Loris City Council appoints
Shepherd interim police chief
By Esther Paul Boyd
Present at city of Loris Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. were Mayor David E. Stoudenmire, Jr.; Council Members Shirley O. Craigie, Joan S. Gause, Thessalonia Graham, Lewis C. Hardee Jr. and Michael E. Suggs, City Attorney Carroll Padgett and City Clerk-Treasurer Martha G. Dorman.
The invocation was led by Councilwoman Gause and the pledge was made by all to the United States Flag.
Before the open business session, Council retired to executive session for personnel and contractual matters, requiring no vote of Council.
In the open business session, Lieutenant Karen Shepherd was appointed as Interim Chief of Police with all Council Members and the Mayor voting in agreement.
Former Police Chief Joe Vaught has promised the city that he will remain “subject to call” to assist the city during the transition period.
Interim Chief Shepherd expressed her appreciation to the Council for their confidence. Shepherd has been with the Loris Police Department for nearly 15 years. She stated in conversation after the meeting that she had “been down this road before” and is confident that she will do well in the position. She served as Loris Interim Chief of Police six years ago before Chief Vaught came to Loris.
Chief Shepherd, a local resident, has a family including two sons and two wonderful grandchildren she loves dearly.
In other business, Council ratified the settlement agreement between Carolina Southern Railroad, the counties and municipalities.
Mayor Stoudenmire stated that the Council will be working to establish qualifications, salary, etc. to prepare for interviews before advertising for a new police chief for the city.
.Chamber welcomes new members
We would like to welcome our newest members to the Loris Chamber of Commerce: A&I Fire and Water Restoration located at 1004 8th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach; Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina located at 1121 3rd Ave. in Conway; Kona Ice of Central Horry County; and Watkins Auctions located at 3200 Hwy. 701 S. in Loris.
A&I Fire and Water Restoration is a full service general contractor serving throughout North and South Carolina. They provide a multitude of quality services to the Carolina neighbors including fire restoration, water restoration and mold remediation along with specialty services to fit the unique needs of the restoration business. For more information please contact Holly Perez at 843-957-3278 or visit their website at www.ai-restoration.com.
The Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance. They also help consumers identify trustworthy businesses, evaluates thousands of advertisements each year to ensure that people can trust what advertisers say, evaluates the practices of thousands of charities so that donors know where their money is going and coaches businesses on ethical behavior and how to build stronger, more trusting relationships with customers. For more information on the Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina contact Kathy Graham at 843-488-2227 or on their website at www.coastalcarolina.bbb.org.
Kona Ice of Central Horry County is a mobile shaved ice truck that visits schools, sport events, daycares, workplaces, parties and other types of events. Kona Ice of Central Horry County loves to give back to all schools, sports teams and all organizations. Book your next event and a portion of Kona sold will be given back. Contact Marvin Keene at 843-467-9550. For more information on Kona Ice please visit their website at www.kona-ice.com.
Watkins Auctions is held every other weekend. This Saturday, July 19, the auction will be held inside at 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 20, outdoors at 3 p.m. Saturday’s auction includes inside items such as furniture, antiques and collectables. Sunday’s auction will include outdoor items such as hand and yard tools plus much more. Doors open at 8 a.m. for individuals who would like to bring their consignments to be auctioned off at 3 p.m.
Please contact Dan Watkins with any questions you may have at 843-333-6040.
AdvoCare Advisor Jeannie Tyler Fox along with McLeod Loris Center for Health & Fitness will be hosting the quarterly Member’s Meeting on Thursday, July 31, at 12 noon at the Center for Health & Fitness in Loris. All members are invited to attend for a great networking opportunity and lunch. If you are not a member of the Loris Chamber of Commerce but would like to become one please contact the chamber office at 843-756-6030 for more details.
Please remember to visit our local merchants and SHOP LORIS FIRST!
Dr. Mike MILLS and STAFF just the best ever and a very special thanks to all of you... Living Water Baptist Church is celebrating Super Mondays at 7 p.m. every Monday in July and August... Loris Presbyterian Church is having Friday Summer Concerts at 7 p.m. on July 18, July 25 and August 8... Tammy SOLES glad to be working at the Loris Salvation Army... The Loris High School volleyball teams will host a Volleyball Day camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 22-23 in the Loris High School gym... A Plus Auto Sales of Loris enjoyed their grand opening this past Saturday at the new Highway 701 North location... Debra HEWITT is looking forward to her birthday on Saturday, July 19... Audreanna LONG and Kaylyn BETHANY are both celebrating their birthdays on Sunday, July 20... Jason “Spider” STRICKLAND will be a year older on Monday, July 21... Stephanie Carteret GRIFFIN and Gloria FAES are both enjoying their birthdays on Tuesday, July 22... Hope Prince STRICKLAND is looking forward to her birthday on Thursday, July 24...