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Georgetown County returns to OPCON 5
Aug. 29, 2015
Georgetown County government returned to normal operating conditions, also known as Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, this morning following overnight weakening of Tropical Storm Erika to a trough of low pressure. The county’s Emergency Management Division, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, will continue to monitor the remnants of the storm.
Georgetown County moved to OPCON 4, an “alert” status indicating preparation for a potential threat on Aug. 28.
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.
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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