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  • WMBF Investigates: Customers upset over delay in receiving growler chillers

    WMBF Investigates: Customers upset over delay in receiving growler chillers

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-05-31 03:25:27 GMT
    Some are upset over the delay in receiving a product that keeps beer growlers cold. (Source: WMBF News)Some are upset over the delay in receiving a product that keeps beer growlers cold. (Source: WMBF News)

    On May 21, 2018, a man from Virginia contacted WMBF News Investigates, asking us to look into a Pawleys Island company selling a product many people seem to want.

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    On May 21, 2018, a man from Virginia contacted WMBF News Investigates, asking us to look into a Pawleys Island company selling a product many people seem to want.

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  • ‘You feel so much pressure:’ Two of WMBF’s own take part in FBI Citizen’s Academy

    ‘You feel so much pressure:’ Two of WMBF’s own take part in FBI Citizen’s Academy

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:23 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:23:45 GMT
    WMBF News anchor Kaitlin Stansell recently took part in the FBI's Citizen's Academy. (Source: WMBF News/FBI)WMBF News anchor Kaitlin Stansell recently took part in the FBI's Citizen's Academy. (Source: WMBF News/FBI)
    WMBF News anchor Kaitlin Stansell recently took part in the FBI's Citizen's Academy. (Source: WMBF News/FBI)WMBF News anchor Kaitlin Stansell recently took part in the FBI's Citizen's Academy. (Source: WMBF News/FBI)

    Over the past month, WMBF’S Kaitlin Stansell and Audrey Biesk have been a part of a group of Myrtle Beach citizens who have gotten an inside look at the FBI's role in the local community in a very hands-on way.

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    Over the past month, WMBF’S Kaitlin Stansell and Audrey Biesk have been a part of a group of Myrtle Beach citizens who have gotten an inside look at the FBI's role in the local community in a very hands-on way.

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  • WMBF Investigates: How unsafe levels of GenX were found miles from production plant

    WMBF Investigates: How unsafe levels of GenX were found miles from production plant

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 6:30 PM EDT2018-05-22 22:30:53 GMT
    The Chemours facility, located on the Cape Fear River near Fayetteville, has been in the headlines since at least June of 2017. (Source: WECT)The Chemours facility, located on the Cape Fear River near Fayetteville, has been in the headlines since at least June of 2017. (Source: WECT)

    In April, the Robeson County Health Department said the first unsafe levels of GenX had been found in a homeowner's well in the St. Pauls area. The discovery initiated more testing and a call for the community to come together to talk about GenX’s potentially harmful effects and what should be done about it. 

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    In April, the Robeson County Health Department said the first unsafe levels of GenX had been found in a homeowner's well in the St. Pauls area. The discovery initiated more testing and a call for the community to come together to talk about GenX’s potentially harmful effects and what should be done about it. 

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  • WMBF Investigates: The accelerating costs of automobile insurance

    WMBF Investigates: The accelerating costs of automobile insurance

    Monday, May 21 2018 7:41 PM EDT2018-05-21 23:41:33 GMT
    Drivers have been noticing their car insurance increasing. (Source: WMBF News)Drivers have been noticing their car insurance increasing. (Source: WMBF News)
    Drivers have been noticing their car insurance increasing. (Source: WMBF News)Drivers have been noticing their car insurance increasing. (Source: WMBF News)

    Aging roads, more cellphones in the hands of more drivers and vehicles that are just more expensive to repair. These are all factors as to why drivers could be seeing a big increase in their car insurance bill. 

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    Aging roads, more cellphones in the hands of more drivers and vehicles that are just more expensive to repair. These are all factors as to why drivers could be seeing a big increase in their car insurance bill. 

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  • Opioids regulation policed by Big Pharma with government's blessing

    Opioids regulation policed by Big Pharma with government's blessing

    Thursday, May 17 2018 9:26 AM EDT2018-05-17 13:26:59 GMT
    Dina DeMarest , 42, was prescribed Sybsys for pain from a minor surgery. Subsys is 100 times stronger than morphine. (Source: Raycom News Network)Dina DeMarest , 42, was prescribed Sybsys for pain from a minor surgery. Subsys is 100 times stronger than morphine. (Source: Raycom News Network)

    A Raycom Media investigation found that lax oversight by the FDA and McKesson Corp., has allowed rampant exploitation of a national prescription drug program.

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    A Raycom Media investigation found that lax oversight by the FDA and McKesson Corp., has allowed rampant exploitation of a national prescription drug program.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Is former SC representative’s campaign account ‘informal retirement funds?’

    WMBF Investigates: Is former SC representative’s campaign account ‘informal retirement funds?’

    Monday, May 14 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-05-15 03:12:48 GMT
    Former SC Rep. Robin Tallon. (Source: C-SPAN)Former SC Rep. Robin Tallon. (Source: C-SPAN)

    Former South Carolina Representative Robin Tallon Jr. last served in Congress in 1993. However, 25 years since he last held office, his campaign account is thriving and he’s still using this money.

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    Former South Carolina Representative Robin Tallon Jr. last served in Congress in 1993. However, 25 years since he last held office, his campaign account is thriving and he’s still using this money.

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  • WMBF Investigates - Clearing up the cryptocurrency confusion

    WMBF Investigates - Clearing up the cryptocurrency confusion

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 5:06 PM EDT2018-05-09 21:06:09 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    For almost 10 years, you've been able to buy something called bitcoin, but for most of us, it's only caught our attention in the past year, as the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency jumped, before leveling off. Many of us still may not know what it really is.  So we did a little digging, tracked down a bitcoin buyer and a certified financial planner for some answers to our crypto-questions. It's been hammering the headlines, especially over the last year.  Bitcoin, ...

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    For almost 10 years, you've been able to buy something called bitcoin, but for most of us, it's only caught our attention in the past year, as the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrency jumped, before leveling off. Many of us still may not know what it really is.  So we did a little digging, tracked down a bitcoin buyer and a certified financial planner for some answers to our crypto-questions. It's been hammering the headlines, especially over the last year.  Bitcoin, ...

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  • WMBF Investigates: How many schools are lacking school resource officers?

    WMBF Investigates: How many schools are lacking school resource officers?

    Tuesday, May 8 2018 11:09 PM EDT2018-05-09 03:09:35 GMT
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    WMBF News looked at the results of a survey conducted by the South Carolina Department of Education to see just how many schools in the area don’t have school resource officers.

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    WMBF News looked at the results of a survey conducted by the South Carolina Department of Education to see just how many schools in the area don’t have school resource officers.

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  • Jamisen's Journey: Pee Dee family wants story of their "miracle baby" to help March of Dimes

    Jamisen's Journey: Pee Dee family wants story of their "miracle baby" to help March of Dimes

    Thursday, May 3 2018 2:28 PM EDT2018-05-03 18:28:29 GMT
    Jamisen Wright, born 14 weeks early, weighed only 1 lb, and 11 ounces, on October 28, 2016. (Source: Asia McPhail)Jamisen Wright, born 14 weeks early, weighed only 1 lb, and 11 ounces, on October 28, 2016. (Source: Asia McPhail)
    Jamisen Wright, born 14 weeks early, weighed only 1 lb, and 11 ounces, on October 28, 2016.Jamisen Wright, born 14 weeks early, weighed only 1 lb, and 11 ounces, on October 28, 2016.

    More than 58,000 babies are born prematurely in South Carolina every year, according to March of Dimes. More than 1,700 are born with a birth defect, and close to 400 babies in the Palmetto state will die before reaching their first birthday each year.  But there's one little girl who has managed to beat the odds. So much so, her family calls her their miracle baby. 

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    More than 58,000 babies are born prematurely in South Carolina every year, according to March of Dimes. More than 1,700 are born with a birth defect, and close to 400 babies in the Palmetto state will die before reaching their first birthday each year.  But there's one little girl who has managed to beat the odds. So much so, her family calls her their miracle baby. 

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  • 'He said he was a bad man:' Victim statements reveal allegations against now-deceased former Horry Co. detective

    'He said he was a bad man:' Victim statements reveal allegations against now-deceased former Horry Co. detective

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:31 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:31:07 GMT
    Former Horry County detective Allen Large died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, from natural causes. (Source: WMBF News)Former Horry County detective Allen Large died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, from natural causes. (Source: WMBF News)

    On Thursday, WMBF News obtained hundreds of pages of documents related to the case of former Horry County Police Detective Allen Large from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). For the first time, these documents provide the words of the women Large is accused of mistreating, coercing, and in some instances, even raping, from the statements they made to Horry County Police and SLED.

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    On Thursday, WMBF News obtained hundreds of pages of documents related to the case of former Horry County Police Detective Allen Large from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). For the first time, these documents provide the words of the women Large is accused of mistreating, coercing, and in some instances, even raping, from the statements they made to Horry County Police and SLED.

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  • WMBF Investigates: A look back at past Windsor Green fires

    WMBF Investigates: A look back at past Windsor Green fires

    Sunday, April 15 2018 11:20 AM EDT2018-04-15 15:20:46 GMT
    The March 2013 fire at Windsor Green caused roughly $11.6 million in property damage. (Source: WMBF News file video)The March 2013 fire at Windsor Green caused roughly $11.6 million in property damage. (Source: WMBF News file video)

    Thursday night’s fire at the Windsor Green condominium complex happened more than five years after another, more devastating blaze struck the same complex.

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    Thursday night’s fire at the Windsor Green condominium complex happened more than five years after another, more devastating blaze struck the same complex.

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  • ‘This was a preventable death:’ Family speaks about former student’s suicide over alleged bullying

    ‘This was a preventable death:’ Family speaks about former student’s suicide over alleged bullying

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-04-10 21:52:37 GMT
    The family of a former Aynor Middle School student is speaking out after the teen's suicide. (Source: Ibarra Family/WMBF News)The family of a former Aynor Middle School student is speaking out after the teen's suicide. (Source: Ibarra Family/WMBF News)
    The family of a former Aynor Middle School student is speaking out after the teen's suicide. (Source: Ibarra Family/WMBF News)The family of a former Aynor Middle School student is speaking out after the teen's suicide. (Source: Ibarra Family/WMBF News)

    For the first time since 14-year-old Taylor Ibarra’s suicide, WMBF News heard from the boy’s family.

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    For the first time since 14-year-old Taylor Ibarra’s suicide, WMBF News heard from the boy’s family.

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  • A State of Crisis: South Carolina's Opioid Epidemic

    A State of Crisis: South Carolina's Opioid Epidemic

    Thursday, March 29 2018 8:51 AM EDT2018-03-29 12:51:34 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    It's taken some 20 years to get to where we are in today's opioid epidemic. While it's an issue nationally, we are feeling it's devastating effects here at home, too. In a WMBF News investigation, Kaitlin Stansell talked to doctors, lawmakers and patients who all have their own unique ideas about how to fight this battle.

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    It's taken some 20 years to get to where we are in today's opioid epidemic. While it's an issue nationally, we are feeling it's devastating effects here at home, too. In a WMBF News investigation, Kaitlin Stansell talked to doctors, lawmakers and patients who all have their own unique ideas about how to fight this battle.

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  • WEDNESDAY AT 7 – A State of Crisis: South Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic

    WEDNESDAY AT 7 – A State of Crisis: South Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic

    Monday, March 26 2018 3:32 PM EDT2018-03-26 19:32:44 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    The opioid epidemic has touched every level of our society. It's taking lives and it's changing the way healthcare providers treat pain.

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    The opioid epidemic has touched every level of our society. It's taking lives and it's changing the way healthcare providers treat pain.

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  • ‘I was sick of being ignored:’ Bullying leads Aynor Middle student to attempt suicide

    ‘I was sick of being ignored:’ Bullying leads Aynor Middle student to attempt suicide

    Thursday, March 8 2018 10:29 PM EST2018-03-09 03:29:39 GMT
    An Aynor Middle School student attempted suicide earlier this year because of bullying. (Source: WMBF News)An Aynor Middle School student attempted suicide earlier this year because of bullying. (Source: WMBF News)

    Just seven days after Aynor Middle School student Taylor Ibarra committed suicide, another young teen attending the same school attempted to do the same thing.

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    Just seven days after Aynor Middle School student Taylor Ibarra committed suicide, another young teen attending the same school attempted to do the same thing.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Opioid epidemic takes toll on doctors who write the prescriptions

    WMBF Investigates: Opioid epidemic takes toll on doctors who write the prescriptions

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:01 PM EST2018-02-22 04:01:16 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Over a three-year span, seven doctors in the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee wrote nearly 71,000 prescriptions for fewer than 13,000 elderly or disabled patients enrolled in the Medicare prescription program.

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    Over a three-year span, seven doctors in the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee wrote nearly 71,000 prescriptions for fewer than 13,000 elderly or disabled patients enrolled in the Medicare prescription program.

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  • Covering up: Tattoo artists getting more requests to erase past ink mistakes

    Covering up: Tattoo artists getting more requests to erase past ink mistakes

    Thursday, February 15 2018 12:01 AM EST2018-02-15 05:01:25 GMT
    Cover-up tattoos are growing in popularity. (Source: WMBF News)Cover-up tattoos are growing in popularity. (Source: WMBF News)

    While flowers and chocolates are the go-to for Valentine’s Day, some people opt for a more permanent way to display their love.

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    While flowers and chocolates are the go-to for Valentine’s Day, some people opt for a more permanent way to display their love.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Alert Drops

    WMBF Investigates: Alert Drops

    Saturday, February 10 2018 9:44 PM EST2018-02-11 02:44:20 GMT
    Alert Drops is supposed to wake you up immediately. Source: Michael Walter (WMBF)Alert Drops is supposed to wake you up immediately. Source: Michael Walter (WMBF)

    It’s supposed to give you the alertness of an energy drink or a cup of coffee in a split second and without the caffeine or sugar. But does it work? And is it safe?

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    It’s supposed to give you the alertness of an energy drink or a cup of coffee in a split second and without the caffeine or sugar. But does it work? And is it safe?

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  • WMBF Investigates: Schools without SRO's - is it working?

    WMBF Investigates: Schools without SRO's - is it working?

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 6:46 AM EST2018-02-07 11:46:56 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    After Horry County police school resource officers were replaced in Horry County Schools in unincorporated areas of the county with a private security company, WMBF News looked into police reports and found HCPD is still being called to Horry County Schools.

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    After Horry County police school resource officers were replaced in Horry County Schools in unincorporated areas of the county with a private security company, WMBF News looked into police reports and found HCPD is still being called to Horry County Schools.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Should SC school buses be in the hands of private companies?

    WMBF Investigates: Should SC school buses be in the hands of private companies?

    Friday, February 2 2018 10:20 PM EST2018-02-03 03:20:04 GMT
    A bill calling for school bus privatization in South Carolina is now being discussed in the Legislature. (Source: WMBF News)A bill calling for school bus privatization in South Carolina is now being discussed in the Legislature. (Source: WMBF News)

    Despite state law that says South Carolina’s entire fleet of school buses should be replaced every 15 years, your son or daughter in Horry County could be riding on one that is almost double that age.

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    Despite state law that says South Carolina’s entire fleet of school buses should be replaced every 15 years, your son or daughter in Horry County could be riding on one that is almost double that age.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Keeping your kids safe on social media

    WMBF Investigates: Keeping your kids safe on social media

    Friday, February 2 2018 4:50 PM EST2018-02-02 21:50:51 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    How young is too young for social media? More than 100 child development experts and advocates asked Facebook to answer this question by urging the social networking giant to pull the plug on Messenger Kids. It’s a new app designed specifically for children between the ages of 6 and 13.

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    How young is too young for social media? More than 100 child development experts and advocates asked Facebook to answer this question by urging the social networking giant to pull the plug on Messenger Kids. It’s a new app designed specifically for children between the ages of 6 and 13.

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  • WMBF Investigates: What's next for the Superblock?

    WMBF Investigates: What's next for the Superblock?

    Thursday, January 25 2018 12:35 AM EST2018-01-25 05:35:48 GMT
    Questions still remain over what will happen with the Superblock project. (Source: WMBF News)Questions still remain over what will happen with the Superblock project. (Source: WMBF News)

    One year after city leaders announced the redevelopment of Myrtle Beach’s Superblock area, work has still not begun, new city leaders are in place and the project is in limbo.

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    One year after city leaders announced the redevelopment of Myrtle Beach’s Superblock area, work has still not begun, new city leaders are in place and the project is in limbo.

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  • Mass violence impacts to be studied at new MUSC center

    Mass violence impacts to be studied at new MUSC center

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-01-17 04:45:37 GMT
    A team of people at the Medical University of South Carolina is spearheading efforts to change the way our nation responds to events like the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. (Source: NBC News)A team of people at the Medical University of South Carolina is spearheading efforts to change the way our nation responds to events like the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. (Source: NBC News)

    When the unimaginable happens, one South Carolina school is leading the way to help victims of mass violence. We’re not just talking about active shooter situations like the one in Las Vegas last year that left 58 people dead and hundreds more hurt. Its work will also focus on incidents like the truck attack in New York City that killed eight and injured a dozen others.

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    When the unimaginable happens, one South Carolina school is leading the way to help victims of mass violence. We’re not just talking about active shooter situations like the one in Las Vegas last year that left 58 people dead and hundreds more hurt. Its work will also focus on incidents like the truck attack in New York City that killed eight and injured a dozen others.

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  • Myrtle Beach mayor reflects on 12 years of growth and accomplishments

    Myrtle Beach mayor reflects on 12 years of growth and accomplishments

    Monday, January 8 2018 7:12 PM EST2018-01-09 00:12:45 GMT
    Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, his wife Terri, and his dog River. (Source: Michael Maely)Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, his wife Terri, and his dog River. (Source: Michael Maely)

    Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said he came here for Spring Break in 1963, and he never left.  Now, after more than a decade in office, Rhodes is one of just three mayors to lead the city for three terms.  On Monday night, after his last day in office, we are sharing his response to the ups, downs and his proudest accomplishments.

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    Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said he came here for Spring Break in 1963, and he never left.  Now, after more than a decade in office, Rhodes is one of just three mayors to lead the city for three terms.  On Monday night, after his last day in office, we are sharing his response to the ups, downs and his proudest accomplishments.

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  • Full interview with outgoing Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes

    Full interview with outgoing Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes

    Thursday, January 4 2018 12:22 PM EST2018-01-04 17:22:42 GMT
    Mayor Rhodes sat down with us for an in-depth interview. (Source: WMBF News)Mayor Rhodes sat down with us for an in-depth interview. (Source: WMBF News)

    He was the mayor of Myrtle Beach for over a decade, but after the election last November, John Rhodes is stepping down. As he prepares to turn the office of mayor over to Brenda Bethune, we sat down with Mayor Rhodes for an in-depth and revealing interview about his time as mayor, his triumphs and his controversies, and the legacy he's leaving behind.

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    He was the mayor of Myrtle Beach for over a decade, but after the election last November, John Rhodes is stepping down. As he prepares to turn the office of mayor over to Brenda Bethune, we sat down with Mayor Rhodes for an in-depth and revealing interview about his time as mayor, his triumphs and his controversies, and the legacy he's leaving behind.

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  • How does California's Thomas Fire compare to the largest wildfires in SC history?

    How does California's Thomas Fire compare to the largest wildfires in SC history?

    Friday, December 8 2017 12:36 PM EST2017-12-08 17:36:46 GMT
    (KABC-TV via AP). This aerial view from video provided by KABC-TV shows flames from a wildfire bearing down on homes on Faria Beach just outside Ventura, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.(KABC-TV via AP). This aerial view from video provided by KABC-TV shows flames from a wildfire bearing down on homes on Faria Beach just outside Ventura, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

    The Thomas Fire in California is now one of the 20 biggest fires in California’s state history. Burning at more than 132,000 acres, it eclipsed fires from 1990 and 1985 on the state’s list. The WMBF Investigates Team worked to put the size of this fire into perspective, by looking back at historic fires in South Carolina. Two of the worst are also two of the most recent.

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    The Thomas Fire in California is now one of the 20 biggest fires in California’s state history. Burning at more than 132,000 acres, it eclipsed fires from 1990 and 1985 on the state’s list. The WMBF Investigates Team worked to put the size of this fire into perspective, by looking back at historic fires in South Carolina. Two of the worst are also two of the most recent.

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  • WMBF Investigates: How Myrtle Beach handled a sexual harassment complaint

    WMBF Investigates: How Myrtle Beach handled a sexual harassment complaint

    Thursday, December 7 2017 5:04 PM EST2017-12-07 22:04:25 GMT
    The city of Myrtle Beach has just one sexual harassment complaint on file. Source: City of Myrtle Beach Facebook pageThe city of Myrtle Beach has just one sexual harassment complaint on file. Source: City of Myrtle Beach Facebook page

    The City of Myrtle Beach has just one sexual harassment complaint in all its records. An employee filed it in April 2013. A WMBF News investigation reveals how the city handled it.

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    The City of Myrtle Beach has just one sexual harassment complaint in all its records. An employee filed it in April 2013. A WMBF News investigation reveals how the city handled it.

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  • Carolina Forest: The 20-Year Plan

    Carolina Forest: The 20-Year Plan

    Thursday, December 7 2017 5:04 PM EST2017-12-07 22:04:12 GMT
    Carolina Forest - The 20-Year Plan (Source: WMBF News)Carolina Forest - The 20-Year Plan (Source: WMBF News)

    The 20-year agreement that defined how Carolina Forest would develop will expire on December 9. WMBF News sat down with the people responsible for the original negotiations with International Paper and the person now in charge with making sure the plan is followed.

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    The 20-year agreement that defined how Carolina Forest would develop will expire on December 9. WMBF News sat down with the people responsible for the original negotiations with International Paper and the person now in charge with making sure the plan is followed.

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  • North Myrtle Beach authorities still search for answers in young mother's death more than 20 years later

    North Myrtle Beach authorities still search for answers in young mother's death more than 20 years later

    Tuesday, November 28 2017 7:25 PM EST2017-11-29 00:25:23 GMT
    Shawn Neal holds her young daughter, Kirsten. The mother was killed in North Myrtle Beach in 1996. (Source: Kirsten Benninger)Shawn Neal holds her young daughter, Kirsten. The mother was killed in North Myrtle Beach in 1996. (Source: Kirsten Benninger)

    On June 1, 1996, Shawn Neal was supposed to meet someone at the Windy Shores II Condominium complex on South Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach.

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    On June 1, 1996, Shawn Neal was supposed to meet someone at the Windy Shores II Condominium complex on South Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Suspended charities

    WMBF Investigates: Suspended charities

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 3:08 PM EST2017-11-15 20:08:03 GMT
    Every year, the South Carolina Secretary of State's Office releases a list of Angel and Scrooge charities ahead of the holiday season.Every year, the South Carolina Secretary of State's Office releases a list of Angel and Scrooge charities ahead of the holiday season.

    The South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office released its annual Scrooges and Angels list Wednesday. The WMBF Investigates team dug deeper and found several local groups are on the Secretary of State’s suspended charity list. Groups on this list cannot legally solicit contributions in the State of South Carolina.

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    The South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office released its annual Scrooges and Angels list Wednesday. The WMBF Investigates team dug deeper and found several local groups are on the Secretary of State’s suspended charity list. Groups on this list cannot legally solicit contributions in the State of South Carolina.

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  • Veteran told to repay tens of thousands of dollars to Department of Defense

    Veteran told to repay tens of thousands of dollars to Department of Defense

    Monday, November 13 2017 11:09 PM EST2017-11-14 04:09:46 GMT
    A military veteran is told he has to repay more than $46,000 to the federal government. (Source: WMBF News)A military veteran is told he has to repay more than $46,000 to the federal government. (Source: WMBF News)

    The federal government says Sgt. Thomas Swann owes thousands of dollars to the Department of Defense because he received more retirement pay than he should have.

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    The federal government says Sgt. Thomas Swann owes thousands of dollars to the Department of Defense because he received more retirement pay than he should have.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Law enforcement presence at local churches

    WMBF Investigates: Law enforcement presence at local churches

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 4:55 PM EST2017-11-08 21:55:29 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)

    Following the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas that left 26 people dead, the WMBF News Investigates team reached out to several local law enforcement agencies to find out if their officers provide security at local churches.

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    Following the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas that left 26 people dead, the WMBF News Investigates team reached out to several local law enforcement agencies to find out if their officers provide security at local churches.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Grading local hospitals

    WMBF Investigates: Grading local hospitals

    Friday, November 3 2017 4:07 PM EDT2017-11-03 20:07:57 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    While local students still have a month before exams, local hospitals are already reviewing report cards. While three facilities are celebrating A grades from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that issues hospital grades twice a year based on patient safety experts interpreting publicly available data, two others scored C grades this fall.

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    While local students still have a month before exams, local hospitals are already reviewing report cards. While three facilities are celebrating A grades from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that issues hospital grades twice a year based on patient safety experts interpreting publicly available data, two others scored C grades this fall.

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  • Tax plan would eliminate break for college sports supporters

    Tax plan would eliminate break for college sports supporters

    Friday, November 3 2017 4:06 PM EDT2017-11-03 20:06:30 GMT
    Tax plan would eliminate a break for people who donate to college athletics booster clubs for tickets.Tax plan would eliminate a break for people who donate to college athletics booster clubs for tickets.

    Sports and politics are sharing headlines, not over on-field protests, but over tax reform. The Republican party’s proposal to change America’s tax code includes a section on charitable contributions to college athletics booster clubs.

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    Sports and politics are sharing headlines, not over on-field protests, but over tax reform. The Republican party’s proposal to change America’s tax code includes a section on charitable contributions to college athletics booster clubs.

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  • School district bringing in qualified teachers from around the world to combat shortage

    School district bringing in qualified teachers from around the world to combat shortage

    Thursday, November 2 2017 4:32 PM EDT2017-11-02 20:32:31 GMT
    Sradhar Koneru or Mr. K, as Southside students call him, has been in the United States and Florence for five months. (Source: WMBF News)Sradhar Koneru or Mr. K, as Southside students call him, has been in the United States and Florence for five months. (Source: WMBF News)

    While at a lot of local schools, overcrowding is a huge problem when it comes to students, it’s the complete opposite when it comes to teachers. Florence School District One is getting creative to fill that teacher shortage. Southside Middle School is one of the many schools across the state and U.S. in need of teachers.

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    While at a lot of local schools, overcrowding is a huge problem when it comes to students, it’s the complete opposite when it comes to teachers. Florence School District One is getting creative to fill that teacher shortage. Southside Middle School is one of the many schools across the state and U.S. in need of teachers.

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  • Cold Case: A five-year mystery, still no arrest

    Cold Case: A five-year mystery, still no arrest

    Wednesday, November 1 2017 1:45 PM EDT2017-11-01 17:45:27 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    It happened five years ago in the middle of the day. Dwayne Gaghum was in his car when someone shot him in the head, killing him and sending his vehicle careening into a home.  It happened in a residential area filled with homes and people, so why is it so hard to solve this murder?  Conway Police hope you can help authorities by providing the missing piece to the puzzle.

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    It happened five years ago in the middle of the day. Dwayne Gaghum was in his car when someone shot him in the head, killing him and sending his vehicle careening into a home.  It happened in a residential area filled with homes and people, so why is it so hard to solve this murder?  Conway Police hope you can help authorities by providing the missing piece to the puzzle.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Hotel explains why deposits weren’t returned

    WMBF Investigates: Hotel explains why deposits weren’t returned

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-11-01 03:32:24 GMT
    A lawyer for Sandcastle Resort South Beach says the guests who were supposed to have deposits returned, got them. (Source: WMBF News)A lawyer for Sandcastle Resort South Beach says the guests who were supposed to have deposits returned, got them. (Source: WMBF News)

    Sandcastle Resort South Beach has a student contract. A lawyer representing the Myrtle Beach hotel tells WMBF News guests who breach that contract, risk losing the $200 security deposit paid on a room. A copy of the contract provided to WMBF News spells out guidelines for personal conduct, property damage and room cleanliness.

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    Sandcastle Resort South Beach has a student contract. A lawyer representing the Myrtle Beach hotel tells WMBF News guests who breach that contract, risk losing the $200 security deposit paid on a room. A copy of the contract provided to WMBF News spells out guidelines for personal conduct, property damage and room cleanliness.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Adding 100 officers in one year

    WMBF Investigates: Adding 100 officers in one year

    Wednesday, October 25 2017 3:47 PM EDT2017-10-25 19:47:08 GMT
    No city police agency in South Carolina has added more than 28 officers in a single year over the last decade. (Source: WMBF News)No city police agency in South Carolina has added more than 28 officers in a single year over the last decade. (Source: WMBF News)

    Public safety is the central debating point between candidates who want to be mayor of Myrtle Beach. Current Mayor John Rhodes and former Mayor Mark McBride sparred over the number of officers on the city’s police force during Tuesday’s debate on WMBF News. A WMBF News investigation found hiring 100 police officers in a single year would be unprecedented in the state of South Carolina.

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    Public safety is the central debating point between candidates who want to be mayor of Myrtle Beach. Current Mayor John Rhodes and former Mayor Mark McBride sparred over the number of officers on the city’s police force during Tuesday’s debate on WMBF News. A WMBF News investigation found hiring 100 police officers in a single year would be unprecedented in the state of South Carolina.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Filing form altered in District 56 race

    WMBF Investigates: Filing form altered in District 56 race

    Monday, October 23 2017 9:02 PM EDT2017-10-24 01:02:47 GMT
    A District 56 candidate's filing form was altered one month after filing closed. (Source: www.scstatehouse.gov)A District 56 candidate's filing form was altered one month after filing closed. (Source: www.scstatehouse.gov)

    Three candidates are vying for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 56 seat. WMBF Investigates looked into their eligibility after a filing form for one candidate was altered.

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    Three candidates are vying for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 56 seat. WMBF Investigates looked into their eligibility after a filing form for one candidate was altered.

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  • CCU’s Moglia signed new deal more than one month into leave

    CCU’s Moglia signed new deal more than one month into leave

    Friday, October 20 2017 5:04 PM EDT2017-10-20 21:04:24 GMT
    Coach Joe Moglia signed a new deal in August. (Source: CCU)Coach Joe Moglia signed a new deal in August. (Source: CCU)

    Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia has a contract keeping him with the school through the 2021 season. The updated contract is dated August 29. Moglia signed it September 9. Moglia announced a five-month medical sabbatical July 28.

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    Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia has a contract keeping him with the school through the 2021 season. The updated contract is dated August 29. Moglia signed it September 9. Moglia announced a five-month medical sabbatical July 28.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Selling venison in South Carolina

    WMBF Investigates: Selling venison in South Carolina

    Friday, October 20 2017 12:13 PM EDT2017-10-20 16:13:41 GMT
    The sale of whitetail deer, wild or farm-raised, is prohibited in South Carolina (source: SCDNR)The sale of whitetail deer, wild or farm-raised, is prohibited in South Carolina (source: SCDNR)

    It’s illegal to sell venison in South Carolina, but there’s a catch. The WMBF Investigates team looked into the issue after a viewer asked why Arby’s will be allowed to sell its venison sandwich across the state starting Saturday.

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    It’s illegal to sell venison in South Carolina, but there’s a catch. The WMBF Investigates team looked into the issue after a viewer asked why Arby’s will be allowed to sell its venison sandwich across the state starting Saturday.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Despite accusations of lying, former Horry County deputy chief still gets retirement benefits

    WMBF Investigates: Despite accusations of lying, former Horry County deputy chief still gets retirement benefits

    Tuesday, October 17 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-10-18 02:30:30 GMT
    Deputy Chief Maurice Jones. (Source: HCPD)Deputy Chief Maurice Jones. (Source: HCPD)

    WMBF News is digging for more answers about the departure of a high-ranking Horry County Police Department employee.

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    WMBF News is digging for more answers about the departure of a high-ranking Horry County Police Department employee.

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  • WMBF Investigates: City explains costly Superblock property transfer

    WMBF Investigates: City explains costly Superblock property transfer

    Thursday, October 12 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-10-12 21:39:08 GMT
    Google Maps Street View image of 507 9th Ave. North. (Source: Google Maps)Google Maps Street View image of 507 9th Ave. North. (Source: Google Maps)

    The city of Myrtle Beach is working to move its library and a children museum into what is known as the Superblock. Property records show the different parcels are selling for different prices, and at least one transaction raised questions we took to the City of Myrtle Beach.

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    The city of Myrtle Beach is working to move its library and a children museum into what is known as the Superblock. Property records show the different parcels are selling for different prices, and at least one transaction raised questions we took to the City of Myrtle Beach.

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  • WMBF Investigates: The unreturned deposit

    WMBF Investigates: The unreturned deposit

    Thursday, October 12 2017 3:41 PM EDT2017-10-12 19:41:42 GMT
    “I have not gotten a single penny,” Steve Berke told WMBF News after a stay at Sand Castle Resort in April. (Source: WMBF News)“I have not gotten a single penny,” Steve Berke told WMBF News after a stay at Sand Castle Resort in April. (Source: WMBF News)

    It’s a cut and dry process that has turned a two-night stay into a months-long ordeal for one group of college kids: an unreturned hotel security deposit. “I have not gotten a single penny,” Steve Berke told WMBF News after a stay at Sand Castle Resort in April. “I just want what’s rightfully mine."

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    It’s a cut and dry process that has turned a two-night stay into a months-long ordeal for one group of college kids: an unreturned hotel security deposit. “I have not gotten a single penny,” Steve Berke told WMBF News after a stay at Sand Castle Resort in April. “I just want what’s rightfully mine."

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  • Unexpected path: Living with early on-set Alzheimer's

    Unexpected path: Living with early on-set Alzheimer's

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 11:29 PM EDT2017-10-11 03:29:40 GMT

    Living with early onset Alzheimer’s. It's a situation one couple never would have expected, but after looking back they say the signs were there. Now they are sharing their story with WMBF News about what it’s like to live with this disease and how it has changed their lives. 

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    Living with early onset Alzheimer’s. It's a situation one couple never would have expected, but after looking back they say the signs were there. Now they are sharing their story with WMBF News about what it’s like to live with this disease and how it has changed their lives. 

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  • 'The children are innocent:' Woman offers money to addicts to keep them from procreating

    'The children are innocent:' Woman offers money to addicts to keep them from procreating

    Tuesday, October 3 2017 10:29 PM EDT2017-10-04 02:29:54 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    A woman in the Carolinas is offering cash to drug or alcohol abusers, and in return, the recipients agree to stop procreating by agreeing to either permanent or long-term birth control.

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    A woman in the Carolinas is offering cash to drug or alcohol abusers, and in return, the recipients agree to stop procreating by agreeing to either permanent or long-term birth control.

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  • TUESDAY AT 11: Woman offers money to addicts to keep them from procreating

    TUESDAY AT 11: Woman offers money to addicts to keep them from procreating

    Friday, September 29 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-09-30 02:19:21 GMT
    This Carolinas woman is offering cash to addicts to keep them from procreating. (Source: WMBF News)This Carolinas woman is offering cash to addicts to keep them from procreating. (Source: WMBF News)

    Arguably, the most innocent victims of the expanding heroin epidemic are the babies born addicted to the drug.

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    Arguably, the most innocent victims of the expanding heroin epidemic are the babies born addicted to the drug.

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  • Restaurant Scorecard: Mold, mildew found at Chinese buffet; barbecue restaurant gets perfect score

    Restaurant Scorecard: Mold, mildew found at Chinese buffet; barbecue restaurant gets perfect score

    Friday, September 29 2017 5:49 PM EDT2017-09-29 21:49:38 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Whether you're looking for ribs with an ocean view, or breakfast bagels, We have you covered in this week's Restaurant Scorecard.

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    Whether you're looking for ribs with an ocean view, or breakfast bagels, We have you covered in this week's Restaurant Scorecard.

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  • Conway coach says in emails he only placed hands on student ‘in a defensive posture’

    Conway coach says in emails he only placed hands on student ‘in a defensive posture’

    Thursday, September 28 2017 2:19 PM EDT2017-09-28 18:19:26 GMT
    David "Chuck" Jordan (Source: Conway High School website)David "Chuck" Jordan (Source: Conway High School website)

    Former Conway High School football coach Chuck Jordan sent three separate emails explaining his side of the story in the moments and days after an incident that ultimately led to his arrest. WMBF News obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request. The first is dated May 26 and time stamped 11:59 a.m. Jordan says he was at his desk when a girl who appeared distraught needed help dealing with someone who was being bullied.

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    Former Conway High School football coach Chuck Jordan sent three separate emails explaining his side of the story in the moments and days after an incident that ultimately led to his arrest. WMBF News obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request. The first is dated May 26 and time stamped 11:59 a.m. Jordan says he was at his desk when a girl who appeared distraught needed help dealing with someone who was being bullied.

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  • WMBF Investigates: What are the Carolina Bays?

    WMBF Investigates: What are the Carolina Bays?

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 10:49 PM EDT2017-09-27 02:49:18 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    The Carolina Bays are a South Carolina mystery. When looking at satellite photos, the ovals in Horry County forests certainly stick out. How were they formed and could they play a role in our wildfire risk?

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    The Carolina Bays are a South Carolina mystery. When looking at satellite photos, the ovals in Horry County forests certainly stick out. How were they formed and could they play a role in our wildfire risk?

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  • WMBF Investigates: 2017 Hurricane response leads to FEMA funding freeze for local counties

    WMBF Investigates: 2017 Hurricane response leads to FEMA funding freeze for local counties

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 1:11 PM EDT2017-09-19 17:11:34 GMT
    Long-term recovery funding for the 2015 floods and Hurricane Matthew is frozen. Source: FEMA Facebook pageLong-term recovery funding for the 2015 floods and Hurricane Matthew is frozen. Source: FEMA Facebook page

    Emergency managers in South Carolina are expecting a “slight delay” in recovery funding from the federal government because of a freeze in place after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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    Emergency managers in South Carolina are expecting a “slight delay” in recovery funding from the federal government because of a freeze in place after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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  • WMBF Investigates: The J-1 student program's impact on the Grand Strand economy

    WMBF Investigates: The J-1 student program's impact on the Grand Strand economy

    Thursday, September 14 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-09-14 23:51:39 GMT
    Business leaders and participants feel the J-1 student visa program has been a positive initiative for the area. (Source: WMBF News)Business leaders and participants feel the J-1 student visa program has been a positive initiative for the area. (Source: WMBF News)

    A student exchange program that has been in the Grand Strand spotlight for years could be on the chopping block.

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    A student exchange program that has been in the Grand Strand spotlight for years could be on the chopping block.

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  • WMBF Investigates: The two-hour school delay

    WMBF Investigates: The two-hour school delay

    Thursday, September 14 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-09-14 18:24:04 GMT
    WMBF News found local school districts handle delays in different ways. Source: Public Schools of Robeson County Facebook pageWMBF News found local school districts handle delays in different ways. Source: Public Schools of Robeson County Facebook page

    Storms like Hurricane Irma create a scheduling problem for local schools. From canceled classes on Monday to delays on Tuesday after the storm, local students were forced to miss instruction time. Districts build in make-up days for full days that are missed. The WMBF Investigates team reached out to every local school district that operated on a two-hour delay Tuesday, and found districts handle the late start in different ways.

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    Storms like Hurricane Irma create a scheduling problem for local schools. From canceled classes on Monday to delays on Tuesday after the storm, local students were forced to miss instruction time. Districts build in make-up days for full days that are missed. The WMBF Investigates team reached out to every local school district that operated on a two-hour delay Tuesday, and found districts handle the late start in different ways.

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  • Letter describes reasons district chose not to keep Conway football coach following incident at school

    Letter describes reasons district chose not to keep Conway football coach following incident at school

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 11:05 PM EDT2017-09-14 03:05:46 GMT
    David "Chuck" Jordan (Source: Conway High School website)David "Chuck" Jordan (Source: Conway High School website)

    Conway High School football coach Chuck Jordan is still getting paid, but he won't be coaching the Tigers again after a May incident involving a student led to an assault charge that was eventually dropped.

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    Conway High School football coach Chuck Jordan is still getting paid, but he won't be coaching the Tigers again after a May incident involving a student led to an assault charge that was eventually dropped.

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  • WMBF Investigates: I-95 South fills as Irma clears

    WMBF Investigates: I-95 South fills as Irma clears

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-09-12 23:03:08 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Drivers headed south on Interstate 95 through the Pee Dee Tuesday morning at a significantly higher rate than usual. The WMBF Investigates team analyzed the data.

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    Drivers headed south on Interstate 95 through the Pee Dee Tuesday morning at a significantly higher rate than usual. The WMBF Investigates team analyzed the data.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Who killed Aswan Rogers one year ago?

    WMBF Investigates: Who killed Aswan Rogers one year ago?

    Friday, September 8 2017 7:42 AM EDT2017-09-08 11:42:44 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    It's a deadly anniversary, and one year later, a case that still baffles Police. Aswan Rogers was a fun-loving guy with plans to become a chef one day. His family will tell you he had a real appetite for life, but his life was taken away last September, and now his case is growing cold.  

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    It's a deadly anniversary, and one year later, a case that still baffles Police. Aswan Rogers was a fun-loving guy with plans to become a chef one day. His family will tell you he had a real appetite for life, but his life was taken away last September, and now his case is growing cold.  

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  • WMBF Investigates: The evolution of paying for CCU football

    WMBF Investigates: The evolution of paying for CCU football

    Thursday, August 31 2017 3:46 PM EDT2017-08-31 19:46:56 GMT
    CCU football revenue is more than 22 times higher than it was in the program's first season. (source: WMBF)CCU football revenue is more than 22 times higher than it was in the program's first season. (source: WMBF)

    Coastal Carolina University is charting a new path with its football team. Saturday marks the beginning of a new era, one that has CCU in college football’s highest class with the likes of defending national champion Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.

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    Coastal Carolina University is charting a new path with its football team. Saturday marks the beginning of a new era, one that has CCU in college football’s highest class with the likes of defending national champion Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Local law enforcement using hundreds of pieces of military surplus equipment

    WMBF Investigates: Local law enforcement using hundreds of pieces of military surplus equipment

    Thursday, August 31 2017 10:11 AM EDT2017-08-31 14:11:44 GMT
    HCPD is one of 19 local agencies utilizing military equipment. (source: WMBF News)HCPD is one of 19 local agencies utilizing military equipment. (source: WMBF News)

    Local law enforcement agencies now have access to surplus military gear restricted for more than two years after a President Barack Obama executive order banned the sale of armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and certain weapons. President Donald Trump reversed the ban with an executive order of his own Monday.

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    Local law enforcement agencies now have access to surplus military gear restricted for more than two years after a President Barack Obama executive order banned the sale of armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers and certain weapons. President Donald Trump reversed the ban with an executive order of his own Monday.

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  • WMBF Investigates: SC’s billion-dollar disasters

    WMBF Investigates: SC’s billion-dollar disasters

    Wednesday, August 30 2017 1:30 PM EDT2017-08-30 17:30:06 GMT
    The October 2015 flood is the only NECI tracked event to top $1 billion and exclusively affect South Carolina. (source: WMBF News)The October 2015 flood is the only NECI tracked event to top $1 billion and exclusively affect South Carolina. (source: WMBF News)

    The state of South Carolina has already seen three billion-dollar disaster events in 2017. The National Centers for Environmental Information has tracked nine such weather and climate disaster events in the United States this year, not including Hurricane Harvey.

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    The state of South Carolina has already seen three billion-dollar disaster events in 2017. The National Centers for Environmental Information has tracked nine such weather and climate disaster events in the United States this year, not including Hurricane Harvey.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Technology helping in fight against wheel thieves

    WMBF Investigates: Technology helping in fight against wheel thieves

    Tuesday, August 29 2017 10:57 PM EDT2017-08-30 02:57:13 GMT
    Surveillance cameras caught thieves making off with wheels from a Little River car dealership. (Source: Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks)Surveillance cameras caught thieves making off with wheels from a Little River car dealership. (Source: Bell & Bell Buick GMC Trucks)

    The wheels on your vehicle are a hot commodity and thieves are going after them at area car dealerships too. But some are fighting back. This is a closer look at the technology some hope can help.

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    The wheels on your vehicle are a hot commodity and thieves are going after them at area car dealerships too. But some are fighting back. This is a closer look at the technology some hope can help.

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  • Former Horry County SRO recalls coming face-to-face with student with a gun

    Former Horry County SRO recalls coming face-to-face with student with a gun

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 7:21 PM EDT2017-08-22 23:21:32 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    The Horry County School Board voted this summer to replace school resource officers employed by the Horry County Police Department with private armed security officers through U.S. Security Associates.

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    The Horry County School Board voted this summer to replace school resource officers employed by the Horry County Police Department with private armed security officers through U.S. Security Associates.

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  • Horry school board member talks decision to replace SROs with armed security

    Horry school board member talks decision to replace SROs with armed security

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:54 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:54:21 GMT
    Holly Heniford (Source: WMBF News)Holly Heniford (Source: WMBF News)

    A decision made by the Horry County School Board earlier this summer will affect area students when they head back to class next week.

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    A decision made by the Horry County School Board earlier this summer will affect area students when they head back to class next week.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Former SROs reassigned within HCPD

    WMBF Investigates: Former SROs reassigned within HCPD

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:54 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:54:01 GMT
    Former SRO's were reassigned within HCPD. (Source: Horry County PD's Facebook page)Former SRO's were reassigned within HCPD. (Source: Horry County PD's Facebook page)

    Sixteen of the 18 Horry County Police officers who worked in schools last year, now have new positions within the department. An agency spokeswoman says two former school resource officers are no longer employed with HCPD.

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    Sixteen of the 18 Horry County Police officers who worked in schools last year, now have new positions within the department. An agency spokeswoman says two former school resource officers are no longer employed with HCPD.

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  • New high school football rules aim to protect players from injury

    New high school football rules aim to protect players from injury

    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:22 PM EDT2017-08-17 22:22:23 GMT
    Each season the National Federation of State High Schools Association works to improve the safety of all sports. (Source: WMBF News)Each season the National Federation of State High Schools Association works to improve the safety of all sports. (Source: WMBF News)

    Each season the National Federation of State High Schools Association works to improve the safety of all sports. 

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    Each season the National Federation of State High Schools Association works to improve the safety of all sports. 

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  • After Trump/Graham Twitter spat, WMBF investigates local support

    After Trump/Graham Twitter spat, WMBF investigates local support

    Thursday, August 17 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-08-17 15:45:02 GMT
    President Trump tweets Sen. Graham is seeking publicity, calls Graham a liar. (Source: Lindsey Graham Facebook)President Trump tweets Sen. Graham is seeking publicity, calls Graham a liar. (Source: Lindsey Graham Facebook)

    President Donald Trump is taking aim at South Carolina’s senior senator. A WMBF News investigation shows the support Senator Lindsey Graham has had in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee since 2002.

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    President Donald Trump is taking aim at South Carolina’s senior senator. A WMBF News investigation shows the support Senator Lindsey Graham has had in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee since 2002.

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  • Local Facebook page seeks to educate parents about vaccines for children

    Local Facebook page seeks to educate parents about vaccines for children

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-08-16 03:32:13 GMT
    A local mother started a Facebook page to educate parents about vaccinations for their children. (Source: WMBF News)A local mother started a Facebook page to educate parents about vaccinations for their children. (Source: WMBF News)

    Many WMBF News viewers have sounded off on both sides of the vaccination debate after an investigative report on vaccination rates in local schools was posted to Facebook.

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    Many WMBF News viewers have sounded off on both sides of the vaccination debate after an investigative report on vaccination rates in local schools was posted to Facebook.

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  • WMBF Investigates Horry County Schools' decision to replace SROs with security officers

    WMBF Investigates Horry County Schools' decision to replace SROs with security officers

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-08-15 21:01:40 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    Kids in Horry County go back to school on August 23, and some of them are going to notice a big difference when they get there. Armed security officers from US Security Associates will replace Horry County Police Department school resource officers on 18 campuses. In this WMBF News investigation, we took a close look at the difference between SROs and security officers, and what happened when another county took similar steps.

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    Kids in Horry County go back to school on August 23, and some of them are going to notice a big difference when they get there. Armed security officers from US Security Associates will replace Horry County Police Department school resource officers on 18 campuses. In this WMBF News investigation, we took a close look at the difference between SROs and security officers, and what happened when another county took similar steps.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Interest in the solar eclipse

    WMBF Investigates: Interest in the solar eclipse

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 2:57 PM EDT2017-08-15 18:57:35 GMT
    Google Trends show interest in the solar eclipse is growing. (Source: Google Trends)Google Trends show interest in the solar eclipse is growing. (Source: Google Trends)

    The Great American Eclipse hits the coast of Oregon at 11:44 a.m. EST on August 21 and sweeps across the country, leaving South Carolina’s coast at 4:09 p.m. A WMBF News investigation into Google search trends found interest in the eclipse swept across the country as well, but at a much slower rate.

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    The Great American Eclipse hits the coast of Oregon at 11:44 a.m. EST on August 21 and sweeps across the country, leaving South Carolina’s coast at 4:09 p.m. A WMBF News investigation into Google search trends found interest in the eclipse swept across the country as well, but at a much slower rate.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Vaccination rate in local schools

    WMBF Investigates: Vaccination rate in local schools

    Monday, August 14 2017 10:37 AM EDT2017-08-14 14:37:53 GMT
    Source: Raycom MediaSource: Raycom Media

    During the 2016-2017 school year, just one out of every 31 students in Horry County Schools was not vaccinated. At nearly 97 percent, it’s the eighth worst rate in the state.

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    During the 2016-2017 school year, just one out of every 31 students in Horry County Schools was not vaccinated. At nearly 97 percent, it’s the eighth worst rate in the state.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Water quality at Lake Broadway, NMB Sports Complex

    WMBF Investigates: Water quality at Lake Broadway, NMB Sports Complex

    Thursday, August 10 2017 3:36 PM EDT2017-08-10 19:36:49 GMT
    WMBF News has asked how the water is kept clean at Broadway at the Beach.WMBF News has asked how the water is kept clean at Broadway at the Beach.

    A WMBF News Viewer recently presented the investigative unit with a simple question, is the water in the pond at Broadway at the Beach tested and required to meet certain standards? The viewer pointed out the pond is used for recreation with the boat rides. Lake Broadway, as it is called, is the 23-acre centerpiece of an attraction that hosts millions of guests every year according to Burroughs & Chapin Company.

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    A WMBF News Viewer recently presented the investigative unit with a simple question, is the water in the pond at Broadway at the Beach tested and required to meet certain standards? The viewer pointed out the pond is used for recreation with the boat rides. Lake Broadway, as it is called, is the 23-acre centerpiece of an attraction that hosts millions of guests every year according to Burroughs & Chapin Company.

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  • WMBF Investigates: The number of applicants for open teaching positions

    WMBF Investigates: The number of applicants for open teaching positions

    Thursday, August 10 2017 3:28 PM EDT2017-08-10 19:28:13 GMT
    Open teaching positions at FSD1 average 13 applicants while HCS positions average 22.6. (Source: AP Graphics file image)Open teaching positions at FSD1 average 13 applicants while HCS positions average 22.6. (Source: AP Graphics file image)

    Students in Florence School District One will be in class a week from Thursday, but the district still had 11 certified teaching positions to fill as of Wednesday.

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    Students in Florence School District One will be in class a week from Thursday, but the district still had 11 certified teaching positions to fill as of Wednesday.

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  • With the right budget, you can own an island in South Carolina

    With the right budget, you can own an island in South Carolina

    Tuesday, August 8 2017 10:02 PM EDT2017-08-09 02:02:01 GMT
    Long Island drone footage (Source: The Nichols Company)Long Island drone footage (Source: The Nichols Company)

    Most of us want a house, a car and a good job with benefits. 

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    Most of us want a house, a car and a good job with benefits. 

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  • A look back: Luxurious hotel helped shape early history of the Grand Strand

    A look back: Luxurious hotel helped shape early history of the Grand Strand

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 8:38 AM EDT2017-08-01 12:38:13 GMT
    The Ocean Forest Hotel opened along the Grand Strand in 1930. (Source: Jack Thompson)The Ocean Forest Hotel opened along the Grand Strand in 1930. (Source: Jack Thompson)

    Some locals might have seen signs around the Grand Strand for Arcadian Lakes, Arcadian Towers, or condos called The Arcadians.

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    Some locals might have seen signs around the Grand Strand for Arcadian Lakes, Arcadian Towers, or condos called The Arcadians.

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  • Chamber praises EPA decision, doesn’t provide examples of how it’s a 'big win' for community

    Chamber praises EPA decision, doesn’t provide examples of how it’s a 'big win' for community

    Monday, July 31 2017 3:14 PM EDT2017-07-31 19:14:35 GMT
    Comm. Weathers believes Pruitt is taking EPA in the correct direction.Comm. Weathers believes Pruitt is taking EPA in the correct direction.

    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are change the rules for clean water. The plan is to revert the Waters of the U.S. Rule to pre-2015 definitions. President Barack Obama’s administration made changes that redefined the bodies of water the federal government could regulate.

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    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are change the rules for clean water. The plan is to revert the Waters of the U.S. Rule to pre-2015 definitions. President Barack Obama’s administration made changes that redefined the bodies of water the federal government could regulate.

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  • Embrace a Veteran: VFW Post 10804 members take on mission to expand, help others

    Embrace a Veteran: VFW Post 10804 members take on mission to expand, help others

    Sunday, July 30 2017 5:17 PM EDT2017-07-30 21:17:05 GMT
    A Grand Strand VFW post is looking to expand its membership. (Source: WMBF News)A Grand Strand VFW post is looking to expand its membership. (Source: WMBF News)

    They are a group of three who served in the Army and are proud members of the VFW Post 10804 in Little River, hoping to spread the word to others about how they can help.

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    They are a group of three who served in the Army and are proud members of the VFW Post 10804 in Little River, hoping to spread the word to others about how they can help.

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  • South Carolina one of 5 states without hate crime law; could 2017 be the year?

    South Carolina one of 5 states without hate crime law; could 2017 be the year?

    Friday, July 28 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-07-28 19:43:35 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    South Carolina is one of only five states without its own law to fight hate crimes. That's why the federal government's role in the case against Dylann Roof, the man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, was so crucial and historic. WMBF News took a closer look at how the feds helped fill a gap in state legislation to prosecute the case.

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    South Carolina is one of only five states without its own law to fight hate crimes. That's why the federal government's role in the case against Dylann Roof, the man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, was so crucial and historic. WMBF News took a closer look at how the feds helped fill a gap in state legislation to prosecute the case.

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  • Cold case: Family of BikeFest 2014 murder victim hopes for justice

    Cold case: Family of BikeFest 2014 murder victim hopes for justice

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:34 PM EDT2017-07-26 03:34:25 GMT
    BikeFest 2014 saw five shootings in a 48-hour period. Among those incidents, a triple-murder that sent the city of Myrtle Beach into a tailspin. (Source: WMBF News)BikeFest 2014 saw five shootings in a 48-hour period. Among those incidents, a triple-murder that sent the city of Myrtle Beach into a tailspin. (Source: WMBF News)

    BikeFest 2014 saw five shootings in a 48-hour period. Among those incidents, a triple-murder that sent the city of Myrtle Beach into a tailspin.

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    BikeFest 2014 saw five shootings in a 48-hour period. Among those incidents, a triple-murder that sent the city of Myrtle Beach into a tailspin.

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  • Rep. Rice: ‘I’m not trying to duck any questions’

    Rep. Rice: ‘I’m not trying to duck any questions’

    Monday, July 24 2017 2:21 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:21:44 GMT
    Rep. Tom Rice spoke a town hall event February 22 in Florence. (Source: Audrey Biesk)Rep. Tom Rice spoke a town hall event February 22 in Florence. (Source: Audrey Biesk)

    Representative Tom Rice says he works hard to reach the people of South Carolina’s 7th District. He points to a report from The Hill that lists him as tied for 14th with Rep. Mark Sanford for the most town hall events since the start of 2015. The 48 events are the seventh most for a sitting representative, a house of 435.

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    Representative Tom Rice says he works hard to reach the people of South Carolina’s 7th District. He points to a report from The Hill that lists him as tied for 14th with Rep. Mark Sanford for the most town hall events since the start of 2015. The 48 events are the seventh most for a sitting representative, a house of 435.

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  • WMBF Investigates: How Myrtle Beach moved in to the Superblock

    WMBF Investigates: How Myrtle Beach moved in to the Superblock

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:24 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:24:29 GMT
    Concept image of the planned library and children's museum. (Source: City of Myrtle Beach)Concept image of the planned library and children's museum. (Source: City of Myrtle Beach)

    The City of Myrtle Beach is moving the Children’s Museum and Library to the Superblock next to Nance Plaza. City manager John Pedersen says demolition of that area could start in January. But first, the city still has to buy three of the 14 properties. A WMBF News investigation found how the city got this far and the plan to move forward.

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    The City of Myrtle Beach is moving the Children’s Museum and Library to the Superblock next to Nance Plaza. City manager John Pedersen says demolition of that area could start in January. But first, the city still has to buy three of the 14 properties. A WMBF News investigation found how the city got this far and the plan to move forward.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Horry County paid over $2M to settle lawsuits since 2015

    WMBF Investigates: Horry County paid over $2M to settle lawsuits since 2015

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 3:12 PM EDT2017-07-19 19:12:13 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    It was learned that the county, along with the state, doles out millions of dollars to settle lawsuits filed against the county. The tax dollars residents pay help to fund the state's insurance reserve fund that pays those settlements.   

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    It was learned that the county, along with the state, doles out millions of dollars to settle lawsuits filed against the county. The tax dollars residents pay help to fund the state's insurance reserve fund that pays those settlements.   

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  • WMBF Investigates: Is a 'lifetime warranty' truly for life?

    WMBF Investigates: Is a 'lifetime warranty' truly for life?

    Thursday, July 13 2017 2:59 PM EDT2017-07-13 18:59:11 GMT
    A Myrtle Beach man wanted his lifetime warranty honored after needing a new muffler for his '65 Mustang. (Source: WMBF News)A Myrtle Beach man wanted his lifetime warranty honored after needing a new muffler for his '65 Mustang. (Source: WMBF News)

    When someone pays for a lifetime warranty, they expect it to last a lifetime. That wasn’t the case for the owner of a '65 Mustang. He was having problems with his Midas muffler and the installer wasn't helping.

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    When someone pays for a lifetime warranty, they expect it to last a lifetime. That wasn’t the case for the owner of a '65 Mustang. He was having problems with his Midas muffler and the installer wasn't helping.

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  • DNA may be key to successful dieting and fitness goals

    DNA may be key to successful dieting and fitness goals

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-07-12 02:19:48 GMT
    GXSlim is one company offering a genetic analysis. (Source: WMBF News)GXSlim is one company offering a genetic analysis. (Source: WMBF News)

    We all know dieting and exercise is no easy task. Some say just getting to the gym is half the battle, while others say abs are made in the kitchen. But what if you learned that all this time, the key to weight loss is not what goes in, but rather what’s already inside of you? In most gyms across the nation, you’ll find them packed with fitness fanatics.

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    We all know dieting and exercise is no easy task. Some say just getting to the gym is half the battle, while others say abs are made in the kitchen. But what if you learned that all this time, the key to weight loss is not what goes in, but rather what’s already inside of you? In most gyms across the nation, you’ll find them packed with fitness fanatics.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Coach’s attorney hopes case is heard before football season, no hearing Wednesday

    WMBF Investigates: Coach’s attorney hopes case is heard before football season, no hearing Wednesday

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-07-12 01:04:46 GMT
    Chuck Jordan (Source: HCDC)Chuck Jordan (Source: HCDC)

    The July 12 court date for Conway High School’s football coach and the student he accused of assaulting will not happen according to Chuck Jordan’s lawyer. Jordan is accused of third degree assault, and Ka’Brian Hickman is charged with disturbing schools. Both were arrested June 8 after an incident at Conway High School May 26.

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    The July 12 court date for Conway High School’s football coach and the student he accused of assaulting will not happen according to Chuck Jordan’s lawyer. Jordan is accused of third degree assault, and Ka’Brian Hickman is charged with disturbing schools. Both were arrested June 8 after an incident at Conway High School May 26.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Finding a new CCU Cheer coach

    WMBF Investigates: Finding a new CCU Cheer coach

    Tuesday, July 11 2017 5:33 PM EDT2017-07-11 21:33:08 GMT
    Profile image for the @CCUCheer4L Twitter account. (Source: Twitter)Profile image for the @CCUCheer4L Twitter account. (Source: Twitter)

    The WMBF Investigative unit has learned Coastal Carolina University has extended an offer to a new cheer team coach and is expecting to finalize that hire before the end of the week. While a school spokeswoman would not name who received the offer, a records request revealed the top five candidates for the position. 

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    The WMBF Investigative unit has learned Coastal Carolina University has extended an offer to a new cheer team coach and is expecting to finalize that hire before the end of the week. While a school spokeswoman would not name who received the offer, a records request revealed the top five candidates for the position. 

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  • Hit and run victims say court let them down by finding man incompetent to stand trial

    Hit and run victims say court let them down by finding man incompetent to stand trial

    Wednesday, July 5 2017 10:55 PM EDT2017-07-06 02:55:57 GMT
    The damage left to Robert Nixon's car by the hit-and-run accident 2 years ago. (Source: Robert Nixon)The damage left to Robert Nixon's car by the hit-and-run accident 2 years ago. (Source: Robert Nixon)

    A South Carolina Highway Patrol report says an Horry County man was under the influence when he drove his truck into a couple’s car, then he walked away from the crash before police arrived. But that man is not going to jail, he’s not facing charges for second offense DUI or hit and run.

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    A South Carolina Highway Patrol report says an Horry County man was under the influence when he drove his truck into a couple’s car, then he walked away from the crash before police arrived. But that man is not going to jail, he’s not facing charges for second offense DUI or hit and run.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Mayor calls for more officers despite 2nd best ratio in the country, tourism numbers back him up

    WMBF Investigates: Mayor calls for more officers despite 2nd best ratio in the country, tourism numbers back him up

    Wednesday, July 5 2017 1:46 PM EDT2017-07-05 17:46:26 GMT
    Mayor John Rhodes. (Source: WMBF News)Mayor John Rhodes. (Source: WMBF News)

    The City of Myrtle Beach has more police officers per permanent resident than any South Carolina city with at least 1,500 people. FBI data from 2015 shows there are 139 people per officer. That’s 221 officers for 30,731 residents. Mayor John Rhodes says it’s not enough.

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    The City of Myrtle Beach has more police officers per permanent resident than any South Carolina city with at least 1,500 people. FBI data from 2015 shows there are 139 people per officer. That’s 221 officers for 30,731 residents. Mayor John Rhodes says it’s not enough.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Contraband seized shows inmates are trying to get dangerous weapons

    WMBF Investigates: Contraband seized shows inmates are trying to get dangerous weapons

    Monday, July 3 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-07-03 16:33:43 GMT
    Cell phones account for more than a third of the contraband seized at Scotland Correctional Institution since 2013, but employees at the facility are also finding potentially dangerous weapons. (Source: Raycom Media)Cell phones account for more than a third of the contraband seized at Scotland Correctional Institution since 2013, but employees at the facility are also finding potentially dangerous weapons. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Cell phones account for more than a third of the contraband seized at Scotland Correctional Institution since 2013, but employees at the facility are also finding potentially dangerous weapons.

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    Cell phones account for more than a third of the contraband seized at Scotland Correctional Institution since 2013, but employees at the facility are also finding potentially dangerous weapons.

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  • Experts stress rules, safety when using fireworks

    Experts stress rules, safety when using fireworks

    Friday, June 30 2017 7:17 PM EDT2017-06-30 23:17:07 GMT
    Experts stress the dangers that can come with fireworks. (Source: Erin Edwards)Experts stress the dangers that can come with fireworks. (Source: Erin Edwards)

    Fireworks are illegal within the city of Myrtle Beach, and because sparklers are considered a firework, they are also not allowed.

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    Fireworks are illegal within the city of Myrtle Beach, and because sparklers are considered a firework, they are also not allowed.

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  • Message in a motorcycle: N.C. man to retrieve late brother's prized bike from Myrtle Beach man

    Message in a motorcycle: N.C. man to retrieve late brother's prized bike from Myrtle Beach man

    Thursday, June 29 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-06-30 02:52:33 GMT
    The brother of a late Army veteran left a note in his sibling's prized bike, offering to buy it back. (Source: WMBF News)The brother of a late Army veteran left a note in his sibling's prized bike, offering to buy it back. (Source: WMBF News)

    All it took was two wheels and a pair of handlebars to bring two men together; one in South Carolina, the other in North Carolina.

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    All it took was two wheels and a pair of handlebars to bring two men together; one in South Carolina, the other in North Carolina.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Contracts show more than $10,000 difference in HCS SRO rates

    WMBF Investigates: Contracts show more than $10,000 difference in HCS SRO rates

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-06-21 15:51:45 GMT
    Contracts show more than $10,000 difference in HCS SRO rates. (Source: WMBF News)Contracts show more than $10,000 difference in HCS SRO rates. (Source: WMBF News)

    The Horry County School District is going to put armed security guards in 16 schools for the upcoming school year. The decision finalized Monday removes Horry County Police officers from the district’s schools, but HCS uses four other agencies for schools in incorporated areas of the county.

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    The Horry County School District is going to put armed security guards in 16 schools for the upcoming school year. The decision finalized Monday removes Horry County Police officers from the district’s schools, but HCS uses four other agencies for schools in incorporated areas of the county.

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  • 'It was our Disney World:' Remembering the Myrtle Beach Pavilion

    'It was our Disney World:' Remembering the Myrtle Beach Pavilion

    Thursday, June 15 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-06-15 21:45:56 GMT
    One of the attractions at the old Pavilion attraction, from footage of the park from the 1960s. (Source: John Gasch)One of the attractions at the old Pavilion attraction, from footage of the park from the 1960s. (Source: John Gasch)

    The jukebox and the jitterbug. The Ferris wheel and the Flying Wallendas. The carousel and the Comet. They were all parts of the allure of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion.

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    The jukebox and the jitterbug. The Ferris wheel and the Flying Wallendas. The carousel and the Comet. They were all parts of the allure of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion.

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  • UPDATE: WMBF Investigates: What’s in the water?

    UPDATE: WMBF Investigates: What’s in the water?

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-06-13 18:45:31 GMT
    GSWSA collected samples from all over Marion County. (source: WMBF News)GSWSA collected samples from all over Marion County. (source: WMBF News)

    A WMBF News viewer wanted to know what was in his water. His water company, Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority, initially told him it didn’t know what the gel substance left behind after melting ice was, but has since figured out it’s silica.

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    A WMBF News viewer wanted to know what was in his water. His water company, Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority, initially told him it didn’t know what the gel substance left behind after melting ice was, but has since figured out it’s silica.

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  • CCU to replace volunteer cheer coach with temporary full-time position

    CCU to replace volunteer cheer coach with temporary full-time position

    Friday, June 9 2017 3:24 PM EDT2017-06-09 19:24:02 GMT
    Previous CCU Cheerleading Coach Marla Sage. (Source: WMBF News)Previous CCU Cheerleading Coach Marla Sage. (Source: WMBF News)

    A Coastal Carolina spokeswoman tells WMBF News the CCU Cheer team coaching vacancy is not filled at this point. It will no longer be a volunteer position; the spokeswoman says it will be a temporary full-time job.

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    A Coastal Carolina spokeswoman tells WMBF News the CCU Cheer team coaching vacancy is not filled at this point. It will no longer be a volunteer position; the spokeswoman says it will be a temporary full-time job.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Airport improvement hinges on FAA funding

    WMBF Investigates: Airport improvement hinges on FAA funding

    Thursday, June 8 2017 11:32 AM EDT2017-06-08 15:32:55 GMT
    Darlington County Airport hopes to repave runway with FAA grant money in the future. (source: WMBF News)Darlington County Airport hopes to repave runway with FAA grant money in the future. (source: WMBF News)

    The Federal Aviation Administration provides funding to airports across the country. Some projects that could improve safety and service at those airports, hinge solely on winning grant money from the FAA.

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    The Federal Aviation Administration provides funding to airports across the country. Some projects that could improve safety and service at those airports, hinge solely on winning grant money from the FAA.

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  • Nearly a decade later, Baby Boy Horry's tragic death still unsolved

    Nearly a decade later, Baby Boy Horry's tragic death still unsolved

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 3:51 PM EDT2017-05-30 19:51:05 GMT
    Sketch of 'Baby Boy Horry' (Source: HCPD)Sketch of 'Baby Boy Horry' (Source: HCPD)

    It is a story that gripped our community, causing sadness and anger to those who never even knew him. Baby Boy Horry’s life ended before it even began.   His body was discovered in December of 2008, and nearly a decade later, the circumstances behind his death have never been determined

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    It is a story that gripped our community, causing sadness and anger to those who never even knew him. Baby Boy Horry’s life ended before it even began.   His body was discovered in December of 2008, and nearly a decade later, the circumstances behind his death have never been determined

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  • WMBF Investigates: Horry County sees big population boost, Conway growing faster than Myrtle Beach

    WMBF Investigates: Horry County sees big population boost, Conway growing faster than Myrtle Beach

    Thursday, May 25 2017 1:42 PM EDT2017-05-25 17:42:40 GMT
    Horry County added more people than any other SC county from 2015 to 2016.Horry County added more people than any other SC county from 2015 to 2016.

    Horry County’s population is growing faster than nearly every county in the state of South Carolina, adding 12,471 people from 2015 to 2016 according to data released Thursday.

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    Horry County’s population is growing faster than nearly every county in the state of South Carolina, adding 12,471 people from 2015 to 2016 according to data released Thursday.

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  • J1 students describe summertime nightmare in Myrtle Beach

    J1 students describe summertime nightmare in Myrtle Beach

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:38 PM EDT2017-05-25 01:38:27 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    From 1,100 miles away, across a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean, 10 college students from the Dominican Republic made their way to Myrtle Beach last summer to take part in the U.S. State Department’s J1 Visa Summer Work Program. 

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    From 1,100 miles away, across a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean, 10 college students from the Dominican Republic made their way to Myrtle Beach last summer to take part in the U.S. State Department’s J1 Visa Summer Work Program. 

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  • Letter urges change in Army Corps project funding process

    Letter urges change in Army Corps project funding process

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 5:44 PM EDT2017-05-23 21:44:33 GMT
    SC delegation pens letter to White House budget directorSC delegation pens letter to White House budget director

    A group of lawmakers from South Carolina want budget director Mick Mulvaney to make sure local communities that look past federal money to help get projects done, don’t get left behind.

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    A group of lawmakers from South Carolina want budget director Mick Mulvaney to make sure local communities that look past federal money to help get projects done, don’t get left behind.

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  • Project engineer talks updating South Carolina's outdated child support system

    Project engineer talks updating South Carolina's outdated child support system

    Monday, May 22 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-05-22 21:57:52 GMT
    Jimmy Earley (Source: WMBF News)Jimmy Earley (Source: WMBF News)

    Questions about South Carolina’s issues updating its child support enforcement computer system were taken to the top.

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    Questions about South Carolina’s issues updating its child support enforcement computer system were taken to the top.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Defeo responds to In the Classroom, Out of Pocket

    WMBF Investigates: Defeo responds to In the Classroom, Out of Pocket

    Monday, May 22 2017 1:30 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:30:21 GMT
    School board chairman Joe Defeo says teachers should speak up. (Source: WMBF News)School board chairman Joe Defeo says teachers should speak up. (Source: WMBF News)

    Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo says he’s not sure the $275 from the state of South Carolina is enough for teacher expenses.

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    Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo says he’s not sure the $275 from the state of South Carolina is enough for teacher expenses.

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  • Local courts feel impact of state’s outdated child support system

    Local courts feel impact of state’s outdated child support system

    Thursday, May 18 2017 10:20 PM EDT2017-05-19 02:20:47 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Parents and children aren’t the only ones impacted by the decades-long delays for South Carolina’s new child support enforcement system.

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    Parents and children aren’t the only ones impacted by the decades-long delays for South Carolina’s new child support enforcement system.

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  • South Carolina's antiquated child support system costing state millions

    South Carolina's antiquated child support system costing state millions

    Thursday, May 18 2017 6:23 PM EDT2017-05-18 22:23:31 GMT
    A woman says her ex-husband owes $45,000 in child support payments going back 11 years. (Source: WMBF News)A woman says her ex-husband owes $45,000 in child support payments going back 11 years. (Source: WMBF News)

    Parents across the United States owe $116 billion in child support, according to a 2016 preliminary report from the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

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    Parents across the United States owe $116 billion in child support, according to a 2016 preliminary report from the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

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  • WMBF Investigates: The age of your child’s school bus

    WMBF Investigates: The age of your child’s school bus

    Thursday, May 18 2017 11:47 AM EDT2017-05-18 15:47:18 GMT
    The DOE says FCSD5 has 11 buses, 5 are at least 21 years old. (Source: WMBF News)The DOE says FCSD5 has 11 buses, 5 are at least 21 years old. (Source: WMBF News)

    New information from the South Carolina Department of Education shows more than a third of the school buses on local roads are at least 21 years old.

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    New information from the South Carolina Department of Education shows more than a third of the school buses on local roads are at least 21 years old.

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  • WMBF Investigates: In the Classroom, Out of Pocket

    WMBF Investigates: In the Classroom, Out of Pocket

    Thursday, May 18 2017 9:06 AM EDT2017-05-18 13:06:43 GMT
    (Source: AP Images)(Source: AP Images)

    Teachers deserve more. That’s the message you sent the day we told you Horry County School Board Chairman Joe DeFeo supported a raise for the board. You sounded off on Facebook, pointing out many local teachers are reaching into their own pockets to support education. Tune in to WMBF News Tuesday at 6 a.m. for the first part of in-depth investigation, "In the Classroom, Out of Pocket."

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    Teachers deserve more. That’s the message you sent the day we told you Horry County School Board Chairman Joe DeFeo supported a raise for the board. You sounded off on Facebook, pointing out many local teachers are reaching into their own pockets to support education. Tune in to WMBF News Tuesday at 6 a.m. for the first part of in-depth investigation, "In the Classroom, Out of Pocket."

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  • In the Classroom, Out of Pocket: The Surveys

    In the Classroom, Out of Pocket: The Surveys

    Thursday, May 18 2017 9:05 AM EDT2017-05-18 13:05:04 GMT
    Source: Raycom MediaSource: Raycom Media

    WMBF examines what teachers are paying for themselves, how the superintendents responded to these purchases, how one teacher found a solution to the lack of funding for supplies, and the underlying problem discovered with Horry County Schools.

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    WMBF examines what teachers are paying for themselves, how the superintendents responded to these purchases, how one teacher found a solution to the lack of funding for supplies, and the underlying problem discovered with Horry County Schools.

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  • In the Classroom, Out of Pocket: One Solution

    In the Classroom, Out of Pocket: One Solution

    Thursday, May 18 2017 9:04 AM EDT2017-05-18 13:04:58 GMT
    One Florence SD 1 teacher has taken to crowdsourcing to help provide necessary classroom items for her students. (Source: WMBF News)One Florence SD 1 teacher has taken to crowdsourcing to help provide necessary classroom items for her students. (Source: WMBF News)

    At least one local teacher has found a way to make sure children are set up to succeed without having to use her own money.

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    At least one local teacher has found a way to make sure children are set up to succeed without having to use her own money.

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  • In the Classroom, Out of Pocket: The Underlying Problem at Horry County Schools

    In the Classroom, Out of Pocket: The Underlying Problem at Horry County Schools

    Thursday, May 18 2017 9:04 AM EDT2017-05-18 13:04:54 GMT
    Horry County Superintendent Dr. Rick Maxey (Source: WMBF News)Horry County Superintendent Dr. Rick Maxey (Source: WMBF News)

    Some teachers in Horry County aren’t willing to point out problems because they say they’re afraid to speak up.

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    Some teachers in Horry County aren’t willing to point out problems because they say they’re afraid to speak up.

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  • Settlement amount revealed in 'Jane Doe 1' lawsuit accusing a former HCPD detective of misconduct

    Settlement amount revealed in 'Jane Doe 1' lawsuit accusing a former HCPD detective of misconduct

    Monday, May 15 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-05-15 19:21:00 GMT
    This check was paid to a woman to dismiss a lawsuit accusing a former Horry County detective of misconduct. (Source: S.C. State Treasurer)This check was paid to a woman to dismiss a lawsuit accusing a former Horry County detective of misconduct. (Source: S.C. State Treasurer)

    Horry County leaders paid one of the women who accused a former Horry County Police Department detective of sexual assault more than $180,000, according to a state agency. 

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    Horry County leaders paid one of the women who accused a former Horry County Police Department detective of sexual assault more than $180,000, according to a state agency. 

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  • WMBF Investigates: Hembree only local lawmaker to oppose gas tax increase

    WMBF Investigates: Hembree only local lawmaker to oppose gas tax increase

    Thursday, May 11 2017 6:40 PM EDT2017-05-11 22:40:38 GMT
    Source: scstatehouse.govSource: scstatehouse.gov

    A WMBF News investigation into voting records on the bill that raises the gas tax found Sen. Greg Hembree of Horry County was the only lawmaker who represents Horry, Marion, Florence, Darlington, Dillon or Marlboro Counties who ever voted against the plan.

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    A WMBF News investigation into voting records on the bill that raises the gas tax found Sen. Greg Hembree of Horry County was the only lawmaker who represents Horry, Marion, Florence, Darlington, Dillon or Marlboro Counties who ever voted against the plan.

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  • What could cause a tsunami along the Grand Strand?

    What could cause a tsunami along the Grand Strand?

    Thursday, May 11 2017 5:38 PM EDT2017-05-11 21:38:20 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Devastating tsunamis have struck around the world, leaving those along the Grand Strand to wonder if the area is at risk, too.

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    Devastating tsunamis have struck around the world, leaving those along the Grand Strand to wonder if the area is at risk, too.

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  • Rice talks health care, immigration, tax reform at town hall-style event

    Rice talks health care, immigration, tax reform at town hall-style event

    Thursday, May 11 2017 10:48 AM EDT2017-05-11 14:48:07 GMT
    Rep. Tom Rice (Source: WMBF News)Rep. Tom Rice (Source: WMBF News)

    U.S. Rep. Tom Rice was back in Horry County on Friday for a town hall meeting, held one day after the House passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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    U.S. Rep. Tom Rice was back in Horry County on Friday for a town hall meeting, held one day after the House passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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  • College World Series champs post CCU's lowest academic performance

    College World Series champs post CCU's lowest academic performance

    Wednesday, May 10 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-05-10 21:56:32 GMT
    Source: CCU Facebook pageSource: CCU Facebook page

    The NCAA said Division I student-athletes improved academically for the 12th year in a row.

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    The NCAA said Division I student-athletes improved academically for the 12th year in a row.

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  • Defect could impact school buses across the Carolinas

    Defect could impact school buses across the Carolinas

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-05-09 21:45:54 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A hidden danger could be lurking on thousands of school buses across North Carolina and South Carolina.

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    A hidden danger could be lurking on thousands of school buses across North Carolina and South Carolina.

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  • THURSDAY AT 6: What could lead to a tsunami along the Grand Strand?

    THURSDAY AT 6: What could lead to a tsunami along the Grand Strand?

    Monday, May 8 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-05-08 17:37:29 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    What is the tsunami threat to the Grand Strand? In a WMBF Investigates special report, the First Alert Weather team will look into the circumstances that could lead to such an event. 

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    What is the tsunami threat to the Grand Strand? In a WMBF Investigates special report, the First Alert Weather team will look into the circumstances that could lead to such an event. 

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  • WMBF Investigates: Simulations shed light on difficulty of policing

    WMBF Investigates: Simulations shed light on difficulty of policing

    Friday, May 5 2017 5:30 PM EDT2017-05-05 21:30:04 GMT
    Simulations help to show the danger police officers face while on the job. (Source: WMBF News)Simulations help to show the danger police officers face while on the job. (Source: WMBF News)

    In a WMBF News investigation Wednesday night, we looked at how this digital age is affecting modern day policing and the stress it can add to the job.

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    In a WMBF News investigation Wednesday night, we looked at how this digital age is affecting modern day policing and the stress it can add to the job.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Police stress in the digital age

    WMBF Investigates: Police stress in the digital age

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 6:17 PM EDT2017-05-03 22:17:49 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Shoot or don't shoot? It's a decision law enforcement officers have to make in micro-seconds. In today's digital age, citizens carry their own type of gun, the camera phone in the palm of their hands.

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    Shoot or don't shoot? It's a decision law enforcement officers have to make in micro-seconds. In today's digital age, citizens carry their own type of gun, the camera phone in the palm of their hands.

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  • HCSO keeps tabs on more than 500 registered sex offenders

    HCSO keeps tabs on more than 500 registered sex offenders

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 7:01 PM EDT2017-05-02 23:01:29 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    The Horry County Sheriff's Office offered WMBF News an inside look at how deputies keep track of sex offenders throughout the county. 

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    The Horry County Sheriff's Office offered WMBF News an inside look at how deputies keep track of sex offenders throughout the county. 

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  • Four years later, Amber Berbiglia's murder remains unsolved

    Four years later, Amber Berbiglia's murder remains unsolved

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 7:42 AM EDT2017-05-02 11:42:11 GMT
    Wednesday marks the four-year anniversary of Amber Berbiglia's death. (Source: WMBF News)Wednesday marks the four-year anniversary of Amber Berbiglia's death. (Source: WMBF News)

    It's been almost four years since a young woman was found brutally beaten and murdered under a Robert Grissom Parkway underpass.

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    It's been almost four years since a young woman was found brutally beaten and murdered under a Robert Grissom Parkway underpass.

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  • WMBF Investigates: No mention of crime prevention in Ocean Boulevard traffic research

    WMBF Investigates: No mention of crime prevention in Ocean Boulevard traffic research

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 6:42 AM EDT2017-05-02 10:42:52 GMT
    Souce: WMBF NewsSouce: WMBF News

    The city of Myrtle Beach wants Ocean Boulevard to be safe for residents and visitors alike. Police Chief Warren Gall said making changes to the road could be part of the fix.

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    The city of Myrtle Beach wants Ocean Boulevard to be safe for residents and visitors alike. Police Chief Warren Gall said making changes to the road could be part of the fix.

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  • Cold Case: Double amputee's murder still unsolved

    Cold Case: Double amputee's murder still unsolved

    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:28 PM EDT2017-04-28 03:28:21 GMT
    Daniel Setliff (Source: Angel Setliff)Daniel Setliff (Source: Angel Setliff)

    Daniel Setliff was a diabetic and a double amputee. It was his roommate and best friend, Danny Gainey, who found him when he came to the home one year ago.

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    Daniel Setliff was a diabetic and a double amputee. It was his roommate and best friend, Danny Gainey, who found him when he came to the home one year ago.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Unrepaired hurricane damage months after the storm

    WMBF Investigates: Unrepaired hurricane damage months after the storm

    Thursday, April 27 2017 5:44 PM EDT2017-04-27 21:44:13 GMT
    A beach store in North Myrtle Beach remains damaged following Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WMBF News)A beach store in North Myrtle Beach remains damaged following Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WMBF News)

    A viewer reached out to the WMBF Investigates team wanting to know why no one had done anything about a beach store in North Myrtle Beach that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew.

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    A viewer reached out to the WMBF Investigates team wanting to know why no one had done anything about a beach store in North Myrtle Beach that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew.

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  • WMBF Investigates 'chronic absenteeism' among teachers at local schools

    WMBF Investigates 'chronic absenteeism' among teachers at local schools

    Thursday, April 27 2017 4:37 PM EDT2017-04-27 20:37:22 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    Getting to school is the first step toward your kids getting an education, but the National Council on Teacher Quality says a student's success also depends on how many days their teachers miss. It's a simple concept - if a teacher isn't at school, he or she can't have an impact on your kids. The WMBF News Investigates team looked into absenteeism in Horry County Schools.

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    Getting to school is the first step toward your kids getting an education, but the National Council on Teacher Quality says a student's success also depends on how many days their teachers miss. It's a simple concept - if a teacher isn't at school, he or she can't have an impact on your kids. The WMBF News Investigates team looked into absenteeism in Horry County Schools.

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  • Wednesday at 11pm - Policing in the Digital Age

    Wednesday at 11pm - Policing in the Digital Age

    Thursday, April 27 2017 3:44 PM EDT2017-04-27 19:44:35 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    WEDNESDAY AT 11PM – Dash cams, body cams, cell phones – nowadays, cameras are everywhere, giving us different angles of police officers in action. “A lot of cases, the tape doesn’t look good – there’s no way to sugar coat it,” says North Myrtle Beach Police Chief J. Phillip Webster. It’s a tough job.

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    WEDNESDAY AT 11PM – Dash cams, body cams, cell phones – nowadays, cameras are everywhere, giving us different angles of police officers in action. “A lot of cases, the tape doesn’t look good – there’s no way to sugar coat it,” says North Myrtle Beach Police Chief J. Phillip Webster. It’s a tough job.

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  • Horry schools finance committee to consider defunding items to make up $400K for state retirement system

    Horry schools finance committee to consider defunding items to make up $400K for state retirement system

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-27 02:36:29 GMT
    Source: Horry County SchoolsSource: Horry County Schools

    The Horry County Schools Board will look at possibly defunding certain items for the upcoming fiscal year in order to make up $400,000 to go into the state’s retirement budget.

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    The Horry County Schools Board will look at possibly defunding certain items for the upcoming fiscal year in order to make up $400,000 to go into the state’s retirement budget.

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  • Florence preemies born during hurricane are 'miracle babies'

    Florence preemies born during hurricane are 'miracle babies'

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-04-25 21:57:45 GMT
    A Florence family was blessed with two "miracle babies" as Hurricane Matthew hit. (Source: Valloric Family)A Florence family was blessed with two "miracle babies" as Hurricane Matthew hit. (Source: Valloric Family)

    Two miracle babies, 6-month-old Carson and Reagan, were born when Hurricane Matthew hit.

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    Two miracle babies, 6-month-old Carson and Reagan, were born when Hurricane Matthew hit.

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  • WMBF Investigates: What's in the water?

    WMBF Investigates: What's in the water?

    Monday, April 24 2017 6:44 PM EDT2017-04-24 22:44:05 GMT
    Water in a Mullins man's home freezes and then melts into a slimy gel. (Source: WMBF News)Water in a Mullins man's home freezes and then melts into a slimy gel. (Source: WMBF News)

    The water that runs from one local man’s faucet freezes into ice that melts into a slimy gel. He reached out to the WMBF Investigative team with questions after the only answer he got from his water company is the water’s safe to drink.

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    The water that runs from one local man’s faucet freezes into ice that melts into a slimy gel. He reached out to the WMBF Investigative team with questions after the only answer he got from his water company is the water’s safe to drink.

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  • Rice: Tax reform idea increases interest in mill

    Rice: Tax reform idea increases interest in mill

    Monday, April 24 2017 3:44 PM EDT2017-04-24 19:44:22 GMT
    Rep. Tom Rice, (R) South Carolina (Source: Rice.House.gov)Rep. Tom Rice, (R) South Carolina (Source: Rice.House.gov)

    Representative Tom Rice wants to see Georgetown and its port succeed. He was able to secure federal funding that would have helped dredge the port to bring in bigger ships and ultimately more money.

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    Representative Tom Rice wants to see Georgetown and its port succeed. He was able to secure federal funding that would have helped dredge the port to bring in bigger ships and ultimately more money.

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  • Tonight at 6 WMBF Investigates: What's in the Water?

    Tonight at 6 WMBF Investigates: What's in the Water?

    Friday, April 21 2017 11:27 AM EDT2017-04-21 15:27:04 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    The water that runs from one local man’s faucet freezes into ice that melts into a slimy gel, then crystallizes in his sink. He reached out to the WMBF Investigative team with questions.

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    The water that runs from one local man’s faucet freezes into ice that melts into a slimy gel, then crystallizes in his sink. He reached out to the WMBF Investigative team with questions.

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  • Power to the People: Lawmaker proposes change

    Power to the People: Lawmaker proposes change

    Friday, April 21 2017 9:21 AM EDT2017-04-21 13:21:29 GMT

    A local lawmaker has proposed an amendment to the law that dictates when and how public utilities can enter private property.

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    A local lawmaker has proposed an amendment to the law that dictates when and how public utilities can enter private property.

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  • WMBF Investigates: How much privacy do you really have online?

    WMBF Investigates: How much privacy do you really have online?

    Thursday, April 20 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-04-20 21:06:47 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    Technology advances every day, and with those changes, you may not have as much privacy as you think. Whether that's online or in your day to day life, the law has been slow to catch up with this progress. In a WMBF News investigation, we talked to an expert at Coastal Carolina University about this idea of cyber privacy, or lack thereof.

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    Technology advances every day, and with those changes, you may not have as much privacy as you think. Whether that's online or in your day to day life, the law has been slow to catch up with this progress. In a WMBF News investigation, we talked to an expert at Coastal Carolina University about this idea of cyber privacy, or lack thereof.

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  • South Carolina's plug-in hybrid vehicle tax credit expired, another credit remains

    South Carolina's plug-in hybrid vehicle tax credit expired, another credit remains

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 5:40 PM EDT2017-04-18 21:40:24 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    As the tax filing deadline looms, if you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle you may be in for a surprise when it comes to South Carolina Credits. We learned electric vehicles don't qualify for any state credit. And the hybrid vehicle credits are on the way out. One concerned driver reached out to us, to get some attention for his complaint with the state's policy.

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    As the tax filing deadline looms, if you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle you may be in for a surprise when it comes to South Carolina Credits. We learned electric vehicles don't qualify for any state credit. And the hybrid vehicle credits are on the way out. One concerned driver reached out to us, to get some attention for his complaint with the state's policy.

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  • WMBF Investigates: HCS claims energy savings after televisions removed

    WMBF Investigates: HCS claims energy savings after televisions removed

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-04-12 22:34:25 GMT
    HCSHCS

    The Horry County School District saved thousands of dollars on energy costs from 2015 to 2016, but it cannot pinpoint one specific reason costs went down.

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    The Horry County School District saved thousands of dollars on energy costs from 2015 to 2016, but it cannot pinpoint one specific reason costs went down.

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  • Mother of man accused of bomb threat blames 'failing system,' wants change in mental health programs

    Mother of man accused of bomb threat blames 'failing system,' wants change in mental health programs

    Thursday, March 30 2017 9:41 PM EDT2017-03-31 01:41:22 GMT
    A mother is hoping a judge will place her son in a program that helps those with mental health issues who have committed a crime. (Source: Amy Maxwell)A mother is hoping a judge will place her son in a program that helps those with mental health issues who have committed a crime. (Source: Amy Maxwell)

    A Little River man who told law enforcement there was a bomb in the White House and at a location in Charleston was arrested again in February after removing a GPS tracking device and fleeing his home.

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    A Little River man who told law enforcement there was a bomb in the White House and at a location in Charleston was arrested again in February after removing a GPS tracking device and fleeing his home.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Local state park attendance rising

    WMBF Investigates: Local state park attendance rising

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 5:09 PM EDT2017-03-29 21:09:06 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    The $75 South Carolina State Park Passport is a cheaper option than the $100 decal Myrtle Beach is offering non-city residents. It’s one reason park attendance is on the rise, but it’s not the only reason. A WMBF News investigation found more visitors are coming to both Huntington Beach and Myrtle Beach State Parks than previous years, but it's a trend that goes back well before the pay to park debate in Myrtle Beach started.

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    The $75 South Carolina State Park Passport is a cheaper option than the $100 decal Myrtle Beach is offering non-city residents. It’s one reason park attendance is on the rise, but it’s not the only reason. A WMBF News investigation found more visitors are coming to both Huntington Beach and Myrtle Beach State Parks than previous years, but it's a trend that goes back well before the pay to park debate in Myrtle Beach started.

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  • WMBF Investigates - Why was Brad's wife fired from Cracker Barrel?

    WMBF Investigates - Why was Brad's wife fired from Cracker Barrel?

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 8:25 AM EDT2017-03-29 12:25:13 GMT
    So far, Cracker Barrel has not responded to requests for comment. (Source: Eli Christman on flickr.com)So far, Cracker Barrel has not responded to requests for comment. (Source: Eli Christman on flickr.com)

    The entire internet is asking for answers about why #BradsWife was fired from Cracker Barrel after 11 years, and one viewer asked the WMBF News Investigates team to get answers.

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    The entire internet is asking for answers about why #BradsWife was fired from Cracker Barrel after 11 years, and one viewer asked the WMBF News Investigates team to get answers.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Design group draws first sketches of library, museum project

    WMBF Investigates: Design group draws first sketches of library, museum project

    Thursday, March 23 2017 4:44 PM EDT2017-03-23 20:44:53 GMT
    A concept sketch of the children's museum and library. (Source: LS3P)A concept sketch of the children's museum and library. (Source: LS3P)

    The conceptual sketches first showed up January 24. Easels holding the drawings flanked Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes as he introduced the grand plan. That same day, the city said the sketches were prepared by LS3P. A WMBF News Investigation found the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation wrote two checks for $625 each to LS3P. One was for the sketches, one was to have them printed.

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    The conceptual sketches first showed up January 24. Easels holding the drawings flanked Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes as he introduced the grand plan. That same day, the city said the sketches were prepared by LS3P. A WMBF News Investigation found the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation wrote two checks for $625 each to LS3P. One was for the sketches, one was to have them printed.

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  • Department remembers Conway firefighter killed a year ago in the line of duty

    Department remembers Conway firefighter killed a year ago in the line of duty

    Monday, March 20 2017 10:59 PM EDT2017-03-21 02:59:39 GMT
    Chris Ray (Source: YouTube)Chris Ray (Source: YouTube)

    Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Conway firefighter Christopher Ray, who was killed in the line of duty after being run over by a fire engine while responding to a house fire on Hickory Circle.

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    Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Conway firefighter Christopher Ray, who was killed in the line of duty after being run over by a fire engine while responding to a house fire on Hickory Circle.

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  • Research team tags sharks off South Carolina coast for first time

    Research team tags sharks off South Carolina coast for first time

    Thursday, March 16 2017 9:18 PM EDT2017-03-17 01:18:37 GMT
    The OCEARCH expedition tagged a tiger shark, nicknamed Beaufort, during its recent "Lowcountry Expedition." (Source: OCEARCH)The OCEARCH expedition tagged a tiger shark, nicknamed Beaufort, during its recent "Lowcountry Expedition." (Source: OCEARCH)

    For the first time ever, OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that catches and studies great white sharks, worked along the coast of South Carolina.

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    For the first time ever, OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that catches and studies great white sharks, worked along the coast of South Carolina.

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  • Woman worried about future credit after signing home over to investment company

    Woman worried about future credit after signing home over to investment company

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-03-15 01:10:05 GMT
    A Conway woman signed over her home to an investment company in the hopes it would be sold. (Source: WMBF News)A Conway woman signed over her home to an investment company in the hopes it would be sold. (Source: WMBF News)

    A Conway woman who signed over her home to an investment company in the hopes of selling it is now worried that decision will ruin her credit and her future forever.

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    A Conway woman who signed over her home to an investment company in the hopes of selling it is now worried that decision will ruin her credit and her future forever.

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  • WMBF Investigates: How Trump’s child care tax proposal would affect local families

    WMBF Investigates: How Trump’s child care tax proposal would affect local families

    Monday, March 13 2017 1:44 PM EDT2017-03-13 17:44:55 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    President Donald Trump’s child care plan would allow more working parents to deduct child care costs. It creates tax-free savings accounts and guarantees six weeks of paid maternity leave. But new report finds the more parents make, the more they’ll get back, for the same exact child care service. 

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    President Donald Trump’s child care plan would allow more working parents to deduct child care costs. It creates tax-free savings accounts and guarantees six weeks of paid maternity leave. But new report finds the more parents make, the more they’ll get back, for the same exact child care service. 

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  • WMBF Investigates: Why Florence is taking bids on renovating McQueen Street property

    WMBF Investigates: Why Florence is taking bids on renovating McQueen Street property

    Friday, March 10 2017 7:45 AM EST2017-03-10 12:45:11 GMT
    Two homes were selected for renovation on North McQueen Street in Florence. (Source: Audrey Biesk)Two homes were selected for renovation on North McQueen Street in Florence. (Source: Audrey Biesk)

    A WMBF News viewer had one question; why was the city of Florence taking bids to recondition a property on McQueen Street? The bids for the work closed Thursday at 2 p.m., with city officials choosing the lowest bid of $28,550. 

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    A WMBF News viewer had one question; why was the city of Florence taking bids to recondition a property on McQueen Street? The bids for the work closed Thursday at 2 p.m., with city officials choosing the lowest bid of $28,550. 

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  • Family searches for answers after 28-year-old man murdered in Florence County

    Family searches for answers after 28-year-old man murdered in Florence County

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 11:01 PM EST2017-03-09 04:01:13 GMT
    Ivory Henry III (Source: WMBF News)Ivory Henry III (Source: WMBF News)

    Family members are still questioning why someone would want to kill a man who lived his life helping others and was devoted to his family. 

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    Family members are still questioning why someone would want to kill a man who lived his life helping others and was devoted to his family. 

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  • WMBF Investigates: The local impact of Dodd-Frank

    WMBF Investigates: The local impact of Dodd-Frank

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 5:01 PM EST2017-03-07 22:01:04 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    The Dodd-Frank Act regulates America’s financial industry. It was put in place in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis. Our country, and the people who run our country, have changed since then. Representative Tom Rice took to Facebook last week saying, “disastrous laws like Dodd-Frank have strangled community banks and in turn small business."

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    The Dodd-Frank Act regulates America’s financial industry. It was put in place in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis. Our country, and the people who run our country, have changed since then. Representative Tom Rice took to Facebook last week saying, “disastrous laws like Dodd-Frank have strangled community banks and in turn small business."

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  • WMBF Investigates: How the Grand Strand landed its highest-profile sporting event in more than a decade

    WMBF Investigates: How the Grand Strand landed its highest-profile sporting event in more than a decade

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 6:22 PM EST2017-03-01 23:22:20 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    Conway was the 43rd location considered, far from the first choice. But, the highest profile sporting event the Grand Strand has hosted in more than a decade is now underway, and it took less than a month for our area to land the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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    Conway was the 43rd location considered, far from the first choice. But, the highest profile sporting event the Grand Strand has hosted in more than a decade is now underway, and it took less than a month for our area to land the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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  • 'It's not your fault:' CCU twins reflect on one's suicide attempt

    'It's not your fault:' CCU twins reflect on one's suicide attempt

    Thursday, February 23 2017 5:58 PM EST2017-02-23 22:58:56 GMT
    Twin sisters reflect on one's suicide attempt. (Source: WMBF News)Twin sisters reflect on one's suicide attempt. (Source: WMBF News)

    One person attempts suicide in this country every 38 seconds. Many of these people struggle in silence, feeling like they have nowhere else to turn.

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    One person attempts suicide in this country every 38 seconds. Many of these people struggle in silence, feeling like they have nowhere else to turn.

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  • Locked and Looted: Carolinas lead country in thefts from gun dealers, pawn shops

    Locked and Looted: Carolinas lead country in thefts from gun dealers, pawn shops

    Thursday, February 23 2017 8:42 AM EST2017-02-23 13:42:54 GMT
    The Carolinas lead the nation in the number of thefts from gun dealers and pawn shops. (Source: WMBF News)The Carolinas lead the nation in the number of thefts from gun dealers and pawn shops. (Source: WMBF News)

    In 2016, more than 930 firearms were stolen from gun dealers and pawn shops that hold federal firearm licenses in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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    In 2016, more than 930 firearms were stolen from gun dealers and pawn shops that hold federal firearm licenses in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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  • WMBF Investigates: Highway 22 noise a concern after trees cut down for power line

    WMBF Investigates: Highway 22 noise a concern after trees cut down for power line

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 5:08 PM EST2017-02-22 22:08:07 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    A WMBF News viewer who was tired of noise from Highway 22 reached out to the WMBF News Investigative team to get answers. “I’m wondering what can be done to cut down on the noise,” said Mary Causey. “We used to have trees, everywhere you’re seeing lights there used to be trees, so we had a sound barrier.”

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    A WMBF News viewer who was tired of noise from Highway 22 reached out to the WMBF News Investigative team to get answers. “I’m wondering what can be done to cut down on the noise,” said Mary Causey. “We used to have trees, everywhere you’re seeing lights there used to be trees, so we had a sound barrier.”

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  • Myrtle Beach roller coaster gets new life in Vietnam

    Myrtle Beach roller coaster gets new life in Vietnam

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 1:37 PM EST2017-02-22 18:37:08 GMT
    The Dragon's Run roller coaster at Dragon Park in Ha Long, Vietnam. (Source: International Theme Park Services, Inc.)The Dragon's Run roller coaster at Dragon Park in Ha Long, Vietnam. (Source: International Theme Park Services, Inc.)

    When it towered over Horry County, it was Led Zeppelin: The Ride, then Time Machine. Now, it’s Dragon’s Run, billed as Asia’s longest and most exciting roller coaster. It’s the centerpiece of Dragon Park in Ha Long, Vietnam, a park that opened in January.

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    When it towered over Horry County, it was Led Zeppelin: The Ride, then Time Machine. Now, it’s Dragon’s Run, billed as Asia’s longest and most exciting roller coaster. It’s the centerpiece of Dragon Park in Ha Long, Vietnam, a park that opened in January.

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  • Plan to raise pay for HCS board 'makes no sense,' one member says

    Plan to raise pay for HCS board 'makes no sense,' one member says

    Monday, February 20 2017 8:18 AM EST2017-02-20 13:18:51 GMT
    Poston discusses the plan to give raises to the HCS board. (Source: WMBF News)Poston discusses the plan to give raises to the HCS board. (Source: WMBF News)

    The Horry County School Board is one vote away from giving itself a raise. Each board member's pay will go up more than $6,000 if it passes. There's one board member who hasn't weighed in: an illness kept John Poston from attending the early February meeting where the raise was voted on for the first time. Had he been there, Poston would've been the fourth vote against the raise.

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    The Horry County School Board is one vote away from giving itself a raise. Each board member's pay will go up more than $6,000 if it passes. There's one board member who hasn't weighed in: an illness kept John Poston from attending the early February meeting where the raise was voted on for the first time. Had he been there, Poston would've been the fourth vote against the raise.

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  • Florence deputies receive special training to identify drugged drivers

    Florence deputies receive special training to identify drugged drivers

    Wednesday, February 15 2017 5:17 PM EST2017-02-15 22:17:57 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    New advanced training is now helping local officers put people who take drugs and then drive behind bars. The Florence County Sheriff’s Office is using Certified Drug Recognition Experts to help lower the amount of fatal car collisions happening on our roads.

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    New advanced training is now helping local officers put people who take drugs and then drive behind bars. The Florence County Sheriff’s Office is using Certified Drug Recognition Experts to help lower the amount of fatal car collisions happening on our roads.

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  • February 14 at 6PM

    Power to the People: The Process

    Power to the People: The Process

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 5:14 PM EST2017-02-14 22:14:21 GMT
    According to a cost analysis obtained by WMBF News, the route chosen impacts 97 parcels of land. The other four routes are shorter and go through fewer parcels. The route chosen was Santee Cooper’s cheapest option. (Source: WMBF News)According to a cost analysis obtained by WMBF News, the route chosen impacts 97 parcels of land. The other four routes are shorter and go through fewer parcels. The route chosen was Santee Cooper’s cheapest option. (Source: WMBF News)

    Santee Cooper says it’s building a new transmission line to benefit its customers, sending WMBF News a statement that reads: “The Marion-Red Bluff line is critical to increasing reliability and meeting future demands for electricity in Horry County.”

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    Santee Cooper says it’s building a new transmission line to benefit its customers, sending WMBF News a statement that reads: “The Marion-Red Bluff line is critical to increasing reliability and meeting future demands for electricity in Horry County.”

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  • Authorities investigate double murder 2000 cold case

    Authorities investigate double murder 2000 cold case

    Friday, February 10 2017 7:45 AM EST2017-02-10 12:45:26 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    A double murder that occurred nearly two decades ago, was a gruesome discovery for the victims’ children. The mother, Wanda Evans, was stabbed to death in her trailer August 6, 2000 in Florence County. 

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    A double murder that occurred nearly two decades ago, was a gruesome discovery for the victims’ children. The mother, Wanda Evans, was stabbed to death in her trailer August 6, 2000 in Florence County. 

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  • WMBF News Investigates: Teacher Survey

    WMBF News Investigates: Teacher Survey

    Thursday, February 9 2017 10:03 AM EST2017-02-09 15:03:52 GMT
    (Source: AP Images)(Source: AP Images)

    WMBF News heard you, now we’re researching what teachers spend out of their own pockets. Are you a teacher in Horry, Marion, Florence, Darlington, Dillon or Marlboro Counties? We need to hear from you.

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    WMBF News heard you, now we’re researching what teachers spend out of their own pockets. Are you a teacher in Horry, Marion, Florence, Darlington, Dillon or Marlboro Counties? We need to hear from you.

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  • In their own words: Stories of former S.C. slaves told by descendants

    In their own words: Stories of former S.C. slaves told by descendants

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 10:11 AM EST2017-02-08 15:11:48 GMT
    Left: Ben Horry; Right: Hagar Brown (Sources: Brookgreen Gardens Collection/Library of Congress/University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections)Left: Ben Horry; Right: Hagar Brown (Sources: Brookgreen Gardens Collection/Library of Congress/University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections)

    During the 1930s, the federal government paid writers to travel to 17 states and interview and transcribe the stories and memories of more than 2,000 former slaves.

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    During the 1930s, the federal government paid writers to travel to 17 states and interview and transcribe the stories and memories of more than 2,000 former slaves.

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  • Thursday at 6 p.m.

    Power to the People: Land Rights

    Power to the People: Land Rights

    Friday, February 3 2017 8:48 AM EST2017-02-03 13:48:08 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    Santee Cooper can come onto your property. Eminent domain gives state agencies the right to take private property for public use, as long as the landowner is compensated. Because South Carolina runs Santee Cooper, it’s entitled to practice eminent domain. But before that can happen, the utility company has to get a survey and an appraisal of the land.

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    Santee Cooper can come onto your property. Eminent domain gives state agencies the right to take private property for public use, as long as the landowner is compensated. Because South Carolina runs Santee Cooper, it’s entitled to practice eminent domain. But before that can happen, the utility company has to get a survey and an appraisal of the land.

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  • Horry school board chairman: No additional ESOL teachers needed

    Horry school board chairman: No additional ESOL teachers needed

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 5:53 PM EST2017-01-31 22:53:03 GMT
    Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo (Source: WMBF News)Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo (Source: WMBF News)

    The chairman of the Horry County School Board doesn’t want to hire any additional English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers.

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    The chairman of the Horry County School Board doesn’t want to hire any additional English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers.

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  • Horry school chairman would like to see board get a raise

    Horry school chairman would like to see board get a raise

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 10:24 AM EST2017-01-31 15:24:05 GMT
    Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo (Source: WMBF News)Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo (Source: WMBF News)

    Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo would like to see the board get a raise, saying it is crucial to the district’s success and the work it does is as important as that of the Horry County Council.

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    Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo would like to see the board get a raise, saying it is crucial to the district’s success and the work it does is as important as that of the Horry County Council.

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  • Proposed bill seeks to punish drug dealers for overdose deaths

    Proposed bill seeks to punish drug dealers for overdose deaths

    Thursday, January 26 2017 11:19 PM EST2017-01-27 04:19:17 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Local lawmakers are trying to work against what they call the “epidemic of heroin” in Horry County by going after the people at the top, the people selling dangerous drugs that are taking lives at an alarming rate. 

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    Local lawmakers are trying to work against what they call the “epidemic of heroin” in Horry County by going after the people at the top, the people selling dangerous drugs that are taking lives at an alarming rate. 

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  • Broke but armed: Lawmaker looks to shield $5K of guns from bankruptcy creditors

    Broke but armed: Lawmaker looks to shield $5K of guns from bankruptcy creditors

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 9:57 PM EST2017-01-19 02:57:51 GMT
    A local lawmaker is working to keep guns off the list of property a bank can seize. (Source: WMBF News)A local lawmaker is working to keep guns off the list of property a bank can seize. (Source: WMBF News)

    When individuals fall on hard financial times, the bank can seize their property. But one local lawmaker is fighting to keep guns off that list.  

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    When individuals fall on hard financial times, the bank can seize their property. But one local lawmaker is fighting to keep guns off that list.  

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  • Hundreds of federal contracts awarded to local companies

    Hundreds of federal contracts awarded to local companies

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 6:58 PM EST2016-12-21 23:58:09 GMT
    Ed Fugate owns Twin Services, one local company that relies on federal contracts. (Source: WMBF News)Ed Fugate owns Twin Services, one local company that relies on federal contracts. (Source: WMBF News)

    Using a federal government database of contracts awarded, a WMBF News Investigation found eight companies in the local area have done work for the federal government in 2016.

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    Using a federal government database of contracts awarded, a WMBF News Investigation found eight companies in the local area have done work for the federal government in 2016.

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  • Family continues search for Florence man missing for 28 years

    Family continues search for Florence man missing for 28 years

    Monday, December 19 2016 10:54 PM EST2016-12-20 03:54:47 GMT
    Brian "Neal" Hooks went missing in September 1988 after leaving Florence to head to Myrtle Beach. (Source: WMBF News)Brian "Neal" Hooks went missing in September 1988 after leaving Florence to head to Myrtle Beach. (Source: WMBF News)

    Brian “Neal” Hooks left Florence and headed to Myrtle Beach for a night on the town. But on that night 28 years ago, Hooks disappeared. Today, his family and authorities are still trying to find him.

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    Brian “Neal” Hooks left Florence and headed to Myrtle Beach for a night on the town. But on that night 28 years ago, Hooks disappeared. Today, his family and authorities are still trying to find him.

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  • Residents want change on deadly North Myrtle Beach road

    Residents want change on deadly North Myrtle Beach road

    Tuesday, December 13 2016 10:56 AM EST2016-12-13 15:56:21 GMT
    The scene of a deadly car crash into a church. (Source: WBMF News)The scene of a deadly car crash into a church. (Source: WBMF News)

    If you’ve driven down Little River Neck Road you know it can be tricky to navigate. It’s only two lanes, there are plenty of curves and the speed limit 35 miles per hour.  Dozens of drivers have crashed on the road over the years and this  year alone, two of them were deadly. 

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    If you’ve driven down Little River Neck Road you know it can be tricky to navigate. It’s only two lanes, there are plenty of curves and the speed limit 35 miles per hour.  Dozens of drivers have crashed on the road over the years and this  year alone, two of them were deadly. 

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  • Renfrow’s dreams coming true at Clemson

    Renfrow’s dreams coming true at Clemson

    Monday, December 5 2016 6:27 AM EST2016-12-05 11:27:46 GMT
    Hunter Renfrow. (Source: Clemson University)Hunter Renfrow. (Source: Clemson University)

    Hunter Renfrow learned the quarterback position from his dad at Socastee High School. But it was apparently his guidance counselor mom who helped him become the elite Clemson wide receiver.

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    Hunter Renfrow learned the quarterback position from his dad at Socastee High School. But it was apparently his guidance counselor mom who helped him become the elite Clemson wide receiver.

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  • Brookgreen Gardens has a rich history spanning centuries

    Brookgreen Gardens has a rich history spanning centuries

    Thursday, December 1 2016 10:28 PM EST2016-12-02 03:28:15 GMT
    Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles runs until December 18. (Source: Brookgreen Gardens)Brookgreen Gardens' Nights of a Thousand Candles runs until December 18. (Source: Brookgreen Gardens)

    Nights of Thousand Candles began in 1999, when there were actually just a thousand candles lit. But the history of Brookgreen Gardens stretches back for centuries.

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    Nights of Thousand Candles began in 1999, when there were actually just a thousand candles lit. But the history of Brookgreen Gardens stretches back for centuries.

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  • Water sample from Waccamaw River during flooding tested positive for salmonella

    Water sample from Waccamaw River during flooding tested positive for salmonella

    Thursday, November 17 2016 10:40 PM EST2016-11-18 03:40:10 GMT
    Residents are concerned about contaminated water following Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WMBF News)Residents are concerned about contaminated water following Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WMBF News)

    While people gut their homes after devastating floods following Hurricane Matthew, some are worried about getting rid of the bacteria the flooding brought with it.

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    While people gut their homes after devastating floods following Hurricane Matthew, some are worried about getting rid of the bacteria the flooding brought with it.

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  • Officials advise planning before taking out student loans

    Officials advise planning before taking out student loans

    Tuesday, November 15 2016 5:47 PM EST2016-11-15 22:47:14 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    Thousands of local college students will take out student loans, with the hope they’ll have a job two or four years later to pay that money back. It takes planning, hard work and knowing what you’re up against before it’s too late.

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    Thousands of local college students will take out student loans, with the hope they’ll have a job two or four years later to pay that money back. It takes planning, hard work and knowing what you’re up against before it’s too late.

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  • Degree of debt impacting millions with college loans

    Degree of debt impacting millions with college loans

    Monday, November 14 2016 11:24 PM EST2016-11-15 04:24:58 GMT
    Source: Raycom News NetworkSource: Raycom News Network

    All totaled, more than 41 million Americans with college loans own around $1.3 trillion, which dwarfs credit card and auto loan debt.

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    All totaled, more than 41 million Americans with college loans own around $1.3 trillion, which dwarfs credit card and auto loan debt.

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  • Leads continue to be followed in 2010 Florence triple homicide

    Leads continue to be followed in 2010 Florence triple homicide

    Thursday, November 10 2016 10:13 PM EST2016-11-11 03:13:20 GMT
    No suspects have been identified in a 2010 triple homicide in Florence. (Source: WMBF News)No suspects have been identified in a 2010 triple homicide in Florence. (Source: WMBF News)

    It was a triple homicide that shattered a close-knit community in Florence. In August 2010, three friends were each shot three times in the head for no apparent reason.  

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    It was a triple homicide that shattered a close-knit community in Florence. In August 2010, three friends were each shot three times in the head for no apparent reason.  

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  • What has Tom Rice accomplished in his four years in Congress?

    What has Tom Rice accomplished in his four years in Congress?

    Monday, November 7 2016 10:36 PM EST2016-11-08 03:36:51 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    The man who has represented the 7th Congressional district for the past four years is up for re-election.  In his campaign commercial, Congressman Tom Rice says he's worked to gain investments for our ports, farmers, beaches, and highways as part of building American opportunities. 

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    The man who has represented the 7th Congressional district for the past four years is up for re-election.  In his campaign commercial, Congressman Tom Rice says he's worked to gain investments for our ports, farmers, beaches, and highways as part of building American opportunities. 

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  • Governor’s business in Grand Strand, Pee Dee dwindled over years

    Governor’s business in Grand Strand, Pee Dee dwindled over years

    Tuesday, November 1 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-11-01 20:40:19 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    The WMBF News investigative team filed a request with Governor Nikki Haley’s office for all of her official business in her time as governor. Her chief legal counsel responded with a letter saying the governor’s office doesn’t possess a travel log for her. We were prompted to use a weekly email Haley’s office sends out to come up with the schedule ourselves.

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    The WMBF News investigative team filed a request with Governor Nikki Haley’s office for all of her official business in her time as governor. Her chief legal counsel responded with a letter saying the governor’s office doesn’t possess a travel log for her. We were prompted to use a weekly email Haley’s office sends out to come up with the schedule ourselves.

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  • Suspect named in Brittanee Drexel case speaks out

    Suspect named in Brittanee Drexel case speaks out

    Tuesday, November 1 2016 1:09 PM EDT2016-11-01 17:09:32 GMT
    WHEC reporter Brett Davidsen speaks to Timothy De'Shawn Taylor. (Source: WHEC)WHEC reporter Brett Davidsen speaks to Timothy De'Shawn Taylor. (Source: WHEC)

    WMBF News' Rochester, New York affiliate, News10NBC, sat down recently for an interview with the man police say is a suspect in the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel.

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    WMBF News' Rochester, New York affiliate, News10NBC, sat down recently for an interview with the man police say is a suspect in the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel.

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  • CCU's Moglia donated over $120K to politicians, groups since '98

    CCU's Moglia donated over $120K to politicians, groups since '98

    Friday, October 28 2016 6:20 PM EDT2016-10-28 22:20:27 GMT
    Coach Joe Moglia (Source: CCU)Coach Joe Moglia (Source: CCU)

    WMBF News looked into which local coaches contributed to political groups or individual candidates.

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    WMBF News looked into which local coaches contributed to political groups or individual candidates.

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  • Tracking the economic impact of Hurricane Matthew

    Tracking the economic impact of Hurricane Matthew

    Friday, October 28 2016 4:36 AM EDT2016-10-28 08:36:51 GMT
    (Background image source: AP Graphics)(Background image source: AP Graphics)

    Through a WMBF News Investigation, we found which industries in our part of South Carolina could suffer most during and after a disaster. It’s based on what percentage of the workforces makes up that industry, compared to the national average.

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    Through a WMBF News Investigation, we found which industries in our part of South Carolina could suffer most during and after a disaster. It’s based on what percentage of the workforces makes up that industry, compared to the national average.

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  • Certified deaf interpreter goes viral following Hurricane Matthew

    Certified deaf interpreter goes viral following Hurricane Matthew

    Thursday, October 27 2016 9:25 AM EDT2016-10-27 13:25:52 GMT
    Jason Hurdich is the animated certified deaf sign language interpreter who stood alongside Governor Nikki Haley during her news conferences to update the state on Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WMBF News)Jason Hurdich is the animated certified deaf sign language interpreter who stood alongside Governor Nikki Haley during her news conferences to update the state on Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WMBF News)

    Nearly 60,000 people with hearing loss or no hearing at all reside in South Carolina, and during Hurricane Matthew many of them would have been in trouble if it weren’t for one man. Jason Hurdich is the animated certified deaf sign language interpreter who stood alongside Governor Nikki Haley during her news conferences to update the state on Hurricane Matthew.

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    Nearly 60,000 people with hearing loss or no hearing at all reside in South Carolina, and during Hurricane Matthew many of them would have been in trouble if it weren’t for one man. Jason Hurdich is the animated certified deaf sign language interpreter who stood alongside Governor Nikki Haley during her news conferences to update the state on Hurricane Matthew.

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  • Recovery continues one year after historic flooding

    Recovery continues one year after historic flooding

    Tuesday, October 4 2016 10:27 PM EDT2016-10-05 02:27:58 GMT
    A Little River couple looks back on the historic October 2015 flood. (Source: McMorrow photo)A Little River couple looks back on the historic October 2015 flood. (Source: McMorrow photo)

    One year ago, historic flooding devastated South Carolina, but the healing process is still ongoing.

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    One year ago, historic flooding devastated South Carolina, but the healing process is still ongoing.

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  • Rice writes legislation to stop environmental groups from holding up major infrastructure projects

    Rice writes legislation to stop environmental groups from holding up major infrastructure projects

    Tuesday, September 20 2016 9:22 PM EDT2016-09-21 01:22:15 GMT
    Congressman Tom Rice has written legislation to try and stop environmental groups from pursuing lawsuits against big infrastructure projects. (Source: WMBF News)Congressman Tom Rice has written legislation to try and stop environmental groups from pursuing lawsuits against big infrastructure projects. (Source: WMBF News)

    Some lawmakers, like Congressman Tom Rice from South Carolina's Seventh Congressional District, fear that while the reality of I-73 seems near, it could be jeopardized by environmental groups like the Coastal Conservation League.

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    Some lawmakers, like Congressman Tom Rice from South Carolina's Seventh Congressional District, fear that while the reality of I-73 seems near, it could be jeopardized by environmental groups like the Coastal Conservation League.

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  • Parent's illegal status almost shatters local student's college dreams

    Parent's illegal status almost shatters local student's college dreams

    Tuesday, September 20 2016 12:12 AM EDT2016-09-20 04:12:04 GMT
    Source: WMBF NewsSource: WMBF News

    A local student is awarded the LIFE scholarship to go to college, only to be told it would be taken away because of her her parents' illegal immigration status.

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    A local student is awarded the LIFE scholarship to go to college, only to be told it would be taken away because of her her parents' illegal immigration status.

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  • S.C. governor, Horry County jail combating contraband, cellphones behind bars

    S.C. governor, Horry County jail combating contraband, cellphones behind bars

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 11:12 PM EDT2016-09-15 03:12:53 GMT
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is asking for help in combating contraband cellphones in the state's correctional facilities. (Source: WMBF News)South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is asking for help in combating contraband cellphones in the state's correctional facilities. (Source: WMBF News)

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is asking for safety over cell service when it comes to cellphones smuggled into the state's prisons.

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    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is asking for safety over cell service when it comes to cellphones smuggled into the state's prisons.

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  • New report says firefighters are getting cancer and PTSD at alarming rates

    New report says firefighters are getting cancer and PTSD at alarming rates

    Tuesday, September 6 2016 9:38 PM EDT2016-09-07 01:38:52 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Cancer and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are taking the lives of the men and women who protect residents at an alarming rate. They are problems that officials said can no longer be ignored.

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    Cancer and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are taking the lives of the men and women who protect residents at an alarming rate. They are problems that officials said can no longer be ignored.

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  • Marla begins her journey to discover her past

    Marla begins her journey to discover her past

    Tuesday, August 9 2016 10:42 AM EDT2016-08-09 14:42:21 GMT

    When First Alert Meteorologist Marla Branson decided to begin a personal journey, she wanted to share with her viewers a story that despite being fairly common, most people don't talk about. “Who am I? Seems like a simple question,” Marla said. “I never really thought too much about it until recently. I'm adopted."

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    When First Alert Meteorologist Marla Branson decided to begin a personal journey, she wanted to share with her viewers a story that despite being fairly common, most people don't talk about. “Who am I? Seems like a simple question,” Marla said. “I never really thought too much about it until recently. I'm adopted."

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  • City of Florence continues its growth

    City of Florence continues its growth

    Wednesday, July 27 2016 10:26 PM EDT2016-07-28 02:26:04 GMT
    Florence continues to grow as a city. (Source: City of Florence Facebook page)Florence continues to grow as a city. (Source: City of Florence Facebook page)

    An article entitled "Eleven Signs a City will Succeed" was used as the basis for determining what type of success the city of Florence is seeing.

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    An article entitled "Eleven Signs a City will Succeed" was used as the basis for determining what type of success the city of Florence is seeing.

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