Forecast prompts school schedule changes, Columbus County offices to close early

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

UPDATE

     Columbus County government offices are closing at 4 p.m. today, and all afterschool activities for the Columbus County Schools have been ordered to end no later than 6 p.m., the latest reactions to forecasts of potential serious weather later today.

     Southeastern Community College is closing at 5 p.m., with all classes and other activities scheduled for that time and later cancelled.

     National Weather Service forecasters are calling for “elevated” risks for damaging straight-line winds, and “limited” risks for tornadoes, primarily from 5 to 9 p.m. in the region that includes the Tabor-Loris Community, with the threat expected to extend as late as 1 a.m. Friday along the coast.

     Columbus County Schools’ spokesman Kelly Jones said that after school activities must be concluded no later than 6 p.m., to give students and staff time to get home safely before any potential severe weather moves in.

     Look for updates here as events warrant, and in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

Original post

     With a cautious eye to predictions of “deteriorating weather conditions” this afternoon, the Horry County School District has cancelled all after-school events for today.

     This includes sporting events and practices and other extracurricular activities.

     “This cancellation does not apply to after school childcare as it will operate on a normal schedule.”

     There has been no similar announcement from the Columbus County Schools as of 1 p.m. today.

     However, the homecoming basketball game at Williams Township School has been cancelled, because the visitors are from Tar Heel in Bladen County, which is dismissing classes early and had cancelled after-school activities, Columbus County Schools Associate Supt. Dr. Jonathan Williams said.

     Look for updates here as events warrant, and in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.