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Stables park field complex temporarily closed due to vandalism
Aug. 19, 2015
The Stables Park field complex off Petigru Drive in Pawleys Island is temporarily closed to allow for repair of multipurpose fields damaged late last week in an act of vandalism. A vehicle was driven onto the fields, destroying the grass and possibly damaging the irrigation system.
Estimates on the cost of repairing the fields are still being prepared and will depend largely on the extent of any damage to the irrigation system at the fields. It is uncertain how long the park will need to be closed, but Georgetown County Parks and Recreation anticipates fall sports, including soccer, will need to be moved to another location for the start of the season while repairs are made.
“It’s very disappointing that someone would do this,” said Beth Goodale, Parks and Recreation Department director. “This is a facility that sees a lot of use and where a community playground had just been built and opened thanks to the support of residents. Now someone does something like this. It’s pure malice.”
The park, which opened in 2012, had been gated when not in use to prevent this type of vandalism. After the playground was completed last month, the county installed fencing around the fields to keep vehicles from driving on the grass and started leaving the park open to the public so community members would be able to use and enjoy the playground and a walking trail that runs through the park. A vehicle entered a small gap in the fencing that allows access to the playground on Aug. 13 and drove around on the fields, destroying the grass.
Georgetown County Parks and Recreation and the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office are seeking any information on the incident and who the perpetrator(s) may be. Acts of vandalism to public property are taken seriously by Georgetown County. If the perpetrator is found, charges will be brought. In past cases, vandals have been caught up to a year after the incident and, in addition to facing charges, were ordered by a judge to pay restitution.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, (843) 546-5101. Anonymous tips can also be sent via text to 274637. Text the word “GCSOTIP” followed by your message. This service is for crime tips only.
The Stables Park tennis facility off Gilman Road is unaffected and remains open.
Local anglers have opportunity to participate, win in Redfish Tour
Aug. 7, 2015
Local anglers have a chance to win a lot more than bragging rights on Aug. 29, when the Inshore Fishing Association’s Redfish Tour comes to Georgetown County.
The top prize is a $26,000 Ranger/Yamaha boat package. A number of cash prizes will also be handed out. Even 20th place may net up to $500 (assuming 100 boats registered).
While Georgetown County is developing a reputation as a host site for major fishing events, most of the larger tournaments — such as the B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional Championship that took place here in April — are open only to those who have already placed in qualifying events. One of the great things about hosting the Redfish Tour is that it gives fishermen who live right here in the county a chance to participate and win, even if they’ve never fished a tournament before, said County Administrator Sel Hemingway.
“You don’t have to have the most expensive boat or equipment. If you’ve got a good fishing spot or are just having a lucky day, that’s all you need right there,” Hemingway said.
This is the IFA’s third stop in Georgetown County in the last year, and the county saw more local anglers getting in on the action during the most recent event in May. Hemingway is hoping to see that trend continue.
The Redfish Tour, a one-day tournament, will launch from the Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River at dawn Aug. 29. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m.
Tournament registration is from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the marine complex and will be followed by a meeting and dinner for participants. The marine complex is located at 101 River Walk Dr. A $30 membership to the IFA is needed to sign up for the competition and can be purchased at registration. Participants fish in two-person teams. Entry fee is $250 per team.
The IFA Kayak Tour also takes place in Georgetown that weekend, with launch time at dawn on Aug. 30. Registration for that event will be at the marine complex beginning at 5 p.m. Aug. 29, following Redfish Tour weigh-in. This competition is also open to everyone. Anglers fish alone in this event and entry fee is $50 per angler. A $10 IFA membership, available during registration, is required.
The Redfish Tour attracted 73 boats during its last stop in Georgetown County and many participants said they plan to compete again this month.
“We’re happy to welcome the IFA Redfish Tour back again, and we’re looking for an even bigger success this time around, with more anglers and some new faces,” said Georgetown County Administrator Sel Hemingway. “We worked hard to make sure all those who participated in April and during the IFA’s first visit in 2014 would want to come back and we’re hearing that we were very successful in that.”
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New plant to locate in Georgetown County Industrial Park
July 7, 2015
MPW Industrial Services will open a new industrial water regeneration plant in the Georgetown County Business Center, located in Andrews. The plant, a $10 million project, is expected to begin operations next summer and create 32 jobs, in addition to temporary construction jobs.
The company has purchased an existing building constructed and owned by Georgetown County and will refit it to suit their needs.
“We are delighted that MPW Industrial services has chosen to locate in Georgetown County and make an investment of this size here," said Georgetown County Council Chairman Johnny Morant. "The jobs the company will bring will have a lasting impact and greatly benefit our community and the Andrews area in particular. We are committed to working with and attracting businesses that provide more opportunities for Georgetown County residents, and we consider MPW's decision a great success."
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Fishing tournament brings big returns to Georgetown County economy
May 4, 2015
A fishing tournament hosted by Georgetown County from April 22-24 had a total economic impact of nearly half a million dollars, based on conservative preliminary estimates. That’s a significant boon for the local economy.
The B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional Championship, held at the Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex on the Sampit River, brought anglers from seven states to Georgetown County. Factoring in hotel stays, meals, fuel purchases and other spending by participants, direct spending resulting from the tournament amounted to an estimated $244,671. Add in a conservative multiplier of 1.66 to account forindirect spending and the number jumps to $406,153.
“The actual numbers would probably be a good bit higher. We were very conservative in all our calculations,” said Beth Goodale, Georgetown County’s director of parks and recreation.
Though the tournament lasted for three days, with registration and team meetings stretching it out to four days, most tournament participants arrived anywhere from two to six days prior for practice fishing. That meant a good week forGeorgetown hotels. The Quality Inn in Georgetown was completely booked for the tournament and other hotels were at or close to capacity. Some anglers booked beach houses for their visit, so rental agencies saw benefits from the tournament as well...
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