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Murrells Inlet
The local newspaper for Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach
Council seeks to
restore employee pay
By Jackie Broach
Georgetown County PIO
When Georgetown County’s proposed 2014
budget went before County Council for second reading consideration on May 28, it included a 5 percent pay increase for all employees.
The budget still has to undergo a public
hearing on June 11 and third reading on June
25 before it is finalized. If given final approval, the move would not only restore the 3
percent employees lost in 2009 — an act that
allowed the county to avoid layoffs during a
difficult financial period — it would also begin the process of bringing salaries back in
line with where they would have been before
the cuts and a freeze in yearly cost of living
raises that went in place the same year.
A 14.52 percent increase would be required
to bring salaries up to the level they would be
at had salaries not been cut and the freeze not
put in place.
Like other residents throughout the county,
county employees have experienced rising
costs for food, fuel and other items, but their
salaries have not increased to help them absorb those changes in costs, said County Administrator Sel Hemingway.
Council gave the directive to move forward
with a draft budget that includes the 5 percent increase during a budget workshop on
May 23. That was one of several options
presented, and means a millage increase will
also be part of the proposed budget for the
first time in seven years.
The decision was not one council members
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‘Fore I Forget book is a celebration of life
By Tim Callahan
Irma Bellamy Hucks Dessertine’s niece called
her to say she had read her book.
“I laughed a bit,” the niece said. “I cried…and
then I got hungry. Can I come over tomorrow?”
“That about sums up our family,” Irma said,
laughing with her daughter, Myra.
Irma’s book she wrote is ‘Fore I Forget, and the
88-year-old calls it “a celebration of life.” It is
also a means to “tell it for the ones who didn’t
hear the stories.”
The family sitting around the table or on the
porch and telling stories has given way to television, computers and smart phones, Irma said.
Her book is one way to preserve the stories and
another way for the younger generation to learn
them. She says several of the teenagers in the
family are actually reading the book.
“One read it in one sitting,” Irma said. “That
pleased me.”
She sold out her first printing of 200 and had to
have another 100 printed up, she said. She used a
(Irma Bellamy Hucks Dessertine)
printing firm in Florida that she feels did a good
job. (The cover is beautiful, a picture of the cross
at Belin on top and the marsh on the bottom.)
It is a story of growing up in Conway, Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, farming, tobacco
warehouses, working, faith, marriage, the Great
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(The crossing of the government pier and Sing’s Place dock)
MI History Project: before the Marshwalk
By Steve Strickland
Murrells Inlet History Project
Before there was a Marshwalk and the string of
marinas and docks that line the center of Murrells
Inlet, only a couple places had access to the main
channel in this section of the inlet. The channels that come into Divine Fish House, Drunken
Jacks, and Crazy Sister Marina were all part of
the tidal marsh that flooded at high tide and went
dry at low tide. Access to the creek in the 1930’s
was limited to the points where the main channel and Parsonage Creek (that comes in behind
Belin Church) had long docks that extended out
to the open water. Sing’s Place (owned by Alex
Sing Sr.) had a long dock that stretched from the
hill just south of Dead Dog Saloon to the south
into Parsonage Creek, just in front of where the
New Inlet Princess is docked. Small fishing
boats could be rented here, people could fish off
of the dock, or you could charter a wood boat to
take you offshore (which was the blackfish bottoms about 5 to 15 miles out of Murrells Inlet).
Captain Charlie Strickland ran the “Miss Olive”
from Sing’s Place during the 1930’s, a 25-foot
wood boat with a one cylinder Palmer marine
engine, capable of 4 to 5 knots. He fished the local waters from Myrtle Beach to Pawley’s Island
using wood spool hand lines to catch black sea
bass, grunts, porgies and “Sailors choice.” Several other charter boats ran from here, Albert Jordan’s docks at Jordan’s Landing, or from Luther
Smith’s docks. Capt. William Oliver also had a
small dock just south of Belin Church that he
used to take guests from Oliver’s Lodge fishing.
Herbert Niemeyer’s dock was just north of
Sing’s place (near Divine Fish House) and ran
from the hill out to the main channel. The Niemeyer dock was put into service for the US
Army in 1941 after Pearl Harbor, when they
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Guest column: conspicuous Cardinals
By Linda Clos
Backyard Birds
Murrells Inlet
Wearing bright red makes anyone stand out in
a crowd and cardinals are no exception, which
begs the question: How do cardinals survive predation? Also, fewer than 40 percent of cardinal
nests fledge at least one young cardinal. How do
cardinals prosper at all?
Jason Martin, of NestWatch, explains that the
answer may be that they have a long breeding
season. Cardinals do not migrate and can begin
building nests as early as late February and can
continue nesting into late August or September,
giving them plenty of opportunity to raise one or
two broods of young per year.
Not enduring the stress of migration also contributes to a high survival rate.
The oldest recorded cardinals lived to be at least
15 ½ years old, a long life compared to most
Another helpful trait contributing to their survival is that cardinals are habitat generalists.
That means they can nest in open woodlands,
dry shrubby areas, tangles, suburbs, city backyards and even deserts! They will nest up to 15
feet high in a tree, but when they nest in tangles,
they have better camouflage and therefore more
protection from predators.
When nesting season arrives, Mr. Cardinal
brings nesting material to the Mrs., who does
most of the building, using her big beak to crush
twigs until they are pliable, then bends them
around her body to make a nest cup that fits her.
The nest is usually wedged into a small fork of
branches for support. It will take her three to
nine days to build the nest.
As for Mr. Cardinal’s bright colors, he’s advertising what a fine mate he will make. Brighter
males have higher reproductive success. They
also hold better territories and offer more parental care and protection. The intensity of a cardinal’s redness is related to what he’s been eating.
All of this is very eye catching to a future Mrs.
Cardinal. Because female birds respond to colorful males, the process called “sexual selection”
takes place leading to extraordinarily beautiful
male birds, such as the birds-of-paradise.
Male cardinals flaunt their snazzy red color
most of the year, but you may have seen cardinals missing their head feathers. This can be
caused by a harmless feather parasite, but there
is another reason for their horrible appearance.
Cardinals grow fresh body feathers in late summer and early fall, after breeding season is over
and food is abundant. Some cardinals will molt
their head feathers all at once rendering the birds
bald. Even after his head is covered in feathers
again, a newly molted male cardinal isn’t at his
brightest. Many of his feathers, especially on the
neck and back are tipped with gray during fall
and winter. These tips slowly wear off, revealing
more and more brilliant red. Mr. Cardinal reaches the peak of his brilliant redness right when he
is seeking a mate and wants to look his dandiest.
Timing is everything!
You can help NestWatch (affiliated with Cornell University) learn more about cardinals by
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It’s unfortunate, but true: The elderly population may be the most vulnerable group in our society. In fact, in an effort to call attention to the
problems of physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly, the
United Nations has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness
Day. If you have older parents, or even grandparents, can you do anything
to help prevent them from being victimized, especially with regard to their
Actually, there’s a lot you can do. First and foremost, you need to maintain good communications and a trusting relationship with your older family members. As long as these elements are present, you should feel free to
make the following suggestions:
• Increase awareness — When it comes to financial fraud and scams,
many seniors think: “It can’t happen to me.” But the facts suggest otherwise: Some 20 percent of Americans over the age of 65 admit to having
been victimized by financial swindles, according to a survey by the nonprofit Investor Protection Trust. Let your loved ones know that no one in
their age group is immune to financial predators.
• Guard private information — Ask your parents or grandparents to
not divulge personal information over the phone. In fact, urge them to
get caller ID, if they don’t have it already, and tell them that if they don’t
recognize the number, don’t answer. Legitimate callers are more likely to
leave messages than scammers.
• Don’t send money. Exhort your parents or grandparents to never wire
money to a random account — no exceptions.
• Ignore “limited-time offers” — Your loved ones should ignore callers, mailers or emails that demand they act immediately. These offers are
often overblown at best and may be fraudulent at worst.
• Don’t trust “no risk” offers — Financial offers that sound too good to
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• Avoid “debt-settlement” claims — If your older loved ones have debt
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You’re in a good position to know how much, or how little, help your
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(A group of Carolina WWII veterans gather at the WWII Memorial in D.C.)
Time is of the essence for Honor
Flight and WWII veterans
With the median age of living WWII veterans now at 92, there is growing
concern about the future of the national program known as Honor Flight.
“’Time is of the essence.’ That’s our slogan,” said Walter Kollet, chairman of Honor Flight Myrtle Beach. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization with “hubs” located throughout the U.S. Their mission is to provide
no cost trips to Washington, D.C. for WWII veterans. While in D.C., the
veterans are escorted to the WWII Memorial located on the National Mall,
often referred to as the “jewel” of the mall.
Honor Flight Myrtle Beach is one of four hubs still flying in South Carolina.
“We’ve organized five flights since 2010,” said Kollet. “August 28 will
be our sixth flight and we continue our mission to locate WWII veterans.
It’s a privilege to escort these men and women to their WWII Memorial.
We’ve taken 464 veterans so far.”
The Myrtle Beach departure will be a day trip on a chartered plane capable of carrying up to 90 WWII veterans, plus a medical team for the
veterans’ safety. In addition, many “guardians” accompany the veterans
on the flight.
“Guardian sponsors are crucial to the program,” said Kollet. “They make
a donation of time to fly with the veterans and look after their needs. We
travel with plenty of wheelchairs so veterans can get around D.C. with
A full day is planned for August 28. The Honor Flight will leave Myrtle
Beach International Airport shortly after sunrise and will return just before
sundown. Previous flights have returned to the airport with hundreds of
Grand Stranders waiting with cheers of appreciation for the veterans.
Bert Cassels founded the Myrtle Beach chapter of Honor Flight in early
Both Kollet and Cassels are veterans and understand the importance of
this trip. “These senior veterans deserve this trip. We need to find them.
Please help us locate them,” said Kollet. He went on to say how difficult it
has become to locate WWII veterans who are both willing and physically
able. Although each Honor Flight has support systems in place, many veterans dismiss the opportunity due to failing health.
The total cost of each Honor Flight is $60,000 and is paid for entirely by
donations and fundraising events. Honor Flight Myrtle Beach is a 501(c)3
non-profit organization.
The day trip will include a two-hour visit to the WWII Memorial on the
National Mall, along with visits to the Korean, Vietnam and Iwo Jima
Memorials. The day will conclude at Arlington National Cemetery for the
“changing of the guard.”
Honor Flight organizers can be reached at (843) 957-8212, or visit www. for information, flight applications or to
make a secure on-line donation.
Driver license checkpoints
The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting driver’s license checkpoints in Georgetown County throughout the month of June.
The sheriff’s office plans to have enough deputies at these checkpoints to
minimize the inconvenience of motorists traveling the roads of Georgetown County.
Eliminate golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow with dry needling
By Dr. Richard DeFalco, DPT, OCS, CSCS,
As orthopedic physical therapists we treat musculoskeletal disorders of all sorts. Living in a
premier golf resort area like Myrtle Beach can
lead to a higher percentage of a couple disorders
in particular. Two of the more common disorders
we treat are “golfers elbow” (medial epicondylalgia/tendinosis) and “tennis elbow” (lateral epicondylalgia/tendinosis). Epicondylalgia is synonymous with tendinosis, which in its simplest
description is defined as tissue breakdown of the
Collectively we will term both of these conditions elbow epicondylalgia, regardless of which
side of the elbow the pain is on. One of the hallmark findings with these conditions is chronic
degeneration of the musculotendinous junction
(the attachment of the muscle to the bone). Tendons attach muscle to bone and are inherently
hypovascular, meaning they do not get as good a
blood supply as other parts of the body. As such,
when they are injured, they take a long time to
heal, or do not heal at all.
Symptoms of elbow tendinosis include tenderness to touch, increased pain with strenuous activities, and pain with gripping objects. Patients
are normally between the ages of 35-50 and are
usually participating in regular higher level activity that has a repetitive movement. Activities can
include regular participation in sport or repeated
movements done regularly at work.
Let me be clear in saying that you do not need
to be a golfer or a tennis player to have either
of these conditions. In fact, athletes, laborers,
clerical staff, and anyone who performs repeated
movements with the arms and hands can have either of these conditions.
Lateral epicondylalgia/tendinosis is associated
with pain along the outside aspect of the elbow
and is commonly seen in tennis players as a result of an inability to control backhand forces of
the dominant arm. It is also seen in golfers in the
leading elbow during the golf swing.
Medial epicondylalgia/tendinosis is associated
with pain along the inside or medial aspect of the
elbow. It occurs as a result of a sudden increase
in stress or repetitive movements that strain the
musculotendinous junction, subsequently leading to micro tears and degeneration.
Some of the more conventional treatment options include rest, ice, stretching, corrective exercise, ultrasound, and manual therapy. Patients
commonly will report wearing a brace just below
the elbow when performing activity. The problem with bracing is that the tissue is never fully
recovered; bracing just moves the point of pull
away from the irritated area. The problem never
gets fixed! What we have found to be the most
effective treatment for this condition in our office
is the implementation of dry needling. Not only
are we experiencing better results, but also faster
When an injury is sustained, our tissues go
through a healing process that starts with inflammation/swelling and ends with reconstruction of
the injured tissue. It is during this healing process, where inflammation, contracture of tissues,
formation of adhesions between neighboring tissues, and scar formation become the causes of
chronic soft tissue dysfunction. These changes
result in blockage of fluid into and out of an area,
as well as a decrease in blood circulation. The tissues that we are speaking of include muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae, capsules, fascia, nerves,
blood and lymphatic vessels. Injured tissues
eventually become weakened and deformed due
to a lack of nutrition, resulting in increased pain,
disuse, and altered movement patterns. These
symptoms eventually become chronic, meaning
they last longer than six months. They become
painful most of the time, but more so with activities.
Dry needling is a process by which fine gauge
solid filament needles are inserted into the symptomatic dysfunctional areas to create tiny lesions (micro trauma) in the underlying soft tissue. These lesions stimulate the body’s natural
response of healing by way of secretion of molecular proteins to the affected areas and stimulation of the central nervous system to create an
anti-inflammatory reaction. In other words, the
micro trauma that is caused to the tissue creates
an environment that allows the tissue to remodel
and repair itself. Because the needles are of an
extremely fine gauge, the procedure has minimal
to no pain associated with it.
We are very excited about the success thus far
that patients are experiencing with dry needling.
It is yet another method by which we can treat
patients who may have otherwise had limited options to address their soft tissue injury and pain in
the past and have just had to “learn to live with
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Community Briefs and Events Calendar
Flounder fishing tournament
Community Briefs and Events Calendar
Justin has been accepted to study percussion
The Murrells Inlet Rotary “Flounder Fishing at the University of North Texas, where he will
Tournament & Flounder Flop” at Crazy Sister pursue degrees in music performance and educaMarina is coming up. Captain’s Meeting, June tion.
13. Fishing Days, June 14 - 15, 6 a.m. Lines in
the water awards ceremony, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Two musical evenings
Call Eric Gray at 843-222-0596 for more inforTwo musical evenings are in store this month
at the Church of the Resurrection in Surfside
Prizes for top three winning teams, hole-in-one
contests, longest putt and longest drive. FabuOn June 9 at 5 p.m., join “A Brassy Affair,”
lous give-aways.
with organist Karen Kearney, trumpet player
James Canty and friends.
This is a benefit concert for Canty who needs to
Matthews gives senior recital
another eye surgery in order to save his
A senior recital in percussion given by Justin
Matthews was held at St. James High School eyesight. A reception follows. There is no charge
but donations are accepted.
Auditorium on May 30.
Justin began studying piano at the age of 7, and Then, on June 15 at 6:30 p.m., Kaitlyn Bajek,
a student of Kathleen Nungesser and Karen Keat 9 began percussion.
He loves sharing his passion for music with arney, will play organ and piano. The concert is
others and has been providing Steel Pan enter- free. A reception follows.
tainment along the Grand Strand for the past Church of the Resurrection is located at 8901
five years, playing for weddings on the beach, Hwy. 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach.
and entertaining at local restaurants and hotels.
Justin has earned many state and national hon- ‘North of the Border’ and memoir
ors. He has been a member of the South Carolina T. Allen Winn has released two new books.
All-State Bands for the past five years. National “North of the Border” is the second book in the
honors include: American High School Hon- Detective Trudy Wagner series, set along the
ors Performances at Carnegie Hall in 2010 and Grand Strand and surrounding counties. (“Road
2012; Honor Bands of America in 2013; and last Rage” was the first book.) The other new book
year he was in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day is entitled “The Care Giver’s Son, Outside the
Parade as part of the Macy’s Great American Window Looking In,” and is a memoir.
Marching Band.
“North of the Border” – Before the road rage
serial killer surfaced, something more sinister already skimmed, undetected, below the surface,
feeding on the plentiful prey. A chance discovery
breaks a case wide open and exposes a feeding
frenzy that once again stuns the tourist destination. Detective Trudy Wagner struggles with new
demons and will face more challenges, tougher
“The ticket price for anonymity is not a day at
the beach and the Pavilion doesn’t have the only
roller coaster in town,” Winn said. “Welcome to
the Grand Strand, hope you survive your stay.”
If you enjoyed “Road Rage,” then this will be
another page turner with, basically, the same cast
of characters attempting to solve another crime
spree in the beach community.
“The Caregiver’s Son, Outside the Window
Looking In” – Winn wrote much of the caregiver
story back in 2006. It was his way of dealing
with the deaths of both his parents, three months
apart, followed by the death of his grandmother,
all within an eleven month stretch (2004-2005).
He is an only child and his entire blood line was
wiped out in less than a year.
His mom was the primary caregiver for his
dad (bedridden and suffering from Alzheimer’s
and Parkinson’s) and her mother, his 93-yearold grandmother. She insisted on keeping both
of them at home. He didn’t deal well with the
role of the caregiver, nor embrace his supporting role, failing to fully understand the stress endured by the caregiver. Eventually his mom was
diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, launching his
wife and him into the role of primary caregivers
for all three.
His story was originally written by him and for
him, a way of dealing with his losses and fending off depression. Nobody had read it until recently when something prompted him to publish
it and possibly help others who have suffered
the guilt associated with caregiving – or lack of.
“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but in the end I believe you will understand. Sometimes you have
to do things wrong to get it right,” Winn said.
Books are available online where books are
sold, or at [email protected], or as T. Allen Winn on Facebook for information on signed
July 4th boat parade
June 2013/Murrells Inlet Messenger/7
The public is advised that any Georgetown
County employee performing job duties on private property will show an employee identification card if asked. The card is normally displayed
on clothing when employees are in the field. Additionally, employees assigned to inspections,
assessments and other duties in the field will
normally be driving county-owned vehicles with
the county’s seal on the sides and governmentissued license plates. These vehicles are usually
white and will most likely be one of two models:
Jeep Liberty or Ford Escape.
If you have questions, contact Georgetown
County Human Resources, 545-3074.
Don’t miss this annual Inlet patriotic tradition!
The 30th Annual July 4th Boat Parade kicks off
at 5 p.m. from Garden City Point. The parade
theme is “Palmetto Pride - Inlet Tide.” The parade will head over to the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and then follow the Murrells Inlet shoreline
down to the Hot Fish Club.
Best public viewing points are the Marshwalk,
Belin Methodist Church, Nance’s Restaurant,
Captain Poo’s Restaurant and the Hot Fish Club.
To register to be in the boat parade, go to Booty’s Outdoors, Garden City Realty, or Captain
Dick’s from June 15-July 3. You can register on
July 4 with the committee boat, which will be in
Celebration of the Arts Cruise
the water at the Garden City Point at 8 a.m.
The Belin United Methodist Boy Scout Troop “A Celebration of the Arts Cruise” is planned
Hurricane preparation meeting
396 will be selling the annual Boat Parade T- for the Reel Ladies Dinner & Movie Group,
The 7th annual public meeting for hurricane shirts at Booty’s Outdoors and Garden City Re- Myrtle Beach neighbors, family and friends in
preparation will be held Wed., July 17 at 7:30 alty in Murrells Inlet. Call 652-4236 for more January, 2014.
p.m. in the Duffy Center at St. Michael Catho- details.
Special cultural excursions are arranged as well
lic Church, located at 542 Cypress Ave., Garden
as private movie showings on board Holland
City Beach.
America’s New Amsterdam. Cruise details can
Ed Piotrowski, Chief Meteorologist at WPDE- Be aware of fake employees
be obtained from The Travel Lady, 843-651Georgetown
reTV 15, Sam Hodge, Georgetown County Emer6936 or [email protected].
ceived a report of a white male identifying him- The Reel Ladies Dinner and Movie Group of
gency Management, and Randy Webster, Horry
self as a county employee after being spotted in SC has been meeting over the past three years
County Emergency Management, will share upfront of an area home shortly after the homeown- once a month enjoying dinner and a movie at
dates and review the change made to evacuation
ers left the house. Several homes in that neigh- Market Common while donating pet food, chilby zones.
borhood had recently been broken into.
dren’s books, used towels, sheets and clothing to
Plan to arrive early for seating as this meetThe man said he was performing an inspection several local charities.
ing is well attended. Please call 651-2663 with for the county. However, when asked to show
For more information about the Reel Ladies of
identification, he refused, claiming he wasn’t reSC, contact [email protected].
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Devotional can change your marriage
By Tim Callahan
My wife, Debbie, and I agree with 88-year-old
Irma Bellamy Hucks Dessertine that a biblical
devotional can bring – and keep – a family together.
It has ours.
The idea of doing a devotional during supper
came from good friends of ours. Whenever we
got together with this couple they always talked
about how doing a devotional changed and improved their marriage. Basically, they wouldn’t
shut up about it. So, after hearing about a devotional for three years, and seeing how their marriage improved, we tried it.
They were right. It changed and improved our
For starters, we asked God to be with us. We
said a prayer, asking God to bless our food and
speak to us through the devotional.
Then we took turns reading the devotional. After that, we would take turns talking about the
reading, which could be on finances, love, intimacy, work, the household….
Don’t ask me why, but by bringing up touchy
subjects from a book over a dinner table – and
not in the heat of the moment of an argument
– it made it ten times easier to talk about the
subjects. Maybe part of it is because there were
ground rules, like taking turns and letting the
other one finish what they are saying. Another
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part is we did ask God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Partners, on Sat., June 22, at 1 p.m.
Spirit to work through the devotional, didn’t we? Prizes will be awarded for the top three winning
Whatever the reason, a devotional works for us. teams, hole-in-ones, longest putt, longest drive
My suggestion would be you not wait three years and more. Registration is $110 per person, or
$400 per foursome. Fee includes green fees, golf
to give it a try.
cart, on-course beverages and snacks, goodie bag
It worked for Irma, our friends, and us.
and after-golf party. Contact Murrells Inlet 2020
Maybe it will work for you.
at 843-357-2007 for more information.
Monthly free food distribution
The New Beginnings monthly food distribution
is held the third Saturday of the month from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 8901
Hwy. 17 Bypass, Surfside. The next one is June
Social Services assistance is available, there is a
play area for children, and a free lunch is served.
Hablamos Espanol.
Information is available at 215-4500 or visit
Jersey girls luncheon
Jersey Girls in SC concluded their fourth luncheon season June 4 with over 60 Jersey Girls in
attendance. They will resume on September 10 at
Pine Lakes Country Club. The Jersey Girls have
contributed to various charities over the past year
and will continue their “share your resources”
program in the fall. Trips, tours and special events
are being planned for the upcoming year.
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Hero has integrity to accept suffering as a pathway to healing
By Joe Scanlon
I had such a good time writing last month’s article about the young fellow who was a closet
genius I thought I’d see if I could get lightning to
strike in the same place twice. But first let me reiterate that I would never disclose anything that
could identify a former patient, or release an article without the patient reading it first and giving me their permission. That being said, here
There are all types of addictions – drugs, alcohol, nicotine, sex, gambling – to name a few.
Some people become addicted simply because
they like the way it feels a whole lot more than
the next guy. There are others whose addictions
are more complicated. The more complicated
addictions are called “dual diagnosis.” This
means that the person has a serious psychological or emotional problem, in addition to their
addiction. Dual addiction is usually a combination of the person liking the effects of their drugs
or gambling a whole lot more than the average
person and also using these things as self-prescribed medicine to make them feel better when
their other emotional or psychological problems
bother them. People in this category have a difficult time staying sober because when the dual
diagnosis addicts get sober their overall condition can get worse because there is nothing to
mask their lifelong emotional suffering.
This is often misunderstood by friends, family
and professionals. The dual diagnosis addict is
seen as less committed or less spiritual than the
addict who is dealing with addiction alone. Often
dual addiction is the result of severe childhood
or war time trauma which leaves the victim emotionally scarred, not understanding the source of
their emotional suffering and feeling inferior to
their fellows who improve dramatically simply
by abstaining from their addiction using the help
of professionals and community support groups.
The dual diagnosis addict, abstaining from their
self-prescribed drug or behavior, loses the tool
they used to cover up the symptoms of their
trauma and, rather than improving when they get
sober, they actually get worse. This is the cause
of many – if not most – relapses.
So imagine a fellow who decides to sober up
from a combination of behavioral and chemical
addictions. He has been addicted for most of his
life and is in early middle age when he decides
to stop. For the first couple of years he has limited success because many of the professionals
and self-help program people he seeks out for
help remind him of his abusive father. This is not
because they are abusive but because his father
was so cruel and derogatory that it permanently
affected this man’s ability to relate to any type
of authority figure in a positive way. Part of his
recovery is the commitment he develops to God
and Christianity. This helps him trust people and
recovery programs and gives him a strong moti-
vation to stop his addictive behavior. His commitment and faith enable him to recover from his
addictions and he remains abstinent for a substantial number of years. Unfortunately, as can
be the case, when he stopped self-medicating
he was beset with overwhelming feelings of despair and self-loathing that were the psychological burdens he carried as a result of the abuse he
suffered as a child. His attendance at self help
meetings is disciplined and regular but, often,
rather than feeling inspired he feels woefully inadequate because even the people who attend the
meetings and relapse frequently seem to be doing better, psychologically, than he is. His feelings of failure become so intense sometimes it is
only his Christian faith that stands in the way of
him ending his own life. At his lowest point, he
discussed this situation with someone who had
an objective perspective and became aware of
some thoughts that hadn’t occurred to him.
First, many of the people in recovery that were
sober and feeling good did not suffer from the
additional burden of trauma that he did, so sobriety was much less complicated for them. Second, he had never considered that the individuals
that were doing better despite frequent relapses
were doing better at the expense of their families and employers and society who inevitably
suffered the burdens of their relapses. The third
and most important thing he hadn’t considered
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Council seeks to restore employee pay...continued from page one
made lightly, but based on a number of factors,
including an ongoing campaign by taxpayers to
get salaries raised for emergency services workers, council deemed this option to be the best
“Several years ago, we asked employees to step
up and share the burden” of a budget shortfall during the worst part of the recession, said Council
Member Austin Beard. “They were willing to go
arm in arm with us, and I think it’s inherent upon
us to do our best for them; to restore and strengthen the faith they had in us then.”
The millage increase would amount to a total of
$7.20 on a home valued at $100,000 in the Midway Fire District, if that home is listed as a primary residence, and $11.60 on that same home in
all other areas of the county. The difference in cost
is due to differences in the county’s two fire districts. While Midway covers a smaller, urban area,
Georgetown County Fire/EMS has an expansive
and more rural area to cover, and a relatively low
tax base.
The proposed budget council will review calls for
an increase of .6 mills in the general fund, .4 mills
in the law enforcement fund, 1.9 mills for County
Fire/EMS and .8 mills for Midway Fire Rescue.
Recommending a millage increase was a last resort after scrutinizing the budget carefully to look
for areas where cost savings could be achieved.
However, the county’s leadership was working
with an already lean budget. County leaders cut
all they could back in 2009 and have continued to
work costs down and look for new areas of sav-
ing in every budget since. Still, council members
asked staff to take a final swipe at cuts before second reading.
Though most of the public outcry over salaries
has been directed toward emergency services personnel, council members agree salaries need to be
addressed across the board and not for one specific
group or region.
“We need to look at all of our employees, even
though we don’t hear from them,” said Council
Member Lillie Jean Johnson. She used public services employees as an example and asked folks to
consider the importance of the jobs they do. “They
need the same kind of consideration,” she said.
Jerry Oakley, council vice-chairman, agreed.
He noted he has heard “overwhelming” support
for salary increases for Midway Fire and Rescue
employees and that many residents in that district
have asked for a tax increase if it means giving
Midway staff higher salaries.
“I’ve never seen a higher level of support for anything,” he said.
However, he said, it’s not right to give a higher
salary to someone doing a job in one area of the
county without giving one to someone in another
part of the county doing the same job. He sees
an across the board increase as the best shortterm solution for addressing the call for higher
pay for emergency services personnel and helping employees who have important job functions
but lack the public support of emergency services
workers. The county will also conduct an internal
wage study, looking at every department and posi-
‘Fore I Forget...continued from page one
tion, and comparing the wages its employees earn
to those in competing jurisdictions to determine
what further action needs to be taken to address
employee pay. “When we look at the bottom of it
all, it comes back to the same thing,” said Council
Chairman Johnny Morant. “I think we all realize
we have great employees; very dedicated employees. That’s something Georgetown County has always been proud of.”
He added that he hopes the public will see the
need to address the pay issue and be receptive to
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Depression, the war to end all wars, population
growth, the loss of a husband (Francis Hucks in
1972) and two sons (Buddy and Henry), a second marriage, the loss of a second husband (Lou
Dessertine in 1988)…and much more.
Besides communication going from face to face
to Facebook, Irma said the greatest change she
has noticed in her 88 years is in transportation.
Walking, horses and dirt country roads are things
of the past as pavement and cars have taken over
the country.
“I remember when there was nothing in Litchfield,” she said. “Nothing.”
As always there were the haves and the have
not’s when she was growing up Irma said, “but
everybody helped everybody. We shared everything, even clothes.”
“It was family oriented,” Myra said.
Another thing Irma said that was different from
today is “drinking wasn’t accepted like it is now.”
She was born in 1924, the daughter of Frances
“Pansy” Bellamy and Willie Joe Bellamy. Her
dad was “illiterate but not ignorant,” she said.
“Momma and me would read the newspaper and
the Bible to him.”
She married Francis Hucks in 1944 and had
four children.
Her sister, Pearl, and Pearl’s husband, Eford
Lee, managed Lokey’s restaurant, then bought
the Inlet Kitchen in 1948.
Myra said Irma worked as a companion to elderly women for about 20 years. Irma said she
found her calling of taking care of elderly people
in taking care of Lou before his death.
Irma is thankful and counts her blessings, a conscious choice she made long ago.
“I knew that if I looked for the good in a situation, I could usually find some there,” she wrote.
“We have choices over most of our thoughts, so
I needed to be thankful, rejoicing in the good
things I have been blessed with. There has always been a good supportive family and friends
to help when I needed it, plus a loving Savior.”
A big part of what kept the Hucks together,
Myra wrote, was prayer: “We would gather in
the living room at night, have a short devotional,
then each one pray out loud. As we prayed for
each other and for the forgiveness of our sins,
we would find love and forgiveness in our hearts
for each other.”
She married a second time 10 years after her
first husband died. “Luçien ‘Lou’ Dessertine was
a good person,” she said.
But, Irma was far from perfect. She is happy
with most of the decisions she made, she wrote,
but “sometimes I was hard headed and sometimes
just plain ‘being Irma’ was not good! Whatever
wrong decisions I made, Jesus did help me work
through them. I still believe ‘all things work to
the good of them that love the Lord.’”
Three years ago, Irma and Myra moved to Crescent City, Fla., which they both love, but they
come to Garden City Beach for weeks at a time
to see family.
And, Myra said, “our family has stayed close
– even with technology. We go to Kelly’s (Dorman) and sit on the porch and talk.”
Pointing at her mom, Myra said, “She’s our matriarch.”
Not wanting to spoil it, the stories Irma tells
about family, faith and this area are best read in
her book. Books are available for sale at Lee’s
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Hero...continued from page nine
Inlet Apothecary, the Hammock Shop, the Con- was the value of his sacrifice to his family and
way Chamber of Commerce and Indigo Farms, community that were the products of his integrity. His damaged self-esteem has overlooked the
or you can email Irma at [email protected]
fact that remaining abstinent from his addictive
behaviors even though this meant a return of his
Marshwalk...continued from page one emotional pain was the caliber of self-sacrifice
that only the most devout Christians have the
started bringing military boats into the inlet to
ability to achieve.
support the Army Air Force training mission in
I’m old fashioned and pretty unsophisticated so
Myrtle Beach. The Army built a house out over
I am a sucker for a happy ending. The problem
the marsh near the end of his dock in 1941 while
with happy endings is they come at the end of the
the first Government Pier was under construcstory and not in the middle. If you read the New
tion. The new pier that was built to support the
Testament and stopped before the resurrection it
P-32 crash boats and supply ships started at the
would change the whole meaning of the story.
FFA lodge (originally constructed as a hotel by
Well, let me correct that; if you stopped readClarke A. Willcox Sr. around 1910 about where
ing before the resurrection you would miss the
the driveway to Wicked Tuna is now) and went
happy ending for mankind but you would still
out due east across the marsh to the main creek
get the point that Christ was a man of perfect
in the same alignment as the current Veterans
integrity, unquestionable courage, and the highPier, crossing Sing’s dock about halfway out into
est possible moral values. If you stop reading at
the marsh. The new pier had two wood houses
Golgotha, the New Testament has a very sad and
on pilings used as a radio room and an oil storage
unfair ending. If you get to the end and Christ’s
room near the middle of the east leg (close to the
ascension, it has the happiest ending of all time.
current end of the Veterans Pier).
I do like a happy ending. In some situations
During the height of World War II, 10 to 20
the wait for the happy ending can be long and
ships could be docked along the pier in the main
arduous. If you aren’t at the ending and things
channel, supporting the air training missions and
aren’t happy the next best thing is a hero you
bringing in supplies. Private fishing vessels were
can admire and identify with. If I had a choice
not allowed out in the Atlantic Ocean during the
between a degenerate pseudo happy ending that
war, but the local captains who had been drafted
I achieved at the expense of causing others to
into the service as warrant officers to pilot the
suffer and being the hero who had the integrity
crash boats still caught plenty of sea bass during
the time they spent offshore watching and wait- to accept the suffering and know my happy ending for airplane crashes during training missions. ing was coming in God’s time and not in mine,
After World War II, the government pier was I hope I could have the integrity the man I am
given to the FFA, and the fishing action around writing about possesses.
the pier was excellent due to the trout, sheeps- I think a person deserves to get credit for doing
head, and other species that thrived on the bait- a good job.
fish that congregated and the cover that the pil- (Joe Scanlon is the director of the Counseling
ings provided. During this time, the property Center of Georgetown)
owners along the creek (Herbert Niemeyer and
Alex Sing Sr.) began to cut channels into the
marsh back to the high ground, creating the
three channels that connect Divine Fish House
(previously Anchor Inn), Drunken Jack’s (previously Sam Barwick’s tackle shop and then
Thunderbird Marina) and the parking lot south
of Dead Dog (previously Capt. Alex’s Marina).
Niemeyer started the dredging and Alex Sing Sr.
completed the circle back to the main channel.
Over the past seventy years (1940’s to 2013),
bulkheads and dredging shaped the area we now
enjoy as the Marshwalk. Dredging back in the
1940’s and 1950’s was accomplished using a
crane with a dragline and barges. The excavated
marsh was placed adjacent to the new channel to
create Goat Island, between the Marshwalk and
the main channel, and the spoils from the marina basin at Capt. Alex’s was placed south of the
government pier, using boards braced by the pier
pilings to create a holding area. The entire property at Capt. Dicks (now Wicked Tuna and Crazy
Sisters Marina) was filled by excavating the boat
basins on the north and east of the property and
putting the spoils behind wood bulkheads, and
then putting good fill dirt on top.
The wholesale creation of new high ground
came to an end in the 1970’s, leaving a legacy of
change that shaped Murrells Inlet today.
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be 11-13 years of age to attend. Education Center, Georgetown Memorial Hospital Campus, 8
a.m.-3:30 p.m. first day; and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. the
second. Pre-registration and pre-payment of $50
required. Call 520-8490.
Waccamaw Community Hospital, 4th floor, dining room, 3:45 p.m. Information, 652-1415.
Tour of Labor & Delivery, Postpartum Unit and
Nursery, Waccamaw Community Hospital, 6
p.m. Pre-registration required; call 520-8490.
GROUP. Wachesaw Conference Center, 6 p.m.
– 7 p.m. Call 237-8787.
June 24 & 25: SAFESITTER TWO DAY PROGRAMS – MURRELLS INLET. Program prepares young adolescents for the responsibilities
of protecting children through hands-on training. Child must be 11-13 years of age to attend.
Wachesaw Conference Center, Murrells Inlet, 8
a.m.-3:30 p.m. first day; and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. the
second. Pre-registration and pre-payment of $50
required. Call 520-8490 to register.
June 25: PHYSICIAN LECTURE – OVERVIEW OF OSTEOPOROSIS AND FRAGILITY FRACTURES. Mary E. Ross, MD, of Pawleys Pediatrics and Adult Medicine, will be the
featured speaker. Free community lecture, noon,
Wachesaw Conference Center. Lunch provided.
Call 520-7842 to reserve a seat.
Health Point for Health & Fitness, Pawleys Island, noon. Call 685-3378 for information.
MURRELLS INLET. Waccamaw Community
Hospital, 1st floor classroom, 1:30 p.m. Information, 652-1281 or 652-1638.
June 28: RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE - PAWLEYS ISLAND. HealthPoint Center for Health
& Fitness, 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 237-2205
for additional information.
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