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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.

Rebekah Cooke, Administrative Assistant for the Horry County Memorial Library System, won the Administration Division Quarterly Award for saving Horry County taxpayers over $20,000 on office supplies, non-asset equipment and furniture through product research. Ms. Cooke also keeps personnel records for the Library staff including time clock. She checks the time clock edit daily for missed or incorrect punches and notifies the appropriate staff. Her diligence prevents unapproved overtime. In addition, Ms. Cooke created a database for leave time so that employees could easily access it. She also manages the Library’s Family Medical Leave coordination. Her excellent attention to detail increases efficiency and effectiveness for the Horry County Memorial Library System as a whole.

Lance Corporal Erik Karney, Beach Patrol for the Horry County Police, won the Public Safety Division Quarterly Award for his volunteer work as the Area Director for Special Olympics South Carolina Area 16 (Horry County). Lance Corporal Karney volunteers his time as a representative of the Horry County Police raising money for the many events Special Olympics puts on for the children each year. The two largest fund raising events are the St. Patrick’s Day festival and Oktoberfest which are both held on Ocean Boulevard. Other very successful campaigns include the annual Polar Plunge, Cop on Top, and the Red Robin fundraisers. Erik assists in getting other law enforcement officers to participate. He also organizes the different sporting events for the children. Horry County Special Olympics was able to assist over 400 children/athletes last year! Lance

Corporal Karney used his partnership with LETR (Law Enforcement Torch Run) to form the Horry County Police Department Unified Basketball Team, one of which was chosen to play on the national level at the 2014 USA Special Olympics in Princeton, New Jersey. This team won the Gold Medal and received national recognition!

Lance Corporal Karney understands his mission as one of service, and gives of his time freely which sheds a very positive light on the Horry County Police Department and all law enforcement in general.

Dennis Taylor, Supervisor III for Horry County Fleet Service, won the Infrastructure & Regulation Division Quarterly Award for consistent performance of his duties at a level above and beyond all expectations. Mr. Taylor saved Horry County taxpayers over $30,000 in vehicle repairs through collections from the manufacturer for faulty parts and by working closely with insurance companies. He has also worked with representatives from the Ford Motor Company and General Motors to get county vehicles repaired at little or no cost. Dennis evaluates each vehicle repair to determine how to provide it with the highest quality and the most minimum cost. Dennis Taylor has demonstrated creativity, discretion and endurance and is a valued member of the Horry County Fleet Service Department.

These three 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:

  • Tabitha Barfield-Veteran’s Affairs
  • Paul Gullans-Animal Care Center
  • Joyce Jordan-Public Works
  • Billy Pavlick-E911
  • Alicia Shelley-Planning
  • Richard Staggs-Assessor
  • Melissa Ward-Finance
  • Kysha Wright-Detention Center
  • Nicole Zielbauer-Airport
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.

US 17 Bypass/SC 707 Intersection To Be Closed Overnight July 22-23, 2014

Conway, South Carolina – Contractors will strip the remaining overhang brackets, remove the remaining traffic protection and perform the asphalt buildup which will cover the entire intersection requiring the temporary closure of the US 17 Bypass/SC 707 Intersection on Tuesday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 23, from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., weather permitting. Thursday, July 24, will be a backup, inclement weather date or if an additional night is needed to complete the work.

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.

Horry County Animal Care Center to Hold Pet Vaccination Clinic

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Animal Care Center will hold a vaccination clinic, 24 July 2014, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the animal shelter located at 1923 Industrial Park Road in Conway. The Clinic will offer the following services:

  • Distemper/Parvo $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine)
  • Bordatella $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine)
  • Rabies $10--must be at least 4-months old (canine & feline)
  • Microchip $15--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine & feline)
  • Rhinotracheitis/Calici $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (feline)

Dogs and cats are both welcome; dogs must be on a hand-held leash and cats must be in a pet carrier.

The Animal Care Center holds these clinics monthly.

To help homeless animals in Horry County find loving homes, the Animal Care Center will offer discounted adoptions the first Friday and Saturday of each month. Potential adopters are encouraged to visit and spend time with the animal they are interested in. Most of the animals are already spayed or neutered and have their shots up to date, however younger animals may need to be returned later to have shots and/or spay/neutering done. The paperwork is easy and only takes a few minutes to fill out. Adoption fees are discounted and typically include spaying/neutering, vaccines, heartworm or leukemia testing, heartworm and flea preventative, intestinal parasite treatment and micro-chipping. Qualifying new pet parents also get 30-days free pet health insurance and coupons from local pet businesses.

To view the animals currently available for adoption or for more information on the monthly vaccination clinics, contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172, follow us on Facebook, or visit our website.

Carolina Forest Boulevard Construction

Conway, South Carolina – Beginning Monday, July 7, 2014, Horry County will begin construction of turn lanes on Carolina Forest Boulevard. The project will start at the Walker’s Woods and Southgate subdivisions then move to the Avalon subdivision and finally on to the Summerlyn subdivision and Horry County Recreation Center/Library facilities. Speed limits will be reduced in the construction areas. Work requiring lane closures will be done at night. Electronic message boards will be placed along Carolina Forest Boulevard to inform motorists.

Depending on weather conditions, the work is expected to take approximately 4-months to complete.

Contact the Horry County Engineering Department at 843-915-5160 for more information.

Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

July 1, 2014 Time: 12 p.m.

Tropical Storm Arthur:

Conway, South Carolina – At 12 p.m., Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of Tropical Storm Arthur. 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 Tropical Storm Arthur moving toward the South Carolina coast early Thursday morning. Depending on the angle of approach, the Horry County coastline may experience 20 - 35 mph winds with some higher gusts possible.

Citizens should review their family hurricane plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etch. Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County Emergency Management’s website.

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