Grand Strand Newsmakers

The picture starting from the left is principle John Washburn, Worshipful Master Greg Barsnica, Don Cox, Jim Jarrell, Reese Wesner, CJ McIIrath, Dave Harrell, Luis Saenz, Steve Kahn, Doug Wagoner, Billy Roberts.
The picture starting from the left is principle John Washburn, Worshipful Master Greg Barsnica, Don Cox, Jim Jarrell, Reese Wesner, CJ McIIrath, Dave Harrell, Luis Saenz, Steve Kahn, Doug Wagoner, Billy Roberts.



Sixth annual Biker fest a success

What a perfect day for the 6th annual Biker Bluegrass Festival – a family friendly/pet friendly event. There was a great crowd and everyone in attendance had a great time – dogs included.

The WARM dogs available for adoption enjoyed their day out and the WARM volunteers enjoyed getting to love on some of WARM’s previous residents that came to visit. Everyone relaxed while listening to the live entertainment provided by Alan Bibey and Commonground, Sawgrass and the All That cloggers, along with enjoying a delicious chicken bog lunch and desserts from the WARM bake sale.

Along with the entertainment and food, visitors enjoyed participating in a silent auction, live auction, raffle, a 50-50 pot and visiting the booths of vendors and sponsors. At the end of the day – WARM received $5,756.08 from this event and one of the WARM adoptable dogs in attendance found her forever family.


Christian Academy student wins Heybo scholarship

Calvin Springs, a junior at the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ (SCDNR) 2016 Youth Sporting Clays Open provided by Heybo, one of the fastest growing southern outdoor apparel brands.

The Youth Sporting Clays Open was held on March 4 at the Palmetto Shooting Complex in partnership with The National Wild Turkey Federation. This marks the second year for the competition. Event participation increased by more than 100 competitors from the inaugural event held last April, bringing in more than 550 youths. All participants were entered to win one of 23 available scholarships. Scholarships are awarded at random.


Masonic Lodge donates George Washington portrait

Earlier this month, the Myrtle Beach Masonic Lodge #353 donated a portrait of George Washington to the MB High School. It’s part of a fundraiser the South Carolina Masons started to help put George Washington back in our schools it is also a fundraiser to support Juvenile Diabetes Research. George Washington stands before you in a full-length portrait by Gilbert Stuart. The painting, done in 1796, is known as the Lansdowne portrait because it was a gift to the Marquis of Lansdowne, an English supporter of American independence, from Senator and Mrs. William Bingham of Pennsylvania. One of the originals is still hanging in the White House today as it was saved by First Lady Dolley Madison during the burning of the White House by the British during the War of 1812.



North Myrtle NJROTC takes trip to Florida

Twenty-three cadets from North Myrtle Beach NJROTC spent four days traveling to Florida and touring Naval Station Mayport, Kennedy Space Center and the town of St Augustine.

The cadets were thrilled to be on the road knowing that it would hold an adventure that they had never experienced before; excited and talkative there was no rest while on the road.

The cadets departed from the school at 8am on Monday morning the 28th of March traveling six hours on the charter bus. Upon arrival they checked into the Navy Lodge with four cadets assigned to each room.

The students visited the Kennedy Space Center, participated in the Navy’s Wet Trainer Simulator and more before heading back to North Myrtle Beach.


McLeod0Seacoast receives grants from angels

The McLeod Loris Seacoast Angels, an association of women organized under the auspices of the McLeod Foundation benefitting McLeod Loris Seacoast, grants close to $3,000 raised by members of the association. This funding will go toward improvement of departmental efficiency and provide additional support for patients.

McLeod Loris Seacoast Foundation Angels grants include: Diabetic Testing Supplies for Self Pay Inpatients- $500 to purchase diabetic testing supplies. Body Fat Composition Monitor for Outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy- $500 to purchase a monitor that will offer a complete body composition profile, including weight, body fat percent, body water percent, muscle mass, bone mass, BMR, visceral fat, metabolic age and physique rating for patients. Healing Music for Surgical and ICU Patients, Loris Mammography Room Refresh, the McLeod Loris Seacoast H.O.P.E. Fund and more received funds.

McLeod Loris Seacoast Angels membership is open to anyone who is interested in becoming part of the group. If you are interested in attending or need more information, please contact the McLeod Foundation office at 843-390-8215. If you would like to learn more about the work of the McLeod Foundation please visit our website at