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Wayne Williamson back to West Columbus again

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Wayne Williamson used to be the head football coach at West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo. After coaching a few years in South Carolina the Evergreen resident will be roaming the sidelines in North Carolina once again. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: West Columbus football coach quits after only four months

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West Columbus High School Football Coach T.J. Spivey announced today that's he resigning his position. Spivey texted the news to WWAY's John Rendleman while at the annual East/West game in Greensboro this week. Full story...
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Frog told police Soles paid him to keep quiet, lie to grand jury

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video A two-year-old video of an interview with Allen "Frog" Strickland by investigators looking into a fire at his house has some damning accusations against former state Sen. R.C. Soles. Full story...
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Administrative mistakes delay court dates for Strickland, Wright

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video Two men with connections to former state Sen. R.C. Soles were scheduled to be in court today in Tabor City, but administrative errors led to both having their court dates pushed back. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Jury says Strickland not guilty of arson

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video A Columbus County jury says a teen with ties to former Sen. R.C. Soles is not guilty. It did not take long for jurors to acquit Allen "Frog" Strickland on charges of arson and trying to rip off his insurance company. Full story...
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SBI agents, K-9: Gas found in Strickland's home after fire

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The arson retrial of a Columbus County man with ties to former state Sen. R.C. Soles continues. Today jurors heard from fire investigators, who say they found gasoline inside Allen Strickland's home. Full story...
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Arson trial reveals teen's connection to Sen. Soles

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video On day two of the Allen Strickland arson retrial jurors heard from several witnesses including an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation. Megan Kwalick interviewed Strickland hours after the July 2009 fire. In that conversation Strickland told Agent Kwalick about his financial connection with former state Senator R.C. Soles. Full story...
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Strickland arson retrial begins

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video A former client and friend of Senator R.C. Soles was back in a Columbus County courtroom today. Allen 'Frog' Strickland is accused of burning his own home and then trying to collect from his insurance company. More than 50 people were called forward for jury duty Monday to see who would be selected to take part in the arson retrial. Full story...
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Saturday's legion baseball rained out in Whiteville

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Saturday's baseball playoff game in Whiteville was postponed due to rain. Wilmington Post 10 and Whiteville Post 137 will now begin the best of five playoff series in Wilmington on Sunday. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Columbus Co. hog farm pleads guilty to dumping waste into stream

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Freedman Farms, Inc. and its president, William B. Freedman, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in New Bern to violating the Clean Water Act when they discharged hog waste into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River. Full story...
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