Cavanaugh is moving soon, was instrumental in the development of NMB

By Ruben Lowman Councilman Bob Cavanaugh has served the city of North Myrtle Beach for the last time and will resign and move to Virginia in order to be closer to his family. Cavanaugh made the decision a few months ago to give up the seat he has held on the council for nearly 20 years so he can spend more time with his wife, children and the rest of his family in Richmond, but was waiting until he was able to line up a buyer for his home in the Tidewater community before he made the move. Mayor Marilyn …

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Retiring councilman honored by his constituents, colleagues

By Connie Ross-Karl Longtime North Myrtle Beach City Council Member at Large Robert “Bob” Cavanaugh and his wife, Mary, a distinguished educator for more than 20 years in North Myrtle Beach, were recognized and lauded by representatives of the city, South Carolina legislature and friends, neighbors and well-wishers at Tidewater Plantation on Saturday, Nov. 14. They were also joined by members of Quilts of Valor, who presented Cavanaugh with a personalized, handmade quilt to commemorate his military service in the U.S. Army, as he was flanked by his fellow veterans who live in Tidewater. Presenters included Kathleen Williams and Theresa …

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Chiefs beat Myrtle Beach 34-6 to go undefeated and win 6AAAA championship

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs football team finished their shortened 2020 regular season with an impressive 34-6 win over the visiting Myrtle Beach Seahawks in their final regular season game at The Hank Hester Sports Complex last Friday evening. The 6-0 Chiefs, ranked number two, defeated the 5-2 Seahawks, ranked number three, and with the win took the 6AAAA championship and a home game into the first round of the playoffs this Friday. The Chiefs won the toss and deferred, kicking off to the Seahawks, who made a first down but had to punt from their 39-yard …

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Heavy turnout in first major election during COVID-19 pandemic

By Ruben Lowman Election Day has come and gone once again, and while a nation watches with anxious, attentive eyes as yet another contested presidential election unfolds in this country, voters in Horry County can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the local races are officially over and the winners confirmed with a minimum amount of fuss. The county’s board of elections officially certified the results last Friday, after having to re-scan roughly 15,000 ballots the day before, amid a heavy turnout for the first major election that has taken place during the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 restrictions preventing …

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Students begin receiving plexiglass workstations Friday

By Ruben Lowman Horry County Schools will start installing plexiglass workstations for all elementary school students beginning this Friday, Nov. 13, in hopes that the extra precautionary measure will make it safer for students and teachers, as well as make it more likely the district could transition to five-day, in-person classroom learning for all students at some point in the near future. County school officials said they plan to have the installation process completed for the majority of elementary schools in the district within nine days, having Sunday, Nov. 22, as the target date to finish placing the plexiglass stations …

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Local area schools perform high on state education report card

By Ruben Lowman South Carolina recently released its annual report card evaluating its districts and schools using a number of different assessments that measures student performance.  Graduation rates, academic achievement rates for college and career-preparedness, and progress rates for English as a Second Language students are the most detailed information on this year’s state report card, due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing schools from carrying out the end of year testing that typically serves as the bedrock of the reports. The average graduation rates of the high schools in the district was 83.5 percent, with the average for the state …

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NMB Council honors O.D. Elementary, wakeboarder

By Ruben Lowman Competitive wakeboard riders and the Ocean Drive Elementary School were honored during the North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting this Monday night, November 2, as well as a section of the city’s land development regulations being amended in order to make it easier for the public and the planning commission to view and alter street design standards going forward. Five members of the North Myrtle Beach Wakeboard Team competed in the World Wake Association (WWA) World Championship held from September 20-22 at the Valdosta Wake Compound in Valdosta, Georgia. The city’s wakeboard team is based out of …

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Great Christmas Light Show adds new figures, more scenes

The Great Christmas Light Show returns to the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex Nov. 23 through Dec. 30. Gates are open from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. This park-wide lighted celebration captures the true spirit of the season.The S.C. Department of Commerce has approved this event and required COVID-19 safety protocols are in effect. Opening to the public on Monday, Nov. 23, the drive-through light show features over two million lights festively displayed along a two-mile drive throughout the Park & Sports Complex. Over 400 magical light displays, some up to 70 feet long, are custom made for …

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Park free in city lots

Effective on Sunday, Nov. 1, people may now park free in city-owned parking lots in North Myrtle Beach. The pay-to-park kiosks were turned off after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 and will be removed soon. The city’s paid parking season will begin again on March 1, 2021.

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John Allen Bennett

Former Maryland resident, John Allen Bennett, 79, of Little River died on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Florence.  Due to the pandemic, a private viewing will be held at his request for his wife, children and grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so, at his home in Little River. John was born on Sept. 7, 1941, in Lansing, N.C. to Noah and Odell Bennett. He was raised in Ashe County as one of eleven siblings. After graduating from high school in 1958, he moved to Washington,  D.C. In …

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