Julie Calhoun, WBTW News 13

Julie Calhoun

WBTW News 13

Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

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Past articles by Julie:

Saving the Carolinas: Creating laws to combat climate change

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A 2019 Pew Research poll finds six in 10 Americans said climate change is affecting their local community. Portions of both Carolinas in the News 13 viewing area have been impacted by catastrophic storms with predictions of more to come. “The climate is changing, waters are rising, and unfortunately for […] → Read More

Carolina Forest without the forest? What’s being done to preserve South Carolina’s trees

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) — Scientists expect climate change will cause more droughts and wildfires and there is a tree native to South Carolina that can withstand the climate pressures. However, it’s being threatened by development. The Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve is a 10,000-acre sanctuary with biodiversity that rivals a rainforest with rows of […] → Read More

Saving the Carolinas: The financial toll of climate change on the coast

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW)- Climate change is putting coastal property and infrastructure at risk, and property owners are likely to bear the cost. “I had to evacuate my home, and my whole entire community was inundated with floodwaters for, 10 to 14 days,” April O’Leary, the founder and president of Horry County Rising said. O’Leary […] → Read More

Horry County Coroner asks public for help to identify man who drowned five years ago

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Since February 2016, the Horry County Coroner’s office and police department have been working to identify a man who drowned in a North Myrtle Beach hotel pool. The case has run out of leads, and the coroner hopes the public can help.For five years, the man has been known as […] → Read More

‘We’re under attack’: 9/11 responders in the Carolinas relive the horrors of that day

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — It was a Tuesday. It was a beautiful morning, just like everybody said. It was an ordinary day. Twenty years later, three first responders who now live in the eastern Carolinas remain haunted by a day that changed the face of a nation. Among the 2,753 people who died at […] → Read More

Horry County E-911 hires new telecommunicators to alleviate staffing shortage

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County 911 telecommunicators are experiencing an increasingly large call volume, which are expected to only go up as more people move to the area on top of growing public safety departments. “The phones rarely stop ringing. There are seven radios that we manage 24/7. Four of those being dedicated […] → Read More

Former South Carolina governor visits Afghanistan to provide food to civilians

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Former South Carolina governor and Executive Director of the World Food Programme was in Afghanistan during the U.S. military’s withdrawal last week. David Beasley and the World Food Programme are making meeting with Taliban leaders and making sure innocent Afghans don’t suffer. Afghans are desperate for food and 14 million […] → Read More

Growing number of kids to learn virtually as students head back to class

A majority of students are going to be back in the classroom but there is a growing number of kids that want to learn virtually. “I want it back to normal. I want school back to normal. How things were before COVID, before the pandemic where they were in school with their friends every day.” […] → Read More

Stolen South Carolina guns are being transported up ‘Iron Pipeline’ to commit crimes in other states

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) -- In 2015, New York Police Department Officer Randolph Holder was killed after being shot by a gun that was illegally trafficked from South Carolina. → Read More

Growth Tracker: The future of I-73; funding the biggest hold up to get it built

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County leaders are rushing to build Interstate 73, hoping that the project will help manage the county’s exponential growth, while boosting the economy and providing another evacuation rate. While Horry County is expected to see a record amount of growth, the county’s Imagine 2040 plan said there’s little to […] → Read More

275,000 more expected to move to Horry County by 2040. What does that mean for flooding risks?

For Bill and Linda Foster, walking their kids through flood waters to get to school has become a sort of a routine. “It’s a big problem,” Bill Foster said. “It’s a big problem. One year we had it in October and December, both right back to back, and it wasn’t really hurricanes. It was just […] → Read More

Community comes together to help Myrtle Beach toddler in need of a critical surgery

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A Myrtle Beach toddler is in need of a critical surgery after an alarming diagnosis. Connor Levy acts like any other 18 month old. “As far as he knows, he’s just having a normal day to day playing and learning to do things and walking and talking,” said James Levy, […] → Read More

‘I was silently suffering:’ Local attorney creates mental health app

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW)- Millions of Americans are affected by mental illness each year. Local attorney, Jonny McCoy, created a mental health app with hopes of helping some of them. “I went through a really tough time in 200 where I witnessed a suicide while I was being unlawfully detained in a jail cell in […] → Read More

Half of Horry County schools are at or near capacity — Here’s what might help

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County schools are getting crowded. Half of the district’s schools are at or near capacity, with the district gaining enough new students each year to fill an elementary school. “It’s been tremendous. we’ve had annually added about 2 percent a year to our student body so that equates to […] → Read More

Area hospitals work to vaccinate those in Phase 1B

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina is officially in Phase 1B of its vaccine rollout plan. DHEC said as of Monday, 2.7 million more South Carolinians are eligible to receive the vaccine. Conway Medical Center reports nearly 4,000 vaccine appointment requests as of 5 p.m. Monday. Allyson Floyd, spokesperson for Conway Medical Center said […] → Read More

PALMETTO POT WAR: An in-depth look at the “war on drugs” and the federal future of marijuana

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Marijuana is now legal in at least 15 states and as the move to legalization pushes forward, the war on drugs continues and even left one Myrtle Beach man paralyzed. Home surveillance video showed, in April 2015, a team of heavily armed officers use a battering ram to enter Julian […] → Read More

Palmetto Pot War: A look at the science behind medical marijuana and obstacles researchers face

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — As South Carolina lawmakers debate whether to legalize medical marijuana, it’s been studied at the University of South Carolina for 15 years, just a few miles from the state capitol. Michael Harvey is an Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield veteran and he’s also been a nurse for more than […] → Read More

PALMETTO POT WAR: Some leave South Carolina for better access to medical marijuana

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Thirty-six states have legalized medical marijuana, leading some to leave the palmetto state to get the help they need. Richard Devonmille suffers from chronic pain. His doctors prescribed him oxycodone and he said it didn’t work. He had to move from Conway to Colorado to get relief. “I decided to, […] → Read More

More Grand Strand, Pee Dee hospitals receive shipments of COVID-19 vaccine

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Another day of firsts for more area hospitals as they deliver Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to frontline health care workers. South Carolina received 42,900 vaccines Wednesday and more local health care frontline workers received their first dose. Doctors tell News13 it’s a bright light at the end of the tunnel. For […] → Read More

Horry County, state leaders work to make human trafficking laws tougher

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — At one point, South Carolina was one of the worst states in the country when it came to prosecuting human trafficking cases, but over the course of nearly a decade, the state’s top attorneys and lawmakers have been working to change that. Aiesha met her trafficker, Mark Spicer, when she […] → Read More