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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.  


Conway, South Carolina – The Old Horry County Courthouse, located at 1201 3rd Avenue in Conway, is closed today due to a power outage from a blown transformer.

Offices located in the Old Horry County Courthouse includes the Conway Magistrate, Central Traffic Court, Central Jury Court, Delegation, Probation & Parole, Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Worthless Check Unit. Also no precious metal permits will be issued today as well. Court attendees are asked to call the offices tomorrow to reschedule hearing dates.

All offices will be open on a normal scheduled tomorrow, April 22.

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.

Kenneth Urbaniak, Security Control Technician for the Department of Airports, won the Administration Division/Airport Quarterly Award for his leadership skills.  Mr. Urbaniak has over 20-years of civilian and military aviation experience.  He works in the Airport’s Communications Office which is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  Kenneth always conducts himself in a calm, poised and methodical manner no matter the situation.  He often takes the lead and manages stressful events.  He works closely with the Horry County Police, Horry County Air Rescue Fire, Myrtle Beach Dispatch and the Transportation Safety Administration to help keep staff and visitors at the Myrtle Beach International Airport safe.

Julius Graham, Volunteer Recruiter for Horry County Fire Rescue, won the Public Safety Division Quarterly Award for his work in expanding the volunteer component of Horry County Fire Rescue, which saves the county countless dollars by avoiding the cost of paid firefighters.  Due to Mr. Graham’s efforts, Horry County Fire Rescue has a total of 412 volunteers.  Julius has redesigned the volunteer recruitment program and instituting levels of volunteerism that provides a vehicle for the county to avoid waste in purchasing equipment by having volunteers serve in a internship phase to ensure their commitment and ability to be volunteer firefighters.   Mr. Graham’s outstanding dedication has made him an invaluable resource of Horry County Fire Rescue.

Jerry Brown, Heavy Equipment Operator III for Horry County Public Works, won the Infrastructure & Regulation Division Quarterly Award for his dedication, knowledge of his district and willingness to assist wherever and whenever needed.  Mr. Brown was hired in 1981 and has since become an integral part of Horry County Public Works. Over his years with Horry County Public Works, Jerry has operated backhoes, supervised inmate work crews and responded to several major disasters such as Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Floyd.  Mr. Brown is retiring at the end of April after 34-years of service and will leave big shoes to fill.

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:

  • Margaret “Peggy” Adduce-E911
  • Charles Deloach-J. Reuben Long Detention Center
  • Dennis Liu-Police
  • Robert Freeman-Parks & Recreation
  • Pat Griffin-Maintenance
  • Scott Sankow-Fleet Service
  • Susan Boyd-Library System
  • Lisa Gartner-Assessor
  • Cathy Gasque-Auditor
  • Crystal Smith-Finance

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.