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      Grand Strand and Pee Dee police, communities host National Night Out events

      From the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office Facebook page

      National Night Out events will be held throughout the Grand Strand and Pee Dee Tuesday night, including the first ever for the Horry County Police Department.

      National Night Out was started in 1984 as a way to promote crime prevention activities and police-community partnerships.

      It began with people leaving on their front porch lights or staging small gatherings on front porches, but now many communities host block parties and more.

      The Horry County Police Department will be hosting its first National Night Out event on Tuesday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building in Conway. There will be free food, music and games.

      The Conway City Police Department will also be hosting an event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Conway City Senior Citizen Center. There will be free hot dogs with chili, soft drinks and officer meet and greets.

      Several communities in Myrtle Beach will also be hosting events. The Myrtle Beach Police Department is not hosting its own event but city staff and council members will visit the several community events. For a full list of those Myrtle Beach communities hosting events visit the City of Myrtle Beachâ??s website.

      The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is hosting its National Night Out event from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Elementary football field. There will be food, music and games as well as McGruff, the crime dog, who will be available for pictures.

      The Florence County Sheriff's Office's event will be taking place at the Leatherman Senior Center in Florence beginning at 5 p.m. There will be speeches, children's games, live entertainment, free food and drinks. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee.

      The Darlington City Police Department is hosting an event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Darlington City Pool. There will be free swimming for the first 100 people, as well as free food and drinks while supplies last.