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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lacey Park in Moncks Corner is considered a staple for the town, a place where parents can bring their kids and relax. Over the years neighbors said the park has been neglected and there have been no efforts to fix it."Right now If you go to Lacey Park the swings is about all you have," said longtime Moncks Corner resident Thomas Hamilton. "I’m telling you a lot of these moms who want to bring their kids they won’t go there and it needs to be cleaned up."Moncks Cor...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Lacey Park in Moncks Corner is considered a staple for the town, a place where parents can bring their kids and relax. Over the years neighbors said the park has been neglected and there have been no efforts to fix it.
"Right now If you go to Lacey Park the swings is about all you have," said longtime Moncks Corner resident Thomas Hamilton. "I’m telling you a lot of these moms who want to bring their kids they won’t go there and it needs to be cleaned up."
Moncks Corner Lacey Park News 4. (WCIV, June 27, 2023).
Hamilton has been fighting for many years to revive one of his favorite parks. He described the playground's equipment as old and uncared for and he blames town leaders for neglecting the park.
"I have been pushing for new tennis courts, pickle ball courts, flash pads for the kids, and eventually a Rex center for Moncks Corner," continued Hamilton. "It seems like the town of Moncks Corner all they want to do is put time and money and effort into the ball field and to that Rex center up there and the rest of the parks get neglected."
Recently town leaders passed a 15 percent tax increase and Hamilton believes some of the money should go towards the park's revitalization.
"We should be getting more tax revenue and I just feel like the city council and the mayor and the town administrator needs to be looking at these parks and start asking what can we do for the residents," said Hamilton.
News 4 reached out to Moncks Corner Officials and asked if Lacey Park would get attention anytime soon, and in a response they said: "The Town of Moncks Corner began developing a Parks Master Plan last year to evaluate our parks and help establish priorities for refurbishing our existing facilities. We were also able to identify what recreation needs are not being met. This study was based on a comprehensive survey sent out to our residents, which showed support to improve some of our older parks, increase funding, as well as add new facilities."
The spokesperson from the town continued: "The study is expected to be completed in the next two months and will provide Town Council with specific recommendations and prioritizations for all the parks. In the meantime, Town staff has been working to maintain the existing facilities but has, at times, been challenged with long lead times in getting replacement parts. If anyone sees anything that seems unsafe with any of our facilities, we ask that they contact us at 843-719-7900, so we can address it as soon as possible. Improving our older parks, including Lacey Park, has been, and continues to be a Town priority. We look forward to accomplishing it with the support of our residents. "
A Moncks Corner factory that’s been manufacturing medical products for half a century will be closing its doors.Becton Dickinson and Co., known as BD, plans by 2025 to shut down the 274-worker Berkeley County plant where it makes urinary catheters, according to a layoff notice filed with the state labor officials.Company spokesman Troy Kirkpatrick said in a written statement that employees were told a year ago that the Power House Road location would be closing.He said it was a “difficult, but necessary, deci...
A Moncks Corner factory that’s been manufacturing medical products for half a century will be closing its doors.
Becton Dickinson and Co., known as BD, plans by 2025 to shut down the 274-worker Berkeley County plant where it makes urinary catheters, according to a layoff notice filed with the state labor officials.
Company spokesman Troy Kirkpatrick said in a written statement that employees were told a year ago that the Power House Road location would be closing.
He said it was a “difficult, but necessary, decision to transition all manufacturing from Moncks Corner to other existing ... manufacturing facilities that also produce catheters.”
“This move will help BD leverage existing resources and available capacity, centralize products and, ultimately, streamline operations in order to operate more effectively and efficiently,” Kirkpatrick said.
He added that the Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based medical technology company expects the shift “to occur in waves” over the next two years.
“Once the transfer is completed, we plan to close the Moncks Corner facility,” he said in the statement.
The company also said it’s working with the state and is coordinating with its other sites “to support our employees with future employment opportunities.”
The “delivery solutions” business that includes the catheter business is a laggard within BD’s broader medical segment, with sales rising about 4 percent to $2.36 billion for the first half of the current fiscal year compared to a nearly 13 percent revenue gain for the entire group.
Under its “2025 Strategy,” the company said one of its priorities is to simplify, in part by reducing “complexity across our manufacturing network.”
The 117,000-square-foot plant had been run since the early 1980s by C.R. Bard Inc., which Becton Dickinson acquired in 2017. Just months before the deal, the catheter industry pioneer disclosed plans to invest $16 million and add 50 jobs in Moncks Corner.
The factory itself has been around since the late 1960s.
The original 82,000-square-foot structure was built by Aerovox Corp., which processed aluminum for use in electronic components and audio equipment. It closed up shop in Berkeley County after a few years.
The next owner also didn’t stay long. Sprague Electric, which supplied parts to the refrigeration industry, sold the plant in 1972 to a division of Narco Scientific Industries that manufactured disposable health care products.
Davol Inc., which made medical filters in Moncks Corner, took over the site in 1977, three years before International Paper sold the subsidiary to C.R. Bard.
Shortly before it was acquired by BD, the catheter maker reported that the plant could turn out 80,000 of the drainage devices each day. The company also described the manufacturing process in Moncks Corner as “quite tedious” and labor intensive.
“Layers upon layers of latex are dipped to ensure quality and preciseness,” C.R. Bard posted on its website in 2017.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) — For Thomas Hamilton, Moncks Corner is home.For nearly 30 years, Hamilton has resided within the community he's seen change with time. But when he heard that a plan was in place to build 88 homes, that was more change than he signed up for. So, when the local government voted no to the developer's plan to rezone Perry Hill, it was the outcome of Hamilton's hopes."It doesn't fit the fabric of Moncks Corner," Hamilton said with a subtle smile. "I'm so happy our council turned it do...
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) — For Thomas Hamilton, Moncks Corner is home.
For nearly 30 years, Hamilton has resided within the community he's seen change with time. But when he heard that a plan was in place to build 88 homes, that was more change than he signed up for. So, when the local government voted no to the developer's plan to rezone Perry Hill, it was the outcome of Hamilton's hopes.
"It doesn't fit the fabric of Moncks Corner," Hamilton said with a subtle smile. "I'm so happy our council turned it down."
Moncks Corner: Local government curbs construction to keep local charm intact, and Thomas Hamilton, a long-time resident, shared his thoughts on the no-vote (WCIV).
Underpinning Hamilton's reaction to the vote is a desire for Moncks Corner to stay small -- stay local. A place where big-box stores meet mom-and-pop shops, local eateries, and the culture cultivated through knowing the neighbors and saying hello to those seen in passing.
"I feel we can update and bring certain businesses to the area, but we really need to focus and support our smaller businesses in town," Hamilton said. "We don't want to become another Summerville with the congestion that they have. When I get to Moncks Corner, I want to enjoy moncks corner. I want to bring amenities to us to where we don't have to travel out."
And for those in local government, behind the vote to slow down building developments is a desire to understand the effects of construction on an intimate community.
"Council wants to pump the breaks a little on new construction to see how that impacts the town," said Michael Lockliear, Mayor of Moncks Corner. "We always try to put out the best product we can for the town. That is why we went through -- a couple years ago -- our ordinances to revamp and get the best product."
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Hamilton plans to run for Mayor of Moncks Corner, and what is driving him is the insatiable desire to have his home feel like a place everyone who resides in it can recognize.
"I just want to have an all-inclusive Moncks Corner for everybody," he said.
And sometimes, that means saying no for now in the hopes of saying yes to something that better fits the community later.
A new apartment development soon will open in a rapidly developing area of Moncks Corner....
Waterleaf at Foxbank will feature 318 units in three-story buildings between the residential neighborhood Foxbank and Cypress Gardens Road.
The one- to three-bedroom units include one to two bathrooms and range from 885 square feet to 1,510 square feet. Monthly rents will be $1,580 to $2,265.
Work continues on the project, and the Waterleaf website says the complex will open soon.
The development is near the Publix-anchored Moncks Corner Marketplace and several restaurant and retail structures under development along U.S. Highway 52, including fast-food restaurant Wendy’s and donut shop Dunkin’, as well as oil change site Valvoline.
The area has seen several new housing developments in recent years, with others on the way.
A Charleston-based marina owner is unveiling a new addition in South Florida.
Port 32 Marinas recently completed construction of a full-service site in Fort Lauderdale that includes dry storage and can accommodate vessels from small tenders to yachts up to 180 feet.
The 3-acre yacht basin can accommodate up to 32 yachts. It offers 278 short and long-term dry storage slips up to 55 feet, and 28,000 square feet of commercial space for leasable marine use.
The marina also includes a 150-ton travelift which can lift vessels up to 120 feet, a 60-ton yard transporter, and forklift with elevating cab for increased visibility and safety.
The newly constructed wet slips are designed to accommodate vessels up to 150 feet for in-water repairs and refits. As a self-service marina, owners and captains may elect to bring their own crew or use one of the pre-approved vendors. The facility also offers safe wet slip hurricane storage and is designed to withstand 175 mph winds.
Port 32 also owns marinas in several other Florida cities, including Jacksonville, Palm Beach Gardens, Tierra Verde, Tampa, Naples, Cape Coral, Marco Island and Lighthouse Point.
The recently sold Palm Point apartment complex in North Charleston has been renamed.
The 112 rental units at 2561 Fassitt Road are now known as Retreat at Palm Pointe.
As previously reported, an affiliate of New York City-based Prospect Lane paid $13.25 million on June 12 for the two-story multifamily development near Ashley Phosphate and Stall roads.
The apartments were built in 1991 and were previously owned by Cohen Investment Group of Virginia Beach, Va.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) — Over 30 animals suffering in extreme temperatures and living in “deplorable conditions” were seized over the weekend from an abandoned metal trailer in Moncks Corner.According to H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue, who took the animals in, the trailer was in the parking lot of the Tractor Supply store.The animals were described as “covered in muck, their own feces, extremely dehydrated, malnourished, and each with their own medical ailments.”For breaking news sent str...
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCBD) — Over 30 animals suffering in extreme temperatures and living in “deplorable conditions” were seized over the weekend from an abandoned metal trailer in Moncks Corner.
According to H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue, who took the animals in, the trailer was in the parking lot of the Tractor Supply store.
The animals were described as “covered in muck, their own feces, extremely dehydrated, malnourished, and each with their own medical ailments.”
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The owner of the trailer, Justin Culley, received a citation for inhumane care and treatment of animals, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.
More than 20 additional animals were found on Culley’s property, also living in deplorable conditions.
H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue currently has the following animals in their care:
Culley is listed as the owner of Culley Farms Mobile Petting Zoo & Events.
The business released the following statement on social media Wednesday night, calling the allegations false and inaccurate:
“By now surely everyone has heard about the incident with our animals. The news is spreading defamation and inaccurate claims. Nothing wrong was done. Our business is being blasted and our name is being run in the dirt and nobody even knows the situation. We do not abuse our animals, we love our animals with all our heart. Anyone who knows us and sees us regularly knows the care, compassion and effort we put into our animals. They are clean with shiny coats, well fed and are met with love and joy by everyone around them. We are heart broken because of what has occurred. All of our animals are treated as if they were our children. We take pride in our animals and enjoy sharing the joy of animals with our customers and anyone else who would take the time to spend with them at any event we attend. The news has made outrageous claims that our animals were abandoned, malnourished and covered in feces. None of this is true and those who know us know this to be false claims. The situation was twisted and manipulated to make it seem as if we are abusive and neglectful. We simply had a flat tire on the trailer, plain and simple. The trailer was backed into the shade, jacked up with the tire off and disconnected at tractor supply where I felt they would be safe so that I could run around the corner to Mavis tire. The tire was mounted, balanced and I returned back to the trailer to a nightmarish scene. The animals were not seized, I voluntarily released the animals into their care under a temporary release. They also only took a portion of the animals, leaving us with many of our animals ranging from rabbits and pigs to ducks and chickens along with all of our domestic animals. Do you think they would leave us with any animals if we were so unfit? You can see from pictures of our animals exactly how well kept and healthy they are, with the exception of the horse who was given to us in even worse condition. We have had her a short period of time and has been on weight gainer for the last month. We want nothing but the best for our animals but also want to cooperate with the local enforcement. Our animals will be released back to us. We take pride in what we do, we love what we do and we love our animals with every ounce of our being. We have bonds with our animals that half of you would never understand. We spend more money every week feeding each of them than most people even earn in a week. We devote all of our time and efforts into providing the best environment we possibly can. I know every animals name, their personality their demeanor and could tell you every detail about every single one of them. We would never knowingly gamble with their lives or jeopardize their well being.”
Editor’s note: This story is breaking and will be updated.