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Horry County News and Announcements


Horry County Government Weekly Update for August 22 - 26, 2016

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, releases and road construction for the week of August 22-26, 2016.

Myrtle Beach International Airport TSA Pre✓® Local Enrollment Event

The Event:                  Myrtle Beach International Airport 

Date:                           September 12, 2016 through September 16, 2016        

                                    Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Thursday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location:                     Pre-security, Business Center, lower level behind the Boardwalk Café.            

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Myrtle Beach International Airport invites passengers to enroll in the popular TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program, Monday, September 12, 2016 through Friday, September 16, 2016.

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Today, TSA Pre✓® has more than 450 lanes at 167 U.S. airports. Participating airlines can be located at

Applying for the TSA Pre✓® through this local enrollment event is easy.  First, we encourage applicants to pre-enroll ahead of time by simply clicking here.  Select “Pre-Enroll”. Then select “Apply Now” and fill out steps 1 through 7. Once you arrive at step 8, type in your location “Myrtle Beach” and then be sure to choose  ”Myrtle Beach International Airport.” Choose Next, at the bottom of the screen. Step 9 is where you can select an appointment time (the first available shows, but you can use the drop down to choose a different date and/or time).

IMPORTANT! To complete the application process, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate and a driver license). If you have a valid U.S. passport, that is all you need for ID! Please visit for a complete list of required documents. 

The application process is completed on site where we capture fingerprints for a background check and collect the $85 application for five years of service.  The fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Enroll in TSA Pre✔® today and begin to enjoy the fewer travel hassles of an expedited security screening program that helps take the stress out of travel. 

Horry County Government Weekly Update for August 15 - 19, 2016

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, news and road construction for the week of August 15-19, 2016.

Last Day to Register to Vote in the General Election is October 8

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Registration and Elections would like to remind citizens that the last day to register to vote for the November 8 General Election is Saturday, October 8. The Horry County Registration & Elections Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon on October 8. If mailing a registration application, it MUST be post marked by Saturday, October 8, to be eligible to vote in November. Applications turned in or post marked after October 8, will not be eligible to vote this year.

The last day to vote absentee in the Horry County Registration and Elections Office is Monday, November 7th; however ballots will not be available until the first of October. The Horry County Registration and Elections Office is located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway. (Absentee voting requirements are below.) Also, absentee ballots will be mailed the first of October. Keep in mind that there is no EARLY voting in South Carolina.

Voters are encourage to review their voter registration information to confirm any changes prior to the upcoming General Election by going to under the “Voters” tab on the left.  Also, voters unsure of their voting location should contact their county voter registration office at (843) 915-5440 or log onto the State Election Commission website at

Voters can now go on and pull up their own personal sample ballots.

  1. Visit and click on "Get My Sample Ballot" in the My scVOTES section on the right side of the page.
  2. Enter your county, name, and date of birth to access your voter registration record.
  3. Click "View Sample Ballot."

The direct link can be located HERE.

Polls will open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and registered voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will still be allowed to vote. Registered voters will be required to show any one of five forms of identification in order to vote. Voters must show a voter’s registration card with a picture, driver’s license, a picture ID issued from the Department of Motor Vehicles, any military ID or passport. All forms of identification must be current.

Curbside voting is also available for any voter, because of a physical handicap or aged 65 or older who cannot enter the polling place may vote outside of the polling place in their car.

Unofficial results from the election will be posted on Horry County’s website at immediately after the results are tallied. The results will be on the county’s homepage and will be updated every five minutes. In order to receive the latest information, users will need to hit their “Refresh” or “Reload” button. The polls will close at 7 p.m. and the results will then be tallied. Also, Horry County will be opening the Horry County Government & Justice Center multi-purpose rooms the evening of November 8, 2016, for public viewing of the results as they come in throughout the evening. Keep in mind that the polls close at 7 p.m.

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

  • Persons who will be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on Election Day
  • Physically disabled persons
  • Persons sixty-five (65) years of age or older
  • Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or within a four-day period before the election
  • Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • Persons attending to sick or physically disabled persons
  • Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day

Procedures for voting by absentee ballot:

Qualified voters may vote absentee in person or by mail.

In Person - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016. (Horry County Registrations and Elections Office is located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway.)

By Mail - Step 1: Contact your county voter registration office to request an absentee ballot application.  You may make the request in person or by phone, mail, email, or fax. (Horry County Registration and Elections Office (843) 915-5440, fax (843) 915-6440.

Online – Step 1: Voters can also request an absentee ballot application online. Once your print and fill out the application, you can submit it by mail, fax (843) 915-6440, or email it to Then skip to Step 4.

Step 2:  You will be mailed an application.

Step 3:  Return the completed application to your county voter registration office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016.  You may return the application in person or by mail, email, or fax. 

Step 4:  You will be mailed an absentee ballot.

Step 5:  Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.  You may return the ballot in person or by mail. 

Joseph Hill Named Horry County's New Police Chief

Conway, South Carolina – After a national search, Joseph Hill has been named the new Chief of Police for Horry County.

Hill is scheduled to begin his employment with Horry County on Monday, September 26.

"Horry County is extremely fortunate to have Joe join our team as he comes with a wealth of experience, is a strong and respected leader, and has a passion for community engagement and community problem solving to reduce crime and the fear of crime,” stated Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge. 

“Joe is the best of the best,” stated Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. “His commitment to serve and protect has been echoed throughout his distinguished career in Virginia and by the very citizens he has served. I encourage the community to embrace him and once you meet him, there will be no doubt he is the right person for the job.”

Joe Hill, was a 28-year member of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia and worked his way up in the department from patrol officer to the rank of Major. He assisted in the supervision of a $184 million budget with 1377 sworn officers and over 200 civilian staff. He prides himself as a community police officer/commander who engages the citizens to solve problems and connect them to the very best services the police department can provide.