The Loss of One a Cost to All: Westchester Comes Together as One after Shooting Death of Communal Son

"The park was buzzing with activity. It was busy, but beset by the burden of collective loss. The emotion rung in my ears, it crept up my spine and penetrated my senses as does the shrill sound that assaults the senses when, every 17 years, several thousand buzzing cicadas descend upon the Lowcountry. The tension, the passion, the pain... all were tangible, and each feeling, by communal osmosis found the way to the corners of my soul, taking hold before the first prayer was uttered."

A Life Well Lived

Late Greenhill Road neighborhood community leader, entreprenuer lived a life of principle, progress Charlie Morrison Staff Writer The Lowcounry lost a legend last month, with the passing of Greenhill Road neighborhood matriarch and entreprenuer Virginia “Evie” Smalls. Smalls passed away at the age of 87. Smalls’ life was a life well-lived. Since “Evie,” as she was … Continue reading A Life Well Lived

Same Road, Different Paths

Developer’s use of “closed road” causes riff among residents and local officials By Charlie Morrison │ Community Editor When is a law a law? That question was recently raised as construction continues on a City of Charleston-zoned, 38-unit residential development adjacent to the Harbor Woods neighborhood that utilizes a roadway that was and may still … Continue reading Same Road, Different Paths

Folly’s Changing Face

Folly’s Changing Face Super Bi-Lo bound Folly Market development begins to take shape in Centerville By Charlie Morrison │ Community Editor When it comes to the topic of development on James Island, specifically how the island’s growth is managed, consensus can be as hard to find as any precious metal. Topics like trees and traffic … Continue reading Folly’s Changing Face

The Gate to Compromise is Closed

The Gate To Compromise Is Closed Belle Terre gates remain shut as City-led effort to find compromise sputters July 24, 2013  By Charlie Morrison On April 30, JIM reported that the City of Charleston had approved “temporary” security gates at both ends of the neighborhood now known as Belle Terre, a long-debated tract of land … Continue reading The Gate to Compromise is Closed

A Beacon for the Future

James Island Elementary Celebrates 10 years By Charlie Morrison │ Community Editor Students at James Island Elementary School (JIES) are figuratively, and now literally “a Beacon to the Future.” The school recently celebrated it 10th graduating class, and the faculty, staff, and student body seized upon the opporutunity to show a little school spirit. The … Continue reading A Beacon for the Future

With a Watchful Eye

Charleston County Assistant Administrator Jim Armstrong named National Professional Manager of the Year - Transportation APWA By Charlie Morrison ¦ Community Editor Charleston County Assistant Administrator Jim Armstrong hasn’t often been afforded the luxury to look in the rear-view mirror of his 25-year career in the County’s Public Works and Transportation Departments. The job of … Continue reading With a Watchful Eye

Girls on Fire

The JIYSC’s girls U-13 soccer team triumphed in at last month’s South Carolina Youth Soccer President’s Medal Cup tournament in late April, winning the state title at their age group by Charlie Morrison, Community Editor The James Island Youth Soccer Club girls U-13 team, “Arsenal,” earlier this month capped off an undefeated season and a … Continue reading Girls on Fire

Driving Miss Daisy @ the Charleston Acting Studio Photos

Samille Basler as "Miss Daisy" and Keith Alston as "Hoke" in Driving Ms. Daisy at the Charleston Actors Studio

Vets, Kids, and James Island

ToJI Children's Recreational Education Committee plans big Memorial Day Fest By Charlie Morrison Community Editor   The James Island Children’s Recreational Education Committee, a newly established public service arm of the rapidly expanding Town of James Island, will hold a Memorial Day Festival event this coming Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the James Island Town … Continue reading Vets, Kids, and James Island

2013 J.I. Hurricane Expo

God Forbid, an Earthquake? Lowcountry CERT, CPD Team 4, and Lowe’s promote "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" approach to disaster preparedness at their 2013 hurricane expo By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The Lowcountry Community Emergency Response Team (Lowcountry CERT), the Charleston Police Department’s Team 4, and Lowe’s partnered up this past Saturday afternoon for James Island Hurricane … Continue reading 2013 J.I. Hurricane Expo

Honey Hill Back on the Map

Ribbon-cutting ceremony brings full circle four-decade long effort to bring community roadway up to standard By Charlie Morrison Community Editor This past Saturday, May 18 the residents of the Honey Hill Community took part in an intergovernmental ribbon-cutting ceremony the likes of which their neighborhood, nor any other part of James Island for that matter, had … Continue reading Honey Hill Back on the Map

Fort Johnson Middle Goes to Washington

Fort Johnson Middle Goes to Washington Fort Johnson Eighth-graders perform well at state history competition, seek funding for run at national competition May 15, 2013  by Charlie Morrison, Community Editor On James Island our nation’s history is all around us. It’s as present in our everyday lives as Spanish moss on a Live Oak. Yet … Continue reading Fort Johnson Middle Goes to Washington

Blood and Baseball

Blood and Baseball The Weekley era officially comes to an end as JICHS drops elimination game JICHS senior Tyler Weekly’s high school baseball career came to a close after the Trojans lost an elimination game to Socastee last Friday. But Weekley will continue his career, joining his brother on the Charleston Southern pitching staff May … Continue reading Blood and Baseball

Town Growth Trumps Tree Growth

Town Growth Trumps Tree Growth Swayed by passionate series of statements from Mayor, Town Planning Commission votes down change to grand tree ordinance     May 15, 2013  by Charlie Morrison, Community Editor An undeniable and atypical air of tension hung about the meeting of the Town of James Island’s Planning Commission last Thursday, May … Continue reading Town Growth Trumps Tree Growth

Window Dressing or a Window of Opportunity?

County accepting comments on latest Harbor View plan until May 15  By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor  More than 150 residents were in attendance at Stiles Point Elementary last Tuesday, April 30 to hear representatives from Charleston County’s RoadWise program present their latest “preferred alternative” plan for the Harbor View Road Improvements Project. The latest … Continue reading Window Dressing or a Window of Opportunity?

Riegel Presses on with Belle Terre Investigation

JamesIn an email obtained by JIM, Charleston City Councilman and former Mayor Pro Tempore Dean Riegel, in an email from James Island Town Councilman Darren "Troy" Mullinax, the Councilman of the issue. To his credit, and that of Mullinax, City staffer Laura Cabiness has been tasked with reviewing the controversial decision that led to the gating of the … Continue reading Riegel Presses on with Belle Terre Investigation

The Fortnight Flip-flop

The Fortnight Flip-flop JIPSD Commission passes 2013-14 budget amended for tax hike By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor Oh, what a difference a couple of weeks makes … even when it comes to long-term municipal budgeting, a task typically measured in months, not weeks. On Monday, April 22, the James Island Public Service District (JIPSD) … Continue reading The Fortnight Flip-flop

A Backdoor to a Frontdoor?

Recent “temporary” closure of gates to subdivision brings symbolic end to decades-long fight over the fate of the property By Charlie Morrison Community Editor “It was the only place on the water we could afford without bars on the windows,” says Lighthouse Point Homeowner’s Association President Brook Lyon of the home she and her husband … Continue reading A Backdoor to a Frontdoor?

JICHS Trojans State Champs in Baseball

Saw this on the wall at Bryson's Garage on Maybank Highway. Coach Tom Hatley with one of his championship teams complete with a pair of Smoak brothers. Please get back to me with more info. on this photo if you have any! - Charlie

A Conference on Community

A Conference on Community MUSC outreach group to host conference on role of government May 3 on James Island By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor Where else in the country, let alone the county, does understanding your government begin with answering the question, ‘what color is your trash can?’ Only on James Island, where residents … Continue reading A Conference on Community

Starving for Support

Starving for Support James Island Outreach pull out all the stops for second-annual culinary compilation, awareness event, fundraiser By Charlie Morrison Community Editor For all of James Island’s collective zeal, for all the passion Island residents so unabashedly put on display when it comes to roads, grand trees, bicycle safety, and intersections, for all of … Continue reading Starving for Support

How Much is Too Much?

The James Island PSD Commission continues to haggle over 2013-14 working budget How Much is Too Much? JIPSD Commission haggles over budget, approves first reading to increase budget without raising millage rate By Charlie Morrison | Community Editor  Nearly three weeks ago the James Island Public Service District (JIPSD) Commission voted on a first reading … Continue reading How Much is Too Much?

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Stuck in the Middle With Joe

Stuck in the Middle with Joe Council vets final SCDOT adjustments to “Qualey Alternative” to Harbor View Road Improvements Project By Charlie Morrison Community Editor When Charleston County Council voted to approve the "The Qualey Alternativefor the County Roadwise project to widen and improve Harbor View Road, back in May of last year, they thought … Continue reading Stuck in the Middle With Joe

Molokai Meets it’s Match

James Island politician becomes 25th to swim challenging Hawaiian ocean channel

“I was a little too tired to be scared ... I said to myself, ‘just go with it, you’re a better swimmer than this, go with it.” - Charleston City Council member and open water swimmer Kathleen Wilson Molokai Meets its Match By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The Lowcountry was first introduced to the artistic … Continue reading Molokai Meets it’s Match

County Combats Confusion

Charleston County Administrator Kurt Taylor headed up a group of County officials at a meeting called by Charleston Councilwoman Anna Johnson County Combats Confusion Rep. Johnson, County Staffers reach out to unincorporated James Island By Charlie Morrison Community Editor   It doesn’t take a cartographer to tell that, geographically speaking,  the fourth incorporated Town of … Continue reading County Combats Confusion

Back In Business

South Carolina House of Representatives District 115 (James Island) candidate Carol Temple was the first to address the new Council for the Town of James Island. Back in Business     Budget in hand, Town of James Island sets to task of restoring services By Charlie Morrison Staff Writer Last Thursday evening, the newly-elected members of the … Continue reading Back In Business

The End of an Era

The End of an Era Harbor View Elementary demolition planned, construction to follow By Charlie Morrison Contributing Writer The structure that serves as home to Harbor View Road Elementary School has stood the test of time. For more than six decades it weathered the salty, corrosive air in the Lowcountry with time-tested strength. And while … Continue reading The End of an Era

Fired Up Friends

Fired Up FriendsYoung contest winner, local historian share spotlight for evening with 'the Friends'By Charlie MorrisonContributing WriterSometime this summer the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will bring to a conclusion Phase I of their project to stabilize, refurbish, and ultimately provide public access to James Island's McLeod Plantation. With its official public opening … Continue reading Fired Up Friends

A Strong Wind Blowing

In the nine successful campaigns Charleston mayor Joe Riley, Jr. has waged here in the Holy City, countless challengers to his seat atop City Hall have come, only to be summarily dispatched, proving for what seems like time immemorial that those of little faith need not apply for the position of mayor. It takes a … Continue reading A Strong Wind Blowing

The Roots that Ground Us

Eyeing Another Season

Town Seeks Input on Use of Greenbelt Funds

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