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Horry County Legacy Business Recognition

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize the Friendly Barber Shop on October 1, 2016, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

In 1958 Jerome Thomas opened the Bamboo Barber shop on 1403 Carver Street in Myrtle Beach.  The business was later renamed the Friendly Barber Shop, due to Jerome’s positive attitude, encouraging words, and ever-present smile.  In 1966 Ella “Dolly” Thomas Dolly joined the business as the only female barber.  Jerome died in 2007 leaving Dolly to run the business with the help of Franklin Tucker, a dedicated employee for over 45 years. 

The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50 continuous years.

The Friendly Barber Shop is located at 1403 Carver Street, Myrtle Beach.  For more information, contact Mary Catherine Hyman, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.

Horry County Stray Animal Intake List

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Animal Care Center wants to help return lost pets to their families.  According the ASPCA, stray animals make up 40 to 60% of animals in shelters across the United States.  To help pets get home, the Horry County Animal Care Center now posts photos of their stray intakes on the Horry County website. To view animals brought in as strays, scroll down under the Adoptable Pets to the Stray Intakes (the site will update hourly).

The Horry County Animal Care Center holds stray animals for five days per state law.  After the five-day period, the animals may go up for adoption, be transferred to other shelters or rescue groups or be euthanized (mainly for health or behavioral issues).  To reclaim a pet, a person must provide proof of ownership such as veterinary records, bring state issued identification and provide proof of current rabies injection.  The reclaim fees are $50 intake processing fee, $75 if it is a second visit within six months, $10 intake vaccinations, $7 per day for housing/care and there may be a fee if additional veterinary care is needed (pets with identification get a $15 discount!).  At the time of reclaim, the owner may purchase a microchip for $15. 

Only 7% of lost pets are reclaimed by their owners, usually within 48-hours.  Identification by means of a collar and tag (with contact numbers and/or email addresses) or a microchip significantly improves a pet’s chance of reuniting with their family.

For more information, to inquire about adopting a homeless pet or to take advantage of the low cost spay/neuter or vaccination clinics, contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172, follow them on Facebook or visit the website.

Horry County Government Weekly Update for September 26 - September 30, 2016

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, releases and road construction for the week of September 26-30, 2016.

Horry County to Host MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise

Conway, South Carolina – The Myrtle Beach International Airport will host a public safety exercise called MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise on Saturday, October 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The exercise will take place in and around the airport property as well as the Myrtle Beach General Aviation Terminal.

MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise is a full-scale exercise designed to train and assess the airport’s ability to respond to a mass casualty/ fatality incident and to coordinate and integrate multi-agency and multi-discipline assets from local, state and federal agencies that would likely provide support and assistance in a large scale incident. Participating agencies include the following: Horry County Department of Airports, Horry County Emergency Management, Horry County Police, Horry County Fire/Rescue, Horry County E911 Dispatch, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County Coroner’s Office, Myrtle Beach Fire Department, and Myrtle Beach Police Department.

The public will see an influx of public safety vehicles and personnel in and around the airport.  The exercise will not impact the public’s day-to-day operations at the airport or access in those locations.

The scenario for the exercise is a commercial airliner crashing on approach to Myrtle Beach International Airport. There will be numerous casualties and fatalities. The debris field encompasses an area in both Horry and Georgetown Counties. The exercise will take place in the first 24-hours after the crash.   The community should be advised there is no need for concern.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all FAR Part 139 airports to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise every three-years and tabletop exercise every other year to maintain the response effectiveness of each agency involved. This exercise will satisfy the triennial requirement. 

For more information regarding MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise, please call the Horry County Department of Airports at (843) 448-1580.

South Carolina Election Commission Urges Voters to Prepare for November 8th General Election

Contact: Chris Whitmire, (803) 734-9070 or email.

SEC Urges Voters to Prepare for November 8 General Election

Governor Nikki Haley declares September 2016 as Voter Education Month

Columbia, South Carolina (September 21, 2016) – State and local voter registration and elections officials are using the month of September to encourage voters to prepare for the November 8 General Election.

"During the month of September, election officials across the State of South Carolina are focused on encouraging voters to register to vote or update their addresses, educating voters on what they need to bring with them to the polls, and helping voters learn more about what offices and candidates will be on their ballot before they get to the voting booth," Andino said.
"There are approximately 3 million registered voters in South Carolina, however, there are an additional 700,000 citizens who are eligible but not registered," Andino said.  Voters have until October 8 to register so they can vote in the November 8 General Election.  Any eligible citizen with a driver's license or DMV ID card can register to vote online at  Voters can also download a voter registration by mail application or register to vote at their county elections office, or at a number of state and local government agencies.

“We want voters to be ready to vote,” Andino said.  “Updating your address, knowing where to vote, having the right ID, and reviewing your sample ballot are all keys to having a smooth election day process.”  Historically, voter turnout in presidential elections has been as high as 76%.  This will likely to result in lines at polling places.  Andino continued, “Election officials need to be ready to handle high turnout, but voters can also help by doing their part.

Here are some simple steps voters can take to get ready to vote in the General Election:

  • Register to Vote – Online voter registration is available at
  • Check your registration at – Make sure your registration is active and your address is up to date.  
  • Update your address – You can update your address using online voter registration. 
  • Review your sample ballot – Review your sample ballot at so you are ready to vote once you get to the booth 
  • Make sure you bring proper ID

Here's what voters need to know about Photo ID: 

  • If you are registered to vote and already have a driver's license, a DMV ID, a passport, or a federal military ID, you are ready to vote.  Be sure to bring your Photo ID with you to the polls.  
  • If you don't have one of those photo IDs, you can help streamline your voting process by getting one before election day.  You can get a free Photo ID from your county elections office or any DMV location. 
  • If you can't get a Photo ID before election day, be sure to bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polls.  This will allow you to sign an affidavit stating you had an impediment to obtaining a Photo ID.  You can then vote a provisional ballot that will count, unless your affidavit is proven to be false.

For more information on Voter Education Month activities and other issues related to voter registration and elections, visit or your county registration and elections office.