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Responding officer now under arrest

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videoA former Fair Bluff police officer is in jail after allegedly breaking the laws he was sworn to protect. Full story...
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Columbus Charter School hopes to expand

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The only charter school in Columbus and Bladen counties is hoping to get bigger. A developer who owns the land the school rents from has purchased 42 acres... Full story...
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Prescription drug abuse running rampant in Columbus County

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videoA startling statistic coming out of Columbus County; the rural county dispenses the most prescription drugs in the entire state on a per capita basis. Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said prescription drug trafficking has well-surpassed the county's cocaine and marijuana problem. Full story...
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Fire now believed to be part of a murder

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videoInvestigators are looking into what at first appeared to be a mobile home fire in Riegelwood. After unearthing the remains of a body, Columbus County may have a murder case on its hands. Full story...
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Recycling could be made easier, especially in rural areas

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videoIt has been more than a month since new state laws governing recycling took effect, but it's unclear if these laws are working in some rural communities. Full story...
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Some municipal races in Columbus County still too close to call

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Election Day has come and gone, but the work is not over for Board of Elections officials in Columbus County. A number of municipal races in the county are still too close to call. Full story...
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High school basketball practices tip off, West Columbus hopes for a great season

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Monday marked the first day high school basketball teams could practice all around the Tar Heel State. In Cerro Gordo, Michael Powell is entering his 21st season as the boy’s basketball head coach of the West Columbus Vikings. Full story...
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Allen Strickland found guilty of multiple driving violations

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A Tabor City teen with ties to Senator RC Soles has been found guilty of multiple driving violations. Seventeen-year-old Allen Strickland was sentenced to 45 days in jail... Full story...
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Man says he was molested by Sen. Soles over 30 years ago

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videoA man who grew up in Tabor City raises serious allegations against R.C. Soles, dating back more than 30 years, to a time when he was 13 years old.

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New allegations aimed at Soles

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videoFor more than a year we've been following the controversy surrounding State Senator R.C. Soles and his clients. Another man has come forward, accusing Senator Soles of sexual molestation. Full story...
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Yam Festival full of sweet potatoes

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videoTabor City is hosting the 39th Annual Yam Festival through the weekend, however you won't find any yams there, only sweet potatoes. Full story...
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State bar recognizes Soles for 50 years of membership

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Although currently facing his own legal problems, State Senator RC Soles has been practicing law for half a century. This week, the state bar recognized Soles for 50 years of membership. Full story...
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Democratic Senator Basnight speaks out about Soles

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Tuesday, Senate Republican leader Phil Berger spoke to WWAY about two ongoing SBI investigations into Senator RC Soles. Wednesday, the top Democrat senator responded. Full story...
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Fellow senator speaks out about RC Soles

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videoSince August, the SBI has been investigating State Senator RC Soles for a shooting that took place at his home and accusations of sexual misconduct. Tuesday, a fellow senator reacted to those investigations and looked ahead to the impact they could have when the Senate heads back to session in May. Full story...
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Chadbourn Mayor looks toward higher office

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Mayor Kenneth Waddell plans to file for the State House District 20 seat.

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