Charlie on Lowcountry Live!

A great appearance on live TV in support of the Friends of McLeod, an organization I serve on the Board of.

Worth 1000 Words

Where the CRBJ erred, was in their choice of an accompanying photo. The photo they ran with the story, both on the paper’s website and their social media feeds, depicted the James Island La Hacienda restaurant, which is an entirely different company, owned privately by Ramon Macias.

West Ashley’s Wire-to-Wire Winner?

Youngest, last entrant to Mayoral field Stavrinakis is showing no signs of fatigue in pushing for Mayoral job   Several months ago, JIM managed to creatively carve out some one-on-one time with S.C. House of Representatives Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (Dist. 119) by “unknowingly” dropping in on a campaign fundraiser a little early. Not wanting to …

A Pawn of No Man

‘‘I will move my knight to ‘C3,’ taking your bishop,” said former City Councilman Paul Tinkler, now running a campaign to be the City’s next Mayor in November. It will take a special campaign run by a uniquely talented candidate to win the race to fill the retiring Riley’s seat atop the City of Charleston. The Holy City Mayoral elections will carry one from a field of seven talented candidates vying for the City’s top job.

Breakin’ Up the Boys’ Club

Regarding development, particularly residential growth on the outlying barrier islands, Deerin’s take shows nuance. “I do think that density and gathering places are part of the solution in making all of Charleston interesting,” states Deerin. “I think if we don’t have these we won’t have diversity. I think we should have nice suburban areas for people who want to live in nice, suburban areas,” she states, before turning her attention to the mechanics of how the City processes requests from developers.

An Underdog in Dollars Only

Washington Runs Campaign that's heavy on ideas, lean on dollars In his professional life, candidate for Mayor of Charleston Maurice Washington is a man driven by details. As the President/CEO of financial consulting firm Trust Management, LLC, figures and facts are Washington’s business. But where equations, theories, and projections are the realm of economists, Washington’s …

New Recruits, Same Old PSD

JIM did reach out to Trent Kernodle to comment on the situation but he declined. “I figure you will write whatever (Mayor) Woolsey tells you,” said Kernodle in way of a response.

Mum’s the Word

JIPSD votes on extra security for future meetings; mum on attorney BY CHARLIE MORRISON - SENIOR STAFF REPORTER ON AUGUST 6, 2015 GOVERNMENT, NEWS James Island Public Service District Commissioner Kay Kernodle resigned her position over criticism that the District’s continued use of her husband Trent Kernodle’s law firm for outside legal services constituted nepotism. …

THE EDUCATION MAYOR

Gregorie runs on platform of education BY CHARLIE MORRISON - SENIOR STAFF REPORTER ON AUGUST 6, 2015 GOVERNMENT, NEWS The James Island / Folly Beach Democrats played host to City of Charleston Councilman and Mayoral candidate William Dudley Gregorie earlier this summer at an event held at the James Island Senior Center. Gregorie outlined his …

Growth in the Shadow of ‘The Standard’

“Regardless, I do feel that we have three representatives on the City of Charleston council who represent James Island, and we need all three of you to step up to the plate on this proposal at The (sub)Standard,” continued Carol Jacobsen. “This “gathering place” zoning must be fixed and changed to allow a say by the community. For those who say, ‘there’s nothing I can do,’ I say this is not the right job for you.”

Behind God’s Back No More: The Future of Heirs’ Property on James Island

James Island Gentrification Pt. III BY CHARLIE MORRISON - SENIOR STAFF REPORTER ON JULY 30, 2015 NEWS This is the third and final installment of JIM’s three part series on Gentrification on James Island. “Oh, my God,” groaned Liz Singleton as she tuned around the corner along Grimball Road Extension and her eyes took in …

Tecklenburg Tackles the Tough Times

Tecklenburg’s team has run a solid campaign so far, and things were moving along well for the West Ashley-based commercial realtor and former Director of Economic Development for the City, going well that is until the tragic shooting of the Emanuel Nine.

When Two Families become One

“It’s always hard work, there’s a lot of time and effort you have to put into it, but it’s worth it. This is my baby. A lot of these kids could be just like me,” said White in between drills at his 2015 youth football summer camp. White, 33, was a four-sport letterman at James Island Charter High School (JICHS) and went on to star at the University of Alabama before joining the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

41 Minutes with the Mayor of Mayors

During a recent sit down with JIM to discuss the past, present, and future of the City with and without the Mayor, something telling happened. We were forced to briefly put our conversation on hold with Mayor Riley as he changed the batteries powering his hearing aids. What was telling was not the fact that …

Making Sustainable Attainable

“What solar panels?” commented a recent party guest to the home Craig Knowlton and wife Karin Olah. “I didn’t see any solar panels.” For Knowlton the observation, or rather lack thereof, was a revelation. As the Director of Business Development with Alder Energy Systems, a firm specializing in the installation and maintenance of turn-key solar panel energy systems for primarily residential uses, Knowlton believes in his product. For evidence, look no further than the 15-panel system that tightly hugs his own home’s south, street-side roof.

Medway Mess

The little-known, long-term joint use agreement that governs the City of Charleston’s lease of the Charleston County School District (CCSD) owned Medway Park in Riverland Terrace has become a matter of contention and is currently the subject of legalese between the two municipal monstrosities. Activities in the park have been reportedly restricted. This means the end for two superlative community projects set for the green space. The Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market will no longer be held on the park grounds, breaking both tradition and many a Riverland Terrace heart.

JAMES ISLAND GOES TO WASHINGTON

Island residents hark back to Civil-Rights era roots in conducting peaceful protest BY CHARLIE MORRISON - NEWS EDITOR ON FEBRUARY 18, 2015 FEATURED When Rev. Dr. Charles Heyward, Sr. stepped on a bus chartered by the Charleston chapter of the National Action Network (NAN) bound for their Dec. 13, Washington, D.C. March, he knew the …

The Duel over Duel-Track

CCSD Board votes full transition to Montessori for Murray-LaSaine Elementary for second, perhaps final time By Charlie Morrison I Editor The recent debate over the future of education at Murray-LaSaine Elementary School (MLES) was finally brought to a hard-fought, emotional conclusion. On Monday night, the Charleston County School District (CCSD) Board of Directors voted to …

BOUND(S) TO HAVE A GOOD TIME

BY CHARLIE MORRISON - SENIOR STAFF REPORTER ON JANUARY 28, 2015 Follywood Productions’ Ben Bounds has proven himself a player in the party planning, production, and talent agency world and he throws a party each year, the Follywood Productions Oyster Roast.  For Follywood Productions’ Ben Bounds, a guy who puts together events for a living, …

THE CONSTRUCTION OBSTRUCTION

Maybank/Folly small business owners endure a slow season all the slower amidst construction of new Harris Teeter BY CHARLIE MORRISON - NEWS EDITOR ON JANUARY 21, 2015 Exemplar Fitness’ Jason Fiutem isn’t not one to mince words, especially when it comes to his business. “I’m not going to lie to you, it hurts,” he says. …

PUNCH DRUNK

Personality, passion, pride perverting PSD performance; Commission Attorney resigns BY CHARLIE MORRISON - SENIOR STAFF REPORTER ON JANUARY 21, 2015 GOVERNMENT The sudden resignation of James Island Public Service District attorney Trent Kernodle sent waves throughout the Commission (2014 Commission pictured). Pictured to the far right is former Commissioner Rod Welch, who last week lost …

MAKING A SILK PURSE FROM A SOW’S EAR

Operation Homefront is working with Lennar Homes to renovate the Petrie family’s home to make it easier to navigate for Petrie, who was wounded in Afghanistan. Jason Byham, president of Lennar Coastal Carolinas Division, talked with Scott Petrie about the renovations to his home on James Island.Operation Homefront is working with Lennar Homes to renovate the Petrie family’s home to make it easier to navigate for Petrie, who was wounded in Afghanistan. Jason Byham, president of Lennar Coastal Carolinas Division, talked with Scott Petrie about the renovations to his home on James Island.

Freezin’ Into ’15

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Hot Wheels Gone Cold

ISLAND INSTITUTION HOT WHEELS SKATING CENTER FORCED TO PULL UP FROM SOUTH FOLLY RD. ROOTS AFTER TWO DECADES BY CHARLIE MORRISON - SENIOR STAFF REPORTER ON JANUARY 7, 2015 NEWS Hot Wheels owner/operator Sheryl Benton (center) poses with husband Art (to her right), her daughter and son-in-law Terri and T.J. Halter (to her left) and …

THE TRUE STORY OF GLORY

THE TRUE STORY OF GLORY Old Slave Mart Museum’s McGill regales in tales 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry as portrayed in “Glory” BY CHARLIE MORRISON - NEWS EDITOR ON FEBRUARY 11, 2015 FEATURED During his lectures about the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, there are times audiences can’t tell if they are listening to present …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …