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Week 4: Hawks’ Craig going back to St. Stephen

When Hanahan High School’s football team packs into buses and rolls up Highway 52 toward St. Stephen on Sept. 16, there will be a bit more energy on both sidelines for the rivalry matchup.The clash marks Art Craig’s return to Timberland High School after piling up most of his 240-plus career victories in St. Stephen. The third-year Hanahan coach has never been on the sideline opposite the home stands. Craig guided the Wolves to two state championships.He’s a Timberland legend, but that won’t matter to th...

When Hanahan High School’s football team packs into buses and rolls up Highway 52 toward St. Stephen on Sept. 16, there will be a bit more energy on both sidelines for the rivalry matchup.

The clash marks Art Craig’s return to Timberland High School after piling up most of his 240-plus career victories in St. Stephen. The third-year Hanahan coach has never been on the sideline opposite the home stands. Craig guided the Wolves to two state championships.

He’s a Timberland legend, but that won’t matter to the home fans for a few hours on Friday.

“I’m sure there will be some people who show up and want to see Coach Craig get his behind whipped,” he said. “At the end of the day, though, the game is about the players. I’m sure there will be some emotion there. It will be an experience for sure.”

It’s the lone matchup of Berkeley County School District programs on the Week 4 docket.

Timberland leads the series 15-2 going back to 2004 and Craig’s last pack of Wolves blanked Hanahan, 42-0, in 2019. The Wolves have won four in a row in the series going back to Hanahan’s 44-19 victory in 2015.

More Berkeley County teams at home in Week 4 are Berkeley, Goose Creek, Cane Bay and Philip Simmons.

The Stags host Fort Dorchester, one of the top programs in Class AAAAA. The Patriots bounced Berkeley from the playoffs last fall.

The Gators also host a bunch they lost to last season when Blythewood visits John Fulmer Field. The Bengals defeated Goose Creek, 22-7, in Blythewood.

Cane Bay hosts James Island, an opponent it has never lost to. The Cobras have won all five meetings against the Trojans.

Philip Simmons welcomes Aynor into town for the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

More on Week 4 matchups below:

Berkeley vs. Fort Dorchester

Notes: Fort Dorchester has won five in a row in the series, including a 39-13 victory in the opening round of the Class AAAAA playoffs last year … Berkeley last won in the series, 33-30, in 2009 … The squads didn’t play between 2010-2017.

Goose Creek vs. Blythewood

Notes: Blythewood won the only meeting between the two teams, 22-7, last season … The Bengals’ only other game against a Berkeley County School District program came in 2006, when they edged Timberland by two points in the Class AAA state championship game.

Cane Bay vs. James Island

Notes: Cane Bay is 5-0 in the series and won last year, 18-8… Four of the five matchups have been decided by 10 points or less… Cane Bay’s widest margin of victory is 31-0 in 2015 … The first encounter was in 2014.

Stratford at Carolina Forest

Notes: First meeting between the two teams … Carolina Forest has won three straight against Berkeley County School District programs, beating Cane Bay and Goose Creek in the 2019 playoffs and the Gators again in the 2020 playoffs.

Hanahan at Timberland

Notes: Timberland leads the series, 15-2, going back to 2004… All of those wins were under current Hanahan coach Art Craig, who makes his first trip back to St. Stephen… The encounter is the first since Timberland won, 42-0, in 2019 ... The Wolves have won four in a row in the series going back to Hanahan’s 44-19 victory in 2015.

Philip Simmons vs. Aynor

Notes: First meeting between the two teams … Aynor is 0-3 in its last three games against Berkeley County School District programs going back to a shutout loss against Timberland in 2008… The Blue Jackets also lost to Timberland in 2013 and Hanahan in 2018, both by shutout.

Cross at Lake Marion

Notes: The series is tied 9-9 going back to 2004… Lake Marion won last season, 14-12 … Before last season’s loss, Cross won four of five meetings…Eight of the 18 contests have been decided by single digits… Cross’s most lopsided win in the series is 38-0 in 2017… Lake Marion’s largest margin of victory is 33-0 in 2004.

St. John’s Christian at Lee Academy

Notes: Lee Academy won playoff encounters in 2020 and 2021 by scores of 26-12 and 27-6 … The teams have one common opponent so far, with Lee Academy blasting Patrick Henry, 40-19, and St. John’s Christian losing to PHA, 6-0.

Northwood at Hilton Head Christian

Notes: Hilton Head Christian has won five straight in the series going back to Northwood’s last victory, 42-13, in 2016... In all, the Eagles have won 11 of the last 14 encounters … The Chargers have not won a game since the 2019 season.

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Goose Creek mayor defends development after resident concerns

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Goose Creek resident Lisa Berry has lived in the West Greenview Acres neighborhood since 2004. She describes her neighborhood as “pretty quiet,” besides occasional traffic.She found out about a planned development that could be built right next to her home and was taken aback. To her understanding, a road was going to run adjacent to her home and go to Red Bank Road, and a playground with a parking lot was going to be built on the other side of her property. She said those plans were concerning....

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Goose Creek resident Lisa Berry has lived in the West Greenview Acres neighborhood since 2004. She describes her neighborhood as “pretty quiet,” besides occasional traffic.

She found out about a planned development that could be built right next to her home and was taken aback. To her understanding, a road was going to run adjacent to her home and go to Red Bank Road, and a playground with a parking lot was going to be built on the other side of her property. She said those plans were concerning.

She posted in a Facebook group for Goose Creek residents, trying to inform her neighbors about what was going on. She said she was inspired to speak up; and said there should be no more construction.

“I was driving down Red Bank Road, and by the rural fire department, they have a marquee; it’s a flashing sign that changes,” Berry said. “It said, ‘if not you, then who?”

Berry’s post got the attention of Mayor Greg Habib, who responded in his own post in the group. He said he felt the need to give an explanation about what their processes are, what they are trying to accomplish, and how growth is important.

Berry met with the mayor Wednesday morning, and she discovered that there was an updated plan. She said that now instead of a road next to her house, it is proposed to be a walking trail, and the playground plans have changed as well. Habib said it is going to be a mix of townhomes and single-family homes with a commercial element on Red Bank Road.

One of the concerns that Berry had was that the property floods. Habib said the only way the flooding problems are going to go away is if someone develops the property properly.

“I knew it had a flooding problem,” Habib said. “We told the developer when he first came to us, you have to address flooding in this area if you’re gonna do anything here, and what the developer has proposed is a stormwater plan that actually takes water from off the property onto his own property to mitigate the flooding problems that are there now.”

Now Berry said she is not opposed to development but wants it to be done in a smart way.

“We have to change,” Berry said. “We can’t just stay the same. I just want it to be an informed decision where all citizens understand what’s going on and can voice their concerns, and if we don’t share that information then people are left out.”

It is not the first time that development concerns have been expressed in rapidly growing Goose Creek, or in the Lowcountry. Goose Creek is now the 8th largest city in South Carolina.

“We’re 47,000 people,” Habib said. “We are not a small town in small-town America anymore.”

Habib said he often hears concerns about traffic issues. He said the greatest tool to reduce traffic is economic development and putting people and businesses closer together.

“We got traffic here,” Habib said. “How do you mitigate that? Well, understanding that not building anymore is not an option, so how do you then mitigate it there is your plan for it, you do it right, and you do it in a way that makes sense.”

Habib said there are over 5,000 homes entitled to go up in the city. Habib said some of those are going to create more traffic than others because they are on the outskirts of the city. Until there is commercial development there, those people will have to drive into the main commercial section of the city to get what they need. He said they need to get commercial development out to those areas as fast as they can to mitigate the traffic.

“If we’re gonna build houses, which we know we have to, we’re going to insist developers to build communities,” Habib said.

Habib said they cannot sit by as development happens. Instead, they need to participate in it and make it look like what they want it to be.

There will be a public hearing regarding the aforementioned planned development on July 5 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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Proposed ordinance would allow Goose Creek residents to keep chickens

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Cayce Giddens has lived in Goose Creek for fifteen years. She said she and her family were getting stressed about the rising prices of groceries, inflation, and food shortage issues. So, they started talking about getting chickens to help ease that stress.“We talked about having chickens, and when we looked into what the city says about it, we found out they’re not allowed at all in Goose Creek, and that was shocking to find out,” Giddens said.Giddens started talking to some of her n...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Cayce Giddens has lived in Goose Creek for fifteen years. She said she and her family were getting stressed about the rising prices of groceries, inflation, and food shortage issues. So, they started talking about getting chickens to help ease that stress.

“We talked about having chickens, and when we looked into what the city says about it, we found out they’re not allowed at all in Goose Creek, and that was shocking to find out,” Giddens said.

Giddens started talking to some of her neighbors and decided to start an online petition to try to get the City of Goose Creek to allow residents to have chickens. As of Monday morning, the petition had almost 300 signatures.

“We’re stressed out about food and providing for our families, and that chickens was an easy way to at least have those eggs in the background for their calorie content and their protein and just wanting to have that as an extra staple to supplement our groceries,” Giddens said.

She said the concerns she’s been hearing on the other side of the issue are about cleanliness.

“I think an ordinance is the best of both worlds,” Giddens said. “It gives people who want to own chickens that security of having that food, but it also gives people who don’t want to own chickens or worried about it a recourse to handle that if somebody’s not taking care of their property.”

According to the proposed ordinance, people cannot have hens without first obtaining an approved application and an annual compliance inspection and fee payment. Under the ordinance, roosters would not be allowed. One chicken per 2,500 square feet would be allowed, with a maximum of 4 chickens maximum regardless of lot size. Hens would not be allowed to be raised for commercial purposes.

The proposed ordinance says animal control or code enforcement officers may enter and inspect properties containing coops to investigate potential violations or compliance with the ordinance.

City of Goose Creek Public Information Officer Frank Johnson sent Live 5 News this statement regarding the proposed ordinance:

“At its June 14 meeting, Goose Creek City Council will consider an ordinance that would allow City residents who live in single-family homes to keep up to 4 chickens, depending on property size. The meeting will include discussion about the issue and a first reading vote. A City ordinance would not change or supersede existing HOA guidelines for residences governed by an HOA. Council members were approached by residents who are in favor of such an ordinance earlier this year.”

Council will discuss the proposed changes at Tuesday night’s council meeting at 6 p.m.

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Stoplight being designed for busy Goose Creek intersection

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Goose Creek and the South Carolina Department of Transportation are working together to put up a stoplight at St. James Avenue at Myers Road where residents have reported multiple accidents.There are a few neighborhoods off of that road, and people in the area were excited to hear about the project. The actual project likely won’t be completed until the end of 2023, but the plans are in motion.Thomas Garter lives nearby and says the sooner a light is put up the better.“I...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Goose Creek and the South Carolina Department of Transportation are working together to put up a stoplight at St. James Avenue at Myers Road where residents have reported multiple accidents.

There are a few neighborhoods off of that road, and people in the area were excited to hear about the project. The actual project likely won’t be completed until the end of 2023, but the plans are in motion.

Thomas Garter lives nearby and says the sooner a light is put up the better.

“It’s hectic in the morning and the late afternoon coming from work. I have seen several accidents,” Garter said.

SCDOT officials said a traffic analysis found the volume in that area is too high, so a signal has been approved and is in the design phase.

Construction will likely begin in October and could take up to 15 months.

Caleb and Allen are friends who like to play basketball at a nearby church after school, and they say they have seen accidents happen at the intersection, and people often cut through the church parking lot to avoid the line of cars.

“There’s traffic, and every time we play they cut through [the parking lot] instead of waiting. I’ve seen a lot of accidents,” Caleb said.

“The bus will be super late to school due to the accidents,” Allen said.

The department of transportation will build a mast arm style light which will cost between $250,000 and $350,000. SCDOT and Goose Creek have agreed to share the cost with the department of transportation building the standard steel poles for the traffic signals.

The city is interested in having mast arms extend over the intersection to which the signals would be mounted. Goose Creek has agreed to pay for the mast arms.

“I’ve been waiting to see our light here since I was 6, because I’ve lived here for a while with the traffic and accidents. I just hope they get better,” said Caleb.

The project is on Tuesday night’s Goose Creek City Council meeting agenda with the administration department expected to speak on the issue.

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Goose Creek to break ground on new $9 million park

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Goose Creek will be breaking ground on a new 13-acre park next month, and officials say it will have something for everyone.The new park is called Central Creek Park, and it will cost $9 million to build. The city will soon be breaking ground on a piece of land off Old Moncks Corner Road, near St. James Avenue, to build Central Creek Park.Recreation Director Crystal Reed said the park will cater to everyone.“The focus of this park is it’s going to be inclusive,” Re...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Goose Creek will be breaking ground on a new 13-acre park next month, and officials say it will have something for everyone.

The new park is called Central Creek Park, and it will cost $9 million to build. The city will soon be breaking ground on a piece of land off Old Moncks Corner Road, near St. James Avenue, to build Central Creek Park.

Recreation Director Crystal Reed said the park will cater to everyone.

“The focus of this park is it’s going to be inclusive,” Reed said. “We’re on a wellness mission, and inclusivity is our top priority.”

The park will be funded by just over $4 million in coronavirus relief money, $1.5 million from the city’s general fund and just under $3.5 million from hospitality taxes.

Reed said with that money, the park will be loaded with features.

“We’ll have a sand volleyball court, basketball court,” she said. “It will have a greenspace with a stage with a food truck area, so that people can have social gatherings.”

Other features in the park include pickleball courts, a pavilion that will host events and an all-inclusive playground for kids of all ages and abilities.

Sean June lives in Goose Creek and came out to play basketball with his friends next to where Central Creek Park will be. He said he can’t wait for it to be built.

“I was actually kind of shocked because I was talking to my friends,” he said. “I thought they were going to put apartments over there, but it will be a nice addition to the community.”

June also said he plans on using the basketball courts and the food truck area once the park eventually opens.

“Every weekend, there’s always a bunch of people behind playing basketball,” he said. “I’m pretty sure it’s a big staple in our community to have parks.”

Reed said the city’s focus on building parks, such as the recently opened John McCants Veterans Park, is to make sure people can get together outdoors.

“It’s really just a focus on creating community,” Reed said. “That’s why we’re doing it. We want people to have activities and places to go in their city where they don’t have to leave the city limits of Goose Creek.”

Officials said the groundbreaking is scheduled for March 31. That’s when they will reveal how this park will take shape.

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