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Webster Named EMD Director of the Year

Conway, South Carolina –Randy Webster, Horry County Emergency Management Director, was named Director of the Year during the annual South Carolina Emergency Management Association workshop this week in the Myrtle Beach area. Nominees for the annual award are judged by their emergency management peers.

“Randy has been a true leader in our community, and I am proud his accomplishments have been recognized not just locally, but statewide as well,” state Chris Eldridge, Horry County Administrator.

Randy has over 32 years of public safety experience in Emergency Management, EMS and Fire service fields. He began his career with Horry County in 1989 just before Hurricane Hugo hit the east coast and has been the current Emergency Management Director since 2003. Randy is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hurricane Liaison Team and has been a member of various boards and committees to include the South Carolina Hurricane Task Force, Pee Dee Regional Counter Terrorism Coordinating Council and a member of the American Meteorology Society.



Preliminary Flood Maps for Horry County Ready for Public Viewing

Conway, South Carolina – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) newly revised, digital flood insurance rate maps for Horry County, SC, will be available for residents to review at two public open houses. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

The open houses will provide residents of Horry County and its municipalities the opportunity to see the preliminary maps, learn about their risk of flooding, and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property. Residents can meet one-on-one with a variety of specialists who will be available to talk about flood insurance, engineering, building permits and more. 

Flood Risk Open House

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

4 – 7 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center

1301 2nd Avenue in Conway, SC

 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

4 – 7 p.m.

Landmark Resort

1501 S. Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Over 65,000 postcards were mailed to those property owners who are currently in a flood zone, may be added to a flood zone, or deleted from a flood zone. The new preliminary maps were produced by FEMA and are more precise than older maps because better flood hazard and risk data make the maps more accurate. The ultimate goal is protecting property owners and the community from the risks associated with flooding. Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, floodplain widening or shifting, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

Home and business owners, renters, realtors, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents are encouraged to attend the open house. All who attend can meet with specialists to ask questions and learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their communities. 

Horry County’s preliminary maps have not yet been officially adopted and will become effective after a public comment period. This period allows the public to submit comments and appeals if they can show that any part of the maps is in error. Once all comments are received and addressed, Horry County may adopt the maps.  The preliminary flood zone maps can be viewed at www.horrycounty.org. Property owners will be able to compare these maps with the current flood zone maps to see if they will be impacted by the changes.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners’, business owners’, and renters’ insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage, so flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone. Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent.

 



Horry County Councilman James R. Frazier Resigns from Office

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County Councilman James R. Frazier (Dist. 7) announced his resignation from office effective March 1, 2016. Mr. Frazier has been a Horry County Councilman for 35 years. 

“I rise today to recognize a man of many achievements and talents, whose contributions to the Bucksport Community and our entire county have enriched many lives and contributed to the economic health of our community,” stated Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. “There are not enough words to express his love for Horry County and his dedication to service to the people of this county. He is a man of few, but powerful words. When he speaks, the room will go silent and everyone will listen as his wisdom is what has guided our county into the amazing place it is today. It has truly been an honor to serve with Mr. Frazier.”

Mr. Frazier was first elected to the Horry County Council in 1980. His lasting mark can be seen in the Bucksport Community with the construction of the James R. Frazier Community Center, which was completed in 2008. He was instrumental in helping to develop and implement state policy by serving on the South Carolina Association of Counties Board of Directors since 2006 and was appointed president in 2015. 

Mr. Frazier retired after 23 years of service with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and was one of five spokesmen nationwide that was invited to the White House by President Jimmy Carter to discuss issues facing American farmers. Mr. Frazier has also been a longtime member of the Horry County Democratic Party and was elected as the first African-American chairman in 1986.

Letter from Councilman Frazier

Horry County Council District 7 filings will open on March 18 and close on March 28. Below is the special election schedule:

May 17 – Primary Election
May 31 – Runoff Election, if necessary
July 5 – General Election



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 tindalln@horrycounty.org or 843-915-5340.



2016 Presidential Preference Primary Scheduled for February

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County Registration and Elections would like to remind registered voters that the election date for the Republican Presidential Preference Primary Election is Saturday, February 20, and the Democrat Presidential Preference Primary Election is Saturday, February 27. To view the list of candidates for these elections, please visit http://www.scvotes.org/

Voters may participate in only ONE presidential primary. The deadline to register to vote and be eligible to vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary is January 20, 2016, and the deadline to register to vote for the Democrat Presidential Preference Primary is January 27, 2016.  The last day to vote absentee for the Republican Presidential Preference Primary Election is February 19, 2016, and the last day to vote absentee for the Democrat Presidential Preference Primary Election is February, 26, 2016. 

The polling place locations for some precincts may be combined with others for the primaries as allowed by law. (List of precincts attached.)Polls will open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and registered voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will still be allowed to vote. The primaries will be held under the rules for providing Photo ID at the polling place. Voters will be asked to provide one of the following Photo IDs at their polling place:

  • SC Driver’s License
  • ID Card issued by SC Department of Motor Vehicles
  • SC Voter Registration Card with photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • US Passport

Curbside voting is also available for any voter, because of a physical handicap or aged 65 or older who cannot enter the polling place may vote outside of the polling place in their car. 

Voters are also encouraged to check their voter registration information prior to Election Day. If your voter registration information has changed (name, address, etc.), and you still live within the same county, you may go to http://www.scvotes.org/ and update your information. 

Unofficial results from Horry County and for all counties in South Carolina, will be posted on http://www.scvotes.org/.  The polls will close at 7 p.m. and the results will then be tallied. 

For more information on the Presidential Preference Primaries, please call Horry County Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.

2016 Election Schedule

Precinct Listing (Updated 2/17/16)

 



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