Home - WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC

Special Coverage: Back to School 2014
Get full coverage from WBTW News 13 as students head back to classes in the next few days!
More info!



    Send photos and video by email to pix@wbtw.com
    Agne Vaitekonyte Agne Vaitekonyte

    Animals found living in filth, woman charged by Florence Police

    Updated:

    Florence Police were called to South Homestead Drive after a dog wandered to nearby house and the neighbor was trying to find its owner.The owner wasn't home and it turns out she may have been gone for weeks according to Major Carlos Raines.
    More>>

    Florence Police need help finding missing veteran

    Updated:

    Florence Police are asking for help in finding an older man who was last seen Wednesday night. Eddie Gray, age 79, of Florence is on medication and has memory issues, police said. More>>

    Teen dad charged after infant shows 'Shaken Baby' symptoms, NC deputies say

    Jacob Isaak Pinyan in police mug shot (left) and with the baby boy in a Facebook photo Jacob Isaak Pinyan in police mug shot (left) and with the baby boy in a Facebook photo
    Updated:

    Deputies say they've arrested a teen father accused of abusing a 4-week-old infant. Jacob Isaak Pinyan, age 19, the father of the child, is charged with Felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Physical Injury. Investigators say the arrest follows a report of child abuse about the infant,
    More>>

    Heat advisory for Grand Strand and Pee Dee Thursday

    Updated:

    It's going to be dangerously hot in eastern South Carolina.The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the southeastern part of the state from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday.The advisory is in effect in Allendale, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Hampton, and Jasper counties.Forecasters say heat index values will range from 105 to 110 degrees.A heat advisory is also in effect in the northeastern part of the state from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday. That advisory affect... More>>

    Myrtle Beach bank robbed, police capture suspect

    Updated:

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - Horry County police officers are investigating a bank robbery that happened Thursday afternoon.According to Lt. Robert Kegler, the incident happened around 1:45 p.m. at the Horry County State Bank near Palmetto Point Boulevard. More>>

    Georgetown council discusses future following destructive fire

    Updated:

    It's been almost one year since a destructive fire tore through historic downtown Georgetown.Now the plans to rebuild are in the works but can everybody get on the same page when it comes to getting things done?Some of the Buildings that once stood on the now, vacant ground on Front Street were built as far back as the 1800's.On Thursday evening, City Council will begin an effort to find some common ground on what to do next.Last September, the fire started at the Limp'n Janes and then spread... More>>

    American missionaries free of Ebola virus

    Updated:

    The Atlanta hospital where two American aid workers were brought after getting infected with the Ebola virus will hold a news conference to discuss their discharge.Meanwhile, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, who one of the aid workers had been working for, says Dr. Kent Brantly has recovered.A news release from Emory University Hospital didn't say when the two would be discharged or if it had already happened. A spokeswoman said more details will be given at the Thursday morni... More>>

    Conviction reinstated in Dillon County dog attack case that killed boy

    On Nov. 3, 2006 medics found 10-year-old Matthew Davis dead in Bentley Collins’ driveway. On Nov. 3, 2006 medics found 10-year-old Matthew Davis dead in Bentley Collins’ driveway.
    Updated:

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's high court has reinstated the conviction of a Dillon County man whose dogs killed a 10-year-old boy.The state Supreme Court Wednesday reversed a lower court's decision overturning Bentley Collins' conviction and sentence for involuntary manslaughter and owning dangerous animals.In 2006, six of Collins' dogs attacked, mauled and killed John Matthew Davis, whose body was found in C... More>>

    Hope Health breaks ground on $16 million downtown facility in Florence

    Updated:

    Hope Health broke ground Wednesday, on what will soon be a new downtown medical center in Florence.The site will go up near the intersection of Darlington and Irby streets, where a landfill once stood, and will change a former community eyesore into a thriving medical clinic.Thenearly $16 million medical clinic will help to address booming numbers of people in the Pee Dee, in need of affordable health care.When Lloyd Paige became ill nearly four years ago, the first place he turned, was a lit... More>>

    Business owner says Myrtle Beach fire inspection fees are too high Video included

    Updated:

    The City of Myrtle Beach continues its new policy of charging a fee for fire inspections. Some business owners call the price tag too high.At the Sea Palms Motel, Karen Mitchell can be found walking between her four buildings. She said fire safety is a priority for her business.“The fire inspection guys are great we have no problem they have always done well by us and everything else we've never had any problems it wa... More>>

    • Grand StrandMore>>

    • Storm hits Horry County, causing some flooding in North Myrtle Beach

      Storm hits Horry County, causing some flooding in North Myrtle Beach

      Thursday, August 21 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:02:02 GMT
      A group of strong thunderstorms will move across coastal Horry County on Thursday afternoon. The storm is already causing flooding in the area of 6th Ave South in North Myrtle Beach and motorists are advised to use caution in the area, the town said.
      A group of strong thunderstorms will move across coastal Horry County on Thursday afternoon. The storm is already causing flooding in the area of 6th Ave South in North Myrtle Beach and motorists are advised to use caution in the area, the town said.
    • Horry County students balance school and work

      Horry County students balance school and work

      Thursday, August 21 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:58:27 GMT
      Wednesday, Horry County students returned to school, but for many with jobs it was only the first stop on a busy day.In Murrells Inlet, Drunken hostess, Haleigh Barry, was in the middle of a unique double shift."It was kind of stressful in that I had to spend 8 hours in school and then come work for another 8 hours,” said Barry.Barry started her senior year at St. James High School at 8 am on Wednesday; by 3:30 pm she...
      Wednesday, Horry County students returned to school, but for many with jobs it was only the first stop on a busy day.In Murrells Inlet, Drunken hostess, Haleigh Barry, was in the middle of a unique double shift."It was kind of stressful in that I had to spend 8 hours in school and then come work for another 8 hours,” said Barry.Barry started her senior year at St. James High School at 8 am on Wednesday; by 3:30 pm she...
    • Adopt Around the Clock pet event this fall

      Adopt Around the Clock pet event this fall

      Thursday, August 21 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:33:53 GMT
      Beginning, Saturday, October 4th at 11:00 am, until Sunday, October 5th at 11:00 am, Petsmart Charities and Saint Frances Animal Center, together with several local rescues/shelters, will hold for the very first time a 24 hour marathon where hundreds of deserving animals will be available for adoption. The round the clock event will take place at Petsmart located at 1391 S. Commons Dr., Myrtle Beach,.Everyone is encouraged to attend and enjoy a packed schedule of Adoption specials, Children's...
      Beginning, Saturday, October 4th at 11:00 am, until Sunday, October 5th at 11:00 am, Petsmart Charities and Saint Frances Animal Center, together with several local rescues/shelters, will hold for the very first time a 24 hour marathon where hundreds of deserving animals will be available for adoption. The round the clock event will take place at Petsmart located at 1391 S. Commons Dr., Myrtle Beach,.Everyone is encouraged to attend and enjoy a packed schedule of Adoption specials, Children's...
    • Pee DeeMore>>

    • Animals found living in filth, woman charged by Florence Police

      Animals found living in filth, woman charged by Florence Police

      Thursday, August 21 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:02:25 GMT
      Agne VaitekonyteAgne Vaitekonyte
      Florence Police were called to South Homestead Drive after a dog wandered to nearby house and the neighbor was trying to find its owner.The owner wasn't home and it turns out she may have been gone for weeks according to Major Carlos Raines.
      Florence Police were called to South Homestead Drive after a dog wandered to nearby house and the neighbor was trying to find its owner.The owner wasn't home and it turns out she may have been gone for weeks according to Major Carlos Raines.
    • Fire crews extinguish blaze at Timmonsville building

      Fire crews extinguish blaze at Timmonsville building

      Thursday, August 21 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:28:13 GMT
      Google maps image of the area where the building is locatedGoogle maps image of the area where the building is located
      West Florence and Timmonsville Fire crews were able to put out a blaze at a commercial building on Thursday morning, officials said.At 10:05 am the West Florence Fire Department was dispatched to 111 S. Keith Street in Timmonsville for a commercial structure fire, sa
      West Florence and Timmonsville Fire crews were able to put out a blaze at a commercial building on Thursday morning, officials said.At 10:05 am the West Florence Fire Department was dispatched to 111 S. Keith Street in Timmonsville for a commercial structure fire, sa
    • Florence Police need help finding missing veteran

      Florence Police need help finding missing veteran

      Thursday, August 21 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:58:23 GMT
      Florence Police are asking for help in finding an older man who was last seen Wednesday night. Eddie Gray, age 79, of Florence is on medication and has memory issues, police said.
      Florence Police are asking for help in finding an older man who was last seen Wednesday night. Eddie Gray, age 79, of Florence is on medication and has memory issues, police said.
    • State/RegionalMore>>

    • Teen dad charged after infant shows 'Shaken Baby' symptoms, NC deputies say

      Teen dad charged after infant shows 'Shaken Baby' symptoms, NC deputies say

      Thursday, August 21 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:29:51 GMT
      Jacob Isaak Pinyan in police mug shot (left) and with the baby boy in a Facebook photoJacob Isaak Pinyan in police mug shot (left) and with the baby boy in a Facebook photo
      Deputies say they've arrested a teen father accused of abusing a 4-week-old infant. Jacob Isaak Pinyan, age 19, the father of the child, is charged with Felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Physical Injury. Investigators say the arrest follows a report of child abuse about the infant,
      Deputies say they've arrested a teen father accused of abusing a 4-week-old infant. Jacob Isaak Pinyan, age 19, the father of the child, is charged with Felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Physical Injury. Investigators say the arrest follows a report of child abuse about the infant,
    • SC student handcuffed after he writes fictional story about dinosaur and gun

      SC student handcuffed after he writes fictional story about dinosaur and gun

      Thursday, August 21 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:24:08 GMT
      After a Summerville High School student is arrested and suspended for writing a fictional story, in which he described a gun being used to kill his neighbor's dinosaur, the 16-year-old's attorney speaks out. "This is a perfect example of 'political correctness' that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense," said David Aylor. "My client wrote about a fictional story that involved a neighbor's dinosaur and a gun. th...
      After a Summerville High School student is arrested and suspended for writing a fictional story, in which he described a gun being used to kill his neighbor's dinosaur, the 16-year-old's attorney speaks out. "This is a perfect example of 'political correctness' that has exceeded the boundaries of common sense," said David Aylor. "My client wrote about a fictional story that involved a neighbor's dinosaur and a gun. th...
    • Band teacher accused of having sex with several students

      Band teacher accused of having sex with several students

      Thursday, August 21 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:12:37 GMT
      Jeffery Gainous, band teacher accused of having sex with studentsJeffery Gainous, band teacher accused of having sex with students
      Authorities tell News 5 that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, was arrested Wednesday for having sex with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years.Officials say Gainous is accused of tying up the teenage girls and gagging them using ropes and other bondage devices. The sexual acts took place is the band room and several other locations, News 5 is told.Additionally, News 5 is told Gainous has confessed to the acts and showed no remor...
      Authorities tell News 5 that Jeffery Gainous, the former band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, was arrested Wednesday for having sex with at least 8 high school girls over the last three years.Officials say Gainous is accused of tying up the teenage girls and gagging them using ropes and other bondage devices. The sexual acts took place is the band room and several other locations, News 5 is told.Additionally, News 5 is told Gainous has confessed to the acts and showed no remor...
    • NationalMore>>

    • Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

      Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

      Thursday, August 21 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:54:03 GMT
      Police in Kentucky say two firefighters were seriously injured when the fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line as they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge.
      Police in Kentucky say two firefighters were seriously injured when the fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line as they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge.
    • Attorney: Utah eatery had other chemical burn

      Attorney: Utah eatery had other chemical burn

      Thursday, August 21 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:34:29 GMT
      As prosecutors mull whether charges are warranted against employees at a Utah restaurant where a woman nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic tea, the woman's husband and son are set to talk publicly...
      The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking toxic iced tea at a Utah restaurant says an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on the same chemical cleaning compound.
    • US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

      US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

      Thursday, August 21 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:34:26 GMT
      A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.
      A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.
    • Positively CarolinaMore>>

    • Horry County Police Department raises money for the Special Olympics

      Horry County Police Department raises money for the Special Olympics

      Thursday, August 14 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-14 21:20:32 GMT
      Horry County Police hosted its annual fundraiser Thursday to raise money for the Special Olympics.The three-day campaign started Thursday with a donut-eating contest.All competitors had five minutes to knock back some Krispy Kreme donuts.Whoever ate the most won!The winner is Cody Burroughs with the Horry County Police Department. He ate 12 donuts in just over 3 minutes. Anyone who donates $20 will get a 2014 law enforcement torch run t-shirt.
      Horry County Police hosted its annual fundraiser Thursday to raise money for the Special Olympics.The three-day campaign started Thursday with a donut-eating contest.All competitors had five minutes to knock back some Krispy Kreme donuts.Whoever ate the most won!The winner is Cody Burroughs with the Horry County Police Department. He ate 12 donuts in just over 3 minutes. Anyone who donates $20 will get a 2014 law enforcement torch run t-shirt.
    • Dairy Queen raises money for Children's Miracle Network

      Dairy Queen raises money for Children's Miracle Network

      Thursday, August 14 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-08-14 21:19:11 GMT
      Dairy Queen donated at least $1 from every Blizzard it sold Thursday to the Children's Miracle Network to help sick children in the area.For 30 years, Dairy Queen has raised more than $100 million for CMN.Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.
      Dairy Queen donated at least $1 from every Blizzard it sold Thursday to the Children's Miracle Network to help sick children in the area.For 30 years, Dairy Queen has raised more than $100 million for CMN.Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.
    • Man with ALS thankful for those taking the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

      Man with ALS thankful for those taking the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

      Wednesday, August 13 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-14 01:49:36 GMT
      A big movement across social media platforms has prompted big donations for ALS research. The ice bucket challengeis helpingthose with Lou Gehrig's Disease.Thousands of people are pouring ice water on themselves and challenging others to do the same.  ...
      A big movement across social media platforms has prompted big donations for ALS research. The ice bucket challengeis helpingthose with Lou Gehrig's Disease.Thousands of people are pouring ice water on themselves and challenging others to do the same.  ...
    • Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed StoriesMore>>

    • Child found not breathing leads to arrest of Clio woman

      Child found not breathing leads to arrest of Clio woman

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:54:40 GMT
      Mary BlackwellMary Blackwell
      Marlboro County Sheriff's office announced the arrest of Mary Blackwell, 20,of Clio for unlawful conduct toward a child and inflicting serious bodily injury on a child and possession of a non-controlled substance. The MCSO responded to the addressafter being requested by EMS.
      Marlboro County Sheriff's office announced the arrest of Mary Blackwell, 20,of Clio for unlawful conduct toward a child and inflicting serious bodily injury on a child and possession of a non-controlled substance. The MCSO responded to the addressafter being requested by EMS.
    • Student reportedly suspended for saying "Bless you"

      Student reportedly suspended for saying "Bless you"

      Thursday, August 21 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:18:58 GMT
      A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church."She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said Turner.Turner says when she defended her actions, she was...
      A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying "bless you" after a classmate sneezed.When Dyer County High School senior Kendra Turner said bless you to her classmate, she says her teacher told her that was for church."She said that we're not going to have godly speaking in her class and that's when I said we have a constitutional right," said Turner.Turner says when she defended her actions, she was...
    • Beer recall because of possible glass particles in bottle

      Beer recall because of possible glass particles in bottle

      Thursday, August 21 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:23:38 GMT
      Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with the production codes listed below. This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could ...
      Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with the production codes listed below. This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could ...
    Current Conditions Sponsored By:  
    Heather Elvis Case Coverage

    Get the latest from News13 and look back at the case, view photos and watch video clips. FULL COVERAGE

    Zip Code Weather!
    Get a local weather report and a 10-day forecast by typing in your zip code!
    • Things To Do

    Powered by WorldNow

    101 McDonald Court
    Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

    Telephone: 843.293.1301
    Fax: 843.293.1760
    Email: news@wbtw.com

    Can't find something?
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company