Coastal Observer


Environment: State reviews federal permit for sesimic tests

A month before a restriction on funding for state review of offshore oil and gas projects takes effect, the Department of Health and Environmental Control is preparing a response to a permit that will...
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Churches: Belin Methodist’s longest-serving pastor has seen flock double

You’ll have to excuse the members of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church if they’ve been a little tearful this week. The parishioners are saying goodbye to the Rev. Mike Alexander, the pastor who has...
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Nonprofits: Cooking with Friends offers a recipe to help meet community needs

Twenty-five lucky people dined on Pawleys Creek foragers stew and berry clafoutis for the Cooking with Friends finale in the Cypress Room at Get Carried Away. Tickets were hotter than a blue flame for...
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Waccamaw High: A walk to the future for 189 seniors and 1 teacher

Another school year has come and gone and 189 members of the Class of 2019 officially said goodbye to Waccamaw High School and hello to the  future last night. First-year principal Adam George said...
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Murrells Inlet: New magistrate started work busing tables at Oliver’s Lodge

Kin McKenzie moved to Murrells Inlet about 10 years ago, but he grew up spending summers on the creek where his father built a house in 1960. “I’ve been coming here all my life,”...
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Education: Charter school elects six new board members

There will be six new members on the board at Coastal Montessori Charter School in the coming year. The former vice-chairman is the only returning member in the election held this week. Tyler Esterling,...
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Georgetown County: County administrator will leave at year’s end

Sel Hemingway will retire as Georgetown County administrator at the end of the year. His announcement to County Council members in a closed session this week followed a meeting in which Hemingway reminded the...
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Murrells Inlet: County study won’t arrive before newest restaurant

A proposed study of parking along the Murrells Inlet waterfront will have to wait until Georgetown County planners complete an update of the future land-use plan, or even longer if the county decides to...
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Sports: Lucky 13 club gathers to relive aces

Thirteen is not an unlucky number for at least 27 residents of Pawleys Plantation. They have all had at least one ace on the 13th hole of Pawleys Plantation’s golf course. Some of the...
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Arts: Actor takes favorite author to Piccolo Spoleto stage

Bill Oberst Jr. is bringing author Ray Bradbury to life at this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston.  For the show, Oberst draws from Bradbury’s own words and is accompanied by video clips, an...
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Safety: Midway presses county for nine more EMS staff

Georgetown County will draw on its reserves to cover about $1.5 million in budget deficits for the coming year. County Council will start early looking for ways to stem the flow of red in...
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Education: District adds to tax increase as other staff get pay raises

To balance its 2020 budget, the Georgetown County School District is considering a 5.9 mill increase which would bring in an extra $1.7 million a year. Earlier this year the district projected a $2.1...
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Georgetown County Democratic Party: June 13, 6 p.m., 149 King St., Georgetown.

Georgetown County Water and Sewer District: June 13, 6 p.m., Pawleys Island office.

U.S. 7th District: Rep. Tom Rice talks with constituents over coffee. June 14, 10 a.m., Applewood House of Pancakes.

Georgetown County Republican Party: James Quarles of Heritage Action for Americans is the speaker. June 17, 7 p.m., Waccamaw Library.

Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission: June 20, 3:30 p.m., Lachicotte Co. office.

Georgetown County Planning Commission: June 20, 5:30 p.m., Wacamaw Regional Council of Governments, Highmarket Street.

Georgetown County School Board: June 25, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center.

Georgetown County Council: June 25, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

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