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NMB youth soccer teams recognized

At the Monday, March 2, North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council members recognized the North Myrtle Beach 12-Under, 15-Under and 17-Under youth soccer teams for their excellent performance during the 2019 season. The 12-Under team emerged as District Champions and made it to the State tournament. The 15-Under team fought to become District Champions and went on to become State Champions. The 17-Under Team took District Champion and State Champion honors, feats they have repeated for at least five successive years.

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NMB Council recognizes those detectives who have solved the Shawn Marie Neal murder case

During their March 2 meeting, North Myrtle Beach City Council members recognized the detectives who worked to solve the 1996 Shawn Marie Neal case. Neal was murdered on June 2, 1996 in North Myrtle Beach. Detectives and SLED  investigated, but with few leads, the case went cold. North Myrtle Beach detectives did not give up on the case and in 2017, relying on advances in DNA collection and cataloging, detectives reopened the Neal investigation, hoping to bring closure for the victim’s family members and to serve justice. Some murder scene items suspected of containing additional DNA material were sent to …

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Information is being offered on coronavirus virus disease

The following information was released by the city of North Myrtle Beach. The city of North Myrtle Beach received some phone calls and emails asking about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how to avoid contracting it. Here is some basic information: SYMPTOMS – Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Existing underlying heart, respiratory or other medical conditions, coupled with older age, may play a significant role in cases where people have died …

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NMB City Council proposed budget includes initial funding for EOC, DMC new additions

The North Myrtle Beach City Council held its fiscal year 2021 budget retreat meeting Feb. 24-25 at Santee Cooper’s Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis which was open to the public. The city’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30. The proposed budget involves 17 separate funds with significant interrelations and transfers between the various funds. The proposed FY 2021 budget is about $119 million, an increase of about $27 million over the FY 2020 budget. The budget proposes a property tax increase of about 7.9 mils, most of which would go toward funding an expansion of the North Myrtle Beach Park …

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Great detective work leads to resolution of a 1996 homicide case in the city

On June 2, 1996, 23-year-old Shawn Marie Neal was found deceased in a condominium at 3217 South Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach. An indepth investigation was undertaken by the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety (NMBDPS) with assistance from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Despite the investigators’ best efforts, the case went “cold” and remained unsolved. In November 2017, relying on advances in investigative technology that include DNA collection and cataloging, NMBDPS investigators reopened the Neal investigation. Their goal was to bring closure to the victim’s family members and to serve justice. NMBDPS investigators conducted a thorough …

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Representative Bailey presents check to city

State Representative William Bailey visited North Myrtle Beach City Hall last Friday to present a check in the amount of $1 million to Mayor Marilyn Hatley. The funds go toward the $14 million 18th Avenue North Ocean Outfall, which begins construction in fall 2020. In an accompanying letter, Representative Bailey thanked Mayor Hatley for her “selfless leadership not only for North Myrtle Beach, but the state as a whole.” Mayor Hatley commended Representative Bailey for the “wonderful job he is doing for House District 104 and all of South Carolina” and thanked him for his efforts to help fund the …

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NMB City Board selects Tree of the Month for December

The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board selected an oak tree located at the entrance to The Oaks at Windy Hill as its Tree of the Month for December. Mike and Carolyn Price moved into The Oaks at Windy Hill three and a half years ago. When they purchased their home, they inherited the role of caretaker of a beautiful oak tree at the entrance to their neighborhood. The tree is between 150 and 175 years old. The former owner of their home, Kathy Estes, told the Prices she had taken special care of the tree since 1998 and the …

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City names employees of month for September, October, November

During the December 16 City Council meeting, Employee of the Month Awards were presented to Public Grounds Maintenance Worker Stewart Stevenson (September), Senior Planner/Urban Designer Suzanne Pritchard (October) and Seasonal Beach Cleaner Contrez Dewitt and Motor Equipment Operator Kareem Hemingway (November). Stewart Stevenson received his award for volunteering to be the point of contact for the Right of Way Crew when its leader had to be out of work for an extended period of time. He ensured that the crew understood and stuck to established priorities, attended crew meetings and carried information back to the maintenance staff. Meanwhile, he continued …

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City Council recognizes Smith for her service as she retires

The North Myrtle Beach City Council held a Monday, December 16, meeting in City Council chambers at City Hall. City Council adopted a resolution approving a settlement agreement in principle between the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County regarding hospitality fees and authorized the city manager to sign the document(s) on behalf of the city. City Council entered into an executive session to discuss the annual performance evaluation of the city attorney. Council took no action. City Council issued a proclamation commending Beam & Associates personnel H. Wayne Beam, PhD., Braxton Kyzer, P.E., and Mike Kirby, P.E., for their …

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North Myrtle Beach City Council has busy meeting

Prior to the December 2 meeting, City Council met in a 6:45 p.m. executive session to consider a potential contract between the city and Beam and Associates. Council took no action. City Councilmen J.O. Baldwin, Fred Coyne and Hank Thomas, all successful in their reelection bids during the City’s November 5 general election, took their oaths of office to serve new four-year terms on City Council. Fred Coyne Hank Thomas Mayor Marilyn Hatley issued a proclamation declaring December 6, Arbor Day in North Myrtle Beach. In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special …

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