Coastal Observer


Nonprofits: Pavilion reunion lets the good times unroll

Most of the people who attend the Pawleys Pavilion Reunion every year never got a chance to dance at any of the island’s four pavilions, the last of which was destroyed by a fire...
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Arts: Road to the altar isn’t smooth in troupe’s new production

The Swamp Fox Players are tackling farce in their latest production, “Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses,” which opens next week. The play was written by the husband-and-wife team of Michael and Susan Parker in...
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Education: Waccamaw Middle teacher is district’s top rookie

Becca-Lyn McRobbie knew when she was in middle school in New Jersey that she wanted to be a teacher. “When I was growing up I always pictured myself being a teacher,” McRobbie said. “It...
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Sports: WHS softball coach retires – for the third time

Waccamaw High softball coach James Graves is retiring, again. “It’s time,” Graves said. “I think we had a good year. You always wanted more but the kids played hard.” He broke the news to...
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Nonprofits: In a campaign driven by social media, puppies still hard to beat

The third annual Palmetto Giving Day was another success, raising $1.2 million on Tuesday for 48 Georgetown County nonprofits. Teach My People in Pawleys Island was the top fundraiser, taking in $125,390 from 128...
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Georgetown County: Atop no one’s list, jail upgrade looms as major capital project

As Georgetown County starts to look at ways to spend surplus sales tax, and projects to pitch to voters for another round of the local 1-cent tax, a project that is not high on...
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Murrells Inlet: Rising costs keep I2I project 1,400 feet short of destination

The first phase of the Inlet to Intracoastal path through Murrells Inlet will stop 1,400 feet and about $114,000 short of its goal.  The project, known as I2I, is a partnership between the Murrells...
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Veterans: Who has Sgt. Atkin’s dog tag?

Bill Atkin joined the Marine Corps at 17, just shy of the first anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in the Pacific as a mechanic in a bomber squadron. He...
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Georgetown County: Cycling event opens gateway for rural tourism

The road stretches out between stands of pine, broken by stray fingers of cypress swamp and overhanging oaks. There are no houses, but there are gates that announce the rice plantations that gave Plantersville...
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Georgetown County: Sales tax drops by a penny after 4 years

Shoppers in Georgetown County awoke Wednesday to a 14 percent tax cut. A 1-cent capital improvement sales tax adopted by voters in 2014 expired on April 30. The sales tax rate is now 6...
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Pawleys Island: Town’s quest for beach easements may force condemnation

Lawyers with the Army Corps of Engineers were scheduled to talk Wednesday with one of two property owners who declined to sign easements to allow a federally-funded beach renourishment project on the south end...
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Land use: Second plan for racquet club withdrawn after a week

A second plan for development of the former Litchfield Racquet Club was withdrawn Thursday, a week after it was submitted to Georgetown County planners. The revised plan would have replaced the 17 clay courts...
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Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission: May 2, 3:30 p.m., Lachicotte Co. office.

Georgetown County Board of Zoning Appeals: May 2, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers. Georgetown County Parks and Recreation Commission: May 6, 5 p.m., Beck Recreation Center, Georgetown.

Georgetown County Council:  Budget workshop. May 7, 4 p.m., council chambers.

Georgetown County School Board: May 7, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center.

Georgetown County Airport Commission: May 7, 6 p.m., airport terminal.

Pawleys Island Town Council: May 13, 5 p.m., Town Hall.

Georgetown County Council: May 14, 5:30 p.m., council chambers. , .