Manny Martinez, WBTW News 13

Manny Martinez

WBTW News 13

Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

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Past articles by Manny:

Jimmy Carter’s connections to Pee Dee remembered

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A Myrtle Beach Planning Commission member is reflecting on former president Jimmy Carter and his friendship with a former local Pee Dee congressman as the United States’ 39th president spends the rest of his life in home hospice care. Decades-old memorabilia brings back memories for Sally Howard, a Myrtle Beach […] → Read More

Potential PGA event in Grand Strand has golfers excited

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A potential PGA event in the Myrtle Beach area that could start as early as next year has golfers excited for the possibility. The PGA and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are in negotiations about the agreement, but no contract is in place and nothing is finalized. A […] → Read More

Plans for new Carolina Forest hospital spark concerns about wildfires

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Plans for a new hospital in Horry County are facing opposition from conservationists, who believe it could increase the risk of wildfires in an already-prone area. “Of the 76 Heritage Preserves in South Carolina, this one right here is the most biologically diverse,” said Trapper Fowler with the Coastal Conservation […] → Read More

Bad weather delays search for Chinese spy balloon debris off coast of NC/SC border

An official said the search effort likely will be on hold over the weekend because of poor weather conditions. → Read More

Search for missing boater Tyler Doyle continues into North Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WBTW) — Crews continued the search Friday for a missing boater who was last seen Jan. 26 while duck hunting on a jon boat in the North Myrtle Beach area. On Friday, crews searched in the Wilmington area, with people looking for any sign they could find. Doyle and one other person were […] → Read More

Residency dispute headlines Atlantic Beach election certification

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A residency dispute headlined the certification of Tuesday’s special election runoff in Atlantic Beach. The council seat had been vacant since the fall when the late James DeWitt was allegedly killed by his son. The nearly hour-long certification at times turned into a spectacle, with some in the audience recording […] → Read More

Atlantic Beach certifies results, John David to replace late James DeWitt on council

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The town of Atlantic Beach certified its election results Thursday, and John David will replace the late James DeWitt on town council. In Tuesday’s special election runoff, John David received 38 votes, compared to 21 for Michael Isom and 8 for Lenny Evans. Three of David’s votes were challenged by […] → Read More

Father of man in Surfside Beach-area barricade situation says son didn’t have to die

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The father of a man in a Surfside Beach-area barricade situation overnight Sunday into Monday said his son didn’t have to die during the incident, stating his son dealt with mental illness. 39-year-old Hendrix Washington died in the barricade situation, which began Sunday night and ended with his death early […] → Read More

Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority reopens facility in Marion County, expands service

MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority reopened its Marion County facility on Friday and is expanding service. PDRTA added two new fixed routes this month: The Mullins Express and The Marion Express. Both routes are fare-free. The upgraded facility brings office space, a lounge and training area for staff. It’s […] → Read More

Little River embroidery company gets ‘revolutionary’ knitting machine

LITTLE RIVER, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina Lt. Governor Pamela Evette appeared in Little River Friday at a ribbon cutting for an embroidery company’s new 3D knitting machine. bFIVE40, which is locally-owned, said the machine is the first-of-its-kind on the Grand Strand. The 3D knitting machine boasts 1,200 needles and can speed up production using […] → Read More

Why a Robeson County triple homicide suspect was out on parole after a life sentence

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — A former Robeson County District Attorney said Tuesday’s triple homicide may not have happened if a rule change was enacted just nine months earlier. Corey Grant Leak, 46, is in jail again, facing a long list of charges that includes three counts of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life […] → Read More

Robeson County triple murder suspect appears virtually in court; new charges added

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — A Robeson County triple homicide suspect appeared virtually in court on Thursday morning. Corey Grant Leak, 46, appeared virtually in court at 10 a.m. Thursday. He appeared before a judge Wednesday for the murder and attempted murder charges, where he was assigned a court-appointed attorney. New charges against Leak include […] → Read More

Political stage turns to South Carolina ahead of 2024

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The political stage is turning towards South Carolina ahead of 2024, with two familiar names for South Carolinians that could be in the running for president, and some proposed changes that might bring more attention to the Palmetto State. “I think the road to the White House comes through South […] → Read More

Record number of passengers travel through Myrtle Beach International Airport in 2022

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A record number of passengers traveled through Myrtle Beach International Airport in 2022. Nearly 3.5 million people traveled through the airport as travel rebounds from pandemic lows and more locals choose to fly. The airport hopes to keep the record-breaking trend in 2023 to try and sell Myrtle Beach as […] → Read More

‘It was a disaster zone’: Lake City cleaning up after 25-car train derailment

LAKE CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — Crews continued clean up on Wednesday in Lake City after 25 cars on a train derailed after it hit a car that was stopped on the tracks on Monday. “It was a disaster zone,” City Administrator William A. Hall said. “It actually looked like a hurricane had come through and […] → Read More

South Carolina lawmakers to consider ending part of approval process for new health care facilities

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina lawmakers will once again consider getting rid of part of the approval process for new health care facilities across the state. A bill in the State Senate would remove the Certificate of Need review process for most health care facilities in South Carolina. Only nursing homes would have […] → Read More

Disaster relief loans available to those impacted by Hurricane Ian

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Small Business Administration is offering disaster relief loans to help those along the Grand Strand impacted by Hurricane Ian. The low-interest loans are available for “physical damage” and “economic injury.” The SBA said businesses and non-profits are eligible for the loans. Homeowners can also apply. In South Carolina, most […] → Read More

Russell Fry waits to be sworn in as House still has no speaker

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Congressman-elect Russell Fry, R-S.C., continues to wait to be sworn in as the House still doesn’t have a speaker on Wednesday afternoon. Fry spoke to News13 on Wednesday morning ahead of the voting. Fry said the Republican Party needs to unify in order to move forward. Fry supports Kevin McCarthy […] → Read More

How to keep your HVAC running smoothly in cold weather

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — As temperatures drop this weekend, that means more work for heaters. One Hour Heating and Air in Myrtle Beach switched schedules around this holiday weekend to make sure there’s enough staff to cover the already increasing number of calls. Their main tip is to lower the dial so HVAC machines […] → Read More

How to prepare for cold temperatures this weekend in Grand Strand, Pee Dee

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — With Myrtle Beach temperatures forecast to nosedive heading into the Christmas weekend, the New Directions homeless shelter will have space available for those who need a warm place to stay, officials said. “It’s a ‘Code Blue’ weekend at New Directions in Myrtle Beach,” the city said Wednesday in a Facebook […] → Read More