Grand Strand Newsmakers



MB camera club announces winners

These are the winners of the Myrtle Beach Camera Club April competition. The topic was “Red.”


Grand Strand Health Announces Awards of Distinction Winners

Grand Strand Health is proud to announce the winners of our Awards of Distinction which are the highest honors that Grand Strand Health bestows on our employees, physicians and volunteers. These awards include the Frist Humanitarian Awards, Excellence in Nursing Awards and Innovators Awards.

The Frist Humanitarian Award winners are: Jarratt Lark, MD for the Physician Award; Carl Habeck for the Employee Award; Maureen Dwyer for the Volunteer Award. The Excellence in Nursing Award has two categories and the winners are: James Cimineri, RN, for Compassionate Care; Virginia McCarey, RN, for Professional Mentoring. The Innovator Award winners are: Monica Mills, RN, for Financial Impact; Charles D. Williams, RN, for Quality and Patient Safety; Amanda Neace, PharmD, for Service Excellence.

These awards honor exceptional individuals whose work and lives reflect the patient-centered and humanitarian values upon which Grand Strand Health was founded. The exemplary service and selflessness of each recipient challenges and inspires us all to live and preserve our hospital’s mission of caring for and improving human life.


Conway native serves aboard guided missile destroyer in Spain

A 2012 Carolina Forrest High School graduate and Conway, South Carolina native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Donald Cook.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Manish Gaskins is a gunner’s mate aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Rota, Spain. Donald Cook is one of four destroyers home ported in Rota.

A Navy gunner’s mate operates and maintains all gunnery equipment, guided-missile launching systems, rocket launchers, guns, turrets and associated equipment. They test ammunition and missiles. Gunner’s mates also train and supervise personnel in the handling and stowage of ammunition and missiles.

“Every day I get a new challenge,” said Gaskins. “For example if a gun is broken, I have to be ready to respond in a moment’s notice.”

Commissioned in 1998, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Donald Cook, measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. It was named in honor of Donald Cook, a Vietnam War prisoner of war who died in captivity.

This ship has been fitted with the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability that enables the ship to conduct long-range surveillance, tracking, and engagement of short and medium-range ballistic missiles.



Calabash VFW takes part in DAR tribute

VFW Calabash Post 7288’s Color Guard took pride in being a part of the North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution tribute to 10 Brunswick County servicemen who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. A crowd of 150 gathered at Mulberry Park in Shallotte and included family members, friends and area residents. During the April 29th dedication ceremony a stone marker listing the names of the ten was unveiled and a tree planted in their honor. As the name of each was read, family members of the deceased listened in tearful remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country in that far off land five decades ago. Participating in the VFW Post Honor guard.


Veteran contestants win Adult Spelling Bee

Literacy Council Adult Spelling Bee veterans, Susan Eggert of Shallotte and Dr. Dwight Willis of Holden Beach, won the 27th annual event May 16 representing South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club, District 7730. Their combined talents helped them spell the winning word “suffrutescent,” which means slightly or partially woody. Other words they conquered were chimera, a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve, and cataclysm, a violent upheaval.

Willis, retired principal of Supply Elementary School, made his 12th appearance and his first championship win. Eggert, one of the seven founding members of Brunswick County Literacy Council in 1981, has been in too many to count. She remembers being a runner-up one year and possibly a winner another. “How’s that for memory fog?” she says.

Runners-up were Susan Knight and Vern Stephens, representing Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply.