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A smile is such a simple thing, but it can hold so much power. Smiling is universally considered to be a way that humans display joy. Smiles communicate to others how we’re feeling and are often the best way to break the ice when meeting a new person. A good-natured smile can work wonders, but if you’re like most folks, your smile may not be perfect. Every day, we hear stories from people who feel embarrassed, ashamed, or even scared to flash their smile. In fact, 75% of prospective orthodontic patients could benefit from straighter teeth. Thankfully, Winning Orthodontic Smiles offers affordable orthodontic solutions that give our patients a healthier mouth, more self-esteem, and more confidence.

At Winning Orthodontic Smiles, your smile is our passion. Our orthodontists and hygienists are dedicated to providing you with the best orthodontic care possible in a stress-free, comfortable setting. We know what a difference a beautiful smile can make, which is why we are so dedicated to giving our clients a winning smile they love.

Having served the Lowcountry for more than 30 years, we know that no two patients have the exact orthodontic needs. That’s why we offer a variety of treatment options to correct each patient’s unique concerns, along with payment plans that make braces affordable for every family. You can rest easy knowing that our team specializes in the latest innovations in the field of orthodontics. This allows us to treat our patients in the most efficient, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing ways possible.

A few of our orthodontic treatment options in South Carolina include:
  • Invisalign®
  • Invisalign® Teen
  • Clear Braces
  • Traditional Braces
  • Early Treatment
  • Adult Treatment

If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Hardeeville, SC, who is professional, trustworthy, and compassionate, look no further than Winning Orthodontic Smiles. Your pathway to a beautiful smile starts by selecting the orthodontic treatment option best suited for your needs.

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Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign® Treatment in Hardeeville, SC

Over the last few years, Invisalign® has become one of the most popular and effective orthodontic treatment options in South Carolina. For those looking for a convenient, comfortable, discreet way to realign their teeth, Invisalign® should be on your shortlist.

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a treatment used by orthodontists in Hardeeville that straightens patients’ teeth without traditional braces. Invisalign® works using a succession of custom trays that cover your teeth, which gently pull them into proper alignment over time. Each custom tray brings your teeth closer to their final position. Treatment times vary depending on how severe your case is but typically don’t last longer than two years. Once treatment is complete, you may need a retainer for the longest-lasting results.

Since they are clear, most patients find Invisalign® less noticeable than traditional braces. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign® can be removed while eating, meaning patients don’t have to worry about damaging their trays with certain foods. Invisalign® is great for people of all ages and has become a top choice for teens and adults alike.

Invisalign® works well for patients who have:
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped or spaced teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Overbites, Underbites, and Crossbites

How Does Invisalign® Work?

Invisalign® works for most patients in a three-step process:
Initial Consultation

Initial Consultation

You will meet with your Invisalign orthodontist in Hardeeville, SC. During this consultation, your doctor will take a 3D digital scan of your teeth. From there, they will put together a comprehensive treatment plan customized to your needs. The best part? Before you leave, they will give you a sneak peek at your new smile using an innovative scanner.

First Fitting

First Fitting

During this step, your orthodontist will make sure that your custom aligners fit correctly. If you have any questions, this is the perfect time to ask. Before you leave, your doctor will let you know what to expect over the coming weeks and months. Treatment completion times will vary for patients, but you should see early results in just a few weeks. During this, you will check in regularly with your orthodontist.

Love Your Smile

Love Your Smile

Love Your Smile – Once your treatment is complete, it’s time to show off your new smile to as many people as possible! Be sure to ask your orthodontist if you will need to use a retainer to keep your teeth straight over the long haul. The last thing you want is for your teeth to shift gradually back into their original positions.

Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces – Which is Right for You?

With so many great teeth straightening options available today, it can be hard to settle on a treatment choice. One of the most common questions we get revolves around which treatment is better: Invisalign® or traditional braces? The answer to that question is nuanced since every patient will have different needs. A younger patient with slightly crooked teeth might benefit from the discreet features of Invisalign®. On the other hand, an older patient with a severe underbite might benefit more from the reliability of traditional braces.

Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces–Which is Right for You?
Keep in mind the following highlights, which will help you remain informed when doing your research:
Are They Removable? Invisalign® trays can be removed. Traditional braces cannon.
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    Treatment Length

    Invisalign® treatment can last anywhere from six months to two years. Treatment times for traditional braces can last from one to three years. Each time frame can vary depending on the patient’s individual case.

  • Orthodontic-Visits

    Orthodontic Visits:

    With Invisalign®, patients visit their Invisalign dentist in Hardeeville, SC, every three months. With traditional braces, patients can expect to visit every month or every other month.

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    Cleaning

    Regular brushing and flossing is recommended for patients using Invisalign®. A specialized floss threading tool and regular brushing and flossing are recommended for patients with traditional braces.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    Invisalign® is discrete, comfortable, can be removed, and doesn’t require any food restrictions. Traditional braces offer consistent progress, are effective for severe cases, have time-tested reliability, and can be a good choice for cost-conscious shoppers.

Ready to learn more about Invisalign® in Hardeeville, SC? Give our office a call, and we would be happy to get you scheduled for your first consultation.

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Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Are you craving a beautiful smile but feel that you’re too old for braces? You wouldn’t be the only adult to have that thought. However, the truth is that 25% of our orthodontic patients are now adults. At Winning Orthodontic Smiles, you’re never too old for braces!

We want you to know that a healthy, stunning smile is attainable no matter what age you are. Our orthodontist in Hardeeville, SC, offers several treatments that are perfect for working adults and can help you decide if braces are right. If you decide that adult braces are the way to go, we have a number of options for you to consider. From traditional metal braces that offer time-tested results to more discreet options like Invisalign®, your new smile is more attainable than you might think. During your initial visit with our doctor, we will review all of your treatment options and help you choose the one you need for optimal results.

Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Benefits of Adult Braces

Most patients understand that a straighter smile is more aesthetic; however, not everyone knows that properly aligned teeth can improve your oral health. Here are just a few reasons why so many adults are optimizing their oral health with adult braces:

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More Confidence

More Confidence

If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your teeth look, you’re not alone. Millions of adults around the U.S. aren’t happy with the way that their oral aesthetics. Adult braces help restore your confidence and can give you a smile that you’re proud to show off. When you like the way your teeth look, you’ll be more likely to smile. This simple act makes you feel happier, reduces stress, and can improve your mental health. Plus, it makes people around you feel great too.

Less Bad Breath

Less Bad Breath

Few things are as nasty as speaking to someone with bad breath. We’ve all been there, but it is never any less embarrassing when someone tries to subtlety offer you a mint for your breath. What most folks don’t know is that misaligned teeth and bad breath are often connected. That’s because when your teeth are crooked or over-crowded, bacteria can find their way in between your teeth. This is an area that most toothbrushes can’t reach. With time, that bacteria builds up, and your breath begins to stink. When left unchecked, these bacteria can cause serious health problems.

Better Oral Health

Better Oral Health

When you have poor oral health, there are a number of health risks that should concern you. Misaligned teeth can cause bacteria to build up. Over time, harmful bacteria cause serious problems like cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Thankfully, orthodontic treatment can help you avoid severe tooth decay, gum recession, and bone loss. You can even reduce and prevent irregular tooth enamel loss pain associated with TMJ and TMD.

Enjoy More Foods

Enjoy More Foods

If you have never had a major problem with your teeth, you might not know that eating can be painful if you have misaligned teeth. This causes some patients to avoid foods that cause them pain. Adult braces can straighten your teeth and correct over and underbites for patients with severely crooked or crowded teeth. When you don’t have to worry about painful chewing or biting, you can experience the full joy of eating a delicious meal.

Improved Speech

Improved Speech

Having crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile, but they can also affect how you pronounce certain words. If you’re having problems pronouncing words because your teeth are severely misaligned, adult braces can change your life. This is especially true for working professionals who speak publicly, take part in Zoom calls, and work over the phone. If this sounds like you, speak to our trusted Invisalign orthodontist in Hardeeville, SC, about discreet ways to improve your oral health and speech at the same time.

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Your child’s early and teen years are a great time to consider orthodontic treatment. According to The American Association of Orthodontists, the optimal time for a child to receive their first orthodontic treatment is by age seven. When you treat your child for braces early, you have the opportunity to discover and correct oral issues before they become serious. Doing so gives your child a leg-up on their peers and saves you time and money in the long run.

The overall goal of early orthodontic treatment is to intercept the possible issue, eliminate the cause, oversee facial and jawbone growth, and make sure there is enough space for adult teeth. Depending on how your child’s teeth develop, they may need a second course of treatment after their permanent teeth have formed.

Early Orthodontic Treatment

A few common orthodontic problems that may require treatment for children include:

  • Crossbites – this happens when your child’s jaw shifts to one side.
  • Underbites – this occurs when your child’s front lower teeth are ahead of their front upper teeth.
  • Excessively spaced teeth
  • Extremely crowded teeth
  • Extra teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Teeth that do not meet properly or don’t meet at all
  • Pacifier, finger, or thumb-sucking that affects your child’s jaw or teeth growth

The best way to learn whether your child will need early treatment is to speak with your orthodontist in Hardeeville, SC. Dr. Travis, Dr. Katie, and Dr. Gavin are trained to spot subtle problems, even in young children. During your child’s initial consultation, you can expect one of three outcomes:

  • There is a problem that early orthodontic treatment may correct.
  • Treatment may be necessary in the future. We’ll keep an eye on your child’s oral health while their face and jaw matures.
  • There is no treatment necessary at this stage.

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Home Depot is expanding in SC. How many jobs will it bring to Jasper County?

At least 14 jobs are coming to Jasper County as Home Depot expands its operations in South Carolina, according to a news release from the S.C. governor’s office....

At least 14 jobs are coming to Jasper County as Home Depot expands its operations in South Carolina, according to a news release from the S.C. governor’s office.

Home Depot, a worldwide home improvement retailer, is also bringing its supply chain and distribution operations into Charleston, Greenville and Lexington counties, adding a combined 100 jobs to the state. The company operates 2,300 retail stores in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Canada and Mexico.

The expansion will increase the company’s distribution capabilities throughout the state and region, the release said.

“South Carolina is a key hub for The Home Depot’s supply chain and our delivery strategy,” Home Depot Senior VP of Supply Chain Stephanie Smith said. “These new distribution centers create a more seamless experience for pro and DIY customers, with faster and more reliable deliveries to their homes or to the job site.”

The new distribution center will be located at 10463 Speedway Boulevard in Hardeeville. The S.C. Department of Commerce’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Jasper County to assist with costs related to the project.

“We are thrilled that The Home Depot, a nationally and internationally recognized company, is the latest company to invest in operations at the RiverPort Commerce Park in Jasper County,” Jasper County Council Chairperson Barbara Clark said. “The company will be a great addition at this growing industrial park, which is perfect for distribution, just minutes from the Port of Savannah and the future Jasper Ocean Terminal.”

The RiverPort Commerce Park first broke ground in 2014 and was expected to fill with businesses over the next 20 to 30 years with the draw of the nearby railroad and future port and interstate exit.

“SouthernCarolina Alliance welcomes The Home Depot to our manufacturing and distribution community,” SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman and Jasper County councilman Marty Sauls said. “We believe that this announcement is one of many more to come as companies from around the globe see the benefits of Jasper County in terms of workforce, business environment and proximity to I-95 and major seaports.”

Those interested in applying for the new jobs can visit careers.homedepot.com or text JOBS to 52270.

“The Home Depot’s decision to expand throughout the state shows that South Carolina is brimming with potential from the Lowcountry to the Upstate and everywhere in-between,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. “We congratulate them on their expansion and the addition of nearly 100 new jobs. These jobs will have a great impact on our local communities and state as a whole.”

City of Hardeeville brings back its annual Festival on Main after COVID cancellations

The City of Hardeeville’s annual Festival on Main is back after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.The festival will be held at the Richard Gray Recreation Complex Park on Friday from 5 until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hardeeville.It was brought about to “fill a void” left by the end of the city’s annual ...

The City of Hardeeville’s annual Festival on Main is back after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The festival will be held at the Richard Gray Recreation Complex Park on Friday from 5 until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hardeeville.

It was brought about to “fill a void” left by the end of the city’s annual Catfish Festival in 2017, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism director, Jennifer Combs, said in an email.

“The festival is fun for the community but there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into hosting large community festivals that the public never sees, long hours, sleepless nights and constant worry that everything will be smooth sailing,” Combs said.

The festival was first held in 2019, but COVID-19 put last year’s event on hold, Combs said.

This year, the festival will be manned by city employees and volunteers and will have rides, local vendors and performances from the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. The show “has some tie-in to our City’s past history and Argent Lumber Company,” Combs said. There will also be a classic car display on Saturday from Carolina Dreamers Car Club of Bluffton, a nonprofit that began in the area in 1993 to “socialize and share experiences with other automotive enthusiasts,” according to its website.

“The City sponsorship Committee, lead by Neil Parsons, raised over $60K in sponsorship to help cover costs associated with the festival,” Combs said. “The City also uses Atax funds to draw folks from all over to our city and promote tourism to our area.”

The Atax funds come from the City of Hardeeville’s Accommodations Tax and are meant to pay for “enhancement, preservation and maintenance of” historic buildings, beach re-nourishment and tourism development, according to the City of Hardeeville’s website.

A cornhole tournament will be held on Saturday with cash prizes for winners, Combs said. Teams can sign up at the festival for a chance to win. Pachanga, a Bluffton band described as the “Latin sound of the Lowcountry” on its website, will be playing on Friday at 7 p.m., and “Lowcountry favorite” Deas-Guyz will be playing starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the press release. Everything is free except the rides and purchases from vendors, according to Combs.

The Parks, Recreation and Tourism department is putting on the event with a limited staff, Combs said, in the hopes that “as the event grows, more and more churches, businesses and groups will join the City to help nurture the growth of the community event.”

“The festival is only as good as its community makes it, and the more folks that support, the more success it will see,” Combs said.

This story was originally published October 10, 2021 10:06 AM.

Girl Boss Studios: A women’s collaborative business movement

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (WSAV) – One Lowcountry female entrepreneur is putting the girl boss in business, quite literally.Adding a twist to a new concept, Girl Boss Studios is taking independent artists and offering them access to a full studio environment to work on their craft, whatever it may be.“Girl Boss Beauty Studios is a co-op for independent artists, women powered to come here and run their own business with the assistance of coaching, grants, funding, and business guidance,” Girl Boss Studios founder Takiy...

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (WSAV) – One Lowcountry female entrepreneur is putting the girl boss in business, quite literally.

Adding a twist to a new concept, Girl Boss Studios is taking independent artists and offering them access to a full studio environment to work on their craft, whatever it may be.

“Girl Boss Beauty Studios is a co-op for independent artists, women powered to come here and run their own business with the assistance of coaching, grants, funding, and business guidance,” Girl Boss Studios founder Takiya Smith said.

“These are things they may not know that they need to do in order to start their own business.”

The studio is the first female, minority-owned business in the area.

“I intend to set the tone and keep blazing the trail.”

Takiya Smith

“It’s actually an honor, this is something that has been a vision of mine for the last 11 years,” Smith said.

She continued, “Being the first founder, female, minority-owned in this area, I hear a lot of people say, you know Jasper County, Beaufort County or the surrounding counties, ‘we don’t have this’ and ‘there is not anything here,’” Smith said.

“I’m the type of individual that for me I see the glass is half full versus half empty, and I figure if it’s not here then let’s bring it.”

Smith told WSAV NOW, the road to success hasn’t always been easy. She said she got into this business as a means of taking care of her children.

“A lot of people may not know my story, but I was homeless,” Smith said. “I escaped from a physically abusive relationship, and in doing that my children and I ended up homeless and my entering into the beauty industry was just a hustle.”

“It was put food on the table, clothes on their back, and a roof over our head and it transpired into me opening my own lash spa, several locations, and as I did that I wanted to inspire people,” Smith said.

“When I see a need I don’t think about it I just go for it and I don’t realize how much of an impact it has until it beings to snowball.”

Takiya Smith

One of Smith’s goals is to mentor entrepreneurs while teaching them how to properly run a business.

“I teach them etiquette, customer service everything that comes with functioning a business so that they can grow,” Smith said. “The mentality I have always adopted is how can I offer my people what I have been blessed to have? Which is to grow in the industry.”

While Girl Boss Studios in Hardvilele currently serves as the pilot location, Smith says she has plans to expand.

“We actually have several other projects that are underway throughout Beaufort County and expanding into Chatham County in Savannah,” Smith says.

“Girl Boss Studios sets out to inspire and empower women.” – Takiya Smith

Takiya Smith

The Hardeeville location for Girl Boss Studios holds a capacity for eight artists to run their business out of.

“We have four private studios, we have four stations and they have the capacity and ability to function as office space, as beauty space, health, and wellness so we can collaborate with massage artists, beauty artists, nail technicians, lash artists, anyone running an office anyone starting up a small business.”

Girl Boss Studios opens Wednesday, Sept. 29. Guests planning to attend the grand opening can register at: http://www.TakiyaLaShauneSalon.com/entrepreneurship

Tiny Love Stories: ‘An Idyllic Trip to Salvage Our Romance’

His Daily EmailThere’s a stretch of Highway 17 that runs from Hardeeville, S.C., to Charleston, where raspberry-colored azalea bushes dot the road in spring, peach jam and boiled peanuts sit in stands in late summer, and Gullah artisans sell their sweetgrass baskets year-round. This span of highway also marks the geographical distance in my marriage. To bridge the expanse, Mike sends me early-morning emails; he has done this every day since we met nine years ago. When I read his messages, I think of us: Two people, two hours a...

His Daily Email

There’s a stretch of Highway 17 that runs from Hardeeville, S.C., to Charleston, where raspberry-colored azalea bushes dot the road in spring, peach jam and boiled peanuts sit in stands in late summer, and Gullah artisans sell their sweetgrass baskets year-round. This span of highway also marks the geographical distance in my marriage. To bridge the expanse, Mike sends me early-morning emails; he has done this every day since we met nine years ago. When I read his messages, I think of us: Two people, two hours apart, awakening for the same love. — Deborah J. Cohan

Expecting the Unexpected

My mother left to find herself when I was 6, and again when I was 12. The second time, she didn’t come back. My father raised me in Queens while she was in an ashram in Oregon. Only in recent years have my mother and I grown close. People ask me how I could ever forgive her, how my family can gather over the Shabbat dinner she cooks us every Friday. Maybe it’s because I never gave up wishing. Maybe it’s because I believe all of us can change. My life has taught me to expect and embrace the unexpected. — Ronit Plank

Holding Me Still

I heard a clink — actually, three. That’s what I most remember about the moment I fell in love for the first time. On a roller coaster in Ohio, 500 miles from my New York City home with someone I had known for only two months, I was terrified as we clink-clink-clinked toward the sky. Then I saw Michael smiling and heard an unexpected sound: the quiet roar of my 36-year-old heart finally letting go. He reached through the bars and took my hand. Gravity dropped us, but he held me still. — Mark Jason Williams

A Stud for My Husband

Before my Taiwanese parents would visit, I would ask my husband to take out the silver hoop earrings he has worn nearly every day since he was a teenager. My parents are quite traditional, and this small gesture respected how they viewed gender expression. On their most recent visit in 2019, my mother pressed a small sapphire stud into my hand. “Your dad picked this. It’s for Kort.” They had seen old pictures and knew Kort’s ears were pierced. For 14 years, we had never spoken of it. But now, we could stop pretending. They love us as we are. — Shin Yu Pai

Our Final Weekend

Recently I saw my former boyfriend, roommate and best friend in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park. We reminisced about our final weekend as a couple, including the ungodly Lincoln Tunnel traffic and hours of overly curated podcasts. As we arrived in Tivoli, on what was supposed to be an idyllic trip to salvage our romance, his phone dinged with a book delivery notice: “Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples.” Months later, sitting in our old spot in the park, we burst out laughing at this small moment, at everything that we couldn’t be for each other. — Rebecca Zimmerman

COVID got you isolated? Get in touch with nature and meet your Lake Warren State Park rangers

Special to The GuardianWhile COVID-19 rates continue to rise, so do the number of visits and visitors to our area state parks, say local park rangers. Now is a great time for you and your family to get out, get in touch with nature and your local wildlife rangers, and enjoy some socially distant fun at your local state park."Our State Park system has seen a record number of visitors since COVID hit," said Lake Warren State Park Ranger Timothy Zahler. "People can come and be in nature and feel safe ...

Special to The Guardian

While COVID-19 rates continue to rise, so do the number of visits and visitors to our area state parks, say local park rangers. Now is a great time for you and your family to get out, get in touch with nature and your local wildlife rangers, and enjoy some socially distant fun at your local state park.

"Our State Park system has seen a record number of visitors since COVID hit," said Lake Warren State Park Ranger Timothy Zahler. "People can come and be in nature and feel safe doing it."

With that in mind, The Hampton County Guardian asked the staff at Lake Warren State Park to write in and introduce themselves to the community -- if you haven't already met them and found them friendly and helpful, that is! We think you will find that they have something in common with most of us here in Hampton County.

Bradley Robinson, Lake Warren State Park Manager

My name is Bradley Robinson. I have been the Park Manager at Lake Warren State Park since June of 2018. I’ve enjoyed getting to know folks around Hampton County and I appreciate the community’s involvement with their park.

I am 39 years old and am lucky to have a beautiful wife named Keelie, who works as a travel counselor at the South Carolina Welcome Center in Hardeeville, S.C. We have two dogs, a Basset Hound that we rescued named Jocie, and an Aussiedor named Sami. Even though I am a Clemson graduate, I am and have always been a huge Gamecock football and basketball fan. I suppose I am a glutton for punishment.

I grew up just outside of Florence, S.C. on a small lake very similar to Lake Warren. I was surrounded by family. In addition to my younger sister, I had four aunts and uncles and seven cousins that lived within a mile of me. Next to me lived my grandmother and grandfather and next to them my great aunt and uncle. My uncle Buck, who was very much like the Uncle Buck in the movies, lived across the street and on the lake.

There were seven of us boys and we stayed busy playing basketball, football, and baseball when it was too hot or cold to fish. My folks always worked hard. They spent countless hours at the furniture store they owned. My mother taught school and ran the front of the store after she got home and on Saturdays. My dad spent almost all of his days and nights purchasing, repairing, refinishing, delivering, and selling furniture. I can still remember my grandfather scolding him for working on Sundays after church. I helped him move and deliver a many a piece of furniture -- when he could wrangle me off the lake.

After I graduated high school, I attended Clemson University. Initially, I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career. I did know I wanted to do something that gave me an opportunity to fish as much as possible when I wasn’t working. I interned one summer at the 48-acre YMCA in Clemson as their maintenance man and loved it.

The following year, I worked as a Summer Park Ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Lake Hartwell, and was equally enthusiastic. State Parks proved to be the perfect marriage of the two, since we do all our own maintenance and still get to interact with visitors. Plus, it gave me an opportunity to live on the lake!

I’ve worked at several state parks on my journey to Park Manager (First, Big Hill Pond in Tennessee, and then in South Carolina: Dreher Island, Goodale, Sesquicentennial, Lake Wateree, Calhoun Falls, and Santee). I found each of them to have many cool features and usually something super special. Lake Warren is no different.

To me, the beauty of Lake Warren State Park is striking. The green grass and scenic views of the lake and pond just seem to enhance your mood. My super special place on the park is our primitive camping area. When you get back there, the outside world seems to disappear and all you can usually see or hear is nature.

(If folks would like to bring their family out and camp, reservations are around $25 per night and can be made by calling the park office at 803-943-5051.)

I’d like to say to my all visitors and the folks of Hampton County: I have enjoyed my three-plus years of serving as the manager of your park and look forward to many more. I’ll see you in the park.

Thanks!

Bradley Robinson

Timothy Russ Zahler, Park Ranger

My name is Russ Zahler. I am the new Park Ranger here at Lake Warren State Park. I am 22 years old and was born in Beaufort, S.C.. I lived here in Hampton before my family and I moved away when I was five to Gaston, a small town outside of Columbia, S.C.. I graduated in 2017 with honors from Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, where I also lettered in football.

A couple years later, in 2019, I began working at Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia and Goodale State Park in Camden, as an Assistant Ranger. I served at those parks for two years while simultaneously earning my Associates Degree from Central Carolina Technical College. Shortly after graduating college, I was promoted and began working at Lake Warren State Park on July 8, 2021.

I am very excited to again become a part of this community that I am very quickly growing to love again! It is my goal to grow as much as possible as a person and ranger with South Carolina State Parks over the course of my career. I truly look forward to serving our community, and I want to be the best ranger and co-worker that I can be.

For me, it's cool to get to come back to Hampton County. No matter where I go from here, I can say that I started out here.

Some random fun facts about me:

- I love football! Some folks love Spring, some love Summer, but my favorite season of the year is football season! On the collegiate level, my favorite teams are South Carolina and Coastal Carolina.

- When it comes to the NFL, I am a diehard Los Angeles Chargers fan.

-My favorite food is fried chicken.

-My favorite vacation place is the beach.

Timothy Zahler

Editor's Note: Zahler is a member of the Zahler family of Hampton County, who is returning to his roots. He is the son of Rusty Zahler, who worked for the State Park system for more than 20 years before joining S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism, and Laura Peelman Zahler. "Russ," as he prefers to be called, is already looking forward to the next sugar cane grinding and family reunion.

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