Ruth W. Ward: Clarendon

1923 – 2019      Ruth W. Ward of Clarendon in Columbus County’s Bethel Community transitioned to her heavenly home on Oct. 8, concluding a productive life of 96 years.      She passed from the earthly life at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Angel House in Whiteville, following a lengthy struggle with dementia and declining health.      Ruth was born…

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Judith Carol Wells Holley: Teachey

1941 – 2019      Judith Carol Wells Holley of Teachey passed from this life to her eternal life on Saturday night, Oct. 5, while at home. She was 78.      Born Feb. 16, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Julius and Annie Doris Wells. She was also predeceased by her husband, Jack Ray Holley;…

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Retired educator Danny McPherson awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Dr. Danny McPherson, whose career in education spanned more than four decades, was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine just minutes before continuing to teach, this time a Sunday School lesson, this weekend at Beaverdam Original Free Will Baptist Church in Chadbourn.      State Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Tabor City), made…

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Leonard Elwood Gore: Tabor City

1935 – 2019      Leonard Elwood Gore of Tabor City died Friday, Oct. 4, in his home. He was 83.      Born Oct. 5, 1935 , he was the son of the late Alva Dewey and Annie Laura Caines Gore and the widower of Jewell Winifred Hardee Gore.      He is survived by three sons, Kevin Leonard Gore…

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Shakeup at City Hall

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      City Clerk/Treasurer Kenya Wright was removed from her post during a lengthy and largely private meeting of Loris City Council Thursday, her duties handed off to Interim City Administrator Dennis Drozdak      Wright was on the job at City Hall Friday morning, though neither her job title nor duties were clear.      Council…

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Conner’s law on the way to governor’s desk

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to Conner’s Law (House Bill 283) which enhances penalties for deadly assaults on law enforcement officers and increases the death benefit paid to the family of a fallen officer.      Named in honor of fallen state Trooper Kevin Conner, murdered last year during a routine traffic…

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UPDATE: Stabbed home invasion suspect is a prison employee

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE      Darnell Troy Hunt, charged Tuesday in an early Monday burglary and assault that left him with serious stab wounds, is an employee of Tabor Correctional Institution, NC Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins confirmed.      Hunt was hired Jan. 16, 2018 at TCI as a Correctional Officer II, Higgins said.…

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Pilot unhurt after small plane crash in Longs

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A single-engine plane crash in the Longs area Tuesday morning resulted in no serious injury for the pilot, who declined an Horry County Fire Rescue invitation for transport to a hospital, the agency reported.      Crews were dispatched just before 11 a.m. to the crash in the 10000 block of South Hwy…

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Homeowner stabs home invasion suspect, Sheriff says

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Attacked by a burglar as she slept in her Tabor City area home early Monday, the homeowner was able to reach a knife and defend herself, sending a Lumberton man to the hospital with serious injuries, Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene said in a news release.      Warrants will be obtained against…

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Four hurt in Sidney crash

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Four people were taken to area hospitals after a two-vehicle crash sent one into an upholstery business in the Sidney Community Saturday night.      An AirLink helicopter took the driver of the Buick SUV that struck the block building to a regional trauma center after Williams Township Fire Department’s extrication team cut…

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