Coastal Observer


Roads: Recycle center’s 3-day closure will speed repaving

It will take just three days to repair and repave the road to Georgetown County’s busiest recycling center. But only if the center is closed for those days. “Hopefully, we can get in there...
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Environment: Ban of onshore facilities for offshore oil advances

A bill that would make a temporary ban on onshore infrastructure for offshore drilling permanent was approved by a state Senate committee this week. Opponents of federal proposals to open the Outer Continental Shelf...
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Arts: For pianist, 13, it began with Sinatra

He goes to a regular school and has regular friends, but Brandon Goldberg is far from a regular eighth-grader. Some might call the award-winning 13-year-old a  musical genius. He will perform at the first...
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Murrells Inlet: Fire chief stepping down after 40-year career

Responding to his first structure fire as a rookie firefighter in 1979, Norman Knight was so nervous that his leg was shaking and banging on the steering wheel of the fire truck. When he...
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Education: Robotics team designs building for flood zones

A group of fifth-graders from Waccamaw Intermediate School hope that a house that rises and falls with the tide will help them win a FIRST Lego League state title on Saturday. The team, called...
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Pawleys Island: As beach work moves north, town presses to reopen access

Construction crews expect to move out of the south end parking lot on Pawleys Island next week. It is uncertain when visitors be able to move in to the popular beach access that has...
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Health: In a season of promises, some broken, start with small steps

It’s the first week of January, and legions of Americans are marching off to the gym, vowing once more to get fit, trim inches, shed extra pounds.  Call it January’s version of Groundhog Day....
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Crime: Teen facing murder charge says victim robbed him

A Pawleys Island teen says the man he is accused of killing two weeks before Christmas beat and robbed him hours before the shooting, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. Aiden Marshall Zasimovitch,...
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Land use: Dune clearing at North Litchfield lots raises questions

Work stopped this week on a new oceanfront lot at North Litchfield while Georgetown County officials determined whether equipment that leveled a sand dune violated the county’s dune protection ordinance.  “We had no idea...
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Pawleys Island: Town officials pass up raises to help council send message

Pawleys Island’s two top officials will give up $5,100 in salary increases to meet the Town Council’s goal of a 5 percent spending cut. That will leave the town with a $130,000 surplus for...
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Environment: League will close local office as it searches for new director

The Coastal Conservation League will close its Georgetown office while it looks for a new regional director. The league announced last week that Erin Pate will leave at the end of the year as...
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Traditions: Tick Tock the Christmas Mouse

An original story by Christine Thomas Doran with illustration by Nancy Van Buren “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”   Norman Vincent Peale Do...
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Georgetown County: Former council member labels current board ‘dysfunctional’

A former Georgetown County Council member told the current council this week it is “dysfunctional” and argued for a change in the way it fields public comments even as he used the comment period...
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Tourism Management Commission: Jan. 16, 3:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce office, Litchfield.

Georgetown County Planning Commission: Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers.

Georgetown County Library Board: Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m., Georgetown Library.

Georgetown County School Board: Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center.

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