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North Myrtle Beach Chamber holds annual awards gala

By Jim Hulen, North Myrtle Beach

April 3, 2011 North Myrtle Beach, SC – Saturday night brought the business community to the new conference center at North Beach Plantation.

The black tie event drew over 200 people according to Mike Robertson, immediate past chair and owner of Damon’s Grill.  The event sold out and the Chamber had to deny last minute requests.

During the festivities, Mark Jordan, President and CEO, presented awards in various categories to businesses in the community while attendees bid on items in the silent auction to raise money for the Loris/Seacoast Healthcare Foundation.

The Chamber recognized Sea Haven as the non-profit of the year. Sea Haven works with at-risk young people in the community to provide a wide range of services that combats hunger and offers life skills instruction.

Barefoot Community Church received the Chamber award for excellence in Customer Service competing with Sweetgrass Catering.

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North Myrtle Beach Sports News

Consider This: CCU Basketball


The CCU Basketball program has captured a lot of attention the past week, and not because of its outstanding on-court performance, but due to allegations of possible recruiting violations.

Consider This: Cam Newton, quarterback for College Football's National Champion Auburn Tigers and certainly a first round NFL draft pick, was hounded this past fall by allegations of wrongdoing. However, we still don't know if those accusations are true because the NCAA works slowly and methodically, and rightfully so, before releasing the results of an investigation. It will follow the same process with CCU so don't expect any additional information until late summer or early fall.

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Local Information

Gas prices spark push for boycott


With the average price of gasoline in South Carolina 47 cents a gallon higher than just a month ago, many people are searching for a way to get fuel costs under control. On Facebook more than 150,000 people have pledged to participate in a "Gas Strike" on Thursday.

That's an idea Soni Dhimo supports. While stopped at a gas station in Myrtle Beach Wednesday he said prices are getting to the point that they are affecting his everyday life.

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North Myrtle Beach Headline News

March 2011 - Irish-American Month Proclamation

by Marie Coppola

President Obama proclaimed March 2011 as Irish-American Heritage Month. "I call upon all Americans to observe this month by celebrating the contributions of Irish Americans to our Nation."

In his Proclamation, he reminds us that "...for millions of Americans, their journey began in Ireland. In the wake of the Great Hunger, many sons and daughters of Erin came to our shores seeking a brighter day, with only courage and the enduring values of faith and family to sustain them. Alongside many others who sought a better life in a new Nation, these intrepid immigrants built strong communities and helped forge our country’s future. During Irish-American Heritage Month, we honor the contributions Irish Americans have made, and celebrate the nearly 40 million among us who proudly trace their roots back to Ireland."

"The Irish have overcome discrimination and carved out a place for themselves in the American story. Through hard work, perseverance, and patriotism, women and men of Irish descent have given their brawn, brains, and blood to make and remake this Nation — pulling it westward, pushing it skyward, and moving it forward. Half a century ago, John F. Kennedy became our first Irish-American Catholic President and with countless other Irish Americans whose leadership and service have steered the course of our Nation. Seldom in this world has a country so small had so large an impact on another."

Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, along with their descendents, are technically called Scots-Irish. Famous Scots-Irish-Americans include: Thomas Brandon and Andrew Pickens, Revolutionary War heroes; John C. Calhoun, Vice President of the U.S., and Woodrew Wilson, President of the U.S.

More than one-third of all U.S. Presidents had substantial ancestral origins in the northern province of Ireland (Ulster). President Bill Clinton spoke proudly of that fact, and his own ancestral links with the province. Clinton is one of at least seventeen Chief Executives descended from emigrants to the United States from the north of Ireland. While many of the Presidents have typically Ulster-Scots surnames – Jackson, Johnson, McKinley, Wilson – others, such as Roosevelt and Cleveland, have links which are less obvious.

The Irish are an important part of South Carolina history. Families who emigrated from Scotland and Ireland, often by way of New England states such as Pennsylvania, brought with them a ruggedness honed from years of religious persecution.









 May the leprechauns be near you,

To spread luck along your way

And may all the Irish angels

Smile upon you on St. Patrick's Day.

Ref: Wikipedia; SCIWAY; President's Proclamation  



North Myrtle Beach Sports News

Golf tournament brings tourism, newcomers to the North Strand


Over 140 collegiate golfers hit the green at the Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach for the Barefoot at the Beach Collegiate Women's Golf Tournament. The tournament is actually organized and sponsored by the Lowcountry's College of Charleston. This is the first year that the tournament has been held at Barefoot in the North Strand, but it stands as a testament to growing sports tourism in the greater Myrtle Beach area.

"It helps expose Myrtle Beach to people who wouldn't have exposure to it," said Lew Gach, a golf official and Dean of Golf Academy of America. "We have a lot of visitors and a lot of spectators as well. It gives them an opportunity to play Myrtle Beach and hopefully they'll come back."

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Local Information

Plans For Grand Strand Sports Complexes Come To Life


NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The three newest fields at Grand Park in Myrtle Beach obviously can be used for softball, or baseball, but they were designed with artificial turf to make them great for other sports too. However, until late last week only a few games of soccer have kept the fields from being used exclusively as softball/baseball fields since they opened almost a year ago.

Late last week is when collegiate lacrosse teams from several states began using the fields for spring training. As the players continue practice and scrimmage games this week, it is a sign that the fields are finally living up to the multi-use potential that was always planned.

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North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Enjoy Dining At The Historic Parson's Table

 by Marie Coppola

Twenty miles north of bustling Myrtle Beach - the hub of attractions and shopping outlets which attract traffic and crowds - lies the more laid back and peaceful, quaint fishing village of Little River. Its relaxing pace of living is in stark contrast to it's southerly neighbor.

Little River is in the North Myrtle Beach corridor, located on Route 17N and is surrounded by many waterways including the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. The Atlantic Ocean with its is scenic beaches and fishing docks are minutes away. Little River is the oldest settlement in Horry County, as well as one of the oldest villages in the state, and is mentioned by name in civil war records. Claim to fame of Little Riverians is its own Vanna White of The Wheel of Fortune who was born and raised here. Every summer she returns to have a beach day with her former classmates. She is celebrity-friendly and well loved here.

Restaurants abound in this area and high on the list is The Parson's Table - the Diners' Choice Winner for 2010.

An award-winning restaurant, listed as Number One in historic restaurants of South Carolina, The Parson's Table is a 100 year old historic converted church. There are several dining rooms, each graced with large, stained-glass windows. The ambience is as pleasing as the food. Their specialties are fine steaks, seafood, lamb, veal and prime rib.

They have an Early-Bird special from 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm which is a big savings as it comprises the same dinner on their regular dinner menu, but at a $10 - $15 savings, plus a drink discount. If you attend the Catholic Church, not far away, for Sunday mass, there is always a coupon in the church bulletin for 15% off the total price - a great deal because the food is excellent. Dining is warm, friendly and intimate; they also have party rooms.

The Parson's Table is open from 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday - closed on Sunday & Monday. Call for Special Holiday Hours. SC: (843) 249-3702; NC: (910) 579-8298 Happy Hour: 4:30 - 7:00 PM



North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Main Street is Going Green

 by Jeanne Yates

Put on your green and join the fun at the 23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on March 12, 2011. The magical parade begins at 9:00 am on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach and is followed by a street festival around 11:00 am.

With over 100 entries, the parade includes marching bands, beauty queens, floats and many local celebrities. Following the parade, enjoy over one hundred arts and crafts vendors, great food and a wonderful children’s area full of rides and games. Rock to the sound of continuous entertainment playing on two stages.

Many parade goers arrive early and enjoy a delicious breakfast at one of the Main Street eateries. By 8:30 am most watchers have picked out their perfect spot to view this exciting event. Many individuals bring beach chairs and blankets if the weather is chilly. There is plenty of free parking available along the parade route, including the Kroger Shopping Center, the Bilo at the Beach Shopping Center and McLean Park. The dirt parking lot, beside the Ocean Drive Arcade, offers handicap parking.

The North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest on the Grand Strand and attracts thousands of people. The St. Patrick’s Day event started on March 11, 1988, by a group who wanted to give Canadians another reason to stay in North Myrtle Beach, during the Can- Am Celebration Days. It was held at the Surfwood Shopping Center until 1992 and then relocated to Ocean Boulevard and Main Street because of its growing size. Held on the closest Saturday to March 17th, the event is an exciting experience for locals and visitors alike.

So, grab something green and plan to attend the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Leprechauns, shamrocks and a little bit of blarney is sure to be everywhere. Maybe the luck of the Irish will rub off on you.






North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Sea Turtle Patrol Needs Volunteers

by Jeanne Yates

The North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol is seeking volunteers to walk the beach at dawn to spot sea turtle nests from May 1st thru September 1st. Finding a sea turtle nest can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles are the state reptile of South Carolina and on the endangered species list. At nesting time, the large reptile comes on shore to lay her eggs. She digs a hole and deposits about 120 ping-pong ball sized eggs in a hole, and covers them with sand. After approximately 120 days, tiny hatchlings emerge from the eggs. Many of the hatchlings do not survive due to environmental factors.

The North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol seeks to ensure the safety of the nests and hatchlings. Anyone interested in joining this worthwhile group should e-mail Linda Mataya at There will be a meeting of interested parties in April to learn more about the sea turtle group. Volunteers can specify how many mornings they are available to work. The Windy Hill area is in need of the most beach walkers at this time. 




North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Mardi Gras Merriment Coming to Barefoot Landing

by Jeanne Yates

Put on a crazy costume and join fellow Mardi Gras revelers on Tuesday, March 8th at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Dick's Last Resort will host its 19th annual Mardi Gras parade and festivities beginning at 5pm.

Beginning at Greg Norman's Australian Grille, the parade will travel along the Intracoastal Waterway and by the shops, ending at Dick's. The parade will have about 20 to 30 floats designed by local businesses. Following the parade, Dick's Last Resort will celebrate with a fun-filled party.

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" and is associated with the last night of eating rich food before fasting for the Lenten Season. Green, purple and gold are the official Mardi Gras colors. Tradition calls for masks, costumes and dancing in the streets. The best known Mardi Gras celebration takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.

So, plan on bringing the whole family to this kid friendly event. Beads, candy, music, costumes and more will make this a night to remember. Find out more information about Barefoot Landing and Dick's Last Resort at



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