Taylor Maresca, WBTW News 13

Taylor Maresca

WBTW News 13

Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

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Past articles by Taylor:

Conway High School Educational Foundation brings learning opportunities to students

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Conway High School Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance educational opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Providing updated equipment and new books, and helping with class trips are just a part of the foundation’s mission. President Martha Hunn said schools are allotted a certain budget […] → Read More

Atlantic Beach residents voting Tuesday on replacement for slain council member James DeWitt

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Voters in the town of Atlantic Beach will select a new town council member Tuesday to replace the late James DeWitt, whose son allegedly killed him and two other people in October. It’s a special election no one was prepared for, but Joe Montgomery, the chairman of the town’s elections […] → Read More

Coastal Carolina University regiment band heads to London for New Years Parade

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Eighty-seven members of Coastal Carolina University’s Regiment Band are headed to London to perform in the city’s New Year’s Day parade. The parade is the equivalent of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the U.S. The band got the invitation a year ago after the parade’s talent scouts searched for the […] → Read More

Tanger Outlets anticipating a very busy Black Friday

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Tanger Outlets is ready for the biggest shopping day of the year. The National Retail Federation anticipates this Black Friday will bring a record number of shoppers into stores across the country. The NRF is predicting 170 million people will shop Black Friday weekend and will spend around $950 billion […] → Read More

‘I had a tough life, but I made it’: Grand Strand seniors share what they are thankful for

CAROLINA FOREST, S.C. (WBTW) — Before jumping into the holiday season, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what there is to be thankful for. The Horry County Council on Aging aims to provide for the growing senior community on the Grand Strand. The Carolina Forest Senior Center is one of their 11 locations in […] → Read More

Grand Strand, Pee Dee drivers hit the road for holiday travel

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Grand Strand and Pee Dee drivers hit the road Wednesday for travel ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. In South Carolina, AAA predicts more people will hit the roads for Thanksgiving than before the pandemic. AAA said 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday is the worst time to travel this week. […] → Read More

North Myrtle Beach grocery store short on some Thanksgiving staples

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — It is Thanksgiving shopping crunch time, and one locally-owned grocery store is gearing up for one of the busiest days of the holiday season. Bolineau’s Food Store has been a North Myrtle Beach staple for nearly 75 years, and Anna Bowers, director of public relations and communications for the […] → Read More

Carolina Forest senior center breaks ground to accommodate growing senior community

CAROLINA FOREST, S.C. (WBTW) — As the senior community on the Grand Strand grows, the need to grow with them does too. The Horry County Council on Aging serves seniors by providing them fun, entertaining chances to socialize and get involved in their community. Elaine Gore, executive director of the HCCOA, said the new Carolina […] → Read More

Blue pumpkins: Making the spookiest holiday less scary for people with autism

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Halloween is quite literally made for spooks. With its bright, flashing lights, jump scares and loud noises, people waiting behind the door for eager trick-or-treaters are always looking for the next way to give kids a thrill, but the intensity of the holiday is not safe for everyone. Becky Large, […] → Read More

Horry County dealership bouncing back from new car shortage

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — In July of this year, Grand Strand Nissan only had six new cars on their lot. Today, things are looking a lot different. Robbie Haynes, general manager of Grand Strand Nissan, said it is a massive improvement. “It’s definitely getting better,” Haynes said. “I mean, if you could tell when […] → Read More

How investigators linked Raymond Moody to the death of Brittanee Drexel

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Prosecutors laid out in court Wednesday how investigators were able to link now-62-year-old Raymond Moody to the death of Brittanee Drexel before a judge sentenced him to life in prison. Drexel, who was from Chili, disappeared on April 25, 2009, while she was on spring break with friends in the […] → Read More

Raymond Moody sentence to life for kidnapping, killing Brittanee Drexel in 2009

Editor’s note: A livestream of the hearing is available in the video player above. GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The man accused of kidnapping and killing 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel in 2009 pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Georgetown County and was sentenced to life in prison. Before he was sentenced, Raymond Moody, 62, cried while addressing […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach Police Department prepares for Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon weekend

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon events kick off Saturday and lasts through the weekend. The event presents three races: the one mile “doggie dash” and the 5K on Saturday morning, and half marathon on Sunday morning. Races mean road closures. The Myrtle Beach Police Department will be stationed throughout the routes […] → Read More

SCDOT looks for input on Myrtle Beach road improvements

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Mr. Joe White Ave. and 21st Ave. North have been recognized by the South Carolina Department of Transportation as two roads in need of safety improvements. The project centers around safety for pedestrians. Key safety elements proposed for this project include: High visibility crosswalks Pedestrian crossings with refuge islands ADA […] → Read More

‘Devastation’: Garden City ice cream staple total loss in Hurricane Ian

GARDEN CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — Perched on the corner of Atlantic Ave. and Waccamaw Dr., The Yum Yum Shop saw extensive flooding and devastation during Hurricane Ian. When owner Bryon Busbin came into his shop on Saturday morning after the storm, what he saw was heartbreaking. “Devastation,” Busbin said. “Everything was totally washed everywhere.” Freezers […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach man quits job to help people in Florida after Hurricane Ian

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Alastar Cogan lived in Cape Coral for two years. When he saw the devastation in the place he once called home, he knew he wanted to do what he could to help. He packed up a 1996 Chevy crane, six deep sea batteries and a 25-foot Gooseneck trailer, and he […] → Read More

Putting Ian’s dangers aside, South Carolina couple rescues several

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Jason and April Sizemore watched Ocean Boulevard turn from a street to a river from their beachfront apartment on Friday. Knowing they had the resources to make a difference, they knew what they had to do. Not just any vehicle could traverse Hurricane Ian’s floodwater, but the Sizemore’s truck did. […] → Read More

Horry County moves to OPCON 1 as Ian approaches landfall

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County moved to OPCON 1 as Hurricane Ian approaches landfall along the South Carolina coast. As of 11 a.m., Ian continues to track north and is forecast to make landfall near Georgetown Friday afternoon. Horry County has been preparing for this for several days, and even as the trajectory […] → Read More

20 displaced in 2-alarm River Oaks fire

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Twenty people were displaced after a two-alarm fire Friday morning at a multi-unit building in the River Oaks area, according to Horry County Fire Rescue. HCFR officials said they were dispatched at 1:35 a.m. to the 500 block of White River Drive in the River Oaks area of Horry County. […] → Read More

Residents express concern to developers about rezoning of River Oaks Golf Club

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Since plans were announced in late August, residents have been concerned about what the rezoning of River Oaks Golf Club means for their community. If approved, nearly 178 acres of the River Oaks Golf Club could be rezoned as a residential development that would add 505 homes to the area. […] → Read More