NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Police search for elderly man
North Myrtle Beach police are searching for a 72-year-old man who was last seen about 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the city, where he was on vacation with his wife, according to authorities.
James Munson, 72, is described as being a white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 135 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes and was last seen near 19th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, police said.
Munson was wearing metal trimmed glasses, a navy blue and white shirt, blue jeans and a dark green nylon jacket with the word Petoseky on the pocket.
Police learned Munson left in his vehicle at 10:30 p.m. Thursday and did not return. He had been taking medication prescribed by his doctor that left him a little disoriented, but his doctor took him off that medication and he became more disoriented, police said. Otherwise, he does not experience any long-term medical complications. Police also are working with officials in his hometown of Sumter, just in case he decided to travel home or to visit with friends.
Man found naked in yard charged
A Myrtle Beach man was charged after police found him in a yard naked Thursday afternoon, according to a police report.
John Quentin Collins, 29, of Myrtle Beach was charged with disorderly conduct/disrobe, nudity and his bail was set at $262 cash, according to jail records.
Officers were called about 3:30 p.m. Thursday to the 700 block of Talbot Circle and saw Collins lying in his yard with no clothing on, according to an arrest report.
Collins, who police said appeared intoxicated, was in view of the street and his neighbors, so police took him into custody.
Fire risk continues
With low humidity and windy conditions expected in the Myrtle Beach area Friday, forecasters warn there is an increased risk for fire danger from outdoor burning.
The relative humidity is expected to drop to 25 to 30 percent Friday across most of Horry and Georgetown counties and southwest winds are expected to gust up to 20 mph and some 25 mph gusts are possible, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. Because of the lack of recent rains, the S.C. Forestry Commission said fuel moisture levels are low and the risk of wildfires increased.
Area residents should check with local authorities before burning outdoors Any burning should be done with extreme caution, according to a hazardous weather outlook.
Sam’s Corner robbed
An armed robbery Sam’s Corner on North Kings Highway that was reported at 9 a.m. Friday is under investigation in Myrtle Beach.
An unknown man carrying a black handgun entered the front door and ran behind the counter and pointed the weapon at a 58-year-old woman who was sitting on a stool, according to a city police report.
Police said the robber stole cash and the woman’s cell phone before fleeing the store.The suspect was wearing a blue and white baseball cap, khaki work pants, “cheap” white tennis shoes and gloves, and the incident was captured by surveillance video.
Taste of Georgetown tomorrow
The annual Taste of Georgetown is Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. on Front Street. More than 19 restaurants and retail stores are participating including the River Room, Front Street Deli, Portofinos on the Warf, the Krazy Fish and Sweeties.
Food tickets cost $1 each, or 23 for $20.
Proceeds benefit the Family Justice Center which aids domestic violence victims.
For information, or a complete list of participants, visit tasteofgeorgetownsc.com.
Dietitians plan healthy food tour
Dietitians with the Georgetown Hospital System – which includes Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital – will lead a free supermarket tour on Nov.8 to help grocery shoppers make healthy food choices.
The hour-long tour is at 5:30 p.m. Nov.8 at Food Lion, 9380 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island.
To register, call 520-8288.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
Local venue misses out on CMA award
A North Myrtle Beach venue in the running for a Country Music Association award came up short against a notable Nashville hotspot.
The Ryman Auditorium took the CMA Standing Room Only award for Venue of the Year, edging out the Alabama Theatre in Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach and the Bridgestone Arena, also in Nashville. The awards were given Thursday night.
The Alabama Theatre – where country music legends such as Alabama, George Jones, Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn have performed – wasn’t banking on the trophy, surprised simply to be nominated and grouped with such prominent Nashville venues, said Bob Wood, Alabama Theatre’s president.
The Ryman Auditorium, with roots dating to the 1890s, once was home of the Grand Ole Opry and is known in Nashville as “The Mother Church of Country Music.”
From staff reports