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Accommodations tax: Committee cuts back grant requests

Dana Arneman, chairman of the Georgetown County Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, said the decisions about how to spend county tourism money this term were going to be very difficult before a hearing Thursday at the old county courthouse. Read more...

Eyes on the future. Jace Faiella, 6, runs through a drill at the Warrior lacrosse camp this week. Rec programs will help the sport grow in the are, WHS boys coach Marc Frechette said.
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Highway 17: School plan brings call for traffic improvements

Riding on the bumper of a new traffic signal on Highway 17 between a new shopping center and the Hagley neighborhood is a call for improvements less than 2 miles to the south where a new school is proposed. Read more...

Litchfield shooting: Criminal charge against deputy would be rare, experts say

Seven seconds. In a confrontation, that’s how long it takes for a person with a knife to reach you, said Guy Osborne, the former Pawleys Island police chief who spent 42 years in law enforcement. Read more...

Pawleys Island: Kayak races suffer first rainout in 17 years

The early afternoon thunderstorms Tuesday were only one reason for canceling this year’s Pawleys Island Kayak Races. The rain on Monday also took its toll. Half of the paddlers who registered dropped out. Read more...

Offshore drilling: Development officials visit Louisiana oil port

Director Bill Crowther and chairman Tim Tilley of the Georgetown County Alliance for Economic Development toured the port in Louisiana that handles the logistics of most oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico this month to see how the Port of Georgetown stacks up. Read more...

Business: Ace CEO sees local store advantages over big boxes

Don’t call an Ace Hardware store a franchise in front of CEO John Venhuizen. Read more...


Joe Cocking and Nick Johnston place the lens in the exhibit at the S.C. Maritime Museum.
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The light stuff: Georgetown Lighthouse lens is beacon for exhibit

Like a jeweler putting a diamond into a setting, Joe Cocking lifted the sparkling Fresnel lens from the Georgetown lighthouse into its display at the South Carolina Maritime Museum Sunday. Read more ...


Independent Seafood: From dock to table

John Harriott was preparing for the ride home to Atlanta this week after visiting his ailing father on Sandy Island. He had just one more stop he had to make: Independent Seafood in Georgetown. Read more...

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