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Former Myrtle Beach Chamber chairman fined thousands for providing ‘excessive’ campaign contributions

A Myrtle Beach attorney and former chairman of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce “inadvertently” violated state law by providing “excessive contributions” to candidates running for local and statewide elections

Allegiant Airlines announces new routes from MYR

Local tech workers say Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to work remotely

SC bill would prohibit sex offenders from working, volunteering around kids

Wahlburgers corporate office to purchase Broadway at the Beach location from independent contractor

Parents want to see air quality results from St. James Elementary

SCDOT to unveil conceptual plans for U.S. 501 realignment in Myrtle Beach

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Work continues following water main break in North Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue announces inaugural Citizens Fire Academy

Georgia woman charged in Horry County crash that killed a pedestrian bonds out of jail; victim identified

Report: Stolen vehicle recovered outside local bar and grill; suspect in custody

Paving work set to begin Monday on South Ocean Boulevard

Study shows opioid addiction can start at the dentist

SCDOT’s new year’s resolution: fixing potholes

SCDOT says heavy rainfall over the course of 2018 took it’s toll on South Carolina’s roadways. Starting in January, road repair crews will be out on the roads all across the state working to repair potholes. And officials are asking for your help to report some of the worst potholes in your neck-of

Speculation begins over future of former Freestyle Music Park following sale of land

The 125 acres of land where the former Free Style Music Park once stood has been sold.

  HGTC student hopes to raise awareness about dangers of human trafficking

An Horry Georgetown Technical College student is working to make sure people in the Grand Strand know about the dangers of human trafficking.

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A trooper with South Carolina Highway Patrol helped make a special delivery while on patrol Friday morning.

New restaurant in Murrells Inlet to offer ‘good food and bad advice’

Report: Drunken fugitive walks into Myrtle Beach police cruiser

Construction almost complete for Topgolf Myrtle Beach ahead of 2019 opening

TRAFFIC ALERT: Water main break reported in North Myrtle Beach

Horry County Council moving forward after recent tension

SC bill would prohibit abortion if a heartbeat is detectable

Seating arrangement leads to further bickering among Horry County Council members

Days removed from a heated Horry County Council meeting, the stage could be set Thursday night for more contention among members, this time in regards to seating arrangements.

Grand Strand restaurant feeds federal employees impacted by government shutdown

While many are feeling the effects of the government shutdown, including locally, one Grand Strand restaurant is giving back to federal employees.

Fences being installed to trap windblown sand on Myrtle Beach shores

The city of Myrtle Beach is working to keep as much sand on the beach as possible.

Wahlburgers at Broadway at the Beach closes for off-season

The Wahlburgers location at Broadway at the Beach has closed its doors … but not for good.

No injuries reported after shots fired into Loris area home

An investigation is underway after police say shots were fired into a Loris area home Tuesday night.

Myrtle Beach Safari director, founder issues statement after viral video shows NFL star playing with exotic animals

The director and founder of the Myrtle Beach Safari is responding after a video showing New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr playing with exotic animals was shared on social media, drawing the ire of PETA.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Bumper-to-bumper traffic reported on U.S. 17 Bypass in Garden City

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is being reported in the Garden City area around U.S. 17 Bypass North and the Garden City Connector.

Local hospitals see a rise in RSV cases ahead of peak season

A spike in a respiratory virus is hitting clinics and hospitals across the nation, including our own. The number of cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or more commonly known as RSV, has even triggered a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Frontier Airlines announces service to Philadelphia from MYR

Frontier Airlines announced Wednesday nonstop service between the Myrtle Beach International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.

Hearing canceled for motions in federal court regarding entertainment overlay district lawsuit

A hearing for motions in the lawsuit between downtown businesses and the city of Myrtle Beach was canceled Wednesday after attorneys said an agreement between both sides was made via conference call.

SC congressman talks shutdown’s effects on locals

Congressman Tom Rice says the middle class has suffered due to low skilled workers and a variety of other issues. Perhaps most importantly, Rice says while he wishes the shutdown weren’t happening, it’s a fight worth having.

Attorney for ex-deputy charged in deaths of mental health patients speaks out

The attorney for one of the two former Horry County Sheriff’s Office deputies who was charged in the deaths of two mental health patients is speaking out for the first time since the September 2018 incident.

WMBF Investigates: What happens when school lunches go unpaid

Horry County School District accumulated more than $43,000 in unpaid school lunches at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Lawmakers propose bill to end marriage loopholes

Two proposed bills could change what lawmakers are calling a “loophole” in the marriage law. The state of South Carolina allows children to get married under certain circumstances.

Woman booked while dressed head-to-toe in items stolen from beachwear store

A woman has been arrested after police say she threw a brick through the window of Eagles Beachwear store to get inside.

Blogger drops lawsuit against the city of Myrtle Beach

A local blogger who sued the city of Myrtle Beach over allegations of defamation has dropped that suit.

PETA responds after viral video shows NFL star playing with exotic animals at SC safari

A social media post showing New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr playing with exotic animals at the Myrtle Beach Safari has drawn the ire of PETA.

Longs-based sandwich company recalling products due to possible contamination

The Longs-based Grand Strand Sandwich Company is recalling a number of its products due to potential contamination.

New laws could affect your 2018 tax return

Tax experts say there are major changes to be on the lookout for this year as a result of President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

This is Carolina: Chanticleer spirit is found in its shuttles with every ‘good morning’

In the WMBF News newsroom, the WMBF morning people love to listen to a few bus drivers over our newsroom scanner. It’s a morning routine for the drivers, and unintentionally, is giving us a good start to the day, too.

Georgetown council member under investigation for fraud

On Tuesday night, the Georgetown chapter of the NAACP went to the county council meeting to confront the council and councilmember James Austin Beard about his possible fraudulent activity when filing for office.

Myrtle Beach imposes 10-month moratorium on vape shops

Myrtle Beach is implementing a city-wide moratorium on vape shops.

  2018 homicide rate in Horry County down 13 percent from 2017

The numbers are in and the police department says the homicide rate decreased by 13 percent between 2017 and 2018.

It’s Your Money: Conway hired a real estate broker to help with redevelopment goals

Conway pays around $200 an hour to a contracted real estate broker to find and acquire land for the city to use for its development goals.

Man charged with assault after police say he slammed guy’s head into wall at Myrtle Beach Waffle House

A 22-year-old is facing an assault and battery 3rd-degree charge after slamming a guys head into a wall at a Waffle House, according to a Myrtle Beach Police Report.

Myrtle Beach City Council approves ordinance to allow for a hot air balloon ride downtown

The Myrtle Beach City Council passed the second and final reading of an ordinance Tuesday that will allow a hot air balloon ride to operate downtown.

Man suspected of shoplifting coats from Burlington Coat Factory

Police need your help in tracking down a shoplifting suspect.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lane closures happening on Barefoot swing bridge, S.C. 544

Work will cause some lanes of traffic to be closed on a pair of heavily traveled thoroughfares.

Woman dies following accident on Hwy 301 in Latta

A woman has died following an accident in Latta, according to Dillon County Coroner Donnie Grimsley.

Police investigating reports of rocks being thrown at vehicles in the Carolina Forest area

An investigation is underway after reports of rocks being thrown at vehicles in the Carolina Forest area were circulated on social media.

Second lawsuit filed against Windsor Green following last April’s fire

For the second time in less than a week, a family has filed a lawsuit against the Windsor Green condo complex for injuries they suffered in last April’s fire.

Myrtle Beach social media star catches attention of Harlem Globetrotters

Noah Cutler is a student athlete at Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach. He's a basketball player and also a big star on social media. His talent caught the attention of none other than the Harlem Globetrotters.

Conway’s Main Street Memorial Bridge is now closed for construction

A major road heading in and out of downtown Conway is now closed for the next few months, according to South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Hearing set in federal lawsuit downtown businesses filed against Myrtle Beach regarding overlay district

A hearing is set for Wednesday in regards to a federal lawsuit filed by downtown businesses against the city of Myrtle Beach in which the owners claim the Ocean Boulevard Entertainment Overlay District “abuses government power.”

SC joins federal lawsuit opposing offshore drilling

Attorney General Alan Wilson said he filed a motion in federal court Monday aimed at blocking planned seismic testing and offshore drilling. The motion is to join a lawsuit against the federal government filed by 16 South Carolina cities and towns and the state Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

Winning $200K lottery ticket purchased in Conway

A winning $200,000 Palmetto Cash 5 ticket for Sunday night’s drawing was sold in Conway.

Conway to get a second Starbucks location

A second Starbucks location is coming to the city of Conway.

Report: Man assaulted, robbed in Myrtle Beach

Police are investigating after a man says he was struck in the head and robbed by two men early Sunday morning.

Seal-mania continues along Grand Strand shores

Another seal was spotted along the Grand Strand shores Saturday, drawing large crowds and social media observation. This time the seal, which is not confirmed to be the same one spotted in late Decmber 2018, was located near Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach.

Former deputies charged after two women drowned in transport van bond out of jail

A judge set bond Friday for the two Horry County Sheriff’s Office deputies who drove around a flood barrier resulting in the death of two mental health patients.

Phase one of Charlie’s Place construction underway

Charlie’s Place could be completely redone as soon as the end of this year, and that kind of news is sitting well with those who grew up and still visit the neighborhood.

Horry County Council adjourns heated meeting before any action taken against administrator

The Horry County Council has called a special meeting for Friday afternoon to discuss employee matters.

Northbound lanes blocked on Hwy 17 Bypass near Hwy 544

The Northbound lanes of Highway 17 Bypass near the intersection of Highway 544 according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Crews investigating home fire on Pecan Street in Garden City

Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District is investigating the cause of a Friday evening fire, Capt. Jerry Howerton said.

Family injured in 2018 Windsor Green fire files lawsuit

Windsor Green is facing a lawsuit over a fire at the complex in April of last year.

Horry County coroner concerned after seven fatal overdoses in four days

Seven people have died in the past four days from drug overdoses in Horry County, according to Coroner Robert Edge.

Police search for duo accused of stealing merchandise from Victoria’s Secret

Police are searching for two men who reportedly stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the Victoria’s Secret at Coastal Grand Mall.

Former SC deputies to face involuntary manslaughter charges after mental health patients drowned in transport van

The two Horry County Sheriff’s Office deputies who drove around a flood barrier resulting in the death of two mental health patients are facing charges.

Myrtle Beach leaders look to revamp food truck ordinance in 2019

Changes to the Myrtle Beach food truck ordinance could soon go before city council, this comes more than a year after Myrtle Beach approved a pilot program allowing food trucks to operate within select city limits.

‘I drop a flower in front of the dumpster:’ Boyfriend of SC woman accused of disposing of two newborns discusses case

The boyfriend of the woman accused of giving birth to two children and then disposing of them in the trash is discussing how he felt when detectives first brought the allegations forward.

City council to discuss affordable workforce housing in the future

The Myrtle Beach City Council outlined a few of the focuses coming up in the first few weeks of 2019, one of those being a team that looks into affordable workforce housing.

New poll shows Myrtle Beach continued to grow in 2018

A new poll shows the city of Myrtle Beach continues to grow.

Man charged with attempted murder after police say he shot vehicle with his baby and girlfriend inside

A man is in custody and charged with attempted murder after police say he fired two shots at his child’s mother and his baby.

Georgetown County deputies seek fraud suspect

Deputies need your help in identifying a person suspected of making fraudulent transactions at the Food Lion in Pawleys Island.

SCDOT to hold public information meeting on relocation of U.S. 501

The South Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting later this month regarding the proposed relocation of U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach.

American Red Cross helping Loris family following house fire

The American Red Cross is assisting a family whose home on Rainbow Court was damaged by fire Thursday morning.

Palmetto Pointe Boulevard extension project is on track, some residents express concerns

One Horry County neighborhood is anticipating construction to begin on a project that would expand its roads. The project, however, has drawn some mixed feelings from residents.

Two men charged with attempted murder following alleged stabbing near Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

Two men are both being charged with attempted murder after a man was reportedly stabbed Tuesday night in the area of the SkyWheel on the boardwalk.