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The bigger picture: A family's struggle with the heroin crisis

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From wpde.com

I was on the fourth floor of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. when my phone rang.
It was supposed to be a weekend away from work. We had just gone through weeks of Hurricane Florence-related coverage, and the flooding that ensued. My friend had invited me up to Washington to take a break. My phone was supposed to stay in the hotel. <MORE>

Community RUSH TO APPROVE: WOOTEN’S BEAR CLAW REZONING

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From MyrtleBeachSC.com

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Horry County Council @ 6 p.m., Mike Wooten’s team will be pressing county councilmen to approve zoning changes his group wants on Highway 90’s Bear Claw Tract Scenic Preserve. <MORE>

Community Georgetown County School Ballot Concerns Parents

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From FitsNews.com

A required student ballot in Georgetown County, South Carolina has several local parents concerned … although officials insist there was nothing nefarious about the data collected. <MORE>

Law/Legal Waccamaw Indians strive for recognition in midst of annual Pauwau

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From MyHorryNews.com

Knowing your blood and proving it to the federal government is impossible and unfair, the Waccamaw Indian chief said. <MORE>

Law/Legal 11 teens charged after video of assault in Georgetown County spreads on social media

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From wmbfnews.com

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An additional five juveniles have been charged in an assault case that happened on Indian Hut Road, according to Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office investigators. <MORE>

Community Pawleys Island makes list of America’s 50 most beautiful small towns

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From wmbfnews.com

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) – A new ranking has Pawleys Island as one of America’s 50 most beautiful small towns.
According to a press release, Architectural Digest, an international authority in design and architecture, ranked Pawleys Island the 44th most beautiful small town in the country. <MORE>

Government / Politics Man not allowed to wear Trump shirt votes shirtless

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From wmbfnews.com

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Be careful what you’re wearing to vote Tuesday. <
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Law/Legal 1500 lbs of fish seized from vessel in Horry County

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From wpde.com

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — More than 1,000 pounds of fish were seized from a fishing vessel in Little River because it was operating without proper licenses and permits, according to the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources. <MORE>

Community Planning commission votes against proposal to build nearly 1,500 homes beside nature preserve

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From MyHorryNews.com

A proposal to build nearly 1,500 homes beside the Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve will not get a favorable recommendation from Horry County planning officials. <MORE>

Community THE BIG STORY I-73: Do we need it?

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History

I-73 Map

Interstate 73 in South Carolina (Wikipedia)

Environmental Impact Study (SCDOT)
Provides some information on project history, but has not been updated.


August 24, 2011 SCDOT should reject I-73, back less costly option (Post and Courier)

Feb 9, 2016 I-73 Intermediate Traffic and Revenue Study (I73insc.com)

June 20, 2017...

Government / Politics Entertainment District causes static in Surfside Beach

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From MyHorryNews.com

In the midst of a lawsuit, Surfside Beach Town Council pushed forward with an entertainment district. <MORE>

Community Time has come and gone to build flood diversion canal

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From MyHorryNews.com

An idea to control flooding on the Waccamaw River might have worked nearly a century ago, but I don’t see how it can be implemented in today’s environmentally-friendly climate. <
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Law/Legal Man arrested in connection with Horry Co. murder, crime spree had 17 charges dismissed in July

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From WBTW.com

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) - The man who was arrested in connection with a murder and crime spree in Horry County on Wednesday had 17 charges dismissed in Horry County in July. <MORE>

Government / Politics The Politics Of Dirty Flood Waters

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From MyrtleBeachsc.com

The Waccamaw River runs 140 miles from its starting point in Lake Waccamaw, NC to where it meets the ocean in Winyah Bay at Georgetown, S.C. The river is as old as time itself. <MORE>

Government / Politics After Floods, County Council Rushes To Approve 1,300 New Home Development

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From MyrtleBeachsc.com

Horry County Council voted last night 7 to 4 approving a 1,300 home development on two lane Highway 905 in Longs, S.C. This just two days after the waters receded in the Longs community. <MORE>

Government / Politics State gives away millions to companies that don’t hit job creation targets

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From: TheNerve.org
By RICK BRUNDRETT

Since 2015,14 companies that committed to locating or expanding in South Carolina collectively repaid nearly $7 million in state grants after failing to meet job creation or investment requirements, records show. <MORE>

Government / Politics Congressman Rice, President Trump, others talk about I-73 project

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From WBTW.com

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) - Congressman Tom Rice and others talked with President Donald Trump about I-73 during his visit to the Conway area on Wednesday. Rice says he, Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, Horry County Council Chair Mark Lazarus, and Governor Henry McMaster have all talked about the project. <MORE>

Community Hurricane Links: Resources and the Politics

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"The Big Story." Oct., 2018

If you have updates, stories or pictures that deal with the Grand Strand, post them below.

The Aftermath:

‘This year we just pray we can recover,’ business down in Myrtle Beach after Florence (WMFBNEWS.com)

Additional Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Marion, Marlboro, and Georgetown Counties. (WBTW.com)

Socastee neighborhood waits on slowly receding floods (WBTW.com)...

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Law/Legal 'It's all done in public:' Advocate sheds light on difficulty of rape cases

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From WPDE.com

Conway, S.C. (WPDE) — Four men are on probation after pleading guilty to assault and battery charges.

A judge sentenced them under the Youthful Offenders Act. Police initially charged them with sexual assault. <MORE>

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