Area Breaking News

Three new COVID deaths, big surge of 358 cases in Horry

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Less than 24-hours after Horry County Council implemented local law requiring the wearing of face masks in most public places the county shattered its previous one-day newly confirmed COVID-19 case total, crossing 300 cases for the first time with 358 county residents testing positive for the coronavirus.      Four additional Horry residents…

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Horry adopts mask ordinances as COVID records fall; surge in NC cases, mild report for Columbus

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Record setting COVID case numbers for Horry County and adjacent North Carolina prove the coronavirus is not taking a holiday break.      Horry County Council wrestled with what to do with those rising numbers during a telephone conference emergency meeting Friday evening, and approved a mask ordinance on an 8-4 vote.      This…

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COVID testing ends at Walmart; new deaths and cases in Columbus, Horry; pandemic claims fireworks, too

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Federal funding has run out to support COVID-19 testing at area Walmart stores, including the one in Whiteville, while deaths and infections of the coronavirus continue to climb in the area.      Another victim of the pandemic is the annual Independence Day fireworks held at South Columbus High School and sponsored by…

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COVID deaths in Horry, Columbus; cases spike; a tale of two tests

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      As new COVID-19 deaths were reported in both Columbus and Horry counties Tuesday, an uptick in those infected with the disease was noted.      For Tabor-Loris Tribune reporter Jenn Causey, the pandemic has gotten very real, and very personal, very quickly. Her first-person account starts our COVID update today.      This post will…

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Operation Broken Branch targets Cedar Branch drug trafficking

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Drug trafficking charges have been leveled against 26 people, most from Loris, one from Tabor City, and others from Horry and Brunswick counties in a multi-agency federal, state and local investigation that focused on the Cedar Branch area near Loris, U.S. Attorney Peter M. McCoy Jr. said during a Tuesday news…

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A pause in high school sports training; a holiday ‘Stay Safer At Home’ recommendation; 42nd COVID death in Horry; small rise in CC cases

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Rising COVID-19 cases and concerns over Fourth of July holiday crowds have prompted the suspension of high school athletic training activities and a state health warning to “Stay Safer At Home.”      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: High school conditioning training to pause in Horry DHEC: ‘Stay…

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Columbus reports 38th COVID death; Horry cases top 3,000

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      COVID-19 has claimed another life in Columbus County, while the streak of three-digit daily new infections in Horry continued Monday, the county’s pandemic total now exceeding 3,000.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: Columbus reports 38th COVID death, 26 new cases since Thurs. With infections in Loris,…

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COVID cases spike this weekend

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      COVID-19 cases have exploded in Horry County this weekend with at least 399 people newly confirmed with the coronavirus in the past two days, Columbus County showing 19 new cases in the same time period, state health agency data shows.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: Record…

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Masks are not ordered, but urged ‘in the strongest, most urgent terms’

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Gov. Henry McMaster repeatedly emphasized the need to wear face masks in public and observe social distancing guidelines but said issuing an order for South Carolina would be unenforceable during a Friday afternoon news conference.      His comments came as South Carolina continued a disturbing trend for big numbers of COVID-19 confirmed…

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