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Horry County Community Cleanup Day

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, will host a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will feature 11-locations around the county where volunteers can choose to participate. Sign-in at each location will begin at 8:30 a.m. with roadside pickup to begin at 9 am to 11:30 am.  

Volunteers are invited to a post celebration party at the Myrtle Beach Speedway from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.  The litter collected at the various locations around the county will be transported to and displayed at the Speedway.  There will be food, prizes, entertainment, and much more!

Participating agencies and partners for the event include Keep Horry County Beautiful, Palmetto Pride, Coastal Carolina University, Horry County Schools, Carolina Forest Civic Association, Greater Burgess Community Association, Chicora Indian Tribe, Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors, Myrtle Beach Speedway, and many more.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged and available on the Horry County website:  Volunteers may follow the link to pre-register online or may download the preregistration form and mail it to Nancy Tindall, Horry County Planning & Zoning, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526.  The public is invited to participate as well as church groups, civic organizations, community associations, local businesses, etc. Come out and show your support for a cleaner Horry County!

Volunteers should also download a waiver form to bring to the registration table on the day of the event. One form will be required per individual. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLEANUP EVENT WITHOUT A SIGNED WAIVER FORM!   Please note that participants who are at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, must have a parent or other legal custodian sign the waiver form.  NO PARTICIPANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT PRESENCE OF A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN.

Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes to participate and are encouraged to wear long sleeves, long pants, leather shoes or boots, and eye protection.  Trash bags, gloves, a wristband, and a brightly colored t-shirt will be provided the day of the event.

For more information on the Horry County Community Cleanup Day, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning at or 843-915-5340. 


Horry County Legislative Delegation Seeking Applicants for Boards and Commissions

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Legislative Delegation is currently seeking applicants for the following boards/commissions that have vacancies, expired terms, or terms that expire in the near future. Individuals interested in serving should call Connie Turner at (843) 915-5130 between the hours of 9 a.m. and  4 p.m. or email her at to request a board application and the SC Governor’s background check application.  

  • Board of Voter Registration And Elections of Horry County
  • Horry County Board of Social Services
  • Horry County Disabilities And Special Needs Board
  • Horry County Forestry Commission
  • Horry County Higher Education Commission
  • Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Officer
  • Loris Community Hospital Commission
  • South Carolina Children’s Foster Care Review Board  15-C
  • South Carolina Forestry Commission
  • Waccamaw Center for Mental Health Governing Board
  • Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments
  • Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority (The Coast RTA)

The deadline to apply is October 20, 2014.


Horry County Memorial Library Named 2014 Innovision Award Finalist

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Memorial Library System is the only library amongst seventeen other finalists for the 2014 InnoVision Awards.  The InnoVision Awards Program was founded in 1999 by Deloitte Development and is presented by the McNair Law Firm.  The program is dedicated to the advancement of technology in South Carolina through communication, education and recognition of the spirit of innovation and technological progress.

The Horry County Memorial Library is a finalist in the Technological Application Division that recognizes a company or organization for the innovative application of an existing technology for a product, process or service that may be utilized in the state of South Carolina. The Horry County Memorial Library’s entry involved the revamping of its website by:

  • The use of PHP, Java Script, and MYSQL to create a materials browsing program and a new arrivals wall of images that runs on a virtual webserver.  This enabled users to more easily find library materials.  Also, this allowed the library to make ebooks, selected full-text periodical databases, and their digital collections available in a single, seamless integrated experience. 
  • The creation of an application for library patrons to use on their smart phones and tablets. 
  • An embedded catalog widget on their Facebook pages. 
  • SMS messaging so users could get notices more quickly. 
  • Enhanced telephone messaging for library patrons without computer access. 
  • To assist with the promotion of library events, Google Events was added to the website which also allows staff to put information on the website directly without having to wait for an IT specialist.

Horry County Memorial Library Director, Clifton Boyer, said of being nominated, “It is an honor to be a finalist for this award and extremely satisfying that the high quality of work done by our staff is being recognized by an organization who promotes technological innovations.”

Winners will be announced at the 16th Annual Innovision Awards Dinner on November 11, 2014.

For more information, contact the Horry County Memorial Library at 843-915-5285.

Horry County Patriot Tree Dedication

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the Conway Garden Club Council and the Horry County Historical Society will host a dedication for the Horry County Patriot Tree Project September 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Old Horry County Courthouse located at 1201 Third Avenue in Conway. 

The Horry County Patriot Tree Project pairs live oak trees with soldiers from Horry County who served during the Civil War.  Each one of the trees will have a QR code marker which will direct smart phone users to a website listing the soldier’s name, birth date, birth place, death date, burial place, and other available details of the soldier’s service. 

During the dedication, 23-trees will be paired with Civil War veterans of Horry County.  Honored at the ceremony will be:

  • Richard Bushrod Singleton
  • Zaccheus W. Dusenbury, Sr.
  • Jeremiah Smith
  • Abijah Hollingsworth Skipper
  • William H. Bruton
  • James E. Dusenbury
  • James Horry Dusenbury
  • U.A. Dusenbury
  • William W. Lawrimore
  • Richard A. Lawrimore
  • John R. Lawrimore
  • Robert Lawrimore
  • James M. Lawrimore
  • John Ralston Lawrimore
  • George Congdon
  • Josiah Cox
  • Waterman Grainger
  • Robert T. Anderson
  • Henry Anderson
  • Benjamin Avant
  • John R. Beaty
  • Thomas W. Beaty
  • John H. Grant

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Adam Emrick, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning and 843-915-5340.

Horry County Awarded A First Annual EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award

Conway, South Carolina - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Horry County with the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Crabtree Swamp Restoration Project in Conway, South Carolina. The award was given at an award ceremony yesterday during the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Crabtree restoration effort consisted of two projects focusing on a strategy of controlling sediment transport to address fecal bacteria, dissolved oxygen, and to reduce turbidity. The effects of urbanization had greatly altered the Crabtree canal, leading to increased runoff volumes, peak flow rates, flooding, and water quality impairments. The projects utilized a two-stage design to reconnect the canal with the remnant hardwood floodplain via a gently sloping riparian bench. The new channel configuration provides for flood storage and bank stabilization, and increased biological habitat. Monitoring efforts have demonstrated water quality improvements as result of the project.

The EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure practices. Green infrastructure uses natural systems and/or engineered systems designed to mimic natural processes to more effectively manage urban stormwater and reduce receiving water impacts. EPA and its partner organizations have promoted the use of green infrastructure for many years as part of a comprehensive approach to achieving healthier waters. Green infrastructure reduces the volume of stormwater discharges by managing rainwater close to where it falls and removes many of the pollutants present in runoff, making it an effective strategy for addressing wet weather pollution and improving water quality.

Additional information on Horry County’s stormwater project can be found HERE.

*Release contributed by Dawn Harris Young, EPA.