Riverland Crossing Residents Respond

The following is a letter to the editor regarding my coverage of the Riverland Crossing HOA's meeting with the SCDOT about the proposed roundabout the agency is looking to install at the intersection, that appeared both in JIM on March 20. the title 'Doubt About a Roundabout' (click for story).  The letter was submitted by HOA Board …

Take back the Night

Take Back the Night   Annual PAR event to shed light on sexual violence through lens of resilience By Charlie Morrison Community Editor On Thursday evening, one of South Carolina’s longest-running, best known non-profit organizations, Charleston-based group People Against Rape (PAR), will be playing host for their annual “Take Back the Night” rally, which for …

A Spring of Service?

“With all of the rain that we’ve had lately, and god knows we’re all under water … we’ve got a big job ahead of us.”        - Charleston County taxonomist Ed Harne. A Spring of Service? County Public Works, Transportation officials address nonstandard roads, mosquitos, stormwater at round table discussion By Charlie Morrison Community …

383,233…

What does that number represent? The total number of registered voters in South Carolina who decided not to exercise their right vote in Tuesday's primaries in the special election race for the S.C. 1st Congressional District seat up for grabs. Wow registered voters in South Carolina ... wow.   - Charlie Morrison

A Sweet Partnership for Honey Hill

A Sweet Partnership for Honey Hill Honey Hill Improvement Community teams up with J.I. Pride in cleaning up neighborhood By Charlie Morrison Community Editor  The alliance between the Town of James Island and the Honey Hill Road/Ben Road neighborhood is proving itself to run deeper than mere geography. The neighborhood is located less than a …

New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind NYPD Detective-turned-Safety Director continues attention to detail in improving safety at the JIPSD By Charlie Morrison Community Editor An organization’s dedication to workplace safety often begins and ends with the efforts of human resources department. At the James Island Public Service District (JIPSD) however, a body that task manages James …

Doubt about a Roundabout

Doubt about a Roundabout SCDOT Safety revisits proposed Riverland/Camp roundabout plans with Riverland Crossing HOA By Charlie Morrison Community Editor A recently proposed $700,000 South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) project to improve safety at the intersection of Camp Road and Riverland Dr. by installg a roundabout has become the latest in what, these days, …

Going Above and Beyond

 Going Above and Beyond J.I. County Park hosts nationally recognized climbing competition for 16th year running By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition celebrated it’s Sweet 16th in style Saturday, March 16 with another successful event held at the James Island County Park’s Climbing Wall. More than 40 climbers, predominantly …

A Cry to Consider Context

A Cry to Consider Context Local, state leaders lambast SCDOT for Grimball Ext./Folly traffic signal report, lack of flexibility on signalizing intersection By Charlie Morrison Community Editor In September, following requests made from the James Island Public Service District (JIPSD), the City of Charleston, and the Town of James Island, the South Carolina Department of …

The Funds, the Firefighter and the Feathers

The Funds, the Firefighter and the Feathers Community rallies to aid widow of longtime public servant By Charlie Morrison Community Editor Nearly two years have come and gone since former James Island Fire Department Battalion Chief-turned-James Island Public Service District (JIPSD) Commissioner Gene Woodall passed away of lung cancer. However, the longtime public servant is …

Transparency, Technically Speaking

Transparency, Technically Speaking JIPSD votes down motion to publish monthly expenditure reports, opts for quarterly reports By Charlie Morrison Community Editor Confidence in government, particularly local municipal governments like the James Island Public Service District (JIPSD), is built out of transparency. In that vein, the JIPSD Commission voted, last Monday, to begin offering expenditure reports …

Burying the Hatchet

Riley-led pivot on City’s longstanding feud with Town bears fruit less than a year into transition By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The status quo has changed when it comes the City of Charleston’s stance towards the fledgling Town of James Island. One needn’t look further than last Thursday evening of the newly formed James Island …

A Beginning to a Beginning

A Beginning to a Beginning James Island Intergovernmental Council wraps up inaugural meeting to sound of applause By Charlie Morrison Community Editor   It was an evening unlike any other in the history of James Island. Representatives from the across the uniquely wide spectrum of municipalities and political entities that govern the island and provides …

Corridor Cooperation

Corridor Cooperation Town, City, County to harmonize development of Folly Road Corridor By Charlie Morrison Community Editor A new spirit of cooperation between the handful of municipal governments that service James Island is beginning to bear fruit. In the case of the City of Charleston, the Town of James Island and the Charleston County, that …

The Genie in the Bottle

The Genie in the Bottle Proposed Harbor View assisted living facility shot down amidst public outcry By Charlie Morrison Community Editor In what proved to be a resounding victory for opponents of the further development of Harbor View Road, the City of Charleston’s Planning Commission, last Wednesday, voted down an application to rezone the vacant, …

Their End of the Bargain

Their End of the Bargain Community volunteers rally around effort to beautify municipal golf course By Charlie Morrison Community Editor The City of Charleston's Charleston Municipal Golf Course been renovated, renewed redone a number of times since it opened over eight decades ago, back in 1929. As caretaker of the “Muni,” the City has undertaken …

McCoy Throws Hat In Ring

McCoy Throws Hat In Ring S.C. House 115's McCoy kicks off Congressional bid By Charlie Morrison Community Editor S.C. House District 115 Rep. Peter McCoy has established himself as a known commodity here on James Island over the past decade of what has largely been a life led in the public eye. In a career …

A Life Well Lived

A Life Well Lived Late Greenhill Road neighborhood community leader, entreprenuer lived a life of principle, progress By Charlie Morrison Community Editor James Island 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, surely a long life by any …

Town of James Island Seeks Input on Greenbelt Program

From the Town of James Island's website:   "The Town of James Island is seeking land for a new Park. The Town has $1.1 million to spend, which comes from the Charleston County Greenbelt Program. What kind of Park is best for James Island? Should it be on the marsh? Or should we purchase more, …

A True Primary Source

A True Primary Source Civil Rights leader, James Island resident Minerva Brown King reflects on lessons long learned in Charleston's own Black History By Charlie Morrison Community Editor A truism is often cited by James Isalnd historians, particularly in regards to the history of Charleston's African-American community, that the act of recalling, teaching, and telling …

Charter a Course for a Day of Deep-sea Fishing

  You're Gonna Needa Bigger Boat Summertime in the Holy City is all about the water, whether you spend it relaxing by the pool, reading at the beach, or casting a fly into a lake. But for some water-sport enthusiasts, no summer pastime satisfies the soul as much as a day spent deep-sea fishing. Regardless …

County Parks Moves Ahead with Skatepark

Rec Commission to pay for $60,000 design plan Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) Executive Director Tom O'Rourke announced last week that his organization is going ahead with its plan to install a state-of-the-art skateboarding park at the base of the Ravenel Bridge in downtown Charleston. The plan for the new park has been …

Animal Society Fights Overcrowding

701 animals have been taken in by the CAS over the past two weeks Space is running short at the Charleston Animal Society's (CAS) 31,000-square-foot facility on Remount Road, as a predictably busy summer season of fostered pets has been augmented by a pair of issues no one saw coming. A collection of 10 dogs, …