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Opportunities to Support Keep Horry County Beautiful

Conway, South Carolina – There are many opportunities in April to support and get involved with Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB). April is Zero Tolerance for Litter Month and April 22, 2014, is Earth Day.

On April 12, KHCB will be participating in StormFest from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Stadium. StormFest is a free, family-friendly severe weather awareness and preparedness event focusing on kids through interactive/hands-on activities while also providing adults with brochures and guides. This event offers attendees the ability to meet face to face with the National Weather Service, public safety agencies, military and non-profit organizations, local TV meteorologists, and local businesses regarding local natural hazards and vulnerabilities.

On April 19, KHCB will assist the Waccamaw Riverkeeper with RIVERSWEEP beginning at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Conway Marina and maneuvering kayaks on the Waccamaw River as they pick up litter and debris. Join KHCB starting at the Conway Marina or at one of the adopt-a-landing sites if you so choose to help clean up our river. There will be a roll-off container at the marina for trash or each group can drop off debris at the closest Convenience Center. Earth Day Music Fest will begin at Riverfront Park at 11a.m. Stop by and visit Riverkeeper and KHCB there as well.

KHCB will participate in HTC Green Fair again this year. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the HTC building on Hwy 501 across from Horry-Georgetown Technical College at 2201 Highway 501 North in Conway. Come by and learn more about KHCB and other groups that are working hard to protect our environment. Bring your old telephone books to recycle.

Ocean Bay Middle School will host its annual Earth Day at the Bay Event on April 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This event is geared towards youth and helping them learn more about how to protect the environment. Keep Horry County Beautiful will have a table set up and some great give-away items. Come out for a fun day!

The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except October and December. The next meeting is April 22, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. 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 Horry County’s boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter free throughout the year, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful ( or 915-5340).

Keep Horry County Beautiful Litter Cleanups

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee announces several volunteer opportunities for people or organizations interested in assisting with upcoming litter cleanups in our community.

The Greater Burgess Community Association will hold a community cleanup Saturday, March 15, 2014. The event will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at the South Strand Recreation Center located at 9650 Scipio Lane in Myrtle Beach. Volunteers will be transported to clean up litter along community roads such as Holmestown Road, McDowell Shortcut, and Bay Road. Keep Horry County Beautiful will be assisting with safety vests, gloves, and garbage bags.

The Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors will clean up litter along the George Bishop Parkway on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the South Carolina Real Estate Network located at 3721 Wesley Street (off George Bishop Parkway) in Myrtle Beach.

Also, on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10 a.m., the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will assist the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge in a cleanup of an illegal dumpsite at the Cox Ferry Recreation Area located off Jackson Bluff Road in Conway.

The Carolina Forest Civic Association will be holding their Spring Cleanup on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Event registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center located at 2254 Carolina Forest Boulevard, Myrtle Beach.

Most events wrap up around noon. Cleanup supplies are provided however volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and close-toe shoes. Volunteers may also wish to bring sunscreen and/or bug spray.

For more information or to organize a cleanup event, contact the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee at or 843-915-5340.

Keep Horry County Beautiful Earns Keep America Beautiful Award

Conway, South Carolina –Keep Horry County Beautiful received the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award during Keep America Beautiful’s 2014 National Conference, which recently took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Horry County Beautiful met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening.

“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions to local problems caused by litter, graffiti, illegal dumping and other community blight by engaging volunteers of all ages in its effort to create a vibrant community.”

Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB) was established in 2011 as a subcommittee of the Horry County Parks and Open Space Board. KHCB is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and South Carolina’s Palmetto Pride program. Since its inception, KHCB has had great success with beautification projects and establishing volunteer litter cleanup groups. Keep Horry County Beautiful’s mission is to inspire residents and visitors to value and protect the natural beauty of Horry County and to empower them to keep the open spaces, rivers, and beaches clean and litter-free.

Clean Up Event Scheduled for Port Drive

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will assist the Harbour Towne home owners association with a local clean up event of Port Drive on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in an effort to keep our communities clean. Interested volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Port Drive and Malibu Lane, located just off Hwy 17 Bypass near the intersection of Hwy 707 and Farrow Parkway in Myrtle Beach.    

For more information, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.

Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee Partners with Local Groups to Cleanup George Bishop Parkway

Conway, South Carolina - The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will partner with the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors and the Coastal Carolina University’s EcoReps to cleanup the George Bishop Parkway Saturday, November 9, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Volunteers will meet at the South Carolina Real Estate Network located at 3721 Wesley Street in Myrtle Beach at 9 a.m.  

The event is aiming to be one of the largest cleanups of the fall and hopes to bring many locals and students out to combat litter.  Last year, volunteers cleaned up over 1,000 pounds of trash.  Project leaders expect to exceed last year’s totals. 

For more information or to find out how to get involved, contact Heather Tenney with the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors at 843-839-8082 or Nancy Tindall with the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee at 843-915-7893.