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The legislature is staying busy as solons try to wrap up the short session. • Tianeptine may soon disappear from convenience store counters and vape shops. The so-called gas station heroin mimics the euphoric effects [Read More]
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by Jefferson Weaver in Business Comments Off on Legislative Briefs

The legislature is staying busy as solons try to wrap up the short session. • Tianeptine may soon disappear from convenience store counters and vape shops. The so-called gas station heroin mimics the euphoric effects [Read More]
Jackie Ray Pierce (submitted photo)
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Jackie Ray Pierce Throws Hat in School Board Ring

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Jackie Ray Pierce announced today (Tuesday) that she will run for Whiteville city School Board in November. Pierce will sign up to run for the seat currently held by Kandle Rogers in District Three. Rogers [Read More]
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The Good News for June 14

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It’s a busy time in Columbus County. It’s Father’s Day tomorrow, so make sure you remember to honor all the dads in your life this weekend. The Juneteenth Festival is at the county fairgrounds from [Read More]

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Legislative Briefs

The legislature is staying busy as solons try to wrap up the short session. • Tianeptine may soon disappear from convenience store counters and vape shops. The so-called gas station heroin mimics the euphoric effects [Read More]

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Hunting, Fishing License Fees to Rise

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is announcing an increase to fees for hunting, fishing, trapping and activity licenses, permits, stamps and certifications, which will go into effect on July 1.  The fee adjustments are [Read More]

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The Good News for June 14

It’s a busy time in Columbus County. It’s Father’s Day tomorrow, so make sure you remember to honor all the dads in your life this weekend. The Juneteenth Festival is at the county fairgrounds from [Read More]

The public is invited to give feedback during a webinar on the state's plans to deploy the second phase of electric vehicle charging stations.
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State Wants Comments on EV Charging Plans

State transportation officials want the public’s feedback on deploying the second phase of electric vehicle charging stations in North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Transportation will host a webinar from 3-4:30 p.m. June 26. Those [Read More]

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Front Page

Smart Start Launches Summer Reading Adventure

By Kayla Henson Columbus County Smart Start Columbus County Partnership for Children’s Early Learning and Family Resource Center (ELF) is launching its annual Summer Reading Adventure in partnership with the Columbus County Public Library System [Read More]

Kendrick Lee Dakota Hunt (CCSO Detention)
Front Page

Fourth Chadbourn Theft Suspect Caught

Chadbourn Police and Columbus County deputies have captured the last of four suspects who ran out of fuel while trying to escape police. Kendrick Lee Dakota Hunt, 26, of Lumberton, was held under $27,500 secured [Read More]

Front Page

West Columbus Sports Camps Set

School may be out but sports camps are in at West Columbus. June 17-19 is the West Columbus Youth Baseball Camp. Coach Connor Grainger will lead the camp, which will focus on the basics of [Read More]

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St. James VBS June 24-28

St. James Missionary Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School June 24-28. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m., and sessions last until 8 p.m. nightly. Everyone is welcome. The church is located at 3245 [Read More]

Bullethole in Zartman vehicle. Nakina shooting . LEO
Front Page

Deputies Back on Duty; Probe Continues

Five deputies have been restored to patrol duty as an investigation into a shooting continues. Henry Allen Zartman, 66, of South Carolina, died in the 10:45 p.m. incident, according to the State Bureau of Investigation [Read More]

Jordan Tyree Johnson (CCSO)
Front Page

Bond Revoked After Second Drug Arrest

Bond was revoked for a Kelly man arrested for a second time in Columbus County  on drug charges. Jordan Tyree Johnson, 21, of 1131 White Oak Rd., Kelly, was held on charges of maintaining a [Read More]

Front Page

Vigil Tonight for Teen; Others Recovering

Friends, family and classmates of Kaiden Powell will gather tonight at Whiteville High School to remember the athlete who died in a car crash minutes after school dismissed Friday. Kaiden Powell, 16, died when a [Read More]

A small gun
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Child Hit in Friday Shooting

A child was shot and injured Friday after someone opened fire on a home near Whiteville. The sheriff’s office is investigating three separate reports of gunfire damaging property over the weekend. Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, [Read More]

Front Page

Bulletholes Found in Transformer

A power outage may or may not have been caused by someone shooting a transformer Friday. Brunswick Electric Membership crews contacted the sheriff’s department after responding to a power outage at 17509 Peacock Road, according [Read More]

Columbus County Partnership for Children’s Outreach Coordinator Shaq Davis pulls weeds from a garden bed with Michael Shuman, extension technician of agriculture for the Columbus County Cooperative Extension.
Front Page

Smart Start’s PAC Tends Community Garden

Members of the Columbus County Partnership for Children’s (CCPC) Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) are getting their hands dirty – literally. In collaboration with local partners, CCPC’s PAC is reviving the community garden at Columbus Regional [Read More]

Eliza Robinson headstone
Front Page

Brunswick Grave Has Columbus Ties

By Dylan Phillips The Brunswick Beacon Tucked along the side of Highway 130 just outside Shallotte is the grave of Eliza Robinson, who was buried there in 1860. For years her gravestone was visible, until [Read More]

Water coming out of the faucet  
Business

Boil Advisory Lifted

City of Whiteville water customers no longer need to boil their water. ”Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected from the City of Whiteville on June 7, 2024, water users are hereby notified [Read More]

Front Page

The Good News for June 7

This weekend — Saturday is the big missions fundraiser in Tabor City. There will be barbecue and music at the Ritz Center. Plates are $10, and whole butts are $40. IOf you didn’t preoroder, you can [Read More]

Friends, family and school personnel gathered outside the Columbus Regional Emergency Department waiting for news of the wreck victims.
Front Page

Wreck Kills WHS Teen; Three Injured

Developing story A Whiteville High School student died and three other students were seriously injured in a crash  on Sunset Drive today, less than an hour after school was dismissed for the year. Multiple law [Read More]

Front Page

Addiction Treatment Group Expands Hours

Coastal Horizons is expanding its Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) to include nighttime services, making it only the second program of the kind in the state. Coastal Horizons has been offering daytime OTP in New Hanover [Read More]

Water coming out of the faucet  
Business

Pressure Drop Leads to Boil Advisory for City

Whiteville water customers are under a boil advisory while repairs are made to the city water system. Emergency Services Director Hal Lowder said city officials opted to manually restore pressure, rather than using the automated [Read More]

Reid Smith (CWRC Photo)
Front Page

Smith Appointed to Wildlife Commission

A Clinton businessman who focuses on conservation is the newest member of the Wildlife Resources Commission. Reid Smith joined the governing board today (June 6). Smith was sworn in by Rep. John R. Bell IV [Read More]

Water coming out of the faucet  
Front Page

County Water Outage Reported

A water line break near Hallsboro has led to a boil advisory for a small number of residents. The break occurred at the Lakeland Village subdivision, near the intersection of Sam Potts Highway and Honey [Read More]

BATMobiles (CCSO)
Front Page

Joint Agency Effort Nets More Arrests, Citations

Saturday wrapped up three days of aggressive traffic enforcement coordinated by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, resulting in seven more fugitives being arrested and multiple traffic violations. Operation Heat Wave began Thursday and continued into [Read More]

Joros spider (UGA/Jeremy Howell)
Front Page

“Giant” Spiders No Cause for Alarm

First it was armadillos and nutria rats, then hammerhead worms and “murder hornets” – and now, flying spiders. Invasive Joro spiders with four-inch-long legs and a habit of spinning webs for flying have been making [Read More]

(L to R) Kennedy Scott, Itzel Rico Baltazar, Leo Han, Jason Beck, Lilly Duncan, Olivia Watts, and Reece Anna Cribb. (Not pictured in Chloe Gordon)
Business

CRHS Awards Scholarships

Columbus Regional Healthcare System recently awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students who would like a future in the healthcare industry. This is the largest amount of HOSA scholarships CRHS [Read More]

Front Page

Commissioners Pass ‘Tight’ Budget

(Editor’s note: this story has been edited to correct an earlier error. — JW) No nonessential capital projects, no new hiring, and other cuts are part of the Fiscal 24-25 budget approved Monday by county [Read More]

Two more flood damaged homes will be demolished after county commissioners approved a low bid Monday (file photo).
Front Page

State Grant Helps Fund Mollies Branch Project

Whiteville will receive $1.3 million in state funding for the Mollie’s Branch Drainage Project. The funding was made public when N.C. Emergency Management (NCEM) announced the first round of grant recipients for the 2023 Disaster [Read More]

Business

BEMC Named Best Employer

For the second year in a row, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has been named a Best Employer by Business North Carolina magazine. “We are incredibly honored to be recognized as a North Carolina Best [Read More]

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Front Page

Two Shootings Investigated on Wright Road

Two shooting incidents were reported on Wright Road over the weekend, but one case was closed after witnesses refused to cooperate with law enforcement. The sheriff’s office reported that deputies were called to a home [Read More]

Officers from multip[le agencies participated in Operation Heat Wave (CCSO photo)
Front Page

Fugitive Caught; 89 Citations Issued

Four mobile testing labs and law enforcement from nine agencies issued 89 citations, charged one person with driving while impaired and arrested a wanted fugitive Thursday (May 30).  Operation Heat Wave was coordinated by the [Read More]

Church News

Milk B4 Meat Plans Sidewalk Service

Milk B4 Meat ministries will host a sidewalk service in the Alley Way on Madison Street, Whiteville, on June 15. The Alley Way is beside Collier’s Jewelers. Worship starts at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. [Read More]

Front Page

Vehicle Damages Cars in Car Wash

Four vehicles sustained minor damage after a car got off the tracks at an automatic car wash in Whiteville. Whiteville Police Sgt. Scott Moody the incident was reported Thursday at 1:10 p.m. A BMW going [Read More]

A small gun
Front Page

No Gunman Found In Saturday Call

Police investigating a call about a man waving a handgun found no suspect Saturday in Whiteville. Whiteville Police were called to Memory Twins Circle just before 11:30 p.m., according to a report.  A 911 caller [Read More]

A matchstick with flame
Front Page

Trailer Fire Called Arson

An early morning fire destroyed a mobile home near Farmer’s Union, and the Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire was intentional. It was the second fire at the home in less than a month. Firefighters [Read More]

Front Page

The Good News for May 31

The Tabor City Spring Has Sprung Festival starts this morning at 10 a.m. There will be vendors, food trucks, a free KidZone featuring Flimsy the Clown, Live Entertainment, a Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Tractor Show and more. The [Read More]

Shannon dewayne Spaulding (CCSO Detention)
Front Page

Man Charged with Impersonating Officer

Chadbourn Police charged a man with pretending to be a police officer and telling another man to leave a domestic dispute May 28. Warrants show that Shannon Dewayne Spaulding, 33, of 110 Hudson Dr., Whiteville, [Read More]

Front Page

Veterans Park Seeking Photos

The Veterans Memorial Park is continuing its hunt for photos of veterans for the Wall of Honor. “They do not have to be from Columbus County,” said Angela Norris, a park volunteer. “Anyone who served [Read More]

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