Area Breaking News

Fire damages Sidney home

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Fire heavily damaged the home of Jerry and Shirley Cribb in the Sidney Community Friday afternoon.      Williams Township Firefighters arriving at the home on James B. White Hwy South just north of Peacock Road found smoke pouring from the eves of the old, single-story wooden structure.      Jerry Cribb said he and…

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‘Loving husband’ was killed in carjacking, robbery spree

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Friday update      A former New Jersery resident living in Horry County for about 18 months has been identified as the man killed during a robbery attempt and carjacking in Longs Wednesday night.      Gerard “Jerry” Celentano died of a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the Food Lion on SC 9…

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Locked door halts bank robbery try

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A locked door at the United Community Bank in Green Sea stopped an apparent armed robbery attempt in its tracks Wednesday, Capt. John Harrelson of the Horry County Police Department said.      Two men armed with long guns arrived at the bank branch at 5264 Hwy. 9, attempted to enter the bank,…

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Gunfire hits three homes, one woman injured

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Gunfire into three area homes early Wednesday left one woman with a bullet wound, others shaken, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office gathering evidence and looking for suspects, agency reports say.      Shootings into homes were reported at 13:39 a.m. on Godwin Trail, Chadbourn, just north of Clarendon; at 12:53 a.m. on Billy…

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Ten people, five children excape injury as gunfire hits home near Tabor City

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Ten people, including five children, escaped injury when gunfire struck a Clay Estates Drive home near Tabor City early Tuesday, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office report said.      Deputies were called to the home about 4:40 a.m. after residents reported hearing gunfire that woke them from their sleep, sheriff’s spokeswoman Michelle Tatum…

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Governor says Matthew relief coming to Fair Bluff, but can’t say when

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Help is coming “soon” to hundreds of Fair Bluff area residents displaced by Hurricane Matthew nearly two years ago, Gov. Roy Cooper said during a visit to the town Monday.      Pressed repeatedly to be more specific during a news conference held inside a disaster recovery center opened just recently downtown, Gov.…

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NC 905 at fatal crash site closed until Friday

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Thursday afternoon update A section of NC 905 south of Nakina, closed following a gasoline tanker truck crash and fiery explosion Wednesday night, will not re-open until sometime Friday. NC Department of Transportation Engineer Kenneth L. Clark, in a memo to the DOT’s Public Information office, said the environmental clean-up at…

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Chadbourn Middle School closing approved

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Chadbourn Middle School is closing, its students to attend Evergreen Elementary School in the academic year that begins Aug. 27, the Columbus County Board of Education agreed Monday.      Board member Worley Edwards made the motion, Monte Herring offering a second, both saying their decision came “with a heavy heart.”      Board member…

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Do you know this school break-in suspect?

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A June break-in at Evergreen Elementary School left investigators with good surveillance images of a suspect, but they have not yet been able to identify the man.      That man entered the building on June 23, left after midnight on the 24th, taking a taxi to the Chester Street area in Myrtle…

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Arrests in Iron Hill, Beaverdam drug investigations

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Two large-scale drug operations have been shut down following intensive Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics investigations in the Beaverdam and Iron Hill areas of Columbus County, Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said this week.      Two people were arrested in the Iron Hill investigation, with a third in custody on unrelated warrants. Two more…

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