HCS stays with hybrid learning until further notice

By Ruben Lowman Horry County Schools altered guidelines to their reopening plan last week as a result of an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in the district, keeping hybrid learning until further notice.  The county has been following the guidelines laid out by Gov. Henry McMaster and his acceleratEd Task Force, which linked the instructional method for students with the amount of the spread of coronavirus throughout the state’s districts.  Previously, HCS had been posting updates to their case dashboard on their website after receiving weekly disease activity reports from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control detailing …

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Horry County to end mask mandate

By Ruben Lowman Horry County Council voted last week to end the countywide face mask mandate that has been in place for the past several months in order to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the area. Councilmembers also voted in favor of ending the county’s state of emergency designation. The current ordinances will remain in effect in all unincorporated areas in Horry County, including Little River and Longs, until October 31, when they will expire.     Chairman Johnny Gardner summed up the proceedings with a simple explanation. “The county council decided enough is enough, we don’t …

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Register now for Dashing Through the Glow walk/run event

Register now for the Friday, Nov. 20, Dashing Through the Glow two-mile fun walk/run event at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, and be among the first to see the 2020 Great Christmas Light Show lights. Registration is limited this year, so register early. This event includes required COVID-19 protocols. Dashing Through The Glow is open to all ages, and don’t forget to wear your best Holiday-themed outfit because prizes will be given for best-dressed individual and best-dressed family. Staggered starting times begin at 7 pm. Registration Fees are: Adult (12 and older) $25: includes an official bib, …

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NMB Chiefs beat West Florence 28-21, maintain undefeated record in 6AAAA

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs returned to the Hank Hester Field for Homecoming last Friday night and beat the visiting Knights 28-21 to remain undefeated atop the 6AAAA region. The Chiefs win and the upset win by Wilson over Myrtle Beach on Friday now sets up the big game with the Seahawks a week from Friday at North Myrtle Beach. West Florence came into the game 3-1 but the Chiefs were trying to win and lock up a playoff spot in the region finals.  The Chiefs received the opening kickoff and started at their 20 after no …

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Chiefs girls cross country team wins 6AAAA championship

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach High School varsity girls cross country team won the 6AAAA regional championship last Saturday in Darlington.  The girls team had three runners in the top ten finishers to win with 59 points. West Florence was second with 75 points and Myrtle Beach third with 80 points. Kailyn Brown was the fourth-place finisher overall with Kayah Marques seventh, Isabel Smith 11th, Nia Ortiz 13th and Chandler Mury Riley 26th to lead the Chiefs point-getters. Ronan Donahue finished 31st and Hailey Doscher was 33rd. In the boys 5000 meter final, the Chiefs Jacob Koontz finished …

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David Zakett

David Zakett, 64, of North Myrtle Beach passed away at Grand Strand Hospital on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, of complications from Ventricular Tachycardia. David was born on April 15, 1956, in Tarrytown, New York. He graduated from Yorktown High School in 1974. David was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Mary T. Zakett, and his sister, Susan Travis.  He is survived by brothers Donald Zakett (Michigan), Bruce Zakett (New York) and Glenn Zakett (Colorado); seven nephews; one niece; and three great-nephews. David retired to Myrtle Beach after more than a 30 year career working at International Union of …

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John Francis Phalen

John Francis Phalen, 87, of Little River unexpectedly passed away on Oct. 19, 2020.  John was born June 19, 1933, to Paul and Lorna (Leonard) Phalen of Rossie, N.Y.  He was the oldest of six children. John graduated from Mohawk Central School  Mohawk, N.Y. in 1952. Soon after he joined the Navy where he was honorably discharged and returned home to Mohawk, N.Y., to help his mother raise his five siblings after his father passed away. He met and married Jean Corcoran, in 1957. Together they raised four children. He was employed by General Electric in 1953 and retired in …

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Harry W. Coppersmith Jr.

Harry W. Coppersmith Jr., 78, of Little River/Carolina Shores, N.C., died on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Born on April 20, 1942, in Shiloh, N.C., he was the son of Harry Coppersmith and Nellie Mae Owens Coppersmith. Harry spent over two years with the US Air Force. While living in Maryland, he retired from Verizon Communication. He then moved to the Carolina Shores/Little River area to enjoy the weather and play golf. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Mullins Coppersmith; his children, Darren and Sandra; and seven grandchildren. Harry was also step-father to Debra Baker, Penny Markulis and four grandchildren. A …

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Betty Harris

Elizabeth “Betty” or “Boo-Boo” Steuart Harris, 98, a resident of Haywood Estates for the past 15 years, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Greenville, SC. A traditional Scottish graveside service will be held at 2:00 Wednesday, October 28th in Lamar Memorial Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. Face coverings are recommended at the service and social distancing guidelines will be observed. Mrs. Harris was born in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 22, 1922, daughter of the late Alexander and Margaret W. Steuart. She lived in Tampa for 23 years, Lamar, S.C., for 40 years, North Myrtle Beach for 20 …

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Chiefs run record to 4-0 with 63-14 win over Darlington

By John Smithson The fifth ranked North Myrtle Beach Chiefs started slowly last Friday night but then dismantled the Darlington Falcons by a 63-14 score.  The Chiefs and Falcons traded possessions for most of the first quarter until a Darlington touchdown seemed to spark the Chiefs and got their offense going for the rest of the Friday homecoming game at Darlington High School. The Chiefs fell on the opening kickoff at their 22 yard line, but four downs later punted to the Darlington 40. Darlington lost 18 yards in two plays and on fourth down punted for twelve yards to …

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