Bank robbery under investigation
Horry County police are working to identify a man accused of robbing a bank in Little River Tuesday.
The robbery occurred about 10 a.m. at First Bank at 1602 U.S. 17 in Little River, said Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police.
Police release a surveillance photo of the suspect Wednesday.
Anyone with information about the man’s identity or the incident can call Horry County police at 915-5350.
Anonymous tips can be placed by calling 915-TIPS.
Man charged in assault of juvenile
Myrtle Beach police charged a Virginia man in connection with an assault on a juvenile, according to police reports.
Ronald Wayne Whitley, 30, of Virginia Beach, Va., was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault and battery, according to an arrest report.
Whitley was taken into custody about 11 a.m. Tuesday at 8450 Costa Verde Drive.
Police were called about 1 p.m. Monday to 8500 Costa Verde Drive after someone reported that a juvenile was assaulted, according to a police report. The report listed no other details from the incident.
Controlled burn creates smoky conditions
Smoky conditions in the Carolina Forest area in the early afternoon Wednesday were caused by a controlled burn, according to the S.C. Forestry Commission.
The burn was near International Drive and S.C. 90 covering 25-acres.
The burn was performed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for wildlife management, the agency’s website said.
Academy holding open house
The Academy for Technology and Academics will hold an open house Thursday from 5-7:30 p.m. for 10th-graders in Horry County Schools who are interested in attending the school, located at 5639 U.S. 701 N., Conway.
ATA offers a variety of majors, such as culinary, pre-med, nursing and automotive, and some, such as cosmetology, are not offered elsewhere in the district.
Students must apply to attend ATA, and they come from all of the district’s nine attendance areas. An open house is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to talk with teachers, staff and student ambassadors.
For more information, call 488-6600.
HGTC students win turf bowl contest
Golf and Sports Turf Management technology students from Horry Georgetown Technical College won first place among two-year colleges in the national turf bowl competition in Daytona Beach, Fla., last week, according to a news release from HGTC.
Team members included Kyle Hamilton, Kevin Nason, Jay Richardson and Bradley Stokes, who call themselves the “Mole Crickets.”
They competed against 40 other universities and technical colleges in the Sports Turf Managers Association annual competition. As all schools take the same test, HGTC would have finished fourth nationally if they had been included in the university category.
HGTC was separated by 1.5 points from finishing second if they had been allowed to compete in the university challenge.
Winning four-year teams were Maryland, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Colleges scoring lower than HGTC included Texas A&M, Ohio State and Rutgers.
The college turf bowl team also travels annually to Augusta National to provide support for The Masters golf tournament.
Women’s Council announces contest
The Democratic Women’s Council of Horry County is sponsoring its annual scholarship essay contest for 2013.
This year’s essay theme is “Democrats Represent Me Because…”
Graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students who are registered voters in Horry County are eligible to enter to win one of two $1,000 scholarships.
The Democratic Women’s Council scholarship program has awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships since it began in 2007.
Essays must be received no later than April 5.
Contest application and a complete set of rules and criteria are available at the DWCHC website– www.dwchc.com.
Information also is available by contacting Essay Committee Chair, Milly Vaughn, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A booklet containing all the winning essays will be published, with ad sales in the booklet and other fundraising activities of the Council going to support the scholarships.
For more information about the scholarship contest, booklet, contact Sally Howard at 455-1936 or by email at SallyPHoward@aol.com.
From staff reports