I wasn't a fan of Nikki Haley when she was running for Governor and she has only reinforced my opinion with her actions since taking office. However, the Governor surprised me recently by doing something, well, smart.More >> If you haven't visited the downtown area of Myrtle Beach recently you should take the time to check it out.More >> Consider This: County Council Chair, Tom Rice, made a good point that although a seven day special events permit is available, the bike rallies are the only groups who use it.More >> Consider This: For years Rush Limbaugh was the poster child for the saying "all publicity is good publicity" but his recent comments have backfired on him.More >> We now know Coastal Carolina was speaking to Joe Moglia about a possible head football coaching position weeks before CCU parted ways with David Bennett.More >> Consider This: Should the books have been burned? No, but from what we know it was not intentional. And even if it was, that justifies murder?More >> Consider This: Parents discipline their children differently. What you find unacceptable, spanking for example, might be considered very effective by another parent.More >> Consider This: Experts say the increase is caused by a perfect storm of unrest in the Middle East, speculators buying up oil and refinery closings.More >> Consider This: First, what happened to home rule? And second, why would legislators from other counties care what is happening with waste disposal in Horry County? Something smells, and it's not the landfill.More >> Consider This: Horry County is one of few counties that have a police department and sheriff's department. With two independent departments it is easy to argue that there are additional operational and management costs.More >> Consider This: It bothers me that so much credit was given to anonymous accusations. I understand that there are times when someone wants to speak off the record for fear of retribution, but to give an unsigned letter this much credit is not right.More >> Tuesday, we'll share your feedback on recent topics.More >> Consider This: No MTV, You Tube, satellite radio, facebook or Internet. Saturday was the only time we got to see our favorite musicians perform and Don Cornelius and Dick Clark made it special.More >> Consider This: I don't understand why people bash Mitt Romney for being wealthy. Why is that a bad thing? I like that he's smart enough to invest his money wisely.More >> Consider This: A South Carolina concealed weapons permit is not valid in all states, including our next-door neighbor Georgia.More >> Consider This: Leaders who voted in favor of this ordinance were Councilman Thomas, Baldwin, Coyne and Mayor Marilyn Hatley. Nice job.More >> This weekend your vote plays a major role in the Presidential process. In fact, a strong showing in South Carolina is so important that the number of presidential contenders will most likely drop to two or three after Saturday's vote.More >> Consider This: Myrtle Beach was mentioned frequently in media coverage and that exposure resulted in millions of dollars worth of marketing visibility.More >> With the New Year comes new laws and one will impact every business in South Carolina.More >> Consider This: Since 1980 South Carolina has correctly picked the candidate who would become the Republican Presidential nominee. It's an important step in the nomination process and we should take the responsibility seriously.More >> Consider This: Here are 5 things that would have a positive impact on all of us in 2012.More >> As we prepare to welcome in a new year I wanted to share a guest commentary from our sister station, KPLC-TV, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Madison Johnson, a nine year old student, had this message about The Power of Words.More >> Coastal Carolina has its new head coach and Joe Moglia is saying everything you would expect from someone who is coming in to grow what officials are calling a stagnant program.More >> Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you. Over the past few weeks you have stepped up to show how much you care about helping your neighbors.More >> We can all agree that Coach David Bennett is an awesome guy. And he's been a great ambassador for Coastal Carolina. But great guy or not, the school has decided to bring in a fresh perspective to lead its football program.More >> I appreciate when you offer your opinion regarding my Consider This comments. Today I'm sharing your feedback.More >> 2011 was a record breaking summer along the Grand Strand and we have the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to thank.More >> The hunt is on. For the next two weeks black bears are fair game in our area.
The Holiday shopping frenzy began with a bang. Millions of people stood in line on Thanksgiving night to get the latest toys and electronics at the best prices.More >> The Friday is Black Friday however some retailers have decided to push the timeline back this year and are now edging towards Black Thursday.More >> Consider This: If you're traveling, here are two things that will help make your journey less stressful: be patient and be prepared. And to help you prepare, the WMBF Storm Team is offering personalized forecasts so you can better plan your trip.More >> Most people don't care about the possible NBA lockout. When the NFL faced the possibility of a lockout there was uproar from the fans. Americans want their football.More >> Atlantic Beach just can't seem to get its act together. Just when it looked like new leaders would add some stability to the city, the elections were overturned and a new vote will be held next year.More >> Penn State finally did the right thing by releasing Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier.More >> Consider This: When you travel to other vacation areas you're usually greeted by manicured, planned entrances. Orlando is a great example. Our millions of guests are greeted with overgrown medians, trees that look like they barely survived a hurricane and trash and debris littering the roads.More >> Consider This: The constant ding of an incoming message at all hours of the night impacts sleep patterns. Doctors tell us that children who do not get enough rest are more likely to struggle with depression, anxiety and even an increased risk of drug abuse.More >> Next Tuesday many communities hold elections for local offices and referendums, but the interest in the races is minimal. In fact, I would wager that voter turnout will be at the lowest levels ever.More >> The use of bath salts has gotten a lot of attention lately as the popularity of the product has grown, especially with young people. This week South Carolina banned bath salts and synthetic marijuana.More >> PSA tests play a major role in prostate cancer screening. However, a recent study recommends that men no longer receive the PSA blood test saying it doesn't save men's lives.More >> Horry County and Myrtle Beach experienced record growth this year and that's good news for all of us.
Consider This: I like his 9-9-9 plan. Here how it works: a 9% business tax, a 9% individual flat tax and a 9% national sales tax.More >> Consider This: The Playboy Club was basically a rip off of the program Mad Men, a TV drama like Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy or Law & Order. The Playboy Club's biggest problem was the name of the show.More >> Consider This: Hank Williams Jr. shared an analogy that compared the difference in the beliefs of President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner with that of Hitler and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.More >> Consider This: The rules have changed and banks are required to lower fees that they charge merchants for credit card transactions. When you add up that loss in revenue it represents billions of dollars. So the banks found another source for that revenue …you.More >> Over the next few days we'll learn more about the timeline of the Republican Presidential primary elections.More >> Consider This: This new network, available to Grand Strand and Pee Dee residents, features movies, documentaries, inspirational programming, and other original content.More >> Last week the I-73 effort took a small step forward when the SCDOT awarded construction for a bridge project near Latta. However, we won't be fully committed until construction for the Interchange of Hope gets underway.More >> Consider This: Looking back to when the restored swing bridge was installed it seemed like an appealing, nostalgic idea. Knowing what we know today, with ongoing maintenance issues, it probably would have been a much better decision to build a stationary span bridge instead.More >> Consider This: In case you have forgotten, sports were a necessary distraction in the months following the attacks. We needed that release, and that makes the relationship with these players, and sports, a much stronger bond than normal.More >> Ten years ago this Sunday the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history occurred. All of us most likely can remember where we were when the planes hit the twin towers in New York, another hit the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed in Pennsylvania as passengers fought back and thwarted terrorists.More >> Every year I look forward to seeing Lois Eargle, Horry County's Auditor, and her team lining the sidewalks as parents drop off their kids for school. They aren't there to greet the students; they are there to make sure the parents are following the rules.More >> It looks like we will get lucky and miss a direct hit from Hurricane Irene. However, even though we might not feel the full effect of the storm, we need to remember that Irene is a major hurricane churning up the waters offshore.More >> Hurricane Irene is getting stronger and headed toward the Carolinas. Now is the time for you to prepare for the approaching storm.More >> Consider This: WMBF's primary area of coverage includes nine counties, seven in South Carolina – Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Dillon, Florence, Darlington and Marlboro counties – and two in North Carolina – Scotland and Robeson counties.More >> Consider This: You would think a beach destination would be the perfect spot to host these meets, but the size of area facilities will not support a major event.More >> Consider This: If the park has any hope of succeeding then the pricing and marketing has to be revised. Hopefully whoever takes over management of the facility will look at the past efforts and do something completely opposite.More >> Consider This: Our country is at its best when Congress and the White House have to compromise to resolve their differences. When one party is in control there are no checks and balances and ultimately bad legislation and policy is approved.More >> Consider This: The dispute between the boundaries in the original plans from the House and Senate had more to do with inflated egos than strong leadership.More >> Consider This: The federal government is making decisions about how the airwaves are used, and these decisions would impact your ability to receive local news, severe weather warnings, public safety information and the quality programs you enjoy.More >> Consider This: South Carolina is working to eliminate voter fraud and will now require voters to show a photo ID prior to casting their ballot.More >> Consider This: Finally, we have some good news coming out of Washington. The U.S. House passed the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization bill that addresses a variety of issues, including the use of temporary pool enclosures.More >> Consider This: Although this group threatened to protest a local military funeral in Mullins, thankfully they did not show up. However, a different group did show up for the funeral.More >> Consider This: State House Legislators passed a common sense redistricting plan that created a 7th District in the Northeast corner of the state. It appeared South Carolina Senators would follow a similar plan.More >> Consider This: Myrtle Beach has taken the lead on the sports tourism front with improvements to the Doug Shaw Stadium complex and the expansion of facilities at Grand Park.More >> Consider This: When my wife asked the young lady if she would not use that language around our child, the girl became offended and told her that if she had a problem with her language then she should move.More >> Consider This: This is a tragic story about the death of a young girl. Having the public interested in our courts and gaining a better understanding of how our legal system works is a good thing, but seeing people cheering when selected to watch the proceedings or fighting for a spot in that line is disturbing.More >> Consider This: This past weekend, in a fantastic, record setting US Open played at the Congressional Golf Club near Washington, D.C., someone at the NBC network level created what should have been a wonderful presentation of the Pledge of Allegiance.More >> Consider This: Instead of owning the fact that she made a blunder in her perspective about Paul Revere, Sarah Palin instead tried to justify her historical account and then blame her blunder on an ambush question from the media.More >> Consider This: In the Pan American Pancake House suit, was the restaurant getting ready to close, was the facility full with no additional seats, were the patrons unruly?More >> Consider This: The new overpass and hundreds of millions of dollars in other road construction projects are funded by the Riding on a Penny initiative.More >> Like it or not, if we intend to compete for these major projects then we need to be prepared to offer these tax incentives. If we don't, there are plenty of states that will and the jobs will follow.More >> Consider This: We've already had two motorcycle fatalities and with biker traffic growing as we head into the busiest weekend of the Harley rally, chances for another major accident are increasing.More >> Consider This: We frequently complain about the inefficiency of government, and those complaints are certainly deserved, but we want to compliment Horry County Councilman Brent Schulz, Horry County Property Manager Jim Papadea and the other groups involved in tackling this issue in such a timely, efficient manner.More >> Consider This: After learning that the I-73 project could create over 20,000 jobs Congressman Tim Scott said it best when he referred to the EPA as the JKA… short for Job Killing Agency.More >> The Boeing plant in North Charleston is scheduled to begin production of the 787 Dreamliner in July.More >> We got him! That was the message that spread across the globe when information was released that Osama Bin Laden had been captured and killed.More >> Consider This: We have had a very active severe weather season across the Carolinas confirming the importance of being properly prepared with a plan of action to protect yourself and your family.More >> Consider This: Some people abuse animals intentionally because they enjoy it. Others abuse animals through their carelessness, often without even realizing the animal is suffering.More >> Consider This: Many baseball fans say the people who attacked Bryan Stow, a father and medical technician, are not sports fans, merely thugs wearing the team colors. I agree. When you attend a sporting event you would think you could expect a safe environment.More >> Consider This: Last fall Republican candidates, on the promise that they would do something about the enormous deficit, were swept into office in historic fashion. They are now living up to that promise by proposing to eliminate trillions of dollars in debt – yes, with a T.More >> Now that the Census numbers are in and the legislative redistricting process is underway it is important that you share your feedback with the redistricting committee.More >> Politics and education should fall into two separate categories, but recently Governor Haley decided to commingle the two by removing Darla Moore from the USC Board of Trustees and appointed a political supporter in her place.More >> We were expecting a nice increase in the population numbers when the 2010 Census information was released, but South Carolina's growth surpassed even the optimistic estimates and that means good things for the area.More >> Consider This: Legislators have to be careful when approving any gambling because it could open the floodgates for all forms of gambling.More >> Consider This: Current research shows more than 1,000 homeless people living in Horry County. However, officials are working on a plan to prevent homelessness and combat the problem over the next 10 years.More >> Consider This: The Wisconsin representatives, and any other state delegations, owe it to the citizens of their state to show up for work, debate the issues, cast their vote, and respect the process.More >> Consider This: There appears to be no rhyme or reason to the fluctuation of prices at the gas pumps. However, I'm willing to place a bet that when the oil companies release their quarterly financial statements in April that you will see record profits.More >> Consider This: Voting is one of the most important rights we have as Americans so it seems that we would want to do everything we can to eliminate the chance for voter fraud or manipulation, and a photo ID card helps to accomplish that.More >> Consider This: In her speech Governor Haley criticized the idea of the penny sales tax. I guess Ms. Haley assumes that the millions of guests who visit the Grand Strand just happen to show up.More >> Consider This: This year there was no concern for snow with the sun shining brightly all weekend and temperatures climbing into the 70s. That's Chamber of Commerce weather for sure…More >> Consider This: The website for the program states that the primary purpose of OffenderWatch is to give South Carolina Law Enforcement agencies the ability to manage and monitor the whereabouts, conduct and compliance status of the registered offenders in South Carolina.More >> Although people living next door to the Horry County landfill may disagree, overall it is good news that an expansion of the facility is close to approval.More >> Consider This: We all know the educational aspect of college should be the #1 priority, but, like it or not, when it comes to marketing and visibility the athletic programs drive that train.More >> Consider This: As millions of guests enjoy our beautiful beaches they have no idea they are crossing back and forth from one set of rules to another as they stroll along the shore.More >> We, as Horry County residents, need to engage ourselves into the Federal process and be a voice to save the livelihoods of our neighbors. Most of these men and women have grown up fishing, they are great at it and it is the only profession they know.More >> Consider This: We want to hear from you. If you have an opinion and want to share it with our viewers we encourage you to e-mail your topic or rebuttal to firstname.lastname@example.org.More >> Consider This: The term rightsizing became the buzzword a few years ago when companies chose to reduce the size of their workforce. Downsizing just didn't sound as compassionate.More >> Consider This: Anything that makes it easier to know how our elected officials vote on legislation that impacts us, the taxpayers who provide the funding for government to operate, is certainly a good thing.More >> Consider This: Although our political civility seems to be at a low point, the comments that seem to incite the whack jobs often come from people who are not in office, but from the screaming media pundits.More >> Consider This: Last week South Carolina installed its first female Governor as Nikki Haley was sworn into office. Not only is Ms. Haley the first female Governor, she is also of Indian American descent making her the first non-white Governor for the state.More >> This week we lost a valued community leader with the untimely and unfortunate passing of David Brittain.More >> Consider This: Permitting and construction activity within the City of North Myrtle Beach was at its highest level in 2010 since record keeping began in 1989. In 2010 the city issued 2,405 permits, 65 more than the previous year.More >> Two announcements in recent days regarding air travel for the region show significant growth for one facility and challenges for another.More >>