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  • Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Updated Saturday, January 4, 2014 1:15 pm

Community urged to practice fire safety and support Red Cross

Myrtle Beach - The American Red Cross Coastal SC Chapter has responded to six home fires since Saturday assisting 22 people in Andrews, Conway, Myrtle Beach and Williamsburg County.

The Red Cross met the immediate needs of these individuals which for most included emotional support and financial assistance for lodging, food and clothing.

Comfort kits with personal hygiene items were also provided, as well as referrals to local partnering agencies.

Red Cross will continue to follow-up with those affected by the fires said Nanci Conley, executive director, Coastal SC Chapter, American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region.

It takes an average $1,250 for Red Cross to support a family of four impacted by fire. The Red Cross’ Coastal SC Chapter needs the support of the community to provide assistance to families impacted by fire.

Anyone interested in supporting the Coastal SC Chapter can make a financial contribution by visiting www.redcross.org/coastalSC, or by calling (843) 222-0685, or by mailing a donation to the American Red Cross Coastal SC Chapter at 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

The Coastal SC Chapter serves Williamsburg, Georgetown and Horry counties and is part of the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross.

Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region was able to responded to 1,637 disasters assisting 5,209 individuals in 2013.

On average, the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35 counties of South Carolina.

For more information and fire safety tips, visit Redcross.org.

— From Nanci Conley

CCU’s Lifelong Learning presents Free Week

Explore the courses and clubs planned for the winter/spring term of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Coastal Carolina University during Free Week from Tuesday, Jan. 7, through Thursday, Jan. 9, at three locations.

OLLI is CCU’s premier noncredit program for adult education opportunities. A day filled with presentations and demonstrations will be held at each of the outreach centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Myrtle Beach Education Center (900 79th Ave. N.); Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort (14276 Ocean Highway); and Thursday, Jan. 9, in Conway at the Coastal Science Center (301 Allied Drive).

During Free Week, students can sample more than 350 noncredit classes, workshops, special interest clubs and travel opportunities offered from Jan. 13 to May 30.

Topics include computer technology, art and photography, foreign languages, history and government, literature and writing, music, theater and film, personal growth and skill development, philosophy and religion, science and nature.

The complete course schedule is available at the outreach centers, local libraries and visitor centers and online at coastal.edu/olli.

The OLLI membership fee ($20) also includes discounts and special programs at area museums (Brookgreen Gardens, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Georgetown County Museum, Hobcaw Barony), musical and theatrical companies (Long Bay Symphony, Atlantic Stage, Theatre of the Republic and Murrells Inlet Community Theatre), and health and wellness centers (YMCA, Fitness Edge, HealthPoint and Furever Young).

Visit the website at coastal.edu/OLLI for directions to the outreach centers, information on member benefits, schedules for each center, descriptions of courses and instructors’ bios, the Free Week schedule and the registration form with instructions for online enrollment.

For more information or to register, call 843-349-5002 (Conway), 843-349-2767 (Myrtle Beach) or 843-349-6584 (Litchfield) or visit Coastal.edu/OLLI.

— From CCU/OLLI

S.C. Farm Expo to feature ‘Who’s Who’ in Agribusiness

FLORENCE, SC — More than 100 top agribusiness companies will be featured at the SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo set for January 16-17, 2014 at the Florence Civic Center.

Agricultural equipment will be on exhibit inside and outside the civic center.

Another highlight of the Expo will be ‘Breakfast with Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers’ on Friday morning, January 17th. Admission tickets to the breakfast are available but must be purchased in advance by visiting www.SCAgriBizExpo.com.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the SC Commissioner’s School for Agriculture held at Clemson University each summer.

“The goal of the SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo is to incorporate the industry’s traditional roots with modern innovations to promote the continued expansion of South Carolina’s agribusiness,” Mr. Martin emphasized.

— From S.C. Agri-News Service

Local photographer to speak at Waccamaw Library

On Thursday Jan. 9, 7 p.m. at the Waccamaw Library, Sean Thompson, a local photographer, will discuss photography, answer questions, and awe attendees with a fantastic slide show.

This is a free event hosted by Murrells Inlet Community Theatre and refreshments will be served.

— From MICT

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