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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...

Taylor Richard, a volunteer, and Dane MacMillan, 9, play in the shaving cream during the annual Nick at Night program at Pawleys Island Community Church last week. .
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Highway 17: DOT agrees to traffic signal at Hagley intersection

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for motorists at the Tyson Drive-Highway 17 intersection. A traffic light. Read more...

Crime: Suicidal woman with knife shot by deputy

Valerie Harrington recently changed her profile photo on Facebook. A friend asked about the image of the animal baring its teeth. “It’s a honey badger,” she told the friend. “Look it up.” Read more...

Health care: Hospital disputes state profit figures

Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital made a combined profit of more than $21 million last year, according to figures published online Wednesday by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Read more...

Pawleys Island: Fireworks violations face tickets, not warnings

The town of Pawleys Island cut $50 from the minimum fine for shooting fireworks on the island. That doesn’t mean violators will get a break. Police will start issuing citations rather than warnings, Chief Mike Fanning told Town Council this week. “I’m OK with zero-tolerance,” he said. Read more...

Murrells Inlet: Filmmakers have low budget, but high hopes

The producer and director of a low-budget movie titled “Civilized” are planning a casting call for extras next month when they visit Murrells Inlet to scout for film locations. Read more...


Moselle Rosenthal, 105, with a beer on her birthday and in a photo from the 1940s.
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Milestones: Still speaking her mind at 105

Moselle Rosenthal is doing all she can to liven things up at the Lakes of Litchfield. Her family brought a big cake with flaming candles to the dining room Sunday evening to share with residents as part of an extended 105th birthday party — yes, she was born in 1909 — that began last Friday. Read more ...


Independent Seafood: From dock to table

John Harriott was preparing for the ride home to Atlanta this week after visiting his ailing father on Sandy Island. He had just one more stop he had to make: Independent Seafood in Georgetown. Read more...

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