Area Breaking News

Two hurt in Swampfox, Peacock wreck

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      An elderly woman and male teen were hurt in an afternoon wreck on Swampfox Hwy East at Peacock Road Saturday.      Injuries did not appear to be life threatening, firefighters on the scene said, with both patients taken to McLeod Loris hospital in the same Tabor City Emergency Services ambulance after evaluation…

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Wreck at wreck-prone intersection injures several, damages four vehicles

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Traffic bypassing a four-vehicle collision on U.S. 701 at NC 410 Friday crept slowly, but generally kept moving following the 2:25 p.m. mishap.      Several people were taken by ambulances to area hospitals, though none of the injured appeared life threatening, Maj. Greg Sibbett of the Tabor City Police Department said.      An…

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Sexual misconduct allegations involve county manager, sheriff offered to investigate in February

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Allegations of sexual misconduct by Columbus County Manager Mike Stephens have prompted an outside investigation initiated by county commissioners months after the Sheriff Jody Greene tried to look into the allegations.      Commissioners meeting in closed session Monday agreed to seek outside counsel to look into the allegations from Board of Elections…

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Conner’s Law approved by Senate committee

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      “Conner’s Law,” a bill that if approved will provide enhanced penalties for those who harm law enforcement officers and other public safety personnel and improved benefits for public safety personnel murdered in the line of duty, cleared another legislative hurdle Wednesday, state Rep. Brendon Jones said.      Jones, a Tabor City Republican,…

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Sheriff’s office asks for help finding missing teen

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A teen has been missing from the Chadbourn area for nearly a week, and the Columbus County Sheriff’ Office is asking for help finding her.      Melina Caulder, 16, was last seen on Bird Cage Estates on June 8, leaving in the middle of the night, a sheriff’s news release said. She…

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Sheriff’s election, TC mixed drink vote finally certified

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Sheriff Jody Greene’s election last November was formally certified by the Columbus County Board of Election Thursday.      It took the board just 14 minutes to certify the sheriff’s race, a mixed drink referendum for Tabor City, and hear public comment that included an admonishment not to repeat mistakes that delayed Greene’s…

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Manhunt for drug suspect at Tabor Landing apartments

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A man wanted on drug charges connected to the arrest of his girlfriend was back at her Tabor Landing apartment Wednesday, trigging a manhunt that included a state Department of Public Safety K9 tracking team.      Rain likely hampered the search, called off after a few hours, Maj. Greg Sibbett of the…

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Stay denied, Sheriff Greene’s win to be certified Thursday

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Jody Greene’s election as Columbus County Sheriff is expected to be certified by the Columbus County Board of Elections Thursday, a day after a judge in Raleigh denied a request to stay certification as an election protest moves from the political to the judicial.      Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins ruled against…

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Drug charges follow habitual felon capture

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Taking down a man wanted on a habitual felon warrant brought some unexpected cocaine and marijuana discoveries inside a Tabor Landing apartment Friday and warrants for three residents there, Maj. Greg Sibbett of the Tabor City Police Department said Monday.      Janicka Rayeann Buchanan, 33, Kenneth Tyree Mason, 29, and Jarmaine Oneal…

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Rain brings an end to region burning bans

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Scattered rainfall that began late last week and continued into this one has brought an end to burning bans for Columbus and Horry counties.      Horry County lifted its ban Monday morning, a news release sent just before 10 a.m. said.      Columbus County was included in a regional ban covering 18 eastern…

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