Hey, Myrtle Beach! Let’s get this Wednesday, August 18, 2021 started off right. Here’s everything worth knowing around the Grand Strand today. Here are the top news stories: police are looking for armed and dangerous robbery suspects, Ray Winters has died of COVID-19, a veteran living in the South Strand expresses himself on the situation in Afghanistan, a Myrtle Beach teacher’s certificate was suspended after an arrest on child abuse charges, and COVID-19 causes Horry County to limit capacity in government buildings.
First, today’s weather: Rain in the morning and afternoon. High: 86 Low: 80.
Here are the top stories today in Myrtle Beach:
- Police are searching for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspects involved in a robbery that occurred Monday on Whitty Drive near Myrtle Beach. The suspects were driving a white Mercury Grand Marquis that had a paper license tag. (wpde.com)
- Horry County School board member Ray Winters died of COVID-19 complications on August 16th, he was 50 years old. Winters is the second school board member to die of COVID-19 this year. He worked for the district many years, and owned a law firm in Myrtle Beach. He was elected to the school board in 2014. (Charleston Post Courier)
- Murrells Inlet resident, Ed Mura, a 25-year USAF veteran, who served his last tour of duty in Afghanistan before retirement, says the delay in evacuating Afghan allies who helped the 20-year effort was “unacceptable”. Mura spoke of the the similarities between the events in Afghanistan and those in Vietnam in the mid-197os when he was 12 years old. He stated that the images he’s been seeing this week “look the same exact way.” (WBTW)
- A Myrtle Beach teacher has had her teaching certificate suspended after she was arrested on child abuse charges from 2016 to May of 2021. The arrest warrant says the high school teacher allegedly hit a child with a stick, slapped another, and forced a child to each moldy food. She was arrested on three felony counts, and the SC Board of Education suspended her educator’s certificate until a due process hearing occurs. (WMBF)
- Horry County Government: In a press release, Horry County has announced that some government offices will limit capacity inside the buildings and may make additional changes soon, depending on COVID-19 numbers. The public is urged to handle as many transactions online as possible, and call ahead by phone before going to any government facilities in person. (Press Release Desk)
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Today in Myrtle Beach
- Red Cross blood drive @ Cresswind Myrtle Beach (10:00 AM)
- Blood Drive @ Sparks Toyota (10:00 AM)
- Red Cross blood drive @ MB Blood Donation Center (12:45 PM)
- JT and the Strats @ Duplin Winery (3:30 PM)
- Never2Late @ Snooky’s On The Water, Little River (5:30 PM)
- Bailey Road @ Wahoo’s Fish House (5:30 PM)
- Nancy Olive @ Baron’s Steakhouse (6:00 PM)
- Randy McQuay @ Filet’s Restaurant (6:00 PM)
- Find Your Strong @ Painting With A Twist (6:30 PM)
- Songwriter Night @ Bourbon Street (9:30 PM)
Myrtle Beach Patch Notebook
- Horry County will conduct aerial mosquito spraying this week. (Press Release Desk)
- Here is a more detailed article about the aerial mosquito spraying in Myrtle Beach, Little River and Socastee. Plus tips on how to keep mosquitoes away. (WPDE)
- The Myrtle Beach area will see remnants of Tropical Depression Fred throughout the week. (MyHorryNews.com)
- MBACC offers a free webinar library of recent business webinars presented in partnership their organization. (Press Release Desk)
- The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach: Calling all of our adopters We need YOU to share your Petco Love Story to help us earn $100,000! (Facebook)
- Myrtle Beach area pets waiting for fur-ever homes. Check them out here! (Patch)
- MyrtleBeach.com: National Dog Day is August 26th! Make sure to tag us in all of your furry friends’ beach photos for a chance to be featured. (Instagram)
- The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach: Today’s featured Pet Of The Day is Little Man! His adoption fee is being sponsored today by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate. (Facebook)
- Get them vaccinated: A local Horry County pediatrician gives advice to parents ahead of school year in an interview with ABC15News. (wpde.com)
- Myrtle Beach Police Department: School’s in! Keep kids safe! Be cautious of speed in school zones. (Facebook)
- With hugs and high fives, school starts in Horry County. (MyHorryNews.com)
- Some Horry County students are feeling anxieties due to COVID-19 and being back in the classroom. (WMBF)
- Masks in schools: Grand Strand, Pee Dee governments have no plans to challenge the governor’s ban. (WBTW)
- Horry County senator Luke Rankin has signed a letter asking for a special session to reconsider masks in schools. (WMBF)
- Governor McMaster urges South Carolinians to get vaccinated, and says masks aren’t the answer. “We know what works best, and that’s the vaccine” he said in a statement. (WPDE)
- North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety: It’s the first day of school, let’s keep them safe! (Facebook)
- DHEC: About half of occupied Horry County ICU beds have COVID-19 patients. (WBTW)
- DHEC’s reported COVID-19 cases for SC schools are not adding up. Here’s why. (WPDE)
- Horry County has purchased land to build a new Carolina Forest complex, a councilmember has confirmed. The building will be called the Central Coast Government Complex. (WMBF)
- Catching up with The Salvation Army of Horry County. (WMBF)
- Police say the Tinder-date man arrested in Horry County standoff was wanted in Manheim Township, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania on multiple charges. He is at Long Detention Center awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania. (WMBF)
- Police: two suspects are wanted in crimes including car break-ins and credit card fraud in Myrtle Beach, Fayetteville, and Raleigh. (WBTW)
- Myrtle Beach was SC’s busiest airport this summer for the first time ever. (Charleston Post Courier)
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About me: The best decision I ever made was relocating to the Myrtle Beach area from New England a few years ago, with my three dogs and three cats. I enjoy dogs, cats, road trips, photography, writing, vegetarian food, live music, bicycling and above all my daily walks on the beaches in and around the Grand Strand.
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