Business

Dairy Herd Cleared of HPAI

by Columbus County News in Business Comments Off on Dairy Herd Cleared of HPAI

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has lifted the quarantine of a HPAI-positive dairy herd after serial testing was negative for the virus. This herd was the only HPAI-positive herd within the state [Read More]
Bears easily adapt to urban environments, and are especially fond of sweets like hummingbird mix. (NCWRC Photo)
Government

Bear Sightings Increase in Spring, Summer

by Jefferson Weaver in Front Page Comments Off on Bear Sightings Increase in Spring, Summer

It’s bear season in North Carolina – the time to see them, not hunt them. Several reports of bear sightings in Columbus and surrounding areas have been shared in recent days on social media. One [Read More]
Hal Weatherman and Dave Boliek
ELECTIONS 2024

Weatherman, Boliek Win Nominations

by Jefferson Weaver in Elections 2024 Comments Off on Weatherman, Boliek Win Nominations

Tuesday’s second primary for two Republican Council of State seats drew very few voters in Columbus County and at the state level. Hal Weatherman handily won the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor, while Dave Boliek [Read More]
This screech owl chick and a sibling were rescued locally after this week's storms.
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The Good News for May 17

by Jefferson Weaver in Front Page Comments Off on The Good News for May 17

We have some lovely spring time weather going on, despite the occasional shower. Get out there this weekend and enjoy all our county has to offer. The Bogue and Hallsboro communities are invited to help [Read More]

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Bears easily adapt to urban environments, and are especially fond of sweets like hummingbird mix. (NCWRC Photo)
Front Page

Bear Sightings Increase in Spring, Summer

It’s bear season in North Carolina – the time to see them, not hunt them. Several reports of bear sightings in Columbus and surrounding areas have been shared in recent days on social media. One [Read More]

Eddie Beck (Columbus County Schools)
Front Page

Beck Named New County Superintendent

Eddie Beck has been named the new superintendent of Columbus County Schools. Beck has served as assistant superintendent for the system since 2023, when Jonathan Williams was hired by the Whiteville City Schools. Beck will [Read More]

Front Page

Evergreen Nightclub Declared Nuisance

A notorious illegal nightspot in Evergreen has been shuttered under a state nuisance abatement order. Balls Night Club, located at 2753 Macedonia Church Road, was ordered closed by a Superior Court order this week. Balls [Read More]

A matchstick with flame
Front Page

Home Firebombed in Tabor City

Someone threw a gasoline bomb through the window of a Pireway Road residence Sunday morning, a police report said. Jeremy Lee Blanton told Tabor City Police that he and his family were asleep around 2 [Read More]

Front Page

Sheriff Identifies Deputies in Shooting

Five deputies remain on administrative leave after a shooting in Nakina May 15. Henry Allen Zartman, 66, of South Carolina, died in the 10:45 p.m. incident, according to the State Bureau of Investigation. Zartman was [Read More]

Obituaries

Rickey Nan Graham

May 24, 1959 ~ May 20, 2024 (age 64) Rickey Nan Graham, age 64, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Elizabethtown Nursing Center. Born on May 24, 1959, in Whiteville, NC, he was [Read More]

Obituaries

Valentina Kovaleva

October 10, 1941 ~ May 19, 2024 (age 82) Valentina Kovaleva, age 82, of Whiteville, NC, passed away at Novant New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Sunday, May 19, 2024.  Valentina was born in Moskow, [Read More]

Shanna Perry
Front Page

Search Continues for Missing Delco Woman

Friends, family and volunteers are conducting ground searches and going door to door today (Monday) looking for information about Shanna Perry. The Delco woman disappeared April 26. She was last seen near her home on [Read More]

Obituaries

Tina Denise McPherson

October 18, 1968 ~ May 19, 2024 (age 55) Tina Denise McPherson, 55, of Whiteville, finished her battle with cancer on Sunday, May 19, 2024, surrounded by family and friends. Tina was born on October 18, 1968 in [Read More]

Obituaries

Roger Dale Sellers

July 13, 1945 ~ May 18, 2024 (age 78) Roger Dale Sellers age 78, of the Sellers Town community of Whiteville went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at [Read More]

Obituaries

Harold Bellamy

February 13, 1953 ~ May 18, 2024 (age 71) Harold Bellamy, 71, of Tabor City, NC, died Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Liberty Commons in Whiteville. The funeral will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 22, [Read More]

Obituaries

James Freeman

January 3, 1936 ~ May 18, 2024 (age 88) James Cephas Freeman, 88, of Buckhead passed away May 18, 2024. He was born January 3, 1936 in Columbus County to the late Sylvester Freeman and [Read More]

This screech owl chick and a sibling were rescued locally after this week's storms.
Front Page

The Good News for May 17

We have some lovely spring time weather going on, despite the occasional shower. Get out there this weekend and enjoy all our county has to offer. The Bogue and Hallsboro communities are invited to help [Read More]

TCPD Officer Timothy "Shane" Miller's parents at Friday's service.
Front Page

Fallen Officers Honored

Twelve Columbus County men who died in the line of duty were honored Friday (today) in the annual Peace Officer’s Memorial Service at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. It was the first time the annual [Read More]

Light bar on cop car
Front Page

Nakina Shooter Identified

The man who engaged four deputies in a shootout in Nakina Wednesday has been identified as a South Carolina resident. Henry Allen Zartman, 66, was pronounced dead on the scene. The State Bureau of Investigation [Read More]

Obituaries

Bonnie Meares

March 17, 1952 ~ May 16, 2024 (age 72) Bonnie Meares, age 72 of Cerro Gordo, NC, died Thursday, May 16, 2024 in the Premier Living and Rehab Center, Lake Waccamaw, NC. Born March 17,1952 [Read More]

A number of species of plants in the Green Swamp only emerge after a burn.
Obituaries

Deloris Freeman

July 7, 1966 ~ May 16, 2024 (age 57) Funeral  services will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 11 am in the Union funeral home chapel, 571 West South Railroad St., Clarkton.  Burial [Read More]

Obituaries

Kenneth “Kenny” Ray Hyatt

July 26, 1960 ~ May 17, 2024 (age 63) Kenneth “Kenny” Ray Hyatt, age 63, of Whiteville passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at his residence. Kenny was born in Bladen County on July [Read More]

Obituaries

Hampton Ludd

November 4, 1940 ~ May 9, 2024 (age 83) Hampton Ludd 83 of Fair Bluff transitioned into eternal rest on May 09, 2024. VISITATION, Friday May 24, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Butler [Read More]

Obituaries

Joanne Hardee

September 18, 1942 ~ May 14, 2024 (age 81) Joanne Porter Hardee of Whiteville NC, Passed away May 14, 2024 at Shoreland Healthcare in Whiteville. She was born to the late Leslie Bush Porter and [Read More]

Police Car Lights
Front Page

Suspect Dead in Nakina Shooting

The State Bureau of Investigation is on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Nakina that happened Wednesday. The four deputies involved in the incident are on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Sheriff [Read More]

Front Page

Door Dash Scam Totals More Than $700

Someone illegally using a  Door Dash account has racked up more than $730 in hygiene products, a sex toy and soft drinks – and the items were delivered to the victim’s home. The Hallsboro woman [Read More]

Aldo Esparza and Gabriuel Zuniga (CCSO photos)
Front Page

Runaway Said Raped; Two Charged

Two men from the Chadbourn area are being held under no bond after allegedly helping a teenaged girl run away from home. She was later allegedly raped by one of the men. Aldo Ismael Esparza, [Read More]

Commentary

Jefferson Weaver • Life With Goats

I was involved in a conversation the other morning, but I have no idea what was said. That’s life with goats. Breakfast is usually served to our livestock as I head out for work, at [Read More]

Hal Weatherman and Dave Boliek
Elections 2024

Weatherman, Boliek Win Nominations

Tuesday’s second primary for two Republican Council of State seats drew very few voters in Columbus County and at the state level. Hal Weatherman handily won the GOP nomination for Lt. Governor, while Dave Boliek [Read More]

Obituaries

Wanda Gay (Fowler) Rozier

May 16, 1954 ~ May 13, 2024 (age 69) Wanda Gay Fowler Rozier, 69, of Chadbourn, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024, at her residence, surrounded by her family. Wanda Gay Fowler Rozier, 69, [Read More]

Obituaries

Wade Ray Nobles

June 2, 1936 ~ May 13, 2024 (age 87) Wade Ray Nobles, 87, of the China Grove Community in Chadbourn, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville. A [Read More]

Obituaries

Mr. Robert Bryant

May 14, 2024 Mr. Bryant was greeted by his Lord Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 as he quietly left Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. Life Remembering services [Read More]

Sharon Farmer
Front Page

Detention Officer Arrested for Contraband

A sergeant in the Columbus County Detention Center is out of a job and under arrest after allegedly providing tobacco and a cellphone to an inmate. Sharon Marie Farmer, 51, was charged with three felony [Read More]

Parker Spaulding and Kayla Evers (CCSO Detention)
Front Page

Grand Jury Indicts Two for Assaulting Infant

The man and woman who allegedly broke a child’s arms and legs and left her with permanent injuries have been indicted for attempted murder. Kayla Michelle Evers, 31, and Parker Delane Spaulding, 29, were initially [Read More]

Obituaries

Jonathan Bullock

April 5, 1966 ~ May 13, 2024 (age 58) Jonathan Bullock 58 of Fair Bluff transitioned into eternal rest on May 13, 2024. Reverend Bellamy is the pastor and Reverend Pearl Graham will deliver the [Read More]

Vereen Pleads in 2019 Carnivore Case
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Vereen Pleads in 2019 Carnivore Case

One of the suspects arrested in a 2019 felony sweep in Columbus County pleaded guilty Friday in Superior Court. Joshua Vereen entered a plea of guilty to charges of being a habitual felon and being [Read More]

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