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Cape Fear Bridge Project Gets Major Funding Boost

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A bridge project in Wilmington that has regional impacts got a major boost Friday (today), as federal officials announced a $242 million grant for the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge project. The bridge carries U.S. 74-76 [Read More]
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Cape Fear Bridge Project Gets Major Funding Boost

by Columbus County News in Business Comments Off on Cape Fear Bridge Project Gets Major Funding Boost

A bridge project in Wilmington that has regional impacts got a major boost Friday (today), as federal officials announced a $242 million grant for the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge project. The bridge carries U.S. 74-76 [Read More]
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School Board Signups Moving Slowly

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City and county school board filings are underway, but filings have been slow in the first week of signups. County District Five incumbent Steve Long has filed for reelection. In the District One race, where [Read More]
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The Good News for July 12

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The Columbus County Community Farmers Market from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday. Watermelons are the focus this weekend, with free samples, lots of fresh local melons and more. Always remember you can find [Read More]

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The Good News for July 12

The Columbus County Community Farmers Market from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday. Watermelons are the focus this weekend, with free samples, lots of fresh local melons and more. Always remember you can find [Read More]

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Operation Drywater Results Released

Almost 5,000 boaters got to meet Wildlife officers during the week of Operation Dry Water. The Wildlife Resources Commission’s (WRC) annual effort targets impaired and unsafe boaters on all state waterways, and is held in [Read More]

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Road Work Roundup for July 10

Updated July 11 at 3:30 p.m. Summer is a busy time for highway crews across the state, including the Columbus County area. The N.C. Dept. of Transportation said several projects may require detours or delays [Read More]

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Grice Runs To Succeed Coleman

Emily Parks Grice has filed to run for the Columbus County District One School Board seat. She was endorsed Monday by Randy Coleman, who announced he will not run for reelection. Grice lives in Delco. [Read More]

Gunny (left) and Kenneth Hayes. (CCSO photos)
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Man Charged for Threatening CCSO K9

Developing story The sheriff’s office tracking dog was unhurt after a man allegedly threatened to kill K-9 Gunny during a footchase Tuesday. Kenneth Hayes, 64, was released on a $1,500 secured bond on a single [Read More]

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Ferry Expected to Reopen Monday

After repairs to a pulley and cable, plus low water, Elwell Ferry is expected to finally reopen Monday. The state-owned ferry crosses the Cape Fear River between Carvers and Kelly. It was recently taken over [Read More]

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Homes, Vehicles Shot in Two Incidents

County detectives are investigating two apparent drive-by shootings that left property damage but no injuries. On June 28, deputies were called to the 2000 block of Williams Road, Chadbourn at 10:26 p.m. Nine people, including [Read More]

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Thieves Break Brick Wall, Steal Drugs

Thieves took 20 bottles of Oxycodone from a drug store after breaching a brick wall Friday. John Thomas called the sheriff’s office after discovering that someone had broken into the Riegelwood Mutual Drug Store at [Read More]

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Man Assaulted After Defending Dogs

A man who was allegedly abusing two dogs allegedly assaulted a man who interceded June 28. The sheriff’s office reported that the dogs were “bothering people” at Lumber River campground, and the dog’s owner was [Read More]

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City Urges Additional Water Measures

With most of Columbus County now in a severe drought, Whiteville officials are urging more conservation by residential water customers. “According to the city Water Response Plan, customers are expected to reduce their water use [Read More]

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The Good News for July 5

Saturday is the Freedom Festival at the Veterans Memorial Park on U.S. 701 south of Whiteville. There will be yard salers, vendors, live entertainment, kids activities, and food. The event is from 8 a.m. until [Read More]

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Why We Celebrate

In the days after the signing the document that would give birth to our country as a nation, riders headed out with copies to share throughout the colonies. Some areas wouldn’t learn the news for [Read More]

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Lake Hot Dog Sale Today

Get a traditional patriotic lunch and help a local fire department today. The Jimmy Stanley Memorial hot dog sale and boot drive is going on until 2 p.m.  at the Lake Waccamaw Fire Department on [Read More]

campers will learn about basic animal care, harvesting iff crops, and cooking at the Farm to fork camp. (cooperative Extension Photo)
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4-H Farm to Fork Camp Registration Opens

 Children can learn how food is grown, produced and prepared in the Farm to Fork Camp Aug. 9-12 at Cooperative Extension. The 4-H camp will center on basic farming techniques; animal care; harvesting crops; cooking [Read More]

July 4 is North Carolina's Free Fishing Day. While no license is required, all other rules apply.
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July 4 is Free Fishing Day

North Carolinians can celebrate their freedom with some free fishing time Thursday. In honor of Independence Day, no fishing license is required for anyone who fishes on July 4  between the hours of 12 a.m.-11:59 [Read More]

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Burevitch Grant Period Opens

Eastern North Carolina nonprofits supporting education, health and human services can apply for grants from the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment through July 30. This opportunity will provide a total of $500,000 in funds from the endowment established [Read More]

The 2024 wild turkey season was one of the best on record for North Carolina hunters (NCWRC photo)
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Columbus Fourth in 2024 Turkey Harvests

Columbus County was one of the top five places in the state for turkey hunters this year. Results from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s (NCWRC) 2024 Wild Turkey Harvest Summary report show that hunters recorded 24,074 [Read More]

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CCCF Donates $109K to Area Groups

The Columbus County Community Foundation has awarded $109,720 in grants to local non profits and service groups. The board of advisors granted: $7,500 to Annie Catherine Pridgen Community Development Foundation for Mount Olive Head Start and [Read More]

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Old Lumberton to Detour July 8

Old Lumberton Road near Research Drive will close July 8 for the replacement of a 75-year-old bridge. The bridge, which was built in 1949, crosses part of Western Prong. Both lanes of the road will [Read More]

Austin Reneger (CCSO Detention)
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Taillights, Trailer Lead to Trouble

Tabor City police arrested a wanted man after he was stopped for pulling a trailer without taillights. Austin Grey Reneger, 27, was held under a secured bond on Guilford County charges of discharging a firearm [Read More]

Lake Waccamaw's revised golf cart ordinance requires the same restraints for children as state law does for other motor vehicles. (Submitted)
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Lake Tightening Up Golf Cart Rules

As the busiest week of the year gets underway at Lake Waccamaw, police are reminding golf cart users to be sure children are properly buckled up. Lake Waccamaw was the first municipality in the county [Read More]

Elections 2024

School Board Signups Moving Slowly

City and county school board filings are underway, but filings have been slow in the first week of signups. County District Five incumbent Steve Long has filed for reelection. In the District One race, where [Read More]

Business

Dry Conditions Affecting Soybeans, Corn

While the state officially designated Columbus County in a moderate drought Thursday, the dry conditions weren’t news to area farmers. “The drought has been a challenge across much of the state this year,” said Lydia [Read More]

Business

DMV Fees Increase Monday

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will begin collecting a processing fee on all transactions paid for with a credit or debit card on July 1. This includes transactions occurring in-person, online and at a [Read More]

Front Page

The Goods News for June 28

Independence Day is next Thursday, but the fun for the Fourth is getting an early start in Columbus County. Sunday is the patriotic concert at Leamon Chapel on the Boys and Girls Home campus at [Read More]

Front Page

Commissioners Put Brakes on Bolton Property

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Columbus County School Board Chairman Ronnie Strickland. An appraisal will be done on the proposed Bolton site for a new eastern Columbus K-8 school before [Read More]

Business

Drought Raises Wildfire Risks

There is no burn ban in place yet, but N.C. Forest Service officials are discouraging outdoor burning due to the ongoing dry weather. As hot and dry conditions persist across much of the state, fire [Read More]

Front Page

CCSO Hopes Forum Encourages ‘Unity’

A public forum Saturday is designed to build relationships between the sheriff’s office and the community. The Unity in Our Communities event starts at 10 a.m. at Whiteville High School auditorium. It’s billed as an [Read More]

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Man Charged with Multiple Felonies

Deputies and Tabor City Police arrested a suspect wanted for larceny and other crimes in several cases stretching back to earlier this year. Courtney Cole Scott, 31, of 118 Canal St., Tabor City, was taken [Read More]

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Pesticide Disposal Day Set

Outdated pesticides will be collected at no cost in Columbus County July 23. The Columbus County Extension Office and state Dep. of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program is a non-regulatory, cost free [Read More]

Front Page

APS to Close July 10-15 for Training

Columbus Animal Protective Services will be closed and offering limited services July 10-15. In a social media announcement, APS officials said the office will not be open to the public, and traps will not be [Read More]

Front Page

Program Now Offers Bilingual Children’s Books

By Kayla Henson Columbus County Partnership for Children The N.C. Partnership for Children is part of a significant expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program in North Carolina, with the introduction of a new [Read More]

Front Page

Teen Charged in Deadly Crash

Speed and improper passing contributed to a June 7 fatal crash minutes after the end of the school year, and one of the teens in the crash has been charged. Kamari Smith, 16, was cited [Read More]

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