Columbus County man charged with murder, arson

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Jerrod Steven Long was arrested Thursday night for the murder of Andre Dunn. Dunn was found dead in his burnt- out trailer home in early November. Full story...
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Fair Bluff to hold new election

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The town of Fair Bluff will have to hold a new election. That was the decision Thursday by the State Board of Elections after some of the folks... Full story...
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Blackburn arrested for drug possession

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The man who was shot at the home of Senator R.C. Soles was arrested Wednesday night. Police arrested 22 year old Kyle Blackburn for possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Full story...
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Fallout and reactions to possible charges against R.C. Soles

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videoReactions vary, but many think it is time for Senator RC Soles to step down as he could soon be facing criminal charges. Full story...
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Grand Jury requests indictment against Soles

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videoThe Columbus County Grand Jury found probable cause to seek an indictment against the Senator, for shooting a man on his property in late August.

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Whiteville Army recruitment office short-staffed

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The Army recruitment office in Whiteville usually has three recruiters. But for the last two or three months, transfers and accidents have left just one recruiter to sign people up for service, and that's making it difficult for people to be all they can be. Full story...
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Men connected to Sen. Soles investigation land in jail

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Jackie Jordan is facing drug charges. Stacey Scott was arrested for domestic assault.

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Results being protested in Columbus County

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Three candidates in Columbus County are protesting the results of last month's election. Candidates in the Fair Bluff and Sandyfield mayoral races, as well as... Full story...
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Responding officer now under arrest

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videoA former Fair Bluff police officer is in jail after allegedly breaking the laws he was sworn to protect. Full story...
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Columbus Charter School hopes to expand

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The only charter school in Columbus and Bladen counties is hoping to get bigger. A developer who owns the land the school rents from has purchased 42 acres... Full story...
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Prescription drug abuse running rampant in Columbus County

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videoA startling statistic coming out of Columbus County; the rural county dispenses the most prescription drugs in the entire state on a per capita basis. Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said prescription drug trafficking has well-surpassed the county's cocaine and marijuana problem. Full story...
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Fire now believed to be part of a murder

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videoInvestigators are looking into what at first appeared to be a mobile home fire in Riegelwood. After unearthing the remains of a body, Columbus County may have a murder case on its hands. Full story...
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Recycling could be made easier, especially in rural areas

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videoIt has been more than a month since new state laws governing recycling took effect, but it's unclear if these laws are working in some rural communities. Full story...
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Some municipal races in Columbus County still too close to call

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Election Day has come and gone, but the work is not over for Board of Elections officials in Columbus County. A number of municipal races in the county are still too close to call. Full story...
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High school basketball practices tip off, West Columbus hopes for a great season

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Monday marked the first day high school basketball teams could practice all around the Tar Heel State. In Cerro Gordo, Michael Powell is entering his 21st season as the boy’s basketball head coach of the West Columbus Vikings. Full story...
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