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Blaze claims Loris Florist

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      Fire gutted Loris Florist, the city’s only flower shop, Tuesday morning.      Fire and water damage from an extensive firefighting effort left the building at 4814 Main Street a total loss, Loris Fire Chief Jerry Hardee said. Fire that spread throughout the building may have begun outside in or at a vehicle…

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A reluctant egg hunt winner

Clouds that threatened rain may have dampened the turnout, but not the enthusiasm of about 50 children taking part in the Columbus County Parks and Recreation sponsored Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce Saturday. Lucky Egg winners posing with the Easter Bunny were, from left, Jaydon Parker (age 8-12),…

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3rd suspect in Food Lion parking lot murder jailed

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A third Tabor City man is in custody accused of murder in a parking lot slaying at a Food Lion in Longs last August.      Rodney Crayshawn Gore, 24, of Ridgeland Acres, Tabor City, has been charged with accessory before the fact of a felony in the Aug. 15, 2018 robbery…

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UPDATE: Fisherman’s body recovered in the Waccamaw

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE      Divers recovered the body of a Guideway area man missing since Monday after apparently falling from a boat.      “He was not too far away from where he went into the water,” Sgt. Kyle Van Althuis of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said.      With the recovery complete, Wildlife Officers will continue…

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County elections board finds Greene not a resident, state panel to take jurisdiction

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE      Jody Greene’s residency in Columbus County was rejected by a divided Columbus County Board of Elections Thursday following two days of testimony and arguments.      The decision was far from the last word, State Board of Elections attorney Josh Lawson reminding members that the body in Raleigh will take jurisdiction of…

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Sheriff’s election protests heard, Greene to be heard Thurs.

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Bantering lawyers, a boisterous witness and testimony that did not seem to clear confusion over last November’s election for Columbus County sheriff were highlights of day one of a Columbus County Board of Elections hearing Wednesday.      That hearing recessed after 6 p.m. and is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Thursday…

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UPDATE: Charge upgraded to murder in killing of Loris teen

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE, April 1 A manslaughter charge has been upgrades to murder in the shooting death of a Loris High School senior last month. Aaron Miguel Vereen, 18, of Log Cabin Road in Loris has been served with a warrant charging him with murder in the March 25 slaying of Mar’trellyiz Vereen,…

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Woman charged with taking three drugs into TCI

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Found with marijuana, cocaine and Suboxone strips inside Tabor Correctional Institution on Saturday, a Raleigh woman says an “unknown” caller told her to do it.      Callie Laverne Graham, 43, of Addison Place, Raleigh, was charged with three felony counts of possession of controlled substances in a prison, the report by Officer…

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Police ask for help to find out who killed Loris teen

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A Loris teen was shot and killed east of the city Monday night, leaving the Horry County Police Department seeking information they hope will lead to his killer, an HCPD news release said.      Mar’trellyiz Vereen, 18, was found at Flag Patch Cemetery off of Wayside Road about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Police…

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Second suspect in Food Lion parking lot murder in custody

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A second Tabor City man is in custody accused of murder in a parking lot slaying at a Food Lion in Longs last August.      Stephon Miller was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force on Lewis Street in Tabor City Monday afternoon, an Horry County Police Department news release…

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