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    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>>

    Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation to begin search for new president after Lofton’s resignation

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    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - On Wednesday morning, leaders with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation will begin the process of looking for a new president.They will host an executive session to determine how the board wants to move forward.Lofton told the Conway Kiwanis Club last week that he plans to return home soon to south Georgia. He came to the Grand Strand three years ago to lead the Economic Development Corporation.Lofton says he already has a job in Georgia and tha... 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>>

    Motorcycle rider killed in Florence County crash

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    A person riding a motorcycle was killed when the vehicle went off the road on Tuesday night, officials said.The incident happened around 9 pm on McAllister Mill Road in Florence County, said Cpl. Sonny Collins of the SC Highway Patrol. More>>

    'Loss is devastating,' family says of dad, daughter killed in plane crash-landing

    The family had been gathered in Florida for the anniversary of the dad and mom... Facebook photo The family had been gathered in Florida for the anniversary of the dad and mom... Facebook photo
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    The family of the father and daughter killed in a plane crash on Sunday have released a written statement, remembering the lives of 9-year-old Oceana and her father Ommy. In the statement the family describes Oceana as a, "beautiful, intelligent and kind-hearted little girl." Her father Ommy
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    SC scammer posed as pastor with daughter caught in nude photos, police say

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    A South Carolina man who posed as a Charlotte-area pastor and an NC State Bureau of Investigation agent to steal victims’ money is now behind bars following an investigation by the SBI, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday. Justin DeWayne Moore, age 23, of Greenwood, South Carolina,
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    • Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation to begin search for new president after Lofton’s resignation

      Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation to begin search for new president after Lofton’s resignation

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:21:01 GMT
      MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - On Wednesday morning, leaders with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation will begin the process of looking for a new president.They will host an executive session to determine how the board wants to move forward.Lofton told the Conway Kiwanis Club last week that he plans to return home soon to south Georgia. He came to the Grand Strand three years ago to lead the Economic Development Corporation.Lofton says he already has a job in Georgia and tha...
      MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - On Wednesday morning, leaders with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation will begin the process of looking for a new president.They will host an executive session to determine how the board wants to move forward.Lofton told the Conway Kiwanis Club last week that he plans to return home soon to south Georgia. He came to the Grand Strand three years ago to lead the Economic Development Corporation.Lofton says he already has a job in Georgia and tha...
    • City and County leaders respond to Governors visit to Atlantic Beach and no end to Bike Fest

      City and County leaders respond to Governors visit to Atlantic Beach and no end to Bike Fest

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:49:06 GMT
      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...
      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...
    • Horry County parents start petition to change school district's attendance policy

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

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:40:29 GMT
      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.
      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...
      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...
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    • Motorcycle rider killed in Florence County crash

      Motorcycle rider killed in Florence County crash

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:51:40 GMT
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      A person riding a motorcycle was killed when the vehicle went off the road on Tuesday night, officials said.The incident happened around 9 pm on McAllister Mill Road in Florence County, said Cpl. Sonny Collins of the SC Highway Patrol.
      A person riding a motorcycle was killed when the vehicle went off the road on Tuesday night, officials said.The incident happened around 9 pm on McAllister Mill Road in Florence County, said Cpl. Sonny Collins of the SC Highway Patrol.
    • Florence Police officer shoots, kills armed robbery suspect

      Florence Police officer shoots, kills armed robbery suspect

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:37:26 GMT
      A Florence Police Officer shot an armed robbery suspect at a gas station on Monday night, officials said. Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler told WBTW that around 9:40 pm, a police officer saw an armed robbery in progress at Cruizers gas station
      A Florence Police Officer shot an armed robbery suspect at a gas station on Monday night, officials said. Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler told WBTW that around 9:40 pm, a police officer saw an armed robbery in progress at Cruizers gas station
    • Florence nonprofit works to eliminate hunger

      Florence nonprofit works to eliminate hunger

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:32:46 GMT
      “Help 4 Kids” is a non-profit that works to feed homeless and poor students in Florence One.“Help 4 Kids” is a non-profit that works to feed homeless and poor students in Florence One.
      “Help 4 Kids” is a non-profit that works to feed homeless and poor students in Florence One.
      “Help 4 Kids” is a non-profit that works to feed homeless and poor students in Florence One.    
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    • 2 NC escaped inmates considered "armed and dangerous"

      2 NC escaped inmates considered "armed and dangerous"

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:55 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:55:42 GMT
      The McDowell County Sheriff's Office continue searchingfor two western North Carolina escaped inmates who are considered armed and dangerous.The inmates, Calvin Lee Metcalf, 20, from Bakersville, NC, and Phillip Nicholas Metcalf, 25, from Spruce Pine, reportedly assaulted a deputyin Avery County around 4 p.m. Tuesday and then proceeded to steal his vehicle at gunpoint."They were being held in McDowell County on Mitchell County break-in charges," said Richelle Bailey, Public Information Assist...
      The McDowell County Sheriff's Office continue searchingfor two western North Carolina escaped inmates who are considered armed and dangerous.The inmates, Calvin Lee Metcalf, 20, from Bakersville, NC, and Phillip Nicholas Metcalf, 25, from Spruce Pine, reportedly assaulted a deputyin Avery County around 4 p.m. Tuesday and then proceeded to steal his vehicle at gunpoint."They were being held in McDowell County on Mitchell County break-in charges," said Richelle Bailey, Public Information Assist...
    • Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

      Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:20 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:20:44 GMT
      WASHINGTON (AP) — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them: children who were never reported missing in the first place.Advocates say the roundup reinforces the need for a standardized, nationwide approach to report ...
      WASHINGTON (AP) — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them: children who were never reported missing in the first place.Advocates say the roundup reinforces the need for a standardized, nationwide approach to report ...
    • New standard for teaching evolution in SC approved

      New standard for teaching evolution in SC approved

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:52:35 GMT
      An education panel discusses the new evolution standard Tuesday. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)An education panel discusses the new evolution standard Tuesday. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)
      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...
      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...
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    • Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

      Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:07 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:07:10 GMT
      When former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on corruption charges in January, the couple stood together at a hastily called news conference to denounce the charges.
      When former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on corruption charges in January, the couple stood together at a hastily called news conference to denounce the charges.
    • US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

      US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:36 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:36:48 GMT
      Mississippi's governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state's only abortion clinic in business.
      Mississippi's governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state's only abortion clinic in business.
    • Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia

      Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:28:53 GMT
      The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that...
      The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that could have...
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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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    • SC island remembers 'Forrest Gump' filming 20 years ago

      SC island remembers 'Forrest Gump' filming 20 years ago

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:31:12 GMT
      When the silver screen came to Beaufort two decades ago, it forever changed the way Marie Lawson views her back dock at Coosaw Point. Not only does she have the photo album to prove it, her back yard is featured in the award-winning film.
      When the silver screen came to Beaufort two decades ago, it forever changed the way Marie Lawson views her back dock at Coosaw Point. Not only does she have the photo album to prove it, her back yard is featured in the award-winning film.
    • Instagram page inspires travelers to post topless photos

      Instagram page inspires travelers to post topless photos

      Monday, July 28 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:10:56 GMT
      Yosemite National Park, CA, "Topless Tour" Instagram photoYosemite National Park, CA, "Topless Tour" Instagram photo
      A popular Instagram page is featuring a unique look at scenic locations around the world."The Topless Tour" encourages people to upload topless photos of themselves posing in scenic landscapes.
      A popular Instagram page is featuring a unique look at scenic locations around the world."The Topless Tour" encourages people to upload topless photos of themselves posing in scenic landscapes.
    • 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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