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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...

Braelyn Davis, 5, looks at a hatchling that was still in a sea turtle nest when volunteers conducted an inventory last week at Huntington Beach State Park. It was the first hatching in a season where nesting activity has been low.
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Murrells Inlet: Civic group wants to defuse fireworks rift

Board members of Murrells Inlet 2020 voted to take the Rodney King approach with Marsh Walk restaurateurs who have been staging weekly fireworks shows this summer. Read more...

Pawleys Island: Town suspects private rentals aren’t collecting taxes

It sounds like good news for real estate rental companies. From 2008 to 2014, there’s been a 15 percent drop in accommodations tax paid by people who rent their own property on Pawleys Island, according to figures compiled by the town. At the same time overall accommodations tax revenue is up 15 percent. Read more...

Port of Georgetown: Dredging task force may shift focus to interstate link

With most of the money needed to dredge the port of Georgetown secured, promised or on the November ballot as a referendum, some members of the Georgetown County Port Task Force began looking ahead Wednesday to the next job: widening Highway 521 to four lanes all the way to Interstate 95. Read more...

Sales tax: Council adopts ballot that will allow borrowing

Georgetown County voters will be asked again this November if they favor an additional 1-cent sales tax to fund a pared list of infrastructure work over a shorter time period. Read more...

Schools: Test results mixed as standards get tougher

Students in the Waccamaw schools had mixed results on the state’s standardized tests this spring as the state moved toward the Common Core education standards and a more rigorous curriculum, according to results released by the state Department of Education last week. Read more...

Correction: Memorial service for Beryl Davey

An obituary in the Aug. 14 print edition gave the wrong date for a memorial service for Beryl Davey. It is Aug. 21, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Lakes at Litchfield. Mrs. Davey was a former librarian in Omaha who fought against censorship and for pay equity. Read hers and other obituaries


Officers search for a “gunman” during training at Waccamaw High.
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Thinking the unthinkable: Officers train to deal with school shooting

When students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School in Colorado April 20, 1999, and killed 13 students and teachers, law officers took 45 minutes to organize themselves and storm the school. 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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