Coastal Observer


Milestones: WHS grads cover 2,653 miles in 128 days on Pacific Crest Trail

Two lifelong friends left Pawleys Island as Jackson and Blake, but after hiking the 2,653-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail, they earned the trail names “Whole Roll” and “Scar.” Jackson Stacy and Blake Marsh, both 22,...
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Waccamaw High: Band marches with confidence toward Lower State competition

The Waccamaw High marching band heads to the Lower State competition Saturday at White Knoll High School in Lexington.  Last year, the band placed sixth and earned a chance to compete in the state...
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Pawleys Island: Voter rolls grow in advance of council election

The number of registered voters jumped by 28 percent for next month’s Pawleys Island Town Council election, where the question of residency remains a contentious issue. Mayor Jimmy Braswell faces opposition from Brian Henry...
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Land use: Planning staff recommends approval of lots at former racquet club

The Georgetown County planning staff is recommending approval of a request to create new residential lots from the vacant courts at the former Litchfield Racquet Club. The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on...
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Real Estate: Industrial site vote delayed over doubts on tax surplus

A plan to buy property for an industrial park on the Sampit River was delayed by Georgetown County Council this week after citizens questioned whether $3.75 million in surplus sales tax could be used...
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Land use: Tree rule change blocks cutting of Waverly oaks

Oak trees along Waverly Road that were in the way of a sewer line can’t be cut without approval from Georgetown County under a change to the zoning ordinance approved this week. The ordinance...
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Georgetown County: Two locals in final three for top job

The director of Abbeville County and two Georgetown County department heads are the finalists for county administrator. Ray Funnye, the county director of Public Works, and Brian Tucker, the Economic Development director, were the...
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Georgetown County: Portion of sales tax surplus will fund industrial park purchase

Georgetown County will use $3.75 million collected from a capital projects sales tax to buy 948 acres on the Sampit River for an industrial park. The county has until the end of the month...
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Education: Report card ratings fall in 2nd round of new system

Four Waccamaw Neck schools  saw their overall ratings drop on state report cards released this week, including two – Waccamaw Intermediate and Coastal Montessori Charter – that saw double-digit declines. This is the second...
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Pawleys Island: Lawyers serve as proxies in town political debate

A campaign for Town Council is eroding Pawleys Island’s heritage of gentleness and tranquility the same way that hurricanes have eroded its beach. “Where this is all going, I don’t know,” Mayor Jimmy Braswell...
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Georgetown County: Two department heads considered for administrator’s job

Two county officials are in the running for Georgetown County administrator. Ray Funnye, the Public Services director, and Brian Tucker, director of Economic Development, were among nearly 40 applicants. A new administrator should be...
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Georgetown County: Engagement is a priority for administrator finalists

The three finalists for Georgetown County administrator share a vision for public engagement. County Council is scheduled to decide next week whose vision they share. Ray Funnye, the county’s Public Services director; Brian Tucker,...
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Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission: Oct. 17, 3:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce office, Litchfield.

Georgetown County Planning Commission: Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers.

Waccamaw Neck Council of POAs: Annual meeting includes updates on land planning. Oct. 19, 9 a.m., Waccamaw Library.

Georgetown County Republican Club: Candidates for sheriff will speak. Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Waccamaw Library.

Georgetown County Council: Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

Georgetown County Board of Education: Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center.

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