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Columbus County News

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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Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in Whiteville

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It was an emotional day for families of fallen soldiers Thursday. The community gathered at the Whiteville National Guard Armory to see the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. Full story...
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Layoffs in Columbus County could lead to better jobs

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videoColumbus County already has one of the highest unemployment rates at 8.5% in southeastern North Carolina. And that is not counting the 417 Georgia-Pacific employees who will be laid off in December. Full story...
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Georgia-Pacific laying off employees

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videoThe trickle down effect of the economic crisis is hitting Columbus County especially hard right now. Full story...
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Waccamaw clear-cutting update

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An update on the clear cutting story in Lake Waccamaw at the Cove Canal swamp reveals that the state is offering to buy the proposed land. Full story...
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Georgia-Pacific plant laying off 400 employees

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videoThe Georgia-Pacific Lumber and Plywood Plant in Whiteville has announced it will be laying off 400 employees. The news is not good, and obviously has Whiteville residents concerned. Full story...
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