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Horry County Risk Management Wins Award

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Human Resources and Risk Management Office has received the Sustained Excellence in Risk Management award from the South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) for fiscal year 2012-2013. The award is based on a self-audit and other progress reports that the Association has on Horry County’s continuous commitment to creating a safe work environment. Some progress report items include:

• Participation in Horry County’s safety program by the County Administrator and Assistant Administrators.
• The availability of a full time staff to manage the safety and risk management programs.
• Having a low worker’s compensation experience of .75 for 2012-2013 (this means that Horry County’s worker’s compensation insurance premiums are at least 25% below the average).

This commitment was supported by Horry County Council’s March 2013 safety resolution and the County Administrator’s safety policy statement.

For more information, contact the Horry County Risk Management Office at 843-915-5230.

Quarterly Employee Awards Announced

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

Frank Russell, a Procurement Clerk for the Horry County Procurement Department, won the Administration Division Quarterly Award for his willing acceptance of additional duties of the Managed Print Services (MPS) initiative. He quickly and efficiently inventoried Horry County’s printers and documented over 850 devices. The inventory required a significant level of coordination and teamwork with every County department. In addition, Frank has administrative duties and manages the County’s surplus property sales. Frank is committed to excellence in customer service and is a critical part of the Procurement Department.

Lori Woods, Communications Center Supervisor at Horry County 9-1-1, won the Public Safety Division Quarterly Award for her work with exploring the benefits of enabling Automatic Call Distribution on the 9-1-1 phone system. Her thorough research and work with vendors allowed her to isolate, identify, and proactively correct issues. This positively affected the quality of service that Horry County 9-1-1 is able to provide to our citizens. Lori’s diligence eliminated a myriad of possible frustrations for call-takers, dispatchers, and management. As the most junior Communication Center supervisor, Lori has continued to grow as the leader of her squad and is a valued staff member.

Stevie Brown, Chief Plans Reviewer for Horry County Planning & Zoning, won the Infrastructure & Regulation Division Quarterly Award for taking on the responsibility of performing on-site inspections of landscaping for commercial projects prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) which was previously performed by Code Enforcement. Horry County Planning and Zoning assumed the responsibility due to the expertise required in reading the approved landscaping plans and in identifying the types, sizes and placement of the required plants, shrubs and trees. Mr. Brown has to coordinate his daily schedule with the commercial inspectors from Code Enforcement. The transition has been flawless and Stevie is able to work harmoniously with Code Enforcement staff. He provides superior customer service and is professional and positive. Stevie maintains his cool, even under pressure, and presents a positive image both in the office and the field.

Dorothy “Nan” Hucks, Administrative Assistant for Myrtle Beach Aviation, won the Department of Airports Quarterly Award for the assistance she provided to the Airport Finance Department with QuickBooks processing of daily transactions for the North Myrtle Beach Airport. Nan was asked to learn the program and assist with fixed based operations specific criteria to mirror the Myrtle Beach Aviation transactions. Nan’s prior knowledge and experience have been instrumental in her success.

These four winners of the Horry County Employee Quarterly Awards received $250, a designated parking space, a certificate of achievement, and are eligible for the Employee of the Year Award of $1,000.

Other outstanding nominees were:

• Tammie Butler-Central Traffic Court
• Robert Gibbins-Fire Rescue
• Alex Lynch-Public Works
• Steve Riggins-Detention
• Brittany Sherman-Animal Care Center
• Elton Dean Strickland-Stormwater

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.



Three Sentenced in Home Invasion

Conway, South Carolina– TROY GIBSON, 22, pled guilty to BURGLARY, 1ST DEGREE and ARMED ROBBERY today before Circuit Court Judge Markley Dennis; Judge Dennis sentenced GIBSON to 18 years incarceration for each offense. GIBSON must serve over 15 years of that sentence before he will be eligible for parole. 

GIBSON and two others committed a home invasion robbery of a residence in the Loris section of Horry County in December, 2012. During the incident, numerous items of personal property were taken as well as the victim’s vehicle. The perpetrators were apprehended after police spotted the stolen vehicle and gave chase.

MAURICE MORRIS, 22 and K’SHAWN MORRIS, 20 were each sentenced to 10 years for their roles in the home invasion; they must each serve 8.5 years of their sentences before they will be eligible for parole.

Steel Girders to be Set Over US 17 Bypass/SC 707 Intersection for the North Bound Bridge

Conway, South Carolina – Steel girders for the north bound bridge will be set over the US 17 Bypass/SC 707 and Farrow Parkway intersection starting on Monday, February 3, from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. and continuing the same hours the evening of Tuesday, February 4, weather permitting.

During this time period, motorists will be able to travel north and south bound on US 17 Bypass, however no left turns will be allowed from US 17 Bypass at the intersection of SC 707 and Farrow Parkway. Motorists traveling on SC 707 and Farrow Parkway when approaching the intersection will not be allowed to travel through the intersection or make left turns. Only right turns will be allowed off of SC 707 and Farrow Parkway onto US 17 Bypass.

The recommended access for south bound US 17 Bypass and SC 707 wanting to go east on Farrow Parkway would be to use the US 17/SC 544 Interchange. The recommended access for north bound US 17 and Farrow Parkway wanting to go west on SC 707 would be to use the Fantasy Harbour/US 17 Interchange. The alternative detours/routes are placed on signage throughout the vicinity of the project.

Also there will be limited nighttime lane closures on a portion of the inside north bound lane on US Highway 17 Bypass from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, and Thursday, February 6, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Again this will reduce traffic down to one lane going north bound on a very small section of US Highway 17 Bypass near the construction project.