South Charleston buckles down, beats Wheeling Park

South Charleston players, including Romeo Dunham (1) and E.J. Phillips (22), listen to coach Vic Herbert during a late timeout against Wheeling Park.

All in all, it was a positive end to the regular season for South Charleston.

E.J. Phillips shrugged off a bout of tonsilitis to produce yet another double-double Saturday afternoon as the Black Eagles outlasted Wheeling Park 68-64 at the SC Community Center. Each team finished the regular season 13-8.

The game was tied at 62 inside the two-minute mark, but SC went 6 of 12 at the foul line to close it out, three times grabbing its own missed free throws to maintain possession. The Patriots also went one and done on three of their final four possessions, with SC swallowing up the rebound.

Besides Phillips (16 points, 16 rebounds), the Black Eagles also got double-figure scoring efforts from Romeo Dunham (14 points), Shazaun Cunningham (11) and C.J. Allison (11).

“Multiple times,’’ said Park coach Michael Jebbia, “there were missed shots, whether it was a free throw or a missed shot inside, and we just couldn’t corral the rebound. They’re a physical team, and Phillips and Allison really rebound the ball well.’’

The Patriots, without a senior on the roster, shot out to a 12-2 lead, but SC caught up at 30-all at halftime. The Black Eagles built advantages as large as nine points at 50-41, only to see Park’s duo of Alex Vargo (23 points) and Keondre’ King (22 points) spark a comeback.

The telling stats were a 39-32 edge in rebounds for SC, and 17 turnovers by Park compared to nine for SC. The Black Eagles had 14 steals, six of them by junior guard Corey Lanier, a surprise starter who played about half the game.

“That first four minutes, we couldn’t guard a kindergarten team,’’ said SC coach Vic Herbert. “Then after that, I was proud of them and the way they guarded. They really got after it. We rebounded the ball well, and were pretty patient on offense. We worked for what we got. Overall, it was a good effort, a good game.’’

It’s been a season of big highs and big lows for South Charleston, which has beaten top-10 teams Capital and Parkersburg, but also lost 25-plus-point games to Huntington, Woodrow Wilson and University.

“I was proud of a lot of things,’’ Herbert said. “We’ve got a lot of kids who have bought into what we’re trying to do and have been zero trouble all year long. Romeo Dunham comes to mind — not been a lick of trouble. A few guys have had some bumps in the road, but for the most part the guys have been really, really positive and played well and been good citizens. You’re going to have a few things that go on, but it’s been pretty good for the most part.’’

Herbert wasn’t even sure if the ailing Phillips — the team’s lone senior who averages 25 points and 14 rebounds — would be able to play until a couple of minutes before tipoff. Phillips is scheduled for surgery after the season ends.

“We stayed in a zone,’’ Jebbia said, “because I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to guard Phillips in man, so we tried to pay close attention to him in a zone. Give our guys credit — we got down nine there, and fought back.

“We had a pretty good start, but obviously we knew that wasn’t going to last. South Charleston’s going to come on strong, but we had a good start in terms of coming down here at 8 in the morning and getting off a bus and playing. It was a good game. Vargo and King have scored pretty well for us. I thought the difference was they got some loose balls, some offensive rebounds and that gave them more possessions late.’’

Travis Zimmerman came off the bench to score eight points and collar 11 rebounds for Park.

Herbert hopes his team’s solid effort carries over into Wednesday’s sectional showdown at No. 3 George Washington (17-3).

“That’s what worries you about playing a game that doesn’t really mean anything,’’ he said. “Because you worry about losing a game like that and going into [the sectional] with a lack of momentum. But in turn, you don’t want to go a whole week without playing a game. So it was a good game for us to play. We wound up 13-8 as young as we were, and you’ve got to be happy with that.’’

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SC: Charleston Airport to Offer Live Music Performances

March 07–The Charleston International Airport has live music of all kinds scheduled for airport visitors throughout the spring of 2018, according to an airport news release on Tuesday.

Performances throughout the airport will feature styles of music including a jazz guitarist, a barbershop quartet and a Mariachi band, according to the release. One notable performer will be Charleston musician Braeden Kershner of Black Tie Music Academy and The Music Battery.

"Whether passengers are traveling for business or for leisure, we want anyone who visits the airport to have a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Live music will help us do that by creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere for travelers," said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.

After a 2017 holiday season with live music events, the airport decided to kick off its Musical Ambassador Program, a first for CHS.

For a complete schedule or for more information, visit the airport’s website.

Joan McDonough: 843-706-8125, @IPBG_Joan

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Arts in Brief: Mr. Mercedes returns to Charleston, Drake surprises S.C. native

Drake gave South Carolina native Destiny James a $50,000 scholarship toward her college education at the University of Miami.

Destiny James’ destiny changed when rap superstar Drake visited her current school, the University of Miami, and gifted her a $50,000 scholarship.

James, who is originally from Denmark, South Carolina, not only received the scholarship, but it was hand-delivered in person by Drake, to her bewilderment.

“Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I’ve worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition,” writes James.

“@champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!!’ You don’t understand what this means to me! I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you. You are so great and amazing! Thank you for blessing me when I thought my hard work was going unnoticed. I’m living out my dreams.”

This comes after the record producer, singer and entrepreneur surprised students at Miami High School by filming a music video for his new song “God’s Plan,” and leaving the school $25,000, according to Tweets and Instagram posts.

In addition, Drake reportedly spent $50,000 buying Miami residents’ groceries on Tuesday at Sabor Tropical Supermarket. He posed with people in the store for selfies during his generous act.

I guess you could say Drake is helping people who “started from the bottom.” Now we’re here.

—Kalyn Oyer

Stephen King’s ‘Mr. Mercedes’ filming 2nd season in Charleston, extras needed
Mr. Mercedes is filming a second season in Charleston.

Based on the Stephen King police thriller novel, “Mr.Mercedes” is gearing up for a second season to begin filming Monday, Feb. 12 in Charleston. Filming is expected to last into late June.

The show is calling for paid extras for the second season, which will feature returning cast members Brendan Gleeson (“Assassin’s Creed,” “Braveheart”) and Harry Dreadaway (“Penny Dreadful”), Jharrel Jerome (“Moonlight”), Scott Lawrence (“Avatar,” “Into the Storm”), Breeda Wool (“AWOL”), Justine Lupe (“Cristela”) and Holland Taylor (“Legally Blonde,” “Two and a Half Men”).

New cast members include Jack Huston (“Ben-Hur,” “American Hustle,” “Kill Your Darlings”) and Maximiliano Hernandez (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Avengers,” “Thor”)

The first season of the show followed a demented killer played by Harry Treadaway who taunts a retired police detective played by Brendan Gleeson with a series of letters and emails. A private crusade thus begins to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again.

The series, which will be aired on DIRECTV, U-verse TV and the AT&T AUDIENCE network, is in need of people all ages and all ethnicities to be paid extras. For more specifics on how to submit and what to include in your submission, visit or send an inquiry email to

—Kalyn Oyer

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New homes spurt driving up Charleston area housing totals

Joseph Von Nessen (right), economist with the University of South Carolina, talks with a home building proponent after his talk.

Area real estate prices and sales through the end of 2017 can be likened to “same song, second verse” — but a catchy tune all the same.

That’s the outlook from a top financial watcher and local new homes specialist, speaking to the Charleston Home Builders Association last week.

“We expect the second half of the year to be very comparable to what we’ve seen in the first half,” says Joseph Von Nessen, economist with the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business. The results are not bad, showing a 2 percent growth rate. But the pace failed to accelerate. “There’s no big industry breaking out,” he says.

Another economic holdup surrounds the tight labor market, which is “constraining (businesses from) getting to the next level,” Von Nessen says. The job shortage impacts skilled and unskilled workers.

A dropping jobless rate down to 4 percent in South Carolina bids up wages as workers become increasingly in demand. Average hourly earnings rose 1.2 percent statewide in the past year.

Wages are particularly strong in the Lowcountry, climbing 9.3 percent in the past year from $23.35 an hour in June 2016 to $25.53 this June. “The bottom line is the Charleston market is booming, leading the state,” he says.

A key indicator that Von Nessen cited stems from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia listing states with the highest anticipated growth. “South Carolina is consistently in the top 10,” he says, adding that the state is on “solid footing the rest of 2017.”

Von Nessen and Will Jenkinson, broker-in-charge of Carolina One New Homes, were upbeat in presenting home builders with the latest figures on the local and state economy and housing market.

“What a difference a few years will make,” Jenkinson says.

The Charleston area real estate market gradually recovered from the late 2000s recession and housing slide, but it wasn’t until the past two or three years that home sales and prices rallied.

Among the recent highlights:

Forecasters are predicting 21,000 new jobs in the Lowcountry.Unemployment should fall to 3.3 percent locally by the end of next year.Real estate sales up 10 percent through 2017.Prices rose 2.5 percent this year, and 3.5 percent in 2018.Multifamily permits including apartments, townhomes and condos.

Home sales shot up noticeably this year, Jenkinson says, noting that the 1,987 deals closed at a $260,000 median price in greater Charleston was the highest figure in the history of the local Multiple Listing Service. The numbers compared with 1,936 house sold at $250,000 midpoint a year earlier.

The new homes broker also zeroed in on pending sales, a “pulse of the market” listing properties under contract or otherwise really to finalize. Around 3,200 house sales are pending, with 32 percent of them newly built homes. New homes account for one-third of the market now, with Berkeley County the highest rate at 40 percent, Dorchester County at 24 percent and Charleston County at 18 percent. Nationally, one in four homes are new construction, he says.

Even with the new homes growth, tight inventories are holding down the market. There are 5,200 homes for sale on Charleston Trident MLS. “This is about a three-month supply. Based on demand, it should be six months,” Jenkinson says. Meanwhile, the resale market has fallen below 4,000 houses for sale, he says.

New home are pricier today, Jenkinson says. In June, the area had a near record closing total of 434 homes at an average sales price of $333,000. The last time June had as high a figure was 2005, with 445 sales. The average price, though, was $236,000.

“A lot (of the increase) has to do with the cost of lots and development,” Jenkinson says.

In reflecting on the “hot spots in home building,” Jenkinson pointed to one county in particular. “The bull’s-eye is on Berkeley County,” he says. Cane Bay posted more than 500 permits last year, leading a group of large communities in the works.

Afterwards, home builders were generally pleased about the real estate outlook. “I think the biggest problem we have now is the labor (shortage),” says Tori Stein, HBA president. But overall, “Everything is going fabulous for us. (Charleston) is a great place to be.”

For more information and photos, go to Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or

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Monmouth Real Estate Announces New Acquisition In Charleston, SC

FREEHOLD, N.J., Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (MNR) today announced the acquisition of a brand new 121,683 square foot industrial building located at 1892 Anfield Road, N. Charleston, SC at a purchase price of $21,872,170. The property is net-leased for 15 years to Federal Express Corporation. The building is situated on approximately 16.2 acres.

Michael P. Landy, President and CEO, commented, "We are very pleased to announce this acquisition which is ideally located near the Charleston International Airport. Over the past several years we have strategically positioned our portfolio to benefit from the supply chain’s shift toward the eastern seaboard as the result of the recently completed Panama Canal expansion. The Port of Charleston has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of this change and we expect this region’s strong economic growth to continue for many years to come."

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation, founded in 1968, is one of the oldest public equity REITs in the U.S. The Company specializes in single tenant, net-leased industrial properties, subject to long-term leases, primarily to investment-grade tenants. Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation is a fully integrated and self-managed real estate company, whose property portfolio consists of 109 properties containing a total of approximately 18.9 million rentable square feet, geographically diversified across 30 states. In addition, the Company owns a portfolio of REIT securities.

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Why Invest In Charleston SC Real Estate

Charleston SC real estate has rapidly gained a reputation for being one of the best property investment options for those who are looking for superior returns from either the rental market or for those who want to find fixer uppers in the hope of obtaining a quick return on their investment.

According to realtors the Charleston area has maintained it position as one of the top 10 real estate investment destinations in the United States and looks set to continue this stellar performance in the next 12 months.

The rental market is what is powering this strong showing from Charleston with strong economic growth underpinning the increased opportunities from investors looking to cash in on the flourishing rental market.

The majority of job growth in the area, according to market commentators is in the services industry – where jobs are relatively low paying. This is fueling rentals as many of those who are employed in this industry prefer to rent due to the fact that more stringent credit ratings by major financial institutions have made it increasingly difficult to obtain credit in order to purchase a property.

In addition rental income is increasingly attractive due the fact that rentals are growing at a steady pace.

There is also a trend towards investors purchasing single family homes which are them converted into spaces that can be rented out piecemeal. This sort of investment is suitable for those who want to take a longer term view of the investment opportunity. However, market pundits have stressed that the window for this sort of investment is closing rapidly due to increasing housing prices, so the time to make this sort of investment in Charleston may be closing rapidly. They warn that investing in this top 10 investment destination will benefit those who act now.

How To Take Care Of A Historic Home In Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina has a rich and interesting past, making it the ideal place to live for anyone who loves history. Some of the historic homes in the city are absolutely incredible, capturing a moment of history in a way that brings the past to life. If you purchase one of these historic homes, it is important to do everything that you can to keep it in great shape.

This can be particularly challenging with an older home. However, the effort is well worth it. Being able to preserve a piece of history is a great way to honor the past. Here are some tips that will help you care for your historic home:

1. Always try to keep everything original. Anytime you have to make repairs you should always attempt to leave the original materials intact. Focus on restoration rather than replacement. There are companies out there that specialize in restoring historic properties. Anytime you are planning on undertaking repairs, it is worth contacting one of these companies to see if there is a way that you can do it without sacrificing the original materials that went into the home.

The exceptions to this are the home’s plumbing and wiring. Both of these systems should be upgraded to meet modern safety standards.

2. Make sure that you are allowed to make renovations. Oftentimes, historic homes are located in protected neighborhoods. There may be limitations imposed by the city as to what types of renovations you can do. For instance, if you want to add a porch to your home, you may need to get the plan approved by the city. You can find out more about any building restrictions for your home by contacting the local zoning department.

3. Embrace the home’s flaws. One of the things that makes historic homes so much fun to live in is that they are not perfect. Unlike cookie-cutter homes that you can find in any modern-day development, these homes have unique quirks and flaws that set them apart from other homes. Try to appreciate these flaws rather than to get annoyed by them. After all, they add to the charm and character of your home.

Along with the above steps, you should also stay on top of regular maintenance. The best way to protect a historic home in Charleston, SC is by preventing any damage from occurring in the first place.

How To Sell Your Home Quickly In Charleston, SC

Just like other parts of the country, the real estate market in Charleston, SC has its ups and downs. It fluctuates between being a buyer’s market and a seller’s market depending on a variety of factors ranging from loan interest rates to the number of available properties. No matter what the real estate market is looking like when you put your house on the market, it is possible to make a quick sale. You just need to follow a few simple steps.

The first step is to prepare your house for sale as much as possible. This means sprucing it up so that it looks great. Ultimately, your goal is to make it as appealing as possible to potential buyers. To accomplish that, you should start by clearing out all of your unnecessary belongings. If necessary, consider renting a storage unit where you can put any excess items or pieces of furniture that you don’t need to keep at your house. The less cluttered your space is, the larger it will look.

The next step is to make any necessary repairs. When buyers tour your house, they shouldn’t be able to spot any issues that could make them question whether or not they actually want to buy your property. By spending just a little bit of time fixing anything that is broken, you can dramatically improve the chances of someone making an offer.

You should also look around to see if there are any minor upgrades that you can make that would make your home feel more fresh and modern. For instance, if the cabinets in your kitchen are worn and dated looking, a quick coat of paint and some new hardware could make a world of difference. There are a lot of minor changes like that that you can make that don’t cost a lot of money but have a big impact on how potential buyers view your home.

Finally, you need to work with a good real estate agent. They should be able to help you come up with the ideal asking price for your home so that you get offers on it right away when it hits the market. The price should be high enough that it is fair to you but low enough that people are still interested in the property.

Selling your home quickly in Charleston, SC is possible in any type of market as long as you use these tips.

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