Complaint seeks to return Hatcher to sheriff’s post

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Jody Greene “is a Usurper of authority and is unlawfully holding the Office of Sheriff of Columbus County,” a complaint filed by former Sheriff Lewis Hatcher on Friday says.      Hatcher, with attorney’s Oscar Blanks and Heath Nance, filed the complaint, demanding a jury trial, in Columbus County Superior Court on Friday…

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James Charles ‘Jim’ High: Whiteville

1933 – 2019      James Charles “Jim” High, long-time publisher of The News Reporter in Whiteville, died Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after a brief illness. He was 85.      He died peacefully while surrounded by his family over Christmas and New Year’s. He remained mentally sharp and was engaged at The News…

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Joseph Franklin Strickland: Sumter

1950 – 2019      Joseph Franklin Strickland of Sumter died Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. He was 68.      Born Oct. 8, 1950, in Mullins, he was a son of the late Wallace Pete Strickland and the late Quillie Ree Fowler Strickland.      Survivors include two children, Joseph Franklin Strickland, Jr. (April) and Gayle DeForest (David)…

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Michael F. Thomas: Loris

1960 – 2019      Michael F. Thomas of Loris passed away at home in the Cane Branch community of Loris on Jan. 1, following an illness. He was 58.      Mr. Thomas was born on March 20, 1960 in Darlington, to Bobbie Suggs Stevens and the late, Franklin Thomas.      He served his country with courage and honor…

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Edward Donald Grainger: Green Sea

1947 – 2019      Edward Donald Grainger of Green Sea died Wednesday, Jan. 2. He was 71.      Born March 13, 1947 in Horry County, he was the son of the late Allard Lewis and Gladys Grainger.      He is survived by two sons, Allard Donald Grainger of Bennettsville and Edward Devon Grainger of Whiteville; a daughter, Amy…

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TCFD Chief

Jeff Fowler took the oath of office as the new chief of the Tabor City Fire Department Wednesday morning, with Columbus County Clerk of Court Jess Hill officiating. Fowler was flanked by stepdaughter Elizabeth Strickland and his wife Tonya, holding the Bible. (Deuce Niven, TLT)

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Buck Watts: Tabor City

1934 – 2019      Buck Watts of Tabor City died Tuesday, Jan. 1, in McLeod Loris hospital. He was 84.      Born Dec. 22, 1934 in Columbus County, he was the son of the late J. A. Watts and Evelyn Duncan Watts.      He was a Veteran of the United States Army.      He is survived by his wife,…

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Annie Ruth Sapp: Panama City, Fla.

1947 – 2018      Annie Ruth Sapp of Panama City, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 16. She was  71.      She passed away peacefully at home after an illness. Ms. Sapp was born on Aug. 13, 1947 in Horry County, to the late Tommie R. Ward and the late Clara  Hawks…

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TC liquor vote still unsettled

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Protests focusing on the still unsettled race for Columbus County Sheriff have also left the future of liquor by the drink in Tabor City in limbo, a North Carolina Board of Elections spokesman said Monday.      Certificates of Election have not been sent in the sheriff’s race, or for the mixed drink…

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Jerry Wayne Watts: Tabor City

1934 – 2019      Jerry Wayne Watts, “former Tabor City Fire Chief”, of Brown Street in Tabor City, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, in McLeod Loris hospital. He was 84.      Born May 10, 1934 in Columbus County, he was the son of the late Bruce Watts and Luemettie Soles Watts and the widower of Nancy Carol Soles…

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