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Regarding Bridges in Georgetown County (as of 4:45 p.m Jan. 3):

All bridges in Georgetown County are currently open and have been pre-treated for icy conditions. NO CLOSURES ARE SCHEDULED. Depending on conditions and traffic, temporary closures may be required later this evening for re-salting or clearing of accidents, etc. If that occurs, we will notify the public as soon as possible. Again, no closures are scheduled. People who do not have to be on the road are asked to stay home and avoid travel. If you must travel, use these tips for driving in snow and ice.

 

County Offices to close (Updated 4:45 p.m. Jan 3)

Georgetown County offices and facilities will operate on a delayed schedule Jan. 4. Offices are expected to open at 11 a.m. A final decision will be made the morning of Jan. 4. Employees should call the employee call line in the morning to check for an update. All essential personnel should report to work as usual. 

 

County prepares for Winter Storm, offers safety tips for residents
Jan. 2, 2018

With Georgetown County anticipating severe winter weather on Wednesday, Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents to get prepared today. 

The County is under a winter storm watch from early Wednesday morning through Wednesday night. Significant snow and ice accumulations are possible, which will impact road conditions. Residents should avoid unnecessary travel and stay off of roadways if possible. Residents are also reminded to bring in animals or make other arrangements to keep them warm and dry. If residents must go out, make sure to dress warmly.

Below are additional tips to get your family ready to ride out a winter storm.

 

Before a Winter Storm

• Add winter supplies such as rock salt to melt ice and shovels to your disaster supply kit.

• Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off.

• Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.

• Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.

• Have your vehicle serviced to ensure it is prepared for the winter season. 

• Place a winter emergency kit in every vehicle that includes: a shovel; windshield scraper and small broom; flashlight; battery-powered radio; extra batteries; water; snack food; matches; extra hats, socks and mittens; first aid kit with pocket knife; necessary medications; blankets; tow chain or rope; road salt and sand; booster cables; emergency flares; fluorescent distress flag. 

 

During a Winter Storm

• Stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress in layers of loose fitting, lightweight clothing. Wear a hat that covers your ears. Wear mittens and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.

• Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

• Watch for signs of frostbite such as the loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as finger, toes, ear lobes and the tip of your nose. 

• Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel in the day, don’t travel alone and keep others informed of your schedule. Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop the vehicle on icy roads.

• If trapped in your car during a blizzard, pull off of the highway and turn on your hazard lights. Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

• Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. Drink fluids to avoid dehydration. 

• Remember never to use a generator indoors.

 

After a Winter Storm

• Listen to your local radio or television station for the latest weather and traffic reports.

• Go to a designated shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.

• Check on your animals and ensure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow, ice or other obstacles. Bring them indoors, if possible. 

•  Be aware of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire if using alternative sources for electricity, heating or cooking. 

For more information, check our website at www.gtcounty.org, and following us on Facebook and Twitter. Residents can also download the State Emergency Management Division’s Winter Weather Guide at www.SCEMD.org

 

Georgetown County announces new disc golf course in Pawleys Island

Nov. 15, 2017

Thanks to a generous donation from three local residents, Georgetown County Parks and Recreation will soon be able to offer a second disc golf course for area residents to enjoy.

The first course, located in East Bay Park in Georgetown, has been open for several years. This new course, located at Stables Park in the area between the Waccamaw Regional Tennis Center and the park’s field complex, was made possible thanks to the efforts of local residents Jonathan Poole, Tom Housner and Blaine Harvey.

Poole, who served as the course’s primary designer, said that Stables Park was an ideal spot to host a course he hopes newcomers, families, and seasoned disc golf veterans will enjoy.

“Disc golf is a great form of outdoor recreation that is also very affordable. Most people already own Frisbees they can use,” Poole said. “From a construction standpoint, it’s been pretty easy because the property is so open. We showcase the beautiful live oaks that are out there, and there are three ponds on the course, so there are a variety of different shots that bring the water into play. There’s a lot of people in this area who have never played disc golf, so the course needed to be accommodating for them as well as challenging for advanced players. That’s what we tried to create.”

Poole is a long-time veteran of the disc golf industry, having worked for Innova Champion Discs for 21 years. Housner helped Poole with the majority of the “heavy lifting” during construction, moving downed branches and tree limbs while also assisting with pouring cement to help anchor the goals. Harvey has been primarily responsible for assisting with finding sponsorships to help with the costs involved with constructing the course. So far, Pawleys Island Lumber, Pawleys Island Pharmacy and New South Brewery have each made significant contributions.

Beth Goodale, Director of Georgetown County’s Parks and Recreation department, said she is very impressed with their work.

“We are so thankful to Tom, Jonathan and Blaine for not only donating the resources for this project, but also for so generously donating their time and effort in designing and constructing the course,” Goodale said. “The amount of hard work these gentlemen put into this project is evident from the moment you set foot out there, and I hope all of Georgetown County’s residents will come and take advantage of this addition.”

Information regarding a grand opening ceremony will be announced soon.

 

Restaurant, community outreach programs included in new airport plan
Sept. 9, 2017

The important role the Georgetown County Airport plays in the area’s tourism and economic development is too often overlooked and uncredited, say members of the County’s Airport Commission.

That group, along with other leaders in the field and county staff, recently completed a master plan to correct that. The plan was adopted this month by Georgetown County Council. It was crafted during a series of work sessions over the last year — including a flight to tour the Greenville Downtown Airport and Donaldson Field.

What the group came up with is a long-range guide for the airport's future that includes making people (locals as well as potential visitors) more aware of the airport, introducing youth to career possibilities in aviation, and growing the business community around the airport. This includes taking steps to make it easier for economic development staff to attract appropriate businesses to property near the airport and opening a restaurant on the airport campus to cater to pilots as well as attract local residents to visit the airport.

It is expected to take about 10 years for all aspects of the plan to be executed. But some components will start to be carried out as early as this year. Among the first goals to be tackled will be community outreach. Airport Commission members will reach out to the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Alliance and local schools to form partnerships and find ways they can help each other.

Committee members said they see a great need to reach out to local schools, expanding and creating programs that allow students to visit the airport and, in some cases, even take their first flight. There is a huge number of students in the county who have never been on an airplane or even to a regional airport. 

“We have a lack of demand here for flight training and also for mechanical engineering programs up at PIA [Pittsburgh Institute for Aeronautics] in Myrtle Beach,” said said Doug Decker, a pilot and tenant at the airport who led the planning process. “We just haven’t built that demand from the bottom up. We have to reach out to schools at the high school and college level with robust programs and let them know what kinds of opportunities there are for people with those skills. There is good pay and a demand for people in those jobs.”

PIA has a facility use agreement with Horry-Georgetown Technical College, and thus could offer satellite courses on HGTC property in Georgetown.

 The S.C. Aeronautics Commission already has a high school curriculum developed and ready for use that local schools could put in place.

James Stephens, executive director of the state commission, was part of the Georgetown planning group and said he applauds the county’s vision for the airport and is enthusiastic about seeing their goals become reality.

“The development of a business plan will enhance the airport and ultimately the economic viability of the community,” he said. “Airports are a vital part of the transportation infrastructure within their respective communities, and without this critical infrastructure component, economic development efforts are often inhibited.”

Aerospace is the second largest industry in South Carolina, and the coastal region leads in aerospace jobs and services, he added. 

“The strategic efforts that are currently underway will enable Georgetown County to be part of the growth, and doing so at the airport will facilitate further aviation/aerospace opportunities for the state and the county,” Stephens said. “I look forward to the completion of the project, and I believe that the end product will be something that can be replicated across South Carolina at many of our other airports.”

View the long-range airport plan

 

2nd phase of road resurfacing plan under way
Aug. 29, 2017

Georgetown County residents will see more than 60 road resurfacing projects completed by July 2018, thanks to the 1 percent Capital Project Sales Tax voters approved in 2014. This is in addition to more than 40 road projects completed last year during the first phase of work. 

The contract was awarded this spring and crews began paving in mid-July on roads that don’t require concrete work. For roadways with concrete elements, such as sidewalks, driveways and curbs, concrete work must be completed before paving can begin. SCDOT is working closely with the county on the projects. However, dates for completion of specific roadways within the plan are not available, as the order in which roads are completed is up to the contractor. 

View Road List and Completion Status

 

 

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