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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...

The remaining members of the sheriff's tracking team and their handlers watch the memorial for Blue, who died as the result of a fire.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer


Highway 17: Lane closings ahead for median project

It will be May before construction along Highway 17 in the Pawleys Island business district moves to the actual median, according to the project manager, but there will be nighttime lane closings as drainage work continues in the area. Read more...

Environment: Brookgreen sells carbon credits from forest preserve

Trees preserved at Brookgreen Gardens will mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in California under an agreement announced this week. “I think this is a new frontier,” said Bob Jewell, Brookgreen’s president and CEO. Read more...

Law enforcement: Somber farewell for bloodhound that died after fire

Tracking dogs Diesel and Kate knew Tuesday was an unusual day at the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. Heavy traffic in the parking lot had them baying with anticipation. Read more...

Land use: Neighbors object to duplexes at The Reserve

Homeowners in The Reserve, a gated community within Willbrook Plantation, told members of the Georgetown County Planning Commission last week that a proposal to build duplexes near the golf course clubhouse will devalue their property. Read more...

Murrells Inlet: Group forms to support fire tax referendum

Al Hitchcock, chairman of the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department board of directors, hopes residents will turn out and vote March 17 on a referendum to raise the district’s property tax rate cap. Read more...


The Community House makes its way down Kings River Road from All Saints Church.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer

History: Former school building returns to new site on highway

Marie Lindsay wasn’t going to let the old Waverly School just disappear. It had survived more than 80 years of coastal weather, renovations and moving from its original location at Waverly Road and Highway 17 to the All Saints Church campus. 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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