Area News

Rescue crew heard the crash outside of their building

Tabor City Emergency Service had a very rapid response to a Tuesday crash that took place in front of their Jones Street quarters and  a Kia Soul on its side, a Ford Fusion rolling to a stop down the street. In fact, member Beverly Elliott called the crash in, bringing local police and firefighters to…

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Stallion Class of 2021 marches inside

Story & Photos By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A school year that was anything but normal ended almost normally Saturday for the South Columbus High School Class of 2021 with an indoor commencement not seen on campus since 2019.      Class President Madison Grigsby eluded to the pandemic impacted junior and senior years she and her classmates…

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An arrest in drive-by that killed Loris man

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      An arrest has been made in an apparent drive-by shooting that left a Loris man dead on May 19, the Loris Police Department reports.      Shaquan Cox, 20, of Loris died of gunshot wounds following the incident near Watson Park.      Stephon Antwan Johnson, 26, of Loris was apprehended through the efforts of…

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Guilty verdict for shooting into a neighbor’s home

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A guilty verdice was returned Friday for a Tabor City area man who shot into a neighbor’s occupied more than two years ago, District Attorney Jon David announced.      Edward Deron Riggins, 31, who lived on Tillman Avenue, Tabor City when the shooting took place on Aug. 16, 2018, was sentenced to…

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CCSO: Drug charges, $1M bond for Nichols man who flees deputies; Car seized

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      A Nichols man who fled a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office checkpoint Tuesday didn’t get far, and was jailed under bonds of more than $1 million with his vehicle seized after it struck a patrol vehicle.      Trabias Quinnzel Walters, 32, of Hwy 9, Nichols, was arrested following the pursuit that began on…

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Burn ban extended in Horry, ordered in CC

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com     Note: This story has changed to reflect a burning ban ordered for much of eastern North Carolina, including Columbus County, by the NC Forest Service.      Very dry conditions have prompted Horry County Fire Rescue to extend a burning ban for all unincorporated areas there, with a similar ban in place…

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Whiteville Saturday

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Another StarMed sponsored COVID-19 vaccination clinic will take place in Whiteville Saturday, this one offering an opportunity for those as young as age 12.      Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Whiteville City Hall, the clinic will offer both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Only the Pfizer vaccine…

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Sheriffs targets TC area ‘open-air drug markets’

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      “Open-air drug markets” in the Tabor City area have been targeted for attention by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, now partnering with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office, Sherriff Jody Greene announced Thursday.      Sheriff Greene, in a news release, said he and Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram “ are joining forces to…

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Police heard gunfire that killed Loris man

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Gunshots that killed a Loris man near Watson Park Wednesday evening was heard by an officer just moments after conducting a  security check of the area, Loris Police Chief Gary Buley said Thursday.      In the moments it took for the officer to return, the driver of a car struck by multiple…

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Columbus budget plan may bring higher bills

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Columbus County’s current tax rate won’t change under an $81.5 million budget proposal presented to county commissioners Monday, but many property owners will see higher tax bills this fall under the plan.      County Manager presented the spending plan for the year beginning July 1 to commissioners Monday, recommending no change in…

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