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Public input sought on proposed Litchfield roundabout
April 30, 2015
Written comments on potential solutions to traffic congestion at and around the intersection of Willbrook Blvd. and Wildcat Way in Litchfield will be accepted through May 7. Send comments to Mike Illes, project manager at P.O. Box 421270, Georgetown, S.C. 29442, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public hearing on proposals, including a roundabout at the intersection, took place at the Waccamaw Library on April 30 and was attended by about 100 people.
All comments will be considered as Georgetown County government moves forward in the process for recommending a solution. To be notified of future public meetings scheduled regarding this issue, please send and e-mail to jbroach@gtcounty.
Redfish tournament returns to Georgetown County; registration still open
April 25, 2015
The IFA Redfish Tour and Kayak Tour will return to Georgetown County May 1, and it’s not too late for the public to sign up to participate and possibly win big prizes, as well as bragging rights. The top prize is a $26,000 Ranger/Yamaha boat package, and anyone can enter the tournament for a chance to win.
The Redfish Tour will be held at Georgetown County’s Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex May 2. A $30 membership to the Inshore Fishing Association is needed to sign up for the competition and can be purchased at registration. Participants fish in two-person teams. Entry fee is $250.
Registration and a dinner for participants will be from 3-5 p.m. May 1 at the Campbell Marine Complex, 101 River Walk Dr., Georgetown. The tournament starts May 2, with boat launch at “safe light” (around 6:20 a.m) from the complex and weigh-in at 3 p.m. at the same location. Spectators are welcome.
The Kayak Tour takes place on May 3, with registration at the Campbell Marine Complex on the evening of May 2, beginning at 5 p.m.
The tours stopped in Georgetown County last August and were very successful, attracting a total of 142 anglers — many of them from Georgetown and surrounding counties. The Redfish Tour stop had the highest turnout of any stop in that division that year, with 60 boats and 120 anglers registered.
“We’re happy to welcome the IFA Redfish Tour back this year, and we’re looking for an even bigger success this time around, with more anglers and some new faces,” said Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway. “We worked hard to make sure all those who participated last year would want to come back and that’s something we plan to repeat.”
Anglers visiting the area for last year’s tournament had such a good time in Georgetown County that they wanted to come back, according to tournament officials. As a result, the Redfish Tour will stop in Georgetown not once, but twice this year. In addition to next week’s visit, the tour will be in town Aug. 28-30.
“With the history of the area, all the shops, the restaurants, the downtown area, they were excited about being here,” Eric Shelby, tournament director, said. “A lot of them brought their families, and they really appreciated being in Georgetown.”
Many tournament participants reported spending over $1,000 during their weekend in Georgetown last year.
For more information, visit ifatours.com.
Enter our photo contest!
March 19, 2015
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to enter our latest photo contest. We’ve selected “Rural Life in Georgetown County” as the theme. We’re looking for shots that show the more rural areas of Georgetown County. These may include landscapes or images of people going about their daily lives or enjoying recreational activities such as hunting and fishing. Color and black and white photos will be accepted.
Deadline for entires is 5:30 p.m. May 31, 2015. Submit entries to email@example.com.
View rules, terms and prizes
Capital Project Sales Tax to go into effect in 2015
Nov. 5, 2014
In the November 2014 general election, Georgetown County residents voted to implement a 1 percent Capital Project Sales Tax to help fund vital capital projects, including dredging at the Port of Georgetown.
The sales tax will begin being applied to taxable purchases in Georgetown County on May 1, 2015, and will remain in place for exactly four years, disappearing on April 30, 2019.
It is anticipated the tax will generate about $7 million per year, for a total of $28 million during the life of the tax. These funds will be used to pay for projects in three key areas: Dredging, countywide road improvements and enhancements to fire and rescue service.
For more information about the tax and the projects to be funded, see the links below or call (843) 545-3164.
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