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Man indicted in Columbus Co. officer-involved shooting

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video A grand jury has indicted the man accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting. Full story...
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Columbus County OKs nearly $2 million for railroad

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Columbus County commissioners have agreed to spend nearly $2 million in tax incentives over the next decade to get the Carolina Southern Railroad rolling again in North and South Carolina. The Fayetteville Observer reported that the board voted Monday night to approve $1.8 million in tax incentives for an unnamed buyer of the line that serves Columbus County, as well as Horry and Marion counties in South Carolina. Full story...
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Whiteville man convicted in wife's death 14 years later

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A Whiteville man will spend more than five years in prison after his conviction for killing his wife 14 years ago. According to a news release from District Attorney Jon David, John Avery Phillip Cumbee, 53, was convicted Thursday of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 36-year-old Angela Jones Cumbee. Full story...
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Man charged with assaulting EMTs helping girlfriend

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videoA Tabor City man is charged with felony assault on emergency personnel after EMTs went to his home yesterday to assist his girlfriend. Full story...
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Jury convicts former police chief on 2 of 3 counts

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video A Columbus County jury has convicted former Fair Bluff Police Chief Marty Lewis on two of three counts in his drug trial. Full story...
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NEW DETAILS: Man's body found under Whiteville bridge with several gunshot wounds

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video Officials need the community's help in identifying the man found dead in a creek under a bridge. Full story...
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Officials working to identify man found under Whiteville bridge

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video Columbus County detectives are investigating the discovery of a body found in a Whiteville creek. Full story...
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Witness in former police chief's trial arrested

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video The Columbus County Sheriff's office says two men involved in the trial for former Fair Bluff Police Chief Marty Lewis were arrested over the weekend. James Scott and Earnest Smith were arrested on drug charges. Full story...
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Former town clerk testifies about nude photos given to former Fair Bluff chief

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video The trial for former Fair Bluff police chief Marty Lewis continued for a third day with five more witnesses. Lewis faces several felonies after being accused of selling drugs on the job. Full story...
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Reputed drug dealer testifies about relationship with former Fair Bluff chief

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videoTrial continues today for former Fair Bluff chief of Police Marty Lewis. This morning the prosecutor and the defense finished up their cross examination of SBI investigator Adrienne Harvey. Harvey did the investigation on Lewis before he was arrested. Full story...
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Trial underway for former Fair Bluff police chief

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videoTestimony began today in the trial of a former police chief accused of being caught selling drugs on the job. Former Fair Bluff Police Chief Marty Lewis faces multiple felonies. Full story...
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Teacher of the Week: Wendy Fowler

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videoThis week we went to Whiteville to find our teacher of the week. Laughing is where teaching begins for Central Middle School teacher Wendy Fowler. Full story...
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Jury selection continues for former Fair Bluff police chief

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videoA former lawman arrested on drug charges on the job is finally getting his day in court. Jury selection continues in the case of former Fair Bluff Police Chief Marty Lewis, District Attorney Jon David says. Full story...
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Man dies after shooting in Whiteville Friday night

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videoWhiteville Police confirm one man was killed in a shooting that happened just before midnight Friday. Full story...
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Cerro Gordo Elementary School is criticized over fake Facebook picture

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video The Columbus County School District got more than 300 phone calls from across the country after a fake photo went viral on Facebook. Cerro Gordo Elementary's principal Kent Lovett says it all began when a second grade teacher asked her students to write an essay about a hero. Full story...
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