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Project Update: Augusta Plantation Interchange

Join Horry County Councilmember Bill Howard and other local officials on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 10 a.m. on-site at the end of Revolutionary War Way to receive an initial project update on the Augusta Plantation Interchange.

´╗┐The event will be held at the end of the unpaved portion of Revolutionary War Way, outlined below on the map in the yellow square. There is no access to this area from Highway 31. Parking will be available near the paved portion of Revolutionary War Way, with golf cart shuttle service available. The parking area is indicated on the map as a blue circle. Please note, there are no restroom facilities available on-site, but attendees are welcome to use the facilities at Carolina Forest Recreation Center.     

Media note: Members of the press will be able to drive their vehicles to the end of the drive for the event. Alternatively, the shuttle service will be available. 

Horry County Announces First Closings in the Socastee Buyout Program

Horry County officials announced today that the first homes in the Socastee Buyout Program have completed the closing process.

As of today, three homes have completed the closing process and another ten properties are scheduled to close in the coming weeks. Additional properties are still a part of the program and moving forward toward closing, and another round of buyouts for properties in the area will be held later this year.

After the properties have closed, the County will demolish the structures and the land will be returned to open green space. Any consideration of the spaces for future parks, etc. will be finalized after this program and any subsequent programs and phases have been completed.

Director of Community Development Beth Tranter said, “This is a tremendous moment for the program, and while we know there is still much more work to be done, we are pleased to see progress. I am grateful to the members of the Socastee community for their continued patience and perseverance through this process.”

Please note, out of respect for the privacy of these residents, Horry County will not provide any personally identifying information about participants in the buyout program.

The Socastee Buyout Program is funded primarily through Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funding and administered in partnership with the South Carolina Office of Resilience.

Conway Library Closed for Maintenance on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The Conway Library branch of Horry County Memorial Libraries will be closed Wednesday, May 25, 2022 for building maintenance. The library will reopen Thursday, May 26, 2022, with regular operating hours. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit one of our other locations during this closure. 

For more information, visit the library's website here:


Horry County Voter Registration and Elections to Hold Scanner Test on June 10, 2022

The Horry County Board of Registration and Elections will conduct a routine test of the scanner which will be used to count absentee ballots on June 14, 2022. The test will be held Friday, June 10, 2022, at 8 a.m. at the Horry County Registration & Elections Office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway.

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

Update on Early Voting in Horry County

Last week, Governor McMaster signed into law legislation passed by the General Assembly that establishes early voting in South Carolina. 

To help prepare for the upcoming June 14 Primaries, the State Election Commission wants voters to know all their options to vote:

Early Voting

In-person absentee voting has now been replaced with a two-week early voting period. Any voter can visit an early-voting location in their county and vote like they would at their polling place on Election Day.

  • Early-voting for June Primaries:
    • Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 10 (closed on Saturdays and Sundays).
    • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Locations in Horry County:
      • Voters Registration and Elections Office
      • North Strand Recreation Center
      • South Strand Recreation Center
      • Carolina Forest Library
  • Early-voting for June Runoffs:
    • Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24.
    • Same hours and locations as Primaries.
  • Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID).

Absentee (by-mail only)

Absentee voting allows qualified voters to cast a ballot by mail prior to Election Day. In-Person Absentee Voting is no longer authorized by law. 

Qualified voters include:

  • Voters with disabilities.
  • Voters sixty-five years of age or older.
  • Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them.
  • Voters admitted to hospitals as emergency patients on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election.
  • Voters who, for one of the following reasons, are unable to vote in person on any day of the early-voting period or on Election Day.
  • Employment obligations.
  • Attending sick or physically disabled persons. 
  • Confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
  • Absent from their county for any reason. 

To vote absentee:

  • Request an absentee application by phone, mail, or in person at the county voter registration office.
  • Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office by mail or in person.
  • County offices will soon begin issuing new applications based on the new requirements.
  • The old application will continue to be accepted through May 31.
  • After May 31, only new applications meeting current requirements will be accepted.
  • The deadline to return a new application is June 3.
  • You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
  • Vote and return your ballot to your county voter registration office by mail or in person no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have the return envelope witnessed. There are no changes to the witness requirement in effect for the June Primaries. Witness requirement changes in the law go into effect in July.
  • Photo ID will be required to return your ballot in person.
  • Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to election day to help ensure timely delivery.

Polling Place on Election Day

For more information, visit or contact the Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections office at (843) 915-5440.