This Week Along the Grand Strand

June 4th, 2018

The Hope House board of directors and friends had a great time at Anchor Café on Thursday, May 24 in recognition of Red Nose Day, an effort to eradicate childhood hunger. Thanks to Anchor Cafe for their continuing commitment to Hope House through their gifts, and to the Grande Dunes group of friends for their continuous support of our students. A check for $3,675 was presented by the Grand Dunes.







  • Congratulations to the hardest working volunteer coach in Myrtle Beach, Eric, “Yolk,” “Coach E.” On May 22, Coach E was presented the 2017 State Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association. The honorary plaque presentation was a surprise to Coach E as he received it at the Myrtle Beach City Council meeting. Coach E has been coaching and mentoring our young people for more than 20 years, such a well-deserved recognition as witnessed by the standing ovation.
  • A Hard Hat Open House was held on the Grissom campus of First Presbyterian Church with more than 450 touring the new-to-be sanctuary.
  • Congratulations to these recent high school graduates and their college choices: Clemson University – Ashley Funston and Thomas Shuler; University of South Carolina – Claire Washburn, Grainger Long, Jackson Denny, Arlayna Deese and Kendall Hale; United States Marine Corps – McLain Kirkley; The Citadel – Charles Fisher IV and Coastal Carolina University – Sarahana Herndon.
  • Congratulations to these recent college graduates – Dionne Romanski, College of Charleston with a bachelor of science in psychology; Ashley Kahn, Clemson University with a bachelor of science, marketing and management and a minor in sustainability; Elizabeth Kahn, Coastal Carolina University with a masters in accountancy and Joseph Singleton, University of Florida with a masters of fine arts in theatre and concentration in lighting design.
  • Happy 25th wedding anniversary to Evelyn and Alexander Lyons celebrating on May 16.
  • Happy eight-year wedding anniversary to Claire and Hunter Jackson who celebrated on May 15.
  • A retirement reception honoring Kathy Watts was held in the Alford Ballroom, Clark and Marcia Parker Atheneum Hall Alumni Center, on May 21 to commemorate 30 years of service to Coastal Carolina University. Your efforts and dedication to the university will be missed.
  • Congratulations to Hunter Mense who was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army. He is currently serving in the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell. Hunter is a 2010 graduate of Myrtle Beach High School and 2014 graduate of Virginia Tech and is the son of Jeff and Susan Mense.
  • Congratulations John Ed who was named to the AAAAA/AAAA ALL STATE.
  • Happy 25th birthday to Whitney Goings who celebrated on May 26.
  • The Myrtle Beach High School boys tennis team and their families enjoyed a great time at their end of the season celebration held at Ultimate California Pizza on Tuesday, May 23. Great food, lots of fun games and awards highlighted a wonderful year as region champions.
  • Congratulations to seven Myrtle Beach Seahawk seniors who signed college commitments recently: All-state basketball player, Robert Swanson will attend Furman University; basketball teammates Brady Vest, attending Grinnell College and O’Neil McBride will attend Fort Union Military Academy. Sisters Janell and Jalah Horton will play for Coker College. Two football teammates Tre Favorit and Kylis Vereen will attend Butte.

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