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34 arrests at 'I'm Shmacked' House of Blues event in North Myrtle Beach

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34 people were arrested on a variety of charges at a concert at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on Thursday night, officials said. North Myrtle Beach Police are still processing reports from the event, which was a concert by a group called “I'm Shmacked.” More>>

Myrtle Beach aviation school says industry in need of technicians Video included

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There is a growing demand for aviation technicians across the globe. "Aircraft Maintenance Technology" magazine said the worldwide airlines industry will need 650,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians by 2030. Peg Jackson, the campus director for Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in Myrtle Beach, said most students who enter the field are exposed to the industry at a young age.“I do believe it's probabl... More>>

New hotel on Ocean Boulevard is up for discussion Video included

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Architects met today to discuss plans for a new hotel on North Ocean Boulevard. The construction will take place at the former location of Palmetto Shores Hotel.Joe Pike isPresident of Pike, McFarland, Hall Associates. The company is in charge of the architectural planning of the hotel. Pike said it will contain 23 floors and 252 ocean front units. In addition, the hotel will have a 15,000 sq. ft. enclosed water park and an elevated crosswalk over Ocean Boulevard."We feel like it's very impor... More>>

"Magic Mike" sequel being filmed in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - A sequel for a major motion picture will feature Myrtle Beach next year. According to a document obtained by News13, film crews were along the Grand Strand during the Labor Day weekend filming scenes for "Magic Mike 2." Red Zone Pictures Inc. requested a film permit from the City of Myrtle Beach for August 30 - 31 and was seen filming areas near the Sky Wheel, 2nd Avenue Pier, the Slingshot, and Plyler Park. Jody Schiesser, Assistant Location Manager for Red Zone,... More>>

SC man gets 20 years for shooting at his 20th birthday party in Georgetown County

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A South Carolina man was sentenced late last week in a shooting he committed at his birthday party last year -- in which 2 bullets from the shooting are still lodged in the victim, authorities said.
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CCU to host Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference

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Scientists from Coastal Carolina University and the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® Program are hosting the Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Burroughs Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, Room 100. The public is invited to attend.Topics that will be covered in the conference include:• Winyah Bay History – Lee Gordon Brockington, Belle Baruch Foundation• Colore... More>>

Conway mom killed with axe; police arrest boyfriend

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Horry County Police were dispatched to the 3700 block of Comfort Ct. in Conway for a domestic violence call. The woman who called police said she got a call from her son saying he thought he killed his girlfriend. More>>

Santee Cooper’s customers targeted by scam

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Santee Cooper is warning all customers, especially restaurants and other small commercial businesses, of a scam currently operating in the Horry County area. People are calling businesses claiming to be Santee Cooper employees and demanding immediate payment of bills. Business owners have also been asked for credit card payments or wire transfers. The caller will even leave a callback number that, if dialed, is answer... More>>

Horry County HS students begin receiving tablet learning devices

Students at the Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology received their new Dell Venue digital learning devices on Tuesday morning. Students at the Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology received their new Dell Venue digital learning devices on Tuesday morning.
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MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) - The first Horry County high school students received their digital learning devices on Tuesday morning. More than 650 Academy for Arts, Science, and Technology students received their new Dell Venue tablet devices from school district officials. The students went through a sort of orientation on the devices and listened to policy and procedures spelled out by district officials and representatives from Microsoft. The students have gone through training on how to care for... More>>

Tropical Storm Dolly forms, heads towards Mexico

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As of early Tuesday, Tropical Depression #5 has been upgraded to our fourth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. More>>

Staying employed after Labor Day in Myrtle Beach Video included

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Labor Day means many businesses in Myrtle Beach scale back their operations, but not every store closes its doors."Last winter I was unemployed,” said Chris Durff.Durff works in the Gay Dolphin parking lot in Myrtle Beach.He moved to Myrtle Beach two years ago and says in the summer jobs are plentiful, but when the season ends it is a different story."During my off time, I was constantly looking for a job but you know... More>>

Deer Processor prepares for good business during gun hunting season Video included

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Gun season for dove and deer hunting started September 1.Roper Wilkes owns a deer processing business in Socastee called 707 Deer Processing. He said he checked 5 deer's the morning of opening day for gun season. One of those deer's belonged to Ethan Brekke."I was pumped up. I started standing up and I was just pumped up," said Brekke.Brekke is 11 years old and caught his first 6-point deer. He wanted to show it off, so he went to 707 Deer Processing."I'm probably going to mount it and then f... More>>

New study shows more Americans working longer hours Video included

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A new Gallup survey shows more Americans work longer than the average 40-hour work-week and that includes working on Labor Day.James Stegall spent his Labor Day weekend doing what he loves most. He's a co-owner at Island Adventure Watersports in Myrtle Beach. He said he wanted to make a mark on the community his first summer season in business.“Any of our days that are hot and the phones are ringing we want to be here... More>>

BBQ festival in Myrtle Beach raises money for Shriners Hospital Video included

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Hundreds of BBQ lovers got one last taste of summer in Myrtle Beach on Saturday at the 9th annual "Beach, Boogie and BBQ" festival at the Market Common.More than 40 groups compete to prove they have the best in the state. The weekend includes live music, drinks and even a corn hole tournament.But for one group, this annual event is about more than just the food, it's about giving back to people in our community.The Gr... More>>

Horry County Auditors issue warnings at area schools for out of state tags Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Field investigators with the Horry County Auditor's office began making their rounds through schools at the start of this school year.They're working to make sure cars are registered with state tags and taxes are paid. County auditors visit school drop off areas every morning and afternoon checking for out-of-state tags.When you move to South Carolina, you have 45 days to register your car and get a South Carolina license plate. Part of the tax money will go towards... More>>

Myrtle Beach scheduled to start $10 million ocean outfall project

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The City of Myrtle Beach plans to begin on a new multi-million dollar ocean outfall project this fall.City spokesman Mark Kruea says the project will be centered on 4th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard. The $10.4 million project aims to carry rainwater under the beach and push it 1,200 feet into the ocean. There, it will disperse beyond the surf zone.Kruea says construction is expected to start immediately after Labor Day and last through November 2015.This is the fourth ocean outfall project... More>>

HCFR: Unattended cooking to blame for mobile home fire

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Horry County Fire Rescue investigators say unattended cooking is to blame for a mobile home fire early Sunday afternoon.Assistant Chief Justin Gibbins says the fire happened at a home in the 4100-block of Highland Drive in the Joyner Swamp Community of Horry County.When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy smoke was coming from the home.Gibbins says the fire displaced one family. The American Red Cross is assisting. More>>

SCDNR continues courtesy boat checks on Grand Strand Video included

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CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) -The South Carolina Department of Natural Resourcesis giving back to the community Sunday with courtesy boat checks before you hit the water for Labor Day Weekend.The agency offers the free inspectionsduring holiday weekends. Agents check boaters' registration, lifejacket count, and make sure there is a whistle and fire extinguisher on board, among other things.DNRagents say they want boaters to have fun, but be responsible while doing so."Be safe and watch for other boate... More>>

Go Ape Treetop Adventures opens in North Myrtle Beach Video included

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Go Ape Treetop Adventure at North Myrtle Beach is set to open Saturday August 30. The zip line and treetop adventure course is located at the North Myrtle Beach Park Sports Complex. The course has 5 zip lines, with 2 taking you across a 25 acre clear blue lake on the Southeast side of the park. The course is made up of numerous rope ladders and crossings to include the Spiders Web, Zigzag Bridge, Flying Carpet and Jungle Crossing, 2 Tarzan swings and 5 zip lines. Zip line #5 is Go Ape's long... More>>

North Myrtle Beach man dies a week after crash

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler says a man died nearly a week after his motorcycle crashed on the north end.He says Michael Paley, 55, of North Myrtle Beach, was pronounced dead Friday night. Fowler says Paley was not wearing a helmet when his motorcycle crashed on Highway 31, near mile marker 5. The crash happened Saturday, August 23 around 7 p.m. More>>

Crews fight house fire north of Conway

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Horry County and Conway fire units were fighting a house fire on Friday night. The fire broke out in a double-wide mobile home in the Maple Community, which is north of Conway and just south of SC 22, officials said. More>>

Horry County Schools prepares to pass out iPads and tablets Video included

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Horry County School District requires students to sign an agreement that allows them to use the school-issued iPad or tablet. "We want the students to have iPads. It's a device that will really give them some more individualized instruction," said Principal of Forestbrook Middle School April Scott.The iPads currently sit in boxes in the library at Forestbrook Middle School, but thedevices will be in the hands of students next week. Horry County School officials say the new technology is neces... More>>

"Upscale" retail complex planned in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (Press Release) – A planned upscale retail / office complex located at the intersection of 44th Avenue North and Kings Highway will break ground this fall. The 36,000 square footretail/office complex to be known as The Shoppes at Magnolia Row will be ready for tenant occupancy in the fall of 2015. The upscale mixed use center will consist of restaurant / retail on the first floor and Class A office space on the second floor. Brown Bethune, CCIM and Phil Bethune of Tradd Comme... More>>

Myrtle Beach Police unveil new observation tower

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MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) Beach, Boogie, and BBQ festival goers may see the Grand Strand's newest crime fighting tool on display this Labor Day weekend at The Market Common.Myrtle Beach Police are using a new observation tower, called a Sky Watch Tower, in the parking lot of Horry-Georgetown Tech's Grand Strand campus and adjacent to the festival for the first time. When fully operational, the tower allows one or two officers to position themselves 25 feet above the ground and allows them to use up... More>>

72-year old raped; Conway Police trying to find suspect

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The Conway Police Department is asking for help identifying a possible suspect from an assault that occurred Monday morning. Conway Police state the victim had left Conway Hospital after visiting her husband and went home to the 1300 block of Creel Street. The report said after she had gone into her home, her doorbell rang. She answered it and a man, wearing some sort of security uniform, forced his way into the home. The victim said he forced her into her bedroom and raped her. There's not a... More>>

9th Annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ brings new events and location change Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - This 9th annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ begins Friday at The Market Common but this year it'll be at a new location. Organizers moved the event to the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center near Grand Park.Crews spent Thursday setting up tents and getting things in order for the 42 groups expected to participate in this year's event.Known as the official barbecue championship of South Carolina., organizers say it takes nearly a year to plan an event of ... More>>

Golf clubs and computer taken from Georgetown home; deputies look for suspect

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Georgetown County Sheriff's Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in locating Kristopher Baron Cooper, 37,of Georgetown in connection with a burglary.On August 18, 2014, two suspects forced entry through the back door of Wedgefield Plantation Country Club locatedalong the 100block ofClubhouse Lane in Georgetown. The suspects stole several golf clubs and computer equipment from the clubhouse and fuel from the maintenance shed.The two suspects initially appeared on surveillance v... More>>

Pelicans' Robotics Night shows off Horry County students Video included

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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans host the Lynchburg Hillcats Sunday, August 31. The game will also feature a special Robotics promotion. More>>

Clemson Road is one of the most stolen street signs in Horry County Video included

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It's no secret that South Carolinians love college football and they have some interesting way of showing it. Bobby Gillilan lives on Clemson in Road. The street doesn't share any resemblance to the university, but it does have the name in common. While Death Valley attract fans looking to cheer on the Tigers, Clemson Road attracts fans looking to steal."About as fast as they put it up, somebody steals it," said Gillilan.Gillilan said as long as he's lived there, people have been stealing the... More>>

CCU students struggle to find jobs Video included

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During the semester, many Coastal Carolina Students say they struggle finding jobs due to businesses scaling back after Labor Day.For many Labor Day is the official end to summer.In Myrtle Beach and Horry County, many businesses either close or down-size during the off season.For students looking for work it can cause issues."It kind of sucks looking for a job,” said Ashley Smith.Smith and her husband just got out of ... More>>

$7.5M in road, utility projects along US-17 in North Myrtle Beach

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Two construction projects will bring an estimated $7.5 million in upgrades to a busy stretch of US-17 in Horry County.The City of North Myrtle Beach expects work to begin within the next month on an underground utility project along US-17 in front of Barefoot Landing. The project will stretch from Ocean Creek Drive to 46th Avenue South. Work to move utilities underground will cost an estimated $5 million. Kevin Blayton, with the City of North Myrtle Beach, tells News13 work onintersection imp... More>>

Grand Strand businesses credit college football for extra cash Video included

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) -The South CarolinaGamecocks kick off the first NCAA Division Icollege football game of the 2014 season tonight. Businesses in our area are just as excited as fans since kickoff means extra cash for them. They saythey're using the game asa kickoff of their own...to Labor Day Weekend.The scanner was hot and the wallets were out as Gamecocks fan made their way to Palmetto Moon Thursday. They were looking to snag the perfect apparel for kickoff.It's whatstore manager Ga... More>>

Ex-Rep. Thad Viers pleads not guilty in federal case

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A former South Carolina House member has pleaded not guilty to charges he helped a businessman hide assets from an insurance company and lied to IRS agents. Thad Viers entered the plea at his arraignment Thursday in federal court in Florence. Prosecutors say the 36-year-old former Republican lawmaker from Myrtle Beach helped Marlon Weaver hide assets after he defaulted on a $6 million contract to pave part of Interstate 95. Weaver pleaded guilty to money laundering in 2013. Viers served in... More>>

Habitat for Humanity names Schuessler new executive director

Carla Schuessler has been named the new executive director of Habitat For Humanity of Horry County Carla Schuessler has been named the new executive director of Habitat For Humanity of Horry County
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MYRTLE BEACH (Press Release) -- Habitat for Humanity of Horry County announced that Carla Schuessler has been selected to be the next Executive Director for the organization. Schuessler succeeds current Executive Director, Gail Olive, who announced her retirement earlier this year. On August 29, 2014, Olive leaves a legacy of developing Habitat to the next level of operational and financial success. According to the C... More>>

Jellyfish still an issue; Lifeguards will be on duty for Labor Day Video included

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Many people across the Grand Strand will spend their Labor Day weekend at the beach. Lifeguards want to caution the large beach crowds about jellyfish. It's not just a trend we're seeing in our area this summer, it's one researchers say is affecting beaches everywhere but experts say there's a reason we're seeing them in our coastal waters.“And of course the jellyfish this is primetime season for it and it's kind of a... More>>

Seasonal businesses along Grand Strand prepare to close until next year Video included

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As Labor Day weekend approaches, many businesses along the Grand Strand are preparing to close because of the loss in customers. Summer is winding down and kids are back in school, which causes a decrease in revenue. Cindy Cokleymanages Jungle Lake Golf. She saidthe course usually makes $600-700 dollars a night, butthat amount drops drastically after Labor Day. According to Cokley the loss in customers makes it more costly to stay open than to close. Cokley said the businessusually shuts down... More>>

Woman suffers possible shark bite at Surfside Beach

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A woman who was standing in the ocean in Surfside Beach on Wednesday afternoon suffered a possible shark bite, police say.The incident happened just before 3 pm near 1st Avenue North while the woman was in shallow water, said Surfside Beach Police Lt. Kenneth Hofmann. More>>

SC House does not override Governor Haley's veto of Sen. Cleary bill

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MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WBTW) - The South Carolina House met Wednesday for a one-day session. Lawmakers took up two bills Governor Nikki Haley vetoed earlier this year. One of those bills would have allowed for a millage-cap increase in the Murrells Inlet/Garden City FireRescue district. However, the Governor's veto held, and that millage increase will not happen.Thefire department works under a board ofdirectors that does not have the authority to make changes like a city or council council. T... More>>

Possibility of outdoor shooting range in Horry County has residents at odds Video included

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Horry County officials announced this week the Solid Waste Authority is the number one location for the possibility of an outdoor shooting range in the county.The county has researched the possibility for months and during a public safety meeting announced that Solid Waste Authority was number one based on factors like size and proximity to residents.For gun owners, the possibility of an outdoor shooting range is some... More>>

Sheriff's Deputies Respond to Shots Fired

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(Georgetown, SC) -- At approximately 9:20 p.m., Georgetown County Sheriff's Deputiesresponded to 215 Oatland Road in Georgetown to the report of shots fired. More>>

Businesses along the coast say weather has impacted marine wildlife Video included

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Along our coast, several business owners have said the weather has impacted marine wildlife this month. Rene Cobb, the first mate for the Sea Thunder, a dolphin cruise in North Myrtle Beach, said dolphins have been harder to spot this August. Cobb said traditionally they see dolphins about 90 percent of the time but this month, it's dropped below 50 percent. “There has definitely been a spike down since last August. I... More>>

Myrtle Beach, state agree on using bed tax money

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Myrtle Beach is changing the way it allocates accommodations taxes after a 10-year feud with the state that went to the South Carolina Supreme Court.Mark Kruea, City of Myrtle Beach's spokesperson told News13 the city will no longer put the tax accommodations tax into its general fund and will submit more detailed reports on how the money is used."We have agreed to provide some additional detail in the accounting and ... More>>

Myrtle Beach mother arrested on child neglect charges, according to report

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Horry County Police arrested Amy Montgomery, 37, from Myrtle Beach Tuesday, August 26 on charges of unlawful neglect of child. The police report indicates acase workers with DSS made a complaint that led to a hair sample being tested two days before Montgomery gave birth at Conway Hospital. The results came back positive for cocaine according to the report. A sample was also taken of the victim at the time of birth, but the results are not yet back. DSS has an active, ongoing case. Montgomer... More>>

Two mopeds collide in Horry County, leaving one person dead

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One person is dead after a crash involving two mopeds.The crash happened August 21, 2014 on US Highway 17 just North of the City of North Myrtle Beach around 2:00 p.m.The South Carolina Highway Patrol says one moped driver sideswiped another moped rider traveling south on Highway 17. The driver who sideswiped the other mopedfell off and sustained injuries from the fall. He survived for a few days but died Wednesday.The coroner's office has not released the victim's identity. The Highway Patro... More>>

Hwy 707 construction causes delays for Horry County students and parents Video included

Traffic backs up more than a mile at various times before and after school on SC 707. Traffic backs up more than a mile at various times before and after school on SC 707.
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Thousands of Horry County students and their families are forced to sit in traffic due to Highway 707 construction in the St. James attendance areas.School Officials says Burgess Elementary (620 students), St. James Elementary (800 students), St. James Middle (1190), and St James High School (1400) are affected by the construction."It's bad, the traffic is terrible,” said Lori Thompson.Thompson was waiting at St. Jame... More>>

Goodwill hosts "Hire Me" event for T.J. Maxx

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Many people know Goodwill as a retail store, but the company's mission is to help people find employment. Goodwill hosts a series of "Hire Me" Job Fair events to help job seekers fill open positions in the community. They held an event at the Job Link Center in North Myrtle Beach for TJ Maxx. The store has a new location opening in and needs 100 new employees.Abby Sterowski visited the event to turn in an application and interview. She said she's applied 15-20 places and hasn't heard back."It... More>>

Horry County leaders announce day of countywide cleanup Video included

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - The results of this year's Horry County Litter Index shows cleanup projects have a positive impact on the area. To build on that county leaders want to take those efforts a step further and get everyone involved.The Horry County Public Safety Committee and members with “Keep Horry Beautiful” both met this week to announce plans for a countywide cleanup.Unlike other cleanup efforts that include smaller groups tackling a particular community...this project will cover... More>>

Leaders break ground on youth homeless shelter in Little River Video included

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Leaders broke ground Tuesday on a new shelter for young people on the North End of the Strand. The Sea Haven for youth shelter is going up in Little River.Christina Jackson, the Executive Director for Sea Haven, said the one story building will house up to 16 youth at a time. That will double their capacity from what they currently house.The residential program will act like a home for youth ages 13 to 17 years old wh... More>>

Surfside Beach Council may designate more funds for beach preservation Video included

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SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - The Surfside Beach town council will meet Tuesday evening to begin discussions of a Beach Nourishment Ordinance. Council members told News13 the beach is an important asset to the Town of Surfside, so they want to begin efforts to maintain and
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Conway southern-style restaurant hosts Mac an' Cheese bake off

Crady's Eclectic Cuisine offers southern style breakfast and lunch, and baked goods, like Blueberry Scones. Crady's Eclectic Cuisine offers southern style breakfast and lunch, and baked goods, like Blueberry Scones.
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Crady's Eclectic Cuisine in Downtown Conway will host a competition to comfort a soul food lover's taste buds. Theinaugural Mac n' Cheese Bake off will benefit the Horry-Georgetown Technical College's culinary arts program. The event is set for Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Downtown Park on the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street in Conway.Organizers note the contest is inmemory of Adam Lee Whitley.Entry fees are as follows: Corporate team- $50, Restaurant - $50,... More>>

Pro Golfer John Daly in Myrtle Beach to roll out new cocktail

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Pro golfer, John Daly, is in Myrtle Beach Tuesday to help roll out his John Daly Line of Cocktails by Giasi Beverages. The Clearwater, Florida company which distributes the John Daly beverage reports GI-A-SI stands for "Grip it and Sip it" which is a play on words by Daly whose famous phrase on the links is "Grip it and Rip it."The five-time winner of the PGA will be at Pavillion Liquors, from 3 until 4:30 p.m. and th... More>>

Horry County Board of Education Defer vote on $300 million building plan Video included

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Monday night, the Horry County Board of Education deferred approving a multi hundred million dollar building project even though it was listed on the agenda.The more than $300 million building project includes renovations, additions and new schools throughout the county.News 13 asked Board Chairman Joe Defeo why the vote was deferred when it was advertised on the agenda for the evening."You're not making any $300 mill... More>>

Authorities locate little girl who was missing near North Myrtle Beach

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Then, around 10:10 pm, North Myrtle Beach officials said the girl was located. More>>

Cristobal strengthens to a Hurricane

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As of 9pm Monday, Cristobal has strengthened to a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and minimum central pressure of 990 mb. Movement is to the East at 2 mph. 
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New stop signs near 17 Bypass overpass leading to crashes, 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 drive More>>

Lanes blocked on SC 31 after crash through median

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A major crash has blocked some lanes of SC 31 near SC 544 on Monday evening, authorities say. The crash happened around 7:10 pm on SC 31 at mile marker 17, which is about 2 miles before the end of the highway at SC 544.
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Horry County store clerk's family shocked to learn shooting suspects are teens Video included

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Horry County Police believe they have the three individuals responsible forshooting and robbing a store clerk at the Carolina Petro Gas Station off West Cox Ferry Rd. andHwy. 544.The victim of the armed robbery is Brett Small. According to a police report, Small More>>

Family of missing Aynor teen speak one year after disappearance Video included

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It's been one year since 19-year-old Zachary Malinowski went missing from Aynor. Police said he was last seen after a basketball game. A week later, his car was found burned in a wooded area off Valley Forge Road near Aynor. "It didn't get real until about a week after when they f More>>

Aynor teen missing a year; reward now $25K Video included

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It has been a year since an Aynor teenager disappeared and his family is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who has information about where he is.Area media outlets reported that Monday marks one year since anyone saw 19-year-old Zack Malinowski. He was playing basketball with some friends at the time. His burned-out car was found on a rural road last Sept. 2.About 50 people including family, friends and law enforcement officers attended a memorial for the missing man Sunday.The missing man'... More>>

Clerk shot during armed robbery; Horry County Police make arrests Video included

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - Monday, Horry County Police announced they arrested three juveniles in connection with the armed robbery that happened around 4:30 Sunday morning. More>>

T.J. Maxx hiring event Tuesday

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Palmetto Goodwill, in partnership with T.J. MAXX, is hosting a Hire ME! event Tuesday, August 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Goodwill Job Link Center, 3336 Highway 17 South, in North Myrtle Beach. T.J. Maxx managers will be on-site to conduct interviews for up to 100 positions including sales associates, customer experience associates, and backroom processors. More>>

Gas still lower than last year at this time

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Average retail gasoline prices in South Carolina have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.12/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 3,028 gas outlets in South Carolina. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.43/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in South Carolina during the past week, prices Sunday were 9.7 cents per gallon lower than the same da... More>>

Golfers on the Grand Strand prepare for World Am Tournament Video included

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More than 34 hundred golfers will play in the 31-st annual world amateur handicap championship this week.They come from 48 states and 32 countries.It was a 10 hour drive from Pennsylvania for Perry Tallman. On Sunday, he practiced his swing. “This is probably the 12th or 13th year i've played in the tournament i've kind of lost count on the way, i started coming down, i started playing just to get some competition. i ... More>>

Horry County School Resource Officers provide safety tips as students return for new school year Video included

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SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) - The school year is now underway for all students in our area and Monday marks the first full week of classes for students in Horry County. As they continue making adjustments, School Resource Officers stress the importance of safety.The Horry County Police Department provides school resources officers to participating middle and high school in our area.For Socastee high school SRO John Brantly, being able to patrol the halls of his Alma Mater is a good feeling. From th... More>>

Hillside Drive project nears completion in NMB

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City of Myrtle Beach officials say work on the final phase of construction along Hillside Drive will begin this week. More>>

Election race for SC education chief underway in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Now that the field of candidates is whittled down, the race for South Carolina superintendent turns to a discussion of the issues.The three candidates seeking the post participate on Sunday in a forum in Myrtle Beach before members of the South Carolina School Boards Association.The Republican candidate is Molly Spearman, the former director of the state Association of School Administrators who emerged from an eight-way GOP primary and a runoff in June to win the par... More>>

Sunday Brunch: Garden City's Gulfstream Cafe Video included

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GARDEN CITY, S.C. (WBTW) - Jeff, from Gulfstream Cafe, stopped by News 13 Sunday Morning to make the King Crab Omelet with Lauren. Gulfstream features a $12.95 all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on Sundays. It also includes lunch food and salads. The King Crab Omelet, however, is not on the buffet, but it can be ordered off of its menu.You can learn more about the restaurant here. More>>

Thousands attend Darius Rucker concert at Coastal Carolina University

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Coastal Carolina University welcomed singer-songwriter Darius Rucker for a sold-out concert at theH-T-C center on Saturday.“Right when I found out about it I went to buy tickets but they weren't on sale yet but then my dad was like hey presale for Coastal students all 50 dollars so I was like done,” said Melissa Loughridge, a freshman at CCU. The concert sold out in two weeks with around 31-hundred tickets in all.Mark... More>>

Georgetown man dies in single-car crash

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports a man died when he hit a ditch and flipped over.According to our media partners at The Georgetown Times, the crash happened around 8:30 Saturday night. It reports that the coroner's office identifies the victim as Wallace Byars, 22. Troopers say Byars was traveling west on Kent Road, near Durwood Street, when he went off the left side of the road and hit a pipe in a ditch. That caused Byars to flip over. Trooper say he... More>>

Horry County firefighters extinguish blaze near Conway

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - Horry County Fire Rescue officialssay a double-wide mobile home was "heavily damaged" when a fire ripped through it Saturday morning around 8:30.The home is located on the corner of Rabon and Enoch Road. That's near Highway 22 between Conway and Aynor. Horry County Fire Rescue PIO Brian VanAernum says smoke and fire was visible when units arrived. He said crews quickly extinguished the flames.No one was home when the fire started and there were no injuries reported... More>>

Conway Tigers gear up for football season Video included

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The Friday night lights are shining bright for high schools across the area as football teams gear up for another season.Chuck Jordan has been coaching Conway Football for 32 years, but he said every season brings anticipation."I've been through a lot of them, but you always like starting new," said Jordan. You spend a lot of time in the off season with kids trying to get them bigger, stronger, faster and you're always curious to see just how much of that worked for you."The playersare ready ... More>>

NAACP asks for more inclusion in Memorial Day discussions Video included

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The Myrtle Beach Chapter of the NAACP met to discuss Memorial Day weekend violence.President of the chapter, Mickey James opened the meeting with the goal of addressing an issue that has nothing to do with bikers."It happens all over the country, stereotyping people because they look like me," said James.Two other speaker joined James, Rev. Jerry Faulk of Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church and Bennie Swans. Each spoke about the issue of racial profiling across the country and they made stat... More>>

Muslim Journeys reading series being held at CCU

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Coastal Carolina University is hosting a reading and discussion series titled “Bridging Cultures: Connected Histories” on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lackey Chapel. The first session in the series will explore Stewart Gordon's book “When Asia was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the ‘Riches of the East'” led by Ron Green, Ph.D., assistant professor in CCU's Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. The event is free and open to the publ... More>>

Myrtle Beach bank robbed, police capture suspect

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - Horry County police officers are investigating a bank robbery that happened Thursday afternoon.According to Lt. Robert Kegler, the incident happened around 1:45 p.m. at the Horry County State Bank near Palmetto Point Boulevard. More>>

Several car break-ins in Conway; guns among items stolen

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More than 20 cars were broken into in the Woodcreek area of Conway and guns were among the items taken. Lt. Selena Small with Conway Police said while 21 cars were rummaged through, not all the vehicles had items stolen. In all five police reports were made.Cars parked along Woodcreek Drive, Bluebell Lane, Warm Springs Lane, and Crocus Lane were targeted. There was no forced entry, meaning the cars were likely all unlocked since no glass was broken and the cars were not damaged. Some car owne... More>>

Biker event benefits Grand Strand veterans

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The Harley Shop at the Beach and the House of Blues team up every Thursday to host a Harley-Davidson Bike Night. More>>

Shots fired; Conway Police find man assaulted

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Conway Police responded to a call for a shooting around 1:30 Friday morning along the 2500 block of Oak St in Conway which is North Oak Apartments. Lt. Selena Small tells News13 when they arrived they located a victim who had been assaulted but he was not shot. The victim told police shots were fired but he was not shot. Conway Police are working to get a description of the suspect and possible motive. More>>

CCU boosts campus security as students return to class

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The return to campus for more than 9,800 students means increased security and patrols for Coastal Carolina University's Department of Safety.Since students have returned to campus on August 18, the school's online crime log reports 19 incidents addressed by police. Those incidents include larceny, underage possession of alcohol and harassment.At any given time, Chief David Roper tells News13 anywhere from 12-15 officers are patrolling the university grounds per shift. Roper says the departme... More>>

Myrtle Beach City Council member faces thousands in ethics fines due to $.30 violation Video included

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Myrtle Beach City Council member Mike Chestnut has been fined $8,800 stemming from $.30 remaining in an election campaign fund.According to documents News 13 obtained from the South Carolina State Ethics Commission, Chestnut missed two quarterly filing deadlines for his campaign in the November 2011 election; even though both violations were for the same $.30 remaining in his account.According to the documents, the fi... More>>

The Carolina Forest Panthers prepare for first home game of the season with new coach and vision Video included

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CAROLINA FOREST, S.C. (WBTW)- The Carolina Forest Panthers begin the 2014-2015 football season with a new coach and vision for the program. That excitement can be felt all over the campus.Preparations for Friday's season opener began more than a week ago and included help from students, staff, coaches and more.Students and staff spent Thursday lining the fences with signs, putting the finishing touches on the field, concession stands and locker rooms to make sure the team, referees and fans More>>

Storm hits Horry County, causing some flooding in North Myrtle Beach

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A group of strong thunderstorms will move across coastal Horry County on Thursday afternoon. The storm is already causing flooding in the area of 6th Ave South in North Myrtle Beach and motorists are advised to use caution in the area, the town said.
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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>>

Adopt Around the Clock pet event this fall

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Beginning, Saturday, October 4th at 11:00 am, until Sunday, October 5th at 11:00 am, Petsmart Charities and Saint Frances Animal Center, together with several local rescues/shelters, will hold for the very first time a 24 hour marathon where hundreds of deserving animals will be available for adoption. The round the clock event will take place at Petsmart located at 1391 S. Commons Dr., Myrtle Beach,.Everyone is encouraged to attend and enjoy a packed schedule of Adoption specials, Children's... More>>

Georgetown council discusses future following destructive fire

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It's been almost one year since a destructive fire tore through historic downtown Georgetown.Now the plans to rebuild are in the works but can everybody get on the same page when it comes to getting things done?Some of the Buildings that once stood on the now, vacant ground on Front Street were built as far back as the 1800's.On Thursday evening, City Council will begin an effort to find some common ground on what to do next.Last September, the fire started at the Limp'n Janes and then spread... More>>

Conway Police release most wanted

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Conway Police released the names and pictures of their "most wanted".Bertha Mae Sims from Conway is wanted for assault and batteryCurtis Johnson from Aynor is wanted for CDV chargesRichard Donley from Conway is also wanted on CDV and assault and battery charges Roger Biddle from Conway is wanted for forgery charges Michael Kubacki from Murrells Inlet is wanted for grand larceny chargesJacquetta Wilson is wanted for charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If you have any informa... More>>

Man injured during Memorial Day motel shootings now arrested

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Keith Williams, 24, from Lincolnville, South Carolina was arrested by Myrtle Beach Police on a stolen gun charge. Capt. David Knipes said Williams was actually a victim and was shot during the violence that erupted Memorial Day weekend at 104 N. Ocean Boulevard at the Bermuda Sands motel. Knipes said Williams had the gun in his possession which turned out to be stolen. That gun was NOT used in the murdersof three people that weekend at the motel. Williams is currently at the Myrtle Beach jail... More>>

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>>

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>>

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 Video included

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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