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Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

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Past articles by Braley:

Over 10% of expectant moms in 16 South Carolina counties still smoke while pregnant

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – While South Carolina has made big gains in decreasing the number of mothers who smoke while pregnant, many counties still lag behind, according to the state’s health agency. In 2020, almost one in five expectant mothers in Union County smoked while they were pregnant, according to the South Carolina Department […] → Read More

Woman dies after being impaled by beach umbrella in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Garden City woman was killed Wednesday afternoon after being accidentally impaled by a beach umbrella, according to Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard. At about 12:40 p.m., Tammy Perreault was at a Garden City beach when the umbrella was carried by the wind, according to Willard. Perreault died […] → Read More

South Carolina Supreme Court: Carolina Ale House can’t say COVID-19 caused ‘physical loss or damage’

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A South Carolina restaurant franchise can’t say that COVID-19 caused physical damage to its businesses, according to an answer Wednesday from the South Carolina Supreme Court. The decision stems from five questions posed to the state court regarding language in the insurance policy for Sullivan Management, LLC, which owns Carolina […] → Read More

2 South Carolina congressmen sign letter demanding Biden get cognitive test

WASHINGTON (WBTW) — Two South Carolina congressman have signed a letter demanding that President Joe Biden take a cognitive test, stating “we are worried about your mental abilities.” “We again write you to express concern with your current cognitive state and to urge you to submit to a cognitive test immediately,” the letter, dated July […] → Read More

North, South Carolinians losing up to $75k in crypto scams

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – For one North Carolinian, it started with the promise to earn enough money to buy a house. After meeting “Vether Weber” on a dating app, the person was then coached how to create an account, obtain a loan and then “invest” in cryptocurrency. Then, after sending more and more money, […] → Read More

Life sentences are becoming rarer in South Carolina. Is it time to get rid of the penalty?

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – Fewer South Carolina inmates are serving life sentences for murder compared to 50 years ago as changes in prosecution lead to fewer sentences and advocates continue calls to end the practice. “I don’t know how anyone could say that someone doesn’t change in 30 years, or that someone hasn’t paid […] → Read More

Tiger King’s ‘Doc’ Antle arrested by FBI in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Tiger King’s “Doc” Antle was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Friday evening, according to jail records. Bhagavan Antle, 62, does not have charges listed. He was booked at about 5:40 p.m. by the FBI, according to jail records. A mugshot for him was not yet available, […] → Read More

SC teen charged with lynching after elderly person attacked at sports store

LAKE CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — A teenager has been charged after she attacked an elderly person at a sports store in Lake City, according to authorities. Jennifer Elizabeth Gomilar, 17, was arrested Monday for second-degree lynching/assault and battery by mob. She was booked into the Florence County Detention Center and has since been released on […] → Read More

South Carolina woman sues Coastal Carolina University after tripping, falling on sidewalk

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Chesterfield woman is suing Coastal Carolina University after she claims she tripped and fell on a sidewalk. The lawsuit, filed last month in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Common Pleas, claims that Pauline Harrison was a “business invitee” who was on the campus on April 24, 2019. She was […] → Read More

What South Carolina county is the best for turkey hunting?

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Looking to bag a turkey this year? Stay optimistic! Statewide, only 38% of hunters will end up killing a turkey, according to 2021 data from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Overall, there were 14,065 turkeys hunted last year in the state, with 51,492 total hunters. There are fewer […] → Read More

Here are the 35 men on South Carolina’s death row

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTW) — More than 35 men are set to be executed in South Carolina — most of who have been on death row for decades. They include a school shooter, murderers who killed during armed robberies and killers who killed their romantic partners — two of which were let out on bond right […] → Read More

South Carolina’s homeschool surge more than just a blip, data shows

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Kristina Hernandez was never going to homeschool her children. She didn’t have the patience for it. She wasn’t even going to entertain the idea. Then, the pandemic hit. “The world changed, and you know, I was like, as a mom, as a woman, I have to pull whatever superpowers I […] → Read More

Midwives may help close South Carolina’s infant mortality disparity between rural and urban counties

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – Infant mortality rates are higher in South Carolina counties without any available maternal care facilities, according to a data analysis by News 2’s sister station, WBTW, in Myrtle Beach. There are 18 counties without a birth center or hospital in the state, eight are identified as maternity care deserts and […] → Read More

What South Carolina counties have the highest rate of DUI crashes?

DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – A handful of Pee Dee counties are among the worst in South Carolina for their rates of driving-under-the-influence crashes. In Darlington County, the worst in the state, nearly one in 500 people have been in a DUI crash, according to a 2020 report from the South Carolina Department of Alcohol […] → Read More

Rep. Tom Rice proposes increasing funding for flood victims

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — U.S. Congressman Tom Rice proposed legislation Thursday to increase funding for flood victims, according to an announcement from the Republican’s office. The Increased Cost of Compliance Modernization Act was filed with Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX). Under the bill, the increase cost of compliance coverage’s limit would be raised from $30,000 up […] → Read More

Bill would prevent South Carolina districts from making elementary teachers work during lunch breaks

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A bill introduced in the South Carolina Senate this year would prevent public school districts from making elementary school teachers work during their lunch breaks. “It is unacceptable,” said Sen. Stephen Goldfinch (R-Georgetown County), who sponsored the bill. “We have to find a way to give these guys a break.” […] → Read More

‘Carolina Squat’ bill passes Senate, sent to South Carolina House

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTW) — A proposed piece of legislation that would ban the “Carolina Squat” had its third reading in the South Carolina Senate on Friday. It will now be sent to the House for approval. The bill, proposed by Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Horry County, would ban vehicle modifications that raise a front fender four […] → Read More

Laser strikes against aircraft are spiking in South Carolina, putting pilots and passengers at risk

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – An increase in laser strikes on aircraft in Myrtle Beach is putting pilots — and their passengers — in danger. Myrtle Beach, which has typically averaged about five laser strikes annually over the last three years, had one incident in 2019. So far this year, it’s had 10. South Carolina’s […] → Read More

Teacher training changed during the pandemic, what is happening to close the gap?

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) – As school closures shuttered the facilities student teachers used for clinicals, they were faced with a gap they’d never seen – entering a classroom as a first-year instructor without that in-person experience. Now, more than a year and a half later, those new educators might be dealing with an in-person class […] → Read More

An important tool for teacher retention in South Carolina is returning, saving thousands from a pay cut

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Patrick Kelly considered leaving the classroom in 2009. His family just welcomed a baby, and he wasn’t sure how the finances could still work. A stipend from completing an extensive teaching training program, however, allowed him to stay. “If it were not for the additional stipend that I was awarded […] → Read More