Author: Paul Gable

Horry County and Dubai

Remember when, then, Horry County Council Chairman Liz
Gilland used a portion of her county expense allowance to travel to Dubai, in March 2009?

According to Gilland, at the time, she spent $2,000
of public funds to join a S.C. Department of Commerce economic development trip to make sure Horry County got consideration in future investment by that small Arab state. Her justification was “If I don’t play, we strike out.” Gilland played but Horry County, to this date, has not even gotten up to bat.

The following is a blog post provided to Grand
Strand Daily from a U.S. citizen recently traveling in Dubai, who requested to remain anonymous. It appears Horry County was fortunate to never get into the game.

SCGOP to host 7th District Debate

Republican candidates for the new S.C. 7th Congressional District will have an early chance to attract voters when the SCGOP presents a candidates debate Sunday January 15, 2012 at 7 p.m. The location of the debate is still to be decided,

The 7th District debate will be part of the SCGOP Experience Weekend & Presidential Debate January 14-16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach. The First in the South Presidential Debate will be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Monday January 16, 2012 at 8 p.m.

SCGOP Website Confuses Public

Several calls to this reporter questioned the SCGOP website
regarding purchasing tickets to the Presidential Primary Debate weekend coming
January 14-16, 2012.

After choosing the purchase of one
(1) $500 package, which includes access to all events plus two (2) tickets to
the debate and two nights stay at a local hotel, and clicking through to the
payment page, information for one (1) attendee is asked for after the payment
information.

Callers questioned whether this
meant only one attendee would be admitted to the debate.

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Where is the Money?

A potential missing $60,000 in funds paid to plaintiffs attorneys is just the latest of the strange twists and turns of the Southern Holdings
case.

Attorneys John Rakowsky and Adrian Falgione, who represented the plaintiffs in the Southern Holdings case, have been in a three-year fight to not provide the plaintiffs with an accounting of how money provided for litigation of the case was spent.

After the Southern Holdings case was “settled” in court in May 2007, the plaintiffs tried to get a full accounting of the money they had provided to their attorneys Rakowsky and Falgione.

Lois Eargle, Political Pioneer

A pioneer for women in public service in Horry County, auditor Lois Eargle hopes her legacy will be that she made things easier for women to be elected to public office.

“I started at a time when it was not normal for women to be involved in public positions and I had some hurdles to clear along the way,” said Eargle.

Her first foray into the public arena came as president of the first Citizen’s Congress, appointed by the governor to recommend reform of the South Carolina judicial system.

“The system had not been changed since the current state constitution was adopted in 1895,” Eargle said. “As a result, every county operated its court system differently. The same crime could be charged in different ways, depending upon what county you were charged
in.”

Dr. Muriel O’Tuel – Author

A career in education was only preparation for motivating people throughout the
nation after Dr. Muriel O’Tuel retired from the classroom.

O’Tuel earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Andrews Presbyterian
College in Laurinburg, N.C., her Master’s in Counseling from the University of
Alabama and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Psychology from the University
of South Carolina.

She has taught at all levels of education from elementary school through
university. In addition, O’Tuel was director of guidance in Columbia, S.C.
schools, director of psychological services and staff development in
Summerville, S.C. and assistant to the superintendent of Horry County schools.

Whispering Pines Golf Course

Originally the golf course on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base,
Whispering Pines Golf Course was transferred to the City of Myrtle Beach when
the base closed in 1993.

“We are not your typical municipal course,” said General Manager and Head Pro
Alan Chasteen. “We have upgraded the layout over the last 10 years and we are
very service oriented.”

Starting as a nine-hole layout, a second nine was added less than a decade before
the Air Force departed. The character of the course today owes much to the
expansion.

Lucky Dog Television Productions and Politics

Even as a young boy, Donald Smith, owner of Lucky Dog Television Productions, had an entrepreneurial spirit.

“I was always looking for ways to make money,” said Smith.

Growing up in a rural town in South Carolina, Smith’s early endeavors concentrated on farming. By the time he was a senior in high school, he had prepared himself to open his own business.

“I spent several years working part-time in the farm supply business,” said Smith. “I decided to open my own business when I graduated.”

Smith said telling his father that he did not want to go to college was one of the toughest moments of his life.

Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Expanding

Currently located in a temporary location at the Long Bay Golf Club, the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy will expand operations when it relocates to a new location, currently under construction at The Barefoot Golf Resort early next year.

The new location, a 10,000 sq. ft. facility, will serve players at any level of the game, but will reach out to the better players in high school, college, low handicap amateurs and professionals, according to Norman.

With other business interests already established in the Myrtle Beach area, such as the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort, the Reserve Club on Pawley’s Island and Greg Norman’s Australian Grille at Barefoot Landing, Norman said Myrtle Beach was a natural location for the East Coast Headquarters.

“Myrtle Beach is a great place and I have had a lot of association with the area over the last 10 years,” said Norman. “It’s a great place for me and I have some good friends here and some good people here. Barefoot is the perfect location. We are kicking this off at the right place.”