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Horry County Parks & Open Space Plan Public Meetings

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Planning & Zoning, Parks & Recreation, and the Parks & Open Space Board will be hosting public meetings to present a draft of the Horry County Parks and Open Space Plan. The plan provides recommendations for recreation facilities and open space preservation in the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  Many people and organizations have been involved in the development of this plan, and the County is seeking additional public input prior to finalizing the plan. Public meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on:

  • Monday, August 28, 2017 – South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Hwy 57 South, Little River, SC 29566
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017, Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526

A draft of the plan can be found on the Horry County Parks and Open Space Board webpage. Printed copies of the plan are also available at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Office, CB Berry Community Center, North Strand Recreation Center, Carolina Forest Recreation Center, South Strand Recreation Center, and James Frazier Community Center. Citizens are also invited to send comments directly to Leigh Kane.  

After comments are received, the Horry County Parks & Open Space Board will incorporate them into a revision and make a recommendation to the Horry County Planning Commission and the Horry County Council to consider adoption of the plan. 

Quarterly Employee Awards Announced

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County announced the winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards, and a winner from each of the three divisions was chosen.


Alton Driggers, Supervisor, for Business License/Hospitality; Karen Polhemus, Supervisor, for Business License/Hospitality; Tori Bell, Revenue Collector, for Business License/Hospitality; Grayson Edge, Information Technology; Mike Bentley, Information Technology and John Bodner, Project Manager, Information Technology all won the Administration Division Quarterly Award for their successful implementation of the Munis Citizen Self-Service application and for the completion of the first On-Line Return Filings & Payments application. This added functionality delivers the potential to dramatically evolve the operation of hospitality collections from manual filings and entry to an operation more focused on compliance, auditing and revenue enhancement. The team processes approximately $50 million in revenue annually. Just a 1% increase in revenue due to greater compliance would generate $500,000 in additional revenue annually.

Public Safety

Ashley Carroll, Deputy Director of the Horry County Emergency Management Department, won for her work on the CRS Flood Insurance rating that Horry County received May 1, 2017. The rating establishes the discount a property owner carrying a National Flood Insurance Program policy may receive upon renewal. Horry County’s previous rating of nine saved policy holders approximately $350,000 per year on flood insurance rates. Through Ashley’s diligence and hard work, Horry County was able to move from a rating of nine to a rating of seven which is a significant advancement under the CRS rating program. This move equates to an additional savings of over $850,000 annually. 

Infrastructure & Regulation

Dave Fuss, Watershed Planner for Horry County Stormwater, won for his work coordinating with the United States Department of Agriculture on the Emergency Watershed Protection Grant (EWP) which was necessitated from Hurricane Matthew. Even though he had other duties, Dave’s diligence and willingness to go above and beyond resulted in three watersheds being funded for repair through the USDA grant. Dave persisted and was able to find additional funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the remaining repairs. His hard work allowed the watersheds to receive the needed repairs and saved the county thousands of tax payer dollars. 

These three winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards received $250, a certificate of achievement and are eligible to win the Employee of the Year Award of $1,000.

Other outstanding nominees were:

  • Robert Freeman, Parks & Recreation
  • Shawn Williams, Public Works
  • Luciann Kinnally, Library
  • Melinda York, Assessor
  • Pam Cooper, E911
  • James Green, Police
  • Michael Henry, Fire Rescue
  • Ben Lawson, Fire Rescue
  • Harold Rohrback, Police
  • John West, Sheriff’s Office

The Employee Quarterly Award Program focuses on an act or performance accomplished by an employee that is significant or of great value to the department or county organization as a whole and is beyond normal expectations of the employee. Considerations are also given to customer service, cost/time savings, recognized increased efficiency, and/or effectiveness, or revenue generated funds.

Horry County Government Weekly Update for August 7-11, 2017

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases and road construction for the week of August 7-11, 2017.

Horry County HOME Consortium Assessment of the Fair Housing Plan

Assessment of Fair Housing Plan: Availability for Public Comment

August 3, 2017 - September 8, 2017

Public Hearings will be held at the following locations:

August 16, 2017 --3 p.m.
Williamsburg County Library located at 306 North Main Street, Hemingway, SC 29554

August 17, 2017--4 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Housing Authority located at 605 10th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

August 23, 2017--4 p.m. 
City of Georgetown Law Enforcement Center located at 2222 Highmarket Street Georgetown, SC 29440

August 24, 2017--4 p.m.
Horry County Community Development located at 1515 4th Avenue Conway, SC 29526

The Assessment of Fair Housing is a Federal requirement for agencies and jurisdictions who receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Copies of the plan will be made available on the Horry County, City of Myrtle Beach, City of Conway, Housing Authority of Conway, Myrtle Beach Housing Authority, and Eastern Carolina Homelessness Organization (ECHO) websites.

Copies will also be made available at the Horry County Community Development Office, the Myrtle Beach Housing Authority, and the Housing Authority of Conway.

For additional information or to submit written comments, please contact Courtney Kain, Community Development Director at (843) 915-7031 or by email.

Horry County does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability in its employment opportunities, programs, or activities.  All requests for appropriate auxiliary aids and services, when necessary to offer a person with a disability the opportunity to participate in or enjoy the benefits of County services, programs, or activities, must be made within a reasonable time prior to the activity.

Horry HOME Consortium AFH Public Draft