a photo of the Whiteville City Schools Board of Education members

NAACP leaders call on Whiteville school board chairwoman to resign after assault conviction

BY: - November 7, 2023

The Columbus County NAACP and North Carolina State NAACP have called on Whiteville City Schools Board of Education Chairwoman Kandle Rogers to resign after she was found guilty of assaulting a government worker in late August. Nishawn Pridgen also told authorities that Rodgers called him a racial slur during the Aug. 31 incident. As reported […]

A photo of Hal Lowder, the emergency management director for the Town of Whiteville, in Columbus County. He is a 62-year-old white man with snow-white hair and a mustache. He's wearing a pine green uniform. On his desk sit emergency radios, pens, a black prayer book, and a computer. The computer monitor has small paper ghosts on it, made by his daughter. (Photo: Lisa Sorg)

Hurricane survivor to ReBuild NC: “Are we just a number? Is anybody out there a human being?”

BY: - October 16, 2023

This is a second story in a series about financial waste at ReBuild NC, also known as the NC Office of Recovery and Resiliency. Hal Lowder’s office in Whiteville City Hall is crammed with a collection of silver vintage fire extinguishers, a stack of Justin’s cowboy hats, an array of family photos and a simple […]