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  • Air Algerie plane disappears from radar; 116 people reportedly on board

    Air Algerie plane disappears from radar; 116 people reportedly on board

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:11:18 GMT
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    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 0155 GMT, the agency said."In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.The fligh...
    An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 0155 GMT, the agency said."In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.The fligh...
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NMB moves forward with $6.5 million utility, road widening project

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The City of Myrtle Beach is moving forward with a $6.5 million infrastructure project, tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2015.The improvements will primarily effect a stretch of South Ocean Boulevard in Crescent Beach, according to City of North Myrtle Beach Spokesman Pat Dowling.Approximately $3.5 million will be spent on widening South Ocean Boulevard between 15th and 28th Avenues South. It will be funded by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.Preliminary plans for the... More>>

Florence focuses on community redevelopment efforts outside of the downtown Video included

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The City of Florence is taking major steps on a neighborhood action plan, that focuses on revitalizing communities just outside of the downtown area.Since January, that's meant work to create several gardens, green spaces and parks in areas like North and East Florence.The city employed local businesses, volunteers and city workers themselves to create green spaces that would take redevelopment far beyond the downtown.For several neighborhoods just outside of the downtown, patches of urban bl... More>>

Pelicans GM undergoes prostate exam during game to raise awareness Video included

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Early Friday morning, the front office staff of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans challenged their Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich to receive an in-game prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the team's Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday, July 24. Milovich accepted the challenge but only if the Fierce Fallon Facebook Page reached 10,000 'Likes' by Thursday at midnight.The Fierce Fallon Facebook Page belongs to Carolina Forest 10-year old Fallon Emer... More>>

Pickup truck flips in injury crash in North Myrtle Beach

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Authorities have responded to a serious crash in North Myrtle Beach. The crash with injuries was reported just after 6 pm on US 17 near the Tanger Outlets. The incident, in which a pickup truck flipped upside down, is just north of the shopping outlet and where SC 22 joins
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Young SC mom dies after jump into water-filled quarry

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Authorities say a 26-year-old woman has drowned in a Fairfield County quarry after she hit a tree while jumping into the water. Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said divers found Brooke Huffstetler's
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Smartphone "microbreaks" may reduce stress at work

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We're all guilty of it at one time or another, hopping on Facebook, texting with a friend, or playing a quick game of "Candy Crush" while at work; and while it might seem like this is zapping your productivity, a new study indicates that might not be true.We all have so much stress and with a smartphone in your hand it can be easy to stray from work; but take this new research to your boss and you might not have to sneak around with your smartphone anymore. The study was done by Kansas State ... More>>

NC man facing 50+ sex charges is held on $7 million bond; more victims possible, deputies say

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On Wednesday evening, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said it had a rapist in custody and held the suspect on $2 million bond. Now detectives think they have a lot more with charges Denzel Jamal Hill is being held on $7 million bond .. More>>

Hartsville Police look to "STAND" against crime through new mentoring initiative Video included

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For all of Dr. Alvin Heatley's life, he's called Hartsville home."There were 6 kids in my family...everybody in my house went to college,” said Heatley.He grew up on 6th street in the South Hartsville community."As we have evolved over the years we gotten to the point that communities like these where the persons who had the foundation for life grew up and they left and went away...and when you leave the people withou... More>>

New breathing equipment for police, fire in Loris and North Myrtle Beach

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The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety and the Loris Fire Department have purchased new Scott Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs) to replace older equipment. In June, the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department took delivery of 48 new Scott X3, 2013 Edition SCBAs More>>

National unemployment rate drops to an eight year low

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The number of initial unemployment claims dropped to an eight-year low last week. The labor department says 19,000 fewer initial claims were filed last week compared to the week before. Initial unemployment claim numbers have not been this low since 2006 before the housing market crash. More>>

Local group to hold rally protesting the idea of casinos coming to Myrtle Beach Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - State Representative Todd Rutherford plans to introduce a bill next year that will allow gambling sites in the Myrtle Beach area.The Democratic Party asked voters in its June primary if they would support South Carolina lawmakers using gambling as a way to raise the money needed to fix state roads and bridges.At time 75% of voters said they were in favor of changes to state gambling laws as opposed to any tax increase.The South Carolina Department of Transportation... More>>

Dad, 2 kids kicked off plane after agent 'felt threatened' by Tweet

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A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a Tweet.Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. More>>

Surfside Beach to study storm water effects in residential neighborhoods Video included

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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Thetown of Surfside Beach looks to do a storm water study. Town Council approved$7700 be spent on studying storm water effects aroundHarbor Lights and Seventh Avenue. Residents in those areas say they're losing their property because of the town-owned lake.Water fromLake Elizabeth drains from it and eventually reaches the Atlantic Ocean. That drainage is causing residents like David Patchett and his wife Tina to lose their yard."Water rises and lowers, and as it ... More>>

Facebook tip helps find missing Ocean Isle Beach teen

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Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives announced 16-year-old Haley Brook Clark from Ocean Isle Beach has been located and she is safe. More>>

Missing SC teen diver found dead 2 weeks after disappearance

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Officials from the Charleston County Coroner's office identified the remains of a missing diver, who didn't resurface two weekends ago near Folly Beach. The remains were identified as 18-year old Tristen Allen.
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Worker trapped in trench collapse at Fort Bragg dies

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Emergency officials say a recovery operation is underway at Fort Bragg for a worker who was trapped in a collapsed trench.An official with Fort Bragg said the trench is in the 1800 block of Manchester Road near the Ammunition Supply Point.Fayetteville emergency management personnel are assisting. Officials are now calling it a recovery operation, meaning they suspect the worker has died. More>>

UNC professor robbed, beaten to death

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A research professor with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was robbed and beaten death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive, police said.Police arrested two people Wednesday night after 59-year-old Feng Liu, of Durham, was found severely beaten around 1 p.m. on West University Drive. Liu was transported to UNC Hospitals, where he later died.Derick Davis II, 23, is charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, common law robbery and assault inflicting serious bodily in... More>>

7-year-old NC child killed after shots fired into home

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Wilson police are investigating a fatal shooting of a 7-year-old. Officers responded to the 400 block of Parkview Street just before 10 o'clock Wednesday night.A home on Parkview Street was hit by gunfire and 7-year-old inside the homewas struck during the shooting.The child was transported to Vidant Medical Centerand pronounced dead. No one else was hit, but witnesses say they heard about 6 or 7 shots fired. A car window outside a home on the same street was shot out as well.The case is stil... More>>

Sisters reunited in NC for the first time since 1944

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It's been a moment that's been years in the making. Aftermore than six decades not evenknowing they lost each other, Deva Buttram,70, and her sister Nancy Hansen, 71,reunited.Deva told WRAL reporter Ken Smith, "I have been looking for her because I knew about her, but I didn't know if she knew about me."Nancy didknow and has been longing for the meeting as well."I walked on clouds for about two weeks, I couldn't belie... More>>

Red Cross Palmetto SC Region Deploys volunteer for wildfire disaster relief in Washington state

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The American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region deployed a disaster-trained volunteer today to assist with Red Cross’ relief efforts in Washington State where wildfires have already destroyed almost 300,000 acres. The Red Cross volunteer was deployed from the Coastal SC Chapter in Myrtle Beach to provide expertise in logistics management for the services Red Cross is providing in Washington State including sheltering, feeding, health and mental health services. More>>

Guy diving for golf balls, bitten by alligator and it's not the first time

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Apparently being a golf ball retriever in Florida can be a hazardous job. A man contracted to dive for golf balls on one course ended up in the hospital after being bitten on the arm and hand by an alligator.Steven Martinez,51, was doing his job diving for golf balls at the bottom of the lake at Bonaventure Country Club in Weston. Martinez was able to shake off the alligator after being bit and quickly got out of the water.He drove himself to the pro shop where they called 911.It's not the fi... More>>

Possible tornado touches down at VA campground; reports of deaths

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There are reports of a possible tornado that toucheddown at a campground located at the southern tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore. The Cherrystone Family Camping RV Resort near Cape Charles has extensive damage.The National Weather Service radarshowed awaterspout over the Chesapeake Bay shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday forcing an alert to be issued.It's unclear of the extent of injuries. Some media outlets reported deaths but those are not confirmed. More>>

Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast

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Authorities say a mother and daughter have died of injuries they suffered when a food truck exploded in Philadelphia earlier this month.The city medical examiner's office confirmed Thursday that 17-year-old Jaylin Steffany Landaverry Galdanez died Tuesday and 42-year-old Olga Galdanez died Sunday. The mother owned the truck.Spokesman Jeff Moran says both deaths were due to the aftereffects of burns from the July 1 exp... More>>

SC college basketball coach charged with shoplifting perfume and shoes

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Kaye Waldrep, Converse College's Head Basketball Coach has resigned after officials say she was accused of shoplifting Tuesday.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says Waldrep was ticketed after they were called to Kohl's in Spartanburg.
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Soldiers deploying from Fort Bragg & Fort Campbell

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Soldiers from two 101st Airborne Division brigades from Fort Campbell and from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will deploy to Afghanistan, sending about3,600 soldiers in all.The Defense Department said the deployment involves about 1,000 soldiers from the 1st Brigade and about 900 from the 3rd Brigade from Fort Campbell and about 1,725 from the 82nd Airborne Division.The Combat Aviation Brigade troops are scheduled to leave Fort Bragg for Afghanistan this fall.... More>>

Teen and father die in plane crash in attempt to break flying record

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Haris Suleman, 17,and his father Babar, 58, took off June 19in their Hawker Beechcraft single engine airplane. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.They planned for a month long trip to fly around the world. Haris had only been a pilot for two months but had his license. His dad was a veteran airman.They braved headwinds, monsoons, hoping to set a new world record for circumnavigation and raise money for schoo... More>>

Grant to pay for new radios in Marion County fire departments Video included

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The Marion Rural Fire Department was awarded a $660,415 grant for new radios. In all, the money will pay for 131 portable radios and 52 mobile units for the county’s nine fire departments. More>>

Used cars for sale damaged in overnight crash in Horry County

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An overnight crash on Socastee Blvd. (707) at Socastee Auto Sales left several cars damaged. At least four cars were heavily damaged with parts scattered about the used car lot.No word on exactly how much monetary damage was done butat least two cars had sticker prices for $2,995, and another one for$3,695. South Carolina Highway Patrol was called to the scene. No word on whether or not anyone was injured or arrested. More>>

Good Question: How much water is in the Atlantic Ocean? Video included

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Chris Matlashewski from Forestbrook Middle School wants to know how many gallons of water are in the Atlantic Ocean? More>>

Vaccine reminder to parents of 7th graders

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State law requires all rising seventh graders to have the new TDAP vaccine for Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis. Getting this booster shot not only protects students, but also the people around them—especially little babies and the elderly. The vaccine is available through your pediatrician or the health department. When your 7th grader registers for school, he/she will have to show proof of immunization, including the TDAP. He/she will not be able to attend 7th grade without this important... More>>

Willie Nelson and other artists to perform at Farm Aid concert in NC

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Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina.The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews. Local artists will also perform.Since 1985, Farm Aid has raised more than $45 million through the festival to help family farmers keep their land and publicize loc... More>>

Vandals drive on Horry County soccer fields, causing up to $7,000 in damage Video included

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Between $5,000 and $7,000 in damage was done to Socastee area soccer fields after someone drove a vehicle over the grass, destroying the turf in many places...
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Around 800 students travel to Horry County to help people in need Video included

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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,"
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SC DSS will ask to hire 202 more people to handle caseload

Jessica Hanak-Coulter, Deputy Director for Human Services at DSS, told a state Senate DSS Oversight Subcommittee about the request at a hearing Wednesday at the Statehouse. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW) Jessica Hanak-Coulter, Deputy Director for Human Services at DSS, told a state Senate DSS Oversight Subcommittee about the request at a hearing Wednesday at the Statehouse. (Photo: Robert Kittle/WBTW)
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By Robert KittleThe South Carolina Department of Social Services will ask lawmakers next year for the budget to hire 202 more people, 109 of which would be caseworkers to lessen the burden on those with heavy caseloads now. The rest would be supervisors.Jessica Hanak-Coulter, Deputy Director for Human Services at DSS, told a state Senate DSS Oversight Subcommittee about the request at a hearing Wednesday at the Statehouse. "We would need the 202 new staff in order to meet that ideal caseload ... More>>

Stray dog found carrying sidekick Chihuahua around in her mouth

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The story of a stray lab-Pit Bull mix who took care of her injured Chihuahua sidekick is melting the hearts of people all across the country.The Savannah-Chatham Police Department is hoping all the attention will help them find a home for this special pair. More>>

Conway florist puts a smile on nursing home residents faces Video included

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A Conway florist put a lot of smiles on a lot of peoples' faces on Wednesday.Granny's Florist along with the floral wire service company "Teleflora" delivered flowers to Kingston Nursing Center in Conway. More>>

Some Florence County residents deal with road issues neighboring county property Video included

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Some people in lower Florence County say they deal with recurring issues on a road near their homes, but don't know where to turn for help.That road is Circle Dr., near Johnsonville, and some people who live there say runoff from the county's portion of road, impacts their ability to reach their homes.Sheila Miles is one of those residents who says she's dealt with ruts on the drive to her Johnsonville home, more times than she can count."The water from the runoff from the middle of the count... More>>

NCIS star hospitalized after allergic reaction to hair dye

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An NCIS actress known for her ink-black hair color is now issuing a warning about the dangers of hair dye after she was hospitalized Pauley Perrette is for a severe allergic reaction. Pauley Perrette, whose character, Abby Sciuto, More>>

Overweight & obese kids see themselves as skinnier than they really are, study says

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More than a third of children and teens in this country are overweight or obese but how many view themselves as such may surprise you. Many overweight kids don't seem to see themselves that way, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost a third of children and teens between the ages of 8 and 15 put themselves in the wrong weight category. That's a little more than 9 million young people. The report spanned the years 2005 through 2012. Nearly nine ou... More>>

Giving blood could save a life: One woman shares her story Video included

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The American Red Cross is facing a potential emergency blood shortage. Officials say donations are down 8% in donations. "We are desperately trying not to go into emergency levels," said Frecia Ammons, American Red Cross Representative. According to Ammons, Summer is a particularly challenging time to get donors to give because people go on vacation or are busy with activities.However, the biggest reason people choose not to donate is tehy just dont think about it."The don't think aboutit, un... More>>

NC mom explains Craigslist ad asking people to 'take my 5 kids'

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A pregnant, homeless, single mother of five in Durham says an ad she posted on Craigslist, in which she asked for someone to "take her five kids," was not what it seemed. Now, Moshimalee Johnson says she's fighting to get her children back and clear her name. More>>

1200+ beach tent warnings issued by Horry County Police in last 10 weeks Video included

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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Here's an update on an issue we've kept you covered on since the spring: the beach tent bans on the Strand. In unincorporated Horry County, tents are banned year round. The City of Myrtle Beach bans them through Labor Day, while North Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach ban them through September 15th.In fact, there's only one good stretch of beach in the county where you can pitch a tent. That's Surfside Beach. On Wednesday, everyone News 13 spoke to was aware of th... More>>

Soldier helped stop car after massive crash into grocery store

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One of the people shopping in a Kroger at the time of a huge car crash into the store last week was a US Army Sergeant, who warned customers and helped stopped the wild driver afterwards.Sgt. Jose Lopez of Headquarters More>>

Woman impales herself on cemetery fence; says she was running from attacker

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A woman claims she was running from an attacker and tried to jump a five foot fence when she became impaled. Firefighters had to use power saws and a grinding saw to cut her free, all while she was conscious. After 30 minutes she was transported to an area hospital for surgery to remove the spike sticking out of her thigh. It happened at Vine Cemetery in Hazleton. She said the nearest gate was locked. Witnesses backed... More>>

Chipotle, McAllister's, Which Wich among restaurants coming to North Myrtle Beach

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 City leaders announced 12 additions to the list of stores and restaurants that will be included in the new Coastal North Town Center slated to open later this year.The shopping center, on the site of the old Robber's Roost Golf Course, will be anchored by a Publix grocery store, and will also include the following restaurants: Chipotle, Which Wich, McAllister's Deli, Menchie's Yogurt, and Bojangles. Other new stores announced on Wednesday include: Super Cuts, Lee N... More>>

Dillon and Latta Dixie softball teams headed to World Series

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Dillon Darlings went undefeated in the state tournament for Dixie Softball. The team made up of girls ages 8 and under will leave Thursday to compete in the World Series in Bay St Louis Mississippi. The Latta softball team ages 12U State Champion softball team returned to Latta with a police escort down Main Street last week. They are also headed to the World Series for their division. Both teams have been hosting fundraisers to help pay for their trips to the world series. More>>

Lumberton PonyTails go undefeated in state tournament

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After a disappointing third place finish in the district tournament, the Lumberton PonyTails received an invitation to the State tournament which was held July 11th thru July 16th in Carthage, North Carolina. They proved they deserved a second chance by not only winning the State Championship but being undefeated state champions. With this win they will advance the Dixie Softball World Series to be held in North Myrtle Beach South Carolina Aug. 4th thru Aug. 8thThis is Lumberton's first year ... More>>

City leaders hope new cameras in The Market Common bring more sporting events to the area Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- The fields at the Grand Park Athletic Complex in The Market Common now have an extra set of eyes on them. The City of Myrtle Beach installed new cameras that allow for live streaming of tournaments and games.City leaders teamed up with WatchMeSports.com to install the cameras just over a month ago. Coordinators tell me they are already having a positive impact on the Grand Strand's sports tourism industry.There is now a camera installed behind the home plates of eac... More>>

Goodwill Industries donates 90% of revenue to employment programs Video included

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Many people associate Goodwill with its retail store, but the company does more than sell clothes at discounted prices.Miranda Todd started looking for a job two months ago. It was an especially nerve racking process for her because she had been a stay at home mom for 15 years. Rebecca Collett is the spokesperson for Goodwill Industries of lower South Carolina. She said someone like Todd might have difficulties applying to jobs online or using a computer and that's when Goodwill Job Link Cent... More>>

Tax Free weekend around the corner for SC shoppers

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South Carolina's "Tax Free" weekend begins August 1 and ends August 3. This is the 14th year shoppers can save on taxes when they do their back-to-school shopping.According to the SC Department of Revenue, this is the third busiest shopping period of the year behind Christmas and Black Friday. The tax free shopping applies to clothing and clothing accessories including, but not limited to, hats, scarves, hosiery, handbags and footwear. School supplies like pens, pencils, paper, binders, noteb... More>>

4-year-old Boy mauled to death by pit bulls

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Shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday night, four-year-old Logan Shepard sat down to enjoy ice cream at his uncle and aunt's house on Rhodine Road in Riverview.Moments later, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies found the toddler on the front lawn of the house with two pit bull dogs standing over him.Authorities believe the dogs attacked the boy and mauled him to death when he was left alone in the family room of his relatives' home. Logan was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report i... More>>

Horry County rushes to meet deadline to keep mentally ill from buying guns Video included

Ron Shulver has logged 30-40 volunteer hours a week for the past year to help get Horry County up to speed under the new law. Ron Shulver has logged 30-40 volunteer hours a week for the past year to help get Horry County up to speed under the new law.
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South Carolina passed a law in May 2013 aimed at keeping the mentally ill from buying handguns. But if probate courts across the state don’t meet an upcoming deadline, guns could end up in the wrong hands.Ron Shulver has logged 30 to 40 volunteer hours per week with the Horry County Probate Court in the past year, trying to get the county up to date on the law’s requirements.The law requires every county to submit a l... More>>

Sales of Russian bullets, guns increase after U.S. imposed sanctions Video included

Russian guns and bullet sales increase in local stores following US sanctions. Russian guns and bullet sales increase in local stores following US sanctions.
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Since the United States imposed sanctions against some Russian businesses, some businesses in the States have taken a hit. More>>

North Vista Elementary on track; new Royall facing delays in Florence school construction schedule Video included

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Construction continues on two major projects in Florence District One, though one of the projects is expected to see some delays.Those projects include the construction of the new North Vista Elementary School on N. Irby St. and the new Royall Elementary School, which is taking place on the site of the former Moore Intermediate on Cheraw Dr.The North Vista site is moving on schedule and once complete, will become the largest elementary school in the district.District officials anticipate that... More>>

Study: SC 45th nationwide in children's well-being

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By Robert KittleSouth Carolina ranks 45th in the nation in the latest “Kids Count” survey of children’s well-being. The state has improved in some areas, but not enough to move up. It was also ranked 45th last year.The annual survey is compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy aimed at improving children’s futures and strengthening families. It looks at areas like economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.Melissa Strompolis, Coordinator of Impact... More>>

Fuel leak backs up traffic on I-95 in Dillon County

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By WBTW News StaffA fuel leak from an 18-wheeler slowed traffic on Interstate 95 Tuesday evening.Captain Chip Rogers of Dillon County Fire State Nine told News13 the leak had shut down the southbound lanes for about 20 minutes.At last word, one lane is now open but traffic will likely remain at a crawl for several hours.Count on updates from WBTW.com as more information becomes available. More>>

Myrtle Beach woman dies after car crashes into sweetgrass basket stand

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A woman from Myrtle Beach died when the car she was driving crashed and flipped upside down near Charleston on Monday afternoon, officials said. At approximately 2:07 PM Monday officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to a single
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Taxi drivers in Myrtle Beach up in arms over ride sharing company Video included

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To use the ride-sharing service "Uber," you download the Uber app on your smartphone and set up your account. Once you do that, you can set a pick-up location, pay for the ride and someone will pick you up. However, since it hit Myrtle Beach, it's been hit by strong opposition.Spokesperson Mark Kruea said the vehicles are not legally authorized to conduct business in the City of Myrtle Beach and the city will take act... More>>

Conway man shot, killed dog in front of toddlers at Horry County house, police say

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A Conway man was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he shot and killed a dog in front of a woman and 2 toddlers at a Horry County house in late June. The incident happened on June 26 around 8 pm when Horry County Police .. More>>

NC teen girl charged after baby found buried in yard

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The mother of a child who was found buried beside a home in Franklin County has been charged with concealing and failing to report a death, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.Ashley Reed, age 16, of Louisburg is More>>

NC son charged after mom, age 98, left in truck during 5-hour casino visit

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A Raleigh man was arrested Monday in Maryland after police say he left his 98-year-old mother in a hot truck for hours while he visited a casino.Dwight Ridgeway McGinnis Jr., 67, of Raleigh,
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Sheheen's plan for SC roads wouldn't raise gas tax

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is releasing his plan to improve South Carolina roads without raising the gas tax.The state senator from Camden wants the General Assembly set up a plan to dedicate 5 percent of the state budget and surplus every year to repairing and building roads. That plan would have raised about $350 million if it had been in place this year.Sheheen says revenue growth and implementing the plan over several years should prevent budget cuts in other areas... More>>

"Keep Horry County Beautiful" releases litter count

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"Keep Horry County Beautiful" released the numbers today from its annual litter index Tuesday. The index is a countywide assessment to check for litter as teams of 3 or 4 people drove through certain areas looking for litter graffiti and other things. The index is calculated on a scale from 1 to 4. One is the least amount of litter. Four is the most. Horry county's score is 1 point 8. According to Bo Ives, Chairman of "Keep Horry County Beautiful," in 2011 the litter count was 2.14. In 2012... More>>

Brad Lofton resigns from Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation

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Tuesday, The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation President, Brad Lofton, resigned from his position.According to a press release from the EDC, a letter was submitted announcing Lofton’s resignation.Lofton says his resignation is for family reasons.“This move will allow my wife, two kids and I the opportunity to get closer to our families and help provide immediate care for aging parents that are cur... More>>

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  • NMB moves forward with $6.5 million utility, road widening project

    NMB moves forward with $6.5 million utility, road widening project

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:22:51 GMT
    The City of Myrtle Beach is moving forward with a $6.5 million infrastructure project, tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2015.The improvements will primarily effect a stretch of South Ocean Boulevard in Crescent Beach, according to City of North Myrtle Beach Spokesman Pat Dowling.Approximately $3.5 million will be spent on widening South Ocean Boulevard between 15th and 28th Avenues South. It will be funded by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.Preliminary plans for the...
    The City of Myrtle Beach is moving forward with a $6.5 million infrastructure project, tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2015.The improvements will primarily effect a stretch of South Ocean Boulevard in Crescent Beach, according to City of North Myrtle Beach Spokesman Pat Dowling.Approximately $3.5 million will be spent on widening South Ocean Boulevard between 15th and 28th Avenues South. It will be funded by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.Preliminary plans for the...
  • Pelicans GM undergoes prostate exam during game to raise awareness

    Pelicans GM undergoes prostate exam during game to raise awareness

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:17:38 GMT
    Early Friday morning, the front office staff of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans challenged their Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich to receive an in-game prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the team's Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday, July 24. Milovich accepted the challenge but only if the Fierce Fallon Facebook Page reached 10,000 'Likes' by Thursday at midnight.The Fierce Fallon Facebook Page belongs to Carolina Forest 10-year old Fallon Emer...
    Early Friday morning, the front office staff of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans challenged their Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich to receive an in-game prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the team's Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday, July 24. Milovich accepted the challenge but only if the Fierce Fallon Facebook Page reached 10,000 'Likes' by Thursday at midnight.The Fierce Fallon Facebook Page belongs to Carolina Forest 10-year old Fallon Emer...
  • Pickup truck flips in injury crash in North Myrtle Beach

    Pickup truck flips in injury crash in North Myrtle Beach

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:29:58 GMT
    Photo by Steve Korioth/WBTWPhoto by Steve Korioth/WBTW
    Authorities have responded to a serious crash in North Myrtle Beach. The crash with injuries was reported just after 6 pm on US 17 near the Tanger Outlets. The incident, in which a pickup truck flipped upside down, is just north of the shopping outlet and where SC 22 joins
    Authorities have responded to a serious crash in North Myrtle Beach. The crash with injuries was reported just after 6 pm on US 17 near the Tanger Outlets. The incident, in which a pickup truck flipped upside down, is just north of the shopping outlet and where SC 22 joins
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  • Florence focuses on community redevelopment efforts outside of the downtown

    Florence focuses on community redevelopment efforts outside of the downtown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:18:22 GMT
    The City of Florence is taking major steps on a neighborhood action plan, that focuses on revitalizing communities just outside of the downtown area.Since January, that's meant work to create several gardens, green spaces and parks in areas like North and East Florence.The city employed local businesses, volunteers and city workers themselves to create green spaces that would take redevelopment far beyond the downtown.For several neighborhoods just outside of the downtown, patches of urban bl...
    The City of Florence is taking major steps on a neighborhood action plan, that focuses on revitalizing communities just outside of the downtown area.Since January, that's meant work to create several gardens, green spaces and parks in areas like North and East Florence.The city employed local businesses, volunteers and city workers themselves to create green spaces that would take redevelopment far beyond the downtown.For several neighborhoods just outside of the downtown, patches of urban bl...
  • Hartsville Police look to "STAND" against crime through new mentoring initiative

    Hartsville Police look to "STAND" against crime through new mentoring initiative

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:42:59 GMT
    For all of Dr. Alvin Heatley's life, he's called Hartsville home."There were 6 kids in my family...everybody in my house went to college,” said Heatley.He grew up on 6th street in the South Hartsville community."As we have evolved over the years we gotten to the point that communities like these where the persons who had the foundation for life grew up and they left and went away...and when you leave the people withou...
    For all of Dr. Alvin Heatley's life, he's called Hartsville home."There were 6 kids in my family...everybody in my house went to college,” said Heatley.He grew up on 6th street in the South Hartsville community."As we have evolved over the years we gotten to the point that communities like these where the persons who had the foundation for life grew up and they left and went away...and when you leave the people withou...
  • National unemployment rate drops to an eight year low

    National unemployment rate drops to an eight year low

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:54:19 GMT
    The number of initial unemployment claims dropped to an eight-year low last week. The labor department says 19,000 fewer initial claims were filed last week compared to the week before. Initial unemployment claim numbers have not been this low since 2006 before the housing market crash.
    The number of initial unemployment claims dropped to an eight-year low last week. The labor department says 19,000 fewer initial claims were filed last week compared to the week before. Initial unemployment claim numbers have not been this low since 2006 before the housing market crash.
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  • Young SC mom dies after jump into water-filled quarry

    Young SC mom dies after jump into water-filled quarry

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:44:42 GMT
    Huffstetler in a Facebook photoHuffstetler in a Facebook photo
    Authorities say a 26-year-old woman has drowned in a Fairfield County quarry after she hit a tree while jumping into the water. Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said divers found Brooke Huffstetler's
    Authorities say a 26-year-old woman has drowned in a Fairfield County quarry after she hit a tree while jumping into the water. Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said divers found Brooke Huffstetler's
  • NC man facing 50+ sex charges is held on $7 million bond; more victims possible, deputies say

    NC man facing 50+ sex charges is held on $7 million bond; more victims possible, deputies say

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:07:24 GMT
    Facebook image of Hill with some money.Facebook image of Hill with some money.
    On Wednesday evening, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said it had a rapist in custody and held the suspect on $2 million bond. Now detectives think they have a lot more with charges Denzel Jamal Hill is being held on $7 million bond ..
    On Wednesday evening, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said it had a rapist in custody and held the suspect on $2 million bond. Now detectives think they have a lot more with charges Denzel Jamal Hill is being held on $7 million bond ..
  • Dad, 2 kids kicked off plane after agent 'felt threatened' by Tweet

    Dad, 2 kids kicked off plane after agent 'felt threatened' by Tweet

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:41:37 GMT
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    A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a Tweet.Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service.
    A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a Tweet.Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service.
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