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Chatterbox May 28

A very, very happy birthday today to Reeves LOWMAN who is loved so much by his family…Lois WATKINS so happy to have her family spend the Memorial Day weekend with her…Grateful appreciation is being extended to Cleo STEELE for her hard work to keep the Republican Club such an important group locally as she is being honored tonight by the Horry County Republican Party at a special event…Welcome to the area for a very special event tonight Lindsey GRAHAM, Tom RICE and Tim SCOTT…Dick BLACKBURN stopping by to chat with the newspaper staff on Memorial Day…Tiffany ANDREWS such an interesting …

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Mayor Hatley speaks about city reopening plans

By Ruben Lowman As North Myrtle Beach begins to head into the first summer with the coronavirus, more and more residents and tourists are venturing out into the city. The Times spoke with Mayor Marilyn Hatley recently to provide residents and visitors alike with more information about the city’s efforts to reopen the economy. Mayor Hatley said that public safety is the number one priority and the city has worked hard over the past couple of months to safeguard residents and city employees for when municipal buildings become fully operational. “The city has been very busy,” she said. “We’ve taken …

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Governor lifts restrictions on local attractions

By Ruben Lowman Gov. Henry McMaster continued his loosening of COVID-19 restrictions by announcing last week that attractions will be allowed to reopen. The governor has spent the past month gradually permitting certain sectors of the economy to be reopened with more relaxed social distancing guidelines in place. The guidelines were created by McMaster’s AccelerateSC task force, which has been charged with devising the safest ways to rejuvenate South Carolina’s economy. The businesses deemed “attraction facilities” that are permitted to reopen include museums, aquariums, putt-putt golf courses, zoos, planetariums, water parks, amusement parks, historic sites and bingo halls. They will …

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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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Next round of paving to begin soon

The city’s paving contractor will soon begin milling and paving operations on the following streets. They are: 24th Avenue North, 13th Avenue North, Tilghman Forest Drive (Tilghman Forest Subdivision), Coral Sands Drive (Tilghman Forest Subdivision), Coral Reef Drive (Tilghman Forest Subdivision), Swan Lake Drive (Tilghman Forest Subdivision), Sand Dollar Court (Tilghman Forest Subdivision), Sea Horse Court (Tilghman Forest Subdivision), 2nd Avenue North, Rosemary Lane (Tilghman Woods Subdivision), Jerdon Circle (Tilghman Woods Subdivision), Live Oak Court (Tilghman Woods Subdivision), Dogwood Place (Tilghman Woods Subdivision), North Oak Drive, South Oak Drive, 2nd Avenue South, 5th Avenue South, 9th Avenue South and Belle …

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City Council passes second reading of ordinance annexing property

By Pat Dowling During the Monday, May 18, North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce presented an overview of its communications plan regarding economic recovery in North Myrtle Beach as it involves residents and visitors. Access the report at www.NMB.us under Press Releases on the homepage or via this link: http://www.nmb.us/files/pdf/uploads/pressPublic/866-5%2018%202020%20Update%20on%20NMB%20Chamber%20Recovery%20Plans%20(2).pdf. Longevity awards were provided to five city employees. The awards are provided in five-year increments to employees who consistently offer excellent customer service. The award winners are Clerk of Court/Municipal Judge Kerry Smith (30 years of service), Business License Inspector Melissa Babson (25), …

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Chatterbox

Remember to honor those who have served and are serving on Monday as we observe MEMORIAL DAY under the most unusual conditions ever…Faye BELLAMY so very proud of granddaughter Emma ending the school year for her third grade students with a drive-by treat from the ice cream truck last Saturday ending at the First Baptist Church of North Myrtle Beach…Frances PELLETIER off to spend a few months up north and then will return to the beach for a few months during “snowbird“ season…A lot of local BUSINESSES back open after weeks of closure and some not back in the groove …

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Turn swamp back to wetland to serve higher purpose

Turn swamp back to wetland to serve higher purpose By Bubby Vereen This is an open letter to the Mayor and City Council members of North Myrtle Beach. Please honorable Mayor and City Council members help us, the concerned citizens of North Myrtle Beach, to help stop the draining and developing of the swamp going into Cherry Grove Beach. It is the last small piece of undeveloped land we have left within the city limits and if something is not done soon it will be just another piece of concrete and steel. We already have too many vacant buildings, too …

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McLeod nurses receive DAISY Awards

Pictured from left to right are Melissa Jones, Administrative Nursing Supervisor; Van Aguilar, RN; and Nancy Barnes, McLeod Health Loris Chief Nursing Officer. McLeod Health Seacoast in Little River and McLeod Health Loris in Loris recently awarded two nurses a Daisy Award for their outstanding service and care. Haleigh Milligan, RN, a staff nurse on the Medical/Surgical floor at McLeod Health Seacoast, and Jose “Van” Aguilar, RN, a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at McLeod Health Loris, were recently announced as the May DAISY Award recipients. Milligan and Aguilar are the first recipients of the DAISY Award at …

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