Local area schools perform high on state education report card

By Ruben Lowman South Carolina recently released its annual report card evaluating its districts and schools using a number of different assessments that measures student performance.  Graduation rates, academic achievement rates for college and career-preparedness, and progress rates for English as a Second Language students are the most detailed information on this year’s state report card, due to the COVID-19 pandemic preventing schools from carrying out the end of year testing that typically serves as the bedrock of the reports. The average graduation rates of the high schools in the district was 83.5 percent, with the average for the state …

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NMB Council honors O.D. Elementary, wakeboarder

By Ruben Lowman Competitive wakeboard riders and the Ocean Drive Elementary School were honored during the North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting this Monday night, November 2, as well as a section of the city’s land development regulations being amended in order to make it easier for the public and the planning commission to view and alter street design standards going forward. Five members of the North Myrtle Beach Wakeboard Team competed in the World Wake Association (WWA) World Championship held from September 20-22 at the Valdosta Wake Compound in Valdosta, Georgia. The city’s wakeboard team is based out of …

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Great Christmas Light Show adds new figures, more scenes

The Great Christmas Light Show returns to the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex Nov. 23 through Dec. 30. Gates are open from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. This park-wide lighted celebration captures the true spirit of the season.The S.C. Department of Commerce has approved this event and required COVID-19 safety protocols are in effect. Opening to the public on Monday, Nov. 23, the drive-through light show features over two million lights festively displayed along a two-mile drive throughout the Park & Sports Complex. Over 400 magical light displays, some up to 70 feet long, are custom made for …

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Park free in city lots

Effective on Sunday, Nov. 1, people may now park free in city-owned parking lots in North Myrtle Beach. The pay-to-park kiosks were turned off after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 and will be removed soon. The city’s paid parking season will begin again on March 1, 2021.

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John Allen Bennett

Former Maryland resident, John Allen Bennett, 79, of Little River died on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Florence.  Due to the pandemic, a private viewing will be held at his request for his wife, children and grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so, at his home in Little River. John was born on Sept. 7, 1941, in Lansing, N.C. to Noah and Odell Bennett. He was raised in Ashe County as one of eleven siblings. After graduating from high school in 1958, he moved to Washington,  D.C. In …

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Lenore Schiavelli

Lenore Schiavelli, 72, of North Myrtle Beach, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, after a brief illness.  She was the daughter of the late Humphrey and Mildred Davis. Born and raised in Freeport, Long Island, N.Y., she graduated with honors from  New York State University at Oneonta, N.Y.  Lenore was retired from her career as municipal clerk of the City of Englewood, N.J. The only thing that could drive a person crazy about Lenore was how organized she always seemed to be.  She was a charming, warm and delightful individual with a great love of life and wonderful sense …

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Thomas Boski

Thomas Boski, 65, of Little River passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, with his wife Paula by his side. Born in Hoboken, N.J., he was the son of the late Victor Boski and Catherine Boski.  He was predeceased by his brother, Michael. Thomas lived in Old Bridge, N.J., for most of his life, working for the Old Bridge DPW for 35 years until retiring in 2010 and moving to Little River.  He had an infectious personality and was kind and considerate to all he met along the way. He loved to be at Sandy Hook Beach and playing golf. …

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Bennie Willard Green Jr.

Bennie Willard Green Jr., 58, of Loris passed away at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Born and raised in Loris, he was predeceased by his parents, Bennie W. and Gennive Green. He attended Loris High School and was employed by the Golden Griddle Pancake House in North Myrtle Beach.  In his last days, he accepted the Lord as his personal savior.   Bennie is survived by his brothers, James Ray and Willie Joe Green; and sister, Fostine Jackson.  He leaves to cherish a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  Bennie will be remembered as a loving brother …

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Alexis Rollins

Alexis Rollins, 38, of Little River, daughter of Lynn and Buddy Bryant, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McMillan-Small Funeral Home and Crematory of Myrtle  Beach.

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Everett Coleman ‘Buddy’ Deal Jr.

Everett Coleman “Buddy” Deal Jr. passed away on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at Atrium Health-Cabarrus surrounded by his two loving sons. He was a lifelong North Carolinian born in Concord to the late Everett Coleman Deal Sr. and Ivoyne Whisnant Deal on March 16, 1948. A proud Concord Spider, Buddy excelled in many sports, but it was his talent in football that earned him a scholarship to play at Catawba College. From his late teens, Buddy loved spending his summers lifeguarding at North Myrtle Beach, prompting a lifelong passion for beach music, shagging, shell collecting  and hanging with friends “down …

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