Grand Strand Newsmakers

Des Moines Area Community College Boone Campus student Stacy Harrison (center) receives a nursing pin from her daughter, 14-year old McKenzy Harrison, her son, five-year old Chase Harrison and her husband, Chris Harrison, in a ceremony recently held on the DMACC Boone Campus. Stacy Harrison graduated from DMACC’s Practical Nursing program.
Des Moines Area Community College Boone Campus student Stacy Harrison (center) receives a nursing pin from her daughter, 14-year old McKenzy Harrison, her son, five-year old Chase Harrison and her husband, Chris Harrison, in a ceremony recently held on the DMACC Boone Campus. Stacy Harrison graduated from DMACC’s Practical Nursing program.



Helping Hands of Georgetown release 2015 numbers

Helpings Hands of Georgetown announced it was able to provide 2,976 bags of groceries, 1,196 households received utility assistance, more than 5,000 articles of clothing and helped 259 uninsured people get dental care in 2015.

Thirty people were placed in jobs, 23 remain actively employed, and 21 in full-time work.


Sheriff Cribb announces Employees of the Year for 2015

Sheriff Lane Cribb recently awarded employees with honors for their outstanding performance during 2015.

The Correctional Officer of the Year was awarded to Sgt. Letha Grant. Sgt. Grant has been employed by the Georgetown County Detention Center for over five years. Some qualities attributed to Sgt. Grant by her fellow officers are firm, fair, dependable and consistent. Sgt. Grant works closely with each of her team members to ensure they are properly trained and prepared for any incident which may arise. Sgt. Grant’s qualities are an example to those aspiring to advance into a leadership role.

Telecommunications Officer of the Year was awarded to Kimberly Baxley. Baxley, who has been employed by the sheriff’s office at the 911 Center since 2008, was promoted to Shift Supervisor in 2010. Some qualities attributed to Baxley by her fellow employees are professional, consistent, dependable, and hardworking. Baxley exemplifies exceptional leadership qualities and is always ready to assist no matter what type of 911 call is.

Deputy Sheriff of the Year was awarded to Sean Seebode. Deputy Seebode, who has been employed with the sheriff’s office for 14 years, is described by his fellow officers as a team player, respectful, hardworking, fair and loyal. Deputy Seebode is an all-around outstanding genuine person who serves his community well. Deputy Seebode has proven to be a great asset to the sheriff’s office..



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Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) Named to Victory Media’s 2016 Military Friendly Schools List

PIA’s Myrtle Beach Branch Campus announced in December that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media. The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at

“While we can’t begin to repay these individuals for their service, our staff and instructors, many being veterans themselves, work hard to help veterans succeed in their education” said Peg Skalican, Campus Director of PIA Myrtle Beach Campus. “Whatever help we can provide, from navigating benefits, tutoring, or just being someone that will listen, we want to make every effort to ensure their experience at PIA is a positive one.”

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

For more information about PIA’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit PIA’s website at

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on


Local students named to the Honor Roll at American Hebrew Academy

The following American Hebrew Academy students have received recognition for their academic performance during the Fall 2015 trimester: Hilla Edri of Myrtle Beach, and Sahar Yekuel of Myrtle Beach.



Loris, Myrtle Beach residents make Berry College Dean’s List

The following student has been named to Berry College’s fall 2015 Dean’s List, according to Provost Kathy Richardson. The Dean’s List honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester: Katherine Edmonds of Loris, and Celine Seguin of Myrtle Beach.

Berry College is an independent, coeducational college recognized nationally for the quality and value of its educational experience. Located on a magnificent campus encompassing more than 27,000 acres near Rome, Ga., Berry challenges its student body, consisting of more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, to embrace a firsthand education that unites strong academic programs with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others.


Shallotte Middle School participates in Good Neighbors

Shallotte Middle School was filled with good neighbors in December as students were recognized during the Good Neighbor Breakfast hosted by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County in partnership with Brunswick County Schools, and Shallotte Middle School.

CIS Success Coach Michele Rau coordinated the Good Neighbor Breakfast Dec. 15 at Shallotte Middle School. Students were selected by their teachers for representing good citizenship and being model students. Thirteen students and parents attended the breakfast to recognize good citizenship. Jessica B. Swencki, Director of Quality Assurance & Community Engagement, for Brunswick County Schools, spoke to the students and their families in attendance about the importance of good citizenship and acknowledged the students’ accomplishments. Each student was then presented with an award from teachers.

The Good Neighbor Breakfast is a collaborative effort of Communities In Schools of Brunswick County and Brunswick County Schools. The event was sponsored by Walmart, Hardees, BoJangles and McDonalds.

Students receiving the Good Neighbor Award included: Sidney Jones, Hayden McKeithan, Oscar Sainos, Shelby Everhart, Morgan Breeden, Caleb Vanasse, Stephen Janeda, Aaliyah Pridgen, Krystian Yates, Arlene Velasquez, Raquan Stanley, Alice Leland, and Carly Paige.

For more information about CIS programming, please call Michelle Rau, Shallotte Middle School Success Coach at 910-253-5327 ext. 1531 or visit