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Bog, broadcaster get historic recognition

Loris Bog-Off Festival Founder Singleton Bailey was among those taking part in the unveiling of an historic marker celebrating the history of the delicacy in front of the Loris Library. (Jenn Causey, TLT)


     Chicken bog and WLSC radio, words synonymous with Loris, each received recognition from the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission last week.

     Commission and community leaders gathered at the Loris Library for dedication of an historic highway marker celebrating the importance of Chicken Bog on the community, and at the radio station as it passed a milestone of 50 years of service.“Today is a great day to be in the city of Loris and to celebrate what makes the city so special,” Commission chair Susan Platt said.


     More than 50 people were on hand as Singleton Bailey, the local pharmacist whose vision of a chicken bog cooking competition 43 years ago birthed the annual Bog-Off Festival, was joined by Mayor Todd Harrelson unveiling the marker.

     “Chicken Bog. One-pot dish made with rice, chicken & sausage, fed crowds by 1920’s. Traditionally eaten after gathering tobacco in northeast South Carolina,” read the sign, donated by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

     Platt praised this publication for many decades of writing about the chicken dish.

     “I wanted to thank the Tabor-Loris Tribune for the articles written about chicken-bog over the decades,” Platt said. “When I was researching chicken bog. I learned from the publication this popular dish was served during many meetings, like the Loris Garden Club.”

     Loris Chamber of Commerce executive director Samantha Ward Norris was also praised for her help gathering and sharing information. Several articles from this publication were copied and placed on a board inside library for everyone to read while light refreshments were enjoyed.

     Tracey Elvis-Weitzel, director of libraries, thanked the Loris public works department for placing marker sign in the ground.

     Mayor Harrelson was also thanked for choosing the location for the sign.

WLSC radio was honored for 50 years’ service in the community, owner Jack Murphy flanked by commission chair Susan Platt and Mayor Todd Harrelson. (Jenn Causey, TLT)


     WLSC Tiger Radio station was honored by commission with a plaque recognizing its more than half-century of service.

     “WLSC signed on in August of 1958, so that makes my family’s radio station 65 years old this year,” owner Jack Murphy said. “We’re honored to receive this award and appreciate everyone involved in making today a special day for WLSC and the city of Loris as well.”