Area News

Sheriff’s Office seeks to ID DG B&E suspect

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      One man is believed responsible for break-ins at two Dollar General stores in Columbus County earlier this month, and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to identify him.      Break-ins were reported at the Dollar General on Dock Road in the Old Dock Community on Jan. 8, and at…

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Vaccine timing, in-class learning, & COVID-19’s latest toll

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      COVID-19 vaccines will be available for all, eventually, and finding your place in the vaccine line can now be found online.      Meanwhile, some Horry County Schools students who have been splitting their time on campus should be back in the classroom full time on Feb. 8.      That comes against a backdrop…

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UPDATE: Shooting victim identified, shot ‘in the head area’

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Afternoon update      Steven Best, identified Monday afternoon as the victim of a Friday night shooting that left him seriously injured, was “shot in the head area,” Columbus County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michele Tatum said.      Best, 49, was taken by a witness to McLeod Loris hospital following the shooting at his home…

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Columbus schools return to hybrid learning Feb. 1

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Full-time distance learning for students in the Columbus County Schools, in place since they returned from the Christmas break, ends for many at the end of this week.      A hybrid learning model, with the students in PreK through fifth grade in on-campus classes full time, older grades split between on-campus and…

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Week in review: COVID cases up, some deaths

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in Columbus and Horry counties since Sunday, the bulk in Horry with five times the population as Columbus, with ten associated deaths following the same pattern.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: More than 200 COVID cases in Columbus…

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Commissioners want to hear from landowners before Salvinia funding

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Concerns over spending public funds on private property prompted Columbus County Commissioners Tuesday to put off funding to end an infestation of Giant Salvinia on two Gapway area ponds.      First, the board said they want to hear from owners of land adjacent to the Richardson and Buffkin ponds, confirmed last summer…

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Columbus COVID death toll spikes, cases soar in Horry

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      COVID’s death toll in Columbus County has passed a grim milestone as newly confirmed cases rise rapidly there and in neighboring Horry.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: Columbus COVID deaths pass 100 with 13 reported      An exceptionally deadly streak for the COVID-19 pandemic in Columbus County…

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Columbus Schools extend all-virtual learning; Horry to open classrooms Tues.; big COVID case increases

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Rising numbers of COVID-19 cases have prompted the Columbus County Schools to extend its current all-virtual format for two more weeks, while students in the Horry County Schools will begin returning to classrooms next Tuesday.      Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic continues, unabated, with significant new cases numbers in both counties reported Wednesday.…

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Fallen HCPD Officer: ‘His food and kindness brought people together’

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A veteran Horry County Police Department Officer known for his “food and kindness” was killed when he was struck by a vehicle near North Myrtle Beach Tuesday afternoon.      Lance Cpl. Melton “Fox” Gore, 57, was “performing a task outside of his truck near the intersection of Hwy 22 and Hwy 31…

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COVID impacts schools, infects Horry Supt. as area cases, deaths climb

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      As the predicted post holiday COVID-19 surge is felt nationally, its impact on education is reflected in the public schools of Horry and Columbus counties, albiet differently.      This post will cover these topics and may be updated: Back to class in CC Tuesday, not so fast in Horry Supt. Maxey tests…

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