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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...

There was an early rush for student registration at Waccamaw High this week. Brenna Fanning, a sophomore, right, picks up her schedule. Classes start Aug. 20.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer


Schools: Smart Snack rules will change recipe for fundraising

When Waccamaw Middle School students began a campaign to raise money to send a World War II veteran on the region’s final Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., they turned to the kitchen. They baked cupcakes and cookies and sold them at lunch as part of the effort that raised $2,500 in just over three weeks. This year, that strategy won’t fly. Read more...

Pawleys Island: Raising new buildings is only first step for town

When Pawleys Island Town Council held a public hearing this month on a proposal that will require new and remodeled homes to be elevated an extra 3 feet there was only one comment against it. And that was offered second hand. Read more...

Highway 17: Crew fights traffic to install Hagley signal

Progress on a new traffic light at Tyson Road and Highway 17 is moving quickly. A crew from ALS, a construction company based in Fayetteville, N.C., was working to dig holes for the concrete rebar supports this week. Read more...

Churches: Female minister one of only two in area

The Rev. Pam Ledbetter has been breaking down barriers in the Methodist Church for 40 years. Becoming the first woman to be named minister of St. Paul Waccamaw United Methodist Church has been an easy one, she said. Read more...

FCA: Ex-Clemson coach helps put faith in play at schools

Former Clemson University head football coach Tommy Bowden told Fellowship of Christian Athletes supporters last week that too many American families have become dysfunctional and children are looking for godly role models. Read more...


Mike Orr of Pawleys Island has fished from the North Causeway bridge all his life.
Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer

A line in the creek: Top Pawleys fishing spot is no secret

For most fishermen on Pawleys Creek, no boat is no problem. They can put a hook right in the middle any time from the North Causeway bridge. Read more ...


Oak Lea: After 25 years, still setting the standard

Tourist season was almost over when the Shops at Oak Lea opened the doors 25 years ago. And just as owners Joey and Angie Bunn and Eleanor and Bill Pitts were settling into business on Highway 17 Hurricane Hugo struck. Read more...

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