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Keep Horry County Beautiful Litter Cleanups

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee announces a volunteer opportunity for people or organizations interested in assisting with upcoming litter cleanups in our community. Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and trash grabbers will be provided.

Saturday, February 6 – Dunn Shortcut Road – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Join the residents of Wood Creek, along with members of The Refuge and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as they pick up litter on Dunn Shortcut Road in Conway.  Meet in the parking lot at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 450 Dunn Shortcut Road in Conway.  Contact Courtney Burge for more information.

Friday, February 12 – Carolina Forest Boulevard & River Oaks Drive– 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Join Beautify Carolina Forest Group in partnership with Keep Horry County Beautiful for the cleanup of Carolina Forest Blvd and River Oaks Drive.  Meet in the parking lot at Carolina Forest Recreation Center located at 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd in Myrtle Beach. Contact Richard Skrip for more information.

The next meeting of the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will be held January 26, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at the Government and Justice Center located at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. If you would like to get involved in keeping Horry County’s boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter free, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful (email or 915-5340).

Horry County Awarded PalmettoPride Grants

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Planning and Zoning received a PalmettoPride “Community Pride” grant for $4,000 that will purchase and install interpretive signage at five area boat landings and parks.  The signs will be installed next to already existing environmental sculptures and will explain how litter affects fish and other wildlife.  Other area groups who also received the “Community Pride” grant include the Carolina Forest Beautification Group, the City of Myrtle Beach, and Girl Scout Troup 955. 

In addition, the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee (KHCB) received a PalmettoPride “Keep South Carolina Beautiful” grant for $8,000 which will provide funds for the purchase of supplies that volunteers use at cleanup events held countywide.  Last year, KHCB volunteers gave 1,389 hours of their time to clean 166 miles of road, two miles of river and 35 acres of parks and public lands.  These citizens collected 22,833 pounds of litter and debris.

PalmettoPride awarded “Education and Enforcement” grants to North Myrtle Beach Middle School, Whittemore Park Middle School and the Atlantic Beach Police Department.  Through all of the grants, over $32,000 in PalmettoPride funds were awarded to help beautify Horry County! 

Keep Horry County Beautiful is a sub-committee of the Horry County Parks & Open Space Board and meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except July, October, and December).  If you want to get involved in keeping our boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter free throughout the year, or to organize a cleanup event, contact the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee at or 843-915-5340.

Keep Horry County Beautiful Announces Tree Dedication Ceremony

Conway, South Carolina – The Yaupon Garden Club and the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee, along with PalmettoPride, announce an Arbor Day  dedicationtree dedication ceremony December 4, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Vereen Memorial Gardens located at 2250 Highway 179 in Little River.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Garden Club was awarded a Community Pride grant in 2015 from PalmettoPride for the purpose of purchasing trees to be installed at the gardens.  Members of the Garden Club, staff from Horry County Parks and Recreation and Horry County Planning and Zoning have designed and planted flowering Dogwood, American Holly, Black Cherry and Turkey Oak trees in the gardens in an effort to beautify and recreate the natural character of the Olde Kings Highway.  NOTE:Vereen Memorial Gardens contains a 300-foot segment of the original Olde  The King's Highway, which  was a roughly 1,300-mile colonial road laid out from between 1650 and 1735. in the American colonies.  The highway was ordered built by Charles II of England who directed his colonial governors to link Charleston, South Carolina, and to Boston, Massachusetts. There are few portions of the roadway that remain undeveloped or accessible to the public.

For 20 years, the Yaupon Garden Club has participated with Horry County in the care and maintenance of Vereen Memorial Gardens.  These activities have included planting trees and shrubs and removing litter, weeds, and debris from the 115 acres of coastal forest, tidal marsh and waterfront along the intracoastal Intracoastal Waterway.front.  The Club formally adopted Vereen Memorial Gardens in February 2015.  By adopting the Gardens, the Yaupon Garden Club has agreed to hold six cleanups between February 2015 and February 2017.  Keep Horry County Beautiful, which is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has agreed to provide the gloves, vests, bags, and grabbers for the cleanups.

The next meeting of the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee is November 24, 2015, at 2:30 PM in Multi-purpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.  If you want to get involved in keeping our boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter-free throughout the year, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful (email or 915-7893). 

Second Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day Was a Huge Success

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, hosted a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The event featured 12-locations around the county where approximately 400 volunteers came out and picked up 811 bags of litter. The numbers of bags of litter collected by County Council district are as follows:

  • District 1         -           33 bags
  • District 2         -           70 bags
  • District 3         -           35 bags
  • District 4         -           18 bags
  • District 5         -           104 bags
  • District 6         -           108 bags
  • District 7         -           51 bags
  • District 8         -           25 bags
  • District 9         -           60 bags
  • District 10       -           122 bags
  • District 11       -           95 bags
  • City of Conway -         90 bags  

Participating agencies and partners for the event include Keep Horry County Beautiful, Palmetto Pride, Coastal Carolina University, Horry County Schools, Carolina Forest Civic Association, Greater Burgess Community Association, Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors, Coast RTA, the Jamestown Chefs, and many more.

Keep Horry County Beautiful also recognized the following groups and individuals for achievement in efforts to reduce litter and beautify our county. The Community Cleanup and Beautification Awards for 2015 were:

Outstanding Business Award –

  • Ripley’s Aquarium

Outstanding Non-Profit Award –

  • Murrells Inlet 2020

Outstanding School Award –

  • Ocean Bay Middle School

Outstanding Community Award (2 awardees)–

  • Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors
  • City of Myrtle Beach

Beautification Award –

  • Richard and Lucinda Skrip

Achievement in Waste Reduction (2 awardees)-

  • Ocean Lakes Campground
  • Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

Outstanding Litter Prevention Program –

  • Myrtle Beach State Park

Outstanding Leadership in Litter Prevention (2 awardees) –

  • Horry County Fire/Rescue
  • Horry County Parks & Recreation


Horry County Community Cleanup Day Location Change

Conway, South Carolina –Please note that the location for Aynor has changed from the Aynor Town Park to the Aynor Town Hall (the address is the same).  A list of the locations are as follows:

  • Little River/NMB – North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Highway 57 South
  • Carolina Forest – Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd.
  • Myrtle Beach – Olin Blanton Building, 1201 21st Avenue North
  • Fantasy Harbour – Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Pkwy
  • South Strand – South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane
  • Socastee – Socastee Yacht Basin & Park, 4351 Peachtree Road
  • Bucksport – James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Road
  • CCU/Conway – Conway Medical Center (Administration Building), 300 Singleton Ridge Road
  • City of Conway – Conway Recreation Center, 1515 Mill Pond Road
  • Loris – Loris Nature Park, 300 Loris Lions Road
  • Green Sea/Floyds – Green Sea/Floyds Library & Senior Center, 5331 Highway 9
  • Aynor – Aynor Town Hall, 600 S. Main Street  (Location Change)

Volunteers are invited to a post celebration party on the back lawn of the Historic Horry County Courthouse in Conway (1201 3rd Avenue) from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.  The litter collected at the various locations around the county will be transported to and displayed at the courthouse.  There will be food, prizes, entertainment, and much more! 
Registered volunteers are reminded to bring their signed waiver forms to the registration table on the day of the event. One form will be required per individual. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLEANUP EVENT WITHOUT A SIGNED WAIVER FORM!   Please note that participants who are at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, must have a parent or other legal custodian sign the waiver form.  NO PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT PRESENCE OF A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes to participate and are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, leather shoes or boots, and eye protection.  Trash bags, gloves, a wristband, and a brightly colored t-shirt will be provided the day of the event.  

For more information on the 2nd Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-7893 or by email.