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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in West Columbia, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in West Columbia.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in West Columbia, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in West Columbia. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in West Columbia, SC, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in West Columbia. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in West Columbia, SC

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in West Columbia to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in West Columbia.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in West Columbia, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Mother’s Day 2022: 9 Columbia-area events to celebrate the holiday

Deciding how to show your mom how much you care each Mother’s Day can be tough.Good thing several Columbia-area businesses have already done most of the work for you. There are a variety of different and fun activities scheduled to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday. All you really need to do is show up.Just don’t forget to bring your mom.Below are nine activities in the Columbia area to take your mother for a fun-filled day.When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Where: Fort Jackson NCO...

Deciding how to show your mom how much you care each Mother’s Day can be tough.

Good thing several Columbia-area businesses have already done most of the work for you. There are a variety of different and fun activities scheduled to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday. All you really need to do is show up.

Just don’t forget to bring your mom.

Below are nine activities in the Columbia area to take your mother for a fun-filled day.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Fort Jackson NCO Club, 5700 Lee Rd,Columbia

Celebrate Mothers’ Day Brunch at the NCO Club. Spoil your mom with a Mothers’ Day Brunch Buffet by reservation only.

Make your reservation and purchase your tickets by calling the NCO Club at 803-782-2218 or by visiting the cashier window, Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Choose your seating time: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Due to limited seating, the club will not be able to accept any walk-ins, only reserved seating. Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $9 for children ages 4-11. Every mother will receive a free gift.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: WE’s on Meeting at 735 Meeting Street, West Columbia

This is promised not to be your average Mother’s day brunch. Have a few laughs with Brunch N Munch Comedy at WE’s on Meeting in West Columbia presented by COLAughs!

Also come hungry. The event will feature food truck Bubblicious Waffles. Mimosa specials will be available too. Ticket purchases include 24 hour entry to WE’s.

Local comedian Allie Johns will perform and host!

She has put together a great lineup of comedians to share the stage, featuring Christian Williams (Columbia, SC) and Petey Smith McDowell (Asheville, NC), with our headliner, Hilliary Begley (Asheville, NC).

Hilliary Begley’s southern charm combined with her sass make for an unforgettable night of storytelling. From tales of her religious upbringing to those of adulthood, Hilliary will share her life story with you one laugh at a time.

Tickets are $15 each. Get them by clicking here.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Columbia Museum of Art at 1515 Main Street, Columbia

You could have brunch on the beautiful Boyd Plaza or in the CMA Reception Gallery and enjoy botanically inspired cocktails and food from Southern Way Catering. Choose between a 10:30 a.m. seating or a 1:00 p.m. seating. Ticket includes a welcome beverage, brunch buffet and access to the CMA galleries to see more than 20 arrangements interpreting works of art in beautiful florals. There will also be a cash bar.

Art Blossoms is a unique exhibition that also serves as a fundraiser for the Columbia Museum of Art. Every ticket you purchase for the exhibition and its related events supports the CMA’s award-winning arts education and programming and helps to ensure a thriving creative community in the Midlands.Individual tickets: $85 / $75 for members. Tickets for tables are already sold out. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Bistro on the Boulevard at 1085 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo

This brunch lineup is sure to satisfy any mom. There will be bottomless mimosas, eggs benedict, chicken & waffles, stuffed French toast and many more specials. Call 803-369-1332 for reservations.

When: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: femme x COLUMBIA at1501 Richland Street, Columbia

The event’s tea service menu will include a selection of beautiful traditional bites such as, tartines, tea sandwiches, mini scones, warm bites and mini pastries.

A complete wine and beer list will also be available for purchase alongside your tea service. There will be indoor and outdoor seating options, so indicate your preference at checkout. Cost is between $25 and $40 a ticket. Get them by clicking here.

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Painting with a Twist at 275 Harbison Blvd. Unit R, Columbia

Express your artistic side with mom at this event. This is an adult class. Guests must be a minimum of 18 to attend/participate and be 21 and above to consume wine and beer. Everyone in the studio must have a paid seat. You must be fever free & feeling good to attend events. Masks are optional at this time. If you’re coming with others, but making reservations separately, give your group’s name or point person in the Special Request box and you’ll be seated together. If you have any other special requests, questions, or considerations, please send over an email to studio258@paintingwithatwist.com as they often do not look at seating notes until the day of the event.BYOB: Drinks. Cups & bottle openers will be provided at the event. No ice will be provided. Tickets are between $39 and $47 each. Get tickets by clicking here.

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Painting with a Twist at at 275 Harbison Blvd. Unit R, Columbia

A similar painting activity as the one listed above, only this is for mothers with younger children ages 12 and up. Tickets are $39 each and can be ordered here.

When: 12 p.m.

Where: Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company at 921 Brookwood Dr., Columbia

If your mom is a beer lover, then this event is for you. Plus, there will be a full four-course meal with dessert.

1st COURSE: Salmon and shrimp Ceviche, Crispy Avocado Wonton

VEGETARIAN: Same

2nd COURSE: Sharp Cheddar Fondue, Petite Salad Vinaigrette, Pickled Okra Jam, Artisan Bread

VEGETARIAN: Same

3rd COURSE: Chicken Satay, Creamy Peanut Sauce, Wasabi Drizzle, Sticky Rice

VEGETARIAN: Vegetarian Sausage Skewer, Creamy Peanut Sauce, Wasabi Drizzle, Sticky Rice

4th COURSE: Braised Pork Shoulder, Collard Greens and Potato “Au Gratin” Waffle, Brown Gravy

VEGETARIAN: Provençale “Cassolette”, Collard Greens and Potato “Au Gratin” Waffle

DESSERT: Speculoos Cheesecake

When: 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Where: Palmetto Yoga and Reiki Center, 111 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd., Suite 3,Columbia

This event will give you and your mom a chance to truly relax.

Participants will begin by settling into deep relaxation with a 15-20 minute guided meditation. They will then be treated for 50 minutes of a mesmerizing crystal bowl sound bath.

Participants must be 16 years old or older. Tickets are $37 each. You can get them by clicking here.

This story was originally published May 5, 2022 5:00 AM.

Cinco de Mayo 2022: 6 Columbia-area events to celebrate the holiday

Sure, you could just swing by your local bar for a few tequila shots and margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, but why not try a special event this year?Cinco de Mayo or May 5, is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the country’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is mainly celebrated with drinking, parties and events that celebrate Mexican culture.Below are six Columbia-area events to spice up your Cinco de Mayo celebrations th...

Sure, you could just swing by your local bar for a few tequila shots and margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, but why not try a special event this year?

Cinco de Mayo or May 5, is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the country’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is mainly celebrated with drinking, parties and events that celebrate Mexican culture.

Below are six Columbia-area events to spice up your Cinco de Mayo celebrations this year.

When: Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Roots Farm at 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia

Join City Roots Farm or a harvest feast. Be prepared for a family-style, four-course farm to table dinner by Chef/Owner Kristian Niemi of Bourbon, Black Rooster, F2T Productions and Honey River Catering and friends, featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans. Also. enjoy a welcome cocktail and wine pairings while you’re there.

City Roots Farm recommend talking with the people you would like to sit with and picking a table. Then, have your dinner-mates purchase a ticket for the same table. Visitors are asked not to purchase seats at other people’s tables.

If you just want to attend by yourself or with a friend and do not mind sitting with others, purchase seats at one of their community tables. Click here to RSVP a table.

When: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: WE’s Bar at 735 Meeting St, West Columbia

Join CarraRock Entertainment to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some fabulous Karaoke at their newest location, WE’s Bar. Self-proclaimed as West Columbia’s first pride bar, the establishment opened in March at the former Comedy Closet.

When: 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Uncle Festers Sports Bar at 522 Devine Street, Columbia

Come to Uncle Festers on Cinco de Mayo for drinks and live music. The bar will feature margaritas, Mexican beer, and local Music from Carne Con Papas w/ Special Guest Britt & Gould. Advanced tickets are available for $8 or you can buy them for $10 at the door.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Chophouse at 301 Columbia Ave., Chaplin

The Chophouse event will feature $5 house margaritas, $8 spiced pear margaritas, $13 chicken mole tacos served with pico de gallo and tortilla chips. Call 803-723-2351 to reserve a table.

When: Friday at 8 p.m.

Where: Bunky’s Tavern at 923 Old State Road, Gaston

Bunky’s Tavern plans to keep the Cinco de Mayo partying going on Friday with live music and plenty of food. There will be no cover charge for the event, which will feature BBQ plates, drink specials and bike parking.

When: Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Legacy Caribbean Bar and Grill at 215 Oneil Court, Columbia

Legacy is offering free mechanical bull rides all night long to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Ride the bull in the middle of the dance floor and see how long you can last for a chance to win cash and prizes. Legacy’s Cinco de Mayo event will also feature various tequila brands and other drinks, private booths and Caribbean cuisine such as jerk chicken, curry chicken, curry shrimp and more.

This story was originally published May 3, 2022 5:00 AM.

The Brookland Project recap in Columbia, SC

The 14,500-19,000 sqft mixed-use development project sits on the corner of Meeting and State Streets across the street from the Congaree River — what we know today as West Columbia. This area of town used to be called Brookland before becoming West Columbia on April 21, 1938...

The 14,500-19,000 sqft mixed-use development project sits on the corner of Meeting and State Streets across the street from the Congaree River — what we know today as West Columbia. This area of town used to be called Brookland before becoming West Columbia on April 21, 1938. This $40+ million dollar development coined as “Bringing Brookland Back” attempts to do just that.

But that’s going too far back. Let’s skip ahead a few years to 2015.

2015

In 2015, the City of West Columbia sold the land to developer Estates & Companies. The developer wanted to use this space for residential, retail, and restaurant development.

2017

Tues., January 24, 2017, Estates & Companies hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Brookland Project and called it the cornerstone of the future that fosters live, work, and play while bridging the gap between the Vista, State Street, and the riverwalk.

On top of the residential, retail, and restaurant, concept, the plan also included public parking, parks, and a plaza with skyline views for social events.

So what’s happened between 2017 and now?

The better question is what hasn’t happened. The full project is broken up into four major buildings:

Building one

This is where Brookland one + two-bedroom luxury apartments + The Black Roosterwhich is local restaurateur Kristian Niemi’s latest French-influenced restaurant with a rooftop bar — are located.

Building two

This portion of the development is solely dedicated to residential living. Here you’ll find more one to two-bedroom units that overlook a saltwater pool + other outdoor amenities (like grills and courtyards.)

Building three

The business center of Brookland. The building encompasses the development’s coworking area, fitness center, and retail spaces, where the WRKT and Gentleman’s Quarters are located. Did we mention extra public parking too?

Building four

This is the final phase of this large West Columbia development. Once completed — possibly by October of this year 4West Apartments will bring 52 residential units + about 15,000 sqft of commercial space. Announced just this week, Another Broken Egg Café will be the first tenant and occupy almost 4,000 sqft of the new space in 2023.

Interested in learning more? Check out the full project and website here.

THE HAUNT Unleash Video For “I’m Not Yours” Single; Dates Announced For Headlining Shows

Los Angeles, Calif. Dark-edged alt-pop rock outfit The Haunt have ushered in a blistering new era with a massive anthem, the crushing body-blow, “I’m Not Yours.” Powered by pulsating edm-tinged bassline and a take-no-prisoners, self-actualized chorus, “I’m Not Yours” is a weapon for the masses, a proclamation for the jaded, quickly becoming a fan favorite. The searing 2 and 1/2 minute track is about being ...

Los Angeles, Calif. Dark-edged alt-pop rock outfit The Haunt have ushered in a blistering new era with a massive anthem, the crushing body-blow, “I’m Not Yours.” Powered by pulsating edm-tinged bassline and a take-no-prisoners, self-actualized chorus, “I’m Not Yours” is a weapon for the masses, a proclamation for the jaded, quickly becoming a fan favorite. The searing 2 and 1/2 minute track is about being done with the bullshit and taking your power back. Check out the video for this undeniably scorching track below!

“I was in a relationship that made me feel very small, so when it was finally over, I had a lot of work to do to build myself back up again. And writing this song was really the biggest “f*ck you” I could think of,” offers Anastasia Haunt, the band’s powerhouse vocalist/co-author. “PSA: Your feelings are fucking valid and if you have a feeling about something or someone, you’re probably right, trust your Mf instincts!”“People just make up this version of you in their head and you’re just supposed to be it for them?….Well f*ck that,” adds Maxamillion Haunt, the group’s guitarist/vocalist (and older sibling to Anastasia) who co-penned the anthem.

Supercharging digital platforms April 29 (https://orcd.co/imnotyourspresave), the song’s femme fatale neo-noir visual is set to raygun civilization on Tuesday May 3rd via Revolver Magazine.

The single arrives in the midst of the band’s 28-date U.S. Tour as direct support for Mongolian folk rock and heavy metal band The HU. Scouring the entire U.S., visiting all new cities from the run they did with The HU in the fall, the ‘Black Thunder Tour’ is playing to packed theaters every night.

Along the way, and at the end of the run, the band will also play five headline shows with tickets on sale now:

Sun, May 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland (Tix)

Sun, May 22 – Savannah, GA – District Live (Tix)

Tue, May 24 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern (Tix)

Mon, May 30 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live (Tix)

Tue, May 31 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar (Tix)

With the fierce rhythm section of drummer Nick Lewert and bassist Nat Smallish in tow, the quartet are storming the masses with material from their recently released Social Intercourse EP (featuring the breakout song, “Love You Better”), which Alternative Press dubbed, “Pop sensibility and rock ’n’ roll swagger,” while introducing brand new material from their forthcoming debut album co-produced by the band along with Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft (of Escape The Fate, who’s worked with Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker, and Avril Lavigne and Yungblud), megahit production crew The Stereotypes (Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Bruno Mars) and Grammy Award nominated producer Brandon Friesen (The Kooks, Sum 41, Three Days Grace), who helped craft the scintillating tension propelling The Haunt’s switchblade crash-test “Make Me King.”

The HU ‘Black Thunder Tour’ with The Haunt

May 02 – Fargo, ND – Sanctuary Events Center

May 03 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

May 04 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman

May 06 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot

May 07 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre

May 08 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

May 09 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

May 11 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

May 13 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

May 14 – Albany, NY – Empire Live

May 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland*

May 16 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre

May 17 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa

May 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

May 20 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz

May 21 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm

May 22 – Savannah, GA – District Live*

May 24 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern*

May 25 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

May 26 – Little Rock, AR – Little Rock Music Hall

May 27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre

May 30 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live*

May 31 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar*

*The Haunt only

Connect with The Haunt:

https://linktr.ee/thehaunt

https://www.tiktok.com/@wearethehaunt

http://www.instagram.com/wearethehaunt

Bloody infectious waste from SC hospitals flowed illegally to landfills, agency says

State inspectors found bloody bandages, leaking medical waste and other infectious garbage at unapproved South Carolina landfills and transfer stations last year, sparking concerns about contamination and prompting a series of fines against four hospitals.Fines totaling $143,400 were issued against three Charleston-area hospitals and one in Conway for the medical waste violations, according to records released this week.Two of the hospitals, Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis in Charleston, generated $104,000 of the total fines....

State inspectors found bloody bandages, leaking medical waste and other infectious garbage at unapproved South Carolina landfills and transfer stations last year, sparking concerns about contamination and prompting a series of fines against four hospitals.

Fines totaling $143,400 were issued against three Charleston-area hospitals and one in Conway for the medical waste violations, according to records released this week.

Two of the hospitals, Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis in Charleston, generated $104,000 of the total fines. The two hospitals are part of the Bon Secours system. The other facilities fined were the Ralph Johnson Veterans hospital in Charleston and the Conway Medical Center near Myrtle Beach.

Collectively, the hospitals racked up more than 40 violations that the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control cited after inspections in 2021.

While some violations varied, all hospitals were cited for failing to properly package infectious waste in containers that could prevent leaks to the environment, records show. All also ran afoul of DHEC for not treating infectious waste, as required, before shipping it off for disposal, enforcement documents show.

The three Charleston hospitals failed to manage infectious waste “to prevent exposure to the public or release to the environment,’’ according to enforcement summary sheets released by DHEC.

During their inspections in 2021, inspectors found medical waste in area solid waste landfills and transfer stations that are approved for handling household garbage but not the infectious trash that was shipped there. Landfill and transfer station officials contacted DHEC after finding the medical waste.

It was unclear why the problems occurred, but the enforcement actions said that the Bon Secours medical centers offered infectious waste to a “non-registered transporter.’’

Among other things cited in enforcement orders, inspectors found:

? Bloody gauze, exam gloves and a catheter bag at a Charleston-area transfer station, a facility that ships household garbage to standard landfills. Bags that contained medical waste were open and had spilled onto the ground. The material came from Roper Hospital.

? Blood-filled syringes, bags tainted by human blood, soiled intubation equipment and dressings “supersaturated’’ with what appeared to be blood and body fluids. The material was found at Charleston County’s Bees Ferry landfill. The waste came from Roper Hospital.

? Bags of blood, as well as needles, glass medicine vials and a pump device that appeared to contain blood at Dorchester County’s Oak Ridge landfill. Spilled waste and open bags of medical waste also were found at the landfill. The waste came from Bon Secours St. Francis.

? A container of suctioned blood, bloody intravenous tubing, bloody surgical drapes and gauze at a transfer station in the Charleston area. The medical waste came from the VA hospital in Charleston.

? Tubing containing blood, as well as clear plastic bags filled with both infectious and solid waste at the Horry County landfill near Conway. The waste came from Conway Medical Center.

Infectious, or medical, waste is a by-product of hospitals and medical facilities. It must be safely stored to protect the environment and public health, DHEC says. The material can include syringes, scalpels, culture dishes that have been exposed to disease, blood, parts removed from the human body and “any other waste designated as infectious,’’ according to DHEC’s website.

Medical waste often is dealt with by incinerating the material, disinfecting it and/or shipping it to certified treatment sites. Infectious waste must be treated before it is disposed of, the department said, noting that the medical refuse can be dangerous.

“Infectious waste, in general, is waste that poses an environmental danger due to its biological risk,’’ DHEC said in an email Wednesday night. “The possible risks for human injury or illness, or environmental impacts, due to improper handling depends upon the specific type of infectious waste involved and how it was mishandled.’’

DHEC says the state has more than 9,000 generators of infectious waste. About 30 entities are registered to transport the material, while two are registered to treat infectious waste, the agency says. The two treatment sites are in West Columbia and Greenville, the agency said.

The investigation, sparked by landfill and transfer station operators, is not over and other medical facilities could be liable for improper disposal of medical waste at landfills. In an email, DHEC confirmed that “similar investigations are occurring.’’

DHEC’s enforcement action against the hospitals follows decades of issues involving the proper disposal of medical waste in the state. In the mid 1990s, questions about the safe transport of medical waste became a concern after state officials discovered a warehouse full of decaying infectious waste on Shop Road in Columbia, awaiting transport to a disposal site in Hampton County, The State reported.

The incinerator in Hampton County later ran into troubles, catching fire in 1997, and eventually closing about 20 years ago after a public outcry. The incinerator had been accepting infectious waste from across the country.

More recently, concerns have surfaced in the Lowcountry about the proper disposal of medical waste at landfills, the Charleston newspaper, The Post and Courier, reported.

According to DHEC enforcement records, Bon Secours St. Francis was hit with the largest fine at $54,000; Roper was fined $50,000; and Conway Medical Center was fined $14,400. The VA facility was hit with a $25,000 fine.

The enforcement orders against Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis were not the first by DHEC. Records show the two hospitals both had enforcement cases made against them in 2020 for some of the same problems.

Andy Lyons, a spokesman for the Roper and St. Francis hospitals run by Bon Secours, released a statement saying the problems had been taken care of.

“We were concerned about the state’s findings and took immediate action to protect our staff, patients and the environment,’’ the statement said. “Since the state’s last visit more than six months ago, we’ve gone to great lengths and expense to make improvements to our handling of infectious waste. We now exceed state requirements and are continuing to educate our team on proper disposal procedures. The mistake was unfortunate, but it was not intentionally made by Roper-St. Francis Healthcare staff. We welcome any opportunity to enhance our efforts to keep our community safe..’’

A spokeswoman for the Veterans Administration hospital in Charleston said the violations at her facility centered on one primary issue and the VA had worked to address the problems. Waste picked up from the VA hospital had been placed in the wrong container, she said.

“I don’t know who was to blame, if it was someone from our center, or the gentlemen who picked up waste who accidentally labeled and put it in the wrong container,’’ she said. “That was the one instance. We have definitely put measures in place to ensure nothing like happens again. It is checked, double-checked and triple checked before anything leaves the facility anymore.’’

A spokesperson for Conway Medical Center had not responded Wednesday.

This story has been updated with additional information from DHEC.

This story was originally published May 4, 2022 4:29 PM.

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