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Diversity reflected

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in Fire Department

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Photo by Cheryll Wilbur
Volunteer fire fighter Terrance McCullough, “Cookie”, can be seen at the Goretown Fire Station 26 preparing for the next emergency. The 21 year old spends his time giving back to the Loris community as a volunteer fire fighter.


By Cheryll Wilbur
Diversity in the fire service has become a buzz word in the last few years. With America’s population changing to more diverse ethnic groups, the need for diverse fire departments are becoming main stream.
Terrance McCullough of Loris has become one of the few African-American volunteer firefighters in the Loris area. McCullough is also know as “Cookie” and has been a volunteer for a year and a half. He received his training from the Bayboro Training center. As a child he wanted to become a firefighter to not only save lives but to give back to his community. He is 21 years old and spends countless hours at the Goretown Fire station 26.
“I spend the night here because if someone needs something in the middle of the night like my mama might, I want someone to be there to help,” McCullough said.
Ninety percent of firefighters across America are volunteer and are paid per fire call. The need for volunteers increases with the growing population in the Loris area. The city of Loris Fire Department is also volunteer and currently predominately Caucasian males. The local fire departments are always in need of volunteers and welcome every minority and can start as young as 16 years old through the junior firefighter program. For more information on becoming a volunteer fire fighter contact your local department for more details.

 

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Man charged in murder of

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fellow Loris resident
 

By Cheryll Wilbur
A 36-year-old Loris man, Garry Kristin Batton, has been charged with murder in the shooting death Sunday of Alvin, Johnson, 35, according to Horry County Police.
Lt. Raul Dennis said police received a report of a shooting at Maple and Broad Streets about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. When police got to the location, they found no victim, and no shooter. But Johnson’s brother told police Batton was the shooter.
Alvin Johnson was shot once in the chest and twice in the lower body, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick. The shots to his lower body were non-fatal, he said. Johson was taken to the emergency room at Mcleod Loris Hospital by friends, said police.
Police went to Tall Pines Apartments to search for Batton, and initial reports say they saw him entering an apartment. When police gained entry, Batton ran out the back. After a short foot chase, police were able to capture and arrest Batton.
According to Batton’s arrest warrant, he shot Johnson in front of Johnson’s nine-year-old son, who was able to identify a photo of Batton.
Officers with the Loris Police Department as well as Horry County Police Department are still investigating the murder. Batton remains in custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center with no bond.

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Still time to get in as a vendor

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The 36th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. in downtown Loris.
Vendor applications are being accepted until Oct. 2, but if you are a food vendor spaces are almost full so please return your application soon.
The famous Chicken Bog Cooking Contest applications are available as well.  Contest entry fee is $25. The first place winner will receive $500, a trophy and bragging rights for the next year; runner up will receive $250 and a trophy; and People’s Choice winner will receive $250 and a trophy.
Festival-goers have the opportunity to purchase a People’s Choice packet for $5 and sample all the Chicken Bog Cooking Contest entries and vote for their favorite. There are only 200 tickets available and they will go on sale at 12:15 p.m. at the ticket booth located at the beginning of the contest area,  located at the railroad tracks on Duncan Street.
The kid’s area will consist of a zipline, bungee jump, rockwall, pony rides, camel rides, petting zoo, kid’s train, carnival games, inflatables and much more. There will also be a car show, two stages for entertainment and plenty to see and eat. Also, our local merchants will be open for business with some great bog-off specials so please make sure to stop in and see them.
The Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Scholarship Pageant will be held in five weeks on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Loris High School. Applications are available for girls aging from 0-24 years old. Miss and Teen winners will have the opportunity to attend Miss South Carolina in June 2016 in Columbia. This is an amazing opportunity and an experience of a lifetime. Applications are due by Sept. 14. No applications will be accepted after this date. Please contact the chamber office for more details or an application. Applications are also available on our website at www.lorischambersc.com.
Do you recycle? According to the Recycling Guide, cycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste. If you are not recycling please research the benefits to recycling and see if this is something for you.  
And always remember…SHOP LORIS FIRST!





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Town Talk

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Get well wishes being sent to Bill BLAND who is spending some time in the hospital... Rockefellers Sports Bar looking forward to the start of this year’s “Pro Football Pick-em Contest” when the regular season starts... The Master’s Table hosted an “Old Fashion Community Wide Tent Revival” this past week to spread the Word of the Lord... The Loris Chamber of Commerce glad at how well the Loris Farmers Market is doing in new location... Vivian SUCHONIC and Scott GERALD are both having birthdays on Saturday, Aug. 29... Brittney STEPHENS, Bliss KOENING, Tracy McCORMICK, Becky Todd FLOYD and Santana SESSOMS are all celebrating their birthdays on Sunday, Aug. 30... Robyn SIMS will enjoy her birthday on Monday, Aug. 31... Gina Watts PEAVY, Brock SARVIS and Buck SARVIS are all looking forward to their birthdays on Tuesday, Sept. 1... Jessica GORE will be having her birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 2... Brittany Lane STALVEY and Tim BUFFKIN are both looking forward to their birthdays on Thursday, Sept. 3...



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