UPDATE: BB&T robbery suspect image released

By JENN CAUSEY & DEUCE NIVEN UPDATE, Friday      An investigation into the robbery of the BB&T branch in Loris continues Friday with the release of a surveillance image to the robber, Chief Cary Buley said.      Police have released no new details on the robbery, which took place about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when a person, believed…

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Saw thief sought

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A thief who took a saw from a Williams Township area business this week was caught by store surveillance, leaving Columbus County Sheriff’s Office investigators asking for help to identify the man.      The man walked out of Singletary Small Engines, 9511 James B White Hwy South, Whiteville, just after 5 p.m.…

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Patricia Hope Snyder: Green Sea

1958 – 2019      Patricia Hope Snyder of Green Sea died Friday, Feb. 15, in McLeod Loris hospital. She was 60.      Born Feb. 24, 1958 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Patrick Anthony Higginbotham, Sr. and Barbara Ann Brenaman and the widow of Carl Jack Synder.      She is survived by two sons,…

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Court in TC cancelled, renovations incomplete

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      District Court in Tabor City has been cancelled for today, Columbus County Clerk of Court Jess Hill said.      Significant renovations to the Tabor City Courthouse, scheduled to be finished Thursday, remained incomplete this morning, Hill said.      “Therefore due to the concerns in regards to the safety of all, court has been…

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James Prentiss Norton, Sr.: Loris

1938 – 2019      James Prentiss Norton, Sr., of Loris passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at his home following an illness. He was 80.      Mr. Norton was born on Sept. 29, 1938 in Loris, to the late Lonnie Norton and the late Lizzie Alford Norton.      Mr. Norton loved spreading the word of God to others…

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Suspect in trooper’s killing faces another murder charge

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Already facing a death penalty trial for the murder of a state trooper last fall, Chauncy Askew has been indicted on an unrelated murder near Tabor City.      Askew, 18, has been indicted by a Columbus County grand jury in the June 21, 2016 murder of Jerome Parrott, District Attorney Jon David…

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Drug trafficking, money laundering nets man 14 years

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A day of reckoning has come for a Tabor City area man who admitted guilt to drug and money laundering conspiracy charges a year ago.      Justin Lee Myers, 34, who has also previously listed an address in Myrtle Beach, was sentenced this week to serve 14 years in prison for his…

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Danny Marlowe: Cerro Gordo

1953 – 2019      Danny Marlowe of Cerro Gordo died Monday, Feb. 11, in his home. He was 65.      Born Dec. 14, 1953 in Columbus County, he was the son of the late Henry Marlowe and Sudie Blackwell Marlowe.      He is survived by two daughters, Danielle Rae Mintz and Judy Gail Floyd of Cerro Gordo; five…

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Sprinkler extinguishes apartment fire

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Lunch left unattended on a stove started a fire that a sprinkler system quickly extinguished at Forest Edge Apartments Tuesday, Tabor City Fire Chief Jeff Fowler said.      “The sprinkler did what it was supposed to do,” Fowler said.      Witnesses said the tenant had stepped out from the second floor apartment. Fowler…

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Gerry Layne Ramsey: Chadbourn

1948 – 2019      Gerry Layne Ramsey of Chadbourn, died Friday, Feb. 8, at his home. He was 70.      Born Nov. 29, 1948 in Brunswick County, he was the son of the late George Thomas Ramsey and Mary Alice Benton Ramsey.      He is survived by his wife, Valda Duncan Ramsey of the home; one daughter, Amanda…

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