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Archive for January, 2013

Productions looking at Burgaw as possible filming location

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Hollywood has rediscovered Burgaw’s historic charm.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Former drug dealer aims for second chance

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

HALLSBORO, NC (WWAY) — Petey Powell, 38, grew up on Red Bug Road, in the small town of Hallsboro. He remembers his dad doing whatever he could to keep his family out of poverty. He was eventually lured by the money he could make in dealing drugs. Petey was just a little boy when the drug trade became a regular part of his life.

“Back then you would see the marijuana in like what you see in church, the envelope paper. I can recall very vividly how I used to see that,” Petey said.

Along with Petey’s father, his two uncles and cousin ran the family business of selling marijuana and cocaine out of a barn in the back yard of his parents’ home. By age 15, Petey was also selling drugs. The Powell boys, as they were called, built a reputation stretching to South Carolina. “They called it the best dope, the best drugs and we were consistent with it,” Petey said.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars would circulate through the barn every week, eventually making the drug trade a million dollar family business.

After graduating from high school, Petey’s dad became addicted to heroin. Petey ended up dropping out of college to lead the family business and sell drugs full-time. “There were days when I’d make $20,000 to $30,000.”

But his high would come crashing down in May 2001. After going on the run for two years, investigators found Petey hiding out in Pennsylvania. “I knew that I had to lay down. I had to go do my time. I had to pay my debts to society.”

He would spend more than 10 years in federal prison, missing out on precious time with his four kids. These days, Powell says his faith in God and love for his family have stirred a change in him. He’s set to release a memoir detailing his bad life choices and his second chance. Petey hopes to leave behind a positive family legacy. “Life sometimes can be hard but any decision you make, you have to learn from that decision and stay positive, know that their dad did some negative things but he also turned his life around.”

Powell will release his book “The Class President’s Son” this Saturday. If you have an extraordinary person next door, email Cacky at ccatlett@wwaytv3.com.

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Mayor Saffo delivers State of the City address

Monday, January 28th, 2013

At City Hall, the beginning of a new year marks the annual State of the City address from the Mayor.

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Columbus Co. deputies using Facebook to find deadbeat parents

Monday, January 28th, 2013

 Deputies in Columbus County are using social media to track down deadbeat dads and moms. 

Deputies recently launched the Facebook page Columbus County Dead Beat Parents. Sgt. Dawn Battle who's the administrator over the page tells us, it's targeting parents wanted by deputies for not paying child support.

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David says his office ‘monitoring’ jail beating case

Monday, January 28th, 2013

BLADEN COUNTY (NC) — Last week, WWAY broke the story of Joshua Ward, who was badly beaten in the Bladen county jail.

Former jailer, Marcus Hubbard, told us that kind of violence is nothing new at the Bladen county jail. He said his complaints would often times fall on deaf ears.

Today, District Attorney Jon David said, “It is not up to my office to deal with staffing issues at the sheriff’s office. I am concerned about the inmate who was injured and I will vigorously prosecute the perpetrators. Currently there is no indication of criminal wrongdoing by jail staff, but I am monitoring the situation should new information become available.”

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