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Columbus County News

Former counselor pleads guilty to murder

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A former school counselor will spend 20 to 34 years in prison for a 2011 murder. Michael Shawn Brown pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder in Columbus County Superior Court. Full story...
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Trial starts for man charged with two 2007 murders

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videoSantonio Jenrette faces two counts of first degree murder after investigators charged him with the 2007 murders of Darnell Frink, 22, and Rashed Delamez Jones, 14. Full story...
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Cardboard boat races attract hundreds to Lake Waccamaw

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videoThe weather was perfect this weekend for all types of water-sports, even...cardboard boat racing? That's right. Hundreds of people soaked up the sun at Lake Waccamaw for the North Carolina Cardboard Boat Championship races. The challenge was to design and build a human-powered, cardboard boat that could finish, and stay afloat, during a 200-yard course around the lake. A few folks even put their imaginations to work while building. Full story...
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Teams ready to sink or swim at NC Cardboard Boat Championships

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video A boat race of a different kind is happening tomorrow at Lake Waccamaw. The event shows all sorts of ships will sail even if you don't think they can hold water. For some it leads to a smile. While it leaves others with a sinking feeling. Full story...
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Former detention officer faces more sex crimes after indictment

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videoA former Columbus County detention officer faces more sex crimes after a grand jury indictment. Full story...
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Former detention officer arrested for indecent liberties with a child

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Detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office arrested a former Detention Officer on one count of indecent liberties with a child. Full story...
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Jury quick to find man guilty of murdering wife

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video It did not take long for a Columbus County jury to come to a verdict in a 2011 murder case. Jurors took about half an hour to find Elijah Jones guilty of first degree murder for the shooting death of his estranged wife. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Jones takes stand, recounts shooting

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video A man accused of the shooting death of his estranged wife was back on the witness stand today in Columbus County. He and his attorney tell a much different story about what happened that day. Full story...
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College offers cloned Venus Flytraps to Alderman Park

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videoHelp could be on the way for Alderman Park after more than 1,000 Venus Flytraps were poached last week. Southeastern Community College has offered some of its cloned Venus Flytraps plants to replenish the breed at the Stanley Rehder Garden in Wilmington. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Family remembers slain mother

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Following the August 2011 murder of Joan Everette her daughters said that it left a void in their heart that may never be filled. Monday her family members filled up the pews at the Columbus County Courthouse to hear testimony in the murder trial of her estranged husband Elijah Jones. Full story...
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Treatment to fight hydrilla in Lake Waccamaw set to start

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videoTreatment will start next month to fight what the state calls a significant hydrilla infestation at Lake Waccamaw State Park, according to the NC Division of Parks and Recreation. Full story...
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Trial to start in hospital shooting death

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Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday afternoon in the murder trial of a Chadbourn man accused of gunning down his estranged wife in the parking lot of a Whiteville hospital in August 2011. Full story...
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Woman charged with murder in stabbing death

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A Columbus County woman has been charged with murder. Beverly Williams, 31, is charged with stabbing Eddie Jarone Best, 56 to death Full story...
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Columbus County man accused of beating dog with hammer

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videoInvestigators in Columbus County have charged a man after they say he beat his dog in the head with a hammer. Full story...
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Chadbourn man sentenced to 30 years on carjacking, gun crimes

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A federal judge has sentenced a Chadbourn man to 30 years in prison for carjacking and gun crimes. Full story...
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