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Long time drug traffic ends

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with eight arrested

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These photos were taken during the recent raid on Maple Street in Loris. Eight people were arrested while seizing drugs and guns.

By Jennifer Boyd
On Thursday, April 28, at 3:15 p.m. the Loris Police Department, SLED, the Horry County Sheriffs Department, the Horry County Police Department, the US Marshals, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Department and undercover cops raided a local road close to a mile from the Main Street of Loris. This major operation, which was a huge success, removed several people and illegal substances off the city streets.
Loris Police Chief Karen Shepherd had recently requested the assistance of several powerful state, local and federal agencies to execute three search warrants in the Maple Street section of Loris, known for decades as “The Bottom.” The Bottom has become infamous in the past forty or so years for questionable activity, including the open air sale of drugs from people standing in the street in broad daylight. The passer-by would easily navigate through the street and a person would either hand the driver the illegal substance from his clothing or run into one of the buildings on the left or right of the street to access his or her drug stash. This issue, which has been a thorn in the city’s police department for years, has also become Loris Police Chief Shepherd’s main topic of change for the city. She and her department are determined to go the extra mile to keep the city and streets safe for everyone in the community.
All-in-all, eight people were taken off the street. These people were: William Linell Wolfe of Loris; Christopher McNeil of Loris; Robert Lee Long of Tabor City, N.C.; Toby Dequnnie Long of Tabor City, N.C.; Kimaysh Taylor Liles of Loris; Raeshawn Jamar Jordan of Loris; Jeremy Williams Jones of Loris and Andre Chestnut of Loris. Each person arrested was transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, which is located on Highway 701 between Loris and Conway. They were each booked and within two days, many were back on the street after posting bail.
Multiple weapons, a large amount of marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and a liquid substance believed to be MDMA, better known as “Molly,” were found and taken into custody to be tested.
Heroin and Molly have become a major issue for the city and every city in the United States. Many people who were prescribed opiate pain killers from their doctor becomes addicted and resorts to heroin to feed their addiction after their doctor refuses to continue writing prescriptions. In 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported almost a million Americans had admitted to using heroin. Young adults, from the ages of 18-25, have been reported as seeing the largest increase over the past few years. These shocking statistics cost Americans over $484 billion annually, due to healthcare costs, lost wages, car accidents, crime and criminal justice system costs. It has also been reported half of the major crimes committed in the United States are due to heroin or opiate abuse and addiction.
Police Chief Shepherd and her team are committed to placing more street lights and building sidewalks on Maple Street. She also feels it is important to purchase a building on Maple Street and turn it into a sister police station, equipped with a police officer at all times. They work feverishly ensuring our streets and communities are a safe environment for everyone and are not giving-up fighting the war on illegal drugs and guns. Chief Shepherd said, “We, as a united team, look forward to working with Mayor Nichols to make Maple Street a safer street in Loris. Our number one goal is making our city the best city it can be and we are not going to let our guard down when it comes to illegal drugs and taking guns out of criminal’s hands.”

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.Local bank shows thanks with event

Hydrants are updated

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Photo by Jennifer Boyd
Water hydrants on Main Street in Loris were recently updated. A special machine that is placed over the hydrant shuts water off with a bladder system. Now, valves can be replaced without losing water or water pressure. This new technique will be implemented for all hydrants in Loris.
 



 

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Relay for Life is May 13 at Heniford Field

Relay for Life is more than just a fundraiser; it is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.
This year’s Loris-GSF Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday, May 13, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Heniford Field. The theme for this year’s Relay for Life is “Paint Your World Purple”. It’s not too late to register, find a team or sponsor someone. Visit www.relayforlife.org/lorissc for all the details. You don’t want to miss this event!
The Loris Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Loris Talent Showcase again this year as a fundraiser for Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Samantha Small and Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen Blair Gasque as they head to Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen in Columbia the week of June18-25. If you have a talent you would like to showcase, please contact the chamber office for an application for this event or download one from our website at www.lorischamber.com.
The Loris Farmers Market will be held each Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Courtyard on Main. Make sure to stop by to get your fresh produce from your local farmers.
Please check out our new website at www.lorischamber.com and remember to always SHOP LORIS FIRST!

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Town Talk...

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Happy Mother’s Day to ALL on Sunday who are so deserving... Loris-GSF RELAY FOR LIFE will be held at Heniford Field from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, May 13... Loris CHAMBER of Commerce and director Samantha NORRIS extending appreciation to all the queens who helped fill 56 goodie bags for the United Way... The Friends of Loris Library is having a book and yard sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6... T.I. LOWE and Jeffrey HALL are celebrating their birthdays on Sunday, May 8... Bradley ROWELL is turning a year older on Monday, May 9... Alex CHRISTIE is looking forward to her birthday on Tuesday, May 10... Christa MAXWELL, Nikki LOVE, Hope ELLIOTT, Nicole FLOYD, Harold WORLEY and Josh SARVIS are all enjoying birthdays on Wednesday, May 11... Kisa VAUGHT is having her birthday on Thursday, May 12... Forever Growing is having a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at 4160 Main Street in Loris...

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