Coastal Observer


Nonprofits: Long-time volunteers reluctantly leave Smith Medical Clinic

Their time, their talents, their money and their love. Those are some of the things Dr. Carl Fisher and his wife, Lois, gave to the Smith Medical Clinic during the last quarter century.  COVID-19...
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Beaches: Storm tests island’s renourishment project

Engineers are at work to figure out how much of the 1.1 million cubic yards of sand pumped onto the beach at Pawleys Island over the winter survived the passage of Hurricane Isaias this...
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Politics: Incumbent plans to retire as filing opens for school board

Two local seats on the Georgetown County School Board will be open in the November election. One has already attracted a candidate. The District 6 seat on the board became vacant in May with...
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Coronavirus: Custodians move from behind the scenes to front lines

Lavern Staggers gets up before dawn and heads to the front lines. He has worked as a school custodian for almost 40 years. The job of keeping the schools clean is now about keeping...
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Pawleys Island: Town plans its response to beach easement suits

Sand fence and beach grass that were due to be placed along the south end of Pawleys Island next month will likely be delayed by lawsuits challenging the town’s efforts to acquire easements for...
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Politics: Charlton bows out after failed protest

County Council Member Ron Charlton is ready to move on following his 22-vote primary loss in the GOP primary last month. He said this week he has no plans to offer any challenge to...
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Education: District’s virtual restart option draws 2,945 students

Nearly one-third of students are already enrolled in the Georgetown County School District’s virtual program for the 2020-21 school year. As of noon on Wednesday, 2,945 students signed up. That number could increase since...
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Georgetown County: 100 days – Questions for the new administrator

Angela Christian made a promise to herself and her husband. For her first three months as Georgetown County administrator, she would listen. Now, after 100 days, Christian is ready to talk. Q: The first...
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Pawleys Island: Suits seek to quash condemnation for future beach renourishment

The owners of three oceanfront lots filed suit this week to block the efforts of the town of Pawleys Island to acquire easements for future beach renourishment. They say the town has acted in...
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Education: District creates three options for school opening

The Georgetown County School District will offer a completely virtual option for the new school year, but parents will have to decide quickly if that’s what they want for their child. The deadline to...
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Land use: Study proposes protecting vacant land from development

Half of the land on Waccamaw Neck that is available for development ought to be preserved, according to a land-use study prepared for Georgetown County. That amounts to about 950 acres. Land preservation is...
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Roads: DOT puts brakes on tree clearing for safety project

A project to widen the shoulders of Highway 17 between Prince George and the Waccamaw River bridge is under review after property owners along the route raised objections to the state Department of Transportation’s...
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Roads: Last-minute effort tries to keep bike route funds in county

Sponsors of a bike path in Murrells Inlet have less than two months to try to keep a federal grant in Georgetown County. The money was set to be transferred to a project in...
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Georgetown County Board of Education: April 8, noon.  Virtual meeting. For details, go to

Georgetown County Water and Sewer District: April 9, 6 p.m. Virtual meeting. For details, go to

No other local government meetings are scheduled at this time. , .