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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...

One of four sea turtle nests laid on Pawleys Island this year hatched 122 of 124 eggs last week. Walter McElveen, a volunteer monitor, explains the process to onlookers during an inventory by SCUTE this week.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer


Murrells Inlet: Fireworks shows will make a curtain call

Summer won’t end quietly in Murrells Inlet. Restaurant owners from the Marsh Walk are planning one last blast of fireworks Sunday night as a bonus to the 10-week “Monday Night Lights” shows that have stirred up some people in the community. Read more...

Litchfield incorporation: The town that never was

Voters in the Litchfield Beaches cast ballots 25 years ago in a referendum to create a new town. It was defeated, but the idea of creating a municipality on Waccamaw Neck has never gone away. Read more...

Highway 17: DOT sets out improvements for new school’s traffic

The state Department of Transportation will require changes at the intersection of Highway 17 and Old Plantation Drive to accommodate traffic for a new school. But the agency says it will wait until the school is open before deciding whether a lower speed limit or caution signs are needed. Read more...

Tourism: County recoups $70,000 from state tax errors

A year of wrangling with the state Department of Revenue has earned Georgetown County an extra $70,000 in accommodations tax. Read more...

Nonprofits: United Way director shifts focus to needs

Georgetown County United Way board chairman Paul Gardner called new executive director and CEO Lucy Woodhouse a perfect fit for the organization and the top choice among 78 applicants. Read more...


Western sandpipers, front, a Forster’s tern and royal terns.
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Meet the flockers: There’s no such thing as a seagull, birders say

Wendy Allen peers through her telescope and can hardly believe her good fortune. Here is a banded piping plover on the south end of Litchfield Beach at Midway Inlet. Read more ...


Moe's Original Bar B Que: Vacations lead couple to business start-up

Litchfield will get a new barbecue restaurant later this month when Moe’s Original Bar B Que opens on Highway 17 near the entrance to the Waccamaw Regional Tennis Center and the Bridges of Litchfield subdivision. Read more...

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