Area News

Escaped TC break-in suspect in custody

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      On the run since fleeing in handcuffs from the Tabor City Police Department last December, Mhalik Jhamal Graham is back behind bars, tracked down by US Marshals and the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Monday night.      Graham, 21, was found inside a Covey Run apartment in Whiteville, a report by Sheriff’s Det.…

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Two shot, one killed near Walter Todd Road

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Gunfire at a home off of Walter Todd Road claimed a local man Friday, left another injured, and prompted an ongoing Columbus County Sheriff’s Office investigation.      Timothy Tyrone Riggins, 31, died after apparently being shot at his home, which has a Lowery Lane address on the corner of Walter Todd Road.…

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Patrol car rammed during checkpoint pursuit

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Fleeing from a traffic checkpoint set up by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office HEAT Team, a Conway man led deputies on a high speed chase that ended after he rammed a patrol car, careened into a yard, slamming into the back of a truck parked there.      Donald Allen Bonini, 50, of…

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Depot grant has tourism rail on track

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Tourism rail linking Tabor City with Grand Strand tourists by way of Conway is poised to take a $250,000 step forward, with tentative approval of a US Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant presented to the Tabor City Council Tuesday.      It’s a step towards a $1.4 million depot critical to…

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UPDATE: Body found during welfare check identified

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Tuesday update      An autopsy has confirmed that the body found behind a Tabor City home Saturday night was the homeowner, Maj. Greg Sibbett of the Tabor City Police Department said Tuesday.      Grover Steadman Elleby, who lived at the home, apparently died just beyond the steps to his back door at least…

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Fourth fun comes early in Columbus County

     Fireworks will be just part of the fun during Tabor City’s 32nd Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration scheduled for this evening (Tuesday), at South Columbus High School.      Gates open at 6 p.m., entertainment starts at 7 p.m., and the fireworks are set to fly at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Pets, coolers and alcoholic…

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City administrator resigns, journalist escorted out of council meeting

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      Loris City Administrator Damon Kempski has resigned, effective Tuesday, Loris City Council members said following a closed-door session and a tense meeting that included the expulsion of a journalist.      Mayor Todd Harrelson had little to say during the public comment section of the regular meeting when this Tabor-Loris Tribune reporter asked…

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Tabor man charged in Whiteville area robbery

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A young man from the Tabor City area is one of two men arrestd following a violent armed robbery north of Whiteville Thursday night, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office reports show.      Travis Tyrone Jordan, 20, of Sandy Place Drive, Tabor City, and Tiquan Davis, 17, were arrested at Davis’ Willow Creek Lane…

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Budget plan boosts Loris council pay 30 percent

By DEUCE NIVEN & JENN CAUSEY      Mayor Todd Harrelson and members of Loris City Council will be getting a 30 percent pay hike under a budget proposal for the new fiscal year outlined during a budget workshop Thursday.      City employees may be getting raises, but there is no indication in the budget proposal of any…

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UPDATE: Main Street reopens in Loris following building collapse

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com Tuesday update      Main Street in downtown Loris was reopened to traffic about noon Tuesday, about 22 hours after the partial building collapse of the former Mystic Motion sent brick and lumber from its façade crashing onto the sidewalk and into the street.      South Carolina Department of Transportation workers and city employees…

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