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4th on the 1st has a dazzling, smokey finalé

July 2, 2022

Rain stalled the start of Friday’s First on the Fourth Independence Day celebration sponsored by the Greater Tabor City Tabor of Commerce, but as skies cleared the crowds pour into Civitan Stadium at South Columbus High School, and onto nearby road shoulders for the fireworks finale that ended after 10 p.m. Weather apparently kept smoke…

Fusion rolled twice before leading police on 70 mph chase

June 30, 2022

By DEUCE NIVEN      Despite rolling twice in a single-car wreck, police said a badly damaged Ford Fusion led officers on a 70 miles-per-hour chase for several miles Wednesday afternoon.      “He stopped because the vehicle wouldn’t run anymore,” Maj. Russell Conway of the Tabor City Police Department said Thursday. “He ran all of the anti-freeze…

Guideway hopes answered with senior center move

June 23, 2022

By DEUCE NIVEN      Hopes from community leaders to see productive use from the former Guideway Elementary were answered in a way not asked by Columbus County Commissioners Monday.      A request to move the Bug Hill Senior Center to a pod on the old school campus won quick and unanimous approval from commissioners. County Department…

Sheriff seeks to ID MAT Gun ‘person of interest’

June 15, 2022

By DEUCE NIVEN      A ‘person of interest’ recording on surveillance video during a gun shop break-in needs to be identified, and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in a June 15 news release.      Deputies responding to a June 1 alarm call at MAT Gun Garage on Seven Creeks Hwy in Nakina…

Arrest made in Mother’s Day sex assault case

June 11, 2022

By DEUCE NIVEN      Warrants charging forced sexual assault and strangulation in the Mother’s Day attack of a Tabor City woman in her home were served Saturday, Maj. Russell Conway of the Tabor City Police Department said.      Whitney Leon Duncan, 52, of Barry Street, was arrested following a traffic stop near Food Lion. A tip…

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