Prince set to retire
from County Council
By Jennifer Boyd
It may come as a complete shock to many people of the community to learn the Honorable Jody Prince, a life-long resident of Loris, has decided to retire from the Horry County Council after two terms. Prince, who has represented District 10 for eight years, made the announcement on Jan. 8, 2016, that his time on the council would come to an end at the end of the year. This announcement was made after much prayer and deliberation for the 47-year-old resident of the Mt. Vernon Community of Loris.
Prince grew up in the outskirts of Loris and graduated from Loris High School. After his father’s death, he and his mother, Carolyn, decided to enter the halls of Coastal Carolina University to pursue a degree in higher education.
Politics were always discussed in his home growing up, so it came as no surprise to those who knew the Prince family that one of their sons would contemplate running for a seat on the Horry County Council. When Kevin Hardee decided to take a swing at a state political position, Prince jumped at the opportunity to replace Hardee. Prince won by a landslide in 2009, proving he was the only man the citizens of his community felt was the right person for the job.
Prince quickly got to work for his district, which is the largest district in Horry County. He was responsible for paving dirt roads in his area, while serving on a committee that successfully redrew the borders of 11 counties that were granted an approval from the United States Department of Justice. He also prides himself with helping every person who took the initiative to contact him, even if they admitted they did not vote for him. Prince said, “I enjoy helping anyone who reaches out to me, no matter who they are in my district.”
His decision to not seek a third term also comes after the untimely death of a friend and fellow council member, the Honorable Bob Grabowski. Grabowski, who sadly committed suicide in March 2015, left Prince stunned and in complete shock. “He was a true friend and I thought a lot of him. He will be missed by everyone, including the residents of his District 6,” said Prince.
Prince is married to Renee Harris Prince, who is also from Loris and is a graduate of Loris High School. He has a 14-year-old daughter and is looking forward to spending more time with her and his new business venture, which is an asbestos removal company. Prince said, “My family and my new business are the main reasons why I am choosing to retire from the Horry County Council. I hope by announcing I am not running for a third term, others who share my passion for politics and desire to make positive changes within our district will decide to run for my seat. I loved representing the people of my community and I am so proud to know I made a difference. I hope and pray someone with my determination will run and do a great job for our district and county as a whole. I never intended to stay in politics for twenty years, I just wanted to take my turn. I am content and happy with my decision.”
Residents present awards
for best of best at banquet
By Jennifer Boyd
The Loris Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, which was held on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Center for Health and Fitness auditorium, was an evening of elegance. This event, which was sponsored by McLeod Loris Seacoast, awarded the best-of-the-best of the community.
The wine and hors d’oeuvre hour began at 6 p.m., with the accompaniment of Pan Fusion Steel Drums who played familiar songs from each past decade. Everyone used the time to network or catch-up with old friends who attended the event.
The delicious dinner, which began at 7 p.m. and was provided by Joey Vaught and his team from Backstreet Café, consisted of a salad, pork, chicken, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, bread and dessert.
William “Bill” Henderson from RJ Corman Railroad Company was a spirited, uplifting guest speaker of the evening. His outgoing personality and goal of “becoming the #1 premier shoreline in the country within the next ten years,” is not a far stretch for the railroad man who has dedicated his life to the railroad and the employees he depends upon each day. His desire to add as many local and regional businesses to the Corman Railroad Company is the catalyst that motivates him on a daily basis. His willingness to create a friendly working relationship with the locals of the community, while hiring as many men and women as possible, is beyond respectable. Blanton’s Supply, Perdue and Atlantic Packaging of Tabor City are just a few of the local companies who have begun to collaborate with RJ Corman Railroad Company, and that number is expected to grow in the near future.
Brianna Gerald was the first to receive an award during the ceremony. Janet Vescovi presented the Outstanding Youth Award to Gerald, who excels in cheerleading, the FFA, singing at church and helping her fellow man. Vescovi said, “She is a strong person who is dedicated and compassionate.”
Second to receive an award was Elsie “Pete” Burroughs. She was presented the Community Service Award from Laverne Ward. Ward stated, “She puts her needs above others. She volunteers at the hospital, nursing home and wheels people to church and back to their rooms at the nursing home. ‘Amazing Grace’ is her theme song.”
Third to be recognized was Black’s Tire Service. They received the prestigious Robert Brooks Entrepreneur Award for their outstanding service and generosity. Robbie Jenkins and Brian Pierce accepted the award on behalf of Black’s Tire Service.
Merchant of the Year Award was awarded to Shorty’s Grill of Loris by mayor pro tem Joan Gause. Betty Conner was present to accept the award that “was given to a business who has contributed to the growth of our community,” said Gause. The Conner family also donate to charities and are a positive influence on our city. They are true gems of Loris.
Citizen of the Year Award was granted to Jewell Tyler by her daughter, Jeannie Tyler Fox. Fox said, “My mom cooks for the ill and volunteers for local food banks.” Tyler has worked for the Joseph Law firm of Loris for many decades and is a positive role-model for the younger generation.
Last to receive an award was Estelle Graham Wright. Past mayor, David Stoudenmire Jr., presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to one of Loris’ favorites. Her love for life and our city is evident through her generous spirit and outgoing personality. She donated our town clock and the music we all cherish strolling downtown. Stoudenmire said, “She was never greedy and never forgot the place she calls home.”
Gregory Martin, current president of the Chamber of Commerce, recognized past president, Darlene Munn, for her outstanding service over the past eight years.
Each nominee was well-deserving of their chosen award. They have dedicated their lives to making this city the wonderful city it is today, while giving back to those in the community who need a helping hand. They are truly the best-of-the-best.
Chamber announces award winners, new board members
The Loris Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet was held last Thursday at the Center for Health & Fitness, courtesy of McLeod Loris Seacoast, with 100 in attendance.
The awesome food was catered by Backstreet Café and the music was provided by Pan Fusion Steel Drums.
The event kicked off with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 7 p.m.
While the guests finished their meals William E. Henderson III, vice president of sales and marketing from the RJ Corman Railroad Company, gave some great insight into the rail service that will soon be traveling through Loris.
Around 8 p.m. the awards ceremony began and we would like to congratulate all the winners of the evening. They are: Outstanding Youth Award Recipient – Brianna Gerald; Community Service Award Recipient – Elsie “Pete” Burroughs; Robert Brooks Entrepreneur Award Recipient – Black’s Tire Service; Merchant of the Year – Shorty’s Grill; Citizen of the Year – Jewel Tyler; and Lifetime Achievement Award – Estelle Wright.
We would like to thank everyone who attended, was an award presenter and our board of directors for making this a fantastic event. We can’t wait to do it again next year.
We would like to introduce our 2016 Chamber Board of Directors. They are: Eric Rouse – McLeod Loris; Jerry Hardee – Hardee’s Construction/City of Loris; Rubbie Govan – Loris High School; Korbin Causey – Horry-Loris Farm Bureau; Art Barrera – CMMS Studio; Clayton Tyler – First Palmetto Bank; Jeannette Johnson – Individual; Stephanie Rabon – HTC,; Gregory Martin – Railroad & Main Salon – president; Jamison Lewis – Santee Cooper – vice president; Llola Gore – HTC – executive treasurer; and Samantha Norris – executive director. We are looking forward to a great year!
The Loris Community Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. at the Loris Nature Park. Please make plans to join us.
Remember to buy local…SHOP LORIS FIRST!
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