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Weekly Update for October 14 - October 18, 2013

Click HERE for a PDF of Horry County Government's Weekly meetings and events for October 7 - October 11, 2013.

Surfside Library to Close for Inventory

Conway, South Carolina –The Surfside Beach branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System will close Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, 2013, in order to complete a thorough inventory of the library’s collection. 

In addition, the Loris branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System will close Saturday, October 19, 2013, for the Loris Bog Off.   

For more information, please contact the Horry County Memorial Library Administration Office at 843-248-1548.

Road Dedication for Fallen Officer to Take Place

A road dedication and sign unveiling will take place early next week dedicated in honor of the first Horry County Police Officer who died in the line of duty.   

Horry County Police Lieutenant John Ronald Floyd was killed in a motor vehicle accident on June 25, 1986, while responding to a late night prowler call in the Green Sea section of Horry County.  In May of 2013, a resolution was passed in the South Carolina House of Representatives naming the intersection juncture of South Carolina Highways 9 and 410 in Horry County the “Lieutenant John Ronald Floyd Intersection.”   

On Monday, October 14, 2013, at 10:00am, a dedication ceremony and sign unveiling will take place on Highway 410 just north of Highway 9 in the Green Sea section of Horry County.  Family members, co-workers, Horry County Sheriff Philip Thompson and Horry County Police Chief Saundra Rhodes will speak at the dedication.  This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to come as we remember this courageous Officer.


Two Family Farms Designated as Century Farms

Conway, South Carolina — The South Carolina Century Farms Program announced that the Vereen Farm and the Worley Farm in Horry County have been designated as Century Farms. The Century Farms Program was created to honor families who have owned and farmed on the same land for at least one hundred years. 

The Vereen Farm, located in Brookville, was purchased by the family in 1902 and has been continuously owned by the family since then. The Vereen Farm is currently owned by Marilyn and Paul Stallings of Wilson, North Carolina. They farm corn, wheat, cucumbers, tobacco and soybeans. 

The Worley Farm, near Loris, was purchased by the family in 1881 and is currently owned by Faye Worley of Nichols, South Carolina. They make high quality hand-crafted goat milk soaps and SCDA certified farmstead cheeses. 

Other Horry County Farms that are Century Farms include the Stevens Farm, Horace Hammond Farm, Ralph Hammond Farm, McNeill Farm, H.G. Bullock Farm, Bellamy Farms and the Hendrick Farm. The Century Farms Program was created in 1974 for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. In 1976, the South Carolina Legislature expanded the program into a statewide program. Since its inception, 350 properties have been designated as Century Farms. 

The Century Farms Program is administered by the Pendleton District Commission in Pendleton, South Carolina. This designation places no restrictions on the farm, nor does it offer legal protection. There is no cost to apply. For more information, please contact Pendleton District Commission at (864) 646-3782 or

Internet Predator Pleads Guilty


GEORGETOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA – On Thursday, October 3, 2013, before The Honorable Edward B. Cottingham, Defendant Ryan Sean Bowlen plead guilty to one count of Criminal Solicitation of a Minor and one count of Attempted Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Person Under 18 Years of Age.   

These offenses stemmed from an investigation that occurred when Bowlen placed an ad on that solicited sex from a minor child.  Through e-mails and text messages, Bowlen communicated with and sent images of his penis to a minor whom he believed to be 14-years-old.  After communicating for several weeks, Bowlen traveled to meet the minor, where he was then arrested.  Subsequent to his arrest, Bowlen consented to the forfeiture of his seized computer.  Criminal Investigator Ginger Pop, with the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Horry and Georgetown Counties), made this case.   

For each offense, Bowlen was sentenced to concurrently serve 10 years suspended to 5 years of incarceration followed by 3 years of probation.  Additionally, during Bowlen’s guilty plea, the State and Investigator Pop demonstrated that Bowlen’s actions were for the purpose of engaging in sex with the minor or getting the minor to perform sexual acts in his presence.  Therefore, once Bowlen is released from incarceration, he will be required under South Carolina law to register as a Sex Offender for the remainder of his life. 

Prior to his guilty plea, The Honorable J. Michael Baxley sentenced Bowlen to serve 90 days in jail for Criminal Contempt of Court, after testifying during a bond revocation hearing.  The 90-day sentence must run consecutively to the 5 years he will serve on these charges.    

The Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office would like to thank our local Investigator, Ginger Pop, local law enforcement, and the Attorney General’s Office for their hard work.  For questions, please contact the Criminal Prosecution Division of The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.