The next move launched way, way back in May 2008 — it’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years.

At this marker, we’ve realized the amount of time we’re able to put towards moderating and generating content has greatly diminished, so we’re putting the site into archive mode.

All user-generated content will be preserved and remain online. However in the coming days, no new content will be allowed and the daily briefing newsletters will cease.

TheDigitel began as a way to explore the future of local journalism, a future as a collaborative crowd-sourced effort that put the architecture of the web at the heart of the reading experience. That vision was partially realized but we weren’t able to furnish enough runway to truly get the idea to take off. Still, I’m very proud of what we did achieve, the voices we helped spread, and the relationships we fostered.

It was a great idea, great experience, and one that is close to my heart in its virtues and locals, but it’s time to free up efforts to focus on other ways to innovate.

Thanks to our readers, thanks twice over to contributors, and thrice to all those that personally dug in to push TheDigitel to be all it could.

Something to add? Would love to hear your thoughts:

— Ken Hawkins, May 13, 2017

Melissa Byers



I've been the Content Editor for TheDigitel Myrtle Beach since August 2011. Locally, you can find me writing on and featured in the monthly Parent News publication. I'm also writing throughout the week on's blog.

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11:19 am on Saturday October 19, 2013

Tickets still available for Chris Mann in Concert with the Long Bay Symphony tonight

The Long Bay Symphony begins the new Pops Series with Chris Mann in Concert, Saturday, October 19th at the Music & Arts Center in Myrtle Beach High School at 3302 Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach. Tickets are $35 - $50 for adults and $15 for...
10:53 am on Tuesday October 8, 2013

Brookgreen Gardens Fall Festival this weekend

Brookgreen Gardens will hold their annual Fall Festival this weekend and it's packed with fun activities for everyone, including pumpkin painting, scarecrow building, book signings, and performances. 
10:40 am on Tuesday October 8, 2013

Culinary students, a national TV network wants you

A national TV network is looking to feature culinary students who will start their program during the Spring 2014 semester in an upcoming documentary. Click below for information on how to apply.
10:09 pm on Monday October 7, 2013

Phone scam hitting Horry County

The Horry County Police Department warns that folks are receiving calls that appear to be coming from Conway National Bank. I received the call on my cell phone today, as did many others I know. The number comes up as 559-5 on caller ID.
10:19 am on Thursday September 26, 2013

Horry County high schools improve SAT scores

There is good news this morning for Horry County high school students. Their SAT scores took an unprecedented jump in the past year and administrators are quite pleased. Click below for a break down of scores by school.
9:50 am on Thursday September 26, 2013

Long Bay Symphony presents "Made in America" on Sunday

The Long Bay Symphony begins its 26th season – Music that Inspires! – on Sunday, September 29th with a Classical Series concert spotlighting the great American symphonic tradition.  Classical Series concerts are held at the Music & Arts Center...
2:35 pm on Monday September 23, 2013

Military jets to invade Grand Strand skies on Tuesday

The South Carolina Air National Guard will be conducting training exercises on Tuesday over Myrtle Beach and you're likely to see and hear military jets. Grab your camera or ear plugs, whichever works better for you. 
2:18 pm on Thursday September 19, 2013

Coccadotts to compete on Cupcake Wars again (Update: One more time)

Update 9/19/13: Perhaps the third time will be the charm for Coccadotts Cake Shop as they make another attempt at cupcake domination on the Food Network's show, Cupcake Wars. As they have done in the past, they're holding a premiere party free and...
7:44 pm on Monday September 16, 2013

Possible Carolina Forest middle school student realignment to Black Water (Update)

Update 9/16/13: Joe DeFeo, Horry County Board of Education Board Chair, addressed parents attending tonight's work session assuring them that their concerns were heard. Colleen Mills, founder of the Facebook group Parents Against the Realignment of...
11:40 am on Wednesday September 11, 2013

Heart and Sew up for Martha Stewart American Made award

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