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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word "open enrollment" sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there's always a nagging feeling that you're wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you're in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in James Island or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you're approaching the golden years of your life, it's important you understand what Medicare is if you don't already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

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This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor's visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won't cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called "PDPs," these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in James Island

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in "gaps" that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

Coinsurance

Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

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As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you may be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in James Island is during the 7 months Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in James Island, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

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In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Medicare Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called "MA Plans" or "Part C," Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an "all in one" solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in James Island. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor
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Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan's service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan's network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

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The Senior Medicare Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.
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Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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Works with James Island Charter High School to Help Make Safer Classrooms and Athletic Facilities

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Evolv Technology® (NASDAQ: EVLV), the leader in AI-based weapons detection security screening, today announced its partnership with James Island Charter High Schoo...

WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Evolv Technology® (NASDAQ: EVLV), the leader in AI-based weapons detection security screening, today announced its partnership with James Island Charter High School (JICHS) in Charleston, South Carolina. The school joins over two dozen other school buildings in the state and hundreds around the county utilizing Evolv’s advanced security systems to help make campuses safer while supporting a connected, engaged, and welcoming school community.

“From their ID checks to our weapons detection, Evolv is proud to be a part of James Island Charter High School’s approach to security”

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James Island Charter High School uses Evolv’s state-of-the-art Evolv Express® solution to screen 1,600 students every day as they arrive through the building’s two entrances. The school also used one of its two systems at its football field, screening 5,000 people at one of its playoff games this fall.

School officials have noted that they are so pleased with the results that a third system is being added for exclusive use at its athletics events.

“School security is layered. We lock doors, we use security cameras, we check IDs,” said Brad Wilson, JICHS security director. “Evolv is the perfect addition to the security measures we have in place to try to deter a weapons-related event from happening in our building.”

James Island Charter High School tried two measures before finding success with Evolv. Using wands to check every individual student took too long and used too many personnel resources, and metal detectors set off alarms for benign items such as water bottles and cell phones.

With Evolv, JICHS students, staff, and visitors walk through without always having to stop or be searched. Evolv Express uses powerful sensor technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to provide safer, more accurate threat detection at unprecedented volume and speed. Only items deemed as threats prompt secondary checks. As a result, students move through much faster and in a lower stress manner and fewer staff members are needed to run the system.

The school also uses Evolv’s analytics platform, Evolv Insights®, to identify the busiest times students are coming through, and how to staff the systems accordingly. In upcoming football seasons, it will base staffing on traffic patterns observed at each of this year’s games utilizing the data from Evolv Insights.

More than 200 schools in the United States use Evolv as part of their security solutions, including six of the top 100 largest school districts in the country.

“From their ID checks to our weapons detection, Evolv is proud to be a part of James Island Charter High School’s approach to security,” said Peter George, CEO of Evolv Technology. “More and more schools are choosing Evolv to help keep their communities safer because we work with them to meet their specific security needs in the most effective manner. We bring our innovative solutions to schools so that the focus for students, staff and teachers can remain on education.”

Evolv Technology (NASDAQ: EVLV) is transforming human security to make a safer, faster, and better experience for the world’s most iconic venues and companies as well as schools, hospitals, and public spaces, using industry leading artificial intelligence (AI)-powered weapons detection and analytics. Its mission is to transform security to create a safer world to work, learn, and play. Evolv has digitally transformed the gateways in places where people gather by enabling seamless integration combined with powerful analytics and insights. Evolv’s advanced systems have scanned more than 425 million people, second only to the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States. Evolv has been awarded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SAFETY Act Designation as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) as well as the Security Industry Association (SIA) New Products and Solutions (NPS) Award in the Law Enforcement/Public Safety/Guarding Systems category. Evolv Technology®, Evolv Express®, Evolv Insights®, and Evolv Cortex AI® are registered trademarks of Evolv Technologies, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. For more information, visit https://evolvtechnology.com.

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High School Notes: James Island wrestlers grab King of County title

For the first time in more than a decade, a school other than Wando has captured the King of the County wrestling tournament.The event includes all of the wrestling programs in Charleston County, and Wando had won the last 11 years before last weekend. The new king is James Island, which out-pointed Wando by 32.5 points to claim the championship.In the individual weight classes, James Island winners included Ellis Murrell (113 pounds), Antonio Petrie (126), Tommy Johnson (138), Pedro Lacerda (152), Savion Smalls (182) and Jon G...

For the first time in more than a decade, a school other than Wando has captured the King of the County wrestling tournament.

The event includes all of the wrestling programs in Charleston County, and Wando had won the last 11 years before last weekend. The new king is James Island, which out-pointed Wando by 32.5 points to claim the championship.

In the individual weight classes, James Island winners included Ellis Murrell (113 pounds), Antonio Petrie (126), Tommy Johnson (138), Pedro Lacerda (152), Savion Smalls (182) and Jon Garrett (285).

Wando individual winners included Jack Nathan (106), Alex Cyr (120), Griffin Thomas (132), Luca Cavallaro (145), Pierce Carpenter (170) and Jacob Pelbath (195).

Other winners included Kevin Young (160) and Savon Garrett (220), both of Stall. Young was named the most outstanding wrestler for weights 152 to 285. Johnson was the most outstanding wrestler from weights 106-145.

Johnson now has 32 wins this season and is ranked as the No. 3 138-pounder in Class AAAA by scmat.com.

James Island now sets its sights on the Region 7-AAAA championship. If all goes well, that will be decided in a big showdown with May River on Jan. 25.

Already this region season, the Trojans have recorded a win over top 10 club Hilton Head, their first win over the Seahawks in more than a decade. May River is currently ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA.

A third team goal for James Island is to qualify at least six wrestlers for the Class AAAA state wrestling tournament in February. Six qualifiers would be one more than the five that qualified last season.

Leading the charge this winter for the Trojans are four team captains —Johnson, Petrie, Lacerda and 132-pounder Cody Chanthabane.

Peace keeping pace

Cane Bay junior wrestler J.J. Peace is continuing his impressive career this season.

Peace, a two-time state champion, has yet to lose a high school match as part of the Cobras’ program. Peace enters action this week with a 75-0 record and seeks to become only the eighth wrestler in state history to have three consecutive undefeated seasons.

If he were to finish this year and next year without a loss, he would become the first wrestler in state history to have four undefeated high school seasons.

Faith Christian on a roll

The Faith Christian boys basketball team has climbed the statewide rankings in the S.C. Independent School Association’s Class A. The Knights are ranked second in the state in Class A and posted a big win over No. 3 Charleston Collegiate on Jan. 13., winning by 59-48. The win improved the Knights to 16-2 on the season.

David Shelton’s Lowcountry Top 10

Boys Basketball

1. Summerville

2. Goose Creek

3. Oceanside Collegiate

4. First Baptist

5. Cane Bay

6. Porter-Gaud

7. James Island

8. Lucy Beckham

9. Woodland

10. Ashley Ridge

Girls Basketball

1. Philip Simmons

2. Stratford

3. Summerville

4. Academic Magnet

5. Cane Bay

6. Northwood Academy

7. Bishop England

8. James Island

9. Stall

10. Timberland

Summerville High School wrestling coach Darryl Tucker achieved a coaching milestone on Jan. 10, earning his 300th career victory as the head coach of the Green Wave.

Tucker reached the monumental win with his team’s victory over Timberland as part of a four-team match at Hanahan High School. Tucker got win No. 298 over Hanahan and No. 299 with a win over Military Magnet.

“It’s special, really special,” said Tucker, a graduate of Summerville and former wrestler and baseball player at the school from 1989-93. “To be able to accomplish this at Summerville, the place I grew up and competed myself as an athlete, makes it really special. I’m proud to be able to continue on the long tradition of success that was established before me.”

Tucker was a part of two state championship teams (1992-93) was a wrestler for coach Steve LaPrad, now the head football coach at Fort Dorchester. He also spent six years as an assistant under Kenny Walker while the Green Wave won four state championships. Tucker took over as head coach for the 2008-09 season.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Tucker said. “Steve LaPrad, the best there ever was. Then having the opportunity to coach under Kenny Walker and I learned so much from him. It goes back to the roots, instilling those values and keeping the program moving forward.”

Summerville has reached the state finals twice under Tucker, losing to Rock Hill in 2013-14 and falling to Hillcrest in 2020-21. Tucker’s goal is to hoist the championship trophy as a head coach.

“I would trade all 300 wins for a state championship,” the coach said. “If winning championships was easy, everyone would have one. But it is a goal. We are going to stay the course and continue to do things the right way. If it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

Summerville is currently ranked fifth in the latest Class AAAAA state rankings by scmat.com. Other Charleston-area teams ranked in Class AAAAA include Cane Bay (seventh), Goose Creek (17th), Ashley Ridge (18th) and Fort Dorchester (19th).

In Class AAAA, Lucy Beckham is ranked 10th and James Island is ranked 18th. Hanahan is ranked ninth in Class AAA, followed by Philip Simmons at No. 10.

In the AA/A rankings, Timberland is ranked seventh and Bishop England is eighth. Cross is ranked ninth, followed by Academic Magnet at No. 18 and Military Magnet at No. 19.

Togami headed to USC

Wando High pole vaulter Hannah Togami will be taking her talents to the University of South Carolina next year. She is the two-time defending state champion in Class AAAAA. Togami also was a second-team All-Lowcountry selection in volleyball this past season.

David Shelton’s Lowcountry Top 10

Boys Basketball

1. Summerville

2. Goose Creek

3. Oceanside Collegiate

4. First Baptist

5. Cane Bay

6. Porter-Gaud

7. Woodland

8. Ashley Ridge

9. Lucy Beckham

10. James Island

Girls Basketball

1. Stratford

2. Philip Simmons

3. Summerville

4. Military Magnet

5. Fort Dorchester

6. Cane Bay

7. Northwood Academy

8. Stall

9. Timberland

10. James Island

S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Polls

Class AAAAA Boys Top 10

1. Dorman

2. Conway

3. Byrnes

4. Goose Creek

5. Lexington

6. TL Hanna

7. Summerville

8. Carolina Forest

9. Hillcrest

10. Cane Bay

Class AAAAA Girls Top 10

1. Stratford

2. Woodmont

3. Spring Valley

4. Sumter

5. Clover

6. Lexington

7. Summerville

8. Wando

9. Rock Hill

10. Fort Dorchester

Class AAAA Boys Top 10

1. North Augusta

2. Lancaster

3. Irmo

4. Wilson

5. Greenville

6. Indian Land

7. Westside

8. Catawba Ridge

9. Greer

10. West Florence

Class AAAA Girls Top 10

1. South Pointe

2. North Augusta

3. Westwood

4. South Florence

5. Hartsville

6. Pickens

7. Greer

8. AC Flora

9. Bluffton

10. Catawba Ridge

Class AAA Boys Top 10

1. Crestwood

2. Orangeburg-Wilkinson

3. Chester

4. Wren

5. Marlboro County

6. Daniel

7. North Charleston

8. Clinton

9. Lake City

10. Manning

Class AAA Girls Top 10

1. Southside

2. Camden

3. Wren

4. Phillip Simmons

5. Blue Ridge

6. Crestwood

7. Lower Richland

8. Emerald

9. West Oak

10. Gilbert

Class AA Boys Top 10

1. Gray Collegiate

2. Oceanside Collegiate

3. Wade Hampton

4. Keenan

5. Strom Thurmond

6. Landrum

7. Andrew Jackson

8. Newberry

9. Abbeville

10. Woodland

Class AA Girls Top 10

1. Keenan

2. Gray Collegiate

3. Andrew Jackson

4. Silver Bluff

5. Bishop England

6. Barnwell

7. Kingstree

8. Timberland

9. Chesterfield

10. Columbia

Class A Boys Top 10

1. Great Falls

2. Scott’s Branch

3. Christ Church

4. High Point Academy

5. Denmark-Olar

6. North

7. Southside Christian

8. Hannah-Pamlico

9. Johnsonville

10. Calhoun County

Class A Girls Top 10

1. Military Magnet

2. Denmark-Olar

3. High Point Academy

4. Lake View

5. Christ Church

6. Carvers Bay

7. Calhoun Falls

8. McBee

9. Cross

10. Latta

A unique getaway: Kayaking the Lowcountry wilderness of Wambaw Creek offers solitude

The quiet black water slips beneath your kayak. Sunlight plays on the surface of the water, filtered through the leaves of tupelo and tall bald cypress trees — some hundreds of years old.The only sounds you hear are the gurgle of the water around your paddle, and the occasional chatter of a woodpecker darting among the trees. The water swirls nearby and an alligator slips into the channel in front of you and then silently disappears, like a prehistoric submarine, only to resurface far behind you where he observes you with a wary...

The quiet black water slips beneath your kayak. Sunlight plays on the surface of the water, filtered through the leaves of tupelo and tall bald cypress trees — some hundreds of years old.

The only sounds you hear are the gurgle of the water around your paddle, and the occasional chatter of a woodpecker darting among the trees. The water swirls nearby and an alligator slips into the channel in front of you and then silently disappears, like a prehistoric submarine, only to resurface far behind you where he observes you with a wary eye.

You see other eyes, too. High in the trees you spot a barred owl, sitting on a limb and surveying her domain. The night hunter is a statue of feathers and could be carved from the wood of the tree, except that her eyes follow you as you paddle by. When you are alone in the wilderness, you are never truly alone.

The wilderness you are exploring is the Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area near McClellanville, and even a short visit to this mysterious, beautiful place is an unforgettable experience.

Named one of the “14 best places to canoe and kayak on national forests” by the National Forest Foundation, Wambaw Creek is a popular destination for outdoor explorers. It rises from the swamps between Charleston and the mighty Santee River. It snakes its way on a northeasterly track for about 10 miles from such colorfully-named watersheds like “Hell Hole Swamp” and forms a watery path through the heart of the Francis Marion National Forest.

The region is steeped in history, from the earliest colonial days and Huguenot settlements, to prosperous rice plantations that made men wealthy along its banks — while enslaving others. Numerous battles were fought in the Wambaw Swamps, where Gen. Francis Marion, the cunning “Swamp Fox,” outwitted the British or waylaid them in hit-and-run battles that earned him fame, and our nation its independence.

Wambaw Creek today is an untouched preserve that bears little mark of its historic past. Massive cypress trees stretch into the sky, and well-tended forest service roads take visitors to two well-maintained boat landings to provide easy access. A popular kayak and canoe trail along the Wambaw is 4.6 miles from Still Landing to the bridge at Elmwood Recreation area. This makes for an easy 2- to 4-hour paddle that is excellent for all skill levels. If you have more time and a desire to explore, you can paddle upstream from Still Landing before turning around for a descent of the creek to the takeout. This makes for about a 7- to 9-mile trip and offers some incredible wildlife and nature-viewing opportunities.

I recently paddled Wambaw Creek with a group of friends. We launched at Still Landing and paddled upstream to explore the upper reaches of the creek. After a few hours we turned around and began our descent toward the Santee. Wambaw Creek is affected by the tides, and though our trip was easy going, we could see the effect of the water levels on the banks and in the current as we paddled.

We took out at Elmwood, recording a trip of 9 miles (including several side trips into smaller creeks), and then headed off for dinner at a local restaurant. Along the way, we stopped by the St. James-Santee Parish Episcopal Church to check out the history of the brick church built in 1768, and then enjoyed a seafood dinner at the Seewee Restaurant. This rustic, friendly diner located on U.S. 17 in Awendaw has served authentic Lowcountry seafood and other fare for nearly 25 years. It was the perfect stop after a day exploring a genuine wilderness, such as you will find at Wambaw Creek.

Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area was created in 1980 and is a Lowcountry treasure. Located a little over two hours from the Beaufort area, Wambaw Creek near McClellanville is part of the Berkeley County Blueways, and is an easy drive that provides an excellent day trip into the wild that you can tailor-make to your schedule and experience level.

Take U.S. 17 north through Charleston to McClellanville. At McClellanville, turn left onto S.C. 45. At 7.5 miles, turn right onto Forest Service Road 211. At 3.5 miles, turn left onto Forest Service Road 211B to Still Landing.

Elmwood Recreation area (suggested take-out) is located three miles further on FSR 211. This is a relatively easy paddle, but take precautions for encountering wildlife, and for exploring a wilderness area. There are stores and restaurants in nearby McClellanville, but there are no facilities at the landings.

For more information on exploring Wambaw Creek and the area, contact the U.S. Forest Service at (843) 336-2200 or visit www.berkeleyoutdoorlife.com. For information on the St. James-Santee Parish Episcopal Church, go to https://www.brickchurchstjames.org.

Charleston Celebrities Will Electrify the Stage at Lip Sync For Lungs Live Battle VII

For the Press & StandardAmerican Lung Association’s live lip-syncing event is back at the Charleston Music Hall raising funds to end lung diseaseThe American Lung Association in South Carolina announced that the Lip Sync For Lungs Battle VII “We Be-Lung Together”, presented by Audi Charleston, will be held live on February 16 at the Charleston Music Hall.The event features local celebrities performing lip sync and dance routines in an epic show-down to win the title of “Lip Sync Battle Champio...

For the Press & Standard

American Lung Association’s live lip-syncing event is back at the Charleston Music Hall raising funds to end lung disease

The American Lung Association in South Carolina announced that the Lip Sync For Lungs Battle VII “We Be-Lung Together”, presented by Audi Charleston, will be held live on February 16 at the Charleston Music Hall.

The event features local celebrities performing lip sync and dance routines in an epic show-down to win the title of “Lip Sync Battle Champion.” Past winners include Kyle “K’Otic” Johnson, Bryan Mahanes (Other Brother Entertainment), Robert Beall, DMD (James Island Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry), Susan Pearlstine, Dr. Yanis Bellil (Roper St. Francis Healthcare) and Lance Oliver (Motley Rice Law Firm).

“When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”, said Margaret Ann Youngs, Development Director for the American Lung Association in South Carolina. “This unique, action-packed event features local celebrities in a wildly entertaining, concert-style event that raises funds that support lung health programs, life-saving lung cancer research, and advocacy efforts for clean air in South Carolina communities. With support from our event sponsors, donors and attendees, we’re defending the rights of our community to breathe clean air and serving individuals with lung disease,” said Young.

“This is by far one of the most creative and entertaining charity events that I’ve been a part of,” said Lori DeNicola, South Carolina Local Leadership Board Member, American Lung Association, and owner of Petaloso. “I’ve been involved since the event’s inception. I’m proud to partner with the American Lung Association as both a sponsor and the Event Chair for Lip Sync For Lungs knowing that funds raised will help ongoing efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease,” said DeNicola.

This year’s celebrity performers include Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer (Pure Luxe Bride) & Drew Pond (Dock House Digital), Crystal DeMey (Sing, Play & Learn with Miss Crystal), Kelly Durrette (The Showroom Charleston), and Leslie Ann Newton-McKee.

Money raised through the Lip Sync For Lungs Live Battle VII “We Be-Lung Together”, presented by Audi Charleston will fund the American Lung Association in South Carolina’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease through local programs, advocacy efforts and research.

To purchase tickets to the event February 16 or to donate please visit LipSyncForLungs.org. For sponsorship opportunities, please email MargaretAnn.Youngs@Lung.org.

New barbecue, burger restaurant opens in West Ashley

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A Nashville-born restaurant made a new home in Charleston with what it calls “simple, delicious food and warm Southern hospitality.”Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop has opened its first Lowcountry location on St. Andrews Boulevard. Restaurateur and founder Pat Martin says Hugh-Baby’s is a loving tribute to the small-town eateries he frequented in his childhood.“We’re thrilled to share our plans to bring Hugh-Baby’s to Charleston,” Martin says. “It&...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A Nashville-born restaurant made a new home in Charleston with what it calls “simple, delicious food and warm Southern hospitality.”

Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop has opened its first Lowcountry location on St. Andrews Boulevard. Restaurateur and founder Pat Martin says Hugh-Baby’s is a loving tribute to the small-town eateries he frequented in his childhood.

“We’re thrilled to share our plans to bring Hugh-Baby’s to Charleston,” Martin says. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to serve the Charleston community for the past four years at our Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint on James Island. The city’s incredible natural beauty and rich culinary landscape makes it a natural next home for Hugh-Baby’s, and, most importantly, Charleston is a place where our team wants to live, work, and grow.”

Nearly everything on the Hugh-Baby’s menu is made from scratch and cooked to order. Martin’s menu speaks to his mid-South roots with burgers, Memphis-style barbecue, hot dogs, fries, and hand-spun shakes. The restaurant’s counter-service experience draws inspiration from the old-school barbecue and burger spots of days gone by.

Hugh-Baby’s celebrated burgers feature a proprietary blend of premium beef that is ground fresh daily. The barbecue sandwiches follow time-honored traditions of Memphis-style barbecue, with the restaurant slow-smoking pork, turkey, and bologna onsite, every single day. Menu highlights include Hugh-Baby’s signature Burgers (Classic Single or Double, BBQ Burger, Shroom & Swiss Burger), BBQ Sandwiches (Pulled Pork, Smoked Bologna, Smoked Turkey Club), and Hot Dogs that throw back to the quintessential gas station dogs of Martin’s youth (Ball Park Dog, Slaw Dog, Chili Cheese Dog, and Pickwick Dog). Other standouts include a Fried Chicken Sandwich, a Veggie Burger with a loyal following, crispy golden French Fries, and hand-spun, scratch-made Milkshakes featuring chocolate, strawberry, and seasonal fruit flavors.

The new restaurant will mark Martin’s second Lowcountry restaurant, following the 2019 opening of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint on James Island.

Hugh-Baby’s, located at 1028 St. Andrews Blvd., is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for dine-in, drive-thru, take-home, and delivery.

The restaurant is currently accepting applications for good-hearted people who love to serve to join the team at its new West Ashley location. Visit www.hughbabys.com/careers.

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