Grand Strand Newsmakers

Vicki Price, left, Myrtle Beach hCamera Club competition coordinator, stands with 2015 Photographer of the Year Cherie Reid.
Vicki Price, left, Myrtle Beach hCamera Club competition coordinator, stands with 2015 Photographer of the Year Cherie Reid.



Garden City Furniture hands out President’s Award

Congratulations to the latest members of the President’s Club for outstanding sales performance and customer service.


Tidelands raises $6,600 for Waccamaw High

Tidelands Ford Lincoln and Lincoln’s Driven to Give Program raised $6,600 for Waccamaw High School at a recent test drive event at Waccamaw High. The funds raised go toward Waccamaw High’s Athletic Departments.

Tidelands Ford Lincoln and Lincoln donated $20 per test drive.


28 Pee Dee Boy Scouts earned the Electricity Merit Badge

Five Troops (396, 402, 819, 853, 891) from Horry and Florence County earned their Electricity Merit Badge last night at Surfside United Methodist Church.

Reliable Electric and Heating & Air electricians, Jeff and James guided 28 scouts to receiving the Electricity Merit Badge. The merit badge program plays a major part in the Scouting Advancement Program and earning these badges give scouts the opportunity to participate in activities that help prepare them for life.

The training consisted of Jeff and James from Reliable Electric and Heating & Air discussing: Simple electromagnet: Making an electromagnet out of nails, wire, and batteries; connected a doorbell to a battery to demonstrate how it worked; ways to conserve energy; safety: What to do in an electrical storm. How to render first aid to unconscious person from electrical shock. How to rescue a person touching a live wire and more.



Junior Duck Stamp contest winners announced

Various students from Horry and Georgetown counties earned honors in the 2016 S.C. Junior Duck Stamp Contest, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The students’ artworks will be exhibited at several places this year, including Feb. 12-14 as part of the 34th annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, in Charleston County Library, 68 Calhoun St. — where the exhibit is free to see.

Festival details at 843-723-1748 or

Local honoree by level were:

BEST IN SHOW: Stephanie Branton – age 17, of Oak Street Academy in Conway


First place – Taylor Mae Brown of Brown Home Education in Conway; Second – Angela Arias of Waccamaw Elementary School in Conway, and Quinn Enloe of Vine& Branches Home Educators in Little River; Third – Abhirami Balachandran of Calvary Christian School in Socastee.

Honorable Mention – Cesar Aguilar, Amara Barber, Aimee Coffey, Valeria Espino-Gutierrez, Wyatt Johnson, Carson Jordan, Jayden Lora, Isaiah Metz, William Pirozzi, Jasmine Rodriguez-Morales, Shelby Romero, Brooklyn Shadoan, Robert Solomon, Hunter Thornal, Areli Valederas, and Terrance Wideman – all from Waccamaw Elementary.


First – Sailor Rearden of St. Michael Catholic School in Garden City Beach; Second – Abby Brock of Oak Street Academy; Third – Vanessa Palisin of Palmetto Academy of Learning & Success in Myrtle Beach, and Tabby Perry of Oak Street Academy.

Honorable Mention – Amrithaa Balachandran, Meena Balachandran, Charlie Caughman, Caroline Floyd, Chase Hoffman, Beau McDowell , Caroline Roland, and Gracie Roland, all of Calvary Christian School; Davey Brown of Vine & Branches in Longs; Ella Enloe of Vine & Branches in Little River; and Hailee Robinson of Waccamaw Elementary.


Third – Cage Mitchell of Atheneum North in Myrtle Beach.

Honorable Mention – Elizabeth Glendinning of Oak Street Academy, Catherine Murphy of St. Michael Catholic School, and Kenley Watts of Vine & Branches in Longs.

GRADES 10-12:

First – Stephanie Branton of Oak Street Academy, and Walker Todd of Socastee High School.

Honorable Mention – Abby Altman of Oak Street Academy; and Savanna Fiegl, Jonathan Fowlkes, and Ava Kronberg, all of Socastee High.



“Don’t let the duck swim in the muck. Clean up the yuck,” Taylor Mae Brown of Brown Home Education; “Save the habitat of our ducks. They’re not protected just by luck.” -- Quinn Enloe of Vine & Branches in Little River.

GRADES 4-6 – Both from Calvary Christian:

“If we save the wildlife, we would be saving many animals from extinction,” Caroline Floyd; “Let’s work together so the ducks have a great home.” Chase Hoffman.


“Everything in life has a choice, but not everything has a voice.” -- Kenley Watts of Vine& Branches in Longs.


Camera club announces award winners, Photographer of the Year

The Myrtle Beach Camera Club was founded for the sole purpose of taking better photos. The group is made up of photographers of all levels. It is a nonprofit club.

Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at HTC Building, 3990 River Oaks Drive, Myrtle Beach. To learn about group trips, guest speakers, tips and tricks and this year’s monthly photo themes, log on to or follow them on Facebook.

Annual memberships are $35 for families and $25 for individuals 18 years and older.

For more information, contact Cherie Reid at



Little River Legion donates food to Helping Hands

American Legion Post 186 in Little River recently donated 250 pounds of food to the local Helping Hands organization.


Loris Fire Department trains on jaws of life