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North Myrtle Beach Headline News

OLSS Church Outreach Ministry provides assistance in NMB

by Fran Signorino, April 24, 2011

Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for Me.   Matthew 25:40

Our Lady Star of the Sea (OLSS) Catholic Church, under the direction of Deacon Peter Casamento, has expanded its ministry to aid our NMB community.  

These ministries include the following:  

~~The church has partnered with the North Strand Helping Hand to provide assistance to those in need.   If someone needs assistance, please contact the North Strand Helping Hand at 843-399-0862.  

~~The North Strand Housing Shelter on Route 9 in Longs is supported financially and ministerially by OLSS.  Members of the Outreach Ministry visit and volunteer at the Shelter on the 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings of each month.   

~~The church's Portiuncula Kitchen, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi as an example of his service to Christ to the social outcasts of his time.  The Kitchen ministry serves hot meals to brothers and sisters in need every Thursday, from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the Church's banquet hall - doors open at 4:00 PM.   

~~Loose Change Collection is held on the 4th Sunday of each month and is used to support the Portiuncula Kitchen, the North Strand Housing Shelter and the North Strand Mobile Meals.  

~~Monthly Food Drives - The Outreach Ministry holds it monthly food drives on the 4th Sunday of every month.   Donations are given to the North Strand Helping Hand & Catholic Charities for distribution.  

~~Senior Outreach Ministry - this ministry of Parishioners call and/or visit our seniors in need of fellowship.   If you know of anyone who could benefit from this ministry, please call the Parish Office.   

To volunteer or learn more about any of the Ministries listed, please call or email:  

Deacon Peter M. Casamento, M.A.
Pastoral Associate Director of Outreach Ministry
(843) 249-2356, Ext. 28
email: deaconpeter { at }  


North Myrtle Beach Headline News

The Surf is up

By Jim Hulen, North Myrtle Beach

April 20, 2011 North Myrtle Beach, SC – In mid January of this year, devotees of Beach Music were devastated when the station they had voted twelve consecutive times the FM station of the year went off the air.  However, the support of the Worley family (proprietors of the Ocean Drive Golf and Beach Resort) in partnership with Bill Norman brought 94.9 The Surf back to the air this past week.  That this past week was also the Society of Shaggers (SOS) annual Spring Safari was not a coincidence; it was a goal according to Jessica Worley.

When the Surf went silent, the station was up for grabs and any individual or group could have purchased it and radically changed its format.

Beach music welds the Surf and SOS tightly together. While some local stations play formats that include some beach music and others step up beach music play during SOS festivals, only the Surf played beach music 24/7.  

“We just could not let the Surf go to another format,” said Worley. “We had to save the only local high power fm station that was dedicated to the beach music central to SOS.”  

“Beach music drives much of our livelihood. We wanted shaggers to see another sign of our strong support and worked to bring the Surf back on the air during Spring Safari.  While we couldn’t bring it back with its full 16,000 watts, we made the date with partial power.”

Jessica Worley went on to say they have received an enormous outpouring of thanks and gratitude for the station coming back.  “We have heard from a lot of folks talking to us, sending us e-mail or on our facebook site.”
To the delight of his many admirers Ted Bell, an eight-year veteran disc jockey returned, playing the type of music his fans had long enjoyed. 

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Local Information

Help Sea Haven help children

Sea Haven is in need of donations.  Please help this organization in our community.  Large items of need are a dishwasher and computer desks.  They currently have to boil water to sanitize the dishes and the kids have computers but they are sitting on the floor.  If you can help with these items, please contact Brenda Bankhead at 399.9025.  They can also use clothing, toiletries, i.e. hotel soaps, shampoos, etc.; books, games, DVD's and videotapes.  And, they will always accept food.  They get most of their food from the food bank which is in need of community support as well.  The mission of Sea Haven Inc. is to extend a helping hand to those youth whose lives may be in disarray and believe that through positive intervention they can promote opportunities for growth, learning, and happiness that might not be available in the experiences of such children.

The Sea Haven Shelter is a residential home, licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services, in which youth ages 13-17 needing short term shelter can live temporarily. The shelter is a family style household with a structured environment and daily activities for the youth in residence.

The Sea Haven Shelter is located at S3892 Highway 9 East in Little River, SC.

North Myrtle Beach Headline News

SOS Spring Safari goes green

By Jim Hulen, North Myrtle Beach

April 13, 2011 North Myrtle Beach, SC – A past Coastal Carolina Study estimated that the events organized by the Society of Stranders contributes over $7.5 million to the local economy and that is spent just in the ten day period in April.

As attendees love the convenience of being able to dance the night away within walking distance of their hotel, a large portion of that benefit stays in North Myrtle Beach.  

Through the Society of Stranders Charitable Foundation, an additional amount was added to the shaggers’ contribution to the economy.  According to the City of the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department, the Foundation donated $8,400 for the Purchase of an E-Z-GO 2Five Vehicle.

The vehicle uses a 48-volt AC electric drive train and incorporates a state of the art regenerative braking system. This system captures the energy involved in braking to recharge the batteries. The E-Z-Go 2Five can travel at speed up to 25 mph. It also has some of the features of a typical car coming equipped with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, three-point seat belts and hip restraints, front bucket seats, as well as a rear bench seat.

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North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Proposed Partnership Announced

April 4, 2011 Loris, SC—Loris Healthcare System and McLeod Health have initiated partnership discussions that will strengthen the availability of healthcare services in the northeastern region of South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina. Through a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare system, the affiliation would serve more than a dozen counties, including the entire Pee Dee region, as well as Sumter, Georgetown and Horry Counties.

The leadership of both organizations believes the partnership will ensure long-term access to high quality and cost efficient healthcare services for the residents of those communities mutually served by Loris Healthcare System and McLeod Health.     

Discussions between the organizations began last year following a thorough strategic planning process and a review of this potential alliance. Compatibility, similar charitable missions and values, and a commitment to deliver high quality patient care are the primary reasons for the partnership.

Loris Healthcare System and McLeod Health will maintain local governance and management.    

Loris Healthcare System is a non-profit organization with the primary mission of offering high quality healthcare services in a compassionate manner for residents of northern Horry, southern Brunswick and Columbus Counties and operates a fully-accredited acute care facility with 105 licensed hospital beds. An affiliated facility, Seacoast Medical Center is an outpatient surgery center and 24-hour emergency facility which offers a comprehensive range of outpatient services.  This summer the Seacoast campus will grow and expand medical services with the addition of 50 inpatient hospital beds. Other facilities affiliated with Loris Healthcare System are the Family Health Centers in Loris and Green Sea, Loris Extended Care Center and the Center for Health and Fitness. Loris Community Hospital opened its doors for patients in May of 1950.  A result of local communities working together, the hospital originally served Bayboro, Green Sea and Simpson Creek townships, which includes the city of Loris. Loris Healthcare System has more than 120 physicians on medical staff, representing 28 specialties. Loris also staffs the organization with 298 nurses and 689 additional employees.

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North Myrtle Beach Headline News

Explosion rocks, devastates NMB gas station

April 4, 2011, North Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF) - Investigators in North Myrtle Beach are trying to figure out what caused an explosion which in turn devastated a gas station Sunday night.

Pat Dowling, spokesperson for the City of North Myrtle Beach, said the explosion rocked Ford's Fuel Services, located near 13th Avenue North around 9:30 p.m.

According to Dowling, the building has suffered a total loss, and a nearby rental center was also damaged in the fire.

On Sunday night, people in the surrounding neighborhoods reported a loud explosion around the time of the fire, causing their houses to shake. A voluntary evacuation was put into place for people in the nearby Sunset Harbor subdivision due to heavy smoke.

For more information go to WMBF News.

North Myrtle Beach Headline News

March Fishing Report

By Chris Carbone, Seacoast Anglers Association

April 4, 2011 Little River, SC – Take note.  The Shallotte Inlet has been recently dredged and newly marked!

Finally the deep freeze has broken the 50’s mark! The water temperature is now in the high 50’s and reaching for the 60’s.

That means the fishing will gradually come alive in the creeks and inshore.
Even though you cannot fish for many species offshore, you can still have fun targeting the species that are becoming active now.

First on the list is Red Drum which have been there all along, but most anglers felt it was too cold to fish. They are awakening from their winter slumber (so are the anglers!) and you can catch them in the creeks and in the ICW. Some anglers have been successful using Berkley Gulp baits and a few anglers have been using live minnows. Use light tackle and slow retrieve to get the job done. Be quiet as they tend to spook easily this time of year.
The Black Drum are a great fish to target and are starting to stir. Good eating and fun fighters, they will attack most cut bait like squid, cut mullet. If you can get some, try frozen clams or mussels. I am told circle hooks work well with this species although I have never tried it myself. Look for them where the smaller creeks empty into the larger creeks like Dunn Sound or Bonaparte’s Creek or the ICW.

Sheepshead are another great table fare and are fun to catch but can be difficult. I ran into a guy that was chumming for them and it was interesting watching him. First he scraped barnacles off a piling into a bucket. He was looking for large barnacles for the hook and small barnacles for chum. He used a small #4 circle hook and rigged a large barnacle on the hook at the shaft of the hook. He then took some sewing thread and rapped the thread around the barnacle to keep it on the hook. Is was rigged like a Carolina Rig with a 2oz. sinker. This fellow was using 15lb. braid because of the proximity to the pier structure and all the demons a pier presents which is very unforgiving.

He crushed the small barnacles and then scooped a small amount in the water next to the pilings of the pier he was on. At the same time he lowered his rig in the water and immediately got a bite. It didn’t take him long to fill his cooler with his limit! Some Sheepshead anglers also use fiddler crabs for bait and also tie the crab on the hook so the fish can’t steal the bait. This same method works on the inshore reefs where Sheepshead hang out over structure. Some anglers say they are so hard to catch that you have to hook ‘em just before they bite!

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North Myrtle Beach Headline News

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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