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County to offer free mulch to residents in February, March
Feb. 17, 2017
Georgetown County will offer free mulch again at its Pawleys Island Recycling Center for the next three weekends. Giveaway dates are Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 4.
The mulch is a result of the massive vegetative debris cleanup following Hurricane Matthew. This material will be given away at no cost on the above dates from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., or until it runs out. Mulch may be picked up at the Pawleys Island Recycling Center, located at 596 Grete Ave. Staff will be on site to help load mulch into vehicles and trailers. There will be no limit on the amount of mulch residents take.
Bassmaster College Series headed to Georgetown March 2-4
Feb. 10, 2017
Georgetown County’s five rivers will again be the site of some serious bass fishing this March, when Bassmaster brings its third tournament in as many years to the Hammock Coast.
While last year’s tournament brought bass fishing’s biggest names, this year the county will welcome some of the next generation of elite anglers as it hosts the Carhartt Bassmaster College Southern Conference Regional from March 2-4. More than 200 student anglers from colleges and universities across the Southeast will participate, all hoping to win a spot in the National Championship.
“It won’t be the same thing we saw last spring with a big festival and the same fanfare that accompanied the Bassmaster Elite Series, but it is going to be a significant event and is a step toward bringing the Elite Series back here,” said Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway. “We’re excited to continue our relationship with Bassmaster and we look forward to this vent exposing even more people to the beauty and charm of Georgetown. Our expectations are definitely that we’ll continue to bring these tournaments back here in successive years.”
As with last year’s Elite tournament, boat launch will take place daily at dawn from the county’s Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex, with weigh-in occurring at the same location for the first two days of the tournament. However, the final day’s weigh-in will move to Front Street, where finalist anglers will parade through on their way to the stage.
The county is working with its tourism arm and the Main Street Georgetown Business Association to arrange activities on Front Street that day, including sidewalk sales, musical performances and more. The state Duck Calling Championship will also take place on the Bassmaster stage that day leading up to the final weigh-in.
Local fishing fans and businesses are encouraged to turn out for boat launch and especially weigh-in to pull for their favorite college team. Though a final list of participants won’t be available until later this month, local favorites including Clemson, the University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University are all expected to have teams participating in the tournament.
Businesses along Front Street will be encouraged to put out flags, banners and other items supporting participating universities, as well as take advantage of foot traffic on Front Street by setting up merchandise outside to lure potential customers.
“This presents a wonderful opportunity for our businesses along Front Street and I think after the success we’ve seen with previous tournaments, business owners recognize the potential this type of event has to draw in business,” said Michele Overton, president of the Georgetown Business Association. “Restaurants especially saw a huge impact from the last bass tournament, and with the main event taking place on Front Street this time, the benefit for that day will be increased dramatically.”
Overton said businesses that sell licensed college merchandise will also be encouraged to stock up before the tournament to take advantage of students, their families, alumni and fans who will be drawn downtown to cheer on their school’s team.
Additionally, the Georgetown Business Association is working to arrange a concert event around the tournament to give spectators a reason to stay on Front Street after weigh-in is finished and perhaps lure some people who might not otherwise come to a bass fishing-related event.
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