Horry County Council recognizes fallen Myrtle Beach Police Officer Jacob Hancher

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – Horry County Council on Tuesday night recognized fallen Myrtle Beach Police Officer Jacob Hancher for his dedication and commitment to the community.

Hancher was killed in October of 2020 in the line of duty. “Service is the ultimate sacrifice and we feel for his family. He was not only a police officer but he worked for the county and the fire department,” Horry County Chairman Johnny Gardner said.

Hancher’s mother, Suzanne Williams was there. “Thank you for all that you have done to keep my son’s memory alive and thank you to these fine officers and public safety officials in both fire and police that do so much to keep our community safe,” Williams said.

A portion of River Oaks Boulevard will be named after him. There were will be a dedication to him on the anniversary of his death, October 3rd.

Council members also discussed several topics including limiting construction hours across the county. Councilmember Johnny Vaught said there have been numerous complaints from people living in the county. Council passed the first reading to limit hours of construction in the county. Gardner said there will be public input for that at next month’s meeting.

Council also discussed flood protection measures that were passed in a previous council meeting. The measures show where people can build new developments and how much people need to raise the foundation of the house to make sure it does not get flooded.

An ordinance and third reading to adopt the revised flood damage prevention standard was sent back to the Infrastructure and Regulations committee.

Also, the council passed the first reading to regulate the digging of holes on beaches, to protect wildlife and citizens.

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