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Columbus County News

Beauty queen overcomes tragedy, takes home crown

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videoIn November, a Columbus County beauty queen's life changed forever when she nearly died in a car accident. This month, Melissa Walsh got back on the stage for the first time since her accident. While the competition was stiff, her courage made her a fierce competitor. Full story...
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Bladenboro man scrambles toward impossible dream

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videoA 32-year-old Bladenboro man is trying to live out his dream of playing quarterback in the NFL. WWAY's John Rendleman went to Whiteville to see the man who has been labeled the Country Wonder. Full story...
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Twelve cuts made at SECC

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Southeastern Community College in Columbus County has cut twelve positions. Schools officials confirmed that nine staff and three faculty positions were eliminated Tuesday due to impending budget cuts. Full story...
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Columbus County man dies in plane crash

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A Columbus County man died Thursday night shortly after his plane took off from a private runway. Full story...
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Behind the Scenes Tour With State Sen. R.C. Soles In Raleigh, Part II

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videoWhen you're the longest serving member in the history of the state legislature, certain perks come your way. Only two senators have a reserved parking spot, and R.C. Soles has a spacious office to go along with his spot. Despite the size, he still has to sift through nearly 300 letters and emails a day. Full story...
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Personnel files may be released on Williston Middle School teacher

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More information may be headed our way in the case involving a former Williston Middle School teacher, arrested after police found her in the back seat of a car with a 15-year-old boy. Full story...
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Columbus County accident takes the life of another teenager

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Another car accident in Columbus County has taken the life of a teen. It happened Wednesday afternoon on Prison Camp Road just south of Whiteville. Full story...
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Whiteville Country Club plays host to Wolfpack Club meeting

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videoTuesday night, the Whiteville Country Club played host to another Wolfpack, the NC State variety. Football coach Tom O'Brien and women's basketball coach Kellie Harper were the guest of honors. Full story...
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Strawberry farms hit by economy and weather

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videoColumbus County is well known throughout North Carolina for it's strawberry farms. But with people buying less of the locally grown fruit, farmers are starting to question if they'll really have their strawberry fields forever. Full story...
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Columbus County woman wins cookies for a year

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The chance to indulge in a box of Girl Scout cookies is an annual event. But one Columbus County woman has enough boxes to last her the whole year. Full story...
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Columbus County will get economic boost thanks to Golden Leaf Foundation

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videoColumbus County is one of the area's most rural and poorest counties, with a 20 percent poverty rate. Despite these tough times, the county will get an economic boost thanks to an organization called the Golden Leaf Foundation. Wednesday night community members brainstormed ideas on how the money can best be spent. Full story...
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Georgia-Pacific employees to wait on hearing about layoffs

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Employees at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Whiteville will have a few days to wait before learning if layoffs at the plant will affect them. Full story...
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Nakina Fire and Rescue dedicates new facility

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videoIn November of 2007 the Nakina Fire and Rescue building burned to the ground. No one was hurt or injured, but the building was destroyed. Saturday, the small Columbus County town dedicated their new facility. Full story...
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Thirteen recent fatal accidents in Columbus County have officers concerned

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videoMore than a dozen people have died in fatal accidents on Columbus County roads in the past month, the majority of whom weren't yet out of their 20's. "This is a lot. This is higher than normal for sure," said Brian Ezzell of Highway Patrol. Full story...
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Mother's Day victim upgraded

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There is good news to report tonight on an elderly assault victim in Columbus County. The 78-year-old Tabor City woman who was robbed, beaten and raped in her home on Mother’s Day is on the mend. Full story...
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