‘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: Horry County inmate population down but more resources may be needed

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

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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?

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

  Campground members betrayed, heartbroken after business cancels membership without notice

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

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

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Schools report increase in weapons found on campus

  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.

  Customers say RV purchase turned into a ‘nightmare’

Two consumers say their brand new RVs needed repair soon after they purchased them from Camping World in Myrtle Beach.

  It’s Your Money: Conway’s investment that keeps water bills low

Conway budgets around $600,000 a year to replace water meters throughout the city.

  ‘It is literally one of the best feelings in the world’: Medical tourist returns home

One man traveled 2,517 miles - roughly 37 hours drive time - to Tijuana, Mexico to undergo what he calls a life-saving procedure.

  WMBF Investigates: Reports claim Florence DJ contacted teen girls via social media, paid them for sex

A Florence DJ at the center of a human trafficking case communicated with teens through social media platforms, asked them to pass around his flyers, and paid them for sex, according to law enforcement reports obtained by WMBF News.

  It’s Your Money: City seeks consultant to study utility rates

Utility rates in Myrtle Beach could go up after a consultant reviews if the city is charging the correct amount in fees to cover operations and projects.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  It’s Your Money: Cost of updating Horry County flood maps

Horry County hired a consultant years ago to prove to FEMA their 2015 proposed flood maps were wrong.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  Thousands of rape kits logged, tracked one year after N.C. starts tracking system

North Carolina leaders have taken multiple steps in tackling rape kit crisis since October 2018, whereas efforts in South Carolina remain stalled.

  ‘There’s always that small little fear of what if I don’t wake up’: The decision to be a medical tourist

Every year, millions of Americans leave the United States in order to save money on medications and surgeries.

  It’s Your Money: How much taxpayer money has been spent so far in hospitality fee dispute

Local governments have spent a combined total of nearly a million dollars on legals fees in the battle for control over hospitality fees.

  WMBF Investigates: FBI, federal prosecutors target drug dealers in fight against opioid epidemic

Local and federal officials are working together in Horry County to treat overdoses as a criminal investigation rather than an accidental death.

  ‘The bear got us:’ Could proposed flood zones have saved homes from Florence?

WMBF Investigates analyzed the data for more than 1,500 flooded properties to find half of the reported damage after Hurricane Florence occurred in low-risk flood zones.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County uses FEMA money to buy new equipment

The new equipment will help the county's Stormwater and Public Works departments clean ditches and beaches everyday and around storms.

  One HOA rule requires real estate agents to break state law

HOA regulations on 'for sale signs' often supersede state law because of the information they exclude.

  It’s Your Money: New company hired to help attract tourists to Grand Strand

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is working with an agency to establish a strategic marketing plan to bring tourists to the Grand Strand.

  It’s Your Money: Taxpayers contribute $4 million to local college

Horry Georgetown Technical College gains a little over $4 million from property owners in Horry and Georgetown County each year.

WMBF Investigates: Fighting for my life

Millions of Americans leave the United States in search of cheaper medical procedures each year. It’s a practice is known as "medical tourism.”

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Homeowners association issues continue despite S.C. law passing

South Carolina lawmaker Russell Fry said the law is a good first step but the state is "not out of the woods" on HOA issues.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Arrests, felonies don’t disqualify teachers from working in S.C. classrooms

Teachers undergo background checks before they are certified and hired but when criminal charges do pop up, it's up to districts and the South Carolina Department of Education to determine if the offense should disqualify a candidate.

  It’s Your Money: School district spends $500k on travel for three months

Horry County monthly expense reports show money spent on hotels, plane tickets, rental cars and conferences added up to more than half a million dollars in three months.

  Horry County Schools reveals number of unvaccinated students ahead of school year

As students prepare to head back to class, WMBF wanted to find out how many students have been properly immunized before the start of the school year.

  It’s Your Money: Lunch debt increases by $14,000 in Horry County School District

Students owe nearly $60,000 to the Horry County School District for unpaid lunches. During the 2018-19 school year, the debt increased by $14,000, a rate more than double the increase from the previous year.

  Horry County police chief credits federal partnerships with drop in violent crime

Accused members and associates of the ‘G-Shine’ gang were arrested in November and December of last year after a years-long, multi-agency investigation.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  It’s Your Money: Gun violence costs SC taxpayers $293 million, organization finds

Gun violence across the country takes an emotional toll on Americans but there is also an economic cost associated with death and injuries caused by guns.

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

By retirement, financial experts say you should have at least eight times your annual salary saved up. NerdWallet explains how to get there, decade-by-decade.

  Study: Myrtle Beach job growth not keeping up with housing development; leaders disagree

A new study conducted by Apartment List found the Myrtle Beach area is adding less than one new job for every housing permit issued.

  It’s Your Money: Coast RTA aims to become a ‘big boy transit’ system but money remains a challenge

The public bus system is aiming to upgrade the next year by adding signs along its routes and start planning for new facilities.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: HOA lawsuit complicates condo sales

One real estate expert said a condo unit tied to a pending lawsuit can decrease the pool of buyers by 80 percent.

  It’s Your Money: City’s spending on 5G technology strategy could be at risk

Actions by federal and state leaders could prevent cities from having control over how 5G small cell technology is installed. Myrtle Beach has spent more than $200,000 over the last few years developing a strategy for installing the technology.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

  South Carolina ranks as one of the top states for opioid distribution

The Washington Post analyzed a DEA database that tracked 76 billion pain pills from manufacturer to pharmacy between 2006 to 2012.

  It’s Your Money: Parking costs, revenue across the Grand Strand

Cities across the Grand Strand hire Lanier Parking to manage their parking programs that generate hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

It’s Your Money: Drivers frustrated and fearful of pothole-ridden road

Residents who live off Log Cabin Road in Loris are frustrated and concerned after years of driving on the road with one pothole after another.

  It’s Your Money: Cost of fireworks shows across the Grand Strand

Across the Grand Strand, thousands of dollars are spent on Fourth of July firework shows, but not all are funded by the taxpayers.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  WMBF Investigates: Customers claim car breaks down between the car lot and their home

The business they bought the car from, Ocean Auto, has numerous court cases detailing similar experiences from past customers.

  It’s Your Money: HCS is ‘hopeful’ new schools reach full energy-positive potential

The CEO for the company that built the schools says the district has faced initial setbacks but all schools should be energy positive by the December 2019.

  Myrtle Beach property manager jailed in Kansas; business left scrambling

Myrtle Beach Rental Connections workers and customers seek answers after business owner abruptly serves jail time in Kansas.

  Local nursing homes could be added to federal list for low ratings

A nursing facility in Conway and Florence were marked as candidates for a federal program that monitors facilities with a history of serious quality issues.

  It’s Your Money: How Myrtle Beach plans to use money generated from increasing solid waste fees

Myrtle Beach's Solid Waste Department hopes additional route will help offset challenges of residential growth and illegal dumping.

  Defense motions want to keep Heather Elvis’ co-workers from testifying in Sidney Moorer retrial

New motions filed by Sidney Moorer's attorney seek to keep certain witnesses and information out of his future retrial in the Heather Elvis kidnapping case.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County libraries launch new interactive summer program

Horry County libraries spent around $15,000-$18,000 on its new hands-on activity boxes that include coding games, robots and building blocks.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Horry County issues pool permits to company without a business license

Horry County official declined an interview to clarify why four pool permits were issued to Premier Pools despite the business not having a license on file with the county. Multiple individuals have told WMBF the company does not finish customer's pools.

  It’s Your Money: Horry County Solicitor’s Office begins renovating former Conway Hospital

The Horry County Solicitor’s Office purchased the former Conway Hospital to accommodate it’s growing staff and programs.

  WMBF Cold Case: Family searches for answers in “The Boy in the Woods” case

A close look at a murder mystery that has haunted Murrells Inlet for nearly 40 years.

  Breast cancer survivor confused after months of bills for prosthesis she already paid for

Susan O'Rear purchased an artificial breast from McLeod's gift shop for cancer patients, Inspirations, but months after paying for the product she received bill after bill stating she still owed hundreds of dollars.

  It’s Your Money: May bike events cost the Grand Strand millions of dollars

North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and Horry County are estimated to spend more than $2 million on services for the May bike events.

  Dozens of rape kits untested in Florence County, some damaged due to Hurricane Florence

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office is among the agencies with the most untested rape kits reported to the State Law Enforcement Division.

‘That broke me inside:’ Getting justice for rape victims an uphill battle

Out of 1,000 rapes, only 230 are reported. Of those, 46 lead to an arrest and less than five result in incarceration, according to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network.