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    Brick, mortar, silicon: Georgetown County students will get new laptops over the next three years as the school district starts spending funds from a bond referendum.
    Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer


    Education: Laptops will arrive this spring with bond funding

    The first tangible benefits of November’s $165 million school bond referendum will arrive in plastic and silicon rather than brick and mortar. The Georgetown County School District plans to provide laptop computers to all students in grade three through 12 over the next three years. Grades three, six and nine will get theirs this spring. Read more…

    Environment: Appeals Court says church must preserve wetland

    Pawleys Island Community Church agreed to protect a small freshwater wetland in 2001, and that’s what it needs to do in the future, according to a ruling by state Court of Appeals. “As we interpret the agreement, that wetland will be permanently protected,” said Jessie White, staff attorney with the S.C. Environmental Law Project. Read more …

    Roads: Lack of easement means oaks will fall on route to park

    The lack of an easement along the road to Stables Park will require Georgetown County to cut oak trees it had planned to save as part of a road paving project, according to the director of Public Services. “The Achilles heel in my job is easement acquisition,” said Ray Funnye. Read more...

    Waccamaw Elementary: Development seeks access across school property

    The developer of 86 single-family homes behind Waccamaw Elementary School says the project will help ease traffic congestion at the school. But the school district first has to turn over a street that runs alongside the school to Georgetown County to allow access to the development. Read more...

    History: Belle Baruch joins county Women's Hall of Fame

    There are many ways to describe Belle Wilcox Baruch. Pilot. Friend. Daughter. Equestrian. Soldier. Scientist. Philanthropist. Her latest descriptor is an honor that comes more than half a century after her death. The Georgetown County Women’s Hall of Fame officially inducted Baruch this week at its annual luncheon held at Pawleys Plantation. Read more...


    T.J. McClellan breaks through a wall at the old Smith Clinic during training this week.
    Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer

    Fire drill: Former medical clinic becomes a training ground

    You’re trapped. It’s pitch black. Smoke scratches your eyes and lungs. It’s hot, you’re drenched in sweat. Fire’s beating at the door, calling your name. What do you do? Read more ...


    Growler Chill: For beer startup, froth is only in sales

    Randy Hollister has literally tapped into the growing craft beer industry. Read more...

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