Area Briefs, Jan. 22, 2014

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, January 22, 2014 8:49 pm

Blessing of the Inlet set for May 3

Belin Memorial United Methodist Church has scheduled the 18th annual Blessing of the Inlet for

May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (always the first Saturday of May).

There will be more than 75 arts and crafts vendors.

Local restaurants will include: Drunken Jacks, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, and many more.

The Belin Creative Learning Center will be hosting children fun and games galore.

A full day of outstanding entertainment will fill the steps of the church.

The “Blessing” ceremony is at 11:30 a.m. and is the highlight of the day.

There is no admission fee and the event will be held rain or shine.

“See Ya’ Saturday” is the “Blessing” official slogan. Soon all of the Grand Strand will be saying it.

Stay tuned to or

— From Lee’s Inlet Apothecary

Talk about public transit

The Coast RTA Citizens Advisory Committee and the Greater Burgess Community Association will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at the South Strand Recreation Center.

Attendees will learn how this area may move forward with public transportation in the years to come and have the opportunity to voice their recommendations.

The CRTA is updating its Transit Development Plan. The CAC, which are advisors to the Coast Board of Directors, is polling communities and riders to determine (if funding were available) how Coast RTA could improve/increase service and identify new areas for service.

The South Strand Recreation Center is located at 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

For more information, contact Pam Creech at 843-222-2920, or the Coast Regional Transportation Authority, 1418 Third Avenue, Conway, SC 29526, at 843-488-0865.

— From Al Jordan

CCU’s Java Jabber to host discussion about campus life

A panel of Coastal Carolina University faculty, staff and students will moderate a panel discussion titled “College Life: How dry and smoke-free should our campus be?” at the next Java Jabber on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the Bryan Information Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will consist of Mark Flynn, professor in CCU’s Department of Communication; Sherer Royce, professor of health promotion; Kay Hungerford, administrative specialist for the Department of Theatre; and students Darcy Barr and Jillian Ditch.

The discussion will cover such topics as the role alcohol and tobacco should play in campus life, whether newspapers should be allowed on campus if they include ads for alcohol and whether banning tobacco products on campus is a good idea. (CCU has recently announced its decision to go smoke-free.)

Bryan Information Commons is part of Kimbel Library.

For more information contact the Jackson Family center for Ethics and Values at 843-349-4149 or visit

— From CCU

CCU Groundbreaking for new student housing

Groundbreaking is set for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, for Coastal Carolina University’s new Student Housing Complex located behind the HTC Center. President David A. DeCenzo, the University’s board of trustees and the offices of Student Affairs and Student Housing will be represented. Area media are invited to cover the event.

The $85 million complex will include four residence halls that will provide 1,270 beds. Construction of the facility for first-year students will take place on a three-year, multi-phase schedule. The residence halls will be arranged in “communities” of four suites grouped around a common social space. In addition, each building will include a community wing with a large lounge, laundry, multipurpose room, resident director office and apartment, workroom and recycling center.

The placement of the four buildings on the site allows for development of a large green space that accommodates two existing ponds and a stand of mature oak and maple trees. The new housing will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

Quackenbush Architects & Planners are the designers for the project.

This housing project will help meet the University’s Strategic Plan to grow to 12,500 students.

— From CCU


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