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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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DA Jon David will contest Joseph Sledge's claim of innocence in 37-year-old murders

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Joseph Sledge must overcome a skeptical district attorney if his murder conviction in the deaths of two women more than 35 years ago is going to be overturned. Full story...
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Columbus elections officials looking into possible duplicate voter registrations

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The Columbus County Board of Elections is looking into a possible duplicate voter registration, the county attorney said Thursday. Full story...
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Woman charged with gun at Whiteville High School

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videoA woman is in jail after police says she showed up on a school campus armed. Whiteville Police Lt. Marc McGee says Michelle Walling had gotten into a car accident, left the scene and drove to Whiteville High School. The other driver involved in the crash followed her to Whiteville High, where they got into an argument. Full story...
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Higher premiums for overweight, smoking workers could help Columbus Co. trim fat

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video Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, Columbus County has been recognized as the unhealthiest. A cost-saving measure by the county could reward county employees for living a healthier lifestyle. Full story...
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No charges filed in shooting death of teen

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No charges will be filed in the shooting death of Jasmine Thar. The 16-year-old was shot and killed in the front yard of a Chadbourn home on December 23, 2011. Full story...
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Whiteville residents band together to fight crime

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videoResidents in part of Whiteville are meeting tonight to talk about the rise of crime in their area. Some residents say Whiteville is the best little city in the US. But over the past several weeks the city has seen an increase in crime that has some concerned citizens taking action. Full story...
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Police search for shooting suspect

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video Police are looking for a suspect after a woman was shot in the leg Tuesday night. According to police reports, around 8:30, Candice Jordan was outside of her apartment near Whiteville Municipal Park when a cream-colored Chrysler 200 drove by. Full story...
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Officers arrest man in connection with cocaine operation

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video Law enforcement has raided a Columbus County business and a Bladen County home they say are tied to a drug operation. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: DA says SBI to investigate after Bolton police chief shot

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videoWhiteville Police are looking for the man they say shot Bolton Police Chief Edward Gillim in the leg Wednesday night. Full story...
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Ply Gem to bring 145 jobs to Fair Bluff

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Gov. Pat McCrory and NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Ply Gem Industries, a manufacturer of building products, will expand its operations in Columbus County. The company plans to create 145 jobs and invest $15.5 million over the next three years in Fair Bluff. Full story...
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UPDATE: Name released in fatal, fiery crash involving 18-wheeler

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video A crash involving an 18-wheeler at the Columbus and Bladen County line left at least one person dead after two trucks caught fire. Full story...
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Bridge repair to close part of 74/76 in Columbus County this weekend

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videoA section of US 74/76 East at Livingston Creek between Freeman and Delco in Columbus County will be temporarily closed from Friday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 6 a.m., weather permitting. Full story...
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Innocence group: Witness lied in 1978 Bladen County murder trial

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WRAL.COM reports that attorneys with the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence say a man lied when he offered incriminating testimony at Joseph Sledge's 1978 murder trial, according to a motion filed Tuesday in Columbus County. Full story...
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Columbus County woman claims $200,000 lottery prize

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April Solomon, a dry cleaner from Whiteville, claimed the $200,000 top prize she won playing Power 7s on Monday afternoon. Full story...
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