Keep Horry County Beautiful has been busy picking up trash along the Grand Strand.
Three community cleanups held so far in 2013 have filled almost 700 bags with garbage that was strewn along the sides of streets and in public areas.
Nancy Tindall, a member of Keep Horry County Beautiful, said the group cleaned five miles of roads, 10 acres of parks, 1.5 miles of trails, three boat landings and four illegal dump sites in the Socastee community back in February.
Loris saw five miles of its roads and one illegal dump cleaned on April 6, while Carolina Forest had trash picked up along 19.5 miles of roads and 13 acres of area parks, Tindall said.
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The Keep Horry County Beautiful chapter was established in the spring of 2011. So, are group officials seeing any change in the amount of trash they’re collecting?
“I believe it’s down, just a little bit less, every time they clean,” Tindall said.
The groups’ next community cleanup is on May 4 in the Racepath community in Myrtle Beach.
Janet Carter, director of Horry County Planning and Zoning, which oversees Keep Horry County Beautiful, said one of the group’s goals is to make people more conscious and aware about not tossing that empty wrapper out of the car window.
One way to do that, Carter added, is by showing residents that county officials also care about Horry County’s aesthetic appearance. If they care, then citizens will get behind them and support the cause.
“While we’re still pretty new at this, we do think we’re seeing less litter along the roadway,” Carter said.
Two precincts moved for Tuesday election
Horry County Registration and Elections is moving two precincts for Tuesday’s special general election for County Council chairman.
The Jackson Bluff Precinct will move to Centenary Methodist Church at 1527 S.C. 544 in Conway, while the Ocean Drive Precinct No. 2 will move to the Lakeside Baptist Church at 615 11th Ave. North in North Myrtle Beach, according to a press release.
This precinct change will only occur for Tuesday’s election
Republican Mark Lazarus is the only one on the ballot for Horry County Council chairman, after defeating fellow GOP challenger Al Allen in the March 26 runoff election. There are no Democratic candidates in the running.
The general election is being held to allow for any write-in candidates. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and all voters must present a photo ID to cast a ballot.
Bucksport library having ribbon cutting
The Horry County Memorial Library system is hosting a re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bucksport library on Tuesday at 10 a.m., according to a press release.
Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The library officially resumed normal hours on April 1 following the installation of mobile shelving, putting down fresh carpet and new furnishings and applying a new coat of paint.
Bucksport library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.