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Local queens head to Columbia for pageants

The Loris Chamber of Commerce holds the Miss Bog-Off pageant in September each year to promote the October event and to select the Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Queen and Teen who work throughout the year preparing for the Miss South Carolina Pageant that is held in June each year. This week Ragan Dennis, Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Queen, and Sarah Carroll, Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen, headed to Columbia to compete in the two pageants that began on Tuesday, June 25, at the Township Auditorium.  The preliminary competitions will be held each night through Thursday, June 27, when the 2019 …

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Loris Recreation Department

Jordan Waste Management owners Jonathan Powell and Jason Martin presented a check in the amount of $12,000 to Mayor Todd Harrelson on Monday, June 24, at 2 p.m.  The funds are designated to benefit the Loris Recreation Department. This is the first annual contribution made to the city; Jordan Waste donates approximately $1 for each residential garbage tote.  Pictured left to right are Jonathan Powell, Todd Harrelson, Tish Sealy and Jason Martin.

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149 LHS Graduates Receive Diplomas

Photo Credit: School Bell Studio

The Loris High School class of 2019 walked into the gymnasium at 6 p.m. to “Pomp & Circumstance” on Thursday, June 6. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tanner Kennedy. Callie Osment sang the National Anthem and the invocation was given by Ashlyn Buffkin.  Ellison Gore welcomed the graduating class of 2019, the parents and families, the teachers and staff witnessing the seniors of Loris High School receiving their diplomas. William Palomares, the class laureate, spoke of memories of the journey to this moment will forever be within the hearts of the graduating class, which was a stepping stone …

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Harrelson takes the oath of office as mayor

Sheila Harrelson holds Todd’s grandmother’s Bible as Todd Harrelson repeats the oath of office that Kenya Wright administers.

The Election Commission met on Thursday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. for the official announcement that Todd Harrelson is the new mayor of Loris.  It was official as Damon Kempski and Kenya Wright placed their signatures executing Election Commissions results. On Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m. Kempski welcomed guests present to witness Harrelson taking the oath of office.  After Councilwoman Joan Gause gave the invocation and led the pledge of allegiance, Harrelson and his wife, Sheila, stood by Wright as she read the oath of office.  The Bible that Harrelson used to place his left hand on was his …

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Children make Father’s Day buttons

The Loris Library drew a crowd of children on Thursday, June 13, at 12 noon to make buttons for their dads for Father’s Day.  Tracy Collins provided patterns or blank circles of paper for the children to use vibrant pencils to make a colorful button.  Each child cut out the circle to fit the button, colored it and then Collins helped them to place the circle in the button maker.  There were happy faces and smiles during the event.  Dominique Lay said, “I love my daddy” as he presented his pin that said “Happy Father’s Day” Children from age three …

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Gore speaks at Chamber quarterly meeting

The Loris Chamber of Commerce held their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, June 18, from Noon to 1 p.m. at the McLeod Loris Health and Fitness Center. Samantha Norris, chamber director, welcomed everyone who came to the meeting and introduced guest speaker Wendy Gore, senior community services coordinator at Sea Haven.  Gore provided a brief background of Sea Haven and introduced the program Safe Place.  What is Safe Place?  It is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 in need of immediate help and safety.  As a collaborative community prevention initiative this program …

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Town Talk

Have a happy Flag Day and Father’s Day this week EVERYONE…In honor of Father’s Day all FATHERS and GRANDFATHERS may ride their choice of fixed routes free with Coast RTA on Sunday, June 16…EVERYONE looking forward to getting the big Verdin city clock repaired next week…City of Loris NEWSLETTER getting a new look and being very informative for all…The Loris Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome its newest MEMBER, Mutual of Omaha, which is an insurance and financial planning business…HAPPY HOME BAPTIST CHURCH will hold Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 17, through Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m…Anthony …

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Mayor-elect Harrelson to take the oath of office on Thursday

The residents in the city of Loris visited the polls to cast their votes for the run-off election for mayor.  On Tuesday, June 11, the East and West Precincts were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Election Commission met at the Public Safety Building at 7 p.m. awaiting the delivery of the ballots. The West Precinct was delayed stating they were having technical difficulties.  At 7:50 p.m. the delivery of all the ballots was in and Venson Powers and Melzetta Gore read the votes at 7:50 p.m. with Kenya Wright tallying the votes. The East Precinct reported 163 …

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Heritage Festival draws light crowds

A small crowd gathered at the stage to listen to performers sing and to music sponsored by Banana Jack Murphey.

The Loris Heritage Festival began at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, with vendors setting up and the young entrepreneurs set up their pop-up shops in front of Timeless Memories, Harrelson’s Clothing Store and Railroad & Main hair salon.  The Loris Chamber of Commerce discovered that the previous events and dates coincided with other festivals in the surrounding areas and chose to change the event to the first Saturday in June and to rename the festival The Loris Heritage Festival.  In 2013 the chamber had sponsors for the Loris in Bloom Festival bringing in vendors selling many springtime items and …

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