South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme - high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in Ladson, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.
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Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know - having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.
In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it's time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn't matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought - we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.
Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner's components.
Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment's ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn't blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.
This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to "auto." If that doesn't work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.
It's normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn't been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.
This fan plays an important role in your AC unit's heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won't be able to cool your home off in the summer when it's needed the most.
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If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don't ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you're in good hands.
Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.
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At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn't have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in Ladson.
Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.
Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, "that sounds like my AC unit," it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.
Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.
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Bethune-Cookman vs. Miami OddsAfter three years, Miami let go of Manny Diaz after he went 21-15 in his tenure. Out goes the turnover chain and in comes Mario Cristobal from Oregon, as he will help Miami regain its swagger. Cristobal won two national championships as an offensive lineman at Miami in 1989 and 1991.Miami had a strong close to its 2021 recruiting class and was very active in the transfer portal after hiring Cristobal. His first opportunity to get a win as Miami’s head coach will come against Bethune-...
After three years, Miami let go of Manny Diaz after he went 21-15 in his tenure. Out goes the turnover chain and in comes Mario Cristobal from Oregon, as he will help Miami regain its swagger. Cristobal won two national championships as an offensive lineman at Miami in 1989 and 1991.
Miami had a strong close to its 2021 recruiting class and was very active in the transfer portal after hiring Cristobal. His first opportunity to get a win as Miami’s head coach will come against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.
Bethune-Cookman is coming off of a 2-9 season in 2021. Head coach Terry Sims enters his seventh season, as the Wildcats look to rebound.
Bethune-Cookman will enter as a heavy underdog at Miami, but I have my eye on the total in this matchup instead.
Sims did not rest on his laurels following last season’s disappointment, as he brought in Mike Canales to serve as offensive coordinator.
Bethune-Cookman also hit the transfer portal hard and brought in several former FBS players.
There are two quarterbacks to keep an eye on for Bethune-Cookman: Jalon Jones and Walter Simmons.
Jones was a four-star recruit out of high school and signed with Florida. He then transferred to Jackson State, where he threw for 1,898 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 643 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons.
Simmons transferred in from East Carolina but did not play a down for the Pirates. Both likely will get time against Miami, but I expect Jones to start.
Bethune-Cookman has a pair of undersized backs leading its backfield in Que’shaun Byrd — who is 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds — and Jimmie Robinson III — who is 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds.
Byrd ran for 618 yards and five touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 114 yards last season. Robinson ran for 229 yards and had six touchdowns.
Darryl Powell is the team’s vertical threat at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds.
However, the team’s best returning pass catchers are both tight ends.
Senior Kemari Averett began his career at Louisville. Last season, he had 888 and 11 touchdowns to put himself on the radar of NFL scouts.
Kahlil Overton was originally an FIU Panther and had 150 yards and a touchdown last season. Averett is 6-foot-6 and Overton is 6-foot-5, as both will be utilized as mismatches in the red zone.
Sims hopes his crew of transfers can boost an offense that averaged 24 points per game last season.
The defense did not provide much help, surrendering 36.2 points per game. The Wildcats held just two opponents under 30 points last season.
Defensive back Omari Hill-Robinson is the leader in the secondary. He is a preseason BoxToRow All-American and All-SWAC First Team Selection, along with Averett.
He had a SWAC-leading four interceptions to go along with 36 tackles and eight pass breakups.
He is joined in the secondary by juniors Caleb Sutherland, Uriah Ratliff and Crishun Jackson.
TreSean Smith transferred from Louisville and could be in the mix for playing time, as well.
At linebacker, Bethune-Cookman has three former FBS players in Ge’Mon Eaford (Oregon), Rosendo Louis (South Carolina) and Justin Michel (FIU). Eaford and Louis were both four-star recruits out of high school.
Miami returns one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in Tyler Van Dyke. He threw for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns, six interceptions and completed 62.3% of his passes in 2021.
Van Dyke is one of the best deep ball passers in the country, but he will enter the season with questions surrounding his supporting cast.
Wide receiver Key’Shawn Smith is Miami’s leading returning receiver after hauling in 26 receptions for 332 yards and three touchdowns.
Slot receiver Xavier Restrepo also has experience, with 24 receptions for 372 yards and two touchdowns.
Clemson transfer Frank Ladson could fill the role as the team’s deep threat and form a deadly combination with Van Dyke.
Former four-star recruits Michael Redding, Brashard Smith, Romello Brinson and Jacolby George are among those pushing for playing time, as well. There is a lot of talent in the room, but Miami needs a few of them to step up and replace the production of Charleston Rambo and Mike Harley.
Miami will return one of the nation’s most talented tight end duos in Will Mallory and Elijah Arroyo. Mallory had 30 receptions for 347 yards and four touchdowns last season. Arroyo caught just five passes last year, but could emerge as a big contributor this year.
Highly-touted freshman Jaleel Skinner could crack the rotation, as well.
It is unlikely to affect the outcome this week, but depth at running back could become an issue for Miami down the road. The ‘Canes will be without Don Chaney Jr. and four-star freshman TreVonte’ Citizen this week.
Jaylan “Rooster” Knighton and Ole Miss transfer Henry Parrish will be the lead backs to begin the year. Knighton ran for 561 yards and eight touchdowns on 3.9 yards per carry, while Parrish ran for 553 yards and three touchdowns on 5.3 yards per carry in Oxford.
Miami will look to upgrade a rushing attack that ranked 97th last season. That will start with an offensive line that returns several players with starting experience, including Jalen Rivers, John Campbell and DJ Scaife. The anchor of the unit is Zion Nelson, but he is questionable for Saturday.
Defensively, Miami added a number of transfers, such as defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor (West Virginia), defensive tackle Darrell Jackson (Maryland), defensive end Mitchell Agude (UCLA), linebacker Caleb Johnson (UCLA) and cornerback Daryl Porter Jr. (West Virginia).
Miami had been one of the nation’s best teams in creating Havoc over the last few years, but took a step back in 2021, as it could not replicate the pressure created by Jaelan Phillips and Quincy Roche, among others.
Miami hopes to get a boost from its crew of transfers, particularly Mesidor and Jackson up front. Internal improvements from a talented group of sophomores will improve the defense as former five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor has a chance to emerge as a force in his second year.
Fellow former five-star James Williams is back healthy following a season-ending knee injury. He gives Miami the versatility to roam as a hybrid safety/linebacker at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds.
Junior cornerback Tyrique Stevenson is the leader of Miami’s secondary and should contend for all-conference honors.
When Miami faces FCS competition, it has dominated in recent years. In its last five games against FCS opponents, Miami has outscored its opponents 320 to 16. That includes 41-13 (2017) and 63-0 (2019) victories over Bethune-Cookman.
With that in mind, I see a few ways to attack this game.
I like Miami to cover, but with such a large spread, there could be room for Bethune-Cookman to get a backdoor cover if Miami takes its foot off the gas in this potential lookahead spot (Texas A&M on deck).
I prefer betting the over because Miami is capable of scoring 63 by itself.
However, it can also hit if Miami scores 50-55 points with about 10 points from Bethune-Cookman. I expect points on the board in this Sunshine State battle.
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Officials with Trident Medical Center are officially breaking ground on a new, standalone behavioral hospital!It will be the first the first freestanding ...
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — Officials with Trident Medical Center are officially breaking ground on a new, standalone behavioral hospital!
It will be the first the first freestanding behavioral hospital to open in the Lowcountry in over 30 years.
The nearly 58,790-square-foot facility in Ladson will include a single-story hospital and interior courtyard with space for recreation and therapy. The facility will have “state of the art” inpatient and outpatient services for Lowcountry residents.
The main difference this building will provide in comparison to general hospital care is more of a focus and extended resources for geriatric and adolescent care. The behavioral hospital will continue adult care as well.
The medical director for behavioral health at Trident, Jeffrey Culver, says he starts every day in the emergency room.
Currently, there are only 250 beds for mental health patients in the Lowcountry, and without a dedicated space for them — in most cases — a lot of them must go to the emergency room.
But with the construction of this new facility, Culver hopes it will help provide a safe space for real change and will get more people the help they need.
“I fully expect when this facility opens, that the dialogue both locally and nationally will continue to help chip away at that stigma. I think we're still a long way from where we need to be, where we can talk about mental health and mental illness the same way we talk about things like heart disease and cancer, but we're getting there. And I think being able to open up a brand-new facility and have people see that what we're doing is part of medicine,” Culver said.
ABC News 4's Sean Mahoney spoke with longtime mental health advocate Kelly Troyer, who works with the National Alliance of Mental Illness - Greater Charleston area.
She says the Lowcountry has come a long way in providing mental health services, but that there is still more work to be done and she hopes this will help kickstart that change.
Troyer also says the need for mental health services has drastically increased over the course of the pandemic.
The City of Charleston reported a 78.1 percent increase in the number of suicides from 2020 to 2021.
Troyer also has a personal connection to mental illness, as her son, Alex, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. She says finding resources in the Lowcountry was nearly impossible in the beginning, as she had to go out of state for care.
However, she says the construction of this new facility is a step in the right direction.
“As far as access to service, no, there's not enough in our state, especially in the rural areas. Then also, even here in the Lowcountry, we have great resources and we have people. But look at the Latino community and the African-American community, there's more [of a ] stigma around mental health conditions, so they don't reach out as much to the access that's here,” Troyer said. “So this groundbreaking of this hospital is very good news for us in our community. And we want to celebrate that.”
The hospital is expected to start out with 60 inpatient beds with the ability to expand and also will provide outpatient resources.
Construction started on the $30.4 million facility started in December, but officials with Trident waited until Thursday to hold the ceremony because of the weather.
Work is expected to wrap up in spring of 2023.
The groundbreaking ceremony and celebration is taking place at 11 a.m., at the construction site, which is about two miles from Trident Medical Center and right off highway 17 in Ladson, at 3445 Ingleside Boulevard.
Former Clemson/current University of Miami receiver Frank Ladson will likely be among a rare group of players who by the end of 2022 can say they played for one team, transferred to a program they previously faced, then faced their original team after transferring.“I missed home,’’ said the 6-4, 205-pound Ladson, a fourth-year junior who was rated as high as a five-star prep receiver (PrepStar) and four-star wideout by other major recruiting sites when he played at Homestead South Dade High School. “It was time...
Former Clemson/current University of Miami receiver Frank Ladson will likely be among a rare group of players who by the end of 2022 can say they played for one team, transferred to a program they previously faced, then faced their original team after transferring.
“I missed home,’’ said the 6-4, 205-pound Ladson, a fourth-year junior who was rated as high as a five-star prep receiver (PrepStar) and four-star wideout by other major recruiting sites when he played at Homestead South Dade High School. “It was time to come home.’’
Not only has Ladson caught passes from No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Trevor Lawrence, he’s now catching passes from projected first-round pick Tyler Van Dyke.
He’s also the second UM transfer receiver in as many years who has competed in the College Football Playoff. Ladson’s Tigers lost to LSU in the Jan. 13, 2020, national championship game following the 2019 season. Though Ladson participated, he didn’t record any stats. After the 2020 season, Ladson’s Tigers lost to Ohio State in a national semifinal. He caught one pass for 9 yards.
Charleston Rambo, who set UM’s single-season school receiving record in 2021 (1,172 yards and seven touchdowns on 79 catches) and is now battling for an NFL spot with the Carolina Panthers, played in the 2019 and 2020 College Football Playoff.
“Some of the guys asked me about it. Like, ‘What’s the biggest game you ever played in? The loudest game you ever played in?’ Ladson said Thursday after the the sixth day of fall camp and first session in full pads. “It’s just a different type of atmosphere. You’re in the playoff [and] you’re playing for a championship. At the end of the game they bring a stage out and confetti falls.”
Ladson, whose Clemson career was marred by consecutive seasons of sports hernia injuries which he said necessitated two surgeries — one on each side — said he’s now healthy, fighting for a starting spot and doing everything he can to become the big-bodied receiver the Hurricanes need.
“I ask Frank questions all the time,’’ said Canes wideout Key’Shawn Smith, another dominant pass-catcher on the outside. “It’s nice to have a big type of receiver like him, because we don’t have that. We got stretch-the-ball or stretch-the-field speed. To have a big receiver like him for the red zone is good to have.’’
Ladson’s transfer marked the third time since 2019 that UM has gotten an elite receiver from the portal. Besides Rambo, the other time was KJ Osborn, now with the Minnesota Vikings, in 2019.
“It’s cool to come home, right?” said ACC Network analyst Eric McClain, a former Clemson offensive lineman who watched practice Thursday. “There’s a bunch of stuff with the transfer portal that I kind of feel bad about, but that’s a good one. There are times when guys just need fresh starts, guys just need to go home.
“I hope and pray he’ll blossom here, because he’s a heck of a player — unbelievable talent.’’
Ladson started four games for Clemson in 2021, tallying four catches for 19 yards before he had to undergo his second surgery. In 2020, Ladson caught 18 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games, four of them starts despite multiple injuries.
“It was kind of like one injury carried over to both years,’’ he said. “It’s great now. It was healed even before I came to Miami [for spring practice]. “ He said it’s been a good experience “learning from a new coach and being around a new group of guys.’’
Ladson was an All-American at South Dade and rated the No. 23 player in USA Today’s “Chosen 25” national high school rankings The 247Sports composite ranking had him as the nation’s No. 7 wideout and 39th best player, regardless of position. He earned his degree in communications at Clemson in three years.
Ladson lauded Miami coach Mario Cristobal and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. “Great coaches. Both are real big on culture and putting the work in.”
Swinney told the Miami Herald at the ACC media days last month that he was “really proud” of Ladson. “I’m disappointed he wasn’t able to really enjoy the fruits of his labor and talents at Clemson because he was hurt,’’ Swinney said. “But he graduated, a really smart kid. Hopefully he can stay healthy and have the type of year he’s capable of having and wants to have.’’
As for his similarities in Lawrence and Van Dyke, Ladson said they were both students of the game, perfectionists, wanting the best for their teammates and “demanding that from everybody” around them.
He said he appreciated Van Dyke coming into the receivers’ meetings from time to time. “That’s been great. He’s the quarterback. Whatever he wants he gets. It’s like, ‘What you thinking about this route? How do you want me to come out on this?’... Angles, coming out of the route, ball placement, stuff like that.
“I love to get the feedback. The whole room loves it.’’
His goals this season? “Just to win as many games as we can,’’ he said. “Put in the work and everything is going to fall in place.’’
This story was originally published August 11, 2022 3:21 PM.
LADSON, S.C., Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunter Quinn Homes is partnering with Ladson Youth Organization (LYO) to renovate the lavatory facilities at Tom Conley Park in Ladson, SC. The renovation will kick off Monday, September 26th, and conclude Friday, September 30th at 6:00 pm with a celebratory kickball game between Ladson Youth Organization program participants and team Hunter Quinn. ...
LADSON, S.C., Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunter Quinn Homes is partnering with Ladson Youth Organization (LYO) to renovate the lavatory facilities at Tom Conley Park in Ladson, SC. The renovation will kick off Monday, September 26th, and conclude Friday, September 30th at 6:00 pm with a celebratory kickball game between Ladson Youth Organization program participants and team Hunter Quinn.
The renovation project is a result of a much-needed upgrade to the existing facilities of Tom Conley field, where LYO, and the surrounding Sangaree community, regularly host games and events. Hunter Quinn Homes' HQ Gives Back initiative will mobilize local contractors and suppliers to donate materials and labor to improve the facility.
"Over the years, the biggest complaint that Tom Conley received is the lack of functioning restroom facilities and how outdated they are," says Tommy Newell, President of LYO. "All of the other parks in the area have municipal financial support where LYO at Tom Conley Field is solely self-financed. We generate money off registrations, donations, and sponsorships, that contribute to the upkeep of the ball fields."
The renovation will be a complete gut and remodel of the existing lavatories. The facilities will receive new plumbing fixtures and partitions, a fresh coat of paint, partial roof replacement, and newly coated floors. The purpose of the renovation is to provide the local community with updated and functional facilities at a much-used community park that has been around for over 50 years. Hunter Quinns' trade partners are donating all materials and labor.
"Our team is passionate about providing excellent experiences building homes for our neighbors here in the Charleston market. Not only do we build homes, but we also build communities. We're fortunate that we can give back and see this as another opportunity to do some real good for the youth in the local community" explained Will Herring, Founder & President of Hunter Quinn Homes.
The closing ceremony for the renovation project is open to the community and will take place Friday, September 30th, at 6:00 pm.
"LYO is doing everything it can to improve Tom Conley Park to bring old families back and welcome new families." -Tommy Newell, President of Ladson Youth Orginization
About Hunter Quinn Homes
Hunter Quinn Homes (hunterquinnhomes.com) is a Charleston-based new home builder and residential developer. Since 2010 Hunter Quinn has built single-family attached and detached communities across South Carolina and has successfully positioned itself as "Builder of Choice" to stakeholders and customers alike. With their unmatched customer experience process, great locations, award-winning designs, and commitment to company culture and people, Hunter Quinn Homes continues to be an industry leader focused on building the difference.
About Ladson Youth Organization
Ladson Youth Organization (LYO) at Tom Conley is a community-based sports facility."Our members are the kids and adults that play here, the coaches that volunteer their time, and the community who supports them. Our goal is to provide every child, regardless of special needs, the opportunity to participate in youth sports. We work to provide an environment that enhances the participants' self-esteem and physical mobility. Through proper guidance and leadership, LYO assists children in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork, and physical well-being.
To learn more about LYO, visit: ladsonyouthorganization.com
SOURCE Hunter Quinn Homes
It’s the end of an era for roller skaters. Music in Motion Family Fun Center roller rink in Summerville shut its doors for good Sunday night. A rink employee confirmed Monday that the skating facility has permanently closed.Last Thursday, at the rink’s final adult night, skaters zipped along, displaying skills that spanned from spinning and dancing on wheels backwards to apprehensive first-timers feeling it out. A disco ball spun along with the tunes that weren’t necessarily child-appropriate.As word spread th...
It’s the end of an era for roller skaters. Music in Motion Family Fun Center roller rink in Summerville shut its doors for good Sunday night. A rink employee confirmed Monday that the skating facility has permanently closed.
Last Thursday, at the rink’s final adult night, skaters zipped along, displaying skills that spanned from spinning and dancing on wheels backwards to apprehensive first-timers feeling it out. A disco ball spun along with the tunes that weren’t necessarily child-appropriate.
As word spread the rink would close permanently, skaters unabashedly filmed one another to document their joy and camaraderie as they zoomed around in circles grooving to the beat.
The closing of Music in Motion is a major cultural loss for the area, many say, especially since the only other rinks in the area, Hot Wheels Skate Center and Stardust Skate Center, closed in 2014.
Summerville native Demont Teneil said he has skated at Music in Motion for 14 years. For him, roller skating is therapy to help navigate career and relationships changes.
“I needed something that no one could take from me — and it was skating,” Teneil said. “It’s been my outlet. I just kept going and just kept trying new tricks and it rolled me out of depression.”
Teneil said he heard from his fellow skaters that Music in Motion, which opened in 2001, would not be a roller rink much longer.
“I’m sad that it’s been sold but it will definitely still always be a part of me, because I’ve learned so many of my tricks at the skating rink,” Teneil said. He plans to start traveling to Savannah, Ga., and Columbia to rink skate, and will hit the outdoor skate areas, such The Bridge Spot off of Poinsett Street in downtown Charleston.
The dynamic of teaching and learning is a big part of the roller skating experience at Music in Motion, others said.
“Everybody’s really nice and supportive,” said Nick Velez, who’s been skating regularly at Music in Motion since February. He has roller skated for about 16 years and used to be an instructor in Southern California before he moved to Goose Creek.
“Everybody’s really cool and down to help out,” he said. “If you’re struggling, don’t fear. They’ll help you up. If you have any questions, if you want to learn something, they’re more than happy to show you how to do it. If you’re trying to pop off and be yourself, they’re all about it.”
Shmeika Hall from Goose Creek said she worked at Music in Motion for almost a year before she left her position as a rink floor guard last June.
“Working here was important to me because I was able to teach people how to skate,” she said. “I was able to interact and make skating friends. When I first started skating here, maybe five years ago, it was a very small crowd of adults, but over time it has grown. [The rink] was like a safe place for adults to come and have fun, and I don’t know how we’re going to do that now.”
A few months ago, Auburn Fiore, who lives in Knightsville, visited Music in Motion for the first time in 10 years. As a child, she said she visited frequently.
“When I came here for adult skate night, I realized how joyous and amazing the community is here,” Fiore said. “While we’re here, we’re all one big community that loves to come together, dance and have a great time. I’m definitely scared of losing a place for us all to gather and bond over roller skating.”
Roller skating is just as much about congregating as a group as it is the privilege to have a space to skate, she said. Outdoor roller skating isn’t an ideal option for beginner skaters, she added, because of uneven concrete, blistering heat and rules that prohibit skating at sports courts around the area.
“It’s definitely devastating,” Fiore said. “Now all the people that have bonded over this super-interesting talent and hobby, there’s nowhere for us to congregate.”
While the future of roller skating in the area is unclear, one option exists for women skaters: Lowcountry Highrollers Derby, a local women’s roller derby team. It’s offering a meet-and-greet Thursday.
Highrollers president Traci Doutaz of Ladson remembers going to Music in Motion often between 2015 and 2017 after Hot Wheels Skate Center closed.
“For beginners, it’s super important to have a roller rink to learn not only because the floor is amazing, but [it] also has skates to borrow,” she said. “Roller skating is not the easiest hobby to just pick up and not having a local roller rink and its community just takes that option away for a lot of people.”
Doutaz joined Highrollers in 2010, and she said it was popular up until about 2015 when the group lost its bouting venue at The Citadel. Then Covid-19 hit and roller skating blew up, Doutaz said, so there was renewed interest in Highrollers. After more than a year of searching, North Charleston Coliseum offered the group a space to practice and hold bouts currently. The closest roller derby club for men is in Columbia, she said.
Doutaz has been roller skating for almost 30 years. She worked her first job as a carhop on skates at a Sonic in Kentucky.
“Emotionally it’s my escape,” she said. “It’s how I deal with things. It’s my happy place. I’m more comfortable with wheels on my feet than anything else.”
The Highrollers group offers a haven for women skaters who need to be shown the ropes.
“We will teach you everything: how to skate and how to fall,” Doutaz said. “You can show up even if you have never put skates on before.”
Lowcountry Highrollers Derby is hosting a meet-and-greet 6-9 p.m. Aug. 25 at Rusty Bull in North Charleston.
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