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Education: District gets double-excellent on state report card

The Georgetown County School District was one of seven in the state that received "excellent" overall ratings and "excellent" growth ratings on their annual report cards. Read more...

Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, center, rides the school boat with residents and local officials. Replacing the boat may improve transportation for residents.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer


Highway 17: Planners call for billboard moratorium

Hoping to prevent a rush to erect digital billboards, members of the Georgetown County Planning Commission have recommended the county suspend issuing permits during discussions to ban them from the Waccamaw Neck Commercial Corridor Overlay Zone. Read more…

Sandy Island: Change in school boat may aid residents

Residents of Sandy Island were told during a visit from State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman last week that a new school ferry could be used to transport the elderly and disabled to the mainland. Read more...

Environment: Judge rules for church in wetlands permit appeal

A state court ruling will allow the Pawleys Island Community Church to move forward with a building project that includes filling a portion of freshwater wetland the church had once agreed to preserve. Read more...

Beaches: Offshore sand builds up DeBordieu beach

A beach nourishment project that was delayed by a dispute over construction of three rock and concrete groins at DeBordieu is now under way without the groins. Read more...

History: Sunken Union flagship marks 150 years

There was fog on Winyah Bay. Fog among the live oaks and silent guns of Battery White. Fog in Georgetown. At 7:15 a.m., the USS Harvest Moon weighed anchor from off the battery. Read more...


Charles Williams leads students on a tour of his exhibit.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer

Arts: Painting the fear

Charles Williams is fascinated and frightened by the ocean. Read more ...


James W. Smith Real Estate: Forced out by fire, company moves back home

Jimmy Smith said he didn’t want another big office when he was designing his new realty firm to replace the building that burned in 2013. It’s a tenth the size of the office that held his sports memorabilia collection. Read more...

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