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Columbus County News

Riegelwood: One Year Later

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videoIt was one year ago today when a tornado ripped through the Columbus County community of Riegelwood. Eight people died, and homes on Holly Tree Road were demolished. The community was devastated, but love poured in from around the area to help the victims recover. Homes were rebuilt. And to look at Holly Tree Road today you'd never know it was ripped apart only 12 months ago. Full story...
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Riegelwood officials working to improve emergency response

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videoIt's been almost a year since a tornado touched down in Columbus County, claiming the lives of eight people -- some of which were children. Since the tragedy emergency response officials have worked to improve how they handle disasters. Full story...
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Riegelwood still recovering one year after tornado

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videoIt's been almost a year since a deadly tornado ripped through the town of Riegelwood in Columbus County. Those who survived are working to rebuild their lives. Not only are they working to rebuild their lives, but also rebuild their homes. Full story...
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Columbus County man builds baseball field

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videoHe built it and they're still coming. Disappointed by the lack of nearby baseball fields a Columbus County man built his own. Full story...
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Columbus County passes sale tax increase

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For more than 70 percent of people in Columbus County a sales tax increase was the only issue on the ballot. Full story...
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Columbus County voting on sales, use tax increase

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If you plan on purchasing any goods or services in Columbus County in the near future you may have to pay a little extra. There's a referendum on this year's ballot to raise the county's sales and use tax. Full story...
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Firefighters remember Riegelwood tornado

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Riegelwood firefighters raised the money to build the monument. They say it's not a memorial, but a celebration of the people's lives that were lost when the tornado touched down. Full story...
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Second escaped inmate caught in Columbus County

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Another of the three inmates who slipped out an unlocked door at the Columbus County jail has been caught. Full story...
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Two Columbus County inmates still at large

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Two inmates from the Columbus County detention center remain on the loose after escaping over the weekend. Full story...
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3 escape Columbus County jail

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Officials in Columbus County are looking for two prisoners who escaped from the county jail over the weekend. A third man also escaped, but has since been caught. Full story...
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Chadbourn prayer vigil hopes to stop growing gang violence

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videoChadbourn residents gathered in prayer tonight hoping to find the solution to a growing gang problem. Full story...
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Chadbourn zoning cost to increase

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If you live in Chadbourn and want to apply for zoning and special use permits expect to shell out more than you would have Tuesday. Full story...
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Forensic evidence may lead to Columbus County arrests

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Lake Waccamaw Police say forensic evidence that may lead to arrests in the drive by shooting could come in as early as tomorrow. Full story...
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Police increase security at high school football game

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For the past week Whiteville High School has been on high alert after rumors of gun violence in school. Friday night they're carrying the extra security over into the football game. The rumors of gun violence came after a murder last Friday in Lake Waccamaw after the Whiteville at East Columbus football game. Full story...
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