The litter in Horry County is way out of control. I heard what sounded like a lawn mower on Myrtle Ridge Drive. For people who do not know where Myrtle Ridge Drive is, its the racetrack between U.S. 501 and S.C. 544, where half of the road has a speed limit of 25 mph and half has a 40 mph speed, but generally the cars do 60 to 70 mph.
Dozens of nonprofits raised more than $400,000 through the social media and Lowcountry Giving Day 2016 and the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation of Pawleys Island added another $150,677 with incentive grants to 22 organizations.
For 20 years, Tidelands Community Hospice, a nonprofit that started more than 30 years ago, has offered “Good Mourning Day Camp” for grieving children. This year’s camp will be on July 9 at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Pawleys Island. The program is for 15 to 20 adolescents and young teens who have lost a parent or family member. Tidelands executive director Shane Player says school guidance counselors are contacted to include children outside the Tidelands data base.
As a regular air traveler, I can attest to the growing problems at our airports related to the time it takes passengers to pass through security and get to their flights; while I do not expect the national news stories in your publication to identify a problem in individual airports, I have been surprised that no local reporter has identified an issue which is somewhat unique to Myrtle Beach.
There’s never been a secret about the addictive properties of opioid painkillers. But a new investigation by the Los Angeles Times revealed something that wasn’t so widely known: The maker of one of the most popular opioid painkillers pushed doctors to adhere to a regimen that, as it turned out, made it more likely for patients to become addicts. And by the way, it was the regimen approved by federal regulators – one with unanticipated consequences that regulators and doctors have been too slow to address.
Horry County taxpayers don’t know much more about the unexpected early retirement of the police chief than we did two weeks ago. Questions remain as to why? From information released last week, under a Freedom of Information Act request, we know Horry County is paying $60,000-plus to the South Carolina Retirement System to make Saundra Rhodes eligible for retirement.
Before Military Appreciation Days began in Myrtle Beach, the nonprofit organization Scents for Soldiers started holidays at the beach for wounded servicemen and women in military hospitals. This Memorial Day weekend, Scents for Soldiers has invited 50 ill and injured military service members on its 13th four-day holiday trip.
President Barack Obama correctly sensed that engagement with Cuba is the best way to change the Castro regime’s behavior. A cruise ship docking in Havana, whose passengers include Cuban-Americans, is the latest concrete example of a policy that succeeds in forcing change by working with Cuba, not freezing it out. The Cuban people will be the ultimate winners.
In the second half of the 20th century, conventional wisdom in the medical community held that overconsumption of saturated fats – the kind found in milk, cheese, meats and butter – was dangerous. And so, between 1968 and 1973, a well-planned, well-executed study involving more than 9,000 patients was performed to test this widely accepted relationship between diet and heart disease.
Beyond doubt, parents, grandparents, men and women who are not parents, want children to be safe. From that, it’s a tremendous leap of illogic to believe that transgender teenagers’ choice of school restrooms somehow puts other students at risk.
What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, so just as North Carolina is facing boycotts because of House Bill 2, which rolled back anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, it’s entirely appropriate that people who favor barring transgenders from restrooms that match how the world sees them rather than their genetic structure should boycott companies that publicly oppose that view, as some are now calling for a boycott of Target.
Fifty years is a long time for any entity to sustain an award, to keep it meaningful to the community as well as recipients. The Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach on Monday presented its Joe McGarry Memorial Police Officer of the Year Award and the 50th award perhaps has more significance than ever.
News flash: government is inefficient. In the latest version of its annual report on government efficiency and effectiveness, the Government Accountability Office identified 92 actions, in 37 areas of government, that could be taken to reduce “fragmentation, overlap and duplication” and otherwise make the federal government more efficient and cost-effective.
One evening last June, Linda Mataya, co-leader of the North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol, responded to a report of a nesting turtle being disturbed and she went to an unincorporated area south of the city near Apache Pier. Horry County Police Department officers had already arrived and were protecting the turtle.
Dashcam captured the dramatic minutes leading up to the life-saving grab Riverside police officers made when they found a man threatening to leap off the Interstate 635 bridge into the Missouri River. The video was edited by The Kansas City Star for length.
Courtesy of Riverside Police Department
Dashcam video shows Missouri police stop man from taking deadly leap
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Law enforcement surges to Myrtle Beach to prep for Bikefest
NAACP officials discuss the traffic loop and monitor any discrimination