Coastal Observer


History: A faith that would not die

The cypress posts long ago settled into the sandy soil. The brick pilings that replaced them crumbled. But the foundation of Friendfield Church endured. It is, the Rev. Betty Clark said, “a faith that...
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Sales tax: Don’t tell Parkersville that Waccamaw Neck gets all the resources

People around Georgetown County say that when it comes to capital projects, Waccamaw Neck is the area that gets all the projects. That isn’t what residents in the Parkersville community told the county’s Capital...
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Recreation: Council lifts ban on commercial activity for small charter boats

Small fishing charters and tour boats are clear to use Georgetown County’s public boat landings under new rules approved this week after months of debate. But County Council rejected efforts by a 40-passenger tour...
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Churches: Father Pat’s Kitchen reaches new heights with 200,000 meals

Amy Richardson has eaten at Father Pat’s Kitchen for years, since her kids were little. They’re now in their 20s. But when Father Pat himself arrived at her table last week with a plate...
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Waccamaw High: Principal makes budget pitch for JROTC

The first time David Hammel was principal of Waccamaw High School, one of his goals was to start a Junior ROTC program. Unfortunately the country was in the middle of an economic downtown and...
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Land use: County zoning update will go beyond maps

If you want to open a 5-and-10 or a TV repair shop, Georgetown County won’t keep you waiting. Those are allowed in the “general commercial” zoning district. If you have to turn to Google...
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Sales tax: Panel weighs criteria to rank capital projects

A proposal to evaluate capital projects seeking funds from a new penny sales tax looks at two broad categories: how much value and impact would the project have in the community, and what is...
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Milestones: County’s chief magistrate passes the gavel

The verdict handed down last week in Georgetown County’s Central Traffic Court was unanimous. Isaac Pyatt was fair. Win or lose, prosecutors, defense attorneys and law enforcement told the retiring chief magistrate that they...
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Tourism: City considers cap on short-term rentals

Scores of short-term vacation rentals have operated in Georgetown for years. As that number increases, City Council Member Jonathan Angner is worried how it will change the city. “Georgetown is not the secret it...
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Waccamaw High: Parents propose long list of traits new principal will need

As the Georgetown County School District prepares to winnow the candidates to be the next Waccamaw High School principal, the superintendent asked parents and the community what they want in the new leader. “I...
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Beaches: Corps considers lowering a hurdle to renourishment

The Army Corps of Engineers is considering a change to the language of the easements it requires from property owners in order to conduct beach renourishment projects. But that change isn’t likely to happen...
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Politics: In bid for second term, Russell Fry links budget and immigration

Russell Fry doesn’t want to shut down the federal government. But the congressman from South Carolina’s 7th District told fellow Republicans this week that he voted against a continuing resolution that would keep the...
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Tourism: Festival has eye on a flock that values natural resources

A bird no bigger than a fist flitted through the marsh grass before settling on the rocks that define the entrance to Murrells Inlet. A dozen pairs of eyes followed its journey, aided by...
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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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