Coastal Observer


Murrells Inlet: Restaurant seeks variance to variance for deck

A Murrells Inlet restaurant owner will get another chance to change the conditions on a variance that was issued 11 years ago after three hearings by Georgetown County. The owner of the former Capt....
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Education: School district suspends search for deputy superintendent

There was no shortage of qualified applicants for the job of deputy superintendent of Georgetown County Schools. They may have been too qualified. “We had a good group of folks,” School Board Chairman Jim...
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Waccamaw High: Fundraising is a team sport for the Warriors

Having five children who played a sport at Waccamaw High School gives Scott Eddy a vested interest in supporting athletics at the school. Eddy has settled in as president of the WHS Athletic Booster...
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Environment: Paddling around America

Steve Chard’s friends dared him to wear the hat. They are policemen in the county of Dorset in the southwest of England so it was hard to refuse. But the hat wasn’t a Bobby’s...
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Education: Charter school sees fortunes rise with more state funding

Coastal Montessori Charter School will get nearly $445,000 more in state and federal funds this year due to a rise in enrollment and government spending on education. The increase includes $180,275 more in elementary...
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Education: Charter school parents press for details on director’s departure

Two weeks after the sudden departure of the Coastal Montessori Charter School director Nathalie Hunt, parents and staff asked the school’s board this week for details. About 30 people attended the charter board’s meeting....
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Environment: Offshore drilling opponents await federal proposal

While permits to allow testing for oil and gas off the South Carolina coast are being challenged in federal court, opponents of offshore drilling are expecting a decision any day about the plans to...
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Environment: State issues permit for groins at DeBordieu

A beach nourishment project at DeBordieu that includes construction of three rock and concrete groins was approved by the state Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management last week. Conservation groups and the Belle...
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Education: Lamp of learning still shines while district considers new logo

The Georgetown County School District has a design for a new logo, but no timetable yet for adoption. The current logo is divided into four quadrants with intricate drawings representing the areas of the...
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Nonprofits: Souper Bowl offers choices for every palate

People looking for soup to warm their insides during the recent cold snap will have plenty of choices on Saturday during the 21st annual Souper Bowl. The event is a fundraiser for Habitat for...
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Education: Blue Ribbon winner in running for Palmetto’s Finest

Students and staff at Waccamaw Intermediate School began a frenzied search this morning for Chomper. The plush toy alligator can be elusive. Just before the winter break, it was found hidden in the lost-and-found....
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Nonprofits: The Crown – Revived pageant adds another title

Eleven women with dreams of being Miss America, or Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, battled it out on a Saturday night to take the first step of that journey. They were competing for the titles...
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Grand Strand Area Transportation Study: Policy committee meets. Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m., Surfside Beach Town Hall.

Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association: Feb. 15, 4 p.m., Waccamaw Library.

Georgetown County School Board: Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center.

Coastal Montessori Charter School Board: Feb. 19, 6 p.m., school conference room.

Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission: Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., Lachicotte Co. office

Georgetown County Planning Commission: Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

Georgetown County Water and Sewer District: Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Pawleys Island office.

Georgetown County Republican Club: County Council Chairman John Thomas is the speaker. Feb. 22, noon, Applewood House of Pancakes.

Georgetown County Council: Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

  Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers.