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Myrtle Beach Branch of the NAACP will meet to discuss Memorial Day weekend violence

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Thursday morning leaders with the Myrtle Beach Chapter of the NAACP will meet to discuss the violence during the Memorial Day Weekend.This follows a City Council meeting earlier this week that addressed ways to better manage the holiday weekend next year. Mayor John Rhodes said city council would reach out to other areas that have dealt with similar issues.The violence during Memorial Day weekend has been the talk among leaders across the Grand Strand and even got t... More>>

New intersection on frontage road in Horry County causes confusion Video included

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Stopping at a stop sign sounds like a simple concept, but it's causing come confusion at one intersection.The County recently put three new stop signs at the intersection of Mackenzie Road and Harbour Towne Drive. The signs were installed as a safety measure, but many drivers are failing to come to a complete stop, which is making for dangerously close calls out ont he road.Sandy Rhodes frequents the area and said people who drive through the intersection regularly aren't used to stopping."Pe... More>>

Business owner says Myrtle Beach fire inspection fees are too high Video included

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The City of Myrtle Beach continues its new policy of charging a fee for fire inspections. Some business owners call the price tag too high.At the Sea Palms Motel, Karen Mitchell can be found walking between her four buildings. She said fire safety is a priority for her business.“The fire inspection guys are great we have no problem they have always done well by us and everything else we've never had any problems it wa... More>>

Horry County students balance school and work Video included

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Wednesday, Horry County students returned to school, but for many with jobs it was only the first stop on a busy day.In Murrells Inlet, Drunken hostess, Haleigh Barry, was in the middle of a unique double shift."It was kind of stressful in that I had to spend 8 hours in school and then come work for another 8 hours,” said Barry.Barry started her senior year at St. James High School at 8 am on Wednesday; by 3:30 pm she... More>>

Atlantic Beach hires new police officer

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Wednesday, Atlantic Beach city officials introducedTimothy Taylor asthenewest member to the city'spolice force.Taylor's first day was also on Wednesday.Town Council Member Josephine Isom says the position was advertised for a month before town officials made the decision to hire Taylor.Isom says the town is still looking to fill one other police officer vacancy.She says the money for both positionswas in the town's FY 2014 budget. More>>

Shelter collapse at Myrtle Beach gas station

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By WBTW News StaffEmergency crews were called to a reported shelter collapse at a Myrtle Beach gas station Wednesday evening.According to Horry County Fire Rescue PIOBrian Van Aernem, crews were called to the Scotchman store on Kings Highway and Lake Arrowhead Road around 6 pm after a shelter covering the gas pumps collapsed.Van Aernem said no one was injured in the incident. It's not clear how long the business will ... More>>

July passenger stats for MYR up more than 6% from last year

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In July 2014 the number of passengers arriving into the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) increased by 6.57 percent over the same period last year. In July 2014, 114,671 passengers arrived into MYR, or 7,073 more than in July 2013. Year-to-date (January 2014 – July 2014) the airport welcomed 532,502 passengers to the Grand Strand or 34,730 more than the same period in 2013. "Year-to-date over 530,000 people have arrived into the Myrtle Beach International Airport," said Pat Apone, dire... More>>

Horry Georgetown Tech's Commercial Drivers License course sees major increases

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CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) - Horry-Georgetown Tech students head back to school on Monday, but some students are in the middle of a four-week class right now.It's wheels to the ground for students at HGTC who hit the road after its Commercial Drivers License (CDL) course. Afteryears of slow enrollment, the class has seen a more than 200% increase in students over the last year. In 2009and 2010, HGTCheld the course for about 16 students a year, but now 12-students take the course about every month.Wa... More>>

Police seek help solving Bikefest weekend slayings

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Myrtle Beach police are visiting the Charleston area as they seek the public's help in solving the shooting deaths of three people last Memorial Day weekend during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.Police have scheduled a news conference in Summerville on Wednesday to discuss the case.Three people from the Summerville area were killed and a fourth person injured in a shooting that resulted from a large fight outside a motel in Myrtle Beach. Authorities have said they think ... More>>

Students in North Myrtle Beach welcome three new elementary schools for 2014-2015 school year Video included

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Teachers and parents across Horry County head back to classes for the beginning of a new school year Wednesday morning.For many students in North Myrtle Beach, the new school year means some shifting in schools. Because of new attendance lines, North Myrtle Beach Primary is now Ocean Drive Elementary. North Myrtle Beach Elementary School is now Riverside Elementary and North Myrtle Beach Intermediate is now Waterway Elementary.District leaders made the change... More>>

Myrtle Beach woman beat up man after he 'passed gas' in her face, police say

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A Myrtle Beach man and woman were arrested after they came to blows in a fight sparked when the man allegedly “passed gas” near the woman’s face, according to a Myrtle Beach Police report. The incident happened on Monday night around 7:45 pm at a house in the 900
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Over 800 sign petition to make Conway smoke-free indoors Video included

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On Monday, the wellness council for South Carolina approached the City of Conway to draft an ordinance to make the city smoke-free indoors.Dr. Daniel Falk and his wife Kristi discussed their "Breath Clean Conway" campaign on Tuesday.
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Horry County Schools asks for $50 insurance fee on new iPads and tablets

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The school district imposed a new $50 insurance policy on personal technology devices.The annual payment will allow students to take theiriPads or tabletshome as well as cover any repairs or replacements; however, some parents are upset with the added cost. Betsy Prince's daughter attends Loris Middle School."We're a title one school district here in loris and what that means is 85% of the students that attend are poverty stricken," said Prince.Prince said that asking parents in Loris to pay ... More>>

News13 anchors share their "Back-To-School" photos

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - News13 news anchors and morning reporter Jonee Lewis shared some of their finest "back-to-school" photos when they were kids. We thank them for sharing these pictures and hope you and your children like them as well! More>>

3rd suspect nabbed in Memorial Day shooting in Myrtle Beach

A still image from video at the hotel the night of the shooting.. A still image from video at the hotel the night of the shooting..
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A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting that happened at the Fountainbleau Inn in Myrtle Beach over the Memorial Day weekend, Myrtle Beach Police confirmed Tuesday.Capt. David Knipes of the Myrtle Beach Police said that Tristan Datre Payne, age 24,
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Horry County given EPA 'Rain Catcher' award for Crabtree Swamp project

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On Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Horry County with the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Crabtree Swamp Restoration Project in Conway.The award was given at an award ceremony during the Environmental Protection Agency, More>>

Myrtle Beach Sports Center on schedule for February completion

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Construction of the new Myrtle Beach Sports Center remains on schedule, with completion still expected on Feb. 24, 2015. John McDonald, general manager for the sports center, said hopes are to have the building enclosed by early fall.The indoor tournament facility is being built adjacent to the existing Myrtle Beach Convention Center. When complete, it will include hardwood floors for eight full-sized basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts and can be configured for a variety of other indoo... More>>

Myrtle Beach police seek help in solving bike weekend shooting deaths

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Myrtle Beach police are seeking the public's help in solving the slayings of three people who were killed last Memorial Day weekend during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.Police say the three were killed and a fourth person injured in a shooting that resulted from a large fight in Myrtle Beach. Authorities have said they think the killings may have been gang related.The three victims were from the Summerville area and area media outlets report police plan a news conferen... More>>

Myrtle Beach City officials plan for next year's Memorial Day Weekend Video included

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Monday, Myrtle Beach City Council held a private session to discuss plans for next year's Memorial Day Weekend after the shootings and murders that occurred this year.Three months ago, several shootings and murders left Myrtle Beach residents and tourists demanding change from city officials.Many believed the shootings stemmed from Atlantic Beach's Memorial Day Bike Fest. Governor Nikki Haley even called for an end to... More>>

Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager is ejected from game -- then freaks out

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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans made headlines over the weekend... not because of their play on the field.. but because of what Manager Joe Mikulik did during a game against the Salem Red Sox.It came down to a play at the plate and apparently Mikulik didn't agree with the call. More>>

Storm knocks out power for 3200 customers near Socastee

Photo by taken Eric Lemons by his daughter from car heading south on 17 Bypass Photo by taken Eric Lemons by his daughter from car heading south on 17 Bypass
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There were numerous power outages reported in the Socastee area after a storm moved through the area on Monday evening. More than 1600 customers were affected by several power outages in the area north of US 17 Bypass and SC 544, according to Santee Cooper.
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Businesses struggle to fill positions despite increased unemployment rate Video included

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Goodwill Industries strives get people hired. The Company has Job Link Centers throughout Horry County to help connect people with employers looking to fill positions. Sheila Daniels works at the Goodwill Community Service Center as a Business service Coordinator. She said she's noticed something peculiar about this Summer."people are not out looking for jobs like they have been," said Daniels.According to Daniels, Goodwill had a job fair in June that featured 20 employers. She said about 200... More>>

CCU history professor wins Japan Study Award

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Brandon Palmer, associate professor of Asian history at Coastal Carolina University, has been awarded the Terada Mari Japan Study Award by the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals (JINF).Each year the JINF awards four mid-career scholars who undertake research that deepens international understanding of Japan's history, culture and politics. The Terada Mari award includes $5,000 as well as travel expenses to/from... More>>

Horry County man killed in bush hog accident

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - An Horry County man was killed Monday morning while operating a "bush hog" on private property.Emergency crews were called to Sunny Boy Lane, just of SC 707around 9 a.m. for a reported bush hog running over a person.When crews arrived, they found a man who later died at the scene.There's no word on what caused the accident and the coroner has not released the man's identity pending notificati... More>>

Georgetown deputies ask for public's help in fraud case

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MURRELLSINLET, SC (Press Release) - The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect wanted in connection with credit card fraud.On August 14, 2014 the suspect entered the Food Lion located at 760 Mink Avenue in the Murrells Inlet Community of Georgetown County and completed a credit card transaction. The credit card was reported stolen that day in Horry County.The suspect is described as a black male who was wearing dark clothing and a w... More>>

Myrtle Beach Council to discuss Memorial Day safety, security plan

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Myrtle Beach City Council is holding a special meeting to discuss safety and security planning for Memorial Day weekend next year.The Sun Newsreports council members got an update from Police Chief Warren Gall last week but members wanted to spend more time Monday discussing the issue.Three people were shot to death and seven others were hurt in eight shootings in Myrtle Beach during the last Memorial Day weekend. The area was crowded with the Atlantic Beach Bikefest... More>>

Calabash firefighters investigate late night restaurant fire

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CALABASH, N.C. (WBTW) - The Calabash Fire Department remains on the scene of a restaurant fire within the city.Honey Shore, the department's Public Information Officer, says crews were called toColeman's Restaurant on NanceStreetat 11:36 Saturday night. She says the restaurant was closed at the time and no injuries were reported.We are expecting more information as the morning develops. More>>

HCPD defeats HCFR in Guns 'n Hoses Softball Game

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Local police and firemen squared off on the softball field Sunday in Myrtle Beach to raise money for charity.Horry County Fire Rescue, Horry County Police, Myrtle Beach Police and Myrtle Beach Fire participated in the annual Guns 'n Hoses Softball game. Theafternoon included two qualifying games and a championship game, played at 6 p.m. at Grand Park.All money raised at the event benefited Project Lifesaver, a search-and-rescue tracking program for at-risk individuals who are prone to wanderi... More>>

Horry County Police find meth lab in Socastee

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - Horry County Police Corporal Jeffrey Todd confirms a meth lab was found in the Socastee section of the county on Saturday night.Crews were called to Bear Lane near Mill Pond Road around 10:15.Horry County Police will release more information on its investigation Monday. More>>

Sunday Brunch: Myrtle Beach's Mellow Mushroom Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Matt Duke, the owner of Mellow Mushroom in Florence, Myrtle Beach, and North Myrtle Beach (coming in September of 2014), stopped by News 13 Sunday Morning to make the House Pizza with Lauren and Andrew.On Wednesday, August 20, every Mellow Mushroom across the country will celebrate the restaurant's 40th anniversary. To do so, prices will be what they were 40 years. You can get a small cheese pizza for $2.50, Budweiser or Michelob Ultra beers for $.75, and all Coke ... More>>

MB Kids Triathlon ends summer on a fun, competitive note

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Hard work paid off for more than 120 children in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, as they competed in the 6th Annual Kids Triathlon.The annual event started at 8 a.m. at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center. Children ranging in age from 7-18 competed in the event. The race started in thepool, continued with a bike ride and finished with a run. Race lengthvaried by age, according to organizers.Buddy Satterfield volunteered at the triathlon and had a daughter participate in the race. He says he supports ... More>>

Myrtle Beach church hosts back to school event at Futrell Park Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Sandy Grove Baptist Church and the City of Myrtle Beach sponsored a back to school event at Futrell Park Saturday. Hundreds of parents and students received free school supplies during the party in the park. The city's recreation centers have collected the supplies over the last few weeks.The event started a few years ago and involved just the church, but women there wanted to expand it to include the whole community."We look to impact thousands of youths, we look ... More>>

$7.7 million investment in new fire trucks in Horry County could save residents money Video included

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Horry county Fire Rescue is looking to spend nearly $ 8 million in tax payer money on new trucks, but the investment could end up saving residents in more ways than one."We end up doing a lot of band aid type stuff to keep vehicles going,” said Horry County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief John McGarrahan.McGarrahan says maintaining the trucks is expensive. At fire station 20, off of Scipio Lane in the Burgess community, t... More>>

Back to school at CCU means back to business for local bars and restaurants Video included

The manager of the Crafty Rooster in downtown Conway says his bar sees the most business when CCU students head back to class. The manager of the Crafty Rooster in downtown Conway says his bar sees the most business when CCU students head back to class.
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Hundreds of new faces on Coastal Carolina University's campus mean hundreds of new opportunities to make money for many local businesses .The owners of Soho 544 opened up Joe's Burgers next door about a month ago, just in time for the big rush of students."This week alone, I mean, we've seen a jump in volume, just with students kind of coming to the college, looking around -- freshmen anyway, and then a lot of student... More>>

CCU at 120% occupancy as move-in weekend begins

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An estimated 3,800 freshmen and sophomore Chanticleers will move on to the campus of Coastal Carolina University this weekend, according to school leaders.The first 2,600 students started checking in at 8:30 a.m. Friday, eagerly awaiting their first full-day on the school's Conway campus. Michael Chastant is one of those students moving in, after being accepted into the school's LIFE program. His mother, Lorraine, never thought she'd see the day when she'd send her son off to collage. Michael... More>>

Brother and sister hospitalized after crash near SC 707 in Socastee

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A boy who was supposed to start 2nd grade at Burgess Elementary School next week is still being hospitalized and in critical condition after a serious crash earlier this week. Atreyu Smith, age 7, and his sister, Lauren Street, who just turned 17 on Friday, were in a Saab convertible More>>

Major traffic back-ups reported on US 501 and SC 544 heading toward beach

A SC511 map showing dark red on US 501 lanes heading toward the beach. That means traffic is moving very slowly. A SC511 map showing dark red on US 501 lanes heading toward the beach. That means traffic is moving very slowly.
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Traffic is bumper-to-bumper on the 2 major routes into Myrtle Beach and Socastee on Friday afternoon.Beach-bound lanes of US 501 and SC 544 are moving extremely slowly around 3:30 pm. The back-ups seem to begin in Conway for both highways. More>>

Four hurt in serious 2-vehicle crash near SC 707

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Authorities have responded to a serious crash near SC 707 and SC 544 on Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened around 5:15 pm near Socastee library and Turtle Mart on SC 707. Initial reports from the scene indicate that one vehicle "t-boned" another at a high speed, More>>

FMU set to open doors for 45th year

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Francis Marion University officially begins its 45thyear with the start of classes for the fall 2014 semester next week.It will be a landmark year for the university, as it continues its mission of educating the people of the Pee Dee Region and the state of South Carolina. More than 95 percent of FMU's students come from inside the state.The year gets underway when students begin arriving on campus this weekend. Fresh... More>>

2 cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis confirmed in SC; Horry & Darlington Counties

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South Carolina's state veterinarian Friday announced that two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in the state. A horse that died in Darlington County and a miniature donkey that died in Horry County recently tested positive for the disease.Horses should be vaccinated to prevent infection with Eastern Equine Encephalitis.Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses that can also affect humans. Vaccination can prevent the disease in hors... More>>

Help 4 Kids seeks donations ahead of Horry County school year

Help 4 Kids welcomes donations at 2 food drives at Surfside Beach and Garden City Walmarts 8/16. Help 4 Kids welcomes donations at 2 food drives at Surfside Beach and Garden City Walmarts 8/16.
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Help 4 Kids is a 100 percent volunteer group that provides food for Horry County students. More>>

Police search for suspect after man shot in Conway Video included

One of the LifeNet helicopters.. Photo from LifeNet website One of the LifeNet helicopters.. Photo from LifeNet website
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A person was shot in Conway on Thursday evening, officials said.The incident happened around 8:35 pm at a dwelling on Ernest Finney Avenue, officials told WBTW. The shooting victim, who was described as suffering a Level 2 trauma, was taken to Conway Airport More>>

Bomb squad deployed to Garden City after device found on beach

The MK25 Naval Marking device... on the left before use and on the right after it is deployed. US Army website photos The MK25 Naval Marking device... on the left before use and on the right after it is deployed. US Army website photos
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The Horry County Bomb Squad was deployed on Thursday evening after someone found a device washed up on Garden City beach, officials said. The device, which later turned out to be a naval marking squib, was taken from the beach to the Garden City Fire Department More>>

Horry County now hiring for 30 new firefighter/EMT positions Video included

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Horry County Fire Rescue has started its effort to fill 30 new firefighter/EMT positions in an effort to increase staffing. The department has budgeted approximately $516,000 for the new positions, money reallocated from its overtime budget.
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Horry County Police Department raises money for the Special Olympics Video included

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Horry County Police hosted its annual fundraiser Thursday to raise money for the Special Olympics.The three-day campaign started Thursday with a donut-eating contest.All competitors had five minutes to knock back some Krispy Kreme donuts.Whoever ate the most won!The winner is Cody Burroughs with the Horry County Police Department. He ate 12 donuts in just over 3 minutes. Anyone who donates $20 will get a 2014 law enforcement torch run t-shirt. More>>

Dairy Queen raises money for Children's Miracle Network Video included

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Dairy Queen donated at least $1 from every Blizzard it sold Thursday to the Children's Miracle Network to help sick children in the area.For 30 years, Dairy Queen has raised more than $100 million for CMN.Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. More>>

Myrtle Beach to add more air terminal gates

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After opening a new $118 million terminal last year, the Myrtle Beach International Airport is already looking to add more gates. The airport hopes to add two new gates to its old terminal and renovate the facade of the terminal by spring. The project will coincide with a $20 million project to resurface the runways. Horry County's airport department assistant director Kirk Lovell says this year the airport is expected to handle 820,000 arriving passengers. Lovell says airlines are running mo... More>>

Horry County Schools down 20 teachers ahead of new school year Video included

Horry County School District administrators say they're down 20 teachers ahead of the new school year, which starts in less than a week. Horry County School District administrators say they're down 20 teachers ahead of the new school year, which starts in less than a week.
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With only a week left until the start of the new school year, the Horry County School District is down about 20 teachers. But administrators aren't too concerned. In fact, Superintendent Dr. Cindy Elsberry says that's a low number compared to previous years. The reason, she says, is because teachers often wait until over the summer to submit their resignation for the following school year, leaving the positions empty ... More>>

Person shot, another assaulted in Atlantic Beach motel incident

The shooting scene on Wednesday night... Photo by AJ Javanel/WBTW The shooting scene on Wednesday night... Photo by AJ Javanel/WBTW
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A person was seriously injured in a shooting on Wednesday night at a motel in Atlantic Beach, officials said. The incident happened around 9:10 pm at a motel called the French Quarters on Atlantic Street. More>>

Man with ALS thankful for those taking the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Video included

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A big movement across social media platforms has prompted big donations for ALS research. The ice bucket challengeis helpingthose with Lou Gehrig's Disease.Thousands of people are pouring ice water on themselves and challenging others to do the same.  ... More>>

RIDE III committee to eye new road improvement projects

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Horry County's Riding on a Penny Sales Tax has generated more than $425 million for local road projects.Should another push for a one-cent capital project sales tax prove successful, Horry County voters could decide as early as November 2016 whether or not they want to keep paying for area construction projects.A newly-formed Ride III committee will meet for the first time Thursday to begin discussing the possibility. The goal of the committee is to discuss and prioritize local road projects ... More>>

Foot golf kicks off at Grand Strand course Video included

Jason Monahan, general manager of Meadowlands Golf Club in Brunswick County, plays foot golf with his kids. Jason Monahan, general manager of Meadowlands Golf Club in Brunswick County, plays foot golf with his kids.
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BOLIVIA, N.C. (WBTW) - Tucked just over the state line near Hickman's Crossroads sits Meadowlands Golf Club. The 18-hole course draws many of its customers from the Grand Strand, which includes tourists from all over the world who come to play the more than 100 courses the region has to offer.When they get to Meadowlands, though, theymay find something they've never seen before: randomly-placed manhole-sized holes with placement flags sticking out of them. And soccer balls flying down the fai... More>>

Myrtle Beach police investigating bag snatching

Myrlte Beach Police released a composite sketch of a man they say robbed a woman at gunpoint near the Walgreen's at U.S. Highway 17 and 3rd Avenue South. Myrlte Beach Police released a composite sketch of a man they say robbed a woman at gunpoint near the Walgreen's at U.S. Highway 17 and 3rd Avenue South.
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Myrtle Beach Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened near a Walgreen's store on U.S. Highway 17 this week.According to investigators, a woman reported a man put a gun to her back and demanded she hand over her bag as she was leaving the Walgreen's on Kings Highway near 3rd Avenue South. She gave up the bag and he ran away. Police supplied a composite sketch of the suspect, and describe him as a black man, approximately 5'11" and 200 pounds, and clea... More>>

New roads, casino boats and millions invested in fire rescue; Horry County council update Video included

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Horry County Council met Tuesday night to discussing new roads, the future of gambling boats and millions to be spent on Fire Rescue.Council added 13 new roads equaling about 5 miles to its comprehensive road improvement plan.The plan paves dirt roads throughout the county.The roads listed on the agenda are: Pinewood Circle, Holmes Avenue, Old Crane Road, Alpine Drive, Jones Road, Raintree Lane, Barnyard road, Glennwo... More>>

Robin Williams' death brings local awareness to depression and suicide

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It's been almost ten years since Althea Hapeman lost her brother-in-law."You know, it's still there, and it doesn't go away,” Hapeman said. “And it just leaves so many unanswered questions when it happens."On October 8th, 2005, 36 year old David Hapeman shot and killed his wife outside the Conway Walmart, before turning the gun on himself.Althea says she knew the couple had their issues, but she never imagined he'd do... More>>

Walmart wants to build on old S.B.B. site near Murrells Inlet Video included

Walmart submitted plans to build a Neighborhood Market on the old S.B.B. Four Corners site near Murrells Inlet Walmart submitted plans to build a Neighborhood Market on the old S.B.B. Four Corners site near Murrells Inlet
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CONWAY (WBTW) - Horry County leaders confirm Walmart submitted a proposal to build a tenth store in the county.Horry County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier told News13 Walmart submitted plans to build a Walmart Neighborhood Market and Murphy USA gas station on the site of the old Suck Bang Blow Four Corners.The motorcycle bar on U.S. Highway 17 Bypass near Inlet Square Mall and Tournament Boulevard closed last year and the building was torn down in May. Bourcier said the land would not need to be ... More>>

Georgetown County voters to decide penny sales tax referendum

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By WBTW News StaffGeorgetown County voters will decide a penny sales tax referendum.Georgetown County Public Information Officer, Jackie Broach, said county council Tuesday voted to put the issue on the November ballot.If voters pass the plan, council says the money will pay for five capital projects across Georgetown County.Proposed projectsinclude the dredging of Murrells Inlet and the Port of Georgetown, as well as some new fire stations and road improvements. More>>

Heavy rain causes flooding in Loris apartments Video included

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Living in the Low Country can mean a home or other structure is at risk of flooding. The risk increases during times of heavy rainfall. One area that has been impacted by the recent wet weather is Holly Road in Loris. Anita Williams moved into her apartment with her cousin and three kids 5 days ago, but yesterday's rainfall is washing her out.We just started seeing puddles at the doors, front door and back door," said Williams.The water got as high as ankle deep in the bedroom. She said they ... More>>

Annexation vote ruled invalid by Myrtle Beach City Council

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Tuesday, July 15, voters went to the polls to decide whether or not the City of Myrtle Beach should extend its limits to the Intracoastal Waterway. Homeowners in the Waterside and Bridgeport subdivision are part of a 600-acre portion of unincorporated Horry County. In order for the election to take place, 25% of registered voters from those areas had to sign the petition. The annexation passed to make the area 600 acres larger. But now it looks like the vote will be redone. City spokesperson... More>>

Golf industry concerns not exactly reflected on the Grand Strand

20-year-old Bailey Cocca has been playing competitive golf for half her life, including now as a member of the CCU women's golf team. 20-year-old Bailey Cocca has been playing competitive golf for half her life, including now as a member of the CCU women's golf team.
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MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) - On most mornings this summer, you may find 20-year-old Bailey Cocca at the driving range at Prestwick Country Club, perfecting the swing she's used to compete in and win tournaments for more than a decade."I guess it kind of depends on what your mentality is," Cocca said of her practice regimen. "If you want to go forward with it or just doing it to get past something. It depends on whether you want to succeed in the sport."She first broke 100 and qualified for a nationa... More>>

Man dead with 55-gallon drum of moonshine material in Garden City hotel

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Horry County police detectives are investigating the death of a man in a Garden City hotel Monday afternoon. Lt. Robert Kegler said officers were called to a Royal Garden Hotel on North Waccamaw Drive  where a man was found dead
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Myrtle Beach Boardwalk named one of Top 10 in U.S. Video included

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was rated the #3 boardwalk in the U.S. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was rated the #3 boardwalk in the U.S.
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Press Release)– The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is one of the top 10 best boardwalks in the nation, according to National Geographic.Editors noted the 1.2-mile walkway, which opened in 2010, is “now the town's hub of activity.”“The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk has truly become an iconic attraction along the Grand Strand,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “The concerts, restaurants, shops, arcades and throngs of visitors illustrates that ... More>>

New insurance policy created for digital learning devices in Horry County Schools Video included

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Horry County Schools is imposing a new insurance policy on digital learning devices to deter the cost of repairs; however some board members have concerns.According to school officials, during the first year of the personalized digital learning initiative, 900 iPads were damaged costing tax payers $100,000 in repairs. "The tax payers in our county and this school board have invested a great deal in being able to put t... More>>

Good Question: Beach Tents

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Question: Dave Evans from Conway emailed us and said that it seems there are a lot more umbrellas and chairs for rent this year. He wants to know since the tent ban in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle beach, and Horry county...how much more money is the city making? More>>

Man charged after woman hurt in Georgetown Walmart purse-snatching

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Georgetown County Police say they have found the man who assaulted a female inside a local Walmart on Sunday night. More>>

More childcare centers in Horry County to offer Pre-K programs this school year Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen will spend the next three weeks traveling the state to discuss his education plan with school leaders and parents.One of the ways he wants to improve education in South Carolina is expanding the state's 4-K program.South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness is the state's Early Childhood Education Program. It's a state-funded partnership with private childcare centers that provides another option for 4-K educati... More>>

Man's body pulled from lake at Broadway at the Beach

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Myrtle Beach Police investigate the death of a man whose body was pulled from a lake at Broadway at the Beach Sunday.The Horry County Coroner's Office identified the man as Darrell Graham, 41, of Myrtle Beach.Graham and his wife were leaving Broadway at the Beach early Sunday morning around 2:30 a.m.when the two got into an argument, according to a police report. Graham told his wife he had to go to the bathroom, and both walked back into the complex.Graham's wife told police her husband walk... More>>

CCU art professor elected to European Academy

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Arne R. Flaten, professor of art history and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University, has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA). He is the first professor in the University's history, and the first in the state of South Carolina, to receive this distinction.Flaten graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a double major in art studio and English literatu... More>>

World Amateur Golf Tournament returns to Myrtle Beach

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The 31st Annual World Amateur Golf Tournament comes back to the Myrtle Beach area beginning Aug. 25, 2014 and running through Aug. 29.This is the world's largest amateur golf tournament and will bring more than 3,000 golfers from all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries to the Grand Strand. The tournament is being played on courses across the Myrtle Beach area. It features 72 holes of competition, an 18-hole championship playoff, lots of gifts and prizes and entertainment.The World Am... More>>

Sunday Brunch: Myrtle Beach's Aftercare Cafe

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - April Lanz, the co-owner of Aftercare Cafe, on Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach, stopped by News 13 Sunday Morning to make Black Bean Burgers with Lauren and Andrew.Aftercare Cafe is looking to expand its hours once it gets approved for alcohol licenses. Right now, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. It stays open later on Wednesday nights for local musicians.To learn more about Aftercare Cafe, click here, to see the recipe, check out the video posted above. More>>

4 people hurt in multi-vehicle accident

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An accident involving five vehicles has temporarily closed down Highway 90 at Sterrit Swap Road, according to Horry County Fire Rescue.The accident happened around 9:50 p.m. Saturday. Four people were transported to Grand Strand Medical Center.Emergency responders expect to have the road opened to traffic before 11:30 p.m. More>>

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