Horry County Notebook | County Council chairman special election not over yet

bdickerson@thesunnews.comApril 11, 2013 

— Mark Lazarus doesn’t have the Horry County Council chairman seat 100 percent in the bag just yet, although conventional wisdom says he does.

Lazarus defeated fellow Republican challenger Al Allen in the March 26 runoff election.

Since there are no Democratic challengers, Lazarus would be the person to fill former chairman Tom Rice’s seat, correct?

Not just yet.

There’s still a general election set for April 30. Sandy Martin, director of Horry County Voter Registration, said this race gives voters the opportunity to cast a ballot for a write-in candidate.

“It’s whoever gets the most votes,” Martin said.

Like the March 12 special primary election and the March 26 runoff before it, Martin expects another low turnout for the general election.

This seems especially true since there’s only one official candidate on the ballot.

In the primary election, around 13,660 voters came out to the polls, representing less than 9 percent of Horry County’s almost 180,000 registered voters.

For the runoff, there were only 11,586 voters or 6.5 percent.

Voters who do come out to the polls April 30 will be able to vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

A photo identification is required.

Horry County offers e-book service

The Horry County Memorial Library system has implemented the 3M Cloud Library to satisfy e-readers.

This lending system can be accessed on everything from a Windows PC or Mac, to an iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and other smartphones and tablets, according to a press release.

The Horry County library system currently has 340 titles in its e-book service and will add more on a regular basis. Patrons can check out two at a time, and each would is due back within seven days.

Patrons can set up their 3M Cloud Library account with a library card.

“E-books have been one of the most requested services and we wanted to go with a vendor that had access to major publishers and had a product that worked across multiple platforms,” said Cliff Boyer, director of the county library system.

For more information, go to http://horry.lib.sc.us/ebookhelp.

Traffic shift coming to backgate construction zone

The second major traffic shift is coming Monday at the U.S. 17 Bypass/Farrow Parkway construction zone – the backgate area of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force base.

All southbound vehicles on the U.S. 17 Bypass in the area of the backgate overpass work will move onto two ramps starting Monday at 8 p.m. It represents a 100-foot traffic shift to the west.

The shift should take five to six hours to complete. Traffic signals at the U.S. 17 Bypass/Farrow Parkway intersection will go dark from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, but they will be back online in time for the Tuesday morning commute.

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers will be on site to assist with the traffic shift.

Contact BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_bdickerson.

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