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In the month of February, WMBF News presented an in-depth investigation into ongoing issues between private landowners in Horry County and Santee Cooper, the public utility seeking to use their land for the good of the community.

In this three-part investigative series, we examined: the power that Santee Cooper has as a public utility, and the rights of private landowners, we’ll dive deep into the planned transmission line that would connect Marion and Red Bluff, and we’ll learn more about the history and significance of farm land in Santee Cooper’s sights.

Along with the investigations that aired on WMBF News, we've provided you with even more information we uncovered during our investigation, including maps of the proposed transmissions lines, frank and illuminating interviews with landowners and representatives, and much more.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Power to the People: The History of the Land

    Power to the People: The History of the Land

    Tuesday, February 21 2017 5:25 PM EST2017-02-21 22:25:12 GMT
    (Source: WMBF News)(Source: WMBF News)

    Farm land in Horry County is sacred to the people who live and work on it. Many who still farm today have had it in their families for generations. While the ones we spoke to see progress as a good thing, they don’t want that progress encroaching on their property. In part three of our series “Power to the People,” you’ll hear about the significance of the land Santee Cooper is trying to build on, from the people who own it.

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    Farm land in Horry County is sacred to the people who live and work on it. Many who still farm today have had it in their families for generations. While the ones we spoke to see progress as a good thing, they don’t want that progress encroaching on their property. In part three of our series “Power to the People,” you’ll hear about the significance of the land Santee Cooper is trying to build on, from the people who own it.

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  • FIRST ALERT: Waccamaw and ICWW rising rapidly, Pee Dee rivers gradually receding

    FIRST ALERT: Waccamaw and ICWW rising rapidly, Pee Dee rivers gradually receding

    Sunday, September 23 2018 7:03 AM EDT2018-09-23 11:03:06 GMT
    Waccamaw river flooding update as of Sunday morningWaccamaw river flooding update as of Sunday morning

    Water levels have risen to historic levels on area rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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    Water levels have risen to historic levels on area rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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  • Georgetown County Schools closed indefinitely in anticipation of floods

    Georgetown County Schools closed indefinitely in anticipation of floods

    Saturday, September 22 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-09-22 22:42:46 GMT
    (Source: Georgetown School District Facebook)(Source: Georgetown School District Facebook)

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Georgetown County Schools will remained closed Monday, September 24 in anticipation of floods due to Hurricane Florence.  Due to local evacuation notices and preparations for the impending flood event resulting from Hurricane Florence, Georgetown County School District will be closed Monday, September 24 and thereafter until further notice.  Some schools will be used for public shelters, housing for first responders and as disaster rec...

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    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Georgetown County Schools will remained closed Monday, September 24 in anticipation of floods due to Hurricane Florence.  Due to local evacuation notices and preparations for the impending flood event resulting from Hurricane Florence, Georgetown County School District will be closed Monday, September 24 and thereafter until further notice.  Some schools will be used for public shelters, housing for first responders and as disaster rec...

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  • Citing flooding risks, HCS extends closures following Hurricane Florence

    Citing flooding risks, HCS extends closures following Hurricane Florence

    Saturday, September 22 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-09-22 22:28:42 GMT
    (Source: Horry County Schools)(Source: Horry County Schools)

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) —  Horry County Schools announced Saturday that the system will remained closed through the end of next week.  We are all eager to get our students back into the classroom and learning; however, after reviewing available data concerning river levels, flooded areas, flooding time tables, and road closures, we have concluded that, unfortunately, the most sensible course of action we can take is to close schools for next week, September 24-28, 201...

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    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) —  Horry County Schools announced Saturday that the system will remained closed through the end of next week.  We are all eager to get our students back into the classroom and learning; however, after reviewing available data concerning river levels, flooded areas, flooding time tables, and road closures, we have concluded that, unfortunately, the most sensible course of action we can take is to close schools for next week, September 24-28, 201...

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