Coastal Observer


Georgetown County: County in line for state funds for port

Along with taking title to the port of Georgetown this month, Georgetown County is due to get $2.5 million to repair or demolish portions of the aging facilities. The money is part of over...
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Land use: Multi-family plan review revisions won’t end lawsuits

Georgetown County is one vote away from changing the way it reviews plans for large multi-family developments, but attorneys are due to argue in court this week that there is nothing wrong with the...
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Environment: Call for county wetlands ordinance follows Supreme Court ruling

A crucial element of Georgetown County’s resilience plan was dealt a setback last week with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limited federal regulation of wetlands. In a case from Washington State, the court...
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Land use: No sale contract on tract at center of lawsuit

Georgetown County no longer has a contract to sell property at Pawleys Island that was once proposed as a technology park.  An offer from an undisclosed buyer last year led to a zoning change...
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Murrells Inlet: Campaign for fire tax increase sees no opposition ahead of July vote

Voters in Murrells Inlet will go to the polls July 25 to decide whether to raise property taxes for fire and rescue services.  The referendum comes four years after voters rejected a similar measure....
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Education: Julie Humowitz named district’s Teacher of the Year

Moments after being named Georgetown County’s new Teacher of the Year, Julieanne Humowitz got a hug from Ben Tester, who received the honor last year. Humowitz taught Tester when he was a student at...
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Safety: Sheriff confronts council with need for more funding

Georgetown County employees will get a minimum $1,500 pay raise this year, with public safety workers due to get at least $500 more. Sworn officers in the sheriff’s office will get $4,000 regardless of...
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Pawleys Island: Ruling lets beach suits move ahead, but with limits

A suit over the Pawleys Island beach renourishment project can continue, but a Circuit Court judge dismissed four claims in suits brought by neighboring property owners, including one that would have allowed them to...
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Education: With 55 signed up, district will reopen search for magnet students

The Georgetown County School District is looking for more students to join the 55 already accepted into the new Magnet Schools Assistance Program. The district will open another application period at the end of...
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Georgetown County: Day-long event takes some heat out of land-use issues

The only time voices were raised during a constituent drop in by County Council Member Stella Mercado was when  people needed to talk over the sound of dribbling basketballs or volleying pickleballs. “No one...
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Safety: Sheriff frustrated, but undeterred in push for more deputies

Sheriff Carter Weaver will press his request to County Council for funds for additional patrol deputies during a budget workshop next week.  It is the same request he made the previous two years with...
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Education: Homegrown artist has design for opening a school

When Charles Williams was a first- and second-grader at Kensington Elementary School he was unfocused. His mother, who volunteered at the school, and Christie Weaver, one of his teachers, realized that art helped him...
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Sports: After 129 state champions, coach calls it a career

Pride, heart, and desire. Waccamaw High School track and field athletes know these words not only because they make a cool acronym on a T-shirt, but because they had a coach who embodied them....
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Observer staff wins 17 press awards

Coastal Observer staff received 17 awards for excellence in reporting, photography and design from the S.C. Press Association, including eight first-place awards. The awards were presented last week in Columbia, where Charles Swenson, Coastal...
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