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Soles is getting Order of the Long Leaf Pine

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Two weeks after cancelling the ceremony to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, it appears former Sen. R.C. Soles will in fact get the award. Full story...
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Tabor City man pleads guilty to insurance fraud

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A Tabor City man pleaded guilty in federal court to crop insurance fraud. Patrick Lovett, a farmer and president of Lovett Farms, faces up to 10 years in prison. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Man tased at basketball game speaks out

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video A Whiteville man who police say was tased for disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer says that the Whiteville Police were out of line. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Police explain why they used Taser on fan at basketball game

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videoIt was video you saw ONLY ON 3 Friday night: police using a taser on a fan at a Whiteville High School basketball game. Today we're learning more from police about exactly what happened. Full story...
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Chadbourn town manager issues apology for flashing badge after caught speeding

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video"Also, during the stop I removed Chief Shaw's badge and presented it to Trooper Walker. My intention was to indentify myself as a member of the town of Chadbourn, not the chief of police." Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Fan tasered by police at Whiteville game

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videoA fan was tasered by police tonight at Whiteville High School as the Wolfpack took on the South Brunswick Cougars. It's the second time this year there has been fan misconduct at a Whiteville basketball game. Full story...
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One wanted, one charged in dog fighting case

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videoOne man is in jail and another is wanted in connection with dog fighting in Columbus County. Fair Bluff Police say they have received multiple reports of dog fighting in the area of Hamer Street, but with no information about the people involved. Full story...
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Riegelwood woman celebrates 102nd birthday

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videoWe want to wish a happy birthday to a very special WWAY viewer. Janie Brown of Riegelwood celebrated her 102nd birthday at Spring Green Church this afternoon. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Fair Bluff worker told police, mayor different stories about crash

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videoThe twists keep coming in the story of a Fair Bluff town employee who wrecked a town-owned car. Today we learned a different version of the story from Fair Bluff's mayor. Full story...
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Sen. Soles won't get award after all

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videoA Monday event in Whiteville honoring former state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, has been canceled, Carolina Journal has learned. According to a man associated with the event who did not want to be identified, Soles decided Thursday to cancel the event awarding the Order of the Long Leaf Pine after Soles learned that CJ had been unable to find any record showing that former Gov. Bev Perdue approved the award. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Cops found beer cans months ago in crashed Fair Bluff car

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video Fair Bluff worker Billie Johnson admitted he'd been drinking before crashing the car in a late-night accident Jan. 26, but it appears this is not the first time Fair Bluff has had issues with alcohol and town vehicles. Full story...
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Fair Bluff Town Manager doesn't like to see himself on TV; Won't address employee who wrecked car

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Wednesday Town Manager Al Leonard did not have any answers about what has or will happen. video Leonard, who ran for state House last year and also serves as Tabor City's Manager, refused to go on camera saying, "I don't like to see myself on TV." Full story...
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Columbus Co. man gets 6 month jail sentence after killing friend in crash

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video A Clarkton man pleaded guilty Wednesday in a fatal drunken driving crash that claimed the life of his friend in May. Nicholas Kent Wilkson, 20,entered the guilty pleas Columbus County Superior Court to felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired. Full story...
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Embattled former State Sen. R.C. Soles getting state award

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video Former State Senator R.C. Soles is scheduled to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine next week. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Additional charge for Fair Bluff worker after wrecking town car

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video Fair Bluff town employee Billie Johnson is not finished with trouble that started when he flipped a town vehicle then allegedly ran away. Full story...
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