Coastal Observer


Pawleys Island: Town objects to fee claim in lawsuits over beach easements

The cost of challenging the condemnation of easements on three oceanfront lots was more than $180,000, according to the owner who represented himself and two neighbors in a year-long legal battle with the town...
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Arts: 9/11 memorial took 19 years to complete. The sculptor isn’t sure it’s finished.

Thomas Schomberg spent the last 19 years trying to capture the emotions of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in bronze. “As an artist, I don’t understand cause, but I think I have...
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Roads: Region expects to double federal funds for projects

If the U.S. House of Representatives passes a $1 trillion infrastructure bill later this month, Georgetown County could see millions of dollars more for road projects than it usually gets. The county is part...
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Milestones: 9/11 – They won’t forget

The sky was cloudless and serene. “Just like it was then,” said Lisa Midwood, a former sergeant with the New York Police Department. She walked to the monument outside the Midway Fire and Rescue...
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Land use: Variance will ensure access to fast food

Workers at Chick-fil-A in Murrells Inlet will have a dry place to take orders even though it means encroaching on the setback along Highway 17 that has been a source of concern for area...
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Environment: POA looks at options for Litchfield creek dredging

Property owners in the Litchfield Beaches are gathering information about dredging shoals in Clubhouse Creek to keep it from filling in. “The creek is silting pretty bad,” said Lex Reynolds, a board member of...
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Milestones: 9/11 plus 20

Never forget. That was the mantra after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed 2,996 people at the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and in...
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Education: District cuts quarantine days for those with negative tests

The Georgetown County School District has amended its quarantine policy to shorten the time students exposed to COVID-19 spend away from the classroom. However, students must produce a negative COVID test, taken at least...
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Nonprofits: Habitat Cottage program will aid low-income seniors

The tattered ends of the gray plastic tarp flutter in the sultry air. The tarp covers the back half of the roof at Wilson Dozier’s house in Georgetown. Where the tarp ends, the siding...
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Waccamaw High: Hall of Fame’s first class set the pace

The inaugural class of the Waccamaw High School Athletic Hall of Fame is full of state champions, a state record holder and an All-American. “It’s a great representation across all of the sports that...
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Education: Reports confirm fears about pandemic’s impact on learning

While state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman is worried about how far behind the state’s third-graders are academically, those at Waccamaw Elementary School outperformed the district and the state on the report cards released...
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Safety: Driver and dog rescued from van submerged in LCC pond

Adam Marshall swam in the state championships in each of his four years at St. James High School. He joined the Naval Sea Cadet Corps when he was 10. A Litchfield Country Club man...
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Safety: First responders and civilian receive awards for pond rescue

Teamwork saved the life of a Litchfield Country Club man who drove his Dodge Caravan into a pond at the entrance to the community last month. It wasn’t only the first responders who drew...
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Chairman of the board

For 40 years, a man working in a small, dusty room in Garden City has been hand-crafting world-class surfboards. “I’m lucky as hell to do what I love to make a living,” said Kelly...
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Georgetown County Board of Education: First and third Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center. For details, go to

Georgetown County Council: Second and fourth Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Howard Auditorium, Hawkins Street, Georgetown. For details, go to

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