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

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

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:02 AM EDT2014-08-26 10:02:19 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Myrtle Beach City Council member faces thousands in ethics fines due to $.30 violation

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

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:59 AM EDT2014-08-22 10:59:47 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Atlantic Beach hires new police officer

    Atlantic Beach hires new police officer

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:48:28 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Myrtle Beach City officials plan for next year's Memorial Day Weekend

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

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:33 AM EDT2014-08-19 11:33:18 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • New roads, casino boats and millions invested in fire rescue; Horry County council update

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

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-08-13 11:21:12 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Lake City to vote on Sunday alcohol sales

    Lake City to vote on Sunday alcohol sales

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-08-13 10:47:18 GMT
    Sunday alcohol sales may come to Lake City.
    Sunday alcohol sales may come to Lake City.
  • Thad Viers, ex-SC lawmaker from Myrtle Beach, indicted on 14 charges

    Thad Viers, ex-SC lawmaker from Myrtle Beach, indicted on 14 charges

    Thursday, August 7 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-08-07 22:01:53 GMT
    Viers in court in Jan. of 2014Viers in court in Jan. of 2014
    A former state lawmaker from Myrtle Beach who had his run for the U.S. House derailed by a harassment arrest has now been indicted on 14 federal charges. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Thad Viers helped a man who
    A former state lawmaker from Myrtle Beach who had his run for the U.S. House derailed by a harassment arrest has now been indicted on 14 federal charges. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Thad Viers helped a man who
  • Grand Strand leaders respond to Haley's visit to Atlantic Beach

    Grand Strand leaders respond to Haley's visit to Atlantic Beach

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:02:56 GMT
    Tuesday, Myrtle Beach City Officials and Horry County Officials responded to the Governor’s meeting with Atlantic Beach Town Council.Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans stated he has no plans to end Bike Fest after meeting with Governor Nikki Haley.Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus told News 13 months ago he believes Bike Fest has become a social event that cannot just be ended.However, he says that does not mean...
    Tuesday, Myrtle Beach City Officials and Horry County Officials responded to the Governor’s meeting with Atlantic Beach Town Council.Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans stated he has no plans to end Bike Fest after meeting with Governor Nikki Haley.Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus told News 13 months ago he believes Bike Fest has become a social event that cannot just be ended.However, he says that does not mean...
  • South Carolina's recidivism rate drops, prison closes

    South Carolina's recidivism rate drops, prison closes

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:03:18 GMT
    But the number of people who return to South Carolina correctional facilities after release is on the decline, according to a new report released last month. 
    But the number of people who return to South Carolina correctional facilities after release is on the decline, according to a new report released last month.     
  • Millions over budget on building plans Horry County Board of Education will decide on how to move forward

    Millions over budget on building plans Horry County Board of Education will decide on how to move forward

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:40:25 GMT
    The Horry County Board of Education will decide what cuts need to be made and how much to spend due to building projects being millions of dollars over budget.In the fall of 2013, more than $300 million dollars was budgeted for several new building projects in the county.However, the actual cost for the plans is more than the board was expecting."Our budget will no longer fund all of our needs,” said Horry County Scho...
    The Horry County Board of Education will decide what cuts need to be made and how much to spend due to building projects being millions of dollars over budget.In the fall of 2013, more than $300 million dollars was budgeted for several new building projects in the county.However, the actual cost for the plans is more than the board was expecting."Our budget will no longer fund all of our needs,” said Horry County Scho...
  • Sheheen's plan for SC roads wouldn't raise gas tax

    Sheheen's plan for SC roads wouldn't raise gas tax

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:24:13 GMT
    Vincent SheheenVincent Sheheen
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is releasing his plan to improve South Carolina roads without raising the gas tax.The state senator from Camden wants the General Assembly set up a plan to dedicate 5 percent of the state budget and surplus every year to repairing and building roads. That plan would have raised about $350 million if it had been in place this year.Sheheen says revenue growth and implementing the plan over several years should prevent budget cuts in other areas...
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is releasing his plan to improve South Carolina roads without raising the gas tax.The state senator from Camden wants the General Assembly set up a plan to dedicate 5 percent of the state budget and surplus every year to repairing and building roads. That plan would have raised about $350 million if it had been in place this year.Sheheen says revenue growth and implementing the plan over several years should prevent budget cuts in other areas...
  • Residents react to possibility of annexation in other unincorporated areas

    Residents react to possibility of annexation in other unincorporated areas

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 6:06 AM EDT2014-07-15 10:06:54 GMT
    Tuesday, residents of Waterside Drive and Bridgeport neighborhoods will vote on whether or not to be annexed into the City of Myrtle Beach.Twenty five percent of registered voters in those areas signed a petition in favor of annexation and by South Carolina State law a vote for annexation is required.There are several areas within the city limits of Myrtle Beach that are county owned property.These areas are known as ...
    Tuesday, residents of Waterside Drive and Bridgeport neighborhoods will vote on whether or not to be annexed into the City of Myrtle Beach.Twenty five percent of registered voters in those areas signed a petition in favor of annexation and by South Carolina State law a vote for annexation is required.There are several areas within the city limits of Myrtle Beach that are county owned property.These areas are known as ...
  • Latta Town Council expunges Chief Moore's reprimands

    Latta Town Council expunges Chief Moore's reprimands

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-11 02:36:57 GMT
    Chief Crystal Moore in her patrol car. Chief Crystal Moore in her patrol car.
    Latta Town Council held its first public meeting since it voted to rehire Police Chief Crystal Moore Thursday night. Councilwoman Lutherine Williams motioned to expunge Moore's reprimands,making those seven reprimands essentially disappear.
    Latta Town Council held its first public meeting since it voted to rehire Police Chief Crystal Moore Thursday night. Councilwoman Lutherine Williams motioned to expunge Moore's reprimands,making those seven reprimands essentially disappear.
  • Florence City discusses plans to revitalize beyond the downtown

    Florence City discusses plans to revitalize beyond the downtown

    Monday, July 7 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-08 03:06:48 GMT
    As revitalization efforts continue in downtown Florence, community members held a meeting Thursday night to discuss revitalization plans for beyond the city center.
    As revitalization efforts continue in downtown Florence, community members held a meeting Thursday night to discuss revitalization plans for beyond the city center.
  • "Southern Charm" star Thomas Ravenel trying to get back into politics

    "Southern Charm" star Thomas Ravenel trying to get back into politics

    Friday, July 4 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-04 14:49:31 GMT
    Thomas RavenelThomas Ravenel
    CHARLESTON, SC - Former state treasurer and "Southern Charm" star Thomas Ravel is expected to try to get back into politics on Friday.The State Newspaper reports that Ravenel will announce he will try to challenge Senator Lindsey Graham. That announcement is expected Friday.Ravenel would have to collected 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot.He served as state treasurer in 2007 before being arrested for cocaine and serving time behind bars. Ravenel most recently starred in the Bravo series ...
    CHARLESTON, SC - Former state treasurer and "Southern Charm" star Thomas Ravel is expected to try to get back into politics on Friday.The State Newspaper reports that Ravenel will announce he will try to challenge Senator Lindsey Graham. That announcement is expected Friday.Ravenel would have to collected 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot.He served as state treasurer in 2007 before being arrested for cocaine and serving time behind bars. Ravenel most recently starred in the Bravo series ...
  • US Sen. Scott on 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

    US Sen. Scott on 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-07-01 19:47:44 GMT
    U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
    In advance of tomorrow's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement:
    In advance of tomorrow's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement:
  • Texas Gov. Perry returns to South Carolina

    Texas Gov. Perry returns to South Carolina

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-07-01 11:30:05 GMT
    Governor Rick PerryGovernor Rick Perry
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is back in South Carolina this week.The Texas governor is the speaker at a Dorchester County GOP fundraiser Tuesday night. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to introduce him.Perry is also a featured guest Wednesday evening at a fundraiser for Congressman Mick Mulvaney in Indian Land.Perry's public stops in this early presidential primary state start with a tour Tuesday morning of the Medal of Honor Mu...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is back in South Carolina this week.The Texas governor is the speaker at a Dorchester County GOP fundraiser Tuesday night. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to introduce him.Perry is also a featured guest Wednesday evening at a fundraiser for Congressman Mick Mulvaney in Indian Land.Perry's public stops in this early presidential primary state start with a tour Tuesday morning of the Medal of Honor Mu...
  • Gov. Haley meets with constituents to hear problems

    Gov. Haley meets with constituents to hear problems

    Thursday, June 26 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-06-27 02:52:18 GMT
    By Robert KittleGov. Nikki Haley met one-on-one in her Statehouse office Wednesday with people from all over the state who wanted her help with problems or issues. She tries to have these “Open Door After 4” meetings once a month.In the days before the meetings, her office publicizes a phone number for people who are interested to call. The meetings are first-call first-served and last 5 to 10 minutes.Robbie McDaniel was the first on the list this time, having driven to the Statehouse from La...
    By Robert KittleGov. Nikki Haley met one-on-one in her Statehouse office Wednesday with people from all over the state who wanted her help with problems or issues. She tries to have these “Open Door After 4” meetings once a month.In the days before the meetings, her office publicizes a phone number for people who are interested to call. The meetings are first-call first-served and last 5 to 10 minutes.Robbie McDaniel was the first on the list this time, having driven to the Statehouse from La...
  • Dillon Police change procedures after News13 Investigation discovers missing paperwork

    Dillon Police change procedures after News13 Investigation discovers missing paperwork

    Thursday, June 26 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-06-27 01:46:38 GMT
    Dillon City officials say they’re changing procedures in its police department after a News13 Investigation. Last week, News13 found the SC Department of Motor Vehicles never received the DUI paperwork of a former Dillon City employee. The DUI happened a year ago, and that paperwork would have suspended Vontray Sellers' license, because he refused to blow in a Breathalyzer. State law mandates an automatic six months suspension for refusing to blow, even though Sellers’ charge was dropped to r...
    Dillon City officials say they’re changing procedures in its police department after a News13 Investigation. Last week, News13 found the SC Department of Motor Vehicles never received the DUI paperwork of a former Dillon City employee. The DUI happened a year ago, and that paperwork would have suspended Vontray Sellers' license, because he refused to blow in a Breathalyzer. State law mandates an automatic six months suspension for refusing to blow, even though Sellers’ charge was dropped to r...
  • Latta Mayor hires new police chief, not Crystal Moore

    Latta Mayor hires new police chief, not Crystal Moore

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-06-26 03:46:29 GMT
    Former Police Chief Crystal Moore let go in April.Former Police Chief Crystal Moore let go in April.
    Latta Councilwoman Lutherine Williams says Mayor Earl Bullard has hired a new police chief, Freddy Davis.This comes after former Police Chief Crystal Moore was fired in April.It created quite a rift in the small town of 1,400. Many folks showed support forthedepartment's first female chiefwhowas a 23-year veteran of the department.Mayor Bullard admitted he questioned her lifestyle. CLICKHERE for related story. Councilman Jared Taylor says Moore received 7 reprimandssuch as questioning authori...
    Latta Councilwoman Lutherine Williams says Mayor Earl Bullard has hired a new police chief, Freddy Davis.This comes after former Police Chief Crystal Moore was fired in April.It created quite a rift in the small town of 1,400. Many folks showed support forthedepartment's first female chiefwhowas a 23-year veteran of the department.Mayor Bullard admitted he questioned her lifestyle. CLICKHERE for related story. Councilman Jared Taylor says Moore received 7 reprimandssuch as questioning authori...
  • SC Supreme Court deciding case between Speaker, Attorney General

    SC Supreme Court deciding case between Speaker, Attorney General

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-06-25 03:40:18 GMT
    A TV monitor in the lobby of the SC Supreme Court shows the hearing going on inside Tuesday.A TV monitor in the lobby of the SC Supreme Court shows the hearing going on inside Tuesday.
    By Robert KittleThe South Carolina Supreme Court is now deciding the case between House Speaker Bobby Harrell and state Attorney General Alan Wilson over who has jurisdiction over ethics cases. The court heard arguments Tuesday, but there’s no timetable for when the justices will make a decision.The case is about whether Wilson can have a state grand jury investigate allegations that Harrell used campaign money for personal use, or used his position to help a business he owns. A circuit court...
    By Robert KittleThe South Carolina Supreme Court is now deciding the case between House Speaker Bobby Harrell and state Attorney General Alan Wilson over who has jurisdiction over ethics cases. The court heard arguments Tuesday, but there’s no timetable for when the justices will make a decision.The case is about whether Wilson can have a state grand jury investigate allegations that Harrell used campaign money for personal use, or used his position to help a business he owns. A circuit court...
  • Latta voters choose council-strong government after police chief is fired

    Latta voters choose council-strong government after police chief is fired

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-06-25 01:04:05 GMT
    The Latta council meeting in April in which the group decided to have a referendum...The Latta council meeting in April in which the group decided to have a referendum...
    Latta residents voted largely in favor of moving toward a council-strong form of government that would strip the town’s mayor of some of his power in a referendum on Tuesday’s primary runoff ballot. Unofficial results show 328 ‘yes’ votes, and 147 ‘no’ on whether Latta should move from a mayor-strong to council-strong form of government. The vote took place after Mayor Earl Bullard butted heads with town council on several issues since he was sworn into office in January. One of the big issu...
    Latta residents voted largely in favor of moving toward a council-strong form of government that would strip the town’s mayor of some of his power in a referendum on Tuesday’s primary runoff ballot. Unofficial results show 328 ‘yes’ votes, and 147 ‘no’ on whether Latta should move from a mayor-strong to council-strong form of government. The vote took place after Mayor Earl Bullard butted heads with town council on several issues since he was sworn into office in January. One of the big issu...
  • Brooks narrowly wins primary runoff for Chesterfield County Sheriff

    Brooks narrowly wins primary runoff for Chesterfield County Sheriff

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-06-25 01:01:57 GMT
    Jay Brooks - Photo from his websiteJay Brooks - Photo from his website
    One of the most talked-about races in the Pee Dee...was the Democratic primary contest for Chesterfield County Sheriff. That seat basically came open after former Sheriff Sam Parker was convicted on misconduct in office charges and was sent to prison. The runoff was between the top two vote-getters...Jay Brooks and J.D. Dixon. Brooks came out ahead.. 51 to 49 percent in a very close race that was separated by less than 200 votes with all 25 precincts reporting. In complete, but unofficial...
    One of the most talked-about races in the Pee Dee...was the Democratic primary contest for Chesterfield County Sheriff. That seat basically came open after former Sheriff Sam Parker was convicted on misconduct in office charges and was sent to prison. The runoff was between the top two vote-getters...Jay Brooks and J.D. Dixon. Brooks came out ahead.. 51 to 49 percent in a very close race that was separated by less than 200 votes with all 25 precincts reporting. In complete, but unofficial...
  • Myrtle Beach extends Myrtle Manor Film District, talks about sidewalks and bike paths

    Myrtle Beach extends Myrtle Manor Film District, talks about sidewalks and bike paths

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 8:16 PM EDT2014-06-25 00:16:28 GMT
    Myrtle Beach City Council met to discuss a variety of topics. One of the first items on the agenda was a proposal to make Myrtle Beach a pedestrian and bike friendly community. The Council agreed to establish a long-term committee to work towards building more sidewalks and paths for the city. In addition, the committee will manage funding, keep up with maintenance and ensure safety regulations are met. Those in charge of the proposal recommended trails be placed around areas of interest such...
    Myrtle Beach City Council met to discuss a variety of topics. One of the first items on the agenda was a proposal to make Myrtle Beach a pedestrian and bike friendly community. The Council agreed to establish a long-term committee to work towards building more sidewalks and paths for the city. In addition, the committee will manage funding, keep up with maintenance and ensure safety regulations are met. Those in charge of the proposal recommended trails be placed around areas of interest such...
  • News13 Investigation finds Latta Parks & Rec Director with second license suspension

    News13 Investigation finds Latta Parks & Rec Director with second license suspension

    Thursday, June 19 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-06-19 17:17:55 GMT
    Back in February, the Dillon County town of Latta hired Vontray Sellers as its director of parks and recreation. However, as News13's Matt Petrillo discovered, Sellers was hired even though his driver's license was suspended. For the second time in three months, aNews13 investigation found Sellers has since had another license suspension. According to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, it's been suspended on and off since November 2013 - first after he pleaded guilty to reckles...
    Back in February, the Dillon County town of Latta hired Vontray Sellers as its director of parks and recreation. However, as News13's Matt Petrillo discovered, Sellers was hired even though his driver's license was suspended. For the second time in three months, aNews13 investigation found Sellers has since had another license suspension. According to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, it's been suspended on and off since November 2013 - first after he pleaded guilty to reckles...
  • Cezar McKnight announces candidacy for S.C.State Senate Seat District 32

    Cezar McKnight announces candidacy for S.C.State Senate Seat District 32

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-06-18 19:55:19 GMT
    Cezar McKnight Cezar McKnight
    Attorney Cezar E. McKnight announced his run for South Carolina State Senate District 32 today. The senate seat was most recently held by John Yancey McGill, whoWednesday resigned to assume the position of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
    Attorney Cezar E. McKnight announced his run for South Carolina State Senate District 32 today. The senate seat was most recently held by John Yancey McGill, whoWednesday resigned to assume the position of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
  • Kingstree's McGill will be new SC lieutenant governor

    Kingstree's McGill will be new SC lieutenant governor

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-06-18 18:41:28 GMT
    J. Yancey McGillJ. Yancey McGill
    South Carolina will have a Democrat in the lieutenant governor's office for the first time in two decades. Senators unanimously decided Wednesday to make Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill of Kingstree
    South Carolina will have a Democrat in the lieutenant governor's office for the first time in two decades. Senators unanimously decided Wednesday to make Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill of Kingstree
  • $1 million budget approval of Coast RTA leaves Horry County Council split

    $1 million budget approval of Coast RTA leaves Horry County Council split

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 6:08 AM EDT2014-06-18 10:08:31 GMT
    Tuesday, Horry County Council approved $1.055 million dollars towards Coast RTA’s budget; however the decision had some council members split. Over the last several months, Coast RTA has been under scrutiny from Horry County Council. It has been unknown whether the authority would receive its budget for 2015. However Tuesday, council approved the entire budget; something Coast RTA employees say was the right decis...
    Tuesday, Horry County Council approved $1.055 million dollars towards Coast RTA’s budget; however the decision had some council members split. Over the last several months, Coast RTA has been under scrutiny from Horry County Council. It has been unknown whether the authority would receive its budget for 2015. However Tuesday, council approved the entire budget; something Coast RTA employees say was the right decis...
  • Florence School District Two citizens vote down budget

    Florence School District Two citizens vote down budget

    Friday, June 13 2014 3:06 AM EDT2014-06-13 07:06:55 GMT
    Florence School District Two did voted down the district's budget at its "citizens meeting" Thursday night, says Kay Packett, a parent who chaired the meeting. She says citizens must first ratify the budget before the school board will can approve it. Packett says it was the first time the citizens did not approve the budget that she could remember."I think that the people of the community want to be heard, and they have not been heard," Packett says. "I think they are extenwy dissatisfied wi...
    Florence School District Two did voted down the district's budget at its "citizens meeting" Thursday night, says Kay Packett, a parent who chaired the meeting. She says citizens must first ratify the budget before the school board will can approve it. Packett says it was the first time the citizens did not approve the budget that she could remember."I think that the people of the community want to be heard, and they have not been heard," Packett says. "I think they are extenwy dissatisfied wi...
  • Latta Grievance Committee: No recommendation with Crystal Moore's job

    Latta Grievance Committee: No recommendation with Crystal Moore's job

    Friday, June 13 2014 2:46 AM EDT2014-06-13 06:46:57 GMT
    There's no proof former Latta police chief Crystal Moore was fired for being gay, according to findings released by the town'sGrievanceCommittee. The grievance committee was supposed to determine if Mayor Earl Bullard justly fired Moore. Her sexuality was not listed as one of Bullard's reasons. The Latta grievance committee met last month for Moore's hearing, where Mayor Earl Bullard said he fired Moore for seven reprimands. Those reprimands included questioning the authority of the mayor, al...
    There's no proof former Latta police chief Crystal Moore was fired for being gay, according to findings released by the town'sGrievanceCommittee. The grievance committee was supposed to determine if Mayor Earl Bullard justly fired Moore. Her sexuality was not listed as one of Bullard's reasons. The Latta grievance committee met last month for Moore's hearing, where Mayor Earl Bullard said he fired Moore for seven reprimands. Those reprimands included questioning the authority of the mayor, al...
  • Florence County council votes to authorize lawsuit

    Florence County council votes to authorize lawsuit

    Thursday, June 12 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-06-12 16:48:22 GMT
    Florence County council voted Thursday 7 to 2 to authorize legal action in connection with the West Florence special purpose fire district. James Scofield, county chairman, said there's no word as to when a lawsuit would be filed.In January, Florence County Fire Coordinator Sam Brockington presented the results of a study concerning plans for a county-wide fire district consolidation and the proposed ordinance that would help make it a reality. The consolidation plan would put all of the cou...
    Florence County council voted Thursday 7 to 2 to authorize legal action in connection with the West Florence special purpose fire district. James Scofield, county chairman, said there's no word as to when a lawsuit would be filed.In January, Florence County Fire Coordinator Sam Brockington presented the results of a study concerning plans for a county-wide fire district consolidation and the proposed ordinance that would help make it a reality. The consolidation plan would put all of the cou...
  • Myrtle Beach City Council split over $200,000 towards new performing arts center

    Myrtle Beach City Council split over $200,000 towards new performing arts center

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-06-12 03:29:08 GMT
    Myrtle Beach City Council was split on approving $200,000 towards a new performing arts center for its fiscal year 2015 budget. On Tuesday, Myrtle Beach City Council had second and final reading on its 2015 fiscal year budget. Included within the budget was $200,000 towards a new performing arts center. Residents voted on a referendum last November in favor of the performing arts center which is expected to cost ...
    Myrtle Beach City Council was split on approving $200,000 towards a new performing arts center for its fiscal year 2015 budget. On Tuesday, Myrtle Beach City Council had second and final reading on its 2015 fiscal year budget. Included within the budget was $200,000 towards a new performing arts center. Residents voted on a referendum last November in favor of the performing arts center which is expected to cost ...
  • Horry County absentee ballot issue changes 2 primary outcomes

    Horry County absentee ballot issue changes 2 primary outcomes

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-06-12 02:45:18 GMT
    Horry County says a discrepancy with absentee ballots changed two of Tuesday's primary races in the county.In the Republican primary for State House seat 58... Which is the area west of Conway that includes Aynor
    Horry County says a discrepancy with absentee ballots changed two of Tuesday's primary races in the county.In the Republican primary for State House seat 58... Which is the area west of Conway that includes Aynor
  • 9-termer Tracy Edge loses to challenger Duckworth for SC State House

    9-termer Tracy Edge loses to challenger Duckworth for SC State House

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-06-12 00:05:11 GMT
    Tracy Edge (left) and Greg Duckworth. Both images from FacebookTracy Edge (left) and Greg Duckworth. Both images from Facebook
    There was perhaps a shocker in a Republican primary race in North Myrtle Beach on Tuesday where a challenger beat a 9-term state representative.In incomplete and unofficial returns, North Myrtle Beach City
    There was perhaps a shocker in a Republican primary race in North Myrtle Beach on Tuesday where a challenger beat a 9-term state representative.In incomplete and unofficial returns, North Myrtle Beach City
  • Election Confusion in Horry County

    Election Confusion in Horry County

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 1:04 AM EDT2014-06-11 05:04:03 GMT
    Tuesday’s primary elections left some residents confused at Horry County polling stations on exactly who they were voting to represent them. County officials said residents were expecting different candidate names on the ballots; however the candidates they were expecting were not representing their district. County Spokesperson, Lisa Bourcier, says some of the issues may have stemmed from split districts; where polling stations included two separate district elections. Bourcier says another ...
    Tuesday’s primary elections left some residents confused at Horry County polling stations on exactly who they were voting to represent them. County officials said residents were expecting different candidate names on the ballots; however the candidates they were expecting were not representing their district. County Spokesperson, Lisa Bourcier, says some of the issues may have stemmed from split districts; where polling stations included two separate district elections. Bourcier says another ...
  • Voter turnout low in Florence County for 2014 primary

    Voter turnout low in Florence County for 2014 primary

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-06-11 04:19:36 GMT
    Voter turnout was low in Florence County during the 2014 primary.Voter turnout was low in Florence County during the 2014 primary.
    Elections officials report low voter turnout across Florence County. Preliminary numbers show roughly a quarter of registered voters in Florence making it to the polls Tuesday. That helped the lines move quickly for voters. “It was quick, in and out,” says Sean Oshea, who voted in West Florence. “That was it. I wasn't here more than five, ten minutes. The Florence County Election Commission says low turnout is typical for this election cycle. “Turnout is normally low during June primaries, ...
    Elections officials report low voter turnout across Florence County. Preliminary numbers show roughly a quarter of registered voters in Florence making it to the polls Tuesday. That helped the lines move quickly for voters. “It was quick, in and out,” says Sean Oshea, who voted in West Florence. “That was it. I wasn't here more than five, ten minutes. The Florence County Election Commission says low turnout is typical for this election cycle. “Turnout is normally low during June primaries, ...
  • Photo Gallery: Tuesday's primary election results

    Photo Gallery: Tuesday's primary election results

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-06-11 03:46:21 GMT
    SC voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide a mix of local and state primary races.WBTW compiled an entire photo gallery of the results from Tuesday.
    SC voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide a mix of local and state primary races.WBTW compiled an entire photo gallery of the results from Tuesday.
  • SC primary day; state and local races

    SC primary day; state and local races

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-06-10 18:22:45 GMT
    Voters from both parties will select nominees in races for local, state and national office.Incumbent republican Lindsey Graham will face six GOP challengers who say Graham's not conservative enough. On the democratic side, voters will choose between State Senator Brad Hutto of Orangeburg and Jay Stamper of Irmo.Unopposed Libertarian Victor Kocher will meet the winners in November. Republican Tim Scott will face one GOP challenger, Greenville resident Randall Young. Democrats Joy Dickerson of...
    Voters from both parties will select nominees in races for local, state and national office.Incumbent republican Lindsey Graham will face six GOP challengers who say Graham's not conservative enough. On the democratic side, voters will choose between State Senator Brad Hutto of Orangeburg and Jay Stamper of Irmo.Unopposed Libertarian Victor Kocher will meet the winners in November. Republican Tim Scott will face one GOP challenger, Greenville resident Randall Young. Democrats Joy Dickerson of...
  • Important tips as you head to the polls Tuesday

    Important tips as you head to the polls Tuesday

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-06-10 15:43:56 GMT
    The 2014 Republican and Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 10. The South Carolina Election Commission is reminding you to check your sample ballot to know where your polling place is. On the sample ballot you can see which candidates will be on your ballot, it will also tell you which precinct you will be at.CLICK HERE to find out where you should vote. If you have moved since voting last, you should check with your county election commission to see where your precinct is. Also don't forget ...
    The 2014 Republican and Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 10. The South Carolina Election Commission is reminding you to check your sample ballot to know where your polling place is. On the sample ballot you can see which candidates will be on your ballot, it will also tell you which precinct you will be at.CLICK HERE to find out where you should vote. If you have moved since voting last, you should check with your county election commission to see where your precinct is. Also don't forget ...
  • Surfside Beach Town Council moves toward raising property taxes

    Surfside Beach Town Council moves toward raising property taxes

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-06-10 12:31:08 GMT
    Surfside Beach Town Council passed first reading on a budget that includes a 6.22 millage tax increase Monday night.Surfside Beach Town Council passed first reading on a budget that includes a 6.22 millage tax increase Monday night.
    Residents of Surfside Beach could soon have to pay higher taxes.In a 4 to 3 vote, Surfside Beach Town Council passed first reading of a 2014-2015 budget that would include a 6.22 millage tax increase.According to town officials, that would be about a $50 increase on a $200,000 home. It would be the town's first tax hike since 2003.Residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns at a public meeting this Saturday, June 14 at 11 a.m. at Town Hall.A second and final reading on the bud...
    Residents of Surfside Beach could soon have to pay higher taxes.In a 4 to 3 vote, Surfside Beach Town Council passed first reading of a 2014-2015 budget that would include a 6.22 millage tax increase.According to town officials, that would be about a $50 increase on a $200,000 home. It would be the town's first tax hike since 2003.Residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns at a public meeting this Saturday, June 14 at 11 a.m. at Town Hall.A second and final reading on the bud...
  • Attention on Graham, state officers in SC primary

    Attention on Graham, state officers in SC primary

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-06-10 11:23:28 GMT
    Seantor Lindsey GrahamSeantor Lindsey Graham
    The attention is on U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and races for constitutional offices as voters cast ballots in the South Carolina primaries. Graham is seeking the GOP nomination for a third term but must get by six GOP primary challengers who say he's not conservative enough. Graham has been able to draw on a $7 million campaign fund, and one of the questions is whether he'll be able to win the nomination in a seven-way race without a runoff. In an unusual election year, voters are also select...
    The attention is on U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and races for constitutional offices as voters cast ballots in the South Carolina primaries. Graham is seeking the GOP nomination for a third term but must get by six GOP primary challengers who say he's not conservative enough. Graham has been able to draw on a $7 million campaign fund, and one of the questions is whether he'll be able to win the nomination in a seven-way race without a runoff. In an unusual election year, voters are also select...
  • Loftis seeking 2nd term against political newcomer for State Treasurer

    Loftis seeking 2nd term against political newcomer for State Treasurer

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-06-10 11:22:54 GMT
    Curtis Loftis and Brian Adams on the ballot for State Treasurer.Curtis Loftis and Brian Adams on the ballot for State Treasurer.
    South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis is seeking a second term against political newcomer Brian Adams. The winner of Tuesday's Republican primary essentially wins the job of chief financial officer. As in 2010, no Democrat is running. The office's duties include paying state government's bills and overseeing the Future Scholar college savings program. The treasurer is also chairman of the board that regulates state banks and lenders. Loftis has spent much of his tenure fighting with the Reti...
    South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis is seeking a second term against political newcomer Brian Adams. The winner of Tuesday's Republican primary essentially wins the job of chief financial officer. As in 2010, no Democrat is running. The office's duties include paying state government's bills and overseeing the Future Scholar college savings program. The treasurer is also chairman of the board that regulates state banks and lenders. Loftis has spent much of his tenure fighting with the Reti...
  • Retired SC Senator Dick Elliott passes away

    Retired SC Senator Dick Elliott passes away

    Monday, June 9 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-06-09 14:26:14 GMT
    Feb. 2013 File photo/North Myrtle Beach honors retired state senatorFeb. 2013 File photo/North Myrtle Beach honors retired state senator
    Retired State Sen. Dick Elliott has passed away.Horry County Coroner Robert Edge tells News13 Elliott died Saturday night at a Florence hospital. For 15 years, Elliott represented Horry, Dillon, Marion and Marlboro counties in District 28. He retired after 25 years of public service in 2013.Calls to Elliott's family for comment were not immediately returned.
    Retired State Sen. Dick Elliott has passed away.Horry County Coroner Robert Edge tells News13 Elliott died Saturday night at a Florence hospital. For 15 years, Elliott represented Horry, Dillon, Marion and Marlboro counties in District 28. He retired after 25 years of public service in 2013.Calls to Elliott's family for comment were not immediately returned.
  • No end to Bike Fest, instead County Officials look to prepare

    No end to Bike Fest, instead County Officials look to prepare

    Wednesday, June 4 2014 6:35 AM EDT2014-06-04 10:35:23 GMT
    Tuesday, Horry County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus, said Bike Fest cannot just be ended and instead local municipalities need to work together to be prepared. On Monday, Jake Evans, the Mayor of Atlantic Beach, said he had no plans to end Bike Fest in the town; even after Governor Nikki Haley called for an end to the event the previous week. News 13 asked Horry County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus, for his though...
    Tuesday, Horry County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus, said Bike Fest cannot just be ended and instead local municipalities need to work together to be prepared. On Monday, Jake Evans, the Mayor of Atlantic Beach, said he had no plans to end Bike Fest in the town; even after Governor Nikki Haley called for an end to the event the previous week. News 13 asked Horry County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus, for his though...
  • Atlantic Beach Mayor says he will not end Bike Fest

    Atlantic Beach Mayor says he will not end Bike Fest

    Monday, June 2 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-06-03 03:37:20 GMT
    Atlantic Beach’s Mayor says he has no plans to end Bike Fest after the Governor and other local government officials have called for an end to the event. Last weekend Governor Nikki Haley met with government officials from across the Grand Strand, including Myrtle Beach’s Mayor, John Rhodes, and Horry County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus. The meeting resulted with the Governor calling for an end to Bike Fest. Acco...
    Atlantic Beach’s Mayor says he has no plans to end Bike Fest after the Governor and other local government officials have called for an end to the event. Last weekend Governor Nikki Haley met with government officials from across the Grand Strand, including Myrtle Beach’s Mayor, John Rhodes, and Horry County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus. The meeting resulted with the Governor calling for an end to Bike Fest. Acco...
  • Florence One purchases concern some taxpayers

    Florence One purchases concern some taxpayers

    Monday, June 2 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-06-02 23:58:25 GMT
    Over the last seven years, Florence School District One has spent $1.2 million on the old McClenaghan High School. 
    Over the last seven years, Florence School District One has spent $1.2 million on the old McClenaghan High School. 
  • Atlantic Beach refuses to comment on Governor’s call to end Bike Fest

    Atlantic Beach refuses to comment on Governor’s call to end Bike Fest

    Friday, May 30 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-05-31 03:13:54 GMT
    Atlantic Beach town officials refused to comment after Governor Nikki Haley called for an end to the town’s Bike Fest. Friday local city and county leaders met in Conway with the governor to discuss the future of the Bike Fest. Governor Nikki Haley stated she wants the motorcycle rally, based out of Atlantic Beach, to come to an end. Friday News 13 reached out to Atlantic Beach’s Mayor, Jake Evans, and the city’s manager, William Booker, several times for comment without any response. City Co...
    Atlantic Beach town officials refused to comment after Governor Nikki Haley called for an end to the town’s Bike Fest. Friday local city and county leaders met in Conway with the governor to discuss the future of the Bike Fest. Governor Nikki Haley stated she wants the motorcycle rally, based out of Atlantic Beach, to come to an end. Friday News 13 reached out to Atlantic Beach’s Mayor, Jake Evans, and the city’s manager, William Booker, several times for comment without any response. City Co...
  • SC Lawmakers facing big issues in final week

    SC Lawmakers facing big issues in final week

    Friday, May 30 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-05-31 00:44:06 GMT
    By Robert KittleSouth Carolina lawmakers end their regular session on Thursday, June 5th, and head into their final week with some major issues still not finished. The House and Senate are far apart on a bill to ban texting and driving in the state. South Carolina is one of only 7 states that don’t ban texting and driving for all drivers. The House bill would do just that, ban texting and driving for all drivers. House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, says, "I think the House lo...
    By Robert KittleSouth Carolina lawmakers end their regular session on Thursday, June 5th, and head into their final week with some major issues still not finished. The House and Senate are far apart on a bill to ban texting and driving in the state. South Carolina is one of only 7 states that don’t ban texting and driving for all drivers. The House bill would do just that, ban texting and driving for all drivers. House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, says, "I think the House lo...
  • Ex-Atlantic Beach mayor convicted of DUI

    Ex-Atlantic Beach mayor convicted of DUI

    Friday, May 30 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-05-30 19:37:17 GMT
    PiercePierce
    A former Atlantic Beach Town official has been found guilty of DUI. Retha Pierce, who is the former mayor of the town, was charged in Jan. 2012 near 3rd Avenue and Main Stre
    A former Atlantic Beach Town official has been found guilty of DUI. Retha Pierce, who is the former mayor of the town, was charged in Jan. 2012 near 3rd Avenue and Main Stre
  • Darlington City to update code book for auto repair shops

    Darlington City to update code book for auto repair shops

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-05-28 04:27:04 GMT
    About two months ago, a fire gutted an auto repair shop in the City of Darlington. The city slapped the owner of Joe's Auto Repair with a code violation, saying he had too many cars parked outside his shop. The limit is ten. But two months later, his business is still in violation of the same code - and it's not the only one. 
    About two months ago, a fire gutted an auto repair shop in the City of Darlington. The city slapped the owner of Joe's Auto Repair with a code violation, saying he had too many cars parked outside his shop. The limit is ten. But two months later, his business is still in violation of the same code - and it's not the only one. 
  • Myrtle Beach Mayor responds to Bike Fest backlash

    Myrtle Beach Mayor responds to Bike Fest backlash

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-05-28 03:25:30 GMT
    Myrtle Beach Mayor, John Rhodes, spoke to News 13 about the city’s plans to move forward after listening to public complaints for two hours at Tuesday’s Council Meeting. Dozens of resident took the podium at the council meeting and expressed their frustrations and fears after the last several days of Bike Fest. Residents were not the only ones who had issues with the event. "This past weekend was the worst I’ve see...
    Myrtle Beach Mayor, John Rhodes, spoke to News 13 about the city’s plans to move forward after listening to public complaints for two hours at Tuesday’s Council Meeting. Dozens of resident took the podium at the council meeting and expressed their frustrations and fears after the last several days of Bike Fest. Residents were not the only ones who had issues with the event. "This past weekend was the worst I’ve see...
  • Horry County places stipulations on $1 million to Coast RTA

    Horry County places stipulations on $1 million to Coast RTA

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-05-21 03:40:40 GMT
    Tuesday, Horry County Council approved $1.05 million dollars to be budgeted to Coast RTA depending on the organization’s ability to adhere to certain stipulations. Over the last few months, Coast RTA’s operations have been under scrutiny after it was announced the organization had not completed a bus shelter project that had been in the works for nearly a decade. Coast RTA planned to build more than 70 bus shelters ...
    Tuesday, Horry County Council approved $1.05 million dollars to be budgeted to Coast RTA depending on the organization’s ability to adhere to certain stipulations. Over the last few months, Coast RTA’s operations have been under scrutiny after it was announced the organization had not completed a bus shelter project that had been in the works for nearly a decade. Coast RTA planned to build more than 70 bus shelters ...
  • Some say Latta Town grievance committee could be biased

    Some say Latta Town grievance committee could be biased

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-05-21 03:15:23 GMT
    The Latta Town grievance committee won't release a verdict for about 20 days, but some say some members may have decided the outcome before the hearing started. 
    The Latta Town grievance committee won't release a verdict for about 20 days, but some say some members may have decided the outcome before the hearing started. 
  • Some West Florence residents frustrated with tax increase

    Some West Florence residents frustrated with tax increase

    Thursday, May 15 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-05-16 02:43:58 GMT
    Some residents expressed concern about increasing taxes during county council's budget meeting. “I have a problem with, and many citizens have a problem with is asking a certain group of people to pay rates in order for that merger to take place,” says Richard Skipper of West Florence. Before the consolidation, the average property tax rate for Florence County stood at 16.3 mills, according to a spreadsheet of millage provided to News13 by County Council. Th...
    Some residents expressed concern about increasing taxes during county council's budget meeting. “I have a problem with, and many citizens have a problem with is asking a certain group of people to pay rates in order for that merger to take place,” says Richard Skipper of West Florence. Before the consolidation, the average property tax rate for Florence County stood at 16.3 mills, according to a spreadsheet of millage provided to News13 by County Council. Th...
  • SC moves to ban powdered alcohol before it's even legal

    SC moves to ban powdered alcohol before it's even legal

    Thursday, May 15 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-05-16 01:52:06 GMT
    South Carolina is trying to be proactive to put a ban on powdered alcohol before it even becomes legal. An Arizona-based company introduced powdered alcohol, but federal regulators pulled the approval last month. South carolina lawmakers are concerned about the safety of this product. In the past the state has done similar bans on products like bath salts. Senator Thomas Alexander says, "The evidence is simply not out there to know at this point what kind of impact this could have on the ci...
    South Carolina is trying to be proactive to put a ban on powdered alcohol before it even becomes legal. An Arizona-based company introduced powdered alcohol, but federal regulators pulled the approval last month. South carolina lawmakers are concerned about the safety of this product. In the past the state has done similar bans on products like bath salts. Senator Thomas Alexander says, "The evidence is simply not out there to know at this point what kind of impact this could have on the ci...
  • 138th year of the Galivants Stump brings out community

    138th year of the Galivants Stump brings out community

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 6:39 AM EDT2014-05-13 10:39:17 GMT
    Monday marked the 138th year of the Galivants Stump, an event that brings democratic candidates throughout South Carolina face to face with the community. The term "stump" refers to early political rallies when candidates stood on tree stumps to address the public. General Wade Hampton arrived in Galivants Ferry, on horseback, in 1876 to announce his campaign for South Carolina Governor. The event is held every two...
    Monday marked the 138th year of the Galivants Stump, an event that brings democratic candidates throughout South Carolina face to face with the community. The term "stump" refers to early political rallies when candidates stood on tree stumps to address the public. General Wade Hampton arrived in Galivants Ferry, on horseback, in 1876 to announce his campaign for South Carolina Governor. The event is held every two...
  • Horry County Council denies annexation in Myrtle Beach

    Horry County Council denies annexation in Myrtle Beach

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-05-07 03:00:16 GMT
    Tuesday, Horry County Council voted against a state mandated referendum to annex county owned property into Myrtle Beach. In March, Myrtle Beach City Council approved the annexation after receiving a petition with signatures from 25% of the voters in the affected area. The petition met the terms and conditions of annexation under South Carolina law. However, Horry County Council member, Marion Foxworth, voted agains...
    Tuesday, Horry County Council voted against a state mandated referendum to annex county owned property into Myrtle Beach. In March, Myrtle Beach City Council approved the annexation after receiving a petition with signatures from 25% of the voters in the affected area. The petition met the terms and conditions of annexation under South Carolina law. However, Horry County Council member, Marion Foxworth, voted agains...
  • Incumbent sheriffs appear to win primary races in Scotland, Robeson counties

    Incumbent sheriffs appear to win primary races in Scotland, Robeson counties

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-05-07 02:31:22 GMT
    Sealey (left) and Jones (right). Images from FacebookSealey (left) and Jones (right). Images from Facebook
    Democratic incumbent sheriffs appear to have won their primary races in Scotland and Robeson counties on Tuesday.
    Democratic incumbent sheriffs appear to have won their primary races in Scotland and Robeson counties on Tuesday.
  • Horry County Committee recommends full funding of Coast RTA

    Horry County Committee recommends full funding of Coast RTA

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 8:43 AM EDT2014-05-06 12:43:56 GMT
    Monday, an Horry County subcommittee recommend Coast RTA receive full funding from Horry County Council. The subcommittee, made up of Horry County Council members, Myrtle Beach Council members, and members of the Coast RTA board, debated over the last several weeks the fate of the organization in Horry County. One of the main issues the committee focused on was a failed bus shelter program Coast RTA under took. The s...
    Monday, an Horry County subcommittee recommend Coast RTA receive full funding from Horry County Council. The subcommittee, made up of Horry County Council members, Myrtle Beach Council members, and members of the Coast RTA board, debated over the last several weeks the fate of the organization in Horry County. One of the main issues the committee focused on was a failed bus shelter program Coast RTA under took. The s...
  • SC former town councilman threatened city manager, authorities say

    SC former town councilman threatened city manager, authorities say

    Monday, May 5 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-05-05 19:38:00 GMT
    The Williamsburg County Sheriff's office arrested former Town Councilman Chalmers Hammett, Sr. of Kingstree and charged him with threatening the life of a public official.
    The Williamsburg County Sheriff's office arrested former Town Councilman Chalmers Hammett, Sr. of Kingstree and charged him with threatening the life of a public official.
  • SC Rep. Gowdy to head select committee on deadly Benghazi attacks

    SC Rep. Gowdy to head select committee on deadly Benghazi attacks

    Monday, May 5 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-05-05 18:17:10 GMT
    Trey GowdyTrey Gowdy
    House Speaker John Boehner has tapped South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to head a special committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
    House Speaker John Boehner has tapped South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to head a special committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
  • Senator Lindsey Graham makes a campaign stop in North Myrtle Beach

    Senator Lindsey Graham makes a campaign stop in North Myrtle Beach

    Friday, May 2 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-05-03 03:38:14 GMT
    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham made a stop on the north end of the Grand Strand Friday night. The Republican senator’s campaign sponsored a free Southern Supper at the Lakeside Conference Center at Barefoot Resort. Graham told the crowd of donors and supporters he feels confident about his re-election campaign. He also talked to News13 about new information on how the Obama Administration handled the 2013 attack on the ...
    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham made a stop on the north end of the Grand Strand Friday night. The Republican senator’s campaign sponsored a free Southern Supper at the Lakeside Conference Center at Barefoot Resort. Graham told the crowd of donors and supporters he feels confident about his re-election campaign. He also talked to News13 about new information on how the Obama Administration handled the 2013 attack on the ...
  • Request for more police officers could mean raising taxes in Myrtle Beach

    Request for more police officers could mean raising taxes in Myrtle Beach

    Thursday, May 1 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-05-02 03:20:44 GMT
    The City of Myrtle Beach does not have the money in the budget for a request for 25 new positions in the police department, which could mean a tax increase for residents. According to city officials the police department currently has 200 sworn officers on staff and an annual operating budget of $20.2 million. The department requested 20 new police officers as well as five new communications officers which would tot...
    The City of Myrtle Beach does not have the money in the budget for a request for 25 new positions in the police department, which could mean a tax increase for residents. According to city officials the police department currently has 200 sworn officers on staff and an annual operating budget of $20.2 million. The department requested 20 new police officers as well as five new communications officers which would tot...
  • Residents question why Latta mayor fired the town's first female police chief

    Folks question why Latta mayor fired the town's first female police chief

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:22:19 GMT
    The Mayor of the Town Of Latta fired the town's Police Chief on Tuesday. Latta town councilman Jared Taylor told us the mayor fired crystal Moore because she received 7 reprimands.. News13
    The Mayor of the Town Of Latta fired the town's Police Chief on Tuesday. Latta town councilman Jared Taylor told us the mayor fired crystal Moore because she received 7 reprimands.. News13
  • New laws proposed for businesses in Myrtle Beach

    New laws proposed for businesses in Myrtle Beach

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:28 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:28:24 GMT
    The City of Myrtle Beach passed first reading of a new law that would require businesses to create a city approved safety plan. The law would focus on bars, grills, and night clubs that serve alcohol
    The City of Myrtle Beach passed first reading of a new law that would require businesses to create a city approved safety plan. The law would focus on bars, grills, and night clubs that serve alcohol
  • Tent ban passes in Horry County

    Tent ban passes in Horry County

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:30:44 GMT
    Tuesday, Horry County Council passed third and final reading on an ordinance banning beach tents permanently. The ban will affect the county's 14 mile stretch of beaches including areas like Garden City
    Tuesday, Horry County Council passed third and final reading on an ordinance banning beach tents permanently. The ban will affect the county's 14 mile stretch of beaches including areas like Garden City
  • Marion Boys and Girls Club to close

    Marion Boys and Girls Club to close

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:15:18 GMT
    The Pee Dee Boys and Girls Club decided Monday night to close its Marion location. It was housed in a building owned by the city, which had a lease with the club. But a change to the lease prompted the
    The Pee Dee Boys and Girls Club decided Monday night to close its Marion location. It was housed in a building owned by the city, which had a lease with the club. But a change to the lease prompted the
  • Latta Council could strip power from Mayor after questionable hire

    Latta Council could strip power from Mayor after questionable hire

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:39 AM EDT2014-04-11 10:39:59 GMT
    At a Latta Town Council meeting Thursday night, some Latta residents expressed frustration with Mayor Earl Bullard.  Bullard hired Vontray Sellers, in February as Latta's new parks and recreation director
    At a Latta Town Council meeting Thursday night, some Latta residents expressed frustration with Mayor Earl Bullard.  Bullard hired Vontray Sellers, in February as Latta's new parks and recreation director
  • 2 chosen for Town Council and a runoff set after Surfside voting

    2 chosen for Town Council and a runoff set after Surfside voting

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-04-09 01:45:36 GMT
    These are the unofficial results of the General Election held Tuesday for town council seats in the Town of Surfside Beach. The Challenged Ballot and Certification Hearing will be held Thursday, April
    These are the unofficial results of the General Election held Tuesday for town council seats in the Town of Surfside Beach. The Challenged Ballot and Certification Hearing will be held Thursday, April
  • Decline in firefighters leads Florence County to plan merger

    Decline in firefighters leads Florence County to plan 7 dept. merger

    Thursday, April 3 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-04-04 03:40:29 GMT
    Florence county leaders work to turn around years of declines in the number of volunteer firefighters. County leaders hope to attract a new generation of recruits to staff all its fire stations.  Of the
    Florence county leaders work to turn around years of declines in the number of volunteer firefighters. County leaders hope to attract a new generation of recruits to staff all its fire stations.  Of the
  • Emma's Law passes through House

    Emma's Law passes through House

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-04-03 01:49:42 GMT
    Emma's law is moving forward after the House approved a bill requiring more people convicted of drunken driving to install a device on their vehicle that prevents it from starting if it detects alcohol. Supporters
    Emma's law is moving forward after the House approved a bill requiring more people convicted of drunken driving to install a device on their vehicle that prevents it from starting if it detects alcohol. Supporters
  • Report: South Carolina students falling behind

    Report: South Carolina students falling behind

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-04-02 04:02:02 GMT
    A new report out today says South Carolina school children are behind their peers in other states. The Race for Results report comes from the Annie E. Casey foundation, an organization that aims to help
    A new report out today says South Carolina school children are behind their peers in other states. The Race for Results report comes from the Annie E. Casey foundation, an organization that aims to help
  • Tent bans pass second reading in Horry County; residents respond

    Tent bans pass second reading in Horry County; residents respond

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:53:39 GMT
    On Tuesday, Horry County Council passed second reading on their beach tent ban ordinance. The county's ordinance would ban any "shading device", other than umbrellas, permanently. Tuesday night, the
    On Tuesday, Horry County Council passed second reading on their beach tent ban ordinance. The county's ordinance would ban any "shading device", other than umbrellas, permanently. Tuesday night, the
  • NC working to clear food stamp backlog

    NC working to clear food stamp backlog

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-04-01 04:00:02 GMT
    Social service departments in counties across North Carolina worked for about 18 months to fill thousands of backlogged food stamp cases. A computer glitch from over a year ago caused the delays. Last
    Social service departments in counties across North Carolina worked for about 18 months to fill thousands of backlogged food stamp cases. A computer glitch from over a year ago caused the delays...
  • Dillon County Day provides health, job advantages for residents

    Dillon County Day provides health, job advantages for residents

    Sunday, March 30 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-03-30 15:29:07 GMT
    Rows of tables, filled with limitless opportunities. It's something that both Camy Taylor and her daughter, were out to take advantage of. "It really helps the community, because there are a lot of
    Rows of tables, filled with limitless opportunities. It's something that both Camy Taylor and her daughter, were out to take advantage of. "It really helps the community, because there are a lot of
  • Lt. Gov. McConnell: I will not hold 2 jobs

    Lt. Gov. McConnell: I will not hold 2 jobs

    Thursday, March 27 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:51:06 GMT
    Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell says he will vacate the office whenever the College of Charleston's board of trustees needs him full-time. McConnell ruled out Thursday the possibility of remaining lieutenant
    Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell says he will vacate the office whenever the College of Charleston's board of trustees needs him full-time. McConnell ruled out Thursday the possibility of remaining lieutenant
  • High energy bills from winter 2014 hurt some families

    High energy bills from winter 2014 hurt some families

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-03-27 02:32:56 GMT
    It may be officially Spring-time, but one aspect of winter still here are high energy bills. Those hefty bills may leave some residents in the dark. "It went real sky high!" says Tamara Matthews, who
    It may be officially Spring-time, but one aspect of winter still here are high energy bills. Those hefty bills may leave some residents in the dark. "It went real sky high!" says Tamara Matthews, who
  • Florence mayor delivers state of city speech

    Florence mayor delivers state of city speech

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 12:07 AM EDT2014-03-26 04:07:08 GMT
    The mayor of Florence delivered his annual "State of the City" address Tuesday.  Stephen Wukela said the city's downtown continues to make progress, as more private businesses invest there. He focused
    The mayor of Florence delivered his annual "State of the City" address Tuesday.  Stephen Wukela said the city's downtown continues to make progress, as more private businesses invest there. He focused
  • Middle class college students hit hard from loan debt

    Middle class college students hit hard from loan debt

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-03-25 12:05:57 GMT
    As college costs rise faster than the rate of inflation, they pose a big hurdle for many who seek a higher education. A new study from Dartmouth University says students from middle class families are
    As college costs rise faster than the rate of inflation, they pose a big hurdle for many who seek a higher education. A new study from Dartmouth University says students from middle class families are
  • Andrews announces for Horry County Democratic Party Chair

    Andrews announces for Horry County Democratic Party Chair

    Friday, March 21 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-03-21 21:39:07 GMT
    (News Release)  Today, long term Democrat John Andrews announced his candidacy for Chair of the Horry County Democratic Party. Elections will be held at the Horry County Democratic Party Convention tomorrow,
    Today, long term Democrat John Andrews announced his candidacy for Chair of the Horry County Democratic Party.
  • Darlington auto repair shops violate city code

    Darlington auto repair shops violate city code

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-03-20 03:45:03 GMT
    A fire destroyed Joe's Auto Repair shop in Darlington on Monday. On top of that, the city slapped James Joe, owner of the shop, with a citation, saying he violated  a city ordinance.  The code says auto
    A fire destroyed Joe's Auto Repair shop in Darlington on Monday. On top of that, the city slapped James Joe, owner of the shop, with a citation, saying he violated  a city ordinance.  The code says auto
  • Not expanding Medicaid could cost SC hospitals billions

    Not expanding Medicaid could cost SC hospitals billions

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-03-19 10:58:27 GMT
    South Carolina emergency rooms take in thousands of patients who can't afford to pay for treatment every year. A part of the Affordable Care Act aims to cut that number, but the state does not take part. South
    South Carolina emergency rooms take in thousands of patients who can't afford to pay for treatment every year. A part of the Affordable Care Act aims to cut that number, but the state does not take part. South
  • Beach tent bans could boost business in Surfside

    Beach tent bans could boost business in Surfside

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-03-19 03:27:55 GMT
    Surfside Beach has not discussed banning beach tents for this upcoming season and it has visitors and business owners at opposite ends of thought. Over the last several weeks, Horry County Council, Myrtle
    Surfside Beach has not discussed banning beach tents for this upcoming season and it has visitors and business owners at opposite ends of thought. Over the last several weeks, Horry County Council, Myrtle
  • James E. Clyburn files for his 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives

    James E. Clyburn files for his 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 7:47 AM EDT2014-03-18 11:47:15 GMT
    On Monday, March 17th, Congressman James E. Clyburn filed for his 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Clyburn was first elected in 1992 and assumed office in January 1993. He currently
    On Monday, March 17th, Congressman James E. Clyburn filed for his 12th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Clyburn was first elected in 1992 and assumed office in January 1993. He currently
  • Representative Heather Ammons Crawford files for re-election

    Representative Heather Ammons Crawford files for re-election

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 7:44 AM EDT2014-03-18 11:44:25 GMT
    Republican State Representative Heather Ammons Crawford filed for re-election to District 68 of the South Carolina House of Representatives today. Crawford has served the people of Horry County in the
    Republican State Representative Heather Ammons Crawford filed for re-election to District 68 of the South Carolina House of Representatives today. Crawford has served the people of Horry County in the
  • Surfside native announces candidacy for Horry County Council, District 5

    Surfside native announces candidacy for Horry County Council, District 5

    Friday, March 14 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-03-15 01:10:44 GMT
    J. Tyler Servant announced his candidacy for Horry County Council, District 5,which is a South Strand seat. Servant made the announcement at fuller park in surfside beach on Friday afternoon. Servant
    J. Tyler Servant announced his candidacy for Horry County Council, District 5,which is a South Strand seat. Servant made the announcement at fuller park in surfside beach on Friday afternoon. Servant
  • Horry County General Election filing to open March 16

    Horry County General Election filing to open March 16

    Friday, March 14 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-03-14 20:03:26 GMT
    CONWAY, SC –Horry County Registration and Elections would like to remind interested candidates that filing will open March 16 at noon through March 30 at noon. The Horry County Registration & Elections
    CONWAY, SC –Horry County Registration and Elections would like to remind interested candidates that filing will open March 16 at noon through March 30 at noon.
  • Investigation on why tent bans would bring $500 fine in Myrtle Beach

    Investigation on why tent bans would bring $500 fine in Myrtle Beach

    Thursday, March 13 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-03-14 03:34:44 GMT
    A proposed tent ban in Myrtle Beach would bring steeper fines than prostitution charges or a first offense DUI. The tent ban, which would prohibit beach tents in the city from Memorial Day to Labor Day,
    A proposed tent ban in Myrtle Beach would bring steeper fines than prostitution charges or a first offense DUI. The tent ban, which would prohibit beach tents in the city from Memorial Day to Labor Day,
  • 4 Graham challengers agree to support each other

    4 Graham challengers agree to support each other

    Thursday, March 13 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-03-14 01:30:21 GMT
    Four challengers to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are signing an agreement that if any of them make a runoff against the Republican incumbent, the other three will throw their support behind the challenger.
    Four challengers to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are signing an agreement that if any of them make a runoff against the Republican incumbent, the other three will throw their support behind the challenger.
  • Myrtle Beach native announces candidacy for Horry County Council, District 8

    Myrtle Beach native announces candidacy for Horry County Council, District 8

    Thursday, March 13 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-03-13 18:14:20 GMT
    Myrtle Beach native and community activist Krystal Dotson announced she will be an Independent candidate for Horry County Council District 8. "The people of Horry County deserve a candidate that will
    Myrtle Beach native and community activist Krystal Dotson announced she will be an Independent candidate for Horry County Council District 8. "The people of Horry County deserve a candidate that will
  • South Carolina proposes funding cut to colleges over 'gay books'

    South Carolina proposes funding cut to colleges over 'gay books'

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-03-12 03:45:14 GMT
    On Monday, lawmakers approved a plan to cut tens of thousands of dollars from the budgets of USC Upstate and the College of Charleston, because a part of the schools' required reading for freshmen included
    On Monday, lawmakers approved a plan to cut tens of thousands of dollars from the budgets of USC Upstate and the College of Charleston, because a part of the schools' required reading for freshmen included
  • Beach goers concerned by beach tent bans in Myrtle Beach

    Beach goers concerned by beach tent bans in Myrtle Beach

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-03-12 03:35:19 GMT
    Tuesday Myrtle Beach City Council passed first reading on an ordinance that would ban beach tents from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Mayor John Rhodes says the reason for the ban is beach tents take up too
    Tuesday Myrtle Beach City Council passed first reading on an ordinance that would ban beach tents from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Mayor John Rhodes says the reason for the ban is beach tents take up too
  • Robber's Roost passes first reading before NMB city council

    Robber's Roost passes first reading before NMB city council

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-03-11 17:15:25 GMT
    During a March 2 Special Called Meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the Robber's Roost Planned Development District (PDD). Environmental Concepts,
    During a March 2 Special Called Meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the Robber's Roost Planned Development District (PDD). Environmental Concepts,
  • Driver amnesty week begins Monday

    Driver amnesty week begins Monday

    Monday, March 10 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-03-10 10:50:08 GMT
    Next week, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is giving people with suspended licenses a chance to clear or shorten their suspension time. "It's established by law to allow individuals with
    Next week, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is giving people with suspended licenses a chance to clear or shorten their suspension time. "It's established by law to allow individuals with
  • Four County Community employee on payroll after wrong-doing

    Four County Community employee on payroll after wrong-doing

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 11:46 PM EST2014-03-05 04:46:58 GMT
    Last month, a North Carolina non-profit faced shocking accusations. A state audit found the non-profit, Four County Community Services, misspent millions of taxpayer dollars. The organization fired some
    Last month, a North Carolina non-profit faced shocking accusations. A state audit found the non-profit, Four County Community Services, misspent millions of taxpayer dollars. The organization fired some
  • Town of Olanta voters choose council member in election

    Town of Olanta voters choose council member in election

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 9:48 PM EST2014-03-05 02:48:30 GMT
    Voters in the Florence County town of Olanta went to the polls Tuesday to fill a seat on town council.Unofficial results show Warren Coker took the most votes over challenger Patsy McCutcheon.Here are
    Voters in the Florence County town of Olanta went to the polls Tuesday to fill a seat on town council.Unofficial results show Warren Coker took the most votes over challenger Patsy McCutcheon.Here are
  • Alligator meat may soon be coming from SC farms

    Alligator meat may soon be coming from SC farms

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 9:25 PM EST2014-03-05 02:25:00 GMT
    South Carolina could be a new home for alligator farms. The Senate will debate the bill Wednesday in a committee meeting. "The bill will allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue permits to people
    South Carolina could be a new home for alligator farms. The Senate will debate the bill Wednesday in a committee meeting. "The bill will allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue permits to people
  • Military vehicles find a home in local police departments

    Military vehicles find a home in local police departments

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 12:58 AM EST2014-03-04 05:58:48 GMT
    As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down... the U.S. military gets rid of some of its old equipment. That benefits some local law enforcement, but it also leaves some people concerned. In the Pee
    As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down... the U.S. military gets rid of some of its old equipment. That benefits some local law enforcement, but it also leaves some people concerned.
  • Tom Rice trims money from own budget, sending $88,000 back to treasury

    Tom Rice trims money from own budget, sending $88,000 back to treasury

    Friday, February 28 2014 4:14 PM EST2014-02-28 21:14:29 GMT
    US Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) Friday announced that he has managed to cut $88,000 of his operating budget and return that amount back to the Treasury.  "Every person, household, and business should operate
    US Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) Friday announced that he has managed to cut $88,000 of his operating budget and return that amount back to the Treasury.  "Every person, household, and business should operate
  • South Carolina proposes to increase its minimum wage

    South Carolina proposes to increase its minimum wage

    Thursday, February 27 2014 11:33 PM EST2014-02-28 04:33:37 GMT
    State leaders are debating if South Carolina should increase its minimum wage. Some people, Brandon Johnson, says they should. He works as a shift manager at the Florence Checkers, just one of many fast
    State leaders are debating if South Carolina should increase its minimum wage.
  • Horry County considers $500,000 investment in litter clean up

    Horry County considers $500,000 investment in litter clean up

    Thursday, February 27 2014 3:06 PM EST2014-02-27 20:06:11 GMT
    Tuesday Horry County Council discussed the current state of trash and litter throughout the area and possibly investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into cleanup efforts. County Chairman, Mark Lazarus,
    Tuesday Horry County Council discussed the current state of trash and litter throughout the area and possibly investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into cleanup efforts. County Chairman, Mark Lazarus,
  • 'Food Deserts' on the rise in North Carolina

    'Food Deserts' on the rise in North Carolina

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 11:52 PM EST2014-02-27 04:52:22 GMT
    Nearly 30 percent of North Carolinians are obese, the C.D.C. says, partly because of a lack of affordable, fresh and healthy food. Now, state lawmakers work to address the issue of "food deserts," which
    Nearly 30 percent of North Carolinians are obese, the C.D.C. says, partly because of a lack of affordable, fresh and healthy food. Now, state lawmakers work to address the issue of "food deserts"
  • Operation Palmetto Employment supports military through employment

    Operation Palmetto Employment supports military through employment

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 5:23 PM EST2014-02-26 22:23:29 GMT
    Governor Nikki Haley today joined representatives from the South Carolina National Guard and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) in officially launching Operation Palmetto Employment
    Governor Nikki Haley today joined representatives from the South Carolina National Guard and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) in officially launching Operation Palmetto Employment
  • Talks of beach tent bans in Horry County has residents concerned

    Talks of beach tent bans in Horry County has residents concerned

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 11:21 PM EST2014-02-26 04:21:28 GMT
    Tuesday, Horry County Council met to discuss banning beach tents for the upcoming season. The talks follow North Myrtle Beach City Council passing first vote on a tent ban last Monday. Tuesday's discussion
    Tuesday, Horry County Council met to discuss banning beach tents for the upcoming season. The talks follow North Myrtle Beach City Council passing first vote on a tent ban last Monday. Tuesday's discussion
  • Latta Mayor hires recreational director without background check

    Latta Mayor hires recreational director without background check

    Monday, February 24 2014 11:43 PM EST2014-02-25 04:43:48 GMT
    A Pee Dee recreational director and the mayor who hired him are under fire. Police say the Latta mayor did not conduct a background check on the director - despite the job involving children. Police
    A Pee Dee recreational director and the mayor who hired him are under fire. Police say the Latta mayor did not conduct a background check on the director - despite the job involving children.
  • North Carolina's cut to unemployment benefits hurts some job-seekers

    North Carolina's cut to unemployment benefits hurts some job-seekers

    Friday, February 21 2014 6:18 AM EST2014-02-21 11:18:41 GMT
    Seven months ago, a new law in North Carolina cut state unemployment benefits and also cut the state out of federal benefits. The new policy hurt people looking for a job, like Edel Yost. "There's not
    Seven months ago, a new law in North Carolina cut state unemployment benefits and also cut the state out of federal benefits. The new policy hurt people looking for a job
  • NC audit of non-profit reveals questions, executive director demoted

    NC audit of non-profit reveals questions, executive director demoted

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 6:12 AM EST2014-02-19 11:12:10 GMT
    Four County Community's new executive director has served in the position for a month, but Erika Whittaker is already making big changes to the non-profit. 'We are putting policies and procedures in place
    Four County Community's new executive director has served in the position for a month, but Erika Whittaker is already making big changes to the non-profit.
  • Million dollar proposal to replace decades old school buses in Horry County

    Million dollar proposal to replace decades old school buses in Horry County

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 12:16 AM EST2014-02-18 05:16:49 GMT
    The Horry County Board of Education will consider investing nearly $1 million dollars annually towards new school buses. Monday night, the board of education met to discuss the new budget for the district. One
    The Horry County Board of Education will consider investing nearly $1 million dollars annually towards new school buses. Monday night, the board of education met to discuss the new budget for the district. One
  • Audit: Four County Community Services improperly paid bonuses

    Audit: Four County Community Services improperly paid bonuses

    Saturday, February 8 2014 1:34 AM EST2014-02-08 06:34:28 GMT
    A North Carolina government agency that's supposed to help children is accused of wrong-doing. The NC state auditor says Four-County Community Services misused nearly $5 million dollars of state and federal
    A North Carolina government agency that's supposed to help children is accused of wrong-doing. The NC state auditor says Four-County Community Services misused nearly $5 million dollars of state and federal
  • SC senator proposes gas tax alternative

    SC senator proposes gas tax alternative

    Thursday, February 6 2014 11:39 PM EST2014-02-07 04:39:51 GMT
    South Carolina generates money to improve its roads through a gas tax. But for years, revenue collected through the tax has been on the decline. Experts say demand for gas has been low since the 2008 recession. "Folks
    South Carolina generates money to improve its roads through a gas tax. But for years, revenue collected through the tax has been on the decline.
  • Proposed $326 million building project for Horry County Schools

    Proposed $326 million building project for Horry County Schools

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:50 PM EST2014-02-06 00:50:12 GMT
    On Wednesday, the Horry County Board of Education met to discuss several proposed building projects for the area. The proposal included creating five new school buildings located in Myrtle Beach, Socastee,
    On Wednesday, the Horry County Board of Education met to discuss several proposed building projects for the area. The proposal included creating five new school buildings located in Myrtle Beach, Socastee,
  • Robeson County "suffers" from state prison closure

    Robeson County "suffers" from state prison closure

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 10:36 AM EST2014-02-05 15:36:16 GMT
    Late last year, North Carolina closed a state prison in Robeson County to save the state money. But now it's costing Robeson County. The prison it is one of five correctional facilities run by the state
    Late last year, North Carolina closed a state prison in Robeson County to save the state money. But now it's costing Robeson County.
  • Concern grows around SC prison disparity rate

    Concern grows around SC prison disparity rate

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 6:18 AM EST2014-02-04 11:18:22 GMT
    SC Department of Corrections shows a huge racial disparity in its inmate population for 2013. Black inmates make up more than 60 percent of South Carolina's prison population but 30 percent of the state's
    SC Department of Corrections shows a huge racial disparity in its inmate population for 2013. Black inmates make up more than 60 percent of South Carolina's prison population but 30 percent of the state's
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank Braces For New Demand

    Harvest Hope Food Bank Braces For New Demand

    Friday, January 31 2014 12:14 AM EST2014-01-31 05:14:56 GMT
    Food banks in our area brace for increased demand after the US House passed a bill this week that would trim food stamps by billions of dollars nationally. That will likely have a big impact on those who
    Food banks in our area brace for increased demand after the US House passed a bill this week that would trim food stamps by billions of dollars.
  • Horry County moves to OPCON 3

    Horry County moves to OPCON 3

    Monday, January 27 2014 5:39 PM EST2014-01-27 22:39:00 GMT
    (News Release) Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on "Alert" status, which means county
    Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 3 (OPCON 3) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 3 level means an emergency situation is likely or imminent.
  • Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Cost SC's Uninsured

    Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Cost SC's Uninsured

    Saturday, January 25 2014 8:08 AM EST2014-01-25 13:08:11 GMT
    South Carolinians are already paying for medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. But Governor Nikki Haley chose not to enroll in it. Instead, state lawmakers worked up another plan. It's called
    South Carolinians are already paying for medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. But Governor Nikki Haley chose not to enroll in it. Instead, state lawmakers worked up another plan. It's called
  • Revitalizing Racepath in Myrtle Beach

    Revitalizing Racepath in Myrtle Beach

    Thursday, January 23 2014 8:07 PM EST2014-01-24 01:07:45 GMT
    Tuesday night, Horry County Council voted to include the Racepath housing development in their Envision 2025 Revitalization plan According to a Horry County report, crime, dilapidated homes and poor public
    Tuesday night, Horry County Council voted to include the Racepath housing development in their Envision 2025 Revitalization plan According to a Horry County report, crime, dilapidated homes and poor public
  • Thousands in South Carolina cannot afford health care

    Thousands in South Carolina cannot afford health care

    Thursday, January 23 2014 6:30 PM EST2014-01-23 23:30:49 GMT
    Last night, in her state-of-the-state address, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called the Affordable Care Act "disastrous." It certainly didn't start all that well, when back in October, the website
    Last night, in her state-of-the-state address, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called the Affordable Care Act "disastrous." It certainly didn't start all that well, when back in October, the website
  • Report: CCU grads have more debt than any public SC university

    Report: CCU grads have more debt than any public SC university

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 11:07 AM EST2014-01-22 16:07:21 GMT
    A new report says graduates at Coastal Carolina University are loaded with more student debt than any other public university in the state.  The report says students, on average, pay $7,000 more a year
    A new report says graduates at Coastal Carolina University are loaded with more student debt than any other public university in the state.  The report says students, on average, pay $7,000 more a year
  • Gov. Haley makes her state of the state address Wednesday

    Gov. Haley makes her state of the state address Wednesday

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 7:21 AM EST2014-01-22 12:21:34 GMT
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. State and local leaders, as well as invited dignitaries
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will deliver the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. State and local leaders, as well as invited dignitaries
  • Horry County approves rules for outdoor shooting ranges

    Horry County approves rules for outdoor shooting ranges

    Tuesday, January 21 2014 8:03 PM EST2014-01-22 01:03:48 GMT
    Tuesday night, Horry County Council approved two new ordinances that would regulate outdoor shooting ranges.
    Tuesday night, Horry County Council approved two new ordinances that would regulate outdoor shooting ranges.
  • Licence plate scanners concerns some about privacy

    Licence plate scanners concerns some about privacy

    Licence plate scanners raise privacy concerns

    Friday, January 17 2014 7:59 PM EST2014-01-18 00:59:33 GMT
    Some law enforcement officials are calling license plate scanners the best technology for police since DNA testing. Last year, Myrtle Beach police scanned more than 400,000 licence plates. The scanners
    Some law enforcement officials are calling license plate scanners the best technology for police since DNA testing. Last year, Myrtle Beach police scanned more than 400,000 licence plates. The scanners
  • Lindsey Graham well ahead in fundraising for the primary

    Lindsey Graham well ahead in fundraising for the primary

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 2:45 PM EST2014-02-05 19:45:00 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has about ten times more cash on hand than his four up-and-running challengers in the GOP primary. The Post and Courier reports Graham's campaign disclosure report made to the
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has about ten times more cash on hand than his four up-and-running challengers in the GOP primary. The Post and Courier reports Graham's campaign disclosure report made to the
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  • President Obama offered 'a hit' of pot while in Colorado

    President Obama offered 'a hit' of pot while in Colorado

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:30:51 GMT
    President Obama... From Matt Anton on InstagramPresident Obama... From Matt Anton on Instagram
    "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The President laughed but didn't indulge.It wasn't the only time Obama was offered weed on his night out. That's apparently what happens in Colorado, which recently legalized recreational marijuana.The man posted the exchange on Instagram for the world to see."Asked (President) if he wanted a hit of pot...he laughed!" wrote Matt Anton on his social media account.Obama has admitted to smoking pot as...
    "Do you want to hit this?" a man asked President Barack Obama in a bar in Denver Tuesday night. The President laughed but didn't indulge.It wasn't the only time Obama was offered weed on his night out. That's apparently what happens in Colorado, which recently legalized recreational marijuana.The man posted the exchange on Instagram for the world to see."Asked (President) if he wanted a hit of pot...he laughed!" wrote Matt Anton on his social media account.Obama has admitted to smoking pot as...
  • SC GOP Education Superintendent candidates push school reform plans

    SC GOP Education Superintendent candidates push school reform plans

    Monday, June 16 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-06-17 02:46:03 GMT
    By Robert Kittle South Carolina voters go back to the polls Tuesday, June 24th, to vote in a runoff for state education superintendent. For the Republicans, the runoff is between top vote-getter Molly Spearman and Sally Atwater. For the Democrats, it’s Sheila Gallagher against Tom Thompson. Atwater and Spearman are pushing their plans for improving South Carolina schools. In a new TV ad, Atwater says her plan, “calls for safer schools, reading coaches, technology, more choices and less feder...
    By Robert Kittle South Carolina voters go back to the polls Tuesday, June 24th, to vote in a runoff for state education superintendent. For the Republicans, the runoff is between top vote-getter Molly Spearman and Sally Atwater. For the Democrats, it’s Sheila Gallagher against Tom Thompson. Atwater and Spearman are pushing their plans for improving South Carolina schools. In a new TV ad, Atwater says her plan, “calls for safer schools, reading coaches, technology, more choices and less feder...
  • Photo Gallery: Tuesday's primary election results

    Photo Gallery: Tuesday's primary election results

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-06-11 03:46:21 GMT
    SC voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide a mix of local and state primary races.WBTW compiled an entire photo gallery of the results from Tuesday.
    SC voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide a mix of local and state primary races.WBTW compiled an entire photo gallery of the results from Tuesday.
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