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Horry County Moves to OPCON 4 for Second Winter Storm

February 11, 2014  10:00 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, and will continue to monitor the storm closely. Horry County is reviewing all operational plans and will keep everyone aware of any changes in the forecast and will take appropriate action when necessary.

Horry County Emergency Management Division urges everyone to continue proper precautions such as:

• Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.
• Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measure to insulate them from the cold.
• Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.
• Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures.
• Use caution when traveling on roads.
• Use caution when walking in parking lots and on sidewalks.
• Check with airlines as flights may be delayed or canceled.

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website

Horry County Chooses New Airport Director

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County Administrator, Chris Eldridge, has announced that Pat Apone, current Interim Airport Director, as the new Director of Airports. Apone has been an employee of the Horry County Department of Airports since 1997 and served as the Deputy Director of Finance and Administration until 2009, when she was appointed Interim Director and Chief Financial Officer until 2010. From 2010 until 2013 Apone served as the Assistant Director of Airports and was most recently appointed Interim Director in September 2013.

“Pat has been the backbone of the airport for years and has earned the top spot of Director,” stated Chris Eldridge. “When Pat began working at the airport, the airport was operating in a deficit position. Since that time, the Airport has operated more efficiently and diversified revenues to achieve a responsible fund balance that allows for an excellent bond rating and stability to weather the fluctuations of the airline industry. In her recent tenure as interim director, Pat wrapped up several projects and secured a new airline use agreement. With Pat, Horry County is getting a new Director who knows our airports inside and out, and will make an excellent addition to our management team. Her results-oriented and inclusive leadership style best fits the needs of this position.”

Apone is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance, and received her Master’s in Finance at Winthrop University. Apone is also an Accredited Airport Executive from the American Association of Airport Executives.

Conway Man Arrested for Threatening To Kill Horry County Sheriff's Deputy

Conway, South Carolina-On Friday morning February 7th, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50 year old Tommy Lee Watts of Conway for threatening the life of a public official. On January 27th, 2014, Mr. Watts called Horry County 911 and threatened to kill a Horry County Deputy Sheriff that was at his house attempting to serve a criminal arrest warrant. Mr. Watts was not at the residence at the time, his wife called him to make him aware that a deputy was at the house. Mr. Watts told 911 that he was en route to his home and he would kill the deputy if he laid a hand on his wife and didn’t leave his residence. Mr. Watts was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on a $20,000 PR bond and ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Horry County Government Weekly Update for February 10-14, 2014

Click HERE for Horry County Government's Weekly Update for February 10 - February 14, 2014.  Please note the new meeting time for the Administration Committee meeting.

Horry County Patriot Tree Dedication

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the Camellia Garden Club of Conway, the Horry County Historical Society, and the Waccamaw Archives Center at Coastal Carolina University will host the first dedication for the Horry County Patriot Tree Project February 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Upper Mill Plantation in Bucksville. 

The Horry County Patriot Tree Project pairs live oak trees with soldiers from Horry County who served during the Civil War. Each one of the trees will have a QR code marker which will direct smart phone users to a website listing the soldier’s name, birth date, birth place, death date, burial place, and other available details of the soldier’s service.

During the dedication, twelve trees will be paired with Civil War veterans of Horry County including Captain Henry L. Buck who was the owner of Upper Mill Plantation during the war. Also being recognized is Henry McCall, an African American who accompanied the soldiers from Horry County to the War and surrendered with the troops at Appomattox. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Adam Emrick, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning and 843-915-5340.