A View From The PastEvents of past years as chronicled through the county newspapers

  • Friday, February 28, 2014

100 Years Ago

Seaside Resort to Be Developed – The possibilities are that the approaching season will see Pawleys Island coming in to her own as a summer resort and thereafter Pawleys “will have arrived” and secured a capital-letter line in the ornate and handsomely illustrated folders of the railroads pointing this way. To Turn the trick: Cheap lots and easy transportation, ferry to Waccamaw side and improved road thence to island, hotel for transients, restaurant for cottagers. Pawleys Island is one of the most delightful, most magnificent seaside resorts on the South Atlantic coast, known of every person who has ever had the privilege of a dip, a bite and a snooze there. With its perfect freedom from mosquitoes and other insects, its creek and sea fishing, its beautiful woodland drives to historic colonial mansions, Pawleys Island is ideally situated as a resort of rest and recreation during the heated period. . .The wrecked yacht Lunaria, on and in the North Island beach sands, has been so badly beaten and battered by heavy seas that it now isn’t worth saving. The idea is to dynamite Lunaria to split the hull with the explosion.

75 Years Ago

Murrells Inlet was shocked Sunday to hear of the tragic death of the little Marlowe boy. The accident occurred at Blanton’s filling station and Mr. Blanton was the first to reach the car of the parents and the child. It is thought the boy tried to lower or raise the car window and grasped the wrong handle and the door flew open. Mr. Alex Sing took the child in his car to the Conway hospital but his injuries proved fatal.

50 Years Ago

Turning a waterfront eyesore into a vibrant commercial and recreational area is no small task, but this goal lies with in the grasp Georgetown if tackled with imagination and persistence. A neighbor of Georgetown, the City of Beaufort, is already laying a foundation for transforming it business area that backs up on a river (the same as Georgetown’s) into a real community asset. The idea arose that the first step lay in filling in part of the river for a distance of three blocks behind the main business street to provide parking and a new street or boulevard that would run along the sea wall encompassing the new land area behind the main street. A paved boulevard or battery (similar to that in Charleston) will be built adjacent to the seawall embracing the entire distance of the new land area extending into the river.

25 Years Ago

One of South Carolina’s fastest-growing areas is located just north of Georgetown, along a narrow strip of land that lies between the eastern banks of the Waccamaw River and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The Waccamaw Neck has seen an increase of new residents over the recent years and with that influx has come a booming construction market. The annual report of the Georgetown County Building Department confirms that the Waccamaw Neck is the hottest market in the county for new construction.

10 Years Ago

Pawleys Island was one stop on master distiller Willie Tait’s travels around America promoting a single malt Scotch named for his native Jura, a remote dot off the western coast of Scotland in the inner Hebrides. He spends eight weeks at a clip in the U.S. and left Pawleys Island for Minnesota, Chicago, Baltimore and Florida before heading home. Tate says the water on Jura comes from a natural spring that feeds the distillery.

5 Years Ago

Waccamaw High School gymnasium, a place of games and graduations, gave way to grief Tuesday afternoon. Caskets bearing the bodies of Shaquatia Robinson, 19, her mother, Lou Ann Robinson, 47, and Richard Pyatt, 17, were lined across one end of the basketball court as more than a thousand mourners came to pay their respects. The Sandy Island residents died a week ago as they, and three others, were in a 15-foot fiberglass boat that took on water and capsized 30 feet from shore. Local residents and businesses are raising money and collecting life jackets following the fatal boating accident near Sandy Island.

1 Year Ago

Highway 17 on the Waccamaw Neck will have new medians to replace “suicide lanes.” “It is a trade off – convenience for safety,” Mark Hoeweler with Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments said. “When an area reaches a certain volume of traffic, safety is compromised with center turn lanes. We have passed that volume and it is not safe.”

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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