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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 …

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Loris water and sewer audit reveals discrepancies

By Annie Rigby During the Monday, June 8, Special City Council Meeting Brandon Harrelson, Director of the Water and Sewer Department addressed the council of the negative issues regarding the water and sewer billing code errors. With 2020-21 preliminary budget in hand when compared to the 2019-20 approved budget, a line item jumped off the page. The line item for Water/Sewer Operate Revenue for the coming year is a total amount of $3,218,364. In the 2019-20 the line item totaled $1,794,237. This is a $1.2 million difference in revenue. Why is that and where the money will come from to …

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Farewell to assistant fire chief Larry Hickman

By Annie Rigby Larry Hickman passed away peacefully at McLeod Florence Hospital on Tuesday, June 2, after a short illness. Hickman joined the Loris Volunteer Fire Department in 1965 after he moved from Green Sea to Loris. He moved up in rank from firefighter to lieutenant. After Rodney Hardee passed away in 2013 Hickman was promoted to assistant fire chief. Hickman said, “When I was a teenager my buddies and I would go to fire calls, the department decided to put us on the fire department.” He stated, although the title is assistant fire chief, “We work as a team.” …

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Loris High School Class of 2020 graduates at Heniford Field

By Annie Rigby Both Ashton and Alexandra are filled with emotions to end one instrumental chapter in their lives and are excited for their new beginnings to attend college in the fall. Congratulations to the Loris High School Class of 2020. Closing all South Carolina public schools began on March 15 with an undetermined date to return to a normal schedule. For the Class of 2020 online school, it was missing stepping stones of their senior year and to accept the new normal of attending schools and missing activities. LHS seniors have been recognized with a banner filled with 214 …

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Loris Elementary School staff misses their students

By Annie Rigby Loris Elementary School teachers and staff have not seen their students in person since Friday, March 13. With Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive order to close all South Carolina schools beginning on Monday, March 16, teachers have missed interacting with their students. Paiton Harrelson said that the ride through town was a joint effort beginning with the first grade teachers and expanding to all grades from child development to fifth grade staff participating in the ride. On Friday, May 15, some of the school PTO members joined in the LES teachers caravan making a 50 plus parade of …

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Loris High School graduation is set

By Annie Rigby Seniors at Loris High School found sympathetic ears for their dreams to have a traditional graduation with their class of 2020 grads. Board members received calls from parents and students pleading with them to be the voice of their desire to avoid a virtual graduation. The district made the final decision to allow principals of each school to work with the students and parents to determine the best way to present diplomas to the seniors. The district made the final decision to allow principals of each school to work with the students and parents to determine the …

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McLeod Health Loris celebrates 70 years of care

This is a view of the original Loris Community Hospital and how it looked when it was built in 1950 by a local physician and a small group of concerned citizens. By Jennifer Hulon In 1950, a small group of concerned citizens and a local physician had a plan to build a hospital. Today, that vision has flourished and the tradition of partnership between McLeod Health and the local community continues to build a remarkable future together. On May 15, 2020, McLeod Health Loris celebrated its 70th anniversary of providing excellent medical care to the residents of Loris and surrounding …

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Loris High School students honored with Cruise on Main Street

LHS Students were honored with a Cruise on Main on Friday, May 15, from 8-11 p.m. with DJ Kyle Gore kicking up the music streamed into the speakers through town. Kaitlyn Courtney, Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen, the Loris Chamber of Commerce and the City of Loris coordinated the cruise giving the 2020 graduating seniors a night to remember since they missed their prom, sports, senior night and the events seniors hold dear to their hearts as they finish their 13th year of studies at the Loris schools.

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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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Gerald is scholarship winner

HTC is proud to announce that Colby Gerald, a senior at Loris High School, is The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Roger Allen Cox Scholarship winner. Colby has been accepted to attend Southern Wesleyan University, where he plans to study music education. The $500 FRS Roger Allen Cox scholarship award is named for the late Mr. Cox, former Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Atlantic Telephone Membership Cooperative in Shallotte, N.C., and is intended to honor Mr. Cox’s passion and endless drive to help ensure that rural Americans have equal access to quality technology and education. HTC supports the …

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