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Keep Horry County Beautiful Community Clean Ups

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will assist with community clean up events in the following areas, volunteers to assisting with upcoming litter cleanups in our community are always welcome:

Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 9 a.m. – Reaves Ferry Landing - Weather permitting, the Waccamaw Riverkeepers will clean up litter.  Volunteers will meet at the landing located at 5880 Old Reaves Ferry Road in Conway. Cleanup supplies will be provided, however volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, close-toe shoes and bring sunscreen, bug spray, snacks, kayaks, fishing rods, etc.

Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 11 a.m. - Loris Nature Park- Join the Chicora Indian Tribe of South Carolina in partnership with Keep Horry County Beautiful for the cleanup of Loris Nature Park, located on Lions Road in Loris.  Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and pickup sticks will be provided.  Contact Chief Clyde Strickland for more information by email or 843-597-5504.

Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. - Socastee Park and Yacht Basin-Join the Chicora Indian Tribe of South Carolina in partnership with Keep Horry County Beautiful for the cleanup of Socastee Park and Yacht Basin, located under the 544 Bridge off Peachtree Road.  Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and pickup sticks will be provided. Contact Chief Clyde Strickland for more information by email or 843-597-5504.

For more information, to organize a clean up event for your neighborhood or if you want to get involved in keeping our boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter free throughout the year, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful by email or 915-5340. 

Horry County Government Weekly Update for July 28-August 1, 2014

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings and events for the week of July 28-August 1, 2014.

US 17 Bypass/SC 707 Intersection To Be Closed Overnight on July 27


Conway, South Carolina – Contractors will perform asphalt buildup, which will cover the entire intersection at US 17 Bypass/SC707, requiring the temporary closure of the intersection on Sunday, July 27, from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., weather permitting. This date is the new makeup date from overnight work that was canceled last night due to inclement weather.

During this time period, motorists will be able to travel north and south bound on US 17 Bypass, however no left turns will be allowed from US 17 Bypass at the intersection of SC 707 and Farrow Parkway. Motorists traveling on SC 707 and Farrow Parkway when approaching the intersection will not be allowed to travel through the intersection or make left turns. Only right turns will be allowed off of SC 707 and Farrow Parkway onto US 17 Bypass.

The recommended access for south bound US 17 Bypass and SC 707 wanting to go east on Farrow Parkway would be to use the US 17/SC 544 Interchange. The recommended access for north bound US 17 and Farrow Parkway wanting to go west on SC 707 would be to use the Fantasy Harbour/US 17 Interchange. The alternative detours/routes are placed on signage throughout the vicinity of the project.


Horry County Government Weekly Update for July 21-July 25, 2014

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings and events for the week of July 21-July 25, 2014.

Quarterly Employee Awards Announced

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County announced the three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards, and a winner from each of the three divisions was chosen.

Rebekah Cooke, Administrative Assistant for the Horry County Memorial Library System, won the Administration Division Quarterly Award for saving Horry County taxpayers over $20,000 on office supplies, non-asset equipment and furniture through product research. Ms. Cooke also keeps personnel records for the Library staff including time clock. She checks the time clock edit daily for missed or incorrect punches and notifies the appropriate staff. Her diligence prevents unapproved overtime. In addition, Ms. Cooke created a database for leave time so that employees could easily access it. She also manages the Library’s Family Medical Leave coordination. Her excellent attention to detail increases efficiency and effectiveness for the Horry County Memorial Library System as a whole.

Lance Corporal Erik Karney, Beach Patrol for the Horry County Police, won the Public Safety Division Quarterly Award for his volunteer work as the Area Director for Special Olympics South Carolina Area 16 (Horry County). Lance Corporal Karney volunteers his time as a representative of the Horry County Police raising money for the many events Special Olympics puts on for the children each year. The two largest fund raising events are the St. Patrick’s Day festival and Oktoberfest which are both held on Ocean Boulevard. Other very successful campaigns include the annual Polar Plunge, Cop on Top, and the Red Robin fundraisers. Erik assists in getting other law enforcement officers to participate. He also organizes the different sporting events for the children. Horry County Special Olympics was able to assist over 400 children/athletes last year! Lance

Corporal Karney used his partnership with LETR (Law Enforcement Torch Run) to form the Horry County Police Department Unified Basketball Team, one of which was chosen to play on the national level at the 2014 USA Special Olympics in Princeton, New Jersey. This team won the Gold Medal and received national recognition!

Lance Corporal Karney understands his mission as one of service, and gives of his time freely which sheds a very positive light on the Horry County Police Department and all law enforcement in general.

Dennis Taylor, Supervisor III for Horry County Fleet Service, won the Infrastructure & Regulation Division Quarterly Award for consistent performance of his duties at a level above and beyond all expectations. Mr. Taylor saved Horry County taxpayers over $30,000 in vehicle repairs through collections from the manufacturer for faulty parts and by working closely with insurance companies. He has also worked with representatives from the Ford Motor Company and General Motors to get county vehicles repaired at little or no cost. Dennis evaluates each vehicle repair to determine how to provide it with the highest quality and the most minimum cost. Dennis Taylor has demonstrated creativity, discretion and endurance and is a valued member of the Horry County Fleet Service Department.

These three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards received $250, a designated parking space, a certificate of achievement, and are eligible for the Employee of the Year Award of $1,000.

Other outstanding nominees were:

  • Tabitha Barfield-Veteran’s Affairs
  • Paul Gullans-Animal Care Center
  • Joyce Jordan-Public Works
  • Billy Pavlick-E911
  • Alicia Shelley-Planning
  • Richard Staggs-Assessor
  • Melissa Ward-Finance
  • Kysha Wright-Detention Center
  • Nicole Zielbauer-Airport
The Employee Quarterly Award Program focuses on an act or performance accomplished by an employee that is significant or of great value to the department or county organization as a whole and is beyond normal expectations of the employee. Considerations are also given to customer service, cost/time savings, recognized increased efficiency, and/or effectiveness, or revenue generated funds.