Coastal Observer


Beaches: Group asks court to block groin project during permit appeal

An environmental group has asked the state Court of Appeals to halt a proposed beach renourishment project at DeBordieu until it rules on a challenge to the state’s permit for the work. The DeBordieu...
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Pawleys Island: Town plans more talks on creek dredging

Before it spends any money on studies, the town of Pawleys Island wants to find out from engineers whether a project to dredge Pawleys Creek is likely to get permits from federal and state...
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Politics: Board invalidates voter registration of candidate for Georgetown mayor

A third-party candidate for mayor of Georgetown was disqualified to vote last week by the Georgetown County Board of Voter Registration and Elections. It was a pattern of changes that coincided with elections that...
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Safety: Chief will close out 35 years at Midway Fire

Midway Fire and Rescue Chief Doug Eggiman may be retiring at the end of the year, but he’s not going anywhere. Eggiman plans to stay on as a volunteer. “You reach a point where...
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Education: Board cites superintendent’s work in pandemic in pay raise

Superintendent Keith Price joined the Georgetown County School in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and his leadership since then earned him high praise, a contract extension and a raise from the School Board....
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Land use: Twenty questions – Survey will help restart overdue update

Work to update Georgetown County’s land-use plan will resume with a community survey to help establish the direction and form of future growth. The Planning Commission agreed this week to a set of survey...
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Waccamaw High: Hall of famers in a class of their own

Waccamaw High School recently welcomed back some old friends who had a lot of athletic success when they were at the school. The first class of the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame was honored...
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Education: Board considers options for limited mask mandates

Parents will still decide whether their children have to wear masks inside Georgetown County schools, for now. The school board voted unanimously this week not to enact a mask mandate, but discussed options for...
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Politics: Council must find new district(s) for 4,500 residents

The three County Council districts on the Waccamaw Neck need to lose over 4,500 people to achieve the balance required by redistricting, according to a report from the state Office of Revenue and Fiscal...
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Georgetown County: Federal funds will cover wide range of local projects

Local governments are making plans for spending their share of the $1.9 trillion from the federal American Rescue Plan. That ranges from $12 million for Georgetown County to $53,000 for the town of Pawleys...
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Politics: County gets ready to draw new council lines

Georgetown County is due to receive data this week that will show how each of its seven County Council districts have grown during the last decade.  That will enable the council to begin the...
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Beaches: Ruling clears way for DeBordieu to start groin project

A beach renourishment project will begin at DeBordieu this fall with construction of three rock and concrete groins to follow before spring. A state Administrative Law Court judge this week rejected a request from...
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Waccamaw High: Artificial turf part of $5 million in upgrades for district athletic facilities

The football fields at Georgetown County’s four high schools are being converted from grass to synthetic turf. “I think it’s a very visible addition to each of our high school campuses,” Superintendent Keith Price...
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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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