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County to host fishing tournament this weekend, kids’ fishing rodeos on Saturday
April 22, 2014

Georgetown County’s Department of Parks and Recreation is gearing up for the first of three major fishing tournaments set to take place over the next year at the county’s Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River.

Online registration is still open today for the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail, which will stop in Georgetown for a two-day super event this Friday and Saturday. Anglers will compete for cash prizes up to $5,000, with a guaranteed payout of $10,000. The tournament kicks off at 6:30 a.m. Friday. Entrants will spend the day fishing the Santee, Sampit, Waccamaw, Pee Dee and Black rivers before returning to the marine complex for weigh-in at 4 p.m.

The schedule repeats on Saturday with the addition of kids' fishing rodeos. Children ages 12 and under can compete. The kids rodeos will include two divisions: one for ages 7 and under and one for ages 8-12. Each child who participates will receive a prize. Top winners in each division will win rod-reel combos, as well as being entered for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship...

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Debris removal operation complete on county-maintained roadways
April 11, 2014

Debris removal work resulting from Winter Storm Pax was completed on Georgetown County-maintained roads late this week. During a process that lasted nearly two months, the contractor hired by the county for the work picked up more than 118,000 cubic yards of vegetative waste and cut nearly 20,000 dangerous limbs left hanging in trees after the storm. These totals are about three times what was predicted during the original damage assessment in February.

The county’s landfill, located on Highway 51, also returned to normal operations this week and all usual fees have been reinstated. Community recycling centers located throughout the county returned to normal operations last month.

Debris pickup along state-maintained roadways in Georgetown County continues and is being conducted by a contractor employed by the S.C. Department of Transportation. The department has not issued a schedule for collection on roads still needing cleanup, but officials with the department have offered assurances that vegetative storm-related debris already piled in the right-of-way on state-owned roads will be collected.

Residents are advised to stop putting debris in the right-of-way on county-maintained roads now that collection by the county’s contractor is complete.

County officials would like to express thanks to residents for their patience and cooperation during this cleanup operation. This was the first time since Hurricane Hugo in 1989 that the county was faced with debris collection of this magnitude, and it is the first time the county activated a debris management contract.

 “Overall, collection went very smoothly, but there were some lessons learned for us,” said Ray Funnye, Georgetown County’s director of public services. “Georgetown County and the Public Services Department are always working to improve and we definitely took some notes during this process that will allow us to provide better service the next time we’re faced with a situation like this.”


Murrells Inlet Community Center ribbon cutting set for May 1
April 8, 2014

Construction of the new Murrells Inlet Community Center is complete and crews are working on landscaping and putting finishing touches on the building’s interior this week.

The public will get its first complete look at the long-awaited facility on May 1. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with an open house immediately following.

“I think people are going to be very pleased and excited when they see the final product,” said Beth Goodale, Georgetown County’s director of parks and recreation.

She added that she couldn’t be happier with how the facility turned out.

The center is the product of many conversations and planning sessions with members of the Murrells Inlet community and Goodale said she believes the architect did an exceptional job of transforming the community’s vision for the center into reality...

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