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Covation exec didn’t file tax returns for 14 years Project Blue’s chief operating officer racked up more than $1.2 million in unpaid taxes, penalties BY MICHAEL SMITH AND CHARLES D. PERRY


Dave Rocker failed to file income tax returns for 14 consecutive years, racking up more than $1.2 million in unpaid taxes and penalties, according to federal court documents. Rocker, an executive with Covation Holdings — the company that’s seeking millions in taxpayer money to open a Carolina Forest call center — also faced allegations of misrepresentation, inflating business expenses and even sexual harassment,

court transcripts show. In 1999, Rocker was sentenced to 14 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit income tax evasion. He served 12 months before he was paroled in January 2001, according to the federal prison bureau. Rocker’s charges were reduced after he agreed to assist the IRS in its investigation of a Klein conspiracy in which Rocker participated. In a Klein conspiracy, two or more individuals agree to “use deceit, craft, trickery or dishonest means to

interfere with the lawful government functions of the IRS,” according to the Internal Revenue Service. Rocker is currently the chief operating officer of Covation Holdings, according to Horry County records. Covation has been in talks with the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Horry County Council to possibly build a call center at River Oaks and International drives, creating up to 1,020 jobs. County council postponed a September vote to borrow $8 million in

support of the project after a Herald report about Rocker’s prison record. New revelations about the circumstances leading up to Rocker’s prison sentence only reinforce concerns about using taxpayer money to support the Covation call center, some council members say. “We’ve had too much trust and not enough verification,” said councilman Carl Schwartzkopf. “Before you invest, it is absolutely essential that you investigate. This is part of that verification.” Rocker couldn’t be reached for

comment. In an interview with the Herald last month, Dave Rocker's business partner and father, Bill, said the IRS pursued his son in the late 1990s. “You’ve got to understand, at the time, what was going on in the Internal Revenue Service,” he said. “They were at the apex of their power.” But Bill Rocker didn't deny his son's tax troubles. “David failed to file personal income taxes for several years and See COVATION, Page 3A


Growing cycling community inspires county plans for new bike paths BY CHARLES D. PERRY | THE HERALD Sue Brunson’s week didn’t always include 45mile bike rides. A year ago, Brunson’s pastor saw her at a gym and suggested that she try cycling. So the Myrtle Beach daycare operator joined the pastor and his wife for a group excursion. “I got out and I loved it,” she said.

“It’s the closest thing to flying.” Now Brunson is biking two to three times weekly. She joined a local triathlon club and she occasionally commutes to work on two wheels. “It’s a lifestyle,” she said. That lifestyle has become more common along the Grand Strand in recent years. At least three bicycle groups have formed in Horry County since 2010 and county officials are now developing plans for a network of bike paths. “We’ve gone from just little pockets of riders,” said Tim Woolford, co-owner of Grand Strand Bicycles in Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet. “It has really just grown like crazy.” When Woolford arrived here seven years ago, he started a Saturday morning group ride. The first trip consisted of Woolford and two friends. Last summer, there were more than 100 cyclists on five of the group rides. Some of the burgeoning interest can be attributed to higher fuel prices, Woolford said. He also pointed out that the emergence of groups like the Waccamaw Trail Blazers and the Myrtle Beach Triathlon Club has given people new options for bike riding. “All that spurs it,” he said. Nationally, biking has become more popular, too. From 2000 to 2010, the number of bicycle commuters increased by 40 percent, according to See BIKES, Page 10A


Local cyclists take part in a group ride.

Go green, save green • $4.6 billion: What bicyclists in the United States save every year by biking instead of driving • $308: Average annual cost of operating a bicycle • $8,220: Annual cost of operating average car • 40%: Increase in the number of bicycle commuters from 2000 to 2010 • 12%: Percentage of trips taken in the U.S. that cyclists and walkers account for • 1.6%: Percentage of federal transportation dollars that support bicycle or pedestrian transportation Sources: Sierra Club, League of American Bicyclists, National Council of LaRaza

Myrtle Beach helicopter business MB son is ‘musicianary’ staying open through court case Christian band combines music, art, theology BY CHARLES D. PERRY


A Myrtle Beach helicopter business is still flying high — at least for now. Judge Larry Hyman on Wednesday granted Helicopter Adventures’ request to continue operating while its appeal of a zoning board’s decision makes its way through court, Horry County spokes-

woman Lisa Bourcier said. The aerial tour business near Broadway at the Beach received an unfavorable ruling from the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals last week. The decision meant the company either had to shut down or challenge the ruling in circuit court. The company’s lawyer filed an appeal on Sept. 12. After Wednesday’s deci-


sion, Helicopter Adventures owner Freddie Rick was in good spirits. “We’re pleased with that,” he said. “We’ll continue to appeal and have every belief that we will come out a victor in the appeal process. ” Since opening in May, Helicopter Adventures has drawn criticism from homeowners See HELICOPTER, Page 3A

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COVATION: Records show Covation exec didn’t file tax returns for 14 years FROM PAGE 1A

Klein conspiracy created

Golf course deals At Rocker’s initial sentencing hearing in June 1999, his attorney Craig Gillen argued in favor of allowing his client to postpone serving his sentence so he could close two real estate deals. Gillen said Rocker stood to profit from the ventures, profits he said could be applied to settling Rocker’s tax debts. “Mr. Rocker is presently involved in some projects, two very large projects, for which he will receive substantial monies when they close,” Gillen said. The first deal was an 18-hole golf course and residential community in southern California. The other was a standalone golf course in Las Vegas. Both deals were expected to generate $650,000 in profit, according to court records. Rocker also offered to assist authorities in other tax-related cases. According to court transcripts, Rocker agreed to provide testimony in the pending charges against Freeman, Rocker’s former business partner. He also assisted authorities with a case involving the fraudulent acquisition of property in Georgia. In addition, Rocker availed himself to Alabama authorities in another tax fraud case involving a third co-conspirator there. “Mr. Rocker, over the last three or four years, has done his best to try to make whole some of the individuals who had invested in some of the transactions which the government was initially investigating him for,” Gillen said. Prosecutors expressed reservations about letting Rocker postpone serving his sentence. “This is an individual that hasn’t filed tax returns for 14 years,” McKenzie, the assistant U.S. attorney, said. “What the defendant is asking us to do is having not paid in 14 years, he’s now asking us to wait yet for the future.” Rocker was sentenced to eight months in prison, three years of supervised release and he was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to repay nearly $334,000 to the IRS. As of December, Rocker still owed at least $58,000, accord-

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of them there,” Gottlieb continasked to borrow $25,000 to pay off credit card debts incurred in ued. New twists Transcripts also state that Asia, Gottlieb said. Within days, Rocker was back Rocker misrepresented himself “Did he ever pay you back in federal court after informato several individuals, saying he any of those amounts?” tion surfaced refuting Rocker’s was an attorney when, in fact, McKenzie asked. ability to close the golf course he wasn’t. “No,” Gottlieb answered. deals. “John Smarky, the [IRS] agent Gottlieb said he later fired “The ink was not even dry, I who has interviewed them, is Rocker for inflating business guess, when an individual prepared to testify that Mr. expenses and because of a sexcalled us identifying himself as Rocker was holding himself out ual harassment complaint, his employer and refuting … as an attorney and acting yet for transcripts show. much of the information that another company at the same “One reason was because I Mr. Rocker provided us,” said time in L.A. as an attorney.” was – I had a knee-jerk busiU.S. Magistrate Willis Hunt, who ness reimbursement that I didMcKenzie, the U.S. attorney, presided over the case. told the court “the presentence n’t believe the expense report Richard Gottlieb, owner of report advises that he did not was accurate,” Gottlieb said. RKG Holdings, Inc., testified graduate from college, much “The other was that I had that he never had a written deal been approached by a female less law school,” according to with Rocker concerning the golf employee who had alleged sex- transcripts. courses, according to court ual harassment. She would not transcripts. Michael Smith • 488-7259 work in the office alone with Charles D. Perry • 488-7258 Gottlieb said Rocker made Mr. Rocker if it was just the two about $320,000 while working for him, with monthly pay starting at about $10,000 a month. Gottlieb also testified he never had a written agreement AT INLET SQUARE MALL ow that said Rocker could make ling • Bis 10125 HWY 17 BYPASS $650,000 from the golf course MURRELLS INLET, SC 29576 deals. NOW OPEN “Okay. And did he come to Early Bird Shows FEATURING: 16 High Tech Brunswick Bowling Lanes ask you for lump sums during Arcade • 11 Wall-to-Wall Curved Over The All40New FrankGames Entertainment Center at Inlet SquareScreens Mall $5* Before Noon. All Stadium Seating • Leather High Back Rocking Seats that period of time over and Matinees $6* All Digital Projection & Surround Sound • Bistro & Bar above the ten thousand a Showtimes for September 21st thru September 27th *Additional 3D Upcharge month?” McKenzie, the U.S. atSENIORS 62 & OLDER Queen: Hungarian 2:00 Sunday Only torney, asked. *House At The End Of The Street (PG13) 11:10, 1:45, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45 RECEIVE 20% OFF YOUR MEAL “On occasion, yes,” Gottlieb MON. - THURS. *Resident Evil: Extinction (R) 1:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55 Bistro • Bar answered. *Resident Evil: Extinction 3D (R) 11:00 Alcohol,Tax, Tip & GratuityAre Not Included. *Dredd In DBOX (R) 11:00, 4:45, 9:55 Gottlieb said the only agreeHAPPY HOUR *Dredd 3D In DBOX (R) 1:45, 7:35 ment involved paying a lump Bistro • Bar *Trouble With The Curve (PG13) 10:45, 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45 sum of $25,000 if one deal *End of Watch (R) 10:40, 1:15, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50 4PM-7PM MON.-THURS. closed, though later in cross ex*Finding Nemo (PG) 10:45 $1.00 Off* Mixed Drinks & Wine amination he said Rocker could *Finding Nemo 3D (PG) 1:15, 3:40, 6:10, 8:45 Domestic Bottles $2.50 Possession (PG13) 11:20, 2:00, 4:50, 7:25, 9:40 potentially make up to $300,000 Domestic Drafts 2 for $4 2016: Obama’s America (PG) 10:50, 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 9:15 on the California golf course Blue Moon 2 for $7 Lawless (R) 11:00, 1:50 (Except Sunday), 4:25, 7:20, 9:50 deal if several conditions were 1/2 Off Select Appetizers Hope Springs (PG13) 10:30, 4:10, 9:25 met. Chips,Fries,Nachos&Cheeese,LoadedNachosorQuesadil a The Words (PG13) 1:00, 7:10 ExcludesHolidays. *Appliesto Alcoholic Drinks. Gottlieb later testified that The Bourne Legacy (PG13) 10:30, 4:05, 9:30 (All HappyHourOffesNotValid AtConcession) Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) 1:20, 7:05 Rocker once asked for a $30,000 *=No Passes P LEASE C ONFIRM S HOWTIMES B Y C ALLING O UR Coupons may not be used in short-term loan associated with 24 HR. MOVIELINE 843.651.9400 OR VISIT conjuction with any other offer. FRANKTHEATRES.COM OR REVOLUTIONSENTERTAINMENT.COM an apartment. Rocker also B

Dave Rocker was living in a condominium in the Philippines when the Klein conspiracy began to unravel. According to a Feb. 10, 1999, court filing, the U.S. government stated that Rocker and a co-conspirator, later identified in transcripts as Rocker’s business partner Richard B. Freeman, defrauded the government. The filing says Rocker failed to file a 1992 personal income tax return and the co-conspirator fraudulently understated “his income for 1992, while diverting corporate receipts from their company, National Capital Group, Inc. (NCG), for their personal benefit through the bank accounts of others.” The filing says Rocker also failed to report his salary, commissions and fees from the NCG account. Those accounts belonged to Rocker’s ex-wife, an attorney and a shell company with a foreign account, the filing states. Rocker and his co-conspirator carried out the conspiracy by opening several accounts in Georgia and in Canada, the filing continues. It started July 8, 1992, when Rocker and the co-conspirator reactivated Visual Promotions, Inc., the co-conspirator’s dormant business entity, and opened a Georgia bank account the next day, according to court filings. On July 15, 1992, Rocker opened a trust account at ABNAMRO Bank in Toronto, Canada. A third person deposited $9 million into the trust. Between July 31 and Oct. 29, Rocker made eight requests totaling $7.5 million for transfers into a third business account at the same bank in Toronto. He then opened a fourth business account, also in the name of Visual Promotions, in Etobicoke, Ontario. Between Aug. 4 and Oct. 5, he made eight fund transfers totaling $1.26 million to three sources — two to Visual Promotions in Canada, two to an Atlanta attorney’s trust/escrow

account and four into checking and investment accounts belonging to Rocker and his wife, according to court records. During this timeframe, records show, Rocker withdrew $379,415.01 from the escrow account to buy a personal residence and another $60,345 from the ABN-AMRO trust to pay personal debts. The co-conspirator also omitted substantial income that had been transferred through Visual Promotions and the Georgia attorney’s trust/escrow account, court filings continue. According to court transcripts, an attorney for the U.S. Government said Rocker benefited most from the tax conspiracy. “He [Freeman] is responsible for the participation and conspiracy but the amounts of money as you can see that were transferred to Mr. Freeman through this scheme going through the attorney’s escrow account and so forth was less than what Mr. Rocker got,” said Gale McKenzie, an assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case. Additional court documents filed in June and July 1999 show that Rocker failed to file income tax returns from 1985 to 1998. The amount of unpaid taxes and penalties for 1985-1991 was unclear. As of June 28, 1998, Rocker had accrued $1,222,968 in back federal taxes, penalties and interest between 1992 and 1998, records show. At his initial sentencing hearing June 30, 1999, Rocker admitted to having a tax problem, saying the situation has caused his family tremendous stress, according to court transcripts. “Unfortunately, [due to] the nature of the investigation, it didn’t work out where I was able to do anything about the tax problem until I came back of my own volition, decided that I wanted to take the bull by the horns and get this thing resolved,” Rocker said at the hearing. “I’ve caused my family tremendous stress over this,” he said. “They’ve been investigated multiple, multiple, multiple times. They had nothing to do with my behavior and I have wanted all along to work out some kind of payment plan with the IRS.”


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in Plantation Point. Neighbors complained about the helicopters’ noise, which they said hurts their home values. Residents took their concerns to the ZBA, which, in a 4-3 decision Sept. 10, ruled that the county’s zoning administrator had erred in allowing the helicopter business to operate at its current location. Two days after the ZBA meeting, county attorney Arrigo Carotti sent an email to Rick’s lawyer saying the county would be compelled to enforce the zoning board’s decision — which meant shutting down the business — if Helicopter Adventures didn’t appeal it. That led to Wednesday’s hearing before Judge Hyman. Ken Moss, an attorney representing the residents in the case, said the judge’s decision wasn’t surprising. He also said he’s pleased with the conditions Hyman placed on Helicopter Adventures. The company may not fly

after 9 p.m. and the choppers can’t travel over Plantation Point, Moss said. Richard Hinde, the Plantation Point homeowner who filed the original challenge with the zoning board, couldn’t be reached for comment. During last week’s ZBA meeting, the main issue facing the board was the definition of what a “sightseeing depot” is. Janet Carter, the county’s planning director, argued that Helicopter Adventures falls under that description, and that’s why and zoning administrator Rennie Mincey approved it. Carter told the board that helicopter businesses are not listed in the county’s zoning code, but she pointed out that the county has more than 400 types of businesses in its business licenses and everyone can’t be included in the zoning laws. She said staff members have to use their judgment to decide if a business is similar to those listed. Since she and Mincey have been

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Long Bay Symphony is a credit to Horry he Waccamaw Publishers family of community newspapers couldn’t be prouder to help salute The Long Bay Symphony on its 25th anniversary! In many parts of the nation, symphonic patrons have to travel to large cities to hear a professional orchestra perform. What a blessing to have the professional musicians associated with The Long Bay Symphony performing in our own “backyard.” We think of The Long Bay Symphony as one of the crown jewels of Horry and Georgetown counties. Over the past 25 years, The Long Bay Symphony’s incredibly talented musicians have entertained appreciative audiences at many local venues. | PUBLISHER’S | The Myrtle Beach Rotary Club spring muNOTEBOOK sical is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. The symphony’s concert STEVE series has brought nationally-acclaimed ROBERTSON artists, choruses and groups to the Grand Strand. Elements of the Long Bay Symphony perform with the Horry County Dancing with the Stars. The Chamber Orchestra series presents classical programs by Bach, Handel and Beethoven. The Long Bay Symphony overcame long odds to reach its silver anniversary. Diana Scoggins, one of the founders of the orchestra, recalls being told 25 years ago that Myrtle Beach, known as the “Redneck Riviera,” would never be able to support a professional orchestra. Only 36 musicians showed up for the Long Bay Symphony’s first audition in 1988 at Wheelwright Auditorium. Nowadays, the orchestra features twice that number of talented musicians. Speaking from experience, Horry County’s “rednecks” appreciate great music just as much as anyone else. The fact that the symphony has flourished for more than 25 years shows the depth of the support it receives from an appreciative community. The Long Bay Symphony has also been very active in local schools, helping to train the next generation of musicians. The Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, for example, performs every year before more than 2,000 Horry County students. The mission of the Long Bay Symphony is to provide the highest quality musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of the region. Our orchestra has been fulfilling that mission with style for 25 years. Anyone who hasn’t experienced the full symphonic experience created by The Long Bay Symphony can take advantage of two wonderful upcoming opportunities. The first concert of the season, “The World of Dance,” will be presented Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. Patrons and guests are also invited to a post concert celebration at Pine Lakes Country Club from 6:15 -8:30 p.m. My favorite event of the season takes place Saturday when the Long Bay Symphony Pops joins talented singers for the Rivertown Rhythm concert on the banks of the Waccamaw River. I encourage you to attend this wonderful event. Tickets are available at the Horry Independent in Conway and at the Carolina Forest Chronicle/Myrtle Beach Herald office.


September 21, 2012

Ohio is biggest swinger when it comes to presidential elections As we work our way toward the presidential election in November, we watch the polls for signs that one candidate or the other, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, is opening up some daylight in the race. As of this writing, the candidates, according to the Gallup poll, are about as close as they can get, with Obama holding on to a one-point lead over Romney after losing the six-point boost he had received from the Democratic convention “bounce.” Romney, on the other hand, enjoyed only a 1-point bounce after the Republican convention, but then again, his lead has not been eroding as Obama’s has over the past few days. It’s almost as if some big pollster in the sky has said “as you were,” at least “as it was” before the conventions were held. The pundits who have been predicting a very close election are proving to be right. If you watch the red and black line chart on the RealClearPolitics page, you can see how the two parties’ polls have begun to merge once again following the Democratic Party convention. I checked the graphic line chart for the state of Ohio the other day and was impressed with the way that state’s chart so closely resembles the overall ups and downs on the RealClear national graphic, which is a compendium of all the major polls in the country. What it tells me is what so many political historians have been saying for years, that a candidate has to win Ohio in order to win the election. What is it that makes Ohio such a notable swinger? All you have to do is look at the state’s history as a strong indicator of how the rest of the nation will go. It even seems

to predict how close a race might be. When President George W. Bush was challenged by John Kerry, when the electoral vote counting came down to the wire, Ohio could have | PORTER’S | pushed the 2004 elecPOINT tion either way. Kerry STEVE held off on conceding PORTER to Bush, who seemed to have Ohio’s 20 votes. It was only after the questions that Kerry had about the Ohio electoral votes that the issue was resolved and Kerry made his concession speech. So Ohio went Republican that year. Four years later, the story was just the opposite. The race between Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain was not as close — winding up with about a four-point margin of victory for Obama, and it reflected the national electorate. Again, looking at a red and blue graphic of all the counties in Ohio, it would appear that McCain won big in Ohio, but another look shows that the sea of red counties are populated by people who tend to vote Republican, while the few blue counties — where the state’s biggest urban centers are located — vote Democratic. They were enough to give Obama the state, and ultimately the White House. Taking a look at a state by state red and blue graphic depiction of the 2008 electoral vote bears uncanny resemblance to Ohio, with vast sections of the nation’s geography shown in red, while the big urban states on the coasts are mostly blue. In fact, Ohio has accurately forecast

the national outcome in 12 of the last presidential elections. What makes Ohio unique in some respects is that it is almost homogenous geographically from one end to the other. It has no mountains or large bodies of water to interrupt the miles and miles of farms and small towns that are peppered from one end of the state to the other. If one has any doubt about Ohio being a swing state, all one has to do is look at its political makeup. It has a Republican governor, one Democratic senator and one Republican senator, and the congressional delegation is almost evenly split between Republican and Democratic members with the Democrats holding a slight edge. Another way to look at Ohio’s swing state status is to look back at its history. Virginia is the state with the most presidents born in the state, but Ohio is second. If Ohio had been a part of the original 13 colonies, it is entirely possible that Ohio would have put the most presidents in the White House. Of course, the state has fielded a long list of presidential contenders, including the present governor, John Kasich, who ran early on in 2000. The state of Ohio may again be a bellwether or a harbinger — whatever you want to call it — if it’s election eve polls predict accurately the outcome of the national election. But, when one takes a close look at the state and its political history, such a feat will not be surprising. STEVE PORTER writes for the Myrtle Beach Herald. You can reach him at 626-3131 or email STEVENEWS@ AOL.COM. His views are not necessarily those of the Herald.

| DAVE SAYS | No pay, no say Dear Dave, My fiancée and I are planning our wedding. Our parents don’t want to contribute financially, so we’ve budgeted $7,000 to cover everything. The problem is both sets of parents still want to make decisions regarding the ceremony and how many people attend. How should we handle this? —Anthony

Dear Anthony, In my mind, they don’t have a say in what happens or who attends if they don’t contribute. I understand how your parents feel, though. How nice the ceremony is or who’s invited can be a painful discussion, but in this case their opinions should only count as long as they fall within the confines of your budget. Be courteous and gentle when you explain how much you’ve budgeted and what that means in terms of who can come, how many are there, and just how fancy this event will | DAVE | be. Now, it would be really nice to involve your SAYS fiancée’s mother in the planning. But at the DAVE end of the day, she does not make decisions. RAMSEY Make sure you involve them and their opinions, but it’s you and your bride-to-be who have the power. I know your parents love you, and they want it to be a wonderful day for everyone. But this is your wedding, not theirs. And by the way, this would be a really good time to consider premarital counseling. It amazes me how many people enter into a lifelong commitment without talking and thinking things through. And part of that should be you guys getting on the same page as to how you’re going to handle interfering in-laws. You both obviously have some. —Dave

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September 21, 2012



Enjoying a little nip very year, about the middle of September, or maybe a week or two later, there comes one special day when I realize that summer is falling behind us and that means it’s time for me to celebrate. Today is that day, and I celebrated by enjoying a little nip. Nope, I don’t mean a hot toddy or a bourbon and coke. What made me happy and put a smile on my face and a lift in my step was that first cool nip in the air that meant fall is on the way. It’s there tonight and I feel like a girl again when I walk outside and get a chill bump or two from the cool air. It’s not that I don’t love summer, the beaches, the swimming pool, cookouts and all that goes with July and August. I do, but I must admit that I spend most of my summer months in cool rooms with wonderful cold air coming through the duct work. A summer person I’m not. But when fall comes, I feel all kinds of stirrings in my heart and the memories begin to pour in. Autumn especially makes me long for the mountains and all the good times we used to have when I was young. I would love to tramp through the woods with Cousin Jennie like we used to do .


We roamed fearlessly, never thinking of hungry bears that might be wanting a tasty treat before hibernat| MY SENIOR | ing for the MOMENT winter. BETTY Our MOSES guardian angel must have kept a good eye on us. The bright colored leaves made gorgeous fashions that we pinned together with small twigs. As long as I can remember those days, part of me will still be that young girl. Fall makes me remember freezing beneath my new wool winter jacket as my friends and I cheered for the boys in maroon and gold, who beat everyone the year I was a senior in high school. It was neat to watch my breath freeze as it hit the cold November air. After our heroes defeated the other team, we would all pile into cars and head for Troy’s Drive-In to celebrate with cokes and the best hot dogs I have ever eaten. Then, later, one of the best November memories of all, my daughter Bekki was born on

the second day of November in a freak, blinding snow storm. What a way to make an entrance — just a week before my own November birthday. I plan to go back to the mountains this year while the trees are ablaze with color, but I doubt if I will do much trampling through the woods. I’ve become accustomed to walking on flat land and I fear I would be doing more tumbling than trampling through the leaves. However, in my little Kia Sportage, I will turn on every side road I take a fancy to explore. As for football, I foresee some November games in my future as my grandson Collin, 7, is suited up and ready to play his first game. I can’t wait. Another late October or early November treat awaits me this year. My oldest grandson Josh and partner Jill are expecting little Stella to come into the world. This wonderful life cycle goes on and on. Old memories are precious to me, but I look forward to the ones I will make this fall. Right now, I’m going outside to enjoy another little nip.

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The bookcases n this house of wood and stones that I call home, there are books scattered and stacked hither and yon. Some might say this house is cluttered with books, but I would never be that irreverent for cluttered seems to mean “unnecessary” or “junk.” Not one book I own would be categorized as either. Books spill through the rooms, starting on my nightstand where Bibles and reference guides reside. On a leopard print footstool by the door, there are two dozen books, all I have purchased but have yet to get around to reading. But I live in hope. It’s this way throughout the entire house, including the kitchen where you’re likely to find at least a dozen tucked here and there. The trail of words continues up the stairs where there, at the head of the staircase, is the one fixture that brought the soul to this house. It is a built-in bookcase that can be viewed from the den below and what, once it was stacked with books I loved and had long cherished, gave my true personality to these sticks and stones. There is a cabinetmaker I know, a man who is known as a bi-vocational preacher meaning that he works for a living through the week then preaches for the Lord on Sunday, who has helped me in my quest to display these friends of mine. Allen Swafford is a fine craftsman who has followed


my whims and drawings to create memorable pieces like the distressed pale olive green buffet in the dining | DIXIE | room, the stunDIVAS ning red cabiRONDA net with glass doors (and a RICH hidden compartment for cook books) in the kitchen, the carved vanity in the bathroom, the kitchen cabinets in Mama’s house and other pieces. But of all he has ever built and installed, it is the bookcases that are dearest to my heart. It began with the one at the top of the staircase. The moment, shortly after I moved in, that it was installed, I knew I was home. I hurried to put my favorite books, mostly biographies, memoirs and literary classics, in its confines. I stood back, took a look and sighed. Home. No longer just a house. It was home. It seemed like all the space I needed at first, after all it was my first custom-built bookcase, but within a couple of years it was stuffed and, meanwhile, the books were still coming. I called Allen and commissioned an even bigger one. It was a massive piece that ran down the wall of my office. There was a bookcase, a desk with drawers above, and an-

other bookcase on the other side. When it was installed, one year just before Thanksgiving, I was so proud. “This,” I thought to myself, “will do me ‘til I die.” Three years have now passed and the shelves are bulging. I think that perhaps I should part with a few to make room for new ones, but I can’t bear the thought of that. How does one callously give away a friend? There will be those of you who say, “Aha! That’s why I download books. So I don’t have to store them.” I download books, too, every now and then. Sometimes when I travel, I tuck my lightweight iPad in my tote bag and enjoy the occasional read on it. But it’s not the same. I like the weight of a book in my hand. I remember the smell of the library’s bookmobile that brought books to me when I was a child. I like to flip through it and preview it, to look at the photos in a biography. I suppose, too, I like how smart holding a book in my hands makes me feel. So I’m looking around, trying to figure out where next to put another built-in unit so it looks neat. After all, this isn’t clutter. It’s my treasure. RONDA RICH is the best-selling author of the forthcoming There’s A Better Day AComin’. Visit WWW.RONDARICH.COM to sign up for her weekly newsletter.

Great advice … from a dog long the lines of “Everything I Know About Life I Learned in Kindergarten,” a very wise veterinarian has passed along these tidbits. They fall under his category of “Everything I Know About Life I Learned From A Dog.” When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up an opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. Take lots of naps.


Always stretch when you wake up. Run, romp and play every single day. Thrive on | COLUMN B | attention. Let people ETTIE touch you. NEWLANDS Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On warm days, lie on the grass on your back.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not. If what you want is buried, dig till you find it. When someone you love is having a bad day, sit close, be quiet and nuzzle them gently. No wonder they call dogs “man’s best friend.”

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SEPT. 22

Music in the park The Conway Chamber of Commerce and The Long Bay Symphony Pops will join forces on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. to host an evening of music in Conway’s beautiful Riverfront Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. The all-Americana event will feature four vocal entertainers, including Coastal Carolina University voice faculty/recording artist David Bankston and his colleague Sam Broussard. Their Southern Louisiana roots come through in their songs, which incorporate elements of Cajun, jazz, rock and more. Conway native Bobbie Rowe Holt, a CCU graduate and Nashville artist, will join them to deliver soulful renditions of her own tunes. Plus, Tom Becker — guest artist at last year’s event — will make a special appearance, singing some of John Denver’s most popular songs. All voices come together for a rendition of, “This Land Is Your Land,” to celebrate the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. All attendees are encouraged to bring picnics and lawn chairs for seating. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality tents are available for groups and are $500 each. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online by visiting or by calling the Conway Chamber at 248-2273. Tickets can also be purchased at the following locations: • All HTC locations throughout Horry County • Conway Chamber of Commerce, 203 Main St., Conway • The Long Bay Symphony, 950 48th Ave. North, Ste. 202, Myrtle Beach • Carolina Forest Chronicle, 4761 U.S. 501 West, Unit 3, Myrtle Beach • The Horry Independent, 2510 N. Main St., Conway. SEPT. 25

Learn how to shop for healthful foods Soaring food prices make grocery shopping a stressful experience. Toss in the challenge of picking foods with a healthy balance of carbs, fiber and fat, and it’s enough to send us straight to the Good Humor Bars. Take the free Supermarket Tours led by Georgetown Hospital System dietitians instead. An hour-long tour is planned for Garden City at noon on Sept. 25 at the Kroger on 2939 U.S. 17. Participants will learn how to read labels and ingredients, pick healthy snacks, shop on a budget and how marketing influences our food choices. Space is limited, so call 843520-8288 to register. SEPT. 25

Creek and river sweep The 2012 creek and river sweep will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, in Murrells Inlet. River rats are directed to head to the river and creek rats are to head to the marsh. River rats are to meet at Hannah Banana’s (back door) at 8:45 a.m. River Sweep is hosted by Murrells Inlet 2020, the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana and Wacca Wache Marina. Creek rats meet at the docks at Crazy Sister Marina at 8:45 a.m. Clean up by land and by sea. Creek Sweep is hosted by Murrells Inlet 2020, Captain Dick’s, Crazy Sister Marina, Spud’s Waterfront Dining and Express Watersports. Dress appropriately and be sure to bring gloves, boots and bug spray. Trash bags will be provided. Call 357-2007 for more information. SEPT. 27 - OCT. 14

Pawleys Island Festival Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 22nd annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, slated for Sept. 27Oct. 14. Festival sponsorships are available with packages ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. Other opportunities include in-kind sponsorships for services and/or products and individual donations. Packages may include tickets as well as numerous other benefits in appreciation of the support.

Blues singers holding benefit for the homeless | See Page 4B

SEPT. 29

Marching band competition The Pride of St. James Marching Band is holding its first annual band competition, “Fin Fest 2012,” on Sept. 29. Starting Saturday afternoon, marching bands from around the area will take the field to compete for awards and trophies. A special exhibition by the Coastal Carolina’s “Spirit of Chanticleers” will be featured as well. Everyone is encouraged to come out for fun, food and music in support of a local marching band.

OCT. 20

It’s bog-off time The 33rd annual Loris Bog-Off Festival will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in downtown Loris. There will be a car show, kid zone, live entertainment, arts and crafts and fireworks. Don’t forget about the most important thing, the chicken bog cooking contest. Chicken bog is a rice dish with a mixture of chicken, sausage and different spices. There will be several vendors for shopping and many places to eat on site. Join the festival and indulge in the fun and chicken bog. OCT. 20

‘Paws for a Cause’ For more information on the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art or for more information about sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact the festival office at 626-8911. Volunteers may contact Leslie Moore, volunteer coordinator, at (843) 626-8911.

Captain’s House, Eric Masson of The Brentwood, Curry Martin of Aspen Grille, Mike Mckinnon of The Cypress Room at Island Vista, Tom Mullally of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Darren Smith of Rivertown Bistro and Sean Thomas of Capriz. OCT. 4

SEPT. 28

Big wheel race and Dyno Daddy

‘Fill a Truck’ food drive A community food drive called “Fill a Truck” will be held on Sept. 28 From 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., all nine Chick-Fil-As in Horry and Georgetown counties will serve as donation sites for non-perishable food items. The community is asked to bring a food donation (four items or more), and in return they’ll receive an offer for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich (the coupon can be redeemed that day). At the end of the day, the food donations will be hauled off to the Lowcountry Food Bank in Myrtle Beach and served to our neighbors experiencing hunger. Last year was the first year for the Fill a Truck promotion, and it was a huge success. More than 2,000 pounds of food was collected and nearly $1,000 dollars for the hungry in the community. SEPT. 29

Rivertown Dine-Around Grab a fork and spend a Saturday afternoon eating in Downtown Conway! The Rivertown Dine-Around on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to sample the fabulous fare available in Downtown Conway. After picking up a Dine-Around map at the Conway Visitor Center, hungry guests will visit participating restaurants that are offering a sampler menu with house specialties and exciting new menu options. The mini-entree items on the sampler menu start at just $2. The Rivertown Dine-Around is free to attend, but for prep and staffing purposes, participants are required to register at or by calling CDA at 843-248-6260. Hillary Howard, executive director of Conway Downtown Alive, said Sept. 29 is shaping up to be a busy day in downtown Conway. Diners can try out a new restaurant or share their favorite dish at a beloved eatery. This year’s event coincides with the Best of the Best Wingfest at Riverfront Park, so it will truly be a great day to eat in Downtown Conway. The Rivertown Dine-Around is sponsored by PCRX Computers, HTC and N2Win Sports. SEPT. 30

Farm to table event Representatives from Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine Festival announced the third annual Farm to Table event at the Thompson Farm. The festivities will take place at 5 p.m. on Sept. 30. Guests will be transported on a hay ride into the middle of the corn field to begin the evening, including a five-course gourmet meal prepared by 10 area chefs utilizing fresh, local ingredients. Under the full moon, guests will enjoy the blue grass sounds of Saw Grass. Participating chefs include: Caitlin Brady of Kingston Plantation, Bradley Daniels of Croissants Bistro and Bakery, Andrew Gardo of Sea

The Alive After 5 Series continues in Downtown Conway on Thursday, Oct. 4. Formerly known as the Conway Crawl, Alive After 5 features entertainment and a concert on the first Thursday night of each month from June through November. The entertainment is centered on Third Avenue in Downtown Conway, but concert-goers will also enjoy exploring the eclectic shops and discovering the friendly bistros in the downtown district. On Oct. 4, register for the Conway Big Wheel Race. Race the streets of Downtown Conway, dodging obstacles and fellow big wheel wanna-bes. Steal your kid’s, neighbor’s or cousins’s big wheel and join the crowd. Each team requires two members — a rider and a pusher. All team members must be 18 years or older. Following the big wheel race, Dyno Daddy takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., playing your favorite classic rock covers. Take a break from the action with the Classic Car Cruise-In by Chicora Car Club. Alive After 5 provides the perfect opportunity to pick up a bite from a local eatery, grab a chair and enjoy a monthly open-air concert in the heart of Downtown Conway. The Cruise-In event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Conway Downtown Alive at 843-248-6260 or visit OCT. 6-7, NOV. 3-4

Art in the Park On Oct. 6-7 and Nov. 3-4, the 40th Art in the Park will be at Chapin Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11 it will be at Valor Park in the Market Common. There will be more than 60 artists from as far away as Tennessee, with about 20 from the local area. Art will include paintings, woodwork, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone. Admission is free and the event is child and pet friendly. OCT. 9

Taste of the Town The 29th annual Taste of the Town will be held Oct. 9 from 4-10 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Come and enjoy the Grand Strand’s premier culinary social event of the year, and delight your palate with samplings of specialty menu items from more than 50 area restaurants. In its 29th year, this annual event is Myrtle Beach’s largest food festival, with attendance of more than 10,000 people, and is presented by St. Andrew Catholic School. Tickets are $6 at the door or $5 in advance. Children 14 and under get in free with an adult. OCT. 9

‘Jewelry and More’ luncheon, auction The Friends of Waccamaw Library

(FOWL) will hold its 22nd annual luncheon and auction, “Jewelry and More,” on Oct. 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Litchfield Country Club. Typically a sell-out, this event features great table companions, a delicious meal, scores of fantastic door prizes, and amazing vignettes of donated jewelry and accessories in silent and Chinese auctions. This year’s luncheon will feature accessory accents — some new, some created by local artisans just for this event — and others lovingly preowned and generously donated by area residents. In addition to necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, pins and watches, you may find hats and vests, bags and totes, scarves and belts. All of the proceeds will provide programming and support for the Waccamaw children’s librarian. If you wish to attend the event, tickets are $35 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and available from Sharon Patula at 314-3534. OCT. 12

Shriners fish fry The Beachcombers of the Omar Shrine Center, who have been a part of the local community for many years, are again putting together the annual fish fry at the Train Depot to promote Shrinedome. On Oct. 12, they’ll be serving fresh flounder, French fries, cole slaw and hush puppies — all for only $7. It’s at the Historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway St. They’ll be serving lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner from 4-6 p.m. You may eat in the historic Train Depot or use the express carry out service from 8th and Broadway. For free delivery of seven dinners or more, call 843-222-2265 on the day of the big fry. Proceeds are for the benefit of the Beachcomber Shrine Unit and may not be deductible as charitable contributions. OCT. 13

Oktober Festival of Fashion The Long Bay Symphony Guild’s first event of the season will be “Oktober Festival of Fashion” on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Dunes Golf and Beach Club, 9000 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. A three-course luncheon of either vegetable Napoleon or apple-glazed pork loin will be served at noon. A cash bar will be available. Fashions will be from the Market Common, including Brooks Brothers, Hand Picked and more. Models’ hair and make-up will be by Dolce Lusso. Admission is $35 per person. Music is to be provided by members of the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra. There will be beauty and entertainment baskets plus a silent auction. A presentation of the “Woman Who Makes A Difference” award will be given this year to Carolyn Pittman, executive director of the Long Bay Symphony, for her philanthropic work in the Grand Strand and her support of the Long Bay Symphony. All proceeds from this event benefit the Long Bay Symphony, the Youth Orchestra and its educational programs. For reservations, call the Long Bay Symphony Office at 843-448-8379. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Mercy Care has partnered with Jersey Mike’s Subs in Conway and WPDE TV15 for Paws for a Cause fundraiser/donation drive. The event will take place on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Conway. Through the whole month of October, Jersey Mike’s will be donating 50 cents for every regular and $1 for every No. 8 club sub. There will also be donation boxes at all three locations for items like crates, leashes and collars. There will also be adoptable animals from the Horry County Animal Control and a local-celebrity judged pet trick contest. Pet Peace of Mind allows patients to complete their end-of-life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. The initiative provides volunteer pet care services for patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Services include assistance with pet food, financial assistance with routine veterinary care, transportation to veterinary appointments, pet boarding and walking, pain and comfort medications when needed and more. For more information about the Pet Peace of Mind program or to make a donation, contact Jennifer Beverly, volunteer program manager at Mercy Care, at 848-6480 or visit OCT. 21

‘Pink Out’ for breast cancer The Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach, will honor survivors of breast cancer during services at 7:45, 9 and 11 a.m. with the first annual Pink Out. Wear pink to services in support of the Pink Out. OCT. 24

Honor Flight scheduled The fifth Myrtle Beach Honor Flight, a program that takes World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the WWll Memorial, is scheduled for Oct. 24. The trip is free for veterans. Guardians who accompany the veterans give a $500 donation. Call 957-8212 or see OCT. 27

Shriners Hospital auction DJ’s Auction Gallery, 4721 U.S. 17 Bypass South in Myrtle Beach, in association with the Kingfisher Unit of the Omar Shriners, is planning an auction starting at 10 a.m. All proceeds of this auction are going directly to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Greenville, which is operated solely through donations. Patients are accepted up to the age of 18 and are treated free of charge. The goal is to raise $50,000 to help the children. Items needed are any type of furniture, dishes and glassware, lamps, tools, cars, boats, RVs and campers, bikes, motorcycles, silverware, old coins, TVs, computers, iPods, kitchen appliances or any other sellable item. The gallery can pick up the item and you can drop off directly at DJ’s Auction Gallery (call 843-831-0510 for directions) or Blue Moon Nursery and Garden Center, 11157 Highway 707, Murrells Inlet (call 843-215-6825 for directions).


September 21, 2012

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disease, free every slave, or reach every person with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But each of us can reach someone. We can feed one, clothe one, bring hope to one, share the Gospel with one. And if we each do what God has called us to do, together we can accomplish much. God gave us the church (and there is actually only one church) for a number of reasons. One of those is that we can do much more together than we can separately (there is strength in numbers). God does not intend that His church “compete” with other denominations within the church, but that we cooperate with others of like precious faith to accomplish His Work in this world. And so as you read the different announcements in Church Talk week by week, consider how you can help other “parts” of the body of Christ in accomplishing His work, and then pray for those who are serving the Lord in so many different ways here in our community. “I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do and should do, by the grace and power of God I will do … and I’ll pray for others serving the Lord as well!”

| CHURCH TALK | Myrtle Beach/Carolina Forest and the Coast • On Friday, Christians United for Israel will host a dinner for pastors and community leaders at Barefoot Resort and Golf, 4980 Barefoot Resort Bridge Road, North Myrtle Beach from 6 -8 p.m. The event is free but seating is limited and RSVP is required. Phone 842-902-1133. • Ladies, don’t forget Saturday is the special program held at Ocean View Baptist Church, 7300 North Kings Highway. Guest speaker is Renee Swope, author and co-host of Proverbs 31 Ministries’ radio program. Praise and worship will be led by Tangena Church Mishler. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Phone 449-3384 or go online to

On Sept. 28, every Chick-fil-A in Horry and Florence counties will be collecting food for the Lowcountry Food Bank and Harvest Hope Food Bank. Bring your donation of nonperishable food items to the local Chick-fil-A and you will be rewarded with a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. Items of particular need are protein foods (peanut butter, canned meats, dried beans) and bread, flour and cereals. Let’s all do what we can to feed the hungry! • Socastee Baptist Church, 3690 Socastee Blvd., will host the S.C. Regional Prayer Conference Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Phone 293-2762.

• Temple Shalom, 162 Waccamaw Medical Park, will have its Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre) service Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur morning service will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and the afternoon service will be at 4:30 p.m., including Yizkor and concluding service followed by a Breakthe-Fast. Reservations are required for Break-the-Fast. Phone 903-6634.

• Grammy-nominated and Dove award winning Christian singer Francesca Battistelli will bring her “Hundred More Years” tour to the Grand Theatre and Journeychurch, 301 U.S. 17 South, Surfside Beach. The concert will be held on Sept. 30. Joining Francesca will be Sidewalk Prophets, Andy Cherry and City Harbor. Contact Kelly Burton at 808-9188 or

• Temple Emanu-EL, 65th Avenue North and Kings Highway, announces the following: — Kol Nidre will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Yom Kippur is Wednesday at 9 a.m.; private devotion is at 4:30 p.m.; Mincha and Neilah at 5:30 p.m. and Break the Fast at 7:44 p.m. — The temple’s Second Nature Project is asking for school supplies, including pens, pencils, notebooks, new or good used backpacks. Also bring canned food items for the Community Kitchen and Helping Hand. Bring these items to the Rosen Center and place them in the basket by the door. Questions? Phone 446-1060. — There will be an all-day mahjong tournament Sept. 30 at the Myrtle Beach Senior Center. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and games begin at 10 a.m. Breakfast and lunch are served and there will be refreshments and prizes. Cost is $25. Phone 902-2159.

• Community Bible Study of North Myrtle Beach invites you to register for a new 30-week study “Servants of God,” which began Sept. 12 at 9:15 a.m. at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, Sixth Avenue South, NMB. There are classes for adults, children and infants. CBS is a nondenominational organization open to all faiths and beliefs. Phone Karen Mack at 236-2836 or go online to

• On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Surfside United Methodist Church, 800 13th Ave. South, Surfside Beach, hundreds of kids, families and volunteers will come together with one common purpose, to host a celebration kicking off the expected 13,000 gift-filled shoe boxes to be collected by local residents for children overseas through Operation Christmas Child. The Surfside United Methodist Church is one of 3,200 collection centers where shoeboxes will be dropped off during National Collection Week in November. Don’t wait. Start collecting/purchasing toys, school supplies and necessity items and fill your shoeboxes so you can show the love of Christ to boys and girls throughout the world. Phone (704) 583-1463 or go online to Or phone the church at 238-2734. • One of the great paradoxes of our day is that there is so much obesity and so much hunger in the same location at the same time. It is estimated that 31 percent of the children of Horry County do not have enough nutritious food to eat. We are told that there is enough food produced each year to feed every person in the world. Where does it all go? We may not know the answer to that question, but we can help those who are striving to feed the hungry.

• The Church of the Resurrection, 89-1 U.S. 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach will hold its Blessing of the Animals Oct. 7 at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. All are invited to attend with their pets and service animals. Phone 215-4500. • St. Michael Catholic School will have the annual Harvest Festival Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Valor Memorial Garden, Market Common. There will be live entertainment, crafters, games and activities, inflatables, face painting, food and more — fun for all ages. Proceeds benefit the school. Phone 651-6795 or to online to

Conway • First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Ave., will present a concert of sacred and classical piano music Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary. The concert will be presented by Dr. Ryan Smith, who has performed solo and collaborative recitals across the Southeast. He has recently appeared at the Columbia Museum of Art, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Palmetto Theatre, and was a winner in the Bob Jones University-University of South Carolina Recital Exchange Competition. He also performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City under the auspices of Christian Music Presenters. He maintains a private studio in Columbia. The concert is free. Phone 488-4251. • More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). This nine-week course will be presented locally at First Baptist Church, 603 Elm St. Classes begin Sunday at 4 p.m. Phone Katie Jones at 248-4067.




Robert Eugene Bullin He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and a former law officer NORTH MYRTLE BEACH— Robert Eugene Bullin, 83, passed away Sept. 13 at his home in Tilghman Woods. He was born in Statesville, N.C., on Dec. 4, 1928, and was the son of the late Robert Nelson and Mary Leona Fox Bullin. He was preceded in death by wife of 36 years, Cora Joan Horton Bullin, and stepfather John R. Belt. He was a retired veteran, having served for more than 20 years with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Fleet. Upon retiring from the U.S. Navy as a chief gunner’s mate, he served for 20 years as a deputy with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department in Virginia. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve, Branch 254 of Murrells Inlet; a past president of the Vienna Ayr-Hill Lions Club in Virginia and a member of Grand Strand Church of Christ in Surfside Beach. Bullin enjoyed baseball, and he was honored with the naming of Bullin Field in Guam while serving there with the U.S Navy. He was an avid golfer. Surviving are his wife of five years, Susan Curtis Bullin of North Myrtle Beach; daughter Leann Horton Bullin of South Riding, Va.; stepdaughter Alicia D. Pearson and husband Tim of Morganton, N.C.; stepgrandchildren Michael C. Church and Austin Church, both of Morganton, and many nephews and nieces Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors accorded by the U.S. Navy at a later date. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. McMillan-Small Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Christine E. LoBue She was born in the Bronx, N.Y. MURRELLS INLET—Christine E. LoBue, 71, passed away on Sept. 14. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., to Thomas and Christine O Malley. Her survivors include husband Richard LoBue of Murrells Inlet; children Dan and Linda LoBue of North Carolina, Christine and Mark DiDomenico of Connecticut, and Andrea and Mike Croniser of New York and grandchildren Katelyn and Micaela Croniser and Ryan and Shelby DiDomenico. A Mass was held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Murrells Inlet on Sept. 17 with Father Bill Hearne residing. Mrs. Loblue insisted that donations be made to Thyroid Cancer Research at DUMC Box 3917 10 Bryan Searle Drive, Seeley Mudd Building, Second floor, Durham, NC. 27710. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Edward Lilley He was a decorated 25year U.S. Army veteran MYRTLE BEACH—Thomas Edward Lilley, 69, died Sept. 15 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. Born in Lexington, Va., he was a son of the late Bruce and Mary Lilley. He was a decorated 25-year U.S. Army veteran serving five years in Vietnam for which he received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the VFW, the Elks and the American Legion. He was preceded in death by first wife Carol Lilley. Survivors include wife Karen Lilley of Myrtle Beach; daughter Carrie Perkins of Colorado; son Christopher Lilley of Virginia; brothers Don Lilley and Toby Lilley, both of Virginia; sisters Con-

nie Mamon and Sue Walker of Virginia and granddaughters Cianna and Danielle Perkins. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 9 at Quantico National Cemetery in Quantico, Va. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

James Fairlon Watts He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War LONGS—James Fairlon Watts, 67, died Sept. 15 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He was born in Horry County, a son of the late James Ashford and Hilda Adams Watts. He was a member of Wampee Baptist Church and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. While serving in Vietnam, he received four Purple Hearts. Mr. Watts was predeceased by brothers James A. Watts Jr. and Stevie Dale Watts and sister August Watts Head. Surviving are wife Sherry Watts of Longs; sons Jamie A. Watts and Michael G. Watts; sister Bebe V. Watts of Longs and two special great-nieces that he helped raise, Sidney Stenger and Haley Stenger. Funeral services were held Sept. 19 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, with the Rev. Andy Bell officiating. Private graveside services were held at Watts Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Lucille Matheson Penn She was an educator and president of the South Strand Shag Club MURRELLS INLET—Patricia Lucille Matheson Penn, 68, died Sept. 13 at Tidelands Community Hospital. She was born June 28, 1944 to A. J. and Lucille M. Matheson in Bennettsville and died on Sept. 13 in Georgetown. She is survived by her beloved husband George Dixon of Murrells Inlet; sisters and brothers Frances Hay of Mt. Pleasant, Gladys Graham of Bennettsville, Estelle Holloway of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jim Thompson of Lexington and Herbert Thompson of Darlington; her aunt Patricia Morrison of Atlanta, Ga.; her dear friend Marguerite Mitchell of Andrews and a host of nieces, a nephew, cousins and friends. She attended Limestone College and graduated from the University of South Carolina. She earned a master’s in education degree and a sixth year specialist in education degree from Georgia State University. She retired from the Gwinnett, Ga., school system after decades of teaching health and physical education. She was the president of the South Strand Shag Club and for 12 years took on the responsibility of hiring DJs and bands for all of their events. She was an avid reader who also enjoyed a very active life as a runner, skier, and world traveler. For years, she and her aunt Patricia made and sold crafts at shows in Georgia and South Carolina. The family received friends Sept. 15 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. A celebration of Patti’s life followed at The Marlin in Garden City. As a lover of animals, Pattie rescued and provided a home to many dogs and cats over the years. Donations in her memory made be made to St. Francis Animal Shelter, 125 North Ridge St., Georgetown, SC, 29440. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.

Dianne Marie Aragones She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church MURRELLS INLET—Dianne Marie Aragones, 57, loving wife and mother, died Sept. 12 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Eugene and Clair Timony. Mrs. Aragones was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Survivors include husband Davis Aragones; sons Davis Michael Aragones of Charlotte and Daniel Gilberto Aragones of Coram, N.Y.; sister Karen See of Port St. Lucy, Fla., and brother Paul Timony of New York. A Mass of Christian burial was held Sept. 15 at St. Michael Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN. 38148-0142. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.

Michelle Eason Brown She was an RN at Pawleys Pediatrics MURRELLS INLET— Michelle Eason Brown, 40, died of a sudden illness on Sept. 12 at her residence. Born in Wilmington, N.C., she was a daughter of Thomas E. and Linda England Eason. She was an RN at Pawleys Pediatrics and Adult Medicine and a very special mom and soon to be “Nana” to a grandson. Surviving in addition to her parents of Murrells Inlet are daughter Christy Brown of Murrells Inlet; sisters Heather Renee (Bob) Peterson of Africa and Vikki Brown McMillian and family of Murrells Inlet; nieces and nephews Caleb, Kalei and Addison Peterson and her maternal grandmother Claudie England. A memorial service was held Sept. 17 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel with the Rev. Dr. B. Mike Alexander Jr. officiating. The family requests memorial contributions may be made to TD Bank in c/o Christina “Christy” Brown for Michelle’s grandson. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.

Marjorie Ann Parker Rogers She worked at a shipyard during World War II to support the war effort GREENWOOD—Marjorie Ann Parker Rogers, resident of Morningside Assisted Living of Greenwood, passed away Sept. 12. She was the daughter of the late Walter J. and Annie Barkley Parker of North Myrtle Beach. Born in Raleigh, N.C., she grew up in Horry County and graduated with honors from Conway High School. She met and married her beloved late husband C. O. “Clen” Rogers when he was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base before being deployed overseas during World War II. She supported the war effort by working at the shipyard in Brunswick, Ga., where they built liberty ships, while Clen saw duty in Burma, India and Southeast Asia. They were married for 66 years. Mrs. Rogers is survived by daughter Nan McLean of Birmingham, Ala.; son Robert (Jill) Rogers of Anchorage, Alaska; granddaughters Laine (Ken) Orcutt of Greenwood and Rebecca Rogers of Anchorage; grandsons Derek Rogers of Anchorage and Marc McLean and Matthew (Christy) McLean of Birmingham; great-grand children Adeline Clen Orcutt of Greenwood and Collin McLean of Birmingham; sister Billie Lee of Waynesville, N.C., and brothers John W. Parker of Savan-

nah, Ga., and Jerry W. Parker of Costa Mesa, Calif. She was a charter member of Timberlake Baptist Church and was active there until moving to Greenwood in 2006. Dearly loved by her family and friends, she brought happiness to many and she was even nicknamed ‘Joy’ since childhood. She was known for being a great cook and a wonderful seamstress. She excelled at all word games and even won at Bananagram the day before she passed away. Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at Timberlake Baptist Church with Dr. Kirk Lawton officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Timberlake Baptist Church, 9850 Highway 707, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29588. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.

George A. Yeager He was a U.S. Air Force veteran MYRTLE BEACH—George A. Yeager, 68, died Sept. 11 at his residence. Born in Camden, N.J., he was the son of the late Rudolph and Mary Siefert Yeager. He attended high school at Audubon High School, graduating in 1963. Mr. Yeager was a U.S. Air Force veteran where he served as a jet engine mechanic and served in Vietnam in 1968-1969. He was a member of American Legion Post 178, American Legion Riders, the Patriot Guard, and RSES-CM. He was licensed in heating and air conditioning and was NATE certified. He was part owner of A-Air Conditioning in Myrtle Beach. Survivors include wife of 43 years, Jeannette “Jan” Emory Yeager; daughter Danielle A. Yeager Burney; granddaughter Kayla M. Burney of Murrells Inlet; sister Mary Cosenza (Cesare) of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews and special family friend and sister Terri Mack. A funeral Mass was held Sept. 14 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Garden City. Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Care Hospice, 8216 Devon Court, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 or American Legion Riders Legacy Fund, P.O. Box 3651, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

Helen Mae Tracy She loved to care for her family MURRELLS INLET—Helen Mae Tracy, 65, loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, died Sept. 10 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.. Born in Deposit, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Henry and Dorothy Rode. Helen loved to care for her family and tended to the needs of others. Survivors include husband Patrick Tracy of Murrells Inlet; daughter Michelle Delp (John) of Havertown, Pa.; son Michael Tracy (Beverly A. Stoner Tracy); grandchildren Jack and Lucy Delp and Kathryn Tracy; brotherin-law Joseph Tracy (Camilla) of Binghamton, N.Y.; brother Frank Fineout; sisters Barbara Walley and Beverly Zandt and niece Megan Figueroa (Andrew). Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 1220 B. East Joppa Road, Ste. 332, Baltimore, MD 21286. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.

Ann Farrar Long She enjoyed reading and sailing MURRELLS INLET—Ann Farrar Long, 1951 - 2012, died Sept. 8 at Waccamaw Community Hospital.

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She was a daughter of Robert and the late Frances Long. She was a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School and Coastal Carolina University. A compassionate caregiver, she enjoyed reading and sailing. Survivors include her father Robert Long of Murrells Inlet and sister Judy and husband Charlie Bauknight of Murrells Inlet. A memorial service was held Sept. 12 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.

Vernise West Vaught She was a retired dietician with Loris High School LORIS— Vernise West Vaught, 82, passed away Sept. 8, surrounded by her loving family. Born Jan. 28, 1930, in Loris, she was the daughter of Mr. Lewis Thomas West and Gracie Estelle Goff West. Mrs. Vaught was a retired dietician with Loris High School and a faithful member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Survivors include son Terry Vaught and wife Suzanne of Anderson; daughters Genell Turnbull and husband Mike of Summerville and Kathy Barwick of Lawrenceville, Ga.; brother J. T. West and wife Versie of Loris; sisters Myrtle W. Page of Clarkton, N.C., and Geneva King Doyle of Loris. Mrs. Vaught is also survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and recently a greatgreat-grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by husband George Gore Vaught and son George Ray Vaught. Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with the Rev. Rory Thigpen officiating. Committal services followed at Twin City Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 4350 Red Bluff Rd, Loris, SC 29569. Hardwick Funeral Home in Loris was in charge of arrangements.

James Edward Baker He was the former owner/operator of the Yellow Cab Company LORIS—James Edward Baker, 83, died Sept. 7 at Medical University in Charleston. He was born Nov. 30, 1928 in Horry County, a son of the late Zander and Emma Collins Baker. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sons Ronald Baker and Johnny Floyd and sister Wonice Sawyer. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved his children and grandchildren very much. He loved to go fishing. Baker was the former owner and operator of the Yellow Cab Company He is survived by wife Ruth Marlowe Baker of the home; sons James K. Baker of Loris, Douglas Richardson (Sherry) of Conway, Donnie Richard-

son (Rita) of Loris, Hank Huggins (Sheryl) of Loris and Dennis Richardson (Lois) of Latta; daughters Mary Catherine Hardwick of Nichols and Ann Hilburn of Loris; special grandchildren Andrea Hardwick and Jamie Hardwick; 20 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and many other family and friends who will miss him. Funeral services were held Sept. 10 at Soul’s Harbour with the Rev. Paul Thompkins officiating. Burial followed at Calvary Freewill Baptist cemetery. Memorials may be made to Soul’s Harbour Ministry, 2668 Highway 378, Conway, SC 29527. Watson Funeral Services and Crematory in Conway was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Allen Pakkanen He was a loving brother, uncle and friend CONWAY—Richard Allen Pakkanen, 55, died Sept. 11 at Conway Medical Center. He was born Nov. 23, 1956 in Myrtle Beach, a son of Norma Caison Camensky and the late Ernie Allen Pakkanen. He was a loving brother, uncle and friend. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by stepfather Kenneth Camensky. Mr. Pakkanen is survived by mother Norma Camensky of Conway; brother Donald Pakkanen of Conway; sister Kay Stallings of Myrtle Beach; niece Lauren Dee Pakkanen; special caregiver Carolyn Bellamy and many other family and friends who will miss him. A memorial service was held Sept. 15 at South Conway Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris McEachern officiating. Watson Funeral Services and Crematory in Conway was in charge of arrangements.

Gordon Sellers He worked in the construction industry CONWAY—Gordon Sellers, 47, died Tuesday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He was born in Conway and has worked in the construction industry. He was predeceased by father James Malcom Sellers. Survivors include mother Elizabeth “Cora” Norris Martin; brothers James A. Sellers and Frankie Sellers, all of Conway and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Sept. 14 at the Thompson Cemetery in Conway. The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Murrells Inlet was in charge of arrangements.


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trying to tell is in our music. We’re trying to tell people about Jesus. Money doesn’t have to be an issue.” Showbread is able to release a free digital download because funding for the production of the album came through a Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is an online funding platform for creative projects. Artists of all kinds including dancers, actors, photographers, writers and others can create a campaign about a prospective project, set a funding amount and then request funding to complete the project. The catch is that it’s all or nothing. If an artist doesn’t receive the full funding requested in the campaign, he or she gets nothing. According to Kickstarter’s website, artists using the platform have a 44 percent rate of success at funding their projects. Showbread is part of that percentage. The “Cancer” campaign netted $50,121 from 776 donors in about two months. The band had asked for $43,000. “I’m blown away that it happened,” Holmes said. Showbread has used the funds to not only pay for the production of a “Cancer” CD, but also the filming and release of a feature film. The physical CD, along with the DVD, is expected to be released in early 2013. “Cancer” is Showbread’s sixth album. A prior album, “Who Can Know It?” was also funded through a Kickstarter campaign. That effort raised $33,000 from 758 backers in a 90-day campaign. The $13,000 Showbread asked for was secured in the first week of the promotion.

Background and beliefs Bass player Patrick Porter founded Showbread in 1997 in Georgia, along with lead singer and brother Josh Porter. Holmes joined the band as keyboardist in 2008 and Drew Porter, no relation, came on board to play drums shortly after that. Showbread has been touring full-time since 2002 and released its first album in 2004. The band is known for being unpredictable and controversial, but Holmes doesn’t mind. He welcomes any controversy as an opportunity to tell the world about the ministry of Showbread. “We like talking about it,” he said. Holmes likens “Cancer” to David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” or Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” in that it follows the story of a rebellious rock icon as he attempts to use a punk rock band to lead a revolt, through song, against interdimensional fascists called The Principalities. “The Principalities” are the cancer, or disease that infects the populace, and are an

The members of Showbread are, from left, Garrett Holmes, Drew Porter, Josh Porter and Patrick Porter. The band is an everchanging, against-thecurrent Christian band, which is unconventional in its approach to music, art and theology.


analogy of sorts of the rulers written about in Ephesians 6:12 of the Bible. It reads, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The first song on the album, “Fight the Cancer,” is the anthem of the rebellion. The theme of the punk rock opera was born out of the idea that the worldwide Church has taken zeal and pride of country to a new level, even surpassing Jesus as its cornerstone. This patriotic idolatry has become heavy on the hearts of the members of Showbread during the past few years, Holmes said, particularly as it is played out in America. “We don’t believe in pledging your allegiance to a flag or country or a plot of land,” Holmes said. “We believe in pledging your allegiance to a different king — King Jesus.” Holmes said the band is not trying to be provocative for the sake of being provocative. Instead, he said Showbread honestly hopes to open up people to questions they may have never asked themselves about Jesus, who he is and what following him really means. “We believe, as Christians, there is no such thing as a just war,” he said. Holmes said being a pacifist doesn’t mean lying down and taking a beating because that doesn’t honor Jesus — just as violence doesn’t. “We just think there’s a different answer than kill or be killed,” he said. Holmes admits he doesn’t have all the answers, but seeks to follow the teachings of Jesus. “Jesus preached nonviolence and turn the other cheek,” Holmes said. “Jesus calls us to be different. There’s something different about following Jesus.”

How it began Holmes had always been a Showbread admirer. “I knew the band. I owned the CDs,” he said. “I was a fan.” He was more than just a fan. In high school, Holmes had his own band, “Almost Somewhere,” that was the opening act for Showbread when the band’s tour came to Myrtle Beach. A few years later, out of the blue, Holmes read online that Showbread was looking for a keyboardist to play on tour with them. It sounded like a great opportunity, but there was one problem. “I didn’t play keys,” he said. Not only didn’t he play the keyboard, he didn’t even own one. Still, he and Patrick Porter began emailing each other and speaking on the phone — and not just about music. Showbread has strict requirements to be a member. There’s no drinking, drugs, smoking or cursing. Porter then asked all those interested in joining Showbread on tour to send in a video of them playing a couple of songs. Holmes wondered where he could find a keyboard to make the video, but he didn’t have to wonder long. The next day a relative just happened to offer him one. “It was like the next day,” he said. “I definitely took it as a sign.” So Holmes learned the songs, made the video and sent it in. “Looking back, I know I didn’t play everything right,”

Holmes said. But the next thing he knew was an eight-week, nationwide tour. Not long after, he became a full-time, permanent member. He’s also toured with Showbread in Germany, Poland, Austria, the Netherlands, the Ukraine and New Zealand.

Back home Ricky and Gail Holmes are happy for their son, but they wish there was a little less than the 3,000 miles that separate them from their firstborn. “We miss him terribly,” Mrs. Holmes said. She describes him as a loving person with a great sense of humor who is just fun to be around. She said he was always a good son, never in

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any trouble and was always a big help around the house. “What young teenager wants to go with his mama to the grocery store?” she asked. But her son went and didn’t complain. She hasn’t visited with him in person since this past January when he left for Portland, but is hoping to see him by Christmas if possible. The family has been taking advantage of technology. They’ve Skyped several times. “We got Nana on there a few times,” Holmes said of his paternal grandmother. Despite her son being so far away, Mrs. Holmes does, though, understand him and supports his ministry. “He is true to his beliefs,

his faith and is excited about learning more,” she said.

Solid future Holmes is loving it his life in the Pacific Northwest. He is heavily involved in his church, Solid Rock, A Jesus Church. He meets every week during lunch at a Portland high school to give out free pizza and talk about Jesus. He also helps with children’s church on Sundays and is a small group leader for 18 to 26 year olds on Thursday evenings. “I can’t picture not doing this at this point in time ... at this church,” Holmes said. “I get to do what I want to do … and I get to do it for a higher reason.”

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a report released in May on national Bike to Work Day. In some cities, the growth was as high as 77 percent. For Jeremy Higley, biking provides a healthy, easy way to get to his job at the Market Common’s P.F. Chang’s. The 29-year-old bikes five to six times each week, and he’s pleased the county is trying to create more paths for cyclists. “It’s fantastic,â€? he said. “[It’ll] also bring a little bit more knowledge to people who don’t ride.â€? It was only recently that county staff began developing plans for a broad network of bike paths. The concept evolved from a request for paths in Carolina Forest, a swath of subdivisions built between Conway and Myrtle Beach. Carolina Forest was the fastest-growing area of the county from 2000 through 2010, according to U.S. Census data. During that time, the population exploded from 3,338 to more than 20,000, an increase of 506 percent. “You need something to connect all these areas — all the main roads — with each other,â€? said Chris Klement, a county planner who is designing bike paths for Carolina Forest. “A lot of these community roads have internal sidewalks, but there’s nothing there that actually connects them with each other or [with] other destinations like schools.â€? The master plan for Carolina Forest mentions bike paths, but they were not included in the design of the area’s main artery, Carolina Forest Boulevard. Klement said it’s much easier to install bike paths when a road is being built than afterwards. But since the boulevard is already there, the county will probably wait to install a Carolina Forest path until the main road is widened. “We’re looking at how can we accommodate that kind of infrastructure there when we’re already widening a road and how much space ‌ we have,â€? Klement said. “You know it’s pretty limited in Carolina Forest.â€? Klement expects that just one side of the boulevard — the western part — will have a bike path. He plans to present his design to the Carolina Forest Civic Association in November, and he said the county will eventually develop plans for paths in other parts of Horry. One person interested in seeing that outline is Bo Ives, who sits on the civic association’s board of directors. Ives’ father sold bicycles for a living, and his background is in urban planning. Thirty years ago, Ives designed a bikeway plan for his hometown of Roanoke, Va. He remembers the oil embargo triggering an interest in cycling in the 1970s. He’s seeing a similar pattern today. “Currently, we have the challenge of the expense of fuel,â€? he said. “It would be nice to have that opportunity (for bike paths) as an alternate means of transportation. And that’s why a network of trails makes sense.â€? But what kind of trails should be built? Road cyclists routinely reach speeds of 20 miles per hour. Will they share a path with kids on tricycles? Klement said planners are considering multi-purpose paths, the kind that could accommodate joggers, walkers and slow-moving cyclists. But the county hasn’t ignored other types of riders. Recently, the county’s parks and recreation department worked with the Waccamaw Trail Blazers, a local mountain biking club, to set up the Horry County Bike and Run Park in Carolina Forest. Nestled at the intersection of International Drive and S.C. 31, the 25-acre park is accessible from River Oaks Drive by turning onto a frontage road. The site is the first off-road bike park in the area, and the Trail Blazers have created two miles of dirt paths there. “People are there all day long,â€? said Pete Politis, who is active in the Trail Blazers and the triathlon club. “That place is incredible. That place has so many elevation changes. You’re going up 40 feet of climbing and coming back down.â€? Although the park has been popular with local mountain bikers, it’s only temporary, said Brent Taylor, the county’s recreation director.

Looking for some company? The Grand Strand cycling community has a variety of groups for fans of twowheeled transportation. Here are some of them: • Waccamaw Trail Blazers: As the name suggests, these mountain bikers aren’t found on paved roads. They were instrumental in the development of the Horry County Bike and Run Park in Carolina Forest. For details, visit • Grand Strand Cyclists: Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a novice, you’re sure to feel at home here. This group holds regular bike rides in Myrtle Beach and Conway. For details, visit the club’s Facebook page.

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Experience an evening of music in the Southern folk-based “Americana� popular style, featuring CCU voice faculty/recording artist David Bankston and his colleague Sam Broussard. Their Southern Louisiana roots come through in their songs, which incorporate elements of Cajun, Jazz, Rock and more. Conway native Bobbie Rowe Holt, a CCU graduate and Nashville artist, will join them to deliver soulful renditions of her own tunes. Plus, Tom Becker - guest artist at last year’s event - will make a special appearance, singing some of John Denver’s most popular songs. All voices come together for a rendition of, “This Land Is Your Land�, to celebrate the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth.

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• Myrtle Beach Triathlon Club: If biking is just one of the activities you enjoy, check out this group, which offers opportunities for running, swimming and kayaking. For details, visit The site will be converted into athletic fields in a few years. However, Taylor said, the off-road cyclists won’t be forgotten. “At some point, we want to try to develop trails for that type of activity,â€? he said. “We’re in the formation of our recreation program.â€? For Politis, who owns Hot Stacks Pancake House in Myrtle Beach, the trails can’t come soon enough. While many people associate mountain biking with, well, mountains, he said the Grand Strand has a growing community of off-road cyclists who want more rider-friendly infrastructure. “We do have the great outdoors in Myrtle Beach,â€? he said. “There’s a big market of people that are actually [exercising] outdoors.â€? Politis got hooked on trail biking in 2009. “I’ve joined a gym probably 10 times,â€? he said. “And each time, I go religiously for the first couple of months and then quit. ‌ As soon as I got into this outdoor fitness lifestyle, I have not stopped a day. This is the best exercise. You’ll enjoy it for the rest of your life.â€? Despite all the excitement surrounding bike paths/trails, it will take much more than a set of plans and good intentions to get something built. The county has not allocated any funding for the paths. All the chatter is merely a concept at this point. But as Horry’s cycling enthusiasts search for ways to make their biking goals a reality, they’ll probably monitor what’s happening in neighboring Georgetown County. Now in its 18th year, the Bike the Neck program has helped cyclists in the Pawleys Island area build 12 miles of bike paths. Linda Ketron, who is leading that effort, said a partnership with Georgetown County has been key to the group’s success. The county has helped cyclists find grants for the project and has assumed upkeep and liability expenses. Ketron admits she initially thought it would take three years to build paths from the county line to the city of Georgetown. “People that don’t know what they’re getting into are the ones that usually get things done,â€? she said. “Because they don’t know what the obstacles are going to be.â€? Despite the time it’s taken to get this far — the project isn’t even halfway finished — Ketron said Bike the Neck is already paying dividends. “It has connected key parts of this community,â€? she said. “It really has made a huge difference. It is one of the promotion pieces for the tourism industry here now. All of the Realtors, when they list their houses, they indicate how close they are to the bike path. ‌ It has really changed the quality of life in this area.â€?

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September 21, 2012


EDC board looking for way to revitalize agricultural industry in Horry County Clemson Extension service to conduct eight-month feasibility study BY TOM O’DARE


Long before the Grand Strand became a top tourist destination, farming was the economic engine that drove the community. Now an eight-month feasibility study by Clemson Extension will look at ways to revitalize the agricultural industry in Horry County. The executive board of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation voted Wednesday morning to allocate funding for the study. The EDC will pay $10,000 toward it with a $10,000 match from the

North Eastern Strategic Alliance,a regional economic development group. EDC chairman Doug Wendel said agribusiness needs to be an important cog in the county’s development plan. The feasibility study will offer a guide to know what type of agricultural development will best suit the area. “When I came here,� Wendel said, “agriculture was the leading industry with tobacco being king. Tourism was a distant second. We need a plan so that we can know how to assist this group.� Blake Lanford of the Clemson Extension service said the study will have two components: analysis of the current agricultural climate and then a presentation of development strategies. The strategies will include any new crops or associated industries that will increase the agribusiness economic development of the region.

The evaluation will be based upon a set of metrics submitted to the committee as well as a self-evaluation by Lofton. Lofton was given the task of bringing 500 jobs to Horry County during his term. He told the board that with a new set of 79 jobs expected to be announced at the October meeting and other projects that have been established or soon to be announced, his job total is 450. He added this total does not include the proposed 1,000 jobs from Project Blue that have been delayed. Wendel told the board he feels Lofton has done an excellent job as executive director. “We could not have found a better person to lead us at this time,� Wendel said. “Economic development is not a science, it’s an art.�

Lanford said the Horry County region has a unique set of qualities. “We are excited to be a partner in agribusiness development,� Lanford said. “This will give us a leg up on other regions.� Board member Phil Render requested that the Clemson group include assistance from Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University. “These folks have a local perspective that I think would be beneficial,� Render said. In other action, personnel committee chairman Neyle Wilson said an analysis survey had been set up to evaluate the performance of EDC executive director Brad Lofton, whose contract is coming up for renewal. Wilson said the evaluation appraisal is similar to one the state uses for top executives.

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County approves $200 raises for employees Proposal must be voted on two more times before it’s final BY CHARLES D. PERRY


Horry County government workers can expect a Christmas bonus this winter. County leaders on Tuesday gave initial approval to a spending plan that includes a $200 gift for each county employee.

They must vote on the proposal two more times before the decision becomes final. The bonus money — about $360,000 — will come from the $1.4 million that state lawmakers recently set aside for Horry government. Local officials didn’t include the funding in their summer budget because they didn’t know how much the state would provide. The county has more than 2,000 employees, but budget director Westley Sawyer said not every one will receive a bonus. Temporary and seasonal workers

aren’t eligible, he said. With the rest of the state money, council members plan to fill three positions ($95,000), pay toward the county’s retiree insurance liability ($500,000) and put the rest in savings (nearly $500,000). Leaders expect the bonuses will be welcomed by the employees, who until recently hadn’t received a cost-of-living raise in several years. And while county workers did get a one percent raise this year, it won’t be enough to offset increases in insurance and retirement costs.

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Rhodes hired as Horry’s permanent police chief BY CHARLES D. PERRY


When Saundra Rhodes was a little girl, she didn’t dream of becoming a police chief. “Never,” she said. “I dreamed of being Barbie.” Well, this Barbie’s got a badge. Rhodes, 43, was announced as Horry County’s newest police chief Tuesday night. The Conway native had served as interim chief since February, when her predecessor, Johnny Morgan, announced his retirement. She has spent nearly all of her law enforcement career with the department. Last week, Rhodes was CHARLES D. PERRY | THE HERALD named as one of three finalists In front of family, friends and fellow officers, Saundra Rhodes was for the chief’s position. A forannounced as Horry County’s newest police chief Tuesday night. mal announcement was made

at Tuesday’s county council meeting — in front of Rhodes’ friends, family and fellow officers. After the meeting, the new chief spoke with the Herald about her plans for the agency. Q. As a local person, what do you bring to this position? A. “I have a genuine interest in the well being of this community because the people here are my neighbors. I was born and raised here, and so I am probably more accountable to these people because they know me, they know my family and they have high expectations for me.” Q. Why did you want this job? A. “I wanted this position because I believe I can contribute to the police depart-

ment. I care about the officers and I care about the direction that the department’s headed. And so I wanted to work hard to put myself in a position that I would have some influence on it one day.” Q. What are your plans for the street crimes unit that you’d talked about several months ago? “I’m excited about that. … We’ve already got the assignments ready.” Q. When do you think that unit will be deployed? A. “Within weeks. This week, they’re actually in a DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) school. … They’re in the process of being trained now.” Q. Is there something you’d wanted to do as interim chief that you now can do as perma-

Surfside Beach council moves toward new town attorney New contract to stipulate that town lawyer not attend council meetings BY TOM O’DARE


After January, there won’t be an attorney available to offer advice to the Surfside Beach Town Council at every meeting. On Tuesday morning, following a closed-door session, the council voted 6-0 to have town administrator Micki Fellner negotiate a contract with Conway law firm Battle and Vaught to represent the town. Mayor Doug Samples said a part of the new contract will be the stipulation that the town attorney not attend town council meetings. The town’s contract with

the Wright, Worley, Pope, Ekster and Moss law firm of Little River expires in December. The firm was represented Samples at council meetings by attorney Kenneth Moss. “They have indicated they no longer want to represent Surfside Beach,” Samples said. Moss said his firm simply decided not to pursue a new contract with the town. He added that with a new administration, it’s common to find new professional services.

“I do want to say that in regards to parliamentarian matters, the town is in excellent hands with town clerk Debra Hermann,” Moss said. Samples said Battle and Vaught’s reputation and experience representing other municipalities were the main factors in their selection. “They have the philosophy that they will serve the town only when needed,” he said. “The contract will be more of a consulting arrangement.” Samples said he did not see a problem with the absence of an attorney at every council meeting. It would mean, he said, the town council needs to be very vigilant in making sure the

members follow all procedures in conducting meetings according to the law. Eric Budds, deputy director of the South Carolina Municipal Association, said not having an attorney present at all meetings is a regular practice for many smaller towns and cities. “It is not uncommon for small towns without a staff attorney to not have an attorney present at every meeting,” Budds said. “Many towns with smaller budgets have legal services on a contract basis and only call the attorney in on special occasions.”

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nent chief? A. “Definitely. … We were in a position where we did not have a permanent chief and our deputy chief retired. So we’re short on command staff. We truly are. We started out with a chief of police, a deputy chief and six captains. Now we’re down to a chief of police and four captains. And so we are looking at kind of doing away with some mid-level management positions that were vacant. I’m not going to fill those in an effort to create an additional deputy’s chief’s position, so we’ll have two deputy chiefs. … Being able to fill the positions on the command staff is probably one of the first things I’m going to look at.”

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Former Seahawk boots Clemson to record ing his first years on the team was kicking off and holding for field goals and extra points. His leg strength has always been obvious, with many of his kickoffs landing in the end zone or beyond. After a tough competition in spring and fall practice, Benton has also emerged as the BY TOM O’DARE team’s punter this year. He said THE HERALD he has been working on perfecting his punting technique One of the top traditions in and using his leg strength to college football is the entrance keep an average of 40 yards or the Clemson University footmore per boot. ball team makes into Death This year, that strong leg has Valley stadium prior to every garnered Benton national athome game. tention as well. Billed as “the most exciting Two weeks ago, he was 25 seconds in college football,” called on to kick a field goal as the team rubs Howard’s Rock the seconds ticked away in the then rushes onto the field as first half against Ball State. the crowd of 80,000-plus fans This wasn’t an ordinary field roar their welcome. goal. Saturday before the game Benton nailed a 61-yard kick against Furman University, that broke the ACC record for Myrtle Beach’s Spenser Benlongest field goal. Only five ton stood atop the hill next to kickers have surpassed the 60 head coach Dabo Swinney. As yard mark in NCAA history. the band struck up “Tiger Rag,” For the effort, he was named Benton pointed skyward then the conference specialist of the leaped down the hill behind week and the kick was seen his coach. over and over on national TV. The senior kicker said standHe said he had practiced a ing there waiting to run down few times kicking the longer the hill as the crowd cheers is a field goals. feeling that is almost too hard “Coach Swinney had given to describe. But it’s a feeling he me a few more reps in practice has looked forward to all of his that week to try the long ones,” life. Benton said. “When he called By the time he was a junior on me to kick and I saw it was at Myrtle Beach High School, past the 50-yard line … well, it his kicking prowess had been was pretty exciting.” noted by many college scouts. The kick cleared the crossBut coming from a family of bars by a good distance. SwinClemson fans, it was the attenTOM O’DARE | THE HERALD ney has told reporters that he tion and finally the scholarship thinks Benton has a 70-yarder offer from Clemson that made Former Myrtle Beach Seahawk and current Clemson Tiger Spenser Benton boots the opening kickoff against Furman University last Saturday. still in him. all that work on the MBHS “I don’t know,” Benton practice fields worth it. since then.” Bowden,” Benton said. “But victory over the arch-rival players. Benton was recruited by Last year, the Tigers made it laughed. “I was pretty pumped Coach Swinney was my reUSC Gamecocks, Swinney After much criticism, Bowup, but I’ll do whatever the then assistant coach Swinney. den was released by the all the way to the Orange cruiting coach and I knew he was named the permanent coaches ask.” His first year at Clemson under school during the season. He Bowl, having been crowned was a good guy to lead the head coach. head coach Tommy Bowden the ACC champions. team. He’s turned the pro“It was tough with everywas replaced by Swinney on See BENTON, Page 9B was troubling for many of the Most of Benton’s work durgram in the right direction thing going on with Coach an interim basis. Following a

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September 21, 2012

St. James quarterback Josh Roper (center) calls signals to his offensive line in their 53-40 loss to Cross High School last week. NEAL PETERSON | THE HERALD

Sharks’ offense begins clicking St. James running two schemes BY NEAL PETERSON


Defensive coaches pull their hair out whenever they have to play St. James High School. Why? Because they see two different offenses throughout the game and they only have one week to prepare for them. That can be quite confusing to a team’s defensive players. The Sharks are predominately a running team with their spread option offense, and then the next play they are in the single wing offense. Quickly, the defense has to realign players since both offenses use different types of misdirection blocking and running. “I just think the single wing is the best offense on earth,” said St. James coach Mark Fischer. “It gives us an opportunity to be more competitive. “My kids are adapting and asking for the single wing. They love to be able to run that kind of power football.” The Sharks have not forgotten the pass and use it about 30 percent of the time to keep the defense honest. All these different offensive sets and assignments are a lot for a high school kid to learn, but Fischer said his players are committed to understanding and running both systems. Every week coaches watch game films and see improvement in their player’s execution and blocking. The athletes have accepted the new system and know what is expected of them to make the play successful. However, when a team like Cross High School, located in Berkeley County near Moncks Corner, comes to St. James with an abundance of speed and quickness, you just have to play your best. The Trojans’ (4-1) only loss this season has been to Timberland High School, last year’s Class AA state champs. Fischer was disappointed with his team’s 53-40 loss last Friday night to Cross, but he was pleased with how hard his players fought. “We’ve been in a lot more games (score wise) this year,” he said. The Sharks (1-3) drew first blood. They scored on their opening possession when quarterback Josh Roper scampered 5 yards and Charles Overson added the point after to go up 7-0. But it was short lived as the Cross Trojans had a pair of speedy running backs that — if allowed to turn the corner

— made it a foot race to the end zone. After the first quarter of the high-scoring contest, St. James trailed 22-15. They went in at halftime down 28-25. But the Sharks did manage a comeback to go up by four points with 6:49 left in the third quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Austin Adams. That put them ahead 32-28. But the Trojans came roaring back quickly with scores from a 69-yard touchdown run, a fumble recovery and an interception that amounted to 19-fourth quarter points. Sharks quarterback Josh Roper tallied the final touchdown with 38 seconds left in the game to end the contest at 53-40. The Sharks rushed 42 times for 195 yards and passed 11of-22 for 170 yards for a total of 365 yards. The Trojans piled up 371 yards on 46 rushes and were 3-of-3 for 80 yards passing for 451 total yards. “I’m disappointed for the kids,” Fischer said. “We are so doggone close to being a better football team. We’ve got to find our niche and be confident for four quarters. We’ve got to learn how to win.” St. James right guard William Lee, a 6-foot, 223pound senior, said, “They were a little bit faster than we expected.” Lee also said that, overall, his team has improved over the last few years. And the Sharks left tackle Andrew Wright, a 6-foot-3, 229-pound junior, who missed the last game with a dislocated shoulder, said, “We had a whole bunch of missed opportunities. In our minds, we had it. We just couldn’t execute.” Cross High School head coach Shaun Wright said he dresses about 30 kids but only plays 17. He felt his kids showed a tremendous amount of heart and effort and never quit. Cross is a running team and Wright knew his players’ speed would be their biggest advantage. “We got a lot of respect for what the coach is doing down here at St. James,” Wright said. “We had some really big plays on offense and that’s a big reason why we won the game.” St. James will be celebrating homecoming tonight with a game against Carvers Bay. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Two GSTL Mixed Doubles Champions he 2012 USTA Mixed Doubles Championships were held Sept. 15-17 at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center in Florence. There were 94 teams with more than 1,000 players competing for the South Carolina state championship. The adult and senior divisions each had levels at 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. Two teams from the Grand Strand Tennis League won state championships. They are the Grande Dunes/Dunes Senior 7.0 team and the Riverfront Tennis Center Senior 9.0 team. State championship winners will advance to the USTA Southern Section Championships held in Macon, Ga., on Oct. 12-14. Listed below are the results of our GSTL teams and the eventual state champions: — Adult 6.0 Mixed Doubles: The Dunes Tennis Club with captain Stacey Pellicci finished third in its group of four teams with a 1-2 record. The Florence Tennis Center team won the state championship. — Adult 7.0 Mixed Doubles: Riverfront Tennis Center with captain Rene Smith finished last in its group of four teams with a 1-2 record. The Club at Rawls Creek in Columbia won the state championship. — Adult 8.0 Mixed Doubles: DeBordieu Tennis Club with captain Bill Baker finished first in its group of four at 3-0 to advance to the playoffs where they lost in the semifinals 2-1 to Parklane Tennis Center. — Grande Dunes Tennis Club with captain Bradley Howard finished second in its group of four teams with a 2-1 record. Parklane Tennis Center from Columbia won the state championship. — Adult 9.0 Mixed Doubles: Grande Dunes Tennis Club with captain Fritz Gildemeister finished last in its group of four with an 0-3 record. The I’on Club out of Mount Pleasant won the state championship. — Senior 6.0 Mixed Doubles: No GSTL team entered. Brookstone Meadows out of Anderson won the state championship. — Senior 7.0 Mixed Doubles: Grande Dunes/Dunes with captain Conrad Hetzer finished first in its group of four with a 2-1 record to advance to the playoffs. They won the semifinals 2-1 over the Sports Club in Greenville and the finals 3-0 over the Florence Tennis Center to capture the state championship. Members of this winning team were Conrad Hetzer, Elsa Eberle, Jim Eberle, Richard Crumpler, Jeri Himmelsbach, Robert Bellamy, Lori Bellamy, Bob Johnson, Jay Dellinger, Sharon Benton, Barbara King, Bob Stone and Renee Barrett. — Senior 8.0 Mixed Doubles: Riverfront Tennis Center with captain Prashant Sansgiry finished last in its group of four teams at 0-3. Pine Forest Country Club from Summerville won the state cham-


pionship. — Senior 9.0 Mixed Doubles: Riverfront Tennis Center with captain Delan fin| STRAND | Stevens ished first in its group of TENNIS NEAL six teams with a 4-1 PETERSON record to capture the state championship. Members of this winning team that played in Florence were: Delan Stevens, Lynn Stevens, Craig Berkey, Mike Mitchell, Cindy Huggins, Marty Corley and Milva Masur.

GSTL Super Seniors at midseason The 2012 USTA/GSTL Super Senior Leagues have reached midseason and although two divisions are nearly set, one is still up for grabs. And the Super Senior 60s league is having a real dogfight to determine its winners. All levels of the USTA South Carolina Super Senior State Championships will be held Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 at the Wild Dunes Resort. John Semmens is the Super Senior coordinator and may be reached at or call (843) 293-2952. The 2012 USTA/GSTL Super Seniors 60s have 140 players on 14 teams. Listed below are the midseason results and their captains: — Men 3.5 Super Senior: Riverfront (3-0), captain Ralph Horning; 70 Litchfield (2-1), captain Ralph Chase; 75 Independent (1-2), captain Larry Brown and Litchfield (03), captain Bob Seward. — Men 4.0 Super Senior: Riverfront (2-1), captain Ernie Walters; Litchfield (1-1), captain Kenneth Dewell and Grande Dunes/Prestwick (12), captain Kirk McQuiddy. — Women 3.5 Super Senior: Grande Dunes/Kingston (40), captain Jackie Carpenter; Litchfield (2-2), captain Ricky Leffingwell; Ocean Creek Tennis Center (1-3), captain Sandy Trott and Prestwick (13), captain Susie Honeycutt. — Women 4.0 Super Senior: Grande Dunes (2-1), captain Barbara Glass; Prestwick (11), captain Andi Stanford and Riverfront (1-2), captain Diana Albaugh. The 2012 USTA/GSTL Super Senior 70s have five teams made up of 45 players. Three of these teams will go straight to state since there are no other teams in their divisions, however, the Women 3.5 are still competing. — Men 3.5 Super Seniors: Grand Strand 70 (0-0), captain Ralph Chase. — Men 4.0 Super Senior: Grand Strand (0-0), captain John Semmens. — Women 3.0 Super Senior: Grand Strand Swingers (0-0), captain Dolores Duffy. — Women 3.5 Super Senior:

Savvy Seventies (3-0), captain Stella Wood Facini and Litchfield (0-3), captain Alice Gustafson. The 2012 USTA/GSTL Super Senior 75s have two teams made up of 15 players. These two teams will go straight to state since there are no other teams in their divisions. — Men 3.5 Super Senior: Surfers Independent (0-0), captain Larry Brown. — Women 3.5 Super Senior: Alley Cats Independent (0-0), captain Ricky Leffingwell.

Give the gift of tennis September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and tennis is a great way to get your kids active! From Sept. 1 through Oct. 6, there are lots of events happening near you. Best of all, these events are for all ages and skill levels. For beginners, a USTA Free Tennis Play Day will “SERVE� as a great event to sample tennis with the extra excitement and benefit of the USTA’s association with Nickelodeon! Kids will have the opportunity to play tennis as well as participate in a variety of tennis skill activities. Play days are designed to give kids additional court time in a fun, lowpressure, non-elimination setting where they can continue to develop and enhance their skills. We encourage parents to contact The Dunes Golf and Beach Club (843) 449-0185 for the Sept. 22 1:30 p.m. event. Get your kids active and give them the gift of tennis to experience the “Sport of a Lifetime.�

Grande Dunes kids camp The Grande Dunes Tennis Club is offering its Tiny Tots Kids Camp every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for ages 5 and under. The costs are $15 per hour or $25 for both days. Kids will learn the fundamentals of beginning tennis, including movement, balance, coordination, and holding the racket. For more information or to sign up, call 449-4486.

MBTC Junior Development The City of Myrtle Beach Tennis Center will offer its 40Luv Junior Development Program starting Oct. 1. And every Monday and Wednesday from 7-8 p.m., it has Quick Tennis for beginning adults with six classes for $50 or you may choose Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8 p.m. for $50 for six classes. Team Tennis for members only from 9-12 noon is held twice a month from Oct. 6 to Dec. 1. All level players are invited to play matches for five Saturdays for $15, which includes a party at the end of the season. Call for details or to sign up at 918-2440.

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Carolina has proclaimed Oct. 14-20, USTA South Carolina League Captain Appreciation Week. Team captains are a key component of USTA Leagues devoting significant time in organizing and managing league teams. Leagues could not exist were it not for team captains. League captains will be recognized in numerous ways during this special week in October. To find out all the activities planned, check out or call Jamie Peebles at (800) 6447282.

most popular inshore method is drifting/ trolling and holding two rods each set up with a double mud minnow tandem rig. There are also some people catching fish anchoring, casting and reeling the same rig or a plain Carolina rigged minnow. Surf and pier: Perry’s reports that blues, whiting and some flounder have been caught off the beach. This column appears courtesy of Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports.

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Grand Strand Blues Society member “Spider” Webb, above, along with many of the area’s top blues musicians, will donate their talents to help raise awareness and gather funds to feed the homeless.

Blues groups hoping to help Grand Strand’s homeless BY CHRIS MOWDER


One of the area’s most active advocates of Blues music, “Spider” Webb, has been paying his dues for years, living “on the edge of homeless” as he makes his way as living on the meager income of a fledgling professional musician. Now, the Grand Strand Blues Society member and host of Suck Bang Blow’s weekly Blues jam is hoping to give back to a group struggling even more than professional musicians — the homeless. Webb, who’s held various jobs over the years including radio personality, motor sports marketer and musician, is hoping to pay his good fortune forward with an upcoming concert at the House of Blues. The event called “True Blues For Food” will feature many of the area’s top Blues musicians donating their talent to help raise awareness and to gather funds to help feed the homeless. Wave 104.1 Radio along with The Grand Strand Blues Society will host the event at

The House of Blues in the Main Stage Concert Hall on Sept. 22 beginning at 7 p.m. The lineup includes a who’s who of local players such as Digger T, “Chicago” Bob Hess, Buddy Black, “Kid” Drew Voidevich, Sarah Cole, Michael “Pop” Stallings, Coman Sproles, Vern Cygan, Doc Simons and local groups such as Pastor Pastor and Spider Webb’s Boogie Blues Revue. The show will be a part of the year-long effort to feed the homeless as part of the House of Blues’ birthday celebration. The chain’s goal is

to feed 20,000 homeless people this year across all of its venues and restaurants. “The vision of a ‘homeless’ person has changed over the years, especially now with the current economic situation. Many people, from all backgrounds, are losing their homes and scrambling to find places to live affordably,” Webb said. “I have talked to a few friends, as of lately, that are being evicted, have kids in high school, and do not know where to go. They along with myself are fully capable of working and want to find a job in the area ... but jobs are so hard to find these days.” Since his motor sports marketing business shut down in 2009, Web has returned to his roots as a musician — he toured professionally in the early ‘70s — and though the transition has been a pleasurable experience, making a living has been a struggle. “Since the local music scene has felt the brunt of the economy, it has been hard to make a living out if performing,” Webb said. “This situation has left me in a not-sogood financial position and

has forced me to live wherever I can to keep a roof over my head. I found myself completely homeless during the fall of 2010. I stayed in my truck for a couple months and made it work until the cold weather came.” Though Webb — who suffered a heart attack and bypass surgery in 2011 — is currently getting by thanks to help from friends and dedication to his profession, it’s this constant struggle that has inspired him to organize an event to help those less fortunate. “All is looking up as I can see some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “Now I am committing my music to help raise awareness about the situation homeless folks are in, to raise funds and gather food donations to help them.” Tickets to this event are free if acquired from the organizer. If you’re interested in attending, contact Webb via e-mail at or call the House of Blues at 272-3000 for more information.

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Victory Bell at stake when Seahawks, Tigers play BY CHARLES D. PERRY


Don’t let the records fool you. Sure, Conway is 2-3 and Myrtle Beach remains undefeated (4-0), but tonight’s battle for the Victory Bell has never been about pre-game standings. “It’s going to be a good ballgame,” said Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson. “You can pretty much throw the records out the window.” Last year, the Tigers broke the Seahawks’ four-game winning streak in the series, notching a 21-12 victory. “They remember that,” Wilson said of his players. “It was just one of those nights when anything that could go wrong went wrong.” Wilson knows his team will face a major challenge in Conway quarterback Mykal Moody. The dual-threat signal caller torched the Seahawks last year. Wilson said Moody is one of the state’s best high school athletes. “He’s just a tough kid to defend,” he said. But defense has been the hallmark of the Seahawk team this season. Despite not having star cornerback Chocolate Wilson — his coach says he’ll be out for at least another month — younger players have stepped in to fill the void. “The defense has definitely been carrying us,” Mickey Wilson said. The coach spoke highly of his defensive line, which had just one returning starter coming into this season and was a big concern for the Seahawks.

Wilson said the play of linemen Cordell Brown, Marcus Chestnut and Markyl Grissett has been strong. “That’s been the key to the whole defensive unit playing well,” he said. Tonight’s game kicks off at

7:30 p.m. at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. Conway leads the all-time series record by a 38-10-1 margin.

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The record-setting kick was one of the top highlights of his Clemson career, Benton said. Seeing how the crowd and his teammates reacted to the kick was special to him. But of all the highlights in his years at Clemson, he likens the record kick to another bright spot in his football career— beating Conway and bringing the bell back to Myrtle Beach. This week the Seahawks host Conway, hoping to avenge last year’s loss. Does Benton have any words for his hometown team? “Yes, they need to bring that bell back to the beach where it belongs,” he said. So, how does it feel going from Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium on Friday nights to some of the biggest stages in college football? “I feel very blessed and honored to be a part of the Clemson team and family,” Benton said. “This is something I will cherish the rest of my life.”

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Local favorite closing doors after serving fine food for 37 years on the Grand Strand

n Sept.14, more than 350 locals and out of town former locals gathered to celebrate at Cagney’s for what would be their final reunion. For more than 10 years, the group has gathered, and grown from what started out as a luncheon discussion between John Sturgen, Chip Bellamy, Randy Jennings and Sally Howard (why one of the reunions was also John’s retirement party, perfect to add new friends with old in his favorite hangout). Reunions were set on the traditional Friday night time when for many years locals from Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach would gather to shag away the night in the Dancing | FRIENDS & | Room. NEIGHBORS This farewell party was no different, packed with guests from far and near. Dressed to imSHARLENE press, as usual, everyone was saddened to see ZWING their hangout would soon to be closed. Chip Bellamy was again DJ for the event until the wee hours and the doors closed on the last guests, now known as family. Everyone loves “the Dinos,” and understands how hard the decision is on them. • Happy 47th wedding anniversary to John and Miss Liz Sturgen, who will celebrate with a trip to Colorado. • The annual neighborhood Labor Day picnic was hosted this year at the beautiful home of Joyce and Milton Karetas. Always a great time to reunite with neighbors and delight in a wonderful pot luck holiday meal, everyone agreed that the hot temps cooled just enough for a great evening outdoors. Neighbors included Bill and Rosalie Bellamy, David Martin, Jim and Christine Wright,Carolyn Burroughs, Margo Stilley, Buster Bryan, Ed and Sara Jackson, David and Lee Gravely, Jill Griffith and Dan Riegle, Sue and Tom Hudgins, Bobbie Lawson, Lineta and Bill Pritchard, Craig and Wendy Thomas and son Noah, Frank and Laura DuRant, Doug and Leah Reid, son James and daughter Becca, David and Frances Raynor, son David and daughter Elizabeth, Matt and Carolyn Vandenberg, Cindy Howe, Cherie and Keith Compton, Don and Carolyn Dunn and Robin Chapman. • Congratulations to Waccamaw High School senior Tolley Rice, ranked No. 75 in the country, according to Tennis Recruiting. She has accepted a full scholarship to Elon University where she will continue her soccer pursuits. • Congratulations to these students at Myrtle Beach High School who will serve on the 2012 Beta Club as officers: president - Vaida Shelley; vice president - Natalie Horstemier; secretary Edward Hernandez and public relations - Carson Berry and Emily Weekley. • Happy anniversary to Donna and Mike Silvestri who celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7. • Congratulations to Myrtle Beach High’s Spencer Benton with a Atlantic Coast Conference record 61-yard field goal against Ball State on Sept. 8.



Visiting at the Cagney’s farewell party are Phyllis Holmes and Susan Thompson.


Enjoying the get-together for Cagney’s finale are, from left, standing, Herbie Hucks and Darlene Jennings and, sitting, Angus and Susan Wittschen and Sharon and Tommy Mills.

Cagney’s farewell reunion event supporters included Dicky Lester, Dorothy Sessions Rhyne and Johnny Bob Lester.

Cagney’s farewell guests included Darlene Jennings, Barbara Perry Benton, Martha Ann Stuckey and Rosalyn Anderson

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