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Officers arrest man in connection with cocaine operation

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video Law enforcement has raided a Columbus County business and a Bladen County home they say are tied to a drug operation. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: DA says SBI to investigate after Bolton police chief shot

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videoWhiteville Police are looking for the man they say shot Bolton Police Chief Edward Gillim in the leg Wednesday night. Full story...
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Ply Gem to bring 145 jobs to Fair Bluff

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Gov. Pat McCrory and NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Ply Gem Industries, a manufacturer of building products, will expand its operations in Columbus County. The company plans to create 145 jobs and invest $15.5 million over the next three years in Fair Bluff. Full story...
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UPDATE: Name released in fatal, fiery crash involving 18-wheeler

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video A crash involving an 18-wheeler at the Columbus and Bladen County line left at least one person dead after two trucks caught fire. Full story...
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Bridge repair to close part of 74/76 in Columbus County this weekend

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videoA section of US 74/76 East at Livingston Creek between Freeman and Delco in Columbus County will be temporarily closed from Friday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 6 a.m., weather permitting. Full story...
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Innocence group: Witness lied in 1978 Bladen County murder trial

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WRAL.COM reports that attorneys with the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence say a man lied when he offered incriminating testimony at Joseph Sledge's 1978 murder trial, according to a motion filed Tuesday in Columbus County. Full story...
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Columbus County woman claims $200,000 lottery prize

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April Solomon, a dry cleaner from Whiteville, claimed the $200,000 top prize she won playing Power 7s on Monday afternoon. Full story...
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NCDOT awards $11.6 million contract to replace 16 Columbus County bridges

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded E.S. Wagner Co., LLC – South CA of Piedmont, SC, an $11.6 million express design-build contract to replace 16 bridges in Columbus County. Full story...
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EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: Southern Farm Days

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videoThe 5th Annual Southern Farm Days is happening this weekend. The festival features exhibits and activities that showcase why life on a Carolina farm is so great. Full story...
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BREAKING FIRST ON 3: Airman charged with homicide, manslaughter in baby's death

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video The Air Force confirms it is investigating an airman at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base for his involvement in the death of his child. The child's body was found in Columbus County Tuesday afternoon. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Woman creates 'katchy' invention

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video Inside a Whiteville home, one woman spends her days brainstorming and testing ideas for her latest inventions. Anne Wheeler has been an innovator of baby products and now she's hoping to succeed in other markets. Today, two-year-olds Ellie and Chloe are using Wheeler's invention, the Katchit Tray, designed to cut down on kids' messes. Full story...
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Whiteville woman creates tray to catch all messes

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A Whiteville woman who spends her time coming up with ways to make life easier for the average person has turned her latest idea into a patented invention.video Full story...
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Man dies after shooting in Columbus County

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videoOne person is dead after a shooting last night in Columbus County. Investigators say it happened at about 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of Golf Course Rd. and Union Valley Rd. located northwest of Whiteville. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Questions remain about why accused killer was not in jail

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video There are still questions tonight why a man accused of hitting and killing a woman in a suspected drunk driving crash Friday was not in jail for previous crimes. Pierre Walker had twice been convicted of DWI this month alone and was on probation in at least three counties. Full story...
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Driver charged with murder, 4th DWI in Friday crash

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video We are learning more about a Leland man charged with murder after a car crash friday that killed a 61-year-old woman. The district attorney says Pierre Walker should never have been behind the wheel in the first place based on his checkered past. Full story...
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