Manny Martinez, WBTW News 13

Manny Martinez

WBTW News 13

Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

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Frustration grows in Florence County over Dominion Energy pipeline

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Frustration is mounting for some residents in Florence County as Dominion Energy moves one step closer to adding a natural gas pipeline, leaving some landowners to feel helpless. Dominion Energy said the expansion is necessary, but neighbors and environmentalists call it unfair and potentially dangerous. “There’s nothing I could do to […] → Read More

Garden City vacation home at center of ‘nightmare’ loses certificate of occupancy

GARDEN CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Garden City vacation home which a family accused of not being as advertised has had its certificate of occupancy revoked for safety issues. The home lost its certificate of occupancy Friday morning, meaning not even the owner is allowed to spend a night inside. Steven Elliott, a Georgetown County […] → Read More

Family says Garden City vacation rental home was not as advertised

GARDEN CITY, S.C (WBTW) — One family spent thousands of dollars on a high-end rental home in Garden City, but when they arrived on Saturday, it was everything but, and now Georgetown County is involved. Now, the family is packing up disappointed. “Just trying to enjoy the beach and a vacation,” Bill Collins said. “We’ve […] → Read More

At least 1 dead after car, train collide in Florence

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — At least one person was killed Saturday night in a crash involving a car and a train in downtown Florence, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken. Florence police said the crash happened at about 8:40 p.m. near the intersection of Baroody and Dargan streets. Police said the investigation was […] → Read More

Coast RTA implements cashless fare system Sept. 22

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Coast RTA will soon debut a new, cashless fare collection system Sept. 22. Bus rides have been free for the majority of the past two years because of the pandemic and buses’ unreliable fare boxes that are 12 years old. Starting on Sept. 22, riders can tap debit and credit […] → Read More

Horry County opens new emergency operations, communications center

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County held a grand opening and dedication ceremony Wednesday for the new Randall S. Webster Emergency Operations and Communications Center. The 43,000 square foot facility is located in the same complex as the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway. The county’s emergency management division and 911 dispatch will move […] → Read More

Williamsburg County high school football coach arrested for DUI in Florence County

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — A Williamsburg County football coach was arrested Friday night, according to Florence County Detention Center records. Byron Abram, head coach and athletic director at Hemingway High School, was arrested by Florence police and charged with one count of driving under the influence. He registered a blood-alcohol level of less than .10% […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach bed bug cases ‘bad for business’

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A South Carolina attorney specializing in bed bug cases said Myrtle Beach accounts for 80% of his business statewide. Columbia-based attorney Trevor Eddy said bed bug lawsuits fell into his lap when he first opened his firm in 2018. In the past year, his active case count has almost tripled […] → Read More

Latta acting mayor ‘deeply sorry about the mass exodus’

LATTA, S.C. (WBTW) — The normally quiet Town of Latta has been shaken up by a mass exodus of town employees and half of its police force. Police Chief Josh Holt turned in his two weeks notice on Friday. Five more officers have done the same, and what was a force of 12 will now […] → Read More

New cooler coming to Horry County Coroner’s Office to double capacity

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Horry County Coroner’s Office is slated for a new cooler that will double storage capacity at the facility. The coroner’s office currently shares space with the county’s communications department in a building deep in the public safety complex. Robert Edge, Horry County coroner since 1989, said the communications department […] → Read More

Home sales down 20% in parts of Horry County year over year

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Home sales in Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest were down 20% in June compared to June 2021, according to data from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. In North Myrtle Beach, home sales were down 34% this past June. Troy Jones, a broker with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, said the […] → Read More

One dead in Florence shooting, homicide investigation underway

Florence, S.C. (WBTW) — A homicide investigation is underway after one person was killed Sunday afternoon in a shooting in Florence. Police said it happened about 4:20 p.m. in the 800 block of Commander Street and that officers found the victim dead outside a home. On Monday, the Florence County Coroner’s Office said the incident […] → Read More

Inflation, increased rent impacts Myrtle Beach homeless shelter

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — New Directions of Horry County, a Myrtle Beach homeless shelter, has seen more people spend the night at its facilities as inflation and rising rents diminish people’s spending power. New Directions has three shelters in Myrtle Beach with roughly 200 beds available each night. William Howsare, program director at the […] → Read More

Marlboro County has South Carolina’s highest unemployment rate for 9th straight month

MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Marlboro County led South Carolina with the highest unemployment rate for the 9th straight month, according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW). Marlboro County’s unemployment rate was 6.6% in May, the most recent month available, as statistics were released at the end of June. Erica Von […] → Read More

North Myrtle Beach pushes back plastic bag ban to October

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — North Myrtle Beach voted Wednesday to push back its plastic bag ban to October, not even one week into the ban going into effect. The ban — which initially went into effect Friday after being approved in 2019 and delayed due to the pandemic — will now go into […] → Read More

July 1 brings new budget cycle, higher property taxes and other changes

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — July 1 means the start of a new budget cycle for local governments, which came with several changes for the next fiscal year. In Conway and Myrtle Beach, July 1 brings increased property taxes. Conway increased its millage by 7%, meaning an increase in property taxes of $40 for the […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach area Vietnam veterans pushing for legislation in Washington

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Local Vietnam veterans back two pieces of legislation in Washington for the recognition of their exposure to the toxic chemical Agent Orange. Agent Orange was used by the American military to clear fields and destroy crops during the Vietnam War. “We didn’t know what it would cost to the human […] → Read More

Conway Medical Center calls for blood donations as they slow down in the summer

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Conway Medical Center said blood donations slow down in the summer months and area doctors are calling for donations over the Fourth of July weekend. Donations tend to decrease especially during holiday weekends at the same time the need for blood usually increases, according to Conway Medical Center. The Blood Connection […] → Read More

North Myrtle Beach plastic bag ban starts Friday

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A plastic bag ban in North Myrtle Beach will go into effect Friday, three years after it was initially approved. The ban was delayed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city said the ban on single-use plastic bags benefits the environment with the goal of cutting down on […] → Read More

Political expert says Russell Fry’s win over Tom Rice was surprising

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A local political expert said Russell Fry’s win over incumbent Tom Rice on Tuesday is noteworthy for its decisiveness. State Rep. Russell Fry won the republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives District 7 seat after beating Rice, who was one of 10 republicans who voted to impeach former […] → Read More