Coastal Observer


Land use: County seeks dismissal of marina suit as trial nears

A challenge to Georgetown County’s approval of a new marina store and restaurant at Marlin Quay that prompted a series of lawsuits should be dismissed because it was filed too late, the county argued...
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Elections: Two school board members sidelined by council districts

A redistricting map adopted this week by Georgetown County Council separates School Board Member Lynne Ford from her district by the width of a street even as it pulls the rest of the Waccamaw...
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Pawleys Island: Deputies will fill gaps in town police coverage

Pawleys Island Police and the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office has come up with a plan to maintain police protection in the town after the police department is reduced to three members next month.  “I...
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Politics: First woman takes office as Georgetown’s mayor

President George W. Bush promised to leave no child behind. In the middle of making history on Monday, Georgetown Mayor Carol Jayroe said she and the new Republican majority on City Council will leave...
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Environment: One man’s litter drive won’t be a solo effort for long

With his family in Atlanta in quarantine over Christmas, Tom Martin stayed home at North Litchfield. He wasn’t alone. He had 30 bags of roadside debris to keep him company. “For me to work...
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Safety: Litchfield couple killed in morning house fire

Two people were killed in a fire that destroyed a house on Windy Lane in Litchfield on Thursday. A woman who escaped the blaze told firefighters that her father heard the smoke detectors going...
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Education: School board chairman quits citing health issues

The Georgetown County School Board will have one new member in the spring, and maybe two. Chairman Jim Dumm sent a letter to Superintendent Keith Price dated Dec. 23 tendering his resignation effective at...
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Land use: Buffers will get wider to accommodate tree growth

Wider buffers will be required under a change to the Georgetown County zoning ordinance that narrowly passed the Planning Commission this month. The ordinance requires buffers between residential developments and commercial and industrial property....
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Nonprofits: Holiday greens from community garden feed those in need

This season’s greenery includes three varieties of lettuce, kale and some herbs. And they will stay green long after the holidays; a gift that keeps on giving. “We’ve just been very blessed,” said Brewster...
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Education: New chairman for state board plans focus on safety

A North Litchfield resident is now chairman of the state Board of Education.  Alan Walters, who is executive director of safety and risk management for the Georgetown County School District, plans to focus on...
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Nonprofits: Santa’s helpers finish the season with no toys in the shop

Of the 10,423 toys collected this year for Toys for Tots in Georgetown County a couple stood out. Vaylon Myers will get one of them on Christmas morning. Jerry Goodrich knew it was special...
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Safety: Midway chief who rose through the ranks prepares to retire

John Stewart remembers a “scrawny, blond-haired boy” joining the Midway Fire Department as a volunteer in 1985. After seeing the boy in action at a couple of fires, Stewart wasn’t sure he was going...
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Environment: Grant helps launch county cleanup effort

A $25,000 state grant will jump start Georgetown County’s efforts to clean up roadside trash. The funds from Palmetto Pride will pay for a three-member, part-time litter crew. They will tackle roadsides where safety...
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Observer wins 10 state press awards

Coastal Observer staff won 10 awards from the S.C. Press Association for their work in 2019 and 2020, including third place for General Excellence among the mid-sized weekly newspapers. Awards were presented last week...
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Georgetown County Board of Education: First and third Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center. For details, go to

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