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Coast Guardsman helps boater who crashed into seawall in North Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A Coast Guardsmen jumped into action to help an injured boater after a vessel crashed into a seawall near the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center on the Cooper River in North Charleston.The crash happened at around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.“I was outside playing a game of corn hole with some of my fellow classmates when we heard a boat coming by and a loud crash,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Clifford Marshall said.Marshall is currently a student at the training center and is based o...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A Coast Guardsmen jumped into action to help an injured boater after a vessel crashed into a seawall near the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center on the Cooper River in North Charleston.
The crash happened at around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
“I was outside playing a game of corn hole with some of my fellow classmates when we heard a boat coming by and a loud crash,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Clifford Marshall said.
Marshall is currently a student at the training center and is based out of St. Louis.
He said once he heard the crash, he saw the boat up against the seawall and ran inside to tell his superiors to call base security and to call 9-1-1 for help.
He then ran toward the seawall and shimmied for several minutes on the rusted seawall, cutting his hands in the process, to reach the spot where the boat was, being the first person on the scene.
“My hands were about eye high on me,” Marshall said. “My feet were on a knife-edge, and I just had to walk sideways on it for about 100 yards to get out there.”
Once he got there, he said he made sure the boater was the only one on board and assessed the person’s injuries before help arrived.
“After doing some of that, I signaled to the fire boat that was coming in the area where I was at, announced myself as U.S. Coast Guard, told them I was there to help,” Marshall said. “Then, I began assisting them putting the individual onto the backboard and moving them from that vessel onto their vessel after we had to move some of the damage from the boat there.”
Coast Guard Lt. Nathan Ryan, an instructor at the training center, said Marshall’s actions are part of what the military branch stands for.
“The Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus, always ready, and I believe that Petty Officer Marshall’s actions were indicative of that motto,” Ryan said. “We’re always ready. We rely on our training and our instincts that we’ve gathered from that.”
Marshall has since gotten tetanus shots for his cuts, but that doesn’t matter to him -- only that a person in trouble needed help.
“I don’t think anyone else wouldn’t have done that as well if they had that opportunity. Just did my best,” Marshall said.
The petty officer said he was in the right place at the right time and just a Coast Guardsmen doing his duty.
Authorities said the boater suffered significant injuries and was transported to MUSC.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is continuing to investigate the crash.
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Congressman Clyburn holds ‘World Famous Fish Fry’ in Lowcountry
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Community members and politicians from across the state, including the Lowcountry, came together Saturday for food, music and fun.Congressman Jim Clyburn hosted his World Famous Fish Fry for the first time in two years.“This is Jim Clyburn’s World Famous Fish Fry,” 2022 gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham said. “You don’t miss it. You don’t want to miss it. Just glad we’re out of this pandemic and we’re all out here enjoying ourselves.&rdqu...
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Community members and politicians from across the state, including the Lowcountry, came together Saturday for food, music and fun.
Congressman Jim Clyburn hosted his World Famous Fish Fry for the first time in two years.
“This is Jim Clyburn’s World Famous Fish Fry,” 2022 gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham said. “You don’t miss it. You don’t want to miss it. Just glad we’re out of this pandemic and we’re all out here enjoying ourselves.”
The event is usually in Columbia, however this year, it was held in North Charleston.
“To be able to see this event that is normally held in our state’s capital being held in my hometown,” 97th District Democratic candidate ReZsaun Lewis said, “in the place where I come from, it’s kind of bittersweet. I love it and I love seeing the people from North Charleston out here.”
Several political candidates were in attendance to speak with voters as primary elections quickly approach.
“I think it just reinforces that democracy is in action,” Angela Geter, candidate for U.S. Senate, said. “That people are still engaged and people still care about what happens to our state.”
Current state senator and 2022 candidate for governor, Mia McLeod, says she’s running to make the Palmetto State more inclusive for everyone.
“My sons don’t want to live here as young adults,” McLeod said, “and I believe we can change that. I just think you shouldn’t have to know somebody to be somebody who matters in this state. South Carolina can and should be a place where everybody can thrive.”
Congressman Clyburn says the country is at a crossroads and the only way for our nation to progress is by voting.
“We have got to make some decisions as to whether or not we will continue our pursuit of trying to get to a more union,” Clyburn said, “or are we going to give up on pursuit and allow this country to become an autocracy.”
All candidates at Saturday’s fish fry encourage everyone to get out and vote in the state primary elections on Tuesday, June 14.
N. Charleston nonprofit taking clean water to Ukrainian refugees
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — A nonprofit based in North Charleston is doing its part to help the people of Ukraine.Members of the Water Mission team are working to get clean water to millions of refugees, many of whom are still stuck in the warzone.Project Manager Craig Williams and Disaster Team Response Leader Jo...
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — A nonprofit based in North Charleston is doing its part to help the people of Ukraine.
Members of the Water Mission team are working to get clean water to millions of refugees, many of whom are still stuck in the warzone.
Project Manager Craig Williams and Disaster Team Response Leader Josh Burns have been in Poland and Romania since the end of February working to bring water to Ukrainian refugees.
“You see children without hope in their eyes, with fear in their eyes. Parents with fear in the eyes,” Williams says.
“We’ve talked to refuges who’ve lost their homes, we’ve talked to refuges who had to leave behind their families,” Burns says.
Water Mission has worked for more than 20 years to bring clean water to areas hit by natural or man-made disasters. George Greene IV, the president and CEO of Water Mission, says the war in Ukraine presents a new challenge.
"We don’t send staff into conflict zones,” Greene explains. “There are stories of other non-profits and charities that are in Ukraine and operating, and all of the sudden their areas where they’re trying to provide things like food and things like that have become targets.”
“We can’t go in to where people are most in need. Normally we arrive, the disaster is finished, and our work is to put the pieces back together, or help the local people put the pieces back together,” says Williams. “Here we can’t get in.”
Greene says the company has sent at least over nine water filtration systems that have been set up in Poland, Romania and Ukraine.
"Once its running, we’re producing the equivalent of about 10 gallons a minute of treated water,” he says.
That equates to around 10,000 gallons of treated water in a day.
“As a result of this conflict, water municipalities, supply systems, things like that are things that have been targeted,” Greene says. “There are dissolve contaminants in some of the water sources that we’re seeing that are things you see as a result of agriculture and industry. Then you look at concerns around what’s happening with sites like Chernobyl and potential radioactive issues.”
The team says the work won’t stop until the conflict is over and people can return home.
“Despite suffering, that there is hope, and there is going to be healing, and reconciliation,” Burns says.
Greene says the team will continue to work in Ukraine even after the war is over to help reestablish water connections as the country rebuilds.
North Charleston bowling center to close after 45 years
Vicki Gannon has been bowling at Sandpiper Lanes in North Charleston for more than 40 years.By the end of the month, she will have to find a new place to enjoy the pastime with friends.The 2.5-acre corner property at the heavily traveled Ashley Phosphate and Cross County roads intersection where the bowling alley has hosted countless tournaments for the past 45 years has been sold. Employees have been told the lanes will close by the end of May.The buyer of the property is Encore-Ashley Phosphate LLC of Sullivan’s ...
Vicki Gannon has been bowling at Sandpiper Lanes in North Charleston for more than 40 years.
By the end of the month, she will have to find a new place to enjoy the pastime with friends.
The 2.5-acre corner property at the heavily traveled Ashley Phosphate and Cross County roads intersection where the bowling alley has hosted countless tournaments for the past 45 years has been sold. Employees have been told the lanes will close by the end of May.
The buyer of the property is Encore-Ashley Phosphate LLC of Sullivan’s Island, an affiliate of Encore Real Estate Development of Tampa, Fla. The firm paid $3.1 million for the 32-lane bowling center in late March, according to Charleston County land records.
The previous owner was the family-operated CGC Recreation Inc. of Greenwood, which paid $1.25 million for the property in 2003.
An Encore representative did not immediately respond for comment about the purchase.
A site work permit application for a convenience store and gas station has been submitted to the city of North Charleston, city spokesman Ryan Johnson said.
Bowling center manager David Morga found it hard to digest when he first heard about the sale and looming closing of the longtime business.
“I was shocked,” Morga said. “They remodeled in 2017, and last year was one of the best years we ever had. This is definitely going to hurt the bowling world. Tournaments bring people from all over the state as well as North Carolina and Georgia.”
Gannon said she was saddened by the closing of the bowling alley, where senior leagues have played for many years.
“We have become like family,” she said.
Longtime bowler Michelle Eleazer Smith said she, too, was stunned to learn of the decision in April.
“The closure is so sad,” said Smith, who has been bowling since 1978 at Sandpiper Lanes. “There are not a ton of options if you play in a league or are a sanctioned player looking to play in a tournament.”
Smith said the bowling alley’s demise will leave three other venues in the Lowcountry for sanctioned players: Royal Lanes in Goose Creek, Ashley Lanes in West Ashley and Swamp Fox Lanes in Moncks Corner. Other public and private bowling sites are in the Charleston area, as well.
In a farewell nod to the longtime entertainment site, Morga said Sandpiper Lanes will throw a going- away party from 8 p.m. until midnight May 14.
LIST: Try these Charleston restaurants on Cinco de Mayo!
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, here’s a round-up of places to go for delicious tacos, enchiladas, and thirst-quenching margaritas, according to YelpMex 1 Coastal CantinaMex 1 Coastal Cantina has an average rating of four out of five stars. Mex 1 serves up delicious tacos and flavorful margaritas in a chill, laid-back atmosphere. Mex 1 features dishes crafted with Baja flavors, tailored with freshly made margaritas. Everything is made in-house, so you’re guaranteed a fresh bite (or ...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, here’s a round-up of places to go for delicious tacos, enchiladas, and thirst-quenching margaritas, according to Yelp
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina has an average rating of four out of five stars. Mex 1 serves up delicious tacos and flavorful margaritas in a chill, laid-back atmosphere. Mex 1 features dishes crafted with Baja flavors, tailored with freshly made margaritas. Everything is made in-house, so you’re guaranteed a fresh bite (or sip) every time.
La Nortena Taqueria
With an average rating of four and a half stars out of five, La Nortena Taqueria is known as an anchor authentic Mexican cuisine restaurant. The award-winning restaurant fuses flavors from the central region of Jalisco. Favorite dishes include shrimp tacos, fish tacos, ceviche, tacos callejeros, parrillas, and of course, margaritas.
Not to mention, the restaurant has happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
La Nortena Taqueria is located at 6275 Rivers Avenue, Suite A in North Charleston.
Juanita Greenberg’s Nacho Royale
With two Charleston County locations, Juanita Greenberg’s Nacho Royale has an average rating of three and a half out of five stars. The popular spot serves up delicious Mexican food with a sports-bar vibe. Charleston City Paper describes the restaurant as having “world-famous” margaritas along with delicious quesadillas and nachos.
Tattooed Senorita carries an average rating of four out of five stars. Tattooed Senorita offers a mash-up of Mexican and American favorites with a Folly Beach vibe. With delectable tacos and freshly-made house guacamole and handcrafted drinks, this is a perfect spot to get your fix and maybe go to the beach afterward!
Tattooed Senorita is located at 1846 Old Folly Road in Charleston.
Rio Chico Mexican Restuarant
Located in five areas around the Lowcountry, Rio Chico Mexican Restaurant has an average four out of five star rating. Rio Chico cooks up sizzling fajitas, burritos, and more traditional Mexican favorites
The Tiki Taco
The delicious Tiki Taco has three locations and is known to have the “Best Tacos in Town.” The Tiki Taco carries an average four out of five star rating. Don’t go just for the tacos, try out some of their tortas, quesadillas, and satisfying mixed drinks.
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