Coastal Observer


Pawleys Island: Town looks for options that will let good dogs off leash

Town officials are looking for a way to relax their grip over people who take their dogs to the beach on Pawleys Island in the summer, provided those dogs don’t pose a threat to...
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Education: District considers restrictions on cellphones

Proposed state legislation to ban or limit cellphones in schools has prompted the Georgetown County School Board to review its own policy on electronic devices. The district currently leaves cellphone policy to the discretion...
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Pawleys Island: Commission reviews way to expand 52-year-old historic district

The Pawleys Island Historic District was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, a year after the listing of the historic district in Georgetown.  “Pawleys Island area is currently undergoing massive...
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Land use: New townhouse project up for review by county – and public

County planning staff is reviewing a plan for 46 townhouses on Petigru Drive in Pawleys Island. So are the neighbors and a citizens group that has challenged four other multi-family projects in and around...
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Education: As county grows, enrollments decline

Waccamaw Elementary is the only area public school that is expected to see an increase in enrollment in the next school year. In fact, the Georgetown County School Board has included funding for a...
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Veterans: B-29 crewman remembers those who didn’t return

Irving “Jack” Craig Jr. of Murrells Inlet and the rest of the crew of a B-29 airplane named Smilin’ Jack survived 33 bombing missions during the last year of World War II. The only...
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Sales tax: Big ticket item could make way for smaller projects

A multipurpose path in Parkersville could join the list of priority projects for funding through a proposed sales tax if Georgetown County finds another way to fund one of the most expensive projects on...
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Waccamaw High: Seniors take a last walk – before their last walk

Kristi Patterson waited to see her daughter walk down the hallway of Waccamaw Elementary School through misty eyes. Waccamaw High School senior Claire Patterson, 18, was just about to start the second grade when...
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Land use: Cheers turn to jeers when plan update passes

The cheers were short lived. The audience that turned out last week to argue against the latest draft of Georgetown County’s future land use plan thought for a moment that the Planning Commission had...
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Roads: Golf carts headed back to Willbrook path

Golf carts will return to the multi-use path along Willbrook Boulevard under an agreement that will return ownership of the route to area property owners. “The majority of folks really wanted carts back on...
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Litchfield Beach: Study outlines plan for ‘engineered beach’ at Litchfield

A study prepared for Georgetown County as part of its update of its beachfront management plan recommends creating a fund to pay for up to $20.3 million of renourishment along the Litchfield Beaches to...
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Sales tax: Top capital projects cover wide area as panel closes in on ballot question

A bike path on Martin Luther King Road, outdoor pickleball and basketball courts at the regional rec center, a rebuilt park in Murrells Inlet and a new fire station at DeBordieu are among the...
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Education: Search for superintendent gathers public input

An online survey for people to give feedback on the next Georgetown County School District superintendent garnered 167 responses in the first two days after it went live. The district is also hosting one-hour...
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Observer staff wins 15 state press awards

The Coastal Observer staff received 15 awards for reporting, writing, photography and design, in the S.C. Press Association’s annual news contest.  The paper won first place for General Excellence among the state’s medium-sized weeklies....
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