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Horry County to Implement Changes from TMS Numbers to PIN Numbers

Conway, South Carolina – Over the last three years, the Horry County Assessor’s Office has been issuing both a 10 digit TMS (Tax Map Sequence Number) and 11 digit PIN (Parcel Identification Number) associated with each parcel in Horry County. Both of these numbers will appear on the 2013 real property tax bills. However, effective January 1, 2014, all new parcel splits and parcel merges will be issued only an 11 digit PIN number. 


Rapid development in recent years has required the change to a new numbering system. Essentially, the potential existed in highly developed areas of the county to eventually run out of parcel numbers due to its numbering limitations. This also was being complicated by the need in new database systems to retire parent parcels to insure a consistent history trail. 

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology has also changed the manner in which parcel numbering schemes are developed. GIS enables the auto generation of parcel numbers based on location and grid based standards. Land development and technology advancements impact the need for change. 

The old TMS number will continue to be a part of the GIS data sets forever and only new parcels (splits or combined) will have ONLY a PIN number associated with them.

 For more information on parcel identification numbers, please contact the Horry County Assessor’s Office at (843) 915-5040. 

2013 Sample Tax Bill.pdf

Horry County Parking Pay Stations to Accept Credit Cards Only

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County parking pay stations along Shore Drive and Garden City Beach will only accept credit cards for payment beginning September 30, 2013. The pay stations are operational for the season through October 31, 2013. They will become operational again in the spring of 2014

The parking pay stations are located at 115 South Waccamaw Drive in Garden City Beach and at the following public beach accesses along Shore Drive:  

  • Public Beach Access #18 - Ocean Annie's 
  • Public Beach Access #19 - Sands Ocean Club
  • Public Beach Access #20 - Cottage Beach Ct.
  • Public Beach Access #21 - Maison Dr. 
Charges for the parking pay stations will remain the same at $1.25 per hour or $6.00 for a 12 hour period.  Again, the parking pay stations will accept credit cards only beginning September 30, 2013.

Weekly Update for September 23-September 27, 2013

Click HERE  for a PDF of Horry County Government's Weekly Update for September 23 - September 27, 2013.

25th Annual Beach & River Sweep

Conway, South Carolina – The 25th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep is being held this Saturday. Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina's largest one-day volunteer cleanup event. Every third Saturday in September, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., thousands of South Carolinians come together to clean our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of litter and debris. Beach Sweep/River Sweep is organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources and has taken place annually since 1988. This statewide event is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, which involves several hundred- thousand volunteers in over 75 nations. 

There are numerous opportunities to get involved in the Beach Sweep/River Sweep, no matter where you live or vacation in Horry County. Visit nearly any beach access, boat landing, or waterfront in the Grand Strand, and you are sure to find a group of volunteers that will welcome your assistance. The Waccamaw Riverkeeper and its partners, including Keep Horry County Beautiful, will be hosting cleanups along the Waccamaw River starting at 9 am. Volunteer groups will be at Chris Anderson Landing on Hwy 9, the Conway Marina, Little Savannah Bluff Landing, Pitch Landing, and Peachtree Landing. Cleanup supplies will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring along your rain boots and waders, sunscreen and bug spray. The use of motorized boats, kayaks, and canoes are also welcomed.  

Interested in finding a cleanup site near you?  Visit the SC Sea Grant website.

Want to get involved in keeping our boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter free throughout the year? Contact Keep Horry County Beautiful ( or 843-915-5340) to adopt stretches of county roads and public spaces or reach out to the Waccamaw Riverkeeper to adopt a landing ( or 843-349-4007). 

Waccamaw River Cleanup Sites
  • Conway waterfront and boat landings, (Christine Ellis and Kelly Davis, 349-4007 or
  • Chris Anderson Landing on Hwy 9 (Bo Ives, 843-903-5122 or (a partnership between Keep Horry County Beautiful and the Riverkeeper)
  • Little Savannah Bluff Landing to Black Slough (Biff Johnson, 843-742-0402 or
  • Pitch Landing (Shari Carr, 843-222-6998 or
  • Peachtree Landing, Jane and Chris Ochsenbein   


Maurice Ward Found Guilty for the 2010 Freewill Baptist Church Burglary

Conway, South Carolina-Before the Honorable Larry B. Hyman, Jr. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Defendant Maurice Wallace Ward was found guilty by a jury of his peers for the 2010 burglary of Freewill Baptist Church located in the Conway section of Horry County.    

The incident occurred on the night of August 14, 2010, when Ward entered Freewill Baptist Church without consent and with the intent to steal personal items from the building.  During the investigation, the officers discovered DNA left behind on a broken window believed to be Ward’s forced-entry location on the night of the incident.  After a long investigation, the DNA testing results returned as a match to Ward’s.  These results were later verified through further analysis, thus, placing Ward at the scene of the crime on the night the burglary occurred.   

Based on the facts provided above and Ward’s lengthy criminal records, including two past burglary/housebreaking convictions, Ward was convicted of Second Degree Burglary (Violent) and sentenced by Judge Hyman to serve the maximum sentence of 15 years.  This is a “violent” and “serious” Class D felony offense under South Carolina law, meaning this conviction adds a “strike” to Ward’s criminal record under South Carolina’s “three strike” laws.    

For questions concerning this criminal trial and conviction, please contact the Horry County Solicitor's Office at 843-915-5460.