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July 4, 2012
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Wednesday JULY 4, 2012 VOL 18, No. 5 843-756-1447 Waccamaw Publishers, Inc 2510 Main St., Conway, SC 29526 ARm Delivery 50Cen I OIRrSiOE I Weather " High $41 sunny WEDNESDAY NIGH[ tm 74. msay dear THURSDAY High 86,  cloudy FRIDAY High 87, mos00 doudy SATURDAY High 88, partly sunny A,800 TkVY TOT SOUTH C4ROLJNA" Ms 'ny Tot Horry County, Ke/by ann nburn, was croumedM/ss tiny Tot South Carolina. A7 JASON JOHNSON TOURNAMENT." The Jason Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament was held recently raising money for the Grace Christian School athletic department. A13 Live Oak Baptist Church located off Hwy. 45 in Loris will have Vacation Bible School July 8-13, 6-9 p.m. The theme will be SpaceQuest and there will ha dasses for all ages. Everyone is invited to attend. Dogwood Hill Baptist Church located at 1040 Mt. Zion Road in Loris has an emergency food pantry. Call 756-3450 for more information. They will be having VBS, Amazing Wonders Aviation, July 8- 13, Sunday 6-9 p.m., ' Monday through Thursday 6:30-9 p.m, and Friday at 7 p.m. Camp Swamp Methodist Church located on Camp Swamp Road just off Hwy 9, turning at Black Bear Golf Course will have Vacation Bible School Friday, July 13, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. with a Celebration Worship Service at 10"30 a.m. The theme is 'Rocky Point Lighthouse.' Gospel Quartet Concert The Unity Quartet will be at Camp Swamp Methodist Church, Sunday, July 22 beginning at 1.30 a.m. to share the gospel through music. The Loris !3J;1;/f:fl L )'ObJN !='%I:'VI:;'!=: 2i73:'1::' =;, .... .J C) ,': I., kl C crffi 'SJ;-/ ':,CO@::; .-, .... ,: :',. :" -:::, 171,1 bJ/::? cq,:;,., .::,.., ..... ; ,,, I II,l,,l,,I,,I,l,l,,I,,I,,I,II,,i Address Service Requested POSTAL PATRON PRESORTED STANDARD U.S.POSTAGE PAID CONWAY, S.C. PERMIT NO. 44 LES expansion site work underway BY LACY HARDEE FOR THE LORIS SCENE With all the on site heavy equipment, and the removal of much of the attractive landscaping that once surrounded Lofts Elementary School, passersby can't help but notice preparation for the more than 30,000 square foot expansion is moving forward. The much-needed expan- sion was given the go_ ahead last month, which will increase the school's capacity from 644 students to 1,142 students. The proj- ect is expected to be fin- ished in 18 months. The board made a motion at its June 13 meet- ing to move forward with expansion plans at the school, but members opted to wait for more informa- tion, along with a compari- son between an expansion and construction of a new school. Matt Dean, the district's director of construction management, gave the board an estimate of $9.2 million for the addition and $20.7 million to build a new school. The entire project is expected to be finished in 2013, and cost is estimated at $11.5 million. In a recent PTO meeting, LES Principal Mark Porter spoke concerning some details of the project. LACY HARDEE I THE LORIS SCENE The much-needed Loris Elementary expansion was given the go-ahead last month, which will increase the school's capaci- ty from 644 students to 1,142 students. The project is expected to be finished r in 18 months. "We have been beyond capacity for quite some time and now, thanks to the school board, we will soon have a beautiful addition to our school," said Porter. "We will, in addition to 10,000 square feet of educa- tion space, soon have a new gymnasium, an expansion of our cafeteria, and a newly designed and cov- ered student drop-off area." Porter said the expansion will add more parking and a . more user-friendlyentrance to the school: The school had been handling the overcrowding with the use of 13 portable classrooms, all at the rear of the school. The current school was only designed for up to 644 students, and the last cen- sus showed the school housing 777 students in child development through fifth grade. Site work is moving along EXPANSION, A3 Two Lorz00 teacbers takepmcipal positions BY LACY HARDEE FOR THE LORIS SCENE The Horry County School District announced two new assistant principals have been tapped for the 2012-2013 school year, both former teachers and' coaches from Lofts area schools. Lee James, 8th Grade Honors Algebra 1 and. Geometry teacher at Loris Middle School will head to Green Sea-Floyds Middle School in his new position. James, also a golf coach Bt LHS last season, earned his Bachelor of Science Lee James Brandon Todd degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lander University and holds a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. James is also cer- " rifled in Secondary Mathematics and Educational Administration. James lives in Loris with his wife Shelli Cox James and three young daughters, Isahelle Grace, Lily Kathryn, and Averi Lee. Brandon Todd, a social studies teacher and former Loris High School Teacher of the Year, will make his transition as an assistant principal closer tO home at Loris Elementary School. In addition to social studies, Todd also taught government and econom- ics in his tenure at LHS and was also a member of the LHS football coaching staff Todd, a 2001 graduate of LHS, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in History from Coastal Carolina University in 2005 and received his Master of Arts in Teaching from CCU in 2006. Five years later Todd earned his Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership, also from CCU. Todd married Krisfln Hucks in December of 2010 and the couple lives in Lofts. Horry County School Board looks at its financial future BY HEATHER GALE FOR THE LORIS SCENE A possible tax increase was the main topic of contention Monday night as the Horry County School Board looked at its future goals. The board discussed its vision, goals and future funding sources in order to stay out of the perpetual cycle of budget deficits. Since the economy began to sag, the district has faced budget deficits and has had to make major cuts to stay in the black. For the current budget year, the district could face a $7 million deficit. Due to newly-added pro- grams including reading interventionists, new school construction and rising costs of doing business, the school board has not created new revenue streams to make up the difference. Board Chair Will Garland, who put the discussion item on the agenda, asked the board to consider the future and how programs will b e funded. "My concern is that we are funding ongoing operations with one-time money," he said. "We are going to comer ourselves in ff we continue to add programs without adding some kind of revenue stream." Garland said he is glad that the district offers all the programs it does and gives students lots of choices, but if the board continues to add programs without finding ways to fund them, the future could be grim. "If we have a $2 million program, we need to find $2 million when we approve it to fund it," he said. "We can't just worry about funding it later like we have in thepast. We need to either make cuts to fund it or create a new revenue stream." The new revenue stream could be increased taxeg Board member Harvey Eisner said with all the costs going up for the district to operate that a tax increase in the near future should be considered. Our district works temely efficiently, and they do a great job," he said. "But with all the costs going up we need to consider it in the future." Many board members spoke out against the possi- bility of raising taxes saying now i s not the right time. "We need to focus on the future, maintain direction, act strategically and meas- ure output, and we have been doing a good job on that thus far," said board member Neil James. We are competitive on a state and national level, and we don't need to add additional tax revenue now. If we only focus on funding now, we are putting the cart before the horse." Board member Joe DeFeo said he agrees with Garland about finding funding for prOgrams when they are approved, but is against rais- SCHOOLS, A3 Solid Waste Authority celebrates 20 years serving the county BY HEATHER GALE FOR THE LORIS SCENE Eldred Johnson remem- bers his first day on the newly-created Horry County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) board like it was yesterday. "We were all excited and ready to get to work for the new authority," he said. "We had a lot of important decision to make, but we had great team to work with." Johnson and a number of past and present board members, past executive directors, current SWA employees and even Horry County Council members gathered Tuesday to cele- brate the Horry County Solid Waste Authority's 20th anniversary. The informal gathering allowed all to reminisce about their time at the SWA and think about all they have accomplished in 20 yeals. "We had to come up with everything," said first-ever SWA director Ron Andrew "We had to start from the bottom and work our way up in order to make this a good otganizatiom I would say my eight years here at the SWA were the pride of my career." Current SWA executive director Danny Knight said everyone has contributed to the success of the Solid Waste Authority. "Everyone that has been here has left a footprint that the next group has taken to the next level," he Said. =We need to do the same thing for the future people." Knight said in the past year the SWA has accom- plished a lot including a new C&D recycling center, the glass processing and The Store. "We have done so much