Melissa Meyers, WBTW News 13

Melissa Meyers

WBTW News 13

Myrtle Beach, SC, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

First Responder Friday: Ronald Collins

MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — It takes a special kind of person to be in law enforcement, but to work 46 years with the same agency is a different level of dedication. “I’ve never wanted to do anything else,” said Ronald Collins of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. “Every time I saw a patrol car, […] → Read More

First Responder Friday: John Poston

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — In this week’s First Responder Friday series, we introduce you to John Poston, a patrol deputy with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. Born and raised in Florence County, Poston proudly serves the place he calls home. “I always wanted to do some kind of public service,” Poston said. “This one […] → Read More

First Responder Friday: Drew Longshore

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — It’s time for another edition of First Responder Friday. This week we introduce you to Drew Longshore, a traffic officer with the Myrtle Beach Police Department. “Everything’s a challenge. It keeps you on your toes, keeps you thinking, and that’s what I enjoy,” Longshore said. Three years working for highway […] → Read More

First Responder Friday: Capt. Christine Berry

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — In this week’s “First Responder Friday,” we introduce you to Capt. Christine Berry with Horry County Fire Rescue. “I wanted to do something that I felt like every day would give back to the community,” Berry said. And that’s exactly what her job entails. Twenty-two and a half years dedicated […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach firefighter hopes to continue serving community

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — This week for First Responder Friday, we’re highlighting William Ishmael, a firefighter with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department. “The culmination of it is seeing that that person or those individuals involved, came out on top of the situation,” Ishmael said. For nearly 12 years now, Ishmael has been serving the […] → Read More

First Responder Friday: Myrtle Beach Elementary SRO Patrick Copeland

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — News13 is highlighting the work of first responders throughout our community in a new segment called “First Responder Friday.” This week we get to know Patrick Copeland, a school resource officer at Myrtle Beach Elementary. “The most rewarding part is coming to school and them looking up to you as […] → Read More

Most states, including SC, don’t meet student-to-counselor ratio recommendations

SOUTH CAROLINA — Data from the American School Counselor Association shows that South Carolina does not meet the recommended ratio of students to counselors. The recommended ratio is 250 students per one counselor. However, only two states do meet the recommendation. “We need school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers,” Jill Cook, executive director of […] → Read More

Conway woman in search of life-saving kidney

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Conway woman is in search of a kidney donor after spending 20 years in and out of the hospital. “When, and if I do get a kidney, I’ll get my life back,” Diana Miller said. Miller was 33 years old when her world flipped upside down the moment she was […] → Read More

New COVID-19 variant: More dominant but not as dangerous

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The latest COVID-19 variant is driving up cases across the nation, but even though the BA.5 variant is being labeled as the more dominant strain, that doesn’t mean it’s as dangerous. In fact, most cases associated with it are mild. “As they kind of evolve, they do seem to get […] → Read More

Sexual assault victims could face more trouble with abortions after Roe v. Wade overturned

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina groups advocating for women’s rights said victims of sexual assault may have more trouble getting an abortion now. This came after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Following the Supreme Court’s decision, abortion laws are now up to the state. In South Carolina, if you’re more than six weeks pregnant, […] → Read More

Socastee native crowned Miss South Carolina 2022

SOCASTEE, S.C. (WBTW) — This year’s 2022 Miss South Carolina has some local ties to the Grand Strand. Jill Dudley grew up in Socastee and graduated from Socastee High School. She attended college at Coastal Carolina University, and now holds the title of Miss South Carolina after being crowned last week. “I was so in […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach changes fireworks rules ahead of Fourth of July

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Myrtle Beach has amended its fireworks rules ahead of the Fourth of July. The rule was amended to comply with state law, according to the city. The rule allows fireworks on private property between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. with permission from the property owner. Fireworks are allowed on private […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach RV sales not impacted by high gas prices

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Despite high gas prices, RV sales in Myrtle Beach have not been affected. In fact local dealerships said business is very strong. According to dealerships, demand for RVs is fairly high, and even though gas prices are up, owners said the vehicles spend more time settled down than driving. “It’ll […] → Read More

McMaster will sign bill allowing medical providers to deny care based on beliefs

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will sign a bill that allows medical providers to deny care based on religious beliefs, according to a spokesperson with the governor’s office. McMaster is expected to sign the bill Friday afternoon, according to Brian Symmes. House Bill 4776, also known as the “Medical Ethics […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach area teen performs on stage with Keith Urban at CCMF

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A Carolina Forest teen got a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the stage with Keith Urban at Carolina Country Music Fest last weekend. 17-year-old Alec Youngblood has been a fan of Urban for quite some time. Little did he know, all it would take to get to get him from the […] → Read More

Horry County Council approves construction for Garden City intersection

GARDEN CITY, S.C. (WBTW) — Construction for what drivers call a confusing and dangerous intersection in Horry County will soon be underway thanks to the help of county leaders. “With the loss of life that’s happened at that intersection over the years and definitely a necessity,” Bill Barber, event coordinator at SBB, said. It’s something […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach first responders prepare for Carolina Country Music Fest

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The Carolina Country Music Fest is just days away and public safety agencies are preparing for the tens of thousands of people that will pack into downtown Myrtle Beach. All hands are on deck for the four-day festival from both Myrtle Beach fire and police departments. They’ll be bringing in […] → Read More

South Carolina hospitals pushing for reform on certificate of need process

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A bill that would make it easier for new hospitals to open has failed in the statehouse. Hospitals across the Grand Strand said they would have liked to see some reform to the certificate of need process. With so much growth in the Horry County, hospitals said expansion is needed. […] → Read More

Candidates say newly formed House District 61 could bring more opportunities to Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County’s recent gain of House District 61 has candidates anticipating more opportunities to address needs in the area. John Cassidy and Carla Schuessler, candidates running for House District 61, said a big concern in the county is infrastructure needs. With the newly formed seat, there are more opportunities to […] → Read More

Myrtle Beach police planning for Memorial Day weekend

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The Myrtle Beach Police Department is working on a safety plan for Memorial Day. Planning for the holiday started as soon as last year’s Memorial Day weekend ended. Police said they’ve listened to the community and business partners when putting together this year’s plan. Right now, several hundred officers are […] → Read More