🌱 MB Man Endangered+ Kroger N95 Masks + Google Connects MB To SA

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Happy Saturday, people of Myrtle Beach! Here's everything you need to know about what's happening locally today.

A check on today's possible snow!

Some morning snow. High: 40 Low: 21.

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Here are the top five stories today in Myrtle Beach:

  1. Horry County Police are searching for a 61-year-old man who has been missing from Myrtle Beach since Friday morning. Ralph Whitehead is considered endangered due to forecasted weather conditions. Whitehead was last seen Friday morning on Camden Drive in Myrtle Beach. He was wearing black pants and a blue-toned gray t-shirt. Anyone with info should call HCPD at (843) 248-1520. (WMBF)

  2. Kroger stores are responding to reports that the expected free N95 masks the company was slated to begin distributing to customers have not materialized yet. The company was set to provide three free N95 masks to customers in South Carolina stores that have pharmacies, with a limit of three per person. The company stated that masks were "beginning to be available starting Thursday, but delivery times and dates vary by store." Some stores have not received a shipment yet. Kroger recommends calling your local store first before going to pick up the masks. (WBTW)

  3. Horry County officials are planning to pledge $450,000 in COVID relief funds towards improvements on a 5-mile portion of a rail line that runs through Carolina Forest. Railroad company, RJ Corman, would need to match the contribution, and authorities are waiting to hear if that will transpire. The upgrade would benefit businesses that would utilize the railway system. Horry County owns 14 miles of railway between the Waccamaw River and Myrtle Beach. (MyHorryNews.com)

  4. Residents are expressing concern over two projects that were approved Thursday by the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board. Both projects are paving the way for apartments and rental units to be constructed — one in the Market Common area, and another between 71st and 76th Avenues. The Market Common project will consist of six buildings with a total of 228 apartments. The other project will have more than 300 cottage-type rental units built in a "horizontal" format. Residents are worried about infrastructure, traffic, overcrowding, and placement of rental units within traditionally single-family residential neighborhoods. (WBTW)

  5. Google has chosen Myrtle Beach State Park as the place where a one-of-a-kind undersea cable, called Firmina, will be located. The cable will connect the Grand Strand to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Google says it will be the longest cable featuring single-end power feeding capability in existence. The intention is to boost Google services for internet users on both continents. Locally, SC state parks director, Paul McCormack thinks it's a great opportunity to bring jobs and connectivity to the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. (wpde.com)

Today in Myrtle Beach:

  • Myrtle Beach Polar Plunge for Special Olympics SC @ Sands Ocean Club (10:30 AM)

  • 30th Ave Jazz Band @ Tidal Creek Brewhouse (12:00 PM)

  • Top of the World Carpenter’s Tribute @ Carolina Opry (7:00 PM)

  • Tuesday's Gone Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute @ House of Blues (7:00 PM)

  • Sweet Sweet @ Hot Fish Club (9:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Thomas Beach Vacations of North Myrtle Beach is celebrating 60 years of service to the Cherry Grove area! In a press release, the anniversary was announced along with a little history of the real estate company started by Mildred Thomas in 1962. At the time, Thomas was one of the first women in real estate in the coastal area. She got her start selling properties in Cherry Grove. She eventually moved to Cherry Grove and relocated her office there as well. Mildred's son, Hank, continues her legacy today. (NorthMyrtleBeachVacations.com)

  • Myrtle Beach Police Department: Join us in being "First in Service" with openings in our Detention Unit. Applications are being accepted for our next testing date on February 17, 2022. Apply here> https://www.governmentjobs.com... (Facebook)

  • The American Red Cross is offering $10 Amazon gift cards for blood donations through the month of February. The organization's call for donors did increase after they announced a blood shortage crisis for the first time ever. But, winter storms put a damper on that quickly. Upcoming blood drives on the Grand Strand through mid-February are listed here. (Patch)

  • Tony K. Cox of Horry County has been named Vice Chairman of SC Department of Transportation Commission, it was announced during Thursday's commission meeting in Columbia. Cox is the executive vice president at Burroughs and Chapin, Co., Inc., and was a former chairman of the Horry County Planning Commission, among other board positions in real estate, transportation, and planning. (wpde.com)

  • A Myrtle Beach veterans group uses stingrays housed at Ripley's Aquarium for PTSD therapy. The barbless stingrays are safe to swim with people, and about 80 of the sea creatures do just that once a month with the group. In March, the Myrtle Beach PTSD group marks the fourth year it has been swimming with the 'rays. Group members say the animals are friendly and have distinct personalities. (CBS17.com)

  • Don't forget to check out local musicians performing live all over the Grand Strand! From Pawleys Island to Little River, and everywhere in between, the Myrtle Beach area is hopping with talented entertainers! Keep MyrtleLive's calendar handy to find out where your favorites are performing. (MyrtleLive.com)

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Now you're in the loop and ready to start this Saturday. Stay safe out there, it could get slippery! I'll be in your inbox Sunday morning with another update!

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.

This article originally appeared on the Myrtle Beach Patch

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