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Corrections officer arrested

A corrections officer is no longer employed with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office following his arrest in North Myrtle Beach Tuesday.

Dennis J. Fenstamaker, 41, of North Myrtle Beach was charged with destroying personal property Tuesday. He was booked and released from North Myrtle Beach jail within 30 minutes on $1,000 bail.

Fenstamaker is accused of punching in the rear window of a car parked at Captain Poo’s on Little River Neck Road, according to a North Myrtle Beach police report. He then fled the scene with an injured hand, police said.

Witnesses told police he had argued with his girlfriend before the incident, the report said.

Tom Fox, director of detention in Horry County, said Fenstamaker had been a corrections officer since Sept. 2010 and worked in the housing units at the jail.


Woman charged with prostitution

A 42-year-old Garden City Beach woman was charged with prostitution by Myrtle Beach police Tuesday afternoon, according to an arrest report.

Janis Bradalene Dees, 42, was charged with first-offense prostitution and is being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail on $781 cash bail, according to jail records.

Dees was walking on 13th Avenue South and Yaupon Drive when undercover officers approached her, an incident report said.

When she got in the car, she asked the officer “What’s your pleasure, what’s your fun?” then offered sex acts for $25.

Police performed a traffic stop on the undercover vehicle and arrested Dees at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday.



Rice appointed to House committee

U.S. Congressman-elect Tom Rice has been appointed to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, a position that could help focus the committee’s attention on the need for Interstate 73.

The appointment further gives him an opportunity to push for funding to dredge the Georgetown port, according to a release from Todd Grassmeyer, Rice’s chief of staff.

Rice, who was elected as the first congressman from the new 7th Congressional District in November, also was appointed to the budget and small business committees.


Special meeting called

Atlantic Beach plans to hold a special Town Council meeting Thursday at 6 p.m.

No specific details, including the reason for an executive session, were included on the agenda.

An executive session is set to begin at 6 p.m. with regular session opening at 7 p.m.

The Town Council meeting a week ago was ended before any business was conducted when the town’s leaders could not agree to approve the agenda.


CCU accreditation reaffirmed

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has reaffirmed the accreditation of Coastal Carolina University, according to a press release from the university.

SACS gave CCU its highest level of reaffirmation, the release said, with no recommendations for improvement.

Reaccreditation is required every 10 years by SACS and involves a peer review process, in which faculty and administrators from SACS member institutions visit the campus and evaluate the university.

Areas examined for standards compliance included finances, governance, academic programs, faculty qualifications, facilities, student support services, learning resources and student life.


HTC taps CCU professor for award

Arne Flaten, a professor at Coastal Carolina University and chair of its Department of Visual Arts, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Horry Telephone Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award.

Flaten’s research combines history, cultural heritage, archaeology and international intrigue using the kinds of computer innovations viewers see on the Discovery and History channels.

He joined the CCU faculty in 2003 and is co-founder and co-director of Ashes2Art, a program that develops virtual reconstructions of ancient monuments.

As the 17th HTC award winner, Flaten will give a lecture March 28 in CCU’s James J. Johnson Auditorium entitled “Preparing the Next Generation: Virtual Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.” The lecture is open to the public.

From staff reports