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Horry County Schools Budget Increase in 2022

Education is always a high priority for families moving to a new location such as Myrtle Beach. Recent budget changes throughout the summer of 2022 have shown evidence for Horry County's priorities which could certainly affect the decisions for prospective movers to the Grand Strand area. 


Staffing issues have been a problem in Horry County, causing the school districts to seek out middle and high school teachers, specifically for math and science. Luckily, the Horry County School Board has taken action by approving a new budget of over $890 million. If that doesn't excite you, then take pleasure in knowing that the new budget shouldn't affect your taxes whatsoever. 


The new budget accounts…

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Best Walking Trails near Myrtle Beach

New residents of Myrtle Beach and the general area of the Grand Strand have multiple options to keep in shape. Just to name a few, community fitness centers, local gyms, golf clubs, and sports complexes appeal to all types of people. That being said, there's nothing quite like taking in the fresh air, local fauna, and small wildlife sightings while maintaining your figure. Let's take a look at just some of the popular options in or near Myrtle Beach.


Brookgreen Gardens

Located southwest of Murrells Inlet, Brookgreen Gardens is a 9000+ acre paradise of botanical gardens, sculptures, and the Lowcountry Zoo. General Gardens are open from 9:30am - 5:00pm daily. Tickets are free for children 3 & under.…

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Smart Home Automation

Smartphones have changed our lives in so many ways, so why not make every aspect of our lives "smart" as well? Smart home concepts have become more popular over the last few years, especially due to smart doorbell cameras like Ring. Smart home automation can be intimidating and it can take a ton of research to gather enough information to make it successful. To alleviate fears of the unknown and offer a few ideas for your upcoming smart home, we've gathered a list of home additions that'll leave you wondering how you ever lived without them. 


Amazon Alexa and Google Home

There's a good chance that you own one or both of these devices already. Some folks only use it as a home version of Siri, but it can be much more.…

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HOA CommunityWhat is an HOA?

HOA is an abbreviation for a homeowners association. As a non-profit organization, HOAs regulate subdivisions of homes, condos, or planned developments through the implementation of rules and regulations.


The purpose of HOAs is to protect and improve property values for community residents. These associations restrict the activities of homeowners while maintaining common areas to ensure their upkeep.


What Does an HOA Do?

Each HOA comes with dues or fees required by the end of the month, quarter, semester, or year. All HOA members are allowed to vote for the HOA president or board of directors who are responsible for managing the HOA. Fees may or may not include maintenance for private streets, gates, and sidewalks. 


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Golfer in Myrtle BeachGolf Courses Near Myrtle Beach

You can expect to experience some of the most spectacular courses in the country when you move to Myrtle Beach. South Carolina offers world-class golf courses, as well as warm, sunny weather year-round and beautiful sandy beaches for a unique golfing experience. Whether you come alone or with your friends, you'll enjoy them all. There are several courses listed below that were designed by award-winning developers and designers, so take a look at many of the popular courses in the Grand Strand area.

Conway | Georgetown | Little River | Longs | Loris | Murrells Inlet | Myrtle Beach | North Myrtle Beach | Pawleys Island

Golf Clubs & Courses in Conway

Burning Ridge Golf Club
Burning Ridge Dr, Conway, SC
(843) 347-0538

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Fireworks over Myrtle Beach

Annual Festivals and Events near Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are packed with thrilling opportunities, festivals, and activities for tourists and residents alike. We've put together this list of festivals and events in cities and communities along the coast like North Myrtle Beach, Little River, The Market Common, Surfside Beach, Conway, Murrells Inlet, and Pawleys Island. Use this article as a jumping-off point for upcoming events that you can generally count on every year!

Winter | Spring | Summer | Fall

 

Restaurant Week South Carolina - January

 

Technically based in all of South Carolina, Restaurant Week is celebrated by multiple restaurants along the Grand Strand. Delight yourself with new menu delicacies by…

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Top Neighborhoods near Myrtle Beach

Most people will likely never see a "Top 10" list that they agree with because the "best" or "top" neighborhoods are mainly subjective statements. We aren't here to try and gain your favor with smoke and mirrors. Instead, we have decided to create a list of popular neighborhoods primarily based on mentions across the internet.

We've tallied reviews of the most highly rated communities and neighborhoods near Myrtle Beach. Information was gathered from many sites including Niche, C21, 10Best, Best Neighborhood, Explore North Myrtle Beach, Reddit, Youtube channels, and various Realtor websites.

Top 3 Neighborhoods near Myrtle Beach

Carolina Forest

Carolina Forest is a planned community stretching 5 miles…

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Best Places sample about Myrtle Beach

Moving to Myrtle Beach? 10 Useful Websites


The internet is filled with useful information about various states, cities, towns, and even neighborhoods. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to find websites with legitimate information about each community. To help people search for the perfect neighborhood, we have created a list of websites that may prove useful.


Best Places

Best Places is a useful site that maintains a collection of information for each city in the United States. Each city's page contains brief descriptions of various topics. For more information, your eyes may naturally shift to the left sub-menu listing cost of living, interactive maps, careers, school ratings, religion, and more. 


Neighborhood Scout

By searching…

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VWHRC's Tiny House Project for Veterans in Myrtle Beach

Tiny House - Photo supplied by WMBF News

Veteran's Welcome Home Resource Center was established in June 2009 to end veteran homelessness in the Myrtle Beach area. A number of businesses and organizations contributed to the success of this project, including Calabash Elks Lodge, Committee to Honor America's Veterans, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, and Lowe's Home Improvement.


By providing rooms in the non-profit organization's Hutton House and Rotary house, VWHRC has given a "hand-up" to homeless veterans who need temporary support to thrive once again. 


Hutton House

Denny Hutton, a military veteran who supported the project admirably, was the inspiration behind Hutton House's name. Veterans who have been…

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Cheap Ways to Increase Home Value

Green house with lighting

Have you ever judged a neighbor based on the appearance of their home? Of course, you have. We are all human, so you should expect no less from a prospective buyer interested in your home. Many homebuyers may even decide against purchasing your property before stepping out of their cars. Unfortunately, a person's choice to buy a home takes considerably more convincing. Let's go over some seemingly minor details that hopefully won't break the bank.


Increase curb appeal to sell your home

Hire a professional landscaper

Naturally, the easiest method would be to hire a professional landscaper. We are all capable of maintaining our own property, but landscaping is as they say, "Easy to learn, difficult to…

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