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Columbus County News

More details on Bethea shooting

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There are more details on the shooting of a Columbus County football player. 18-year-old Anthony Bethea was shot at a house party in Fair Bluff early Saturday morning. Full story...
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Update on shot West Columbus Football Captain

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videoA local school community is shocked after a West Columbus high football player was shot over the weekend. His condition has been updated and it looks like Bethea is going to survive, but with the possibility of life-long injuries. Full story...
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Columbus County Farmers Market getting a boost

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The Columbus County Farmers Market is getting an $18,000 boost. Congressman Mike McIntyre recently presented the grant to the Farmers Market. Full story...
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Columbus County responds to ballot counting delays

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videoColumbus County residents and candidates waiting for results last night got a bit fidgety as the night went on. It was because Columbus was the last county to report its early voting numbers, leaving a few tight races in limbo. Full story...
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R.C. Soles wins his 21st election

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videoWatching the election returns on television Tuesday night was a bit unsettling for Democrat R.C. Soles. He trailed when the Brunswick County numbers came in.

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Columbus County exceeding voting expectations

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videoBladen and Columbus counties had slow but steady voter turnout Tuesday, with quite a few of the voters casting a ballot for the very first time. Full story...
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Population decreasing in Columbus County

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videoA declining population and rising unemployment numbers has Columbus County leaders going on the offensive. Full story...
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Columbus County Inmate follow-up

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videoColumbus County residents can now rest easy, knowing escaped inmate Archie Funderburk is back behind bars. Full story...
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Escaped inmate found in Columbus County

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video A Columbus County inmate who escaped Thursday morning has been found. Archie Funderburk was picking up trash on the side of 701 in Whiteville, when he took off into the woods nearby. Full story...
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Latest on Whiteville escaped convict

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videoA man hunt is going on in Columbus County Thursday night. An escaped inmate is on the run. Full story...
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Jamie Lee Dowless in court Thursday

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A Columbus County man accused of murdering his wife made his first appearance in court Thursday. Jamie Lee Dowless is charged with the murder of Carol Batten Dowless. Full story...
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New Columbus County board of elections leader

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The Columbus County Board of Elections has a new leader Thursday. Full story...
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Law enforcement officers searching for escaped inmate

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Whiteville City Schools went into lockdown mode about 10:30am Thursday after a prisoner escaped from a roadside work crew on NC 701. All five Whiteville public schools were locked down until about 4:00pm. Full story...
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Missing Persons billboard generates tips to find Dowless

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videoThere has been a major break in the murder case of a Columbus County woman. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged a man with first-degree murder is in the case of Carol Batten Dowless. Full story...
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Local paper plant in good shape

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videoThe economy has hit local manufacturing plants hard in recent weeks. First it was Georgia Pacific, and then Louisiana Pacific. Full story...
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