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Columbus County murder trial begins

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The trial of a Columbus County man accused of murder began Monday. Full story...
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Racist fliers put school, community on edge

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videoTension was high for the first day of school in Columbus County. It began yesterday when residents in the Town of Evergreen woke up to fliers all over their neighborhoods -- fliers claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan. With the start of school in Columbus County, many people were concerned about what the day would bring. This after hateful, racist fliers geared towards local schools were found all over the Town of Evergreen Sunday. Full story...
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Neighborhood receives hate messages

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videoResidents woke up to hateful fliers all over their neighborhood in Evergreen Sunday. The fliers claimed to be from the Ku Klux Klan. Angela Hicks was in disbelief to see the fliers. She said, "They were in the road, they were in the yard, all over, you couldn't miss them." Full story...
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Columbus County detectives recover murder weapon

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Columbus County detectives believe they have recovered the murder weapon from a shooting earlier this month. Full story...
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Detectives investigating two animal cruelty cases

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Columbus County detectives are investigating two cases of animal cruelty, both of which happened on the same day, within miles of each other. One of the dogs was shot in the eye with a BB gun, the other stabbed to death. Full story...
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One dead, another hospitalized after Columbus County shooting

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One man is dead, another is hospitalized after a shooting in Columbus County. The incident happened early Sunday morning. Investigators say after the driver, Rodney Simms was shot, his car ran into a wooded area off Highway 701 just outside of Whiteville. Simms was taken to the hospital but died shortly after. Full story...
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Riegelwood dispute turns deadly

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Authorities say 23-year-old Terrell Brown broke into his girlfriend Ashley Brown's house using a machete. David Simmons was staying with her in the house and the two go into a fight. Deputies say that's when Simmons shot and killed Terrel Brown. Full story...
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Elementary school could permanently close

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Columbus County Board of Education is making some important decisions about the fate of an elementary school. The board may permanently close Fair Bluff Elementary. Full story...
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Columbus County stand-off ends in arrest

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videoA 17-hour stand-off in Columbus County ends with a man behind bars. Thirty-one-year-old Timothy Toomer held a 19-year-old girl who is the mother of his son, hostage in Chadbourn early this morning and in to this afternoon. Now, he's in the Columbus County jail. Full story...
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Man barricaded himself in hotel with woman

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videoA 17-hour hostage standoff in Columbus County ended around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Columbus County Sheriff's Department and SBI were able to negotiate with the armed man and he released the woman he kidnapped unharmed. Full story...
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Abandoned clinic leaves behind potentially dangerous mess

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videoAtlantic Health Clinic had a satellite office in Delco, that also closed abruptly a little over a month ago. The clinic left patients without access to their medical records, and left the landlord with a dangerous mess to clean up. Full story...
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Columbus County schools not getting budget cuts

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videoColumbus County commissioners just made some big financial decisions. One determines whether schools will lose thousands of dollars in funding next year. County Manager Jim Varner says it was a tough decision but commissioners decided not to make budget cuts from area schools. Full story...
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One arrested in BB gun shootings

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After numerous reports of people being shot at and property being damaged an arrest has been made in Brunswick County. Full story...
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Columbus County fighting identity theft

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It's a growing problem across the country affecting thousands each year: identity theft. Identity theft can easily happen to you, but one county wants to make sure it doesn't happen to senior citizens. Full story...
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Truck carrying military explosives overturns, kills two

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The Columbus County Coroner confirms that an early morning accident in Columbus County has claimed the lives of Robert and Barbara Jean Mason of Long Island, Virginia. The accident happened a little after Friday this morning. Full story...
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