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Children in Myrtle Beach write letters of encouragement to Israeli soldiers Video included

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The conflict in the Middle East may seem far away, but that doesn't stop one summer camp in Myrtle Beach from caring. Chabad of Myrtle Beach hosts the annual summer camp called Gan Israel. It features Jewish-based activities for kids ages 5-11. Due the continuing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the camp has decided to write letters of encouragement to Israeli soldiers.The camp's Director Chanie Neparstek said many of the campers have family or friends in Israel, so it can be scary... More>>

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

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The City of North 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. More>>

Broadway Grand Prix set safety procedures in place to keep kids safe in summer crowds Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - As the summer tourism season picks up along the Grand Strand, so do the crowds. For many families visiting the area that makes it more challenging to keep up with their kids at popular local attractions.Statistics show that thousands of kids disappear or get separated from their parents each year.That's true for the Bame family who is visiting from North Carolina this week. They know the feeling of a child wandering off all too well, especially while on the crowde... More>>

News 13 Investigates: $100k plus in parking violations uncollected by Myrtle Beach Video included

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In a News 13 Investigation, we discovered the City of Myrtle Beach is owed more than a hundred thousand dollars in unpaid parking violations. So we asked what the city is doing to get that money back.According to city documents, in 2013 Myrtle Beach collected more than a million dollars from parking.However, out of a possible $248.744.91 of delinquent fines only $133,684.91 was collected.That is money that would go back into the city’s general fundWhile taxes were raised in the city for the 2... 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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New breathing equipment for police, fire in Loris and North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Tom Barstow, and Loris Fire Department Firefighter Robert Rudelitch.. Photo from N. Myrtle Beach city North Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Tom Barstow, and Loris Fire Department Firefighter Robert Rudelitch.. Photo from N. Myrtle Beach city
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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>>

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>>

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>>

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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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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Myrtle Beach woman dies after car crashes into sweetgrass basket stand

A nearby sweetgrass basket stand (Google image) and the crashed car (Twitter photo from Del Shaffer) A nearby sweetgrass basket stand (Google image) and the crashed car (Twitter photo from Del Shaffer)
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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>>

"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>>

18 contracts being signed for Myrtle Beach sports center

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The building is not yet finished, but contracts are already being signed for events at the new $13 million indoor sports complex being built next to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.The Sun News reportsthe facility is scheduled to open in March.General manager John McDonald says 18 contracts for events have either been signed or will be soon.The complex will have hardwood floors that can be configured for eight full-size basketball courts or 16 volleyball court... More>>

Annexation vote to be redone in Horry County

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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>>

Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center to host event to assist local homeless veterans Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Organizers at the Veteran's Welcome Home and Resource Center hope a Stand Down will cause people across Horry County to step-up.AARP South Carolina, Palmetto Goodwill, and Myrtle Beach Harley will join in the efforts to provide assistance to homeless veterans.The one day event is coming up in September but organizers will hold a press conference Tuesday to officially announce the event and to get input from the community.Organizers say more than 30 federal, state, ... More>>

Several roads flooded in Grand Strand and Pee Dee

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Flooding has been reported in several areas of the Pee Dee and Grand Strand on Monday.SC 19 in Horry County has several areas that are covered by water, according to authorities. More>>

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