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Sonseekers children present

On Sunday, Aug. 11, the children’s Christian group called the Sonseekers presented an early Christmas program at the 11 a.m. service at Dogwood Hill Baptist Church in Loris.  The Sonseekers presented a country bumpkin Christmas play about gathering together to celebrate traditionally with family and friends, but to also remember the true meaning of Christmas marking the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The children danced and sang, decorated a Christmas tree andchased a turkey through the sanctuary, ending with the angel who appeared before Joseph and Mary walking down the aisle carrying baby Jesus to present to …

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The Loris Police Get Out Into The Community

The Loris Police Department visits the Capture Inc. summer program as their campaign to get out into the community to share with children. They are friendly and ready and willing to help.  Officers Bobby Brush, Keith Massey, Steven Brodey and LPD Chief Gary Buley played kickball with the children.  Each child was given a police officer badge sticker they wore proudly with excitement. 

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Police chief awards one of his own

The city of Loris spotlights employees each month for their hard work and dedication to their job and to the city of Loris.  For the month of July four employees were recognized with a certificate of service. Featured this month are Detective Eric Stevens, Crew Leader Sean Bennett and heavy equipment operator Harrison Ravenell. Stevens has dreamed of becoming a police officer from childhood and accomplished that goal in 2008, two years after graduating from Loris High School.  He surpassed his goal through promotions from road officer to Corporal Stevens in 2017 and Sergeant Detective Stevens in 2018 becoming the …

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Mayor introduces new interim city administrator during meeting

The city of Loris hired an interim city administrator after hours of interviews with the mayor, council members and the city attorney. Dennis Drozdak was introduced at the council meeting after an executive session to discuss personnel issues. Drozdak provided a brief history of his experience and stated that he will begin his duties as interim city administrator on Monday, Aug. 12.  “The first thing that I will focus on is the audits, or lack of,” he said, “and second on my list is the financials.”  He said his top strengths are to receive input from others to make an …

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Loris Lions are preparing for the fall sports

Loris High School Football Head Coach Jamie Snyder along with the other coaches, Brandon Day, Lang Kenlaw, Josh Stevenson, Andre White, Julius Graham, Casey Davis, Michael Buffkin and A. Grady, have worked throughout the summer with the Loris High School varsity and junior varsity teams to prepare for the fall football season.  In preparing for the season the South Carolina National Guard visited to work out with the team.  This year’s quarterbacks for the Loris Lions are Gage Conner and Joseph Flesch, both are seniors this year; Conner is the lead quarterback for the varsity team this year.  Connor said,”This …

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Salvation Army donates school supplies

Salvation Army Captain Carl Melton and Jerry Williams, director of community relations, brought three pallets of school supplies to city hall on Monday, July 29, at 2 p.m. The ladies who created and promoted this program, Amanda Hawley-Causey, Deborah Cannon, Jenna Winborne and Tonsheka Wilson, are overjoyed with the donations they have received during the three week campaign to collect school supplies for needy children in the area.  When the Salvation Army arrived with three pallets of school supplies, they were overwhelmed with emotion at the amount of items donated. Williams said, “I happened to see the flyer and spoke …

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City mourns loss of a hard worker

Loris mourns the loss of a city worker.  Anthony “Rabbit” Melvin, who worked as a water crew leader, died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, July 28, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Melvin was traveling south on Highway 701 when he attempted to pass a vehicle that resulted in a head-on collision with a truck. The Loris Fire Department volunteers were the first to arrive on the scene. As they assessed the accident they realized that was a fatality, but not just a fatality in itself, but realizing who the individual was made it more difficult for the LFD volunteers to …

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City Council passes second reading of budget

The Loris City Council met at the American Legion Hall on Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. for the second reading of the ordinance Mayor Todd Harrelson opened the meeting with a tapping of the gavel and giving the invocation and leading the pledge of allegiance.  Council members in attendance were Joan Gause, Lewis Hardee, Terrence Hardee, Mike Suggs; Jan Vescovi was absent from the meeting.  Department heads attending the meeting were Brandon Harrelson, Police Chief Gary Buley, Lt. Larry Williams, Tom Cocke, Kenneth Moss and Kenya Wright.  Deborah Cannon was present at the meeting for cross-training.  The city is …

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MASC Conference provides valuable information

Three city leaders attended the annual Municipal Association of South Carolina Conference that was held on Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21, in Greenville.  Mayor Todd Harrelson, Councilwoman Joan Gause and Loris City Clerk and Treasurer Kenya Wright attended meetings with other municipalities from South Carolina to discuss topics ranging from strategic planning, social media, opportunity zones, economic development and public safety. There was an exhibitor showcase featuring goods and services for operating a city successfully. The conference provides information to elected officials and city employees to bring back to share with the city council and the city offices. …

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Public hearing held to adopt 2019-20 budget

A public hearing to adopt the fiscal year 2019-20 budget through ordinance number 05-19 was held on Thursday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Present at the meeting were Mayor Todd Harrelson and council members, Joan Gause, Lewis Hardee, Mike Suggs and Jan Vescovi; Terrence Hardee was absent.  Department heads present were Brandon Harrelson, Loris Police Chief Gary Buley, attorney Kenneth Moss and city clerk Kenya Wright. Harrelson brought the meeting to order with the tapping of the gavel.  He asked Lewis Hardee to give the invocation and lead the pledge of allegiance.  Wright said, “The …

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