Horry County man creates Facebook group to catch pedophiles

A man created a Facebook group that he said aims to protect the kids of Horry County, and he spoke exclusively to WMBF News about his mission.

  S.C. Dept. of Revenue seeks to revoke Murrells Inlet biker bar’s alcohol license

  CDC: ‘COVID-19 exposure’ should be left off of death certificates

  DHEC: COVID-19 case count grows in South Carolina schools

  Grand Strand family frustrated after mother’s death certificate amended to say ’COVID-19 exposure’

  DHEC clarifies ’misunderstanding’ surrounding CDC data on COVID-19-related deaths

  ‘It’s like a slap in the face’: Grand Strand family finds COVID-19 mislabeled on mother’s death certificate

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SLED hands out violations to Grand Strand, Pee Dee businesses for disobeying governor’s executive orders

  Prosecuted and Paid: Government doles out billions in coronavirus relief money to companies that paid out millions in fraud-related cases

  COVID Data: Horry Co. reached highest levels of reported testing early July

  Educational barriers heightened for special needs students during COVID-19 pandemic

Data shows downward trend in Horry County COVID-19 cases after mask mandates implemented

DHEC’s public lab unable to use thousands of contaminated materials from federal government

WMBF Investigates: The cost of fighting COVID-19 in South Carolina

As of June 1, DHEC has spent $13,374,865.71 from its Act 116 COVID-19 Response Account.

  Horry County seeing uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in younger people

Horry County has been seeing an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in younger individuals, according to information from state health officials.

WMBF Investigates: Review of Grand Strand police departments’ policies on use of force following Trump’s executive order

WMBF News reached out to the county and city law enforcement agencies in Horry County to see what policies and guidelines those agencies already have in place.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

  ‘I won’t give COVID-19 the glory’: Horry County woman doesn’t understand why virus attacked her family

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

  ‘Wiping us out’: Community leaders concerned about COVID-19 affecting black communities

  South Carolina ranks low for COVID-19 tests based on population

  WMBF Investigates: Multiple South Carolina counties lack general hospital beds

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Billions of dollars at stake for S.C. in 2020 census

More than 200 South Carolina municipalities are predicted to lose funding based on population decreases, according to the state's Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

  Emails show behind the scenes of how Myrtle Beach prepared for COVID-19

WMBF Investigates obtained emails between Myrtle Beach leaders that reveal discussions over coronavirus preparations.

  COVID-19 testing in S.C. increases by 1,000+ but true number of tests unknown

COVID-19 tests and confirmed cases increase dramatically but some people are still frustrated by unable to be tested despite symptoms.

  Unemployment claims increase across U.S. but impact to SC still unknown

States across America are reporting dramatic increases in unemployment claims filed days after many businesses were forced to shut down over COVID-19 concerns.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

  WMBF Investigates: S.C. lawmakers seek to protect future pool buyers

Multiple consumers across the Grand Strand and state have spent thousands of dollars for a pool project that was never finished, now some state lawmakers want to stop that.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

  DHEC: 2,000 COVID-19 tests available in S.C. as virus spreads

As officials from across the United States point to the need for more coronavirus test kits, South Carolina officials report they have supplies to test 2,000 samples.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  WMBF Investigates: Fact checking claims around the coronavirus

Wear a mask, shave your beard, the flu is deadlier...these are all things you may have heard about coronavirus, but how much is true and really keeps your family safe? WMBF sorts out facts from fiction.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Biden leads candidates in South Carolina donations

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg raised the most money from individual donations in South Carolina.

  WMBF Investigates: Trapped in a timeshare

The couple has owned their timeshare for nearly 20 years and said they've run into multiple roadblocks, even lost money, in their attempts to get out of their timeshare contract.

  WMBF Investigates: Potholes costing drivers and state of S.C.

Potholes are more than just a bump in the road for South Carolina drivers; the road hazard can cause major damage to cars and injuries to drivers.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  It’s Your Money: Myrtle Beach continues spending to study downtown

The city employed a local company to study the current and future infrastructure needs in downtown before it goes forward with major plans.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

MAP: Unexploded ordnances discovered in Horry County

Over the past few years, unexploded ordnances have been discovered across the Grand Strand and safely detonated.

  It’s Your Money: Hurricane damage costs South Carolina millions during last 6 months

The South Carolina Insurance Reserve Fund reported paying around $6 million to more than 30 entities from July- December 2019 for hurricanes damages.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  'Shots fired, shots fired’: MBPD releases dashcam footage of deadly officer-involved shooting

The shooting on October 12, 2019 killed Matthew Graham, 32. The 15th Circuit Solicitor's office did not find the two Myrtle Beach officers guilty of any criminal wrongdoing.

  WMBF Investigates: Federal data shows opioid distribution on the decline, but S.C. still ranks high

Data from the first half of 2019 reveals some of the most commonly prescribed opioids decreased by 14% in South Carolina.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County school district plans new use for vacant school

The Horry County School District is moving forward on a nearly $1 million project to repurpose the former Myrtle Beach Intermediate School.

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  Horry County ranks top in the state for HOA complaints

Complaints from Horry County accounted for 22% of total statewide complaints, according to a new report released by the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.

  Without Warning: Why the Loris High School tornado took everyone by surprise

Tornadoes touching down without warning is rare in South Carolina. WMBF Investigates dives into the January 13 tornado to answer why no warning was issued and what officials can do to better prepare residents the next time disaster strikes.

  ‘He gave me so many excuses’: Customers warn others after purchasing HVAC system on Facebook Marketplace

Police reports, criminal charges and social media posts show a string of complaints tied to one man advertising HVAC services on Facebook. Former customers are speaking out.

  It’s Your Money: S.C. bill would allocate millions of dollars for flood victims

A proposed bill in South Carolina would establish the Resilience Revolving Fund to assist communities who participate in FEMA buyout programs.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County inmate population down but more resources may be needed

Horry County added 12 new correction officers over the last three years but 21 more officers may be needed in the future if the inmate population begins to increase.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

  Year in Review: WMBF Investigates looks at HOA complaints, pool companies, more

2019 has been quite the year, from HOA complaints to property scams to construction issues.

  ‘I’ve seen people die’: Horry County nonprofit says more funding needed to combat opioid crisis

South Carolina lawmakers dedicated $4.75 million for opioid response in the last year and a half.

  WMBF Investigates: How are CCU’s football attendance numbers calculated?

Since Coastal Carolina University made the switch to the Sun Belt Conference, the university has spent millions on upgrades and reportedly increased its game attendance by thousands, but empty stands remain.

  It’s Your Money: Election costs on the rise in the Grand Strand

Hundreds of voters in Horry County cast their vote in November elections, WMBF Investigates breaks down the election expense to each municipality.

  Low number of specially trained sexual assault nurses impacts S.C. victims

A lack of trained nurses can impact the collection of evidence that can make or break a sexual assault case.

  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.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County Animal Care Center benefits from Community Benefit Fund

Councilman Harold Worley’s donation of $25,000 to the center will make waiving adoption fees possible.

  It’s Your Money: Charities don’t always benefit from professional fundraisers

More than half of the South Carolina based charities that worked with professional fundraisers received less than half of the money raised.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  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.

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

Only 2-3 percent of sexually abused children show physical signs, according to Dr. Elizabeth Morphis with the Durant Children's Center. Instead the public needs to look out for change in behavior and not ignore red flags.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  It’s Your Money: Lawmakers want to use $2 billion budget surplus to lower taxes

Some state lawmakers are suggesting part of the $2 billion budget surplus should be used to reform South Carolina's tax system.

WMBF Investigates: Over $1.2 million spent on legal fees in hospitality tax battle

The legal costs surrounding the hospitality fee battle are climbing.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Schools report increase in weapons found on campus

Locally, the number of reported weapons doubled in the 2018-19 school year compared to the previous year.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County’s Election Dept. adds new positions, but staffing remains low

For the first time in ten years, Horry County approved funding for two new positions in its Voters Registration and Elections department but it's staffing total remain low based on the number of voters.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Pawleys Island debates what role part-time residents should have in elections

Residents question the legality of a mayoral candidate running for election by using the address of his Inn while his other house is outside town limits.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  It’s Your Money: How your old TVs could increase your water bills

Recycling electronics cost Horry County around $750,000 each year and that cost will be increasing because at state law if local leaders don't find a solution.