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Sea turtles nesting season begins in North Myrtle Beach

By Ruben Lowman Sea turtle nesting season began in South Carolina this month and will continue until the end of October. That means we will hopefully be seeing these endangered and ancient creatures soon here in North Myrtle Beach. I recently spoke with Linda Mataya of the North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol in order to find out more information about these beautiful animals. Her organization of all-volunteers has been helping to protect, monitor and study sea turtles who make North Myrtle Beach beaches their temporary home during the summer months since 2010. She recounted to me that they walk …

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NMBHS seniors appreciate having graduation on their football field

By Ruben Lowman North Myrtle Beach seniors have the option to participate in an in-person graduation ceremony, including a group commencement that will take place on the high school football field. Students can choose between a socially-distanced group ceremony with up to two guests, or an individualized ceremony including eight of their loved ones. The announcement came late last week, quickly following Horry County Schools’ confirmation that district principals would have the ability to choose how their graduations would be conducted. HCS had initially stated that they would be holding virtual graduations for the Class of 2020 across the county, …

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High schools to hold in-person graduations

By Ruben Lowman In-person graduations will now be held for seniors at high schools throughout the district, as voted on this week by the Horry County School Board. There is flexibility for high school principals in the county to decide the specifics of their graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020, such as whether to hold it inside or outside, and whether to honor all students at one time or divided into smaller groups. “Tonight, the board voted to have in-person graduation ceremonies for the high schools and the program schools, leaving a lot of planning and logistics to the …

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Restaurants open back up for indoor seating

By Ruben Lowman and Andrea Maestre Restaurants and bars are allowed to resume indoor seating this week as Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the restrictions he put in place nearly two months ago to combat the spread of the coronavirus. This followed up the governor’s easing of restrictions last week, when he permitted restaurants to open their doors to diners but limited them to outdoor seating only. His previous executive orders had restricted restaurants to only offering delivery, curbside or take-out service. For Sarah Arnold, owner of the Tidewater Grill located across from the Swing Bridge, acclimating to the social distancing …

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Schools are to remain closed for rest of year

By Ruben Lowman and Andrea Maestre Gov. Henry McMaster made the announcement last Wednesday that all K-12 schools in the state will be closed for the remainder of the school year. The governor, accompanied by State Superintendent Molly Spearman, decided to extend his previous executive orders closing schools through March and April in order to combat the spread of COVID-19. “The decision we have made after much consultation with a comprehensive group of people, including parents and teachers, administrators, health experts and otherwise, we decided not to reopen schools for the rest of the school year,” McMaster said. The governor …

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Local area prepares for coronavirus peak

By Ruben Lowman and Andrea Maestre Driving along the Grand Strand recently has been a rather discomfiting experience, especially if you are a local. There have been plenty of cars out at most times, but yet there aren’t very many places actually open for them to go to. Parking lots have now become dead zones, storefronts frozen to a more tranquil moment before the crisis erupted, hastily-erected signs flashing with the latest developments concerning COVID-19. It feels a bit like riding through a ghost town, only if there were still a lot of people who lived there. Over the past …

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