Coastal Observer


Milestones: Dalton Paschal, 100, didn’t think he would leave France alive in 1945

Dalton Paschal turned 100 last week. He was lucky to make it out of his 20s and still has the shrapnel as a reminder. It’s lodged in his left leg. He has been reading...
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Sports: Top angler finds glory along the Waccamaw

Stetson Blaylock came to Georgetown last week to do a little fishing and went home $100,000 richer on Sunday. The angler from Benton, Ark., won the Bassmaster Elite tournament by catching 50.15 pounds of...
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Land use: Developer withdraws plan for 108 apartments as staff urges denial

A developer has asked to withdraw a request to rezone the former Litchfield Racquet Club to allow 108 one-bedroom apartments. A public hearing on the project was scheduled today before the county Planning Commission....
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Sports: Top anglers return to county in search of $100K prize

Georgetown County’s five rivers will be full of fishermen angling for a $100,000 jackpot starting Thursday, as the Bassmaster Elite Series returns to the area.  The series is the highest level of professional bass...
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Environment: Groups appeal state permit for DeBordieu groins

The only thing missing was a judge as both sides in a dispute over a state permit to build three groins on the beach at DeBordieu argued their case last week. It was likely...
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Pawleys Island: Town recycling ends up in landfill

Items collected on Pawleys Island from a recycling program the town started nine years ago are going straight to the county landfill because they aren’t being collected properly. “All of our recycling is not...
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Georgetown County: Governor won’t remove Beard, counsel tells local NAACP

Gov. Henry McMaster doesn’t have the authority or the need to remove a Georgetown County Council member from office because he is not a registered voter in the district he represents, according to the...
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Education: Pointed questions in survey that led charter school director to quit

A survey that the former director suggested to find out why teachers and students were leaving Coastal Montessori Charter School turned into a poll on her management of the school, according to documents obtained...
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Roads: Bike the neck North Litchfield connector faces further delay

Georgetown County has the long-sought easements to build the next phase of the Bike the Neck trail through North Litchfield, but bikes will likely continue to share the neighborhood streets for the next two...
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Murrells Inlet: Land swap prompts work on new design for boat landing

State engineers are working on a plan to reconfigure the parking lot and driveway at the Murrells Inlet Boat Landing to allow Belin Methodist Church to consolidate property to expand its facilities. “We’re hoping...
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Pawleys Island: Parking fee remains an option as town shifts focus to beach fund

A proposal to help fund beach renourishment by charging a parking fee at Pawleys Island beach accesses narrowly survived a vote to kill the idea. The town’s ad hoc finance committee this week deadlocked...
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Pawleys Island: Town faces first deadline for beach work

Before the federal government will put 850,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach at Pawleys Island, 113 property owners have to put signatures on an easement. The town is racing against the calendar...
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Georgetown County Planning Commission:  April 18, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers.

Pawleys Island Town Council: Town hall meeting about beach renourishment. April 20, 9 a.m., Pawleys Island Chapel.

Georgetown County Council: April 23, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

Georgetown County Republican Party: Update on the state party platform. April 26, noon, Applewood House of Pancakes.

Tourism Management Commission: May 2, 3:30 p.m., Lachicotte Co. office.

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