Democrats• The Beach Dems will host a breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Akels Pancake House, located on the corner of 65th Avenue North and Kings Highway, in Myrtle Beach.
The speaker will be Sandy Martin, Horry County Voter Registration and Elections director, speaking about the implementation of the new photo voter ID law. For more information, contact Sally P. Howard at 455-1936.• Northwest Action Dems will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kingston Lake Educational Building, 3410 Church St. in Loris, in the back of the building.
For more information, contact Lutie Floyd at 756-0138. Everyone is welcome.• North Strand Democrats will have its monthly meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Mick & Mikes Sports Bar, located at 1008 Highway 17 S in North Myrtle Beach. For information, contact Brian or Roberta at 272-6454.
• 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 is also 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 or booklet, contact Sally Howard at 455-1936 or by email at SallyPHoward@aol.com.
Republicans• The Horry County Republican Party will hold its executive committee meeting 6 p.m. Monday at the Sidewheeler in Conway, located across from Peanut Warehouse.
The S.C. Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Wooten will discuss I-73. For more information, contact HCGOP chairwoman Johnnie Bellamy.• The Greater Carolina Forest Republican Women’s Club will meet on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Longbeard’s Restaurant, 5040 Carolina Forest Blvd.
Speakers will include the candidates running for the vacant Horry County Council chairman’s seat, including: Al Allen, Mark Lazarus and Debbie Harwell. The candidates will each address the group and then there will be an open question and answer session. There also will be an informal meet and greet following the meeting with some appetizers presented by Longbeard’s.
The date of the meeting was changed from the usual third Monday of the month because of the Presidents’ Day Holiday.
Everyone is invited to attend. Men are welcome and may become associate members of the club. For information about the meeting or the GCFRW please contact Jan McDonald at 236-7799 or at email@example.com.• A Republican candidates debate hosted by Sav-R-Cats will be 12:30 p.m. on March 6. The public luncheon debate with the five Republican candidates vying for the Horry County Council chairmanship will be held at the Omega Pancake & Omelette House 2800 North Kings Highway (Highway 17 Business) in Myrtle Beach. The three course meal, plus beverage, lunch costs $8 per person.
Candidates invited and expected to attend are: Councilman Al Allen, Liz Gilland, Debbie Harrell, Mark Lazarus and Fonzie Lewis. Each will have three minutes to introduce themselves and briefly discuss their qualifications for being County Council chair, after which the public will have an opportunity to ask questions of each candidates.
The public is invited to attend, and a special request is made for animal lovers to please come out to hear the candidates. In order to reserve your seat, reservations are requested call Sharon Dumay at 997-8701; Barbara Cook 651-9505; or Ted Sedje 3819280.