Political briefs for Myrtle Beach area

Essays must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and must be submitted by March 31. The contest is open to registered voters of Horry County and for students scheduled for high school graduation before June 2011.

“The essays we’ve received in past years have really shown the passion and involvement of students in Horry County,” DWCHC President Sally P. Howard said. “We’re looking forward to a great response this year as well.”

The Democratic Women’s Council raises the scholarship money through membership fees, special events and revenue from ads placed in the annual booklet of winning essays, which is distributed at multiple events throughout the state.

Details about entry requirements can be obtained by contacting scholarship Chair Milly Vaughn at mvaughn3@sc.rr.com.

Information about advertising in the scholarship book is available from Howard at SallyPHoward@aol.com.

Join Horry County Democrats for happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Tavern in the Forest, 4999 Carolina Forest Blvd.

For more information, contact David Canty at mbcounsel@verizon.net.

The Horry Democratic Club meets at 1 p.m. Friday at Friendly’s Restaurant, 4705 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.

For more information, call Bea at 497-0119.

The North Strand Democratic Club meets from 6 to 7 p.m. March 8 at The Hideaway Lounge, 1021 N. Second Ave., North Myrtle Beach. The topic this month is grassroots activism.

For more information call Brian or Roberta at 272-6454.

The South Enders meet at 6 p.m. March 10 at Damon’s Restaurant, 2985 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach.

This month’s speaker is Phil Noble, president of the S.C. New Democrats and candidate for S.C. Democratic Party chair.

For more information, e-mail Steve Chand at beserchand@yahoo.com.

The Beach Dems meet for breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. March 11 at Akel’s Restaurant, corner of 65th Avenue North and Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.

This month’s speaker is Phil Noble, president of the S.C. New Democrats and candidate for S.C. Democratic Party chair.

For more information, contact Sally P. Howard at 455-1936 or sallyphoward@aol.com.

Republicans

The next Carolina Forest Republican Club will feature state demographer Bobby Bowers as its guest speaker when the group meets at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Rotelli, 201 Graduate Road, Conway, across U.S. 501 from Coastal Carolina University in the University Commons shopping center.

Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and includes an Italian buffet.

RSVP to CFRRepublicans@yahoo.com or Brad Daniels at 421-8178. Checks can be made to CFRC and mailed to CFRC, P.O. Box 50242, Myrtle Beach 29579.

The Northern Horry Republican Club will hear from guest speaker Chad Connelly, a candidate for chairman of the state Republican Party, when the group meets at 9:30 a.m. March 12 at the old Presbyterian Church, 4250 Main St., Loris, at the corner of Main and Bryant streets.

Continental breakfast is available.

For more information, call Michael Connett at 283-5414.

It’s time for the 2011 GOP Precinct Organization. Groups of precincts will meet at different locations, but all the meetings begin at 7 p.m. March 14.

Locations:

Carolina Forest/East Conway precincts | Carolina Forest 1 and 2; Coastal Carolina; Emerald Forest 1, 2 and 3; Forestbrook; Palmetto Bays; Myrtle Trace; Red Hill 1 and 2; and Wild Wing meet at Grand Strand Baptist Church, 350 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach. Contact precinct captains Brad Daniels at 421-8178 or brad@sccoast.net; or Dennis DiSabato at dennis.j.disabato.jr@gmail.com.

Central Horry precincts | East Conway; Homewood; Jackson Bluff; Jamestown; Juniper Bay; Maple; North Conway 1 and 2; Pawleys Swamp; Racepath 1 and 2; Toddville; and West Conway meet at Horry County GOP Headquarters, 914 Norman Alley, Conway. Contact precinct captains Grimm at 365-1151 or, optimist282002@yahoo.com; or Bill Wiegand at 340-0415 or wiegrealestate@hotmail.com.

more | Dogwood; Hickory Grove; Horry; Leon; Red Bluff; Salem; Shell; Tilly Swamp; and White Oak meet at Shaftesbury, 951 Shaftesbury Lane, Conway. Contact precinct captains Grimm at 365-1151 or, optimist282002@yahoo.com; or Bill Wiegand at 340-0415 or wiegrealestate@hotmail.com.

Northern Horry precincts | Adrian; Allsbrook; Bayboro; Daisy; East Loris; Ebenezer; Floyds; Green Sea; Gurley; Hickory Hill; Jernigans Crossroads; Live Oak; Mount Olive; Mount Vernon; Norton; Pleasant View; Spring Branch; Sweet Home; Taylorsville; and West Loris meet at the old Presbyterian Church, 4250 Bryant St., corner of Bryant and Main streets, Loris. Contact precinct captain Mike Connett at 283-5414 or advthtr@sccoast.net.

Western Horry precincts | Aynor; Brownway; Cedar Grove; Cool Springs; Dog Bluff; Four Mile; Galivants Ferry; Inland; Jordanville; Joyner Swamp; Methodist Rehobeth; Mill Swamp; Poplar Hill; and Port Harrelson meet at Our Daily Bread, 618 Eighth Ave., Unit B, Aynor. Contact precinct captain Sandra Doyle at sandy67@sccoast.net.

North Myrtle Beach precincts | Atlantic Beach; Brooksville; Cherry Grove 1 and 2; Crescent; Little River 1, 2 and 3; Nixons Crossroads 1 and 2; Ocean Drive 1 and 2; Wampee; and Windy Hill 1 and 2 meet at Boulineau’s IGA, 212 Sea Mountain Highway, Cherry Grove. Contact precinct captain Cleo Steele at 907-3090 or cleosteele@sc.rr.com.

Myrtle Beach precincts | Coastal Lane 1 and 2; Dunes 1, 2 and 3; Jet Port 1 and 2; Myrtlewood 1, 2 and 3; Ocean Forest 1, 2 and 3; and Sea Oats 1 and 2 meet at First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach Grissom campus, 3810 Robert Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach. Contact precinct captain Johnnie Bellamy at 504-4970 or bellamyjm94@aol.com.

South Strand precincts | Burgess 1, 2 and 3 ; Garden City 1, 2, 3 and 4; Marlowe 1 and 2; and Port Harrelson meet at Burgess Community Center, 1299 S.C. 707. Contact precinct captain Chuck Ottwell at 651-8030 or cao@sccoast.net.

More | Enterprise; Lake Park; Sea Winds; and Socastee 1, 2, 3 and 4 meet at the Renaissance Bistro, 607 Chartwell Court, behind BBT on S.C. 544, Socastee.

More | Deerfield; Glenn’s Bay; and Surfside Beach 1, 2, 3 and 4 meet in the Chamber Room at the Surfside Beach Town Hall, 115 U.S. 17 N., Surfside Beach

Horry County’s 2011 Republican Convention will feature guest speaker Sen. Rick Santorum, a 2012 presidential candidate.

The convention will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday April 2 at Horry-Georgetown Technical College on U.S. 501, Conway.

For more information, contact Johnnie Bellamy at 504-4970 or bellamyjm94@aol.com.

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