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Horry County Government Weekly Update for April 27 - May 1, 2015

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases and events for the week of April 27-May 1, 2015.

RFP Selection to be Made for Group Insurance Benefits Broker/Consultant Services

Conway, South Carolina – Recommendations will be made to County Administrator Chris Eldridge by the Evaluation Committee regarding Request for Proposals (RFP) #2014-15-027 Group Insurance Benefits Broker/Consultant Services for Horry County.   The recommendation will be made on Monday, April 27, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administrator’s Conference Room at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.

Horry County Patriot Tree Dedication

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, The Aynor-Galivant’s Ferry Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Horry County Historical Society will host a Horry County Patriot Tree dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on May 8, 2015, at The Aynor Inn (also known as the Hagood House) in Aynor. 

The Horry County Patriot Tree Project pairs historic trees with soldiers from Horry County who served during the Civil War.  Each tree will have a QR code marker with death date, burial place, and other available details of the soldier’s service.  

During the dedication, fifteen trees will be paired with Civil War veterans of Horry County.  Honored at the ceremony will be:

  • James T. Alford
  • Abijah C. Crawford
  • John Nelson Dawsey
  • Asa Fletcher Gore
  • Alpha A. Graham
  • Collin Postell Hucks
  • Elijah Byrd Jenkins
  • Samuel T. Jenrette, Sr.
  • Jefferson J. Jones
  • Jeremiah W. Mishoe
  • William Page
  • Daniel Rabon
  • Hugh Rogers
  • Ephraim Spivey
  • Elisha Tyler

The ceremony is free and open to the public, 

For more information, contact Mary Catherine Hyman, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.

NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour to Visit Myrtle Beach, SC

Conway, South Carolina – The 2015 Hurricane Awareness Tour will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the Myrtle Beach International Airport’s General Aviation Terminal, located at 1250 Airdome Avenue in Myrtle Beach near Market Commons. Parking signs will be located around the terminal to assist visitors.

NOAA hurricane experts will visit five U.S. East Coast cities and one city in Canada, flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J hurricane hunter aircraft along with the NOAA G-IV aircraft to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

The event will host school children from Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg Counties and will be open to the general public from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. before they fly off to the next city, which is St. Augustine, Florida.

The tour will include the WC-130J, which is one of ten such aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force Reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, located at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. Military air crews fly directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data that are critical for forecasting the tropical cyclone’s intensity and landfall.

The NOAA G-IV is part of the agency's fleet of highly specialized research and operational aircraft operated, managed and maintained by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and based at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla. It flies at high altitude around and ahead of the tropical cyclone, gathering critical data to go into the hurricane forecast models.

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, hurricane specialists Daniel Brown and John Cangialosi, storm surge team leader Jamie Rhome, the USAF hurricane hunter crew members and the NOAA aircraft crew members will be on hand to educate students and residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness.

Staff from local emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, personnel from the National Weather Service Wilmington office, and many other partners will be part of the event.

Sentences Handed Down To Kyla Siatta, Domenic Merino & Shannon Cooper

Conway, South Carolina—In Horry County General Sessions Court yesterday, April 20, 2015, before the Honorable Benjamin H. Culbertson, criminal defendants Kyla Siatta, Domenic Merino and Shannon Cooper pled guilty to First Degree Burglary, Armed Robbery, and Kidnapping offenses.  Siatta was sentenced to serve fifteen (15) years on each charge concurrently; Merino and Cooper were sentenced to serve twenty-two (22) years on each charge concurrently.

Fifteenth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Thomas Terrell, III and Lauree Richardson were assigned to prosecute this case.  Prior to pleading guilty, all three defendants were scheduled for trial this week.

The offenses in this case occurred on the night of September 4, 2013, in the Longs section of Horry County.  Siatta, Merino, and Cooper, along with three additional co-defendants, rode together in a van to the victim’s residence.  Once the defendants unlawfully entered the victim’s home, they located one of the female residents in her bedroom.

At that point, the defendants tied up the victim, held a gun to her head, demanded money from her and repeatedly assaulted her by dragging her around from room to room.  After ransacking the place, the defendants stole a television, a gaming console, a rifle and whatever money they could find.  All six co-defendants then fled the scene in the van they arrived in.

Throughout the investigation, the Horry County Police Department were able to identify and arrest all six participants in the crime and a seventh defendant now charged with accessory after the fact.  Charges against the accessory defendant and the three remaining co-defendants are still pending in Horry County General Sessions Court.

First Degree Burglary, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery are considered violent, most-serious offenses under South Carolina law.   This means that all three defendants must serve at least eight-five (85) percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole.

For questions about this case, contact the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office at 843-915-5460.