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Coastal Carolina Fair returns to Ladson with rides, games, sideshows after pandemic hiatus
LADSON — After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lowcountry’s Coastal Carolina Fair returns to Ladson Exchange Park this fall.The fair will return for its typical 11 days of midway rides, concessions, exhibitions and games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 7.In addition to the typical fanfare, there will be three days of bull riding and a new nightly laser show. Local talent will be on display in agriculture and arts and craf...
LADSON — After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lowcountry’s Coastal Carolina Fair returns to Ladson Exchange Park this fall.
The fair will return for its typical 11 days of midway rides, concessions, exhibitions and games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 7.
In addition to the typical fanfare, there will be three days of bull riding and a new nightly laser show. Local talent will be on display in agriculture and arts and crafts exhibits, and entertainment will be provided in the form of sideshow attractions, such as a fiddle contest, Motown music performance by the Motortown All-Stars and a stunt dog show.
A schedule has not been finalized but will be available at coastalcarolinafair.org/events.
Masking and social distancing is recommended for the first Coastal Carolina Fair back since the onset of COVID-19.
There will be 37 hand-washing stations and 80 hand-sanitizing stations throughout the fairgrounds, in addition to UV air purification systems inside buildings and a deep cleansing of high-touch areas.
There is also a new clear bag policy limiting the size and type of bags that can brought inside the gates. Metal detectors will be used upon entry, and no weapons are allowed per usual.
In 2019, there were 243,864 attendees at the fair.
“As we have in the past, the health and safety of our patrons will continue to be a major focus,” said Coastal Carolina Fair Chairman of Media and Press Relations Gary Leonard.
“Fair staff, contractors, vendors and volunteers have also implemented additional health and safety procedures,” he added. “However, fair patrons must do their part to protect their health by reading signage (in English and Spanish) and following national, state and local health recommendations and protocols.”
The SC State Fair also announced its plan for an October return after a drive-thru pivot last year due to the pandemic.
General manager Nancy Smith suggested following any DHEC and CDC recommendations, as does Leonard at the Coastal Carolina Fair.
“We strongly encourage all fairgoers to evaluate their own potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 before choosing to attend, knowing that vaccines remain the best protection from the virus,” Smith said at a news conference in August.
Tickets to the Coastal Carolina Fair can be purchased at the gate. Discounts will be available in advance online at coastalcarolinafair.org/tickets and at local Circle K stores. Advance ticket prices are $10 adults, $6 children ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under and $23 ride wristbands, good for any day.
Starting Oct. 28, prices will rise to $12 adults, $7 children ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under, $25 ride wristbands Monday through Friday and $35 ride wristbands Saturday and Sunday.
There will also be two special deals ticket days. Oct. 29 is military and first responders appreciation day for active duty, retired, veteran and reservists along with law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs. They will be admitted free with one guest.
Free admission will be offered Nov. 1 with a copy of the Oct. 31 Post and Courier newspaper front page. One person is permitted per front page.
The Coastal Carolina Fair began in 1957.
College Park Estate residents fed up with flooding
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lots of rain and no solutions.Homeowners in the Berkeley County neighborhood of College Parks Estates are looking for answers from county leaders.“The people in College Park that live on this canal hasn'...
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lots of rain and no solutions.
Homeowners in the Berkeley County neighborhood of College Parks Estates are looking for answers from county leaders.
“The people in College Park that live on this canal hasn't seen any relief from this,” said resident Marshall Harrison.
His neighbor, Ben Ramsey, said his home has fought a losing battle with heavy rain and flooding for more than 10 years.
“We've been flooded 10 times since 2008,” Ramsey said. “Some, just a little bit of water; some, up to 3-and-a-half-foot of water in the downstairs. Our downstairs is useless.”
Monday’s floodwaters turned the College Park Canal into a raging river.
On Tuesday, Berkeley County crews could be seen dealing with the aftermath left behind on neighborhood bridges, removing trash and debris to allow water to flow downstream.
“They put in these barriers that are supposed to catch all this debris,” Harrison said. “But problem with that is there’s nowhere for the water to flow at that time, and it backs it up farther.”
The WaterGoat was installed by the county to act as a trash-trap, collecting debris at an isolated location and preventing it to flow into harder to reach areas.
But when it comes to clearing out the apparatus, county councilman Tommy Newell said it should be a community effort.
“The volunteer fire department can assist; the county can assist but it has to be a community-type thing,” Newell said.
Newell said he is well-aware of the flooding issues within the neighborhood and said it’s an ongoing issue every time there is a thunderstorm.
He said the county has not sat idly by.
“The county can only do so much,” Newell said. “We have been doing stuff. I’ve asked administration to come up with a history of what we’ve done so we can give that to the public to show we are spending your tax money properly to fix this issue.”
He said the real issue at hand sits outside the county’s jurisdiction.
The Army Corps of Engineers has control over any wetlands dredging.
Currently, a study is underway to investigate current conditions in the neighborhood.
“Box culverts and pipes and other roads and stuff that need to be switched out because they’re 50 years old,” Newell said.
Until changes are made, Newell wants community members— especially those in College Park Estates— to know he is right there with them.
“I’m out there driving the flooded area, making sure people aren’t stranded, stuff like that; that’s what I was doing,” he said. “People say we’re not doing anything and that’s just not true.”
Newell says the results of the study are expected to be available within the coming month.
He encourages community members to volunteer to clear out the WaterGoat.
Volunteers can sign up by contacting Stormwater Program Manager Thurman Simmons at Thurman.email@example.com or call (843) 719-2691.
They can also contact Sarah McCarthy-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (843) 719-2383.
Closing of area’s last roller rink sends skaters into spins
It’s the end of an era for roller skaters. Music in Motion Family Fun Center roller rink in Summerville shut its doors for good Sunday night. A rink employee confirmed Monday that the skating facility has permanently closed.Last Thursday, at the rink’s final adult night, skaters zipped along, displaying skills that spanned from spinning and dancing on wheels backwards to apprehensive first-timers feeling it out. A disco ball spun along with the tunes that weren’t necessarily child-appropriate.As word spread th...
It’s the end of an era for roller skaters. Music in Motion Family Fun Center roller rink in Summerville shut its doors for good Sunday night. A rink employee confirmed Monday that the skating facility has permanently closed.
Last Thursday, at the rink’s final adult night, skaters zipped along, displaying skills that spanned from spinning and dancing on wheels backwards to apprehensive first-timers feeling it out. A disco ball spun along with the tunes that weren’t necessarily child-appropriate.
As word spread the rink would close permanently, skaters unabashedly filmed one another to document their joy and camaraderie as they zoomed around in circles grooving to the beat.
The closing of Music in Motion is a major cultural loss for the area, many say, especially since the only other rinks in the area, Hot Wheels Skate Center and Stardust Skate Center, closed in 2014.
Summerville native Demont Teneil said he has skated at Music in Motion for 14 years. For him, roller skating is therapy to help navigate career and relationships changes.
“I needed something that no one could take from me — and it was skating,” Teneil said. “It’s been my outlet. I just kept going and just kept trying new tricks and it rolled me out of depression.”
Teneil said he heard from his fellow skaters that Music in Motion, which opened in 2001, would not be a roller rink much longer.
“I’m sad that it’s been sold but it will definitely still always be a part of me, because I’ve learned so many of my tricks at the skating rink,” Teneil said. He plans to start traveling to Savannah, Ga., and Columbia to rink skate, and will hit the outdoor skate areas, such The Bridge Spot off of Poinsett Street in downtown Charleston.
The dynamic of teaching and learning is a big part of the roller skating experience at Music in Motion, others said.
“Everybody’s really nice and supportive,” said Nick Velez, who’s been skating regularly at Music in Motion since February. He has roller skated for about 16 years and used to be an instructor in Southern California before he moved to Goose Creek.
“Everybody’s really cool and down to help out,” he said. “If you’re struggling, don’t fear. They’ll help you up. If you have any questions, if you want to learn something, they’re more than happy to show you how to do it. If you’re trying to pop off and be yourself, they’re all about it.”
Shmeika Hall from Goose Creek said she worked at Music in Motion for almost a year before she left her position as a rink floor guard last June.
“Working here was important to me because I was able to teach people how to skate,” she said. “I was able to interact and make skating friends. When I first started skating here, maybe five years ago, it was a very small crowd of adults, but over time it has grown. [The rink] was like a safe place for adults to come and have fun, and I don’t know how we’re going to do that now.”
A few months ago, Auburn Fiore, who lives in Knightsville, visited Music in Motion for the first time in 10 years. As a child, she said she visited frequently.
“When I came here for adult skate night, I realized how joyous and amazing the community is here,” Fiore said. “While we’re here, we’re all one big community that loves to come together, dance and have a great time. I’m definitely scared of losing a place for us all to gather and bond over roller skating.”
Roller skating is just as much about congregating as a group as it is the privilege to have a space to skate, she said. Outdoor roller skating isn’t an ideal option for beginner skaters, she added, because of uneven concrete, blistering heat and rules that prohibit skating at sports courts around the area.
“It’s definitely devastating,” Fiore said. “Now all the people that have bonded over this super-interesting talent and hobby, there’s nowhere for us to congregate.”
While the future of roller skating in the area is unclear, one option exists for women skaters: Lowcountry Highrollers Derby, a local women’s roller derby team. It’s offering a meet-and-greet Thursday.
Highrollers president Traci Doutaz of Ladson remembers going to Music in Motion often between 2015 and 2017 after Hot Wheels Skate Center closed.
“For beginners, it’s super important to have a roller rink to learn not only because the floor is amazing, but [it] also has skates to borrow,” she said. “Roller skating is not the easiest hobby to just pick up and not having a local roller rink and its community just takes that option away for a lot of people.”
Doutaz joined Highrollers in 2010, and she said it was popular up until about 2015 when the group lost its bouting venue at The Citadel. Then Covid-19 hit and roller skating blew up, Doutaz said, so there was renewed interest in Highrollers. After more than a year of searching, North Charleston Coliseum offered the group a space to practice and hold bouts currently. The closest roller derby club for men is in Columbia, she said.
Doutaz has been roller skating for almost 30 years. She worked her first job as a carhop on skates at a Sonic in Kentucky.
“Emotionally it’s my escape,” she said. “It’s how I deal with things. It’s my happy place. I’m more comfortable with wheels on my feet than anything else.”
The Highrollers group offers a haven for women skaters who need to be shown the ropes.
“We will teach you everything: how to skate and how to fall,” Doutaz said. “You can show up even if you have never put skates on before.”
Lowcountry Highrollers Derby is hosting a meet-and-greet 6-9 p.m. Aug. 25 at Rusty Bull in North Charleston.
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Top 5 Soft Baits for Mega Striped Bass
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Share Ladson, SC – Ravenous, angry and brimming with pent-up energy, pitbull striped bass make a habit of pulverizing most soft plastic baitfish imitations to pieces. Throw saw-jawed bluefish into the mix and piles of dismembered, destroyed softbaits start stacking up in all corners of the boat. That is, unless the bait dangling from your rodtip happens to be composed of a certain ‘super plastic.’As saltwater anglers up and down the East coast continue to discover, Z-Man’s ElaZtech baits conceal some su...
Ladson, SC – Ravenous, angry and brimming with pent-up energy, pitbull striped bass make a habit of pulverizing most soft plastic baitfish imitations to pieces. Throw saw-jawed bluefish into the mix and piles of dismembered, destroyed softbaits start stacking up in all corners of the boat. That is, unless the bait dangling from your rodtip happens to be composed of a certain ‘super plastic.’
As saltwater anglers up and down the East coast continue to discover, Z-Man’s ElaZtech baits conceal some surprising tricks up their sleeves. For striper specialists, those tricks lead to hookups and high-fives. “I started fishing Z-Man ElaZtech baits for striped bass several years ago during a TV shoot in Boston Harbor,” says On The Water magazine editor and expert striper angler, Kevin Blinkoff.
“We were on some big stripers and bluefish, which had penned up a massive school of pogies (aka bunker). But the fish were laser-focused on live baits and tough to fool. One lure that was lively enough to pull their attention away from the real thing was a 10-inch HeroZ. Not only was the action of the lure fantastic, but the way it withstood repeated striper strikes and the occasional bluefish mauling made me a believer in this unique bait formula.
“How was it possible that a soft-plastic bait could stand up to the same bluefish that were chopping live menhaden in half with one razor-toothed bite?” Blinkoff pondered. The answer resided within the bait’s unique combination of properties: ten-times more durable than traditional soft plastics; exceptionally soft and able to swim like a living thing; buoyant enough to make the bait hover in a natural baitfish posture; completely non-toxic within the aquatic environment—and designed and made in the USA.
Leading up to the fall striper migration, Blinkoff recently ran through his top five soft plastics, each offering distinct advantages during essential fishing situations.
#5 – DarterZ™ – Flashing its refined baitfish and sand eel silhouette, the segmented, slashing DarterZ excels in finesse striper situations, such as inshore flats, backwaters or anywhere you need to cast and present the bait quietly without spooking fish.
The bait’s thin profile and hydrodynamic head slim down toward the tail, meeting two fine swim-segments that articulate as water plays across the DarterZ’ rear flank. The tail itself is horizontally oriented—like a dolphin, rather than a fish—to slow the bait’s rate of fall while adding extra glide between rod shakes. The bait’s buoyant ElaZtech construction enhances its tendency to soar or slowly sink, depending on the added weight of a jig or hook. Retrieve the apply-named DarterZ with short, quick rodtip twitches or more aggressive rips, depending on fish attitude and activity level.
High on stealth and seductive swimming moves, the 6-inch DarterZ shines when rigged on a 4/0 ChinlockZ™ SWS hook. It’s a sleeper sand eel imitation, too.
#4 – 4″ DieZel MinnowZ™ – A go-to swimbait for schoolie sized stripers, the classic DieZel MinnowZ offers a bite-sized morsel that resembles and swims like so many of the slender, flat-sided baitfish eaten by stripers. When the spring schoolie run is underway, anglers often catch 30 or more stripers on a single bait, right off the beach. Rigged on a lightweight jighead or a free-swinging Texas Eye Jighead™, the DieZel MinnowZ moves with accentuated action and tail kick.
#3 – HerculeZ™ Pre-rigged Swimbait – Highly detailed baitfish sculpting and a smartly designed curved paddletail give the HerculeZ Swimbait a naturalistic appearance and vibrant, rhythmic swimming action. Molded around 3/8-ounce (4″) or 5/8-ounce (5″) zinc weights, the HerculeZ Swimbait casts toward the horizon and sinks at an optimal rate for a variety of presentations.
Particularly when fishing around bluefish and other lure-destroying species, the HerculeZ’ ElaZtech composition assures tear-resistant longevity and the softness to move like a live baitfish. This exceptional pre-rigged swimbait offers the best of all worlds. Consider the lure’s malleable baitfish texture and action bolstered by the assurance of hardbait-like durability and you quickly comprehend the HerculeZ’ popularity.
#2 – 8″ Mag SwimZ™ – Blinkoff’s secret search-bait for pinpointing roving striped bass across vast aquatic expanses, the 8-inch Mag SwimZ couples beautifully with a 10/0 weighted ChinlockZ hook. Armed with an active paddletail and lengthy, muscular torso, the full-figured baitfish pings lateral lines with vibrant underwater signals. The weighted hook is offset by the Mag SwimZ’ buoyant ElaZtech body, enabling it to work as a surface or near-surface swimbait— tail wagging and attracting stripers straight to its vulnerable V-wake.
#1 – 10″ HeroZ™ – The ultimate striper bait when big, sight-feeding bulls are locked onto live menhaden, pogies or other near-surface baitfish. The 10-inch HeroZ offers stripers a substantial morsel of food, empowering anglers with its tapered, easy-to-activate baitfish body and thin, forked kicker tail. Rigged on an 8/0 HeadlockZ HD jighead, the HeroZ can be aggressively ripped, jigged or swum on a straight retrieve. Or, on a 10/0 ChinlockZ weighted hook, the buoyant HeroZ can be slowly twitched, walked or made to hover and slowly “die,” enticing even selective, heavyweight bass to bite.
While very few artificial lures grab the attention of livebait-focused predators, the natural-acting HeroZ may be the exception. “This lure has such a natural baitfish action,” notes Blinkoff. “It’s the lure I have tied on anytime I’m out searching for big stripers. The HeroZ is an ultimate big dog striper bait.”
A dynamic Charleston, South Carolina based company, Z-Man Fishing Products has melded leading edge fishing tackle with technology for nearly three decades. Z-Man has long been among the industry’s largest suppliers of silicone skirt material used in jigs, spinnerbaits and other lures. Creator of the Original ChatterBait®, Z-Man is also the renowned innovators of 10X Tough ElaZtech softbaits, fast becoming the most coveted baits in fresh- and saltwater. Z-Man is one of the fastest-growing lure brands worldwide.
Groundbreaking Thursday on 'state of the art' mental health facility in Ladson
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Officials with Trident Medical Center are officially breaking ground on a new, standalone behavioral hospital!It will be the first the first freestanding ...
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Officials with Trident Medical Center are officially breaking ground on a new, standalone behavioral hospital!
It will be the first the first freestanding behavioral hospital to open in the Lowcountry in over 30 years.
The nearly 58,790-square-foot facility in Ladson will include a single-story hospital and interior courtyard with space for recreation and therapy. The facility will have “state of the art” inpatient and outpatient services for Lowcountry residents.
The main difference this building will provide in comparison to general hospital care is more of a focus and extended resources for geriatric and adolescent care. The behavioral hospital will continue adult care as well.
The medical director for behavioral health at Trident, Jeffrey Culver, says he starts every day in the emergency room.
Currently, there are only 250 beds for mental health patients in the Lowcountry, and without a dedicated space for them — in most cases — a lot of them must go to the emergency room.
But with the construction of this new facility, Culver hopes it will help provide a safe space for real change and will get more people the help they need.
“I fully expect when this facility opens, that the dialogue both locally and nationally will continue to help chip away at that stigma. I think we're still a long way from where we need to be, where we can talk about mental health and mental illness the same way we talk about things like heart disease and cancer, but we're getting there. And I think being able to open up a brand-new facility and have people see that what we're doing is part of medicine,” Culver said.
ABC News 4's Sean Mahoney spoke with longtime mental health advocate Kelly Troyer, who works with the National Alliance of Mental Illness - Greater Charleston area.
She says the Lowcountry has come a long way in providing mental health services, but that there is still more work to be done and she hopes this will help kickstart that change.
Troyer also says the need for mental health services has drastically increased over the course of the pandemic.
The City of Charleston reported a 78.1 percent increase in the number of suicides from 2020 to 2021.
Troyer also has a personal connection to mental illness, as her son, Alex, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. She says finding resources in the Lowcountry was nearly impossible in the beginning, as she had to go out of state for care.
However, she says the construction of this new facility is a step in the right direction.
“As far as access to service, no, there's not enough in our state, especially in the rural areas. Then also, even here in the Lowcountry, we have great resources and we have people. But look at the Latino community and the African-American community, there's more [of a ] stigma around mental health conditions, so they don't reach out as much to the access that's here,” Troyer said. “So this groundbreaking of this hospital is very good news for us in our community. And we want to celebrate that.”
The hospital is expected to start out with 60 inpatient beds with the ability to expand and also will provide outpatient resources.
Construction started on the $30.4 million facility started in December, but officials with Trident waited until Thursday to hold the ceremony because of the weather.
Work is expected to wrap up in spring of 2023.
The groundbreaking ceremony and celebration is taking place at 11 a.m., at the construction site, which is about two miles from Trident Medical Center and right off highway 17 in Ladson, at 3445 Ingleside Boulevard.