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Whiteville's only movie theater may close if it does not convert to digital

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videoOne of the oldest movie theaters in North Carolina faces an ultimatum; convert to digital, or close. It's the only movie theater in Whiteville, but it may soon shut its doors. Cinema 3 opened in 1928, and has been entertaining generations ever since. But new technology might force it out of business. Full story...
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Detectives investigating murder-suicide in Tabor City

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video Two people are dead in Columbus County after what investigators say was a murder-suicide. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office says it was called to Spivey Road near Tabor City around 8:30 a.m. after the three children who live here could not make contact with their parents. Full story...
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SBI investigates after alleged assault on a Sheriff's Deputy

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A man was arrested in Columbus County after allegedly assaulting a Sheriff's Deputy. According to investigators, Brandon Hamer grabbed Deputy Scott Collins around the throat and neck while Collins was trying to arrest Hamer for carrying a concealed handgun. Full story...
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9 taken to hospital after bus, tractor-trailer collide in Columbus County

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videoNine people have been taken to the hospital after a tour bus carrying students and a tractor-trailer collided on US 74/76 near Bolton in Columbus County. Full story...
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Teacher of the Week: Katie Diehl

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video When you look at Katie Diehl and Madison Hammonds talking with one another, you'd think they're old friends. In a way...they are. Madison is an eighth grade student at Central Middle School and though she likes eighth grade, she really loved seventh grade. That's because Mrs. Diehl was her teacher. Full story...
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Fair Bluff police leaders write open letter to residents

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videoFair Bluff's new interim police chief and a newly promoted captain wrote what they call a letter of affirmation and action to citizens. Full story...
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Whiteville's Ben Treece is our newest, biggest fan of the all new Cape Fear CW

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videoBen Treece of Whiteville posted this YouTube video today on our Facebook page. Looks like Ben's is our newest, biggest fan in Columbus County because we're launching the new Cape Fear CW on our 3.2 channel. Full story...
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Former Whiteville pitcher named tops in Orioles system

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videoA former Whiteville High School pitcher has won top honors in the Baltimore Orioles Minor League system. Full story...
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Columbus Co. man sentenced for gun and drug crimes

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videoA federal judge has sentenced a Columbus County man to nearly five years in prison on drug and gun charges. Jason Antwan Williams, 26, pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Full story...
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One dead, another airlifted after truck hits tree in Columbus Co.

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One man is dead and another is airlifted after a truck hit a tree in Columbus County early Monday morning. Troopers say a truck heading northbound on NC 242 hit a ditch embankment, then struck a tree near Princess Ann Road. Full story...
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Tabor City chamber president charged with assault in South Carolina

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The president of the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor assault charges in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., according to police reports. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: 12-year-old girl describes drive-by that landed her in hospital

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videoA Whiteville girl is recovering from injuries from a drive-by shooting at her home overnight. Zyria Hickman, 12, was hit in the head and neck by metal and shattered glass. She is expected to be OK. Full story...
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Clergy joining fight against gangs after Chadbourn murder

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video For the second time in a month, Chadbourn Police are investigating a murder. Now police and the community are looking at the past to fight for the future. Full story...
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Chadbourn Police continue search after man shot with rifle

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videoChadbourn Police are searching for suspects after a shooting Friday. Police Chief Steven Shaw says Rasheed Cherry, 23, was shot multiple times with a .22-caliber rifle on West Institute Street. Full story...
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Man shot in Chadbourn

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video A man was shot multiple times in Chadbourn just after 4 p.m. Investigators tell WWAY, the man was shot three times on West Institute Street. Full story...
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