The week ahead for the Myrtle Beach area

Bee week

Isabella Neubauer, who won the 26th annual The Sun News Regional Spelling Bee in March, will represent Horry and Georgetown counties this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C., area. Neubauer won the regional bee for the fourth consecutive time and is a student at the Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences.

Debate coming

Republican candidates for state Superintendent of Education will meet in a debate 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The debate is sponsored by ETV and seven S.C. newspapers, including The Sun News. Democratic candidates for the seat debated on Thursday. Primary election is set for June 10.

Ban on tents

Monday is the first day of a ban on tents on the beach in Myrtle Beach. The city has decided to ban the tents from Memorial Day to Labor Day. North Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach banned the canopy-style tents from May 15 to Sept. 15. On beaches in Horry County tents are banned year round – a ban that began on April 16. All four jurisdictions allow umbrellas as the only shading device on the beach during the stipulated times.

Baseball regionals

College baseball’s NCAA regionals begin this week, but will be without a familiar participant.

Coastal Carolina’s streak of seven straight appearances will come to an end this week after the Chants – who do not sport a resume worthy of an at-large bid – were eliminated in the Big South tournament.

South Carolina and Clemson, however, are expected to make the field, which will be announced at noon Monday (ESPNU).

Pelicans return to nest

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will be back in town Tuesday to start a seven-day homestand.

The Pelicans will host the Salem Red Sox from Tuesday through Thursday before taking on the Carolina Mudcats the next four days.