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Horry County News and Announcements


Socastee Community Meeting

Horry County officials, in partnership with Horry County Councilman Cam Crawford, Representative Heather Ammons Crawford, and Senators Luke Rankin and Stephen Goldfinch, are organizing a Socastee Community Meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Socastee High School.

Members of the community with properties impacted by the recent flooding following Hurricane Florence are encouraged to attend to learn more about available resources and community resiliency planning efforts. Participating organizations will be set up in stations around the common area and attendees will be able to visit different stations and speak with representatives from those agencies.

Participating organizations include South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Disaster Recovery Office (DRO), Grand Strand Water and Sewer, Horry Electric, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, Horry County departments including Stormwater, Public Works, Code Enforcement, Engineering, Planning & Zoning, Emergency Management, Fire Rescue, and the Police Department will be on hand to answer questions.

Horry County Government Weekly Update for December 3-7, 2018

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases, events, holiday closures, and road construction updates for the week of December 3-7, 2018.

Horry County Offices to Close for Christmas

Conway, South Carolina – All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will be closed on Monday, December 24, 2018, Tuesday, December 25, 2018, and Wednesday, December 26, 2018, in observance of Christmas.  Regular courts may be in operation in the Horry County Government & Justice Center and all jurors, witnesses, etc. will be required to be present.

In addition to the above dates:

  • The Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed Saturday, December 22, 2018.
  • All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library will close at 5 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2018, through Friday, December 21, 2018, and Thursday, December 27, 2018, through Monday, December 31, 2018.

Horry County Fire Rescue Wants You to Put a FREEZE on Winter Fires

Horry County, SC - - Did you know that home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season? Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January, and February. With cold weather in the forecast, and the upcoming winter season approaching, Horry County Fire Rescue would like to remind residents to follow these heating tips to help maintain a fire-safe home:

Space Heater

·      Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing, and curtains, at least 3 feet away from the heater.

·      Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.

·      Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

·      Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.

·      Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.


·      Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.

·      Do not burn paper in your fireplace.

·      Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.

·      Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 10 feet from your home.

Wood Stove

·      Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn.

·      Do not burn paper in your wood stove.

·      Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.

·      Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.


·      Have your furnace inspected each year.

·      Keep anything that can burn away from the furnace.

Kitchen oven

·      Do not use a kitchen oven to heat the home. It is not designed to heat large areas, and the element may fail which could cause a fire.

Portable Generators

·      Portable generators are commonly used in the winter as a result of storm-induced power outages. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and deadly. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to prevent death from carbon monoxide.

·      Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents.

·      Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

·      Do not use a generator in a wet area. This can cause shock or electrocution.

·      Connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.

·      Do not fuel your generator when it is running. Spilling gas on a hot engine can cause a fire.

Heating pads and electric blankets also pose a fire risk, especially if more than 10-years old. Do not place anything on top of either device when in use, this includes other blankets or pets. Never fold electric blankets or use while sleeping.

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas. You should test your smoke alarm each month. Also, lightly dust or vacuum your smoke alarm after each test. Smoke alarms should be completely replaced every 10-years. Your family should plan and practice a home escape plan during your monthly smoke alarm testing routine.

Lastly, if there is a fire emergency, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and remain outdoors. Never return inside a burning building to retrieve an item.

Horry County Memorial Libraries to Close for Staff Development

Conway, South Carolina –All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library will close Friday, November 30, 2018, for professional development.

Patrons are encouraged to visit the Horry County Memorial Library’s website for more hours, locations, programs and more.