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Privacy Fences: A great privacy fence not only protects your family from the prying eyes of strangers. It can be great for security, too. Available in a variety of materials like vinyl and wood, privacy fences transform spaces like backyards into secluded hideaways. Ask Five Star Fence about decorative options, too, like post caps, coordinating gates, and lattice panel tops.

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Picket Fences: If you want to capture the essence of Americana, a picket fence might be your best choice. One of the most beloved styles of all time, many picket fences come with heavy-duty vinyl and feature extra-wide posts with slimmer top and bottom rails. You can also choose from several stylish wooden picket fences to enhance your home's appearance.

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Chain Link Fences: Chain link fencing is one of the most common, cost-effective ways to keep your property safe. Available in galvanized and aluminized options, you can also select vinyl coated colors like black and green. For extra security, Five Star Fence Company can install barbed wire and even automatic gates if needed.

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Aluminum Fences: Often considered the ultimate combo of beauty, durability, and strength, aluminum fencing enhances your home's curb appeal and protects too. Warranted by the manufacturer for life, aluminum fences at Five Star Fence Company come in many colors and styles. We even have a variety of heights to pick from as well, including special order aluminum fences.

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Wooden Fences: From heavy-duty lattice fences made with pressure-washed pine to traditional estate-style split-rail fencing, wooden fences are affordable and effective. But wood fences do more than fill a need - they add value and style to your home. Fenced-in yards are a hot commodity in today's real estate market and can boost the value of your home if you're looking to sell. In terms of ROI, wood fencing is near the top of the list. At Five Star Fence Company, our design team will work closely with you to install the wooden fence of your dreams.

Frequently Asked Fencing Questions

At Five Star Fence, we do everything in our power to make your fence installation easy, streamlined, and effortless on your end. If you're considering a new fence installation, you probably have some questions about our process. To help address some of your concerns, here are answers to some of the most common questions that come across our desks.

Q. I need a fence installed for my home in Knightsville. How long will it take?

A. A typical residential fence takes between two to four days to complete, depending on the size and build of your home. We will do our best to cater to your busy schedule and offer reliable fence installation services Monday-Friday. Should you have specific needs on the day of your fence installation, please let our staff know so that we can do our best to work with you.

Q. Another company told me that they don't use cement to secure posts in the ground. Is that true?

A. Absolutely not. Do not let anyone tell you that you do not need your posts cemented in the ground. At Five Star Fence, every post we plant is cemented into the ground, no questions asked. Depending on the type of fence that we're installing for you, your posts will be about 24-48 inches in the ground to ensure stability and durability.

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Whether you need a new, beautiful wood fence to enhance curb appeal or an aluminum fence to help secure your residential property, Five Star Fence Company is here to help. After 28 years in the business, we have the knowledge and the experience to get the job done right. We pledge to provide you with honest work and the best fencing services in the Lowcountry. Contact our office today to get started on your free quote. Before you know it, your property will be a safer, more enjoyable place to spend time all year long.

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Cool Teacher: Knightsville Elementary School’s Mrs. Kristi O’Callahan

KNIGHTSVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – “She lights up my world.” “She changed my life.” “She’s fun and creative.” “She helped my son.”These are just a few words of adoration used when students and parents talk about Knightsville Elementary Special Education Teacher Kristi O’Callahan – the News 2 Cool Teacher of the week.O’Callahan has a passion for teaching special education. “I feel like this is what I was born to do,” she said. “I never wante...

KNIGHTSVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – “She lights up my world.” “She changed my life.” “She’s fun and creative.” “She helped my son.”

These are just a few words of adoration used when students and parents talk about Knightsville Elementary Special Education Teacher Kristi O’Callahan – the News 2 Cool Teacher of the week.

O’Callahan has a passion for teaching special education. “I feel like this is what I was born to do,” she said. “I never wanted to be anything else.”

The New York native teaches special education kindergarten through fifth-grade math and English at the Dorchester District 2 school. It’s a role she’s had for the past six years.

“A safe place to love, and learn, and just be awesome,” she said, “They’re not less than. They’re awesome. They’re amazing, and I love them! I love my kids.”

Sixteen years dedicated to special education, O’Callahan said she always wanted to be a teacher.

“The special ed part was a close family friend of ours. Growing up, their son had Down’s syndrome. I saw the way people looked at him differently, or the way they acted around him, but my brother, my cousins, his siblings – we didn’t treat him differently. He was just Patty to us.”

She went on to say, “I just knew I wanted him and kids like him to not feel less than. I just want them to feel special and important. I think that’s what we do here every day, myself, my T-A, that’s what we strive for.”

O’Callahan said she uses a fun multi-sensory approach to teaching.

“We do reading and math primarily, we have fun, too. It’s all about a hands-on multi-sensory approach. So there’s kinesthetics, so we’re moving. I think the most important thing is the relationships that we form first. I think the bond, rapport, and communication. I want them to feel safe, and loved, and important, and special.”

“Once they feel those things, I think then we kick in academics and that’s when they really thrive. I just want to make a difference when they come here because being pulled out of your Gen-Ed setting makes you feel a little different and weird, so I just want them to come here and be happy and excited about my classroom,” she added.

Fourth-grade student Ariyah Hallock says Mrs. O’Callahan changed her life. “She lights up my world. I want to come to her classroom every day because how grateful I am. Over the two years, I’ve been with her, she’s been helping me read and everything she’s done for me, and I’m so thankful for her. She is making a difference,” Ariyah said.

The principal at Knightsville Elementary School, Claire Sieber, said O’Callahan’s energy level and expertise to meet children where they are and to help them grow academically make her the right fit for the school.

“She makes those connections with students that help them to engage in the learning, feel proud of their successes, and want to take the next step in their learning to continue to fill in the academic gaps they might have,” she said.

Parent Bridget Sowards’ son, Daniel, is one of Mrs. O’Callahan’s students. She nominated her to receive the Cool School Teacher award. “She’s making a big difference in our school. Mrs. O’Callahan is an amazing support for Daniel. She would send me emails sometimes and say ‘oh I saw this and thought of Daniel, and maybe you can implement this at home as well.’ It just blows my mind how amazing she is with the kids, and how Daniel is so excited to come to school to be with her and how he has improved in the last two years in English Language Arts by leaps and bounds where he was really struggling,” she said. “He’s beginning to catch up to his peers, which is the whole point of her being with her. She’s really amazing.”

O’Callahan said she’s thankful for the special accolades and recognition. “It’s super overwhelming! I just don’t think about things like that. I come here, I love on my kids. I teach my kids and that’s the most important thing. I love it! It’s amazing! It’s such a good feeling!”

If you would like to nominate a Cool School or educator, send an email to Octavia Mitchell at omitchell@wcbd.com.

FIRST ALERT: Tornado watches end for Lowcountry counties

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Tornado watches around the Lowcountry have been allowed to expire as Tropical Depression Nicole moves farther from South Carolina.Remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole put the Lowcountry under tornado watches throughout Thursday night going into Friday morning.Most of the watches ended Friday morning, and a watch for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties ended just before noon. Two tornado warnings were issued in the Tri-County during the storm activity.A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 a.m. f...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Tornado watches around the Lowcountry have been allowed to expire as Tropical Depression Nicole moves farther from South Carolina.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole put the Lowcountry under tornado watches throughout Thursday night going into Friday morning.

Most of the watches ended Friday morning, and a watch for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties ended just before noon. Two tornado warnings were issued in the Tri-County during the storm activity.

A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 a.m. for parts of Charleston County, however, it expired at 12:41 a.m.

Another warning came Thursday afternoon as a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located at 5:17 p.m. near Knightsville The warning expired at 5:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has not verified if any tornados touchdown during either of the warnings. Meanwhile, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division says county emergency managers across the state reported minimal damages. None of the managers requested state assistance.

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Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine says gusts to tropical storm force are possible Wednesday through Friday.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form, but does not indicate that any actual tornadoes have been detected.

Tropical Storm Nicole has sent multiple homes collapsing into the Atlantic Ocean. Nicole made landfall as a hurricane early Thursday near Vero Beach, Florida, but the brunt of the damage was along the East Coast well north of there, in the Daytona Beach area. Its damaging coastal surge was hitting beachfront properties in Daytona Beach Shores that lost their last protections during Hurricane Ian.

The Live 5 Weather team declared Thursday and Friday as First Alert Weather Days because of possible impacts from the storm.

Sovine says coastal flooding is likely through Friday around high tides with beach erosion and high surf also likely.

Sovine said heavy rain could be possible with rainfall totals between one and four inches. Breezy conditions could occur through Friday and winds may occasionally gust to, or over, 40 mph near the coast.

Nicole became the 14th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season on Monday.

As of 10 a.m., Nicole was a tropical depression with its center located near latitude 34.2 north and longitude 84.3 west, about 35 miles north of Atlanta, Ga. The storm was moving to the north-northeast at 23 mph and its estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb or 29.56 inches.

Forecasters say an acceleration toward the north and north-northeast is expected Friday.

On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move across central and northern Georgia Friday morning and over the western Carolinas later.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Nicole is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone Friday, then dissipate Friday night or early Saturday as it merges with a frontal system over the eastern United States.

Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for Charleston, Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort counties. Gusts to tropical storm force(40+mph) are possible today through Friday near the coast. pic.twitter.com/VOkWBvcYTx

— Joey Sovine Live 5 (@JoeySovine) November 9, 2022

City of Charleston officials say they will be closely monitoring the tropical storm. Crews have already begun preparing for potential storm impacts.

“Residents are asked to keep an eye on reliable local weather reports over the next few days,” Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist said in a news release. “If bad conditions do arise, citizens are advised to follow the guidance of Emergency Management officials and, as always, motorists should avoid driving through high water when they encounter it.”

The city’s stormwater department has prepared temporary pumps for low-lying areas. Crews will also be cleaning out ditches and drains in flood-prone areas.

To find out how you can help, visit the Adopt-A-Drain website by clicking here.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through Nov. 30.

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane at about 3 a.m. Thursday, more than a hundred miles south of Daytona Beach Shores, before its maximum sustained winds dropped to 60 mph, the Miami-based center said. The storm was centered about 30 miles southeast of Orlando. It was moving west-northwest near 14 mph.

Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami advised people to understand that hazards from Tropical Storm Nicole “will exist across the state of Florida today.”

Nicole came could briefly emerge over the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon before moving over the Florida Panhandle and Georgia, he said.

The storm left south Florida sunny and calm as it moved north, but could dump as much as 6 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains by Friday, the hurricane center said.

Nicole became a hurricane Wednesday evening as it slammed into Grand Bahama Island. It was the first to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that devastated the archipelago in 2019.

For storm-weary Floridians, it is only the third November hurricane to hit their shores since recordkeeping began in 1853. The previous ones were the 1935 Yankee Hurricane and Hurricane Kate in 1985.

Copyright 2022 WCSC. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

SC small businesses find workarounds as inflation climbs to a 40-year high

With prices rising fast, Christine Kirk’s Washes and Wags started feeling the pinch.The groomers at the Summerville pet grooming shop work on 50 percent commission, and shampooers earn an hourly wage. So when the cost of shampoo more than doubled from $26 to $57 a gallon and material for bandanas jumped by $2 to $4.99 a yard, the small business owner was forced to take action.Kirk tried her best to keep costs down for her loyal customers. She raised nail trimming prices for walk-ins and increased cancellation fees for no-...

With prices rising fast, Christine Kirk’s Washes and Wags started feeling the pinch.

The groomers at the Summerville pet grooming shop work on 50 percent commission, and shampooers earn an hourly wage. So when the cost of shampoo more than doubled from $26 to $57 a gallon and material for bandanas jumped by $2 to $4.99 a yard, the small business owner was forced to take action.

Kirk tried her best to keep costs down for her loyal customers. She raised nail trimming prices for walk-ins and increased cancellation fees for no-shows. But the moves helped only slightly, and there was a time when she thought she would have to close her shop on Bacons Bridge Road for a while.

So far, the demand for services remains high, and her regular clientele has kept the business going through the coronavirus pandemic and the slow economic recovery. But she worries about prices that are still rising and what that will do to her business.

“My profits mostly come from shampooing, and that’s where my costs have almost doubled,” Kirk said.

Owners of small businesses are increasingly pessimistic. The National Federation of Independent Businesses polls its members monthly for its Small Business Optimism Index, which declined for a fourth straight month in April. It is at the lowest level since April 2020 and below the 48-year average of 98 for the third consecutive month.

Of those polled, 32 percent pointed to inflation as their most crucial problem, displacing the labor shortage. That is the biggest share since the last three months of 1980. And small business owners expecting better business conditions over the next six months slipped to the lowest level recorded in the group’s nearly half-century-old survey.

“Small business owners are struggling to deal with inflation pressures,” NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said. “The labor supply is not responding strongly to small businesses’ high wage offers, and the impact of inflation has significantly disrupted business operations.”

Price points

April brought some relief, but not much. After hitting a 41-year high of 8.5 percent in March, the year-over-year inflation rate eased slightly to 8.3 percent last month, the U.S. Commerce Department reported last week.

Some signs in the May 11 report even suggested that inflation might be peaking. For instance, prices rose 0.3 percent from March to April, the smallest gain in eight months. But so-called core prices that exclude the volatile food and fuel category doubled to 0.6 percent over the same period, higher than the 0.4 percent rate that economists had expected.

Food and energy prices remain in flux. Gas prices began to spike again last week, hitting an all-time high of $4.13 on average May 13 for a gallon of regular unleaded in South Carolina.

A recent farm report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture hit home with Julie Boone, the owner of Eggs Up Grill restaurants in Knightsville, Ladson and Moncks Corner. It showed the national average price for a dozen large white eggs is $2.50, up from $1.60 a year ago.

Boone said she sourced eggs locally for her stores that serve breakfast and lunch daily, but the combined effects of the pandemic and inflation on local farmers limited the supply.

She got an assist from the Spartanburg-based parent company, which sells franchises and has more than 50 Eggs Up restaurants and 40 in development across the Southeast. Executives worked with its franchisees to find the best pricing for eggs and other necessities to keep the restaurants stocked.

“Luckily, we have great corporate leadership,” Boone said.

Dave Gugliotti, the owner of a charter boat business based at Charleston City Marina, doesn’t have that kind of safety net. He’s on his own to find solutions for soaring fuel costs.

The diesel Gugliotti needs to fuel Carolina Marine Group’s boats and yacht climbed to another record high of $5.46 a gallon in the Palmetto State on Friday. That’s a difference of $2.50 from a year ago, an 84 percent increase.

Gugliotti said he hadn’t raised prices for harbor cruises and boat tours for fear of pricing himself out of the market.

“We just have to think more about how we do things,” the ship captain said, noting that anchoring and puttering back to shore at lower speeds have helped cut fuel bills.

Like Eggs Up Grill, another problem for his business has been buying supplies.

“Parts are nonexistent because there is no manufacturing. Nothing fazes us anymore. This week you can’t get dark pigment paint,” Gugliotti said. “Next week, it could be batteries.”

He is also having difficulty hiring crew members.

“There is no experienced help. The workforce is just not there,” Gugliotti said.

Pressing issue

But inflation remains the most pressing issue of the moment. A recent Goldman Sachs survey found that 80 percent of small business owners feel the financial health of their companies has suffered because of rising prices over the past six months. Of those, 67 percent have increased wages to retain employees, who are feeling the trickledown effects of inflation at home, and 61 percent have increased wages to attract new help.

Most smaller businesses are not equipped to compete with larger employers that can offer other benefits such as insurance and profit-sharing that draw valuable workers away.

At Washes and Wags, Kirk battles the threat with a personal touch. She pays for employee lunches here and there and does small things to show her appreciation.

But as companies pay more to attract and retain employees and change how they work to soften the blow from inflation, the Federal Reserve is planning several interest rates hikes to rein in rising prices.

The central bank raised its benchmark short-term rate by a half-point this month, double its typical quarter-point hike and the first increase of that size since 2000. For small business owners, that could impose another form of inflation if they rely on lines of credit and other variable-rate loans. Higher rates would make their borrowing costs go up on top of everything else.

The Fed’s move is intended to tamp down inflation by taking money out of the economy through the banking system, said Frank Hefner, director of the College of Charleston’s Office of Economic Analysis. He said companies that use debt financing would be affected, whether big or small. Some will weather the storm better than others.

As for inflation, he said, business owners have to keep “playing catch up.” It will be harder to sell a product at one price as the cost of production increases.

“They have to make hay while the sun is shining to increase revenue,” Hefner said.

The large benefits of a very small berry

A few core beliefs have guided Minde Herbert to build a business that is taking the Lowcountry by storm and giving people a boost towards living more healthfully.Through her company, Sea Island Organics, she is furthering the wisdom that food can heal; that it matters where food comes from and how it’s grown; that it’s easier to stay well than get well; and that when we help each other, we all rise — something especially important in business.Sea Island Organics hand-crafts small-batch elderberry products; chi...

A few core beliefs have guided Minde Herbert to build a business that is taking the Lowcountry by storm and giving people a boost towards living more healthfully.

Through her company, Sea Island Organics, she is furthering the wisdom that food can heal; that it matters where food comes from and how it’s grown; that it’s easier to stay well than get well; and that when we help each other, we all rise — something especially important in business.

Sea Island Organics hand-crafts small-batch elderberry products; chief among them are its elderberry Syrup and elderberry herbal tea blends. It is the first elderberry company in South Carolina to be designated “Certified SC” by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture; its process is distinguished by a Registration Verification Certificate (RCA). Only one other elderberry company in the state has similar credentials.

Minde Herbert has become the familiar face for the business, bringing her products to farmers markets across the local area. On Saturdays, she can be found at the Summerville Farmers Market, dispensing good cheer and useful information about how to use elderberry products. Her products can also be found at Coastal Produce on Cedar Street and Knightsville General Store. Currently, Sea Island Organics offers products in over 40 locations in the Lowcountry area in a variety of places such as specialty farmers markets, food stores, bodegas, neighborhood stores and corner markets. With products found from Awendaw to Edisto, Folly Beach to Summerville, the company continues to grow across the Lowcountry and into out-of-state markets. See the handy store locator on its website: https://seaislandorganics.com/pages/store-locator

Herbert is on a mission to let her customers know that they are buying a beneficial, nutrient-rich food, not a drug or an unregulated supplement. “You use our products like fresh produce, living food,” said Herbert. “It doesn’t sit on the shelf for two years.”

This sets the company apart from other marketers of elderberry products, according to Herbert. Supplements are not regulated in the state of South Carolina. “It is really important to me that I am making a food — a safe, healthy product for children and families to consume,” said Herbert. Depending on the characteristics and factors around a food, manufacturers and crafters have to get approval from either the FDA or DHEC to sell to grocery stores or specialty markets.

“We didn’t want to be regulated by the FDA which is how other elderberry syrups are regulated,” said Herbert. “We know that food heals and we wanted to create a product that helps families stay healthy. We’re regulated by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.” Sea Island Organics products are produced in a DHEC approved kitchen, lab tested by Clemson University and are ServSafe® certified, a food safety program accredited by U.S. Restaurant Association, ANSI, and the Conference for Food Protection.

Sea Island Organics uses six real food ingredients for its products: fresh raw ginger, cloves, raw local honey, Ceylon cinnamon, organic lemon juice, elderberries and Oconee Valley artesian water, directly from the bedrock with no filtering. “You see syrups that have 12 or more ingredients, but I believe less is more,” said Herbert. “We use a simple, traditional recipe.” Their products are made every week; they are sold chilled and need to remain chilled. They will last for four months from the date of creation.

Herbert is critical of companies that use what she calls the ‘dump and boil’ method of processing. “Boiling something to death doesn’t protect or increase the nutrients. You wouldn’t boil your lettuce or kale. We have a very specific cooking and filtering process to preserve as many nutrients as possible.”

Other products offered by the company include seasonal elderberry mulling spices, elderberry powder that can be used in baking or sprinkled on cereal or yogurt, and craft-yourself elderberry syrup kits. “Elderberry for everyone,” said Herbert. “It doesn’t have to be expensive because it’s trendy. If the products aren’t within your budget, buy a kit and make your own.”

Herbert is not allowed by law to make health claims for her products. “We know the fruit has health benefits, but I can’t tell you that my products improve health. I can tell you that there is evidence-based research on my ingredients that says they are beneficial. Nobody’s done research on my syrup, but much is known about the benefits of elderberries. I can talk all day long about those.” Loaded with antioxidants, elderberries are known to offer powerful immune system support that could reduce inflammation, lessen stress, help prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms and help protect the heart.

There’s nothing new about the use of elderberry syrup. Many centuries ago, people learned to cook down and sweeten elderberries into simple syrup to access its health benefits. The practice has been revived and is popular today. Sweetening tempers the natural tartness of elderberries.

When asked by potential customers why they can’t just buy elderberries from the grocery store, Herbert explains that they are not to be eaten raw. They are tangy and astringent and just don’t taste very good. Plus, they contain a compound that can cause gastrointestinal problems. The seeds, stems, leaves and roots are considered toxic.

Sea Island Organics obtains its elderberries from small trusted farms that only produce elderberries. The company seeks to buy from local and regional sources as much as possible, according to Herbert. “We’re careful to choose partners that are in line with our integrity and beliefs,” she said. “We seek out growers that are USDA certified organic and practice fair trade. I need to meet the farmer and know the source.”

The small, purplish-black elderberry is not a picky crop. It’s prolific along the highway; scattered in ditches. It grows quickly and is happy with a lot of sun and moisture. It doesn’t have natural pests other than birds, deer or aphids. “The biggest problem is birds,” said Herbert. “They seem to know when they’re ripe before we do.”

Herbert’s background positioned her well to be successful with Sea Island Organics. She has a solid background in public relations and branding and she studied nutrition in college. Recognizing the importance of nutrition for her children, she decided to pursue opportunities in that field. Prompted by the 2008 recession, she started a company to teach people how to live well and affordably organic on a budget. She gave lessons in making elderberry syrup and other products that were typically expensive so people could make them on their own. “Eventually people just wanted to buy my syrup,” said Herbert. “That’s how I became a food producer.”

“I found that I wanted to help other moms and families. It’s really expensive to be sick, nobody wants that. My focus has always been to help people to be well — nutritionally, financially and with businesses,” said Herbert.

Herbert is in the beginning stages of setting up a non-profit to help women establish and grow their businesses and support each other. Her mantra is “We rise together.”

She adds: “When a wholesaler is interested in selling my product, I don’t require delivery fees; I don’t have minimums for sales. We rise together. Share the wealth and we all get rich. We are meant to be on this earth to help each other.”

Closing of area’s last roller rink sends skaters into spins

It’s the end of an era for roller skaters. Music in Motion Family Fun Center roller rink in Summerville shut its doors for good Sunday night. A rink employee confirmed Monday that the skating facility has permanently closed.Last Thursday, at the rink’s final adult night, skaters zipped along, displaying skills that spanned from spinning and dancing on wheels backwards to apprehensive first-timers feeling it out. A disco ball spun along with the tunes that weren’t necessarily child-appropriate.As word spread th...

It’s the end of an era for roller skaters. Music in Motion Family Fun Center roller rink in Summerville shut its doors for good Sunday night. A rink employee confirmed Monday that the skating facility has permanently closed.

Last Thursday, at the rink’s final adult night, skaters zipped along, displaying skills that spanned from spinning and dancing on wheels backwards to apprehensive first-timers feeling it out. A disco ball spun along with the tunes that weren’t necessarily child-appropriate.

As word spread the rink would close permanently, skaters unabashedly filmed one another to document their joy and camaraderie as they zoomed around in circles grooving to the beat.

The closing of Music in Motion is a major cultural loss for the area, many say, especially since the only other rinks in the area, Hot Wheels Skate Center and Stardust Skate Center, closed in 2014.

Summerville native Demont Teneil said he has skated at Music in Motion for 14 years. For him, roller skating is therapy to help navigate career and relationships changes.

“I needed something that no one could take from me — and it was skating,” Teneil said. “It’s been my outlet. I just kept going and just kept trying new tricks and it rolled me out of depression.”

Teneil said he heard from his fellow skaters that Music in Motion, which opened in 2001, would not be a roller rink much longer.

“I’m sad that it’s been sold but it will definitely still always be a part of me, because I’ve learned so many of my tricks at the skating rink,” Teneil said. He plans to start traveling to Savannah, Ga., and Columbia to rink skate, and will hit the outdoor skate areas, such The Bridge Spot off of Poinsett Street in downtown Charleston.

The dynamic of teaching and learning is a big part of the roller skating experience at Music in Motion, others said.

“Everybody’s really nice and supportive,” said Nick Velez, who’s been skating regularly at Music in Motion since February. He has roller skated for about 16 years and used to be an instructor in Southern California before he moved to Goose Creek.

“Everybody’s really cool and down to help out,” he said. “If you’re struggling, don’t fear. They’ll help you up. If you have any questions, if you want to learn something, they’re more than happy to show you how to do it. If you’re trying to pop off and be yourself, they’re all about it.”

Shmeika Hall from Goose Creek said she worked at Music in Motion for almost a year before she left her position as a rink floor guard last June.

“Working here was important to me because I was able to teach people how to skate,” she said. “I was able to interact and make skating friends. When I first started skating here, maybe five years ago, it was a very small crowd of adults, but over time it has grown. [The rink] was like a safe place for adults to come and have fun, and I don’t know how we’re going to do that now.”

A few months ago, Auburn Fiore, who lives in Knightsville, visited Music in Motion for the first time in 10 years. As a child, she said she visited frequently.

“When I came here for adult skate night, I realized how joyous and amazing the community is here,” Fiore said. “While we’re here, we’re all one big community that loves to come together, dance and have a great time. I’m definitely scared of losing a place for us all to gather and bond over roller skating.”

Roller skating is just as much about congregating as a group as it is the privilege to have a space to skate, she said. Outdoor roller skating isn’t an ideal option for beginner skaters, she added, because of uneven concrete, blistering heat and rules that prohibit skating at sports courts around the area.

“It’s definitely devastating,” Fiore said. “Now all the people that have bonded over this super-interesting talent and hobby, there’s nowhere for us to congregate.”

While the future of roller skating in the area is unclear, one option exists for women skaters: Lowcountry Highrollers Derby, a local women’s roller derby team. It’s offering a meet-and-greet Thursday.

Highrollers president Traci Doutaz of Ladson remembers going to Music in Motion often between 2015 and 2017 after Hot Wheels Skate Center closed.

“For beginners, it’s super important to have a roller rink to learn not only because the floor is amazing, but [it] also has skates to borrow,” she said. “Roller skating is not the easiest hobby to just pick up and not having a local roller rink and its community just takes that option away for a lot of people.”

Doutaz joined Highrollers in 2010, and she said it was popular up until about 2015 when the group lost its bouting venue at The Citadel. Then Covid-19 hit and roller skating blew up, Doutaz said, so there was renewed interest in Highrollers. After more than a year of searching, North Charleston Coliseum offered the group a space to practice and hold bouts currently. The closest roller derby club for men is in Columbia, she said.

Doutaz has been roller skating for almost 30 years. She worked her first job as a carhop on skates at a Sonic in Kentucky.

“Emotionally it’s my escape,” she said. “It’s how I deal with things. It’s my happy place. I’m more comfortable with wheels on my feet than anything else.”

The Highrollers group offers a haven for women skaters who need to be shown the ropes.

“We will teach you everything: how to skate and how to fall,” Doutaz said. “You can show up even if you have never put skates on before.”

Lowcountry Highrollers Derby is hosting a meet-and-greet 6-9 p.m. Aug. 25 at Rusty Bull in North Charleston.

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