Q. How does Horry County come up with its jury pool list?

A. We posed this question to Clerk of Court Renee Elvis, who is responsible for summoning jurors to Horry County courts.

The county has a list of everyone who has a voter registration card, S.C. driver’s license or state-issued identification card. Those names are all pooled into a computer and the computer randomly selects the names. When the county has only one judge in a week, the clerk’s office pulls 350 names. Fifty more are added for each additional judge in a week. These numbers are for normal court weeks. If there is a high-profile case on the roster, the judge assigned to the case helps the clerk decide how many jurors to summon.

Q. Who was the successful bidder on the old Santee Cooper building at 100 Elm Street in Conway?

A. Tracy Vreeland with Santee Cooper says Horry County was the successful bidder at $725,021.

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I'm the editor of the Horry Independent, a weekly newspaper in Conway, South Carolina. I cover city hall and courts, among many other subjects. Know of a good story? Call me at 843-488-7241.

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