Coastal Observer


Arts: Stepping into the light

Brookgreen Gardens will soon be lit up with thousands of lights, and it’s not even December. “Southern Light,” an exhibit by light sculpture artist Bruce Munro that opens April 8, will feature seven installations...
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Coronavirus: State extends school closing through April

Georgetown County School District staff suspected that the shutdown due to the coronavirus would be more than two weeks, and had already planned for it before the governor extended it another five weeks. “I’m...
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Coronavirus: As county sees first COVID-19 cases, distance is the watchword

The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgetown County were reported this week as state health officials said the coronavirus pandemic had reached the “acceleration phase.” Two cases were reported Monday. The state Department...
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Coronavirus: Government now serves at arm’s length

Although Georgetown County has yet to have a confirmed case of coronavirus, life has changed. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered schools in the state to close on Monday, and the county followed on Wednesday by...
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Georgetown County: Administrator prepares to take over amidst change

Angela Christian will arrive at the end of this month to take charge of a county government vastly different from the one Sel Hemingway left at the end of last month.  “It certainly isn’t...
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Courts: Baruch argues lawsuit won’t alter access

The Belle W. Baruch Foundation had reached agreement with the state to go before a judge to decide ownership of 8,000 acres of marsh around Hobcaw Barony. Instead, a judge will decide whether the...
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Education: Shuttered schools still play role in feeding students

With schools closed until at least March 31, the Georgetown County School District is making sure students will still be fed. Waccamaw Neck parents or guardians can stop by Waccamaw Elementary School between 11:30...
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Safety: Local precautions expand in response to coronavirus

Local government, school districts, residents and businesses are grappling with what to do about the coronavirus, which the Centers for Disease Control predicts will soon become widespread in the United States and has pandemic...
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Georgetown County: Finance background key to council’s pick of administrator

County Council members cited experience in government finance for their choice of a new county administrator. Angela Christian, who has worked 23 years in local government, was the unanimous choice to replace Sel Hemingway,...
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Pawleys Island: With all that sand, a few gaps stand out

Pawleys Island’s beach renourishment project could end as early as next week, weather permitting. The 1.1 million cubic yards of offshore sand won’t cover all the rock groins on the island’s beachfront, which has...
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Land use: Capacity crowd hears concerns about density of future development

Concern that an update to Georgetown County’s future land-use plan will lead to increased population density on the Waccamaw Neck drew an overflow crowd to a forum sponsored by the citizens group Keep It...
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Education: Survey helps focus criteria for superintendent search

The search for a new superintendent for the Georgetown County School District drew over 1,100 responses to an online survey, which confirmed the results of meetings with nearly 300 people around the district as...
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Coronavirus: Worship moves online, preserving normalcy during troubled times

Local pastors are working hard to make sure that social distancing doesn’t include spiritual distancing. With a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in place due to the coronavirus, churches have started...
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Georgetown County Council: March 24, 5:30 p.m. Online at

No other local government meetings are scheduled at this time.

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