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    Clearing the roadside: A crew collects storm debris along Kings River Road. Georgetown County is awaiting FEMA approval to pick up debris on private roads and in gated communities.
    Charles Swenson/Coastal Observer


    After Matthew: Rice optimistic FEMA will waive restriction on debris removal

    Without the prospect of funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Georgetown County won’t pick up debris left by Hurricane Matthew along private streets. Those include gated communities as well as those without gates that maintain their own roads. Read more…

    After Matthew: New rules will limit rebuilding of billboards

    Three billboards on Highway 17 may prove to be victims of Hurricane Matthew. Read more …

    Election 2016: The $165,000,000 question

    In the run-up to next month’s $165 million school bond referendum, Georgetown County School District officials have compared their facilities plan to the kind of maintenance homeowners must do. Read more...

    Election 2016: In barbed debate, opponent becomes incumbent’s ally

    A charge by the independent candidate for Georgetown County sheriff that the incumbent Republican is “robbing” employees of overtime pay brought the Democrat to the sheriff’s defense. The three candidates spoke at the annual meeting of the Waccamaw Neck Council of Property Owners Associations this week. It was the first and likely the only time the candidates will meet to take questions from voters. Read more...

    Economy: Fate of port dredging project in doubt

    Two years after voters approved a 1-cent sales tax for capital improvement projects, the centerpiece of the initiative is dead in the water, according to the Georgetown County administrator. But U.S. 7th District Rep. Tom Rice says it’s too early to give up on the plan to dredge the Port of Georgetown. Read more...


    Capt. Tim Scott and Major Melissa Scott at the Salvation Army office.
    Charles Swenson/Coastal Observer

    Nonprofits: Hurricane was baptism by fire for Salvation Army couple

    From their message to their marriage, Salvation Army husband-and-wife team Tim and Melissa Scott believes in second chances. Read more ...


    Startup with a twist: Pretzel company emerges from county business incubator

    When Bob and Caryl Browner served their homemade pretzels at parties, guests would say they should start a business. There could be dough in this dough, so they began selling homemade pretzels to restaurants and food truck operators. Read more...

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