Zika Virus Case Confirmed in Horry County

August 26, 2016 4:34 PM
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The first confirmed case of travel related Zika virus in Horry County has been reported in Plantation Point.

DHEC officials notified the county yesterday.

Nearby Florence County also has one reported case of travel related Zika virus.

In most instances, Zika virus is not fatal, but can be very damaging to fetuses.

According to local officials, Horry County has been working on a plan to combat Zika virus for approximately four months. In the case of Plantation Point, the county has reportedly been going door to door with information, eliminating areas of standing water and using foggers on properties.

What everyone should know:

Zika infection during pregnancy is linked to birth defects. Pregnant women should avoid or delay travel to areas with Zika.
Zika is primarily spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.
Most people infected with Zika don’t even know they have it. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital.
In most cases Zika is not life-threatening.
The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites. Tips include:
– Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
– Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts that cover exposed skin. In warmer weather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin.
– Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
– Remove standing water in and around the home. This includes water in cans, toys, tires, plant saucers, or any container that can hold water.
– Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.
See a health care provider if you develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes during a trip orwithin 2 weeks after traveling to a place with Zika, or if you have had sexual contact with someone who has traveled.

Citizens with questions can call the county’s road and drainage hotline at (843) 381-8000 for more information.

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Enjoying the CLEAC Cookout

July 20, 2016 7:13 AM
Credit: JASON LEE jlee@thesunnews

Let me give you a first-hand account of the fabulous Saturday we had at the Cook-Out themed “Connecting Cops, Kids and the Community” sponsored by CLEAC.

Over 500 guests from the communities, Sheriff & Police Officers, Fire Fighters and First Responders enjoyed thrill of the kids interacting, with the Fire-Sheriff-Police and politicians, at the magnificent North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.

Everyone had a fun time and played sports and games assembled by the efficient personnel staff from the NMB Recreation department. Sheriff Phil Thompson, with an assist from Chief Deputy Sheriff Tom Fox at their booth, greeting everyone who came by plus the Sheriff’s staff handed out silver Junior Sheriff badges to the many kids who came by to say ” Hi Sheriff”.

Horry Police Deputy Chief Maurice Jones and Capt Bob Carr went around greeting and getting to know the people of the community and children. Carr went one step further throwing and competing with the kids at bean ball, and fishing at a simulator provided by DHEC.

Public safety Director Jay Fernandez standing by the new Fire Rig, with its ladder soaring high above the truck, looked quite happy at the many people who came by to where he greeted them with a big smile. Director Jay and the Fire personnel guided the kids to the Fire truck to blare the fire siren, shoot the water cannon, receive red fire hats, and run through water sprinklers.

The Myrtle Beach P D brought along their K-9 unit and SWAT team..naturally the kids and adults adored the German Shepard, a big gorgeous looking dog. The Shepard was calm, friendly and beautiful and was unfazed by the petting, kisses and of the huge attention it was getting.

The weather was perfect for a cook-out. There were plenty of games, sports activities. The looks on the happy faces of the kids showed their delight.

What was as joyful was to see Chairman Mark Lazarus playing football with the young future stars, with Councilman Harold Worley as an impartial spectator looking at the action.

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Friends Rally to Help Larry Bratcher

May 17, 2016 6:25 AM

Through the years, Larry Bratcher has helped many friends and organizations in and around his native Conway.

One of his higher profile activities has been cooking and feeding the Conway High School football team members every Friday night before a game. He is a past president of the Conway High School Booster Club, Conway Kiwanis Club and Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors, to name a few.

Coach Chuck Jordan said Bratcher has been one of those guys who has always been available when needed through the years, never asking for anything in return.

Now Bratcher needs the help of his friends.

Over the last several years, Bratcher has been suffering from declining health associated with lung problems to the point that he is now totally disabled and has been unable to work for some time.

Local doctors have reached the end of their options recommending Bratcher travel to the Cleveland Clinic where doctors there have been doing groundbreaking work on lung diseases.

Bratcher and his wife are scheduled to travel to Cleveland June 6, 2016 for an evaluation of Bratcher’s condition. It is expected a double lung transplant will be necessary in the near future.

A group going by the name “Friends of Larry Bratcher” is raising funds to help offset costs associated with the trip to Cleveland and expected long recovery period during which the Bratchers will have to remain in the Cleveland area.

The “Friends” are seeking donations from the public to help Bratcher and his wife offset these associated costs.

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Enjoy South Strand Events

November 5, 2015 5:55 AM
Enjoy South Strand Events

Two events on the South Strand in the next seven days offer fun for all and opportunities for college students and veterans.

A Pasta Sauce Contest will benefit the scholarship fund of the Grand Strand Opera Workshop.

A dinner for veterans will be hosted by Barry Goldwater, Jr. and the South Strand Republican Club.

Fourth Annual Pasta Sauce Contest

The 4th annually tomato sauce contest sponsored by the Grand Strand Opera Workshop benefiting a student(s) from Coastal Carolina University will be held this year on Sunday November 8 from 3 PM to 6 PM at Angelo’s Steak and Pasta Restaurant 2311 South Kings Hwy (Hwy 17 Bus. S) Myrtle Beach Tel 843-626-2800.

The proceeds (85%) from the contest will benefit the Carleton-Talbert scholarship fund—the sauce can be either Marinara (red) or White (Alfredo).

This year’s contest chairman is Fred Nesta.

If you cannot enter the sauce contest, PLEASE come and enjoy an Early Bird menu on all entrees, at Angelo’s.

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Bubba Owens Helping Hand

October 19, 2015 5:00 AM
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For the past five years, Bubba Owens has donated his time and money to give a helping hand to those in dire need.

Owens organizes and directs charity events to raise money to help people through very hard times.

“About five years ago, several people approached me about someone with cancer and no insurance to sponsor an event to raise money to help with the medical bills,” said Owens.

A businessman in the south end of Myrtle Beach for many years, Owens called on his many contacts to help with the event.

“We were fairly successful with the first event and I liked the feeling I got from helping someone in real need,” Owens said.

Owens said he has run approximately 25 events in the past five years raising a total of approximately $250,000. The beneficiaries have included a family who lost their home to fire, cancer patients and others with serious medical problems and trust funds for small children who have lost parents.

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PR: 16th Annual Healthy Learners Golf Tournament

October 1, 2015 1:05 PM
PR: 16th Annual Healthy Learners Golf Tournament

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2015 Contact: Jo Pauling-Jones 803.454.0350 jpjones@healthylearners.com ONE OF THE MIDLANDS LARGEST GOLF TOURNAMENTS TO BENEFIT CHILDREN Enjoy a fun-filled day of golf and help support the children served by Healthy Learners!    COLUMBIA – Healthy Learners announced today the 16th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children […]

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