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In 2017, Horry County Council commissioned the IMAGINE 2040 Steering Committee to look into the future to predict how much growth can be expected and what will be needed to provide for the anticipated population boom.

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When a committee of planners suggested two years ago that Horry County’s population would nearly double over the next 19 years, my eyebrows shot up with skepticism.

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Socastee used to be the gateway to the coast. Motorists traveled on a bumpy dirt road now known as S.C. 544 because it was difficult to travel directly from Conway to Myrtle Beach, which was described on old maps as the “Impassable Swamp.”

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When John Rhodes died last weekend after a brief fight with COVID-19, he left behind more than close family and numerous friends.

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In reference the South Carolina Mining Act, specifically Section 48-20-250, which states the following: “No provision of this chapter supersedes, affects, or prevents the enforcement of a zoning regulation or ordinance within the jurisdiction of an incorporated municipality or county or by a…

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Wait a minute! I thought that awful virus thing would be gone by now! It’s not? No. Definitely no. Every day we see it’s still here and even more aggressive. We, the people, underestimated this storm and many are now paying the price of sickness or death. We, the people, have to stop it.

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One fact became obvious early in the recent campaigns for Horry County Council: both the incumbents and the challengers agreed on the problems facing their respective districts.

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Myrtle Beach officials again showed their penchant for tone-deaf public statements this week when they congratulated themselves on a “peaceful” Memorial Day weekend.

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Listening to Myrtle Beach officials explain their lack of preparation for a surge in visitors last weekend, one message became clear.

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Gov. Henry McMaster was right to postpone elections in March and April over concerns about slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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We are blessed to live in a nation that is resilient in the face of great adversity. The events of two World Wars, a couple of recessions and the attack by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001 come to mind.

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Keeping the public informed about impending danger is one of the important functions of government.