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Horry County Government Weekly Update for August 31 - September 4, 2015

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, events, releases and road construction for the week of August 31-September 4, 2015.

Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Date: August 28, 2015

Time: 12:00 p.m.     

Tropical Storm Erika Update

Conway, South Carolina –Since our area is in the 5-day error cone, Horry County moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) for precautionary measures due to Tropical Storm Erika.  OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with key local and state agencies.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to monitor changes in the forecast and take appropriate as necessary.

Everyone is encouraged to monitor the storm through local the media and updates from the National Hurricane Center.  

Horry County Patriot Tree Dedication

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the City of North Myrtle Beach, the Driftwood Garden Club, the Yaupon Garden Club, and the Horry County Historical Society will host a dedication for the Horry County Patriot Tree Project September 11, 2015, at 11 a.m. at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach.  

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

  • Thomas W. Bell
  • William Adams Bell
  • Ezekiel Hawes
  • George T. Litchfield
  • John L. Litchfield
  • Thomas Livingston
  • Milby Shelley
  • Thomas Reedie Stephens
  • John J. Stroud
  • James Vault
  • Richard W. Wood 

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.

Vereen Memorial Gardens Photo Contest

Little River, SC-Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens is hosting a contest featuring photographs taken within the gardens during 2014 or 2015.  First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each of three divisions:  Adult, Youth 13-18, and Children 12 and under.  Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Two photographs of sizes up to 8”x10” printed in color may be submitted per photographer.
  • All submissions must be matted to 11”x14”. 
  • Photos should not have writing of any kind on the front of the work. 
  • Multiple images in one mat or collages will not be judged.
  • Entrants must attach a tag to the back of each photograph with their name, division (including age if 18 or younger), phone number, and e-mail address, as well as the date the photo was taken.
  • Entrants must hold all rights to the submitted photographs.  Photos previously published or pending publication or that violate or infringe on anther’s copyright are not eligible.
  • Editing is allowable but combining photos is not acceptable.
  • Entrants must grant the Vereen Memorial Gardens committee the right to publish and use submitted photos in print and/or electronic form for future advertising and promotions.  All reproduced photos will include a photographer’s credit.  Photographs used digitally will include photographer’s name in credit line.  Entrants should be prepared to provide a digital copy of any photo or be willing to allow the photo to be scanned.
  • Photos must be delivered to the C.B. Berry Center, Highway 179, Little River between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. October 1 or 2, 2015.

Entries will be displayed from October 8-23, 2015, and may be picked up at the Berry Center after October 27, 2015.

Experienced judges from the Coastal Carolina Camera Club and the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens Committee will be judging this contest.  Decision of the judges is final.  For questions or more information, contact Alyssa Craft at (843) 249-4157 or email.

Horry County Offices to Close for Labor Day

Conway, South Carolina – All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day.  Regular courts may be in operation in the Horry County Government & Justice Center and all jurors, witnesses, etc. will be required to be present.