🌱 Horry County Schools Changes COVID Rules + Sea Mist Mold Goes Viral

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Hello, Grand Strand! Kathy Mandell here. I’m back from a quick vacation day with a fresh copy of all the news you need to start your weekend. Many thanks to Nicole Fallon-Peek for covering the Myrtle Beach Daily yesterday. Today is Saturday, August 6, 2022. Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening these days in town.

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Here are the top five stories today in Myrtle Beach:

  1. Back-to-school already! Horry County Schools has sent an email to parents announcing that students who are in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine. The email states that the change applicable to the 2022-2023 academic year is taking place because the virus is now “considered endemic.” Schools will of course monitor the situation closely. If a student or employee tests positive, they will still be required to isolate for five days. (WBTW)
  2. The North Myrtle Beach Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in an armed robbery that occurred in North Myrtle Beach at Home Depot. Photos are shown in the Facebook post. Anyone with info on the individual should call or text the NMBPD Detective Tip Hotline at (843) 447-9376. (North Myrtle Beach Police via Facebook) (WBTW)
  3. You may see Horry County Fire Rescue crews in parts of the county training at “buyout homes” it purchased about a year ago. Photos from ABC15 show fire crews using one of the homes for hands-on skills training. The property was owned by Melissa Krupa who left her home in 2018 due to flooding and chose not to rebuild. About $13 million was used by the county to purchase 60 flood-prone properties in the Rosewood area of Socastee. (wpde.com)
  4. A viral TikTok video showing mold in the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort in Myrtle Beach has tallied over six million views and over 360,000 comments! The video was shot by a group of friends on vacation. The friends had asked for a room change after they were given the wrong room — but the second room was unacceptable, to put it mildly. The vacationers say they felt like things were crawling on them and that they were traumatized. They posted the video just to broadcast the conditions, never intending for the flick to go viral. Management for Sea Mist said the unit was assigned to the guests in error and was not meant to host guests because it was under renovation. An upgrade was offered, which the guests declined. They requested a refund. (wpde.com)
  5. The widow of vacationer Joshua Wilson, who was shot and killed on Fourth of July weekend in Myrtle Beach, returned to the city to put up a memorial to her late husband. Staci Wilson wants to honor her husband’s legacy by placing a memorial where he was killed. She says she “wants people to know that they just need to be good to one another, like he was.” Staci also said “Don’t be afraid to help other people.” Joshua was killed on his way back from giving a stranger, who was unrelated to the incident, a ride home. (wpde.com)

Myrtle Beach pic of the day:

Reader Shirley Perry described this sunrise as “spectacular” and she’s right. Shirley snapped this picture at Ocean Creek Resort recently. Thanks for sharing this beautiful moment with all of us, Shirley!

Spectacular sunrise at Ocean Creek Resort. Photo courtesy of Shirley Perry.

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Today in Myrtle Beach:

  • Take A Kid Surfing Day / Surf Dreams Foundation Contest @ Holiday Inn Surfside (8 a.m.)
  • 5th Annual School Supplies Giveaway @ RTRC Clubhouse, Grahamville Rd, Conway (9 a.m.)
  • Craftsmen’s Summer Classic @ Myrtle Beach Convention Center (10 a.m.) thru Sunday
  • Benefit for Neal & Pam’s @ Old Bull & Bush Pub (11 a.m.)
  • Summer Family Fest @ Grand Strand Brewing Co (noon)
  • The Music of Abba: Arrival from Sweden tribute show @ Carolina Opry (7 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Be on the alert for jellyfish! Local experts are seeing an increase in jellyfish stings along the Grand Strand. August is usually peak season for the sea creatures. If you see a purple flag, that means to be mindful of a marine hazard in the ocean — and that usually means ocean wildlife. Swim with caution and check out the recommendations in WMBF’s article here: (WMBF)
  • The Pawleys Island Festival Of Music is happening October 7 through 22 and performers have been announced. The event begins on October 6 with the 22nd Annual Wine and Food Gala. Performers begin on October 7 and include Giada Valenti, Orleans & Firefall, Kurt Thomas, The Sharpe Family, Love Is A Rose (Linda Ronstadt tribute), A Tribute to the Temptations, Private Eyes (Hall & Oates tribute) and more! (WMBF)
  • The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach posted photos of a space dedicated to volunteer Cheryl Robinson who died recently. The covered bench and a plaque in Robinson’s memory represents “the place where forever starts” for so many animals in the shelter’s care as they meet their adoptive families. (The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach via Facebook)
  • Horry Georgetown Technical College has announced that retired HGTC Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Greg Mitchell, was appointed to the Horry County Higher Education Commission by Governor McMaster. (Press Release Desk)
  • ICYMI: Visit Myrtle Beach has teamed up with Graco for a sweepstakes giveaway. The children’s product brand and Visit MB are offering a load of prizes including a trip for a family of four to Myrtle Beach. Details in the link. Sweepstakes entries must be received by August 31 to qualify. (Press Release Desk)

Now you’re in the loop and ready to head out the door on this Saturday! I’ll be back in your inbox tomorrow with your Sunday edition of the Myrtle Beach Daily.

Kathy Mandell

About me: The best decision I ever made was relocating to the Myrtle Beach area from New England a few years ago, with my three dogs and three cats. I enjoy dogs, cats, road trips, photography, writing, vegetarian food, live music, bicycling and above all my daily walks on the beaches in and around the Grand Strand.


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