Italian-American Council to Host Fundraiser

December 1, 2016 6:11 AM
Italian-American Council to Host Fundraiser

The Italian-American Heritage and Charitable Council will host a silent auction to benefit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson’s program for at risk kids.

The event will take place at Angelo’s Steak and Pasta, 2311 South Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, on Sunday December 4, 2016 between the hours of 3 – 6 p.m.

Richardson’s program is designed to give at risk kids a second chance to be successful in the community.

The event will also benefit musical students at Coastal Carolina University and to help promote other programs of the IAHCC in the coming months.

The silent auction will feature over 100 gifts perfect for the Christmas and Hanukkah season with beginning prices set in the 50-60 percent of value range.

The IAHCC is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit meaning all money spent for auction items is tax deductible.

Free Angelo’s famous pizza and soft drinks will be available to all in attendance.

“It is our hope you will do your best to attend this very worthwhile event that will bring a smile of happiness to the faces of everyone who has helped and especially the young kids who need a break,” said IAHCC president Fred Nesta.

The following corporate sponsors have contributed to the cost of the event:

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CLEAC Sponsors Connecting Cops, Kids and Community Event

November 16, 2016 4:52 AM
CLEAC Sponsors Connecting Cops, Kids and Community Event

The Community Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee Inc (CLEAC), a S C Eleemosynary For for Profit Corporation and a pending IRS 501c3 applicant, is hosting a FREE Cook-Out called “Connecting Cops-Kids-Community” at the Market Common Grand Park (Shelters A &B) Saturday November 19, 2016 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event is a joint effort by CLEAC and the Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach Police Departments. Officers from Horry County Police Department, North Myrtle Beach PD and the Horry County Sheriff’s Office will also participate in the activities.

The aim of the CLEAC, is to bring together the Communities of the Grand Strand, Police and Kids to establish a rapport of trust, understanding and communication and to foster a better relationship between these groups.

In conjunction with this aim, a FREE Cook-Out and games, sports, and other activities will allow the children and community members to mingle with police officers in casual settings.

The goal is to get the kids to understand police officers are normal people and to establish a bond of friendship, understanding and trust between community members and the police.

Children needing transportation to the event may be signed up by their parents for bus rides at either Pepper Geddings Recreation Center or Mary C. Canty Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach. Parents must sign permission slips at either of these locations for their children to ride the bus and participate in the day.

Please come out and support the community efforts of the CLEAC–bring your Children, friends neighbors, and family, everyone is welcome…

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State Treasurer Curtis Loftis Co-sponsors Cyber Security Summit

October 3, 2016 7:59 PM
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis Co-sponsors Cyber Security Summit

Columbia, SC – South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis kicked off a gathering today of state and local government leaders, higher education administrators and bankers to discuss cyber security threats to the public and private sectors. Treasurer Loftis delivered opening remarks at the Cyber Security Summit along with co-sponsors Dr. Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina, and Phil Smith, head of Government and Institutional Banking at Wells Fargo.

“Protecting the personal information and money of our state’s citizens must be our highest priority,” said Treasurer Loftis. “One of the things that I want to do is help make the people of South Carolina feel safer and more secure.”

The summit, held at USC’s MyAlumni Center in Columbia, was designed to build awareness of local and global cyber security threats and share information on how organizations can mitigate their cyber risk. The event featured presentations from experts at USC’s SC Cyber initiative and global security company Palo Alto Networks as well as information from attorneys who specialize in cyber security issues.

“A year ago we launched SC Cyber and formed essential public and private partnerships,” said Dr. Pastides. “Our goal was and is to advance our state’s reputation as a place where cyber security is understood, practiced and advanced.”

Treasurer Loftis added, “I appreciate that Dr. Pastides joined me in sponsoring the Cyber Security Summit to bring more attention to this important issue.”

The Cyber Security Summit was co-sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office, SC Cyber, Wells Fargo and Palo Alto Networks. Presenters included Thomas Scott, executive director of SC Cyber; General Les Eisner, deputy director of the Office of Economic Engagement at USC; Rick Howard, chief security officer at Palo Alto Networks; Chris Swecker, attorney and former assistant director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and David Furr, partner at Gray, Layton, Kersh, Solomon, Furr & Smith, P.A.

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Zika Virus Case Confirmed in Horry County

August 26, 2016 4:34 PM
Mosquito sucking blood on a human hand

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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