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County Receives Financial Award

Conway, South Carolina – The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Horry County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2014. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the Horry County Finance Department.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The Horry County CAFR can be read in full, on its website. This is the 28th consecutive year that Horry County has received this award.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government financial professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.

RFP Selection to be Made for Credit Card Kiosk at MYR

Conway, South Carolina – Recommendations will be made to County Administrator Chris Eldridge by the Evaluation Committee regarding Request for Proposals (RFP) #2014-15-022 for automated airline-branded credit card kiosk at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. The recommendation will be made on Monday, June 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in the Administrator’s Conference Room at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.

2015 Annual Horry County Historic Preservation Awards

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation will hold their annual Historic Preservation Awards May 19, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main Street, in Conway.

The awards ceremony will showcase historic preservation efforts throughout Horry County during the last year.  All properties that were designated as historic between May 2014 and May 2015 will receive a certificate acknowledging the honor.  Also being recognized:

  • D. Scott Ferguson for the renovation of the Walter Stilley home
  • Adam Emrick for his historic preservation work as staff liaison with the Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation
  • Carolyn Dillian for her service as chairman of the Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation
  • Waccamaw Publishers for their dedication in reporting historic preservation efforts in Horry County
  • Coastal District Garden Club of SC  for their work with the Horry County Patriot Tree Project
  • Students for their participation in the annual High School Historic Sites & Structures Video Contest

For more information, contact Mary Catherine Hyman, Senior Planner, in the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 915-5340.

Horry County Moves to Opcon 4

May 8, 2015

11 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina – At 11 a.m., Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of Subtropical Storm Ana.  OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means that county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other coastal communities.  Horry County will continue to monitor the storm closely and review all operational plans.  The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.

The current forecast has Subtropical Storm Ana moving toward the South Carolina coast early Friday morning.  Depending on the angle of approach, the Horry County coastline may experience up to 45-mph winds with some higher gusts possible.

The biggest threats with Subtropical Storm Ana are riptides and high surf, which has prompted swimming and surfing advisories until further notice.  Rainfall accumulation is expected to be between two to four inches.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, the Horry County is under a tropical storm watch, which means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within the next 48-hours.

Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates.  It is also a good time to review family hurricane plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etch.  Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s official website.

Justin Powell Named New Assistant County Administrator

Conway, South Carolina – Justin Powell, will become Horry County’s new Assistant County Administrator of Administration, replacing Anne Wright who resigned in March. Powell has been the Chief Financial Officer for Dorchester County, South Carolina. He is scheduled to begin work in Horry County on May 26.

We welcome Justin to Horry County as he brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous government experience in Dorchester County, City of Greenville, and in Fairfax County, VA,” stated County Administrator Chris Eldridge. “Justin will be a strong manager for our organization, and we are excited he is joining our team.”

Under the Administration Division, Powell will oversee the following: assessor, finance, human resources, IT/GIS, museum, procurement, community development as well being the liaison with several other elected and appointed officials to include the Auditor, Clerk of Court, Coroner, Delegation, library, magistrates, Master-in-Equity, Probate, Register of Deeds, Public Defender, Registration & Elections, Treasurer and Veterans Affairs.

Powell was chosen from among 162 applicants for the position.  Prior to arriving in Dorchester County, Powell worked for the City of Greenville, SC, and was responsible for budget administrator, accounting/revenue, capital planning, purchasing, information technology, and risk management.

A native of South Carolina, Powell received his masters of public administration from University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, and a bachelor of arts from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.