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St. George is one of the best places to live in the United States. Between city's history, its location, food, people, and climate, few places mix southern hospitality with laid-back vibes, quite like St. George. As locals, we love calling The Holy City home, but living here comes with its challenges, especially if you are a home or business owner.

Due to the tropical-like weather and high humidity, surfaces like concrete and wood are often riddled with algae and mold, in addition to common grime and dirt. These natural occurrences can affect the beauty of your home or place of business, resulting in an unkempt, neglected look. That's where Palmetto Pressure Clean St. George comes in - to restore your home or your business back to its original beauty and prevent unsightly growth and grime from re-occurring over time.

When it comes to pressure washing in St. George, SC, we strive to provide our customers with industry-leading service, every time we are hired. While some pressure washing companies in St. George are known for lazy workers and mediocre services, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We do so by prioritizing quick responses, extra-hard work, ongoing training, and excellent customer service. We stand behind our work - check out our reviews on Google!

We're the best choice to protect your home or business not only from mold and mildew but from bugs, bird's nests, spider webs, and potential damage caused by less experienced pressure washers in St. George. Our customer's health, happiness, and satisfaction always come first. We are a licensed, insured pressure washing company in St. George. When you hire our company, know that we will treat your home as if it were our own.

At the end of the day, our mission is simple: give our customers top-notch service and beautiful results while remaining friendly, approachable, and helpful. We specialize in two forms of pressure washing: residential and commercial. Keep reading to learn more about our pressure washer process and the benefits of each type of service.

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Residential Pressure Washing in
St. George, SC

When you own a home in the Lowcountry, its exterior is constantly exposed to the elements, resulting in mildew, dirt, and pollen. When not properly cleaned, the exterior surfaces of your home like brick, stucco, and vinyl suffer. With time, they can even break down. At Palmetto Pressure Clean St. George, we use a specially-crafted cleaning solution and time-tested techniques to remove hazardous contaminants safely and effectively.

Unlike some pressure washers in St. George, we use a no-to-low pressure washing strategy for residential properties. Also called "soft washing," this process includes washing and rinsing your windows, along with the exterior face of your gutters. High-pressure tactics are effective against mildew, but they run the risk of causing damage to your siding and windows. Our soft wash cleaner is specifically designed to remove mildew and algae gently, yet effectively from many porous surfaces. Our professional pressure washers also manually brush your gutters with a stain-removing agent to remove unsightly black streaks.

Our soft pressure washing process not only cleans your home but protects it from high-pressure techniques that damage your paint and siding. With soft washing, you won't have to worry about diminished curb appeal or reduced resale value of your home.

These techniques use gentle water pressure and at the same time, apply an environmentally friendly cleaning solution to remove contaminants. With this strategy, your plants and other landscaped areas won't suffer any damage, which is why many homeowners prefer going this route. Once the cleaning agent has removed mold, algae, etc., our team thoroughly rinses the exterior of your home. After rinsing, your home will be left with a squeaky-clean appearance that will make your neighbors jealous in the best way possible.

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Our residential pressure washing services don't end with soft washing. Here is a quick glance at a few other commonly requested services from homeowners just like you:

High-pressure cleaning with hot water. Our high-pressure cleaning services are great for many different surfaces, like concrete, brick, and stone.

High-pressure cleaning

Gutter and roof debris removal with subsequent flush and removal of bagged debris from property.

Gutter and roof debris removal

Low-to-no pressure roof treatment to remove black staining and unsightly streaks resulting from algae, mold, and other contaminants.

Low-to-no pressure roof treatment

Cleaning of wood decks, fences, docks, decks, and more.

Cleaning of wood decks

Benefits of Residential Pressure Washing in St. George, SC

Your home's exterior is exposed to harsh elements all the time. After all, its job is to keep the elements out so that you can enjoy life inside your home. Natural conditions like wind, dirt, sun, UV rays, birds, bugs, and insects - not to mention things like smoke, acid rain, and car exhaust - are constantly beating on your home. With time, your home becomes discolored, soiled, and even damaged.

If you own a home in St. George, pressure washing is the most efficient and effective way to keep your home's exterior clean while safeguarding your time, family, and investment.

A few of the most common benefits of pressure washing include:

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Pressure Washing Prevents Damage

When moisture builds up in the summer and winter months, it can cause serious damage to your home's surfaces. Should you let grime or stains remain on your exterior surfaces for a long time, it can result in permanent damage. Contaminants like mold actually feed off of your paint and other finishes, essentially removing these accents from your home. Throw in hard-to-reach areas like cracks and crevices that are notorious for mildew growth, and there's a lot of potential damage waiting.

Fortunately, a professional pressure washer in St. George, SC, can remove dirt, grime, mold, and other contaminants that can cause damage over time. This protects your investment and helps keep your family healthy.

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Pressure Washing Primes Surfaces for Painting

If you have plans to resurface, refinish, or repaint exterior portions of your home, pressure cleaning is a great way to prep your work area. By removing all grime and dirt from your work surface, you can be sure that you're working on a smooth, clean area free of grit. Pressure wash first if you're planning on other projects like re-staining your deck or refinishing your in-ground pool. Doing so will help your outdoor surfaces hold their new finish easier.

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Pressure Washing Protects Your Family

According to the ACAAI, some of the most common allergic triggers are mold, dust mites, pollen, and mildew. These contaminants can be harmful to your health. Having your home and its surfaces pressure washed at least once a year can be very beneficial for your family's health. This is especially true for people who are sensitive to allergens and mold. By removing contaminants and allergens from your home's surfaces, you can help prevent your family from getting sick. One of the best times to consider pressure washing your home is in springtime, when allergens are present. Our eco-friendly pressure washing solution will help remove and kill fungus, algae, mold, and even bacteria.

Commercial Pressure Washing in St. George, SC

If you own a business with a storefront, you know how important first impressions can be. When customers walk up to your store and see it covered in mold, mildew, dirt, and grime, they may have second thoughts about buying your products. After all, if you can't take the time to make your business presentable for customers, why would you put any effort into the service or product that you're selling?

At Palmetto Pressure Clean St. George, we work with business owners across St. George who know the value of a professionally cleaned storefront. Some just don't have the time to pressure wash their business themselves. Others prefer to rely on our team of professional pressure washers to get the job done right the first time. Whatever your commercial pressure washing needs may be, we are here to help.

We offer our unmatched pressure washing services to a number of different businesses and organizations in St. George, including:

  • Business Storefronts
  • Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Dumpster Pads
  • Churches
  • Apartments
  • Schools
  • Sidewalks
  • Windows
  • Much More!

Call our office today at 843-593-6815 to learn more about our commercial pressure washing process, and to set up quarterly or monthly service to keep your storefront looking fresh and clean.

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Benefits of Commercial Pressure Washing in St. George, SC

When your commercial property takes a beating from the weather in Chucktown, the best way to achieve a clean, new look is with professional pressure washing. Our team uses high-pressure washing solutions for areas like parking lots, sidewalks, masonry, and concrete. We then use low-pressure washing techniques on your siding, windows, and other areas that need a gentler touch.

Additional benefits of commercial pressure washing include:

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Commercial Pressure Washing Means Fewer Repairs

With time, dirt and grime will build up on your commercial structure's sides and roof. When you pressure wash regularly, you can prevent rot from taking hold in areas where fences, sidewalks, gutters, and other hard surfaces are common. In fact, our cleaning solutions can help prevent serious structural damage caused by mold, mildew, algae, and other contaminants.

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Commercial Pressure Washing Helps Curb Appeal

If you are a business owner with a storefront, you have probably spent hours of time and thousands of dollars updating your facade. But when you don't take proper care of your businesses' exterior, all that time and money go to waste. Doing so gives customers a great first impression before they walk into your store. Additionally, you will almost certainly get higher offers on your store if it has been pressure washed and cleaned prior to listing it for sale.

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Commercial Pressure Washing Creates a Healthier Environment

Pressure washing makes any commercial building cleaner, making it a healthier environment for customers and employees. Customers just feel better and more at ease when they shop in a store that is well cared for. They are also more likely to spend more time in your business and become repeat customers. Not only will customers enjoy the benefits of a cleaner building, but so will your employees. They'll be healthier, happier, and won't have to worry about health concerns from mold, mildew, and fungus. Happy, healthy employees mean more satisfied customers, which ultimately benefits your bottom line.

Trust the Palmetto Pressure Clean Difference

At Palmetto Pressure Clean St. George, we are passionate about delivering quality pressure cleaning services for residential and commercial needs. We are committed to excellence, meaning our carefully selected pressure washers pay extra attention to detail and quality in every task they perform. We truly value each job, no matter how large or small they may be. Unlike some of our competitors in St. George, we want to build relationships with our clients. We strive to get to know every home and business owner that we have the privilege of serving. Whether we're pressure washing a historic home off Queen Street or a popular business off King Street, we always aim to exceed expectations.

Interested in learning more info about our pressure washing services in St. George? Curious whether pressure washing is appropriate for your home or business? Ready to set up an appointment? Our stellar team of customer service professionals is here to help, even if you have a couple of simple questions to ask.

When it's time to get cleaning, rely on the Palmetto Pressure Clean team to turn your dingy nightmare into a spick and span dream.

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Yaw Ababio Boateng, MD, Ph.D., FACP, is recognized by Continental Who's Who

WASHINGTON, Utah, Jan. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Yaw Ababio Boateng, MD, Ph.D., FACP, is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Trusted Nephrologist for his exemplary work in the Medical field and his praiseworthy contributions to the healthcare communities at University of Utah Health, St. George Regional Hospital, Dixie Kidney Clinic, Hurricane Dialysis and Kidney Clinic, Iron Mission Kidney Clinic and Mojave Desert Dialysis and Kidney Clinic.A seasoned nephrologist with 23 years of experience in nephrology practice and 39 yea...

WASHINGTON, Utah, Jan. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Yaw Ababio Boateng, MD, Ph.D., FACP, is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Trusted Nephrologist for his exemplary work in the Medical field and his praiseworthy contributions to the healthcare communities at University of Utah Health, St. George Regional Hospital, Dixie Kidney Clinic, Hurricane Dialysis and Kidney Clinic, Iron Mission Kidney Clinic and Mojave Desert Dialysis and Kidney Clinic.

A seasoned nephrologist with 23 years of experience in nephrology practice and 39 years as a physician, Dr. Boateng is affiliated with University of Utah Health. He sees patients at University of Utah Dixie Kidney Clinic in St. George, UT, Iron Mission Kidney Clinic in Cedar City, UT, Hurricane Dialysis and Kidney Clinic in Hurricane, UT. and Mojave Desert Dialysis and Kidney Clinic in Mesquite, NV. He is Medical Director of Davita Mojave Desert Dialysis Center and Davita Hurricane Dialysis Center. Dr. Boateng specializes in general nephrology, ICU nephrology, all dialysis modalities (hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and home dialysis), chronic kidney disease, electrolyte abnormalities, and hypertension.

As a nephrologist, Dr. Boateng provides hospital and ICU consults for patients who present with chronic kidney disease and hypertension. His main hospital practice is at St. George Regional Hospital in St. George, UT. His expertise is in chronic kidney disease, and he has done extensive research in the area of the use of natural methods of healing. In fact, he has authored a new book on the topic released this month (October, 2022). The book is called: "Reverse Chronic Kidney Disease- How to Improve Kidney Function and Avoid Dialysis." It is already available in ebook form and the paperback should be available in a few weeks.

Davita Hurricane Dialysis Center has 12 dialysis stations and a team of professionals to support their patients receiving dialysis. The associated clinic also provides care for patients with kidney conditions that include chronic kidney disease, kidney stones, and others. Mojave Desert Dialysis and Kidney Clinic has ten dialysis stations and a kidney (nephrology) clinic in the building and functions in a similar manner.

Nephrology is a specialty of medicine and pediatrics that concerns itself with the kidneys. It is the study of normal kidney function and disease, the preservation of kidney health, and the treatment of kidney disease from diet and medication to renal replacement therapy. Nephrologists have advanced training in treating kidney disease. They diagnose and treat kidney failure and help patients by prescribing medications, offering particular diet advice, and coordinating dialysis care or kidney transplantation when necessary.

With a broad educational background, Dr. Boateng obtained his B.Sc. in Human Biology and his medical degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Medical Sciences (KNUST-SMS) in Kumasi, Ghana. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen in the UK. Upon relocating to the United States, he completed his internship, internal medicine residency, and nephrology fellowship at the Montefiore Medical Center North Division/New York Medical College.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), and is board-certified in nephrology and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The ABIM is a physician-led non-profit independent evaluation organization driven by doctors who want to achieve higher standards for better care in a rapidly changing world. The doctor is also a member of the American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Boateng currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He is a published author in peer-reviewed scientific publications, including the British Journal of Pharmacology, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, and the European Journal of Urology and Nephrology. The doctor is also an author of children's books and has published three titles with Heinemann International. He recently published a paperback and ebook on Chronic Kidney Disease: "Reverse Chronic Kidney Disease- How to improve kidney function and avoid dialysis". It is available on Amazon.

In light of this recognition, Dr. Boateng wishes to honor the loving memory of his father, Stephen Oti-Boateng. On a personal note, the doctor has been married to Mrs. Cecilia Boateng for 39 years. They have three children. He also would like to acknowledge the guidance of his mentor, Jinil Yoo, MD, professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and the continual blessings of Almighty God.

Contact: Katherine Green, 516-825-5634, pr@continentalwhoswho.com

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Main Line roundup: Merion Mercy basketball squad places second at the Carolina Invitational

The Merion Mercy Academy basketball squad finished second in its bracket at the Carolina Invitational Tournament in Charlestown, S.C. Dec. 28-30, winning two games out of three contests. The Golden Bears lost to Harpeth Hall (Tenn.), 50-33, in the finals of their bracket Dec. 30, as Julia Richardson led Merion Mercy with 13 points. The Golden Bears won their semifinal game at the Carolina Invitational, 47-32, against Pinewood (S.C.) Dec. 29. Jess Glancey led Merion with 15 points and both Richardson and Mary Kate Gray added nine points. Meri...

The Merion Mercy Academy basketball squad finished second in its bracket at the Carolina Invitational Tournament in Charlestown, S.C. Dec. 28-30, winning two games out of three contests. The Golden Bears lost to Harpeth Hall (Tenn.), 50-33, in the finals of their bracket Dec. 30, as Julia Richardson led Merion Mercy with 13 points. The Golden Bears won their semifinal game at the Carolina Invitational, 47-32, against Pinewood (S.C.) Dec. 29. Jess Glancey led Merion with 15 points and both Richardson and Mary Kate Gray added nine points. Merion Mercy started tournament play at the Carolina Invitational with a 64-29 win against Cheraw (S.C.) Dec. 28. Gray led Merion with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Richardson scored 10 and Glancey nine for the Golden Bears The local roundup is compiled from high school game summaries sent to badams@mainlinemedianews.com. Local high school sports action for the period ending Jan. 2 was as follows:

Girls’ basketball Academy of Notre Dame lost to Ursuline (Del.) Academy, 66-50, Dec. 30 in the Delaware State Classic. Lizzie Halligan led the Irish with 16 points, followed by Annie Greek (15) and Katie Halligan (eight). Two days earlier, the Irish defeated Padua (Del.), 59-24. Ten different players scored for Notre Dame, led by Catie Kelly (12 points) and Katie Halligan (11 points). Agnes Irwin beat Chester, 57-24, Dec. 28 at the George Snear Holiday Tournament. Leading scorers for the Owls were Gabrielle Seibert with 14 points, Grace Getz with 12 points and Amelia Bagnell with eight. One day earlier, the Owls lost to Nazareth Academy, 54-40, in the George Snear Holiday Tournament. Leading scorers for AIS were GG Seibert with 12 points, Simone Harvey with 11 and Mairyn Dwyer with seven.

Boys’ basketball Episcopal Academy defeated Bartram, 75-43, Dec. 27. Tyler Beaulieu led the Churchmen with 21 points, followed by Kevin McCarthy (15) and TJ Lamb (11). Haverford School defeated Abington, 50-31, Dec. 30 at the Hoophall East Tournament Slam Dunk to the Beach. Silas Graham led the Fords with 17 points, followed by Luke Rasmussen (10) and KJ Carlson (10). Three days earlier, the Fords fell to Seaford (Del.), 61-50 at the Hoophall East tourney. Carlson and Manny Butts each scored 14 points for Haverford School. Malvern Prep lost to Cardinal O’Hara, 74-63, Dec. 30. Hayden Pegg led the Friars’ scoring with 19 points, followed by teammates Ryan Williams (15), Andrew Phillips (11) and Ryan Pegg (10). Shipley edged Episcopal Academy, 64-63, Dec. 23. Darrien Grady tallied 26 points for the Gators (including five treys) and Will Lange chipped in with 14 points (including four treys).

Wrestling Haverford School finished 12th out of 30 teams at the Ralph Wetzel Classic Dec. 29 while having only six wrestlers out of a possible 13 weight classes. Jay McDonnell finished third at 129 pounds, Andrew Lyon placed fifth at 154 pounds, Zach Moua finished sixth at 109 pounds and Matt Hoban was seventh at 123 pounds.

Indoor track Radnor had some strong performances at the Robert Burdette Invitational at Lehigh University Dec. 29. Junior Sophia Hill placed second in the girls pole vault. Fellow junior Zoe Margolies finished third in the girls 3000 meter with a personal best time of 11:02.9. The boys 800 meter relay of Lionel Dunlap, Michael Chambers, Ethan Catoe, and Amir Byrd took home the third place medals.

High School Scoreboard - December 29, 2022

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - High School basketball tournaments continue to chug along as 2022 draws to a close.BOYS’ BASKETBALLBlue Ridge (St. George) , VA 57, Perry County Central 54, Ashland Invitational TournamentCollins 62, Lincoln County 47, Ashland Invitational TournamentNewport Central Catholic 98, Williamsburg 82, Bill Perkins Holiday ClassicBishop England (Charleston) SC 56, Lawrence County 36, Carolina InvitationalJohnson Central 47, Greenup County 42, Carolina InvitationalJenkins 62,...

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - High School basketball tournaments continue to chug along as 2022 draws to a close.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Blue Ridge (St. George) , VA 57, Perry County Central 54, Ashland Invitational Tournament

Collins 62, Lincoln County 47, Ashland Invitational Tournament

Newport Central Catholic 98, Williamsburg 82, Bill Perkins Holiday Classic

Bishop England (Charleston) SC 56, Lawrence County 36, Carolina Invitational

Johnson Central 47, Greenup County 42, Carolina Invitational

Jenkins 62, Hurley, VA 45, Cavalier Christmas Classic

Jackson County 74, Claiborne (New Tazewell), TN 65, Chain Rock Classic

Pineville, 66, Gallatin County, 61, Chain Rock Classic

Prestonsburg, 70, Middlesboro, 55, Chain Rock Classic

Frederick Douglass, 62, Harlan, 53, Dan Swartz Classic

Pulaski County, 77, Perry, OH, 56, Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic

South Laurel, 52, Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee), GA, 43, Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic

Mercer County, 83, Knox Central, 28, Ellis Trucking Christmas Classic

Corbin, 65, Newport, 52, Grace Health Cumberland Falls Invitational

Avon, IN, 63, Betsy Layne, 48, Mountain Schoolboy Classic

Huntington, WV, 72, Floyd Central, 71, Mountain Schoolboy Classic

Magoffin County, 58, South Gibson (Medina), TN, 45, Mountain Schoolboy Classic

Pike County Central, 67, Breathitt County, 65, Mountain Schoolboy Classic

South Gibson (Medina), TN, 60, Belfry, 39, Mountain Schoolboy Classic

Shelby Valley, 60, Eastside [Coeburn/St. Paul] (Coeburn), VA, 38, Powell Valley National Bank Holiday Classic

Paintsville, 73, Estill County, 70, Railroad Classic

Trimble County, 55, Leslie County, 51, Ray Zellar Christmas Classic

Great Crossing, 74, Pikeville, 57, Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic

Harlan County, 60, Sardis (Boaz), AL, 26, Smoky Mountain Winter Classic

Evangel Christian, 67, Southwestern, 33, Trojan Hoops Holiday Classic

Clay County, 68, Logan County, 61

Somerset,75, Somerset Christian School, 61

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

North Laurel, 84, Chattooga (Summerville), GA, 39, ASA Christmas Clash

Bishop Brossart, 59, Perry County Central, 51, Berea Holiday Classic

Clay County, 49, Paul Laurence Dunbar, 38, Berea Holiday Classic

Floyd Central, 65, Harlan, 54, Berea Holiday Classic

Jackson County, 56, Berea, 36, Berea Holiday Classic

Madison Central, 65, Corbin, 56, Berea Holiday Classic

Lynn Camp, 50, Grace Christian Academy (Franklin), TN, 42, Bill Perkins Holiday Classic

Williamsburg, 69, Jellico, TN, 44, Bill Perkins Holiday Classic

Johnson Central, 43, Stall (Charleston), SC, 26, Carolina Invitational

Lawrence County, 62, Hilton Head Christian Academy (Hilton Head Island), SC, 34, Carolina Invitational

Harlan County, 51, Pineville, 46, Chain Rock Classic

John Hardin, 55, Middlesboro, 28, Chain Rock Classic

Estill County, 54, Fleming County, 40 City Between the Lakes Christmas Classic

Paintsville, 45, Ridgeview (Clintwood), VA, 43, City Between the Lakes Christmas Classic

Martin County 60, Hopkins County Central, 56, Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic

Montgomery County, 60, Pulaski County, 45, Daytona Beach Sunshine Classic

Dickson County (Dickson), TN, 69, Leslie County, 55, Hilton Sandestin Beach Blowout

Elliott County, 56, Shelby Valley, 44, Ryan Keeton ExP Realty Ohio River Classic

Huntington St. Joseph Prep (Huntington), WV, 53, East Carter, 49, Ryan Keeton ExP Realty Ohio River Classic

Raceland, 66, Magoffin County, 49 , Ryan Keeton ExP Realty Ohio River Classic

Bell County, 68, Sardis (Boaz), AL, 35, Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic

Owsley County, 69, Burton (Norton), VA, 46, Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic

Southwestern, 51, Soddy Daisy, TN, 33, Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic

Knott County Central, 56, Powell County, 46

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College of Charleston cracks AP Top 25 poll for first time in 20 years

The College of Charleston is ranked in The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll for the first time in two decades.The Cougars, 14-1 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association, have one of the nation’s longest win streaks at 13 games, and are ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25 poll that was released on Jan. 2.Charleston was No. 26 in last week’s poll, just 10 points behind No. 25 North Carolina and 24 points back from No. 24 West Virginia.North Carolina lost to Pittsburgh, 76-74, on Dec. 30, while Kansas ...

The College of Charleston is ranked in The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll for the first time in two decades.

The Cougars, 14-1 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association, have one of the nation’s longest win streaks at 13 games, and are ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25 poll that was released on Jan. 2.

Charleston was No. 26 in last week’s poll, just 10 points behind No. 25 North Carolina and 24 points back from No. 24 West Virginia.

North Carolina lost to Pittsburgh, 76-74, on Dec. 30, while Kansas State defeated West Virginia, 82-76, on New Year’s Eve to open the door for the Cougars.

Meanwhile, the Cougars trounced Hampton, 89-61, on Dec. 29 and defeated defending CAA champs and preseason favorite Towson, 76-74, in overtime on Dec. 31.

It’s been 20 years since the Cougars made an appearance in the AP’s Top 25, the last time coming in early December 2002 after Charleston captured the Great Alaska Shootout for a 6-0 start.

The Cougars received 116 points from the 61 AP voters, six more than last week.

Charleston’s 14-1 start is the best since joining Division I in 1991. The Cougars have won 13 straight contests, good for the nation’s third best winning percentage (93.3).

The Cougars sit at No. 49 in the NCAA NET rankings and No. 90 in the KenPom rankings. The Cougars lead the CAA in scoring offense (80.4 ppg), offensive rebounds per game (13.40 rpg) and 3-point field goals made (10.13 pg).

Charleston is the first CAA team in the AP Top 25 since Navy was ranked No. 18 in January 1987. George Mason cracked the coaches top 25 poll in the 2005-06 season.

Rankings and winning streaks have been subjects that head coach Pat Kelsey and the players have been reluctant to address during their win streak.

“I’ve avoided talking about polls, like crazy,” Kelsey said after the overtime victory over Towson. “In my heart, do I feel like we are deserving, yeah. I do. Obviously, it would be a really good thing for recruiting. A really good thing for our city. A really good thing for the university and good for what we’re trying to build.

“Those things are out of my control. I think we’ve done everything we can to put ourselves in the best position to do that.”

The Cougars will travel to Greensboro, N.C. to face North Carolina A&T on Jan. 4, before returning to TD Arena on Jan. 7 to take on Delaware beginning at 5 p.m.

AP men’s Top 25

1. Purdue

2. Houston

3. Kansas

4. Connecticut

5. Arizona

6. Texas

7. Alabama

8. Tennessee

9. Gonzaga

10. UCLA

11. Virginia

12. Miami

13. Arkansas

14. Wisconsin

15. Indiana

16. Duke

17. TCU

18. Xavier

19. Baylor

20. Missouri

21. New Mexico

22. Auburn

23. College of Charleston

24. Ohio State

25. Iowa State

Others receiving votes

LSU 83, San Diego State 72, Mississippi State 62, Kentucky 53, Kansas State 41, Illinois 21, Marquette 20, Providence 14, Virginia Tech 7, Memphis 6, West Virginia 5, Michigan State 5, Florida Atlantic 3, Creighton 1

David Cloninger’s AP men’s Top 25

1. Purdue

2. Houston

3. Arizona

4. Connecticut

5. Kansas

6. Texas

7. Gonzaga

8. Alabama

9. Tennessee

10. Miami

11. Virginia

12. UCLA

13. Indiana

14. Xavier

15. Wisconsin

16. Baylor

17. Arkansas

18. Missouri

19. Duke

20. New Mexico

21. TCU

22. College of Charleston

23. Kansas State

24. Auburn

25. LSU

Editorial: Let’s be smart about making King Street safer for pedestrians and cyclists

We welcomed the S.C. Department of Transportation’s safety audits to examine the state’s 10 most dangerous streets for pedestrians, half of which are in Charleston County, including King, Meeting, St. Philip and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston. Now that those audits are completed and their recommendations released, the city and state must work with residents, property owners...

We welcomed the S.C. Department of Transportation’s safety audits to examine the state’s 10 most dangerous streets for pedestrians, half of which are in Charleston County, including King, Meeting, St. Philip and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston. Now that those audits are completed and their recommendations released, the city and state must work with residents, property owners and elected officials to reengage the public and ensure the best possible solutions are put in place.

It’s important for everyone to realize this is new territory. For years, the department has had a well-deserved reputation for treating pedestrians and bicyclists as an afterthought, and while we are pleased to see that change, we recognize that making specific improvements to our roads is a complex task about which those involved have many competing views. Not only should we be trying to make our streets safer, but we also must ensure all views are heard and weighed so as many people as possible understand the tradeoffs involved.

A prime example of this is unfolding along the most historic commercial stretch of King Street, between Calhoun and Broad. There, the department’s concept plan would keep the on-street parking but reduce the number of southbound lanes from two to one and add a bike lane between that lane and the eastern sidewalk. The change likely would reduce sideswipes along the narrow, one-way street, where speeds are slow. It’s a very different challenge from fixing Ashley Phosphate Road, another of the state’s 10 most dangerous roads but the one where high speeds have contributed to pedestrian deaths.

The idea of converting a traffic lane to a bike lane has, not surprisingly, met with a mixed reaction. The nonprofit Charleston Moves has praised the proposed changes, which also would include bike-friendly drainage grates (where the slits are perpendicular to traffic, not parallel so as to snag a bike wheel), a resurfaced road and plenty of room for cyclists and pedestrians at intersections.

But others, including some business owners, have reservations about a new bike lane on King. City Councilman Mike Seekings, normally a vocal advocate for cyclists, met with them and thinks there may be a better way. He argues that taking one lane of traffic off King could cause traffic backups north of George all the way to Calhoun Street, as it can be difficult for motorists to turn from King to George because so many pedestrians cross George there. He also favors a change that would add left-turn arrows on Calhoun for motorists looking to turn onto King, and he believes a larger, two-way bike lane on nearby St. Philip Street might be better than a one-way, southbound bike lane on King.

These concerns and suggestions merit consideration as the city tries to address both safety and business needs. Other ideas worth discussing include the removal of on-street parking from King altogether, so a larger, two-way bike lane could be added without removing a lane of traffic. Widening the sidewalk along the eastern side (while reducing the street to one lane and keeping its on-street parking) could help because the current narrow sidewalk often means pedestrians must step into the street to pass strollers and window shoppers. And it’s unclear whether the proposed bike lane on King would be buffered with some sort of physical structure separating bikes from cars.

There clearly are many potential solutions, and 100% buy-in will be impossible. That’s why it makes sense for the city to survey King Street merchants, property owners and others to get a sense of what changes they generally support, while Charleston Moves has launched a petition for those in support of a buffered bike lane on King.

It also would be helpful to have a public presentation to explain the changes, answer questions about the possible tradeoffs and ensure that as many voices are heard as possible before City Council and the state consider a memorandum of agreement outlining what changes will be made to the four streets. Improvements also are earmarked for Meeting, Calhoun and St. Philip, though those have not stirred up the same behind-the-scenes drama, at least not yet. But reworking Meeting and Calhoun is a particular challenge, since these newly remade streets will handle not only cars, trucks, cyclists and pedestrians but also a new bus rapid transit line being planned there.

Whatever else the city and state decide to do to gather more feedback, it’s important to place some sort of agreement before council members sooner rather than later. As we’ve said, the state’s willingness to engage to make these streets safer for those on foot or on a bike has been a significant and encouraging step, and our city leaders must do what they can to ensure there’s as much buy-in as possible. And no, 100% buy-in will not be possible.

The perils of walking across downtown Charleston’s busiest streets are well-known, and changes are overdue. The S.C. Transportation Department’s timetable, which shows construction starting in the winter and lasting 10 months, already seems at risk of slipping a bit. It’s time to get this right and get this done.

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