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WBTW Living Local Carolina

Carolina Trust has recently partnered with Living Local Carolina, a weekday morning show on WBTW News 13 (CBS affiliate.) Rainee Romero, Living Local Carolina Host/Producer,  gives viewers an insider’s look at local businesses, attractions, and people along the Grand Strand and in the Pee Dee. Each Friday Carolina Trust will bring you a five-minute segment on Living Local called Financial Fridays. During Financial Fridays, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August, will bring you financial tips and information on our products and services. Check out some of our most recent Financial Friday segments below. Click here to view all previous Financial Friday segments on our YouTube Channel.

Check Out Our Most Recent Living Local Carolina Segment

September Financial Friday Community Panel

September Financial Friday Community Panel featuring special guests Chef Jamie, Owner of Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts and Donald Hovis, VP of the Grand Strand Miracle League Board of Directors.

Check Out Previous Living Local Carolina Segments

All About Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union

Join Rainee Romero, Host/Producer of WBTW Living Local Carolina and August Mize, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador as they talk about the History, Involvement, and Services of Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union.

Meet the Carolina Trust Mortgage Team

Join Rainee Romero, Host/Producer of WBTW Living Local Carolina and August Mize, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador as they meet the Mortgage Team at Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and learn about their roles at the Credit Union.

HELOC vs. Home Equity Loans

Join Rainee Romero, Host/Producer of WBTW Living Local Carolina and August Mize, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador as they talk with Carolina Trust Mortgage Loan Officer, Kelly Rowland, about the benefits of a HELOC.

Carolina Trust Mortgage Loan Options

Join Rainee Romero, Host/Producer of WBTW Living Local Carolina and August Mize, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador as they talk with Carolina Trust members about their experience working with Carolina Trust for their mortgage.

Join Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August, As She Shops for Her First Home

Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August Embarks On Her Home Buying Journey With the Help of Carolina Trust AVP of Mortgage Services, Connie Thompson and Michael King, CEO/Founder of King One Properties.

COVID-19 Safety Measures That Have Been Put In Place At All of Our Branches

Join Rainee Romero, Host/Producer of WBTW Living Local Carolina and August Mize, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador as they talk about what Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union is doing to keep employees and members safe during COVID-19.

Carolina Trust Helped One of Our Members Save $80,000 Over the Life of Their Mortgage

Join us to listen to Carolina Trust member, Phil Adikes’, story about his home buying process with Carolina Trust. Mr. Adikes was able to save $80,000 over the life of his loan by selecting Carolina Trust as his mortgage lender.

Behind the Scenes of Carolina Trust's Brand Video "Trustworthy Faces"

Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August Mize and Zero Gravity Producer/Director, Keith Bogart, sat down with Living Local Carolina Host/Producer, Rainee Romero, and gave her behind-the-scenes insight into the creation of the American Business Award-winning brand video, Trustworthy Faces.

Join Carolina Trust in Bully Prevention

Carolina Trust and Ricky Sapp, former NFL Player and founder of The Ricky Sapp Foundation talk about their bully prevention initiative, the “I’m a Buddy, Not a Bully,” project.

All About Auto Loans

Join Rainee Romero, Host/Producer of WBTW Living Local Carolina and August Mize, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador to learn all about Carolina Trust’s Auto Loan Options from Consumer Lending Manager, Jim Weigand.

Head Back-To-School With Carolina Trust

In addition to other involvement with the local schools, Carolina Trust has partnered with WBTW News 13 for their Back-To-School drive which provides school supplies for children in our area through local organizations, Help4Kids and Backpack Buddies.

Carolina Trust Website Tour

Join Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August Mize as she takes Living Local Carolina Host/Producer, Rainee Romero on a tour of Carolina Trust’s new and improved website.

Get Financially and Physically Fit with Carolina Trust

Carolina Trust is on a mission to improve the health in our community, both financially and physically. Join us to learn about how we’re keeping our members financially fit and how we’re staying physically fit with some great warm-up exercises from Ricky Sapp, retired NFL Player and founder of The Ricky Sapp Foundation.

The Ricky Sapp Foundation

Ricky Sapp, retired NFL Player, has made it his life’s mission to help the youth in our community grow into their full potential. Learn all about how he’s using his non-profit organization, The Ricky Sapp Foundation, to give back.

Meet Longtime CTFCU Member Roosevelt Scott, Owner of the Famous Scott’s Bar-B-Que

Roosevelt “Rosie” Scott has been a member of Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union for almost 30 years and owns arguably the most famous BBQ Pit in the Carolinas. Join Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August Mize, and Living Local Show Host, Rainee Romero, as they learn all about Scott’s BBQ and what makes people drive from miles around for a bite of it.

A Touch Of Brazil- Eyelash Extensions

Join us as we sit down with Amber, Owner of A Touch of Brazil, and talk about their services and business membership with Carolina Trust.

All about Johnny D's

Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August Mize, and Living Local Carolina Show Host/Producer, Rainee Romero, sat down with Owner of the famous Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts for a little insight into the restaurant and the philanthropic work that they do for the community.

Cooking with Chef Jamie, Owner of Johnny D's Waffles and Benedicts

Living Local Carolina Show Host/Producer, Rainee Romero and Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador August Mize try out their skills in the kitchen as they make one of Chef Jamie’s signature dishes.

Caring In Our Lifetime

Living Local Carolina, Show Host/Producer Rainee Romero and Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August Mize, sat down with Caring in Our Lifetime Board Member, Susan Branstrom, to learn about how the organization helps members of our community who are battling breast cancer.

All About Credit

Living Local Carolina Show Host/Producer sat down with Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August and AVP/Regional Manager, Andy, to learn all about credit.

Raising Awareness for Down Syndrome

Join us as we sit down with friend of the credit union, Lacey Thompson, who shares her story about raising her two-year-old son with down syndrome.

Carolina Trust Veteran Employees

In honor of Veterans Day, we sat down with Quentin Pickett, Carolina Trust Facilities Specialist, and Chaun Frink, Carolina Trust IT System Administrator, to talk about their time in the service.

Honoring Board Director Emeritus, Lieutenant Colonel James B. Kendrick, USAF/Retired

We got the opportunity to talk with Board Directors Emeritus, James (Jim) Kendrick, Lt./Col. USAF/Retired, about his time in the service as a fighter pilot and his service to the community as a Carolina Trust Board Member. At 101 years old, he has so many stories that you’ll definitely want to hear!

Honoring Our Veterans

Carolina Trust is honored to share the military stories of Board and Supervisory Committee Members, both past and present.

Thank You, Selma

We sat down with Executive Assistant, Selma Reburn, who has been with the Credit Union for 33 years, to hear how to credit union has changed through her perspective. Selma is retiring in December, so we wanted to let her know how much she will be missed and how appreciative we are to her for her service to CTFCU.

Behind the Scenes: Credit Card Commercial

Living Local Carolina Show host, Rainee Romero joined us for the filming of our new credit card commercial and got some really cool behind the scenes footage.

Holiday Cash Giveaway

The holidays are all about giving, which is why we surprised random strangers with a little holiday cash on this segment of Living Local Carolina.

Booth's Christmas Tree Farm

Living Local Carolina, Show Host Rainee Romero joined us at Booth’s Christmas Tree Farm, where we learned a few tips on how to pick the perfect tree and talked about some of our favorite family traditions.

2021 Vision Boards

Have you set your goals for 2021? Check out this segment of Living Local Carolina where Carolina trust Brand Ambassador, August and Show Host, Rainee Romero sit down and make vision boards for 2021.

August Gets Her Makeup Done by Professional Stylist, Jaimie Maynor: Part 1

Part 2

On this two part segment of Living Local Carolina, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador August gets her makeup done by professional stylist, Jaimie Maynor. Jaimie is the owner of JM Artistry the Salon, a full service local salon. In this segment she gives different tips and techniques for achieving the perfect natural glam look.

Tantalizing Tanning and Spray Tans

Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August and Show Host, Rainee Romero, visited Tantalizing Tanning and Spray Tans to learn about their different products and services, including their infrared sauna and red light therapy bed, which offer significant health benefits.

Super Bowl Snacks

With the Super Bowl airing next Sunday, we wanted to start planning which snacks to make. On this segment of Living Local Carolina, Brand Ambassador August and Show Host, Rainee Romero, tried out some delicious recipes made by Chef Jamie Daskalis, Owner of Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts.

Meeting Conway's Mayor, Barbara Jo Blain Bellamy

In honor of Black History Month, Carolina Trust is highlighting prominent African American community members all month long on Living Local Carolina. This week, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador, August and Show Host, Rainee got to sit down with Barbara Jo Blain Bellamy, who is the current, and first black, Mayor of Conway, SC.

Ron Daise and Gullah Geeche History

On this Black History Month segment of Living Local Carolina, Brand Ambassador August and Show Host, Rainee met up with Ron Daise, Brook Green Gardens Vice President of Creative Education and Gullah Descendants to learn all about the Gullah Geechee Culture.

Kimberly Claridy-Walker, The First Female, African American Owner of a BP Gas Station Franchise

In honor of Black History Month, we talked to Kimberly Claridy-Walker, who is the first female African American owner of a BP gas station in the country.

Taylor's Barber Shop

In honor of Black History Month, we visited Taylor’s Barber Shop in Marion, SC. Taylor’s has been in business for over 100 years and has been continuously owned and operated by African Americans. It is now considered by some to be the oldest, continuous barbershop in the state. Rev. Thomas E. Taylor founded the barbershop with a vision of operating a business for white patrons.

Ways That You Can Support Your Local Senior Citizens

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th, we visited Autumn Care of Shallotte, a nursing home in Brunswick County, NC, and dropped off flowers and reachers for the residents.

Dr. Jessica Greene, LPC

In honor of women’s history month, we talked to Dr. Jessica Greene, LPC on this segment of Living Local Carolina. As a child behavioral counselor, she gave us lots of tips on different signs to look for that may indicate if your child is battling anxiety and depression, as well as tips on how to manage both disorders.

Andrea Gagliano, owner of Ace of Space Organization

In honor of women’s history month, Andrea Gagliano, owner of Ace of Space Organization. Ace of Space is a company that helps people organize any space using Andrea’s customized organization method.

Kelly Moore, Executive Director of the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation

On this segment of Living Local Carolina, we got to chat with Kelly Moore, who was recently appointed as the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation’s Executive Director. Kelly, who is a Coastal Carolina University Alumna, has dedicated her life to supporting student athletes and helping them achieve success both on and of the field.

Autism Awareness

In honor of April being Autism Awareness month, we sat down with Jamie Daskalis, Owner of Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts and Nicole Young- Cline, Owner and Director of Young Talkers for this segment of Living Local Carolina. When Jamie’s son, James, was diagnosed with autism, she sought out different resources, one of which was speech and feeding therapy at Young Talkers.

Rosezena J. Pierce, Esq. Trademark Attorney

We sat down with Rosezena J. Pierce, Owner of R. J. Pierce Law Group, P.C. to learn all about the importance of trademarking.

Taylor Wellness Med Spa

On this segment of Living Local Carolina, we visited Taylor Wellness Med Spa and learned all about the different services they offer. Brand Ambassador, August even received filler to reduce some fine lines and show viewers what to expect during a typical procedure.

Carolina Pines RV Resort Pt 1

Carolina Pines RV Resort Pt. 2

On this two part segment, we got a behind-the-scenes tour of the area’s newest RV park, Carolina Pines RV Resort.

Chuck Whitaker, Owner of Island Water Adventures

On this segment of Living Local Carolina, we joined Chuck Whitaker, Owner of Island Water Adventures and long-time Carolina Trust business members, on one of his pontoon boats at Crab Catchers Marina in Little River.

Marilena Echohawk, Owner of Credit Repair and Consulting Company, UFYC

Are you looking to improve your credit? Check out this segment of Living Local Carolina where August and Rainee chatted with Marilena Echohawk, Owner of UFYC, credit consulting and repair company.

Wildlife Action Adventure Camp

On this segment of Living Local Carolina, August and Rainee go back to camp! They got a behind-the-scenes tour of Wildlife Action Adventure Camp at Fork Retch Wildlife Refuge in Mullins, SC

Make Homemade Ice Cream with Brand Ambassador, August

On this segment of Living Local Carolina Financial Friday, Brand Ambassador August finished up her week long 4th of July DIY projects by teaching us to make homemade ice cream.

Meet Carolina Trust's Amazing Employees

On this segment of Living Local Carolina you get to see why CTFCU is the best. Here’s a hint, it’s our amazing employees.

Meet CTFCU's Amazing Employees Pt. 2

On this two-part segment of Living Local Carolina you get to see why CTFCU is the best. Here’s a hint, it’s our amazing employees.

How to Find Trendy Outfits At a Thrift Store

Spending your whole paycheck on trendy summer outfits? On this segment of Living Local Carolina Financial Friday, Brand Ambassador August shows viewers how to put together trendy casual and work outfits from your local Goodwill.

July Financial Friday Community Panel

July Financial Friday Community Panel featuring special guest, Tim Carlisle, Carolina Trust President/CEO and returning guest, Hatton Gravely, Brookgreen Gardens Director of Philanthropy.

Carolina Pop Up Events

Looking for the perfect date night idea or intimate gathering? Check out this segment of Living Local Carolina, where we sat down with Jordan King, Co-Owner Of Carolina Pop Up Events, personalized picnic company.

Jack's Surf Lessons

On this segment of Living Local Carolina, Brand Ambassador August learned how to shred the waves with Jack’s Surf Lessons.

Back-To-School Lunch Meal Prep

Getting back into the swing of things at the start of a new school year can be difficult. On this segment of Living Local Carolina Financial Friday we’ll give you some school lunch meal prep ideas to make packing lunches more fun and a bit easier.

Date Ideas for Less than $20

How do you treat that special someone to a great date when even “dinner and a movie” breaks the bank? On this segment of Living Local Carolina Financial Friday we talked about a few date ideas that are creative, unique, and less than $20.

What Does Your Money Say About You?

What does your money say about you? On this segment of Living Local Carolina, Brand Ambassador August talked about how to realign your spending to match your values.

DIY Dollar Tree Fall Décor

The first day of fall is almost here, so on this segment of Living Local Carolina Financial Friday, we made some DIY Dollar Tree Fall Home Décor.

Check Out Previous Living Local Carolina Community Panels

March Financial Friday Community Panel

March Financial Friday Community Panel featuring special guests Kelly Rowland, Carolina Trust Mortgage Loan Officer and Erica Davis, Guild Mortgage Sales Manager

April Financial Friday Community Panel

April Financial Friday Community Panel featuring special guests Michael King, Owner/Founder of King One Properties International and David Welborn, Carolina Trust AVP Commercial Lending.

May Financial Friday Community Panel

May Financial Friday Community Panel featuring special guests Hatton Gravely, Director of Philanthropy at Brookgreen Gardens and Jamie Daskalis, Owner of Johnny D’s Waffles and Benedicts.

June Financial Friday Community Panel

June Financial Friday Community Panel featuring special guests Ricky Sapp, CEO/ Founder of the Rick Sapp Foundation and Kelly Moore, Executive Director of the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation

Always, August Community Panel

Always, August Community Panel, where we reflected on the past year and some of our favorite previous segments.

Rainee Romero and August Mize

Pictured Above L to R: Rainee Romero, WBTW News 13 Living Local Carolina Host/Producer and August Mize, Carolina Trust FCU Digital Marketing Specialist/Brand Ambassador.

Rainee Romero, Host/Producer of Living Local Carolina

Rainee Romero is a native of Horry County. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University and has worked for WBTW News 13 since 2012; recently making the switch from community liaison to host/producer of new lifestyle show Living Local Carolina. The new show launched in May of 2020 and features a variety of local people and businesses. All of the stories are shot on location to give it more of a relaxed tone. Be sure to watch weekday mornings at 9:35am on the local CBS affiliate, News 13.

August, Carolina Trust Brand Ambassador

August is a Virginia native, who has grown to feel like local because of the the Grand Strand’s hometown feel.  She has a Bachelors degree from Coastal Carolina University and has worked for Carolina Trust as the Digital Marketing Specialist since 2019. Recently, August expanded her role with the credit union as the Brand Ambassador, where she serves as the Credit Union’s liaison between the media, members and the community.

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