Chiefs win Lower State Championship against rivals Myrtle Beach

By John Smithson The #2 North Myrtle Beach Chiefs football team won the Lower State championship last Friday by beating rival Myrtle Beach 37-10 at the Hank Hester Sports Complex. The Chiefs remained undefeated with their ninth win and set up a championship game at Benedict College Saturday at 7:30 pm against upper state winner and top-ranked A.C. Flora. The Chiefs won their first-ever lower state championship and now have their first shot at a AAAA state title. All of this has happened in a year with a shortened season due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which somehow has not affected …

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North Myrtle Beach experiences a large drop in revenue during COVID-19 times

By Ruben Lowman The city of North Myrtle Beach has taken a huge hit to its revenues, over $2 million, since March when the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak first forced government officials all over the country to move into various states of lockdown and implement strict regulations designed to safeguard public health and safety.  A major source of the city’s funds comes directly from accommodations and hospitality tax revenues, both of which are highly dependent on visitors coming and spending their money here. The city recently disclosed detailed data for the A-Tax and hospitality tax revenues they have brought in this …

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NMB Chiefs 35-10 win over North Augusta sets up lower state matchup with Myrtle Beach

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs won their second consecutive home football playoff 35-10 over North Augusta last Friday night and they will meet the Myrtle Beach Seahawks this Friday at the Hank Hester Sports Complex for the lower state championship. The Chiefs beat the Seahawks in the final Covid-shortened season three games ago and with that victory they claimed the 6AAAA region championship and the homefield advantage for the first two playoff games. Myrtle Beach meanwhile had to take two long trips to South Aiken and Beaufort to earn their wins and a shot at the lower …

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Hunter receives prestigious administrator credential

Tina Hunter, executive director of The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, recently earned her Certified Animal Welfare Administrator certification through The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, an independent agency whose mission is to help develop strong leaders and promote standards of practice in the animal welfare profession.  Hunter is now one of two hundred and seven individuals to hold this prestigious designation. The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement administers the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) program which distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in both nonprofit and municipal animal welfare agencies. In addition to meeting strict eligibility requirements for …

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Chiefs beat James Island 41-12 to advance in state playoffs

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs continued their undefeated season with a first round 41-12 playoff victory over James Island last Friday at the Hank Hester Sports Complex. The Chiefs had never played James Island, which made the playoffs as an at-large selection with a 4-3 record.  The Chiefs, fresh off their big win over Myrtle Beach that gave them the 6AAAA region championship, also benefitted from the win by getting the home team designation in the playoffs for the first two games.  The favored Chiefs won the toss and deferred, kicking off to James Island and allowing …

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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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