Area News

‘Cyber disturbance’ takes down phones, Internet for CC schools

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A “cyber disturbance” has taken down phone and Internet service for the Columbus County school system, isolating campuses across the county, a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction news release said.      School leaders discovered the problem Wednesday morning. A “potent virus has rendered the district’s network unusable at all school locations,”…

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Cargo trailer, $30K worth of equipment stolen from near Tabor City

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A Cargo trailer with $30,000 worth of power tools and equipment was stolen from near Tabor City, and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in locating it.      Deputies responding to a home in the 1200 block of Vinegar Hill Road Tabor city just before 8 a.m.…

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Loris man killed in MB officer involved shooting

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A Loris man died in an officer involved shooting in Myrtle Beach early Saturday, the Horry County Coroner’s Office said.      Matthew Graham, 32, died following the 2 a.m. incident near 65th Avenue North and Timberline Street, Horry County Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy said.      Neither of two Myrtle Beach Police Department officers…

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Retired educator Danny McPherson awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Dr. Danny McPherson, whose career in education spanned more than four decades, was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine just minutes before continuing to teach, this time a Sunday School lesson, this weekend at Beaverdam Original Free Will Baptist Church in Chadbourn.      State Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Tabor City), made…

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Shakeup at City Hall

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      City Clerk/Treasurer Kenya Wright was removed from her post during a lengthy and largely private meeting of Loris City Council Thursday, her duties handed off to Interim City Administrator Dennis Drozdak      Wright was on the job at City Hall Friday morning, though neither her job title nor duties were clear.      Council…

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Conner’s law on the way to governor’s desk

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to Conner’s Law (House Bill 283) which enhances penalties for deadly assaults on law enforcement officers and increases the death benefit paid to the family of a fallen officer.      Named in honor of fallen state Trooper Kevin Conner, murdered last year during a routine traffic…

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UPDATE: Stabbed home invasion suspect is a prison employee

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE      Darnell Troy Hunt, charged Tuesday in an early Monday burglary and assault that left him with serious stab wounds, is an employee of Tabor Correctional Institution, NC Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins confirmed.      Hunt was hired Jan. 16, 2018 at TCI as a Correctional Officer II, Higgins said.…

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Pilot unhurt after small plane crash in Longs

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A single-engine plane crash in the Longs area Tuesday morning resulted in no serious injury for the pilot, who declined an Horry County Fire Rescue invitation for transport to a hospital, the agency reported.      Crews were dispatched just before 11 a.m. to the crash in the 10000 block of South Hwy…

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Homeowner stabs home invasion suspect, Sheriff says

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Attacked by a burglar as she slept in her Tabor City area home early Monday, the homeowner was able to reach a knife and defend herself, sending a Lumberton man to the hospital with serious injuries, Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene said in a news release.      Warrants will be obtained against…

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Four hurt in Sidney crash

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Four people were taken to area hospitals after a two-vehicle crash sent one into an upholstery business in the Sidney Community Saturday night.      An AirLink helicopter took the driver of the Buick SUV that struck the block building to a regional trauma center after Williams Township Fire Department’s extrication team cut…

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