Coastal Observer


Books: After 25 years, literary lunches will become more bite-sized

When James Patterson spoke at a Moveable Feast this month, 360 people sat down for lunch at Pawleys Plantation to hear the best-selling author. Preparing for the event was like planning a major wedding,...
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Elections: Area voters back Russell Fry in ousting U.S. Rep. Tom Rice

Georgetown County voters joined the wave that swept U.S. Rep. Tom Rice from his 7th Congressional District seat in Tuesday’s GOP primary. State Rep. Russell Fry garnered 51 percent of the overall vote in...
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Pawleys Island: Pawleys renourishment prompts second suit over erosion

A group of property owners at Prince George filed suit this week to have Pawleys Inlet restored to its location prior to beach renourishment by the town of Pawleys Island. They are also seeking...
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Education: Last of the original Warriors leaves the classroom

Thirty-two years after joining the staff of Waccamaw High School, Cara Cook walked out of the school for the last time on Friday.  “This place has given me a lot. It’s been family. It’s...
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Environment: Scenery with a slight image problem

Wetlands are a defining feature of the South Carolina coast, but they have an image problem. Everyone is aware of the salt marsh. They are less familiar with bottomland hardwoods or Carolina bays, said...
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Education: District plans 3 percent tax increase

The Georgetown County School Board approved a 3.5-mill property tax increase to fund raises for employees in the coming year and increase salaries in the future. That’s a rise of 3 percent. The proposal...
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Environment: A 6.5-foot variance protects an oak 6.5 feet around

The proposal to protect a pair of live oaks with trunks more than 6 feet in diameter was met with a silence that seemed to stretch as wide as the trees themselves. Meghan and...
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Litchfield Beach: Renourishment project still on track despite weather delays

Although storms, including the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, kept a dredge tucked into Winyah Bay for several days, a beach renourishment project at the south end of Litchfield Beach is...
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Education: Rural schools narrow topics for magnet program

The Georgetown County School District is continuing to plan for magnet schools, even as it waits to learn whether it will get a federal grant to fund the program. “If we are successful with...
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Environment: County plan update calls for more wetland protection

Increased wetlands protection that is tougher than state or federal standards is among the new goals under review by Georgetown County as part of its update to its comprehensive plan. “That’s where we can...
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Waccamaw High: Graduates make up for time lost to pandemic

As the evening shadows lengthened across Warrior Field, the time grew short for more than 200 members of the Waccamaw High School Class of 2022. Don’t call them former Warriors. The school’s motto is:...
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Pawleys Island: Property owners sue to restore inlet’s path prior to beach project

A Prince George couple has filed suit to force the town of Pawleys Island, its contractors and state agencies to restore the inlet at the island’s south end to the channel it followed before...
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Culture: Juneteenth events start a new tradition

Ronald Coleman wasn’t aware of Juneteenth. For 91 years, his summer activities included the Fourth of July, picnics and trips to the beach. “I never thought of June and the abolishment of slavery ,...
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Observer wins 10 state press awards

Coastal Observer staff won 10 awards from the S.C. Press Association for their work in 2019 and 2020, including third place for General Excellence among the mid-sized weekly newspapers. Awards were presented last week...
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Georgetown County Board of Education: First and third Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center. For details, go to

Georgetown County Council: Second and fourth Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Howard Auditorium, Hawkins Street, Georgetown. For details, go to

Pawleys Island Town Council: Second Mondays, 5 p.m. Virtual meetings.For details, go to

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