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State of Columbus County

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COLUMBUS COUNTY -- Many local counties are dealing with growth. The subject was one of the main topics during Columbus County's state of the county address Thursday. County commissioners also talked about upgrading the school system, since some of the schools are more than 50 years old and weren't built to accommodate current technology. Columbus County Commission Chair James Prevatte said, "The county needs half a billion dollars over the next five years for those improvements." Officials aren't sure where the money will come from, but it could come from a variety of sources, including local and state money.

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Wonder Why?

With the current county commissioners that we have in Columbus County, we are never going to be progressive. They have steadily DROVE OUT industry by taxing them to death as well as the average citizen. Yet, they are some of the highest paid county commissioners anywhere in the state!! How is that? Poorest county, terrible academic performances, some of the highest taxes, yet the economy of this county keeps wages just barely at the minimum wage or just barely above that. All the young people leave the county or stay and can barely make ends meet. These commissioners need to go, but since they went to district only voting it is virtually impossible to get them out of office. All seven vote for the taxes that affect me, but I can only vote for the one in my district. PLEASE BRING BACK AT LARGE VOTING!!!

"progressive"

What you think of as progressive you must have been voting for all the time. R. C. Soles is about as wide stance of a "progressive" as they come. He has the most power to make thing change but he has been holding things back as long as he has been there. Time to get a new democrat dear.

Growth?

Columbus County is dealing with a lot of things, but growth isn't one of them. The county has steadily lost population for more than a decade. It's also lost employment, so the growth isn't coming from business. Here's the census data: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/37047.html