North Myrtle Beach Wildfires

North Myrtle Fire
Above and Bottom: Fire fighters from three departments check for hot spots at the site of a home destroyed by fire on Swift Street in North Myrtle Beach after wildfires swept through roughly 20,000 acres just outside the grand strand of North Myrtle Beach on Thursday April 23, 2009, destroying some 70 homes and damaging many more.

As of Friday evening, SC Forestry believes the fire to be 60 percent contained, although more homes remain at risk. A yard fire that was not adequately extinguished some six days ago is believed to be the cause of the blaze, and one individual has received two citations for burning violations connected with the wildfires.

Below: Wildfires continue to rage in Horry County in the early morning hours of Friday April 24 as South Carolina Forestry Commission workers do their best to control the spread of the flames (second from bottom).

Wildfire 5

Wildfire 2

A Night at the Drag Show

A Night at the Drag
Drag diva Amber Rochelle dances at Night Owls in Gastonia in the early hours of Saturday April 18, 2009. 
A Night at the Drag - Money Shot
A patron at Night Owls slips singles to drag diva Brooke Divine during a performance in the early hours of Saturday April 18, 2009.

Pinacle Pastoral

Pinnacle Pastoral
Kings Pinnacle, a prominent feature of Crowders Mountain State Park, rises above farm land along highway 161 in Gaston County on April 15.

Ale and Soft Light

Ale and soft light

A detail from Freeman's Pub in downtown Gastonia.

Clover Choraliers

Clover Choraliers

Images from an April 5 concert of Rutter's Requiem at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, NC.

Clover Choraliers

Car in Creek

Car in Creek

Police investigate the scene of a single vehicle crash on Old Willis School road in Gaston County on Tuesday March 31, 2009. One individual was transported by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte while two other occupants were taken to Gaston Memorial Hospital with less severe injuries. A forth occupant was not seriously injured.