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

  • Friday, March 14, 2014

100 Years Ago

In anticipation of the summer travel to Pawleys Island, the public road from Hagley to the resort has been put in good repair. Under the supervision of Mr. Josh Ward, the road has been filled and ditched, covering the low places and perfecting the draining. . . There has been no recent movement in the matter of establishing a ferry from Back Landing, in the city, to the Neck for the accommodation of island travelers. . .One week from today, Wednesday March 25, the shad season for South Carolina waters will come to an end. And it will mark the closing of the poorest season in the history of commercial fishing for shad in these waters. Last season the catch at Georgetown was 60,000 fish; this season it dropped to 20,000 fish.

75 Years Ago

The original Floating Theatre, the inspiration for Edna Ferber’s famous novel, “Showboat,” will arrive here Monday and give shows all week. The theatre will be tied up at one of the docks of the city. This year the production of the plays aboard the boat is in the hands of Thayer Roberts, a man of wide and varied experience, who brings to Georgetown with him a cast chosen from New York stock companies. To be presented during their stay here are such Broadway successes as Sady From Shanghai, Young Love, The Vampire, and Ten Nights in a Barroom. . . Times Tattles by I.D. Clare - Georgetown’s Irishmen planning a big celebration for St. Patrick’s Day here. Just what the celebration will consist of is unknown, but you never can tell what will happen when “Bloody Irishmen” get together. It is said that Bill Maness went to Charleston for some green paint to aid in the decoration.

50 Years Ago

The many friends of Mrs. Frank Tarbox Jr. at Brookgreen are glad she is home again. She can be seen during the middle of the day when she is now sitting up and can enjoy company, after her hospitalization. . . Public Hearing Slated To Air Pawleys Island Township Plan – A public hearing is being scheduled to allow Pawleys Island property owners to express their views of a proposed Pawleys Island Township. The hearing is being called by the county delegation at the request of Representative Meyer Rosen. A bill to create a Pawleys Island Township on just the beach resort island itself was introduced in the State Senate last week by Senator Grimes. The idea of a township of Pawleys Island is not new.

25 Years Ago

Motorists are finding U.S. Highway 17 from Pawleys Island to Litchfield to be a no man’s land for speeders due to increased vigilance by troopers from the S.C. Highway Patrol. Residents have complained that motorists often fail to brake to the 45 mph zones through Pawleys Island and Litchfield. Heightened vigilance by the Highway Patrol produced 192 tickets in the target area during February. That total represents an increase from about 90 tickets issued in the same period a year ago.

10 Years Ago

The S.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against the Pawleys Island congregation trying to keep its property after leaving the Episcopal Church. The 3-1/2-year battle between the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina and All Saints Church, Waccamaw, is far from over. The ruling is good news for the diocese, but it’s not expected to give immediate relief to the minority at All Saints who stayed with the denomination and are trying to get back in their old church.

5 Years Ago

Put you Sherlock Holmes skills to work and enjoy laughs along the way in Joe DiPietro’s “Art of Murder,” the final play in Murrells Inlet Community Theatre’s 2009-20010 season. Winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for best mystery play, “Art of Murder” will open March 19 for a two-week-run at the Murrells Inlet Community Center.

1 Year Ago

The S.C. General Assembly is considering a bill that would try and get the Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration to take the lead in providing regular ferry service to Sandy Island, which is currently accessible only by boat. Georgetown County Council member Bob Anderson said people have been considering the access issue for years, but he supports a bridge instead of a ferry. Transportation to and from the island has been an ongoing issue for years, but returned to the public’s attention after three residents drowned in a boating accident in February 2009.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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