Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Moncks Corner Town Council wrapped up 2013 by honoring postage stamp contest winners, an aspiring filmmaker, members of the Park and Rec champion baseball teams and a retiring council member.
The town said goodbye to retiring Mayor Pro Tem David Kizer who opted not to seek election to a fourth term of office.
Kizer will be replaced by planning commission chairperson Charlotte Cruppenick in January.
“While I may be able to fill your seat, I'll never fill your shoes,” Cruppenick said in tribute to the three-term councilman.
Mayor Bill Peagler read a proclamation honoring Kizer, saying he would miss the man that had been his right hand for the past two terms.
Peagler had said earlier in the year when the town's new regional recreation complex was completed he wanted to be sure all members of town council that had played a part in the complex's construction were honored on a dedication plaque.
“I want to be sure Mayor Pro Tem Kizer's name is on that plaque,” the mayor said.
In other business:
• Moncks Corner Postmaster Kimberly Williams presented town council with the winning designs in its annual postage stamp design contest. The winning stamp designs, drawn by first grade students at Whitesville Elementary School, will be sent to the U.S. Postal Service's District Office in Columbia before being sent to Washington D.C. for consideration of being made into postage stamps.
“All the children worked very hard and were really creative in their stamp designs,” said Williams.
First place in the stamp design contest went to Haley Donovan. Second place went to Maddie Johnson. Jack Readey took home the third place prize while honorable mention went to Halee Honeycutt.
Winners were given commemorative gift bags and balloons for their stamp designs.
• Jason Gourdine, a 2001 graduate of Berkeley High School and a cum laude graduate of Morris Brown College, was honored by council with a proclamation.
Gourdine wrote, directed and produced the film, “Dominion: Media Matters,” he story of a man who is socially awkward and leads a dull life, but suddenly has an opportunity to become cooler and make his life better. But the opportunity comes at a cost: He must decide to do what's morally right or he could simply remain comfortable living his new life.
His brother Nicholas Gourdine was the lead actor. The Gourdine brothers and two other crewmembers were Berkeley High School graduates.
Gourdine conducted a Google search to find a cinematographer and was surprised to learn Geno Dimaria lived in Moncks Corner a few miles from Gourdine's Pinopolis home.
Much of the filming took place off Cypress Gardens Road, in Pinopolis near Wampee, and a few scenes were filmed in Mt. Pleasant and downtown Charleston.
The film is an inspiration thriller with the theme, “Awaken your greatness.”
“It is inspiring to see such fine, creative work coming out of our young people,” said council member Tonia Aiken-Taylor.
• The Moncks Corner 9-10-year-olds swept the fall season and tournament, The MC Giants won the regular season and tournament championship while the MC Red Sox finished as tournament runners up. Both teams were honored before town council on Dec. 17.
The Giants and Red Sox played each other in the tournament championship at Wescott Park in North Charleston.
“To have two Moncks Corner baseball teams finish first and second in a statewide tournament like this says quite a lot about our town's athletes and our baseball program,” said Peagler.
Team members for the Red Sox include Aiden Holt, Brody Clanton, Josh Legnard, Jackson Blackburn, Ethan Reynolds, David Olson, Brayden Lail, Ashton Lewis, Mack Ritter and Benjamin Eddy. Coaches were David Clanton, Brian Legnard, Eric Hill and Allan Ritter.
The champion Giants team members included Braydon Castle, Dylan Lambert, Logan Phoebus, Evan Kunkle, Austin Hewette, Jesse Free, Garrett White, Hagen Gergory, Rhett Legette, and Davis Riley. Coaches were Larry Free, Chris Hewette, and Wade Legette.
“The two baseball teams played over 15 games apiece making it a long fall,” said MCPR Athletic Director Matt Still. “They both were very well coached and very competitive in the 28-team league we played in.”
“I want to thank all the parents for their dedication and hard work in support of their children,” Peagler said. “It is for your children that we do all this, the new park complex, it's coming together and we can't wait until it's open so we can start playing some ball games out there.
“There's a lot going on out there, the grass is green and it's starting to come together.”
Peagler also took the opportunity to praise the town staff and employees for the success of this year's Christmas parade.