Horry County Notebook | Honoring our namesake

August 16, 2012 

  • More information Who is Peter Horry? •  He was a Revolutionary War veteran born in South Carolina in 1747. •  After the death of his father, John Horry, in 1770, he became the owner of a plantation near Winyah Bay in Prince George’s Parish. •  On June 12, 1775, the Provincial Congress of S.C. elected 20 captains to serve in the 1st and 2nd South Carolina Regiments. Horry was elected as one of those captains. •  On Sept. 16, 1776, Horry was promoted to major of the 2nd Regiment. By 1779, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and assigned to the 5th Regiment. •  In 1780, Horry become colonel of one of the state militia regiments under Lt. Colonel Francis Marion. •  In 1801, a part of Georgetown District was erected into a new district named the Horry District in honor of Peter Horry, whose brigade included the militia of this new district. •  Horry died on Feb. 28, 1815. •  The district was renamed Horry County in 1868. Source: Horry County Historical Society website

Peter Horry is being immortalized in bronze.

A bronze bust of Horry County’s namesake is currently being made, and will be displayed in the Horry County Government and Justice Center.

Lisa Bourcier, Horry County spokeswoman, said via email that Lubbock, Texas artist Garland Weeks was the man chosen to design the bust.

Weeks has completed the clay model and it is currently being cast in bronze, Bourcier said. The portrait is based on an original oil painting of Peter Horry.

Coastal Monument of Conway is creating the stone base that the bronze bust will be mounted on, according to Bourcier. It will be black granite and have the names of the 1801 commissioners on one side, the names of the 2011 Horry County Council members on the other side and a brief bio of Peter Horry on the front.

Currently, the stone is being cut and polished for the etching.

The total amount for both the bust and the stone base is slightly above $16,200.

New terminal expansion 60 percent finished

There was a lot of talk at Tuesday’s Horry County Committee of the Whole meeting focusing on the danger green lasers present to pilots landing aircraft at Myrtle Beach International Airport.

However, airport director Mike LaPier also gave the County Council some good news; the terminal expansion project is now 60 percent complete.

LaPier added that the project should be completed and turned over to the Horry County Department of Airports by Jan. 25, 2013. The first flight out of the new terminal should take place on Feb. 19.

The $118 million expansion project will bring the airport’s total number of gates from seven to 13.

Aynor Overpass grand opening on Tuesday

The Aynor Overpass is about to make its big debut.

A memorial dedication for the new overpass is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m., according to an Horry County press release.

Attendees are asked to park on the Highway 319 side of the overpass.

Construction on the overpass began in 2010, and the project cost $18 million.

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