News and Announcements

Public news and announcements are brought to you by the Horry County Public Information Office.


Horry County News and Announcements

rss

Reminders for the June 9, 2020 Primary Election

South Carolina will hold a Primary Election Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Polls in Horry County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be utilizing enhanced safety protocols for voters and staff. Voters are encouraged to be patient as safety protocols may cause the process to be slightly slower.

  • Poll workers will be protected by face shields, face masks, and gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use.
  • Masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Voters will use a cotton swab to vote on the ballot marking devices.

Many polling locations have changed due to COVID19. Voters are encouraged to visit scvotes.org to find their current polling location.

Interested voters can also vote in-person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horry County Voter's Registration, Elections & CDBG complex located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway. Additionally, the Voter's Registration & Elections office will be open for in-person voting Saturday, June 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enhanced safety protocols will also be in place.

Those with absentee ballots may drop them off at the Voter's Registration, Elections, & CDBG complex until 7 p.m. on Election night using the drop-box to the right of the front doors.

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



Boat Landing Closures

Due to high water levels along our waterways, some County boat landings have been closed. They will remain closed until water levels recede enough to reopen. The following landings are currently closed:

Billy Witherspoon Landing
Peachtree Landing
Socastee Yacht Basin
Rosewood Landing
Chris Anderson Landing
Old Reaves Ferry Landing
Danny Knight
Pitts Landing
Punch Bowl Landing
Yauhannah Landing
Big Bull Landing
Jordan Lake
Hughes Landing
Pitch Landing

In addition, some roadways are closed. You can find a list of County road closures at https://www.horrycounty.org/gis/roadClosures/.



Horry County Partners with Eastern Carolina Housing Organization to Provide Rental Assistance to Residents

Horry County is prepared to assist residents struggling to pay their rent due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Horry County has received $622,221 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. This federally-funded program will support the temporary expansion of the Homeless Prevention assistance program being offered by the Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) to help families and individuals facing eviction to stay in their homes.

On May 15, 2020, South Carolina courts lifted the moratorium on evictions. The rental assistance program will provide a measure of relief for people who are experiencing sudden economic hardship because of COVID-19, including renters and their landlords.  

“This is an unprecedented situation. Our goal is to utilize our federal resources to keep Horry County families safe and in their homes,” said Courtney Frappaolo, Director of Horry County Community Development.

Horry County partners with Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) to provide rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention assistance to Horry County individuals and families. “One of the most important things we can do to prevent homelessness is to keep people housed in the first place,” said Joey Smoak, CEO of ECHO. “Our goal is to ensure that individuals are not forced out of their home as a result of lost income due to COVID-19.”   

Applications for assistance will be available via an online application system accessible from ECHO’s website at www.echousing.org. Interested applicants who do not have computer access can call the ECHO Access Point at 843-213-1798 to complete an application over the telephone.

All applicants will be screened for eligibility, must meet targeting threshold requirements, and will be asked to provide documentation including: verification of household income and either a Magistrate’s Court Order of Eviction or a letter from their landlord stating the applicant is behind on rent and will be evicted within 14 days.



Upcoming Meetings May 18-22, 2020

The following meetings 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).

Click to watch the video remotely. 

County Council

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6 p.m.

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PUBLIC COMMENT

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing by noon on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. You can sign up by calling Pat Hartley in the Council Office at (843) 915-5120, or by emailing hartleyp@horrycounty.org. You can also provide written comments to be provided to each Council member at the same email, hartleyp@horrycounty.org.

Public Hearings that are scheduled for May 19 include:

  • Ordinance 33-2020 to raise revenue, make appropriations and adopt a budget for FY ending June 30, 2021.

The Public Input segment that is held at the beginning of each meeting has been suspended. It will be reactivated when the County can again accommodate the public in Council Chambers.

 

Welcome Back Committee

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 10:30 a.m.

 

Board of Fee Appeals

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to view or download the agenda.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak on public hearing by noon on Thursday, May 21, 2020. You can sign up by calling Vicki Bell at 843-915-7333 or emailing bellvick@horrycounty.org. You can also provide written comments to be provided to each member of the Board at the same email, bellvick@horrycounty.org



Library Facilities will Reopen with ´╗┐Select Services & Hours

Beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, Horry County Libraries will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the following services:

Reserve a Computer

Call your library to reserve a public computer. Limit one hour per day, per customer.

Brief Browse

15 to 20 minute browse and check-out time for library materials. The number of people in the library at one time will be limited.

Contactless Curbside Pickup

Call your library and make an appointment to pick up your holds. Place holds on the Library website at hcml.org.

Library guests are required to wear a face covering and limit their visits to the times in the guidelines. The facilities are following the CDC’s recommendations for face covering, social distancing, hand washing and surface disinfecting. There will be no meetings or programs during this initial reopening phase. In addition, the library cannot accept book donations at this time.



Search

Profile