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Weekly Update for Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2013

Click HERE for the Horry County Government Weekly Update for October 28 - November 1, 2013.

Quarterly Employee Awards Announced

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County announced the three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards, and a winner from each of the three divisions was chosen.

James “Milton” Grant, a Library Assistant for the Horry County Memorial Library System, won the Administration Division Quarterly Award for what the Library Director referred to as “radical customer service”.  Mr. Grant recently assisted a homeless patron and not only received a thank you card from her but also flowers.  Milton frequently receives thank you notes for offering his personal service to every patron that encounters him.  Mr. Grant also took it upon himself to obtain further training to better assist patrons in obtaining unemployment benefits.  He then trained other library staff.  Milton exemplifies the kind of customer service that all county employees strive to achieve. 

Officer Sebrina Bellamy, Corrections Officer at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, won the Public Safety Division Quarterly Award for going above and beyond the call of duty by saving the life of a potentially suicidal citizen.  Officer Bellamy works in the visitation department and has developed a level of trust with visitors for which she often receives thank you cards.  However, in September, Sebrina received a phone call from an inmate’s girlfriend of an inmate who was distraught.  The woman had made a connection with Officer Bellamy while visiting her boyfriend and reached out during her time of need.  Although Officer Bellamy has no formal training, she was able to keep the woman on the phone long enough for law enforcement to arrive on scene.  Sebrina called the woman’s family to apprise them of the situation.  Officer Bellamy’s actions were extremely commendable.   

Steve Buck, Residential Building Inspector for Horry County Code Enforcement, won the Infrastructure & Regulation Division Quarterly Award for his continual willingness to assist in any way he can.  Mr. Buck maintains a positive attitude and always presents himself in a professional manner.  He goes out of his way to assist other inspectors and also assists in training new inspectors.  Steve created checklists that resulted in a decrease in Horry County’s ISO (Insurance Services Office) ratings, possibly saving insurance dollars for residents.  Mr. Buck is an outstanding asset to Horry County. 

Richard Helmer, Network Engineer for the Myrtle Beach International Airport, won the Department of Airports Quarterly Award for his implementation of Delta Airlines’ computer based check in system called SNAP.  This proprietary network offers enhancements to travelers and has been limited to non-common use airports (those that permit airlines to have their own check in counters, gates, and/or computer systems).  Myrtle Beach International would be the first common use airport in the United States to deploy the SNAP system.  Subsequently and because of Mr. Helmer, Delta Airlines stated that the startup and use of SNAP had been the best they had ever experienced.  This can all be traced to Mr. Helmer and his relentless effort to provide the very best experience to airlines at Myrtle Beach International.  Richard Helmer exemplifies what customer services is all about. 

These four winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards received $250, a designated parking space, a certificate of achievement, and are eligible for the Employee of the Year Award of $1,000. 

Other outstanding nominees were: 

  • Pamela Anderson-Assessor’s Office 
  • Line “Dill” Black-Public Works
  • Kelly Lee Brosky-Public Information 
  • Timothy Mikesic-Fleet Services 
  • Randall Sessions-Animal Care Center 
  • Chris Siratt-Maintenance 
  • Autumn Wagner-Fire Rescue 
  • Reggie Walker-Engineering 
  • John West-Sheriff’s Office 
The Employee Quarterly 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.

Horry County Museum to Open in New Location

Conway, South Carolina — The Horry County Museum, formerly located at 428 Main Street in Conway, will reopen Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 9 a.m. at its new location in the Historic Burroughs School building located at 805 Main Street in Conway.    


The Historic Burroughs School, constructed between 1905 and 1909, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The newly renovated and larger facility has allowed the Museum to provide bigger exhibits, more nationally recognized traveling exhibits, and public programming in the auditorium.  New exhibits include: 

  • Photography-a changing gallery that currently features local photographer Jack Thompson. 
  • Textiles-another changing gallery that highlights historic sewing machines, washing machines, quilts and costumes. 
  • A gallery in honor of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with items from the South Carolina Museum and the 7th South Carolina Infantry reenactment group. 
  • A reconstructed waddle and daub Native American house with artifacts from the area. 
  • Natural History-showcasing native animals including black bears, birds of prey, fossils, and alligators. 
  • Grand Strand-An area that tells the story of the 20th Century Grand Strand and our tourism culture.
  • Military History-This exciting new area features a camp similar to Peter Horry’s campaign tent as well as relics of life from the Civil War and the history of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. 
  • Agriculture & Industry-Illustrates the progression of agriculture from naval stores and turpentine to logging and eventually tobacco cultivation in Horry County. 
  • Open Storage-A home for artifacts that are fascinating but not a part of the themed galleries.   
The Horry County Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. except on County holidays.  For more information, contact the Horry County Museum at 843-915-5320.

Clean Up Event Scheduled for Bucksport

Conway, South Carolina-The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will assist the Distinguished Men of Bucksport with a local clean-up even of Bucksport Road on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in an effort to keep our communities clean.  Interested volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the James R. Frazier Community Center, located at 1370 Bucksport Road in Conway.

For more information, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.

Open House/Ribbon Cutting/Barbeque for Air Methods at Conway Airport (HYW)

Myrtle Beach, SC – Air Methods will be holding an Open House/Ribbon Cutting/Barbeque on October 28, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Conway Airport (HWY).  Conway Airport (HWY) is located at 1700 Airport Rd., Conway, SC 29527.  The Press Conference will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the Ribbon Cutting and Barbeque.   

About Air Methods: Air Methods has built its reputation on a commitment to quality patient care and safety in aviation operations.  Since 1980, we have been dedicated to air medical transport and have grown to become the most experienced air medical operator in the industry.  Transcending three decades, we continue to maintain our industry-leading position.  While we call Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado home, our operations expand from Alaska to Key West.  Currently, we have more than 300 bases of operations that serve 48 states.  We operate eight maintenance centers of excellence throughout the nation and a national communications center.  American Eurocopter and Bell Helicopter products make up the majority of our 400-plus fleet.  While most of those aircraft are helicopters, we also operate several airplanes.    

About the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR): The Myrtle Beach International Airport is a full-service facility that serves as the gateway to the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is owned by Horry County and operated by the Department of Airports. MYR is served by Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, Porter Airlines, Spirit, United Express, US Airways, and WestJet with non-stop flights to over 25 cities.