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  Ra’Shaud J. Graham Fund launched for graduating Lake City seniors

  Conway’s restaurant week kicks off with Rivertown Dine-Around event

Officials seek public feedback on I-95 widening in Robeson County

Auto parts manufacturer expanding operations in Marion County, creating new jobs

Tickets for CCU’s home football opener on sale

Myrtle Beach Chamber to host seminar on unconscious and implicit biases

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CCU’s McCall one of eight finalists for ‘Manning Award Quarterback of the Week’

DEW offering free courses to unemployed South Carolinians

  This is Carolina: Myrtle Beach firefighters join in stair climb to remember 9/11

Pool manufacturer establishes operations in Marion County; will create 200 new jobs

  ‘I lost a few friends that day’: 9/11 first responders remember terror attacks during Darlington ceremony

Grand Strand, Pee Dee pauses to remember those lost on 9/11

  ‘We will not forget’: Coronavirus forces North Myrtle Beach to change its 9/11 tribute

For the past decade, an emotional tribute to those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 terror attacks has taken place at the Horseshoe on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach.

  SCDOT project looks to improve Highway 17 Business intersections along South Strand

A major project could help change the flow of traffic along the South Strand.

Afterschool programming available at several locations throughout Horry County

Horry County Parks and Recreation is offering afterschool programming at several locations this school year.

Charlie’s Place incubator units available for rent

A historical Myrtle Beach nightclub turned business center for aspiring entrepreneurs is now accepting applications.

USDA waiver allows all HCS students to receive free breakfast, lunch

Marlboro County School District meal pick-up locations

Hear from the candidates ahead of the November general election

  McMaster, DHEC provide guidelines allowing for limited outdoor visitation at assisted living facilities

  ‘Do the best you can’: HCS parents weigh in on juggling hybrid learning schedule

State awards contract to HTC to provide internet access to Horry County students

  DSS offering temporary certifications to meet childcare needs during e-learning

When many students start the school year working from home, some could go without adult supervision. The Department of Social Services developed a way to help those families.

CASTING CALL: Netflix series ‘Outer Banks’ season 2 looking for extras to portray high school students

The casting will be held on Sept 9 and Sept 10 in Charleston.

Florence County company announces expansion, creation of new jobs

A Florence County company announced on Thursday it will be expanding its operations and creating dozens of new jobs.

New jobs coming to Effingham after wood pellet manufacturer invests $5.4 million

A wood pellet manufacturer has announced plans to open a new facility in Effingham, the governor’s office announced Thursday.

  SLIDESHOW: Impressive shelf clouds spotted across Grand Strand

A line of storms Wednesday morning brought thunder, lightning, a little rain and some impressive shelf clouds to the Grand Strand.

TIMELINE: The ongoing hospitality fee dispute between Myrtle Beach, Horry County

A mediator has declared an impasse in the ongoing dispute between Myrtle Beach and Horry County over hospitality fees.

Over 3K students sign up for virtual academy in Darlington County, superintendent says

Parents in Darlington County are now able to participate in a back-to-school survey ahead of the upcoming school year.

Florence 1 Schools reopens registration for virtual school program

Florence 1 Schools is giving parents another opportunity for parents to enroll their students in the district’s virtual program.

Applications now open for free, reduced lunch from Horry County Schools

Horry County parents can now enroll their students in free or reduced lunch for the upcoming fall semester.

Department of Education offers free virtual instruction training to S.C. teachers, principals

The South Carolina Department of Education has added an extra tool to help teachers and principals prepare for virtual instruction.

COVID-19 BREAKDOWN: In-depth look at Horry County case numbers and how we got here

The summer months in Horry County saw an uptick in coronavirus cases, but new data from the Department of Health and Environmental Control may start to show a slight downward trend.

South Carolina DSS recommends foster children attend face-to-face instruction at schools

The Department of Social Services in South Carolina is recommending that children in foster care attend classes in person when that option is available.

  Myrtle Beach Fire Department asks community to ‘Fill The Boot’ virtually to help MDA

The Myrtle Beach Fire Department will continue its tradition of raising money for those suffering from debilitating diseases, but this year the fundraiser will look a little different.

Deadline for Horry County parents to register for virtual learning is Monday

The deadline for Horry County parents to sign their students up for virtual learning ahead of the upcoming school year is Monday, Aug. 10.

  ‘A Day of Hope’ to provide back-to-school supplies to over 300 children

With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the new school year, a lot of people are in need of some hope.

Data shows Lumberton prison has 3rd highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in N.C.

Data from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety shows that a state prison in Lumberton has one of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the state.

American flag battered by Hurricane Isaias up for auction to help storm victims

An American flag that flew off the Carolina coast during Hurricane Isaias will now help those impacted by the Category One storm.

  Walmart releases schedule for its parking lot drive-in theaters

Starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, families can sign up for a location near them at TheWalmartDriveIn.com.

  S.C. Tax Free Weekend runs Aug. 7-9

South Carolina's annual 72-hour sales tax holiday kicks off this weekend.

LIST: Closings, delays as Isaias approaches the Grand Strand

Several closing and cancellations have been announced as Tropical Storm Isaias makes its way toward the Carolinas.

  Hurricane kits should include essentials for protection against COVID-19

Families should make sure they’re prepared to not only weather a storm, but to do so while being mindful of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  WMBF News obtains special event permit issued to biker bar during Spring Bike Rally

WMBF News obtained a special event permit that was issued to a local biker bar, where questions have been raised by a state senator about crowd size during the Spring Bike Rally.

  Surfside Beach mayor, council file lawsuit against fellow councilmembers over pier bid

The courts are now getting involved in the saga surrounding the rebuilding of the Surfside Beach pier.

  Tidelands Health opens additional clinic to assess, test people with COVID-19 symptoms

Tidelands Health opened a temporary clinic on Monday so it can test people who have coronavirus symptoms.

  ‘This is a dreadfully serious illness’: Tidelands Health doctor continues recovery after contracting COVID-19

A Grand Strand area doctor has been on both sides of the COVID-19 pandemic – fighting on the front lines, and being a patient.

McMaster announces creation of SAFE Grants to help families pay for private, independent schools

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is holding a press conference Monday to announce the investment of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds.

  This is Carolina: Adaptive Surf Project brings wheels to water

A local organization found a unique way to help those with disabilities.

LIST: Grand Strand, Pee Dee school districts make plans for fall instruction

School districts across the area are making plans to resume in-person instruction safely following school closures in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAN YOU HELP? American Red Cross seeking volunteers

The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers during hurricane season.

  Horry County School Board votes in favor of moving school start date to Sept. 8

The Horry County School Board voted in favor of moving the school start date from Aug. 17 to Sept. 8.

  Tourism numbers in S.C. drop during traditionally busy July 4th week

SC's Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism says recent national publicity has hurt the comeback of the state's tourism industry.

LIST: Local restaurants displaying Palmetto Priority seal

Several local restaurants are displaying their Palmetto Priority seal, signifying the establishment is following federal and state health regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Around 500 Horry County families benefit from Friday food drive

About 500 families no longer need to worry about where their next meal is coming from thanks to a food distribution event held Friday.

LIST: COVID-19 testing events this month in Horry, Florence counties

Several COVID-19 testing events are scheduled this month in Horry and Florence counties.

  Horry one of 18 S.C. counties that need ‘stay-at-home’ orders, according to Harvard researchers

Horry County is one of 18 counties across South Carolina that are at the “tipping point” for COVID-19 and warrants a stay-at-home order, according to researchers with the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Horry County Schools reports ‘minimal or no contact’ with nearly 450 students

New data from the South Carolina Department of Education shows that Horry County Schools has been unable to contact or has had minimal contact with nearly 450 students.

  Florence leaders ask for community input on city’s 10-year plan

Florence leaders want to hear from the community on what they would like to see done in the city over the next 10 years.

What COVID-19 safety precautions are you taking? SCDHEC wants to know

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control wants to know how you’re staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  LIST: Face mask ordinances in place across Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Local governments across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee have passed ordinances that require people to wear masks in certain places.

Families in deadly CresCom robbery sue bank, security company for wrongful deaths

The families of two CresCom bank employees who were shot and killed during a robbery have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the bank, the security company and the shopping center where the bank was located.

Surfside Beach to host inaugural July 4th Golf Cart Parade

While many Independence Day traditions are skipped this year, the town of Surfside Beach is adding a new event to celebrate July 4th. Saturday, the town is hosting its first July 4th Golf Cart parade.

  FAQ: What to know about Myrtle Beach’s face mask executive order

The city of Myrtle Beach has released a list of frequently asked questions to help clear up confusion about the executive order.

  Bethune addresses Myrtle Beach being in national spotlight as COVID-19 cases spike

Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune went on a national network on Wednesday to address a number of issues facing the city as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

FAQ: What to know about North Myrtle Beach’s new mask ordinance

City officials answered a series of big questions from residents regarding the mask ordinance, which goes into effect Thursday.

  U.S. Attorney: 23 arrested, 3 at large in connection to drug trafficking operation in Horry County

United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced a number of arrests in a drug operation that took place in Horry County.

  Myrtle Beach City Council to consider executive order requiring face masks in certain businesses

The Myrtle Beach City Council will consider enacting an executive order requiring that face masks be worn in certain public places.

State Treasurer’s Office says more than $650 million in property unclaimed

The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office is looking to help citizens put some extra cash in their pockets this summer.

Local leaders seek public’s input on Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation Plan

The city of Myrtle Beach, along with other participating partners, is working to update its Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation Plan.

PALMETTO PRIORITY: Which Grand Strand restaurants are in compliance with state initiative?

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and state hospitality officials announced a new initiative aimed at providing safe restaurants for staff and customers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  LIST: Grand Strand restaurants closings, reopenings after positive COVID-19 cases

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise across the Grand Strand, a number of area restaurants are temporarily closing after employees tested positive for the virus.

Florence 1 Schools asks parents, staff for reopening feedback

The Florence 1 School District wants some input on what reopening schools will look like for the 2020-2021 school year.

  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.

46 Loris nursing home residents test positive for COVID-19; most in S.C. in past 30 days

New numbers released on Tuesday show a Loris nursing home has the most confirmed resident cases in South Carolina within the past 30 days.

Ruiz Foods expands production in Florence County, adding 200 new jobs

Nearly 200 new full-time jobs are coming to Florence County after Ruiz Foods Florence announced the opening of an additional production line Tuesday morning.

AccelerateED releases draft of recommendations for reopening schools in SC

South Carolina’s task force on education recently released a 202-page draft regarding guidance and recommendations to reopen schools in South Carolina for the 2020-21 academic year.

  Tidelands Health, CCU team up to offer free COVID-19 testing to student athletes, athletic staff

Tidelands Health is partnering with Coastal Carolina University to provide free COVID-19 testing to student-athletes and athletic department staff members as voluntary workouts on campus resume.

  Darlington County schools to offer free meals for children during the summer

The Darlington County School District will again offer a free summer nutrition program for children.

Three local JCPenney locations closing as part of restructuring plan

On Thursday, the company identified 154 stores that will be closing as part of the first phase of the store optimization strategy.