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


    Send photos and video by email to pix@wbtw.com
    Garten and Schultz.. Garten and Schultz..

    SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

    Updated:

    Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
    More>>

    SC firefighter hospitalized as crews battle house fire

    Image from @clutch_tyler Image from @clutch_tyler
    Updated:

    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

    Facebook image from Dan Flynn Facebook image from Dan Flynn
    Updated:

    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.
    More>>

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

    Wells and Richardson in a Facebook photo Wells and Richardson in a Facebook photo
    Updated:

    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,
    More>>

    Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident Video included

    Updated:

    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

    Updated:

    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

    Updated:

    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.
    Updated:

    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>>

    • Grand StrandMore>>

    • Horry County Students learn to build apps and video games at free camp

      Horry County Students learn to build apps and video games at free camp

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:28:57 GMT
      All week, Horry County students are getting the chance to learn new technologies free of charge with the help of the Governor’s School Program.Nearly 100 Horry County rising 7th and 8th graders attended the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics first ever iTeam camp in the county.The weeklong program teaches students how to use new technologies and even create their own video games and mobile apps.“You can bas...
      All week, Horry County students are getting the chance to learn new technologies free of charge with the help of the Governor’s School Program.Nearly 100 Horry County rising 7th and 8th graders attended the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics first ever iTeam camp in the county.The weeklong program teaches students how to use new technologies and even create their own video games and mobile apps.“You can bas...
    • 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...
    • Pee DeeMore>>

    • Medical students make their way into Florence ahead of downtown campus construction

      Medical students make their way into Florence ahead of downtown campus construction

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:26:17 GMT
      Construction crew have razed the site of the more than century-old Trust building in downtown Florence to make way for a new medical campus.The school will mean a more than $15 million investment in the downtown area and is a collaboration between USC, FMU, the city and McLeod and Carolinas Hospital Systems."I think that if you had told someone just a few years ago, that you were going to educate medical students in Florence, that you were going to do it downtown and that they were going to b...
      Construction crew have razed the site of the more than century-old Trust building in downtown Florence to make way for a new medical campus.The school will mean a more than $15 million investment in the downtown area and is a collaboration between USC, FMU, the city and McLeod and Carolinas Hospital Systems."I think that if you had told someone just a few years ago, that you were going to educate medical students in Florence, that you were going to do it downtown and that they were going to b...
    • 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
      Wells and Richardson in a Facebook photoWells and Richardson in a Facebook photo
      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.
    • State/RegionalMore>>

    • SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

      SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:49:56 GMT
      Garten and Schultz..Garten and Schultz..
      Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
      Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
    • Concealed Weapons Permit applications in SC double in 3 years

      Concealed Weapons Permit applications in SC double in 3 years

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:33:29 GMT
      Amanda Metz at a gun range. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)Amanda Metz at a gun range. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)
      By Robert KittleThe number of concealed weapons permit applications, or CWPs , has more than doubled in South Carolina over the last three years. Because of the attention on CWPs after new laws in August of last year and February of this year, we took a look at the numbers and what the state is doing to keep guns out of the wrong hands.The new law last August prohibits anyone declared by a judge to be mentally unfit from buying a gun, and reports those court rulings to the National Instant Ba...
      By Robert KittleThe number of concealed weapons permit applications, or CWPs , has more than doubled in South Carolina over the last three years. Because of the attention on CWPs after new laws in August of last year and February of this year, we took a look at the numbers and what the state is doing to keep guns out of the wrong hands.The new law last August prohibits anyone declared by a judge to be mentally unfit from buying a gun, and reports those court rulings to the National Instant Ba...
    • Same-sex couples denied SC marriage licenses; petition drive begins

      Same-sex couples denied SC marriage licenses; petition drive begins

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:30:16 GMT
      Ryan Wilson, director of SC Equality, looks at an online petition that started Wed. asking SC’s attorney general to stop defending the state’s ban on gay marriages. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)Ryan Wilson, director of SC Equality, looks at an online petition that started Wed. asking SC’s attorney general to stop defending the state’s ban on gay marriages. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)
      By Robert KittleSeveral same-sex couples tried to get marriage licenses in Greenville Wednesday but were denied because of the state’s ban on gay marriages. They were part of Campaign for Southern Equality’s “We Do” campaign. Supporters of gay marriage rally and then try to get marriage licenses, even though they know they’ll be denied."Unfortunately we were denied this time, but we are quite hopeful that with the ruling this Monday that it'll change," Rachel Duncan said afterward, with her p...
      By Robert KittleSeveral same-sex couples tried to get marriage licenses in Greenville Wednesday but were denied because of the state’s ban on gay marriages. They were part of Campaign for Southern Equality’s “We Do” campaign. Supporters of gay marriage rally and then try to get marriage licenses, even though they know they’ll be denied."Unfortunately we were denied this time, but we are quite hopeful that with the ruling this Monday that it'll change," Rachel Duncan said afterward, with her p...
    • NationalMore>>

    • Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

      Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

      Thursday, July 31 2014 5:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:16:42 GMT
      They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick....
      They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick. The other,...
    • Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

      Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

      Thursday, July 31 2014 4:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:57:52 GMT
      Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up...
      Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up the...
    • AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

      AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

      Thursday, July 31 2014 4:39 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:39:41 GMT
      Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.
      Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies.
    • Positively CarolinaMore>>

    • 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...
    • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

    • 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
      8 of the 27 who were arrested... CLICK IN PHOTO GALLERY FOR ALL IMAGES8 of the 27 who were arrested... CLICK IN PHOTO GALLERY FOR ALL IMAGES
      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.
    • 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...
    • SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

      SC baby found 12 lbs under weight in filth, parents vanish, authorities say

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:49:56 GMT
      Garten and Schultz..Garten and Schultz..
      Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
      Authorities are looking for parents of a baby boy who have fled since their house was checked by DSS and baby taken by authorities last week, officials said. On Friday July 25 officers responded to a home on Jesse Round Lane in Colleton County for
    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