Photos of the Week
September 24, 2021
If you haven’t seen Ninth Avenue North lately, here’s a peek at the building renovations, especially the HTC Aspire Hub. Dozens of entrepreneurs are interested in leasing space in this co-work facility, all part of Myrtle Beach’s new Arts & Innovation District.
September 17, 2021
Myrtle Beach’s September 11 Unity Memorial has a new home at Warbird Park. Nearly 1,000 people attended the ceremony on Saturday, September 11, marking the 20th anniversary of the loss of life and the heroism which followed the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
September 10, 2021
The “Waves of Praise” Gospel Festival returned to Myrtle Beach last weekend, with thousands of people on hand to hear nationally-known singers and groups. The free event occurred at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place on Ocean Boulevard.
One of Myrtle Beach’s K9 officers retired Thursday after five years on the force. The Police Department received Daisy, a Belgian Malinois, from the Aynor Police Department in 2016. At nearly 10 years old, Daisy’s working career is complete.
August 27, 2021
Retired New York firefighters who call the Grand Strand “home” were on hand when a steel beam from the World Trade Center was reinstalled at the new September 11 memorial in Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park. The relocated memorial will be the focal point for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, to be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11.
August 20, 2021
Our Beachside Chats continued in August with a summer cookout at Charlie’s Place. The Neighborhood Services Department hosts the gatherings, which feature discussions about the day’s topics and, in this case, food and fellowship, too!
August 13, 2021
Myrtle Beach PFC Joe McGarry is remembered with a street in his name and a historic marker that tells his story. Officer McGarry was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2002. The August 13 ceremonies included unveiling the street sign and presenting copies of it and the historic marker to McGarry’s parents.
August 6, 2021
Former Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes was on hand in spirit at this week’s dedication of a computer lap – named in his honor – at the Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand. Rhodes had committed personal money toward the project before his death, and friends and family completed the effort in his memory.
July 30, 2021
The September 11 Unity Memorial soon will have a new, more visible home at Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park, off Farrow Parkway. The memorial is being transferred and reinstalled, piece by piece, in time for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Here’s a look at the memorial process so far.
Fourteen new firefighters joined the City of Myrtle Beach last Friday, after completing a 24-week course that involved both hands-on and classroom learning. Friends and family members pinned on their badges during the ceremony.
July 16, 2021
One of Myrtle Beach’s unique summer programs for youth is “Beach Camp,” a week-long experience that takes place on the beach and in the ocean. Finding sharks’ teeth, learning to surf, building sandcastles and playing games all were part of the activities offered by the Recreation Division.
July 9, 2021
Myrtle Beach celebrated the nation’s birthday with a spectacular 25-minute fireworks show on Sunday, July 4. The beach and boardwalk were packed with spectators for the extravaganza.
July 2, 2021
Six new police officers joined the Myrtle Beach Police Department on June 25. Ceremonies for the six were held at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, where they took their oaths and received their badges after graduating from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.June 25, 2021
Myrtle Beach recognized Juneteenth with a celebration and festival on Saturday, June 19. Charlie’s Place on Carver Street was the site for activities to commemorate news that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed by President Abraham Lincoln.June 18, 2021
A national archery tournament for youth filled the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and John T. Rhodes Sports Center last weekend. Some 5,000 students took part in the National Archery in the Schools Open Championship.June 11, 2021
Myrtle Beach operates more than 1,000 video cameras to keep an eye on streets, intersections, parks and other public places. The Seniors Advisory Committee recently toured the Real Time Crime Unit at the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
June 4, 2021
Myrtle Beach honored its military heritage during the Memorial Day weekend with a host of events for Military Appreciation Days. After taking a year off due to COVID, everyone turned out to support the Military Appreciation Days Parade, Family Picnic, Veterans March and Combat Cross Ceremony.
The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, offering great views from 180 feet above the beach. Take a flight on the iconic Boardwalk fixture and see the Grand Strand as never before.
May 21, 2021
Retired Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall now has a building named after him at The Market Common. The recently renovated and expanded law enforcement center on Mustang Street is now the Warren S. Gall Police Annex, in honor of his 37 years of service to the City of Myrtle Beach.
May 14, 2021
Baskets of flowers now greet Myrtle Beach visitors on Ocean Boulevard this spring, thanks to the city’s Parks Division. In fact, 120 hanging flower baskets are now in place, providing a warm welcome for visitors and residents.
May 7, 2021
Running a marathon is one way to see the city, and that’s what nearly 4,000 people did last weekend during the Myrtle Beach Marathon and Half Marathon. The annual event was held May 1 due to COVID-19, but will return to the regular March weekend next year.
April 30, 2021
Book-lovers had a field day recently as the Friends of Chapin Library hosted a big book sale in the library meeting room. Thousands of volumes were available, with proceeds benefitting programs and scholarships sponsored by the Friends at Myrtle Beach's library.
April 23, 2021
Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park welcomed several hundred last Sunday for Jazz and Music in the Park. The weather was beautiful, and so were the tunes provided by local performers for an appreciative audience.
April 16, 2021
The farmers’ market at the corner of Mr. Joe White Avenue and North Oak Street offers homegrown fruits and vegetables, along with a selection of handmade and homemade items, too. Myrtle’s Market reopened for the season on April 14.
April 9, 2021
The transformation of Nance Plaza at the intersection of Kings Highway and Ninth Avenue North is complete. This public space is a key feature in Myrtle Beach’s new Arts & Innovation District. It now includes turf grass, a stage, additional benches and an outdoor café.
April 2, 2021
Myrtle Beach has been a favorite vacation spot for generations of visitors, as these vintage postcards show. Check out the hand-written messages, as well as the images and descriptions on these cards from as far back as 1932.
March 26, 2021
Car lovers had a field day this March, thanks to the Pee Dee Street Rodders’ "Run to the Sun" Car and Truck Show. More than 3,000 vehicles of all makes, models, miles and ages were on display, drawing thousands of spectators to the Myrtle Square Mall site.
March 19, 2021
Class 41 of Leadership Grand Strand has spent the past few weekends creating a mural on one of the outside walls of the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove. The final painting will feature a dolphin and an ocean theme, complete with the message, “We belong at the beach.”
March 12, 2021
Industrial-style, overnight studios are part of the new offerings in Myrtle Beach’s Arts & Innovation District. The former Edwards Five & Dime is home to Grand Strand Brewing Company on the first floor, adjacent to Nance Plaza, while 10 new overnight accommodations occupy the second floor.
March 5, 2021
Renovations are underway on six city-owned buildings on Ninth Avenue North, with new roofs, facades, mechanical systems and more scheduled to be complete by late summer. Mashburn Construction is the contractor on this next step in the creation of Myrtle Beach’s Arts & Innovation District.
February 26, 2021
Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park has new playground equipment, thanks in part to a state grant. The new play and climbing structures were installed in late December. The park is on Chester Street, next to Chapin Memorial Library.
February 19, 2021
Lifelong Myrtle Beach resident Tempe Hughes Oehler celebrated her 90th birthday on February 16. A teacher and journalist, Oehler remembers Myrtle Beach in the 1930s, when it was a small seaside town, to the growth years of the 1960s and beyond, when Myrtle Beach became a national vacation destination.
February 12, 2021
Myrtle Beach has a number of well-known landmarks and destinations, but how many can you recognize from overhead? Here are 16 aerial photos of some of Myrtle Beach’s most iconic locations and geographic features.
February 5, 2021
The Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center preserves the history of the period between 1932 and 1953, in the days before integration. The six-room school served as many as 240 students at one point. Today, the re-created building still serves an educational purpose.
January 29, 2021
Myrtle Beach’s Nance Plaza is about ready to show off its new look. Volunteers from the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors (CCAR), along with city staff, planted dozens of shrubs and grasses on January 29, thanks to a $4,500 grant from the National Association of Realtors.
The City of Myrtle Beach remembers former Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, who died January 17 while battling COVID-19. Mayor Rhodes served three terms, from January 2006 through December 2017. This collection of photos of Mayor Rhodes through the years is from our archives.
January 15, 2021
Six military service flags now fly on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, thanks to a suggestion from Horry County resident Fred Portway. Each branch of the service is represented – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Space Force – with the U.S. flag flying atop the two center poles.
January 8, 2021
Progress is underway in Myrtle Beach’s New Arts & Innovation District. A new business will open next month facing a newly-updated and expanded Nance Plaza. A new outdoor stage is being added, along with new landscaping, seating and more.December 31, 2020
The Myrtle Beach Police Department honored the memory of PFC Joseph McGarry with a small private service this week. McGarry was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 29, 2002.
December 23, 2020
Have you noticed the brightly colored safety messages at various intersections around Myrtle Beach? Thanks to a $10,000 AARP Community Challenge Grant, 10 local artworks were converted to vinyl wraps which now cover 10 traffic control cabinets at selected locations.December 18, 2020
Yet another playground is getting an upgrade as we close out 2020 in Myrtle Beach. Chapin Park, one of the city’s oldest public spaces, is receiving new play structures, similar in style to those at Savannah’s Playground.
December 11, 2020
Thanks to COVID-19, youngsters couldn’t sit in Santa’s lap, but they did a fist-bump with Mr. Claus during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Garden of Hope. The event was sponsored by our Neighborhood Services Department and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
December 4, 2020
Youngsters soon will have a pirate ship to climb and play on at Gardens by the Sea Park on North Ocean Boulevard. The wooden ship is one of several new pirate-themed pieces of playground equipment being installed this month at the oceanfront park.
November 25, 2020
British cars lined the warning track at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ stadium for a unique event last Saturday. The Pelicans and the Grand Strand British Car Club cooperated on this one-of-a-kind show, featuring 50 British cars.
November 20, 2020
A new, 10-foot wide, multipurpose path is under construction around the lake at Thunderbolt Park. Thunderbolt Park is on Farrow Parkway, just west of the International Technology and Aerospace Center (ITAP) and The Market Common.
November 13, 2020
The sand volleyball courts at Ninth Avenue North and the Boardwalk hosted the Myrtle Beach College Open Beach Volleyball Tournament last weekend. Some 25 teams from top southeastern schools participated in the sanctioned event.
November 6, 2020
Myrtle Beach has a new 18-hole disc golf course on Farrow Parkway, across from Warbird Park. The Splinter City Disc Golf Course is free to play; just bring your own discs. The City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County worked together to create this new playing field.
October 30, 2020
The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is home to 52 new trees this week, thanks to a grant from TD Bank. City staff planted live oaks, sabal palms and magnolias around the depot’s perimeter.
October 23, 2020
The 10 artworks pictured here soon will be on display throughout Myrtle Beach! These 10 creations were the winning entries in the AARP Challenge Grant contest, judged by the Seniors Advisory Committee.
October 16, 2020
Dedication ceremonies were held this week for a new military memorial at Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park. The Grand Strand chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is celebrating its 60th anniversary.October 9, 2020
Myrtle Beach poured out its love for Police Officer Jacob Hancher, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The young officer was responding to a domestic violence call. The community showed its support for his family, friends and coworkers as they coped with the tragic loss.
October 2, 2020
Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park recently benefited from a clean-up project by Scout Troop 891 in Socastee. Eagle Scout candidate Cole Smith organized the outing, which included much landscaping work.
September 25, 2020
Boy Scouts from Troop 899 gave of their time and muscle last weekend at the Mountain Bike Skills Park on the southern end of Myrtle Beach’s East Coast Greenway. They created a few new elements, repaired others, mowed the grass and generally maintained the park’s landscaping.September 18, 2020
Myrtle Beach's Charlie's Place appeared in the Green Book Guide for Travelers and Vacations, along with the Whispering Pines Motel, both of which were operated by Charlie and Sara Fitzgerald. The Green Book offered information for an African-American audience during the mid-20th century, when segregation still existed.
September 11, 2020
Here's a look at a few of Myrtle Beach's lesser-known parks and playground areas. Among our four dozen parks for the public to enjoy, these smaller, pocket parks often provide playgrounds and glimpses of natural beauty.
September 4, 2020
Myrtle Beach's Grand Park Lake isn't quite 20 years old yet, but it's already a well-known fixture on our landscape. The lake is a focal point for the Market Common area, which once was the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.
August 28, 2020
South Carolina history is on display at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The outdoor plaza includes several historical markers honoring our state's role, from the Declaration of Independence to the moon landing.
August 21, 2020
The Myrtle Beach Garden Club is responsible for the beautiful flowers and greenery in the sensory garden at Savannah's Playground. Garden Club members meet every Tuesday morning to tend to the lush landscaping.
August 14, 2020
Let's paint a mural! The Neighborhood Services Department held the next Beachside Chat at Chapin Park on Sunday. This week's activity involved painting a mural, so everyone grabbed a paint brush and went to work.
Myrtle Beach’s new Arts & Innovation District has its first new tenant. Mashburn Construction purchased 807 North Kings Highway and renovated the building as office space, keeping the historic character of the original structure.
July 31, 2020
Historic renovations are already underway, or about to begin, on several buildings in downtown Myrtle Beach. Three buildings on Ninth Avenue North are being prepped for future use, while the former bingo hall that fronts on Nance Plaza is being turned into a brewery and residential living space.
July 24, 2020
The Whispering Pines Motel, which served patrons of Charlie’s Place back in the days of segregation, is almost ready for customers again. The ad hoc Charlie’s Place Committee toured the motel this week, stepping back in time, to see how the city has preserved the history of the place.
July 17, 2020
It’s not often that someone donates a whole park, but Robert Shelley has graciously given the City of Myrtle Beach a park in his family’s memory. City Council gratefully accepted the gift during ceremonies Tuesday and unveiled the Shelley Park sign.
July 10, 2020
This year's Leadership Grand Strand class project was a makeover of the city's public restrooms on Ocean Boulevard. LGS Class XL came up with the design and completed the painting all by themselves, with outstanding results!
July 3, 2020
Dozens of Myrtle Beach residents gathered at Chapin Park last Sunday for the second in a series of Beachside Chats, sponsored by the Neighborhood Services Department. In small discussion groups, everyone shared thoughts and ideas about topics of the day.
June 26, 2020
Myrtle Beach city staff members have spotted six sea turtle nests so far this year. The large creatures crawl ashore at night to lay their egs on the same beach where they were born. These photos show crawl marks in the sand and the eggs that are discovered and relocated to a quieter section of the beach.
June 19, 2020
The history of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base is preserved in nearly 200 markers scattered throughout the Market Common district. Myrtle Beach was a military base for nearly 50 years and many times represented the United States on the world stage.June 12, 2020
The A10 Mountain Bike Trail lets riders enjoy a 1.2 mile trek through the woods, with jumps and bridges to cross. The trail is adjacent to Barc Parc South, near Seagate Village and The Market Common.
June 5, 2020
Myrtle Beach High School seniors got their wish for a real graduation ceremony this week, but it required social distancing due to COVID-19. Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium was the scene as the Class of 2020 received their diplomas.
May 29, 2020
Ocean Forest Memorial Park occupies the intersection of Porcher Drive and Haskell Circle and contains a mostly unremembered monument to Myrtle Beach’s Keep America Beautiful campaign from the late 1980s. The granite marker offers a veritable Who’s Who of Myrtle Beach from that time period.
May 22, 2020
Myrtle’s Market is open again for your fruit-and-veggie shopping pleasure. You’ll find farm-grown produce and fruits, along with handmade crafts and homemade desserts.
May 15, 2020
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, May 15, 2020. The oceanfront boardwalk and promenade opened with much fanfare on May 15, 2010. Our boardwalk retrospective includes the groundbreaking, eight months of construction and the grand opening ceremonies.
May 8, 2020
Two dozen historical markers along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk tell the history of the area. From the Kings Highway to the Grand Strand, and sea turtles to ghost crabs, the markers provide a wealth of information.
May 1, 2020
Myrtle Beach was a military town for nearly 50 years, and these historic photos from Memorial Day in 1942 capture our military spirit. The date was May 28, 1942, when Myrtle Beach was home to the US Army Air Field, later known as the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base once it was reactivated in the 1950s.
April 24, 2020
Hundreds of families received boxes of food this week in a distribution organized by Impact Ministries and the United Way of Horry County. The pick-up line stretched around the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and out onto adjacent streets.
April 17, 2020
Spring arrived on Ocean Boulevard this week, as Myrtle Beach city crews installed 170 hanging flower baskets from 21st Avenue North to Sixth Avenue South. The live flowers are ready to welcome visitors – once visitors may finally return.April 10, 2020
Lieutenant Tommy Chestnut retired from the Myrtle Beach Police Department this week, following 40 years of service to the citizens of our city. Lt. Chestnut rose through the ranks and was the training officer for current Police Chief Amy Prock, along with many others.
April 3, 2020
Have you ever noticed the hand-painted tiles that surround the playground at Chapin Park? That “peace wall” was created by local children in the 1990s as part of a global project, and they tell a colorful story.
March 27, 2020
One of Myrtle Beach’s most beautiful spaces is Dr. Holmes B. Springs Park on Ocean Boulevard at 48th Avenue North. Under a canopy of live oak trees, the park offers a quiet place to enjoy nature.
March 20, 2020
Members of the MyBeach 101 class recently spent time with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, learning first-hand what it takes to don the gear, douse the fire and soar in the platform truck. Alfreda Funnye from the Neighborhood Services Department captured these photos of our staff and our residents in action.
March 13, 2020
The Myrtle Beach Police Department continues to grow. Police Chief Amy Prock welcomed 13 new officers during oath-of-office ceremonies last Friday at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center.March 6, 2020
The Myrtle Beach Convention Center welcomed 63 teams of high school students from eight states for the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Tournament. Students had just six weeks to build a working robot from scratch for this fast-paced competition.
February 28, 2020
Renovation and re-creation of the Whispering Pines Motel, adjacent to the site of Charlie’s Place, is coming along nicely. The city held a “thank you” lunch this week for the contractor, which gave staff and officials time to check out the work to-date. The project is expected to be complete in May.
February 21, 2020
Thunderbolt Park along Farrow Parkway offers a bicycling trailhead and a great view of one of the lakes near the International Technology and Aerospace Park (ITAP). Bicyclists can take a break under the picnic shelter or sit at the outdoor classroom. It even features a bicycle repair station.
February 14, 2020
More than 2,000 people attended the sixth annual Food Drive Craft Fair on Sunday, February 9, at the General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center. Admission was an item of non-perishable food, and the Lowcountry Food Bank will receive more than 6,000 pounds of food as a result.
February 7, 2020
Improved pedestrian safety in Myrtle Beach is the goal of new thermoplastic crosswalk markings being installed by the Public Works Department this winter on Coventry Boulevard. The work is in response to requests from residents.January 31, 2020
Residents of Myrtle Beach who want to learn more about their community can attend MyBeach 101, a course in general government. Now in its fifth year, the eight-week program offers an in-depth look at city operations, featuring every department.January 24, 2020
Myrtle Beach celebrated the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with a parade, job fair, small business workshop and other events. This is the city’s 13th annual recognition of Dr. King and his contributions.
January 17, 2020
Myrtle Beach’s new City Council was seated on Tuesday, January 14. Returning Councilman Phil Render and newcomer John Krajc took their oaths of office before Chief Municipal Judge Jennifer Wilson.
January 10, 2020
Myrtle Beach’s Mary C. Canty Recreation Center is named for a local community leader who worked to bring the center into existence in the 1970s and 1980s. It was renamed in her honor in 2015, upon her death at age 81.
January 3, 2020
Myrtle Beach welcomed 2020 with a bang! Thousands of people enjoyed the New Year’s Eve festivities at Valor Memorial Garden in The Market Common. The event is known as “A Southern Times Square.December 27, 2019
Young performers were the stars of the show during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The event is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Myrtle Beach.
December 20, 2019
Santa wears a Myrtle Beach uniform, at least when it’s time for “Shop with a Hero” each December. Our Police and Fire Department staff took three dozen children shopping at Target last Saturday during this annual event.December 13, 2019
Children tugged Santa’s beard to see if the whiskers were real during the Garden of Hope Tree Lighting on Friday, December 6. The event featured refreshments and more, including live performances by the Myrtle Beach High School Show Choir and a visit from Santa himself.
December 6, 2019
The official South Carolina Hall of Fame is housed at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The Hall features nearly 90 prominent South Carolinians who contributed in their fields at the state, national and world level.
November 27, 2019
Chapin Memorial Library offers so many programs for all ages that it’s easy to think of it as our fifth recreation center. Playtime Yoga is just one of the classes and activities available for families to enjoy.
November 22, 2019
Graduation ceremonies were held recently for the 38th session of the Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy. Thirty area residents completed the 10-week class, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Myrtle Beach Police Department, including ride-alongs with officers.
November 15, 2019
This year’s Veterans Day Ceremony on the plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center focused on the history and future of military service. Veterans from every conflict were recognized, including two from World War II, and four US Army recruits took their oaths of office to become new soldiers.November 8, 2019
The Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival drew a large crowd Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2. In its fourth year, the festival featured great live music and delicious seafood, with thousands on hand to enjoy the event.November 1, 2019
Myrtle Beach’s annual Health Fair gives everyone a chance to learn more about local providers and services. The October event was held at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center and featured a wide cross-section of the local healthcare community.October 25, 2019
Everyone enjoys the annual Fire Prevention Expo and Open House hosted by the Myrtle Beach Fire Department. The event gives children and parents a chance to see the equipment, learn about fire safety and build a project or two.October 18, 2019
A little-known cemetery that dates back nearly 75 years is tucked away in a quiet corner near the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, just off 21st Avenue North. The cemetery was given to the city in 1992. City staff and community volunteers worked there Saturday to restore the property and identify more of the grave sites by name.
October 11, 2019
From common to collectible and odd to ordinary, you could find it at South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale. In its 31st year, the big sale at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center drew thousands of bargain-hunters who searched through nearly 250 vendor booths.
October 4, 2019
This year’s National Night Out event featured a chili cook-off in a central location. Thirteen chili-cooking teams converged on the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the competition, with hundreds of hungry neighbors more than willing to sample their results.
September 27, 2019
Pickleball players filled the Myrtle Beach Sports Center for the annual USA Pickleball Association Regional Tournament last weekend. More than 500 players were on hand for the three-day affair.
September 20, 2019
Fifty-one years after their F100s were transferred to the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base from New Jersey, members of the “Jersey Devils” were back in town for their annual reunion. The “Jersey Devils” are the 177th Fighter Wing from the New Jersey Air National Guard.
September 13, 2019
The second annual Myrtle Beach Waves of Praise Gospel Festival drew thousands of people to the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place last weekend. Everyone enjoyed the sights and sounds, which included local, regional and national performers.September 6, 2019
Here’s a look at Phase Two of Savannah’s Playground, adjacent to Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at The Market Common. The $2 million facility is designed for children of all abilities. Dedication ceremonies for Phase Two will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 11. The playground is the brainchild of former Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes. It’s named after local resident Savannah Thompson.
August 30, 2019
A summer-long exhibit by six artists who took found plastic objects from beaches and oceans around the world is a delight to the eyes and a reminder of how much plastic we use as a society. The exhibit is called “Can’t You Sea” and is on display through Sunday, September 8, at the F.G. Burroughs-S.B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 South Ocean Boulevard.August 23, 2019
Myrtle Beach recently honored two departed residents by naming facilities after them. Granite markers were unveiled in memory of both Lawrence Jones and Crain Woods, both longtime residents who contributed greatly to the success of Myrtle Beach and who were well-known in the community.
August 16, 2019
Everyone looks forward to the end-of-summer talent shows by the youngsters attending day camp at our recreation centers in Myrtle Beach. Here are photos of last week’s extravaganza at Camp Cool Out, held at Mary C. Canty Recreation Center.August 9, 2019
Kids attending Camp Friendship at Myrtle Beach’s Pepper Geddings Recreation Center performed their end-of-summer talent show last week, much to the delight of parents and grandparents in the audience. The high-energy show is always a crowd pleasure, and this year’s costumes were especially fun.August 2, 2019
Here are a few historic photos about Myrtle Beach that came to our attention in the past few weeks. Many of these were shared on the city’s Facebook page, but they are presented here for easy access. Briefly, these photos include early maps of the area, aerial photos, magazine articles and other glimpses of our history.July 26, 2019
Myrtle Beach’s Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium invited recreation center patrons to enjoy a little fun last Saturday. The occasion was Customer Appreciation Day, and the activities included fun games for all ages.July 19, 2019
The Paws for Reading program at Chapin Memorial Library is always a success, as you can see in these photos. Youngsters read aloud to therapy dogs, practicing their skills to a friendly (and furry) audience.
July 12, 2019
What’s a little rain when it comes to celebrating Independence Day? Myrtle Beach honored the Fourth of July with the traditional fireworks show from Second Avenue Pier. Enjoy these photos from the beach at Ninth Avenue North.
July 5, 2019
Two murals are coming to life this summer on buildings in downtown Myrtle Beach. An octopus is coming to life on the Chester Street side of Gordo’s Tacos and Tequila, just off Ninth Avenue North. Meanwhile, a low country marsh scene (and motorcycle) are taking shape at Grand Strand Law’s building, 401 Broadway Street.
June 28, 2019
It was BYOB (Bring Your Own Bicycle) recently, when dedication ceremonies were held for the Andre S. Pope Mountain Bike Skills Trail in Myrtle Beach. The trail is at the southern end of the city’s East Cost Greenway section.
June 21, 2019
Seven new firefighters graduated from a strenuous 21-week program as part of Myrtle Beach’s 31st Recruit School program. Six of the seven are Myrtle Beach firefighters, while the seventh serves the Midway Fire Department. They received their badges from friends or loved ones during ceremonies June 14 at the General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center.June 14, 2019
Looking for a place to walk and workout with a great view of the ocean? Check out the Cabana Fitness Trail, where the City of Myrtle Beach has just installed 10 new pieces of equipment.June 7, 2019
Dozens of veterans marched on Ocean Boulevard in a solemn remembrance of Memorial Day. The annual march is coordinated by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and the Military Appreciation Committee. It originated with World War II veteran Jack Platt, who was on hand again this year for the event.
May 31, 2019
Farrow Parkway was awash in red, white and blue on Saturday, May 25, as the Military Appreciation Days Parade swept through the Market Common district. A good crowd was on hand for the parade, which featured Grand Marshal Keni Thomas, a former US Army Ranger, and Honorary Grand Marshal Treva Greene, a World War II US Army nurse. Other entries included scholarship winners and Corvettes with vets. The Family Picnic followed in Valor Memorial Garden.May 24, 2019
The Myrtle Beach community provided a long-overdue “welcome home” to our local Vietnam veterans during a ceremony on Friday, May 17, at the General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center. The program was sponsored by the Military Appreciation Committee, the Vet Center, the Blue Star Mothers and the City of Myrtle Beach.
May 17, 2019
Cheers to Myrtle Beach Police Officer of the Year David Clever and Firefighter of the Year Jim Clement. Two civic clubs, the Myrtle Beach and Chicora Rotary, honored our top public safety staff members this week. Congratulations to all who were nominated for these distinguished awards.
May 10, 2019
Teams from seven high schools competed in the fourth annual Horry County Junior ROTC Drill Meet last Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ stadium. The event kicks off our Military Appreciation Days for May. Myrtle Beach High School brought home the top overall honors, but all of the schools and students performed extremely well and had a great time, as you’ll see in these photos. Local U.S. Army recruiters served as judges for the drill meet.
May 3, 2019
The third annual Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival, April 2-28, was a great feast, food-wise, music-wise and fun-wise. More than 50 food trucks were on hand, serving up creative food of all types, as you’ll see in the photos. Live music kept toes tapping while everyone enjoyed great weather and delicious fare.
April 26, 2019
A new mountain bike course, complete with jumps and elements, is taking shap at the Jack Walker Trailhead on the East Coast Greenway. Volunteer enthusiasts are building the amenties at the park on South Kings Highway, as you'll see in this week's photos.
April 19, 2019
The dogs were the stars at last week's Pooch-A-Mania, held at Grand Park near The Market Common. Myrtle Beach residents brought their pets out to see and be seen. Here's a dog's-eye-view of the festivities.
April 12, 2019
Myrtle Beach enjoyed a taste of television fame last weekend, when the Food Network was on hand to film its Great Food Truck Race series. TV crews and food trucks shared the oceanfront Pavilion site, next to the Boardwalk. The Food Network filmed both inside and outside food trucks that were visiting from all over the country, while we enjoyed the great food that they prepared.
April 5, 2019
A contractor recently planted 180,000 beach grass sprigs along both sides of the newly installed sand fencing. The plantings follow the beach renourishment last fall. Why plant so much grass on the beach? The grass will hold the sand in place and trap windblown sand to build and stabilize new sand dunes.
March 29, 2019
Thousands flocked to see the 31st annual Pee Dee Street Rodders' "Run to the Sun" Car and Truck Show, March 21-23, in Myrtle Beach. Billed as the largest independent car show on the East Coast, the event fills the former Myrtle Square Mall site. Check out these photos of the vehicles and the people who enjoy them.
March 22, 2019
Hundreds of people attended the annual Open House at Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium this month. The event features not only the recreation offerings at Crabtree Gym, but also local businesses and non-profits. It's a great chance to meet your Market Common neighbors.
March 15, 2019
Myrtle Beach's Nance Plaza has a new look. Rededication ceremonies were held March 6 for the improved public space, and dozens of members of the Nance family were on hand for the occasion. Changes to the plaza include a new fence, new lighting and benches and a new sign.
March 8, 2019
High school students and their robots filled the Myrtle Beach Convention Center last weekend for the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Tournament. All nine Horry County high schools participated in the 64-team field, featuring schools from 10 states. Enjoy these views of the exciting competition.
March 1, 2019
Nearly 300 people attended the annual Black History Month Banquet at Mary C. Canty Recreation Center on Friday, February 23. Seven local leaders were recognized as “unsung heroes” for their support of the community in which they serve.
February 22, 2019
The Myrtle Beach Police Department welcomed two new K-9 officers this week. Goggles, a Labrador-Blue Healer mix, and Bek, a Belgian Malinois, barked their oaths of office alongside their human handlers.
February 15, 2019
A piece of wooden water pipe, circa 1900, is displayed at Myrtle Beach’s Public Works Department on Mr. Joe White Avenue. It’s one of the original wooden water lines that were used at the turn of the last century, when just a handful of people lived in what we now call Myrtle Beach.
February 8, 2019
Myrtle Beach has two off-leash dog parks, both of which are very popular. We featured Barc Parc South last week, so here are photos from Barc Parc North, which is next to the Claire Chapin Epps Family Y, off 62nd Avenue North.
February 1, 2019
Small dogs now have a world of their own to enjoy at Myrtle Beach’s Barc Parc South, off Mallard Lake Drive. The new Small Dog Area opened this week, much to the delight of owners and pets alike.
January 25, 2019
The weather was chilly for this year’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade on Ocean Boulevard. Temperatures around freezing couldn’t dampen the participants’ enthusiasm, though. If you missed the parade, here’s a quick look at the entertainment.
January 18, 2019
More than 200 people turned out this week for a preliminary look at ideas to revitalize Myrtle Beach’s central business district. They saw possible plans and provided helpful feedback to the consultants.
January 11, 2019
Nearly 100 Myrtle Beach residents turned out Tuesday for live jazz music at Chapin Memorial Library. The free Jazz Café performances continue with different groups through February.
January 4, 2019
A huge crowd turned out Monday, December 31, to welcome in the New Year at The Market Common. Thousands of Myrtle Beach residents and visitors gathered in and around Valor Memorial Garden.
December 28, 2018
The Myrtle Beach Police Department welcomed eight new officers right before Christmas. Oath of office ceremonies were held at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center on December 21, 2018.
December 21, 2018
One of Myrtle Beach’s oceanfront parks is decked out for the holidays. The Gardens by the Sea Park, at the southern end of the cabana section, is a collaboration between the city and the Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club. Check out these decorations by the club.
December 14, 2018
Christmas Towne at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center was a big success again this year. The annual holiday event is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. A good time was had by all, as these photos show.
December 7, 2018
Myrtle Beach welcomed the holiday season with the second annual Garden of Hope Community Tree Lighting on Friday, November 30. A performance by Vocal Edition highlighted the evening, along with Santa’s arrival, of course. The tree was presented in memory of Julia Spadoni.
A mini-museum at Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium offers a great history lesson about the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The base was reactivated in the 1950s as part of the Cold War and served our nation until 1993. With help from the Air Base Redevelopment Authority, the former base was transformed into today’s Market Common district.
November 21, 2018
The 36th class of the Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy graduated in ceremonies Monday evening at the Law Enforcement Center Annex. Two dozen people completed the course, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Myrtle Beach Police Department and its officers.
November 16, 2018
Myrtle Beach honored our veterans with the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The event is sponsored by the Military Appreciation Committee. Other participants include the SC State Guard, Rolling Thunder, Festive Brass and the Aynor High School Junior ROTC.
November 9, 2018
Myrtle Beach city staff and volunteers from TD Bank planted dozens of trees and shrubs at Myrtle’s Market on Wednesday. The effort completed a $20,000 TD Green Streets grant that the City of Myrtle Beach received to enhance the local farmers’ market. One of the new park benches was dedicated to local historian Billy Roberts.
November 2, 2018
Myrtle Beach city staff and volunteers from TD Bank planted 35 trees in Withers Swash Park this week. A grant of $7,500 from TD Tree Days funded the activity.
October 26, 2018
Several hundred people attended the city’s Health Fair last week at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center. Local health care companies and other vendors were on hand to meet with city staff and the public.October 19, 2018
All ages enjoyed the annual Myrtle Beach Fire Department Open House and Fire Expo last Saturday at Fire Station No. 3 on South Kings Highway. Activities included a Kids Combat Challenge, vehicle demonstrations, building projects and more.
October 12, 2018
The third annual Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival was the place to be Friday through Sunday, October 5-7. In addition to great seafood from local vendors, everyone enjoy classic Beach Music groups, live on stage.
October 5, 2018
A dozen Myrtle Beach neighborhoods took part in National Night Out this past Tuesday, and residents enjoyed picnics, block parties and cookouts. City Police and Fire personnel attended the gatherings, along with City Council members, to meet the neighbors.
September 28, 2018
Myrtle Beach is getting a new beach, thanks to a $24 million federal project to put sand back on our shore. Beach renourishment occurs approximately every 10 years, as needed. And, we needed it, after a couple of recent storms took sand away.
September 21, 2018
The Waves of Praise Gospel Festival September 7-9 did well for a first-time event. The music featured a competition among gospel choirs and quartets, along with regional and national gospel acts. Here are photos from the quartet competition Friday evening.
September 16, 2018
Hurricane Florence spared Myrtle Beach the worst of her weather. Our city was up and running again quickly, unlike others in North Carolina, which took the full force of the storm. Here are a few photos from Florence’s local journey.
September 7, 2018
Myrtle Beach artist Tommy Simpson just completed a whale of a painting – literally – on the wall of the Convention Center. Simpson had the honor of refreshing and reviving the iconic Whaling Wall mural created by Wyland in 1993. The finished work looks good as new again!
August 31, 2018
Plyler Park was the place to be for the August Full Moon Party in Myrtle Beach! Young and not-so-young alike enjoyed acrobatics, juggling, hula hooping, fire dancing, face painting and more at this free, family-friendly event. A good time was had by all, as you’ll see.
August 24, 2018
Some 80 youngsters took part in the 10th annual Kids’ Triathlon last Friday at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center. After training for the event during a week-long summer camp, they swam, biked and ran for the fun of it!
Camp Friendship and Camp Cool Out participants recently performed in the annual summer-ending talent shows. The shows featured the youngsters' talent and newly formed friendships.
Parents, you have another chance to see Jack and the Beanstalk performed in Chapin Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 16-18. The Downtown Myrtle Beach Children’s Theatre is producing the free play each evening at 6:30 p.m. Bring the whole family!
August 3, 2018
Myrtle Beach’s Matt Hughes Skate Park held its grand re-opening last Saturday, with several hundred people on hand for the event. The 20-year-old park received a $100,000-plus makeover. Skaters are enthused about the modern concrete city-scape design.
July 27, 2018
July 20, 2018
From surfing to sand castles, Myrtle Beach youngsters had a blast during this year’s summer Beach Camp. The week-long recreation course is offered by Pepper Geddings Recreation Center.
July 13, 2018
What do kids, dogs and books have in common? The Reading Buddies program at Chapin Memorial Library. Each week this summer, youngsters have a chance to read aloud to a friendly (and furry) audience.
July 6, 2018
A large crowd enjoyed Independence Day fireworks from the sand and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk on Wednesday, July 4. The 20-minute show was launched from Second Avenue Pier and could be seen up and down the shore.
June 29, 2018
A model air force now flies from the rafters at Thunderbolt Park. City staff recently suspended model airplanes from the ceiling, in keeping with the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base theme. The planes are part of the collection owned by the late Edward Fanjoy (Ed’s Hobby Shop).
June 22, 2018
Myrtle Beach celebrated Juneteenth for the first time in 2018, although the original event was established more than 150 years ago, at the end of the Civil War. The Neighborhood Services Department sponsored our local Juneteenth on Saturday, June 16, at the Garden of Hope.
June 15, 2018
The Whaling Wall has been a fixture of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center exterior for 25 years. Now, the giant mural of whales and dolphins is being refreshed by local artist Tommy Simpson.
June 8, 2018
The Veterans March for Memorial Day on Ocean Boulevard occurs rain or shine, and this year was definitely a rain event. Tropical Storm Alberto brought downpours, but our veterans are a hardy and patriotic group. Again this year, the march was led by World War II veteran Jack Platt, who conceived the march four years ago.
June 1, 2018
Myrtle Beach celebrated its military heritage during the Memorial Day weekend. The Military Appreciation Days Parade on Farrow Parkway drew lots of cheers, and was followed by a picnic in Valor Memorial Garden. Grand Marshals Deshauna Barber and Ted Ross were well received!
May 25, 2018
The Myrtle Beach Vets Center sponsored a picnic and open house on Friday, May 25, as part of Military Appreciation Days. Quilts of Valor were awarded to several veterans. The group also sang "Happy Birthday" to Ted Ross, a soon-to-be 100-year-old World War II veteran.
May 18, 2018
The competition was fierce but friendly in the third annual Horry County Junior ROTC Drill Meet on Saturday, May 5. North Myrtle Beach claimed bragging rights this year, winning the overall competition, but each school's team had a chance to shine.
May 4, 2018
Myrtle Beach’s second annual Food Truck Festival was a three day success, with great food, live music and good times. The event was held at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place on Ocean Boulevard.
April 20, 2018
Myrtle Beach police officers and firefighters took the field last weekend for some flag football fun with members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand. It’s the fourth annual Blue Lights & Red Stripes Game, to let youngsters meet our public servants.
Chapin Park hosted Jazz in the Park on Sunday, April 8, with great music from local performers. The weather wasn’t very Spring-like, but the crowd enjoyed the afternoon and the setting.
The Grand Strand Miracle League kicked off its spring baseball season on Saturday, March 17. As you’ll see in the photos, everyone plays, everyone hits and everyone scores!
Myrtle Beach’s art museum now has a pottery studio! Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held March 11 for the Lineta Pritchard Pottery Studio at the F.G. Burroughs-S.B. Chapin Art Museum.March 9, 2018
Myrtle Beach again hosted the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Tournament, where high school students compete with robots they built themselves, from scratch. All 11 Horry County high schools took part.
Myrtle Beach held its annual Black History Month Banquet last Saturday at Mary C. Canty Recreation Center, and six Myrtle Beach residents or former residents were honored as “unsung heroes.”
February 23, 2018
The Myrtle Beach Fire Department hosted a car seat installation event as a service to parents and grandparents. Installing a car seat properly takes skill and effort, as these photos show.February 16, 2018
The trailhead at Thunderbolt Park near The Market Common will be complete by June. It features an outdoor classroom and overlooks the lake.
February 9, 2018
Myrtle Beach residents enjoyed meeting city staff and learning about services offered during City Day on Saturday, February 3, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
February 2, 2018
Informational signage was one of the last items on the list for Myrtle Beach’s bicycle and pedestrian trails through the Market Common area, but Nick Golden solved that issue with his Eagle Scout project.
January 26, 2018
Volleyball was the game in Myrtle Beach during the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, as hundreds of teams from the Southeast filled both the Myrtle Beach Sports Center and the Convention Center.
January 19, 2018
A sunny day provided perfect weather for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Parade on Ocean Boulevard, Monday, January 15.
January 12, 2018
Myrtle Beach officially welcomed its new mayor and City Council during oath of office ceremonies Tuesday, January 8, at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center.
January 5, 2018
Myrtle Beach residents and visitors braved unseasonably cold weather to ring in the New Year at The Market Common's Southern Times Square on Sunday, December 31.