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LHS senior is Citadel bound

By Annie Rigby Ethan Lewis is set to graduate with the Loris High School Class of 2020 on Tuesday, June 2, and will have the summer to prepare to fulfill his dreams. Lt. Col. Jim McLean, J.R.O.T.C. Senior Army Instructor, recognized the accomplishments of Cadet First Lieutenant Ethan A. Lewis. He said, “Loris High School Army J.R.O.T.C. is proud to announce that Cadet Lewis has been awarded the Military Officers Association of America Scholarship.”  Cadet Lewis has been in the Army J.R.O.T.C. program throughout his high school career serving primarily in leadership positions. McLean said, “During his first three years …

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Historical Society receives $20,000 for renovations

By Annie Rigby Paul Prince, Horry County Councilman for District 9, presented a $20,000 check to the Loris Historical Society on Tuesday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Prince said for him to make the large donation to the historical society all members of the Horry County Council must approve the funds given to the historical society; the council unanimously approved the designated funds. James Edwards, president of the Loris Historical Society, graciously accepted the check and stated that the funds will be designated to the completion of phase two of the building renovations. He said, “Phase one consisted of the …

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Governor lifts order for hair salons, and other close contact businesses

By Annie Rigby On Monday, May 11, Gov. Henry McMaster lifted restrictions on close contact services and recreational and athletic activities to open on Monday, May 18. Barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, spas, tattoo services, tanning, massage, gyms, fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms and public or commercial pools as well as many other businesses will reopen. Commercial gyms will include group exercise facilities such as yoga studios, barre classes and others. “With our increased capacity for testing the people of our state, it is time to responsibly and gradually get these small businesses back up and running,” said …

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Restaurants now open for dining

By Annie Rigby Loris restaurants re ceived the news they had hoped would come. Gov. Henry McMaster announced and outlined the Phase Two of his plan to reopen restaurants for indoor dining. On Monday, May 11, at 12:01 a.m. the executive order was lifted allowing indoor dining. The mom and pop restaurants, Backyard Barbeque, Santino’s and Back Street Café, assured patrons they are following the suggested guidelines and are ready for guests to visit their establishments to indoor dining. The Grind continues serving customers with to-go orders. At this time they do not have an exact date when they will …

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Fun events set for area schools

By Annie Rigby The parade of the Lion Pride is sponsoring the Loris Elementary School Lion Pride as the teachers and staff caravan through Loris and keeping acceptable social distancing. There is no way the caravan can drive past each home or drive every street of the city. A route has been designed for residents of Loris to cheer, wave, blow kisses from your car or porch with family only.  The Lion Pride said, “We couldn’t stand to be away from you any longer and wanted to see that everyone was happy and healthy.” On Friday, May 15, from 9 …

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LHS Graduating Seniors Banner

Kaitlyn Courtney, Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen along with Samantha Norris, the Loris Chamber of Commerce, made it possible for every LHS graduating senior to be recognized and honored by the City of Loris. The banner is at the Courtyard on Main across from the Loris Times. Courtney’s project in conjunction with the Loris Salute and coordination with the Loris Chamber of Commerce and the City of Loris announces two special events for Loris High School and Green Sea Floyds High School 2020 graduates. On Friday, May 15, from 8 to 11 p.m. LHS students will have a CRUISE through …

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LHS lights up the fields for 2020 graduating class

By Annie Rigby Barry Brooks, Loris High School athletic director, and Jody Cox, assistant, joined all of Horry County Schools in lighting up the fields at the school in honor of the class of 2020. Brooks turned on the lights at the football field, tennis court, softball and baseball field for twenty minutes beginning at 8:20 p.m. which is 20:20 in military time representing the class of 2020. Barry Brooks, LHS Athletic Director, in coordination with other Horry County Schools proudly turned on the lights at the four sports fields at the school to honor the students scheduled to graduate …

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Loris restaurants open for outdoor dining

By Annie Rigby Local restaurants are allowed to provide outdoor dining. On Friday, May 1, Governor Henry McMaster lifted the stay home or work executive order as well as restaurants allowed to open for outdoor dining beginning Monday, May 4. The Grind owned and operated by Kristin and John Sedak have picnic tables set up outside the restaurant for people to sit while enjoying a good tasty meal in the beautiful sunshine. The Grind picnic tables had a few guests eating under an umbrella to enjoy a friendly meal with family and friends while continuing the rule of social distancing. …

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LHS band and orchestra graduates are recognized

By Annie Rigby Loris High School band director Stephen Whisnant (Mr. Whiz) ordered signs for each of the 2020 graduates who participated in band and orchestra and placed them in the grass in front of the Loris Chamber of Commerce. A proud teacher of 26 years he feels for the graduates missing their spring concerts, practicing and playing their instruments one last time for Loris High School. Mr. Whiz said, “I want the kids to feel appreciated and this is one way to show the city how proud we are of the students graduating;” he continued, “they have been with …

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Family, friends donate to GoFundMe for local restaurant, Ernie’s Diner

By Annie Rigby The COVID-19 pandemic has caused heartache for many local businesses in Loris. One business affected is Ernie’s Diner, also known as Sunshine Pancake House, owned and operated by Ernie Ross. When the pandemic began Ross stated he was open for take-out orders only.He said, “If a local student brings their school identification card, we will give them a free breakfast.” No other restaurant offered a free meal to students in the Loris area. Sadly Ross had to close the diner due to the lack of customers calling in orders or visiting the drive-thru window to order a …

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