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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 Ladson 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 Ladson

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:




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 Ladson 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 Ladson, 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 Ladson. 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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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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New restaurants coming to 3 shuttered dining venues in Charleston

The sites of three shuttered restaurants in Charleston could soon be serving diners again.In West Ashley, a Japanese restaurant that serves sushi, steak and seafood plans to open in a former Chinese diner while two Mexican-themed offerings are in the works for different sites on the peninsula....

The sites of three shuttered restaurants in Charleston could soon be serving diners again.

In West Ashley, a Japanese restaurant that serves sushi, steak and seafood plans to open in a former Chinese diner while two Mexican-themed offerings are in the works for different sites on the peninsula.

Konnichiwa is upfitting a space at 975 Savannah Highway in the Harris Teeter-anchored St. Andrews Center. The site previously was A1 China Super Buffet, which closed in June 2021.

The name Konnichiwa stems from the traditional Japanese greeting from midday to onset of evening, or a standard way to say “hello.”

The restaurant originated in its Charlotte location and has five more sites throughout South Carolina, including Greenville, Florence and Lexington. Two are in Spartanburg County in Moore and Boiling Springs.

Business partner Eka Lesmana said the West Ashley restaurant is aiming for a late October opening.

In downtown Charleston, Azul Meeting St. LLC recently applied for an alcohol license at 385 Meeting St. next to Charleston School of Law. The company is registered to Armando Navarro, who owns Azul Mexicano Restaurante near Park Circle in North Charleston. He could not be reached for comment on the proposed restaurant.

The site is the former location of Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar. An opening time frame has not been announced.

And in downtown Charleston, a new Mexican-themed restaurant and tequila bar is in the works.

The Matador, with nine restaurants in the Seattle area as well as Idaho and Oregon, plans to open in the former Sticky Fingers site at 235 Meeting St., according to plans presented to the city of Charleston.

Plans show the front entry door shifted to the left, with a window replacing the existing entry to match current elements. Interior renovations are planned on the first two floors of the three-story building.

The restaurant chain, with its bull-horned logo, offers an array of Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas and burritos and specializes in tequila with more than 150 offerings, all from Mexico. It also offers hand-crafted cocktails and a full menu of other items.

A restaurant representative did not immediately respond for comment on a projected opening timeframe.

Sticky Fingers closed the Meeting Street site in September 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It had operated downtown for more than two decades. Before that, the space at the southwest corner of Hasell Street housed Marianne, a popular French bistro that closed in 1995.

Lidl update

Work resumed over the past month or so on the inside of the new discount grocery store Lidl coming to North Charleston after interior upfitting had stopped earlier this summer.

The German-based grocer that runs its U.S. headquarters from Arlington, Va., recently posted a “Now Hiring” sign in front of the shop on an outparcel of the Ross Dress for Less-anchored Cedar Grove Shopping Center on Dorchester Road.

The company also recently applied for its state license to sell alcohol at the future store.

Lidl spokeswoman Chandler Spivey said the new North Charleston store is expected to open in the fall while the company hopes to have a better sense of timing at a later date for the store proposed for Bowman Place Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

Seeking variance

A new dining venue is in the works for downtown Charleston. Applicant Michael Hebb is requesting a special exception from the city to allow a restaurant at 30 Pinckney St. with 198 square feet of inside patron space without providing two required off-street parking spaces. The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider the request Sept. 6.

On the go

Food Lion supermarket has added five stores in South Carolina to its growing list of locations that offer its “To Go” order online and pickup grocery service.

New locations include stores at Richland Avenue West in Aiken, S.C. Highway 81 North in Anderson, U.S. Highway 321 in Gaston, U.S. Highway 701 North in Loris and Jefferson Davis Highway in Warrenville. The grocer also offers the service at 55 other locations across the Palmetto State.

In the Charleston area, the service is offered at five of Food Lion’s 19 supermarkets. They include locations at Ashley Crossing in West Ashley, College Park Road in Ladson, Maybank Highway on Johns Island, North Street in Summerville and St. James Avenue in Goose Creek.

The service is free on the first pickup and delivery for an order of $35 or more. A pickup fee of $1.99 is charged on subsequent purchases over $35 and $3.99 for orders under $35.

A delivery fee of $3.99 is charged on orders over $35 and higher for orders less than that but at least $10. A delivery service fee of 5 percent of the order also is assessed, and it could be higher during peak times.

Changing hours

Ruke’s roadside fruit and vegetable stand in Mount Pleasant will change its days of operation after Labor Day.

The produce vendor at 378 Mathis Ferry Road will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday from Sept. 8 until Dec. 31.

The roadside stand near Holy Trinity AME Church was previously open the same hours Monday through Saturday during the summer season.

Now open

Beach Cowboy Fitness is now open at 1200 Queensborough Blvd. in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

It offers home-school physical education classes and inclusive and adaptive fitness programs for special needs students.

It’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9-11 a.m. Saturday as well as other times by appointment.

College Football Odds, Picks & Predictions for Bethune-Cookman vs. Miami (FL) (Saturday, Sept 3)

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-...

Bethune-Cookman vs. Miami Odds

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.

New Wildcats Offense Under Canales

Sims did not rest on his laurels following last season’s disappointment, as he brought in Mike Canales to serve as offensive coordinator.

Canales comes in with 35 years of coaching experience at UTEP, Tennessee, Utah State and North Texas. Most recently, he was at Maryland as an analyst.

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.

At wide receiver, Akeem Hayes can work in the slot and outside. He comes in from Arkansas State and was previously at Kentucky. He has 11 career catches for 114 yards and two TDs.

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.

Hill-Robinson Leads the Bethune Cookman Defense

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.

Van Dyke Headlines the Canes Offense

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.

Miami Defense Looking for New Playmakers

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.

Bethune-Cookman vs. Miami Betting Pick

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.

Pick: Over 62.5

Dorchester County starts $3 million fire station rebuild

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County Fire Station 21 on Ladson Road is now closed while construction begins on a major remodel.The $3.3 million project will see the station completely demolished and reoriented so the building faces the road.Fire Chief Tres Atkinson says the new station is part of the county’s strategy for redeveloping the Oakbrook area. He says the new station will have four bays, office space, living quarters and at least six bunkrooms.“This is a big deal for this area. I think...

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County Fire Station 21 on Ladson Road is now closed while construction begins on a major remodel.

The $3.3 million project will see the station completely demolished and reoriented so the building faces the road.

Fire Chief Tres Atkinson says the new station is part of the county’s strategy for redeveloping the Oakbrook area. He says the new station will have four bays, office space, living quarters and at least six bunkrooms.

“This is a big deal for this area. I think not so much for the call volume but just the way this area is growing and the way it looks,” Atkinson said. “We really need to make it fit the ticket for the remodel of the Oakbrook area. We really need to make this more aesthetically pleasing, and I think it’s a win for both sides - for the fire service and for the community as well.”

It will also feature a weight room and a dedicated area for turnout gear. This is a decontamination area to purge gear of harmful chemicals picked up during fire calls. Many of those chemicals are carcinogenic, meaning they can cause to cancer.

The project is currently $300,000 over the original budget with construction expected to be completed sometime next year, although a more specific timeline is not yet available. In the meantime, the fire trucks and ambulances have been moved to other areas.

That has some people living in the area concerned.

“The new station will be great in the long run, but I am just concerned that they were not planning their coverage in the meantime,” said Fred K. “There are numerous apartment buildings being constructed within a half mile from here. How are we going to have the same coverage while this construction is going on?”

Atkinson says they moved the fire engines to Station 22, about four miles away. They transferred EMS services to a Summerville fire station one mile away.

“We worked with our automatic aid partners in Summerville and North Charleston,” Atkinson said. “North Charleston has two stations right close by. . . There really won’t be a big impact to the response times.”

Fred’s concern isn’t about distance so much as it is about traffic.

“I’ve seen EMS have to drive over the concrete medians they put down on Dorchester Road. It’s not too easy for them to get down this way in heavy traffic,” Fred said. “The areas they have to go through are some of the most congested traffic in Dorchester County up here on Ladson Road and Dorchester Road. There’s so much more traffic here than there used to be even from just a few years ago. "

Atkinson says they’ve done the math and can guarantee there will not be a noticeable change in response times.

“We’ll be on scene very quickly,” Atkinson said. “It’ll be a big truck, a big red truck and it might say North Charleston or Summerville or Dorchester County on it but we’ll be there in a timely manner.”

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This SC pup beat all odds for survival. Now he’s in the running for national hero dog award

Fire danced on the shed walls, sheltering Jake, his siblings and his mother. His mother and siblings escaped unharmed, but a piece of the inflamed ceiling fell on the 3-week-old puppy.Seven years later, Jake the pit bull from Ladson, S.C., is one of the semifinalists for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards out of 400 candidates from across the country.“When we got him out of the shed, he wasn’t breathing, wasn’t moving. I started doing mouth-to-snout until we got our pet oxygen mask,” said William L...

Fire danced on the shed walls, sheltering Jake, his siblings and his mother. His mother and siblings escaped unharmed, but a piece of the inflamed ceiling fell on the 3-week-old puppy.

Seven years later, Jake the pit bull from Ladson, S.C., is one of the semifinalists for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards out of 400 candidates from across the country.

“When we got him out of the shed, he wasn’t breathing, wasn’t moving. I started doing mouth-to-snout until we got our pet oxygen mask,” said William Lindler, Jake’s handler and one of the firefighters on the scene of that shed fire in 2015.

Jake was rushed to a local emergency vet’s office by a firetruck in Ladson. Jake began breathing on his own on the trip, but burns marred 75% of his tiny body.

His recovery took about three or four months, and on top of that, the young pit bull’s family abandoned him at the veterinarian’s office.

The office manager of the veterinarian clinic told Lindler that the family had been given options to proceed with Jake’s treatment and were left in the waiting room to fill out some forms.

“About five minutes later, they looked into the waiting room and they were gone,” Lindler said. “And they had just left the clipboard blank with the paperwork on it in the chair in the waiting room.”

After finding out what happened, Lindler automatically decided to adopt the puppy.

Jake followed Lindler to the fire station each day and was eventually sworn in as an Honorary Firefighter and the official mascot. The dog usually went with the team for truck rides and visited schools for fire prevention weeks with his dad.

When Jake wasn’t allowed to ride with the team to calls, things got a little messy. The first year Lindler had him, his wife bought Jake a TempurPedic dog bed for the station. Lindler and his team went out on a call and left Jake at the station because Lindler thought it was too late at night to take the dog along.

When Lindler got back, Jake was found standing on top of the kitchen table, staring at the firefighters with stuffing littered around him.

“It looked like it had snowed in the kitchen because he had totally destroyed that bed,” Lindler laughed. “He was accustomed to going with us on the trucks, but it was about 9 o’clock at night so I just decided to leave him at the station. Well, obviously, he did not like that very much.”

Jake was the star of Ladson’s City Hall and the schools during his three years as an ambassador. Although he had been burned badly, he was always happy to promote the positives and help out with demonstrations.

“The (students) absolutely loved him. I guess they thought it was the neatest thing that there was a puppy that wore a firefighter coat just like us and had a little helmet,” Lindler said.

Jake still carries fame today on social media, which led the American Humane Society to reach out to Lindler about entering Jake into the hero dog contest. His Instagram, “jakethefirepibble,” has more than 23,000 followers as of June 7.

“A couple of his canine buddies have competed in it in years past, and I always thought it was cool when they were doing it, but I never thought about, ‘Could I enter Jake? Should I enter Jake?” Lindler said.

Lindler said he hopes Jake’s story has a positive impact on everyone who’s heard it or has met Jake.

“Everyone has some form of scars, but you shouldn’t let those scars define you,” Lindler said. “(Jake’s injuries) do not slow him down one bit.”

Voting is open to choose the seven finalists in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards and will close July 22 at 3 p.m.

If you’d like to vote for Jake in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards and see the other nominees, visit

Bintelli LLC expanding operations in Charleston County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bintelli LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of mopeds, scooters and electric vehicles, today announced plans to expand operations in Charleston County. The company’s $455,000 investment will create 72 new jobs.

An Inc. 5000 company and headquartered in Charleston, Bintelli LLC produces environmentally friendly and cost-effective golf carts, scooters, electric shuttles and other vehicles for a variety of uses that are distributed to dealerships and retail outlets across the United States. The company offers more than 40 customizable electric vehicles, including electric golf carts, electric shuttles, street-legal golf carts, low-speed vehicles and Americans with Disabilities Act-compatible shuttles, along with a full line of parts and accessories.

Located at 2137 Savannah Highway in Charleston, Bintelli LLC is adding additional square footage to its manufacturing facility to keep up with the increased demand for electric vehicles. Bintelli LLC also has operations in North Charleston and Orangeburg.

The expansion is expected to be complete by spring 2022.


“Since relocating Bintelli from Florida in 2015, the company has experienced tremendous growth. This most recent expansion has tripled our electric vehicle manufacturing output over last year. Even with tripling our staff size, we still can’t keep up with the demand for our Bintelli Beyond and Bintelli Nemesis lines of electric vehicles! 2022 is set to be another record-breaking year for us at Bintelli, and I’m so excited we get to share all of the success with our entire Bintelli family.” -Bintelli LLC President Justin Jackrel

“South Carolina’s business friendly-environment and talented workforce allow for companies like Bintelli LLC to find success. Congratulations to Bintelli LLC, and we look forward to our continued partnership for years to come.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Bintelli LLC’s latest expansion signals yet another vote of confidence by this great company in Charleston County and our state. With a focus on electric mobility and sustainability, Bintelli LLC is one of our state’s leading innovators, and we are proud of the success they have found here.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“Bintelli LLC is an exemplary tale of the success that can be found in Charleston County. The company’s commitment to growing their West Ashley headquarters is commendable.” -Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor



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