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Today is Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
It is the 286th day of the year.
Showing 12 of 23 events scheduled for the coming week.
• Barre Fitness Classes
• Gold Zumba Classes
• Tai Chi
• Yoga
• Karate
• Tai Chi
• Pawleys Island Farmers Market
• Stretching Class
• Line Dancing
• Soul Line Dancing 101
• Barre Fitness Classes
• Tai Chi
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Drop point for donations for flood-affected residents
Oct. 12, 2015

 A drop point for donations for flood-affected residents will open tomorrow in Andrews. Individuals and groups wanting to give to residents affected by flooding can leave donations of food, clothing andother materials at 184 Wire Drive in Andrews. The drop point will be mannedfrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. The items will be distributed to residents from affected areas throughout the recovery phase.

Monetary donations can also be made through the United Way at Monetary donations allow the United Way to purchase items needed by flood victims that are not available in the warehouse or from other sources when the need arises.

The United Way is also coordinating volunteers. To sign up to be a volunteer in flood relief efforts, visit


Andrews Emergency Shelter

The emergency shelter in Andrews has been relocated to Andrews Pentecostal Holiness Church, 112 N. Magnolia Avenue. This is currently the only open emergency shelter in Georgetown County.


Schedule released for transportation of Dunbar, Oatland residents across floodwaters
Oct. 11, 2015

Transportation will be made available for residents traveling to and from homes in the Dunbar and Oatland communities of Georgetown County on Oct. 12-14 to assist with traveling to work and other locations not reachable by car due to floodwaters.
A vehicle able to traverse floodwaters will stop at the following locations at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to pick up and drop off residents:

• Browns Ferry Elementary School, 7292 Browns Ferry Road, Georgetown
• Oatland Park, 1251 Oatland Rd., Georgetown
• Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 2011 Dunbar Rd., Georgetown

Residents must provide their own transportation from their homes to the stops and any other locations they wish to reach once they reach Browns Ferry Elementary School and have access to the highway system.


DNR asks boaters to be mindful of wakes, further damaging flooded properties
Oct. 9, 2015

Officials with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Georgetown County are asking boaters to stay off of flooded roadways and out of areas where homes are flooded unless absolutely necessary. Those who do have a need to be in those areas are asked to be mindful of their wakes. Boat wakes have been causing further damage to homes and their contents, docks and other property already damaged by floodwaters.  
Anyone who is going out only to take photos and video or view flood damages is asked to consider those affected by floodwaters and stop or minimize these types of actions.


FEMA damage assessment teams going door-to-door today
Oct. 8, 2015

Damage assessment teams from FEMA will arrive in Georgetown County today to begin door-to-door visits to assess flood damage for residents and businesses who have applied for federal assistance and are registered in the FEMA system. Anyone who wants to have FEMA inspect damages to their property must apply for assistance at

FEMA employees will have ID and will never charge any type of fee for inspections. Again, inspectors will only visit those registered in the FEMA system.


Residents advised to beware of scam artists following flooding

Oct. 7, 2015

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, such as the historic flooding recently experienced throughout South Carolina, people already suffering often become targets for fraud. Suspected fraudulent activity pertaining to relief efforts associated with recent flooding should be reported to the Georgetown County Disaster Call Center at (843) 545-3273.

After any disaster, scam artists and unscrupulous contractors often take advantage of victims and well-meaning individuals who want to offer aid to victims. The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgetown County Emergency Management Division warn residents to be careful who they let into their homes or give money or financial information to.

Tips for flooding victims and donors


How to donate to local residents affected by flooding or become a volunteer
Oct. 7, 2015

The Salvation Army, United Way and other aid organizations are receiving numerous inquiries about how to help local flood victims. For those looking to make donations, aid organizations advise the best way to help residents of our community is through monetary donations.

Donations of funding allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs ofdisaster victims without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Monetary donations give responders flexibility when trying to meet victims’ needs and speeds the process.

The United Way of the Midlands has set up a website where people can donate to help their community. Donors can select the ZIP code they want their donation to go to and 100 percent of funds donated will go to the designated County. The United way will not keep any administration cost.

Online donations specifically for Georgetown County can be made at

Anyone who prefers to donate physical items or who would like to sign up as a volunteer is asked to do so through Indicate the item(s) you would like to donate in the registration process. You will be contacted when a need for that item arises.

The American Red Cross is currently in need of shelter volunteers. Those willing to volunteer at shelters are asked to call (843) 477-0020.


Mosquito control efforts under way in Georgetown County
Oct. 7, 2015

The Georgetown County Public Service Department will begin mosquito Control operations today in areas that are already seeing an influx of mosquitos due to flooding.
Mosquito spraying operations are currently scheduled for this evening in the following locations:

• East Bay
• Willowbank
• Country Club Estates
• Indigo Apartments
• Whites Creek
• Greentown
• Brick Chimney Road
• West end of the City of Georgetown

This should take care of adult mosquitos in those areas. After any significant rainfallevent, the Mosquito Control Division normally inspects dredge spoil sites to check for and determine the development stage of any mosquito larvae in an effort to head off the problem early. However, in this instance water levels have been too high for inspectors to access the spoils sites. Inspections can’t begin until water levels recede.
To report mosquito issues and request mosquito control service in Georgetown County, call (843) 545-3615. Residents can also dial that number to request to be notified before mosquito spraying takes place in their area.


Damages identified on 160 Georgetown County roads

Oct. 6, 2015

Georgetown County is about 90 percent finished with its damage assessment of county-maintained roads. Public Services Department staff has thus far identified 189 problem areas needing repair on about 160 roadways. Problems identified include washouts, missing materials on slag roads, potholes, drainage problems and other issues. 
Damage assessment will continue tomorrow, but workers will also begin making repairs, beginning with issues marked as critical. The first repairs made will be to roadways identified as central thoroughfares and roads where damage has left residents isolated. Once those issues are taken care of, workers will continue down the list. Completing all the repairs may take months, even with the help of the Army Corps of Engineers and potentially other agencies. There is no estimate of total cost yet.


Enter out latest photo contest!

Georgetown County is accepting images of wildlife for its "Going Wild" photo contest. This contest focuses on mammals found in the county (wildlife only, no pets). Deadline for entries is Nov. 15, 2015. Send entries to

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Semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for Oct. 24

Sept. 28, 2015

The Georgetown County Public Services Department will accept unwanted paint, batteries, pesticides, fertilizers and other hazardous household materials during a four-hour collection event on Saturday, Oct. 24, in Pawleys Island. The collection is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palmetto Ace Home Center, located on Highway 17.

The first 20 people in line with at least five items to dispose of will receive a free rain barrel.

The Public Services Department and its Stormwater Division schedule collection events for household hazardous waste materials every fall and spring on the Waccamaw Neck, to make safe disposal of items more convenient. At the last event, 2.6 tons of hazardous household materials were collected. Prior collections exceeded three tons, but the goal is to have numbers drop gradually as residents clear out stockpiles of old — often decades old — materials and become better educated about household hazardous waste and the importance of its proper disposal.

The events also generally include distribution of educational information from the Stormwater Division.

“These events are a matter of convenience for residents, but for us, it’s not only an opportunity to make sure these materials are being handled the right way, but to share our message and talk to people about recycling and stormwater, and why they should be concerned about these things,” said Tracy Jones, Stormwater Division manager.

For more information, visit or call the Georgetown County Stormwater Division, (843) 545-3524.


Georgetown County achieves Certified Work Ready Community designation
Sept. 15, 2015

Georgetown County is now a certified Work Ready community through the S.C. Work Ready Communities Initiative. The announcement was made by Gov. Nikki Haley’s office yesterday and demonstrates Georgetown County has a robust workforce development initiative in place that links education and workforce development together, and aligns them to economic development and job placement.

To receive Work Ready Community status, a county must meet population-based criteria set by the state regarding workforce and supporting employers. Georgetown County exceeded its goals on every level, with a total goal of 681 potential employees who have taken the WorkKeys assessment, and 93 supporting employers. Georgetown County had 1,455 potential employees complete the assessment and registered 96 supporting employers.

“Receiving our certification as a Work Ready Community is further evidence that Georgetown County is serious about recruiting businesses to our community,” said Brian Tucker, director of the county’s Economic Development Department...

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Georgetown County to host Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in 2016
Sept. 10, 2015

Georgetown County will be the host site for a 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, bringing some of the nation’s top professional bass anglers to Winyah Bay, B.A.S.S. announced nationwide today. The Elite Series is known as the premier fishing tournament series in the world and has been shown to generate economic impacts of more than $2 million in other host cities.

“To fishing, this series is what the PGA Tour is to golf,” said Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway. “Being selected to host an event of this caliber is a huge achievement for our community and an honor. This is the chance the county has been looking for to prove we can host a large scale, national event and not only compete with but outdo other jurisdictions that are competing for this type of event.”

The Elite Series will stop in Georgetown with tournament days of April 7-10. Official practice days for the anglers will be April 4-6. Many participants are expected to make trips to the area months ahead of the tournament to get familiar with the local fishery.

Making the announcement even more exciting for area outdoors enthusiasts, the 2016 Winyah Bay Heritage Festival will be scheduled to coincide with the event, making it a weekend not to be missed for anglers and other outdoorsmen...

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Redfish Tour continues to see growth in Georgetown, will return in 2016
Sept. 2, 2015

A duo from Georgetown won $700 in cash and prizes for a fish they brought in during the IFA Redfish Tour’s latest stop in Georgetown County on Aug. 29.

The 5.31-pound redfish, caught by the father and son team of Billy and Will Cook, was the biggest fish weighed in during the event, which involved 83 boats and 166 anglers. It was the only fish the Cooks brought in that day. If they’d caught one more, they might have added additional cash prizes and a $26,000 Ranger/Yamaha boat package to their winning for the day. A second fish weighing at least 3.4 pounds would have done it.

Instead, first place and a total prize package worth nearly $31,000 went to another South Carolina team, that of Dodd Wood of Anderson and Glenn Finley of Belton. Their two-fish limit had a total weight of 8.7 pounds with the biggest weighing 4.61 pounds.

Placing second were J.D. Nobles and Kyle Craven of Florida, taking home $4,555 in prizes, and coming in third were Rigoberto Lomeli of Longs and Michael Rouhselang of Conway, who took home just under $2,000 in prizes. Cash prizes of a minimum of $500 were awarded up to 15th place.

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