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  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.

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

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

Surfside Beach to host inaugural July 4th Golf Cart Parade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three local JCPenney locations closing as part of restructuring plan

Horry County Schools student meal pick-up, delivery ends Thursday

Volunteers needed for drive-thru COVID-19 testing events in Horry County

Gov. McMaster extends state of emergency in response to coronavirus pandemic

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has extended the state of emergency another 15 days during the coronavirus pandemic.

  S.C. state employment office launches next benefits program of CARES Act

With more than $1.5 billion in unemployment insurance benefits provided to South Carolinians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Employment and Workforce is beginning the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

  Memorial Day commemorated across the Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Several cities and towns took time Monday to honor those who have served our country.

  Memorial Day plans include restrictions on golf carts, mopeds in Myrtle Beach

The Myrtle Beach City Council will finalize its plan for the Memorial Day weekend during a special meeting Thursday morning.

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

One Socastee woman is using her talents to do something special for the Class of 2020, teachers and frontline workers who have been impacted by the global health crisis.

SCDMV to resume skills tests for non-commercial vehicle drivers

People who need a driver’s license will be able to take their tests starting next week.

Horry County receives funding to help those struggling to pay rent due to COVID-19

Horry County has received federal funding to help those who are struggling to pay their rent due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus.

LIST: Horry County high schools release graduation plans

High schools in Horry County have released their graduation plans for the Class of 2020.

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

A North Myrtle Beach small business owner opened up her shop’s mailbox on Wednesday to an amazing gift: a $1,200 donation.

  Florence School District 3 holding modified in-person graduation next month

Florence School District 3 will hold a modified in-person graduation ceremony in the gym at Lake City High School on Friday, June 5, following a senior parade, according to district officials.

Candidate for Florence County sheriff sues Darlington County sheriff for wrongful termination

A candidate for Florence County sheriff has filed a lawsuit against the Darlington County Sheriff Tony Chavis and his office for wrongful termination.

  All S.C. voters allowed to vote absentee in June primaries, area election offices prepare for in-person voting

Every voter in South Carolina is now qualified to vote absentee in the June primaries and runoffs, according to the S.C. Election Commission.

  Fauci praises South Carolina’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

The nation’s top infectious disease expert had positive reviews for South Carolina’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

S.C. House, Senate unanimously vote to expand absentee voting for June primaries

South Carolina lawmakers unanimously voted on a bill that would expand absentee voting for the June primaries due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

Marion County School District to hold in-person graduation for seniors

The Marion County School District will hold an outdoor, in-person graduation ceremony for the district’s high schools.

  CONGRATS GRADS: CCU honors spring grads during virtual commencement ceremony

Coastal Carolina University has a new crew of alumni, but their graduation was a first of its kind for the school.

DHEC launches contact tracing site, asks for people to join team to combat COVID-19

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is looking for people who can become contact tracers.

DHEC: Residents, staff at 83 nursing homes, residential care facilities test positive for COVID-19

The Department of Health and Human Resources released an updated list of nursing homes and residential care facilities where at least one person tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Horry County Schools launches meal delivery program for children in need

Horry County Schools announced Wednesday a new program that will deliver meals to children in need.

  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.

Gov. McMaster, S.C. Dept. of Administration unveil accelerateSC website

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Tuesday the launch of a website that will serve as a one-stop-shop on coronavirus information and also the state’s reopening effort.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ team bus driver loses fight with COVID-19

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans announced on Monday that part of its baseball family has died from the coronavirus.

DHEC creates map showing COVID-19 screening, testing sites in S.C.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control is making it easier for South Carolinians to find screening and testing sites.

  WHAT’S OPEN: Beach access, accommodations open up along Grand Strand

State parks, hotels, beach accesses and businesses are now open across the Grand Strand as some restrictions put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina are being lifted.

United Way, Lowcountry Food Bank donates to hundreds of families; more food distributions planned

The United Way of Horry County and the Lowcountry Food Bank continue to help hundreds of families who are struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Single mother surprised with Carolina Cares campaign money returns to work as volunteer

Thanks to those in our communities, we have raised over $57,000 to help people in Horry County and the Pee Dee who are struggling during these uncertain times.

DHEC reports 34 coronavirus cases at Florence County residential care facility

The Department of Health and Environmental Control revealed that a residential care facility in Florence County has nearly three dozen coronavirus cases.

SURVEY: Where does the community stand on reopening beaches, businesses

The issue of how to safely reopen South Carolina’s economy has become a hot topic among our communities.

DHEC releases list of S.C. nursing homes, assisted living facilities with positive COVID-19 cases

The list shows a total of 46 facilities throughout the state where there was at least one confirmed case.

  Healthy at Home: Diabetes Wellness Council offers free consultation, help amid coronavirus crisis

The founder and executive director of Horry County’s Diabetes and Wellness Council said amid the coronavirus crisis, it’s especially important people with diabetes take care of themselves.

United Way, Impact Ministries offering mass food distribution to help feed HCS students

The United Way of Horry County and Impact Ministries are banding together to offer two mass food distributions, so students don’t go hungry.

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

Fin First, a Myrtle Beach-based company, has added mask-making to its clothing and beachwear design line-up.

  HCS Board chairman confirms district working on alternative plan to feed students

The leader of the Horry County School Board said the district is working on a plan to feed students after it was forced to close meal sites and distributions.

  SCDNR clarifies outdoor, boating rules after ‘Home or Work’ order

Ahead of the weekend, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is re-iterating what people are allowed to do on the waters following the governor’s orders.

HGTC donates unused food to those facing financial struggles during COVID-19 crisis

Horry-Georgetown Technical College wants to put food on the tables of families who are struggling during the coronavirus outbreak.

  This is Carolina: ‘Front Porch Project’ giving families something to smile about

During these uncertain times, some families around Horry County are taking a little break from homeschooling and working from home to have a little fun.

  This is Carolina: ‘Faith Over Fear’ cross initiative spreads hope during pandemic

Next time you’re driving around you may see some wooden crosses in people’s yards.

LIST: Non-essential S.C. business closures as ordered by Gov. McMaster

We have put together a list of non-essential businesses that have been ordered to close their doors by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

  Mental health workers frustrated over lack of telehealth coverage for Medicaid clients

During this coronavirus epidemic, mental health offices have been forced to change policies, and so have healthcare providers.

  DHEC: Number of coronavirus cases in S.C. surpasses 1,000; four new deaths

The updated numbers came up Tuesday afternoon.

WHAT TO KNOW: Grand Strand, Horry County visitor reservation restrictions

Major visitor restrictions were made by Grand Strand leaders on Thursday to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our area.

DHEC data projections show over 8,000 coronavirus cases in S.C. by May

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released its projections on the impact that the coronavirus will have on residents in the state.

  ONE-STOP-SHOP: Everything to know about COVID-19’s impact on the Grand Strand, Pee Dee

WMBF News has put together a one-stop-shop guide to stories you need to know related to the coronavirus’ impact on the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee. Categories are listed alphabetically.

  Healthy at Home: ‘Macro Mom’ shares easy ways to eat healthier at home

‘Macro Mom’ Shelly Jackson said her small business, like many other food places across the country, is adapting to a new way of life amid the coronavirus outbreak.

S.C. Association of Counties ask governor to release locations of coronavirus patients

The South Carolina Association of Counties sent a letter to Gov. Henry McMaster, asking him to provide information on the location of coronavirus patients.

  LIST: Grand Strand restaurants offering curbside, delivery services

The governor encouraged residents to take advantage of curbside and delivery options in an effort to support businesses.

Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office warns community about coronavirus-related scams

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to wary of scammers taking advantage of people’s anxiety over the coronavirus.

City of Myrtle Beach opens hotline for city service questions during COVID-19 pandemic

The information line allows residents to have questions about city services answered during this time.

Horry County Schools offer student meal delivery options during COVID-19 closures

Horry County Schools has added a student meal delivery option service to make sure students don’t go hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ripley’s Aquarium offers ‘Penguin Cam’ during coronavirus threat

Need a break from news of the coronavirus? How about looking at some penguins!

S.C. Attorney General’s Office receives nearly 100 price gouging complaints

Many price gouging complaints center around paper products and sanitizing cleaners.

LIST: Online education resources for kids during coronavirus pandemic

It will become harder and harder to keep your child entertained over the next few weeks.

‘Continue to serve and protect’: Local law enforcement implements changes during COVID-19 pandemic

Police chiefs and sheriff’s in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee are assuring residents’ that public safety is still their number one priority during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dept. of Revenue offers more time for S.C. residents to file returns, pay taxes

The South Carolina Department of Revenue is giving residents more time to file their returns and pay their taxes during the coronavirus outbreak.

Grand Strand restaurants offer free meals for those in need during coronavirus threat

Grand Strand area restaurants are doing their part to feed those who are in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

  Grand Strand, Pee Dee school districts announce meal plans for students during closing

After South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the closing of all schools across the state due to the threat of the coronavirus, school districts across the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee made plans to provide meals for students.

LIST: Grand Strand, Pee Dee events canceled, postponed over coronavirus concerns

Darlington Raceway will postpone the Speed & Feed BBQ Festival and Car Show due to the threat of the coronavirus, track officials announced Thursday.

Hartsville announces modified operations to prevent spread of COVID-19

The city of Hartsville announced on Monday it is moving to modified operations to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.