The week ahead for the Myrtle Beach area



Winter break

Horry County Schools students will be out for winter break from Wednesday through Jan. 2, which is a teacher work day. Georgetown County schools will be open Wednesday, closing for winter break from Thursday through Jan. 2.

World end in sight?

The Mayan calendar ends Friday and some people think that means the world will end as well. A quick Google search shows a number of “end of the world” parties being held throughout the Grand Strand – if you’re into that.

Winter begins

If the world doesn’t end, Friday is also the first day of winter. Known as the winter solstice, Friday is the shortest day of the year with the sun expected to rise at 7:16 a.m. and set at 5:11 p.m.

Tuesday last day for state lawmakers to pre-file bills

State legislators have until Tuesday to pre-file any bills they would like to sponsor in the 2013 legislative session. Between the House and the Senate, lawmakers had pre-filed more than 150 bills addressing topics ranging from early voting to changing the rules for common law marriage.

Tuesday is the second of two deadlines to pre-file. The House’s first deadline was Dec. 11 and the Senate’s first deadline was Dec. 13.

Holiday hoops tourneys

Three high school basketball tournaments begin this week along the Grand Strand.

The Crescom Holiday Invitational girls tournament tips off Tuesday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

On Wednesday, the Carolina Forest Invitational (boys only) begins at Carolina Forest High and on Thursday the Shootout By The Sea (boys and girls) tips off at North Myrtle Beach High School.

The Carolina Forest Invitational continues through Friday, when it will crown a champion. The other two tournaments will conclude Saturday.