2019 New Year’s Resolutions for Charleston (Hoping)

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New Year’s is a time of reflection, looking back, looking forward and for so many, a time for resolutions.?

What is a resolution??

Official Definition:? the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something. : an answer or solution to something.

Simply, it is an action, task or alteration in lifestyle to seek to improve on an existing thing or action (better job, improvement in health or wellness, achieving a goal or changing negative behavior to positive).

As we see 2018 setting in the distance and the rise of 2019 upon us, here are some resolutions we hope to see in 2019 for Charleston.

Resolutions We Hope to See in Charleston in 2019

  • A ban across the Lowcountry in the use of plastic bags, straws and even steps to reduce the use of bags all-together in restaurants, grocery and retail.
  • A stronger emphasis on recycling at the local levels.
  • Introducing electric scooter system in downtown Charleston.? (Paid by app).
  • Stronger local enforcement of blinker usage.
  • Stronger and more aggressive state wide highway and local enforcement of drunk driving (all year long)
  • A real effort toward correcting the flooding issue by our local government.? We have heard about studies, research and funding, but no action to drive a true resolution.
  • Legislation to cap increases in rental costs and a reduction in taxation.? We need to see a stabilization and not a further expansion of greed.
  • Provide tax incentives for using mass transit .
  • Put a plan in place for a light rail from Berkeley and Dorchester to downtown Charleston
  • Offer a Festival Pass option for local residents (EX:? 5 Festival Package for one price).? With the prices increasing, it is harder for residents to take part in local traditions.
  • Open a 24 hour coffee shop and/or diner – A place where the creative minds can work late and not be in a loud bar with drinking.? Also, it provides an avenue to sober up or spend time with someone you just met.
  • A temporarily ban on new commercial development.
  • Offer a shopping discount card for downtown retail and restaurants for Tri-County residents – Less and less local residents are going downtown due to tourism growth and it is driving local business owners to close.

What is on your Charleston New Year’s Resolution list?

Charleston / North Charleston S.C. Ranked #8 for Mid-Sized Cities in Job Growth in Latest Study (Down 4 Spots from 2017)

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In NewGeography.com latest study of Best Cities for Jobs Growth, Charleston / North Charleston comes in at #8 for Medium Sized Cities and #34 overall.  In the mid-sized category, Charleston / North Charleston lost 4 ranking points moving from #4 to #8 (2017 to 2018).

Other Carolina cities on the list include (Overall Ranking)

  • Spartanburg, South Carolina #31
  • Myrtle Beach / Conway / North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina #45
  • Asheville, North Carolina #66
  • Augusta – Richmond County – GA – SC #74
  • Greenville / Anderson / Mauldin South Carolina #90
  • Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina #96
  • Columbia, South Carolina #239
  • Hickory / Lenoir / Morganton, North Carolina #249
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina #260
  • Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina #331

Complete Top 100 Medium-Sized (Job Growth)

Complete Study Results

South Carolina ranked 2nd in nation for most drunk driving accidents in latest study

South Carolina comes in second for the most drunk driving accidents in the nation. 

According to SafeWise, the Palmetto state falls second behind Wyoming.

The state had a rate of more than six deaths for every 10,000 people. 

Eighty percent of the worst states have no minimum jail time for first-time DUI offenders. South Carolina is the outlier, with two days for a first offense.

Keep conclusions from the most dangerous states

  • 80% of the most dangerous states were also in the top five in 2016—Wyoming is the only newcomer, replacing Montana as the state with the most impaired driving deaths per capita.
  • Montana went from the state with the most dangerous roads (9.58 drunk driving deaths per 100,000 people in 2016) to number 27, with 5.33 deaths per 100,000.
  • Wyoming climbed from eighth place (5.98 deaths/100,000) to the worst state for impaired driving fatalities, topping the list with 7.59 deaths per capita in 2017.
  • Every state in the five worst (except Wyoming) decreased its rate of drunk driving deaths year over year in 2017.
  • 80% of the worst states have no minimum jail time for first-time DUI offenders. South Carolina is the outlier with two days for a first offense.3
  • The majority of US states require mandatory alcohol abuse assessment or treatment after a DUI conviction, but neither is required in four out of the five worst states for drunk driving deaths.?      
  • Among the five states with the most drunk driving deaths, the average minimum fine for the first DUI conviction is $300, compared to $524 among the five states with the fewest drunk driving deaths.?’

Complete Rankings – Most Dangerous to Least (Deaths Per 100,000 People)

RankState Deaths per Capita
#2South Carolina6.23
#3North Dakota6.09
#4New Mexico5.75
#14South Dakota4.02
#15North Carolina4.02
#17West Virginia3.97
#30Rhode Island3.21
#46New Hampshire2.01
#50New York1.49
#51New Jersey1.39

Camp Happy Days 9th Annual Bo Roast & Chili Cook-Off – January 26, 2019

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Camp Happy Days
The 9th Annual Bo Roast & Chili Cook-off benefiting Camp Happy Days is set for Saturday, January 26, 2019. From 12pm to 5pm, guest are invited to enjoy complimentary food and drinks, kid-friendly games, and live music. For more information or to make a donation, visit:

Location:? Smoky Oak Taproom – 1234 camp rd, Charleston, South Carolina 29412

Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Cost for Event:? $25.00 a person

Fund Raiser Details

The James Island Vikings, in an effort to continue providing support for Camp Happy Days, want to help in providing children fighting cancer the opportunity to play, create friendships and be children without any financial responsibilities for their families. Camp Happy Days’ 1 week summer camp is a time for these chances to be cultivated. The smiles and laughter are priceless, the stories are heartwarming and the memories they create last a life time. Camp is their largest program and thus their most costly. This GFM page is part of our ongoing drive towards the 9th Annual Bo’s Roast & Chili cook-off on Jan. 26, 2019 benefiting Camp Happy Days. If you can’t make the best little oyster roast in town please donate here today. Last year alone we raised over $21,000.00. With your help we can surpass that amount this year! The JI Viking greatly appreciate your help in this endeavor!

Charleston, South Carolina – Yesteryear in Pictures – 1920’s – 1940’s

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“Through the years you’ve never let me down.  You turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found, I’ve found with you.  Through the years”
– Kenny Rogers

Here is a look at a different time in Charleston, South Carolina and the Lowcountry.

Enjoy this look at our home from the 1920’s to the 1940’s.

King Street, Charleston, S.C.
Folly Beach Pier
Old City Market Postcard
King Street – Circa 1920’s
Folly Beach Postcard
Folly Beach Postcard
Old City Jail – Charleston, S.C.
King Street – Circa 1910

Stingrays to Host ‘First Responders Night’ March 30 Featuring “Trooper Bob” Bobbleheads

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, have announced a new promotion for their game on Saturday, Mar. 30 entitled First Responders Night presented by ABC News 4 and Crews Chevy that will honor recently retired Lt. Bob Beres (BARE-ez) of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The first 2,000 fans at the game vs. Florida that afternoon will receive a “Trooper Bob” Bobblehead.

A chief spokesperson for the Highway Patrol, Beres was best known for his use of social media and emojis. His creative social media tactics won him an Emmy Award for the “2016 Sober or Slammer!” public service announcement.

“When Trooper Bob announced his retirement in the fall, we wanted to honor him and his career in law enforcement,” said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “We are happy to celebrate his efforts while also honoring all of our local first responders in the Lowcountry community.”

The bobblehead features Trooper Bob in his highway patrol uniform while standing on a stop sign. At his feet stand the emojis he famously used on Twitter to represent the highway patrol’s initiative to prevent drunk driving. The highway patrol started using more emoji messaging, crafting an anti-drunk driving campaign based on Beres’ tweets that went up on hundreds of billboards around the state.

“The Stingrays have always been a proud supporter of law enforcement and I’m honored to be of a part of this special event,” Beres said.

After 25 years in law enforcement, the Summerville resident and spokesman widely known as “Trooper Bob” has retired and recently accepted a position with ABC News 4, providing real-time information about morning weekday traffic beginning Jan. 2.

More details about the night will be announced at a later date.

The Stingrays are back at home to take on Norfolk for ‘What You Didn’t Get For Christmas Night’ on Friday at 7:05!

Tickets are on sale now! To bring your group to the game and save, call the Stingrays Front Office during business hours at 843-744-2248! For single game tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

Official South Carolina Stingrays Ticket Link

How close is too close with a great white? 12-foot shark tracks a mile from Folly Beach

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A 12-foot great white shark, named Hilton appears to be headed back toward its namesake island of Hilton Head, South Carolina, according to Ocearch, which tracks sharks.

The Twitter account dedicated to Hilton the shark said Wednesday, “Don’t know if you humans knew this but Christmas trees are pretty scarce in this part of the ocean so I spent the Holiday close to shore near Charleston, SC to try and get a good look at one. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!”

The 1,300-pound Hilton was about a mile off Folly Beach, south of Charleston, the day after Christmas, Ocearch said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen him back on the continental shelf in over a month. The big shark is working his way south, possibly back to the Gulf of Mexico where we’ve tracked him in the past,” Ocearch wrote.

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UPSL Announces South Carolinas Charleston United SC as Expansion Team

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December 26, 2018?– Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce Charleston United Soccer Club as a member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.

Based in Charleston (S.C.), United SC will begin UPSL play in the Southeast Conference and host its UPSL home games this season at Advanced Studies Magnet (1776 William Kennerty Dr., Charleston, SC 29407) in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards.

United Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference Manager Andy Salandy said, “There’s a lot to like about having Charleston United Soccer Club join the UPSL, and it’s great to have Stephen Wakeham and Charleston United SC on board. They have a very successful youth club program and now they are ready to diversify and take the next step into the Pro Development tier. We are looking forward to having Charleston United SC join the Southeast Conference.”

Stephen Wakeham is President of Charleston United SC. A native of Canton (Mich), Wakeham, 49, is the Travel Soccer Director of St. Andrews (S.C.) Parks & Playgrounds following a career as an award-winning broadcast producer for local COMCAST and FOX advertising outlets. He has been involved in the Charleston soccer community for the last 13 years.

Charleston United SC President Stephen Wakeham said, “We’re excited to join the UPSL. This is about providing opportunities for our players, our coaches and our club. We want to compete against the highest level available, and the UPSL is providing that for a lot of clubs on a local and regional level.”

C.J. Macauley is Head Coach of Charleston United SC. A native of Scranton (Pa.), Macauley is a teacher at Mt. Pleasant (S.C.)’s Moultrie Middle School, and varsity soccer coach at Charleston (S.C.)’s Academic Magnet High School. He will coach Charleston United SC’s Under-17s at the South Carolina State Cup in 2019.

Virginia natives Noah Garrett and Thomas Harrison will serve as Assistant Coaches for Charleston United SC.

“C.J. Macauley is a special coach and all the players really love playing for him,” Wakeham said. “Charleston United SC will have an outstanding team of coaches for this group with diverse backgrounds. Our assistant coaches, Coach Garrett and Coach Harrison, have extensive playing and coaching experience, and will offer high-level coaching for our team going into 2019.”

Charleston United SC’s youth academy featured 17 competitive teams for both boys and girls during the 2018 Fall Season, drawing more than 150 players, ages 8-to-19, from the surrounding area.

The club intends to host tryouts beginning in January, and soon will announce dates and its game schedule.

About Charleston United Soccer Club

Charleston United Soccer Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Charleston, S.C., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Charleston United SC will begin play in the UPSL Southeast Conference.

Founded in 2007, Charleston United SC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

Direct: 843-763-4360
Email: charlestonunitedsoccergmail.com
Website: www.charlestonunitedsoccer.com
Instagram: @CharlestonUnitedSoccer

United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 teams in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 400-plus teams targeted for 2019 Fall Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.

UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

More information about UPSL can be found at www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (www.facebook.com/upslsoccer) and Twitter (@upslsoccer).

Contact UPSL:
Direct: 310-415-5691

Media Relations:
Dennis Pope
Direct: 951-675-3963

Goose Creek Bojangles’ to donate portion of sales to family of firefighter killed in crash

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To benefit the family of a Summerville firefighter and mother of two who died in a car crash late last month, a fast-food chain is donating a portion of their sales.

Bojangles’ posted to its Twitter account on Wednesday that it plans to give 10 percent of all sales occurring between 5:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 4 to the family of Katie Dube.

The 23-year-old died from injuries sustained in a crash with a cement truck and a third vehicle Nov. 28 on Jedburg Road in Berkeley County. 

For just over a year-and-a-half Dube worked for Ashley Ridge Fire Department in North Charleston, according to Chief Scott Inabinet. She also volunteered for Cross Fire Department. 

Dube leaves behind a fiance and two daughters, 2 and 4. The children were also involved in the crash and taken to an area hospital for treatment but are OK.

According to the tweet, the following Bojangles’ locations are set to participate in the donation initiative:

  • 644 Highway 17, Mount Pleasant
  • 740 Folly Road, Charleston
  • 121 Main Road, Johns Island
  • 2508 Ashley Phosphate Road, Charleston
  • 431 A 1/2 St James Ave, Goose Creek

Earlier this month a Summerville area Farm Bureau Insurance Agency, managed by Tim Cardwell, also donated $2,000 to Dube’s family, according to a press release. Cardwell presented the check to her mother.

The money is part of a holiday community outreach program called Farm Bureau Cares, the release said. Each December Farm Bureau offices throughout the state choose a family or charity to sponsor.

Story Provided by OurGazette.com

Cumulus Launches Classic Hits 96.9 The Wolf Charleston – Moves Away from Country Music Format

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After stunting with Christmas music since November 19, Cumulus Media has flipped Country “Nash-FM 96.9” WIWF Charleston SC to Classic Hits “96.9 The Wolf“.

Focusing on hits of the 70s through 90s with an emphasis on the 1980s, core artists are listed as including Billy Joel, Journey, Prince, Bryan Adams, Hall & Oates, A-Ha and Blondie. The station began utilizing the “Wolf” moniker again when it began playing Christmas music. It was previously known as “96.9 The Wolf” as a Country outlet from its 2007 flip from AC “Sunny 96.9” to its 2014 revamping under the “Nash-FM” moniker.

The change places WIWF up against Saga Communications Variety Hits “101.7 Chuck-FM” WAVF and Kirkman Broadcasting’s Classic Hits “92.1/102.1 The City” 1450 WQNT/92.1 W221CI/102.1 W271CP.


CUMULUS MEDIA announces that its Charleston, SC, radio station WIWF-FM launched today as The All-New 96.9 The Wolf, Charleston’s Classic Hits station. The former Country station kicks off its new Classic Hits programming at 12:00 Noon EST today. The All-New 96.9 The Wolf also launches its new website today at: www.969TheWolf.com.

?The All-New 96.9 The Wolf will play great songs like “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen and “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, with big hits that no other radio station plays from artists including: Billy Joel, Journey, Prince, Bryan Adams, Hall & Oates, A-Ha and Blondie. 

Sherry Dollar, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Charleston said: “Our New Year’s resolution is to be the station that only plays the best of Charleston’s Classic Hits. We think listeners will love hearing the songs that have stood the test of time and are now Classics! Their all-time favorites all have a home at 96.9 FM.”

Bill West, WIWF-FM Operations Manager, said: “The All New 96.9 The Wolf will be a celebration of Charleston’s Classic Hits. Every time you tune in, I guarantee that you’ll hear a song you grew up with – the most important music of your life in a clean, non-controversial format that’s void of typical radio ‘clutter’. 2019 is going to be the Year of the Wolf!”