Myrtle Beach notebook | Council to hold special workshop Tuesday

mprabhu@thesunnews.comNovember 26, 2012 

— Instead of its second monthly meeting, the Myrtle Beach City Council will instead hold a special workshop Tuesday morning. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

According to an agenda, the council members will discuss the continuing zoning rewrite process and council-manager issues.

The council initially canceled the scheduled workshop and meeting due to the Thanksgiving holiday but decided to hold the special workshop, said city spokesman Mark Kruea.

Council members have not heard much about the progress on the zoning rewrite process, so the workshop will hopefully bring them up to speed.

The council will next meet on Dec. 11.

Citizens Police Academy application deadline extended to Dec. 7

The Myrtle Beach Police Department has extended the application deadline for those interested in participating in the 25th session of the Citizens Police Academy.

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The academy begins Jan. 14.

Kruea said there was some interest in the academy, but the department wanted to allow more time for those who might like to apply.

Classes will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday’s for 10 weeks, with members graduating on March 26. The most recent class graduated 12 participants on Nov. 19.

Lt. Deborah McCorkle, who works with the CPA, said the purpose of the academy is to give residents a better understanding of the services police provide to the community.

“It allows one to have a practical life experience with riding with police officers and responding to different calls for service. They’re able to observe and understand all the different units (of the department),” she said.

In order to graduate, participants must complete at least 15 hours of ride-along and work-along experience and attend at least eight of the 10 classes.

Participants will study units on crime prevention, gangs, narcotics, crime scene investigation and emergency operation, McCorkle said.

“They get to drive a police car,” she said. “They really enjoy that because who can say that they’ve driven a police car?”

McCorkle said some of the CPA participants are interested in pursuing law enforcement as a career and being in the academy gives them an “internship” opportunity.

“It’s a stepping stone to be better familiar with the police department and also the city,” she said.

Applicants must be residents of Horry County – though Myrtle Beach residents receive first preference – and be at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license. A criminal history check and driver’s license check also are required of all applicants.

Applications are available at the law enforcement centers as well as online at www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/cpa.html. For more information or to get an application, contact McCorkle at dmccorkle@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or 918-1802.

Reindeer Games at Pepper Geddings

Children aged 6 to 12 are invited to enjoy Reindeer Games at the Pepper Geddings Recreation Center on Dec. 7 so that parents can have an evening off to go holiday shopping or enjoy a night on the town.

Reindeer Games will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. where children can swim, play games, make crafts, watch a movie and eat pizza.

Children must be registered by 5 p.m. Dec. 6. The event costs $12 per city resident and $20 per non-city resident. The night of the event, the cost increases to $17 for city residents and $28 for non-city residents.

Pepper Geddings is located at 3205 N. Oak St. in Myrtle Beach.

For more information, call 918-2280.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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