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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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  • Myrtle Beach City Government hosting 'Public Safety Fair' Monday

    Myrtle Beach City Government hosting 'Public Safety Fair' Monday

    Sunday, June 25 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-06-25 22:34:30 GMT
    Source: City of Myrtle Beach Facebook pageSource: City of Myrtle Beach Facebook page

    A Public Safety Fair will be held Monday, June 26 in Myrtle Beach, according to a Facebook post by the Myrtle Beach City Government.

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    A Public Safety Fair will be held Monday, June 26 in Myrtle Beach, according to a Facebook post by the Myrtle Beach City Government.

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  • Towel-headed suspect steals unlocked car with keys in ignition, police respond

    Towel-headed suspect steals unlocked car with keys in ignition, police respond

    Sunday, June 25 2017 3:51 PM EDT2017-06-25 19:51:31 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A man flagged down a Myrtle Beach police officer early Saturday morning and said his car was missing – and he left it unlocked with the keys stuck in the ignition. According to a Myrtle Beach Police Department incident report, it happened at 204 Mr. Joe White Avenue, the Aquarius Motel, at 5 a.m. After noticing his car was gone, the man spoke to a front desk employee before calling police. The employee told officers she saw “someone with a...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A man flagged down a Myrtle Beach police officer early Saturday morning and said his car was missing – and he left it unlocked with the keys stuck in the ignition. According to a Myrtle Beach Police Department incident report, it happened at 204 Mr. Joe White Avenue, the Aquarius Motel, at 5 a.m. After noticing his car was gone, the man spoke to a front desk employee before calling police. The employee told officers she saw “someone with a...More >>
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Road projects in Myrtle Beach to cause lane closures

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Road projects in Myrtle Beach to cause lane closures

    Sunday, June 25 2017 2:28 PM EDT2017-06-25 18:28:00 GMT
    Two road projects in Myrtle Beach will cause lane closures this week. (Source: WMBF News)Two road projects in Myrtle Beach will cause lane closures this week. (Source: WMBF News)

    Two road projects in Myrtle Beach will cause lane closures this week. 

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    Two road projects in Myrtle Beach will cause lane closures this week. 

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