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Your Reliable HVAC Contractor in Bluffton

Your Reliable HVAC Contractor in Bluffton, SC

If you’re like most residents living in the Lowcountry, your home is your happy place. It’s where you come to unwind, rest, and regroup for another day at work. But when your HVAC system fails, your peaceful property can turn into an uncomfortable, even unsafe environment. You need to get it fixed, and you need it fixed quickly.

As the most trusted HVAC company in Bluffton, Burke HVAC Services, Inc. has the tools, experience, and technicians to help, whether you need a simple maintenance check or emergency HVAC repair. We truly care about your comfort and will do everything in our power to restore your home to the happy place that you love.

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Why Choose Burke HVAC Services, Inc.

Why Choose Burke HVAC Services, Inc?

When we opened Burke HVAC Services, Inc. many years ago, we did so with one goal in mind: To exceed our customer’s expectations by ensuring that each of our clients received individualized service.

Since that time, we have grown and expanded into one of Bluffton’s largest HVAC companies, but we still hold true to that goal. Despite our growth, we are proud to say that we continue to offer a boutique, personalized experience for all of our clients.

When you call our office, you will speak to a trained, knowledgeable customer service professional. When you make an appointment for an estimate, we will come to your residence rather than asking you to come to ours. When you need emergency service, you can rest easy knowing an HVAC tech is their way, no matter what time of day.

Why Choose Burke HVAC Services, Inc.

Bluffton’s Most Trusted HVAC Business

At Burke HVAC Services, Inc., our customers keep coming back because we believe in hard work, timely service, and fair pricing. Honesty is the backbone of our business, and that will not be changing anytime soon.

Here are just a few more reasons why the Lowcountry leans on Burke HVAC Services, Inc. for their heating and cooling maintenance and repair:

Professional Staff

Professional Staff

Each of our HVAC experts is an EPA Certified Factory Trained Technician. When one of our HVAC techs comes to your home or business, you can rest assured that you will be working with the best of the best.

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Friendly Customer Service

We know how important that helpful, personable customer service is for our customers. Unlike some heating & air companies, our customer service professionals are local, efficient, and ready to help with all your needs and questions.

Services

24/7 Services

Heating & cooling units tend to break down in the most inopportune times. It doesn’t matter if your HVAC system stops working at 2AM on a Saturday night. Our team is ready to work at the most inconvenient times so you can get back to enjoying your home in comfort.

Licensed & Insured

Licensed & Insured

Burke HVAC Services, Inc. is fully licensed and insured to protect your investment and maintain your peace of mind. If you are not 100% satisfied with our work, we will do everything possible to correct any mistake and make the situation right.

On-Site Estimates and Consultations

On-Site Estimates and Consultations

We won’t ever ask you to come to our offices for an estimate or consultation. Instead, we come to your home or business, so you don’t have to change your daily routine. We cater to your schedule, not the other way around. Call us today at (843) 568-7336 to learn more about our on-site estimates or to schedule a consultation.

Financing Available

Financing Available

To make life a little easier, we offer flexible financing to all of our customers. If you need to pay your bill one payment at a time, we are here to make your HVAC experience as convenient as possible.

When you and your family need the highest level of indoor comfort in South Carolina, Burke HVAC Services, Inc. is ready to get to work – 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

Our unbeatable HVAC and air quality services include:

AC Repair in Bluffton, SC

Having your AC go out during the hottest days of summer is no fun, but don’t sweat it; Burke HVAC Services is here to keep you cool!

We know that your home’s AC system needs to be fully operational to keep your family comfortable when summertime rolls around. Our skilled AC repair techs in Bluffton are ready to help with any AC issue you are having, whether it be a quick fix or full system replacement.

We provide trustworthy AC maintenance services when you need them the most, so you can focus on more important things like your family or business. With the most comprehensive list of AC services in Bluffton, we can get your air conditioning pump up to snuff so you can cool down no matter how hot it gets outside.

A few of our most common AC repair services in Bluffton include:

  • Filter replacement
  • Broken fan replacement
  • Duct and airflow optimization
  • Motor replacement
  • Thermostat replacement
  • Fan belt replacement
  • Coil replacement and maintenance

Burke HVAC Services, Inc. also offers preventative maintenance and tune-up options for homeowners that would like year-round confidence in their air conditioning system. It doesn’t matter if you have a central heating system for your home or a wall-mounted AC unit for your office – we are just a phone call away from keeping summer heat at bay.

AC Repair in Bluffton
AC Installation in Bluffton

AC Installation in Bluffton, SC

When properly maintained, a good air conditioning system can last for many years. However, if no amount of repairs or maintenance will fix your AC system, it’s probably time to send your old unit to the scrap yard. Before you call us for a replacement system, let us provide you with a thorough exam to make sure it is needed. If we discover that a replacement AC system is required, our skilled technicians would be happy to travel to your to complete the job.

At Burke HVAC Services, Inc., we understand how important it is for you and your family to stay cool during the hot summer months in South Carolina. That is why we are proud to install the highest-rated cooling systems available. When we come to your home or business to install an AC unit, we will take all the time needed to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have.

Any time we install a new air conditioner for a client, we strive to let them know what may be wrong with their original system. We’ll discuss what unit might be best for your home, budget, and cooling needs. Once we have a good understanding for what you need, we will get to work right away to minimize your time without air conditioning.

Our goal is to do the best job possible the first time out, with minimal interference in your life. That way, you can continue enjoying summertime while we work hard to give you a fast, effective AC solution.

Signs You Need AC Replacement in Bluffton, SC

Did you know that a broken heat pump or air conditioner can lead to higher utility bills? Updated cooling systems, like the replacement systems installed by Burke HVAC Services, are more reliable and can help lower your utility costs over time.

But how do you know if your air conditioning system is on its last legs? Here are a few telltale signs that your AC unit might need to be replaced:

Signs You Need AC Replacement in Bluffton
Warm Air Blowing from AC Unit

Warm Air Blowing from AC Unit

This is a sign that you might need a complicated repair or a replacement AC unit. Before you call Burke HVAC Services, Inc. for an estimate, you should check your air filter first. If it’s too dirty to allow airflow, clean or change the filter and check to see if cool air is flowing now.

Outdated AC Unit

Outdated AC Unit

AC systems typically last between 12 and 15 years. If your AC system has more than 15 years of regular use, it might be time for an AC replacement in Bluffton.

Rise in Utility Bill

Rise in Utility Bill

AC units become less efficient over time. Old AC systems use more electricity, which will raise your energy bill. Unfortunately, this situation will only get worse until you replace the system with a newer, more energy-efficient model.

Cost to Repair vs. Replace

Cost to Repair vs. Replace

If you find that it will cost you half or more of a new unit’s price to fix your old one, it might be time to consider a replacement AC system. Rather than spending money to fix a dying AC unit, you can purchase a new one that is more energy efficient, which will save you money over the long run.

If you are in need of a replacement cooling system for your home in Bluffton, Burke HVAC Services, Inc., is here to help.

Give us a call Today, & and one of our skilled AC technicians will explain the best AC replacement options for your home and budget.

AC Installation in Bluffton

Heating Repair in Bluffton, SC

Few things are worse than having your heater go out in the middle of winter. Fixing your heater is of the utmost importance when it’s freezing outside, and Burke HVAC Services, Inc. has the tools and technicians to help. With our 24/7 emergency heating repair services, you won’t have to worry about being left out in the cold. Our talented HVAC contractors in Bluffton are only a call away, whether you need a minor fix or a replacement heater.

Here are just a few common issues that Burke HVAC Services, Inc. heating technicians can help solve for you:

  • Overheating of your system
  • Faulty or broken heat exchangers
  • Damaged blower or motor
  • Dirty burners
  • Busted limit switches
  • Misconfigured blower belts

Before you start looking at replacement heaters, call Burke HVAC Services, Inc. first so that we can inspect your heating unit. Your issues might be resolved with a quick fix. If we discover that you need a replacement unit, our heating experts will offer guidance on choosing the best unit for your unique situation.

Signs You Need Heater Replacement in Bluffton, SC

Signs You Need Heater Replacement in Bluffton

If you notice any of the following signs from your furnace, contact Burke HVAC Services, Inc. for an inspection. Our fully-trained furnace repair technicians will detail what issues your furnace is experiencing and offer solutions tailored to your home and budget.

Pilot Light is Out

If your furnace runs on gas and its pilot light will not come on, it is important to address the issues as soon as possible.

Warming Your Home Takes a Long Time

There are many reasons why your furnace isn’t heating your home quickly. From duct cleaning to heating element replacement, our furnace repair technicians in Bluffton are here to help.

Broken Thermostat

If your heater isn’t warming your home to the temperature you desire, your thermostat might be broken.

No Airflow

Little to no airflow throughout your home is usually a sign that your ducts or air vents are blocked. Move any furniture away from air vents. If that does not solve your problem, you should seek help from a professional heating repair company like Burke HVAC Services, Inc.

Noisy Heater

While all heaters emanate noise, you should be concerned if you can hear loud noises coming from a different room or your basement. Be cognizant of how much noise your furnace is making. If it seems like a lot, it’s time for a thorough furnace inspection in Bluffton.

Our Promise

“Burke HVAC Services, Inc. is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality HVAC services in Bluffton. Our goal is to exceed your expectations consistently, from the moment you speak to our representatives to the time our HVAC contractor in Bluffton leaves your home. “Remember that any company can make an honest mistake, but it is what they do about it that makes a difference. We will work to make things right by you; that is our promise.”

Larry H. Burke Jr. President

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Latest News in Bluffton

‘Stop speeding’: Let Bluffton buzzards run the unappreciative masses out of town

Y’all be quiet.Babbie Guscio, the Mona Lisa of Bluffton’s artsy Calhoun Street, has something important to say.“Can I ask a very simple uncomplicated request......stop speeding on Calhoun Street…Bridge Street....all of the little lanes....in old town......this is really getting to be a problem...I wish no ill will.....stop...park your gorgeous hunk of junk...enjoy Bluffto...

Y’all be quiet.

Babbie Guscio, the Mona Lisa of Bluffton’s artsy Calhoun Street, has something important to say.

“Can I ask a very simple uncomplicated request......stop speeding on Calhoun Street…Bridge Street....all of the little lanes....in old town......this is really getting to be a problem...I wish no ill will.....stop...park your gorgeous hunk of junk...enjoy Bluffton....remember...we are used to mules and wagons....and people who walk and enjoy life at a slow pace...I think that may be the reason you came here...”

Babbie has been watching the pace of Calhoun Street for 40 years from her store, cleverly called The Store.

The pace has raced from dogs sleeping in the street to, I guess, mules and wagons. From the tricycle Easter parade to farmers market. From people stopping in cars to chat, to people driving like Manhattan cabbies.

Babbie posted that plea on her Facebook page. It created more waves than the “Lowcountry” armada ripping through the No Wake Zone down the street on the May River.

“Bridge Street posse unit!” one friend replied. “I will gladly help put out speed bumps/humps! Or fill up a pellet gun and sit on my porch.”

“Seriously,” said another. “How about literally everywhere lately. This little town has way too many people in a damn hurry.”

Here are some of the running themes:

Not long ago Bluffton was famous for nailing anyone going over the infamous 30-mph speed limit. Why not now?

Even if you want to walk, or ride a bike, good luck. You often have to share the road with the frantic drivers.

But the bigger issue seems to be this:

No one loves us for who we are.

And they won’t slow down or get out of their speeding cars and boats long enough to even try to find out who we are, or who we hope we are.

It’s as if we invited a few friends over for an oyster roast and a Black Sabbath concert broke out.

In truth, we invited more than a few friends over, and they invited a few of their friends, and when we said “sand bar,” they heard “mosh pit.”

Here’s how one outsider saw us 40 years ago.

Bluffton was the cover story in an Atlanta Constitution Sunday magazine spread, featuring a photo of young Babbie and her funky store with its slow-world name.

Writer Emma Edmunds looked around Bluffton in 1982 and observed:

“Its most urban feature is a policeman who sits ready to siren down anyone who speeds through town trying to escape the tar-paper shacks, ugly service stations and houses that look mildewed and in need of Lysol.

“Blufftonians — in their snobby way — hope outsiders pass right along and don’t discover the beautiful May River, the true heart of town. ‘It’s our protection,’ they say of the ugly S.C. 46 that tourists travel.”

It’s fair to say that chapter of Lowcountry life has been closed.

But here’s a suggestion.

Remember the man on Hilton Head Island who got tired of people speeding through his quiet neighborhood?

He patrolled Point Comfort Road in a chicken suit, pointing a radar gun at passing cars and holding up a sign that said “Slow The Cluck Down.”

And remember the times Bluffton’s mayor dressed as a buzzard in the Christmas parade?

What if hordes of Bluffton people roamed the streets dressed as buzzards, armed with radar guns, holding up edgy signs, spraying Lysol?

Maybe the jet set would think we’re crazy.

And leave.

David Lauderdale may be reached at LauderdaleColumn@gmail.com.

Lowcountry family looks to give back even as son fights for his life

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) — Your son is diagnosed with a heart problem while still in the womb. Do you cry? Give up?Or do you fight not just for yourselves, but others?That’s exactly what the Williams family is doing, even as their son Joey fights for his life.Joey was diagnosed with hyperplastic left heart syndrome while still in the womb. He has had eight surgeries, including six open-heart surgeries so far, and he is only 5 years old.Now Joey is on the heart transplant list.“Let’s not...

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) — Your son is diagnosed with a heart problem while still in the womb. Do you cry? Give up?

Or do you fight not just for yourselves, but others?

That’s exactly what the Williams family is doing, even as their son Joey fights for his life.

Joey was diagnosed with hyperplastic left heart syndrome while still in the womb. He has had eight surgeries, including six open-heart surgeries so far, and he is only 5 years old.

Now Joey is on the heart transplant list.

“Let’s not allow this devastating news to take over our mindset and let’s just focus on all the great moments we can possibly have,” said LaKesha Williams. “You just really look at life completely different.”

Joe and Lakeshia Williams said they appreciate the small things every day they have with their son Joey and his four sisters.

With those four other kids needing a mom and dad, and treatments at MUSC in Charleston, every day became a challenge, and they needed help.

“A lot of people don’t think about what the family sacrifices in order to support their children,” said LaKesha. “We were more than two hours away and we were one of the closest families coming to MUSC.”

“We have met families that unfortunately lost their homes, lost their vehicles, lost their jobs.”

The Ronald McDonald House, United Way and others stepped up for the Williams family.

“If it was not for those different organizations that assisted us, I don’t know how we would have done it,” LaKesha said as she began to tear up. “For someone to just say come over here and say ‘I got this for you.’ It was such a blessing and so inspiring for us.”

The hard work and goodwill of those agencies spurred on an idea for the Williams — how can we help other families in need?

“Our mission is to establish a support system that provides resources for families dealing with long-term hospital care,” explained Joe Williams.

The family created the Joe Lewis Williams III Brave of Heart Foundation. Not to help pay their bills, but for other families.

“We want to make families feel like they are at home away from home,” said Joe. “To assist them through lodging, transportation, meal tickets.”

“It was those times when we really didn’t know where it was going to come from,” remembers LaKesha. “And to be able to give another family other parent’s that stress relief or just another moment. because it’s truly not a day to day thing it is a moment-by-moment thing.”

“If we can take that financial burden off of these families then they can just focus on the health of their child.”

“We truly want to be there we know what it is like and we want to be that shoulder to lean on and sometimes we have to hold each other up.”

The Williams short-term goal is to help families with whatever they need outside of the hospital to make it a little easier.

Long-term, they hope to raise enough money to aid with medical expenses and even create a home in Charleston for families to stay while their child recovers.

If you would like to learn more or donate to the Joe Lewis Williams III Brave of Heart Foundation visit braveofheartfoundation.org.

Bluffton SC Residents Get All-Around Dental Care

Bluffton, SC – Residents of Bluffton, South Carolina get to enjoy comprehensive professional care with Off-Island Dental.The dental company is the best Dentist Near Me Bluffton, SC. The team is headed by award-winning dentist Dr. Michael Langehans, who has gained a reputation for helping his patients achieve “the perfect smile” by restoring missing and damaged teeth...

Bluffton, SC – Residents of Bluffton, South Carolina get to enjoy comprehensive professional care with Off-Island Dental.

The dental company is the best Dentist Near Me Bluffton, SC. The team is headed by award-winning dentist Dr. Michael Langehans, who has gained a reputation for helping his patients achieve “the perfect smile” by restoring missing and damaged teeth using the latest dental implant technology. Besides being a go-to dentist, Langehans is also an active community volunteer.

The hands-on company owner is likewise joined by an equally talented group of dental professionals. Clients can surely get a warm welcome during their visit from the front office assistants to their dental assistants and dental hygienists to their office managers. The team also has bilingual team members, allowing them to communicate to more varied customers.

As soon as clients walk into their office, they will immediately notice how clean, comfortable, and sanitary everything is. Off-Island Dental’s first goal is to ensure client safety and comfort. “We can deliver excellent care by leveraging cutting-edge technology that has been designed with safety and efficiency in mind,” they say.

Off-Island Dental Dental Care likewise pledges a wide range of Dental Services in Bluffton, SC. The list includes cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, same-day crowns, bridges, dentures, veneers, and professional whitening. To get a complete list of services they offer, clients can check it on their website at https://www.offislanddental.com/.

With their years in the industry, the Off-Island Dental team promises dental expertise. The team is always learning new things about dentistry, technology, and therapies to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment alternatives.

“We are committed to regularly attending continuing education seminars to maintain our clinic’s current and cutting-edge dentistry. We want you to know that you’re being cared for by the most qualified and educated workforce available,” the Off-Island Dental team states.

Another important offering by Off-Island Dental is their special Dental Discount Plan. The plan includes regular dental cleaning with a $5.00 discount and a 20% discount for most dental treatments. This particular discount plan also includes dental exams and x-ray services.

To find out more about Off Island Dental’s treatment plans, Bluffton SC residents can call (843) 815-7844 or send an email to offislanddental@gmail.com. Bluffton’s most trusted dental care clinic is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM every Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and every Friday by appointment. Off-Island Dental is located at 1 Sherington Dr # H, Bluffton, SC 29910.

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For more information about Off-Island Dental Care, contact the company here:

Off-Island Dental Care Dr. Michael D. Langehans, D.M.D. (843) 815-7844 cosmeticdentistsc@gmail.com 1 Sherington Dr # H, Bluffton, SC 29910

Free COVID-19 testing clinics scheduled in Beaufort Co. as infections soar. When, where?

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There’s some good news for Beaufort County residents who are frantically searching for COVID-19 tests amid the omicron surge.

A free, public testing site on Hilton Head Island will reopen Monday and is now scheduled to operate once a week until the end of February (excluding a few weeks when there’s a holiday on a Monday), said Tom Dunn, the town’s emergency manager.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control runs the north-end site, which is located at Fire Station 4, 400 Squire Pope Road.

Dunn confirmed this week that the DHEC site will continue to offer free polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests.

PCR tests are more sensitive than rapid antigen tests, but it also takes a longer amount of time for residents to get PCR test results back.

DHEC, as of early Friday, said the average turnaround time for PCR test results in South Carolina was two to three days, but in some cases the turnaround times were five to seven days.

The agency’s Hilton Head testing site will be open on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dunn said. A doctor’s referral and an appointment are not required.

The town on Friday also announced that it had partnered with BrightStar Care, a Bluffton-based home health care provider, to host free PCR drive-thru testing at Chaplin Community Park, 11 Castnet Drive, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting the week of Jan. 10.

Although it is not required, clinic organizers recommend that people pre-register for testing at the Chaplin site: bit.ly/HiltonHeadTesting

“Times and days may be adjusted over time based upon public response/need for tests,” town spokeswoman Carolyn Grant wrote in a text.

A spokeswoman for Beaufort Memorial Hospital, meanwhile, confirmed this week that the medical center may host free drive-thru testing clinics on a pop-up basis, when there’s a need.

The hospital had previously shuttered its free testing clinic in Beaufort due to a drop in demand.

That was just before omicron began to pummel South Carolina, leading to record-breaking case counts.

There’s recently been a surge of interest in coronavirus tests as the super contagious variant races through the population. Rapid at-home testing kits are flying off pharmacy shelves, and residents have reported long lines at testing sites.

Dr. Linda Bell, the state’s chief epidemiologist, told reporters Wednesday that DHEC is “exploring all options” to alleviate the testing wait times.

“With the numbers of cases that we’re seeing,” Bell said, “there’s just limitations in how to meet that demand. We are working to do that but ... I just again want to ask the community to help us out of the position that we’re in. We can reduce the demand for testing if we reduce activities that lead to (disease) spread.”

Bell added that DHEC is “privy to the same information” that the public currently has on President Joe Biden’s recent pledge to send 500 million free, at-home COVID-19 tests to people nationwide.

“We have not heard anything regarding the types or the brands of tests, nor how they will be ordered or shipped,” Bell said.

DHEC, meanwhile, in a Friday tweet wrote that it has ordered nearly 500,000 rapid tests “to distribute in our communities in the coming days and weeks that should help reduce wait and reporting times.”

Details on the state plan were not immediately available.

For context: There were 42,790 viral test results recorded on Wednesday alone in South Carolina. Roughly 12,500 of those, or about 29%, were positive for COVID-19.

(Beaufort County’s average percentage of daily positive tests in the past week, as of Wednesday, was 28.3%, according to DHEC. There were 1,040 viral test results recorded in the county Wednesday. Almost 360 of those, or about 34.3%, were positive.)

Dr. Faith Polkey, interim chief medical officer at Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, in a Wednesday interview said that since last week, at least one in three patients coming in for coronavirus tests at BJHCHS locations has been positive for COVID-19.

“I’ve noticed that it’s been people who had gatherings, either over Christmas or New Year’s,” Polkey said, “and even if they were smaller, there would be just one person out of the gathering, it would be a grandkid that came to visit their grandparents, (that) ended up having a positive test. ... That’s been a lot of the pattern I’m seeing.”

Many patients, Polkey added, have a runny nose, a sore throat, a cough or nasal congestion (or a combination of those symptoms).

Omicron, Polkey said, seems to infect cells in the upper respiratory system more easily than those in the lungs.

It’s almost like “they have a little cold,” Polkey said of patients. “I think that’s the deceptive part, the scary part.”

Beaufort County’s seven-day average of newly confirmed cases, as of Friday, was 148 infections per day.

Two weeks ago, that average was 23 cases per day.

DHEC has an online map that shows COVID-19 testing sites in Beaufort and Jasper counties: bit.ly/SCTestingMap

Other than the site on Hilton Head, there are several free testing clinics that will be open across the Lowcountry in the coming days, according to the map. None requires doctor’s referrals or appointments.

The Bluffton Public Health Department will host a clinic Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4819 Bluffton Parkway.

The Beaufort County Health Department has scheduled three clinics at 601 Wilmington St. in Beaufort: one will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; one will be held Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and another will be held Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Jasper County Health Department is hosting a clinic Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 651 Grays Highway in Ridgeland.

Longtime Airport football coach stepping down after almost two decades at school

Kirk Burnett is stepping down as Airport High School’s football coach.Burnett told The State on Wednesday he will remain at the school next year in a different capacity but won’t be coaching or the school’s athletic director. He also added that he is not being forced out but right time to step down.“I have been a head coach since 1993. It’s time,” Burnett told The State. “I thought about it last year. And after doing it for so long, I feel it is a great time for me to step away.&...

Kirk Burnett is stepping down as Airport High School’s football coach.

Burnett told The State on Wednesday he will remain at the school next year in a different capacity but won’t be coaching or the school’s athletic director. He also added that he is not being forced out but right time to step down.

“I have been a head coach since 1993. It’s time,” Burnett told The State. “I thought about it last year. And after doing it for so long, I feel it is a great time for me to step away.

“I have been fortunate to come back and coach where I grew up. To get to be around coach (Les) Evans before he passed away. All the buildings and renovations I got to watch as a player and then coaching there, it has been special and I am very fortunate.”

Burnett, an Airport High grad, has been at his alma mater the past 18 seasons. The Eagles went 2-8 this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Hartsville. Before Airport, he was the head football and baseball coach at Ridge View for nine seasons.

Burnett won 158 games, six region championships, four at Airport and two at Ridge View. He won four of Airport’s six region championships and led them to undefeated regular season in 2009.

Burnett was the first head coach in Ridge View history and led the Blazers to three straight Upper State championship games from 1996-98. Ridge View went 12-3 in 1998 and played for the Class 4A state championship.

Burnett also won several baseball region championships with the Blazers.

Burnett, 57, is in both schools’ halls of fame and also has coached in North-South All-Star game and Shrine Bowl. He coached in the I-20 All-Star game last month.

“How lucky can you get to be in the hall of fame at both schools you coached?,” Burnett said. “I have nothing to regret or complain about.”

Before becoming a head coach, Burnett was an assistant at Spring Valley and Irmo.

As a player, Burnett was a two-sport standout at Airport and was a four-year letterman in baseball and football at Furman University.

“I want to officially recognize Airport High’s own Coach Kirk Burnett. Thank you for such an amazing tenure as @AHS_Leads Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. What an impact on so many!” Airport principal Matt Schillit wrote on Twitter.

Schillit says he will post the job opening this week and hope to have the new coach/athletic director hired by sometime in February.

Burnett’s departure means there are four openings in the Midlands with the others AC Flora, Batesburg-Leesville and Newberry.

School — Former Coach — New Coach

AC Flora — Dustin Curtis— TBA

Airport — Kirk Burnett — TBA

Batesburg-Leesville — Gary Adams — TBA

Bluffton — John Haupt— TBA

Boiling Springs — Rick Tate — TBA

Dorman — Dave Guttshall — Dustin Curtis

Hilton Head Prep — Dave Adams — TBA

Lewisville — Will Mitchell — Leon Boulware

Newberry — Phil Strickland — TBA

North Augusta — Jim Bob Bryant — TBA

Oceanside Collegiate — Joe Call — TBA

Stall — Joe Bessinger — TBA

This story was originally published January 5, 2022 4:50 PM.

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