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Clemson wins national

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Ricky Dew, left, and Jonathan Hardee, middle, of Loris take a second to pose for the camera with a friend before entering the Raymond James Football Stadium in Tampa to watch their team, Clemson University, battle Alabama. Clemson won 35-31.

By Jennifer Boyd
Several residents of Loris traveled to Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football Stadium to battle the Alabama Crimson Tide, the previous national champions.
Although Clemson University battled Alabama last year for the title and lost, many felt Alabama would take home the trophy.
With one second left in the game, Hunter Renfrow of Socastee caught the touchdown pass that placed Clemson ahead, 34-31. With a point-after-touchdown adding one more point to the scoreboard, the final score was Clemson winning 35-31. For many Clemson fans, the 35 year wait to win the national championship again was worth every second. The last time this university held the trophy was in the year 1981. This win will forever be embedded in the hearts of every diehard Clemson fan in Loris and the state of South Carolina.
Little Big Town, the country music powerhouse group, kicked off the football festivities last Monday before the game began. Their rendition of the National Anthem was sung beautifully to a crowd of thousands, including millions watching the game via their television.
Steve Spurrier, former head football coach for the University of South Carolina, was also acknowledged during the national championship football game for his acceptance into the College Football Hall of Fame for the year 2017. His journey as a coach began on Sept. 30, 1989. Although he was heavily booed by the crowd of onlookers, his accomplishments and winning career in college football are to be commended.
Danny Ford, the Clemson Football Coach who led the team 35 years ago to win the national championship, was also acknowledged for his acceptance into the College Football Hall of Fame. Ford, who did not attend the championship game last Monday, felt he had rather watch the game from his home.
Whether you are a USC football fan or a Clemson fan, it was a proud moment to see a college football team from South Carolina shine in the spotlight and take home the coveted championship trophy. All season long, each player for Clemson has worked feverishly to prepare for the game against Alabama, who was favored to beat Clemson by 6.5 points. This underdog team fought and scratched their way to the top of the echelon with the grace a winning team should have each time they walk on the football field.
Many USC fans are hopeful they will see their team one day win the national championship trophy, but until then Clemson deserves the spoils of being the best college football team in the country
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Fire Department will

receive new fire engine

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Photo by Jennifer Boyd
Jamie Stevens, left, and Dow Watts, right, stand with the 1978 fire engine that will be decommissioned in the summer. Each Loris Fire Department firefighter looks forward to receiving a new fire engine that will replace this outdated engine.

By Jennifer Boyd
The Loris Fire Department has recently announced they will receive a new fire engine soon.
The fire engine will arrive in the summer of this year. It will be a welcome addition to the Loris Fire Department. They are the busiest volunteer fire department in South Carolina. Each of their firefighters are extremely proud to serve their community, in and around the Loris area.
Several of the Loris volunteer firefighters raised $10,000 working at various fundraisers to contribute to the purchase of the new engine, along with the help of Congressman Tom Rice who voted “yes” to reserve money needed to purchase the 2017 engine with a 2018 chassis.
The fire engine, produced by Rosenbauer Freight Liner, will be an added help to a fire department that is extremely busy throughout the year. Rosenbauer is the global leader of producing fire engines with over 150 years of experience and 11 manufacturing companies worldwide.
The fire engine that will be decommissioned, the 423 engine, is a 1978 model. This model is the oldest in service fire engine in Horry County and although the engine is a reserve engine and still is in working order, it is time to allow the engine to go into retirement. The engine will go on sale to either a private collector or someone who can re-sell the engine to a fire department out of the United States. It is illegal for the Loris Fire Department to sell the engine to another fire department because once an engine is decommissioned, it can not be sold to fight fires in the U.S. They have not disclosed how much the engine is worth in today’s market.
The old fire engine did not have many safety features, according to Fire Marshall Robert Rudelitch. He said, “The new engine will have a bigger pump but hold the same amount of gallons, 1,500 gallons per minute or GPM to be exact. Once the new engine arrives this summer, they will contact Congressman Tom Rice and the community to invite them to a formal ceremony to retire the old engine from active service and christen the new engine.”
He and the entire Loris Fire Department are appreciative of the new addition to their department. The new fire engine is valued at over $350,000 and is a gift well-overdue to a fire department that has been a beacon of light for the community.
Each person affiliated with the Loris Fire Department goes the extra step to ensure the Loris area is safe and sound, 24 hours a day, seven day a week. Thanks go to the Loris Fire Department for their outstanding work and service to the community. The date and time of the ceremony to welcome the new engine into active service will be announced at a later date.

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Chamber thanks supporters for help

We could not do what we do without all the love and support from our sponsors, merchants, residents, visitors and city.  We love promoting Loris and we love having you all on our team.  Small towns are the best!  Please love your neighbors and be kind to one another.
The board of directors will be meeting soon to collaborate on the 2017 events.  We are looking forward to another great year to promote our beautiful city. The first thing that will be taking place is the Loris Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. The banquet will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Center for Health & Fitness. The banquet will have a different flair to it this year so we hope you will join us for this fantastic event. Nomination forms for Citizen of the Year, Merchant of the Year, Public Safety Award, Outstanding Youth Award, Robert Brooks Entrepreneur Award and Lifetime Achievement Award are available if you wish to nominate someone deserving. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the chamber office for $25 per person.
We look forward to promoting this great city of Loris, hosting events, encouraging everyone to shop locally and being part of a great community.  We hope you will join us in this vision of bragging about our wonderful city too! And remember…..SHOP LORIS FIRST!

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Town Talk...

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Hardee’s of Loris keeping customers fed with great food during the cold weather... Liberty Tax Service working to open new office at 4160 Main Street... Kayla Rachelle McCORMICK is having her birthday on Friday, Jan. 13... April WISE is looking forward to her birthday on Saturday, Jan. 14... Tiffany Stone, Hannah EDWARDS and Stephanie ODOM are all celebrating their birthdays on Monday, Jan. 16... Brittney SELLERS and Linsey Boone CAINES are both enjoying their birthdays on Tuesday, Jan. 17... Jessica DAMES, Brittney Holmes FLOWERS and Laura Woods MOE are all celebrating their birthdays on Wednesday, Jan. 18... Nicole Marie STRICKLAND is having her birthday on Thursday, Jan. 19... Family sends birthday wishes to Courtney COOK...

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