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    Stores and customers prepare for South Carolina's Tax-Free weekend deals Video included

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    Retailers across the state spent Thursday preparing for the annual tax-free weekend in South Carolina.The weekend is always a big draw for customers looking to save cash, but this year, the aisles will likely be filled with more customers considering North Carolina lawmakers discontinued their sales tax weekend savings.The time is an especially busy one for retailers who cater to both regular clients and schoolteachers as well.That includes staff at Teacher's Tools in Florence, who have spent... More>>

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

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    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
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    The Myrtle Beach Pelicans ballpark will turn pink this weekend for 2nd annual “Pink in the Park” Video included

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    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Myrtle Beach Pelicans fans will have the chance to support a campaign this weekend designed to help women in need.This Sunday, the team will join the Mary Kay Foundation to host its second annual "Pink in the Park.”"Pink in the Park" is an event that raises awareness and helps the Mary Kay Foundation with donations for local causes that support cancer patients and victims of domestic violence.The Pelicans are partnering up with Mary Kay again this year because of th... More>>

    Heat can kill; know the safety tips to prevent tragedy

    Two 13-month-old toddlers from the Pee Dee died after being left in hot cars in 2014. Two 13-month-old toddlers from the Pee Dee died after being left in hot cars in 2014.
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    Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. Wednesday, a 3-year-old boy in Southern California died after becoming trapped in a hot car. Police say he was playing alone in the front yard of his home, while his parents and older brother napped inside. Somehow the boy became trapped in the car and the was later found unresponsive. No word on how long the boy was inside the car. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.Police don't suspect foul play, no ... More>>

    Concealed Weapons Permit applications in SC double in 3 years Video included

    Amanda Metz at a gun range. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW) Amanda Metz at a gun range. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)
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    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... More>>

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

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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>>

    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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    • Myrtle Beach bridal shop looks to benefit from tax-free holiday weekend

      Myrtle Beach bridal shop looks to benefit from tax-free holiday weekend

      Thursday, July 31 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:45:01 GMT
      The Little White Dress Bridal Boutique looks to benefit from the annual tax-free holiday weekend.The Little White Dress Bridal Boutique looks to benefit from the annual tax-free holiday weekend.
      Thursday was a slow day for The Little White Dress Bridal Boutique in Myrtle Beach, but assistant manager Emily Vannoy says that’s about to change."When tax free weekend does come around, we have a stack of people that are just waiting to purchase, that have been here throughout the year, and we just kind of stack them up and we wait and run their credit card, or they give us a call on the weekend,” Vannoy said.But fo...
      Thursday was a slow day for The Little White Dress Bridal Boutique in Myrtle Beach, but assistant manager Emily Vannoy says that’s about to change."When tax free weekend does come around, we have a stack of people that are just waiting to purchase, that have been here throughout the year, and we just kind of stack them up and we wait and run their credit card, or they give us a call on the weekend,” Vannoy said.But fo...
    • More charges dropped against Hells Angels from 2012 “Operation Red Harvest”

      More charges dropped against Hells Angels from 2012 “Operation Red Harvest”

      Thursday, July 31 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:38:33 GMT
      Thirty more charges were dropped against members of the Hells Angels stemming from an arrest that dates back more than two years.In 2012, "Operation Red Harvest" resulted in 226 indictments handed down to dozens of members of the local Hells Angels.The charges ranged from assault and battery to kidnapping.In the spring of 2013, 107 of the charges were dropped; all of which stemmed from a fight, according to the Horry ...
      Thirty more charges were dropped against members of the Hells Angels stemming from an arrest that dates back more than two years.In 2012, "Operation Red Harvest" resulted in 226 indictments handed down to dozens of members of the local Hells Angels.The charges ranged from assault and battery to kidnapping.In the spring of 2013, 107 of the charges were dropped; all of which stemmed from a fight, according to the Horry ...
    • City of MB considers Five Points streetscape, intersection project

      City of MB considers Five Points streetscape, intersection project

      Thursday, July 31 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:48:31 GMT
      The City of Myrtle Beach hopes a proposed project along US-501 in Myrtle Beach will help spruce up the Five Points area and bring more foot traffic to nearby businesses.Jack Walker, Director of Planning for the City of Myrtle Beach, tells News13 the city is considering a streetscape project in the next 18 to 24 months to help freshen up the Five Points area.Walker says the project would help change traffic flow in the area of US-501, 8th Avenue North and Kings Highway. The city has set aside ...
      The City of Myrtle Beach hopes a proposed project along US-501 in Myrtle Beach will help spruce up the Five Points area and bring more foot traffic to nearby businesses.Jack Walker, Director of Planning for the City of Myrtle Beach, tells News13 the city is considering a streetscape project in the next 18 to 24 months to help freshen up the Five Points area.Walker says the project would help change traffic flow in the area of US-501, 8th Avenue North and Kings Highway. The city has set aside ...
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    • Prayer vigil held for Scotland County football quarterback as he undergoes surgery

      Prayer vigil held for Scotland County football quarterback as he undergoes surgery

      Friday, August 1 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:12:45 GMT
      A prayer vigil was held for a Scotland County football quarterback while he undergoes surgery.A prayer vigil was held for a Scotland County football quarterback while he undergoes surgery.
      Scotland High School Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe, who was critically injured while riding a four-wheeler with teammate Dakota Holland earlier this week, underwent surgery Thursday night. It happened while his community held a prayer vigil for him.
      Scotland High School Quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe, who was critically injured while riding a four-wheeler with teammate Dakota Holland earlier this week, underwent surgery Thursday night. It happened while his community held a prayer vigil for him.
    • Stores and customers prepare for South Carolina's Tax-Free weekend deals

      Stores and customers prepare for South Carolina's Tax-Free weekend deals

      Thursday, July 31 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:50:39 GMT
      Retailers across the state spent Thursday preparing for the annual tax-free weekend in South Carolina.The weekend is always a big draw for customers looking to save cash, but this year, the aisles will likely be filled with more customers considering North Carolina lawmakers discontinued their sales tax weekend savings.The time is an especially busy one for retailers who cater to both regular clients and schoolteachers as well.That includes staff at Teacher's Tools in Florence, who have spent...
      Retailers across the state spent Thursday preparing for the annual tax-free weekend in South Carolina.The weekend is always a big draw for customers looking to save cash, but this year, the aisles will likely be filled with more customers considering North Carolina lawmakers discontinued their sales tax weekend savings.The time is an especially busy one for retailers who cater to both regular clients and schoolteachers as well.That includes staff at Teacher's Tools in Florence, who have spent...
    • Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident

      Standout quarterback at Scotland High critically hurt in ATV accident

      Thursday, July 31 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:02:54 GMT
      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...
      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...
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    • Audio of Clinton on day before 9/11: 'Could have killed' bin Laden

      Audio of Clinton on day before 9/11: 'Could have killed' bin Laden

      Thursday, July 31 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:45:39 GMT
      Photo of Bil Clinton from Bill Clinton Facebook page by Barbara Kinney/Clinton FoundationPhoto of Bil Clinton from Bill Clinton Facebook page by Barbara Kinney/Clinton Foundation
      The day before the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, former President Bill Clinton told a group of businessmen in Australia that he "could have killed" the man behind those attacks, Osama bin Laden, in 1998,
      The day before the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, former President Bill Clinton told a group of businessmen in Australia that he "could have killed" the man behind those attacks, Osama bin Laden, in 1998,
    • Clemson foam technology could detect banned weapons

      Clemson foam technology could detect banned weapons

      Thursday, July 31 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:35:41 GMT
      Foam technology could help detect banned weapons.Foam technology could help detect banned weapons.
      By Jenna Troum (WSPA)In a corner of a lab at Clemson University, a big project is brewing that could change the way inspectors monitor for chemical weapons.“If there is a treaty between the United States and another country, they are not supposed to use certain chemicals. Then we should check it," said materials science and engineering professor Igor Luzinov.His project may not look like much -- just a one-inch-by-one-inch silicon chip that fits easily in the palm of your hand.But it could ma...
      By Jenna Troum (WSPA)In a corner of a lab at Clemson University, a big project is brewing that could change the way inspectors monitor for chemical weapons.“If there is a treaty between the United States and another country, they are not supposed to use certain chemicals. Then we should check it," said materials science and engineering professor Igor Luzinov.His project may not look like much -- just a one-inch-by-one-inch silicon chip that fits easily in the palm of your hand.But it could ma...
    • SC will not ignore Common Core when writing new school standards

      SC will not ignore Common Core when writing new school standards

      Thursday, July 31 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:24:42 GMT
      This meeting was called after the state ed. supt. said he would throw out Common Core standards on his own, going against a new state law. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)This meeting was called after the state ed. supt. said he would throw out Common Core standards on his own, going against a new state law. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)
      By Robert KittleState lawmakers were assured Thursday that South Carolina will not ignore the current Common Core standards in math and English when new standards are written. State education superintendent Mick Zais had ordered the panels writing the new standards to ignore Common Core completely.That worried state lawmakers because they passed a law this year requiring the state to review the Common Core standards, so they say ignoring them and writing new ones would violate that law. They ...
      By Robert KittleState lawmakers were assured Thursday that South Carolina will not ignore the current Common Core standards in math and English when new standards are written. State education superintendent Mick Zais had ordered the panels writing the new standards to ignore Common Core completely.That worried state lawmakers because they passed a law this year requiring the state to review the Common Core standards, so they say ignoring them and writing new ones would violate that law. They ...
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    • WWI aviation still alive at aerodrome in New York

      WWI aviation still alive at aerodrome in New York

      Friday, August 1 2014 1:31 AM EDT2014-08-01 05:31:52 GMT
      The sights and sounds of World War I flight are recreated regularly at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome north of New York City.
      There's still a place where buzzing biplanes swoop in pursuit of German triplanes, where pilots in open cockpits let their scarves flutter in the wind.
    • Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic

      Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic

      Friday, August 1 2014 1:30 AM EDT2014-08-01 05:30:50 GMT
      Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
      Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
    • Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

      Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

      Friday, August 1 2014 12:43 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:43:44 GMT
      Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud.
      Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the...
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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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    • NC Grandfather & grandson dead after more than 90 shots fired into home

      NC Grandfather & grandson dead after more than 90 shots fired into home

      Thursday, July 31 2014 6:44 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:44:23 GMT
      A grandfather and his 10-year-old grandson were killed Wednesday morning when the man's son-in-law fired more than 90 rounds at his home just outside of Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 61-year-old Gary Simpson, and Simpson's 10-year-old grandson, Trekwan Covington, were shot and killed Wednesday when 41-year-old Andrew Michaelis fired more than 90 rounds at Simpson's home on New Moon Drive.Trekwan Covington's father Kelly Covington said he was at work when his ex-wif...
      A grandfather and his 10-year-old grandson were killed Wednesday morning when the man's son-in-law fired more than 90 rounds at his home just outside of Fayetteville. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said 61-year-old Gary Simpson, and Simpson's 10-year-old grandson, Trekwan Covington, were shot and killed Wednesday when 41-year-old Andrew Michaelis fired more than 90 rounds at Simpson's home on New Moon Drive.Trekwan Covington's father Kelly Covington said he was at work when his ex-wif...
    • 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
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      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
    • VIDEO: Panic as shark charges swimmers at beach

      VIDEO: Panic as shark charges swimmers at beach

      Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:58:18 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. “This just happened off Navarre Beach Pier... 10 ft hammerhead going right at a swimmer and lifeguard.....insane!” wrote Dan Flynn, who posted the video to Facebook.
      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. “This just happened off Navarre Beach Pier... 10 ft hammerhead going right at a swimmer and lifeguard.....insane!” wrote Dan Flynn, who posted the video to Facebook.
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