Horry County Councilman Al Allen has a good idea.

At county council’s special meeting Monday, the vice chairman suggest hiring an attorney to soley represent county council.

The county already has legal representation, Arrigo Carotti, so some on council wonder why another lawyer might be needed.

Under normal circumstances, another attorney wouldn’t be needed. However, due to the adversarial relationship between Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge and some members of county council, Allen’s suggestion makes a lot of sense.

Carotti got into hot water recently when council learned that he had asked SLED to continue probing into the relationship between county council chairman Johnny Gardner and his business associates.

Last month 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson announced the Gardner investigation would not result in criminal charges.

The circumstances put Carotti into the unenviable position of being in the middle of the fight between those on council who want to fire Eldridge and those who don’t.

I think it makes sense for council to hire an attorney, perhaps on retainer, to avoid future issues that could pit county council against its own administrator, whomever it may be.


This week marks the 39th anniversary of Waccamaw Publishers, the company that owns this newspaper. Our family of community newspapers includes the Horry Independent (1980), the News & Shopper (1985), the Loris Scene (1997), the Carolina Forest Chronicle (2007), the Myrtle Beach Herald (2009), VISIT! (2010) and the North Strand News (2018).

Together these locally-owned newspapers reach more than 57,000 homes and businesses weekly and monthly.

When my wife Cheryl and I started the Horry Independent March 25, 1980, a lot people thought the new paper wouldn’t last long. But thanks to the support of readers like you and our advertisers, Waccamaw Publishers beat the odds. God blessed our endeavors as we expanded to serve nearly every community in Horry County with caring, responsible journalism. In 2018, the S.C. Press Association judged the Independent, the Herald and the Chronicle as the top three weekly newspapers in the state.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and our loyal advertisers for your support over the past four decades.

None of this would have been possible, however, without a team of professional folks who love the communities they serve and believe in quality journalism.

Thank you all!


Steve Robertson is owner and publisher of the Waccamaw Publishers family of community newspapers

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