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Horry’s Heroes: Horry County Veteran’s Affairs New Veteran Recognition Program

Conway, South Carolina – In an effort to recognize the many United States military veterans in Horry County, the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office has begun a monthly recognition program entitled “Horry’s Heroes” in which a veteran will be featured on the County’s social media platforms each month.

Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Director, Ronald Elvis, said of the program, “I am extremely proud of the “Horry’s Heroes” program.  Horry County is home to over 30,000 veterans, and in my opinion, each and every one of them is a hero.  This program gives us the opportunity to put the spotlight on one single individual so every citizen in Horry County will be able to know the veteran’s story and how he or she did their part to keep this great nation free!”

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 (form attached).

The first veteran featured is Larry James Devlin (photo attached) who served with the United States Navy at Groton Longpoint Naval Station in Groton, Connecticut from 1965 to 1969 aboard the submarines the USS Angler and the USS Becuna (Becky B). Mr. Devlin retired to the Myrtle Beach area where he lived with his wife and dogs until his passing in 2014. Larry loved the US Navy and his many shipmates. His daughter said that he spoke fondly of the various ports of call the submarines visited but the one that fascinated him the most was Pompeii, Italy.

For more information on how to feature your hero, contact the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office at (843) 915-5480.

Information Sheet

March 2019 Horry's Hero-Larry James Devlin, US Navy

Imagine 2040 Open House

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County is seeking public input to formulate a vision and future land use map that will guide future growth and public services decades into the future. This is part of the IMAGINE 2040 Comprehensive Plan that is being developed to ensure unincorporated Horry County grows in a way that is consistent with the desires of the community. Over the course of the last six months, Horry County has obtained public input through a countywide survey, public comments, multiple open houses, and a land use workshop. This information has been utilized by the IMAGINE 2040 Steering Committee and Planning & Zoning staff to begin drafting the IMAGINE 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

Horry County will be hosting an IMAGINE 2040 Public Open House on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Horry County Government and Justice Center. This Open House will serve as a forum for staff to debut the progress of the plan and to obtain feedback from the public to ensure that it is accurately reflecting their vision of the future. This meeting will begin with a presentation to convey the planning efforts to date and the next steps in the planning process. Staff will present alternative land use scenario maps and visions so that the public can recommend their preferred version to incorporate into the plan. The public is invited to attend and people can drop-in at their convenience during this time.

You can follow the development of the plan by visiting the IMAGINE 2040 website. Draft chapters of the plan are posted to this site so the public can review and comment on them. Comments can be sent via email or submitted by mail to Horry County Planning & Zoning, 1301 2nd Avenue, Suite 1D09, Conway, SC 29526. A complete draft of the plan will be considered by the IMAGINE 2040 Committee this summer. Beyond the Committee, the Plan will be reviewed by Planning Commission and County Council, both of which will include formal public hearings. The plan will be submitted for consideration by Horry County Council by the end of 2018.  

Horry County Board of Registration & Elections to Conduct Scanner Test

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Registration and Elections will conduct a routine test of the 650 Scanner used to count absentee ballots on Election Day, June 12, 2018. The test will be held Friday, June 8, 2018, at 9 a.m. at the Horry County Registration & Elections Office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway.

For more information, contact Horry County Registration & Elections at 843-915-5440.

Horry County Auditor Announces Online Filing for Business Personal Property Tax Returns

Conway, South Carolina—Horry County Auditor Dr. Lois Eargle announced today a new online filing system for business personal property tax returns filed with the County Auditor’s Office. Property owners who are subject to the business personal property tax will be receiving a postcard in the mail with instructions on how to file online, providing a fast, convenient way to file rather than by a paper form.

In the past, property owners required to file business personal property tax returns with the County used a PR-26 form.  While PR-26 forms will still be mailed out in March to property owners subject to business personal property tax, they can now file online instead of using paper forms.

The new online system will be more efficient both for taxpayers and for the staff in the Auditor’s Office in processing approximately 84,000 returns.

Property subject to business personal property tax includes the furniture, fixtures, and equipment that are owned and used in a business. This includes the furniture, fixtures, and equipment associated with residential properties that are not primary or secondary homes, such as rental units. This update to the system deals specifically with business personal property taxes that are filed with the County Auditor’s Office.  

Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the online filing system can call the Horry County Auditor’s office at (843) 915-5054. 

Horry County Launches the Development of IMAGINE 2040

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will be kicking off the new year with a rewrite of its Comprehensive Plan. Municipal and county governments use comprehensive plans to guide future growth and public services. By state law, comprehensive plans are required to be rewritten every ten years to ensure that development and policy occur in a way that is consistent with the desires of the community. Over the last decade, Envision 2025 has served as the guiding document for growth in unincorporated Horry County.

The development of Horry County’s new comprehensive plan, IMAGINE 2040, will initiate in January. An ad hoc committee of the Horry County Planning Commission has been established to steer the development of the plan. The IMAGINE 2040 Steering Committee will meet for the first time on January 4, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Horry County Government and Justice Center located at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. The Committee will begin the visioning process for the future of Horry County, which will also be formed by public input that will begin during the months of January and February.

Horry County citizens are encouraged to participate in one of the following IMAGINE 2040 Open Houses. These public meetings will inform the community of the planning process and provide an avenue to guide the vision of the plan. The meetings will be held on: 

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526
  • Monday, January 29, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Hwy 57, Little River, SC 29566
  • Monday, February 5, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Throughout 2018, residents are encouraged to visit the IMAGINE 2040 webpage to follow the plan’s progress and to get involved in its development, Residents can also reach out to Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-5340 for more information.