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Georgetown County offices and facilities will be closed on Friday, April 19 in observance of Good Friday. A full list of holiday closures for this fiscal year is available in the "About Us" section of this website.

 

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Midway Firefighter Passes Away Following Motorcycle Accident

March 22, 2019

It is with extreme sadness that Midway Fire Rescue informs you that Firefighter/EMT Daniel Roy passed away this afternoon as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash on March 16, 2019.  We ask you to continue to keep the members of the Roy Family, and the members of Midway Fire Rescue in your thoughts and prayers.

Firefighter/EMS Daniel Roy, a beloved member of “C” Shift, was 29 years old.  Born in McDonough, GA., Daniel proudly served Midway Fire Rescue for 2 Years, joining our department after working with the Henry County Fire Department.

We extend our sincere thanks to the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at Grand Strand Medical Center for their compassionate and professional care.  The Roy Family and our organization appreciates the outpouring of support from the members and staffs of Midway Fire Rescue, Horry County Fire Rescue, Myrtle Beach Fire Department, North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, Conway Fire Department, Surfside Beach Fire Department, Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District, Georgetown County Fire/EMS Department, Georgetown City Fire Department, and the countless others who supported the family and our collective membership during this past week.

We will pass on additional information as it becomes available.

County to have full scale emergency preparedness exercise on March 20

March 16, 2019

Area residents may notice some unusual activity at and around Eight Oaks Park on Highmarket Street next week.

That will be the site of a full scale emergency preparedness exercise being put on by Georgetown County Emergency Management on Wednesday, March 20. Georgetown County tries to host a major training exercise annually to ensure emergency responders, health care workers and other involved agencies are prepared for any type of emergency that may arise.

“We’ve had a lot of real world practice with hurricanes and flooding recently, but there are a lot of other disasters that could occur in our area,” said Sam Hodge, Georgetown County Emergency Manager.

The scenario for this year’s training exercise is a mass casualty incident involving a school bus that collides with a train while on a field trip. The exercise will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until around noon for emergency responders. Health care workers will continue the exercise in their facilities in the afternoon, once role players have been transported to emergency rooms. In the exercise scenario, hospital emergency departments will already be operating at or above capacity and dealing with staffing shortages due to a flu outbreak.

“This is a way for us to test our emergency responders and health care workers, as well as our plans, resources and communications between agencies,” Hodge said.

Local coroners will also continue the exercise in the afternoon, as they train in fatality management.

 

Library to host groundbreaking ceremony for new Southern Branch

March 14, 2019

March 21 will be a big day for the Georgetown County Library system. That evening at 5:30 p.m., the county will finally break ground on a long-awaited fifth county library branch.

The Southern Georgetown Library will be built in the Sampit/Santee area. A reception will follow the ceremony. More information about the event schedule will be forthcoming in early March.

The new branch has been on the county’s long-range capital improvement plan for several years, and residents in that area of the county have been eagerly awaiting a start on the facility. Construction is estimated to cost about $2 million. Look for more information in next month’s issue of the newsletter.

 

Road Closure on Petigru Drive Scheduled for April 10-12

March 12, 2019

The unpaved portion of Petigru Drive in Pawleys Island is scheduled to be closed from April 10 through 12, 2019, for paving work (weather permitting).  The Stables Park soccer complex will not be accessible during this time.

"While we certainly apologize for the inconvenience, we are also looking forward to greatly improved access to Stables Park," said Beth Goodale, director of Georgetown County Parks and Recreation.  "Stables Park is one of our most heavily utilized facilities, and once the road is paved it will be even easier for citizens to access the park and enjoy all that it has to offer."

 

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