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    SC firefighter hospitalized as crews battle house fire

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    One firefighter was injured while battling a fire on Coburg Court in Boiling Springs Wednesday afternoon.People were inside the home when the fire broke out around 5 pm, according to officials. They were able to get out safely. More>>

    Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

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    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
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    Bond denied for SC waitress charged in boyfriend's stabbing death

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    Bond has been denied for an SC Huddle House waitress who police say fatally stabbed her boyfriend in Sumter. Authorities say that 20-year-old Helen Louise Wells confessed to officers that she stabbed her live-in boyfriend with a knife after an argument on Saturday,
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    Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident

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    Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe was injured in an ATV accident Tuesday and is reportedly in critical condition at a Charlotte hospital. The Laurinburg Exchange reports a teammate riding with Ratliffe, Dakota Holland, was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital with scrapes and bruises.The two had been riding through the woods around 4:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. It's not clear who was driving.Ratliffe had to airlifted from Carolinas Medical Ce... More>>

    North Carolina sheriff: 3 people killed; 3 deputies injured in shootout

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    A North Carolina sheriff says three people have been killed and three deputies injured in a shootout at a mobile home park outside Fayetteville.Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler told local media outlets Wednesday morning that deputies were called to a domestic dispute about 7 a.m. Wednesday. At the residence, gunfire was exchanged with one person, who was among the three killed.Deputies did not immediately say whether the people died in the domestic dispute or in the shootout.The names o... More>>

    Man, 2 women wanted in beauty store robbery

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    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - The Myrtle Beach Police Department is asking forthe public's help in solving a recent armed robbery case.According to a press release, the robbery happened July 26 at theSally Beauty Supply located at 1315 N. Kings Hwy. The suspects may be driving a red in color SUV. The male is described as being 6 foottall with a lot of hair pushed up in a black spandex type sleep cap. He is also described as having a very long goatee, which he is attem... More>>

    Horry County parents start petition to change school district's attendance policy Video included

    There's a petition going around to Horry County parents to change the way the school district handles student absences. There's a petition going around to Horry County parents to change the way the school district handles student absences.
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    There’s a petition going around to Horry County parents that aims to change the way the school district handles student absences.Four moms started the petition, which now has more than 1200 signatures. They say the district’s policy strips away parents’ right to make responsible decisions on behalf of their children.According to the Horry County Schools website, students are allowed ten unexcused absences, and after t... More>>

    Teen girl dies in Horry County crash near Loris

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    The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened in Horry County on Tuesday afternoon.The crash happened at 12:53 pm on the SC Highway 9 bypass at Log Cabin Road, the SC Highway Patrol said. More>>

    Grand Strand leaders respond to Haley's visit to Atlantic Beach Video included

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    Tuesday, Myrtle Beach City Officials and Horry County Officials responded to the Governor’s meeting with Atlantic Beach Town Council.Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans stated he has no plans to end Bike Fest after meeting with Governor Nikki Haley.Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus told News 13 months ago he believes Bike Fest has become a social event that cannot just be ended.However, he says that does not mean... More>>

    New standard for teaching evolution in SC approved Video included

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    By Robert KittleSouth Carolina biology teachers would be using a new standard for teaching evolution, after a joint education panel approved a change Tuesday. The joint committee of members of the Education Oversight Committee and state Board of Education passed the standard unanimously. It now goes to the full Education Oversight Committee on August 11 and, if it passes there, to the full state Board of Education on August 13.The standard is a compromise, after member Sen. Mike Fair, R-Green... More>>

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    • Myrtle Beach listed in the top ten most affordable retirement cities

      Myrtle Beach listed in the top ten most affordable retirement cities

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:57:44 GMT
      Myrtle Beach is ranked number 10 ona list of the Most Affordable Places to Retire. The data was compiled by a personal finance website called The Simple Dollar. Researchers looked at several factors including, average home price, cost of living, taxes, climate and access to cultural and natural amenities.Cresswind is a new community located right next to the Market Common. It was designed specially for people ages 55 and up. John Gass recently moved to Myrtle Beach from California. He said he...
      Myrtle Beach is ranked number 10 ona list of the Most Affordable Places to Retire. The data was compiled by a personal finance website called The Simple Dollar. Researchers looked at several factors including, average home price, cost of living, taxes, climate and access to cultural and natural amenities.Cresswind is a new community located right next to the Market Common. It was designed specially for people ages 55 and up. John Gass recently moved to Myrtle Beach from California. He said he...
    • Craigslist scam targets Myrtle Beach seller

      Craigslist scam targets Myrtle Beach seller

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:47:28 GMT
      Laura Duhaime has sold quite the wide variety of items on Craigslist - everything from a washer and dryer to dishes, vinyl records and clothing.Six days ago, the Myrtle Beach resident posted her latest ad to the website for a $300 percussion set.It didn't take long for her to find a buyer. Unfortunately, it wasn't a quick deal like she had hoped. She was expecting a $300 check, but what she received in the mail was far from the correct amount."When the check showed up and it was for such a hu...
      Laura Duhaime has sold quite the wide variety of items on Craigslist - everything from a washer and dryer to dishes, vinyl records and clothing.Six days ago, the Myrtle Beach resident posted her latest ad to the website for a $300 percussion set.It didn't take long for her to find a buyer. Unfortunately, it wasn't a quick deal like she had hoped. She was expecting a $300 check, but what she received in the mail was far from the correct amount."When the check showed up and it was for such a hu...
    • 1930s act means you're paying for potential Horry County gun range

      1930s act means you're paying for potential Horry County gun range

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:25:28 GMT
      CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) - Horry County leaders say they know where a public gun range should be built if they get the money to build it. Right now, however, they say they don't know how much they need. Still, you could be contributing money to the project and not even realize it.Awooded area off of Highway 90 in Conway could one day look like an outdoor shooting range if you decide to keep buying guns, ammo, and hunting licenses.In the 1930s, the Pittman-Robertson act added an additional tax to g...
      CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) - Horry County leaders say they know where a public gun range should be built if they get the money to build it. Right now, however, they say they don't know how much they need. Still, you could be contributing money to the project and not even realize it.Awooded area off of Highway 90 in Conway could one day look like an outdoor shooting range if you decide to keep buying guns, ammo, and hunting licenses.In the 1930s, the Pittman-Robertson act added an additional tax to g...
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    • Bond denied for SC waitress charged in boyfriend's stabbing death

      Bond denied for SC waitress charged in boyfriend's stabbing death

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:06:59 GMT
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      Bond has been denied for an SC Huddle House waitress who police say fatally stabbed her boyfriend in Sumter. Authorities say that 20-year-old Helen Louise Wells confessed to officers that she stabbed her live-in boyfriend with a knife after an argument on Saturday,
      Bond has been denied for an SC Huddle House waitress who police say fatally stabbed her boyfriend in Sumter. Authorities say that 20-year-old Helen Louise Wells confessed to officers that she stabbed her live-in boyfriend with a knife after an argument on Saturday,
    • Florence Humane Society holds "Critter Camp"

      Florence Humane Society holds "Critter Camp"

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:08:46 GMT
      Some Pee Dee students have the chance to learn about animals. The Florence Area Humane Society holds its annual "Critter Camp." Wednesday, the students had the opportunity to interact with horses. The camp focuses on caring for and being kind to animals. There are alsocrafts and games you find at most camps but also plenty of dog and cat time. The camp runs through Friday.
      Some Pee Dee students have the chance to learn about animals. The Florence Area Humane Society holds its annual "Critter Camp." Wednesday, the students had the opportunity to interact with horses. The camp focuses on caring for and being kind to animals. There are alsocrafts and games you find at most camps but also plenty of dog and cat time. The camp runs through Friday.
    • Hartsville’s National Night Out 2014 offers free activities, family fun

      Hartsville’s National Night Out 2014 offers free activities, family fun

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:05:38 GMT
      The Hartsville Police Department is inviting residents out for a celebration of community heroes, with plenty of fun family activities encouraging kids to make good choices and stay drug-free. Hartsville’s 2014 National Night Out will feature an evening full of free activities, free food, and a free movie showing of “The Blind Side.”Hartsville’s National Night Out, a time for residents to connect with the agencies working to protect them, learn more about crime prevention and generally have f...
      The Hartsville Police Department is inviting residents out for a celebration of community heroes, with plenty of fun family activities encouraging kids to make good choices and stay drug-free. Hartsville’s 2014 National Night Out will feature an evening full of free activities, free food, and a free movie showing of “The Blind Side.”Hartsville’s National Night Out, a time for residents to connect with the agencies working to protect them, learn more about crime prevention and generally have f...
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    • SC firefighter hospitalized as crews battle house fire

      SC firefighter hospitalized as crews battle house fire

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:03:12 GMT
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      One firefighter was injured while battling a fire on Coburg Court in Boiling Springs Wednesday afternoon.People were inside the home when the fire broke out around 5 pm, according to officials. They were able to get out safely.
      One firefighter was injured while battling a fire on Coburg Court in Boiling Springs Wednesday afternoon.People were inside the home when the fire broke out around 5 pm, according to officials. They were able to get out safely.
    • Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

      Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:48:04 GMT
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      A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
      A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
    • SC county arrests 27 in prostitution crack-down

      SC county arrests 27 in prostitution crack-down

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:40:26 GMT
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      A 3-day prostitution sting in Greenville County ended with 27 arrests.The operation started July 17 and targeted areas including Old Buncombe Road, Whitehorse Road and hotels in the southern portion of the county, according to sheriff’s office.
      A 3-day prostitution sting in Greenville County ended with 27 arrests.The operation started July 17 and targeted areas including Old Buncombe Road, Whitehorse Road and hotels in the southern portion of the county, according to sheriff’s office.
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    • Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

      Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:20 GMT
      An 8-year-old boy has died after a bullet fired from outside went through a home's wall and hit the child in bed early Wednesday, Detroit police said.
      Sporadic gunfire isn't an unusual sound in the Brewster Homes public housing complex in Detroit, but booming noises that shook Tenesha Higgins early Wednesday morning were way too close.
    • Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

      Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:41:23 GMT
      The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the...
      The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many...
    • Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

      Cinema verite documentarian Robert Drew dies at 90

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:40:40 GMT
      Documentary pioneer Robert Drew has died in Connecticut at age 90.
      By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and...
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    • Two charter members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand return to inspire current members

      Two charter members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand return to inspire current members

      Friday, July 25 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:03:53 GMT
      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Today, more than 200 local children and teenagers take part in programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.But that wasn’t always the case, when the program was chartered in 1998, it only had two members. Those members were P.J. and O.T. Thompson. P.J. was 7-years-old when he joined but O.T. was only 4 and that’s something that almost stopped him from being able to join."I actually wasn't supposed to be here. I was too young but since they brought my bro...
      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Today, more than 200 local children and teenagers take part in programs at the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand.But that wasn’t always the case, when the program was chartered in 1998, it only had two members. Those members were P.J. and O.T. Thompson. P.J. was 7-years-old when he joined but O.T. was only 4 and that’s something that almost stopped him from being able to join."I actually wasn't supposed to be here. I was too young but since they brought my bro...
    • Around 800 students travel to Horry County to help people in need

      Around 800 students travel to Horry County to help people in need

      Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:53:48 GMT
      Around 800 middle and high school students from across the country traveled to Horry County this summer to make a difference in the community. It's part of a youth missions organization called "Team Effort,"
      Around 800 middle and high school students from across the country traveled to Horry County this summer to make a difference in the community. It's part of a youth missions organization called "Team Effort,"
    • "Ripped" Florence mom continues quest to become pro bodybuilder

      "Ripped" Florence mom continues quest to become pro bodybuilder

      Monday, July 21 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:28:59 GMT
      Most people go to the gym with the goal to get fit.However, for ripped mom like Susanne Zavelle, a weight lifters paradise became a safe haven."I started lifting weights when I was 16 years old. I had a pretty tumultuous childhood, upbringing. So the gym became a pretty healthy way for me to escape that,” said Zavelle.5 years ago Susanne was hit with a series of injuries, starting with back complications."It had me la...
      Most people go to the gym with the goal to get fit.However, for ripped mom like Susanne Zavelle, a weight lifters paradise became a safe haven."I started lifting weights when I was 16 years old. I had a pretty tumultuous childhood, upbringing. So the gym became a pretty healthy way for me to escape that,” said Zavelle.5 years ago Susanne was hit with a series of injuries, starting with back complications."It had me la...
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    • North Carolina sheriff: 3 people killed; 3 deputies injured in shootout

      North Carolina sheriff: 3 people killed; 3 deputies injured in shootout

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:19:48 GMT
      A North Carolina sheriff says three people have been killed and three deputies injured in a shootout at a mobile home park outside Fayetteville.Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler told local media outlets Wednesday morning that deputies were called to a domestic dispute about 7 a.m. Wednesday. At the residence, gunfire was exchanged with one person, who was among the three killed.Deputies did not immediately say whether the people died in the domestic dispute or in the shootout.The names o...
      A North Carolina sheriff says three people have been killed and three deputies injured in a shootout at a mobile home park outside Fayetteville.Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler told local media outlets Wednesday morning that deputies were called to a domestic dispute about 7 a.m. Wednesday. At the residence, gunfire was exchanged with one person, who was among the three killed.Deputies did not immediately say whether the people died in the domestic dispute or in the shootout.The names o...
    • College student still recovering 3 months after spider bite

      College student still recovering 3 months after spider bite

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:18:48 GMT
      A 19-year-old college student is continuing to recover after she was bitten by a brown recluse nearly three months ago.Jessica Blessing reached out to our Media General sister station News 2 WKRN, in response to a story reporter Nick Caloway recently did on how brown recluse activity rises during summer months."I don't think people take it serious. They just take it as a spider, and no one can ever get bit, and now ever since I've been bit and people see my pictures on Facebook, they talk to ...
      A 19-year-old college student is continuing to recover after she was bitten by a brown recluse nearly three months ago.Jessica Blessing reached out to our Media General sister station News 2 WKRN, in response to a story reporter Nick Caloway recently did on how brown recluse activity rises during summer months."I don't think people take it serious. They just take it as a spider, and no one can ever get bit, and now ever since I've been bit and people see my pictures on Facebook, they talk to ...
    • Teen girl dies in Horry County crash near Loris

      Teen girl dies in Horry County crash near Loris

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:03:13 GMT
      The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened in Horry County on Tuesday afternoon.The crash happened at 12:53 pm on the SC Highway 9 bypass at Log Cabin Road, the SC Highway Patrol said.
      The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened in Horry County on Tuesday afternoon.The crash happened at 12:53 pm on the SC Highway 9 bypass at Log Cabin Road, the SC Highway Patrol said.
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