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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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"Conversations with Kay" scheduled for Thursday to be rescheduled

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The "Conversations with Kay" events that were scheduled for Thursday in Elizabethtown, Whiteville and Burgaw are cancelled and will be rescheduled due to Senate business. Full story...
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Police: Unlicensed teen hits Ft. Bragg soldier

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Police say a wreck involving an unlicensed teen driver who turned in front of a motorcycle has left a Fort Bragg soldier in serious condition. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 & THE BIG TALKER FM: Website encourages victims of R.C. Soles to come forward

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videoA new website www.rcsolesboys.com is encouraging anyone claiming to be molested by former State Senator R.C. Soles to come forward with their story. Full story...
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Tabor City man charged with kidnapping, raping child

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Police charged 49-year-old Calvin Sherwood Watts with kidnapping, rape and three counts of sexual offense. They say the charges stem from an incident involving an 11-year-old girl Saturday night or Sunday morning. Full story...
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SBI investigation of Sen. R.C. Soles - Day 687

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It's been 687 days since the SBI began investigating former State Sen. R.C. Soles for sexual misconduct. The investigation began in August 2009 when Stacey Scott alleged that Soles had molested him. This past weekend, a local newspaper published an in-depth report that claims Soles has molested at least five men. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Uncle forgives man charged with grandmother's murder

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video Betty Smith Pace, 75, was known as a loving and prideful woman by friends and family. She raised her grandson, Jesse Pace, who is now accused of her murder. Full story...
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DA Jon David looking for info in Soles investigation

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It's been nearly two years after an WWAY's reporting led to a SBI investigation into then-Sen. R.C. Soles. Now the District Attorney in Columbus County says his office is still looking into the case. Full story...
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