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Horry County Animal Care Center to Hold Pet Vaccination Clinic

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Animal Care Center (HCACC) will hold a vaccination clinic, 9 May 2017, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the shelter located at 1923 Industrial Park Road in Conway.  The following services will be offered:

  • Distemper/Parvo                 $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine)
  • Bordatella                            $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine)
  • Rabies                                 $10--must be at least 4-months old (canine & feline)
  • Microchip                             $15--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine & feline)
  • Rhinotracheitis/Calici           $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (feline)

Dogs and cats are both welcome; dogs must be on a hand-held leash and cats must be in a pet carrier.

The Animal Care Center also holds low cost spay/neuter clinics, which are open to all residents of Horry County. The cost for cats is $50 and dogs are $80 (discounted fees are available for residents receiving government assistance).  Contact the HCACC at for more information or to make an appointment.

To help homeless animals find loving homes, the HCACC offers discounted adoptions the first Friday and Saturday of each month.  The discounted fee typically includes spaying/neutering, vaccines, heartworm or leukemia testing, heartworm and flea preventative, intestinal parasite treatment and microchipping.  Qualifying new pet parents also get 30-days free pet health insurance and coupons from local pet businesses. 

To view animals currently available for adoption, stray intakes or for more information on the monthly clinics, contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172, follow us on Facebook, or visit our website

Horry County Sheriff's Office to Co-Host Shred Event

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Sheriff’s Office, along with AARP South Carolina and Shred Alert, is hosting a shred event on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. To help fight back against identity theft, the public is encouraged to bring up to three bags or boxes of your old personal information (staples & paperclips do not have to be removed) to a mobile shredding truck that will be located at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway and at the Shred Alert office located at 4727 Northgate Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The goal this year is to shred 18,000 lbs. of paper!

Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.

One of the biggest ways to protect you against identity theft is to shred personal information. You can also adopt a “need to know” approach to your personal data. For example, the more information you put on your checks like social security number and home phone number, the more chances that information could land in the hands of a criminal.

If you are traveling, have your mail held at your local post office or ask a trusting neighbor to collect your mail while you are away. Also, check your financial information regularly, and look for what should be there and what shouldn’t.

For more information about identity theft and how to protect yourself, go to the United States Department of Justice website. For more information on the upcoming shred event, contact AARP South Carolina at 866.389.5655.

Horry County Announces Citizen Government Academy Classes

Conway, South Carolina – In an effort to educate citizens on government services, functions and programs, Horry County Government will offer a free Horry101 class to all Horry County residents, business owners and students ages 18 years old and over.  The course will allow participants to learn how Horry County departments such as Police, Public Works, Fire Rescue, Budget/Finance, the Airport and others play a vital role in the community.

Classes will run for seven weeks from Thursday, April 06, 2017, until Thursday, May 18, 2017, and will meet every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  In order to successfully complete the course, participants will need to attend six of the seven classes.  Those who do complete the course will be recognized at the Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Horry County Council meeting.

Space is limited to the first 15 participants. Citizens who are interested in the class should contact Tim Van Pelt at 843-915-5020 or by email.  If emailing, please include your first and last name, phone number, and address.

Keep Horry County Beautiful Litter Events

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee announces a volunteer opportunity for anyone interested in assisting with upcoming litter cleanups in our community.  Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and trash grabbers will be provided.

  1. Saturday, March 4, 2017 – St. Joseph Road & Sandridge Road (Little River area)– 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church.  For more information, contact Lorraine Wilson at 843-997-3372. 
  2. Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Burgess Community Cleanup – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Volunteers will meet at the South Strand Recreation Center on Scipio Lane.  For more information, contact Al Jordan at 843-215-1473.
  3. Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Port Drive – 9 a.m. The Harbour Towne HOA and volunteers will meet at the intersection of Port Drive and Malibu Lane.  For more information, contact Becky Warren at 843-293-6453.

The next meeting of the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee is March 28, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.  If you would like to get involved in keeping our community beautiful and litter free, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful at 915-5340 or by email

Horry County Legacy Business Recognition

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize three Loris businesses on March 17, 2017, with ribbon cutting ceremonies. A ceremony will be held at the Hardwick Funeral Home at 10 a.m., at Graham Brothers Farm Supply at 10:30 a.m., and at the Stevens Law Firm at 11 a.m. The ceremonies are free and open to the public.

In 1921, Jennings Hardwick began selling caskets at Peoples Hardware Store, and used his truck as a funeral coach. In 1948, Harold Hardwick, Jennings' son, began working in the business when he was only 14. After the passing of both father and son, the 3rd generation, Stephen Hardwick, became the owner and operator. Hardwick Funeral Home provides funeral, burial and cremation services as well as life celebration services.

Graham Brothers Farm Supply started in 1948 when Harvey Graham, Sr. began selling fertilizer, fruit, Christmas trees, and hail insurance. In 1951, he and his brother Horace built a feed mill, and then a farm supply store on Railroad Ave. In 1965 Harvey Jr. joined the family business, and Harvey Graham, III, joined in 1986. Today, Harvey and Harvey (Grayson) Graham, IV, continue successfully operating the feed and grain supply store.

In 1948-49, James Stevens enrolled at the University of South Carolina under the GI Bill. He went onto USC's Law School, obtaining his law degree and returned to Loris to set up his law practice.  In addition to his practice, James served in the South Carolina Senate. In 1973, his son Jimmy graduated from USC's Law School and joined the practice. In 1986, James retired from the practice but remained with the law firm as “of counsel.”

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.  Hardwick Funeral Home is located at 4831 Main Street in Loris, Graham Brothers Farm Supply is located at 3818 Railroad Avenue in Loris, and the Stevens Law Firm is located at 3341 Broad Street in Loris. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Hyman, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.