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Council names Loris native

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Police Chief
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Interim Chief Karen Barnhill Shepherd, a native of Loris, is now the official Loris Police Chief. She has served local citizens for 15 years starting as a part-time dispatch and working her way up to being named chief.

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By Cheryll Wilbur
After serving as interim police chief for the second time, Karen Barnhill Shepherd of Loris has officially accepted the position of police chief of the city of Loris.
Chief Shepherd has a mission as leader of the Loris Police Department to create neighborhood watch programs as well as programs for the youth such as a “Day of Safety” which would include fire prevention and safety and crime prevention. Her passion for the community and the young people fuels her daily desire to make Loris a safe place to live, work and play.
As a child she wanted to help people either through nursing or law enforcement.  She began her law enforcement career in Loris and has since then protected and served the Loris citizens for 15 years. Starting as a part-time dispatch was just the beginning.  It did not take long for her to realize she wanted to do even more to help people through law enforcement. Her hunger and thirst to uphold the law kept her motivated to pursue her advanced training that would prepare her to be the chief of police today.
As lieutenant, she served as interim chief proudly and effectively until being selected by Loris City Council as official Police Chief.  As a former professional nail technician at the The After Glow, she learned to care and serve the people of Loris.  This experience helped her transition into law enforcement.  Tonya Sykes, owner of The After Glow, says, “Karen is smart, honest, caring and treats everyone the same.”
 She is continuously searching for grants to buy new equipment such as upgraded digital car cameras and body cams to keep her and her fellow officers safe.
When asked about the dangers of the job, she replied, “I make my peace with God before I go to work every day.”  Judy Cox, owner of Carolina Lady, says “Chief Shepherd has done a wonderful job keeping Loris safe because she cares about everyone’s well being.” Eugene Mills, owner of Wolpert’s Department Store, commented, “Congratulations and I wish her the best and know she will do a fantastic job.”
Chief Shepherd says she will honor God’s calling as protector by focusing on the future and safety of Loris.  Shepherd says, “I want Loris to be the best department possible so we as a team can serve our community for all that live here and visit. My goal is to resolve issues through law enforcement and community working together. I want to educate the youth to not fear law enforcement but to come to us for help.” She wants to insure the citizens that the Loris PD will work well with other agencies as well to insure the safety of the community.
Her mission is to work together as one to make Loris safe. She is asking for the community to be the eyes and voice when the police are not there.
Serving as the first female Police Chief in Loris, she wants people to focus on her dedication, qualifications and years of service in the community. “I want to be a positive role model to young females and males.” She has spent many hours of her personal time and money for special training.  A few of her accolades include FBI Executive Level Training for child neglect and abuse, South Carolina Office of the Attorney Generals Office, S.T.O.P. Violence against Women Program and Law Enforcement Executive Training.
Chief Shepherd’s ultimate goal is to be a strong force keeping the crime out of Loris through the communication between law enforcement and community.

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Grant helps purchase

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protective equipment


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Firefighter Jamie Stevens of the Loris Fire Department models the new personnel protective equipment. This new personnel protective equipment is being purchased with the 50/50 Forestry Grant awarded by the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
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The Loris Fire Department has reinforced its cooperation with the South Carolina Forestry Commission this spring.
The LFD was awarded a 50/50 Forestry Grant this winter via a SCFC Federal Wildfire program and has started implementing the grant with the purchase of new personnel protective equipment for Loris Firefighters this spring wildfire season.
This wildfire grant is $5,000 from the federal government and $5,000 from local city funding and will ensure that local firefighters have adequate safety protection on wildfires.
In addition to receiving the Forestry Grant the LFD is joining up with the SCFC for the upcoming Loris Chamber of Commerce Spring Festival and Outdoor Expo on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The LFD and SCFC will have information about wildfire dangers, fire safety, controlled burning and firewise safe communities.

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Calling all photographers to enter photos

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Please join us this Saturday, April 18, at the Courtyard on Main from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as our local title holders help the United Way of Horry County with their Make Someone’s May Day Program. Miss America Serves is a National Day of Community Service and the Loris Chamber of Commerce along with Miss Loris Breanna Barfield, Miss Loris Teen Grace Andreucci, Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen Hope Richardson, Palmetto Princess Paige Ammons and other sister queens will be hosting an event with live entertainment and collecting items for the bags.
Make Someone’s May Day is a program where individuals can donate items to fill up a May Day bag for homebound senior citizens in Horry County. May Day Bags can contain items such as: toothpaste, toothbrush, soap/body wash, deodorant, shampoo, tissue, lotion/powder, stationary and pens, first aid kit or aspirin and a special gift item (i.e. socks, crossword puzzles, night light). Items can be dropped off during our event on Saturday at the Courtyard on Main (previous site of The Coffee Shop) during the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are unable to make it during these hours please drop your donations at the Loris Chamber of Commerce located at 4242 Main St. in Loris, prior to April 24 or contact the chamber and we will be happy to pick up the items. Our goal is to fill at least 100 bags but we need your help.
Michael E. Suggs, Attorney at Law, P.A., has opened at 3535 Meeting Street in Loris in the former location of Carroll D. Padgett’s office. The office handles a variety of legal matters including real estate, personal injury, wills and estates, divorce, adoption, debt collection and criminal defense. Mike is assisted by Samantha Agnew and they can be reached at 843-756-2186. Business hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Upcoming events we hope you will join us at are the 6th Annual Loris Spring Festival & Out-door Expo on Saturday, April 25, in downtown Loris from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Relay for Life on May 2 at Heniford Field from noon to midnight.
Hope Arbor Assisted Living Communities invite all photographers to enter their work in the first annual Hope Arbor Local Photography Contest. Anyone 18 years of age or older may submit up to a total of 20 photographs in five categories: Nature & Wildlife, Murrells Inlet Area, Loris Area, Pets & Animals and Senior Citizens. In addition to bragging rights, the first place winner in each of the five categories will be awarded $100. Five second place winners will be awarded $25 each, for a total of $625 in prizes. Winning photographs and honorable mentions will be enlarged, framed and displayed at Hope Arbor Assisted Living in Loris which is opening in late April and/or Hope Arbor Assisted Living in Murrells Inlet opening in late summer. A signing reception will be held for all photographers who enter, during which they can autograph their work. There is no entry fee. Entry forms and contest details may be found online at hopearbor.com or picked up in person Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Hope Arbor Leasing Office located at 215 Hwy. 701 N. in Loris. The deadline to enter is April 28.
Remember to shop locally and THINK LORIS FIRST!



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Town Talk

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EVERYONE getting excited about upcoming Loris Spring Festival and Outdoor Expo next Saturday so they can buy those beautiful flowers and plants... The Chamber of Commerce is busy preparing for the upcoming Spring Festival from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25... AJ’s Soul Food and More in Tabor City fixing the best country food in town... Congratulations to Karen SHEPHERD on being named the new Chief of Police for the city of Loris!!! Angela ROWE recently celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, April 14... Lynsie DePOALO will be having her birthday on Thursday, April 16... Jason PAGE will enjoy his birthday on Friday, April 17... Dana SCULLY will have her birthday on Monday, April 20... Ashley SUGGS will be enjoying her birthday on Tuesday, April 21... Brooke STRICKLAND will be celebrating her birthday on Wednesday, April 22... Haley Alexis JOHNSON, Whitney Faye FOWLER, Nicole AUVIL and Tabitha EDWARDS are all looking forward to their birthdays on Thursday, April 23...