COVID impacts: Fireworks postponed, Horry schools plan commencement

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

     COVID-19 concerns have pushed the Columbus County July Fourth Fireworks Celebration to September, hopefully, as schools in Horry County race to plan for in-person commencement.

     Meanwhile, an additional death from the coronavirus was confirmed in Columbus County on Tuesday, with eight new cases confirmed, and another xxx positive cases reported in Horry County.

     This post will cover these topics:

  • Fourth of July fireworks on hold until September
  • LHS, GSF making commencement plans

Fourth of July fireworks on hold until September

     Independence Day will have to wait a bit in Tabor City, with this year’s Columbus County Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration postponed until early September, directors of the sponsoring Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce have decided.

     COVID-19 and the response to the global pandemic has already forced the Chamber to cancel several events, including its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Mini Kids Fest, and a bass tournament this month, Chamber Executive Vice President Cynthia Nelson said Tuesday.

     Chamber leaders have been in contact with the pyrotechnics company responsible for the annual dazzling display, with all parties “considering all aspects” of the celebration, Nelson said.

     Directors have opted against cancellation, choosing “to only postpone it until September,” Nelson said. “We will continue to organize this event with an early September date.  We will let everyone know once that specific date has been set and paperwork has been signed and approved.

     “We believe that EVERYONE will have a better opportunity to enjoy the fireworks event at the fullest if it’s postponed for just a little while as we go through the 3 phases set to open our great state back up.”

LHS, GSF making commencement plans

     With virtual commencement discarded by a divided Horry County Board of Education Monday, leaders at Loris and Green Sea Floyds high schools were working Tuesday to develop in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020.

     Supt. Dr. Rick Maxey last month said the school district would adopt a virtual graduation plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but quickly retreated in the face of pressure from students and parents unwilling to give up the tradition.

     In-person graduation was approved by the Board of Education on an 8-3 vote Monday, with opponents concerned that the individual schools were given too little guidance, The Sun News in Myrtle Beach reported.

     Loris High spokeswoman Krystal Causey said school leaders were working Tuesday to develop a plan.

     “It seems we will have a ceremony of some type but they are hammering out the details and once we get final approval from the district, we will announce to the seniors,” Causey said.

     At Green Sea Floyds High the process was similar, with students and parents to be notified of those plans first, then the public through the media.

     Look for those details as they become available here and in next week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

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