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Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

  New text messaging scam includes recipient’s name and potentially dangerous link

  Better Business Bureau warns public of political candidate donation scams

Nerf Super Soaker water blasters being recalled by Hasbro Inc.

SC Tax Free Weekend to be held August 7-9

  South Carolinians using SNAP program could see extra money on their EBT card soon

  Ready or not, deadline for filing income taxes quickly approaching

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South Carolina gas tax increases July 1

  Myrtle Beach metro area among the most unaffordable areas for renters, study says

  This is Carolina: Sign maker designs more than a thousand signs for graduates, teachers

BBB warns of scam targeting people with Roku devices

This is Carolina: North Myrtle Beach business surprised by $1,200 mailbox donation

BBB: Social media coupon scams spreading amid the coronavirus pandemic

  This is Carolina: Couple adds trendy wine and beer shop to Lake City

A former gas station in Lake City has been turned into a trendy new business in Lake City.

Krispy Kreme continues to release fruit-glazed donuts for a limited time

Krispy Kreme announced that they will release three new “Fresh off the Line” fruit-glazed donuts throughout the next weeks.

  'We’re just excited even if it’s half’: South Carolina restaurants reopen for outdoor dining

Restaurants across South Carolina welcomed customers back Monday by way of outdoor dining.

  Myrtle Beach tax expert explains why stimulus payment might not be in your bank account

Millions of Americans want to know a timeline for receiving their stimulus payments.

  This is Carolina: Myrtle Beach clothing design company sells 600 ‘beach vibe’ masks, donates back

  Local car dealerships seeing more interest online amid COVID-19 pandemic

  CEO says Grand Strand bank approved $75M in small business loans before money ran out

Lowe’s closing stores on Easter to allow teams to ‘recharge’

S.C. Attorney General’s Office receives over 600 price gouging complaints

South Carolina’s employment agency making changes, upgrades to improve responsiveness

Home interest rates drop to to historic lows in pandemic

If you are thinking about buying a house, believe it or not, now may be a great time to do it.

Show me the money: What a stimulus check could look like

A lot of people on social media are saying “show me the money!” when they hear about a possible stimulus check from the government.

  Florence Chamber of Commerce urges people to support small businesses

The Florence Chamber of Commerce is urging people to support small businesses during this uncertain time.

  'There’s going to be a lot of people struggling’: Restaurants, bars closing dine-in services across S.C.

Effective Wednesday, all restaurants and bars across the palmetto state are ordered to close dine-in services.

South Carolina’s price gouging law in effect during national, state emergencies

South Carolina Attorney General’s Office wants to protect consumers during the national and state emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  'You should look for the obvious red flags’: How to protect yourself from money mule scams

Money mule scams happen in several ways and can often be related to online dating, offers for work-at-home jobs, or winning prizes.

Bath & Body Works store at Inlet Square Mall set to close its doors

A Grand Strand Bath & Body Works store will soon be closing its doors for good.

Free pancakes Tuesday at IHOP

This year, IHOP is adding extra incentive to indulge. The chain will serve up 250,000 instant win prizes with a “Pancakes for Life” sweepstakes

Loris PD warns area businesses of circulating counterfeit bills

Loris police are taking to social media Saturday to warn area businesses of a recent rise in the use of counterfeit bills.

Construction underway on new restaurant, entertainment venue at Broadway at the Beach

Construction has begun on The Hangout, the new restaurant and entertainment venue that is scheduled to open at Broadway at the Beach in late 2020, according to property owners.

  How to stay safe when using online dating apps or websites for Valentine’s Day

Those looking for the perfect date for Valentine’s Day may have downloaded an app or created a profile for an online dating site.

  Be aware of online scams, viruses ahead of Valentine’s Day

Many will take to the internet to purchase a gift for their special someone this Valentine’s Day. But cybersecurity experts want you to be on the lookout for online scams and viruses.

Popular infant carrier sold at Target and Amazon recalled

The recall is due to a problem with the buckles on the carrier, which could cause the baby to fall out.

Restaurants open locations at the Shoppes at Tournament Boulevard in Murrells Inlet

Two restaurants have opened new locations at a Grand Strand shopping complex.

FedEx is warning customers about a text, email scam

Don’t click on the link! That’s what FedEx is telling consumers dealing with a text and email scam.

  Insurance experts offer advice after EF1 tornado damages 70+ cars at Loris H.S.

Many Loris High School students are now left to deal with the damage after an EF1 tornado tore through the school’s parking lot and damaged more than 70 cars.

Ready to spice things up, Charlotte? Chick-fil-A expands spicy menu testing in 2020

Chick-fil-A is getting ready to turn up the heat in Charlotte with new additions of spicy chicken meals!

  Deal Diva: Best things to buy in January 2020

Many shoppers are taking a break from shopping as they try to readjust their budget from holiday shopping.

  Water bills in some Carolina Forest neighborhoods could be going down

Water bills in some Carolina Forest neighborhoods could be going down in the future.

Beware of fake Kroger grocery giveaway

The “Kroger.com” post says, “To celebrate Christmas this year we are giving a special gift of an entire year of free groceries to four lucky families that share/comment by 5:00 p.m. Saturday.”

Kroger credit card system goes down companywide on Christmas Eve

Customers are reporting issues at stores across the country on Twitter.

Liberty Brewery & Grill at Broadway at the Beach to close, merge with Liberty Tap Room

A staple of Broadway at the Beach since it opened will soon close.

Kohl’s now open 24 hours a day until Christmas Eve

The retailer is keeping its doors open around the clock so last-minute holiday shoppers can check off their gift lists

Wawa announces massive data breach that affected customer payment info potentially at all of their locations

Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens says on December 10, their information security team discovered malware on their processing servers.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL GUIDE: MYR predicts over 70K travelers flying in and out of Grand Strand

More Americans than ever are expected to be on the roads and in the air, heading off to their holiday destinations this season.

  Security experts explain how to keep your home security video systems safe

A new security threat is scaring families across the country, as a popular holiday gift has been a recent target for hackers.

  This is Carolina: ‘The Wreathmaker’ decks the halls for 42 years

You’ll find “The Wreathmaker’s” handy work from Conway to Wilmington, and down to the Lowcountry’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

55,000 pounds of El Monterey breakfast burritos recalled

Before you bite into that breakfast burrito, make sure it hasn’t been recalled.

  Coastal Grand Mall to get ‘state-of-the-art’ trampoline park, new DICK’S Sporting Goods store

A new trampoline park is coming to Coastal Grand Mall.

CDC, FDA warn consumers about certain salad kits after E. coli outbreak

Consumers are advised to throw away any of the included kits

  Instagram adds new features to make app safer for youngest users

Instagram adding new features for safety

  Mailing holiday packages? Shipping deadlines fast approaching

FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service all expect to deliver a record number of packages this holiday season, which is six days shorter than last year.

  Myrtle Beach residents face HOA violations for driving commercial vehicles into neighborhood

A Myrtle Beach property manager says he's never encountered this violation before in 15 years and it goes beyond the scope of what an HOA is in place to do.

  Deal Diva: Grand Strand discount store offers brand-name toys at discounted prices

A great toy selection, but the best part is the price.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach selling tickets for upcoming penguin exhibit

Presales are live for Penguin Encounters and VIP Penguin Experiences at the Ripley’s Penguin Playhouse.

Ocean Boulevard resort bought by finance group

The Sea Mist Resort is officially under new ownership.

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods sold recalled products following recall announcements

That deal you got while shopping may be very dangerous.

  Waiting for Cyber Monday deliveries? MBPD warn of porch pirates eyeing holiday packages

Two-day or even one-day delivery is in high demand right now, especially after Cyber Monday.

Protect yourself from scams this Cyber Monday

Protect yourself this cyber monday

  'Keeps your downtown alive’: Local stores stress importance of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday kicks off this Saturday with tons of deals in your local mom and pop stores.

  ‘Local is the New Black’ campaign encourages small business shopping in Lake City

People in Lake City turned to local businesses instead of the big box retailers for Black Friday deals.

LIST: Holiday return policies from popular stores, online retailers

It’s important to know what purchases will and won’t be accepted for returns if the gift doesn’t work out.

  Myrtle Beach resort says it’s ‘90% full’ for Thanksgiving weekend

Home for the holidays? You may be in the minority -- as local hotels say they’re booked solid this busy Thanksgiving weekend.

  Multiple gas stations reported not giving consumers amount of gas they paid for

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture inspects gas pumps across the state each year to ensure consumers are getting the amount of gas they paid for.

Black Friday: Here’s when major retailers open their doors

Find out when major retailers along the Grand Strand will open their doors.

Wild Water & Wheels not selling 2020 season passes

The park is located in Surfside Beach.

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

Check your pantry and fridge for these recalled foods before planning your holiday meals.

Group releases best travel hacks for the holidays

The holiday season is both magical and stressful, and one area that can confound that stress is travel.

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).

Popular Bubba’s Love Shak to move inside for the winter

The popular Murrells Inlet bar Bubba’s Love Shak will move inside following Thanksgiving.

  Campground members betrayed, heartbroken after business cancels membership without notice

New owners purchased the Myrtle Beach campground, Cypress Camping Resort, in September, but decided not to continue camping memberships; a move that left dozens out thousands of dollars.

Costco says $75 coupons are a scam

If you’re on Facebook a lot, chances are you’ve seen Costco coupons circulating this week.

Sun Country Airlines extending seasonal flights between MYR, Twin Cities

An air carrier is extending its non-stop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Myrtle Beach for the 2020 season.

  Deal Diva: Grand Strand thrift store offers low prices while helping the homeless

A Myrtle Beach thrift store took over the old ISI Training building on Waccamaw Boulevard back in January.

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Nestle has announced a voluntary recall on ready-to-bake cookie dough because the product could contain rubber pieces.

Frozen patties are recalled at Walmart

A brand of frozen sausage patties are being pulled off Walmart’s shelves due to possible salmonella contamination.

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

  This is Carolina: Cotton keeps generations of farmers in business

One South Carolina family has been providing cotton from the family farm since 1962