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Todd is new high school principal

North Myrtle Beach High School has a new principal, although she’s actually been a part of the school for 25 years. Former assistant principal Teresa Todd replaces Trevor Strawderman who left to move to Charleston after a decade-long and illustrious stint at the school. Todd started at the school as a math teacher for 13 years followed by becoming an instructional coach for four, then assistant principal since then, so she has a long view. “We’re at a good place,’’ Todd said. “We want to continue moving forward.’’ Strawderman was known not only for his community involvement but as a …

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Land is placed in conservation easement

The city is in the process of buying about 100 acres of land next to the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex to expand the athletic facilities as well as allow for an apartment complex requested by an adjacent owner. Second and final reading of the two ordinances has not yet been scheduled. The city is not ready to made public how many new fields or what type will be there, said Pat Dowling, city spokesperson. “Generally, though, the acreage would be used for more ball fields and soccer fields, the latter of which can also be used to …

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City loses street signs

For some teenage tourists, their check list of souvenirs includes not only seashells and tie-dyed T-shirts, but road signs. Apparently, these young folks were even more zealous this year as almost 150 street signs were taken during the traditional high school and college weeks, mostly in the Cherry Grove section. “We lose about 60 or 70 signs to theft citywide each year,’’ said city spokesman Pat Dowling. “This year in the first two weeks of June, about 148 signs were stolen, about two-thirds of them in Cherry Grove.’’ Dowling added, “Sign theft usually occurs in June when college and high …

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NMB-Jones excited about new printer system

Loris-County treasurer offers new services to residents! If anyone can make the job of Horry County treasurer sound fun and exciting, it is its current leader, Angie Jones. “Lordy, I love coming to work,’’ she said. “I get so excited because we work hard here, but we have a good time doing it.’’ The 43 year old Aynor native is enthused about new services that make it easier for residents to pay their bills online for free and switching out the out-of-state company collecting payments to save the county money and give the business to a local bank. But even …

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Cherry Grove ranks in top U.S. beaches

A lot of positive media attention has landed on North Myrtle Beach recently, from Cherry Grove being the only Horry County beach in TripAdvisor’s top 25 United States beaches, coming in at 11th, to a number seven “safest city’’ ranking out of nearly 7,600 in the state analyzed by Alarms.com. The news did not come as a surprise to locals, former residents or tourists who have visited the North Strand and who mentioned the wide beaches and the small-town, family-oriented, safe feeling while visiting. “Our nine miles of beach is our lifeblood in more ways than one,” said Mayor Marilyn …

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Parking fees begin in June

Starting on June 15, all public parking lots along Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach will charge $2 per hour, payable by downloading an app to a smartphone and using a credit or debit card. Those who live in the city and have vehicles registered there will be able to use a residential permit system to allow them free parking, though the details are still being worked out, and the number of vehicles allowed may be limited, according to a press release. Up to now, the parking fee had only applied to four existing parking lots at 4th Avenue North …

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Purden named city’s new police chief

The city of North Myrtle Beach has found its new police chief after two rounds of searches and interviews. He is Greg Purden, a commander in the Brevard County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department. He is set to start the first week of May. A committee of area law enforcement chiefs all voted unanimously on Purden, who has 33 years of experience including in tourist areas in Florida, though that was not the main reason for his selection, according to North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Director Jay Fernandez. “We truly believe he’s going to be a great asset,’’ Fernandez said, explaining that …

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Funding is secure for new stoplight

A handwritten sign on Highway 57 at the intersection of Highway 111 and Little River Road in Brooksville, reading, “2019. Still no light,’’ vents locals frustration, but South Carolina House of Representative William Bailey of Little River said that the funding is now secure for a light, though it still may take some months. “Hopefully, that sign will not need to be there much longer,’’ said Bailey, because the $2.4 million needed to make improvements and add a stoplight is now in place. “They should start seeing some activity in the next three, four months.’’ Bailey, a Republican who defeated …

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Coach Says Team Is Jelling Together

Pictured is the 2018-19 Lady Chiefs Varsity Girls basketball squad. The team is off to a great start with their 8-1 record including their recent win at Conway Tuesday evening. The final score 56-21. According to Coach Brooke Smith the players to watch are as follows: #23, Jordan Berger – averages 18 points and 10 rebounds per game (junior); #24, Daveona Hatchell – averages 14 points and 11 rebounds per game (sophomore); and #22, Janaii Boone – averages 6 points per game and 4 rebounds per game (great senior leader). The North Myrtle Beach varsity girls team is off to …

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Chiefs lose to Tigers 65-49

Head coach Darcie Vincent strategizes with the Chiefs during a timeout. North Myrtle Beach lost 65-49 against Conway Tuesday. Tyree Smith sinks a jumpshot during the team’s brief run on the Conway Tigers in the third period of the home game Tuesday. The North Myrtle Beach varsity boys basketball team lost to Conway by a score of 65-49 Tuesday in a home game. Due to the Tigers ability to shoot inside as well as 3s, the Chiefs were not able to bring the game to more than 10 despite a couple of good runs at it in the third period, …

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