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  Horry County Schools considering buying land to build new elementary school in Carolina Forest

Boeing grant to fund veterans transition program at CCU

Coker College to be rebranded as university

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Boy with autism intentionally locked out of school by principal, mother says

Public comments show intense opposition to proposed fence along S.C. 544

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$80,000 Boeing grant will support veterans transition program at CCU

SC school district recognizes ‘hero’ bus driver who saved 40 students after fiery crash

Parents of St. James High wrestlers outraged over felon on bus, accusations of hazing

City of Hartsville honors once forgotten African American cemetery

Group of HCS teachers will travel to Columbia to lobby for raises, reform

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  Coastal Carolina University president reflects on 2021 retirement announcement

In an exclusive interview, Coastal Carolina University’s president shared his accomplishments after serving the school for more than a decade, the reason for his departure and his future plans.

SC receives $3.5 million grant to help expand early childhood programs

South Carolina Department of Social Services has been awarded a $3.5 million one-year federal Preschool Development Grant to find and identify early childhood education services for parents.

  Report: Number of teachers leaving schools in SC is growing

A new report highlights an alarming trend in our state: the number of teachers in South Carolina leaving the classroom is growing.

Parents want to see air quality results from St. James Elementary

St. James Elementary School leaders said in an email to parents that two classrooms in question regarding air quality were “deemed safe by professionals,” and that any discovered mold will be properly cleaned and removed.

  Pee Dee students learn drone technology through STEM program

QUIZ: Are you financially literate? A new South Carolina bill wants to make sure students are

WMBF Investigates: What happens when school lunches go unpaid

Flood damage forces dozens of students to share one classroom at Robeson County elementary school

Group rallying support for $198 million upgrade to Florence One schools

Three white sharks pinged off South Carolina coast

  Group of mothers advocate for special needs school in Horry County

A group of Horry County moms is fighting for more education options in the district for children with special needs.

State education board suspends former West Florence High principal’s teaching certification

New documents explain what happened to two faculty members from West Florence High School after they were placed on administrative leave within a month of each other.

CCU issues statement after alum’s racist tangent goes viral

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina officials are asking students to reflect on the University’s core values Sunday after a video of a recent alum is making the rounds on social media.

Parents address frustration over Marion County school remaining closed after Florence

A group of parents in Marion voiced their growing concerns to the Marion County School Board Tuesday night regarding Brittons Neck Elementary.

North Myrtle Beach High students give Christmas joy to 194 elementary students

While many high school students spent their Friday night out enjoying the weekend, some in North Myrtle Beach found themselves at Walmart being selfless.

Coastal Carolina University President DeCenzo to retire in 2021

An announcement has been made by Coastal Carolina University that President David A. DeCenzo intends to retire in 2021.

  Florence residents to vote on $198 million school upgrade plan

Florence One school board members approved a $198 million district wide upgrade referendum at Thursday night’s meeting to be placed on the ballot in February.

‘Adulting Day’ teaches local high school seniors how to cook, change a tire, pay bills

Bullitt Central High School seniors had time to spend on topics other than math and English during an Adulting Day event Wednesday.

NFL’s Josh Norman donates $1.5 million to CCU in honor of his favorite teachers

Former Coastal Carolina University football All American and current Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is naming two out of three endowed scholarships in honor of his favorite professors.

Horry County Schools enrollment growth slows down

After a long period of continuous growth in Horry County Schools, a new report says enrollment slowed down this year.

Robeson County, Scotland County schools operating on two-hour delay on Tuesday

The Public Schools of Robeson County will operate on a two-delay on Tuesday, according to information from the district.

Grand Strand, Pee Dee schools make list of statewide schools in need of support, improvement

On Monday, the South Carolina Department of Education released its list of Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools.

Forum addresses current issues in local and state education

The Darlington County School District hosted their annual education forum Friday to address current concerns in local and state education.

FCSD2 schools to dismiss early Friday after sewer line damaged

Florence County School District 2 schools and offices will operate on an early release Friday at 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from FSD2.

‘I hate this happened:’ Students, faculty saddened by news of Virginia College’s closing

Thursday was a sad day for many students and faculty members at Virginia College after Wednesday’s announcement the college will close its doors.

Virginia College closes due to loss of accreditation

Virginia College has closed due to a loss of accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools.

Aynor High School auditorium evacuated due to potential hazmat situation

Horry County Fire Rescue is looking into a potential hazmat situation that caused the Aynor High School’s auditorium to be evacuated Tuesday evening.

Colonial re-enactment leads to false reports of shots fired at Florence County elementary school

Reports of shots fired Tuesday morning at a Florence County elementary school are false, according to district officials.

‘We saw the relief on some peoples face and we thought this is it;’ Local school gives back during the holidays

Folders, backpacks, and clothes, are all boxed up and ready to be taken home by families when Myrtle Beach Elementary School opens its doors for its community store event Tuesday.

Pee Dee students rally to stop gun violence

TIMMONSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Florence County School District Four in Timmonsville held a ‘Stop the Gun Violence’ week to bring the dangers of gun violence to the forefront and to honor families of those they’ve lost to guns this year.

Florence Sheriff’s Office: Charges filed against student who set fire in high school bathroom

A West Florence High School student is facing charges after allegedly setting a fire in the school’s restroom, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

Horry County Schools perform well on state report cards

The South Carolina Department of Education and Education Oversight Committee released school and district report cards Thursday.

  North Myrtle Beach Schools honor students with “multicultural celebration”

A unique event was held at Ocean Drive Elementary in North Myrtle Beach as a melting pot of people came together to learn about one another over food and live performances.

‘I like the pressure:’ First woman to coach boys’ basketball in Horry County takes the court

With the tip-off of Tuesday’s season opener between North Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest, history was made in Horry County.

Cleveland Heights school mandates vaccinations after measles outbreak in New York

“There’s really no good credible science for someone not to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Baruch Fertel with the Cleveland Clinic.

Phase One of Hwy. 544 and University Boulevard Intersection relocation begins

Phase one of a three-step process to relocate University Boulevard along Coastal Carolina University’s campus began this week.

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The Horry County Facilities Committee voted to move forward with the sale of 38 portable classrooms Monday night.

Darlington school celebrates 200 years of education

St. John’s Elementary in Darlington celebrated 200 years of education this week. Friday morning, they wrapped up a week-long commemoration with hundreds of students and staff marching around the historic school grounds led by the Darlington High School Band.

SC Superintendent of Education postpones release of school report cards

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced Tuesday the release of the new school report cards has been postponed.

Student Spotlight: Wilson High seniors hold prestigious academic title

Student Spotlight celebrates academics as Florence One Schools announced the seniors named as the 2019 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

CCU sees increase in some crimes, decrease in others

Coastal Carolina University saw a rise in the number of weapon and drug arrests on campus from 2017 to 2016, and a decrease in the number of alcohol arrests.

West Florence High dismissing students early, citing ‘security issue’

West Florence High School is dismissing students early on Friday.

No threat found after rumors of a weapon on campus spread at Socastee High School

School administrators and police are investigating after rumors of a weapon on campus began circulating at Socastee High School on Friday.

Extra deputies at West Florence High following online threat

Extra deputies will be present at West Florence High School Friday after a threat was made on SnapChat, according to a news release from Florence One Schools.

Carolina Forest High School cancels pep rally after misunderstanding leads to rumors of a threat

Administrators at Carolina Forest High School made the decision to postpone a Thursday pep rally after a misunderstanding led to rumors of a threat being circulated.

Marlboro County voters approve $10 million bond referendum for school district

Marlboro County voters approved a $10 million bond referendum that will be used for security, safety, renovations and repairs throughout the school district.

Mother outraged after claiming her narcoleptic daughter was told to sleep in school closet

A closet in a classroom inside her child’s school is where a mother claims a teacher told her daughter to nap due to a condition the child has.

Professors at CCU seek to understand complex hurricane systems, ‘disastrous inland flooding’

Leaders of Coastal Carolina University’s Hurricane Genesis and Outlook Project (HUGO) are looking for new ways to research how storms can cause disastrous inland flooding in our area.

  Horry County, SC students’ SAT scores higher than national average

When it comes to SAT scores, South Carolina students are a cut above the rest.

FSD1 desegregation order lifted after nearly 50 years

A desegregation order for Florence School District One has been dismissed nearly 50 years after it was initially filed, according to court documents.

Many say they will ‘speak up’ about controversial post by a Horry School Board member

A little more than a month ago, Horry County school board member Sherrie Todd shared a Facebook post that had to do with the sexual assault allegations surrounding now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

School board member blames Facebook hack for crass meme

An Horry County school board member blamed a hacker for an insensitive meme that appeared on her Facebook page last month.

Robeson County students, teachers return to classroom after Florence

Class resumed Tuesday for the Public Schools of Robeson County students after being out for five weeks due to Hurricane Florence.

CCU alum, Washington Redskins player donates $50K to help school district with flood recovery

Josh Norman, the Coastal Carolina University alumnus and cornerback for the Washington Redskins, is giving back to the area following Hurricane Florence.

Robeson County students set to return Tuesday

storm as Robeson County took one of the hardest hits.

Horry, Georgetown counties, Pee Dee schools announce closings ahead of Michael

School closings have begun to come in ahead of Michael’s impacts to the Carolinas on Thursday.

Florence One school bus involved in crash Wednesday morning

A Florence 1 School District bus was involved a crash Wednesday morning, according to district spokesperson Pam Little-McDaniel

Student Spotlight: ‘What’s on your plate?’ Aynor sophomore’s winning project

The first Student Spotlight the 2018 school year comes from Aynor High School.

Lawsuit claims Socastee High special needs student victim of assault, negligence

A family says their special needs daughter was assaulted and neglected by educators at Socastee High School.

USC President Harris Pastides to step down in 2019

University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides announced on Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his role at the university.

School district faces challenges as students head back to class in Horry County

A step towards normalcy for many in Horry County as students returned to school after weeks of missed classes following Hurricane Florence.

HCS staff to return Monday; students Tuesday

Horry County Schools staff will return to the classrooms Monday in preparation of students returning on Tuesday, Oct. 2, according to a statement issued by the school system.

CCU to reopen to students on Friday

Coastal Carolina University is reopening campus to students on Friday, according to information on the university’s website.

FSD1 students to dismiss early Wednesday due to water pressure issues

Due to low water pressure and no water pressure in Florence One Schools and throughout the City of Florence, elementary students will be dismissed at 11:10 a.m. Friday, while high school students will be dismissed at noon

CCU cancels classes for next week ahead of expected flooding

Coastal Carolina University has cancelled all classes for next week ahead of anticipated river flooding.

‘It looks like they’re in jail’: TX students in detention wear orange shirts, clean windows

The superintendent stopped the practice, saying staff didn’t get it approved by the district, and students will return to serving detention in a classroom setting.

SC Department of Education releases standardized test scores for local students

The South Carolina Department of Education released its results Tuesday from standardized tests administered to students last year.

Some of Darlington County’s brightest students visit the raceway

Some of Darlington County's brightest young minds had the chance to visit the Darlington Raceway Friday for a field trip of a lifetime.