Coastal Observer


Roads: POA takes speeding issues to the next level

Property owners in one of the area’s oldest neighborhoods hope they have found a solution to one of their oldest problems. The $12,000 solution to speeding in Litchfield Country Club was launched this month...
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Traditions: Historic crops returns to the fields along the Pee Dee

After Don Quattlebaum bought White House Farms in 2011, he started growing rice to attract ducks for hunting. The rice grew so well that Quattlebaum turned it into a business venture: Andy’s Charleston Gold...
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Education: District makes plans for earlier start in 2023

The Georgetown County School District is moving forward with a proposal to begin the next school year at the end of July. Teachers would report July 27 and the first day of classes would...
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Land use: Feelings run high as commission denies zoning change

The figure dressed in black and carrying a scythe was only the start.  A timer drowned out speakers who exceeded their three minutes of public comment. Catcalls and  false accusations led the chairman to...
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Pawleys Island: Town takes another look at decaying north end jetty

With its eyes on grant funding for infrastructure projects, the town of Pawleys Island will take another look at the jetty that has defined the island’s northern boundary for about 70 years. The rock...
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Waccamaw High: New class ready to join Athletics Hall of Fame

The second class of the Waccamaw High School Athletics Hall of Fame is chock full of state champions. The athletes who will be inducted at a ceremony Friday are are: Addie Avant, Ashley Czechner,...
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Land use: New group proposes county let Habitat develop tech park site

The Rev. Johnny Ford and the community where he lives and works isn’t against change. “We want it done the right way,” he said. He has proposed that Georgetown County give land it bought...
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Pawleys Island: Town seeks grant for drainage projects

The town of Pawleys Island will seek $210,000 in federal funds for drainage projects as it continues to study ways to address flooding caused by sea level rise. The town will be required to...
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Sports: World champion finds the spotlight is the new normal

Melissa Jefferson is a world champion and a national champion. But the 21-year-old wants to be known as “a regular person.” “I guess I’m far from that nowadays,” Jefferson said. She will start training...
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Crime: Accomplice gets 5 years in Pawleys man’s 2019 shooting

A guilty plea brought an end to the second case involving the murder of Deondré Brown, but it has not brought closure to his grandmother, Carrie Williams. Brown, 20, was shot to death outside...
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Land use: Groups call for halt to development approvals

Four community groups have called on Georgetown County to halt any decisions on development until it brings its zoning ordinance into compliance with its comprehensive plan. They are willing to go to court “in...
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Veterans: Five-year hitch turns into Marine’s 38-year career

Imagine the deck of a landing ship. Other ships stretch to the horizon. A Harrier jump-jet lands on the deck as F-18s fly low overhead. Boats carrying Marines make their way toward the shore....
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Politics: GOP told not to rely on past success

Carter Weaver came away from a GOP rally this week with a check.  “I was surprised,” he said. Weaver is midway through his first full term as Georgetown County sheriff. He won’t be on...
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Observer wins 10 state press awards

Coastal Observer staff won 10 awards from the S.C. Press Association for their work in 2019 and 2020, including third place for General Excellence among the mid-sized weekly newspapers. Awards were presented last week...
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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

Pawleys Island Town Council: Second Mondays, 5 p.m. Virtual meetings.For details, go to

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