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Loris Times

 

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Bids opened during

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the special meeting


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Photo by Jennifer Boyd
Ryan Hayes, standing right, explains the upcoming deadline for the CDBG Grant during last Thursday’s special city council meeting.

By Jennifer Boyd
The city of Loris held a special city council meeting on Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. The meeting was held at the Loris Public Safety building. This was an opportunity to open four sealed bids from companies hoping to be hired by the city to repair the Bayboro pump station.
The first bid was given by Level Utilities of Georgetown. Their comprehensive bid was for the amount of $547,762. The second bid was from Greenwall Construction Services of Myrtle Beach for the amount of $489,666.66. The third bid was delivered from North American Construction Company of Quinby. Their bid was for the amount of $658,749. The fourth and final bid opened was from ARC Inc. from Murrells Inlet. The amount was $743,732.60.
Ryan Hayes of Hanna Engineering from Florence addressed the city council explaining the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will need a comprehensive study that will cost several thousand dollars in order to receive the substantial grant. This CDBG Grant will provide the city with well over half a million dollars to upgrade water systems, increase water pressures, help with drainage and provide better fire protection for the city and its residents. In order to receive the grant, the city will have to match the grant with the sum of $81,000. Paperwork and due dates are quickly coming to a close and the council members will be required to buckle down in order to meet this important deadline.
Loris resident Janet Carter also addressed council during the meeting to voice her grievances. Her two grievances, which are a commercial vehicle being parked in an adjacent yard that weighs over one ton and overgrowth on a property near her home, were both troubling for Carter. She had taken pictures and gave each council member copies for them to view while she explained her dislike for each violation of the city ordinances.
Mayor Henry Nichols was not present during the meeting on Thursday, but was rumored to attend the executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss personnel issues.
Each city council meeting is held on the first Monday of each month. Residents are asked to sign their name on a register and minimize their conversation with council to five minutes. Regular meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Loris Public Safety building.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony

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held at Watson Park field

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Photo by Jennifer Boyd
These two 10 year old in-house teams were the first to play a game of baseball on the newly renovated Watson Park baseball field. Many community members came out to support the children and witness the official opening of the field.

By Jennifer Boyd
The city of Loris picked a perfect afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Watson Park, a baseball park that has been under renovation for a few years. The park is located near the old Loris Middle School, which holds a community who is ready to welcome children and parents of Loris to play and view baseball.
Some parents may not be happy about it because the newly opened baseball field is across town from the ball fields that have been in operation for over 40 years. Parents were still there to cheer on their 10 and 12 year old children.
Mt. Vernon Boy Scout Troop 822 was on hand to carry the flag on the field for the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Henry Nichols spoke briefly about the many people who were responsible for this big day. He asked Cynthia Jones, a descendant of Charlie Watson and the namesake of the park, to also speak. She said, “The Watson family left a lasting legacy to the city of Loris.” After Mayor Nichols threw out the first pitch, a formal ribbon cutting ceremony followed. Then the words “play ball” were heard throughout the park.
Two of the teams playing the first game of the evening were in the 10 year old division. Coaching the two in-house teams were Jeff Watts and Don McCoy. Coaching the second in-house game for the 12 year olds were Julius Graham and Jeremy Graham. Jamey Stevens of Loris was one of the referees for both games.
The employees of the Loris Recreation Department were excited for the future of Watson Park and are looking to fill the bleachers each game. There is a full concession stand, along with new lighting, parking lot and bathrooms for the public. Horry County Councilman Paul Prince of Loris stated, “This is a good day for the city of Loris and for the younger generation. I was responsible for the county giving the recreation department $20,000 for this major project, along with another check for $7,800 that was to be used for both ball fields. They have done a fine job.”
Much can be said about Josh Singleton and Damon Kempski for their hard work, determination and dedication to the recreation department. Although Kempski is acting city administrator for the city, he is never far away from a baseball field. Singleton accepted the position that was once Kempski’s.

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Town Talk...

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Congratulations to the University of South Carolina girls and boys basketball teams on both making it to the 2017 NCAA basketball final four games to be held later this week!!! Najah ASBURY and Deegan HUDSON will be collecting money for the Children’s Miracle Network and items for Horry County’s homebound seniors as part of their projects so contact them or the Chamber office for information... The Loris Bog-Off Festival titleholders will be collecting items for the United Way of Horry County “Make Someone’s May Day Program” to be given on Miss America Service Day at the Courtyard on Main on Saturday, April 8... Mt. Hermon Baptist Church will host the Anchormen Quartet on Sunday, April 2, at 11 a.m... Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will have a conference on Sunday School Done Right on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m... Paige KENDRICK is having her birthday on Friday, March 31... Jessica HEDWIN and Candace BROWN are both celebrating their birthdays on Saturday, April 1... Hope René GORE and Ray CARMICHAEL are both looking forward to their birthdays on Sunday, April 2... Steve PLANTY is having his birthday on Monday, April 3... Sara Fowler McPHERSON, Gene MILLS and Kyle COX are all enjoying their birthdays on Tuesday, April 4... Kelly Page BURCHETTE and Whitney TODD are both celebrating their birthdays on Wednesday, April 5... Brooke COX, Stephanie WALLER and Kristina BLACKWELL will all enjoy their birthdays on Thursday, April 6...

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