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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word "open enrollment" sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there's always a nagging feeling that you're wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you're in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in Myrtle Beach or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you're approaching the golden years of your life, it's important you understand what Medicare is if you don't already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

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This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor's visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won't cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called "PDPs," these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Myrtle Beach

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in "gaps" that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

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Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

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As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you may be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Myrtle Beach is during the 7 months Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Myrtle Beach, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

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In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Medicare Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called "MA Plans" or "Part C," Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an "all in one" solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in Myrtle Beach. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor
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Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan's service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan's network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

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The Senior Medicare Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.
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Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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Did a reality TV star attack a Myrtle Beach group for allowing disabled athletes to play?

A Myrtle Beach-based golf organization is firing back after a long-drive athlete from a competing group mocked it as “an off-brand Kmart version” and made tasteless, insensitive comments about its structure, notably having divisions for players with disabilities, known as adaptive players.In a Dec. 4 video posted to YouTube that has since been taken down, Wold Long Drive athlete and former reality television star Bobby Ray criticized the Ultimate Long Drive league for having too many divisions and “world champions&rd...

A Myrtle Beach-based golf organization is firing back after a long-drive athlete from a competing group mocked it as “an off-brand Kmart version” and made tasteless, insensitive comments about its structure, notably having divisions for players with disabilities, known as adaptive players.

In a Dec. 4 video posted to YouTube that has since been taken down, Wold Long Drive athlete and former reality television star Bobby Ray criticized the Ultimate Long Drive league for having too many divisions and “world champions” but did so in part by sarcastically deriding it for having “the one arm divisions and the IQs below 100 division.”

The comments angered ULD founder Jeff Gilder, who is based in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and reposted the clip on Facebook. Ray’s remarks also led to calls from adaptive players for him to learn the difficulties of adaptive golf. Reached by The Sun News, Ray declined an interview request, saying, “No thank you!”

Ray is a former reality television star who appeared on the third season of Fox’s Paradise Hotel, a show where contestants won by staying in the hotel as long as possible by forming couples. Ray won the contest and a quarter of a million dollars. With more than 27 thousand followers on Instagram, Ray is 18th in World Long Drive’s Open Division.

Both World Long Drive, also known as WLD, and Ultimate Long Drive, known as ULD, are two of the most prominent leagues in the sport of long drive. The ULD and WLD have professional men’s open, women’s, senior and amateur divisions, but ULD also has age-based divisions from 7 and under up for boys and girls to 75 plus. ULD has between 47 to 50 total divisions and also provides divisions for players with disabilities, known as adaptive players and veterans.

WLD is older than ULD, having started in 1976, but in June 2020, WLD’s season was canceled before returning to competition this year. ULD never ceased holding events, and ULD Founder, President, and CEO Jeff Gilder added players have competed in both long-drive leagues.

In the video where Ray disparaged the ULD, Kyle Berkshire, the No. 1 World Long Drive competitor in the world, also appeared, although he did not comment on divisions for adaptive players. World Long Drive announcer Bobby Bradley, a former first-round pick in the 1999 MLB Draft and another video participant, appeared to say his son would enter the seven and under division ULD provides.

The video and Ray’s remarks generated outrage almost immediately. A YouTube commenter noted Ray’s statement, and Gilder shared Ray’s statement on Facebook.

“That’s why when this guy said what he said, it hit home so much. I feel like he offended people who are less fortunate, especially our military, and people playing with disabilities and actually call them out.” Gilder said in an interview with The Sun News. “When you rise to the top of any sport you’re representative of other people that want to aspire to that ... I don’t know if that’s how he feels. I know (Ray) does events for charity events, and it seemed to be talking down to the people that those charity events would be helping.”

ULD competitors also expressed frustration with Ray’s comments. Gianna Rojas, known as the “one-handed lady golfer,” competes in ULD, is a three-time division winner and has been featured by the PGA. Rojas, born without fingers on her left hand, holds demonstrations to show people how to play adaptive golf.

“Here’s exactly what happens. I blindfold you, you stand over the ball, you go ‘I’m never going to hit that ball’ in your head. That’s what we’re thinking, and that’s what other people think of us,” Rojas said in an interview with The Sun News. “Even if you move that ball three feet, you win the Masters because you didn’t think you could in the first place.”

Rojas added she resembles Bobby Ray’s remark about one-armed golfers and wanted to learn how adaptive players play, inviting him to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 23-26.

“He’s a bully ... And I want to educate him what he just said,” she said.

Barbara O’Grady’s son, Henry O’Grady, competes in Ultimate Long Drive. Henry, a South Carolina native known as “The Machine,” competes in the ULD’s amateur adaptive division, as he has Down syndrome, autism and was born with a congenital heart defect.

Henry O’Grady is under 5 feet tall but routinely hits long drives of more than 200 yards and is an amateur adaptive division world champion.

“(Henry’s) really your driving range rat; he wants to be on the driving range every day,” O’Grady said. “Long drive is actually made for somebody like Henry because he gets to kill that ball.”

O’Grady said she found Bobby Ray’s comments “infuriating.”

“What does this gentleman want Henry to do? Does he want Henry not to have any access to a sport that he’s passionate about?” Barbara O’Grady said in an interview with The Sun News. “I hate to sit down and throw out the term privilege because it’s such a heated word, but (Bobby Ray) has not faced these disabilities, and I would not wish this on him, but you never know in life when you might become disabled.”

The ULD origins began in 2017 in Myrtle Beach when Gilder helped promote a championship for wounded veterans and players with disabilities, he added.

Gilder said the league offers different divisions for athletes from all walks of life to compete.

“We felt like the sport should be accessible to everyone, regardless of your age, your playing ability. As your body ages, a 55-year-old can’t compete with a 35-year-old, and we found out that a 75-year-old doesn’t want to compete with a 65-year-old; there are big differences in their bodies.” Gilder said in an interview with The Sun News.

Rojas, who learned golf later in life, said having the ULD gives adaptive golfers a place to compete.

“They deserve to have a competitive pathway, just as equal and as much,” Rojas said. “So whether they are the world’s ranked one-arm golfer, or whether the world ranked able-bodied golfer, they still deserve that recognition. They earned it.”

Barbara O’Grady agreed.

“I am tremendously thrilled for Henry to be able to showcase his talents. Why should he be kept in a house and not have access?” She asked. “He loves it more than anything else in the world.”

ULD has sanctioned professional and amateur leagues throughout the country and abroad. The federation has held its world championship at Barefoot Resort before and will hold its 2024 match-up at the Par Tee Golf Center in West Columbia, S.C., in October.

ULD’s Coastal Carolinas League held its first event of the season Dec. 9 in Longs.

This story was originally published December 12, 2023, 5:30 AM.

Ben Morse is the Retail and Leisure Reporter for The Sun News. Morse covers local business, Coastal Carolina University and high school sports. Morse previously worked as an intern for The Island Packet covering local government. Morse graduated from American University in 2023 with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and economics, and he is originally from Prospect, Kentucky.

Will Myrtle Beach area see snow this winter? Here’s what we’ll get for Christmas and beyond

This winter’s forecast for the Myrtle Beach area can be summed up in one word: Wet.And while that means your best bet of seeing snow for Christmas is in a Hallmark movie, a chance of the white stuff is not totally out of the picture.There are chances for some chilly days, and with the expected rainfall, “if things match up…we could get snow,” said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with ...

This winter’s forecast for the Myrtle Beach area can be summed up in one word: Wet.

And while that means your best bet of seeing snow for Christmas is in a Hallmark movie, a chance of the white stuff is not totally out of the picture.

There are chances for some chilly days, and with the expected rainfall, “if things match up…we could get snow,” said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

But in the meantime, “Pull the umbrellas out,” Baker said.

Baker said that this winter, including December, will be warmer than average. Winter officially starts Dec. 21, but the meteorological winter begins on Dec. 1.

For the first time in four years, El Nino has returned and will bring substantial rainfall this winter in North and South Carolina, according to the NWS.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reporting a 50% to 60% chance of above normal rainfall from January through March for the Myrtle Beach area.

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting much of the same weather for South Carolina. The forecast does call for unseasonably cold temperatures that will blow into the southeast states in mid-February.

Snow along the Grand Strand is an uncommon occurrence. But when it does happen, it’s a memorable experience for those living along the coast.

Baker said the last measurable snow was in 2018. The Myrtle Beach area missed out on heavy snowfalls, but some areas saw about 3 inches, according to the NWS. In addition, freezing temperatures turned roads into ice.

The last time the Myrtle Beach area saw snow for Christmas was on Dec. 24, 1989, when 14 inches of snowfall was reported, according to NWS records.

Since that time, most of the area’s coldest temps that result in snow have occurred in February, which may lend to the Farmers’ Almanac’s prediction. The Wilmington office reported at least 12 inches of snow in February of 1973.

This story was originally published December 1, 2023, 5:00 AM.

These 5 things were popular in Myrtle Beach in the ’80s. How many do you remember doing?

Editor’s note: What Myrtle Beach people, places or things make you nostalgic? Tell us more about this story or other notable stories that our journalists should know about our community. Email us at [email protected] Beach in the 1980s. Those who remember that time recall dancing at Mother Fletchers or Studebaker’s, wasting time at the Pavilion, buying that Panama Jack or Hawaiian Tropic T-shirt and spending college spring break on the beach or cruising the Boulevard.While some of these places are ...

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Myrtle Beach in the 1980s. Those who remember that time recall dancing at Mother Fletchers or Studebaker’s, wasting time at the Pavilion, buying that Panama Jack or Hawaiian Tropic T-shirt and spending college spring break on the beach or cruising the Boulevard.

While some of these places are long gone, there are still ways to re-capture that time.

Here are five ‘80s favorites and how you can relive those memories now.

It just wouldn’t be a vacation if you didn’t bring home some kind of souvenir to show you’ve been there. T-shirts are the top go-to, but during this time period it was hermit crabs.

Most of the beachwear shops that dotted the Myrtle Beach area carried the creatures, complete with little metal cages where they can live.

They are not as widespread now but are still available at some beachwear shops, especially in Myrtle Beach.

The mall was undoubtedly the place to be during the ‘80s, and no vacation to Myrtle Beach was complete without a trip to the Myrtle Square Mall.

Located in the center of downtown, the mall opened in 1975 and closed in 2005. Now all that is left is a huge vacant lot that is often used for such events as Run to the Sun car show and Myrtle Beach Jeep Jam.

A most memorable feature was the huge lighted clock that was reported to be one of the world’s largest. There also was the Magic Cavern Arcade, a popular place for youth and teens.

Myrtle Beach visitors now can get their shopping fix at places like Broadway at the Beach, Market Common and Coastal Grand Mall.

A more popular souvenir was getting an air-brushed T-shirt with your name on it. Brightly colored options included artwork of your choice and whatever you wanted to say.

The novelty hasn’t worn off as there are several places in Myrtle Beach where you can get an air-brushed shirt, including along North Ocean Boulevard and at Broadway at the Beach.

If you were a teenager during this time, you may remember dancing at 2001 night club.

The club opened in 1980 and operated for years before it permanently closed in 2018. But the club reopened later as 3001 Nightlife, offering three clubs under one roof.

Sadly, there are no longer teen nights. Everyone must be 21 to enter.

What more can be said about the loss of downtown’s Pavilion.

Known as the “beating heart” of Myrtle Beach, it is one of the most talked about sites. People fondly recall Magic Attic, where teens would dance to the music of Sugarcreek, and ride the roller coaster at the amusement park.

When the amusement park was finally closed in 2006 and later torn down, it left a void for both residents and visitors.

Although the Pavilion is no more, people can still enjoy some of the rides, which were relocated to Pavilion Park at Broadway at the Beach.

This story was originally published December 9, 2023, 6:00 AM.

Where are Murrells Inlet’s famous goats now? Real reason they were placed on the island

Editor’s note: What Myrtle Beach people, places or things make you nostalgic? Tell us more about this story or other notable stories that our journalists should know about our community. Email us at [email protected] first glance, one can be fooled into thinking that the goats have returned to Goat Island located behind Drunken Jack’s restaurant in Murrells Inlet.But the goatly-shapes are fake - metal statues that are a symbolic ge...

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At first glance, one can be fooled into thinking that the goats have returned to Goat Island located behind Drunken Jack’s restaurant in Murrells Inlet.

But the goatly-shapes are fake - metal statues that are a symbolic gesture of what once was a popular site for locals and visitors to the MarshWalk.

The goats - often numbering between six and seven - have lived on the island from April through November since about 1982.

One of the big events for onlookers was the rounding up of the goats around Thanksgiving each year to move the goats to their winter home. It was during that time that restaurant owner Al Hitchcock and volunteers would make “fools” out of themselves, chasing the goats around the island and through the marsh, Hitchcock said.

He doesn’t know how people found out about the date and time of the roundup, but he suspects it was a restaurant employee who would leak the information. About 150 to 200 people would come to watch.

However, in October 2022, things changed drastically for the goats when they were removed ahead of Hurricane Ian.

During Hurricane Ian, the water was chest high on the MarshWalk, Hitchcock said. A photo on Hitchcock’s phone shows only a tiny part of the island with the rest surrounded by water. If volunteers hadn’t removed the animals ahead of the storm, “We would’ve lost the goats,” he said.

“They would’ve hung me, run me out of town or put me on social media,” Hitchcock said of the goats’ fans. “I didn’t want any of the three.”

In February, Hitchcock made the decision to not return the goats after the island suffered extreme erosion from the king tides and hurricanes over the years, limiting space for the goats to roam safely, Hitchcock said.

In addition, Hitchcock said that relocating the goats on and off the island was stressful for the animals. Since the goats are pets, he was concerned for their safety and well-being.

“Us chasing the goats is not safe for us or the goats,” Hitchcock said.

On a sunny, but chilly Thursday, the Murrells Inlet goats are roaming a large patch of land, eating grass and soaking up the sun.

It’s their winter-now permanent location at Osprey Marina in the Socastee area. Hitchcock said the owners of the marina have been wonderful over the years to allow the goats to live there.

After their permanent removal, the marina’s owners took on the responsibility of caring for the goats. They seem happy in their location, but Hitchcock said they were also happy to get to the island.

When it came time to load up the goats to bring them to the island, Hitchcock said the ones who had been there before would line up at the gate. That’s because they would dine on leftovers from the restaurant, including items from the salad bar such as carrots and lettuce ends and hushpuppies.

At one time the island also had about six to eight peacocks. However, a hurricane one year came and blew them away, killing three, Hitchcock said.

The rest were rounded up and brought back to the island, but they flew away again. They are now living behind a boat landing in Murrells Inlet. There are about a dozen peacocks there.

Hitchcock has numerous stories about the goats, including a time when a goat got loose and roamed Murrells Inlet for two months. Another goat got loose and crossed the roadway into a woman’s garden and ate some of her vegetables. “I had to buy that lady two cases of collard greens,” Hitchcock said.

The goats were placed on the island to help keep the grass and underbrush down, according to Drunken Jack’s website.

But the truth is that it was another kind of grass that prompted Hitchcock and another man to bring the animals to the island.

Hitchcock said the goats were a prevention solution after some men began growing marijuana plants on the island. He said Murrells Inlet was a small town in the early ‘80s, and no one wanted it there. The goats took care of the problem, eating the plants.

When asked if the goats were affected by the marijuana, Hitchcock wasn’t sure, replying, “I don’t know what a high goat looks like.”

Hitchcock understands that people miss the goats. He said there’s not a day that he doesn’t get asked, “Where are the goats?”

While the metal goats are just a stand in, Hitchcock wanted people to know that the goats were OK. So he placed a sign with a photo of the goats on the farm on the side of his restaurant that says, “We miss y’all too.”

This story was originally published December 9, 2023, 7:00 AM.

Snapshots of Myrtle Beach’s past. Here’s what visitors had to say on vintage postcards

This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Susan Hoffer McMillan. (Updated 1:48 p.m. 11/30/23)Editor’s note: What Myrtle Beach people, places or things make you nostalgic? Tell us more about this story or other notable stories that our journalists should know about our community. Email us at [email protected] historian Susan Hoffer McMillan said she started collecting postcards as a child....

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Local historian Susan Hoffer McMillan said she started collecting postcards as a child.

Now an author of multiple Myrtle Beach area history books, McMillan said she’s never counted how many Myrtle Beach postcards she owns, but said she has “volumes and volumes of notebooks (with) four to a page.”

McMillan loves looking at old postcards because it shows a piece of history.

“It shows a progression of change,” she said. “It helps us to understand the history and that explains a lot of things that we might not otherwise know why.”

One transition the postcards show is the progression of oceanfront lodging, McMillan said. It started as beach houses, to mom-and-pop hotels and then mid-century modern hotels.

The style of postcards has also changed over the years. Beginning in the early 1900s and 1910s, postcard pictures tended to be taken by amateur photographers, McMillan said. Then as Myrtle Beach and postcards gained popularity, they became prettier and more colorful.

Myrtle Beach postcard collector Frank Vizza said he feels modern postcards are too flashy.

“I don’t care for the newer postcards. They’re a little bit too, I don’t know, commercial,” Vizza said. “The older ones have more artwork attached to them.”

Vizza said he first visited Myrtle Beach while driving back to his New York home from Charleston in 1995. Vizza and his wife checked out condos that were being built and, after saying they would think on it, bought one within the week. Already a postcard collector, Vizza started his Myrtle Beach collection soon after buying his condo.

Even if landmarks and postcard styles have changed over the decades, one thing hasn’t: People come to Myrtle Beach to have fun.

The North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum shared the writing from old postcards. The following are some of the writings on the postcards, which appear as written on the card.

To Blacksburg, South Carolina, from Myrtle Beach in June 1951:

Dear Granny & Grandaddy,

I am going to camp the 20th so I’ll see you soon. I am having a real good time at the beach. I hope you can read my writing. I was so blistered I had water blisters & I am really pealing.

Love, Beady Frances

To Blacksburg, South Carolina, from Myrtle Beach in summer 1951:

Dear Grandmother and Granddady,

How are you getting along? I am doing fine. Me and Eaddy road the rolla plane and I have rid on the ferris wheel ever night with Evelyn.

To Reidsville, North Carolina, from Myrtle Beach, postmarked June 30, 1955:

Dear Thomas,

Boy am I having fun. I’m staying at the Beach by myself. Bill is giving me my meals. He won’t let me eat out. Mother is coming down for the day. I think we will go swimming. See you soon.

Earl Burton

Postcard provided by Horry County Museum. To Scranton, South Carolina, from Murrells Inlet on June 13, 1950:

Hi girl,

How’s life? Not bad here. Went swimming today, didn’t have any lunch with the girls. Wish you were here to share the sun and fun. I’ll write more next time. Use the address on the card.

Love Gene

This story was originally published November 29, 2023, 10:31 AM.

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