Coastal Observer


Pawleys Island: Town adopts rules for the ‘Pawleys look’

The town of Pawleys Island will begin enforcing design standards next month that are intended to halt the spread of big-box houses. Town Council this week created an architectural review board that members say...
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Traditions: They remembered

James Livingston remembered the knock on the door. “I went several times and was involved with that knock on the door. I thought combat was tough, but when you stand up with a chaplain...
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Roads: Grant funds will fix Litchfield flooding

A federal grant will allow Georgetown County to improve drainage across Highway 17 in Litchfield, an area that was under water during a storm in 2015 that was called the “1,000-year flood.” The county...
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Murrells Inlet: Dredge study looks at disposal sites offshore

Dredging is needed to remove about 750,000 cubic yards of material from creeks in Murrells Inlet to make its waterways navigable, according to engineers hired by Georgetown County to complete a master plan for...
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Traditions: Remains of 22 people unearthed at plantation cemetery honored at service

An eagle flew west from the salt marsh before the first people arrived. It dipped low over the cemetery and was gone. John Henry of Georgetown arrived, carrying a pan-African flag and a walking...
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Land use: Deadlocked council pledges to tackle affordable housing in another location

A divided County Council this week failed to pass a zoning change proposed to develop affordable housing outside Georgetown.  Opponents of the project pledged to focus on affordable housing elsewhere, but supporters told the...
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Environment: At senator’s urging, council enters dispute over North Inlet

Georgetown County Council this week joined a dispute over the ownership of tidelands surrounding North Inlet that is working its way through the state courts. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council pledges the...
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Pawleys Island: Town eases path toward home design standards

Pawleys Island will ease into a set of house design guidelines that are headed toward final approval next month. Town Council last week week gave the first of two readings to an ordinance that...
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Health: Victims’ mothers join education efforts to battle teen suicide

Teresa Robinette and Lynn Martin have a bond that no parent wants. Their sons committed suicide. “I never had an idea that he would do that,” Robinette said of Jesse, who was 16 when...
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Environment: ‘Smart river’ project will provide data on flooding

New research being conducted by Coastal Carolina University may help figure out why Georgetown and Horry counties have been hit by 1,000-year floods several times in the last few years and help find ways...
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Traditions: Boykin spaniels, the state’s dog, have a fling at Murrells Inlet

Tiffany Carroll was shocked when she took her family’s dog, Skai, to the vet. “They didn’t know it was the state dog,” she said, shaking her head. Skai, now 2, was one of a...
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Traditions: Bones unearthed in house construction get reburial after 15 years

Their roots were in Africa, stretching from the Atlantic coast east across the continent toward Kenya and north to the Middle East. They worked the rice fields at Hagley Plantation, where 334 men and...
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Waccamaw High: Class of 2021 is ready to walk

As the most unusual year in the history of Waccamaw High School nears an end, the members of the Class of 2021 will get their diplomas tonight. For the second year in a row,...
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No monopawley on good ideas as classic game gets a local spin

Here’s a deal. You buy Myrtle Avenue for $170, put up four beach houses for $100 each, then sit back and collect $750 from everybody who stops by. And if you want to get...
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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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