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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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant, 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 Mount Pleasant, SC

New 2,500-Square-Foot Gym Opens in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

PWR Fitness dedicated to helping people improve their minds, bodies and spirits through full-body workoutsMOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, June 7, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- PWR Fitness, an immersive fitness experience that offers sustainable strength and conditioning training, has opened in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The gym is located in the Belle Hall Shopping Center off of Long Point Road.Founded by New York fitness entrepren...

PWR Fitness dedicated to helping people improve their minds, bodies and spirits through full-body workouts

MOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, June 7, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- PWR Fitness, an immersive fitness experience that offers sustainable strength and conditioning training, has opened in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The gym is located in the Belle Hall Shopping Center off of Long Point Road.

Founded by New York fitness entrepreneurs Ian Berger, Hank Berger and Joel Febus, the gym is fueled by an extremely knowledgeable team of personal trainers with more than 20 years of experience who are dedicated to helping people improve their minds, bodies and spirits through intense, targeted and fun full-body workouts.

The 2,500-square-foot cross-fit gym in Mount Pleasant offers one-hour classes that utilize strength and conditioning principles combined with endurance to stimulate functionally fit clients.

“As more and more of these global fitness facilities open across the country, our idea is to offer the same level of results-driven intensity within an intimate and non-judgement environment so our members can truly feel a sense of community behind them as they push beyond their boundaries and reach their goals,” said Ian Berger. “We want everyone to be motivated to be the best version of their selves, which is why our goal is to be the best hour of your day and have you feeling strong and looking good too. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

PWR Fitness has all the essential equipment for strength and conditioning, including barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, rowers, ski ergs, bikes, pullup rigs, sleds, trx and more. As part of its innovations and to enhance training, no two classes at the fitness club are ever the same.

PWR Fitness memberships range from $25 to $1,014 and the gym also offers a free, one-week trial membership.

For more information about PWR Fitness, visit pwr-fitness.com. PWR Fitness can also be followed on Facebook and Instagram.

About PWR Fitness With over 30 years of combined training. we have developed PWR. Our mission is to bring you the most effective training program that will have you looking good and feeling good. We believe that our classes and programming offer the best methodologies to promote overall fitness.

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Editorial: Mount Pleasant has a unique opportunity. It should seize it.

Mount Pleasant has a special opportunity that promises to be as costly and challenging as potentially transformational to the town’s quality of life and sense of place. We’re pleased Town Council members have begun to pursue it, but there is much more work to do.We’re talking about the pending sale of the so-called Republic Tract, about 100 acres of highland and 80 acres of marsh situated between S.C. Highway 41 and the Wando River, about half a mile south of the new bridge. Once part of our rural landscape, the metr...

Mount Pleasant has a special opportunity that promises to be as costly and challenging as potentially transformational to the town’s quality of life and sense of place. We’re pleased Town Council members have begun to pursue it, but there is much more work to do.

We’re talking about the pending sale of the so-called Republic Tract, about 100 acres of highland and 80 acres of marsh situated between S.C. Highway 41 and the Wando River, about half a mile south of the new bridge. Once part of our rural landscape, the metro area is growing rapidly all around it. The Republic site is largely undeveloped, with just a few remnants of docks used by contractors building the I-526 bridge between the town and Daniel Island.

The town has relatively little public water access, particularly to the Wando River. The Remley’s Point Boat Landing is a fine spot to launch a vessel, but there’s little else to do there. And there’s little else in terms of public waterfront along the Wando, period. The Republic Tract represents the town’s biggest and best chance to change that.

Mount Pleasant’s newly adopted comprehensive plan suggests, at least in broad strokes, that its leaders should act. The plan cites improving the town’s open space network as a key goal, adding: “At the forefront of citizen concerns is the current and potential loss of open space within the community. Residents have been alarmed by the clearing of many highly visible, previously undeveloped tracts. While the town is obligated to protect individual property rights, it is also incumbent upon the town to address the health and character of our built environment.

“By identifying, designating, and protecting an open space network throughout the town, rights of individual property owners can be respected, while protecting the character and health of the town.”

More specifically, it cites the Republic Tract no fewer than five times. “This property has the potential to be a huge asset to the local community, providing public water access and neighborhood hub that are lacking in this area,” one citation notes. Another says it “provides a remarkable opportunity to create a neighborhood hub and public access to the Wando River, as well as a potential water taxi connection to other waterfront sites in the greater area.”

Town Council members discussed purchasing the property behind closed doors and made an offer, but it apparently was not the highest offer. Mayor Will Haynie tells us that the lead buyer apparently is doing due diligence, but the town will reach out to the buyer about purchasing part of the property once the deal firms up.

The town will have some leverage, seeing as the property is not within the town limits and apparently does not perk very well, which means it will either have to be annexed or else rely on septic tanks, which would limit how much could be built. And the town doesn’t necessarily need the entire tract to create a high-quality public park with water access. Such a public space could enhance any new development on the portion that remains in private hands.

We would urge the current owners, the prospective owners and the town to discuss how they can work together to ensure the best outcome — one that has financial benefits to the owners but also has the kind of substantial public benefit that the town’s new comprehensive plan suggests it could. That plan cites the tract as an “area of opportunity.”

A top goal in the plan, one supported by 90% of respondents, is to “balance the rate of development with the provision of public infrastructure, so that the demands of growth are met in as timely a manner as possible.” While many might have considered roads and schools at the top of any list of public infrastructure, we would suggest parks are as important.

We don’t know at this point how many town dollars might be involved, but Mount Pleasant may be able to bolster its own investment with county greenbelt dollars and contributions from open-space nonprofits and philanthropists. It’s worth pursuing, because we do know that opportunities like the Republic Tract do not come along very often.

Cynics might suggest the easy or safe route politically is simply to let the private sector figure things out, and in fairness, we have seen community-minded developers incorporate high-quality public spaces into their designs.

Some might suggest the conservative approach here is for the town to do nothing and hope for the best, but what if the new owners are only committed to their bottom line? The town might not be able to afford the entire tract, but we don’t think it can afford to sit back and hope for the best either.

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Georgia football recruiting reset: Top targets, key visits and latest news

ATHENS, Ga. — Billy Payne, the man whose name adorns the Georgia indoor practice facility, was talking in mid-2018 about what it was like following the football program.“I can’t tell you how many times people call me and say: ‘Did you see who committed to us today, did you see who signed today, do you know how many five-stars we have?’” Payne said. “It’s just an amazing, positive...

ATHENS, Ga. — Billy Payne, the man whose name adorns the Georgia indoor practice facility, was talking in mid-2018 about what it was like following the football program.

“I can’t tell you how many times people call me and say: ‘Did you see who committed to us today, did you see who signed today, do you know how many five-stars we have?’” Payne said. “It’s just an amazing, positive spirit that is over the entire football program. It just makes us all proud.”

The recruiting successes never stopped over the next four years. But Georgia is finally enjoying the first offseason when it has something to show for it.

Well, there’s always been something, to be fair: An SEC championship, four SEC East titles, wins in the Rose, Sugar and Peach Bowls were nothing to be diminished. But without the national championship, the naysayers always had something to fall back on. Now they don’t.

“Georgia has been recruiting at a high level for years now. The natty and the (NFL) Draft made it harder for teams to negative recruit against Kirby (Smart) and his staff,” said Rusty Mansell, the recruiting analyst for Dawgs247.com.

And after winning that ring and dominating the NFL Draft, Georgia currently has zero five-star commits. The top current commitment, at least according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, is a four-star tight end: Pearce Spurlin of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., who comes in at No. 71 in the overall rankings. The worry-wart would point out that’s not a five-star, and that Georgia already has plenty of tight ends.

Should Georgia fans be worried about not capitalizing on the last six months? Is something going on with NIL that has the Bulldogs falling behind?

Nah. The same antsiness has been there in past summers, and Georgia has still managed to finish in the top 3 all but one of the past six years, including third last year. Those close to the program shrug off the NIL factor; Georgia is in basically the same situation as everyone, and Smart has proven to be a dynamic recruiter, so few doubt that he’ll adjust accordingly.

In fact, the Bulldogs are in the midst of some heavy recruiting weekends, with five-stars (including a certain quarterback) finishing up visits. The buzz is Georgia’s class will start to fill up with some big names the closer things get to August and preseason practice, as prospects seek to make their decisions before the start of their high school seasons. Here’s a look at where Georgia currently stands:

Georgia will generally try to sign the best players it can, regardless of need, mainly because it can. This year will be no different. But three positions stand out as the most intriguing for this 2023 class.

Wide receiver has taken on more prominence with the direction college football is taking, and the Bulldogs are increasingly looking for speed. They’ve had that on their roster all along, in particular Arian Smith (a top-100 player in the 2020 class), but he’s battled injuries. But coming back at a good time is Bryan McClendon, who as Oregon’s receivers coach the past two years (and before that South Carolina) recruited nationally. Now he can tap into those contacts, along with the ones he had during his previous stint at Georgia. (McClendon recruited south Florida very well, landing Sony Michel when he was tailbacks coach.)

Also back on staff is offensive line coach Stacy Searels, after an 11-year absence, and he already has three commits on his ledger. The most recent is three-star Joshua Miller, a prospect from Virginia who on Monday flipped from Penn State. What Searels does with this class will be intriguing because while Georgia has O-line depth — more than 17 on scholarship — things are much different than when Searels was at Georgia the first go-around. The transfer portal means there’s only so many players willing to wait and develop, so while ideally Searals hopes competition causes good SEC starters to emerge, he also has to hit on some good ones on the front end.

Then there’s outside linebacker (the edge rusher spot), where Georgia again has a new coach, Chidera Uzo-Diribe, who inherits two starters (Nolan Smith and Robert Beal) who are both seniors. There’s some good talent behind them, namely junior MJ Sherman and freshman Marvin Jones Jr., but the team needs to infuse more talent in that room this cycle to avoid getting too thin.

There are nine commitments as of Tuesday morning, Miller being the most recent. After Spurlin, the highest-rated commitment on the 247Sports Composite is Bo Hughley, an offensive tackle from Fairburn, Ga., who comes in at No. 90. The other current offensive line commit is three-star RyQueze McElderry of Anniston, Ala.

Receiver Raymond Cottrell, who comes in at No. 101 overall, is a bigger receiver (6-2, 203), but not quite the track type they’re increasingly targeting. (More on that shortly.)

Georgia has dipped back into Las Vegas for another prospect: Cornerback Justyn Rhett from powerhouse Bishop Gorman, who comes in at No. 137 overall.

The class at this point is rounded out by a trio of in-state prospects: Four-star edge rusher Gabriel Harris (Valdosta, Ga.), four-star tight end Lawson Luckie (Norcross, Ga.) and three-star defensive lineman Seven Cloud (Powder Springs, Ga.).

There’s that Arch Manning fella, of course. It looks like it’s down to Georgia and Texas, and handicapping that one is anyone’s guess.

Caleb Downs is the nation’s highest-ranked safety, and he lives in Hochston, Ga., but the other big boys (Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, etc.) are making their plays, too.

Georgia is considered the favorite for five-star safety Joenel Aguero of Lynn, Mass. The Bulldogs were in good shape even before Aguero visited Athens last weekend, so momentum appears to be heavily in their favor.

Five-star edge rusher Jaquavious Russaw is being pursued by Georgia, and it may be a battle between the Bulldogs and his home-state team, Alabama. (Russaw is from Montgomery.)

Troy Bowles, an inside linebacker ranked No. 44 overall, may be a lean to Georgia right now. Bowles father, Todd, is the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bulldogs also haven’t stopped recruiting Raylen Wilson, an inside linebacker from Tallahassee, Fla., who is committed to Michigan.

One of the top tailback prospects in the country is Justice Haynes, who is from Buford, Ga., so Georgia is considered the favorite, but Haynes is good enough that everyone else — namely Alabama, Ohio State, USC, and Florida — continues to push for his services.

At receiver, Hykeem Williams, a top-50 recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a major target. Tyler Williams, a four-star receiver from Lakeland, Fla., has Georgia in his mix along with Clemson, South Carolina and Texas A&M. He’s an interesting blend of size (6-3, 180) and athletic ability (also a basketball prospect). Anthony Evans, a four-star from Converse, Texas, is also another speed target.

On th eoffensive line, Kelton Smith, a four-star interior offensive lineman from Columbus, Ga., could be another addition to the class at some point. So could tackle Shamarud Umarov of Alpharetta, Ga., who visited Athens this past weekend. Searels has also been trying for a few top-100 prospects, including Chase Bisontis of Ramsey, N.J., and Monroe Freeling of Mount Pleasant, S.C.

As always, this is by no means a comprehensive list, and Georgia’s recruiting board can be fluid. For all the perception that Smart and his staff have chased five-stars, they’ve actually been very choosy, being careful on which five-stars to pursue, and trusting their own evaluations, which has led to getting the likes of Jordan Davis, Ladd McConkey and Adonai Mitchell — three-star prospects who became starters on a national champion. Not to mention Stetson Bennett, or some four-stars who were well outside the national top 250 but have played above their ranking.

Of course, that title team had plenty of five-stars, too. Georgia may not have any of those at the moment, but that changing, and perhaps soon, is a very safe bet.

(Top photo: Rob Davis / UGA Athletics)

Routine tree trimming set to begin in July

Mount Pleasant neighborhoods might look a little less green this summer. Dominion Energy will be trimming trees that have grown too close to overhead power lines.The power company will begin trimming and potentially removing trees that pose a risk to public safety.Beginning in July, Dominion Energy will be trimming trees along 16 miles of overhead distribution lines in parts of Old Village, the Grove, Bayview Acres, Cooper Estates and Patriots Point. The project is expected to be completed by September. Residents who live in th...

Mount Pleasant neighborhoods might look a little less green this summer. Dominion Energy will be trimming trees that have grown too close to overhead power lines.

The power company will begin trimming and potentially removing trees that pose a risk to public safety.

Beginning in July, Dominion Energy will be trimming trees along 16 miles of overhead distribution lines in parts of Old Village, the Grove, Bayview Acres, Cooper Estates and Patriots Point. The project is expected to be completed by September. Residents who live in the affected areas will receive a notice from Dominion Energy before trimming begins.

Dominion Energy held an informational workshop on June 6 to answer residents’ questions and concerns about vegetation management that will begin within the coming weeks. The workshop, held at Alhambra Hall, drew only two Mount Pleasant residents who spoke with representatives from the company and town officials about the project.

“As part of our routine five-year cycle to ensure safety and reliability, Dominion Energy South Carolina supports a comprehensive and proactive vegetation management program. While we understand and appreciate the passion surrounding trees across the Lowcountry, safety remains our top priority,” said Dominion Energy Public Affairs Specialist Paul Fischer.

Wendy Walker, who lives in Bayview Acres, has a large oak in her front yard that she doesn’t want to see “butchered.” Her previous experience with the company’s pruning has left Walker feeling uneasy about the changes coming to her tree.

“Dominion, and SCE&G before, would come out and completely butcher trees,” Walker said. “I mean, it looks terrible when you drive down the street and see these butchered, butchered trees. It is horrific to the eyes, but I understand the necessity.”

“I’m not mad at Dominion. It’s just hard to take when you go out and see your tree has been whacked and all your shade is gone and you have to replant all those shade plants,” Walker said.

Overgrown limbs and tree branches that touch power lines can cause power outages and fires. Dominion representatives said the company’s intention isn’t to cut down trees but to eliminate risk.

Dominion Energy will be pruning trees to adhere to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 standards. Trees must have a 10-foot minimum clearing to the side of the power lines and a 20-foot clearing above. In the case that the structure of a tree makes it impossible to prune, like the palms of a palmetto tree, it is subject to removal.

Fischer said that following these pruning standards can help preserve the health of the tree over its lifetime.

“Research indicates that following these standards will help preserve the health and integrity of the tree over its lifetime. Each tree is different in structure, and our pruning practices take that into consideration,” Fischer said.

Eddie Bernard, urban forester for the town of Mount Pleasant, said that though the appearance of the freshly-pruned trees can be jarring, it can lower the number of trees that need to be removed.

“Nobody’s real happy with the end result of the aesthetics of it,” Bernard said. “If you had a tree that failed the limbs or the trunk and all that’s tangled into the lines, you know the tree might be removed, whereas if you prune to keep the clearance on there then perhaps the end result is the tree remains.”

Family accuses Town of Mount Pleasant of stealing their land

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - A family in Mt. Pleasant is accusing the town of stealing land that has been in their family for more than 100 years, and the entire dispute may hinge upon the way a document was filed 30 years ago.Henry Bailem says John Ballam Road has been in his family since 1893. Bailem and his family have all kinds of plats, legal deeds and documents confirming that they are the rightful owners of John Ballam Estates and John Ballam Road.There was no dispute about it until just a few years ago.In 2017, ...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - A family in Mt. Pleasant is accusing the town of stealing land that has been in their family for more than 100 years, and the entire dispute may hinge upon the way a document was filed 30 years ago.

Henry Bailem says John Ballam Road has been in his family since 1893. Bailem and his family have all kinds of plats, legal deeds and documents confirming that they are the rightful owners of John Ballam Estates and John Ballam Road.

There was no dispute about it until just a few years ago.

In 2017, a developer bought a piece of property across the way, and all of a sudden the road became a public road.

The Town of Mt. Pleasant says the developer has a right to use the road because it’s a public right of way. The town is basing its claim to the road using some of the same public documents.

They reference a plat for John Ballam Estate approved by county council on Oct. 7, 1986. A note on the plat states that the family dedicates the road “for the use of the public forever.” Underneath, it’s signed by Henry Ballam, Rebecca Jefferson, and Estelle Capers.

Estelle Bailem Capers is the oldest member of the Bailem family, and she will be 93 next month. She claims she never signed or intended for her family road to be anything but private.

When asked if she remembers telling the Town of Mount Pleasant that they could have the road, she said “no.”

“No, I wouldn’t give it to them,” she said. “Why would I do that for? And I got nieces and nephew there living on the place.”

Mt. Pleasant acknowledges that three days later Charleston County Council sent a letter to the person who did the survey stating in part that what council actually approved was that the 50 foot right of way would be dedicated to the property owners.

“The first thing you put in your statement was dedicated to the property owners. How do you get over that to get to anything else you’re talking about? Dedicated to property owners was voted on by County Council. That should be the law,” said Diane Jefferson, who is another member of the family.

The wording on the plat was never changed.

Even so, Mt. Pleasant acknowledges that the dirt road was still considered to be a private road, then Hurricane Hugo happened.

“After Hugo there were some trees that fell into the ditch and trees were growing inside of the ditch,” said Henry Bailem IV.

“When you see trees of that size, you know they had to tear this place up to get them out of here and that’s what they did,” Jefferson said.

“We had a dirt road, and they tore the road up,” said Henry Bailem IV. “They said we can’t leave it like this. We have to make it the way it was, or better. So the next thing we knew they started paving the road.”

“Seems like you’re missing a step somewhere in there,” Jefferson said. “Shouldn’t the homeowner have a say so.”

According to Mt. Pleasant’s research, the paving of John Ballam Road improved it, and in their estimation took it from private to public.

Up to this point, they reason it belonged to the county. But in 1995, Mt. Pleasant annexed several roads and property into the town.

John Ballam Road was one of them.

“I believe we could win this case, because I believe we have the necessary documents,” Jefferson said. “I say this again, if you own something, give me the proof where the owners gave it to you. You have one sect of people thinking that they’re more important than another sect of people. And they just think that they can just come and take it. It’s a new generation now. What our forefathers couldn’t do, we’re not in that same situation. And if it takes every dime I got, I’ll fight it.”

The family says they will continue to fight to keep the road in their family.

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