Thursday, September 26, 2013
Tragedy holds its sway in the hearts of many of us in Georgetown this week as we reel from the effects of the “Great Fire of 2013.” It’s tough to see our friends and neighbors and businesses go up in flames.
And yet, the instant outpouring of help from many fire departments, law enforcement agencies and others is wonderful to behold.
Individual residents and businesses provided food and shelter.
Folks helped move boats out of harm’s way along Harborwalk.
As we’ve put together this issue of the Georgetown Times, we’ve tried to capture the news, the help and the neighborliness.
It’s sad, tragic and devastating for the loss from the fire in the 700 block of Front Street.
That history and those historic buildings have gone up in smoke and flames. There already has been and will be more sadness and grieving at the loss.
But despite the sadness and the loss, we will go forward.
In this issue of our paper — just after the events of Wednesday, September 25, 2013 — we are already relating stories of hard work, togetherness, friends helping friends and strangers alike.
The men and women from at least a dozen fire departments around the Lowcountry and Pee Dee areas of South Carolina came to lend a hand, a fire hose and a pumper truck.
As reported elsewhere in this issue, city and county officials were joined by state officials and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Thursday to let people know Georgetown is still here and still the gem it’s always been.
There’s no denying the losses we’ve suffered, but the city on the Sampit will keep right on being the treasured jewel that is beloved by so many people.
We are grateful for the support. We know that the helping hands will remain extended.
We invite your continued support, your prayers and your financial and material contributions to efforts to help ease the loss and lead to the rebuilding the people and businesses will face.
From the bottoms of our hearts, we thank you.
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