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Horry County News and Announcements


Sheriff Phillip Thompson Announces New Director of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center

Conway, South Carolina-Sheriff Phillip Thompson is pleased to announce the selection of the Director of Detention at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center to fill the vacancy of former Director Tom Fox who was promoted to Chief Deputy in January.

After a thoughtful search for a replacement, Sheriff Thompson selected Captain Wayne Owens of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Owens began his law enforcement career in 1994 at the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff. He has served for approximately (22) twenty two years under Sheriff A. Lane Cribb, and currently served as Captain of Operations.

Mr. Owens graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, session 249, and is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, class 302.  He has attended numerous other law enforcement training classes and programs. Mr. Owens attends Hemingway First Baptist Church and is single.

Director Owens’s first day with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office is April 18, 2016. Sheriff Thompson stated, “Wayne is highly skilled law enforcement administrator that will be a great addition to our leadership team and we are looking forward to him guiding the men and women who operate the detention center”.


Burning Ban Lifted

Conway, South Carolina –Due to improved conditions and effective immediately, the outdoor burning ban for all unincorporated Horry County has been lifted.

Horry County Government has a policy allowing it to institute an outdoor burning ban whenever there's a statewide red flag alert or if weather conditions appear conducive to wildfires.  

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at (843) 915-5190.

NOAA Weather Transmitter Damaged; CodeRed® Weather Alerts Recommended

Conway, South Carolina – The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina notified Horry County that the NOAA Weather Radio transmitter that serves the Grand Strand and other communities across northeast South Carolina, suffered wind damage.  The radio transmitter is located in Aynor, SC. As a result of the damage, the transmitter signal has been significantly decreased and some people in the area may not be able to receive emergency weather broadcasts until it can be replaced sometime within the next six months.  As a result, Horry County citizens are urged to sign up for the CodeRED® emergency notification system.  CodeRED® not only provides county officials with the ability to deliver emergency telephone notifications, but also has a free severe weather notification application.  The application is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings.  It is a geographically targeted weather-warning product which will alert citizens moments after a severe thunderstorm, flash flood, or tornado warning has been issued. 
If you have not yet signed up for the free notifications, click HERE to sign up now.
Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for emergency notifications. Those without internet access may call the Horry County Public Information Office at (843) 915-5390, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to give their information over the phone to be added to the CodeRED® system. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. Boxes), city, state, zip code, primary phone number and additional phone numbers are optional. 
For more information regarding the NOAA Weather Radio transmitter, contact Steve Pfaff with the National Weather Service at 910-762-0524 ext. 223.

Horry County Government Weekly Update for April 11-15, 2016

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, releases and road construction for the week of April 11-15, 2016.

Horry County Issues Burning Ban

Conway, South Carolina – Effective immediately Horry County Government will enact a burning ban for all unincorporated areas of the county until further notice.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued the following information:

Red Flag Conditions Likely on Saturday. Relative Humidity around 25% (30% Horry County coast) and winds of 20+ mph sustained with gusts to 30 mph will combine with very dry fuels to create dangerous fire weather conditions Saturday late morning through evening. A Red Flag Warning MAY be issued this afternoon for Saturday.

The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted all of eastern SC in an ELEVATED risk for dangerous fire weather on Saturday.

Horry County has a policy allowing it to institute an outdoor burning ban whenever there's a statewide red flag alert or if weather conditions appear conducive to wildfires.

Outdoor burning will be banned until further notice. 

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at (843) 915-5190.