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Willard Ace Parker Farm is Designated as a Century Farm

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Planning & Zoning Department has been notified that the South Carolina Century Farms Program has designated the Willard Ace Parker Farm in Horry County as a Century Farm. The farm was purchased by the family in 1863 and has been continuously owned by the family since then.  Willard Parker of Longs is the current owner of the Willard Ace Parker Farm.

The Century Farms Program was created to honor families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least one hundred years. The program was created in the 1974 for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.  In 1976, the South Carolina Legislature expanded it into a statewide program. Since 1974, over 350 properties have been designated as Century Farms.

The Pendleton District Commission, in Pendleton SC, administers the Century Farms Program.  This designation places no restrictions on the farm, nor does it offer legal protection and there is no cost to apply.  For more information please contact the Commission at 864-646-3782 or by email.

Telephone Scam Warning

Conway, South Carolina-The Horry County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the community of a telephone scam that is going on around our area.  

A person or persons are calling people in Horry County, identifying themselves as a Deputy with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.  The caller tells the person they failed to report for jury duty and must pay a fine or a bench warrant will be issued for their immediate arrest. Or, the caller tells the person they are late on a loan payment and must pay immediately or go to jail.  The caller tells the person to go immediately to a bank or Wal-mart money store and send/wire the money for the fine or a Deputy Sheriff will go to their residence and arrest them.  The caller seems believable because the caller may have personal information like the person’s address. The caller will also leave a phone number for the person to call back and when the person call’s back the voicemail message says “Horry County Sheriff’s Office”.  The caller is very persistent and will call sometimes several times a day until he/she speaks to someone on the phone.  

The Horry County Sheriff’s Office does not collect fines for contempt of court, failure to appear in court, or loan payments. Our deputies will also never ask a person to go to a bank or money center and ask someone to wire money for any bond or fine.  Our deputies will never ask for immediate payment with a credit or debit card.  

If you ever have a question about the identity of one of our deputies, please call our main number, 843-915-5450.  Our administrative office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.       

If you receive one of these calls, please hang up immediately.  Do not send money.   If you have been a victim of this scam and would like to report it, please call Sgt. Sherri Smith at 843-915-8571.  

Horry County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Receives Supervisor of the Year Award

Conway, South Carolina – The South Carolina Jail Administrators Association (SCJAA) held their annual training conference in Myrtle Beach from March 29, 2015, through April 1, 2015, with over 250 jail administrators and staff from detention centers across the state attending, where they received training on jail related topics.  During the conference, the association recognizes exceptional employees with annual awards for volunteer, officer, supervisor and jail administrator of the year.  On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Sergeant Tonya Washington of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center received the award for the South Carolina Jail Administrators Association Supervisor of the Year.  Sergeant Washington has been employed for six years and nine months at the detention center and serves as a shift sergeant at the facility.  Sergeant Washington was recognized for organizing an annual Christmas party of her staff’s children that has grown to a department wide event and for her outstanding leadership qualities. 

The mission of the South Carolina Jail Administrators Association is to promote professionalism through training; to promote unity, to address relevant jail issues; to promote fellowship and good will among those who serve within the criminal justice system; and continually strive to promote a positive image of professional and ethical behavior to the community and citizenry it serves.

*Pictured in the attached photograph from left to right: Sheriff Phillip Thompson, Sergeant Tonya Washington and J. Reuben Long Director Tom Fox.