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Winter storm: Much ado about…

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      …It wasn’t nothing, but the impacts of sleet, ice and a bit of snow that fell in the Tabor-Loris Community, Columbus and Horry counties, were far less severe than the most dire warnings, with no widespread power outages, few if any isolated ones, and it appeared most motorists staying home…

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NWS: ‘Do not get lulled into a sense of complacency’

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Impacts from a winter ice storm moving into a broad region of the eastern Carolinas including the Tabor-Loris Community are arriving a bit later than expected just Thursday, but forecasts for significant issues remain strong.      “Do not get lulled into a sense of complacency,” a NWS briefing just after 8:30 a.m.…

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UPDATE: States of emergency

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE: 5 p.m. Thursday      States of emergency have been declared by county governments in Columbus and Horry as a potentially severe winter ice storm inches its way through the Carolinas to the cost.      A curfew will be in place in Columbus County from 8 p.m. until 6 p.m. for two nights,…

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Nakina Middle goes virtual for the rest of week

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Students at Nakina Middle School will spend the rest of this week in virtual instruction, Wednesday through Friday, the Columbus County Schools announced Tuesday.      Staffing issues that grew much worse Tuesday, with numerous staff members moving to quarantine following COVID-19 exposures or symptoms, forced the decision, spokesman Kelly Jones said.      COVID-19…

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Community complaints, tips lead to drug arrests, narcotics, cash & guns

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Community complaints and tips are credited with leading Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics unit investigators to a large stash of drugs, weapons and cash on Peacock Road east of Tabor City.      Two Tabor City men were arrested after investigators executed a search warrant at 24344 Peacock Road on Jan. 6, a…

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Fourth grader who alerted family to fire honored as a hero

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      “I still have the dreams,” Theresa Boyd said Thursday of the Nov. 29, 2021 fire that consumed the family home west of Tabor City and burned most inside, including her 9-year-old daughter Isabella Boyd, who alerted the family to the blaze.      Isabella was the focus for some better memories made Thursday,…

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Run makes Rowland man first CCSO arrest for ’22

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Fleeing from a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office traffic stop late on New Year’s Eve made a Rowland man the county’s first arrest of 2022, CCSO reports show.      Rondrell Santana Leach, 30, of Hickory Street in Rowland, faces a long list of drug and weapons charges, with his vehicle, a large quantity…

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COVID cases exploding in the Carolinas, rising rapidly locally

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      COVID-19 cases are exploding in the Carolinas, racing past all previous records in North Carolina on Thursday, fueled by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, health experts say.      Locally Columbus County recorded 32 newly confirmed COVID cases on Thursday, Horry 166, both numbers well ahead of typical days during the pandemic…

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Apparent suicide by TCI inmate Wednesday

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      An inmate at Tabor Correctional Institution died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide, the NC Department of Public Safety reported.      Malek Moore, 29, “was found unresponsive in his cell around 4:34 a.m.,” a DPS news release said. Prison first responders “performed lifesaving measures until local paramedics arrived who also worked to…

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Railroad deeds land for new ‘Uptown’ Fair Bluff

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Battered by hurricanes that decimated its downtown, Fair Bluff’s plans for a new uptown area away from potential floodwaters have been given a boost with a donation of land by R.J. Corman Railroad.      News of the gift came from a corporate news release just two days before Christmas.      “This donation will…

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