Carolina Forest man discovers he’s fallen victim to fraud only after filing for unemployment

In 2019, one identity theft resource organization received 19 calls for cases of unemployment identity theft. In 2020, they received more than 900.

  Murrells Inlet biker bar pays $17,500 to settle alcohol license revocation case

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Nearly 30 public officials, candidates summoned by ethics commission in past year

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Documents reveal MBPD officer fired for alleged misconduct; SLED investigating

  Doctors: S.C. deaths reported to CDC after COVID-19 vaccinations don’t tell whole story

  Three Francis Marion University baseball players arrested, charged with hazing

  GRAPHIC: SLED, MBPD release timeline, dashcam from night Pfc. Hancher was killed

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  6th dose in Pfizer vaccine vials being recorded in S.C.; any left behind considered waste

  DHEC addresses Horry County government vaccine controversy; values relationship with county

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Horry County government issues statement after DHEC halts additional 1st doses to HCFR

Over 2,300 individuals ‘affiliated with Horry County Government’ have been vaccinated, county says

DHEC holding call with Horry County Government on its use of vaccine on employees

  Myrtle Beach mayor expresses concerns after all Horry County employees offered COVID-19 vaccine

  Horry County Government responds to DHEC inquiry on vaccinating employees outside of Phase 1a

DHEC asked the county if they had indeed scheduled and vaccinated any county employees or others not included in the current phase.

  DHEC launches new demographics dashboard on vaccine distribution in S.C.

DHEC said the dashboard provides information on age group, gender, race, and ethnicity of those who have received COVID-19 vaccines in South Carolina.

  Critical data on who vaccine is heading to on its way for South Carolina

During a media briefing, state officials said they anticipate a new dashboard will come out on Tuesday.

Email states all Horry County Government employees offered access to Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Those eligible for the vaccine are clamoring to get it where they can, some waiting in line, others among tens of thousands on hospital waiting lists.

  DHEC board to continue review of vaccine allocation models in South Carolina

DHEC permits providers to give vaccine outside of phase eligibility in order to avoid waste

  Vaccine Tourism: A closer look at vaccine residency requirements in S.C., neighboring states

Positive COVID-19 tests push back hearing for Murrells Inlet biker bar battling to keep alcohol license

  Key demographics on those who have received COVID-19 vaccine still unavailable in S.C.

  Coroners: Delay in death certificates a much bigger problem, DHEC ‘sugar-coated’ issue

  ‘Viruses live to mutate’: DHEC emphasizes importance of getting second dose of vaccine

DHEC is discouraging people from forgetting to get their second dose of vaccine. The current vaccines on the market, Pfizer and Moderna, both entail two shots, taken with varying lengths of time in between.

  DHEC says new online scheduling platform, vaccine question call line to go live next week

It’s hoped a new call line and online appointment scheduler can help alleviate some of the recent problems experienced by South Carolinians.

  VACCINE TOWN HALL: Conway Medical Center leaders answer COVID-19 distribution, appointment questions

The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has left many WMBF viewers with questions about the process and what they need to do in order to get it.

S.C. vaccine committee publishes ‘interim draft’ of who to include in Phase 1b, surveys businesses

The Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Vaccine Advisory Committee is getting closer to identifying exactly who is in South Carolina’s Phase 1b.

DHEC, CDC review shows ‘South Carolina is getting fair, appropriate allocations’ of vaccine

Questions have been raised over why data shows South Carolina may not be getting as much vaccine as neighboring states.

CDC data: South Carolina has least amount of vaccine per capita in U.S.

Out of all 50 states, South Carolina has received the least amount of vaccine per capita, according to the CDC’s latest COVID-19 vaccine data.

  Vaccine Advisory Committee navigates guidance for Phase 1b as DHEC tackles vaccine distribution challenges

DHEC and its advisory committee are working to expand its scope while determining who best to bring the vaccine to next.

  ‘Quite a rollercoaster’: Local hospitals deal with quickly vaccinating Phase 1-A on top of rising COVID-19 cases

Skyrocketing COVID-19 cases and a quickly approaching vaccination deadline, has provided a double whammy for Grand Strand and Pee Dee hospitals.

  S.C.’s Vaccine Advisory Committee considers who should be in Phase 1-B

As the state moves through Phase 1-A of distribution, many are anxiously awaiting what exactly the next phase will look like.

  ‘Nobody has talked to us’: Frustrations rise as some in Phase 1-A still wait for vaccine information

While thousands of critical frontline workers in the Grand Strand have received their COVID-19 vaccinations, there are still many under Phase 1-A who haven’t even received information about how to get the vaccine.

  Documents reveal how much S.C. has spent on COVID-19 vaccine preparation, distribution

It has become a costly task for states to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and distribute the highly-anticipated vaccine.

  South Carolina’s utilization rate of Pfizer vaccine at 31%; Moderna vaccine still unknown

DHEC has received nearly 200,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to fight against the coronavirus, but it’s unclear exactly how many have been administered in the state.

  Seeds of Distrust: The Black community, COVID-19 vaccine and historical events leading to lack of trust

As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out across South Carolina and the country, many in the Black community said they won’t get it due to a lack of trust in the government.

  Conway Medical Center ‘ready and excited’ for shift to Phase 1-B of COVID vaccine distribution

After receiving close to 4,000 vaccine doses thus far, CMC is asking for more guidance from DHEC on when they can begin to move forward with the next phase of distribution.

  DHEC reports nearly 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been sent to S.C.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control provided an update on how many COVID-19 vaccines have been sent to South Carolina over the past few weeks.

  Federal relief package frees up more funding for S.C.’s vaccine distribution plan

The new legislation is providing close to $9 billion to help states and jurisdictions with COVID-19 vaccine distribution expenses.

  FAQ: How will I be alerted to get the vaccine? Where do I go to get it? Will I still need to mask up?

While the vaccine rollout has been an exciting time, it has been a confusing one to many who are wondering when they can be next in line to roll up their sleeve and get the vaccine.

  VA announces, initiates COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for centers across country; Charleston VA waiting for Moderna vaccine

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

  Can snowbirds get the vaccine? Which phase of distribution am I in? Answering more of your FAQs

So much is still up in the air about the COVID-19 vaccine, but WMBF News is forging ahead to find you the answers to your questions.

  Forging Ahead: Breaking down more of DHEC’s COVID-19 vaccine update

The federal government has now approved the vaccine, and states are tasked with preparing on how to receive these vaccines once they become available.

DHEC provides information on COVID-19 vaccine symptoms, cyberterrorism threats

DHEC released a presentation with updated information on the COVID-19 vaccine as the state prepares to distribute the highly-anticipated vaccine.

  Horry County Council drops local regulations over mining industry

Horry County Council moved forward Tuesday night with passing ordinances to eliminate previously-held rights to regulate aspects of mining operations in the county.

  White House COVID-19 report: Myrtle Beach area added to red zone for cases

A White House report on the status of COVID-19 in South Carolina paints a grim picture as cases continue to surge in the state and across the country during the holiday season.

  DHEC updates vaccine distribution plan ahead of anticipated rollout in December

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has published an updated version of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan ahead of the anticipated first doses to be sent into the state by the end of December 2020.

  DHEC: South Carolina to receive 200K-300K COVID-19 vaccine doses by end of 2020

The Department of Health and Environmental Control has released how many COVID-19 vaccine doses South Carolina is estimated to get by the end of the year.

  Grand Strand hospitals break down COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan during Phase 1

Hospitals across South Carolina could start receiving the first round of COVID-19 vaccines in a matter of weeks.

SLED investigation details misconduct in office allegations against former Marion police chief

Keith Parks resigned as the head of the Marion Police Department in November after being on the job less than two months.

DHEC explains special storage plan if Pfizer vaccine distributed in S.C.

The Pfizer vaccine has a complex storage and distribution plan because must be store in ultra-cold temperatures.

Long-term care industry supports CDC recommendation to include in 1st phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

A final vote determined that Phase 1-A would not only include healthcare personnel, but also residents of long-term care facilities.

  Forging Ahead: Vaccine Advisory Committee member provides insight into COVID-19 vaccines for children

The Vaccine Advisory Committee includes health care organizations, minority groups, those from the faith community and many others.

FAQs: Questions related to COVID-19 vaccine distribution in S.C.

WMBF News has asked viewers to submit the questions they have about how a COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in South Carolina.

  Forging Ahead: DHEC leaders break down South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

With less than two months to the close of 2020, we are on the cusp of an anticipated rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Department of Revenue issues $500 fine to bar near CCU for violating governor’s order

Documents show a popular bar near Coastal Carolina University was fined for not abiding by the governor’s order.

SCDOT places ‘No Parking’ signs at popular Murrells Inlet trail lot; working to modify parking area

New signs in a small dirt lot, have made it harder for some people to enjoy a popular walk and bike trail in Murrells Inlet, according to a number of WMBF viewers.

Horry County Council votes in favor of removing mining from zoning regulations

The issue of where mining can happen in Horry County is one step closer to being out of the hands of county leaders.

  Horry County ordinance could make it harder for property owners to fight future mining operations

Ahead of Tuesday night’s county council meeting, some concerned Horry County residents are calling on neighbors to make their voices heard.

Data shows pandemic impact on Grand Strand tourism-related tax revenues

Tourism has taken a big hit this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Hearing for Murrells Inlet biker bar battling to keep alcohol license pushed to February

A popular Murrells Inlet biker bar will wait three more months before arguing why it should be allowed to keep its alcohol license.

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

Nurse practitioners are questioning their own education at some colleges. There’s no national standard on how to educate nurse practitioners, while medical education for doctors was standardized more than 100 years ago.

Report: Trooper’s vehicle bumped into woman lying along Hwy. 501 in Conway area

A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper bumped into a woman lying in the middle of the road with his state-issued vehicle, according to a traffic collision report obtained by WMBF Investigates.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Water problems, HOA complaints create perfect storm of issues in Grand Strand

For residents living in flat and retirement-driven areas like the Grand Strand, a problem familiar to many are issues with homeowners associations and water.

ZIP CODE BREAKDOWN: DHEC data shows rise in COVID-19 cases in Horry County zip codes

While Horry County as a whole saw fewer cases last week compared to the week before, some zip codes are seeing steady rises in the number of cases.

  Closing and Cashing In: Coronavirus relief funding goes to colleges with histories of financial instability and plans to close

The federal government allocated nearly half a billion in CARES Act funds to colleges the government considered not financially responsible. Some colleges received money after announcing their plans to close for good.

City of Myrtle Beach says judge’s approval of hospitality fee settlement another step closer to resolution

A spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach says they’re “pleased to be one step closer to the final resolution of the Hospitality Fee dispute.”

  Election officials explain options for voting before Election Day 2020

Voting during a global pandemic has led to new options available to every registered voter.

  ‘I am unrecognizable’: Medical tourist surpasses weight loss goal

It’s a series called "Fighting for My Life and that’s exactly what Will Smink did was fight for his life.

Marion Co. animal shelter director under investigation for alleged embezzlement

The Marion County Animal Shelter’s director is under investigation for allegations of embezzlement, according to a SLED spokesperson.

  ‘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.

  ‘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.

  ‘COVID-19’ removed from Grand Strand woman’s death certificate after months-long fight

After a months-long battle, the death certificate of a Grand Strand family’s loved one is now COVID-19 free.

  Fact-checking South Carolina’s U.S. Senate candidates after first debate

A lot can be said while taking to the podium upon a debate stage - and sometimes claims asserted can be lost in the mix.

  SENATE RACE DATA: Graham, Harrison races spend millions on Facebook ads

In 2020, digital advertising for political campaigns is being utilized like never before.

  COVID-19 budget cuts force Myrtle Beach to offer early retirement to certain city employees

For the first time, WMBF News is learning the true impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on the city of Myrtle Beach’s government.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Federal assistance program implemented in state, locals concerned over potential identity theft

The latest form of federal unemployment aid, the Lost Wages Assistance program, is finally here in South Carolina.

  Murrells Inlet biker bar to call in extra help to ensure safe pre-bike rally week event

The South Carolina Department of Commerce explained why it reversed its decision to allow a popular Murrells Inlet biker bar to hold a fall pre-bike rally week event this weekend.

Murrells Inlet biker bar heads to court in November to fight to keep alcohol license

A court date has been set for a Murrells Inlet biker bar whose alcohol license is in jeopardy.

S.C. Dept. of Commerce reverses decision, allows Murrells Inlet biker bar to hold pre-bike week rally

A popular Murrells Inlet biker bar will be allowed to hold a fall pre-bike week rally this weekend.

  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.