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School threat brings strong response, student departures

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Threats by social media and text message alleging planned violence at South Columbus High School brought a heavy law enforcement response and resulted in numerous students leaving campus early.      Threats on social media accounts were reported to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Friday morning, a news release from the agency said.…

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County OKs bigger loan request for new Tabor City School

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Approval to increase an already approved USDA loan for the new Tabor City School by nearly $3.4 million, necessary to cover higher than projected bids, was approved by Columbus County Commissioners Thursday.      Commissioners met in a rare emergency session to give time for county and Columbus County Schools leaders to petition…

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Wendy M. Stevens: Nakina

1960 – 2021      Wendy M. Stevens of Nakina passed away Monday, Nov. 1, following a short illness. He was 61.      Mr. Stevens was born in Columbus County, a son of the late Leroy Stevens and the late Edith Williamson Stevens. He was a retired lineman for BEMC and a member of Dulah Missionary Baptist Church…

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Unchallenged council candidates win TLC races

By DEUCE NIVEN & JENN CAUSEY      To the surprise of, perhaps, no one, five unchallenged candidates sailed to easy victories in two Tabor-Loris Community elections Tuesday.      Tabor City Council incumbents Lamont Grate and Sam Rogers were challenged by five write-in votes in Tuesday’s voting, with only 157 voters making it to the Tabor City District…

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Douglas McArthur Cox: Loris

1942 – 2021      Douglas “Doug” McArthur Cox of Loris passed away on Monday, Nov. 1, at his home. He was 79.      Born June 16, 1942 in Loris, he was the son of the late O. V. Cox, Sr., and the late Inez Mincey Cox.      Mr. Cox served his country with courage and honor in the…

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Michael Ezra Rabon: Loris

1967 – 2021      Michael Ezra Rabon of Loris passed away on Sunday, Oct. 31, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness. He was 54.      Born Sept. 30, 1967 in Conway, he was the son of the late Ezra Rabon and the late Thelma Bernice Stevens Rabon.      Mike was a dedicated farmer, a…

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Thelma Marie Altman Housand: Loris

1930 – 2021      Thelma Marie Altman Housand of Loris passed away on Sunday morning, Oct. 31, at Conway Manor following an illness. She was 91.      Born Jan. 24, 1930 in Galivants Ferry, she was the daughter of the late Tom Altman and the late Claudia Gerald Altman.      Throughout her life Mrs. Housand worked closely with…

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Margaret Melinda Cox Robinson: Loris

1962 – 2021      Margaret Melinda Cox Robinson of Loris passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, at McLeod Loris Hospital. She was 59.      Born June 22, 1962 in Loris, she was the daughter of the late Dearl Cox and the late Margaret Tyler Cox.      Mrs. Robinson was adopted by her grandparents, Lewis Jackson Cox and Dalma…

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James Michael Rhodes: Loris

1958 – 2021      James Michael “Mike” Rhodes of Loris passed away on Friday, Oct. 29, at McLeod Loris hospital. He was 63.      Born Oct. 27, 1958 in Loris, he was the son of the late James Wendell Rhodes and the late Hazel Orie Smith Rhodes.      Mike was a longtime active member of Mt. Vernon Baptist…

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Rev. Henry Vernon McKeithan: Nakina

1945 – 2021      Rev. Henry Vernon McKeithan (Dockie) age 76 of Nakina died in his home on Monday, Nov. 1. He was 76.      Born in Columbus County, he was the son of late Albert Watts and Lucille McLamb Watts.      Henry graduated from Nakina High School and Wake Forest Baptist Seminary. He was a minister and…

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