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7,500 gallons of wastewater overflows into Lake Waccamaw after sewer spills

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Lake Waccamaw leaders are awaiting water test results after they say thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into Lake Waccamaw when it rained following two sanitary sewer spills. Full story...
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Jury brings back guilty verdict in 2011 murder

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videoA Columbus County jury this evening returned a guilty verdict in a 2011 murder case. They found Albert Henry, 37, guilty of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in the death of Chad Bellamy in Tabor City, according to District Attorney Jon David. Full story...
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SURPRISE SQUAD fills up grocery carts in Whiteville

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videoSurprise Squad not only filled up some grocery carts, it also helped out a good cause at the Food Lion in Whiteville Thursday. As a special promotion at Food Lion, for every re-usable bag a customer buys for a $1.19, Food Lion will donate five meals through their 'Feeding America' program. Full story...
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Tabor City man heads to prison for 2013 shooting

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A fight over a $5 poker game has earned a Tabor City man up to five years in prison. A judge sentenced Prentice Reaves to 40 to 60 months in prison after a jury convicted Reaves of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Former cop charged with peeping makes first appearance

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videoA former Fair Bluff police chief made his first appearance in court today. Donald Brian Beauchaine is charged with 10 counts of secret peeping. Full story...
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Former Fair Bluff cop jailed on secret peeping charges

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videoA former Fair Bluff police officer is due in court later this week on ten felony counts of secret peeping, according to court records. Donald Brian Beauchaine, 38, is currently in custody in the Columbus County Jail waiting to face his charges in court Thursday. Full story...
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Cardboard boat racers compete for the state championship

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videoFifteen cardboard boats competed at the Lake Waccamaw Sailing Club for the state championship title in a 200 yard race. Full story...
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Fair Bluff cop faces secret peeping charges

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video A Fair Bluff police officer who disappeared for about a day faces several charges of secret peeping. Donald Brian Beauchaine is accused of setting up a camera in his house, according to Lake Waccamaw Police Chief Scott Hyatt. Full story...
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Bond increased for attempted murder suspect shot after high-speed chase

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videoA judge has increased the bond for a man accused of shooting his estranged wife outside a Jacksonville restaurant earlier this year and then leading officers on a high-speed chase in Columbus County. Bond for George Reynolds Evans is now set at $2.5 million. Full story...
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UPDATE: Highway Patrol finds vehicle from fatal hit and run in Columbus Co.

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Highway patrol sgt. Lewis says investigators have now found the car that hit and killed 29 year-old Charles Monroe Saturday morning near Hallsboro rd. Full story...
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EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: Cardboard Boat Championships

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videoLake Waccamaw is getting ready for a big event next month. The NC Cardboard Boat Championships are June 14th. And members of the Whiteville Rotary Club showed off how to build a seafaring vessel out of cardboard Thursday afternoon. Full story...
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Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office investigating Delco death

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videoThe Columbus County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Delco man who died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center last night. Full story...
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Man found guilty of manslaughter in Christmas Eve 2012 killing

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videoA Columbus County jury has convicted a man for manslaughter in the Christmas Eve 2012 death of his girlfriend. Full story...
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Round 4 of the WWAY Surprise Squad is Subsational!

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video Round 4 of the WWAY and Perry's Emporium Surprise Squad takes us to Whiteville to pick up the tab for some unsuspecting sandwich lovers. Full story...
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Daycare worker charged with biting child

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videoA Columbus County daycare worker has been charged with a felony after allegedly biting a child in her care. Joni Smith McMillan, 36, is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and assault on a child younger than 12, according to the Columbus County Sheriff's Office. Full story...
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