Top stories for the March 4th weekend:
Our top story today, S.C. Lowcountry Lawyer Alex Murdaugh found guilty. Seven men and five women jurors found Alex Murdaugh guilty of murder in the death of his wife, Maggie, and son Paul. The jury deliberated only 3 hours before finding Murdaugh guilty. Murdaugh will serve life in prison.
Brittain Resorts adds five additional resorts to its portfolio
Myrtle Beach’s largest hotelier, Brittain Resorts and Hotels, has added several resorts to its list of managed properties, including: Marriott Courtyard, Springhill Suites, Beach Vacations, Monterey Bay Resort, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, Litchfield Inn, and the Lash-cot Company.
Brittain Resorts will assume all management responsibilities including revenue management, strategic operations, homeowner services, the food and beverage outlets, human resources, information technology, and sales and marketing.
The running of the annual 26 mile Myrtle Beach Marathon starts tomorrow morning at 6:55 a.m.
MyrtleBeachSC Newsbrief asks drivers, plan ahead, leave extra time to get to your destination and share the road with runners. Expect congestion and delays between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., especially along Kings Highway, Ocean Boulevard, Farrow Parkway and Grissom Parkway. Use US 17 (the “bypass”) for northbound and southbound travel.
Two new bills sponsored by South Carolina House Representatives, Heather Ammons Crawford and Senator Luke Rankin, will likely cause area electric bills to increase. The SC House bill and SC Senate bill will require electric cooperatives, like Horry Electric, to go through a state mandated procurement process, ultimately requiring them to purchase electricity from the financially distraught Santee Cooper.
Santee Cooper owed $13.79 billion principal and interest in total corporate debt in 2021. This from a failed nuclear power facility effort. The public utility is owned by the State of South Carolina. The new law, if passed, will require electric cooperatives to purchase electricity from the failing State Owned utility.
The local area of Kingstree and Georgetown and Williamsburg counties received a $4.6 million grant in federal funding for the Black River Initiative through the Community Development Program offered at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The funding will help create and expand three local parks which are all included in South Carolina’s Black River Initiative, a 70-mile-long riverine park network and paddling route through Williamsburg and Georgetown counties
MyrtleBeachSC Newsbrief reports this network of parks, which includes South Carolina’s first new state park in 20 years in this rural and historically underserved region of the state, will connect residents to the State Scenic Black River, provide critical flood mitigation for riverside communities, and boost local tourism.
AN OCEAN of pollen can be seen for a few miles offshore as this picture taken yesterday shows.
Locals on social media and area TV news stations are commenting on the high levels of pollen already found in the Myrtle Beach area this early Spring.
Get ready for spectacular weather this weekend! Blue skies and sunshine are forecasted for Saturday and Sunday so plan to get out and enjoy this awesome weekend!
Rains will return on Monday, and continue through late mid-week.
This is your MyrtleBeachSC Newsbrief for the March 4th weekend.