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Horry County Weekly Update for 10.21.13-10.25.13

Click HERE to download Horry County Government's Weekly Update for October 21-October 25, 2013.

Horry County Fire Rescue First Annual Cup of Joe Event

Conway, South Carolina — Horry County Fire Rescue will host its first ever “Cup of Joe” program on this upcoming Veteran’s Day (November 11, 2013).  The purpose of this program is to reach out into our communities and invite prior service, retirees, and veterans to visit one of the nineteen participating fire stations within our county to meet our crews, share a cup of coffee, and build relationships.


Our staff is excited about this program and we believe it will built strength in our department and communities. Although we respect all those whom we are sworn to serve, what better way to show our appreciation to those in our community who have served our Nation in times of peace and war than to invite them into our buildings and honor them for their enlistment.   

Please come and join us from 7:00am to 9:00am on November 11th for A Cup of Joe at the following locations: 

  • STATION 01 - SOCASTEE 5038 LaFon Lane Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 
  • STATION 02 - LITTLE RIVER 4371 Baker Street Little River, SC 29566 
  • STATION 03 - BUCKSPORT 7657 Highway 701 South Conway, SC 29527   
  • STATION 04 - FORESTBROOK 693 Forestbrook Road Myrtle Beach, SC 29579   
  • STATION 06 - FINKLEA 3471 Highway 917 Loris, SC 29569   
  • STATION 07 - LAKE ARROWHEAD 10228 Kings Road Myrtle Beach, SC 29572   
  • STATION 08 - JUNIPER BAY 6700 Juniper Bay Road Galivants Ferry, SC 29544   
  • STATION 15 - BAYBORO 4368 S. Green Sea Rd Aynor, SC 29511   
  • STATION 18 - STEPHENS 107 Highway 57 North Little River, SC 29566   
  • STATION 20 - SCIPIO 9620 Scipio Lane Myrtle Beach, SC 29588   
  • STATION 23 - UNIVERSITY 300 Victory Lane Conway, SC 29526   
  • STATION 24 - AYNOR 640 9TH Avenue Aynor, SC 29511   
  • STATION 27 - ALLENS 2501 Bay Water Drive Aynor, SC 29511   
  • STATION 34 - RED BLUFF 7552 Highway 905 South Longs, SC 29568   
  • STATION 39 - CAROLINA FOREST 671 Carolina Forest Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29579   
  • STATION 40 - HICKORY GROVE 3316 Old Reeves Ferry Road Conway, SC 29526   
  • STATION 41 - IRON SPRINGS 2930 Fair Bluff Road Green Sea, SC 29545   
  • STATION 43 - LEES LANDING 2215 Highway 90 Conway, SC 29526   
  • STATION 46 – Pitch Landing 1720 Pitch Landing Road Conway, SC 29527   
  • STATION 45 – CAROLINA BAYS 790 International Drive Myrtle Beach, SC 29579    

Pet Vaccination Clinic November 2013

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Animal Care Center will hold a vaccination clinic, 25 November 2013, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the animal shelter located at 1923 Industrial Park Road in Conway.  The Clinic will offer the following services:

            Distemper/Parvo (canine)                              $10--must be at least 8-weeks old

            Bordatella  (canine)                                       $10--must be at least 8-weeks old

            Rabies   (canine & feline)                              $10--must be at least 4-months old

            Microchip (canine & feline)                            $15--must be at least 8-weeks old

            Rhinotracheitis/Calici  (feline)                        $10--must be at least 8-weeks old

Dogs and cats are both welcome; dogs must be on a hand-held leash and cats must be in a pet carrier.

The Animal Care Center will be holding these clinics monthly.

To help homeless animals in Horry County find loving homes, the Animal Care Center will offer discounted adoptions Friday, November 1, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Potential adopters are encouraged to visit and spend time with the animal they are interested in.  Most of the animals are already spayed or neutered and have their shots up to date, however younger animals may need to be returned later to have shots and/or spay/neutering done.  The paperwork is easy and only takes a few minutes to fill out.  For this event, adoption fees will be discounted to just $40 for dogs (normally $80) and $25 (normally $50) for cats which includes spaying/neutering, vaccines including Rabies, heartworm or leukemia testing, heartworm and flea preventative, intestinal parasite treatment and micro-chipping.  Qualifying new pet parents also get 30-days free pet health insurance and coupons from local pet businesses. 

To view the animals currently available for adoption or for more information on the monthly vaccination clinics, contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172, follow us on Facebook, or visit our website.

Former Horry County Teacher Sentenced to Ten Years on Sexual Exploitation Charges

Conway, South Carolina– Shane Watson, a former high school teacher with the Horry County School District, pled guilty today, Tuesday October 15, 2013, before the Honorable Edward B. Cottingham to two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in the Third Degree and one count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.    

Judge Cottingham sentenced Watson to ten years on each Sexual Exploitation charge and three years on the Contributing to the Delinquency charge.  These sentences will run concurrently with each other.  Additionally, once released from incarceration, Watson will be required to register as a Sex Offender for the remainder of his natural life.   

These charges stem from late 2012 when Watson, at that time still a teacher with Horry County Schools, posed as a teenage girl on both the internet and in text messages.  Watson used this false identity to communicate with, and solicit sexually explicit photos from, several thirteen to fourteen year-old boys.   Watson was apprehended by law enforcement when the parents of one of the teenage boys became suspicious of text messages being sent to his son.  An investigation led by Fifteenth Circuit Criminal Investigator Ginger Pop discovered that Watson was the source of these text messages.  A subsequent search of Watson’s phone and computer uncovered several images known to be child pornography.   

For more information, please contact Assistant Solicitor Martin Spratlin at (843) 915-5460.  

Local 20-Year Old Convicted of First Degree Burglary

Conway, South Carolina-Last Tuesday, October 8, 2013, before the Honorable Steven H. John in Horry County General Sessions Court, a jury found Defendant Zachary Braxton Bullock (20 years of age) guilty of First Degree Burglary.  The State was represented by Fifteenth Circuit Assistant Solicitor, J. Stephen Grooms.   

Bullock committed this offense with two accomplices on January 12, 2012 in the Forestbrook section of Horry County.  While one accomplice waited outside in the getaway car, Bullock and another accomplice forcibly entered the victim’s residence without the owner’s consent and stole several valuable personal items, including a .45 caliber pistol.  Thereafter, the perpetrators returned to the car they arrived in and did flee the scene.      

On January 17, 2012 all three defendants were arrested together and charged with Burglary 2nd degree of a residence in Carolina Forest. During this incident neighbors were able to call in a description of the vehicle and the defendants were taken into custody by HCPD as they fled the area.   

Through police investigation led by Detective Scott Bogart and the testimony of two cooperating co-defendants, police did charge Bullock with numerous other burglaries in Horry County since December 2011.  According to testimony by the codefendants Bullock not only led the commission of these crimes, but he also selected the homes that he and his accomplices were going to steal from. Several of these residences involved victims with some connection to Bullock’s parents.    

Detective Bogart’s investigation led police to charge Bullock with two counts of First Degree Burglary, two counts of Second Degree Burglary, three counts of Breaking and Entering a House with the Intent to Steal (Housebreaking), one count of Grand Larceny (value of stolen items greater than $2,000.00 but less than $10,000.00), one count of Possession of Tools Capable of Being Used in a Crime, and one count of Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent (value greater than $2,000.00 but less than $10,000.00).  Only one count of Burglary in the First Degree was called to trial.    

Following his conviction last Tuesday, Bullock was sentenced to 15 years.  First Degree Burglary is a “violent” and “most serious” offense.  That means Bullock must be incarcerated for 85% of his sentence before he has any possibility of parole or release.  Additionally, if Bullock is ever convicted of another “most serious” offense, the State may seek, after appropriate notice, a sentence of life without the option of parole.     

For more information, please contact Assistant Solicitor Grooms at (843) 915-5460.