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Law/Legal No jail time for four men accused of raping teens in Myrtle Beach

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From WPDE.com

Conway, S.C. (WPDE) — Four men accused of raping two teenagers in a Myrtle Beach hotel room in 2015 pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges in court Thursday. <MORE>

Communication study: City of Myrtle Beach, Chamber need to be more transparent

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From WPDE.com

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) — A communications study done on the City of Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce says it needs to be more transparent. <
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Law/Legal Myrtle Beach jail correctional officer sues S.C. trooper for inappropriate touching

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From WPDE.com

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) — A Myrtle Beach jail correction officer is suing a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper for inappropriately touching her, according to court documents. <MORE>

Law/Legal Attorneys for man charged in deadly CresCom bank robbery want information from informant

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From WPDE.com

Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) — The attorneys for the man charged in the deadly CresCom bank robbery are asking for information and materials relating to an informant in the case, according to court documents. <MORE>

Law/Legal Church members remember murdered father and son

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From WBTW.com

CONWAY, SC (WBTW)- It's been nearly a week since a father and son were found shot outside their Conway home, and their killer is still on the loose. <MORE>

Law/Legal Iowa man charged for trafficking a 16-year-old girl in Myrtle Beach

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From WPDE.com

Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) — An Iowa man has been charged in connection to a human trafficking investigation in Myrtle Beach, according to an affidavit. <MORE> (pic)

Community 'The problem is bad:' Lawmaker warns of upcoming spike in electricity bills

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From WPDE.com

Carolina Forest, S.C. (WPDE) — Until now, many Grand Strand and Pee Dee electricity users have avoided the worst of the fallout from the failed nuclear reactor project in Fairfield County. <MORE>

Law/Legal Second victim identified in murder-for-hire plot in Socastee

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From WPDE.com

Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) — The second victim in a murder-for-hire plot in Socastee has been identified using DNA as Matthew Autry, 29, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden. <MORE>

Law/Legal Surveillance video from Carolina Inn shows moment when armed robbers held up clerk

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From WPDE.com

Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) — Horry County police are investigating a homicide and a carjacking in a Food Lion parking lot on Highway 9 outside of Longs, according to a news release. <MORE> (with video)

Law/Legal Horry County looks to create harsher laws against animal tethering

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From WBTW.com

CONWAY, SC (WBTW) - Horry County is looking to enforce stricter animal tethering laws that will have harsher punishments. <MORE>

Government / Politics Element TV plant closure: Taxpayer money down the drain?

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From TheNerve.org

Plenty of buzz surrounded Element Electronics’ announcement five years ago that it would open a television assembly plant in Fairfield County, with then-Gov. Nikki Haley joining company officials in a live webcast from a Walmart-sponsored conference in Florida. (MORE>

Horry County Schools recommisions old busses in response to increased enrollment

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From WBTW.com

SOCASTEE, SC (WBTW) - Horry County School District says they are having to add six, old, county-owned school buses back onto the roads this school year, thanks to an outdated South Carolina law that makes it difficult to get new buses. <MORE>

Government / Politics #SC2018 Caption Contest: Henry McMaster And Pamele Evette Get Creepy

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From FitsNews.com

After a brief hiccup in their relationship earlier this summer, South Carolina governor Henry McMaster and his 2018 running mate – Upstate businesswoman Pamela Evette – are back “on.” Like Peaches & Herb, people …

Hold up … relationship?

No, no, no … not like that (please accept our apologies for the unfortunate “geriatric love” visual). <MORE>

Government / Politics Headed To Court

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From MyrtleBeachsc.com

Family values may soon be spot enforced in Myrtle Beach on Ocean Boulevard if Myrtle Beach City Council approves a second reading which will prohibit CBD oils, tobacco, alternative nicotine, vapor products, and e-cigarettes. The ordinance’s main goal is to create a family friendly environment, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune told local media. <MORE>

Community “I Work For The Mayor” Resident Posts Vulgar Rant Online

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From MyrtleBeachsc.com

Self proclaimed City Of Myrtle Beach?/Mayor Bethune employee Richard Perry went after area residents online today. The anger laced comments were aimed at local residents Perry told to go back to Yankeeville. <MORE>

Community Sitting on a piece of history: Parts of Horry County used to be bombing, gunnery range

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From WPDE.com

Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) — During World War II, more than 56,000 acres of Horry County were used to serve as a bombing and gun range for the US Army.
Decades later, there could still be some unexploded ordnance out there. <MORE>

Community Conway teen sings serenade in McDonald's drive thru

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From WPDE.com

Conway, S.C. (WPDE) — A Conway teen's take on the "McDonald's Drive Thru Song" has the community singing her praises...and craving a burger. <MORE>

Government / Politics Tuition, fees used to pay off skyrocketing university IOUs

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From TheNerve.org

By Rick Brundrett

If you’re a parent of a student attending a South Carolina public college or university, you probably haven’t been told how a good chunk of rising tuition and fees is being spent. <MORE>

Law/Legal Crime on the Strand

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Lots of people are asking what can be done with the wave of crime on our beach? It's not an easy problem to solve. Post your ideas and let'd debate them.

Obviously, there are solutions that sound simple and workable, but aren't when you look at them realistically.

Government / Politics Johnson Withdraws from School Board Election

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From GrandStrandDaily.com

Press Release

(July 24, 2018) … Citing the realities of politics in Horry County, Heather Johnson announced today that she has withdrawn from the November election. The timing of her decision removes her name from the ballot and virtually guarantees that Ken Richardson will become the next Chairman of the Horry County Board of Education. Johnson cited three reasons for her decision. <MORE>

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