Budget issues unresolved
during last special meeting
Photo by Jennifer Boyd
Several Loris residents were present for the back-to-back meetings that were held at 7 p.m. last Thursday in the Public Safety Building.
By Jennifer Boyd
Last Thursday, June 23, two special meetings were held in the new Loris Public Safety Building. The budget hearing, which began at 7 p.m., was thought to be a meeting to finally hear the city of Loris’ proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but was quickly dismissed due to “more time for presentation of funds.” This quote, from the newly elected mayor of Loris, Henry ‘Buck” Nichols, was a true disappointment for the locals and media who attended the meeting. The second meeting was held back-to-back after the budget hearing, which was a meeting to discuss the implementation of a stopgap measure.
Absent was the clerk treasurer of Loris, Bridgett Fowler. She was attending a two week trip to China with eight other South Carolina delegates. In her place was Kenya Wright, who was prepared for the meeting. It was announced by council the budget from last year will be adopted as a guide until the committees and departments can get together and decide upon a fiscal number everyone can agree and place their stamp of approval in order to move to other pressing issues the city has to tackle. The Loris City Council has given itself a deadline that falls into the month of July. Hopefully, the next monthly city council meeting in July will be proof the council can work together and provide the public with a city budget. Within a few minutes, the budget meeting was adjourned and a special City Council meeting was enacted.
After Mayor Henry Nichols gave the invocation, the stopgap measure was discussed. Wright read the ordinance, 01-16, and all council members voted “yes.” A stopgap measure is something or someone that is intended to be used for a short time and then replaced by someone or something better or basically a temporary substitute. This measure will be implemented due to the fact the city has not resolved its budget issue, and last year’s budget will be used as a template until numbers are finalized.
Although Mayor Nichols called for the meeting to be adjourned, newly elected City Councilman Michael Dozier requested the council members move to an executive session to discuss personnel matters. When asked why, Councilman Dozier said, “It is a personnel matter dealing with discipline concerning a city employee.” Council returned around 30 minutes later and it was announced the personnel issue was discussed and no action was taken.
The next city council meeting will be the first Monday in July unless another date is chosen.
Benefit raises funds for a cancer victim
Shawn Nichols puts on a brave face for the crowd during his charity fundraiser last Saturday. Nichols is battling cancer and fluid on his brain.
By Jennifer Boyd
Last Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Loris community came out to celebrate, raise awareness and raise money for Shawn Nichols, who is battling an unfortunate disease. This amazing five-year-old Loris resident has been battling cancer for several years. His strength, added with the love of his family and the city, has been a blessing for the young boy. Everyone surrounding this sweet child is praying he will beat this cancer and make a full recovery.
This amazing event, which was held outside on the lawn of the old Loris Middle School, began with volunteers arriving around 9 a.m. to set up two tents. The first receiving tent was established to prepare the delicious food to be sold in Nichols’ honor at $10 per plate. The second tent, closer to the highway, was set up to sell the meal, which comprised of fresh fried catfish, white rice, homemade slaw, bread and perfectly fried thin sliced sweet potatoes. People were lined up to purchase a plate of the food, of which all the proceeds were given to Nichols to aide with the staggering amount of bills that has accumulated during his illness.
The beautiful day began with the fish fry, which was available for sale around 11a.m. Live entertainment was provided inside the old Loris Middle School, which is now being called Kingston Lake Education and Business Center. The inside of the building has received a much needed make-over because four businesses are using the facility on a daily basis.
The mistress of ceremony was Eddrena Graham, who opened the program with introducing Shawn Nichols and his family. Nichols, his mom and his grandmother were present on the front row. Nichols was required to wear a mask over his face as a defense mechanism to shield himself from harmful germs. Although he was forced to shield his face, you could see him smiling through the mask.
Thessalonia Graham, a pastor and prior member of the Loris City Council, opened the ceremony with a poignant scripture before Eddrena Graham prayed. After prayer, the talented dance group, the O.M.G.W.A.B. Dancers, took the stage wearing matching purple tops, skirts and pants. They danced to a religious song, which was perfectly timed to the music. Everyone enjoyed their unique talent.
An offering was taken inside the school auditorium and the Mount Olive Youth Choir preformed. The O.M.G.W.A.B. Dancers performed two more dances before and after the Mount Mariah Youth Choir sang a soul stomping religious song. The afternoon event ended with Thessalonia Graham thanking everyone who attended the event.
Nichols was diagnosed with childhood Hydrocephalus, which is a condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the skull and causes the brain to swell. The name actually means “water on the brain.” Brain damage can easily occur as a result of the fluid buildup. Because of the fluid buildup, Nichols was required to have numerous brain surgeries to alleviate the fluid and pressure in his brain. After receiving an MRI, the doctors found a hard knot. These tumors have attached to his internal organs and his skin, requiring the five-year-old to undergo rounds of painful chemo. His grandmother said, “He never complains and always has a smile on his face. He has a high tolerance for pain and has a port in his skin now. He is strong.” The family and church have set up an account for the young boy at the Loris NBSC. Anyone can donate to this fund, the Shawn Nichols Benefit Fund. This account will remain open for 90 days.
Queens bring home great memories
The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization is proud to announce its return to television for this year’s 80th annual Miss South Carolina Pageant. The pageant competition will air in its entirety on Saturday, June 25. The Miss South Carolina Pageant will take place in the Township Auditorium in Columbia. The 2016 Miss South Carolina Pageant can be viewed on WACH Fox and the Sinclair Network throughout South Carolina (ABC News 4 in Charleston, WPDE TV 15 Myrtle Beach, My40 in Greenville, WTGS Fox28 Savannah) from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
The Miss South Carolina Pageant was first televised in the 1960s until the 1998 pageant. Televising began again with the 2000 pageant before it was last televised in 2006. Events will begin with the Preliminary Miss and Teen Competitions on Tuesday, June 21, and go through Thursday, June 23. The Miss South Carolina Teen finals will be held on Friday, June 24.
The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization is the largest state supplier of scholarship opportunities to young women under the Miss America Organization. The Miss South Carolina organization makes millions of dollars in scholarships available to fund contestant’s education, showing their dedication to empower young women across the state. Their mission is to advance the creation, promotion and support of community service and educational opportunities for young women in the state of South Carolina while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence.
Please tune in to watch our local representatives, Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Samantha Small and Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen Blair Gasque, compete for the titles of Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen.
We would like to thank CHF Industries, Inc. for providing the silent auction items for both Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival and Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen. We have the greatest businesses in the greatest city! So proud of our city and the people in it.
Remember to support your local merchants and SHOP LORIS FIRST!
Happy Fourth of July to EVERYONE and be safe... Janice WARD retiring as agency manager after almost 28 years of service at Farm Bureau and Kim GERALD will be assuming role of associate manager upon Janice’s retirement on July 1... A great big hello and thanks to Donna RHODES from your beach friends... Congratulations to Shelly DANGERFIELD on being named in the top ten in the Miss South Carolina Pageant last Saturday night!!! David JORDAN assuming agency manager responsibilities at Horry-Loris Farm Bureau office in Loris on July 1... Horry County State BANK had a great turnout for their Business After Hours on Tuesday, June 28... Russell HERRING enjoyed his birthday with family and friends at the beach this past Sunday... Elle Caroline GRIFFIN and Scott SPIVEY are both having birthdays on Friday, July 1... Christine Faulk, Angela Hughes McGUIRE, Shay JONES, Chelsea LONG and Jana LINDENTHALER are all celebrating birthdays on Saturday, July 2... Lauryn Paige RAY, Michelle STRICKLAND, Cassady GODWIN and Lacie THARP looking forward to their birthdays on Monday, July 4... Crystal HARBESON, Cierra FAYE and Alisha TRAYLOR are going to enjoy their birthdays on Tuesday, July 5... Michelle Tindal has her birthday on Wednesday, July 6... Rebecca Roark McCANTS is celebrating her birthday on Thursday, July 7...