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With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, the Loris Chamber of Commerce and its member merchants are going all out to showcase the value and added benefits of shopping in downtown Loris. Bringing back the days of an “old fashioned Christmas,” the Loris COC will bring “Christmas on Main,” a fun-filled and entertaining string of events, to the streets of downtown Loris. Officially kicking off on Friday, Dec. 2 with the city’s annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m., the event will continue with special events from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 16. Following the Christmas Parade on Dec. 2 again this year will be the annual treelighting ceremony on Railroad and Walnut streets. Santa will make his appear-

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ance inside the WLSC Radio station on the corner of Main and Broad streets and will be available for pictures from 6-8 p.m. each Friday night. The popular Loris Farmer’s Market will join in the festivities during those same times and the Open Hearts Community Outreach will be there each night collecting toys for needy children. A variety of live entertainment will be on the downtown streets, and throughout the season, WLSC will be broadcasting live Christmas music to the downtown area. During the Dec. 9 and 16 nights, there will be a live nativity scene set up downtown, and a kid’s area complete with pony rides and inflatables for the children to enjoy. Many of the chamber member merchants jumped on the holiday bandwagon, extending their shopping

hours each Friday night. They’ll be offering special incentives for those who visit their stores and the COC has devised a rewards program that will offer some exciting prizes for those who shop in downtown Loris. “During our Christmas on Main festivities this year, we will be having a Christmas shopping incentive program which will allow each customer to fill out a Christmas On Main reward card, found at each participating merchant, to be put in a drawing for some really great prizes,” said Samantha Norris of Loris COC. She said the more a customer spends, the bigger the prize and there will be small, medium and large FILE PHOTO prizes given away. For example, a small prize may be a gift certificate, a turkey “Christmas on Main,” sponsored by the Loris Chamber of Commerce will officially kicking off on Friday, Dec. 2 with or a gift basket valued the city’s annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m., the event will SHOPPING, A3 continue with special events from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 16.

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Council hears update on PSB, Christmas plans

The Loris Lions’ football season is officially over after the team lost to the Timberland Wolves Friday night.

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marched in for the Presentation of Colors and stood pat for the Pledge of Allegiance. The chorus sang and danced to a number of patriotic tunes and finished with a flurry as each member raised a small American flag and saluted the veterans in the ultimate sign of respect. The American’s White Table was also set up, just as in every mess hall across

The regular Loris City council meeting had an air of excitement as updates about the new Public Safety facility and plans for the Loris Chamber of Commerce’s “Christmas on Main” project were discussed. Michael Walker, a representative of Tych and Walker Architects, LLP, talked about the Public Safety facility. “Thus far we are on schedule and on budget as far as the construction phase of the project,” said Walker. “We have also been well pleased by the amount of work that has been done, and the quality of the overall work done by the contractors.” Walker added that the contractors are nearing the “dry-in” phase of the project, which means work on the interior such as drywall and other phases of “finishing work can soon begin. “The great thing is the communication between the contractors, the city and ourselves, and another big plus is that we have had no “change orders” and everything is working according to the working plans,” said Walker. “We have also been wellpleased with the overall cleanliness of the job, as

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LORIS SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: This week’s Loris High School senior spotlight is on Tyra Dewitt.

A10 | HAPPENINGS | The Goretown Volunteer Fire Station of Horry County Fire Rescue will sponsor a turkey shoot at Goretown Fire Station, 365 Liberty Church Road in Loris Nov. 18 and 19, and 22 and 23 at 6 p.m. each night. Daisy Woodmen of the World Turkey Shoot set The Daisy Woodmen of the World Turkey Shoot will be held Nov. 18, 19, 22, and 23 beginning at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Daisy Road and Highway 66 in Loris. Youth Basketball registration now in progress Youth Basketball signup/2011 for boys and girls 7-12 years old is in progress at Heniford Field. Register Monday-Friday 35:30 p.m. until Nov. 30. Fees are $25 in city limits and $35 out of city limits. For more information call Ben Norman or Damon Kempski at 756-9804. Green Sea Floyds 29th Annual Athletic Booster Club Raffle with a chance to win up to $5,000 cash prizes and dinner for two will be held Nov. 19 at Green Sea Floyds High School gym. For more information contact Robin or Dale Strickland at 333-2563.

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Students in the Loris Elementary School fifth grade chorus raise thier American flags as they paid tribute to our country’s veteransduring a Veteran’s Day celebration last

Friday. Over 40 local veterans were honored during the event and throughout the week for thier service to our country.

Loris Elementary honors veterans all week BY LACY HARDEE FOR THE LORIS SCENE

Never let it be said that the Loris Elementary School students and staff are anything less that patriotic. Last wee they honored our country’s veterans with nothing short of a hero’s deserved recognition. Each day, beginning Monday, Nov. 7, the entire school participated in activities and learned ways

to support and recognize our nation’s veterans. Monday saw each student and staff member dressed up for “Camo Day,” all donned in camouflage. Military vehicles were brought out from the local National Guard unit, and the students were able to check out the many types of military transport and learn about their uses. Each day a different branch of service was honored, and discussed, and a

big celebration to cap the week was held on Friday, Dec. 11 featuring more than 40 local veterans in attendance with music, speeches, and gifts for each veteran. The multi-purpose room at LES was filled to near capacity as the local veterans marched in, and placed front and center for the program performed by the LES fifth-grade chorus. The Loris High School JROTC Honor Guard

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Loris Elementary School third-grade teacher Lovae Owen, offered just one word about her selection by her peers as the school’s teacher of the year: “Shocked.” However, many of her coworkers and friends don’t share Owen’s amazement, as they recognized her dedication and abilities by choosing her for the honor. “Lovae started in the first

grade, and now she has carried her talents on to the third-grade level,” said LES principal, Mark Porter. “She has proved herself at each grade level, and is a great example as a team leader at our school. Lovae always gives 11O percent every single day.” Owen’s co-workers share Porter’s assessment of her dedication and gifts. “Lovae Owen is a dedicat-

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Loris Elementary third-grade teacher, Lovae Owen, center, was selected as the school’s Teacher of the Year. Owen, surrounded by her students above is now in the running for OWEN, A2 the Horry County School’s Teacher of the Year honors.


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Owen: Loris Elementary School 2011-12 Teacher of the Year named by fellow teachers and staff FROM A1 ed, hard working teacher. She puts forth her best each and every day for her students. I have had the honour to work with her for the past seven years,” said Amy Palomares. “I watched her work everyday to improve herself so she can be the best teacher possible. She has taught both of my sons and I have seen how she inspires her students to learn each day. I am blessed to have such an awesome person to work with and to call my friend. Fellow teacher Carrie Mott also added her sentiments on the character of Owen: “Let me first begin by saying that LES could not have picked a person who more eloquently illustrates the ideals of our, “Teacher of the Year,” than Lovae Owen. I have worked with Lovae throughout her tenure at LES and she is very dedicated to her students,” said Mott. “She strives daily to individualize instruction to meet the various needs within her room. She also is a wonderful reflective practitioner who takes a step back to evaluate her teaching and if necessary, to find the best way to teach her class. Lovae gives of herself and is extremely loved and respected for her dedication and commitment to the students and staff of Loris Elementary School.” Owen has been a teacher for seven years, with all of them at Loris Elementary. “I taught first grade for my first three years. I was moved to third grade in 2008, and that is where I have been the past four years,” said Owen. “I’ve taught all students ranging from resource students to the gifted and talented. This is my first year doing gifted and talented, in addition to having my homeroom class.” Owen graduated from Ridge View High School in Columbia in 2001 and attended Coastal Carolina University from 2001-2005

and majored in early childhood education. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, where she served as vice president for a year. During her junior and senior years, Owen was a resident advisor in the dorms. Owen was also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society. In 2007, she returned to Coastal Carolina to work on her master’s degree, which was in early childhood education, specializing in emotional and behavioral disorders. Owen’s teaching philosophy was summed up in her own words: “I believe in teaching children skills they will need for LIFE, not for a test. Working in such a small town like Loris had made me realize that oftentimes the students don’t realize what the rest of the world has to offer them. I grew up in a military family, my father was in the Army, and I was fortunate enough to move around and experience different cultures and places,” said Owen. “I want my students to know that there is so much outside of Loris for them to experience and see! I teach them life skills and basic knowledge, and encourage them to see how they might use what they are learning later on in life. I encourage

them to think of their future NOW, so that they can set a goal and begin striving to reach it.” Besides her one word response to her selection, Owen also said that it was last thing she ever expected. “Every person at my school works so hard, and puts just as much effort into their job as I do, and it was such a joy to have been chosen to represent the school,” said Owen. Her career, says Owen, was pretty much one of her own choosing, one that she had aspired to even as a young child. “My mom asked me when I was 6 years old what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I told her a teacher. And from that day forward, my mind has been made up,” said Owen. “I had some teachers along the way who left impressions on me, but my choice to become a teacher had grown from that very early age.” Owens says she believes that teaching is a job that requires work and dedication. Some days it’s so frustrating and overwhelming that she feels like giving up. “But then I think about how amazing it is to see a student finally ‘get it’ and the excitement they feel when they succeed,” said Owen. “I realize that without

my help, or without my words and encouragement, they might not have had that success.” Outside of school Owen’s favorite activity is reading. “During the school year I am so busy that I hardly get time to do it, but in the summer you will find me either at the pool or on the couch with a book in hand,”

Loris Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, Lovae Owen, assists her students with a math skills game last Friday.

Christmas On Main Downtown Loris Friday, Dec. 2 • Christmas Parade - 6 p.m. • Tree Lighting - Following Parade • Santa (Inside (InsideWLSC WLSC Radio) Radio) • Entertainment • Farmer’s Market • Open Hearts’ Toy Drive

Friday, Friday, Dec. Dec. 99 & & 16 16 6-8 6-8 p.m. p.m. •• Live Live Nativity Nativity Scene Scene •• Pony Pony Rides Rides •• Kid’s Kid’sArea Area (Inflatables) (Inflatables) •• Santa Santa (Inside (InsideWLSC WLSCRadio) Radio) •• Entertainment Entertainment •• Farmer’s Farmer’s Market Market •• Open Open Hearts’ Hearts’Toy Toy Drive Drive

Pick up your Christmas On Main Reward Card at participating merchants. Businesses will be open until 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9 & 16. Be sure to visit the stores for surprises and register for great prizes to be given away. For more information call Loris Chamber of Commerce at 756-6030

her husband, Jared Owen, since April 2009 and have not begun to start a family just yet. The couple lives in the Carolina Forest area, which Owen says is quite a drive from Loris. Owen is now in the running for the Horry County Teacher of the Year along with all the other schoollevel winners.

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The Loris High School JROTC Color Gaurd marches through a group of local veteransduring the Veteran’sDay celebration at Loris Elementary School last Friday.

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she said. Owens is also involved with her church, Carolina Forest Community Church, helping out in the nursery and being involved in a life group of several women having Bible study. She also has a love of traveling, going places that she has never been before. Owen has been married to

the country in honor of Veteran’s Day. LES family school coordinator Vickie Hickman read the significance of the white table. These are her words: “We cover a small table with a white cloth to honor a soldier’s pure heart when he answers his country’s call to duty.”??“We place a lemon slice and grains of salt on a plate to show a captive soldier’s bitter fate and tears of families waiting for loved ones to return.”??“We push an

empty chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here.”??“We lay a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity, and turn over a glass for the meal that won’t be eaten.”??“We place a white candle for peace and finally, a red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon for the hope that all our missing will return someday.” “You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains” Loris principal Mark Porter recognized one of the oldest veterans present, Loris resident, Prince

Thomas, who will be 92 next week. Each veteran as they departed was presented with a gift bag full a variety of goodies and freebies from a number of local businesses and people. Providing for the goodie bags were Aaron’s Sales and Lease, Loris IGA, Kathy’s Flower’s and Gifts, Loris Drug Store, Chic-Fil- A of Conway and Myrtle Beach, Wolpert’s Department Store, Family Dollar, McDonald’s, Direct Auto Insurance of NMB, Nita Hughes, Kathy Dixon, Tromella Stanley, and Dawna Rosati.


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Horry-Conway County woman attends State Conference Horry-Conway County resident, Megan Floyd, was among a group of more than 90 women from across the state attending the 2011 South Carolina Farm Bureau Annual Women’s Leadership Conference at The Clemson University Conference Center and Inn. Conference participants enjoyed workshops addressing social media, heart health for women, and opportunities available through the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. In addition, attendees heard from Clemson University College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Dean, Dr. Tim Scott. The conference concluded with an upstate tour with stops at Fort Hill, the Oconee County Heritage Center, Nancy Basket and Chattooga Belle Farms. Farm Bureau Women at county, state, and national levels coordinate agricultural education and promotional activities. Their work includes supporting important family and agricultural

legislation, youth programs, educational activities, leadership development opportunities, and commodity promotions. According to Director of Women’s Programs Faith Lawrimore, “Recent years have been quite challenging for many South Carolina families earning their livelihood raising crops and livestock. The SC Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee has recognized this and works hard to educate the public about farming. Their dedication, knowledge and interest in agriculture contribute much to the organization, as they work for the future success of farming in our state.” The SC Farm Bureau Federation is a non-profit membership organization formed to promote and preserve the work of family farmers and rural lifestyles across the state. In exchange for their annual dues and financial support of education, promotion, and lobbying efforts on behalf of agriculture and

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State report cards show improved ratings for schools For the first time since school report cards were issued by the South Carolina Department of Education, 100 percent of Horry County schools received an Absolute rating of excellent, good, or average. Seventy-one percent were rated excellent or good. As a district, Horry County Schools received a Good Absolute rating and an Average Growth rating. Of the state report cards issued to schools, 10 showed improved Absolute ratings, 37 maintained previous ratings, and one school received a lower rating than in 2010. Ninetytwo percent received Growth ratings of excellent, good or average. Fifty-eight percent were rated excellent or good. Sixteen schools

improved their Growth ratings, 26 maintained their ratings, and six schools declined in ratings since 2010. Fifteen schools (31 percent) scored excellent in both Absolute and Growth ratings. School and district report cards are issued annually as a part of the South Carolina Education Accountability Act of 1998. Rating formulas based on student achievement levels are set by the Education Oversight Committee <http://eoc.sc.gov/>, created by the General Assembly. Schools receive Absolute ratings – excellent, good, average, below average or at-risk – based on how their students perform on statewide assessments and high school graduation

rates. Absolute ratings report the performance of students during a given year, while Growth ratings compare the performance of students from one year to the next. In addition to state and federal ratings required by EAA and the federal No Child Left Behind Act, report card data also include student-teacher ratios, dollars spent per student, absentee rates for students and teachers, amount of instructional time, average teacher salaries and the socio-economic status of students’ families. School report cards may be a viewed at http://ed.sc.gov/data/repor t-cards/2011 <http://ed.sc.gov/data/repo rt-cards/2011>.

Council: PSB construction on schedule and budget FROM A1 their employees have been very conscious of their location and the safety aspect of the project.” The city did, however, receive some great news, but news that could possibly delay the projected completion date. The great news was the approval of a grant totaling $69,801 from Horry County that made possible the purchase of a powerful generator. The generator, mandatory for the project, will allow the facility to be fully operational in times of power outages, 24/7. The sad news is that once the grant, which came from the Horry County Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program, was approved and money was available to purchase the generator, there was a timeline of 13 weeks before it was ready to be delivered was discovered. “This would put the generator not arriving until possibly mid-March, as it has to be built, shipped,

and installed, said Walker. “We are keeping our fingers crossed that that date will change as the company is aware of our deadline restraints.” Mayor David Stoudenmire expressed his thanks and appreciation for the job Walker and the contractors are doing, specifically the work, and cleanliness of the jobsite. The council also heard from Loris Chamber of Commerce executive director to the COC board of directors Samantha Norris about the latest project to help merchants kick off the holiday season, “Christmas on Main.” The annual Christmas parade will be Dec. 2, starting at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the town tree to follow, but Norris says this year there will be more in store downtown for local shoppers. “I have spoken with each merchant and almost everyone will be open until 8 p.m. every Friday from December 2 through December 16, with special treats or incentives for shoppers to visit

their store,” said Norris. “We have some great things happening on the streets in the downtown every Friday and even inside some of our local businesses.” Norris said every Friday there will be holiday-themed activities on the streets and in the stores, including the extension of the Farmer’s Market’s hours, Santa Claus being in town, Christmas music being heard on the streets, and maybe even an elf and Ms. Claus milling about town. There may be even a little chance of snow, said Norris. “This holiday season in Loris will definitely be like no other, maybe a step back in time, but a time to bring the family and enjoying shopping in downtown Loris,” she said. Of course the downtown area will be lit up with lights in all the trees and bushes, and ornaments all in place well before the holidays. Several merchants have already begun to decorate their storefronts for the season to welcome in all their new and loyal customers.

Shopping: “Christmas on Main” scheduled FROM A1 between $25 -$40; a medium prize may be a weed eater, microwave or vacuum valued between $100-$300; and the large prize will be something like a washer

and dryer set, big TV or something electronic, valued between $500-$800. Norris and the chamber merchants are excited about this first time event showcasing the many merchants and what the city has to offer in the way of

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holiday shopping in these difficult economic times. Many sights and sounds of Christmas, with a few surprises, will be found on the streets of Loris during the “Christmas on Main” holiday event, an event that no one will want to miss.

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hat you are about to read is somewhat out of the ordinary for an editorial, but there are also men and women who stand out from the ordinary. They are soldiers, men and women, who have lost their lives, or have put their lives on the line to protect our way of life. I know many of them go through life unrewarded, some unloved, and some thinking that the youth of America knows nothing of their sacrifices, nor even care. I hope a veteran will read this and know that there is a trend of young people turning back to patriotism. I know this because I know several young men who

have chosen to serve with pride in their country. The following is a few words written by A WRITER’S high school students BLOCK in America, words Lacy Hardee that I hope will restore veterans’ faith in our youth and the respect they have for our American heroes. “Veterans Day” was written by Taylor Weinman: Representing the red

white and blue. The colors of our flag stand out proud and true. The white stars on blue background with red and white stripes remind me of these veterans, who all risked their lives. Just so the people of the U.S. could all live in peace and be free. These are the heroes that represent you and me. They stood up strongly, united as one, and kept up the fighting until they were done. And although some have fallen, and lost their lives in war, we pray for each one of them. And now that their souls live on forever more, Above in God’s hands. They watch over our nation, and give us strength to triumph over others with

strong anticipation. So every year, when this day comes by, think of all the veterans that while fighting had to die. And remember that they were people with fire and passion embedded inside. They died for this country, So remember and honor them with pride. “Remember” by Brittany Vigoreaux: American soldiers sacrifice so much, all for the freedom of our country. Leaving their families and heading off to war, not knowing what the future holds. Working day and night determined to stay strong. Watching friends be killed every day. Letters from home inspiring them to keep fighting. So little is

given to them although there is little to do, for those who have died in war we can still remember. Remember all the men who have died. Remember all the battles fought. Remember all the tears families cried. Remember it was freedom the soldiers brought. To this very day soldiers are under-appreciated. Veterans Day is the day for the dead, living, and fighting soldiers to be remembered. Speaks volumes for me to hear it from the hearts of our youth. I hope that the heart of every veteran receives a blessing from his or her words and from me, a profound thank you for your selfless service.

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y entire family loves playing with words, and I have my sister to thank for emailing these fun sentences about jobs: “My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned – I couldn’t concentrate. “Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it so they gave me the axe. “After that I tried to be a tailor, but I wasn’t suited for it, mainly because it was just a so-so job. “Next I tried working in a muffler factory, but it was too exhausting. “I tried working in a deli, but no matter how I sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard. “My favorite job was as a musician, but it wasn’t very noteworthy. “I studied a long time to be a doctor, but just didn’t have enough patience. “I became a professional fisherman but couldn’t live

on my net income.” “I managed to get a good job with a pool mainteCOLUMN B nance company, but it was Ettie just too draining. Newlands “Then I got a job at a zoo feeding the giraffes, but was fired because I just wasn’t up to it. “After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as a historian, but realized there was no future in it. “My last job was working at Starbucks, but I quit because it was always the same old grind.” “Then I retired, and found out I was perfect for the job.”

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It has been said, “When a nation forgets the patriots that have died for them, there will soon be no one to fight for them.” Be assured that scouts from Pack 822 will not forget. Recently, the Webelos from Mt. Vernon completed a community service project. It consisted of placing American Flags around a cemetery. Leader Rickki Hardee and nine scouts braved the cold weather to complete a

project that turned into so much more. After the flags were placed, the boys began looking closer at several tombstones and grave markers with questions about them. The Webelos were able to see what sacrifice and love were all about. Veterans, as they learned are thanked and recognized once a year, but it should be so much more. Regardless, of what the date is, it should be Veterans Day every day. Most veterans don’t want a big fancy celebration with

parades and ticker tape but to receive a simple thankyou and to be appreciated for what they have done and to remember the ones who didn’t come home. It is always a great thing when our youth learn about the past, but even better when they understand it. Webelos from Pack 822 in Mt. Vernon are some of those that understand it. Hardee and all the other parent volunteers have truly taken these young boys and give them the basics of being young men.

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Referendum passes As board commissioners of Loris Community Hospital District, we are loyal to the mission and the legacy of care created more than 60 years ago. We have continuously sought out ways to advance our mission of providing quality patient care. For the past few years, we explored strategic options that would ensure a stable future for our two hospitals, employees, physicians, patients and their families. We want to accommodate the future growth in our region, guided by our commitment to our culture of compassionate service and sensitivity to the impact any change would have on our people. We are extremely pleased with the public vote of confidence and outpouring of support for the Healthcare Services Referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 1. An overwhelming 85 percent of voters passed the Referendum for Healthcare Services. The positive response to the vote reinforces our desire to formalize a longstanding and mutually beneficial partnership between Loris Healthcare System and McLeod Health. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the board of commissioners for Loris Community Hospital District unanimously made the decision to finalize this partnership with McLeod Health. We are aware that this is an exceptionally important decision. It is a decision that will have a significant impact on the health, well-

ness and long-term economy of the communities we serve. We believe our strengthened partnership with McLeod Health will be the most effective way to provide high quality, costeffective healthcare, and to secure the long-term financial strength and viability of our hospitals. We believe this relationship with McLeod Health will foster greater strategic alignment in support of our mission and will bring continued clinical quality through shared best practices, while retaining local governance and leadership. An unwavering commitment to quality has been a cornerstone of McLeod leadership and played a significant role in our decision. Our decision represents a new beginning for two long-time, highly respected healthcare organizations that share a similar mission and philosophy of care. While there is much work ahead, we are confident, Loris Healthcare System, in collaboration with McLeod Health, will continue to provide the type of quality care our communities deserve. Board of Commissioners Loris Community Hospital District Tracy Ray, OD, Chair, Frankie C. Blanton, Frank V. Boulineau, III, Ronald M. Fowler, Hoyt J. Hardee, Doris P. Hickman, the Rev. J.P. Jones, Alexander C. Logan, III, MD, T. Chuck Mills, MD, and Margaret S. Prince

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Nine scouts from Mt. Vernon Pack 822 braved the cold weather to complete a community service project of placing American Flags around a cemetery in honor of our veterans.

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Freeman retires from Felburn Foundation Charles F. Freeman, longtime Loris resident and business leader, has retired after nearly 30 years as a director of the Felburn Foundation, a Florida-based private philanthropic foundation. Freeman, who will assume Emeritus status, will be succeeded by B. Kemp Floyd, Jr., Loris attorney and lifelong friend of Freeman, and current president of the Horry County Conservation Foundation. Freeman, a founding director of Horry County State Bank, joined the Felburn Foundation in 1982, four years after it was established by J. Phil Felburn, the owner and CEO of Aetna Freight Lines, an Ohiobased trucking concern where Freeman spent much of his career as an executive. Felburn died in 1998. With a principal emphasis on environmental protection and natural heritage preservation, the Felburn Foundation has supported wildlife preservation worldwide, preservation of natural lands throughout the United States, especially in Florida, North and South Carolina, Oregon and Washington, natural heritage museums, and small-

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Charles F. Freeman, a founding director of Horry County State Bank, has retired after nearly 30 years as a director of the Felburn Foundation. B.Kemp Floyd, Jr., will succeed Freeman. town libraries in Florida and the Carolinas. Under Freeman’s leadership, the Felburn Foundation’s grants have

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Corey Hardwick, Terrance Hayes, Zhane Jenerette, LaToya Johnson, Angela Louis, Amaris McDowell, Hope Phillips, Yakima Ray, Catalina Reyna, Monet Spain, Daniel Strickland, SaDee Wade, Nathan Wagner; GRADE 11: Jarred Boatwright, DeAndrea Collier, Joshua W. Collins, Rakeem Dixon, Krysten Elliott, Natalie Floyd, David Groder, Ashley Ham, Holly Hughes, John Kennedy, Olga Kraynova, Melanie Kroehnert. Amos Livingston, Angelica McDowell, Amber Menius, Amanda Rizzo, Damon Tunnell, Rey Worley; GRADE 10: Moniqua Brown, Miranda Caulder, Kristen Daniels, Tyra Dozier, Loni Eaker, Jillian Ellerbe-Bethea, Joshua Elliott, Summer Elliott, Hayden Fairfax, Colby Floyd, Hunter Floyd, Colton Graham, Larry Harrelson, Nadia Howell, Katelynn Jones, Jordan Lepper, Saul Martinez, Keevan McKinnies, Brittany Prince, Callie Ray, Francesia Smith, Quentin Strickland, Jamel Swinton, Maurisha

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RECENT BIRTHS Tonya M. Smith and Samuel Scott of Tabor City, N.C., a daughter, Jamilia Tychelle Smith, born Oct. 29. Courtney H. Rogers and Derek Daniel Manning of Loris, a son, Daniel Payne Manning, born Oct. 31. Brenyell N. Grant and Taevon D. Vereen of Loris, a son, Tae’Jaun Dazel Vereen, born Oct. 31. Latoya M. and Vernon D. Booker of Loris, a son, Vernon Tymale Davine Booker, born Oct. 31. Toshia L. Causey and Justin J. Stanley of Longs, a son, Jayden Jerod Stanley, born Nov. 1. Amber D. Dwiggins and Mason David NewHouser of Longs, a son, Silas Zane NewHouser, born Nov. 2. Brittany N. Goodson of Loris, a daughter, Ma’Kiya Imani Goodson, born Nov. 2. Charniska N. McCray and Lonelle Jason Pugh of Tabor City, N.C., a daughter, Zyreonna Zandasha Pugh, born Nov. 3.

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| OBITUARIES | Robert Loren “Roach” Burns TABOR CITY, N.C. | Funeral services for Robert Loren “Roach” Burns, 21, were held Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, in the Inman Funeral Home Chapel officiated by the Rev. Billy Roy. Services were directed by Inman Funeral Home. He died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in an automobile accident. Born in Ft. Myers, Fla., he was the son of Robert Smyth Burns, Jr. of Tabor City and Marjorie Anne Kelley of Tabor City. Surviving are three brothers: Robert Shawn Burns of Mullins, Joseph Emanuel Burns of Cambridge City, Ind., and Charles Kevin Burns of Cape Coral, Fla.; one sister: Kimberly Dawn Burns of Mullins; and his maternal great grandmother: Marjorie Mae Meredith of Labelle, Fla. A guestbook is available at inmanfuneralhome.com.

James P. Johnson LORIS |Funeral services for James Preston Johnson, 85, widower of Irene Hilburn Johnson, were held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at the Chapel of Cox-Collins

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Eiko Goto Browning LORIS | Memorial services for Eiko Goto Browning, 71, were held Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Hardwick Memorial Chapel directed by Hardwick Funeral Home. She passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence following a sudden illness. Born July 8, 1940, in Oita, Japan, she was the daughter of Hijame Goto and Sakae Fukuoka Goto. Mrs. Browning was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are two sons: Bryan D. Browning, Jr., and wife Gina, and John W. Browning, and wife Tammie, all of Whiteville, N.C.; two daughters: Angela B. Youngblood and husband Stan of Liberty and Mary Pelligrino and husband Scott of McHenry, Ill.; sister: Chieko Matui of Japan; and five grandchildren. Mrs. Browning was predeceased by her parents; and her husband: Bryan Douglas Browning, Sr. An online guestbook is available at Hardwickfuneralhome.com

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hoices. You and I make them everyday. We make so many in a day, without thinking. Where we want to have lunch, when to go, and what to eat once we get there. We choose what we want to wear, how to fix our hair, if we have that option, and we make hundreds of other choices during the day. No matter how insignificant the choice, each one has an effect on not only us, but also on those around us. Therefore every choice we make in our lives has an impact on our future, and of course some decisions we make are more important, and can have lasting effects on others. It was a special speaker at our church, Marc Mero, who brought a message about the power of our daily choices that opened my eyes and heart to the choices I had made and their impact on the people

in my life over the years. Mero is the self-proclaimed “happiest person on the planet” LAYMAN’S and LINES founder of Champion of Choices, Lacy Hardee Inc. His enthusiasm is contagious as he empowers people of all ages and walks of life to make positive choices that lead to a more fulfilled life. From his early days growing up in a single-parent home in Buffalo, N.Y., Marc dreamed big and set lofty goals. Mero found success with hockey, football and boxing, and then achieved fame as a WCW and WWE

Wrestling champion. Following a series of personal tragedies including the death of more than 30 friends and family members, mostly due to lifestyle choices and negative behaviors, he now dedicates his life to sharing his story worldwide in order to inspire others to make positive choices. His passion for reaching youth with his Champion of Choices School Program saves lives, encourages youth to achieve their goals and helps them become the champions they are destined to be. Mero’s program, as with all great messages, provoked thoughts about my choices through life and their impact on the lives of my loved ones and even those I didn’t know personally. I reflected on the choices I knew were not ones a Christ-follower should make, and the negative impact they caused.

Do you have any choices in your life that were not based on a true sense of right or wrong, or were made for purely selfish reasons? Sure you have, just as we all have. But what of today’s choices? The great thing about choices, believer or not, is with each new day we have a chance to make better choices, the right choices. But how do we know what the right choice really is? Learning about choices through God’s Word, and what it says about choices is our best resource. John Chrysostom, a noted Christian author once said, “God, having placed good and evil in our power, has given us full freedom of choice. He does not keep back the unwilling, but embraces the willing.” We have so many examples of faith-based choices in God’s Word. What if The Twelve would have chosen

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not to be uprooted from their jobs and families, as they lacked the faith to follow Jesus? What of Moses, Noah, and every other leader in the Bible? It was their choice to follow and trust in faith in Jesus Christ and to allow Him to guide their choices and direction in life. They were everyday people just like you and me. No different at all. We all have made wrong choices in life, but with Christ as our counselor, today we can make right and moral choices. Remember always that it is the believers who experience Jesus most deeply, most sweetly, who are those who walk the way of the cross with Him. Don’t be afraid to make the choices for Him that may cost you something. That’s what taking up a cross means – choices, and often expensive choices.

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During a recent rainstorm, people had on protective clothing. Fishermen had on vinyl coats, walkers had on boots, and surfers wore rubberized bodywear. As children of God, we need protection from the harsh elements of life. Knowing God’s law overcomes unrighteousness, knowing God’s truth defeats lies, and knowing God’s Son Jesus defeats the fear of death. As the winter and holidays approach, may we consider wearing protective gear for our bodies, but also the protection that comes from studying God’s word and applying it to our lives. We are not to be afraid of terror, nor trouble, but always ready to give an answer of the hope that lies within us (1 Peter 3:14-15).

| CHURCH NEWS | Grace Walk Fellowship meets twice a month Grace Walk Fellowship in Myrtle Beach is establishing their identity in Christ and living in His amazing grace. They meet every first and third Saturday of the month at 6 p.m. Local home groups developing. For more information call 412-445-5815 or email: GraceWalkMB@mail.com.

Team-kid Program at Loris First Baptist Loris First Baptist Church is sponsoring Team Kid, a weekly program on Wednesdays for kids ages 3 through the sixth grade. There will be a meal provided for the kids from 5:30 – 6 p.m. after which they will attend a fun and energetic class until 7 p.m. at which time you may pick up your

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gifts will be available. Bucks For Bulletins Jimmy G’s Chicken and BBQ has sent Resurrection an invitation to benefit from their “pay it forward” policy. Bring Resurrection’s bulletin with you when you dine with Jimmy G’s Chicken and 20 percent of the total amount you spend there will be donated to Resurrection Church as a good will offering. Jimmy G’s chicken and BBQ is located at 3700 Hwy. 701 North, 756-7064.

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The Catholic Church of the Resurrection Ladies Guild, will hold a Holiday Bazaar, on Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the church, located at 104 Heritage Road in Loris. A variety of beautiful handcrafted items suitable for

The Good Shepherd Community Church of Tabor City, N.C., is currently holding worship service at the Kingston Lake Association Building on Church Street in Loris. Service is held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

child. It is going to be a fun and safe environment for your children to hear and learn about Jesus. If you have any questions, call our church office at 7567385.

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Links in the chain of God’s Grace BY LARRY DEEDS FOR THE LORIS SCENE

Most of my readers know the story of the conversion of the Apostle Paul. Saul of Tarsus, Jewish Pharisee and persecutor of the church of Jesus Christ was on his way to Damascus to arrest Christians. There on the road he met Jesus Christ face-to-face (literally). This “divine appointment” made Saul a blind man, physically, but opened his spiritual eyes to the reality of the crucified and resurrected Messiah, Jesus. And Saul became a devout follower of Christ, missionary, evangelist, church planter, author. But read Acts chapter 9. Following the conversion of Saul (let’s now call him Paul, shall we?) the Lord used a man named Ananias (one of at least three men of that name in the New Testament) to go to Paul, to heal him from his blindness and to lay hands on him, giving him the Holy Spirit. The Jews decided to kill Paul; the Christians were “deathly” afraid of him (and rightfully so). Enter Barnabas (whose name means “Son of Encouragement”) who met Paul, apparently heard his story and believed in him.

He vouched for Paul to the church, Paul was accepted and “the rest is church history.” Paul’s path from persecutor to apostle was interlaced with that of other Christians, each one a link in the chain of Paul’s life. Each of us who know Christ as Savior should be able to point backward to other men and women of faith who helped us “find our way” to Him or who helped us after we accepted the Savior. In the chain of our lives, there are a variety of links that make us who we are today. And we’re probably still adding links! Each of us should see ourselves as possible “positive” links in the chains of others: witnessing, encouraging, mentoring, modeling, always on the lookout to be a blessing to others. And only when we get to heaven will we ever know the number of people we’ve influenced for the Lord and the number of “life chains” into which we’ve been a link. In Illinois many years ago, a Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball got interested in a young man in his class, a shoe salesman. Kimball was used of the Lord to bring Dwight L. Moody to Himself. Years

| NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES All persons having claims against the following estate are required to deliver or mail their claims to the indicated Personal Representatives, appointed to administer these estates, and to file their claims on Form #371PC with the Probate Court of Horry County, the address of which is P.O. Box 288, Conway, S.C. 29526, on or before the date that is eight months after the date of the first publication of this Notice of Creditors (unless barred by operation of Section 62-3803), or such persons

shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements, indicating the name and the address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the amount claimed and the date when due, and a description of any security as to the claim. Estate: Lewis Dow “L.D.” Shannon Personal Representative: Brenda B. Shannon Address: 5918 E Hwy 19, Loris, SC 29569 Attorney, if applicable:

LEGALS Address: 2,9,16 ..................................... NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF ESTATES All persons having claims against the following estate are required to deliver or mail their claims to the indicated Personal Representatives, appointed to administer these estates, and to file their claims on Form #371PC with the Probate Court of Horry County, the address of which is P.O. Box 288, Conway, S.C. 29526, on or before the date that is eight months after the date of the first publication of this Notice of Creditors

later Moody ministered in England and his ministry was used to stir up a young pastor named F.B. Meyer. Meyer came to the U.S. and preached, much of his ministry on college campuses and his ministry was used by the Lord to the conversion of Wilber Chapman. Chapman hired a “retired” baseball player as his assistant and that man was Billy Sunday who became a great evangelist. Sunday preached in Charlotte and organized an organization now known as the Christian Business Men’s Committee. The CBMC leaders one day invited an evangelist named Mordecai Ham to come to Charlotte and preach the gospel. And in one of his tent meetings, a young man named Billy Graham was saved. Kimball, Moody, Meyer, Chapman, Sunday, Ham, Graham, all links in the chain of many conversions. That’s the way God works. He doesn’t write the Word across the sky. He doesn’t trumpet it from the heavens. He uses simple, sinful men and women … just like you and me … to get His work done on this earth. Whose chain is being formed now, around you? What kind of link will you be?

• Joy Night Prayer and Preaching services are held each second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. • The second Sunday is Youth Day at Good Shepherd. Everyone is invited to hear Preacher Min. R. Caleb Gilbert, 10 years-old, and the Youth Praise Team. For more information call Pastor Gilbert at 910-2094970 or visit www.myshepherd.us.

first come first serve basis. This program is an ongoing local ministry of the church.

Bikes for Tikes Toy Run hosted by Crossway Bike Ministry Bikes for Tikes Toy Run hosted by Crossway Bike Ministry of Crossway Church will be Dec. 3. At Conway Mall located at Hwy. 501 and

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Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 4301 Red Bluff Rd. Loris, SC would like to join you in praying over your needs and concerns. Please call (843) 756-6221 and leave your message. If you would like to receive a Prayer Gram and/or a follow-up phone call, please leave your name and address and/or your name and phone number. And as always, everyone is welcome to join us for Sunday School & Worship Services. Pastor: Rev. Rory Thigpen at 843 756-6221 or 843 333-6582.

Oak Dale Baptist Church located at 1695 Oak Dale Road in Loris will sponsor a free food and clothing distribution to anyone out of work or on a fixed income on Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:302:30 p.m. Everything is given on a

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Shannon Address: 815 Roberta Circle, Florence, SC 29505 Attorney, if applicable: Address: 2,9,16 ..................................... NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Long Point Storage, located at 1082 Red Bluff Road, Loris will hold a public sale Sat., Nov. 19th at 9:00 a.m. Absolute Sale of all Personal Property. Default tenants: Ron Hodge, Johnny Albarez, Rita Jackson, Elma Shelton, Dan Scott, Mary Todd, Frank Shaw, Randi Harmon. 9,16 .....................................

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| COMMUNITY CALENDAR | Loris Senior Center Loris Senior Center located at 4214 Railroad Ave. in Loris, beside City Hall, is now open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The center helps promote health, nutrition and exercise. Along with these things, there are games and lots of fun for all. If you are a senior citizen, come join us for fun-filled days at the center.

Loris Lions Club meets twice a month The Loris Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month from 6-7 p.m. at The Todd House, 102 Live Oak Street, Tabor City, N.C. For additional information on our meetings and or the Lions Club’s organization, call Lion Jim Murph at 756-7900.

Turkey Shoot scheduled The Goretown Volunteer Fire Station of Horry County Fire Rescue will sponsor a turkey shoot at Goretown Fire Station, 365 Liberty Church Road in Loris (between Hwy. 9 Business and Bypass) Nov. 18 and 19, and 22 and 23 at 6 p.m. each night. Cost will be $3 a shot with a 12, 20, and 410 Gauge. Children are welcome. There will be a winner for every round. Lots of turkeys and hams. Refreshments for sale on site. Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire station.

Daisy Woodmen of the World Turkey Shoot set The Daisy Woodmen of the World Turkey Shoot will be held Nov. 18, 19, 22, and 23 beginning at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Daisy Road and Highway 66 in Loris.

Bluegrass Festival set for Nov. 25-27 The 42nd Annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Nov. 2527 featuring Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, and more. For more information call Adams and Anderson, LLC at 706-864-7203 or the Convention Center at 918-1225 or visit the website at www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com.

Loris Christmas Parade set for Dec. 2 The Loris Christmas Parade sponsored by The Loris Chamber of Commerce will be Dec. 2 beginning at 6 p.m. To enter your entry or to rent a float, call the chamber office at 756-6030.

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FOOTBALL CONTEST Choose your team from the games listed in each participating business ad. Write your pick in the space provided in the coupon form. Entries must be in the office by 4 p.m. on Friday preceding the weekend of the games. They can be mailed or dropped off at 4164 Main St., Loris, SC 29569. In the event of a tie, the person closest to the total number of points in the tie breaker will be the winner. If a winner cannot be determined by the tie breaker, the winner will be chosen by random drawing. Make sure to choose a winner for each game. Blank games will count against you. Only one entry per contestant. Typewritten or copies not accepted. Winners will be announced in The Loris Scene on Wednesday following each week’s games. Thanks for playing!!!!

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Horry County Schools will host informational meetings for rising ninth grade students (currently in the eighth grade) and their parents to learn about exciting options available to them as high school freshmen beginning in August 2012. Programs to be discussed include the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at the Academy of Arts, Science, and Technology; the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Aynor and Socastee high schools; the Scholars Academy at Coastal Carolina University; the HCS Early College High School at Horry Georgetown Technical College; the Horry County Virtual School; career and technology majors at the Academy for Technology and Academics; and the offerings at the nine base high schools anchoring each attendance area. Students who intend to apply for an instructional program other than the traditional programs at their assigned high school must submit an application for their program of choice on or before January 27, 2012.

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Fibromyalgia and Arthritis Support Group Are you looking for someone who understands what it is like to deal with the pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia and arthritis? Whether you have been diagnosed yourself or you are caring for a loved one suffering from the pain, we understand what you are experiencing. For more information, call 716-7381. DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 7 TIME: 11 a.m. LOCATION: No. Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center COURTESY PHOTO

New HOSA officers elected The local HOSA Chapter at the Academy for Technology and Academics elected the new Junior officers for the 2011-2012 school year recently. From left to right are: President - Ryan Messenger, Vice President - Lacie Lindgren, Treasurer - Nicole (Nikki) Benson, Secretary - Katie Lee, Historian - Amber Squires, Parliamentarian - Jasmine Henderson, Reporter - Sierra Davis, and our Social Chairs - Bridget Cook, Maria Davis, and Gabriel (Gabby) McDowell.

Ray denied bond in murder of Loris man BY KATHY ROPP FOR THE LORIS SCENE

A North Carolina man charged with killing a Loris man in his home in September of 2008 was still in jail Friday after a circuit judge set a $75,000 bond for him. Public defender Ron Hazzard told Circuit Judge Thomas Cooper that Anthony Earl Ray, 34, says he doesn’t know anything about the murder of 68-year-old Kelly Joe Elliott, that he was in his North Carolina home five hours away with his wife when the killing occurred and said there is no forensic evidence tying him to the case. Police had no suspects in Elliott’s killing and had classified it as a cold case until March of 2011 when a woman contacted law enforcement officials in Florence telling them she had overheard a man tell someone else that he and another man had shot a man in Loris. Ray has three co-defendants in the case. They are

Anthony Earl Ray Arlie Eugene Mullins, 35, of Morganton, W.Va., Charles Henderson Mullins, 26, of Bristol, Tenn., and Bradley G. Mullins, 32, who is an inmate at the Red Onion State Prison in Virginia, where he is being held on charges unrelated to Elliott’s death. Hucks said Bradley Mullins is fighting extradition to Horry County. Ray, Arlie Mullins and Charles Mullins are all charged with first-degree

burglary, murder and armed robbery. Law enforcement officials have said they will charge Bradley Mullins when he gets to Horry County. Ray was arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, and was extradited to Horry County. Arlie Mullins, who was arrested by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia, and Charles Mullins, who was arrested by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee, were both returned to Horry County and were released from jail in May on $65,000 bonds. Elliott’s son asked Cooper to set Ray’s bond high. He said he and his sister went through a period of uneasiness and unrest while they waited for police to name suspects in the case and were relieved when the quartet was arrested. Prosecutor Scott Hucks said Ray’s criminal records includes possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute, posses-

sion of a firearm by a felon, profane threatening, contempt of court and hit and run with injury. Hucks said one of the defendants had done some work for Elliott, so he knew what Elliott had inside his home and knew the layout of the house. He says the men thought Elliott was out of town, so they went to his house to steal guns; however, Elliott was home. Hucks said Elliott woke up when he heard the intruders, startled them and one of them shot him. Hucks said family members found Elliott dead on the floor of his home on Dew Lane in the Loris section of Horry County. Hazzard said there was a reward offered for information about the case. He said Ray thinks that the person who provided the information that led to the four arrests had a personal grievance with one of his codefendants. The judge ordered Elliott to stay in South Carolina and not to have any contact with the victim’s family.

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County applies for $20 million railroad grant BY CHARLES D. PERRY FOR THE LORIS SCENE

Horry County leaders are waiting to see if the federal government will provide them with a $20 million grant for the Carolina Southern Railroad. In the meantime, railroad officials are hoping to find more than $700,000 in short-term funding so Carolina Southern can begin operating again. “It would be catastrophic if we don’t get this thing open,” said Jason Pippin, the railroad’s general manager. The Conway-based railroad voluntarily shut down on May 24 after federal regulators found seven bridges, including one in Horry County, didn’t meet recently implemented guidelines. Railroad officials made repairs to the bridges and reopened on Aug. 3. But when inspectors returned on Aug. 24, they said more work needed to be done on four of the aging bridges (None of those four is in Horry County). The railroad remains closed. The problems facing the railroad are two-fold: there are new federal regulations for bridges and the railroad’s bridges are deteriorating, 135-year-old structures. Pippin said the railroad spent much of its resources on this summer’s repairs. To bring the four bridges up to

the new standards, Pippin said, the company needs engineering help, which it can’t afford. Last week, Pippin said the railroad has been searching for interim money. “We’re making some progress,” he said. “We don’t have a check in our hands from anybody, but we’re reaching out and talking to more people. We’ve got a lot of support for the grant.” As for the federal grant, Pippin said that will be used for long-term projects such as improving the railroad’s infrastructure. It’s a no-lose situation,” he said. “It’s a $20 million grant. It’s going to bring jobs to this area. It’s going to stabilize the railroad.” Before applying for the grant, Horry leaders had been concerned about whether the county would be responsible for matching any of the grant’s funding. Steve Gosnell, the assistant county administrator over infrastructure and regulation, had said the amount of the grant would depend on how the railroad is classified. If the railroad received a rural designation, the grant wouldn’t require any matching funds. But if it was marked urban, the federal government would cover only 80 percent of the $15 million, meaning the sponsor — the county — would have to pay a 20 percent match ($3 million).

However, Diana Seydlorsky, the county’s community development director, said those concerns have been addressed. She said the county won’t have to contribute any funding if the grant application is approved. Typically, she said, it takes about 90 days to hear back on a grant application. “We should know something the first of the year,” she said. Should the grant application be approved, the council would have to decide whether to accept the grant. Carolina Southern is part of the Carolina Rails sys-

tem. Its connections run from Whiteville, N.C., to Mullins and from Chadbourn, N.C., to Conway, according to the railroad’s website. The railroad includes more than 95 miles of track and 187 bridges. It also includes the Waccamaw Coast Line, which runs from Conway to Myrtle Beach. The county owns 14 miles of railway between the Waccamaw River and Myrtle Beach. Carolina Southern leases that line, and, as part of that agreement, the railroad maintains the tracks.

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BRANDY GRAHAM | FOR THE LORIS SCENE

The faces tell the story as these Lions look on from the sidelines in the closing minutes of Friday’s playoff loss to Timberland High School Friday night.

Lions lose chance in playoffs BY BRANDY GRAHAM FOR THE LORIS SCENE

The Loris Lions’ football season officially ended last Friday night when the team lost to the Timberland Wolves 34-12 in the second round of the playoffs. Loris had a bye in the first round of the post season because of its 9-1 record. Timberland’s decisive win over Kingstree in the first round set-up Friday night’s match-up between the two teams that each had only one loss. Timberland took advantage of short field in the first half to take a 21-0 lead. Trey Wilson scored in the final seconds of the half to put the Lions on the board before the break. The Wolves scored two more touchdowns in the

second half and held Loris until Quarterback Kentrez Hilton scored as time ran out. “They made big plays. We were unable to make the big plays when we needed to,” said Coach Jamie Snider. While the Lions were hoping for a playoff win, the 2011 team has had a great season despite the odds. The seniors on this team have worked very hard in their four years to improve the program and their work has paid-off. As freshman this team had a losing season. Over the next two years they improved dramatically but this was their first playoff appearance and their best record. “I have to give credit to the players, they have defeated odds and had a great season,” said Snider.

Focus will not shift to the 2012 season. Snider told his team that preparation will begin Monday. Next year’s team will have a lot to live up to after the performance this year. Snider said that he will constantly remind his players over the next 12 months of the steps that they still need to climb. The head coach wants his team to focus on having a more decisive win over Mullins and Marion, closing the gap with Dillon, and getting a play-off win. Fortunately, the coach has some very talented starters returning next season and some great talent moving up from JV. Players like Hilton and DL Griffin that have been instrumental in the rejuvenation of the program will be missed.

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Football wizard Henry Carmichael, left, receives his $25 cash prize from the Scene’s own Annette Norris as Carmichael won this week’s football pickems contest for the fifth time this season.

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Seven Lion players get region nod BY BRANDY GRAHAM

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The Loris Lions were very successful in region play this season with a 4-1 record. Seven Lion players were recognized by the coaches of these teams for their outstanding performance in these match-ups.

OFFENSE

Trey Wilson Outside Linebacker Wilson is hard to block. He makes great hits and great tackles. The senior had four quarterback sacks and also ran the ball for the Lions. “Trey had an outstanding year. He came out and was a tremendous asset,” said Snider.

Ryan Bellamy - Safety Bellamy was recognized for his play at safety and for his ability to return the ball on punts and kick-offs. Bellamy had two interceptions this season. Bellamy’s punt returned for a touchdown was instrumental in the win over Mullins. “Ryan is fearless. He plays bigger than he is,” said Snider.

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Kentrez Hilton - Quarterback Hilton was selected for his play as the man under center. The senior has been the starting quarterback for the Lions since his freshman year. Hilton had more than 900 yards rushing this season. “Kentrez has done a nice job this season. He has been a key to our success,” said Coach Jamie Snider. Fred Bryant - Running Back Bryant finished the season with more than 800 yards rushing in nine games. Bryant was out two games early in the season due to injury. “Fred is a big play maker. He would have had more than 1,000 yards easy if he had been able to play in every game,” said Snider.

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Diminique Bellamy Defensive Lineman Bellamy, a senior, was a player that other coaches took notice of when they faced the Lions. Bellamy was a play-maker and created a lot of penetration on the line. “Dominic became a force that people tried to run away from,” said Snider. Alquez Gore - Cornerback Gore was instrumental in the win against South Columbus. Gore stripped the ball from a Stallion running back and returned it for a touchdown. He also had two interceptions this season. “Alquez was the man that always lined up against the opponents best receiver. He took it very personally when a pass was completed on

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Tyra Dewitt BY LACY HARDEE FOR THE LORIS SCENE

For Loris High senior Tyra Dewitt, the ability to get her point across on an issue is important. That ability will serve her well in her career in our country’s legal system. Dewitt has her goals set on one of two areas of law, either serving in the juvenile justice system or practicing family law. To accomplish her goals, Dewitt plans to attend Spellman College, a prestigious, highly selective, liberal arts college in Atlanta, Ga., that prepares women to change the world, or Hampton University, a dynamic, progressive insti-

tution of higher education, providing a broad range of technical, liberal arts, and graduate degree programs. Hampton is nestled along the banks of the Virginia Peninsula, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Dewitt divides her busy schedule at Loris High School between classes and varied interests and academic club affiliations. As one would expect, Dewitt is a member of the LHS National Honor Society and the school’s academic team, which challenge other schools in Q&A trivia type settings during the year. Where Dewitt shines most is probably the LHS debate team, hence her

Tyra Dewitt desire to either become a lawyer or an advocate for

the less fortunate. Dewitt’s sense of right and wrong, and standing up for others also shows as a member the LHS Junior ROTC Unit at LHS. Dewitt also professes a unique interest in her love of following the trends in the ever-changing world of business technology. As we can tell, Dewitt is smart enough not to put all her eggs in one basket. Dewitt expressed her pride in her hometown Loris with these words: “Loris is a place where people can come and feel a part of something,” said Dewitt. “It is determined to make sure that all people have the opportunity to succeed in life.”

COURTESY

Alston James, right, and Korbin Causey were selected as Wendy’s Heisman scholars. Alston and Causey have excelled in academics, athletics and students leadership at Loris High School.

Glynn Tyler wins U.S. Foodservice Fifth Annual National Safety Championships Glynn Tyler, with daughter,Danielle (left) and wife, Lila pose with the check Tyler won in the regional division of the U.S. Foodservice National Safety Championship in Fort Mill. Tyler went on to claim the top spot nationally along with another check for $2,000 and a trip to Disney World.

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Loris’ Tyler wheels his way to national championship BY LACY HARDEE FOR THE LORIS SCENE

Everyone knows its takes special skills to drive a 28foot tractor-trailer just on the open road. But suppose you had to compete against your peers from all across the United States in a contest of skills? That’s exactly what Glynn Tyler of Loris signed up for when he participated the U.S. Foodservice Fifth Annual National Safety Championships in San Antonio, Texas back in August. Tyler is one of about 9,000 U.S. Foodservice drivers and warehouse selectors nationwide, and has worked at the company’s distribution cen-

ter in Columbia for the past 31 years. In a truck rodeo of sorts, Tyler’s driving skills were put to the test in several areas. First a written test on the mechanics of his truck and of Department of Transportation laws had to be passed. A little test called pre-tripping, or a timed inspection for purposely hidden defects, had to be performed in the time allotted. On the driving side, three complicated maneuvers had to be performed. First was the reverse serpentine barrel driving course where Tyler had to back through, in and out, and around a winding course of barrels without going out of bounds or

touching a barrel. Next was the simulated alley docking where drivers backed into a simulated dock with the rear bumper as close as possible to the dock without touching it. Last was the tennis ball test. Tennis balls were laid out on the course in such a way that they driver had to maneuver the rear tandem dual wheels between them without hitting them. The trick was that there was only two inches of clearance on either side! On April 16, Tyler competed in the company’s local truck rodeo in Lexington, besting all comers on the local level in the 28-foot tractor-trailer division. Tyler and his family then

traveled to the regional competitions on June 18 in Fort Mill where Tyler again took first place honors, earning a check for $300 and a chance at the nationals in San Antonio, Texas. Again Tyler and family headed out west to face the top drivers from across the U.S. Tyler squared off against 16 other top U.S. Foodservice 28-foot tractor trailer drivers who won their regional competitions hosted by the company around America. The U.S. Foodservice event is widely recognized as one of the most challenging “pup” tractor-trailer driving competitions in the country.

By the time the dust settled on the track in Texas, the hometown Tyler had again claimed the top spot over the best of the best, and the title as the national champion of the 2011 National Safety Driving Championship. “This event raises awareness of driving safety and allows drivers to showcase their extraordinary skills and talent,” said Tim Beauchamp, chief supply chain officer, U.S. Foodservice. “We are thrilled to recognize Glynn for his expert driving and dedication to safety. He is truly one of the best 28-foot tractor trailer drivers in America.” Tyler received a $2,000

award and was honored during a special banquet Saturday at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. He won a trip for his family to Orlando, Fla. and Walt Disney World where he competed against all the other food service companies in the United States. Tyler’s employer, U.S. Foodservice ,is one of America’s leading foodservice distributors, offering more than 350,000 national brand products and its own high-quality private label items, ranging from meats to produce to frozen foods. The company employs about 25,000 associates in more than 60 locations nationwide.

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