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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“Always Best Care is a great company to work for and if you are looking for care for a loved one, I highly recommend them. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. I work in the senior industry and recommend Always Best Care to my clients that need extra support in their home or while family is away. Always Best Care will respond immediately and truly show compassion to others.”

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“The Staff, the care teams and the owners are one of a kind! They take the time to ensure your care needs are met. Highly recommend giving them a call if you have senior care or senior living questions or concerns.”

Melisa B.

“Nate took the time to meet with me and my family and help make sense of the questions we had when it came to the short and long term care of our loved one. When you have an elderly parent or a loved one with disabilities there are so many questions and so many emotions. It can be so confusing and it was hard for us to find one person or one company that has the knowledge and grasp of this industry that Nate has. We cannot thank him enough for guiding us through this process and his amazing bedside manner!”

pam C.

“Hello to all of my Always Best Care friends, I'd like to wish you and your families a Merry, Blessed Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year!  My brother, my dad, and I really appreciate everything you did for us this year.  You're amazing! All the best for the Christmas season and 2023,”

Neal L.

“This is one of the best companies I’ve worked for in a long time. The owners, Nate and Melisa, genuinely care about clients AND staff. They go above and beyond to support, encourage, and help everyone they work with. Their doors are always open, they’re generous with their time, and they truly want their staff to succeed. Donna in the billing department is fabulous, always available to answer questions or help in any way; Katrina in scheduling puts in so much time and effort to accommodate everyone’s needs and it’s amazing how well she handles everything; Angel works diligently on recruiting and training, making sure there’s plenty of staff to provide quality care; and Jackie is an incredible CHAMP, making sure clients are properly reassessed and care givers have the right tools and knowledge to do their job. ABC is a fantastic, compassionate, caring team I’m proud to be a part of, and I’m proud to serve our clients, too.”

Gina B.

“They have taken care of several of my friends and ever one of them has had an amazing experience. Very professional and friendly!”

John G.

“Always Best Care is like the name sounds, excellent care for your loved ones. The staff goes above and beyond to make certain the needs of your family member are met with kindness and dignity. Senior care is a difficult choice and Always Best Care of Columbia makes it easy, with compassion and are truly helpful in every way possible. The staff geniunely listens and cares about your expectations! I would highly recommend this business.”

Nicole R.

“Wonderful people. They go out of their way to make sure people are taken care of.”

Sarah S.

“Nate, Charlene & Simone are great people to help in a stressful situation! They have been open and caring and have provided some wonderful caregivers for a lovely lady in my church. I was instrumental in coordinating care for the family and have nothing but good things to say about the staff at Always Best Care. Simone so kindly visited my friend in hospice when she could no longer be cared for at home. She even took her flowers and has remained in contact with the family to support them as they are going through this difficult journey. I highly recommend Always Best Care.”


“Great service and great people. Always warm and welcoming.”

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“Ives and Alicia definitely true 5 stars !! My name is Daniel Murray and I have been with Always Best Care for 2 years and I am very satisfied with the care I have received from them through the years. Everyone has been very polite and professional. My son and I are very blessed to have PROFESSIONAL CARE like this!”

Dan M.

“Always Best Care of the Midlands has a dedicated staff that is always trying to provide the best care and information to all of their clients... thanks very much!”

Josephine C.

“Charlene & Nate work very hard to bring you the BEST healthcare service they can provide!!”

Tanya M.

“Congratulations to Always Best Care Midlands for qualifying for the HCSB A+ RATING. This proves that your agency has been verified by a 3rd party unbiased bureau to uphold the most stringent standards in the industry!! Great JOB!”

Mike D.

“Very reliable and excellent service!”

carla L.

“Nate Rhodes takes the time to get to know each potential client and goes out of his way to make the best care plan at reasonable prices. He works hard to find the right fit for each individual.”

Caitlyn W.

“Nate Rhodes and his staff go out of their way to ensure that their clients get the utmost best care for complete customer satisfaction.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Pawleys Island, SC work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Pawleys Island, SC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Pawleys Island, SC gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Pawleys Island,SC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Laser show not replacing fireworks in Pawleys Island, just adding to the fun

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Many cities across the country are replacing the traditional Fourth of July fireworks with light shows to reduce the risk of fires, injuries, and provide alternatives for people with noise sensitivities.In Pawleys Island at Retreat Park where the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of these light shows, but they say the reasons aren’t political.The event coordinator says there’s only one reason he’s doing this.“I love fireworks, I’m not doi...

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Many cities across the country are replacing the traditional Fourth of July fireworks with light shows to reduce the risk of fires, injuries, and provide alternatives for people with noise sensitivities.

In Pawleys Island at Retreat Park where the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of these light shows, but they say the reasons aren’t political.

The event coordinator says there’s only one reason he’s doing this.

“I love fireworks, I’m not doing this for any political reason or any kind of environmental reason, even though I really understand the benefits to that, I'm in it for the fun factor,” said Blaine Harvey, the event coordinator.

Harvey says they hired a light show artist.

From there you program the lights to music and then you add ambiance with different watt lights and colors.

However, he says the fog machines, or hazers as they call them, are the key.

“Really kind of creating a ceiling for the folks that are there. Not as much straight up into the sky, but more of an overhead while you’re standing there with the presentation over your head.”

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The Georgetown Chamber is sponsoring the event because they want to provide alternatives for people with noise sensitivities like veterans, children, people with autism, and dog lovers, but make no mistake about it, there will still be fireworks on the Fourth of July.

There are fireworks all over Georgetown County during the fourth. whether it’s on the marsh walk down to the city of Georgetown. so you’ve got opportunities for everyone to celebrate and have a good time. whether it’s fireworks or a laser light show,” said Beth Stedman, President & CEO of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.

The event, called Wave that Flag, will start at 5 p.m. on the 2nd and 3rd of July at Retreat Park.

The laser show will begin when the sun goes down and will be over before 10 p.m

Harvey says that Sunday's show will have a recorded music track, but on Monday, they're going to attempt to run the show to a live band.

The chamber said that the light show is much more cost-effective than fireworks and these light shows can be shown multiple times, but that’s not why they’re doing it.

They just want people to have alternatives to maximize fun.

They also told me that the drone shows are much more expensive than laser lights and more on par with a traditional fireworks show.

While Pawleys Island is staying out of the politics many cities are not.

The firework injury and death report shows how dangerous the can be when not handled properly.

11 Underrated Destinations In South Carolina To Avoid Summer Crowds

South Carolina, known for its historic charm, beautiful coastlines, and Southern hospitality, is a popular summer destination. However, for those seeking a more tranquil experience away from the crowds, hidden gems are waiting to be discovered. From historic towns to pristine beaches and natural wonders, the foll...

South Carolina, known for its historic charm, beautiful coastlines, and Southern hospitality, is a popular summer destination. However, for those seeking a more tranquil experience away from the crowds, hidden gems are waiting to be discovered. From historic towns to pristine beaches and natural wonders, the following underrated destinations in South Carolina offer a quieter, more relaxed summer getaway that does not compromise on scenic beauty and amenities!

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Beaufort, a charming coastal town, offers a serene getaway without the crowds. Explore the Waterfront Park, a picturesque spot for picnics and dolphin watching. Visitors will want to take a guided tour to learn about the town's antebellum architecture and its role in the Civil War. Historic sites like the John Mark Verdier House and the Santa Elena History Center are a must for tourists who are interested in delving into the area's historical heritage. Art enthusiasts can browse the vibrant galleries along Bay Street. Beaufort's rich history, scenic riverfront, and cultural attractions make it an ideal destination for a tranquil summer escape.

Edisto Island

Edisto Island's untouched beaches and natural beauty beckon those seeking a quiet coastal retreat. Explore the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve, known for its driftwood beach and historical relics. Birdwatching is exceptional here, with opportunities to spot bald eagles and herons! To interact with reptiles, amphibians, and other wildlife in an educational environment, make a stop at the Edisto Island Serpentarium for an experience like no other. The water-side destination has a plethora of fun activities, whether it is kayaking through the tidal creeks, or simply relaxing on the uncrowded shores. Edisto Island's laid-back ambiance and pristine landscapes provide an idyllic summer vacation.


A historic waterfront town like no other, Georgetown will envelop all who visit its maritime heritage. Start the day with a stroll along the Harborwalk, lined with shops and restaurants overlooking the gorgeous Sampit River. Visitors can learn about rice cultivation at the Rice Museum and check out the Kaminski House Museum to explore more about the local history of the town. Additionally, there are boat tours available for booking that guarantee a chance to see local wildlife, including dolphins and eagles, while exploring Winyah Bay.

Huntington Beach State Park

The unspoiled beauty of Huntington Beach State Park is a mesmerizing must that all who visit South Carolina ought to check off their bucket list before the end of the summer. The pristine sandy beach is great for relaxing with family or taking time to explore the salt marshes and freshwater lagoon. Birdwatchers will delight in the diverse avian species that call this park home. Take a tour of Atalaya Castle, the winter home of Archer and Anna Huntington, and discover its unique architecture and gardens. Whether picnicking, hiking, or simply unwinding by the water, this park offers a remarkable escape, suitable for all ages and with much lesser crowds than typical tourist spots.

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Renowned for its equestrian culture, Aiken provides a blend of history and outdoor activities. The historic district draws visitors in for an experience of the past, with horse-drawn carriages that share the streets with charming boutiques and galleries at the Aiken Antique District. To learn about the town's equestrian legacy, visit the engaging Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. Meanwhile, outdoor enthusiasts can explore the Hitchcock Woods, one of the most extensive urban forests in the United States, offering hiking and equestrian trails. Particularly in spring, you will want to wander through the beautifully landscaped Hopelands Garden for its azalea blooms this season.


For a slice of Southern hospitality, Walterboro invites visitors to explore its well-preserved architecture in its historic district and variety of local eateries. A self-guided tour can guarantee a fantastic day lined with nostalgia, visiting historic homes, churches, and museums, including the Colleton Museum. Visitors here can even discover the local craftsmanship at the South Carolina Artisans Center, where artists showcase their creations. Outdoor activities are also many, such as kayaking on the Great Pee Dee River or hiking in the nearby Francis Beidler Forest for a balance of culture and nature. Walterboro provides a calm setting to savor the charm of the Lowcountry.

Lake Jocassee

Located in the Upstate, Lake Jocassee is the mountain escape ideal for a summer break. The breathtaking sight of clear waters, surrounded by lush forests and waterfalls is not something you want to miss. Rent a pontoon boat or kayak to navigate the lake's pristine shoreline and hidden coves. Visitors often hike along trails that also provide access to waterfalls, such as the stunning Laurel Fork Falls, and stay in a cozy bed-and-breakfast. There is a variety of wildlife-watching tours to observe deer, black bears, and a variety of bird species. The Devils Fork State Park is another great option both for hiking and staying the night in its camping facilities.

Pawleys Island

The answer to a beach vacation away from the hustle and bustle is certainly Pawleys Island. One of the oldest seaside resorts on the East Coast, the tranquility of this beach destination will lure you to stay for a week. Relax on the unspoiled beaches, known for their quiet charm, or take time to explore the Pawleys Island Nature Park, offering scenic walking trails and salt marsh views. As for the dining options, food lovers will find themselves lost, choosing among the quaint local eateries serving fresh seafood.


Located in the Savannah Lakes Village, McCormick offers outdoor enthusiasts an escape to remember. Visitors can enjoy golfing at one of the area's golf courses at the beautiful Hickory Knob State Resort Park's golf course. Visiting Baker Creek State Park for boating or picnicking surely needs to be on your list, relaxing or fishing in the waters of Lake Thurmond. To learn about the history of McCormick, the MACK - McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah has much to offer, aside from local arts events and festivals in the town, such as the Gold Rush Festival. The acitivities are also plenty at Hickory Knob State Resort Park with breathtaking hiking trails and opportunities for wildlife observation.


Cheraw is steeped in history all while offering a blend of cultural experiences and nature activities. The town's historic district is characterized by well-preserved architecture, charming streets, and great food options. Visit the Southern African American Heritage Center to learn about local history and culture, or the Dizzy Gillespie Birthplace Park for insight on the famous jazz musician's early life. Lovers of the outdoors can enjoy kayaking or hiking in the nearby Sandhills State Forest. You can end your day at River's Edge, a Southern-style diner with a variety of comfort food options

Congaree National Park

Its diverse ecosystem makes Congaree National Park an adventure of dreams. Explore the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern United States. There is nothing like a leisurely hike along boardwalks and trails that wind through the ancient floodplain forest to indulge in the beauty and grandeur of the surrounding nature. Experience kayaking in Cedar Creek, where you can witness wildlife and towering bald cypress trees. Join guided ranger programs to learn about the park's ecosystem and history. Surely, do not miss out on stargazing in one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States.

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Each of these underrated destinations in South Carolina offers a unique mix of culture, history, and natural beauty, providing a peaceful summer vacation for travelers seeking to avoid the typical tourist areas. These 11 spots among South Carolina's lesser-known destinations are worth the trip. From historic towns to serene coastal retreats and natural wonders, the hidden treasures offer a chance to connect with the Palmetto State's local communities and marvelous landscapes.

Pawleys Island Realty: The Hammock Coast With Legacy Betsy Altman

When Linwood Altman opened Pawleys Island Realty in 1962, the number of island residents was so small, it didn’t warrant a mention in the South Carolina census. The population remains small, hovering around 130-150, but the 60-year-old real estate company is still thriving. It’s still family-owned and has been instrumental in making Pawleys Island and the surrounding stretch of the “Hammock Coast” a premier place for vacationers.“We just celebrated our 60th anniversary,” said Betsy Altman, owner and...

When Linwood Altman opened Pawleys Island Realty in 1962, the number of island residents was so small, it didn’t warrant a mention in the South Carolina census. The population remains small, hovering around 130-150, but the 60-year-old real estate company is still thriving. It’s still family-owned and has been instrumental in making Pawleys Island and the surrounding stretch of the “Hammock Coast” a premier place for vacationers.

“We just celebrated our 60th anniversary,” said Betsy Altman, owner and broker-in-charge with Pawleys Island Realty. “While the majority of our guests are still from the Southeast, as they have been since 1962, there are a lot more of them now — and a lot more homes for them to buy or rent.”

Pawleys Island Realty has the lion’s share of that choice. When Linwood Altman started PIR, he took over 50 rentals from another company and rented them for $500 per week. Now, of the island’s 450 total rentals, PIR manages 240 of them — and the price tags keep growing.

“Some homes here now rent for $10,000 per week,” Altman said. “And during the height of the vacation season in June, July and August each year, our three-mile-long island community grows to 5,000 people. We still have some homes that rent for $1,500 and up, so there is still a home for everyone.”

While island prices have skyrocketed recently, Altman added that one element has remained the same. Since the company’s beginning, customer commitment has been key. It’s the main reason for the company’s longevity.

“We believe building long-term relationships is the most important part of our business,” she said. “We try to provide a high level of service and rely on our knowledge of our community and the market.”

If trends are any indication, that market will be thriving for a long time to come. PIR’s client list now includes people from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California and Canada in addition to the most popular states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee. Since 2018, the company’s home sales have risen 4% per year — which means current annual sales of around $28 million.

“Pawleys Island is home to the oldest coastal community in the South,” Altman said. “Second homes, vacation homes and investment homes comprise a huge part of our annual sales.”

Regardless of the market, Altman said her PIR team will deliver the best possible option for each client.

“Our agents are trained in all sales areas, with expertise and specialty training in resort property,” she said. “We listen closely to the goals of our clients and then guide them through the process.”

It’s a lot to look forward to if you’re in the market for a Pawleys Island getaway —especially with the real estate company that helped put this stretch on the map.

“Coastal real estate is attractive to most buyers,” Altman said. “And maintaining close relationships with our owners and clients for over 60 years has allowed us to become a trusted name.”

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Family visiting South Strand gets shark surprise while on the beach

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WBTW) — An upstate family got a shark surprise while visiting the South Strand on vacation.The Whitakers said they’ve been visiting the Pawleys Island/Litchfield Beach area for more than 40 years, but this was the closest they’ve ever been to a shark, which was only a few feet away.The family said they’ve been lucky in seeing other wildlife like dolphins and sting rays while visiting, but this one was a first.Scott Whitaker said his kids found almost 200 shark teeth. He said ...

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WBTW) — An upstate family got a shark surprise while visiting the South Strand on vacation.

The Whitakers said they’ve been visiting the Pawleys Island/Litchfield Beach area for more than 40 years, but this was the closest they’ve ever been to a shark, which was only a few feet away.

The family said they’ve been lucky in seeing other wildlife like dolphins and sting rays while visiting, but this one was a first.

Scott Whitaker said his kids found almost 200 shark teeth. He said he joked with them that they were going to see a shark eventually.

“I think the tide was just right. Because you have the little tidal pool and it’s a little bit deep right there, and he was hungry and maybe took a chance, who knows,” Whitaker said while laughing.

The Whitakers think the shark was about four feet long. They were sitting on the beach when they saw flapping in the water.

“I think it would have been a little different reaction,” Shanna Whitaker said. “Since we were on the shore it was really easy to just run over and be excited and, you know, the kids were squealing and stuff — not out of fear. However, if it had been in the water with us, it probably would have been a different story.”

Shanna Whitaker said she knows sharks are always in the ocean, so their little run-in with one isn’t going to stop them from swimming.

Jackie LiBrizzi is a multimedia journalist at News13. Jackie is originally from Hamilton, New Jersey, and raised in Piedmont, South Carolina. Jackie joined the News13 team in June 2023 after she graduated as a student-athlete from the University of South Carolina in May 2023. Follow Jackie on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and read more of her work here.

‘Bittersweet,’ A Pawleys Island restaurant will be moving at the end of the year

After nearly 20 years in business, a Pawleys Island restaurant will have to find a new home.Austin’s Cabana Cafe and Ocean One will no longer reside in the Oceanfront Litchfield Inn at the end...

After nearly 20 years in business, a Pawleys Island restaurant will have to find a new home.

Austin’s Cabana Cafe and Ocean One will no longer reside in the Oceanfront Litchfield Inn at the end of the year. The eatery’s lease ends December 31 and will not be renewed owner and manager Annette Austin said in an interview with The Sun News.

The inn has decided to replace the restaurant with a different one, Austin said. The Inn refused to renew the restaurant’s lease, Austin said in a moment that was “sickening”.

The Oceanfront Litchfield Inn could not be immediately reached for comment, and it is unknown what the new restaurant will be. Austin, who also runs a catering business and Austin’s Harvest Restaurant at 1931 Brookgreen Drive in Murrells Inlet, said leaving the Inn is “bittersweet”.

“I wish it wasn’t coming to an end,” Austin added. “But I understand it’s a business decision.”

Despite the move, Austin said customers have shown support for the restaurant and are not happy that it will be moving by the end of the year.

The restaurant will not close though. Austin, who has run seven restaurants in her career with her husband Executive Chef Bill Austin, said she wants to stay on Pawleys Island and is looking at two new locations, although she did not say where.

“We love Pawleys Island,” Austin said. “We’ve literally been driving from home to work in Pawleys almost every day of that 24 years.”

The restaurant, which can currently serve 700 a day, has received an “outpouring of support” from customers, and Austin said people were sad they were moving.

Austin’s Cabana Cafe and Ocean One is two restaurants in one. A patio beach bar experience, Cabana Cafe has dishes such as fish tacos, fried oysters and okra and several seafood dishes and platters.

Ocean One is inside the Litchfield Inn and serves dishes like the Pan Fried Lobster Milanese, a lobster tail encrusted with parmesan served on angel hair pasta with lemon butter and has an extensive list of wines to choose from. Chef Bill Austin graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, one of the best cooking schools in the world.

Austin’s Ocean One is located at 1 Norris Drive on Pawleys Island. Austin’s Ocean One is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5-9 p.m. and reservations are recommended. Cabana Cafe is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and does take reservations.

Editor’s Note: The hours of operation for Austin’s Ocean One and Cabana Cafe were incorrect in a previous version. (Updated: 10:37 a.m. 07/21/2023)

This story was originally published July 18, 2023, 6:00 AM.


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