Area News

TCPD seeks help to ID theft suspect

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Tabor City Police have her picture, and they are asking for help in identifying a woman accused of stealing five packages of ribeye steaks Saturday afternoon from the Tabor City IGA.      This woman is accused of stuffing the steaks under her shirt and walking out of the store, and driving away…

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Heritage fest prep

A new festival debuts in Loris tomorrow, the Loris Heritage Festival replacing the Spring Festival that had been held in April. Expect handmade items, farmers market, vintage vendors, food, kids area, entertainment, and more. Activities will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. along the railroad tracks in downtown Loris. Meeting Street and Railroad…

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Columbus joins Horry with burning ban

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Very hot, dry weather has prompted a burning ban for Columbus County, a day after a ban was initiated in Horry County.      Bans on outdoor burning are also in place in other area counties.      Effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, the Columbus County ban burns all open burning within 100 feet of…

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Another Complex crash

There were injuries, none apparently serious, in this two-vehicle crash on US 701 at Complex Street in Tabor City about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. An increasingly common location for crashes involving vehicles crossing or turning from Complex Street, state transportation officials have a long-range plan to install an overpass. In the meantime, Tabor City Police and…

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State Board issues order on sheriff’s race

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      An order in the long disputed Columbus County sheriff’s race was issued by the State Board of Elections (SBOE)Wednesday, affirming the board’s decisions during a May 6 hearing held in Raleigh.      The order affirms the SBOE decisions that irregularities in last November’s general election were not sufficient to change the outcome…

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‘Night club’ operator and fugitive patron arrested in Fair Bluff

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A search warrant served at a Fair Bluff “night club” netted criminal charges for the alleged operator and a patron with an 18-year-old warrant outstanding against him, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office news release said Wednesday.      Mack Vay Edwards, 42, of West Goodman Street in Fair Bluff; and Nehemiah Levon Myers,…

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Runoff likely in Loris mayoral race as one vote separates Harrelson, Suggs

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      A runoff appears likely in the race for Mayor of Loris, with veteran councilman Michael Suggs trailing current Mayor pro tem by just one vote in the unofficial counting of Tuesday’s election.      Harrelson claimed 182 votes, Suggs 181 in Tuesday’s voting. Veteran council member Joan Gause claimed 71 votes, political newcomer…

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Animal cruelty charged; gun, drugs & money also seized

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Dogs, drugs, a gun and money were seized as Horry County Police conducted an animal cruelty investigation on Bakersfield Road near Loris Wednesday.      Two have been charged in the investigation, the generally unhealthy animals taken to a no-kill animal shelter for rehabilitation with 8.22 grams of cocaine, $52,991 in cash and…

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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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