Grand Strand Newsmakers



Lions Club presents check to sheriff’s department

On Feb. 2, Skippy Branham, President of the Georgetown Lions Club, presented Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb with a check for $100 to benefit the National Child Safety Council (NCSC). The NCSC mascot, Safetypup, has become a safety hero and serves as a reminder to children to stay safe and drug free. In addition, the educational materials reach youngsters at their age level and target topics which can and do affect their everyday lives. The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office expresses sincere gratitude to the Georgetown Lions Club for their generous contribution to the NCSC program..


Andrews Rotary helps install AEDs through Georgetown

An effort to install life saving equipment in public facilities throughout Georgetown County took a big leap forward this month when the Andrews Rotary Club installed AEDs in four county-run facilities. Automated external defibrillators are now available at the county’s recreation complex at Olive Park, the Andrews Branch Library, the Andrews Regional Recreation Center and the Andrews Senior Citizens Center.

The initiative is one that was born about a year ago and will involve Rotary Clubs throughout the County, raising funds to make the installation of these devices possible. At about $1,300 per unit, the devices aren’t cheap, but having one nearby can be the difference between life and death in a cardiac emergency.

Claire Grant, a mother of three who lives in Andrews, not only encouraged the county to implement a plan for installing AEDs in public facilities, she helped recruit the county’s Rotary Clubs to get involved in funding the project.

The Andrews Rotary Club spent $5,200 to purchase four devices. They received $2,600 from a Rotary District grant and had fundraisers to pay the balance. Club members participated in installation of the devices this month in Andrews.



Horry farm bureau wins state award

Horry County Farm Bureau was recognized for having one of the top Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher programs in the state during 2015.

South Carolina Farm Bureau is a grassroots, non-profit organization celebrating and supporting family farmers, locally grown food, and our rural lands through legislative advocacy, education, and community outreach. By connecting farmers to the larger community, Farm Bureau cultivates understanding about agriculture’s importance to South Carolina’s local economies. To learn more, log on to


Pilot Club welcomes new member

The Pilot Club of Conway would like to welcome its newest member, Candace E. Britton. Britton, a Conway National Bank employee, comes to Pilot excited to gain new friendship and get more involved in her community. Pilot members care about being a Pilot and doing more for our club, district, and international organization.

Visitors are always welcome to their meetings. For more information on how you can become a member of this service organization focusing on brain-related disorders, please contact Kristie Hendrick, President, 843-902-3017.


Myrtle Beach native serves aboard USS Wyoming

A 2011 Carolina Forrest High School graduate and Myrtle Beach, S.C. native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Wyoming (SSBN 742).

Petty Officer 2nd Class Demetrius Jones is a machinist mate serving aboard the Kings Bay-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

A Navy machinist’s mate is responsible for maintaining the oxygen levels, high pressure air systems and hydraulics system which helps steer the boat in the right direction.

“My favorite part about the job is being able to repair various forms of equipment aboard the boat,” said Jones.

Measuring 560 feet long, 42 feet wide and weighing more than 16,500 tons, a nuclear-powered propulsion system helps push the ship through the water at more than 20 knots.

The Navy’s ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as “boomers,” serve as an undetectable launch platform for intercontinental ballistic missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth, extended patrols and the precise delivery of missiles if directed by the President. The Ohio-class design allows the submarines to operate for 15 or more years between major overhauls. On average, the submarines spend 77 days at sea followed by 35 days in-port for maintenance.

“We demand the highest standards from our Sailors - both professionally and personally,” said Rear Adm. Randy Crites, Commander, Submarine Group Ten in Kings Bay, Ga.” Petty Officer Jones’ chain of command, family and our great nation takes immense pride in his devotion and service to his country.” “The importance of our Sailors is immeasurable; people like Demetrius Jones are absolutely crucial to ensuring our Ships and Submarines are operating at their best - always mission ready, providing our Nation with the greatest Navy the world has ever known,” said Rear Adm. Crites. “I’m so very proud he is on our team.”

Jones is part of the boat’s gold crew, one of the two rotating crews, which allow the ship to be deployed on missions more often without taxing one crew too much. A typical crew on this submarine is approximately 150 officers and enlisted Sailors.

Because of the stressful environment aboard submarines, personnel are accepted only after rigorous testing and observation. Submariners are some of the most highly trained and skilled people in the Navy. The training is highly technical and each crew has to be able to operate, maintain, and repair every system or piece of equipment on board. Regardless of their specialty, everyone also has to learn how everything on the ship works and how to respond in emergencies to become “qualified in submarines” and earn the right to wear the coveted gold or silver dolphins on their uniform.

“I really enjoy having others around me who care about my best interest and knowing they have my back,” Jones said.

Although it is difficult for most people to imagine living on a submarine, challenging submarine living conditions actually build strong fellowship among the crew. The crews are highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Jones and other Wyoming sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

“The Navy has taught me patience and gave me the ability to think outside the box,” Jones added.



McLeod Health Employees Raise $1 Million for Patient Services

The McLeod Health Foundation is pleased to announce that its Annual Employee Campaign has reached an historic level of giving with more than $1 million raised for patient services and programs.

McLeod employees pledged $1,007,718 for 2016, demonstrating how dedicated they are to serving patients in ways beyond their job description. The donations, which total the largest amount for a single Employee Campaign in the history of the McLeod Foundation, will benefit the McLeod Cancer Center, Hospice Services, Children’s Hospital, Guest House, and many other programs that the Foundation funds to care for the well-being of people living in the 15-county region McLeod Health serves.

Janice McKenzie, an accountant in the McLeod Health Finance Department and long-time donor to the McLeod Foundation, has personally seen these programs at work. “I have had friends who were patients at the Cancer Center and received hospice care from McLeod,” McKenzie explained. “Seeing the care and compassion they experienced has inspired me to give to the McLeod Foundation.”

“This support greatly enhances the outstanding level of care for which McLeod Health is known,” said Jill Bramblett, Executive Director for the McLeod Foundation. “Many services and programs would not be available without the support of our own people who give from their hearts to make a difference for our patients.”


Camera Club print competition winners

The Coastal Carolina Camera Club held an Open print competition at its February meeting. Awards are given in two Divisions, Class A (advanced) and Class B (novice).

First place in Class A Division went to Harvey Lindenbaum with “The Shrimp Fleet”. Carmen Daughtry’s entry “Writer’s Block” placed second and Trish Brock won third place with “Lauren’s Waterlilies”.

Trevor McDonald placed first in Class B Division with “Peppers”. Julie-Ann Farrell won second place with “Friends by the Sea” and Karen Kreitzbender placed third with “Pretty Kitty.”

The club meets monthly, every second Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Maitn Street in Shallotte. Membership is open to photographers of all skill levels. Meetings consist of informative programs on photographic techniques and software usage, member photo presentations and critiques, guest speakers and much more. Guests are always welcome. Visit the website or call 910-287-6311 for more information..