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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.  

Horry County Government Weekly Update for April 27 - May 1, 2015

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases and events for the week of April 27-May 1, 2015.

RFP Selection to be Made for Group Insurance Benefits Broker/Consultant Services

Conway, South Carolina – Recommendations will be made to County Administrator Chris Eldridge by the Evaluation Committee regarding Request for Proposals (RFP) #2014-15-027 Group Insurance Benefits Broker/Consultant Services for Horry County.   The recommendation will be made on Monday, April 27, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administrator’s Conference Room at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.

Horry County Patriot Tree Dedication

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, The Aynor-Galivant’s Ferry Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Horry County Historical Society will host a Horry County Patriot Tree dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. on May 8, 2015, at The Aynor Inn (also known as the Hagood House) in Aynor. 

The Horry County Patriot Tree Project pairs historic trees with soldiers from Horry County who served during the Civil War.  Each tree will have a QR code marker with death date, burial place, and other available details of the soldier’s service.  

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

  • James T. Alford
  • Abijah C. Crawford
  • John Nelson Dawsey
  • Asa Fletcher Gore
  • Alpha A. Graham
  • Collin Postell Hucks
  • Elijah Byrd Jenkins
  • Samuel T. Jenrette, Sr.
  • Jefferson J. Jones
  • Jeremiah W. Mishoe
  • William Page
  • Daniel Rabon
  • Hugh Rogers
  • Ephraim Spivey
  • Elisha Tyler

The ceremony is free and open to the public, 

For more information, contact Mary Catherine Hyman, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.

NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour to Visit Myrtle Beach, SC

Conway, South Carolina – The 2015 Hurricane Awareness Tour will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the Myrtle Beach International Airport’s General Aviation Terminal, located at 1250 Airdome Avenue in Myrtle Beach near Market Commons. Parking signs will be located around the terminal to assist visitors.

NOAA hurricane experts will visit five U.S. East Coast cities and one city in Canada, flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J hurricane hunter aircraft along with the NOAA G-IV aircraft to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

The event will host school children from Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg Counties and will be open to the general public from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. before they fly off to the next city, which is St. Augustine, Florida.

The tour will include the WC-130J, which is one of ten such aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force Reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, located at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. Military air crews fly directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data that are critical for forecasting the tropical cyclone’s intensity and landfall.

The NOAA G-IV is part of the agency's fleet of highly specialized research and operational aircraft operated, managed and maintained by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and based at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla. It flies at high altitude around and ahead of the tropical cyclone, gathering critical data to go into the hurricane forecast models.

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, hurricane specialists Daniel Brown and John Cangialosi, storm surge team leader Jamie Rhome, the USAF hurricane hunter crew members and the NOAA aircraft crew members will be on hand to educate students and residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness.

Staff from local emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, personnel from the National Weather Service Wilmington office, and many other partners will be part of the event.