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On November 4, 2019
in County News
In an effort to recognize the many United States military veterans in Horry County, the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office has a monthly recognition program entitled “Horry’s Heroes” in which a veteran will be featured on the County’s social media platforms each month.
All honorably discharged veterans (active duty, reserve, retired and/or deceased) from 1900 to present are eligible to be featured. All that is needed is a picture and basic information.
The veteran of the month for November is United States Army Reserve Master Sergeant Arnold E. Houston III. MSgt. Houston served a total of 27-years in the United States Army and then in the Reserves until he passed away from a service-related illness in 2013. Arnold was deployed during the Gulf War to Saudi Arabia, he served during the Bosnian War in Germany, and was deployed to Iraq to lead the logistics operation at Camp Taji. During MSgt. Houston’s years of service he received many medals including a Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars. His family relates that his favorite duty was training soldiers prior to deployment. It was his passion to ensure that US troops were highly prepared. He also loved Germany while he was stationed there and had always hoped to return.
MSgt. Houston lived in Conway for 13-years prior to his death. He served at both Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Lee, Virginia while stateside.
For more information or to feature your Hero, contact the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office at (843) 915-5480.
On November 1, 2019
in Closings, County News
All Horry County Government offices, other than public safety operations, will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019, in observance of Veteran’s 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.
In addition to the above dates:
On October 21, 2019
in County News
REAL ESTATE INFORMATION / QUESTIONS: ASSESSOR’S OFFICE (843) 915-5040
The Assessor’s office responsibilities include: keeps real property records (land, buildings and mobile homes), land transfers, appraises real property for tax purposes, takes applications for 4% assessment ratio (legal residence and agriculture property), maintains maps for assessment purposes and makes address changes on all real estate. To apply for any special assessment or make an address change please go online https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Assessor or come into our office.
PERSONAL PROPERTY INFORMATION / QUESTIONS:
AUDITOR’S OFFICE: (843) 915-5054, (843) 915-5050, (843) 915-5052, (843) 915-5053, (843) 915-5055
The Auditor’s office responsibilities include: keeps records of and appraises personal property (autos, trucks, airplanes, boats, campers, etc.), receives information for taxation (boats, airplanes, business personal property, etc.), prepares tax notices, takes applications for Homestead Exemption (see Homestead Exemption information in glossary above), and makes address changes on all personal property.
**** Personal property licensed or registered with a state agency must be appealed to the County Auditor within twenty (20) days of the date of mailing of the tax notice. (SC Department of Revenue, PO Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214.)****
PAYMENT INFORMATION / QUESTIONS: TREASURER’S OFFICE: (843) 915-5470
The Treasurer’s office responsibilities include: collects current property and all vehicle taxes, online tax payments, installment payments, processes mortgage company payments, safeguards all county funds, distributes tax money to county, school and municipalities, invests funds for the county, collects executed taxes not paid after March 17 of each year and all delinquent taxes. ***You may pay online using a debit or credit card (convenience fees apply) or the fee free e-check option when you use a bank routing and account number https://www.horrycounty.org/Online-Services/Tax-Payments.
On October 4, 2019
in County News
All honorably discharged veterans (active duty, reserve, retired and/or deceased) from 1900 to present are eligible to be featured.
The veteran of the month for October is US Army Specialist Sean Thompson. Mr. Thompson served with the 10th Mountain Division in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Korea. He received an Army Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and a NATO Medal. Sean enjoyed going to Bosnia because the people appreciated what was done for them since he was part of a peacekeeping operation.
On October 2, 2019
in County News
Horry County is developing a plan to help address riverine flooding impacts from tropical systems, such as Hurricane Florence. As part of this planning process, the public is being asked to participate in public meetings that are scheduled for the week of October 21.
Assisting the County in preparing this plan is a team of consultants with specific expertise in building coastal resilience to extreme weather events. This consultant team is led by Tom Jost of Sherwood Design Engineers. Three other consulting groups are also part of the project team. These include ONE Architecture, Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, and CASE Consultants International. Information about each firm, including a link to each firm’s webpage, follows.
Sherwood Design Engineers is a civil engineering firm committed to the integration of infrastructure, design, and the environment, with a particular focus on implementing resilient coastlines. Sherwood has offices in New York, California, Texas, and Georgia.
ONE Architecture is a design and planning firm with offices in Amsterdam and New York which is known for its unique approach in which financial, technical, and organizational issues are addressed and resolved through design.
The Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University takes a worldwide view of modern coastal processes and geologic hazards, examines the scientific basis for managing developed shorelines in a time of rising sea level and advocates for the development and implementation of responsible strategies, plans, policies and actions that promote the long-term sustainability of our nation’s coastal ecosystems.
CASE Consultants International applies Climate Arts and Sciences Expertise to inform real-world decisions in climate adaptation, sustainability, and resilience. Based in Asheville, NC, CASE connects science to solutions.
According to Courtney Frappaolo, Horry County’s Director of Community Development, "The consultant team will bring a great deal of expertise in environmental engineering, resilient architectural and urban design, and community planning to the problems that Horry County faces from hurricanes and tropical storms. Scientific evidence shows that these big storms are producing more rain than ever and are moving more slowly across land and water, creating more flooding and, consequently, more property damage. We are taking action now to help our community minimize the effects of future storms.”
During the week of October 21, there will be three public engagement sessions in three different locations around the County. Each session will take place from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.The meeting dates and locations are provided below:
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Socastee High School, 4900 Socastee Blvd, Myrtle Beach
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
North Strand Recreation Center, 120 State Hwy 57 S, Little River
Thursday, October 24, 2019
James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Rd, Bucksport
Consultant team leader, Tom Jost says, “We hope that all interested parties will be able to attend one or more of these meetings. While our team has extensive experience, we know that the real expertise lies in the experiences of Horry County citizens. Over the past four years, major flooding has occurred from hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Florence. We want to hear how these storms have affected your homes and businesses, as well as what ideas you may have for addressing these impacts. If you cannot attend, we will make survey forms available for you at the Horry County website so that your comments and ideas can be considered.”
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