Home / Melissa Huff Salvatore

Melissa Huff Salvatore

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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, …

Read More »

Civil Air Patrol And Others Lay Wreaths On Veterans Graves

Photo by Melissa Huff Salvatore Last Saturday 126 wreaths were laid on the graves at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens. This was a first year event. About 50 people waded through standing water last Saturday to lay 126 wreaths on the North Strand’s deceased military members, a first-year event at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens in Little River. Bob and Edie Sakowski uttered the names of Army Sgt. C. Devin Lewis, Feb. 2, 1945-Feb. 4, 1986, and Corporal Richard Brambles III, Jan. 28, 1966-May 6, 2007, after placing the wreaths on the strangers’ graves, as instructed by organizers. Kathy Rice …

Read More »

Foundation Raises Over $80,000 For Cancer Patients

The first place team winners included Chris Greenwell, Dr. Belal Khokhar, Brandon Higdon and Thys Runia in the golf tournament played at Barefoot Resort and Golf in North Myrtle Beach to benefit cancer patients at McLeod Seacoast in Little River. The McLeod Health Foundation benefiting McLeod Loris Seacoast raised over $80,000 at the McLeod Seacoast Cancer Benefit Golf Classic presented by Sandhills Bank. This two-day golf event was held on Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the cancer patients at …

Read More »

Tour Money Raised Helps To Support Local Charities

About 330 people walked through six homes decorated to the hilt for Christmas, from the classic to the contemporary, according to North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club committee chairperson Connie Holston. “Overall, I think it was a great success,” Holston said. “We didn’t have any major issues with traffic, which I know some subdivisions were worried about, but it was spread pretty evenly (among the six houses). And I think we had about a 15-18 mile range of houses to see.” The home that was the furthest south was a contemporary on 46th Avenue South in the Windy Hill section, decorated …

Read More »