- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Horry County has joined Columbus County, North Carolina, in approving tax incentive deals designed to get the Carolina Southern Railroad rolling again.

Local media outlets report that both county governments have approved packages of nearly $2 million to get the railroad going again.

The 100-mile line between Columbus County and Horry County has been closed since 2011 after bridges on the line failed federal inspections.

Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus says there is a $14 million deal in the works to get the railroad operating. But Lazarus says the understanding with owner Ken Pippin has not been finalized.

But he says the sale contract could be signed in the next 30 days. He did not identify the buyer.

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