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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 Summerville 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 Summerville

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 Summerville 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 Summerville, 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 Summerville. 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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Central Ohio high school sports scores/schedules: Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Boys basketballOlentangy Berlin 54, Centennial 22DeSales 52, Westerville Central 51Watterson 50, Hartley 40Westerville Central 61, DeSales 52New Albany 72, Canal Winchester 52Hilliard Davidson 61, Hilliard Darby 47Marysville 47, Fairbanks 42Westerville North 68, Chillicothe 24Covington (Ky.) Catholic 76, Pickerington Central 62Teays Valley 53, Upper Arlington 43Hilliard Bradley 47, Urbana 38Jonathan Alder 66, Bloom-Carroll 61...

Boys basketball

Olentangy Berlin 54, Centennial 22

DeSales 52, Westerville Central 51

Watterson 50, Hartley 40

Westerville Central 61, DeSales 52

New Albany 72, Canal Winchester 52

Hilliard Davidson 61, Hilliard Darby 47

Marysville 47, Fairbanks 42

Westerville North 68, Chillicothe 24

Covington (Ky.) Catholic 76, Pickerington Central 62

Teays Valley 53, Upper Arlington 43

Hilliard Bradley 47, Urbana 38

Jonathan Alder 66, Bloom-Carroll 61

Circleville 56, Westfall 54

Fairfield Union 55, Sheridan 45

Grove City Christian 67, East Knox 38

Portsmouth Notre Dame 71, Fisher Catholic 45

Utica 57, Tree of Life 43

Licking Valley 73, Philo 58

Johnstown 48, West Muskingum 33

Newark Cath. 36, Tuscarawas Cent. Cath. 28

Danville 62, Granville Christian 43

Northmor 69, Clear Fork 63, 2OT

Miami Trace 61, London 48

Greeneview 55, Madison Plains 32

Yellow Springs 49, West Jefferson 47

New Hope Christian 56, Athens 41

Marion Harding 77, Kenton 65

Lexington 66, Mount Vernon 55

Vanlue 69, Ridgedale 55

Girls basketball

Ready 67, Centennial 29

Fairfield Christian 53, South 49

Harvest Prep 41, DeSales 39

Mechanicsburg 55, Hartley 33

Bexley 56, Olentangy Berlin 47

Granville 51, Worthington Kilbourne 25

Reynoldsburg 77, Greer (S.C.) Riverside 59

Lake Highland, Fla. 66, Pickerington Central 56

Summerville (S.C.) Cane Bay 53, Lancaster 42

Liberty Union 43, Buckeye Valley 41

Chillicothe Southeastern 60, Logan Elm 56

Unioto 44, Bloom-Carroll 34

Ports. Notre Dame 59, Fisher Cath. 43

West Muskingum 53, Licking Valley 23

Newark Catholic 54, Waterford 48

North Union 42, Jonathan Alder 36

Willard 60, East Knox 49

Fairbanks 38, Oregon Clay 18

Hockey

Olentangy Liberty 5, St. Charles 1

Olentangy Berlin 11, Thomas Worthington 2

Boys wrestling

Skyline Bowling Invitational

AT GALLIPOLIS GALLIA

Top team scores: Westfall 234.5, Huntington 200, Philo 189. Also: 21. Columbus Academy 54

THURSDAY, DEC. 29

Boys basketball

Reynoldsburg 96, Walnut Ridge 59

Cin. Finneytown 58, West 48

Grove City 53, Worthington Kilbourne 38

Watkins Memorial 53, Dublin Scioto 51

Olentangy Orange 50, Newark 45

Pickerington North 70, Whitehall 48

Heath 45, Lancaster 39

Pickerington Central 87, Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte 62

Dover 55, Olentangy 53, 4OT

Olentangy Liberty 62, Fayetteville, Ark. 58

Olentangy Berlin 52, Delaware 45

Hebron (Ky.) Conner 66, Dublin Jerome 57

Grandview 64, Centerburg 43

Tiffin Columbian 45, Bexley 44

Harvest Prep 81, Tiffin Calvert 45

Zane Trace 63, Amanda-Clearcreek 34

Patriot Academy 53, Rosecrans 45

Liberty Union 46, Licking Valley 43

McConnelsville Morgan 71, Lakewood 35

KIPP 52, Rockford Parkway 47

Bellefontaine 65, North Union 33

Girls basketball

Canal Winchester 45, New Albany 38

Upper Arlington 61, Dublin Scioto 20

Olentangy Orange 61, Licking Heights 43

Teays Valley 60, Worthington Kilbourne 21

Austintown Fitch 41, Hilliard Davidson 31

Reynoldsburg 58, Ashley Ridge, S.C. 40

North East Bushrangers, Australia 70, Central Crossing 52

Harpeth Hall, Tenn. 53, Lancaster 43

Amanda-Clearcreek 47, Johnstown 39

Circleville 53, Westfall 31

Tree of Life 55, Danville 51

Centerburg 48, Northridge 45

Mount Gilead 54, Elgin 24

Greeneview 39, Madison Plains 29

Miami Trace 58, London 44

Fairbanks 49, Huron 32

Mount Vernon 46, Ashland 37

Hockey

Watterson 5, DeSales 3

Dublin Coffman 10, Springboro 4

Dublin Jerome 2, Perrysburg 1

Bowling Green 3, New Albany 1

Gates Mills Gilmour 4, Upper Arlington 1

Team Indiana 6, Upper Arlington 3

Boys wrestling

Watterson Invitational

Watterson 200, Pickerington North 199, Bloom-Carroll 134, Westerville South 93, Hamilton Township 78, Briggs 72.5, Urbana 70, Buckeye Valley 65, West 64.5, Whetstone 55, Marion-Franklin 51.5, Madison Plains 41, Reynoldsburg 39, South Charleston Southeastern 36, Walnut Ridge 35.5, Fairbanks 17

Marion Harding Classic

Lakewood St. Edward 252.5, Lancaster 198, Central Crossing 155, St. Marys Memorial 146, Liberty Center 144.5, Hilliard Davidson 136, Highland 131.5, Plymouth 112, Centerburg 105, Dublin Scioto 103, Reynoldsburg 85.5, Upper Sandusky 79, Sullivan Black River 71, Bexley 70, Marion Harding 64.5, North Union 63, Rossford 61, Canal Winchester and Thomas Worthington 59, Northridge 56, Buckeye Valley 55, Lima Shawnee 51, Lima Senior 42, Ashland Mapleton 30.5, Northmor 27, Cardington 18, Groveport and Licking Heights 15, Mount Gilead 10, Delaware Christian 6, Galion and Mifflin 4

Southern Hills Community Bank Invitational

AT GREENFIELD MCCLAIN

Top team scores: Circleville 329.5, McClain 145, New Lexington 138

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

Boys basketball

Lancaster 55, West 38

Whetstone 57, Central Crossing 38

Columbus Academy 48, Briggs 46

Day. Ponitz 69, Linden 57

Watterson 54, Johnstown 41

DeSales 62, River Valley 54

St. Charles 51, Hebron (Ky.) Conner 49

Westerville Central 46, Westerville South 43

Big Walnut 77, Genoa Christian 35

Olentangy Orange 69, Madison 21

Olentangy 55, Perry 51

Dublin Coffman 72, Wadsworth 56

Olentangy Liberty 81, E. Forsyth, Ga. 37

Westerville North 61, Casstown Miami East 58

Winter Haven, Fla. 64, Pickerington Central 47

Newark 75, Barberton 46

Grandview 58, Rockford Parkway 53

Circleville 69, Athens 56

Gallipolis Gallia 36, Fairfield Union 34

Millersport 73, Liberty Christian 45

Delaware Christian 47, Fisher Catholic 38

Mansfield Christian 75, Horizon Science 69

Fairfield Christian 54, Shekinah Christian 39

Northside Christian 71, Berne Union 38

Centerburg 60, KIPP 59

Heath 55, Cin. Finneytown 49

Patriot Academy 57, Strasburg-Franklin 51

Clear Fork 67, Fredericktown 61

Westfall 61, New Hope Christian 58

London 47, Greeneview 40

Miami Trace 69, Madison Plains 57

Elgin 54, East Knox 39

Marion Harding 65, Upper Sandusky 53

Ridgemont 74, Mount Gilead 73

Girls basketball

DeSales 53, Westerville North 45

Watterson 39, Bexley 32

Hartley 42, Beloit W. Branch 39

Thomas Worthington 54, Dublin Scioto 38

Newark 59, Worthington Kilbourne 30

Dublin Coffman 62, Gahanna 52

Hilliard Darby 53, Pickerington North 49

Upper Arlington 50, Harvest Prep 48

Teays Valley 52, Big Walnut 35

Hilliard Davidson 49, Warren Howland 44

Marysville 51, Cin. Mount Notre Dame 42

Rutgers Prep, N.J. 52, Pickerington Central 47

Reynoldsburg 76, Greenbrier E., W.Va. 33

Hilliard Bradley 56, Wapakoneta 39

Olentangy Liberty 56, Berea 30

Lancaster 51, Radnor, Pa. 41

Liberty Union 65, Heath 52

Sheridan 52, Fairfield Union 32

Berne Union 52, Bidwell River Valley 25

Waterford 58, Fisher Catholic 44

John Glenn 49, Licking Valley 24

Tri-Village 65, Jonathan Alder 25

Pleasant 52, Bellefontaine 33

Hockey

Olentangy 5, Worthington Kilbourne 4

Dublin Jerome 3, Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 0

Perrysburg 8, New Albany 1

Findlay 6, Dublin Jerome 2

Dayton 2, Upper Arlington 0

Boys wrestling

West Jefferson Invitational

Grove City 237.5, Gahanna 197.5, Cadiz Harrison Central 180, Logan Elm 174.5, Westerville Central 155, Triad 134, Sycamore Mohawk 129, Marysville 109, West Jefferson 102, Worthington Kilbourne 98, Amanda-Clearcreek 88.5, Nelsonville-York 73.5, London 69.5, Ready 59.5, Mechanicsburg 59, Greenfield McClain 58, Olentangy Orange 40

GMVWA Holiday Tournament

AT VANDALIA BUTLER

Top team scores: Graham 283.5, Springboro 216, Xenia Legacy Christian 189. Also; 5. Jonathan Alder 139; 26. Big Walnut 64; 27. Delaware 6329. Hilliard Bradley 62; 48. Dublin Jerome 35.5

Ceramic Holiday Tournament

AT CROOKSVILLE

Crooksville 223, Liberty Union 216, Waterford 181, Zanesville 144.5, Heath 124.5

Girls wrestling

Watkins Tournament

Harrison 211.5, Greeneview 147, Marysville 111.5, Alliance 101, West Union 98, Watterson 93, West Chester Lakota West 91, Westerville North 86.5, Hamilton Township 85, North Bend Taylor 76, Washington C.H. 74, Mogadore 67.5, Teays Valley 65, Fairfield 57, Sandusky 47, DeSales 46.5, Gahanna 45, Casstown Miami East 41, Jackson 39.5, River Valley and Heath 36, New Lexington 33.5, Doylestown Chippewa 32, Simon Kenton, Ky. 32, Watkins Memorial and Waverly 29, Licking Heights, Logan, Highland and Tri-Valley 28, Madison Plains 25, Central Crossing and Canal Winchester 23, Big Walnut and Mount Vernon 19, Licking Valley 18, Latham Western 17, Bellefontaine 15, Westerville South 14, Pickerington North 10, Bexley 7

TUESDAY, DEC. 27

Boys basketball

Briggs 83, Westland 71

Liberty Twp. Lakota East 62, Walnut Ridge 54

Gates Mills Gilmour 80, Eastmoor Academy 63

Springfield 43, Linden 39

Independence 50, Tol. Maumee Valley 42

Hartley 73, Hamilton Township 44

Wadsworth 59, St. Charles 51

Ready 70, Dayton Northridge 38

Upper Arlington 51, Groveport 50

Delaware 64, Mount Vernon 56

Hebron (Ky.) Conner 66, Dublin Coffman 65

Olentangy Liberty 46, Rogers (Ark.) Heritage 31

Pickerington Central 77, Valdosta, Ga. 61

Hilliard Bradley 46, Tri-Valley 24

Columbus Academy 56, Day. Stivers 48

Berne Union 47, Delaware Christian 45

Fairfield Christian 52, Northside Christian 42

Liberty Christian 68, Fisher Catholic 63

Millersport 59, Shekinah Christian 46

Day. Chaminade Julienne 60, Harvest Prep 56

Danville 59, Tree of Life 57

Mansfield Christian 56, Cardington 50

Highland 47, Horizon Science 46

Northridge 54, Chillicothe 47

Urbana 44, Jonathan Alder 33

Galion 63, Northmor 58

Girls basketball

Fort Loramie 69, Walnut Ridge 9

Cabell Midland, W.Va. 41, Hartley 35

Franklin Hts. 49, Groveport 46

Central Crossing 60, Grove City Christian 18

Olentangy Liberty 61, Norton 45

Circleville 52, Huntington 20

Amanda-Clearcreek 57, Zane Trace 12

Pleasant 56, Cardington 27

Northridge 53, Elgin 38

Philo 42, Johnstown 25

Clear Fork 61, Fredericktown 29

Miami Trace 63, Madison Plains 28

London 46, Greeneview 32

Hockey

New Albany 10, Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 3

Bowling Green 2, Dublin Jerome 0

Findlay 6, New Albany 2

Girls wrestling

Lady Longhorn Holiday Tournament

AT ROCKY RIVER LUTHERAN WEST

Top team scores: Olentangy Orange 332, Lutheran West 131, Alliance 130. Also: 25. Columbus Academy 21.

Boys bowling

Marysville 2,481, Mechanicsburg 2,463.

Girls bowling

Mechanicsburg 2,543, Marysville 2,235

Summerville Boys enter season ranked and with big expectations

The Summerville Boys returned all but one starter plus its sixth man and seventh man for the 2022-23 basketball season.“Self-expectations are high coming off a 14-9 season with a 6-2 region record, a second-round playoff appearance and many important pieces returning,” Summerville coach David Long said. “We feel like this year’s team has a chance to be very good, but we understand there is a long way to go to reach our full potential. That is our team goal every season and where we end up is simply the destinat...

The Summerville Boys returned all but one starter plus its sixth man and seventh man for the 2022-23 basketball season.

“Self-expectations are high coming off a 14-9 season with a 6-2 region record, a second-round playoff appearance and many important pieces returning,” Summerville coach David Long said. “We feel like this year’s team has a chance to be very good, but we understand there is a long way to go to reach our full potential. That is our team goal every season and where we end up is simply the destination. With some luck and a good bounce or two, we feel like we could have a special season.”

All-state guard Yannick Smith returned to lead the Green Wave. As a sophomore last season, he averaged a team-high 19 points per game. Senior Forward Delvin Davis is back after averaging six rebounds per game last season and sophomore guard Melvin Teal returned after averaging four assists per game. Senior forward Mike Jenkins is the other returning starter while senior guard Jai’viaun Chisolm and sophomore center Yasir Smith are back after making key contributions off the bench during the last campaign.

During preseason activities, junior Kenneth Brown and freshman Josiah Taylor, both guards, led the way for a promising group of players in their first year with the Green Wave varsity team. Rounding out the team’s roster are juniors Lance Metz, Sheldon Glenn and Jonas Nelson, and sophomore Warren Nelson.

Summerville jumped out to a 4-1 start this season. During its home opener against Stratford Dec. 2, Long substituted players four and five at a time and it didn’t slow his team down as it rolled to an 83-46 victory.

During a Thanksgiving tournament at River Bluff Nov. 21-23, Summerville defeated Lakewood and Pendleton before suffering a 48-45 loss to Wando. The Green Wave then avenged that first loss, defeating Wando 70-56 on Nov. 29 in Mount Pleasant.

“Our keys to success will be incorporating our many football players after their very successful season, sorting out our playing-time rotation and continuing to improve as a team,” Long said. “We will be challenged throughout the season with a very difficult schedule. Along with our region foes, we have some very strong non-region teams on the schedule. We expect some great competition at the Pro Skills Basketball Showcase at Goose Creek and the Poinsettia Classic at Greenville High School both in December.”

Summerville is ranked fifth in the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Class AAAAA preseason rankings. The Green Wave is scheduled for road games at Beaufort, the No. 6 ranked 3A team in the state, Dec. 5 and Bishop England Dec. 7. Summerville then hosts Carolina Forest Dec. 9, Cane Bay Dec. 12 and Sumter Dec. 14. Sumter is ranked ninth in 5A and Cane Bay is ranked 10th.

The first week of January, Summerville will play at Lexington and at Goose Creek. The Wild Cats are the top-ranked 5A team while the Gators are ranked third.

2 new shops to open in North Charleston retail center; new tool store coming to Summerville

Two new retail shops are ready to launch in a Target-anchored shopping center in North Charleston.“Opening soon” and “Now hiring” signs are posted in front of Advance Auto Parts and Popshelf in North Rivers Towne Center at 7250 Rivers Ave.They are splitting a formerly 31,433-square-foot vacant space next to a recently opened Buy Buy Baby store. The retail center is owned by LBX Investments of Los Angeles...

Two new retail shops are ready to launch in a Target-anchored shopping center in North Charleston.

“Opening soon” and “Now hiring” signs are posted in front of Advance Auto Parts and Popshelf in North Rivers Towne Center at 7250 Rivers Ave.

They are splitting a formerly 31,433-square-foot vacant space next to a recently opened Buy Buy Baby store. The retail center is owned by LBX Investments of Los Angeles.

Popshelf is a new concept from Dollar General that offers home furnishings, party items, toys and beauty products. It’s geared toward the suburban shopper with a household income between $50,000 and $125,000, higher than Dollar General’s lower-income targeted customers.

Opening dates for the new stores have not been announced.

Tool time

Tool giant Harbor Freight plans to set up shop in Summerville.

The Calabasas, Calif.-based retailer recently signed an extended lease for a 16,000-square-foot structure to be built at 388 E. 5th North St., also known as U.S. Highway 78, about a block south of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway, according to Dorchester County land records.

The 1.43-acre site, owned by Henbell Summerville HFT LLC of Augusta, Ga., sits east of a Spinx convenience store and gas station and next to Sawmill Branch. It also abuts a retail center where Planet Fitness and Palmetto State Armory are located.

Harbor Freight’s lease is for 15 years with five five-year renewal options. The agreement also grants the tenant the first right of refusal to purchase the property.

On the way

In northern Mount Pleasant, Red Bird Hospitality Group LLC plans to open a new Bohemian Bull tavern and beer garden in January in a 6,143-square-foot space at 2668 U.S. Highway 17.

The East Cooper franchise location for the bar and grill is the former site of Carrabba’s Italian Grill. It’s also near the newly opened Cabana Burgers & Shakes at 2664 U.S. Highway 17.

Bohemian Bull’s flagship venue is on Folly Road on James Island. Another restaurant is in Greenville, with a new site coming to Mauldin in the Upstate and another in Grapevine, Texas.

What’s cooking?

A Connecticut-based restaurant specializing in rotisserie chicken is close to opening in the Charleston area.

El Pollo Guapo recently applied for its state alcohol license at 1130 Folly Road on James Island where Black Magic Café operated before closing its last Lowcountry location in September after 13 years.

The new restaurant will offer whole roasted chickens, sides, tacos, rice bowls, salads, desserts and other items.

The company’s website says it plans to open by the end of the year and bring a food truck.

Cleaning up

Not one but two car washes are on the way to the Centre Pointe development in North Charleston.

Whistle Express, part of Charlotte-based Magnolia Wash Holdings, is building its first South Carolina location beside Mellow Mushroom on Tanger Outlet Boulevard while Tommy’s Express plans to take over the former Burger King site at Centre Pointe Drive and Tanger Outlet Boulevard near Walmart and Tanger Outlets.

Michigan-based Tommy’s Express has two other locations in the Charleston area on Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston and Trolley Road in Summerville. Opening dates have not been announced for either location.

Rolling in

A luxury rental transportation business recently added a second U.S. location in Charleston.

Double Black Transportation has set up an office at 310 Broad St. on the peninsula along with an off-site vehicle lot at 1211 Palm St. in Hanahan.

The company’s other location is in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Case Resor is the owner of both businesses, which offer party buses for weddings, concerts and other social outings.

Facility to add gates at main entrances after hit and run, Live 5 investigation

Changes are coming to a state-run facility after one of its residents was able to escape, and then was hit by a car.SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Changes are coming to a state-run facility after one of its residents was able to escape and was then struck by a car.Documents show that the Coastal Regional Center approved a $49,950 purchase to build gates at its two front entrances off of Miles Jamison Road.“I think with the traffic alone and the type of people that are housed at the Coastal Center... and this road began...

Changes are coming to a state-run facility after one of its residents was able to escape, and then was hit by a car.

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Changes are coming to a state-run facility after one of its residents was able to escape and was then struck by a car.

Documents show that the Coastal Regional Center approved a $49,950 purchase to build gates at its two front entrances off of Miles Jamison Road.

“I think with the traffic alone and the type of people that are housed at the Coastal Center... and this road began to pick up traffic like it did, gates should have been put in,” mother Margaret Treadwell said.

Mary Williams, a 42-year-old with disabilities had escaped from the facility late one evening in October.

A Live 5 Investigation last month revealed she wasn’t the only one.

“I was shocked, and I was upset. I actually knew the young lady that got hit and it was personal and quite heartbreaking and saddening for me,” Treadwell said.

Treadwell reached out to Live 5 News after hearing the story. Her 31-year-old daughter, who has non-verbal autism, was also able to escape previously.

“If someone like her gets out. She can’t go somewhere and ask for help to get back. It’s up to, unfortunately, society or whoever finds her to bring her back,” Treadwell said.

Department of Disabilities and Special Needs spokesman P.J. Perea says the gate project was undergoing planning for procurement starting in July 2022 after a need was identified based on “increased traffic, poor lighting at night, and lack of sidewalks on Miles Jamison road.”

Documents obtained from the department show a request for purchase was submitted on Dec. 15, less than a week after the Live 5 News story aired.

It had also been two months since Williams was hospitalized following the hit-and-run.

Treadwell says the road has always been busy since her daughter has lived there.

It is unclear when construction will begin.

Williams’ cousin, Nicole Nick, was happy to hear the news. But concerns still remain about staffing shortages and the cleanliness of the facilities, among others.

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‘Law Talk’ series comes to S’ville Library

The South Carolina Bar and the Dorchester County Library (DCL) are collaborating in hosting Law Talk on Jan. 26 at the Summerville Library, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., where the topic of the day will be employment law presented by attorneys Brice Ricker and Emily Tong.Registration isn’t required for this event, per DCL, that will feature a Q&A session at the end of the discussion.“South Carolina’s employment relationships are ‘at-will,’ which generally means that employers can terminate an employee fo...

The South Carolina Bar and the Dorchester County Library (DCL) are collaborating in hosting Law Talk on Jan. 26 at the Summerville Library, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., where the topic of the day will be employment law presented by attorneys Brice Ricker and Emily Tong.

Registration isn’t required for this event, per DCL, that will feature a Q&A session at the end of the discussion.

“South Carolina’s employment relationships are ‘at-will,’ which generally means that employers can terminate an employee for any reason, or no reason at all; however, both federal and state law provides exceptions to this foundational rule ... Mrs. Tong and I look forward to helping Dorchester county residents learn about these exceptions and circumstances so that our community has a better understanding of their rights in the employment setting,” said Ricker.

For more information on Law Talk or other programs, contact Elizabeth Neal at 843-871-5075, ext. 212 or eneal@dorchesterlibrarysc.org.

Nearly 300 women will combine their energies next month in building a home for a Summerville-based single mom as part of Dorchester Habitat for Humanity’s annual build undertaking inspiring females to get involved in construction in the spirit of creating a forever home for a local family.

This “Women Build” initiative, according to Dorchester Habitat for Humanity Development Director Moriah Hollander, will require more than 2,000 hours to complete, as business partners will assist in the venture by donating construction materials.

“It’s the most fun we have on the build site each year,” Hollander shared. “You can show up never having picked up a hammer and leave knowing how to install trim in your living room.”

“Women Build” participants partaking in the project, says Hollander, will meet and work alongside the prospective home owner during weekend meetings in February.

The 2023 home recipient is Ariell Burgess, a mother of three.

“This house holds endless opportunity, growth, and stability in all areas of our life,” observed Burgess. “I want my kids to know their mom worked hard to build them a home.”

Volunteer Amanda Leviner is excited for what lies ahead and described the annual build as a great bonding experience for women.

“Women’s build was just a day of goodness,” she added. “Serving together but also knowing that that service is producing fruit in someone else’s life. Getting to meet her that day was an extra bonus.”

Those who wish to participate or sponsor this year’s construction activities are invited to to contact events@dorchesterhabitat.org for further details.

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