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North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Credit card debt continues to plague Americans


by WMBF NEWS

Many American households continue to carry a heavy credit card debt burden, according to a new report by credit reporting agency Equifax.

The agency reports 54 million American households owe 800 billion dollars to credit card companies. That is despite an overall decline in other debt, such as mortgages and car loans, since 2008.

In South Carolina, people owe nearly $9 million dollars to credit card companies. That ranks 25th in the U.S. for the amount of money owed because of credit cards. North Carolina ranks 9th with the population's credit card balance adding up to more than $22 million.

Financial planner Chris St. John of Carolina Wealth Advisors said it can be easy to get into credit card debt.

"It's easy to justify to yourself, it's only 40 dollars, it's only 60 dollars, it's only a hundred dollars, and you just hand that piece of plastic, and you don't think about it until you actually get the statement at the end of the month, and then you realize 'What have I done?'" St. John said.

Read the full story at http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/13916012/credit-card-debt-continues-to-plague-americans

 


North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Seasonal job hirings along Grand Strand starts early


by WMBF NEWS

A recent survey of industry experts predicts the economic recovery will speed up in 2011, starting with more hiring. Now the Horry County employment office says their phones have been ringing much earlier this year from companies like the Home Depot to hire. They say with a very slow January for business, this is music to their ears.

The Coastal Workforce Center is used to answering calls all day long from folks desperately looking for work. Recently staff have been surprised to hear that potential employers were on the other end, looking to hire, months earlier than normal.

"I think employers are feeling more comfortable that the economy is picking up. And it's been so long since they have hired and their people we're having to work more hours. I think they're just at the point now that they need to hire another person," says Sheila Daniels of the Coastal Workforce Center.

Read the full story at http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/13907370/seasonal-job-hirings-along-grand-strand-starts-early

 


North Myrtle Beach Headline News

School board asks for more time to discuss budget issues


by WMBF NEWS

Following a school board meeting Monday night, board members agreed to meet again on Jan. 31 to make a final decision on a formula used to calculate how many students and staff are needed at each school.

The plan, presented by the district's Chief Financial Officer, could bring massive cuts and changes to the district's programs. If approved, class sizes could be increased at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Read the full story at http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/13901006/school-board-asks-for-more-time-to-discuss-budget-cuts

 


North Myrtle Beach Headline News

NMB pushing forward with dredging effort in Cherry Grove


by WMBF NEWS

Monday night North Myrtle Beach City Council took another step in the effort to dredge canals in Cherry Grove. Council approved a contract with a lobbyist to help the city wade through the environmental regulations involved in the dredging.

"I'm hoping they go ahead with the dredging because I think it will benefit all of us," commented Sylvia Yard who owns a home on one of the canals.

She hopes the dredging will improve the way things look and also maintain or improve property values. The canals are now so shallow at low tide they are smelly mud pits according to Yard, where boats cannot come and go.

"I know it would improve our property values," she said.

Read the full story at http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/13900220/nmb-pushing-forward-with-dredging-effort-in-chery-grove

 


North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Non-profit brings financial expertise to residents of Horry County


by WMBF NEWS

The workshops will include a First Time Homebuyers Workshop designed to educate homebuyers about the home buying process and what to expect with the purchase of their first home. Family Services, Inc.'s HUD-approved housing counselors will work closely with participants through every step in the purchasing process in an effort to simplify and reduce the stress of buying a home. The 6 hour First Time Homebuyer Workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and include a pizza lunch for registered participants.

Additionally, there will be a Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention and Default Workshop beginning at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Homeowners facing foreclosure need only attend one of these workshops. This workshop will allow distressed homeowners who are either behind on their mortgage payments or at the risk of becoming behind on the mortgage payments on their primary home to meet one-on-one with one of Family Services, Inc.'s HUD-approved foreclosure counselors to discuss options that may be available to them that may be able to save the home from foreclosure. Information on the recently announced 295 million SC Help Foreclosure Prevention Program will be available at this workshop. Attendees are encouraged to bring the following documentation to the clinic:

Read the full story at http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/13901983/non-profit-brings-financial-expertise-to-residents-of-horry-county

 


North Myrtle Beach Sports News

Chiefs Glide Past Rival Seahawks


by Trenton Smith, NorthMyrtleBeachOnline.com

It took double overtime to settle the game between the North Myrtle Beach varsity basketball team and the Georgetown Bulldogs on Tuesday, January 18th. The first half was back and forth, but the Bulldogs gained a 26-29 lead going into the third quarter. After outscoring the Bulldogs 15-10 in the third, the Chiefs seemed to be on their way to their second region win. Unfortunately, Georgetown battled back and took things into overtime. The Chiefs hung on during the first overtime, matching the Bulldogs' four points. However, Georgetown edged North Myrtle Beach in the second overtime, bringing the final score to 61-63. Dylan Poston had an outstanding performance, scoring 25 for the Chiefs. Jaquan Grissett added another 11, while Timmy Bellamy scored 10. Temarrick and Rodrick Hemingway worked together under the basket, combining for 23 rebounds.

On Friday, January 21st, the Chiefs scored 66 points against the Myrtle Beach Seahawks. Fifty-six of those points came from just three players. The Chiefs jumped out to an early 7-17 lead in the first quarter, but things quieted down in the second. Going into the second half with a 21-27 lead, the Chiefs were able to control the Seahawks and take the win, 57-66. North Myrtle Beach shot well in the second half, making 53% of their shots. Much of their second-half points came from the line, where the Chiefs scored a surprising 19 points off of fouls. Dylan Poston scored 24 points for the Chiefs, while Jaquan Grissett and Timmy Bellamy each added another 16. Temarrick Hemingway kept the ball in Chief hands with 13 defensive rebounds.


Lady Chiefs Win Big Over Bulldogs, Can't Handle Myrtle Beach

Things went pretty consistently for the Lady Chiefs when they traveled to take on the Georgetown Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday night. North Myrtle Beach outscored Georgetown in all four quarters, holding them to just five points in the third. After shooting 45% in the first half, the Lady Chiefs had built up a 28-22 lead. North Myrtle Beach matched their first-half shooting percentage in the second, stretching their lead to a final score of 61-38. The Lady Chiefs' strengths for the night included their scoring around the basket and points coming from the bench, due largely in part to Taylor Allman, who scored 18 points despite being left out of the starting lineup. India Farmer completed a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Sharissa Chestnut added another 9 points for the Lady Chiefs.

Despite their performance against Georgetown, the Lady Chiefs had a rough time against the Myrtle Beach Lady Seahawks, a team with more than one state championship under their belts. In the same way that the Lady Chiefs took control in each quarter during their game against Georgetown, the Lady Seahawks never let up, jumping out to a 22-11 lead after the first quarter. While North Myrtle Beach managed to shoot 35% in the first half, Myrtle Beach shot 60% and stretched their lead to 39-19 by the half. The second half didn't go any better for the Lady Chiefs, who ended up losing 71-33. The Lady Seahawks scored the majority of their points, 46, under the basket, while North Myrtle Beach had just eight points in the paint. Kendricka Bellamy was the only Lady Chief who seemed to have any success against Myrtle Beach's defense, scoring 12 points.

The Chiefs and Lady Chiefs are away this week, facing Socastee High on the 25th and St. James High on Friday, January 28th. Come out and support your North Myrtle Beach Chiefs!
 


North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Super Bowl argument lands HCPD officer in jail


by WMBF NEWS

An officer with the Horry County Police Department has been arrested and suspended without pay Monday after an argument with his girlfriend during a football game escalates.

Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, said John David Gonska, 31, of Myrtle Beach, has been an HCPD officer for six years.

According to a police report, Gonska and his girlfriend were watching the AFC Championship football game Sunday night when they began arguing about their plans for the Super Bowl.

The victim told police Gonska became aggressive, so she told him he didn't need to drink anymore. According to the victim, when she tried to take Gonska's beer, he grabbed her hand and bent her thumb backward.

Read the full story at http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/13896902/super-bowl-argument-lands-hcpd-officer-in-jail

 


Local Information

The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach Needs a New Home


by Jeanne Yates

The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, built in 1985, has outgrown their present building. The organization needs to construct a more modern and larger facility for their animal population. Currently, the shelter houses almost 200 cats and about 80 dogs.

Michelle Lo Pinto of the NMB Animal Shelter said, "It's been a brutal winter for us, the old building can't sustain us any longer." To raise funds for the new location, the foundation is sponsoring a "Build a Dream Brick Fundraiser" and encourages anyone who cares about animals to make a donation. Just purchase a brick and it will be displayed at the new location. The bricks can be a memorial gift, tributes to your pets or a gift to yourself. For more information on how to order your brick log onto www.humanesocietynmb.org

City Councilman Greg Duckworth is assisting the NMB Humane Society with their plans to build a new home. The shelter also hopes to receive aid from the North Myrtle Beach City government. The organization is thankful for any support and donations they have received from the public.


Ref//www.wnmb900.com

 

 


North Myrtle Beach Headline News

NMB leaders head to DC for storm water drainage funding


by WMBF NEWS

City leaders from North Myrtle Beach are in Washington, DC trying to bring home some big bucks for storm water improvement projects.

Mayor Marilyn Hatley, three city councilmen, and the City Manager traveled to Washington to ask for money to fund an $18 million dollar storm water outfall project in the city.

Patrick Dowling, a spokesperson for the city says the storm water outfall project would help with the tourism, by making the beaches more attractive with the pipes underground, and also with flooding issues.

"Too many storm water drainage pipes on the beach are ugly, and everybody wants to come to a nice beach," Dowling explained. "From a point of view of flooding during storm events, inland flooding, we want to resolve that as well, and these long outflow pipes accomplish those things."

Read the full story at http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/13880058/nmb-leaders-head-to-washington-dc-for-storm-water-funding

 


Local Information

Myrtle Beach Rocks! House of Blues Hosts a Benefit for Juvenile Diabetes Research


by Jeanne Yates

The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach will sponsor a benefit for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on February 4th at 8:00PM. The cost of this worthwhile event is only $5.00 for all ages and features Jaynie Trudell, The Wahoo Creek Band, Josh Brannon Band and Black Label.

Jaynie Trudell is a local artist, who sings and plays the guitar, harmonica and piano. The Wahoo Creek Band is a four man acoustic group who plays music that is "good for your soul." They specialize in American Folk and Bluegrass Rockabilly from the 1960's to the present. Emphasizing country and smooth Southern Rock, the Josh Brannon Band has a new album called "All the Good Times." Rounding out the night, Black Label will have guests dancing to their fresh, original sound.

The Juvenile Research Foundation is an international organization who advocates research for type 1 diabetes with local headquarters in Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina. The foundation hopes to find a cure for diabetes and its complication. Children never outgrow this disease, so the foundation provides information for all concerned. More information can be found at www.jdrf.com

With the cold weather lingering over the Grand Strand, this would be a great way to spend an evening, support a great cause and rock with some local bands. Get your tickets at www.houseofblues.com or www.livenation.com.

 

 

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