Coastal Observer


Pawleys Island: With no further appeals, new mayor maps out path toward unity

A candidate for Pawleys Island Town Council will not appeal a decision by the county elections board to dismiss his protest. “It’s really disappointing that, based on the votes of residents, I won by...
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Pawleys Island: Henry seeks to heal town after election protest fails

Brian Henry won’t be talking about the north, middle or south of Pawleys Island, where he is due to take office as mayor. Instead, he plans to look for ways to bring people together,...
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Sports: 27th Guy Osborne Memorial Turtle Strut results

There were 102 runners registered for the 27th running of the Pawleys Island Turtle Strut, and 91 turned out at the starting line in spite of temperatures that dipped into the upper 30s. This...
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Pawleys Island: Mayor and council candidate protest election result

Pawleys Island Mayor Jimmy Braswell and Josh Ricker, a candidate for Town Council, filed protests to this week’s election hours after the Georgetown County Board of Voter Registration and Elections certified the results that...
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Education: Gun at GHS prompts district review of safety policy

A loaded gun found in the possession of a student inside a high school last month has school officials examining district safety measures and may lead to a clear bag policy. On Oct. 22,...
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Arts: In a cast of ‘dog people,’ one stands out

It’s only natural that when there’s a play about how a dogs change people’s lives, that the actors and director are all dog people. Such is the case with “Sylvia,” the latest production of...
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Pawleys Island: Henry confident of win as voter challenges reviewed

Ashley Carter and Sarah Zimmerman won re-election to Pawleys Island Town Council, but the outcome of the race for mayor and the two remaining council seats hinges on 29 challenged ballots that will be...
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Pawleys Island: Candidates in town election talk about the issues

Mayoral candidates Jimmy Braswell, 72, retired from the textile and furniture industries. He served on the Planning Commission before winning election as mayor in 2017. Brian Henry, 52, is co-owner of the Sea View...
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Georgetown County: Spurned by top pick, council resumes administrator search

Georgetown County Council will hire a search firm to help find a new county administrator after its top choice for the job turned down the offer. The council voted 4-3 last week to offer...
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Milestones: After 105 years, one regret: giving up that ’61 Corvette

It’s been 21 years since Mary Shumpert sold her beloved 1961 Corvette, and she still misses it dearly.  “I wish I had it right now,” Shumpert said. Now 105 and no longer able to...
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Land use: Planners ‘Say No to Rezone’

Hundreds of area residents packed into a meeting last week to oppose a zoning change that would replace 17 vacant tennis courts with 19 residential lots. About two thirds filtered out before the Planning...
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Georgetown County: Council looks beyond its borders for new administrator

Citing a need for a new perspective, Georgetown County Council voted this week to hire the next administrator from the midlands. David Garner, 34, director of Abbeville County will start contract negotiations following a...
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Veterans: After kamikaze attacks, 75 years of giving thanks

Johnny Dieter of Pawleys Island was serving in the Navy during World War II when the Japanese unleashed a new form of warfare: pilots intentionally crashing their planes into enemy ships. “Their emperor was...
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Georgetown County Board of Zoning Appeals: Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers.

Pawleys Island Town Council: Nov. 11, 5 p.m., Town Hall.

Georgetown County Council: Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

Georgetown County Planning Commission: Review of draft future land-use maps for Waccamaw Neck. Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments.

Georgetown County Democratic Party: Nov. 14, 6 p.m., 149 King St., Georgetown. 

Georgetown County Board of Education: Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center.

Midway Fire and Rescue Board: Nov. 20, 4 p.m., headquarters station.

Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission: Nov. 21, 3:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce office, Litchfield.

Georgetown County Library Board: Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m., Georgetown Library.

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