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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...

Records are meant to be broken and so are eggs in the egg-tapping contest at Coastal Montessori Charter School last week. Director Nathalie Hunt checks for cracks.
Charles Swenson/Coastal Observer


Politics: Council candidates can find exit from median

Bob Anderson and Steve Goggans, candidates for the Republican nomination to Georgetown County Council’s District 6 seat, told a standing-room-only crowd at the monthly meeting of the Waccamaw Neck Republican Club this week they agree on developing the Georgetown port, extending Highway 31 via a new bridge over the Waccamaw River to Highway 701 and shifting the tax burden off homeowners on the Waccamaw Neck through education and economic development. The elephant in the room proved to be the proposed median plan for Highway 17 in Pawleys Island that Goggans opposed and Anderson favored. Read more...

Education: Charter board drops plan for school at Prince George

Coastal Montessori Charter School has abandoned plans to build its own facility on a portion of the Prince George tract near Pawleys Island rather than face a possible lawsuit from the neighbors. The charter school board last week made an offer for a commercial parcel at the entrance to Allston Plantation less than a mile north on Highway 17. Read more...

Movies: After 25 years, ‘Shag’ is ready for its closeup

Lanier Laney remembers the summer of ’63. He was too young to go to the Pawleys Pavilion, but not too young to sneak down the road from the Ellerbe’s inn to peek through the windows of the popular creekfront night spot. Read more...

Referendum: Council revives sales tax for November ballot

Georgetown County Council has approved the first step in getting another sales tax referendum on the November ballot. Council members agreed on a resolution to establish a sales tax commission to determine capital projects that would be funded by the sales tax and formulate the ballot question. Read more...

Highway 17: Planners at work on tougher sign rules

Brian Henry, chairman of the Georgetown County Planning Commission, is worried that this “arrogantly shabby” community is losing its identity as the number of electronic message boards along Highway 17 continues to grow and businesses seek bigger signs to attract customers away from their competitors. Read more...


Mary O'Donnell and Robin Hearl play stewardesses who unwittingly share a fiancé.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer

Theater: When air travel was fun – and even funny

From takeoff to landing, “Boeing-Boeing” soars as the ultimate classical farce, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play worldwide. But you won’t cruise “up, up and away” through this jet-propelled romp. There’s turbulence. So fasten your seat belts. Read more...


New South Brewery: The beer from here

It’s always happy hour at the New South Brewery. Owner David Epstein of Hagley Estates is living his dream of brewing award-winning craft beers that are readily available to the consumer. Read more...

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