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Council workshop set for June 25
June 14, 2019

A workshop has been scheduled for Georgetown County Council at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, in Council Chambers at  129 Screven Street. This workshop will take place immediately before council's regular June meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m.

During the workshop, Dr. Pamela Martin,  Coastal Carolina University Professor of Politics/Exec. Director United Nations RCE Sustainable Development, and Maeve Snyder, Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the North Inlet – Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, will share the results of the recent NOAA Georgetown Climate Adaptation Project with members of County Council.


Change of venue for June 20 Planning Commission meeting
June 10, 2019

The June 20 meeting of the Georgetown County Planning Commission will take place in the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments conference room, 1230 Highmarket St., Georgetown.

The Commission will receive an update to the Future Land Use Plan, for which Waccamaw Regional is consultant, and this change of venue will better accommodate the discussion.


Garden City beach access No. 1 to close temporarily beginning June 11
June 10, 2019

Georgetown County’s Beach Access No. 1, located at Yucca Ave. in Garden City, along with associated parking areas, will close temporarily beginning Tuesday, June 11, to accommodate beach renourishment performed by the S.C. Corps of Engineers.

The closure is expected to last approximately three weeks. It was initially scheduled to begin last week, but was rescheduled due to a mechanical issue with one of the dredges.

The Corps plans to complete renourishment on the Georgetown County portion of Garden City Beach, from approximately Beach Access No. 8 to the county line. Contractors will work as quickly as possible to replace sand in the areas most affected by last fall’s tropical storm season and get Access No. 1 reopened to minimize the inconvenience to the public. Georgetown County does not have control over the timing of this project.

Residents needing more information should access this link from the contractor:


Two to compete for vacant County Council seat
June 1, 2019

Thomas Alford, a Democrat, and Raymond Newton, a Republican, will compete for a vacant County Council seat this fall. The two are seeking to fill the District 5 seat that was left open in May, when Council Member Austin Beard resigned.

Voters will go to the polls to elect their new representative on Sept. 10.

A primary election was originally scheduled for July to decide between two Republican candidates, but one candidate, Mark Mercer, withdrew from the race on May 31. 

Voters in Georgetown County will also vote in the following elections this year:

• June 11, City of Georgetown Primary (3 seats)

• Nov. 5, Town of Andrews (mayor and 3 seats)

• Nov. 5, Town of Pawleys Island (mayor and 4 seats)

• Nov. 5, City of Georgetown General

Residents wishing to check or update their voter registration, or who need to register to vote, can do so at

Residents may also contact the Georgetown County Office of Elections and Voter Registration at (843) 545-3339. The office is located at 303 N. Hazard St. in Georgetown.


James 'Kin' McKenzie Jr. sworn in as new Murrells Inlet magistrate

May 20, 2019

James Kinley “Kin” McKenzie Jr. was sworn in this morning as Georgetown County’s newest magistrate. Judge McKenzie will serve the Murrells Inlet community, replacing former Judge John Benso, who retired on April 30, after eight years.

McKenzie, an Inlet resident, worked in law enforcement for 34 years, including 27 years with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED). For the last 14 years with SLED, he was a captain over criminal investigations.

The oath of office was delivered to Judge McKenzie by Judge Tony Love, the associate chief magistrate and magistrate in charge of central traffic court. McKenzie’s wife Vicki stood by his side during the oath. McKenzie was also joined up front by Chief Magistrate Isaac L. Pyatt Sr. and Johnny Abraham, a friend and colleague, who is a current SLED captain for the Pee Dee region. McKenzie was appointed to the position by S.C. Sens. Stephen Goldfinch and Ronnie Sabb.

“I’m looking forward to this job and I can tell from the very beginning that the staff here is excellent,” McKenzie said. We’re going to work together wonderfully and carry out the duties of this office.”

Judge Pyatt encouraged him not to be afraid to lean on his fellow magistrates when necessary.

“I promise you we will be there for you at any time,” he said. “The worst question is the question that has never been asked. We work together as a team here, and we push forward for justice and justice alone. We don’t have any special friends to honor, nor any enemy to punish. We’re here to seek justice, and I know for sure that’s your aim as well, because if it wasn’t you would not be standing here today.”

McKenzie said he was very active in the Boy Scouts, both as a child and an adult. He and his son were Eagle Scouts.

“There is a part of the Scout oath that says ‘on my honor, I will do my best,’ and that is my promise to the citizens of Georgetown County,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie officially began his new job at 1 p.m. today.


New information regarding child support payments

April 16, 2019

The Georgetown County Clerk of Court has released new guidelines regarding child support payments. View them in full at the link below.

Guidelines regarding child support payments




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