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If you have ever moved to a new house, apartment, or office by yourself, you know how much of a pain it can be. The moving process can be filled with many different emotions. On the one hand, you're probably excited about the new adventure that lies ahead of you. On the other hand, you're probably dreading the heavy lifting, pulling, packing, organizing, and logistical aspects of moving.

At Strong Men Moving, our goal is to remove that dread so you can focus on the fun and productive times ahead. With a team of hardworking, experienced moving professionals on your side, moving to a new home or office is easy, like Sunday morning.

The best part? As local, trusted movers in Ladson, you won't have to take a loan out from the bank to pay for our moving services. We believe in hard work, friendly attitudes, efficiency, and fair pricing.

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Convenience is King

Strong Men Moving is a full-service moving company in Ladson. We run our trucks at 110%, meaning we go above and beyond what other movers in Ladson are willing to do.

Are you moving from out of state? Is your new house hard to find? Don't have the time or patience to pack and wrap all of your belongings? Don't sweat it - we've got your back. There's no job that's too large or too small for our strong men to handle, and there's no place in the Lowcountry that we won't go for you.

When we say convenience is king, we mean it.  We're talking nights, weekends, and availability 24-hours a day from Monday through Saturday. Our goal is to make your move as stress-free and simple as possible. That way, you have time to focus on enjoying your new home or office, while we worry about hauling your double vanity into the back of our truck.

When you bring in the Strong Men, you can rest assured that you're getting a full-service, friendly experience from the minute we pull into your driveway to the minute we shake your hand goodbye. Unlike some moving companies in Ladson, punctuality is not our poison. We strive to arrive on time to each job that we are hired to perform.

Here are some of the most popular moving services our customers use:

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Residential Moving

Along with divorce and the loss of a job, moving is listed as one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through in their lifetime. When you consider the packing, the lifting, the scheduling, and the general disruption that moving can have on your life, it's easy to understand why.

As the premier moving company in Ladson, our goal is to carry your moving burden, so you can stay focused on your daily life. You can rest easy knowing our movers in Ladson will always show up to your home with a positive attitude, friendly smile, and motivation to work. We treat your property like it was our own and take great care in handling all the items we move for you.

In addition, we prep our team of movers for many situations and provide thorough training on the fundamentals of moving, packing, risk management, and more.

If you own specialty items such as art, antiques, or other valuables, we will take every precaution necessary to ensure your possessions arrive to your new home safe and sound.

Whether you're moving to a new home down the street or are coming from another state, we have the experience, tools, and professional movers to do the job correctly. We even offer additional residential moving services that include packing, unpacking, overnight storage, and much more.

Call or text us today to discover the full range of our residential moving specialties.

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Labor-Only Moving

Do you already have reliable transportation but still need a team of professional movers to handle your heavy lifting? Strong Men Moving now offers labor-only moving services in Ladson for both residential and commercial moving projects.

A few benefits of labor-only moving include:

  • Reduce damage - our professional movers in Ladson will make sure your belongings are properly loaded into your truck, reducing the probability of damaged or broken items.
  • Maximize Space - With years of experience in the moving industry, we have a sixth sense for space-efficient packing and loading. Our strong men will make the most out of your truck's usable space, which can help reduce trip time and save money on gas.
  • Quicker Moves - A team of Strong Men Moving will almost always be able to load and unload your belongings faster than a group of your friends. It's nothing personal! With our team of professionals, you can spend less time filling up your truck and more time on getting to your new home or office.
  • Save Money - Using your friends to help you move almost certainly means you will have to compensate them one way or another. Why spend your money on cases of beer and pizza when you can use it for a safer, quicker move?
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Commercial Moving

Ladson and the surrounding metropolitan area is a hot spot for business. Dozens of companies scout Ladson each year as a new place to call home, where they can broaden their horizons and find new clients. What some businesses do not take into account is the logistics and headaches involved with moving to a new location.

Strong Men Moving has built a reputation as a leader in commercial moving services in Ladson. We have the tools, team, and experience necessary to facilitate a smooth move for your business at a reasonable price.

In our experience as a commercial moving company in Ladson, we have discovered that it can be complicated to move to a new business location. During this transition, we know that you need:

  • Your office furniture, equipment, and supplies packed and secured safely
  • Storage space
  • A detailed, efficient plan of action to ensure an organized move
  • Minimal disruptions to your day-to-day operations

To make sure we meet the requirements above, we will speak with you at length about your upcoming commercial business relocation. That way, we get a better understanding of the logistics involved. We will also provide you with a free quote, so you can plan your budget ahead of time.

At Strong Men Moving, some common commercial moving services include:

  • Pickup and delivery of your office equipment and supplies
  • Loading and unloading office items
  • Packing and unpacking your office supplies
  • Assembly of your office furniture
  • Provide all necessary moving equipment and packing materials

Whether you have to move a few office chairs down the street or need help transitioning to a new location, we are here to serve.

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Refuse Removal and Disposal

Did you find a bunch of unwanted junk after moving to a new office? Do you have an old, stinky couch taking up room in your basement? Don't sweat it - we will remove the old junk from your home or office quicker than you can say, "trash it!"

With Strong Men Moving's refuse removal services, we can haul away all the heavy, unusable items that your trash service won't pick up.

A few common junk removal items that we can remove for you are:

  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Bed frames
  • Futons
  • Dressers
  • Mattresses
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Professional Packing

If you're like most average folks living in the U.S., you probably have hundreds of items lying around your house that need to be packed before you can move to a new home. Packing can be a massive source of frustration, especially for busy families and professionals who don't have the time or patience to pack.

Why risk a sprained back or a throbbing headache when Strong Men Moving can handle all the packing for you? With our professional packing services in Ladson, you can sit back and sip some sweet tea while we pack your keepsakes, furniture, electronics, clothes, and more. If you have valuable items like family heirlooms or fragile china, we will take extra care to make sure those items stay safe and unbroken during your upcoming move.

Why hire a moving company in Ladson like Strong Men Moving to help you pack? Here's why most of our clients want us to pack for them:

  • Packing is a tedious, time-consuming chore
  • Professional packing minimizes the risk of injury
  • Professional packing reduces the risk of damaged items
  • Professional packing lets you focus on the more important aspects of moving, like setting up HVAC or internet service

Don't have many items to pack this time around? Ask us about our high-quality packing supplies like boxes, tape, furniture pads, and covers. We're here to help in any way that we can!

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Cleanout Services

If you have a large-scale cleanout project, we can help with that, too. Our home and commercial cleanout services are great if you need to dispose of a large number of items in a short period of time.

All you have to do is give us a call, and we'll come to your location to remove your unwanted items, taking care not to damage your home or office. Once we have removed your refuse, we'll dispose of it in an environmentally-friendly fashion to help protect the Lowcountry we love so much.

A few common cleanout services in Ladson include:

  • Estate cleanouts
  • House cleanouts
  • Basement cleanouts
  • Garage cleanouts
  • Foreclosure cleanouts
  • Apartment cleanouts
  • Office cleanouts
  • Commercial space cleanouts
  • Storage space cleanouts

General Labor Services

Are you working on a project that requires a team of strong laborers? Sometimes, hiring your friends just doesn't cut it. When you need a team that arrives on time, works hard, and does so with a smile, Strong Men Moving has got the help you need! As trusted movers in Ladson, we employ seasoned labor professionals that can assist you with your next indoor or outdoor project. Ready to get started? Call or text us today so that we can get a good understanding of your upcoming project, and how our team can save you time, effort, and money.

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About Strong Men Moving

Established in 2019, Strong Men Moving has quickly become a leading moving company in Ladson, SC. We have built our reputation on reliability, performance, price, and a positive attitude. We truly feel privileged to serve the residents of South Carolina. Our goal is to provide quality customer service with speed and diligence to all clients. We treat all of our customers the same, whether they hire us for a multi-facility commercial move or just need help loading and unloading a moving truck.

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Strong Men Moving offers service in the following communities and beyond:

  • Bluffton
  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Daniel Island
  • Folly Beach
  • Greenville
  • Hanahan
  • Hilton Head Island
  • Isle of Palms
  • James Island
  • Johns Island
  • Kiawah Island
  • Ladson
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Nexton
  • North Charleston
  • Seabrook Island
  • Sullivan's Island
  • Summerville
  • West Ashley

Do you have questions?

Need a quote on your upcoming residential or commercial move? We are here to help however
possible. You can reach us via phone at 843-830-6305 or by email at [email protected].

We hope to hear from you soon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New restaurants coming to 3 shuttered dining venues in Charleston

The sites of three shuttered restaurants in Charleston could soon be serving diners again.In West Ashley, a Japanese restaurant that serves sushi, steak and seafood plans to open in a former Chinese diner while two Mexican-themed offerings are in the works for different sites on the peninsula....

The sites of three shuttered restaurants in Charleston could soon be serving diners again.

In West Ashley, a Japanese restaurant that serves sushi, steak and seafood plans to open in a former Chinese diner while two Mexican-themed offerings are in the works for different sites on the peninsula.

Konnichiwa is upfitting a space at 975 Savannah Highway in the Harris Teeter-anchored St. Andrews Center. The site previously was A1 China Super Buffet, which closed in June 2021.

The name Konnichiwa stems from the traditional Japanese greeting from midday to onset of evening, or a standard way to say “hello.”

The restaurant originated in its Charlotte location and has five more sites throughout South Carolina, including Greenville, Florence and Lexington. Two are in Spartanburg County in Moore and Boiling Springs.

Business partner Eka Lesmana said the West Ashley restaurant is aiming for a late October opening.

In downtown Charleston, Azul Meeting St. LLC recently applied for an alcohol license at 385 Meeting St. next to Charleston School of Law. The company is registered to Armando Navarro, who owns Azul Mexicano Restaurante near Park Circle in North Charleston. He could not be reached for comment on the proposed restaurant.

The site is the former location of Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar. An opening time frame has not been announced.

And in downtown Charleston, a new Mexican-themed restaurant and tequila bar is in the works.

The Matador, with nine restaurants in the Seattle area as well as Idaho and Oregon, plans to open in the former Sticky Fingers site at 235 Meeting St., according to plans presented to the city of Charleston.

Plans show the front entry door shifted to the left, with a window replacing the existing entry to match current elements. Interior renovations are planned on the first two floors of the three-story building.

The restaurant chain, with its bull-horned logo, offers an array of Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas and burritos and specializes in tequila with more than 150 offerings, all from Mexico. It also offers hand-crafted cocktails and a full menu of other items.

A restaurant representative did not immediately respond for comment on a projected opening timeframe.

Sticky Fingers closed the Meeting Street site in September 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It had operated downtown for more than two decades. Before that, the space at the southwest corner of Hasell Street housed Marianne, a popular French bistro that closed in 1995.

Lidl update

Work resumed over the past month or so on the inside of the new discount grocery store Lidl coming to North Charleston after interior upfitting had stopped earlier this summer.

The German-based grocer that runs its U.S. headquarters from Arlington, Va., recently posted a “Now Hiring” sign in front of the shop on an outparcel of the Ross Dress for Less-anchored Cedar Grove Shopping Center on Dorchester Road.

The company also recently applied for its state license to sell alcohol at the future store.

Lidl spokeswoman Chandler Spivey said the new North Charleston store is expected to open in the fall while the company hopes to have a better sense of timing at a later date for the store proposed for Bowman Place Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

Seeking variance

A new dining venue is in the works for downtown Charleston. Applicant Michael Hebb is requesting a special exception from the city to allow a restaurant at 30 Pinckney St. with 198 square feet of inside patron space without providing two required off-street parking spaces. The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider the request Sept. 6.

On the go

Food Lion supermarket has added five stores in South Carolina to its growing list of locations that offer its “To Go” order online and pickup grocery service.

New locations include stores at Richland Avenue West in Aiken, S.C. Highway 81 North in Anderson, U.S. Highway 321 in Gaston, U.S. Highway 701 North in Loris and Jefferson Davis Highway in Warrenville. The grocer also offers the service at 55 other locations across the Palmetto State.

In the Charleston area, the service is offered at five of Food Lion’s 19 supermarkets. They include locations at Ashley Crossing in West Ashley, College Park Road in Ladson, Maybank Highway on Johns Island, North Street in Summerville and St. James Avenue in Goose Creek.

The service is free on the first pickup and delivery for an order of $35 or more. A pickup fee of $1.99 is charged on subsequent purchases over $35 and $3.99 for orders under $35.

A delivery fee of $3.99 is charged on orders over $35 and higher for orders less than that but at least $10. A delivery service fee of 5 percent of the order also is assessed, and it could be higher during peak times.

Changing hours

Ruke’s roadside fruit and vegetable stand in Mount Pleasant will change its days of operation after Labor Day.

The produce vendor at 378 Mathis Ferry Road will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday from Sept. 8 until Dec. 31.

The roadside stand near Holy Trinity AME Church was previously open the same hours Monday through Saturday during the summer season.

Now open

Beach Cowboy Fitness is now open at 1200 Queensborough Blvd. in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

It offers home-school physical education classes and inclusive and adaptive fitness programs for special needs students.

It’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9-11 a.m. Saturday as well as other times by appointment.

SC workers take on side hustles to pay bills as inflation spikes

Ryan Brantley is the epitome of a hard worker. He spends five days a week as an X-ray and lithotripsy technologist for urologists who work out of a local surgery center, Roper St. Francis Hospital and East Cooper Medical Center.He then heads home to work on not one but three side hustles.The 43-year-old single father started his first side hustle in 2013, conducting cardio classes at Bold Fitness and Pivotal Fitness in Summerville, where he lives, as an offshoot of his participation in group exercise classes.In 2017, he ...

Ryan Brantley is the epitome of a hard worker. He spends five days a week as an X-ray and lithotripsy technologist for urologists who work out of a local surgery center, Roper St. Francis Hospital and East Cooper Medical Center.

He then heads home to work on not one but three side hustles.

The 43-year-old single father started his first side hustle in 2013, conducting cardio classes at Bold Fitness and Pivotal Fitness in Summerville, where he lives, as an offshoot of his participation in group exercise classes.

In 2017, he started his second side job, running an aerial photography business, High Points Aerial Solutions.

Then, in 2020, he established High Points Kayaking as COVID-19 ramped up and people began looking for more outdoor activities.

“I do these side hustles to help pay the bills and build the businesses,” Brantley said. “I work about two hours a day on all three side hustles combined as well as put in 40 hours as an X-ray technologist.”

Brantley adds about $1,175 a month to his budget, slightly less than the $1,492 average extra monthly income generated by men working side jobs, according to a recent study by Bankrate, a New York-based financial services company.

He is among the 31 percent of adults in 2022 with an extra dose of entrepreneurial spirit, creating small companies or working side jobs.

Juggling jobs, expenses

Surprisingly, the number is fewer than in 2018 and 2019, when 37 percent and 38 percent of adults did side hustles, respectively. Bankrate attributed the recent downtrend in part to surging energy costs.

Ride-sharing and food delivery services, for instance, are being slammed by high gasoline prices, said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst for Bankrate.

“I have to wonder if this is part of the decline in side hustles. It may just not be worth it with the national average for gas around $5 a gallon,” he said earlier this month.

Another possible reason for the dip is the strong job market. South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 3.2 percent in June from May’s estimate of 3.3 percent, according to a report released July 22 by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

“Right now, we are looking at one of the lowest unemployment rates in half a century, and I think that is another possible explanation as to why fewer people may be taking side gigs, because their primary job may be more secure and more lucrative than at other times,” Rossman said.

“With the possible recession on the horizon, though, and really only one way for the job market to go from here, which is down, we have to wonder if side hustles may rebound in popularity in the months and years to come,” he added.

However it plays out, the number of side hustlers is well above the 2017 level, when only 19 percent of U.S. workers juggled multiple jobs.

And more today are using the extra money to pay for essentials, not discretionary spending.

Bankrate’s recent survey of 1,000 respondents found that 41 percent of U.S. adults with a side job this year need the income to pay for everyday living expenses, 10 percent more than in 2019.

Two years ago, 24 percent put money earned from side work towards savings, and 36 percent used the money on luxuries, such as travel and entertainment. The latest study found just 17 percent are socking the extra income away, while 26 percent are spending it on discretionary items.

“Those who are doing side hustles are more than likely to be doing this for necessary reasons,” Rossman said. “Many people who are side hustling are using this just to get by.”

Again, Rossman pointed to inflation, which has surged. Rising gas, food and rent prices catapulted U.S. inflation to a new four-decade peak in June. Consumer prices soared 9.1 percent compared with a year earlier, the government said.

That was the most significant 12-month increase since 1981 and up from an 8.6 percent jump in May. On a monthly basis, prices rose 1.3 percent from May to June, another substantial increase after prices had jumped 1 percent from April to May.

Rossman said about 37 percent of side hustlers are spending more time on their side gigs, mainly because of the rising cost of living.

Peter Ludovicy, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker who moved from Connecticut to Ladson, is one of the 21 percent of baby boomers earning an average of $500 a month on a side job and among the 40 percent who need the money for living expenses.

The 66-year-old said he quickly grew bored of retirement and began mowing lawns to earn extra pocket money. Then, with costs rising, he took a job with a rental car agency at Charleston International Airport for discretionary purchases.

“I took the job to keep me busy, and we kept the money separate from what we used to pay the bills,” Ludovicy said. “Now, with prices for everything going up, the money I earn from my side hustles actually goes to pay bills.”

Doing the hustle

A side hustle is different from a part-time job in that the worker calls the shots to determine how much to work and earn.

“I actually think that the more lucrative side hustle is something you can do from home, if possible, whether that is something over the internet or some sort of home-based craft business,” Rossman of Bankrate said.

Morgan High is an artist. The 23-year-old recently graduated from cosmetology school and is waiting to take her state board exams and get a full-time job.

To get by, she sells her paintings for $50 to $500 depending on the size and intricacy of the work, on websites like Facebook and Instagram and does commission work to make extra money to pay expenses such as car insurance and phone bills.

According to Bankrate, she joins 34 percent of Gen Z’ers, 18 to 25-year-olds, who earn an average of $200 a month from side hustles and the 32 percent who use the money to pay bills.

While Gen Zers work hard, according to survey responses, young millennials aged 26 to 33 are the busiest when it comes to side hustles. The survey showed that 43 percent have a side job, the highest percentage of all age groups. The median income is $400 per month.

Megan Llewellyn, a 30-year-old 2021 College of Charleston graduate, is part of the group with entrepreneurial spirit and a need for extra income to get by.

Llewellyn is working an internship for a modest salary at a public relations firms and waiting for a full-time position at a higher pay rate to open up.

The money she clears at her part-time day job is barely enough to pay her phone bill and put gas in her car. She is turning to side hustling to supplement her income. She has waited tables, worked as a barista, and is currently looking at online tutoring.

“I like that because it is a 24-hour tutoring center. I can choose when I work depending on my availability and how much money I need to make,” Llewellyn said.

Top 5 Soft Baits for Mega Striped Bass

Share Ladson, SC – Ravenous, angry and brimming with pent-up energy, pitbull striped bass make a habit of pulverizing most soft plastic baitfish imitations to pieces. Throw saw-jawed bluefish into the mix and piles of dismembered, destroyed softbaits start stacking up in all corners of the boat. That is, unless the bait dangling from your rodtip happens to be composed of a certain ‘super plastic.’As saltwater anglers up and down the East coast continue to discover, Z-Man’s ElaZtech baits conceal some su...

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Ladson, SC – Ravenous, angry and brimming with pent-up energy, pitbull striped bass make a habit of pulverizing most soft plastic baitfish imitations to pieces. Throw saw-jawed bluefish into the mix and piles of dismembered, destroyed softbaits start stacking up in all corners of the boat. That is, unless the bait dangling from your rodtip happens to be composed of a certain ‘super plastic.’

As saltwater anglers up and down the East coast continue to discover, Z-Man’s ElaZtech baits conceal some surprising tricks up their sleeves. For striper specialists, those tricks lead to hookups and high-fives. “I started fishing Z-Man ElaZtech baits for striped bass several years ago during a TV shoot in Boston Harbor,” says On The Water magazine editor and expert striper angler, Kevin Blinkoff.

“We were on some big stripers and bluefish, which had penned up a massive school of pogies (aka bunker). But the fish were laser-focused on live baits and tough to fool. One lure that was lively enough to pull their attention away from the real thing was a 10-inch HeroZ. Not only was the action of the lure fantastic, but the way it withstood repeated striper strikes and the occasional bluefish mauling made me a believer in this unique bait formula.

“How was it possible that a soft-plastic bait could stand up to the same bluefish that were chopping live menhaden in half with one razor-toothed bite?” Blinkoff pondered. The answer resided within the bait’s unique combination of properties: ten-times more durable than traditional soft plastics; exceptionally soft and able to swim like a living thing; buoyant enough to make the bait hover in a natural baitfish posture; completely non-toxic within the aquatic environment—and designed and made in the USA.

Leading up to the fall striper migration, Blinkoff recently ran through his top five soft plastics, each offering distinct advantages during essential fishing situations.

#5 – DarterZ™ – Flashing its refined baitfish and sand eel silhouette, the segmented, slashing DarterZ excels in finesse striper situations, such as inshore flats, backwaters or anywhere you need to cast and present the bait quietly without spooking fish.

The bait’s thin profile and hydrodynamic head slim down toward the tail, meeting two fine swim-segments that articulate as water plays across the DarterZ’ rear flank. The tail itself is horizontally oriented—like a dolphin, rather than a fish—to slow the bait’s rate of fall while adding extra glide between rod shakes. The bait’s buoyant ElaZtech construction enhances its tendency to soar or slowly sink, depending on the added weight of a jig or hook. Retrieve the apply-named DarterZ with short, quick rodtip twitches or more aggressive rips, depending on fish attitude and activity level.

High on stealth and seductive swimming moves, the 6-inch DarterZ shines when rigged on a 4/0 ChinlockZ™ SWS hook. It’s a sleeper sand eel imitation, too.

#4 – 4″ DieZel MinnowZ™ – A go-to swimbait for schoolie sized stripers, the classic DieZel MinnowZ offers a bite-sized morsel that resembles and swims like so many of the slender, flat-sided baitfish eaten by stripers. When the spring schoolie run is underway, anglers often catch 30 or more stripers on a single bait, right off the beach. Rigged on a lightweight jighead or a free-swinging Texas Eye Jighead™, the DieZel MinnowZ moves with accentuated action and tail kick.

#3 – HerculeZ™ Pre-rigged Swimbait – Highly detailed baitfish sculpting and a smartly designed curved paddletail give the HerculeZ Swimbait a naturalistic appearance and vibrant, rhythmic swimming action. Molded around 3/8-ounce (4″) or 5/8-ounce (5″) zinc weights, the HerculeZ Swimbait casts toward the horizon and sinks at an optimal rate for a variety of presentations.

Particularly when fishing around bluefish and other lure-destroying species, the HerculeZ’ ElaZtech composition assures tear-resistant longevity and the softness to move like a live baitfish. This exceptional pre-rigged swimbait offers the best of all worlds. Consider the lure’s malleable baitfish texture and action bolstered by the assurance of hardbait-like durability and you quickly comprehend the HerculeZ’ popularity.

#2 – 8″ Mag SwimZ™ – Blinkoff’s secret search-bait for pinpointing roving striped bass across vast aquatic expanses, the 8-inch Mag SwimZ couples beautifully with a 10/0 weighted ChinlockZ hook. Armed with an active paddletail and lengthy, muscular torso, the full-figured baitfish pings lateral lines with vibrant underwater signals. The weighted hook is offset by the Mag SwimZ’ buoyant ElaZtech body, enabling it to work as a surface or near-surface swimbait— tail wagging and attracting stripers straight to its vulnerable V-wake.

#1 – 10″ HeroZ™ – The ultimate striper bait when big, sight-feeding bulls are locked onto live menhaden, pogies or other near-surface baitfish. The 10-inch HeroZ offers stripers a substantial morsel of food, empowering anglers with its tapered, easy-to-activate baitfish body and thin, forked kicker tail. Rigged on an 8/0 HeadlockZ HD jighead, the HeroZ can be aggressively ripped, jigged or swum on a straight retrieve. Or, on a 10/0 ChinlockZ weighted hook, the buoyant HeroZ can be slowly twitched, walked or made to hover and slowly “die,” enticing even selective, heavyweight bass to bite.

While very few artificial lures grab the attention of livebait-focused predators, the natural-acting HeroZ may be the exception. “This lure has such a natural baitfish action,” notes Blinkoff. “It’s the lure I have tied on anytime I’m out searching for big stripers. The HeroZ is an ultimate big dog striper bait.”

A dynamic Charleston, South Carolina based company, Z-Man Fishing Products has melded leading edge fishing tackle with technology for nearly three decades. Z-Man has long been among the industry’s largest suppliers of silicone skirt material used in jigs, spinnerbaits and other lures. Creator of the Original ChatterBait®, Z-Man is also the renowned innovators of 10X Tough ElaZtech softbaits, fast becoming the most coveted baits in fresh- and saltwater. Z-Man is one of the fastest-growing lure brands worldwide.

Staffing woes could be over for Charleston County’s 911 Call Center

LADSON, S.C. (WCBD)- Over 100 people are going through the process to become 911 telecommunicators in Charleston County after a month-long hiring event took place because of a staffing shortage.“We’ve had a lot of questions from the 911 floor about how open interviews have been going so I’m excited to get these numbers to them as well. Hopefully we can keep all these people and have them be able to fill staff on the floor and help our community and staff as well,” said Kaitlin Jordan, the Public Education Speci...

LADSON, S.C. (WCBD)- Over 100 people are going through the process to become 911 telecommunicators in Charleston County after a month-long hiring event took place because of a staffing shortage.

“We’ve had a lot of questions from the 911 floor about how open interviews have been going so I’m excited to get these numbers to them as well. Hopefully we can keep all these people and have them be able to fill staff on the floor and help our community and staff as well,” said Kaitlin Jordan, the Public Education Specialist at the Charleston County Consolidated 911 Call Center.

The 47 vacancies in the center that have contributed to short staffing are still open because none of the new hires have completed training, but that will change in the next couple months.

One of the new hires is Jess Gongaware, who is new to Charleston.

“It’s more about the passion and the purpose for me working in support of our first responders on the road and being able to help serve and give back to our community,” said Gongaware.

Once applicants like Gongaware receive their offers they undergo training to learn about geography and CPR certification.

Despite new employees still being in the pipeline, Jordan is optimistic that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“We definitely have enough people and enough applicants to fill those positions. We just have to get them into the training class,” said Jordan. “We’re moving through the application process way faster than we normally are which is great because we had groups of people coming in to do multiple things at once.”

Charleston County saw a total of 142 applications received last month which is over a 260% increase from last year. 105 of those applications are moving along.

A calling to help law enforcement, emergency medical works and firefighters is what compelled Gongaware to apply.

“Training can be a lot. It’s overwhelming at first. I’m not from here either so as far as geography goes it’s been a little bit tough. I’m excited to be here and happy to see where it goes from here,” said Gongaware.

Telecommunicator Qualifications and Job Details

No prior experience needed. High school diploma or equivalent required.

Training occurs within the department. The training program was recently re-accredited by Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials. (APCO)

Open 8 hour shifts: 5:45am – 2:00pm, 1:45pm – 10:00pm and 9:45pm – 6:00am

Shifts for new employees are issued based on staffing needs.

Applications are still open and you can visit WorkFor911.com to apply.

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