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Columbus County News

Burn ban lifted in eastern NC

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The state has lifted a burn ban for much of eastern North Carolina, including the WWAY viewing area. Full story...
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School counselor charged with murder faces federal charges

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A Columbus County man already charged with murder now faces separate federal criminal charges. A federal grand jury indicted Michael Shawn Brown last week of 20 counts of wire fraud, two counts aggravated identity theft, two counts of arson and one count of making material false statements. Full story...
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Wright out on $1.027M bond, Soles subpoenaed to testify against 'Frog'

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video He has no job and no known source of income, but a Columbus County man with ties to R.C. Soles is a free man after someone posted another big bond for him. Full story...
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Two-a-Days on WWAY: High school football previews continue

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The start of the high school football season is rapidly approaching. We already have our cameras out and about capturing the sights and sounds of high school football practice throughout the region. Find out when we'll preview your favorite team inside. Full story...
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Hurricane Expert George Elliott helps track Emily

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video Nobody has tracked more tropical storms and hurricanes here in the Cape Fear than former Chief Meteorologist George Elliott. See where he and Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson think Emily is headed, each night on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5 and 6. Full story...
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Wayne Williamson back to West Columbus again

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Wayne Williamson used to be the head football coach at West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo. After coaching a few years in South Carolina the Evergreen resident will be roaming the sidelines in North Carolina once again. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: West Columbus football coach quits after only four months

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West Columbus High School Football Coach T.J. Spivey announced today that's he resigning his position. Spivey texted the news to WWAY's John Rendleman while at the annual East/West game in Greensboro this week. Full story...
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Frog told police Soles paid him to keep quiet, lie to grand jury

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video A two-year-old video of an interview with Allen "Frog" Strickland by investigators looking into a fire at his house has some damning accusations against former state Sen. R.C. Soles. Full story...
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Administrative mistakes delay court dates for Strickland, Wright

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video Two men with connections to former state Sen. R.C. Soles were scheduled to be in court today in Tabor City, but administrative errors led to both having their court dates pushed back. Full story...
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