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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

Horry County Legacy Business Recognition

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize the following business with ribbon cutting ceremonies June 12, 2018: Jamestown Grocery located at 2703 4th Street in Conway at 2:15 p.m., and Oliver’s Restaurant located at 1301 Highway 501 Business also in Conway at 3 p.m. The ceremonies are free and open to the public.

The restaurant currently known as Jamestown Grocery & Restaurant was originally opened in 1962 as a grocery store and gas service station by Carlsyle Marlowe. Later the service station was closed down, enclosed and turned into a restaurant. Today the operation is incorporated with Carlsyle’s daughter, Beverly as the president. Her father is the vice president and his wife Lou Ellen, is the secretary. Even though Beverly’s parents are both in their 80s, they still come into the restaurant and help out. The Honorable Harold Philips, Horry County Council District 7, will be on hand to present the award to Jamestown Grocery & Restaurant.  

In 1964, George Alton Oliver Sr. and George Alton Oliver Jr. opened a meat market and grocery store known as the Waccamaw Superette. As the market grew with the local mill workers coming for lunch, the decision was made to put in a grill and the name was changed to Oliver’s Lunchette. In 2002, the name was again changed to Oliver’s Restaurant. Four generations of Olivers have worked in the restaurant. The Honorable Johnny Vaught, Horry County Council District 8, will present the award to Oliver’s Restaurant.

The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years.

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

Hardwick Inducted Into NENA Hall of Fame

Conway, South Carolina – The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) recently inducted Horry County E-911 Director, Renee Hardwick, into their Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor that the organization can bestow. Hardwick received the honor due to her significant contributions toward the objectives of NENA while serving a full term as President of NENA. Hardwick was also chosen for her vision on NENA’s future, highlighting her desire for the organization to tackle technology, staffing and funding issues.

Harwick has been employed with Horry County for 33 years and has worked in the E-911 Department for 27 of those years.

About NENA: The 9-1-1 Association

The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) serves its more than 11,000 members and the greater public safety community as the only non-profit professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations, and education issues. NENA develops standards and resources for 9-1-1 systems and operations; provides education, training, and certifications for 9-1-1 professionals; informs policymakers about issues facing 9-1-1; and educates the public about 9-1-1 systems, their importance, and their proper uses. Learn more at 


Horry County Wins Budget Award

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Finance Department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.  The award represents a significant achievement by the Horry County Finance Department’s Budget Manager and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. This is Horry County’s 27th consecutive award.

In order to receive the budget award, Horry County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

Horry County’s budget can be viewed online

Webster Named EMD Director of the Year

Conway, South Carolina –Randy Webster, Horry County Emergency Management Director, was named Director of the Year during the annual South Carolina Emergency Management Association workshop this week in the Myrtle Beach area. Nominees for the annual award are judged by their emergency management peers.

“Randy has been a true leader in our community, and I am proud his accomplishments have been recognized not just locally, but statewide as well,” state Chris Eldridge, Horry County Administrator.

Randy has over 32 years of public safety experience in Emergency Management, EMS and Fire service fields. He began his career with Horry County in 1989 just before Hurricane Hugo hit the east coast and has been the current Emergency Management Director since 2003. Randy is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hurricane Liaison Team and has been a member of various boards and committees to include the South Carolina Hurricane Task Force, Pee Dee Regional Counter Terrorism Coordinating Council and a member of the American Meteorology Society.