Area News

Missing documents stymie Loris auditors

By DEUCE NIVEN & JENN CAUSEY      Auditing City of Loris financial records for the 18-month period that ended nearly three years ago proved impossible for auditors contracted by the city because supporting documents are gone.      That’s the message Mauldin & Jenkins manager Grant H. Davis, CPA, delivered during a special council session Wednesday.      “Due to…

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Long overdue Loris audit to be unveiled Wednesday

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Years in the making and often delayed, an audit covers City of Loris finances from 2015 is set to be presented to City Council Wednesday night.      An auditor from Mauldin and Jenkins is scheduled to present the formal audit during the meeting set for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the American Legion…

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UPDATE: Scott in custody in theft of ex-lawmaker’s car

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE: Scott is in custody      Courtney Cole Scott was arrested in Horry County late Monday afternoon, Maj. Greg Sibbett of Tabor City Police Department said.      Scott was located at the Loris Motel, in the parking lot and apparently preparing to leave when Sibbett and Horry County Police Department officers arrived, Sibbett…

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UPDATE: Gas line shut down, NC 130 to open soon, evacuation order lifted

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE:      Piedmont Natural Gas workers have shut down the gas line ruptured in Brunswick, and cancelled the evacuation order.      NC 130 remains closed, but was expected to re-open soon as NC DOT barricades are put in place around the damaged section of natural gas line.      Workers using a trencher reportedly struck…

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Video gaming arrest follows unheeded warning, sheriff says

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      An unheeding warning involving illegal video gaming machines has resulted in the arrest of a Green Sea man at his Sidney area business, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office news release said.      William Murray Brown, 60, of Fair Bluff Road, Green Sea, was arrested at his business in the 12000 block of…

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Social media ad leads to teen’s narcotics arrest

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Social media posts “advertising the sale of prescription medication” got the attention of Vice-Narcotics Unit detectives at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and resulted in the arrest of a Whiteville student.      Hunter Todd Campbell, 17, was arrested after an investigator purchased both real and counterfeit drugs and detectives executed a search…

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A year later, parents ask son’s accused killer to surrender

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      Their son’s accused killer still on the run a year after Charles Edward Durant II was shot dead on a Loris street, Charles and Wiletria Durant on Friday issued a plea to surrender.      Their plea came during a press availability held in Conway, the Durants asking that the presumed shooter, Tyshawn…

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State board sheriff’s decisions favor Greene, appeal considered

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      In a pair of split votes the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBOE) Monday found Jody Greene to be a resident of Columbus County and the duly elected sheriff, though that may not be the final word in the ongoing legal process that has followed last November’s general election.      Attorneys…

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Rape suspect from TC caught in Forsyth County

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Accused of a rape in Columbus County a Tabor City area man was arrested in Forsyth County Friday and quickly returned to face those charges.      Blake Aaron Nobles, 21, who shows addresses on Garland Cox Road and Sanders Street, Tabor City, is charged with rape, kidnapping and larceny of a motor…

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State hearing on sheriff’s election set for Monday

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A hearing on the disputed Columbus County sheriff ’s election before the State Board of Elections (SBOE) is set for Monday afternoon.      That hearing will be held at 1 p.m. in the agency’s board room in the Dobbs Building in Raleigh, board spokesman Patrick Gannon said in a news release Thursday…

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