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NMB City Council approves amended budget, property tax increase

By Ruben Lowman North Myrtle Beach City Council unanimously approved the first reading of a $89 million amended budget on Tuesday that raises property taxes within city limits. The proposed budget would cut a little over $30 million in major projects and carry a tax increase of 7.9 mils, bringing the city’s rate to 45 mils. At a workshop last week Councilman-at-large Hank Thomas was the only member to voice opposition to the proposed increase, saying he was concerned about the impact it would have on businesses and second homeowners. After deliberating with the rest of the council this week, …

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Runoff elections set for Tuesday

By Ruben Lowman The primary elections for Horry County Council District 9 and Horry County Auditor were close enough last week to necessitate a runoff between the top two candidates in each race. Mark Causey and Terry Fowler will compete for the District 9 council seat, while R.A. Johnson and Beth Calhoun will vie to be the next county auditor. Both individuals who currently hold these seats are retiring after long and illustrious careers serving the public from these positions. Paul Prince is retiring after nearly two decades as the district’s councilman and hoped to pass the baton to his …

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City of North Myrtle Beach gives concerts update

The city of North Myrtle Beach has been unable to hold their two summer concert series, Music on Main and the Sounds of Summer, so far this summer. Currently, concerts are not permitted by Governor McMaster and if/when he does eventually allow them the city will then make the decision whether to proceed with the performances. City spokesperson Pat Dowling said the city is stressing the importance of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing while in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which is rising in our area. “These small precautions are known to reduce and sometimes halt its …

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North Myrtle Beach City Council discusses budget amid COVID-19 cuts

By Ruben Lowman North Myrtle Beach City Council held a workshop on Tuesday to evaluate the ways in which they can remedy the issues with the city budget resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The council initially proposed $119 million in expenditures in February at the annual budget retreat in Pinopolis, which is $27 million more than the previous year. City officials are now looking at a projected $30 million shortfall and will take the next two weeks to deliberate before voting on an $89 million budget. The key issue during the workshop hinged on whether or not to temporarily increase …

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Farmers market returns to the beach

By Ruben Lowman After being under various states of quarantine and lockdown throughout the spring, the summer season truly kicked into swing with the return of the farmers market to North Myrtle Beach and Little River. For city resident Tara Gurry it was a chance to get back out and purchase fruits and vegetables that have been grown locally from smiling faces, both familiar and new. She said that the farmers market is a unique place, a gathering spot of individuals who all share a passion for clean, healthy eating. Locals like Tara Gurry were ecstatic to see the return …

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First sea turtle nest found in North Myrtle Beach

By Ruben Lowman The nesting season for sea turtles who make North Myrtle Beach and other localities along the South Carolina coast home began last month. The Times spoke with Linda Mataya of the North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol to find out more information about our summer guests and the ways residents and visitors can help protect them and their delicate environment. Mataya was asked to update the newspaper when the first nest was officially found on our beaches. She was excited to break the news that the Sea Turtle Patrol, aided by city sanitation workers, found the first …

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City of North Myrtle Beach buildings reopen to the public

On Monday, June 8, the North Myrtle Beach City Hall and the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Buildings reopened to the public for regular business hours. The city encourages its customers to continue to use online, drive-thru and telephone resources to conduct business, if possible.For the safety of customers and employees, persons who have recently had a fever, cough or shortness of breath should not enter any building. All customers should practice social distancing, avoid touching surfaces as much as possible, wash hands before and after visiting, and if they feel the urge to cough, cover it. Customers are encouraged …

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City of North Myrtle Beach cancels 4th of July fireworks

North Myrtle Beach announced on Tuesday the 4th of July fireworks display has been canceled that was scheduled to take place at the Cherry Grove Pier in the Cherry Grove section of the city. The city said the show was canceled after payment for the event was due early in the COVID-19 pandemic. City officials were unsure when the emergency would be over and how it would affect the city’s revenue.

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Chatterbox June 11, 2020

Jan and Fleet JONES so very appreciative of everything and we love you…Diane BELLAMY sending greetings to friend…Janice and Joe CREED so proud of their grandchildren and very pleased they spent several days with them recently…DRIFTWOOD GARDEN CLUB President Sharon Robinson and members designing a nice exhibit at the North Myrtle Beach Main Post Office observing Garden Week…Nice hello card to Callie WISE promoting “real deal with a local feel”…Many thanks for all the excellent “protest” photos Matt MATTHEWS…New North Myrtle Beach City Clerk Alison GALBREATH such a lovely lady who is enjoying her job and our great city…Randall GRAHAM …

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LFD Assistant Chief Larry Hickman laid to rest

By Annie Rigby A service to celebrate the life of Larry Hickman, a lifetime firefighter since 1965 and assistant fire chief since 2013, was held on Sunday, June 7. Hickman passed away at McLeod Florence Hospital on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. A procession in the antique fire truck he loved and called his own carried him to the hub at the Loris Fire Department at the Public Safety Building on Sunday, June 2. An American flag covered his coffin and the antique fire hose nozzle and fire extinguisher he salvaged and used on the antique truck were set in front. …

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