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Columbus County News

Jury quick to find man guilty of murdering wife

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video It did not take long for a Columbus County jury to come to a verdict in a 2011 murder case. Jurors took about half an hour to find Elijah Jones guilty of first degree murder for the shooting death of his estranged wife. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Jones takes stand, recounts shooting

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video A man accused of the shooting death of his estranged wife was back on the witness stand today in Columbus County. He and his attorney tell a much different story about what happened that day. Full story...
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College offers cloned Venus Flytraps to Alderman Park

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videoHelp could be on the way for Alderman Park after more than 1,000 Venus Flytraps were poached last week. Southeastern Community College has offered some of its cloned Venus Flytraps plants to replenish the breed at the Stanley Rehder Garden in Wilmington. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Family remembers slain mother

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Following the August 2011 murder of Joan Everette her daughters said that it left a void in their heart that may never be filled. Monday her family members filled up the pews at the Columbus County Courthouse to hear testimony in the murder trial of her estranged husband Elijah Jones. Full story...
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Treatment to fight hydrilla in Lake Waccamaw set to start

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videoTreatment will start next month to fight what the state calls a significant hydrilla infestation at Lake Waccamaw State Park, according to the NC Division of Parks and Recreation. Full story...
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Trial to start in hospital shooting death

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Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday afternoon in the murder trial of a Chadbourn man accused of gunning down his estranged wife in the parking lot of a Whiteville hospital in August 2011. Full story...
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Woman charged with murder in stabbing death

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A Columbus County woman has been charged with murder. Beverly Williams, 31, is charged with stabbing Eddie Jarone Best, 56 to death Full story...
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Columbus County man accused of beating dog with hammer

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videoInvestigators in Columbus County have charged a man after they say he beat his dog in the head with a hammer. Full story...
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Chadbourn man sentenced to 30 years on carjacking, gun crimes

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A federal judge has sentenced a Chadbourn man to 30 years in prison for carjacking and gun crimes. Full story...
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DA Jon David will contest Joseph Sledge's claim of innocence in 37-year-old murders

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Joseph Sledge must overcome a skeptical district attorney if his murder conviction in the deaths of two women more than 35 years ago is going to be overturned. Full story...
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Columbus elections officials looking into possible duplicate voter registrations

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The Columbus County Board of Elections is looking into a possible duplicate voter registration, the county attorney said Thursday. Full story...
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Woman charged with gun at Whiteville High School

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videoA woman is in jail after police says she showed up on a school campus armed. Whiteville Police Lt. Marc McGee says Michelle Walling had gotten into a car accident, left the scene and drove to Whiteville High School. The other driver involved in the crash followed her to Whiteville High, where they got into an argument. Full story...
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Higher premiums for overweight, smoking workers could help Columbus Co. trim fat

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video Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, Columbus County has been recognized as the unhealthiest. A cost-saving measure by the county could reward county employees for living a healthier lifestyle. Full story...
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No charges filed in shooting death of teen

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No charges will be filed in the shooting death of Jasmine Thar. The 16-year-old was shot and killed in the front yard of a Chadbourn home on December 23, 2011. Full story...
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Whiteville residents band together to fight crime

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videoResidents in part of Whiteville are meeting tonight to talk about the rise of crime in their area. Some residents say Whiteville is the best little city in the US. But over the past several weeks the city has seen an increase in crime that has some concerned citizens taking action. Full story...
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