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Horry County Weekly Update for May 13-17, 2019

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, and news releases for the week of May 13-17, 2019.

The Horry Planner Spring 2019 Newsletter.



Horry County Historic Preservation Awards 2019

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation (BAR) will hold their annual Historic Preservation Awards May 21, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main Street, in Conway.

The guest speaker will be Michael Bedenbaugh, the Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina, whose talk will be; “The Importance of Saving Historic Places”.

The ceremony will showcase historic preservation efforts throughout Horry County during the last year. All properties that were designated as historic between May 2018 and April 2019 will receive a certificate acknowledging the honor. Also being recognized:

  • Jody Nyers, a former BAR chairman and for her continuing historic preservation activities;
  • David Wilson, a former BAR member and for years of historic preservation activities;
  • Catherine Heniford Lewis, posthumous for her book, Horry County, South Carolina 1730-1993;
  • Barbara Stokes for her book, Myrtle Beach: A History from 1900 - 1980;
  • Surfside Beach Historical Society for their work involving the Ark Plantation;
  • Restoration of the Shine CafĂ©;
  • Restoration of the Waikiki Motel;
  • The Market Common Military Tour;
  • Winners of the annual High School Historic Sites & Structures Video Contest;
  • Businesses that have been honored by the Legacy Business Recognition Program and;
  • Agritourism businesses that have received approved permits.

For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner, for Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 843-915-5340.



Horry County Government Wins National Achievement Award

Horry County Government’s App, HCConnect, has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

NACo recognized the Horry County Government HCConnect App with an Achievement Award in the category of Information Technology. HCConnect was created to provide a technology platform to inform, engage, and connect with the people of Horry County. This is a first of its kind app, developed completely in house, creating a direct channel for citizen driven communication and feedback.

Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner said, “I am so pleased to see our organization recognized for this outstanding achievement. This app demonstrates our commitment to transparency and open government. I am proud of the efforts of our employees who work hard to serve our community every day.”

NACo President Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’ quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada. 

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.  Learn more at www.naco.org



Horry County Government Weekly Update for May 6-10, 2019

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, and releases for the week of May 6-10, 2019.



Keep Horry County Beautiful's Secure Your Load Tarp Giveaways

Conway, South Carolina – Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB) will continue the “Secure Your Load” Tarp Giveaway campaign during the month of May. Initiated in 2017 as an effort to reduce the amount of roadside litter and debris the program focused on residents and small business owners who use their personal vehicles for hauling. The campaign is based, in part, on facts gathered from the nationwide 2016 AAA report, which stated that more than 200,000 wrecks, 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths in the previous four years had been caused by trash in the roads and objects flying off vehicles. Additionally, KHCB’s Annual Litter Index revealed and continues to show, consistently littered roadways near Solid Waste Authority Convenience Centers. Accordingly, Keep Horry County Beautiful and the Horry County Police Department will distribute free tarps, courtesy of a PalmettoPride Grant, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations (exact addresses may be found on the Horry County Solid Waste Authority's website):

  1. May 4, 2019 – Carolina Forest Convenience Center #24– On International Drive between Ocean Bay Elementary and Horry County Fire Station.
  2. May 11, 2019 – Homewood #7– Highway 701- North of Conway in front of SC Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
  3. May 18, 2019 – Browntown #15– Hwy. 548 (Four Mile Road) near Sandy Acres Mobile Home Park (between Highway 501/Juniper Bay Road).
  4. May 18, 2019 – McDowell Shortcut #4– Off Highway 707 between US-17 Bypass, St. James Elementary & Middle Schools (from US-17 Bypass turn at Pelican, turn right when you get to the dirt road).
  5. May 25, 2019 – Jackson Bluff #12– Off of SC 544 on Jackson Bluff Road, across from Grand Strand Water & Sewer Office.

The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will meet May 28, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. For more information in getting involved in keeping the County’s boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter-free throughout the year, may contact Keep Horry County Beautiful (tindalln@horrycounty.org or 915-5340).



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