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Horry County to Host First Annual International Drive Road Race

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Government Wellness Committee is excited to announce the First Annual International Drive Road Race. The event takes place on April 29, 2018, and features a 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run. Both the 5K and 10K courses will be USATF certified and sanctioned. Participants are able to compete in both the 5K and 10K with the top 1st-3rd overall male and female runners receiving cash awards. Each participant receives a finisher medal. Registration for all three races is now open, and fees currently range from $5-$30. Registration fees include a high quality t-shirt, a finishers medal and refreshments at the finish line. Fun Run participants have the option of purchasing a t-shirt.     

Wellness Committee Member John Bodner has been heading up the event and says, “We are excited about the first year of this race and look forward to seeing the race grow and continue each year.” 

Black Dog Running Company is managing the event. Second Wind Race Timing will be the official timing company. The 5K and 10K courses will use chip timing devices attached to the participant bib to record each runner's time.

For more information and to register for the event, visit

Horry County Government Weekly Update for January 15-19, 2018

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases, and road construction for the week of January 15-19, 2018.

Horry County Government's Weekly Update for January 8-12, 2018

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases and road construction for the week of January 8-12, 2018.

Horry County Lifts Burn Ban

Conway, South Carolina – After conferring with the Department of Forestry, and due to the recent precipitation, Horry County Government has lifted an outdoor burning ban effective immediately for the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  We remind our citizens that where the burn ban is not in place, we ask their consideration and due diligence when actively involved in open burning.  Please consider burning after 4:00 PM, and consider not burning on extremely windy days.

Horry County Fire Rescue will continue to monitor conditions and may re-impose the ban at a later date if conditions deteriorate. Horry County Government has a policy allowing it to institute an outdoor burning ban whenever there's a statewide red flag alert or if weather conditions appear conducive to wildfires.

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at  843-915-5190.

Safety Around Frozen Lakes and Ponds

CONWAY, SC – As the snow, ice, and cold weather continues in our community, many of the lakes and ponds in our area become frozen over.  The ice on these bodies of water can be an attraction to children and adults, unfortunately, there is no such thing as safe ice in our community.  Where a lake or pond may have a coat of ice, the ice is not strong enough to support body weight.  We ask you to stress to your children, as well as those they play with, to please stay away from this ice to prevent a tragedy from occurring.      

If someone does fall through the ice, we remind you of these safety tips:

  1. Call 9-1-1 immediately
  2. Do not run onto the ice, as you could become a victim as well
  3. Attempt to keep the victim calm, stress they keep their head above the water, and lay their arms across the ice if possible.  Having them kick their legs will help keep them in a horizontal and safer position
  4. Always remember the order of Reach, Throw, Row, and Go in your attempt to assist
    1. Find a long object to reach the person; a tree limb, rope, scarf, or ladder can help
    2. If possible, try throwing something to the individual that will float; a plastic sled, cooler, life preserver are examples
    3. If there is a boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board available, push or row them to the individual in the water
    4. If there are no other options, and as a last resort, you could attempt to form a chain of people to reach the victim
  5. When you do get the individual out of the water, immediately cover them to increase their body heat, and attempt to get them to a warm location while awaiting for Emergency Help to arrive.

If you would like additional fire or life safety information please contact Mark R. Nugent, Public Information Officer for Horry County Fire Rescue, at