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One Dead, One Hospitalized in Chadbourn Shooting

One man is dead and another was hospitalized after a midnight shooting in Chadbourn Thursday. Mayor Phillip Britt said more details will be released Friday. Britt said the Chadbourn Police and State Bureau of Investigation are trying to confirm if the shootings were related. Police were called right after midnight,...
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One dead, one injured in Chadbourn shooting, police and SBI investigating

SBI investigating after S.W.AT. team officer’s weapon discharges, injures person. New Hanover County commissioners discuss future of West Bank of Cape Fear River across from Downtown Wilmington. Updated: 8 hours ago. |. New Hanover County commissioners discuss future of West Bank of Cape Fear River across from Downtown Wilmington.
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Stolen Yorkie from Nebraska recovered in Hallsboro

The search for a Yorkie and other valuable items taken from a Nebraska residence led investigators to a trailer home in Hallsboro, where the dog was found. According to reports, before the dog was recovered, on Aug. 5, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua Alan Henriksen, 37, and Kaley Jean Henriksen, 35, both of Cedar Street, Hallsboro, on a fugitive warrant from Cass County, Nebraska.
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Columbus County Police identify group they say damaged four windshields

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Police with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office have identified three individuals who allegedly damaged several windshields late last week. On August 11th, the Sheriff’s Office responded to the 200 block of Brunswick Electric Road in Whiteville regarding damaged property. The owner reported four...

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Rejected Antioch housing project back on county agenda

Roughly 14 months after it was unanimously denied by Columbus County commissioners, the Antioch Farm subdivision will be the subject of a public hearing at a special Monday, Aug. 29, commissioners’ meeting. The county didn’t provide many details during Monday’s meeting as to why the controversial development is going...

Man charged with stealing from several vehicles in Tabor City

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a man for allegedly stealing from several vehicles in Tabor City. Per a CCSO release, the incidents happened between July 18 and August 1. One incident involved two guns being stolen from a person’s vehicles, while another just had money and an air freshener stolen. Surveillance footage showing what the sheriff’s office say is the suspect was gathered in connection to the theft of a handgun from another vehicle. The Tabor City Police Department noticed someone matching the description of a previous victim, but a suspect wasn’t arrested until August 6.

Whiteville PD reports water outage on Lee St.

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) – Whiteville PD announced Aug. 18 that crews are responding to a water outage on Lee St. Per the report, the outage spans from Burkhead St. to Wyche St. As of this time, it is unknown what caused the outage. For updates, please visit the Whiteville...

Columbus County Persons of Interest 2022

The property owner reported that the windshields from four of his vehicles had been damaged. The vehicles were being utilized for parts. The property owner provided Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators with photographs from surveillance footage. The photographs show three black males. One is wearing a yellow shirt,...

County schools could see $3 million state cut due to enrollment drop

Columbus County Schools will begin the 2022–2023 year with an estimated 5,086 students, according to figures from the state Department of Public Instruction, according to Superintendent Deanne Meadows. That’s about 300 fewer than three years ago, but higher than the 4,900 DPI predicted for this point. “My hope,”...

Deer And Dove Season Announced For Bladen County

Bladen County Deer Season will open for archery September 10 through September 30. Black powder deer hunting will be October 1 through October 14 and gun hunting will be October 15 through January 2, 2023. These dates are according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission. Dove season will start...

“Selfies in the Sunflowers” opening at Galloway Farm

As summer draws to a close, flowers are erupting at Galloway Farm in Hallsboro. Sunflowers are blooming on several acres, and Farmer Alma is inviting everyone to come out, pick the budding beauties, and take some pictures. September marks the beginning of “Selfies in the Sunflowers.”. Each year, Galloway...

Ambassador Jerry P. Lanier

A celebration of Life service for Jerry P. Lanier will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2022 at the Worthington Funeral Home Chapel in Chadbourn. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday. A more complete obituary will be...

Column: New school will be an asset for decades to come

Congratulations and a big shout-out to one of our own, Elizabeth Strickland, on her recent crowning and coveted title of the 2022–2023 Fair Bluff Watermelon Queen. During her reign, she will be attending events in the region and around the state representing Fair Bluff and our area. Elizabeth is a bright young lady with a great future ahead of her. If you see her, let her know how proud you are of her and this great accomplishment!

Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is an addiction rehabilitation facility in Bladen County, the treatment center is a huge asset to Southeastern North Carolina.

Recently, one resident, D. Smith, gave witness to his restoration story at SCC. In an email he stated, “I have been asked to share how God has shown up in my life in the 12+ months since I have been at Carolina Crossroads, and I am happy to do so. Everything lost due to my drug use and subsequent arrest, has been restored to me. God has provided for every financial need and has saw me through all my legal issues. I am now legally FREE!”