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Home prices continue fall in Grand Strand


Home prices took another hit at the end of 2010, as many real estate professionals expected the market to be improving.

According to a report by Standard and Poor's/Case Shiller national home prices dropped 4.1 percent in the last quarter of 2010, compared to the last quarter of 2009. Of the 20 major metropolitan areas included in the report, only two have seen an increase in prices year-to-year.

Real estate researcher Tom Maeser in Myrtle Beach said prices in Horry and Georgetown Counties have also declined.

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Dealing with "bully" breeds: Training & owner responsibility


Owners and dog trainers agree that training, obedience and schedule are key to having a well behaved dog. And without these, it can be a recipe for disaster.

It's been more than nine years since Wendy Fields brought home her Rottweiler, Venus. She's all too familiar with the negative connotation for dogs deemed "bully breeds." "When we do take her on walks on the beach, people will change direction or clear a path for us," says Fields.

After one close call involving a cat years ago, she said she didn't want to take any chances and called K9 Central Dog Trainer Anthony Catana. Catana also uses his training tactics on his own two dogs.

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Horry County takes new approach, spends less on annual report


Horry County leaders want citizens across the Grand Strand and beyond to know exactly what happens behind the scenes at County Council meetings and where tax dollars are going. They are paying thousands of dollars to make sure citizens know where every penny is spent.

For about a decade those thousands of dollars have paid to print and distribute the county's annual report in the local newspaper. However, county spokesperson Lisa Bourcier admitted the report was often overlooked.

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Freedom Boat Club Ready for Spring

by Jeanne Yates

The Freedom Boat Club of North Myrtle Beach urges you to put the cold weather behind and think warm thoughts. More and more boaters have been venturing out on the water as the warmer weather approaches.

During the winter season, the club spent a large amount of time searching for new boats to add to their fleet. Currently, they have 13 boats at the North Myrtle Beach location. A variety of boats including, deck boats, pontoons, bow riders, center consoles, sport boats and cabin cruisers are all available for your boating pleasure. They have also added isinglass to their center console fishing boat to help make cold weather boating more comfortable.

Freedom Boat Club is all about making boating easier. Become a member and let the club do all the work. They are the perfect option for people who want to go boating, without owning a boat. Call Freedom Boat Club at 843-399-8711 and schedule a time to tour the fleet. If you join now, your dues will be waived until spring! Find out more information at

The boat club is located at Harborage Marina on 2120 Sea Mountain Hwy., North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582



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North Strand Elected Officials to Speak

North Myrtle Beach, SC

UPDATE:The North Strand Leadership Forum was postponed for a later date due to legislative hearings in Columbia which North Strand elected officials have to attend. We will soon announce the new date. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Lynam, Events Director at (843) 281-2662 or email

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a North Strand Leadership Forum 4-7 pm March 1st at Avista Resort, 300 N. Ocean Blvd in North Myrtle Beach. A moderated Q&A session will be 4-5:30 pm, with a reception from 5:30-7 pm. The forum is a free benefit of membership and is not open to the public.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the North Strand area's elected officials and learn about issues the North Strand community is facing. Members of the North Myrtle Beach City Council and Town Council of Atlantic Beach will participate in the Q&A session.

"We are excited about working in concert with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber to better understand local issues and how many of these issues are so interrelated and impact the entire Grand Strand," said Marc Jordan, NMBCC president and CEO.

Chamber members are asked to RVSP to Charlene Lynam, Events Director at (843) 281-2662 or email


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Our Prices are "Flooring" the Carolinas

by Marie Coppola

North Myrtle Beach residents do not have to travel far when thoughts of spring turn their fancy to remodel or update their homes.  Just up the road on Highway 9E in Longs, NMB, South Carolina, is Young Interiors Flooring Center, one of the largest showrooms of floor coverings in this area.  Shopping locally keeps savings in your pocket and stays within our community.

Young Interiors is a local, family-owned franchise of the Abbey Carpet & Flooring buying group.  They offer  top services of  free in-house estimates, product installation and magnificent choices of flooring: carpet, vinyl, hardwood, porcelain and ceramic tiles, laminate, glass and natural stone.  Their products are all U.S. and internationally manufactured and competitively priced.   

Quality and beauty are apparent in their 10,000 square foot showroom displaying fine flooring for wholesale and retail customers.  If you are seeking back splashes for your kitchen, or tiles for your porch, kitchen or bathroom floors, you are certain to find it here - they maintain stock of large inventory.  Or if you wish to change your floors to hardwood for your living areas or bedrooms, their products will more than satisfy the end results you are seeking.   

Shopping close to home not only saves you time, effort and mileage, it also helps the economy of our community.  It's good to know the folks you are working with now and for future projects.  The local family who own Young Interiors are "B" Thomas and Allan and Sarah Thomas.  The Thomas family and the experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals are ready to guide you through your selections of your home decor.  Visit or call for information at (843) 399-6524. 

You can visit their website - or better yet, come by and look around, Young Interiors is located at 1830 Hwy. 9E in the Longs community of North Myrtle Beach.  You'll find out first-hand why their prices are "Flooring the Carolinas"!  


Young Interiors

1830 Highway 9 E

Longs, SC  29568

Phone:  (843) 399-6524


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Pockets are on empty as gas prices continue to rise


In what seemed like a flash gas prices jumped almost a quarter overnight in some places along the Grand Strand and economists say it's a trend likely to continue.

Thursday gas prices hovered between $3.15 and $3.30, up from about $3 on Wednesday.

According to AAA, gas prices in South Carolina are still below the national average of $3.19, but they're climbing.

What that means for people's pockets is that somewhere along the line they'll need to make cutbacks.

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It's that Time of Year - Call Vacation Club

by Marie Coppola

It hasn't been the best of winters given the economy and the weather. We're all waiting for the balmy, warm spring days to get out of our funk. You don't have to win the lottery or wait till spring to lift your spirits. Here's how: Global Resorts Realty's (GRR) vacation experiences provide a respite from all of life's trials at a fraction of the cost.

GRR is offering the Vacation Club, with all the benefits of timeshare and choices of travel. You can get away and stay in a one to four bedroom timeshare villa with the addition of hotels, cruises, car rentals, airfare - you get the picture. Global Resorts Vacation Club provides easy online booking with a personal travel agent and for a dream or travel experience.

If you haven't purchased a timeshare because the maintenance fees have never made sense to you, then this program is for you! There is only a $149.00 a year service charge. This fee pays for your concierge services so that you may book as many vacations as you want or need.
Global Resorts Vacation Club gets usage rights to new cruise ships. We're constantly searching the globe to bring you the very best values. We save you money everyday by leveraging our awesome buying power with the most reputable suppliers in the world.

Check out a visual of List of Services that Global Resorts Realty provides:

Resort Condos - Book online for fast and easy vacation planning. Hot weeks start at just $349 for the entire week! That's just $50 per night for luxurious 1 & 2 bedroom resort condominiums located all over the world. A great value!

Hot Weeks Program: If you have flexibility in your dates of travel and can arrange your vacation within 90 days out, the hot weeks program could be your ticket to incredible savings. Travel to sunny Orlando FL at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas - what are you waiting for? Hot weeks - full weeks from $200 - $399. Enjoy all the amazing benefits of a timeshare owner without the extra costs: maintenance fees, assessment fees, exchange fees, etc. One to four bedroom suites available all over the world.

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Travel, Flights, Online Booking - Providing our clients with an outstanding array of relevant benefits, at the best prices, combined with world-class Concierge Service, is the key to our success. As a result, our client base continues to grow, ever increasing our leverage and buying power. It's a win/win scenario that our clients have been enjoying for over 29 years.

Check out our informational Global Resorts Realty Website - for FAQ's and testimonials of clients. We love when you ask questions - and would love to hear from YOU! We welcome your call - connect with our friendly, highly trained Concierge Specialists. Call Toll Free: 1-888-308-3782.

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Little River Taste of the South

by Jeanne Yates

Come hungry and be ready to taste plenty of delicious southern fare at the 2nd annual Taste of the South on February26th from 11am to 3pm. The Little River Chamber of Commerce is hosting this special event at the North Myrtle Beach High School located on 3750 Sea Mountain Highway.

A gathering of restaurants from Little River, Longs, Calabash, North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach will offer guests a sampling of their restaurant specialties. There will also be a table top expo of local businesses. This year, the Little River Chamber is partnering with the Little River Methodist Church to include a health fair.

Visitors to the tasting event can register to win 2 free tickets for the VIP Wild Encounters Tour at T I.G.E.R. Preserve. The 50 acre preserve is an exciting place to view tigers, apes, falcons and other animals. Check out for more activities offered at the preserve.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets for tastes are $1.00 each ticket, with the average taste costing 2-4 tickets. For more information about Taste of the South please visit



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NMB to host national softball spring training event


The City of North Myrtle Beach and the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that North Myrtle Beach will host a three week National Collegiate Sports Invitational (NCSI) softball spring training event February 27 through March 18.

The event, which includes competitions, will take place at the City's newly renovated Central Park facilities off Possum Trot Road.

During the spring training event, more than 20 collegiate teams will visit North Myrtle Beach to participate in daily team practices and games.

According to North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Director John Bullard, the three week event is part of the city's initiative to grow sports tourism in the city.

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