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Employee of the Year Announced for 2013

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has announced the winner and two runner-ups for the Randy Faulk Employee of the Year Award, which is in memory of Mr. Randy Faulk who received the very first Employee of the Year award in 2006 and who sadly was taken from our world less than three years later after a brave battle with cancer. Mr. Faulk worked in the Horry County Maintenance Department and was truly a role model for all county employees, demonstrating that every employee can make a difference.

Horry County awarded Candy Debusk, with the Randy Faulk Employee of the Year Award. Ms. Debusk is the 15th Circuit Drug Court Director at the Horry County Solicitor’s Office and won the Public Safety Division Quarterly Award for her work with the 15th Judicial Circuit Drug Court. Since assuming leadership, the program has grown from fewer than ten participants in a single program to two programs in Horry County and one in Georgetown with a total of 90 to 100 participants. Ms. DeBusk often works nights and weekends to ensure the success of the participants and the programs. She implemented vocational rehabilitation and her forward thinking has seen an average unemployment rate amongst participants of less than 5%. She also applied for a Federal grant that allowed the Drug Court to create a program in Georgetown and doubled the capacity of the Horry County programs. As a result of her unending dedication, the programs have graduated over 150 participants that has saved the State of South Carolina nearly $5 million dollars in inmate costs not to mention decreased law enforcement and social service needs. She has saved millions of dollars and improved many lives. As the Employee of the Year, Debusk received a plaque and a check for $1,000.

Two runner-ups were also honored for their contributions and were previously Employee of the Quarter winners. They were Jackie Angus, Library Support Specialist in the Horry County Memorial Library, and Stevie Brown, Chief Plan Reviewer in the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department. They each received a check for $500.

The Employee 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.

Murder Charge Filed in Disappearance of Heather Elvis

Conway, South Carolina-Murder charges were filed this morning in connection with a two month investigation into the disappearance of Heather Elvis.

On December 20, 2013 an investigation was initiated by Detectives with the Horry County Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit after Heather Elvis’ vehicle was located at the Peachtree Boat Landing in Socastee the night before. Shortly after, a task force consisting of law enforcement officers from the Horry County Police Department, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement Division, Myrtle Beach Police Department, the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, U.S. Marshal Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Unit was created to investigate the case.

On February 21, 2014 a search warrant was executed at the home of Sidney and Tammy Moorer as a result of the investigation. Both Sidney and Tammy were taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant. Both were charged with one count of Obstruction of Justice and two counts of Indecent Exposure the following day. On February 23rd, they were both charged with Kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of Heather Elvis.

This morning, a press conference was held at the ML Brown Public Safety Building by the Horry County Police Department and the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. It was announced at the press conference that both Sidney and Tammy Moorer were charged with the murder of Heather Elvis. A bond hearing has been set for the week of March 17th.

Horry County Police wants to remind everyone that any tips on a location for Heather can be made to 843-915-TIPS or

Sidney St. Clair Moorer (38 YOA W/M) DOB: 01-14-76. He resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County. He is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Charges: Obstruction of Justice, Indecent Exposure (2 counts), Kidnapping, Murder

Tammy Caison Moorer (41 YOA W/F) DOB: 03-08-72.Tammy Caison Moorer(41 YOA W/F) DOB: 03-08-72. She resides in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County. She is currently in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
Charges: Obstruction of Justice, Indecent Exposure (2 counts), Kidnapping, Murder

Search Warrant Executed in Heather Elvis Investigation

Conway, South Carolina-As a result of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Heather Elvis,a search warrant was executed earlier this morning.

On February 21, 2014, members of the Horry County Police Department, along with the State Law Enforcement Division, the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office, the US Marshal Service and the South Carolina Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at 8786 Highway 814 in the Myrtle Beach section of Horry County.  The search warrant was executed in an attempt to identify potential evidence based on new information obtained through expert analysis of previously seized surveillance tapes in the area along with financial discrepancies filed with the State of South Carolina on behalf of the occupants of the residence.

At this time at least two individuals have been taken into custody.  No names or charges are available at this time.

Horry County Weekly Update for February 24-February 28, 2014

Click HERE for Horry County Government's Weekly Update for February 24 - February 28, 2014.

Keep Horry County Beautiful Earns Keep America Beautiful Award

Conway, South Carolina –Keep Horry County Beautiful received the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award during Keep America Beautiful’s 2014 National Conference, which recently took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Horry County Beautiful met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening.

“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions to local problems caused by litter, graffiti, illegal dumping and other community blight by engaging volunteers of all ages in its effort to create a vibrant community.”

Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB) was established in 2011 as a subcommittee of the Horry County Parks and Open Space Board. KHCB is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and South Carolina’s Palmetto Pride program. Since its inception, KHCB has had great success with beautification projects and establishing volunteer litter cleanup groups. Keep Horry County Beautiful’s mission is to inspire residents and visitors to value and protect the natural beauty of Horry County and to empower them to keep the open spaces, rivers, and beaches clean and litter-free.