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Soccer in a box is a creative innovation

Soccer Club Management, LLC, a North Myrtle Beach based company, is a leading provider of soccer education and training programs.  It has released a new soccer based child enrichment program for 3-5 year olds.  It is called “Soccer in the Box” for preschool and child development centers. Soccer in a Box is a unique turnkey program in the early childhood enrichment field. It helps prepare preschool children for kindergarten. The curriculum manual and lesson plans have been edited and endorsed by the Early Childhood Development Department of the Fairfax County School System, the nation’s 10th largest. The unique curriculum and …

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NMB 13-14 All-Stars finish in third place in state Dixie Youth tournament

The North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department 13-14 All-Star team finished the SC Dixie Youth Championship Tournament in third place last week in Bluffton. The all-stars were one win away from playing in the championship when they lost to St. George 4-2. North Myrtle Beach opened tournament play with a 9-4 victory over Bluffton. They then lost to St. George by a 13-3 score in game two but came back strong to beat Chester 8-7 and Marion 7-5 in the loser’s bracket competition in the double elimination tournament. That set up a rematch with St. George and the loss …

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New regulation bans use of lures, attractants in state

A new regulation has been established that affects the use of natural deer lures and attractants often used by deer hunters in South Carolina. The new regulation makes it unlawful in South Carolina to possess or use, for the purpose of hunting or scouting, any substance or material that contains or claims to contain any excretion collected from a deer, including urine, feces, gland oil or other body fluid. This does not prohibit the use of synthetic products or substances collected by a hunter from deer legally harvested in South Carolina. Synthetic products are clearly labeled as such. If a …

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CNB Kickoff Classic celebrates 30 years

Conway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff Classic on Aug. 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Brooks Stadium on the Coastal Carolina University campus. “This 30th anniversary edition of the CNB Kickoff Classic will continue a long and valued tradition of assembling with students and supporters of the ten area high schools to celebrate the arrival of a new football season and the beginning of a new school year,” said CNB President Jennings Duncan.  “The anticipation of returning to Coastal Carolina University and playing in the newly expanded Brooks Stadium has created great excitement for everyone.  We …

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NMB 11-12 year-old All-Stars finish second in Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament

The North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department 11 and 12 year-old All-Star team made it all the way to the final game of the Dixie Youth State Championship Tournament before losing 6-2 to Edgefield County to end their dream of going to the Dixie Youth World Series. North Myrtle Beach got to the finals by beating Greenwood 6-1 in their first game, then beating Hartsville 12-0. They lost their third game to Edgefield County by a 7-1 score, then qualified for the finals with an 11-10 win last Wednesday over Union County, which sent them into the final game …

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Coach Joe celebration is set

The city of North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation will hold a naming and dedication ceremony for the Joe Lategano Court located at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center on Possum Trot Road on Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m. Coach Joe Lategano will be recognized for his many years as a coach, mentor and supporter of North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation. Coach Joe currently serves as the  chairman of the Recreation Commission. All past players, coaches and supporters are invited to the ceremony to celebrate Coach Joe Lategano.

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New deer hunting regulations go into effect this year

South Carolina deer hunters should start seeing deer tags for the 2019 season in their mailboxes soon, and there are significant changes to the antlerless tagging system that all hunters need to be aware of before taking to the field. New for this year are improvements to the Antlerless Deer Tag program. A new law was passed by the General Assembly, resulting in the elimination of the eight date specific anterless tags, replacing them with two anterless tags that may be used on any day beginning Sept. 15 in Game Zones 2, 3 and 4 and Oct. 1 in Game …

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Dixie Youth All-Star teams continue play this week

Three North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department all-star teams continued play this week in the Dixie Youth Baseball Championship tournaments being held around the state. The 10 and under all-stars, who were seeded 11th in the 12-team event, started play last weekend with a 7-4 win over the sixth seeded team from Orangeburg. North Myrtle Beach then took on the 5th seeded Hartsville team, and lost by a 2-0 score. North Myrtle Beach then went to the loser’s bracket and they were eliminated by the tournament’s 3rd seeded team, Clinton, this time by an 8-0 score. Coach Edward Prince …

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Thoughts surprising baseball during the Home Run Derby

If you believe that baseball is the national pastime then you probably tuned in to some of the festivities in Cleveland, Ohio, this week. The annual All-Star game features the best of the best, players that have been voted into a game that showcases the skills and abilities of veteran players and sometimes a few of the youngsters of the game. Watching the Home Run Derby Monday night, I was surprised that many of the contestants were new to the major leagues or were less known to those that follow a team. Even more surprising was the fact that a …

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NMB 7-8 year old machine pitch all stars season ends in Florence

The North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department 7-8 year old machine pitch all-star team lost their first two games at the state Dixie Youth tournament in Florence over the weekend and were eliminated from the tournament. North Myrtle Beach first lost to the Bluffton Nationals squad by a 10-1 score and then lost their game in the losers bracket, as Saluda beat them 10-0. NMB coach Rian Spencer stated that despite the scores, his team had played well. “It might not sound like we played well but we played two very tough opponents. We hit the ball hard but …

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