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Columbus County News

Jamie Lee Dowless in court Thursday

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A Columbus County man accused of murdering his wife made his first appearance in court Thursday. Jamie Lee Dowless is charged with the murder of Carol Batten Dowless. Full story...
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New Columbus County board of elections leader

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The Columbus County Board of Elections has a new leader Thursday. Full story...
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Law enforcement officers searching for escaped inmate

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Whiteville City Schools went into lockdown mode about 10:30am Thursday after a prisoner escaped from a roadside work crew on NC 701. All five Whiteville public schools were locked down until about 4:00pm. Full story...
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Missing Persons billboard generates tips to find Dowless

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videoThere has been a major break in the murder case of a Columbus County woman. The Columbus County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged a man with first-degree murder is in the case of Carol Batten Dowless. Full story...
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Local paper plant in good shape

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videoThe economy has hit local manufacturing plants hard in recent weeks. First it was Georgia Pacific, and then Louisiana Pacific. Full story...
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Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in Whiteville

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It was an emotional day for families of fallen soldiers Thursday. The community gathered at the Whiteville National Guard Armory to see the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. Full story...
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Layoffs in Columbus County could lead to better jobs

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videoColumbus County already has one of the highest unemployment rates at 8.5% in southeastern North Carolina. And that is not counting the 417 Georgia-Pacific employees who will be laid off in December. Full story...
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Georgia-Pacific laying off employees

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videoThe trickle down effect of the economic crisis is hitting Columbus County especially hard right now. Full story...
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Waccamaw clear-cutting update

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An update on the clear cutting story in Lake Waccamaw at the Cove Canal swamp reveals that the state is offering to buy the proposed land. Full story...
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Georgia-Pacific plant laying off 400 employees

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videoThe Georgia-Pacific Lumber and Plywood Plant in Whiteville has announced it will be laying off 400 employees. The news is not good, and obviously has Whiteville residents concerned. Full story...
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Missing woman's family speaks out

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videoThe past few days have been a whirlwind for Carol Dowless' family. She has been missing since September 2005 and remains found Tuesday are believed to be hers. Full story...
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Alleged Whiteville shooter on the loose

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Whiteville police need your help finding a suspect involved in a shooting. Full story...
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New Developments in missing woman case

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videoThere has been a major development in the case of a missing Columbus County woman. Full story...
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Columbus County Elections Chairman may lose his job

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videoA State Board of Elections panel decided today not to take action against Columbus County Commissioner Lynwood Norris, but the elections chair may lose his job. Full story...
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Billboard for missing person built

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Three years have passed since a young Columbus County woman, Carol Marie Dowless, disappeared. Despite the time that's passed, her family is still searching and praying for her return. Full story...
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