TC ‘Welcome’ signs to honor country music’s Stonewall Jackson

By DEUCE NIVEN      Country music legend Stonewall Jackson’s voice is from an era largely left behind these days, but he hasn’t forgotten the place he was born, and Tabor City hasn’t forgotten him.      Those unfamiliar with the Grand Ole Opry star whose 1959 hit “Waterloo” became his signature song, and who drive through Tabor City,…

UPDATE: Arson suspect in custody

By DEUCE NIVEN UPDATE, MONDAY      Sought by police during the weekend, the suspect in last week’s arson of a mobile home was arrested by Tabor City police on Monday, Chief Donald Dowless said.      Michael Dillon Barefoot, 23, of First Avenue South, Murrells Inlet, was charged by Lt. Richard Kosloski with second degree arson and…

UPDATE: Gas leak fixed, CC Courthouse will reopen Friday

By DEUCE NIVEN Thursday evening update      “Gas leaks in the courthouse have been fixed,” Columbus County Clerk of Court Jess Hill said Thursday evening, paving the way for the two-year-old court facility to re-open on schedule Friday morning.      Hill closed the facility Thursday after the odor of gas, coming from a leak in…

Loris man sentenced to six years in drugs & gun case

By DEUCE NIVEN      Facing a possible life prison sentence after entering a plea to drug and weapons charges in March, a Loris man will instead serve up to six years behind bars.       Norad Arance McCullough, 24, was sentenced to serve 72 months in prison, followed by five years supervised probation, during a hearing before…

UPDATE: Escaped inmate found in a home near the prison

By DEUCE NIVEN THURSDAY 11 a.m. UPDATE      An investigation is underway into how Ricky Robinson eluded capture after walking away from a Columbus County prison Tuesday afternoon, NC Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins said.      Robinson, 59, was captured about 1 a.m. Thursday in a home not far from the Columbus Correctional…

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