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04/07/2014 5:02 PM

04/07/2014 5:32 PM

Tuesday is an important day for some of our readers.

Residents of Surfside Beach have the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote on the leaders, and thereby the direction, of their seafront town.

A major responsibility of any news organization is to provide citizens with information they need to be knowledgeable members of their communities and I hope those in Surfside had a chance to look Sunday at Amanda Kelley’s article, including the backgrounds and comments of the nine candidates for the three open Town Council seats.

If not, you can access the information at and catch up on what you missed.

No matter how you get your information, I hope you make it the polls between 7 a.m. when they open, and 7 p.m. when they close.

Helping hand for the college-bound

Another responsibility of any community news organization is to help give back to those they serve. That’s why each year at this time, The Sun News, or more accurately, The Sun News Educational Foundation, seeks nominations for one of our four scholarships.

The program has been providing financial help for area students since 1984 and it is once again time for those who wish to be considered to submit their applications.

Eligible students can come from high schools in Horry, Georgetown and southern Brunswick counties. Four of them will be selected on the basis of motivation, potential for academic achievement, leadership and involvement in community and civic activities.

The foundation awards three $1,000 one-year scholarships and one Mark and Nancy Garner Leadership scholarship, which pays $1,500 each year for four years.

As an education foundation board member, one of my favorite tasks of the year is to help interview the finalists for these scholarships. It is a daunting and humbling task, but also one that validates my belief that our area, and by extension, our country, will be in good hands.

Information about the scholarships has been distributed to guidance counselors at all area high schools. If you know of someone who should be among them, applications are available in our lobby, 914 Frontage Road E., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; at or by contacting Peggy Studds, 626-0250,

Don’t delay, the deadline is May 8.

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