Maria DeBone, WBTW News 13

Maria DeBone

WBTW News 13

Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

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Past articles by Maria:

Atlantic Beach police receive body cam donation from Loris Police Department

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Atlantic Beach Police Department received a body camera donation from the Loris Police Department. Lt. Matthew Cox is one of three officers with the Atlantic Beach Police Department, and part of his daily routine is putting on his body camera. The Body-Worn Cameras by Law Enforcement bill was signed […] → Read More

Horry County one step closer to permanent road fees

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County moved one step closer to permanent road fees Tuesday night by passing the first-reading of an ordinance. Councilman Mark Causey said the fee is needed in order to keep the roads maintained, whether that’s with resurfacing, paving or anything else. Horry County currently charges $50 per year for […] → Read More

15th Circuit Solicitor says Sidney Moorer trial appeals could go on for years

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said Sidney Moorer’s trial appeals could go on for years. In a hearing Wednesday, Moorer’s attorney asked for a new trial in the disappearance of Heather Elvis. Elvis went missing in the early morning hours of Dec. 18, 2013, from Peachtree Boat Landing. She has […] → Read More

Horry County Fire Rescue sets state record with largest graduation class

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County Fire Rescue set a state record on Friday with its largest graduating class ever. Fifty-eight new firefighters from Class 44 were welcomed into the HCFR family. Chief Joey Tanner welcomed everyone by saying, “Thank you all for being here for the largest fire graduation recruit school we have […] → Read More

Horry County will see $15M budget increase for 2023

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County’s government budget will increase by $15 million to reach $220 million for its 2023 fiscal year, according to information presented Thursday morning at the Horry County Council’s spring budget retreat. Administration told the board that 2023’s budget is the most difficult it’s dealt with due to inflation. The […] → Read More

Horry County Schools reflects on safety measures after South Carolina middle school shooting

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County Schools is reflecting on safety measures after a 12-year-old shot and killed another 12-year-old Thursday at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville County. Lisa Bourcier with Horry County Schools said the district has metal detectors, metal wands, security cameras, screening systems, armed officers and more to help with safety. […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach salon listed on website to help transgender people find inclusive salons

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Thursday is International Transgender Day of Visibility and one hair salon in Myrtle Beach is making it known that they’re welcoming to not only transgender people, but everyone. Outside of Twisted Scissors Beauty Loft there’s a visible sticker with the transgender flag colors letting everyone know it’s an inclusive salon. […] → Read More

Former Myrtle Beach mayor claims he was bribed to drop out of congressional race

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Former Myrtle Beach Mayor Mark McBride, who is running for South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, said he was bribed to drop out of the race. In a video posted to his Facebook page March 5, McBride said David Hucks, a local blogger, offered him a job for $70,000 a year […] → Read More

St. Patrick’s Day festivities returning to North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — North Myrtle Beach’s famous St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival are coming back after two years of being canceled because of COVID-19. With the events just days away, the city and businesses are busy getting ready for the festivities. “Our motto this year is third times a charm,” Angel […] → Read More

Good sports tourism season critical for Myrtle Beach economy

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The 25th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon is Saturday, and sports leaders in Myrtle Beach said a good sports tourism season is critical for the economy. With the sound of the starting gun Saturday, the sports tourism season will officially be here. “The month of March we are getting ready for […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach chamber’s I-73 mailer upsets Horry County Council members

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A flyer in support of I-73 sent out by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has some Horry County Council members upset. The flyer urges residents to tell the Horry County Council to fund I-73. The flyer said the area was “one lane away from being cut off” during […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach flower shops prepare for Valentine’s Day rush

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Several floral shops in the Myrtle Beach area are preparing for Valentine’s Day — the busiest day of the year. India Rogers, owner of Flowers by Richard, said the coolers are fully-stocked and 60% to 75% of them are already sold. “We have vendors that we deal with and they’re […] → Read More

A SC humane society helps dog with cancer complete his ‘bucket list’

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — One senior dog with terminal cancer at the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach is living out his final days in style. Teddy was abandoned and has been at the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach since July. “We came in one morning, heard some barking and he was […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach area man uses boxing to ‘knock out’ mental illness

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — At Southpaw’s Boxing Academy in Surfside Beach, the kids are learning more than uppercuts and hooks — they’re learning life lessons. Southpaw’s Boxing Academy owner, Todd Poulton, started boxing to overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder. “I’ll tell you, that was the real fight, it wasn’t any of my fights in the ring, […] → Read More

How a Myrtle Beach veterans group uses stingrays to help PTSD

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — While most people swim away from stingrays, one Myrtle Beach veterans group swims with them to help with their PTSD. It starts with the initial first steps in, and then come the stingrays — 80 of them to be exact. All of which live in a habitat at Ripley’s Aquarium. […] → Read More

Johnny Vaught running for Horry County Council chairman

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County Councilman Johnny Vaught plans to run for chairman of the council, Vaught announced Wednesday. Vaught represents District 8 on the council. His term is set to expire at the end of this year. “I’m going to provide leadership, build consensus and promote unity county-wide in the face of […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach area teen diagnosed with brain tumor, family seeks help

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A Myrtle Beach area family is asking for help after a brain tumor was diagnosed in their 16-year-old daughter. Michelle Traxler said looking at her daughter, Savannah, you would never know anything was wrong. “This has not fazed her one bit,” she said. Savannah Traxler likes to draw, bake. She’s […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach area hospitals encourage blood donations; Red Cross declares first-ever blood crisis

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Grand Strand area hospitals and the American Red Cross are encouraging people to donate blood after the Red Cross declared its first-ever national blood crisis. Meg Heath, the account manager for Red Cross South Carolina said there’s a major critical need, with supply reaching its lowest level in more than […] → Read More

South Carolina teacher shortage moving from ‘slow bleed’ to ‘hemorrhage’, teacher says

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — With teachers out due to quarantine or illness, SC for Ed, an education advocacy group, said it’s putting a strain on staff during what’s already a statewide teacher shortage. Not only is the number of Horry County Schools students in quarantine rising, but so is the number of teachers. According […] → Read More

Developer pulls plan to build thousands of homes along Highway 707 in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A developer who planned to build nearly 4,000 homes along Highway 707 in Horry County pulled the rezoning request at the last minute. Dozens of residents showed up to Thursday’s planning commission meeting to share their disproval of the plan, but at the last minute, the engineering firm, Thomas & […] → Read More