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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...

Shelving is installed at the new Waccamaw Library this week. The branch will open Feb. 14.
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Roads: Willbrook roundabout plan draws criticism

Plans for a roundabout on Willbrook Boulevard to improve access to schools and the new branch library have raised opposition among some residents who say the concept is flawed. Read more, plus updates on area road projects

Environment: Feds move forward with offshore oil leasing

The Atlantic oil and natural gas drilling debate just got real. Read more...

Legislature: Haley gas tax plan surprises lawmakers

Gov. Nikki Haley’s proposal to raise South Carolina’s tax on gasoline in her State of the State speech last week caught members of the General Assembly by surprise, according to state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch. Read more...

Library: Corks may pop at new branch opening

County librarian Dwight McInvaill won’t be able to wrap a big red bow around the new Waccamaw Library, but he told trustees last week that the new building on Willbrook Boulevard should be open for Valentine’s Day. Read more...

Politics: Call for sidewalks gets frosty reception

New Georgetown County Council Member Steve Goggans told Republican women this week that he would like to see more sidewalks in the area. Read more...


Leslie Ayres took over as Cultural Council director last month.
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Arts: Umbrella group expands its range of events

New director Leslie Ayres is filling the calendar with events at the Cultural Council of Georgetown County. The group, founded as an umbrella for the county’s arts organizations, has become an active participant with its own gallery, art shows and lessons, concerts and events. 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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