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      DNR inspecting boats this Labor Day weekend

      As a courtesy, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will offer boat safety inspections at several public boat landings in our area.

      They'll check for required safety equipment and proper boat and motor registration.

      If you are not in compliance, you'll be given the opportunity to correct the problems before launching your boat.

      Courtesy safety inspections are at the following locations and times:

      * Aug. 31

      Conway Marina Landing - Waccamaw River - 10 a.m. to Noon - Horry Co.

      * Sept. 1

      Galivants Ferry Landing - Little Pee Dee - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Marion Co.

      Wacca Wache Landing - Waccamaw River - 10 a.m. to Noon - Georgetown Co.

      To report boating violations such as reckless operation or an intoxicated boat operator, call the DNR toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-5431.

      For a copy of South Carolina's boating regulations, to find out about local boating safety courses or to obtain a free float plan form contact the DNR Boating Safety Office at 1-800-277-4301.