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Kenya Wright resigns

Kenya Wright tendered her resignation with the city of Loris on Monday, Jan. 6. She will leave her position with the city to explore other options. Wright has been employed by the city almost seven years. She will close the door to this chapter in her life on Friday, Jan. 17.

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Loris Councilman Lewis Hardee Nominated

Photo by Annie Rigby On Monday, Jan. 6, Loris Councilman Lewis Hardee was nominated and council voted him to hold the position of mayor pro tem until 2022. Hardee will work closely with the mayor, Todd Harrelson, to keep current on what is happening at city hall. Hardee will step into the position at meetings and will be acting mayor in other areas when or if Harrelson is not available. Council and the mayor welcomed Hardee to the position. Carroll D. Padgett Jr. nominated Hardee. Terrence Hardee nominated Joan Gause and the vote was a tie. Harrelson broke the tie …

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Tornado Touched Down In Lois

An EF1 tornado with 90 mph winds touched down at Loris High School between 12:47 and 1:50 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13. The security camera footage retained by the Horry County District Security shows the tornado came from the football field traveling through the tennis courts to the student parking lot. A twister that lasted less than 20 seconds in the student parking lot and traveling to the teacher and visitor parking area damaged a total of 75 vehicles per Loris police officer Keith Massey. He said, “The EF-1 tornado was responsible for the damage at the high school and …

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Donated property cleared for future projects

The property donated by Loris First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Milligan Street and Forest Drive has had activity clearing the land. Brandon Harrelson, director of public works, said the city workers cleaned the overgrowth from a ditch on the property. He said, “The ditch we cleaned out has been on the property, but it was so overgrown we could not maintain it.” Harrelson stated a drainage grate was installed on the corner where the city upgraded the old pipes and water box with a larger size pipes last summer. He said, “The preexisting pipe was 18 inches and …

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Handouts passed out to council

Brandon Harrelson passed out handouts to council and interim city administrator at a Special City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the American Legion Hall.  The meeting was held to discuss the new software purchase for the city.  Interim city administrator Dennis Drozdak researched the software and recommended the purchase.

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Sportourism to begin

Tom Cocke, director of the Loris Recreation Department, has paved a way for Loris to grow through sports tournaments. He has spent the last year accumulating data and information to improve the recreation center fields and buildings and to bring in people from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia to participate in baseball and softball tournaments. The term sportourism is the name that interim city administrator Dennis Drozdak created to promote the tournaments in Loris. Cocke has taken the initiative to collect data and has worked with city council to make tournaments in Loris a success. He stated, “We are …

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McLeod is unveiling new DAC McLeod Health Loris unveils new dialysis access center The new McLeod Health Loris Dialysis Access Center (DAC) was unveiled to staff on Thursday, Jan. 2. The new space will accommodate dialysis patients in need of medical repair of their access area where they receive their dialysis treatments. The Dialysis Access Center at McLeod Health Loris, led by vascular surgeon, Dr. David Bjerken, is the only center in the region specializing in immediate dialysis access repair, creation of new dialysis access, and preservation of existing access.  “This new center is part of McLeod Health Loris’ continued …

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Mayor, members take oath

Three Loris council members and the mayor took the oath of office on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Continuing to serve the city of Loris are council members Joan Gause, Lewis Hardee and Jan Vescovi. Dennis Drozdak, interim city administrator, read the oath as each repeated it.  Hardee holding his left hand on the family Bible held by Martha Dorman, promised to uphold the position to continue to help the city and the people of the city. Gause and Vescovi held their hand on the Bible and repeated the oath. Each was grateful …

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