Election winners are
ready to work for city
Winners in the Loris City Council Election on Tuesday, Dec. 3, were Michael Suggs, right, with 195 votes, Casey Ward, center, getting 193 votes and Lewis Hardee Jr., left, garnering 157 votes.
By Debora Brown
Four men were seeking three open seats on the Loris City Council in the Dec. 3 general election
Casey Ward and Ricky Dew challenged incumbent Lewis Hardee and Mike Suggs and Estelle Wright did not seek a sixth term.
Mike Suggs has been serving on council since 1994 and is an attorney with Carroll Padgett’s law firm.
He is proud of the city’s accomplishments.
Lewis Hardee has served on council for 12 years and has chaired and served on several committees. He lives in Loris and is proud of the balanced budget in the city and that the city is back on track.
Casey Ward is an employee of Goldfinch Funeral Home. He grew up in the city of Loris and wants to give back to the community.
Ricky Dew is an employee of Horry Fire Rescue. Dew said he wants to bring new ideas to city council. He was born and raised in Loris. Dew said that it’s time to do more.
As the lines fill up at the voting stations on Dec. 3 with 1,461 registered voters in Loris, 636 turned out to vote for the three open city council seats.
As the night progressed, the candidates said they were nervous but it was out of their hands at this point.
At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday the results were in. Peggie Keffer started by thanking all the poll workers for their hard work as many were called to work at the last minute due to sickness.
When the final numbers were read, the winners were Lewis Hardee, Michael Suggs and Casey Ward.
Ricky Dew had 91 votes and Lewis Hardee 157 votes.
Michael Suggs garnered 195 votes with Casey Ward receiving 193 votes.
When Lewis Hardee was asked how he felt about the results, he said relieved and grateful to everyone who took the time to come out and vote and believe in him.
Michael Suggs wanted to thank everyone for believing in him and was so grateful that they came out and voted and he will try not to let anyone down.
Casey Ward said he was so grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Loris and wanted to say thank you to each person who came out and voted.
City Council approves
annual 2013 Christmas
bonus for employees
By Debora Brown
On Dec. 2, Loris City Council held its monthly meeting with a full agenda. Mayor David Stoudenmire got right down to business.
All City Council members were present for the meeting.
The Nov. 4 City Council meeting corrected minutes were approved.
On Dec. 5 the election results will be certified at 10:30 a.m.
On Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., the Horry County’s city’s legal meeting is in Atlantic Beach where the city has submitted several names.
Dec. 6 starts the opening of Christmas on Main from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Dec. 9 the city’s finance meeting will update where they are with the budget and expenses for the year 2014. The clerk is hard at work with the county to get revenue figures for the budget.
The fire department added 10 new fires to the year 2013 numbers
The fire department is working hard replacing and installing the citizens’ fire detectors. If you need fire detectors or old ones replaced let them know.
The city is working with Santee Cooper to get all the streetlights working before Friday’s Christmas on Main.
The city’s new business was to get a resolution to BB&T for financing a Knuckle Boom Truck for $120,000 at 2.16 percent for seven years to pick up yard waste in the city. All council members approved the financing.
The mayor wanted to keep the traditional $200 Christmas bonus for the full-time city employees and asked council to approve the bonus. It was approved that the city employees will receive a $200 Christmas bonus.
Mayor Stoudenmire explained that many years ago they put in place a $100 safety award to help with the rising worker’s comp accidents and claims and it has reduced their cost in claims. All council members approved it to continue.
The mayor made note that the Christmas bonuses and safety awards were figured into the budget for the year 2013.
Mayor Stoudenmire opened discussion on moving the calendar year budget to a fiscal year budget, July 1 to June 30, instead of the Jan. 1 to Dec. 30 calendar year that has been in place for over 48 years. The mayor states that it gets harder every year and getting the revenue is the hardest since the city is on a different calendar year than everyone else in the state. The decision would have to go through two readings before being approved. All council members are for the change to help make the budgeting for the city much easier.
Samantha Norris spoke for the Loris Chamber of Commerce and explained the events coming up. On Friday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, Christmas on Main from 6 to 8 p.m. there will be entertainment on Railroad Avenue. There will be vendors set up on Railroad Avenue and all the stores will be open for your shopping needs until 8 p.m.
In addition, the Christmas parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday on Main Street in Loris.