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Horry County News and Announcements


Horry County To Open Three Additional Locations for Absentee Voting

Conway, South Carolina (August 26, 2020)—In anticipation of the increased number of citizens expected to vote absentee, Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections will set up voting sites at the North Strand Recreation Center, the South Strand Recreation Center and the Carolina Forest Library, October 5, 2020, to November 2, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voters who prefer to vote absentee in person will enter the facility, complete the provided absentee voting application, and then vote. If voting absentee in person, voters are urged to visit to ensure that their information is correct prior to arrival. If the information has changed or is otherwise incorrect, voters will be directed to the Horry County Registration & Elections office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway. Additionally, absentee in person voters will need to have proper identification. Voters are encouraged to be patient as safety protocols may cause the process to be slightly slower.

Voters who were mailed absentee ballots may utilize the drop box to securely drop off their absentee ballots (a drop box is also available at the Voter’s Registration & Elections office in Conway.)

For more information, visit or contact the Horry County Voter's Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.

Conway Library Receives Donation from the Rankin Family

Horry County officials are pleased to announce that this month they received the deed to a property donated to benefit the Conway Library, a part of the Horry County Memorial Library system. The property, located at 1008 Winding Road, Conway, South Carolina, was presented as a gift to the Library by Senator Luke Rankin at the Library’s 70th anniversary celebration on August 21, 2019. The Library is currently making plans for the property and details about how the Library plans to put this benevolent gift to best use will be announced at a future date.

“We are fortunate to have a wonderfully supportive community here in Horry County and all of us at the library are so appreciative of this gift from the Rankin family and their continued support of our organization and mission,” said Director of Libraries Cindy Thornley.

Teresa Moise, Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees, said, “The Board is incredibly grateful for this contribution from the Rankin family that will allow us to have an even bigger impact on the people of Horry County.”

Assistant County Administrator for Administration Barry Spivey provided this statement: “On behalf of Horry County Government I would like to extend our thanks to Senator Rankin and his family for providing us with this generous gift. It will bring tremendous value to the communities that we serve.”

Horry County Memorial Libraries includes ten branches and a bookmobile in locations around Horry County dedicated to informing, enriching, and empowering all persons in our community by creating and promoting free and easy access to a diverse array of available ideas and information. 

Upcoming Meetings for August 24-28, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.


Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 9 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.


Keep Horry County Beautiful-Litter Coordinators' Meeting

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.


Administration Committee

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 2 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.


Library Board of Trustees

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.


The following meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).


Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.


Horry County Needs Public Input on Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Horry County Multi-jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan is a long-range blueprint to assist the County and participating jurisdictions with lowering natural hazard risk and the impacts of disasters. The Plan includes risk assessments and mitigation strategies. The whole community is engaged in the initial planning process as well as the required five-year cycle updates. The 2020 draft version is currently available for review and the public is invited to submit comments or questions, which can be emailed.

Input can be submitted until Aug. 27, 2020. Please note that this plan update is cyclical and the County has gone through this process several times before. This is not to be confused with the County’s forthcoming Resiliency Plan which will be focused primarily on flood hazards.

View the Horry County Multi-jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan here.


Carolina Forest Boulevard Widening Project Detour

Southern Asphalt (Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority along with R. H. Moore) intends to detour traffic at the River Oaks / Carolina Forest Boulevard intersection starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2020, until 7 a.m. Friday, August 28, 2020, to install the remaining section of the upgraded water line. If the work cannot be completed by 7 a.m. August 28, 2020, the work will resume at 9 p.m. August 28, 2020, and carry thru until 7 a.m. August 29, 2020. Motorists are urged to follow the posted detour route around the work zone.

The detour will consist of the following:

  • Northbound motorists traveling on River Oaks Boulevard that wish to make a left turn onto westbound Carolina Forest Boulevard will be detoured onto eastbound Carolina Forest Boulevard. Motorists will make a right turn onto Carolina Forest Boulevard, continue to Village Center Boulevard where they will then make a left turn, make another left onto River Oaks Drive, and then use the right turn lane to access westbound Carolina Forest Boulevard.
  • All southbound motorists traveling on River Oaks Boulevard will be channeled around the work zone or can use the right turn lane to access westbound Carolina Forest Boulevard.
  • Motorists traveling eastbound on Carolina Forest Boulevard will be channeled around the work zone and will have full access to River Oaks Drive.
  • Motorists wishing to access westbound Carolina Forest Boulevard from the commercial area of Carolina Forest Boulevard on the eastern side of River Oaks Boulevard will need to follow the detour and will be required to make this movement from southbound River Oaks Drive.

Progress for this RIDE III project and others can be found on the website.


Keep Horry County Beautiful Supports #Grab a Bucket SC

Contact Keep Horry County Beautiful to grab a bucket and pick up litter in your community. You can participate by picking up one bucket of litter in your neighborhood, park, or other public space. Then put that litter in your trash or recycling bin. Date and sign the bucket with a permanent marker and pass it on to someone else who wants to join the challenge or return it to the County. Feel free to post a photo of you holding the bucket full of litter using #GrabABucketSC and #KeepHorryCountyBeautiful. Don’t forget to report your pickup to or by calling Katie Moore at (843) 915-5340. You can pick up a bucket at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Office located in the Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue, in Conway.

Palmetto Pride (Keep South Carolina Beautiful) launched the #Grab a Bucket SC program as a statewide litter pick-up challenge. The program will continue until October 18, 2020, as it coincides with the national Great American Cleanup activities of Keep America Beautiful.

#Grab A Bucket brochure


Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is more than a count. Census information is used to determine funding for roads and infrastructure, education, housing, health care, public safety, and more. All you have to do is answer a few questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you. This year, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven’t already, do your part and complete the census at


Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Juror selection has resumed with precautions in place.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary hearings have been canceled until further notice.


Aerial Mosquito Spraying for August 24, 2020

Horry County Government will conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes Monday, August 24, 2020, (inclement weather alternate date is Wednesday, August 26, 2020), between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and dusk, weather permitting in the following locations:

  • S Hwy 905/Cox Ln/Camp Swamp Rd/Barker Rd

The Horry County Stormwater Department operates the mosquito control program and offers regular service to residents in the unincorporated area of Horry County. Anyone in the unincorporated areas can request mosquito spraying by calling the Road and Drainage Hotline at (843) 381-8000 or by using the free HCConnect App on their smartphone. To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies or fill out a no-spray zone form on our website.

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

Two Horry County Libraries Closed for Maintenance Issues

[Revised 08.20.20-The date for Socastee was changed due to weather.]

[Revised 08.21.20-The parking lot maintenance at the Socastee Library has been canceled due to weather. New date to be determined.]

The Carolina Forest branch will be closed until 12 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020, weather permitting, for water line maintenance.

Library patrons are encouraged to visit one of the other branches located throughout Horry County. Locations, hours, and COVID19 limitations can be found on the Horry County Memorial Library System's website.