Three new COVID deaths, big surge of 358 cases in Horry

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Less than 24-hours after Horry County Council implemented local law requiring the wearing of face masks in most public places the county shattered its previous one-day newly confirmed COVID-19 case total, crossing 300 cases for the first time with 358 county residents testing positive for the coronavirus.      Four additional Horry residents…

Horry adopts mask ordinances as COVID records fall; surge in NC cases, mild report for Columbus

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Record setting COVID case numbers for Horry County and adjacent North Carolina prove the coronavirus is not taking a holiday break.      Horry County Council wrestled with what to do with those rising numbers during a telephone conference emergency meeting Friday evening, and approved a mask ordinance on an 8-4 vote.      This…

COVID testing ends at Walmart; new deaths and cases in Columbus, Horry; pandemic claims fireworks, too

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Federal funding has run out to support COVID-19 testing at area Walmart stores, including the one in Whiteville, while deaths and infections of the coronavirus continue to climb in the area.      Another victim of the pandemic is the annual Independence Day fireworks held at South Columbus High School and sponsored by…

COVID deaths in Horry, Columbus; cases spike; a tale of two tests

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      As new COVID-19 deaths were reported in both Columbus and Horry counties Tuesday, an uptick in those infected with the disease was noted.      For Tabor-Loris Tribune reporter Jenn Causey, the pandemic has gotten very real, and very personal, very quickly. Her first-person account starts our COVID update today.      This post will…

Operation Broken Branch targets Cedar Branch drug trafficking

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Drug trafficking charges have been leveled against 26 people, most from Loris, one from Tabor City, and others from Horry and Brunswick counties in a multi-agency federal, state and local investigation that focused on the Cedar Branch area near Loris, U.S. Attorney Peter M. McCoy Jr. said during a Tuesday news…

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