Area Breaking News

‘Aggressive noxious aquatic weed’ infests Gapway ponds

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Giant Salvinia, described as “a very aggressive noxious aquatic weed,” has been found in two ponds in the Gapway area of Columbus County, west of Tabor City, county leaders are learning.      Rob Emens, Aquatic Weed Program Manager with the state’s Division of Water Resources, Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) offered details…

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Steady trends may ease NC COVID restriction as app enhances tracking efforts; a new pandemic death in Horry, more area cases

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Stable COVID-19 trends in North Carolina may allow an easing of pandemic restrictions next week, with a new app in place to help residents determine if they may have been exposed to the disease.      Meanwhile, a new novel coronavirus death has been recorded in Horry County, cases continue to climb slowly…

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Conner’s Law benefits paid to family of murdered officers

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Nearly $1 million has been sent to survivors of nine public safety officers murdered in the line of duty as a part of “Conner’s Law,” legislation that honors slain NC Highway Patrol Master Trooper Kevin Conner.      State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA, and the Retirement Systems Division (RSD) announced the distribution…

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COVID death confirmed in Columbus, area case county rises slowly

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Columbus County’s 54th COVID 19 death was confirmed Monday while new infections were reported in both Horry and Columbus counties.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: Columbus confirms 54th COVID death, 20 new cases Horry records 16 citizens newly infected Columbus confirms 54th COVID death, 20 new…

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Columbus records 54th COVID death, nursing home cases; northern Horry numbers climb

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A 54th COVID-19 related death in Columbus County was reported by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services Saturday, as coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes in Whiteville and Lake Waccamaw were recorded.      Horry County, meanwhile, recorded new cases of the virus including some in the Loris and Green sea areas.…

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Commissioner charged with felonies in theft, attorney calls arrest political

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Columbus County Commissioner Giles E. “Buddy” Byrd is facing two felony charges, larceny and possession of stolen property, with his arrest Friday morning by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.      Byrd, 71, of Giles Byrd Road in Hallsboro, was released under a $25,000 unsecured bond after surrendering himself at the Columbus County…

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It may be back to school for K-5 students in NC; more COVID cases in the area

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Another small step towards normal in the North Carolina Schools was announced Thursday as the steady climb of coronavirus cases continued in Columbus and Horry counties.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: Full in-class learning for K-5 in NC approved Columbus records 33 new COVID cases since Monday New infections…

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Two airlifted after Fusion crashes into combine

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Two occupants of a Ford Fusion that slammed into a combine on Cox Town Road near Tabor City Tuesday were airlifted to a Myrtle Beach hospital.      New Hanover Regional AirLink helicopters based in Whiteville and Brunswick County landed adjacent to a recently cut corn field in the back yard of a…

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TCI officer charged with bringing cocaine, marijuana

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Felony cocaine and marijuana possession inside a prison charges were served against a Tabor Correctional Institution Officer just minutes after formally resigning his post Monday.     Kendrick C. McBryde, 23, of Pinehurst Avenue, Fairmont, was arrested at the prison just west of town Monday evening, the report by Officer Christopher Cotton said.…

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53rd COVID death in Columbus, cases climb in Horry, too

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Another Columbus County resident has died of COVID-19 complications, while in Horry County the number of newly confirmed infections topped 40 for the second day in a row.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: Columbus records 53rd coronavirus death New COVID cases top 40 again in Horry…

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