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The Most Exciting Live Entertainment Game in South Carolina

If you're looking for an adrenaline-filled, pulse-pounding way to have fun all day, grab an axe and get your throw on at Lumber Jill's! Axe throwing is the newest, most popular live entertainment game in the Lowcountry. It's kind of like darts...but with axes! Axe throwing is great for a few hours of amusement, stress relief, team building, and even corporate events in Goose Creek, SC. Whether you're looking for a great way to celebrate the weekend or want a new idea for your company event, Lumber Jill's has got you covered.

The Lumber Jill's revolution began after co-owners Jill and Heath spent a date night with friends throwing axes in Charleston. After having so much fun, the entrepreneurial couple quickly realized they could create their own take on axe throwing. Soon after, Lumber Jill's was born!

The name Lumber Jill's isn't just a play on our co-owner's name - it involves a really interesting piece of history too. Across the pond, the Women's Timber Corps "manned" the lumber yards in England while the men were serving in WWII. They affectionately became known as Lumberjills, Britain's answer to Rosie the Riveter. Without these brave ladies, Lumber Jill's wouldn't exist. We would be remiss if we didn't salute them for the example they set!

At the end of the day, we want to provide every one of our guests with an outstanding axe-throwing experience. So, grab your friends, co-workers, family, or favorite people and join us for an axe-throwing party you won't soon forget.

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Why is Axe Throwing in Goose Creek, SC So Popular?

Axes haven't been this popular in America since "The Shining" hit theaters way back in 1980!

In cities all around the nation, axe-throwing facilities are popping up left and right as a fun, healthy way for people of all ages to congregate and enjoy a night of friendly competition and stress relief. In the last few years, the sport of axe throwing has exploded - so much so that the World Axe Throwing League was assembled in 2017 to coordinate international axe-throwing competitions. Since that time, many axe-throwing events have popped up on national TV stations like ESPN.

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But why is axe throwing so popular? Here are just a few reasons why Lumber Jill's and axe throwing as a whole is a hit in South Carolina:
stress-relief
Stress Relief

Perhaps the most popular reason folks love axe throwing in Goose Creek is for stress relief. We've even heard some customers say it's a cheaper form of therapy! In reality, axe tossing gives you a therapeutic release that is hard to replicate. A few hard throws with an axe and your body releases a flood of endorphins, which help increase your energy, improve your mood, and facilitate healthy blood flow. If you have pent-up anger, nothing feels better than chucking a heavy axe at a target. Hitting a bullseye is even better!

exercise
Exercise

Since axe throwing is such an exhilarating activity, many people don't realize that they are exercising their arms, legs, abs, pecs, and even back when they come to Lumber Jill's. Like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, axe throwing works several muscle groups at once. These exercises strengthen your core and help define your muscles. When coupled with a healthy diet, regular axe-throwing activities can even help you shed a few pounds.

Corporate Comradery
Corporate Comradery

You might be surprised to hear that axe throwing is one of the most sought-after company event ideas in Goose Creek, SC. Sure, your colleagues might think it's a little weird to host a corporate meeting at an axe-throwing facility. But once your co-worker hits their target, they'll quickly understand how much fun they can have. Perhaps more importantly, axe tossing is a safe, fun way to conduct trust exercises and build team morale overall.

Unique Way to Have Fun
Unique Way to Have Fun

When you get right down to it, axe throwing is good, clean, healthy fun. Axe throwing helps relieve shoulder tension, while laughing helps engage your body's core. When you throw in an adult beverage or two, laughs become easier and fun flows more freely. You can't help but have the time of your life at Lumber Jill's in the Lowcountry.

Family Fun
Family Fun

Axe throwing isn't reserved only for adults - kids can get in on the fun and excitement too. Our warm, inviting atmosphere inspires people to embrace their inner champion, even if they're under 18. At Lumber Jill's, we can accommodate kids ages 10 and up. Before we pass them an axe, we will evaluate their skill level to ensure their safety. Contact us today for more info on birthday celebrations and whole facility rentals.

At Your Next Corporate Event

Status quote, average, ordinary...these are qualities that no employer would want out of their employees. So, why host a team-building event at a venue with the same characteristics?

If you're on the hunt for corporate event venues in Goose Creek, SC, you just hit the jackpot. We may be a little biased, but Lumber Jill's is a fantastic corporate event venue for companies looking to try something new.

Axe throwing for corporate events is fun, high-energy, and safe for all your employees. We're talking an adrenaline-filled day with your own private axe-throwing lanes. Get your clients or your team out of the office and give them something to be excited about!

Here are just a few reasons to reserve our facility for your company get together:

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  • No Suit or Tie Required: Feel like taking a casual day? No judgments here! The only thing that matters is that you hit your target (or try your best to do so).
  • No Rain Delays: Unlike some outdoor venues, Lumber Jill's won't delay or cancel your event if it starts raining outside. We're here to make your corporate event more fun, rain or shine.
  • Skill Not Required: Never thrown an axe in your life? Have poor hand-to-eye coordination? Don't sweat it. Our coaches are know how to teach first-timers the positions and techniques they need to have a blast.
  • Large Groups Welcome: Do you have 20 or more people confirmed for your corporate event? We can make room for your whole team! Give us a shout and let us know about your upcoming event. That way, we can block off your desired day so you can have our entire facility to yourself.
  • Safety First: We take safety very seriously at Lumber Jill's. As such, we have implemented several safety rules to protect your team and ensure they have the best time possible.

Birthdays, Celebrations, and Reunions, Oh My!

In addition to our standard reservations, we are happy to offer celebration, corporate, and full facility rental packages. Planning a surprise birthday party for your best friend? Celebrating a life event with that special someone? Looking for a spot for your family reunion? Axe throwing in Goose Creek, SC is the perfect activity for your group! For the most memorable (or hazy) celebration, don't forget to ask us about alcoholic beverage service and additional lane time.

If you want to spice up your next birthday party or take your bachelorette party to the next level, our celebration package is the perfect fit. This package includes:
  • 2 lanes
  • 1 designated coach
  • 1.5 hours of axe throwing
  • Free shirt for a special guest
  • Table coverings
  • 1 drink for each guest
  • 12 axe throwers
  • 45 total minutes of throwing time
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Please note that our celebration package is designed for customers over the age of 12. Two adults must be present at all times.

Common Questions. Helpful Answers.

We understand that axe throwing isn't your typical date night or even guy's night activity. We get it - you're hurling real axes at a target that is only a few feet away. On the surface, that can sound a little scary. But don't worry, many of our first-time guests have questions about how our process works too.

This is a great question and one that we receive quite often (crazy, right?). Axe throwing at Lumber Jill's is absolutely safe. In fact, safety is our #1 priority and has been since day one. Our knowledgeable axe-throwing coaches are trained to keep a keen eye on every axe thrower, whether they're solo or with a group. If, for ANY REASON our coaches feel like a person shouldn't throw an axe, they will not be permitted to do so. To help keep our facility safe, please refrain from bringing your own axe to Lumber Jill's. The same goes for any other kind of throwable object.
The easiest, fastest way to book your axe-throwing lane is to make your reservation online. Walk-ins are welcomed, but we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot open for you or your party. For inquiries about corporate events, facility rentals, or large celebrations, please contact us directly at (843)-879-3030.
We suggest you wear something that you find comfy and easy to wear for a few hours. Don't wear anything that will restrict your movement. The biggest "no-no" we have in terms of dress code is open-toed shoes, which are not allowed. If you pop in for a last-minute axe-throwing session, and need a pair of shoes, don't fret. We offer shoe rentals for $3 per person.
Unfortunately, we are not permitted to allow outside axes at Lumber Jill's. The same goes for any other object like throwing stars or throwing knives. We've got all you need to have the time of your life, including throwing axes.
Yes, absolutely. We are proud to have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to keep you cool and hydrated. If you're feeling hangry, don't worry. We have plenty of tasty snacks to munch on if your tummy starts to rumble.

Axe of Kindness

One of the best parts of owning Lumber Jill's is our ability to give back to our local community. We are always on the hunt for new, inventive ways to serve our citizens. That's why, once a month, we host Axe of Kindness night to shine a light on an important organization, charity, or good cause. These exciting events give our customers a compelling way to make a real difference in someone's life.

If you have a donation request or are interested in hosting a fundraiser with Lumber Jill's, send us your info at

aok@throwlumberjills.com.

Latest News in Goose Creek, SC

Stoplight being designed for busy Goose Creek intersection

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Goose Creek and the South Carolina Department of Transportation are working together to put up a stoplight at St. James Avenue at Myers Road where residents have reported multiple accidents.There are a few neighborhoods off of that road, and people in the area were excited to hear about the project. The actual project likely won’t be completed until the end of 2023, but the plans are in motion.Thomas Garter lives nearby and says the sooner a light is put up the better.“I...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of Goose Creek and the South Carolina Department of Transportation are working together to put up a stoplight at St. James Avenue at Myers Road where residents have reported multiple accidents.

There are a few neighborhoods off of that road, and people in the area were excited to hear about the project. The actual project likely won’t be completed until the end of 2023, but the plans are in motion.

Thomas Garter lives nearby and says the sooner a light is put up the better.

“It’s hectic in the morning and the late afternoon coming from work. I have seen several accidents,” Garter said.

SCDOT officials said a traffic analysis found the volume in that area is too high, so a signal has been approved and is in the design phase.

Construction will likely begin in October and could take up to 15 months.

Caleb and Allen are friends who like to play basketball at a nearby church after school, and they say they have seen accidents happen at the intersection, and people often cut through the church parking lot to avoid the line of cars.

“There’s traffic, and every time we play they cut through [the parking lot] instead of waiting. I’ve seen a lot of accidents,” Caleb said.

“The bus will be super late to school due to the accidents,” Allen said.

The department of transportation will build a mast arm style light which will cost between $250,000 and $350,000. SCDOT and Goose Creek have agreed to share the cost with the department of transportation building the standard steel poles for the traffic signals.

The city is interested in having mast arms extend over the intersection to which the signals would be mounted. Goose Creek has agreed to pay for the mast arms.

“I’ve been waiting to see our light here since I was 6, because I’ve lived here for a while with the traffic and accidents. I just hope they get better,” said Caleb.

The project is on Tuesday night’s Goose Creek City Council meeting agenda with the administration department expected to speak on the issue.

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Proposed ordinance would allow Goose Creek residents to keep chickens

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Cayce Giddens has lived in Goose Creek for fifteen years. She said she and her family were getting stressed about the rising prices of groceries, inflation, and food shortage issues. So, they started talking about getting chickens to help ease that stress.“We talked about having chickens, and when we looked into what the city says about it, we found out they’re not allowed at all in Goose Creek, and that was shocking to find out,” Giddens said.Giddens started talking to some of her n...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Cayce Giddens has lived in Goose Creek for fifteen years. She said she and her family were getting stressed about the rising prices of groceries, inflation, and food shortage issues. So, they started talking about getting chickens to help ease that stress.

“We talked about having chickens, and when we looked into what the city says about it, we found out they’re not allowed at all in Goose Creek, and that was shocking to find out,” Giddens said.

Giddens started talking to some of her neighbors and decided to start an online petition to try to get the City of Goose Creek to allow residents to have chickens. As of Monday morning, the petition had almost 300 signatures.

“We’re stressed out about food and providing for our families, and that chickens was an easy way to at least have those eggs in the background for their calorie content and their protein and just wanting to have that as an extra staple to supplement our groceries,” Giddens said.

She said the concerns she’s been hearing on the other side of the issue are about cleanliness.

“I think an ordinance is the best of both worlds,” Giddens said. “It gives people who want to own chickens that security of having that food, but it also gives people who don’t want to own chickens or worried about it a recourse to handle that if somebody’s not taking care of their property.”

According to the proposed ordinance, people cannot have hens without first obtaining an approved application and an annual compliance inspection and fee payment. Under the ordinance, roosters would not be allowed. One chicken per 2,500 square feet would be allowed, with a maximum of 4 chickens maximum regardless of lot size. Hens would not be allowed to be raised for commercial purposes.

The proposed ordinance says animal control or code enforcement officers may enter and inspect properties containing coops to investigate potential violations or compliance with the ordinance.

City of Goose Creek Public Information Officer Frank Johnson sent Live 5 News this statement regarding the proposed ordinance:

“At its June 14 meeting, Goose Creek City Council will consider an ordinance that would allow City residents who live in single-family homes to keep up to 4 chickens, depending on property size. The meeting will include discussion about the issue and a first reading vote. A City ordinance would not change or supersede existing HOA guidelines for residences governed by an HOA. Council members were approached by residents who are in favor of such an ordinance earlier this year.”

Council will discuss the proposed changes at Tuesday night’s council meeting at 6 p.m.

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Goose Creek allow chickens? Have your say!

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Cayce Giddens has lived in Goose Creek for fifteen years. She said she and her family were getting stressed about the rising prices of groceries, inflation, and food shortage issues. So, they started talking about getting chickens to help ease that stress.“We talked about having chickens, and when we looked into what the city says about it, we found out they’re not allowed at all in Goose Creek, and that was shocking to find out,” Giddens said.Giddens started talking to some of her n...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - Cayce Giddens has lived in Goose Creek for fifteen years. She said she and her family were getting stressed about the rising prices of groceries, inflation, and food shortage issues. So, they started talking about getting chickens to help ease that stress.

“We talked about having chickens, and when we looked into what the city says about it, we found out they’re not allowed at all in Goose Creek, and that was shocking to find out,” Giddens said.

Giddens started talking to some of her neighbors and decided to start an online petition to try to get the City of Goose Creek to allow residents to have chickens. As of Monday morning, the petition had almost 300 signatures.

“We’re stressed out about food and providing for our families, and that chickens was an easy way to at least have those eggs in the background for their calorie content and their protein and just wanting to have that as an extra staple to supplement our groceries,” Giddens said.

She said the concerns she’s been hearing on the other side of the issue are about cleanliness.

“I think an ordinance is the best of both worlds,” Giddens said. “It gives people who want to own chickens that security of having that food, but it also gives people who don’t want to own chickens or worried about it a recourse to handle that if somebody’s not taking care of their property.”

According to the proposed ordinance, people cannot have hens without first obtaining an approved application and an annual compliance inspection and fee payment. Under the ordinance, roosters would not be allowed. One chicken per 2,500 square feet would be allowed, with a maximum of 4 chickens maximum regardless of lot size. Hens would not be allowed to be raised for commercial purposes.

John C. says, "Private property rights are fundamental and Goose Creek is acting like a tyrannical HOA, not a reasonable municipal government."

The proposed ordinance says animal control or code enforcement officers may enter and inspect properties containing coops to investigate potential violations or compliance with the ordinance.

NOTE: Council will discuss the proposed changes at tonight’s council meeting at 6 p.m.

City of Goose Creek Public Information Officer Frank Johnson sent Live 5 News this statement regarding the proposed ordinance:

“At its June 14 meeting, Goose Creek City Council will consider an ordinance that would allow City residents who live in single-family homes to keep up to 4 chickens, depending on property size. The meeting will include discussion about the issue and a first reading vote. A City ordinance would not change or supersede existing HOA guidelines for residences governed by an HOA. Council members were approached by residents who are in favor of such an ordinance earlier this year.”

Former Gators assistant Mullins wants to build consistent winner at Berkeley

New Berkeley High School boys basketball coach Matt Mullins believes a winner can be built on the hardwood in Moncks Corner. After all, it hasn’t been that long ago since the Stags played for all the marbles.“Berkeley has had some success recently,” Mullins said. “You don’t have to go that far back. They were in the state championship game (in 2018-19). Berkeley is rich in football tradition so you know you’ve got athletes to work with. You get some of those guys, work with them and you can get them...

New Berkeley High School boys basketball coach Matt Mullins believes a winner can be built on the hardwood in Moncks Corner. After all, it hasn’t been that long ago since the Stags played for all the marbles.

“Berkeley has had some success recently,” Mullins said. “You don’t have to go that far back. They were in the state championship game (in 2018-19). Berkeley is rich in football tradition so you know you’ve got athletes to work with. You get some of those guys, work with them and you can get them to another level.”

Mullins spent the last four seasons at Colleton County High School as the Cougars’ boys basketball coach, winning a pair of region championships. Four Cougars moved on to college ball and Mullins was region coach of the year once.

The opportunity in Walterboro was Mullins’ first top varsity job. Prior to Colleton County, Mullins assisted Blake Hall at Goose Creek High School for four seasons and worked three seasons as an assistant at alma mater First Baptist in Charleston. The Hurricanes won 25 games and a state title in 2012.

While he played for First Baptist in high school, Mullins grew up near Hanahan High School.

Mullins replaces Joe Wallace, who guided the Stags for 11 seasons. The Stags peaked in the 2018-19 season under Wallace, claiming their third straight region crown before advancing to the Class AAAAA state championship game. That squad, which lost to Dorman by seven points, holds the school record with 26 wins.

In three seasons since, though, the Stags have won just 13 games. A great deal of talent departed after Berkeley’s most magical campaign in basketball and the Stags have slumped to three straight losing seasons. Last winter, Berkeley won two games.

Mullins hit the ground running this month, aiming to reverse those fortunes with his new team. So far, he thinks he has a coachable group that wants to do what it takes to win.

“With me just getting named in the summer, I’m trying to get all the time with them I can,” he said. “Offensively, we’re going to adjust to what we have skill-wise. I’m not going to be hardheaded and say this is what we’re going to do no matter what. I’ve done a 5-out offense before and last year we had to play two traditional posts. Defensively is where I can be a little more hard-headed. I want to play man-to-man defense. I want to get after people on defense and feed off it offensively. I feel like teams who feed off their defense can be better in years when they aren’t as skilled on the other end.”

Mullins is looking forward to encountering Hall this season in Region 7-AAAAA play. He considers the Gators’ coach somewhat of a mentor.

“He’s definitely had a major influence on me as a coach,” Mullins said. “We did a lot of stuff at Colleton County that we did at Goose Creek. I tweaked what we did to fit our personnel. I think we only played each other in summer camps. It will be interesting to go up against him. He had a great impact on me as a coach.”

All-star season cranks up in youth softball, baseball

With the curtains coming up on summer, the stars are out: all-stars that it is.The South Carolina Athletic Programs Branch’s 10U all-star softball tournament cranked up Friday, June 10 at Felkel Field in Goose Creek, signaling the start of the all-star season for youth softball and baseball teams around the area.At press time, Moncks Corner and the City of Charleston were the lone two unbeatens in the SCAP Southern District tournament. Hanahan and North Charleston were both 2-1 going into an elimination game on June 13....

With the curtains coming up on summer, the stars are out: all-stars that it is.

The South Carolina Athletic Programs Branch’s 10U all-star softball tournament cranked up Friday, June 10 at Felkel Field in Goose Creek, signaling the start of the all-star season for youth softball and baseball teams around the area.

At press time, Moncks Corner and the City of Charleston were the lone two unbeatens in the SCAP Southern District tournament. Hanahan and North Charleston were both 2-1 going into an elimination game on June 13.

Moncks Corner’s squad knocked off Bluffton and Orangeburg on June 10-11 while the City of Charleston edged Hanahan and North Charleston. Both teams had the day off June 12. The championship will be decided June 15.

The SCAP 12U all-stars began their Southern District tournament June 11 at Wescott Park in North Charleston. Moncks Corner won its first two games and is in a winner’s bracket game on June 14. The winner advances to the June 15 championship game to await the squad which comes through the loser’s bracket.

The SCAP 8U Southern District tournament runs from June 13-16 in Moncks Corner. Hanahan, Moncks Corner, Bluffton and North Charleston are the four squads competing for the district title.

Southern District winners advance to the state tournament June 23-26 in North Augusta.

In a Dixie Youth District 7 all-star baseball tournament, Moncks Corner hosts the AA Coach Pitch all-stars from June 13-18. The 8U tournament could wrap up a day earlier if June 18 is not needed to decide the champion.

Parks Field, Wescott American, Hanahan American, Hanahan National, Moncks Corner and Wescott National are the six teams vying for a district championship and bid to the state tournament in July.

The Dixie Youth District 7 AAA baseball tournament is slated for Hanahan June 18-23, with a scheduled day off on June 19.

Mt. Pleasant and Hanahan, Moncks Corner and Goose Creek, and Wescott and Parks Field tangle with each other on the first day of the 10U tournament. St. Andrew’s receives a bye to June 20 and will meet the winner of Wescott and Parks Field.

District winners advance to the AAA state tournament in July.

The Dixie Youth District 7 Ozone tournament is slated for Wescott Park, with a scheduled day off on June 19.

Parks Field and Moncks Corner, Mt. Pleasant and Goose Creek, and North Charleston and Hanahan match up on the opening day of the 12U tournament. The North Charleston-Hanahan winner receives a bye to June 21.

Berkeley County football teams take advantage of 7-on-7 opportunities

Getting somewhat of a sneak peek of your favorite high school football team isn’t all that difficult to do these days.June and July present a great deal of opportunities to catch some 7-on-7 games at stadiums all over the Lowcountry. One hot spot is Cane Bay High School every Thursday morning in June.Cane Bay, Goose Creek, Philip Simmons, Ashley Ridge, Andrews and Georgetown high schools participated in the first of four 7-on-7 days on the Cobras’ practice fields for two hours June 9.Cobras coach Russell Zehr...

Getting somewhat of a sneak peek of your favorite high school football team isn’t all that difficult to do these days.

June and July present a great deal of opportunities to catch some 7-on-7 games at stadiums all over the Lowcountry. One hot spot is Cane Bay High School every Thursday morning in June.

Cane Bay, Goose Creek, Philip Simmons, Ashley Ridge, Andrews and Georgetown high schools participated in the first of four 7-on-7 days on the Cobras’ practice fields for two hours June 9.

Cobras coach Russell Zehr, whose program prefers power football versus throwing it all over the lot, called 7-on-7 necessary for Cane Bay. One, it breaks up the monotony of weight lifting and conditioning that goes on the rest of the week. Two, they’re on the hunt for some defensive backs this fall.

“We don’t want to throw the ball but if we can it makes our whole life better,” Zehr said. “This is good for our offense because we try to do a lot of play action and bootleg stuff. Nobody is biting on the run fake in 7-on-7 so that part is not realistic but working on timing is good for our offense. Defensively, we can’t duplicate what other people are doing so this is vital to help them compete.”

In a way, getting outside the school is a reward.

“We work them pretty hard Monday through Wednesday,” Zehr said. “Thursdays we still lift but this kind of makes it feel more like football. Our kids like it.”

Andrews coach Scott Durham, who coached baseball and football at Goose Creek High School from 2004-13, appreciates the organization of the Cane Bay 7-on-7. It runs smooth and each squad typically gets four games in the two hours.

Games begin at 10 a.m.

Durham’s bunch is like Cane Bay, though. The Yellow Jackets love to gain three yards and see a cloud of dust, very similar to the Gators under Chuck Reedy when Durham was an assistant.

“It’s mainly for our defense,” Durham said. “We come down here so our defensive backs and linebackers can get a lot of reps in the passing game. They don’t get that in practice. We get to work on some stuff. Most of the coverages we see here we’re not going to see on Friday night but every now and then we’ll see something on third and long and this gives us a chance to work on it.”

The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to make the hour trip every Thursday and have been a mainstay at Cane Bay in the summer the last few years.

“The kids enjoy coming down here and competing,” Durham said. “It’s definitely a break from all the lifting and running. Our guys get some work out here ordinarily they wouldn’t get. You can get your younger guys out there and it can help them improve and show us something, maybe bump up their stock a little bit.”

Schools tentatively scheduled to compete in Cane Bay’s next 7-on-7 day on June 16 are Andrews, Ashley Ridge, Bishop England, Georgetown, Goose Creek, Lucy Beckham and Stratford.

The June 23 lineup is Cane Bay, Andrews, Ashley Ridge, Bishop England, Georgetown, Goose Creek, James Island, Lewisville, Lucy Beckham, Philip Simmons, Stratford and West Mecklenburg from North Carolina. Stall or Berkeley are possibilities if another team can’t make it.

It’s a free football fix. Generally, Cane Bay’s 7-on-7’s attract plenty of onlookers.

“We love to have people out here watching,” Zehr said.

Goose Creek coach Jason Winstead had an older group at Coastal Carolina on June 9 and a younger crew at Cane Bay the same day. The split squad approach nets repetitions for substantially more players in the program.

“It lets us know who will compete,” Winstead said. “I’m going to take junior varsity players to as many places as we can. It helps keep them interested and playing against varsity teams is only going to help them. I heard they competed well.”

The Gators will also line up at Fort Dorchester against the Patriots on June 14 and are set to compete at the University of South Carolina on June 17. Fort Dorchester makes a return trip to Goose Creek on July 14.

Stratford also made the trip to Coastal Carolina on June 9 and will go to USC on June 24 before hosting Ashley Ridge on July 14.

Hanahan is hosting some 7-on-7 action June 22 and June 29.

3 new restaurants on the way to Charleston area in Mount Pleasant, Cainhoy and Goose Creek

A Mount Pleasant retail center where a new outdoor gear store plans to open will soon see a new restaurant. Two other new dining spots are in the works across the Charleston region as well.Pasture & Grain plans to open in July at 1701 Shoremeade Road in the Indigo Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 17 where national sporting goods retailer REI announced this week plans to open in the fall in the former GreenWise Market grocery store space.The restaurant...

A Mount Pleasant retail center where a new outdoor gear store plans to open will soon see a new restaurant. Two other new dining spots are in the works across the Charleston region as well.

Pasture & Grain plans to open in July at 1701 Shoremeade Road in the Indigo Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 17 where national sporting goods retailer REI announced this week plans to open in the fall in the former GreenWise Market grocery store space.

The restaurant is taking over the space vacated in May by Blaze Pizza, which closed after three years. A sign on the door says Blaze is relocating, but the new site is not mentioned, and a company representative did not respond for comment.

Pasture & Grain owner and chef Ira Hill said the 2,800-square-foot venue will serve American fare priced from $8 to $18. Meats, vegetables, grains, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and toast with spreads are on the menu. Sous chef will be Brandon Brown.

The shopping center also saw the recent departure of gastro pub Bull & Finch, which closed in May after nine months.

What’s cooking?

Two other restaurants also are on the way to the Charleston area.

In Cainhoy, a new venue by Florie’s Dining Group is planned for 1937 Clements Ferry Road, Unit B, beside Dog & Duck restaurant and bar.

“My concept has changed since I purchased the place in January,” said Brannon Florie. “Honestly, I’m still between two concepts. The space is small, so I am trying to make the best use of the space and still capitalize on what we are missing out here. I’ve lived on Clements Ferry for about eight years now.”

He’s leaning toward calling it Po Boy — Southern Refuge and Bar.

Florie doesn’t have an opening date, but he is eyeing the end of summer for a launch.

Florie’s Dining Group includes Pier 41 and The Basement in northern Mount Pleasant and Florie’s at Commonhouse Aleworks in North Charleston.

Florie said he’s considering a couple of other concepts for the northern side of the Charleston area but has nothing to announce.

Also on the way is a new restaurant in a former Pizza Hut in Goose Creek.

Pho Bowl LLC recently applied for a beer and wine license at 142 St. James Ave., Suite D, beside Food Lion supermarket. An opening date has not been announced.

Driving costs

South Carolina drivers can count on doling out even more more for the already-exorbitant cost of gasoline, starting in July.

The state’s gas tax will rise by 2 cents a gallon next month, the last of six annual increases passed by the General Assembly in 2017 to help pay for road, bridge and infrastructure construction.

The 2-cent tack-on will boost the tax to 28 cents per gallon.

Drivers in the Palmetto State are paying an average of $4.54 a gallon as of June 8, according to online fuel information provider GasBuddy. That’s up $1.76 from last year at this time. The national average is $4.97 per gallon, up $1.90 from one year ago.

The higher price of fuel is partially the result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Prices were already rising before the war.

Now serving

Toast! All Day is now open with a second location in downtown Charleston.

Charleston Hospitality Group recently opened the sixth Toast location in the Lowcountry at 453 King St. in the former Monza pizzeria, which closed in February after a 13-year run.

Along with Southern comfort food offerings, the restaurant has incorporated the original wood-fired ovens to offer pizza as well. The menu also features seafood baskets, salads and sandwiches, as well as drink specials and artisan coffee selections.

The other downtown Toast is at 155 Meeting St. Two others are in Mount Pleasant, with one each in Summerville and West Ashley.

The restaurant group also includes Eli’s Table, Queology, John King Bar & Grill, all in Charleston, and Honky Tonk Saloon in Ladson.

Relocated

Skatell’s Manufacturing Jewelers of West Ashley has moved to a new location.

The jewelry store is now at 821 Orleans Road after moving from 1798 Ashley River Road, according to owners Nan Butler and husband Jason, who also own the store in Mount Pleasant.

The scoop

Ye Ole Fashioned Cafe & Ice Cream Parlor will host the grand opening of its new location in West Ashley on June 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an ice cream special all day.

Officials will snip the ribbon at 11 a.m., and small cups of ice cream in 32 flavors will be offered all day for 99 cents at the new restaurant at 1319 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in Ashley Landing Shopping Center.

Goose Creek to break ground on new $9 million park

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Goose Creek will be breaking ground on a new 13-acre park next month, and officials say it will have something for everyone.The new park is called Central Creek Park, and it will cost $9 million to build. The city will soon be breaking ground on a piece of land off Old Moncks Corner Road, near St. James Avenue, to build Central Creek Park.Recreation Director Crystal Reed said the park will cater to everyone.“The focus of this park is it’s going to be inclusive,” Re...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The City of Goose Creek will be breaking ground on a new 13-acre park next month, and officials say it will have something for everyone.

The new park is called Central Creek Park, and it will cost $9 million to build. The city will soon be breaking ground on a piece of land off Old Moncks Corner Road, near St. James Avenue, to build Central Creek Park.

Recreation Director Crystal Reed said the park will cater to everyone.

“The focus of this park is it’s going to be inclusive,” Reed said. “We’re on a wellness mission, and inclusivity is our top priority.”

The park will be funded by just over $4 million in coronavirus relief money, $1.5 million from the city’s general fund and just under $3.5 million from hospitality taxes.

Reed said with that money, the park will be loaded with features.

“We’ll have a sand volleyball court, basketball court,” she said. “It will have a greenspace with a stage with a food truck area, so that people can have social gatherings.”

Other features in the park include pickleball courts, a pavilion that will host events and an all-inclusive playground for kids of all ages and abilities.

Sean June lives in Goose Creek and came out to play basketball with his friends next to where Central Creek Park will be. He said he can’t wait for it to be built.

“I was actually kind of shocked because I was talking to my friends,” he said. “I thought they were going to put apartments over there, but it will be a nice addition to the community.”

June also said he plans on using the basketball courts and the food truck area once the park eventually opens.

“Every weekend, there’s always a bunch of people behind playing basketball,” he said. “I’m pretty sure it’s a big staple in our community to have parks.”

Reed said the city’s focus on building parks, such as the recently opened John McCants Veterans Park, is to make sure people can get together outdoors.

“It’s really just a focus on creating community,” Reed said. “That’s why we’re doing it. We want people to have activities and places to go in their city where they don’t have to leave the city limits of Goose Creek.”

Officials said the groundbreaking is scheduled for March 31. That’s when they will reveal how this park will take shape.

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Goose Creek’s Johnson, Simmons sign with S.C. State

Goose Creek High School’s football team has captured three straight region championships and reeled in as many player of the year honors from the offensive side of the ball in the process.It’s easy to overlook the guys in the trenches who help make those accomplishments possible. Gators senior lineman Jayden Johnson was hard to miss, though. Johnson moved defenders around quite easily at times, opening holes aplenty to run through and giving quarterbacks time to throw.“Jayden is a good guy,” Gators coach...

Goose Creek High School’s football team has captured three straight region championships and reeled in as many player of the year honors from the offensive side of the ball in the process.

It’s easy to overlook the guys in the trenches who help make those accomplishments possible. Gators senior lineman Jayden Johnson was hard to miss, though. Johnson moved defenders around quite easily at times, opening holes aplenty to run through and giving quarterbacks time to throw.

“Jayden is a good guy,” Gators coach Jason Winstead said. “He’s not a problem. He doesn’t get into trouble and causes no issues. He’s had a great career, and he’s a captain.”

For his efforts in the classroom and on the field of play, Johnson earned a scholarship opportunity to play football at South Carolina State in Orangeburg.

Johnson (6-4, 305) started four seasons up front for the Gators, garnered three all-region nods and two all-state selections. He was chosen to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team and ultimately ended up playing in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 11. The Shrine Bowl was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns for the second year in a row.

Johnson’s South squad won the all-star game for the third time in a row.

“In four years, Jayden blocked for over 15,000 yards of offense,” Winstead said. “That’s a lot. You don’t find many guys who start all four years in 5A football.”

Equally as impressive was a standout performance in the classroom.

“That 3.4 grade-point average is what got him this opportunity,” Winstead said. “If he didn’t have the grades, none of this would be happening. First question all these college coaches want to ask is how are his grades. If they can’t get into the school, they’re not going to stay a long time. It’s going to be a short conversation.”

With Johnson anchoring the front, future S.C. State teammate Demetri Simmons earned back-to-back region player of the year honors.

Simmons, a running back who also signed with the Bulldogs on Dec. 15, touched it 566 times in three seasons on the varsity level and totaled 4,138 yards and 44 touchdowns. He was named all-state as a senior and also a team captain.

“He really needs no introduction,” Winstead said of Simmons. “He’s an outstanding young man.”

Simmons was selected to the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl but missed the game with an injury.

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