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Search warrant recovers various drugs, $2k in cash, one Glock, one vehicle

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — On Friday the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence on Dessie Road in the Chadbourn area. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, HEAT, SWAT, Narcotics Unit, Investigations Division, Admin staff, Columbus County Health Department, Animal Services, K-9 Unit, and Patrol Division recovered the following:
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Commissioners appoint recreation master plan committee members

A 13-member recreation master plan committee is now a reality, including one late addition, after unanimous approval by the Columbus County Commissioners Monday night. The committee comes two weeks after impassioned pleas by locals at the last commissioners’ meeting. That meeting had several youth baseball and softball coaches in attendance, with leaders speaking on the May 12 shooting at the Sandy Ridge apartment complex, next to Whiteville’s city ball fields. At that meeting, commissioners resolved to look into the potential of a county recreation center with ball fields for different sports.
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S.C. driver arrested in deadly U.S. 701 hit and run

A North Myrtle Beach man with a revoked license is in the Columbus County Detention Center on hit and run charges that resulted in the June 4 death of a Whiteville man. According to N.C. State Highway Patrol warrants, Robert Eugene Bolick III “did fail to remain at the scene of a collision on U.S. 701 North in which the driver knew or should have known the crash resulted in the death of another person, Jean Emmaniste Samedy.”

State: Man drowned at Lake Waccamaw after giving his life jacket to boys

State authorities say the man who drowned Friday at Lake Waccamaw had given his life jacket to two boys who were struggling in the water and later made it to safety. The body of Francisco Hernandez, 34, of St. Pauls was found mid-morning Sunday along Waccamaw Shores following a search that started Friday just after 6 p.m.

Columbus County woman's battle with COVID changes her life

Johnson spent seven days in the hospital. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia. She says her doctors wanted to send her home on oxygen to help her recover. That was when she realized she wanted to set new goals for herself and live a more healthy lifestyle.
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Columbus deputies credited with saving man’s life

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is crediting two of its deputies with saving a man’s life earlier this week. The CCSO Heavy Enforcement Action Team was traveling on Andrew Jackson Highway Southwest Monday when they saw people gathered around a man on the side of the road. Deputies Jonathan DiCicco and Michael Kellihan got out of their vehicles and saw an unresponsive man on the ground, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
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Old Fashioned Farm Day is Saturday at market

The Columbus County Community Farmers Market will feature its Old Fashioned Farm Day this Saturday, June 12. According to interim market manager Carol Shuman, the day will feature games, maybe some tractors and museum items. “We are hoping, depending on the weather, to have old tractors there,” Shuman said. “Vendors...

Crews from three counties search for drowning victim at Lake Waccamaw

Searchers at Lake Waccamaw resumed their efforts Saturday morning to find the person believed to have drowned Friday evening near Waccamaw Shores. Toby Hall, superintendent of Lake Waccamaw State Park, said he was unable to release many details about the circumstances of the incident but said that the victim was a male who had been on a jet ski.
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Traffic stop yields suspect in dirt bike, gun thefts

Warrants were served this week in the theft of a dirt bike last September and a handgun last month, Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene said in a news release. Tyler Edward Sutton, 25, of Clarendon was taken into custody following a June 7 traffic stop on Horace Cox Road east of Tabor City, the news release said, and served with felony warrants charging him with larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, and breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

Neighbors say county should have told them about proposed subdivision

Antioch residents saying they were caught off guard by a proposed 48-lot mobile home subdivision proposed for their community packed the Columbus County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday to oppose the project. Commissioners won’t vote on the matter until next month, but they agreed that county government should notify nearby landowners about such proposals in the future.

Two chances to get a COVID-19 shot in the coming days [free read]

Columbus County will have two COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the upcoming week: one on Saturday and one on Tuesday. On Saturday, StarMed will be administering vaccines at Whiteville City Hall, 317 S. Madison St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pfizer (for individuals aged 12 and older) and Johnson & Johnson (for individuals aged 18 and older) will be available.

Columbus improves in state health ranking to 92nd spot

Columbus County is the ninth unhealthiest county in the state, according to the recent rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The county ranked 92 out of the state’s 100 counties in health outcomes and health factors. That’s better than its score in previous years, thanks in part to the efforts by the Columbus County Health Department.

Whiteville YMCA pool might open in early July

Organizers hope Whiteville’s YMCA pool could open in early July if county health officials approve preparations now underway, said Lauren Cole of Columbus Regional Healthcare System, who serves as liaison to the YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina. The pool also needs lifeguards and other staff. Cole said Wednesday that she...