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Columbus County News

Fair Bluff cops play Santa for family in need

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videoIt was a year that saw their police chief and the town's clerk were arrested on drug charges and fired. But Fair Bluff Police are ending the year with what they hope is a new tradition to help people in need. Full story...
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'Heat for the Holidays' winners get new HVAC system

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videoThere are many families who may be in the cold this holiday season, but tonight, there's one fewer thanks to our "Heat for the Holidays" contest. Full story...
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B.J. Wright pleads guilty, heads to prison for 12.5-17 years

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videoEarlier this week a judge gave B.J. Wright a nearly $4 million bond. On his way out of the courtroom Wright reportedly told a bailiff, "I'll be home by Christmas." But today he found out he won't be going home any time soon. Full story...
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Man wanted for shooting at Fair Bluff officers

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video Police in Columbus County are looking for a man they say fired at officers last night. Full story...
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Overturned semi slows traffic in Columbus County

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video An overturned tractor trailer has slowed traffic on US 74/76 in Columbus County. Only one eastbound lane is open at the scene of the accident between Lake Waccamaw and Delco. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Judge sets Wright's bond at $3.5M cash

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video A Columbus County judge has granted B.J. Wright's request for bond, but it won't be easy for him to get out of jail. The judge this morning set Wright's bond at $3.5 million cash, according to Assistant District Attorney Heath Nance. Full story...
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Accident involving 18-wheeler keeps crews busy for hours overnight

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An accident involving an 18-wheeler kept crews busy overnight on US 74 near Lake Waccamaw. Full story...
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Public meeting will consider hydrilla infestation at Lake Waccamaw State Park

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video Hydrilla is a submerged aquatic plant that can create nearly impenetrable mats of stems and leaves on a lake’s surface. An invasive species from central Africa, hydrilla impedes recreational use of waterways, crowds out native vegetation and can ultimately harm fish and other aquatic species. Its spread is often attributed to boats that are trailered from one lake to another. Full story...
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Chadbourn man guilty of carjacking

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A Chadbourn man faces life in prison after a federal jury convicted him of a 2010 carjacking in Columbus County. Full story...
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Detectives make record meth bust in Columbus Co.

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Columbus County Sheriff's deputies and State Bureau of Investigation agents say they've made the largest crystal meth bust in county history. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Chadbourn town councilman asked to resign

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video It was a war of words Tuesday night in the small town of Chadbourn. Councilman Edwin Roberts was at the center of controversy during a town council meeting and some say it's time for him to go. Full story...
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Dead spots plague Columbus Co. emergency radios

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video After years of research, Columbus County upgraded its antiquated emergency radio system two years ago. But is the county getting its money's worth from the million-dollar system really worth it? Two years after the digital trunk system went into service, emergency workers are still struggling with static. Full story...
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Sisters killed in crash not wearing seat belts

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video The lives of two Columbus County families drastically changed Saturday night, but what could have been done differently to prevent the death of two children? Full story...
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Park maintenance making waves among Chadbourn leaders

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video Close to a decade ago a Chadbourn Park was built using private money, but it needs public upkeep to stay viable. That has caused some bickering among town leaders. Full story...
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Whiteville museum hosts fossil fair

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This weekend the North Carolina Museum of Forestry in Whiteville will open up its doors on Saturday for a fossil fair. Full story...
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