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Left to right are the Loris Police Department’s new hire, Dylan Sachett, Detective Eric Stevens, Chief Gary Buley, new hire Heather Miller, Tyler Wescott (and his wife) and Anthony Santiago (friend). Hours of operation are seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo by Annie Rigby

Ernie’s Hometown Diner reopens

By Annie Rigby

Ernie’s Hometown Diner reopened for business on Friday, June 5, serving familiar faces.

Humbled not only by the community reaching out through the GoFundMe donations but the steady influx of friends and clients supporting Ernie Ross visiting the restaurant for breakfast and lunch.

Ross said he is thankful for the community’s help through the pandemic when he had to close his restaurant. He said he was able to save the diner through the second wave of small government business loans of $3,100.

He is not sure the grand opening for his new location in Little River will happen. He should know soon. In the meantime he says a genuine heartfelt thank you to everyone who was able to help with donations or just coming in the diner for a warm meal or cup of coffee and chat.

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