Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

Dog found on S.C. road with severe neck wound from chain finds a home

  ‘Sticky situations’ lead to downtown Myrtle Beach sidewalk improvements

Death investigation underway at Little River condo complex

North Myrtle Beach rental home owner fires back at ‘nuisance’ allegations

  Deputies investigating apparent gang-related graffiti at Florence County mobile home park

  ‘Too many people don’t believe these children’: Recognizing child sex abuse signs could change court outcomes

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Two employees injured in shooting at Smithfield plant in Bladen Co.

Construction on brewery in The Market Common set to begin in December

  Suspect Search: One victim alleges the pawning of items, violence all in the name of drugs

  FIRST ALERT: Milder temperatures through Saturday

  Suspected ‘Potomac River Rapist’ officially charged with murder

Missing Columbia man found dead in Fairfield County

  Forever Family: Teen running out of time to find his ‘Forever Family’

Nearly 100 children in South Carolina's foster care system are between the age of 10 and 17 and are at risk of aging out of the system.

Detention center officer fired after explicit pictures, videos appear on social media

A Georgetown County Detention Center officer is off the job after officials said inappropriate pictures and videos of her surfaced on social media.

Conway man arrested on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

A Conway man is facing several charges tied to the alleged possession of child pornography.

FCSO: 1 arrested in suspected solar panel scheme; investigators search for more victims

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office wants to know if more people may have fallen victim to a suspected solar panel scheme.

300 turkeys to be given away in Marion County to Medicaid members

Police searching for missing Summerville teen

Sea turtle ‘proving to be a fighter’ after being found with injury near Garden City Pier

  College basketball fans descend upon Grand Strand for Myrtle Beach Invitational

Rape victim says man took pictures during assault at Clemson University, report says

  HGTC culinary students, staff to represent Grand Strand at NYC Thanksgiving event

Missing Santee woman last seen Sunday, sheriff asks for help

Tina Marie Williamson, 55, was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and black jeans, deputies said.

FIRST ALERT: Sebastien now forecast to become a hurricane

Tropical Storm Sebastien forms in the Atlantic.

  Authorities warn of human trafficking during holiday season

The holidays are a time when most people are in a generous spirit, but it could also be a dangerous time for everyone.

Professor, Marine, security guard among 10 arrested in York Co. child exploitation operation

10 potential child predators are under arrest, after what the York County sheriff is calling a “significant operation.”

Official results declare John Krajc winner of Myrtle Beach City Council runoff race

The Myrtle Beach Election Commission has certified the results of Tuesday’s runoff election for one city council seat.

Man charged with felony DUI after deadly head-on crash in Florence County

A man has been charged in connection to a deadly head-on crash last month in Florence County.

eMYRge event to be held Thursday on Mr. Joe White Avenue

Are you looking to learn more on efforts to support the technology, entrepreneur and artisan communities in Myrtle Beach?

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

  ‘Weird’ text from unknown number alarms mother of 14-year-old girl

“It really scares me. It really does.”

Woman who wrote letters to Dylann Roof, planned terrorist attacks sentenced to 15 years

Her live-in boyfriend, Vincent Armstrong, has pleaded guilty as a co-conspirator and will be sentenced in December.

Study suggests North Carolina is 4th smartest state in the United States

Researchers say this study was done using the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education and the College Board.

  WMBF Investigates: Is S.C. doing enough to protect children from sexual assault?

Nearly 10,000 sexual offense charges involving minors have been filed in South Carolina since 2013. Sixty-three percent of the charges were dismissed; a number many would like to see decrease.

  This is Carolina: Ages 12 to 112 make ‘First Strides’ a success

One Grand Strand woman is bringing her love of moving to everyone who will drive to the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex to live happier, healthier lives.

  Horry Council chairman says county can’t build I-73 ‘ourselves’ after contract canceled

Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner said the reason for canceling the financial partnership agreement for Interstate 73 was simply because the county can’t pay for it alone.

Foster families come to the rescue after emaciated, pregnant dog found chained in Pee Dee

The Florence Humane Society said it received an overwhelming response after it asked for foster families to take in several puppies.

  New Surfside Beach mayor, council members vow to keep residents informed

Town council will look a little different in Surfside Beach after residents elected four new members in Tuesday’s runoff election, which includes a new mayor.

  Newly-elected city councilman ready to bring fresh ideas to Myrtle Beach

Many of those who casted a ballot hope to see changes with a new face on the city council.

Horry County’s hospitality fee, I-73 battle makes its way to Statehouse

Local lawmakers have pre-filed a bill in the Statehouse in an effort to keep I-73 plans from stalling out.

Diana Ross to perform at Township Auditorium in February 2020

One of the most successful recording artists of all time will be performing at the Township Auditorium in February.

Man arrested after 7 human trafficking victims found in vehicle in NC being held on $1 million bond

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident happened during a traffic stop on I-85 near Mile Marker 8 when troopers pulled over a gray Toyota Sequoia.

Lowcountry groomer responds to video circulating on social media showing man throwing cat

A West Ashley pet groomer says a video circulating on Facebook showing a man abusing a cat has been posted months later to harm the shop’s reputation.

  Coastal Carolina students push for medical marijuana legalization

Coastal Carolina University students rallied on Wednesday in support of the legalization of medical marijuana in South Carolina.

  High demand for suicide intervention training workshops in SC

Kershaw County Probate Court Judge Debra Branham and other officials said they were startled by the number of people in Kershaw County who have died by suicide this year.

‘Trying 2 impeach Jesus too!’ N.C. church making news again for controversial sign

A Kannapolis church is raising eyebrows again with another controversial sign involving the political divide among Americans.

  She Thrives: Myrtle Beach woman smells sweet success with her bakery business

For nearly 10 years Cherette Jupiter has been baking out-of-the- box pies and pastries in the Grand Strand, that has her customers coming back for more.

Horry County police auctioning off abandoned vehicles, lawn equipment, other items

As the old saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

Trial date scheduled for suspended Florence County sheriff facing misconduct charges

Suspended Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone is set to go to trial after the first of the year on charges stemming from alleged misconduct while in office.

Police arrest Surfside Beach man accused of fondling girl for years

Police arrested a Surfside Beach who they said fondled a teenage girl over the course of four years.

Suspected ‘Potomac River Rapist’ extradited from Conway to D.C.

The suspected Potomac River Rapist, who was arrested last week in Conway, is heading back to the Washington, D.C. area to face several charges.

Carolinas fall into top 10 list of worst states for drunk driving

According to its website, the DUI severity score is calculated using each state’s DUI arrest rate per 100,000 population and the DUI fatality rate per 100,000 population.

  New S.C. bill aims to protect nurses, doctors from workplace violence

The threat of violence at hospitals is a major safety issue healthcare workers and health systems across South Carolina face on a daily basis.

Myrtle Beach police investigating armed robbery on South Ocean Boulevard

Myrtle Beach police are investigating a reported armed robbery Wednesday morning.

Second person dies after head-on crash in Florence

A passenger died at the scene of the Monday night crash.

S.C. woman breaks out motel room window looking for man she shot and killed, authorities say

A woman busted out a motel room window while looking for a man she later shot to death, according to Lt. Ryan Flood, with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Woman robbed while selling iPhone in Food Lion parking lot, police say

Police are investigating after a woman said she was robbed while trying to sell her iPhone in the parking lot of a Myrtle Beach area supermarket.

Florence man wins $125K playing lottery while on lunch break

The man bought the ticket at a Mini Mart in Timmonsville.

Weekend Events: Another cold front brings rain chances

Rain chances will increase for part of the weekend. Here's the forecast for those plans.

  Horry County Council votes to cancel I-73 contract with SCDOT

The future of I-73 in Horry County took a major step back Tuesday night.

Horry County Council votes to opt out of nationwide opioid lawsuit

Horry County will not be part of a national opioid lawsuit that targets drug manufacturers, individual doctors and pharmacies.

WMBF Investigates: Is S.C. doing enough to protect children from sexual assault?

Childhoods stripped away too soon - a grim reality happening too often across South Carolina.

Police search for trailer stolen from Loris area home

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen trailer.

Crews remove Confederate monument outside N.C. courthouse

The Confederate monument outside the Chatham County courthouse was taken down overnight, with crews removing the base early Wednesday.

  FIRST ALERT: Nice stretch of sunshine and mild days ahead

Sunshine returns today with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Our next system will bring changes this weekend.

SCHP: Driver thrown from vehicle, killed in crash in Marion County

Troopers say a driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Marion County.

  ‘Passion for learning’: New Horry County School Board member sworn-in

The Horry County School Board has a new member.

Social Security Administration announces new online reporting form for scam calls

The Social Security Administration has launched an online reporting form to combat the recent wave of social security scams and increased amount of robocalls across the nation.

  Unofficial results released in runoff elections along Grand Strand

The Myrtle Beach City Council will have a new member and Surfside Beach has a new mayor.

  Dog who saved owner from fire honored by Lowcountry firefighters

A dog in Beaufort got a pretty special honor on Tuesday.

  Surveillance video catches car almost hitting 12-year-old boy getting off school bus

Home surveillance video shows the moment a 12-year-old boy got off his school bus and a driver needed to slam on their brakes.

  It’s Your Money: Myrtle Beach calls dollars invested in lawsuit a ‘meritless fishing expedition’

Horry County and the Horry County School District filed a lawsuit against Myrtle Beach claiming it misused millions of tax funds meant for the redevelopment projects at the former Air Force Base.

  Dying veteran thanks WMBF News for helping get stolen RV back

A dying Horry County veteran is thanking WMBF News for helping get his stolen RV back in his possession.

  Man arrested after RV pulled over on I-20 transporting 900 pounds of marijuana, multiple cases of THC-concentrate vape juice

A Smith County deputy pulled over a motor home on Interstate 20 Monday afternoon and discovered a large amount of marijuana and other products.

Man once suspected in Drexel disappearance to be sentenced on robbery charge

A McClellanville man once named a suspect in the disappearance of Brittanee Drexel will be sentenced next month for an unrelated crime.

Man accused of lying about being robbed at knifepoint in Myrtle Beach

Court documents show a man lied about being robbed at knifepoint in Myrtle Beach.

‘Thank you Jesus!’ N.C. man to rebuild hurricane-ravaged home, go to college with $200,000 lottery win

He says he only plays the lottery “once in a blue moon” and usually buys the $1 tickets... but something told him to go higher.

  Ribbon cutting set for Palmetto Pointe Blvd. extension

County leaders are set to formally open the new Palmetto Pointe Boulvard extension.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

SLED closes inquiry into Emanuel AME church finances, finds no wrongdoing

Investigators have found no wrongdoing and determined no further action is warranted in the case.