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The Planet Green Tree Service Difference

At Planet Green Tree Service, we are firm believers that trees make the world a better place. They provide us with verdant beauty, cool shade, and emergency shelter. They raise our home values, add personality to our neighborhoods, and provide us with clean air to breathe. When your home or business has well-maintained, healthy trees, everyone benefits. That’s why we are so passionate about providing our customers with dependable tree services in the Lowcountry.

We believe that honest prices, state-of-the-art equipment, friendly arborists, and good old-fashioned hard work are what set us apart from our competition. With more than 33 years of service in South Carolina, you can rest easy knowing every member of the Planet Green team is committed to the following:

Our customers mean a lot to us, which is why we strive to provide them the best, most helpful customer service in our industry. When you hire our company to perform a tree service in cityname, know that we take this responsibility seriously and will always treat your home like we would treat our own. At Planet Green Tree Service, you won’t ever have to worry about sneaky hidden fees or outrageous pricing. We believe every homeowner and business owner should have access to affordable tree services, which is why we set our rates at reasonable levels. Our job is to protect your home, your trees, and also your wallet!

Service Areas

Whether your home has overgrown trees that need trimming or you have an unsightly stump that needs grinding, our team of tree experts is here to help. Curious what kind of tree care work we provide to homeowners in South Carolina?

Planet Green specializes in the following areas:

Tree Trimming in Hanahan

Have you noticed your favorite tree growing in a strange shape? Are your trees or shrubs so overgrown that it’s making your property and home look unkempt? Are the trees near your home weighed down by dangerous dead branches? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it might be time to speak with a Planet Green Tree Service professional to find a solution.

Like anything that lives, trees respond to their environment. When trees are not properly maintained, they can cause a whole host of problems for the homeowner. Overgrowth doesn’t just look bad – it can be a potential safety hazard and liability for your home. To prevent this from happening, it’s crucial that your trees are trimmed and pruned regularly. Trimming your trees and shrubs gives your home a tidy, appealing look and facilitates healthy plant and tree growth.

Because every tree and shrub is different, you must approach tree trimming with a plan. Before you start hacking at your trees with a machete, be sure to contact Planet Green Tree Service. Our team of expert arborists will come to your home and determine the best path to take for your tree trimming needs. We always take into account variables like the strengths, weaknesses, and species of your trees.

Benefits of Tree Trimming in Hanahan

For some folks, tree trimming seems like a minor detail in the grand scheme of homeownership. It can be a tedious job, but keeping your trees trimmed and well-maintained is more important than you might think. Below are just a few of the many benefits of keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed:

Tree Health

Part of the Planet Green pruning and trimming process includes the removal of damaged, broken, dead, and diseased branches. When ignored, these dead or dying branches can cause harmful fungi to wreak havoc on the trees around your home or business. Removing these weakened branches helps prevent fungi and keeps your trees healthy. In addition, tree trimming also lets more sunlight and air circulation reach your trees, boosting overall health.

Safety​

As longtime residents of South Carolina, we know how dangerous hurricanes and heavy storms can be. Strong winds from these natural occurrences can cause branches to fall or even be carried away with significant force. This is concerning for many homeowners, especially those who have trees lining their driveways, recreational areas, and walking paths. When you trust Planet Green with your trimming needs, you are actually doing your part to “storm proof” your home from hazardous tree-related accidents. If you have low-hanging branches close to your roof or business, pruning these trees can provide more safety and overhead clearance. That way, don’t have an anxiety attack every time a storm rolls through your neighborhood.

Aesthetics

Nobody likes the look of an overgrown, disheveled tree. Tree trimming improves the general appearance of your tree and makes your whole yard and home look better.  Tree trimming also prevents your trees from growing weak branches and crotches and helps stop branches from intertwining with one another.

Developmental Tree Trimming

Pruning younger trees is key to protecting them as they age. This vital tree service in Hanahan keeps young trees aesthetically appealing and promotes proper structural integrity and optimal branch structure. In addition, as your home’s landscape matures, taking the time to trim young trees reduces the chance of expensive problems like tree failure.

Types of Tree Trimming

Not all tree trimming services from Planet Green Tree Service are the same. Our experts specialize in a number of different tree trimming services to ensure you are getting the right kind of trim for the appropriate situation. Because even the smallest mistake can permanently affect your tree’s health, we approach every tree trimming job with surgeon-like precision. That way, you know your trees are in capable, responsible hands. 

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Crown Reduction

When your trees age without the proper kind of care, they can develop too many branches on their interior. Trees like this give great shade, but too much is not a good sign. That’s where crown reduction trimming comes in. By reducing the density of your tree’s crown, our tree care experts improve its growth rate and health. Crown density reduction also promotes a longer lifespan and a more beautiful appearance.

Deadwooding

As the name implies, deadwooding involves the trimming of dead wood from your trees. Often required in urban and suburban areas, deadwooding a tree makes it look more attractive and livelier, while maintaining the health of your tree’s trunk by removing rotted branches. This process also makes it safer for kids and other people who walk underneath or near your tree that may be harmed by rotting branches that fall. Other tree trimming services that Planet Green offers include: hazardous tree assessments, shrub trimming, pruning, cabling, bracing, and corrective trimming.

Stump Removal in Hanahan

For most property owners, removing a tree can seem like a major project. While that notion certainly isn’t wrong, tree removal is more straightforward and often easier than trying to remove an unsightly stump from your yard. Have you ever wondered why you see so many yards with stumps dotted around the land? It’s because they’re very difficult to remove. That is why Planet Green Tree Service has been offering stump removal services in South Carolina for more than 33 years. Our skilled stump removal experts bring a wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge tools to every stump removal project they tackle.

The fact of the matter is this: trying to remove a stump on your own is an incredible undertaking. Going the “DIY” route can take weeks to complete, even if you spend an hour or two every day. There’s also the issue of operating heavy machinery (which costs time and money to rent) and even light fires to expedite the process, which is dangerous. For these reasons alone, we always recommend that you bring in a professional to remove your tree stump safely and effectively.

Benefits of Stump Removal in Hanahan

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Better Looking Yard

If you are a homeowner that loves sculpted hedges, beautiful landscaping, and a tidy law, removing old tree stumps will feel like a huge weight off of your chest. Stump removal not only gives your home more curb appeal, it can actually raise the value of your home. This is particularly pertinent if you are thinking about listing your home for sale in the near future.

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More Space

If your yard is small, even one stump can reduce the amount of space you have in your yard. If you spend a lot of time playing sports or just enjoying your yard space, stump removal is a huge help. After all, nobody wants to toss a football around if there are a bunch of old stumps that you must avoid. Stumps also take up considerable space below ground, with their complicated root systems. Stump removal will give you and your family more room to plant flowers, grow vegetables, install a water feature, and much more.

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Eliminate Unwanted Growth

When you leave a tree stump in your yard, you could be setting yourself up for unwanted tree growth. This kind of new growth often results in clusters of small trees popping up around the base of the stump. This problem isn’t just unsightly; it can be harmful to any plants near the stump because the new trees will suck up all the water and nutrients out of your soil.

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Pest Prevention

Tree stumps are notorious for harboring all sorts of pests that can damage your hard and cause expensive problems in your home. We’re talking wood borers, ants, termites, and beetles. If you want to do away with these pests and protect your home, the best course of action is to contact Planet Green Tree Service for a quote on our professional tree removal services.

Reduce Headaches

Sure, you could take the time to do your research on how to remove a stump. You could go to Home Depot, rent a high-powered stump grinder, and risk your health trying to operate it without training. You could spend every winking moment of your free time trying to grind the stump down so you can remove it from your yard. But why go through all that trouble when a trustworthy, experienced stump removal company like Planet Green Tree Service is only a phone call away?

Our team of stump removal professionals uses state-of-the-art tools designed to keep your property damage-free during the removal process. We will turn your yard into a beautiful blank slate, so you can focus on enjoying your stump-free while we haul away all the debris.

Your Premier Tree Service Company in South Carolina

With 33 years of experience, it’s no wonder why so many South Carolina locals choose Planet Green Tree Service for tree trimming and stump removal in their city. Clients love us because we believe in exceeding your expectations, no matter how large or small a job is.

Contact our office to learn more about our tree services in South Carolina or to schedule your free quote today!

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Winner of 2021 Miss SC Teen pageant is crowned in Columbia. Here’s who won

Dabria Aguilar is the new Miss South Carolina Teen. She was crowned Friday night at a packed Township Auditorium by Miss South Carolina Teen Kellan Fenegan 2019, who represented Columbia. Fenegan served for two years because COVID caused the 2020 contest to be canceled. At the start of the show, 15 contestants were selected by the judges as semi-finalists from the 35 competing. Piedmont Teen Piper Holt joined the group as the People’s Choice winner based on online votes. Judges selected the top 10 after the fitness...

Dabria Aguilar is the new Miss South Carolina Teen.

She was crowned Friday night at a packed Township Auditorium by Miss South Carolina Teen Kellan Fenegan 2019, who represented Columbia. Fenegan served for two years because COVID caused the 2020 contest to be canceled.

At the start of the show, 15 contestants were selected by the judges as semi-finalists from the 35 competing. Piedmont Teen Piper Holt joined the group as the People’s Choice winner based on online votes.

Judges selected the top 10 after the fitness competition, and after talent performances, the top five were announced.

First runner up was Georgetown County Teen Hannah Young, second runner up Clemson Teen Reilly Ray, third runner up Greer High Teen Ella Kate Brannon and fourth runner up Spartanburg Teen Messiah Moring.

Aguilar, 17, performed a contemporary ballet and also had the highest talent score of all the contestants. She is from Hanahan and attends Hanahan High School.

Aguilar wants to focus on special education. She said she hopes to visit every special education classroom in the state to help enhance students’ self confidence and self love.

Aguilar will go to the Miss Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, which begins with preliminary competitions July 28.

Winners in the three nights of preliminary competitions were Aguilar, Dorchester County Teen Muskaan Makkar, Clarendon County Teen Nicole Herrera, Clemson Teen Reilly Ray, Georgetown County Teen Hannah Young and Spartanburg Teen Messiah Moring.

Fenegen, who graduated this year from high school, will enroll at Clemson University in August and plans to study genetics. She said in an interview on the Jack and Megan show last fall she may decide to compete in the Miss South Carolina pageant. She was in the top 10 at Miss Outstanding Teen and had the highest GPA. She began her involvement with Miss South Carolina as a princess.

As Miss South Carolina Teen, Fenegen spent the past two years working to provide needed items for kids in foster care through her Kellan’s Kloset organization. She announced Friday night that the organization has now gone international. It is in 14 state and Three countries., she said.

“I wouldn’t have had the courage without the Miss South Carolina organization,” she said. “I am incredibly grateful.”

The other in the Top 10 were Florence Teen Alexandra Hamilton, Green Wave Teen Ansley Cook, Piedmont Teen Piper Holt, South Florence High School Teen Constance Mixon, Upstate Teen Belle Pitts.

Semi-finalists in the Top 16 included Clarendon Teen Nicole Herrera, Dorchester County Teen, Muskaan Makkar, Garden City Teen Ashley O’Connor, Inman Teen Emma Cook, Palmetto Teen Abby Scruggs, Greater Greer Teen Kelsey Pranke.

Next up is crowning a new Miss South Carolina. That program begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at Township Auditorium and will be televised by WACH Fox television station in Columbia and other Sinclair stations around the state. Those are WCIV in Charleston, WPDE in Florence-Myrtle Beach and WLOS in Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson.

The Miss SC finale also will be live streamed on the Miss South Carolina website at a cost of $29.95.

Miss South Carolina 2019 Morgan Nichols served for two years and plans to attend Johns Hopkins University to earn master’s degrees in biotechnology and business. She was a genetics major at Clemson University.

Her platform was to further STEM education in South Carolina. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

Preliminary winners for Miss South Carolina are Miss Clemson Anna Newton, Miss Greater Greer Jada Samuel, Miss Lander University Kara Love, Miss Midlands Emily Wakeman and Miss Sparkle City C.J. McDermott.

Newton won for her talent and evening wear/social impact statement, which is connecting first responders with community members to learn their needs.

Fifteen finalists and one People’s Choice winner will be announced Saturday to compete during the program.

Miss South Carolina 2021 will go to the Miss America competition in December in Connecticut.

Leaders break ground on new 53-acre park in Hanahan

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – A new multi-use park is being constructed in Hanahan. It comes after more than 75% of voters approved a bond referendum for the project back in November. The brand new 53-acre park is located next to Bowen’s Corner Elementary and will serve several purposes in the Hanahan community. “We are just so excited about this new park,” said Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater. “When the federal government partnered with us and donated the land, it had to be used for parks and rec. It wa...

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – A new multi-use park is being constructed in Hanahan. It comes after more than 75% of voters approved a bond referendum for the project back in November.

The brand new 53-acre park is located next to Bowen’s Corner Elementary and will serve several purposes in the Hanahan community.

“We are just so excited about this new park,” said Hanahan Mayor Christie Rainwater. “When the federal government partnered with us and donated the land, it had to be used for parks and rec. It was exactly what the city of Hanahan needed.”

The last time Hanahan opened new ballfields there were only 13,700 people in the town. Now, about 29,000 call Hanahan home.

“There will be tennis courts, an artificial turf field, ballfields, a dog park, fishing pond, picnic spaces – you name it,” said Mayor Rainwater. “Everything that you would love to see in a park will be here.”

The project will cost more than $11 million. The Berkeley County School District agreed to pay nearly $1 million for artificial turf on a field so that it could be used as a practice field.

“We will partner with them to make sure they now have the things they need to play their sports,” the mayor said.

Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb said Hanahan has been working on the project for some time, even during the full ten years he was town administrator.

“It’s critical because it’s a quality-of-life project,” he said. “If you’re going to be a vibrant city, a vibrant community, people are looking for parks and recreation- do you want to draw in young families, do you want to be able to keep the families that you’ve drawn in?”

Bryce Florie grew up in Hanahan and has coached kids in the area, He said this is a great project.

“Just the way the community has grown and the need for it- it’s so important and the way the city came together… it’s a good place for everyone,” he said.

Mayor Rainwater hopes to have the park finished a year from now. The park has not yet been named.

2021 Minor League Baseball Rosters

Triple-A East Ryan Additon, Sunrise, Fla. David Arrieta Quintero, Orlando, Fla. Erich Bacchus, Frederick, Md. John Bacon, Kent, Ohio Brock Ballou, Mount Juliet, Tenn. Sean Barber, Lakeland, Fla. Matthew Bates, Harrison, Tenn. Adam Beck, Oviedo, Fla. Nestor Ceja, The Woodlands, Texas William Clark, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Paul Clemons, Oxford, Kan. Travis Godec, Roanoke, Va. Richard Grassa, Lindenhurst, N.Y. Thomas Hanahan, Mentor, Ohio Shane Livensparger, Jacksonville ...

Triple-A East

Ryan Additon, Sunrise, Fla.
David Arrieta Quintero, Orlando, Fla.
Erich Bacchus, Frederick, Md.
John Bacon, Kent, Ohio
Brock Ballou, Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Sean Barber, Lakeland, Fla.
Matthew Bates, Harrison, Tenn.
Adam Beck, Oviedo, Fla.
Nestor Ceja, The Woodlands, Texas
William Clark, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Paul Clemons, Oxford, Kan.
Travis Godec, Roanoke, Va.
Richard Grassa, Lindenhurst, N.Y.
Thomas Hanahan, Mentor, Ohio
Shane Livensparger, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Alexander Mackay, Evergreen, Colo.
John Mang, Youngstown, Ohio
Christopher Marco, Waterdown, Ontario
David Martinez, Bayonne, N.J.
Jose Matamoros, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Takahito Matsuda, Hamilton, Ontario
Daniel Merzel, Apex, N.C.
Jacob Metz, Edmonds, Wash.
Brennan Miller, Fairfax Station, Va.
Jose Navas Corzo, Los Guayos, Venezuela
Cody Oakes, Oelwein, Iowa
Roberto Ortiz, Kissimmee, Fla.
Jonathan Parra Ortega, Valencia, Venezuela
Charles Ramos, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jeremy Riggs, Portsmouth, Va.
Richard Riley, Alexandria, Va.
Randy Rosenberg, Jacksonville, Fla.
Sean Ryan, Waunakee, Wis.
Michael Savakinas II, Fairborn, Ohio
Sean Shafer-Markle, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Triple-A West

Sean Allen, Fresno, Calif.
Derek Eaton, Tracy, Calif.
Reid Gibbs, Glendale, Ariz.
Clayton Hamm, Austin, Texas
Aaron Higgins, Elk Grove, Calif.
John Libka, Port Huron, Mich.
Nicholas Mahrley, Phoenix
Benjamin May, Milwaukee
Kyle McCrady, Longview, Wash.
Malachi Moore, Buckeye, Ariz.
Edwin Corredor Moscoso, La Morita, Venezuela
Tyler Olson, Overland Park, Kan.
Anthony Perez, Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Justin Robinson, St. Louis
Jason Starkovich, San Tan Valley, Ariz.
Nathan Tomlinson, Douglas, Wyo.
Brian Walsh, Long Beach, Calif.
Lewis Williams III, Lodi, Calif.
Thomas Woodring, Las Vegas

Double-A Northeast

Marcelo Alfonzo Lozano, Los Guayos, Venezuela
Jhonatan Biarreta Castillo, Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Donald Carlyon, Drums, Pa.
Thomas Fornarola, Rochester, N.Y.
Steven Hodgins, Keego Harbor, Mich.
Steven Jaschinski, Mount Hope, Ontario
Emil Jimenez Pernalete, Coro, Venezuela
Jude Koury, Youngstown, Ohio
Lucas Krupa, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Tanner Moore, Omaha, Neb.
Kyle Nichol, Moseley, Va.
Taylor Payne, Platte City, Mo.
Benjamin Phillips, Apex, N.C.
Dane Poncsak, Columbus, Ohio
Benjamin Rosen, Thornhill, Ontario
Michael Snover, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Kelvis Velez Caminero, Ensenada,
Puerto Rico
Thomas West, Boondall, Australia

Double-A South

Alan Basner, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Mark Bass, Madisonville, La.
Jonathon Benken, Lilburn, Ga.
Matthew Brown, Charlotte, N.C.
Samuel Burch, Clearwater, Fla.
Austin Jones, Fayetteville, N.C.
Tyler Jones, Charleston, S.C.
Garry Kelley, Fayetteville, Ga.
Robert Nunez, Largo, Fla.
Mark Stewart Jr., Royal Palm Beach, Fla.
Justin Whiddon, Richmond Hill, Ga.
Dillon Wilson, Clopton, Ala.

Dylan Bradley, Pace, Fla.
Sean Cassidy, Jupiter, Fla.
Adam Clark, Huntsville, Ala.
Joshua Gilreath, Buford, Ga.
James Jean, Lake Park, Fla.
Edwin Jimenez, Pernalete, Venezuela
Evin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mitchell Leikam, Fort Belvoir, Va.
Jose Lozada Bermudez, Las Piedras,
Puerto Rico
Adam Pierce, Ayden, N.C.
Clay Williams, Springfield, Tenn.
Tyler Witte, Pearl River, N Y.

Nathaniel Diederich, Victorville, Calif.
Jaeyoung Kim, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea
Kevin Mandzuk, Regina, Saskatchewan
Raymond Patchen, Oceanside, Calif.
Ernesto Rios Jr., El Paso, Texas
Pete Talkington, Bellevue, Neb.

High-A Central

Emma Charlesworth-Seiler,
Golden Valley, Minn.
Anthony Choc, St. Louis
Benjamin Engstrand, Cumming, Iowa
Jeffrey Hamann, Fargo, N.D.
Justin Juska, Chicago
Kevin Levine, Sawyer, Mich.
Thomas O’Neil, Versailles, Ky.
Jen Pawol, Decatur, Ill.
Cliburn Rondon Romero, Guatire, Venezuela
Kyle Stutz, Leander, Texas
Robert Tassone, Somonauk, Ill.
Mitchell Trzeciak, Lansing, Mich.
Bryan Van Vranken, Sarasota, Fla.

Low-A East

Joseph Belangia III, Greenville, S.C.
Matthew Blackborow, Stoney Creek, Ontario
Jesse Bush, Ballston Spa, N.Y.
Steven Craze, Silver Spring, Md.
Kenneth Cullipher, Greenville, N.C.
Ethan Gorsak, Toms River, N.J.
Macon Hammond, Greenville, N.C.
Tre Jester, Atlanta
Jarred Moehlmann, Brenham, Texas
Christian Roemer, Finksburg, Md.
Ryne Sigmon, Danville, Va.
Zdenek Zidek, Zruc-Senec, Czech Republic

Low-A Southeast

Kaleb Devier, Newton, Ala.
Chandler Durham, Midland, Ga.
Kenneth Jackson, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Casey James, Atlanta
Trevor Mathews, Venice, Fla.
Joseph McCarthy, Destrehan, La.
Austin Nelson, Omaha, Neb.
Jon-Tyler Shaw, Conyers, Ga.
Malcolm Smith, Bartlett, Tenn.
Rainiero Valero Bolivar, Puerto Cabello, Venezuela

Low-A West

Luis Avalos Varela, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico
Hector Cuellar Jr., Camarillo, Calif.
Larry Dillman Jr., Menifee, Calif.
Shin Koishizawa, Koshu, Japan
Kellen Martin, Moscow, Idaho
Glen Meyerhofer, Kaukauna, Wis.
Guillermo Rodriguez, Princeton, Calif.
William Traynor, Manteca, Calif.

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Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame Releases 2021 Candidates

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame’s advisory committee has released its candidates for the Class of 2021, and enshrinement will be conducted by voting from local fans. The Charleston RiverDogs will host an online vote on their website beginning today and in-stadium voting during the team’s upcoming homestand July 27-August 8. Voting is limited to 5 total votes per participant. The Committee also announced that fan-voting will select the two individuals that collect the most votes while the committee m...

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame’s advisory committee has released its candidates for the Class of 2021, and enshrinement will be conducted by voting from local fans. The Charleston RiverDogs will host an online vote on their website beginning today and in-stadium voting during the team’s upcoming homestand July 27-August 8. Voting is limited to 5 total votes per participant.

The Committee also announced that fan-voting will select the two individuals that collect the most votes while the committee may vote in one additional member. Fans can click here to vote on the official ballot or visit riverdogs.com to place their vote.

Voting will conclude on Sunday, August 8 at 8:00 p.m. The individuals with the most votes will be inducted prior to the August 22nd RiverDogs’ home game against the Columbia Fireflies.

The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs. An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable local volunteers was created to cultivate names as potential nominees. The Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, for the Class of 2021.

Steve Arrington (Player) - A Lowcountry native, Steve Arrington was a right fielder/pitcher who was the 1973 Southern Conference baseball player of the year as he led the league in strikeouts (93 in 65 innings), home runs (6) and RBI (28). Named to the South Carolina College Coaches All-Star team at both positions, Arrington was a member of the 1971 SoCon Championship team (22-9) under Coach Chal Port. He had a pair of one-hitters, and held the school single-season record for total strikeouts (213 in 196 innings in 1973), complete games (8 in 1972), and shutouts (3 in 1971), and was second in ERA (0.96 in 1973). After graduation, he spent nearly 30 years in the U.S. Air Force in worldwide assignments, and attained the rank of full colonel. He was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. Resides in Hanahan, SC.

Rhame B. “Chip” Cannon (Player) - Hailing from North Charleston, the versatile first baseman/pitcher earned All-America honors from Baseball America in 2004 prior to being drafted in the eighth round by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was an All-Southern Conference selection in 2003 and ’04, and Baseball America listed him among the best pro prospects in the league while also labeling him with “the best raw power” in the SoCon. He played on two Southern Conference championship teams and made a pair of NCAA Regional appearances. After his graduation in 2004, Cannon was second all-time in school history with 40 home runs and his three grand slams were tops in the league that year. Cannon walked 156 times, recorded 169 RBI and tallied 399 total bases, all of which ranked him among the school’s all-time leaders. Pitching in the weekend rotation, he won eight contests in 28 appearances and posted a 4.00 ERA. He had three complete games and fanned 107 batters in 153 innings. Enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ralph Ciabattari (Coach)- Ralph Ciabattari’s served as head baseball coach at Charleston Southern (then Baptist College from 1983-88) and College of Charleston (1991-99) for 15 seasons and finished with a 378-311-2 overall record. During his tenure at CSU, Ciabattari posted a 163-94 record including wins over nationally-ranked South Carolina and North Carolina. Ciabattari led the Cougars to a 22-12-1 record in 1991, the program’s first season since 1948, and 215 overall wins (215-217-2). As a member of the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) from 1992-98, Ciabattari’s teams competed against some of the nation’s top programs. He led the College of Charleston into Southern Conference play in 1999 and helped them to a 31-24 overall record, 19-10 league mark and a second -place SoCon regular season finish. His record at College of Charleston included wins over South Carolina, North Carolina State, Michigan State, Boston College, Seton Hall and a 3-0 win at top-ranked Florida State on March 8, 1994. While at CofC, he coached 12 all-conference honorees, one All-American and four Academic All-Americans. The Bugettstown, Pa., native attended Burgettstown High School before earning his bachelor’s degree from Charleston Southern in 1977. He was a four-year letter winner at third base for the Buccaneers from 1973-77. He began his coaching career as an assistant under Charleston Southern head coach Bill Bustle in 1982.

Oscar Fordham (Coach) – Oscar Fordham began working for the City of Charleston Department of Recreation in 1960 as a playground leader in the downtown area. Mr. Fordham served as a youth sports coach for thousands of children during his 61 (and counting) work history. Many of those years were spent at Harmon Park on fields that are now named in his honor and he still works today at McMahon Playground Hampton Park). Mr. Fordham was a wonderful coach and teacher and always had youth teams in baseball as well as football and basketball. Mr. Fordham has retired twice from the city but has come back to work because he loves it and he loves working with young people as a sport baseball coach.

Augustus “Gus” Jimmy Holt (Coach/Organizer/ Historian) - Gus Holt spent the last 25 plus years bringing attention to the Cannon Street All-Stars, an all-black youth baseball team from the 1950s.who shed a national spotlight on an African American Little League baseball team from Charleston, He was a tireless advocate for youth baseball. In 1994, Augustus Holt succeeded in bringing Little League back to Charleston. Holt became president of the Charleston American Little League, overseeing the sports program and organizing a celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars baseball team.

Bo Parks (Player) – A Summerville baseball standout, Parks was inducted into the Dorchester School District 2 Hall of Fame in 2000. He played on Summerville’s 1978 and 1979 state championship baseball and football teams. On the mound, he posted a 56-6 career record, with seven no-hitters and also holds the state record for consecutive wins in a season with a 16-0 record in 1979. In the all-time state rankings, Parks is tied for third in consecutive shutouts (4), fifth in consecutive wins (20) and tied for second in single-game strikeouts (20).

Editorial: Sea level rise, growing population put groundwater at risk. SC must prepare.

It’s an established fact that rising sea levels will affect the supply of fresh groundwater along the South Carolina coast — it already has, especially in some shallower, private wells east of U.S. Highway 17. What’s less clear is how close the state is to a dangerous tipping point, where many of its underground aquifers — empty spaces and cracks deep in the soil and above impermeable layers of rock — will become so tainted with intruding salt that they no longer can serve as sources of drinking water wit...

It’s an established fact that rising sea levels will affect the supply of fresh groundwater along the South Carolina coast — it already has, especially in some shallower, private wells east of U.S. Highway 17.

What’s less clear is how close the state is to a dangerous tipping point, where many of its underground aquifers — empty spaces and cracks deep in the soil and above impermeable layers of rock — will become so tainted with intruding salt that they no longer can serve as sources of drinking water without expensive treatment.

As Chloe Johnson reports today, utilities on and around Hilton Head Island already are grappling with the intrusion of salt into their aquifer, and one has taken the novel step of injecting a few hundred million gallons of fresh water from the Savannah River into the ground to help meet its peak demands. Combatting the problem has required utilities in Beaufort County to make other expensive, long-term plans beyond pumping in river water. Some have drilled ever deeper into the Middle Floridan aquifer, whose water is lightly salty and needs filtering through a reverse osmosis plant. One has even sunk a costly well almost 4,000 feet into a 65-million-year-old underground layer to shoot 118-degree water to the surface.

Charleston is not immune from the growing threat to our aquifers.

It’s true that our region currently gets most of its drinking water from the surface, including reservoirs fed by freshwater rivers flowing toward the coast. But Mount Pleasant and a few smaller beach communities have wells from which they draw water from the Middendorf Aquifer. When those wells prove problematic, they have to buy more water from the Charleston Water System, which currently uses only about two-thirds of the 115 million gallons a day its Hanahan Treatment Plant can produce.

“Fortunately, we have ample capacity right now, though we continue to monitor that very closely,” Kin Hill, the water system CEO, said. Still, “we have to stay a decade or so ahead of the demand. You can’t be caught short when Mother Nature delivers something to you.”

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Mount Pleasant is appropriately concerned enough about the situation that it engaged in a high-stakes battle with state regulators and Google over the company’s request to pump up to 549 million gallons of water per year from an aquifer to cool the servers at its Berkeley County data center.

The agency in charge of regulating South Carolina’s groundwater supplies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, has had a study in the works on how ocean salt will continue to permeate underground supplies in Beaufort County, including a mathematical model that would predict how much salt intrusion would occur with different levels of rising seas. It’s expected to release a paper soon that projects salt migration in the coming decades, though no release date is set. We urge the agency to finish its review and make it public soon. There’s little time to waste, especially given the long lead times utilities need to plan, finance and build.

The strain on coastal aquifers comes from more than the salt and rising seas; the coastal population boom also puts more demands on withdrawing water. If too much is taken out, a utility can create a so-called “cone of depression,” or lower groundwater level, that poses a different type of problem. Fortunately, Beaufort utility managers have taken commonsense steps to reduce demand, including using treated wastewater to irrigate golf courses. But coastal utilities must continue to press for water conservation as a key piece in solving this puzzle — and all of us need to start giving more thought to how we use this precious resource.

The problem is going to become more challenging, especially with seas projected to rise by 1-4 feet by the end of the century. It’s something that eventually will affect us all, yet as hydrogeologist Chris Foldesi told Ms. Johnson: “I rarely hear folks talking about (sea level rise) in terms of water withdrawal planning and those types of things.”

The sooner we understand and make better plans for those effects, the less chance we will leave future generations high and dry — or too salty.

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