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Softwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis in Charleston, SC

When you get up in the morning and go to the bathroom to brush your teeth, do you notice a stabbing, sharp pain near your heel? Does the pain go away once you have a chance to walk around? If so, you could have plantar fasciitis. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, this painful condition is quite common. About two million people suffer from plantar fasciitis every year, and almost 10% of all people will experience the condition at least once in their life.

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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

This common foot issue happens when the plantar fascia - a fan-shaped tissue near your heel - gets inflamed. The plantar fascia is a thick strip of connective tissue that links your toes to your heel bone, helping to preserve the arch of your foot. When this band is strained, it causes intensely sharp pain, usually in the morning when you wake up and plant your feet on the floor.

Most folks ignore plantar fasciitis because the pain eventually goes away throughout the day. However, if left untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to weakness and chronic pain, which may affect daily walking.

Some causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Playing Sports
  • Standing or Working on Feet for Long Periods of Time
  • Working or Exercising on Hard Floor Surfaces
  • Exercising Without Stretching
  • Wearing Shoes with Minimal Foot Support
  • Long Periods of Standing or Walking Barefoot

Do Traditional Treatment Options Work?

The short answer to this question is not really. Patients with plantar fasciitis will ice the affected area with little-to-no relief since they spend so much time on their feet. It's hard to rest an achy heel if you've got a job that requires you to be on your feet. Anti-inflammatory meds like Advil don't work all that well, either. They may provide temporary pain relief, but in terms of a long-term solution, taking these drugs will cause major side effects.

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The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis in Charleston, SC

When more conservative treatment options like ice and over-the-counter meds don't work, most doctors turn to ultra-expensive orthotics, steroid injections, or invasive surgery. For the average person, those options fail on all fronts, as they carry risks for side effects and may even cause the issue to worsen.

Instead of going under the knife or changing their daily routines, many people suffering from plantar fasciitis are turning to Softwave therapy for relief.

During a shockwave therapy session, our expert providers use a special probe to deliver pressure waves to inflamed tissue. These waves trigger natural healing processes causing new blood vessels to form. In turn, oxygen is supplied to the affected area, reducing inflammation and causing healthy cells to regenerate. Shockwave therapy also produces collagen, which is crucial for connective tissue health.

With just a few visits, many patients find long-term relief from plantar fasciitis without relying on strange drugs or harmful surgeries.

Softwave Therapy for Knee Pain in Charleston, SC

Living with knee pain is just miserable. From knee tendonitis to osteoarthritis, knee pain can prevent you from enjoying activities and affect your day-to-day life. Your knee is a joint comprised of cartilage, bone, ligaments, and fluids. Tendons and muscles within the knee help the joint move. When one of these crucial knee structures is hurt or compromised, it results in knee pain and long-lasting knee problems. This, in turn, leads to difficulty walking at best and debilitating knee issues at worse.

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What Causes Knee Pain?

If you're an active person or somebody who plays sports often, you're probably all too familiar with knee pain - especially common conditions like patellar tendinopathy. Also called "jumpers knee," this issue happens at the patellar tendon, which is found on the front of the knee just under the knee cap. When living with this condition, most patients experience pain around the kneecap or lower down on the leg around the tibia.

In addition to injuries and issues like jumper's knee, everyday wear and tear will cause knee pain over time. With time, this knee pain can develop into arthritis. If your knees are swollen, painful, or stiff, you may have arthritis in your knees. Regardless of the kind of knee pain you're experiencing, treatment options have been limited to agonizing surgeries and addicting pain medications. But that all changes with shockwave therapy for knee pain in Charleston, SC.

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The Benefits of Softwave Therapy for Knee Pain

Though no two knee pain problems are exactly the same, shockwave therapy has been shown to be highly effective for knee pain. In fact, many patients at Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine find relief after just one session. Many times, sessions can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. So if you want to find relief for knee pain on your lunch break, that's definitely possible.

As is the case with plantar fasciitis, Softwave therapy works by sending sound wave and low-energy impulses to the affected area of your knee. These pulses stimulate your body's healing factors, which can help regenerate and repair damaged tendons and tissues. Softwave therapy for knee pain is especially promising for people who have tried other treatments - like surgery and pain meds - with disappointing results.

Benefits include:

  • No Surgery
  • No Medications
  • Pain-Free Treatment
  • Long-Term Relief
  • Enhanced Range of Knee Motion
  • No Risks of Addiction
  • Short Treatment Sessions
  • Quick Relief

Does Shockwave Therapy for Knee Pain Really Work?

Several studies and reviews prove that Softwave therapy can be very beneficial for people suffering from knee pain problems like jumper's knee. A study involving 66 patients with knee pain found that they enjoyed a significant improvement in their reported pain levels with Softwave therapy. In fact, knee pain was reduced by nearly 50% after a single month. When combined with other regenerative and physical therapy treatments at Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine, your days of living with knee pain are numbered.

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Softwave Therapy for Shoulder Pain in Charleston, SC

Here's a fact for you to consider: Every joint that you have in your body plays a part in your day-to-day life. But when we think of joint issues, we typically jump to knee issues. However, your knees aren't the only joints in your body to go through wear and tear. Your shoulders experience just as much, if not more, wear and tear than your knees. We put a strain on our shoulders just about every time we use or move our arms. Our shoulders play a pivotal part in living a normal life. When they begin to deteriorate over time due to age or overuse, it creates a litany of painful problems.

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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

There are many causes of shoulder pain, like deterioration, inflammation, and trauma. Of the many painful shoulder conditions affecting Americans yearly, rotator cuff tendonitis and arthritis are very common. Also called calcific tendinitis, rotator cuff pain is caused by built-up calcium deposits on the shoulder's tendons, which connect your rotator cuff to nearby muscles and bones. This painful condition is usually linked to sports, like basketball and volleyball, or in professions requiring repetitive movements, like in the plumbing industry.

Some common symptoms of shoulder pain and rotator cuff tendinitis include:

  • Swelling
  • Weakness of the Arm
  • Limited Range of Motion
  • Shoulder Stiffness or Tenderness
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Dull, Achy Pain

Though strengthening exercises and some medications provide temporary relief for shoulder pain, they're not meant as long-term solutions. Luckily, Softwave therapy for rotator cuff pain in Charleston, SC, can help.

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How Does Shockwave Therapy Heal Shoulder Pain?

Shockwave therapy has been shown to work wonders for shoulder pain. Low-intensity shockwaves break up calcium deposits and jumpstart your body's healing processes, stimulating blood flow and healthy cell growth. Shockwave treatment is especially effective for long-term shoulder pain since it releases stem cells, sends growth factors to the affected area, and boosts capillary production. Shockwave therapy has also been shown to break down scar tissue and eliminate trigger points, all of which decrease shoulder pain. This relief is most often long-lasting, unlike other treatments like medications and injections.

Does Softwave Therapy for Shoulder Pain Really Work?

Many studies support the efficacy of Softwave therapy for shoulder conditions like rotator cuff pain and calcific tendonitis of the shoulder. In a study of 84 patients living with long-term rotator cuff tendonitis, participants in the treatment group saw a significant decrease in the intensity of their shoulder pain. Another study related to shockwave therapy for calcific tendonitis found that 86.6% of patients experienced fewer calcifications.

If you're having to live with rotator cuff pain or another type of shoulder issue, choosing Softwave therapy may be your best course of action.

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Live a Pain-Free Life with Softwave Therapy from Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine

Whether you're sick of living with intense heel pain from plantar fasciitis, the mobility issues associated with knee pain, or the day-to-day struggles of rotator cuff degeneration, you'll find hope at Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine. Unlike some medical clinics, our team of doctors and specialists focus on an integrative, multidisciplinary approach to healing. Instead of relying on addictive medications and invasive surgeries, we prefer to address the underlying causes that our patients face.

We combine several all-natural pain relief therapies so that your shoulder pain, knee pain, joint pain, and foot pain go away for good. We resolve pain by using healing treatments that restore function and improve mobility for the long term. Our state-of-the-art regenerative medicine treatments, used hand-in-hand with proven chiropractic techniques, will stimulate your body's healing power from within. If your pain is related to muscles, nerves, and bones, our doctors can help you overcome discomfort, injury, or medical conditions affecting these systems.

If you've been unable to resolve your pain or have become dependent on painkillers to cope, Softwave therapy may be the natural solution you need. It all starts with a quick call to our office, so we can begin to understand your needs. When you come for your first visit, our doctors will find the personalized treatment you need so that you can manage your pain in a non-invasive and drug-free environment manner.

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Gerry Turner Believes ‘Fate Played a Hand’ in His Decision to Move to Charleston with Theresa Nist (Exclusive)

From The Bachelor Mansion to a sprawling Southern dream home!After getting engaged on Thursday’s ...

From The Bachelor Mansion to a sprawling Southern dream home!

After getting engaged on Thursday’s Golden Bachelor finale, Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist tell PEOPLE they plan to start their lives together in Charleston, South Carolina.

“One of the things that I think fate played a hand in is the possibility of where we might wind up living,” Gerry says. “For the last couple of years, when my family gets together, I've talked about moving to South Carolina, and it's an idea I've toyed with. And then in conversation with Theresa, a private moment, she's saying, ‘Well, yeah, my son lives near Charleston in South Carolina.’”

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Gerry currently lives in Indiana and Theresa hails from New Jersey, but that conversation made it easy for the couple to decide where they should reside.

“And all of a sudden it's like, there's a big problem that is gone,” Gerry says. “The issue of compromising on where to live and how to reconcile families and all of that is, it's no longer an issue.”

The reality stars hope their families will visit often. “We want to have a house that's so inviting that everyone would want to come,” Theresa, 70, says. “Maybe a pool so they all want to come and have fun.”

Lucky for Gerry and Theresa, their kids have already bonded.

“Our daughters, they're like sisters now,” the father of two says.

Theresa agrees. “My daughter says, ‘Thank you for giving me two more sisters,’” the financial services professional says. “She has a sister-in-law already but now, two more sisters.”

After his hometown date with Theresa’s family, Gerry saw her family as his own.

“I looked at Jen and it was like, ‘This could be my own daughter,’” Gerry says of his fiancée’s daughter. “ I literally was having those thoughts because she was so kind and she was so sensitive to the situation, to her mom and to me. The whole dynamic just worked.”

Theresa and Gerry plan to bring their families together to celebrate Hanukkah this month. “We'll have a holiday dinner together with everyone,” Gerry says.

As they’ve continued getting to know each other over phone calls and text messages these last few months, Gerry and Theresa learned they share similar views on one very important — albeit unromantic — facet of combining their lives.

“Financially, we're the same,” Gerry says. “The way we handle money is the same.”

Theresa clarifies that that means the pair consider themselves “somewhat frugal.”

While Gerry and Theresa look forward to moving in together, they don’t have an exact plan for when that will happen.

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“We've had conversations and we've narrowed it down to a time window, but that's always in flux,” the retired restaurateur says. “We have two homes to sell. We have other events that we're going to have to deal with and so forth.”

One major event: their live, televised wedding that will air on ABC in January.

“​​When you're in your 20s and you put something off for a year, it's a very small percentage of your life,” Gerry says. “In your 70s, the clock ticks faster. And I'm 100% certain I found the right girl for me. So it's like, why not?”

Gerry can’t wait for his future to unfold, but Theresa keeps him grounded.

“Fortunately, Theresa is the more patient, I think, of the two of us,” he says. “Me, I'm like, ‘Come on, let's go, it's time to go have fun. Life's a wasting. Let's go.’”

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The Golden Wedding will air Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Storm drenches Florida and causes floods in South Carolina as it moves up East Coast

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — An intense late-year storm barreled up the East Coast on Sunday with heavy rains and strong winds that shattered rainfall records, forced water rescues from flooded streets and washed out holiday celebrations.Authorities rescued dozens of motorists stranded by floodwaters in South Carolina’s waterfront community of Georgetown, Georgetown County spokesperson Jackie Broach said. Mo...

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — An intense late-year storm barreled up the East Coast on Sunday with heavy rains and strong winds that shattered rainfall records, forced water rescues from flooded streets and washed out holiday celebrations.

Authorities rescued dozens of motorists stranded by floodwaters in South Carolina’s waterfront community of Georgetown, Georgetown County spokesperson Jackie Broach said. More than 9 inches (22.9 centimeters) of rain fell in the area situated between Charleston and Myrtle Beach since late Saturday.

“It’s not just the areas that we normally see flooding, that are flood-prone,” Broach said. “It’s areas that we’re not really expecting to have flooding issues...It’s like a tropical storm, it just happens to be in December.”

The tide in Charleston Harbor hit its fourth highest level on record and was “well above the highest tide for a non-tropical system,” according to the National Weather Service.

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Rising sea levels driven by human-caused climate change mean even relatively weak weather systems can now produce storm surges previously associated with hurricanes, said Meteorologist Jeff Masters, co-founder of the Weather Underground. In South Carolina that’s worsened by natural subsidence along the coast.

By 2050, Charleston is expected to see another 14 inches (35.6 centimeters) of sea level rise, Masters said.

“In Charleston, this is the sixth time this year already that they’ve had a major coastal flood. Most of those would not have been major flooding 100 years ago, because the sea level has risen that much,” he said.

The storm was forecast to gain strength as it tracked along the Georgia and Carolina coasts, producing heavy rain and gusty winds before sweeping into New England by Monday morning, the weather service said. Wind gusts of 35 mph to 45 mph (56 kph to 72 kph) could bring down trees, especially on saturated ground.

There were numerous road closures in Charleston and across South Carolina’s Lowcountry, while stranded cars littered streets.

There were no reports of injuries or deaths in Georgetown County, Broach said. Gusty winds were strong enough to topple some signs and trees. Outdoor holiday decorations were tossed about, she said.

Water rescues also took place on Kiawah and Seabrook islands, according to media outlets.

Charleston International Airport had more than 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain in 24 hours — almost five times the prior record set in 1975, according to the National Weather Service.

Farther up the coast, minor to moderate coastal flooding was expected Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina.

There were more than 31,000 power outages in South Carolina, according to, along with over 14,000 in North Carolina and more than 11,000 in Florida.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul warned of a possible 2 to 4 inches (5.1 to 10.2 centimeters) of rain, powerful winds and potential flooding in parts of the state. Flood watches were in effect in many locations in New York City, and high wind warnings were activated around the city and Long Island.

“We will get through this storm, but preparation is the key,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said. City officials told residents to expect several hours of rain and possible delays during Monday morning’s commute.

Colder air behind the storm will trigger lake-effect snow across the Great Lakes toward the Appalachians and upstate New York into Tuesday, the weather service said.

The storm dumped up to 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) of rain across Florida, inundating streets and forcing the cancellation of boat parades and other holiday celebrations.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings and minor flooding advisories for a wide swath of the state, from the southwest Gulf Coast to Jacksonville. Major airports remained open, however, at the start of the busy holiday travel season.

“Today is not the day to go swimming or boating!” Sheriff Carmine Marceno of Lee County, on Florida’s southwestern coast, said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Coastal advisories were issued for much of Florida as strong winds churned waters in the Gulf and along the north Atlantic coast.

The storm could be good news for residents in southwest Florida who have been facing water restrictions and drought conditions heading into what normally is the region’s dry season.

The weather service also warned of 2 to 4 inches (5.1 to 10.2 centimeters) of rain in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, with the heaviest expected late Sunday night, and possible urban and small stream flooding and at least minor flooding to some rivers through Monday.

Forecasters also warned of strong winds in coastal areas, gale-force winds offshore, and moderate coastal flooding along Delaware Bay and widespread minor coastal flooding elsewhere.

The weather service said there is a slight risk of excessive rainfall over parts of New England through Monday morning, with the potential for flash flooding. Northern New England is expected to get the heaviest rain Monday through Tuesday morning.

Our best bites and sips of 2023

It’s hard not to have a good meal out in Charleston. From indulgent fine dining restaurants to delightful little coffee shops, the city spoils its residents with good food and drinks. We polled our staffers and writers for their best bites and sips of the year. Here’s what stood out:Shrimp ceviche at Pink CactusThe shrimp ceviche on crispy tostadas at Pink Cactus is so good! Every bite is perfect and has a spicy kick to it.Bexley surfboard at Bexley Fish & Raw BarBexley in Summe...

It’s hard not to have a good meal out in Charleston. From indulgent fine dining restaurants to delightful little coffee shops, the city spoils its residents with good food and drinks. We polled our staffers and writers for their best bites and sips of the year. Here’s what stood out:

Shrimp ceviche at Pink CactusThe shrimp ceviche on crispy tostadas at Pink Cactus is so good! Every bite is perfect and has a spicy kick to it.

Bexley surfboard at Bexley Fish & Raw BarBexley in Summerville has a Bexley surfboard, which is a great choice for the price. It’s loaded with great little snacks. I love sitting at the bar, and the service, food and team there is superb.

Double cheeseburger from Tully’sTully’s operates from the window on the side of the Music Farm, normally on the weekend, which is the perfect time for a late-night burger. A messy smash burger, hot fries and a cold beer is the perfect meal to end a work day or to start weekend shenanigans. Its location is the perfect spot for people watching, too: You’ll see hundreds of people enjoying the Charleston nightlife at nearby Music Farm, Share House across the street, Dudley’s up the road and even just the crowds of (intoxicated) humans strolling up and down King Street.

Cold brew from SightseeIf Sightsee isn’t in your coffee shop rotation yet, you’re missing out. The cold brew at the little house on Line Street is cold (of course) with chocolatey notes and a natural sweetness for a balanced brew. It’s the perfect cup to either enjoy slowly while reading a book out on their patio or to chug right before getting to work to start your day.

Chocolate chip cookie from Welton’s Tiny BakeshopThere’s just something about a delicious chocolate cookie that fills you with childhood wonder, and the cookie from Welton’s never fails to do the job. Maybe it’s the soft, crumbly texture of the cookie, the richness of the chocolate or that hint of salt contrasted with the sugar. Who knew something as simple as a chocolate chip cookie can have so much complexity?

White chocolate mousse from Sorghum and SaltSorghum and Salt has been the go-to spot in my family for birthdays, anniversaries and other big celebrations because of its incredible options for both plant-based eaters (like my sisters and I) and more traditional foodies (my parents). The vegan chef’s tasting menu is hands-down the best vegan meal in Charleston. Each dish showcases the diversity of texture, color and flavor that plants can offer. And as my fellow vegans know all too well, “would you like to see a dessert menu?” is a question I’ve learned to automatically say no to. But at Sorghum and Salt, a most divine dairy-free option exists — and it’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted. Lemony, white chocolate mousse melts in your mouth, contrasted with salty popcorn powder and pistachios. Plant-based or not, this celebratory dessert is an absolute must try.

Pussy Galore from Faculty Lounge There’s a certain sexy speakeasy atmosphere at the low-key, Huger Street bar, Faculty Lounge. Outside its red door, you must ring the bell before you’re allowed to enter. You’ll find a menu of carefully crafted cocktails with just as carefully crafted names, and my favorite sip of 2023 is no exception. The “Pussy Galore” combines your choice of liquor (tequila for me, please) with spicy chili pepper-infused celery juice. The drink is served in a coupe glass with three seductive and salty olives. I highly recommend you sip on one with a lover in the bar’s dim and romantic light.

Prophet Coffee’s coconut cold brewBefore opening its brick-and-mortar shop on Spruill Avenue this fall, Prophet Coffee was serving up hot and cold coffee beverages from its sprinter van’s window in the parking lot next to Nippitaty Distillery. On a hot spring day, I sipped my first coconut cold brew from the spot and knew we were in for a long love affair. Just sweet enough, the cold brew hits all the right notes of caffeine, cold and creamy.

King BBQ’s moo shu pork (paired with a Shimmy Shimmy Ya)While I’m bound and determined to try everything on King BBQ’s menu, it’s hard to order something other than the moo shu chopped smoked pork when it’s so damn good. As Eater editor Erin Perkins wrote about King BBQ earlier this year: “Restaurateurs Shuai and Corrie Wang have a way of taking a well-worn idea and introducing a fresh touch that, for some reason, no one else is doing, and creating a spark.” Touché. And while King BBQ features plenty of good eats, its cocktail list is also pretty spectacular. Bar manager Amy Kallicragas created a martini she actually wanted to drink and ended up with one I really want to drink, too. Made with vodka, nori brine, dry vermouth and pickled hot pepper, this take on a classic martini is served over crushed ice which hits a refreshing note after all that spice.

Husk Bar’s beignetHusk Bar had me at “savory beignet,” and chef Ray England’s creation is the perfect bite (or two). Made with country ham and creamy cheese, the pocket of delight pairs best with, well, any of the bar’s creative cocktails.

Chicken suya from Bintü AtelierThe chicken suya from Bintü Atelier was probably one of the best things I’ve had all year. There isn’t a single thing on the menu that I don’t try or haven’t had, but the suya really brings in many of the flavors of West Africa in a bite. The crunchy peanuts, the hints of smoke and spice and the tender meat equal perfection.

Smoked curry at Chubby FishMy return to the city was marked by the consistency and deliciousness of this dish. Three years ago, this was without a doubt one of my favorite things to order at Chubby Fish, and after moving back to Charleston from Hawaii this year, I can say that it tastes exactly how I remember: complex, savory, fresh and unlike anything you can find at any other restaurant in Charleston.

Pre- or post-movie cocktails at Bar GeorgeMy partner and I love independent movie theaters, and most weekends you can find us at the Terrace Theater on James Island. Bar George has been our favorite spot to enjoy a drink and recap the film we just watched. Its menu has a great variety of tiki-ish cocktails (something I have greatly missed since moving from Hawaii) at truly reasonable prices for how much of a punch they pack. The Cuttin’ Tais is a great introduction to balanced, boozy tiki cocktails, but try to grab the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Painkiller before it’s rotated off the menu.

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Mount Pleasant awarded over $15 million in funding for safer roads

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant has been awarded over $15 million in federal funding through the USDOT Safe Streets & Roads for All grant program.Officials say $15.78 million will go toward 17 projects to address high-crash areas and promote safety throughout the town.Nonprofit Charleston Moves advocates for better biking and pedestrian access across the greater Charleston area. The organization has played a role in promoting...

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - The town of Mount Pleasant has been awarded over $15 million in federal funding through the USDOT Safe Streets & Roads for All grant program.

Officials say $15.78 million will go toward 17 projects to address high-crash areas and promote safety throughout the town.

Nonprofit Charleston Moves advocates for better biking and pedestrian access across the greater Charleston area. The organization has played a role in promoting this change in pedestrian and road safety.

Executive Director Katie Zimmerman said they are very excited about the changes this funding will make.

“It’s really exciting on a lot of levels. The most exciting of which is how hard the town has worked on this. You know, they’ve been very steadily creating the plans that they needed to create. Doing a lot of public outreach, coming up with the data, coming up with ideas on what needs to be improved and then applying for these federal dollars. So, the fact that the town has been so consistently engaged around following the process and getting where they need to be is great,” Zimmerman said.

She said that pedestrian safety is currently a major problem in the Lowcountry.

“We have a statewide crisis on our hands as far as pedestrian safety, and that absolutely. Charleston County is leading the state in fatalities and injuries when it comes to vulnerable road users. And so certainly, all of the municipalities within Charleston County are also unfortunately at the top of the list when it comes to unsafe spaces for pedestrians,” Zimmerman said.

Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie agrees that pedestrian safety is a major issue.

“The Lowcountry has consistently for years been one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians,” Haynie said. “We don’t want any deaths. We really don’t want any serious accidents. And that enabled us to in that safety action plan allowed our staff to apply for these grants with the Federal Department of Transportation.”

For this plan to work, though, Haynie said people must drive more carefully.

“None of that works well if people don’t drive with a lot of caution and a lot of care, so make that a New Year’s resolution in Mount Pleasant, please. To drive cautiously. Don’t force that left turn after the light has turned red. That is the biggest cause of accidents and traffic tie-ups in Mount Pleasant. So, let’s start 2024 off on a good note,” Haynie said.

They only have five years to use the funding, so Haynie emphasized that it is all about improving the roads that already exist.

“This is not about building new roads or planning new roads, this is about better managing and making safer the roads that we already have,” he said.

There are 17 projects that the Safe Streets & Roads for All grant will cover, specifically targeting bike and pedestrian movements. Five of these projects are a part of the Mount Pleasant Way Plan and will provide approximately eight miles of new paths for pedestrians. These projects are as follows:

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‘Bands on Bike Taxis Getting Beers’ episode 3 stars Emily Curtis and her all-women band

A new video interview project launched in October, presented by The Post and Courier’s features editor, Kalyn Oyer, and digital producer Isabel Adams, is back for its third episode.In our December edition, Emily Curtis, Kelly Sanchez and Xan DuBose are interviewed.Charleston Scene“Bands on Bike Taxis Getting Beers,” based on the format of Jerry Sei...

A new video interview project launched in October, presented by The Post and Courier’s features editor, Kalyn Oyer, and digital producer Isabel Adams, is back for its third episode.

In our December edition, Emily Curtis, Kelly Sanchez and Xan DuBose are interviewed.

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“Bands on Bike Taxis Getting Beers,” based on the format of Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” highlights Charleston bands.

One member of a local band is asked a lightning round of questions on a bike taxi ride through the city. The destination: a local bar, where other members of the band will meet up to complete the interview over a round of beers.

For the third installation, Oyer and Curtis go on a bike taxi ride, during which Curtis is asked a bevy of questions, including her favorite guitar, gig she’s ever played and game. She recounts singing with some other local stars, like Darius Rucker and Charlton Singleton. And she talks about what it’s like being a full-time musician in Charleston.

At the Star’s rooftop, recently renovated and dubbed Satellite Bar, Sanchez and DuBose meet up for the second part of the interview, in which they talk about coming together for the Riverfront Revival Festival this year as an all-women band. While they backed up Curtis this go-around, they explain how they plan to alternate, with each leading lady taking on a frontwoman position as they pass the microphone.

The full videos for the “Bands on Bike Taxis Getting Beers” series are posted to The Post and Courier’s YouTube channel and its streaming app PC+, while a shorter edit is used for TikTok and Instagram. Both are available for viewing now.

The bike taxi ride, which started off at the former Post and Courier office on Columbus Street, was provided by Charleston Bike Taxis. For more information on Charleston Bike Taxis, visit To learn more about Satellite Bar, head to

Another year of arts and entertainment stories down. To celebrate, we’re looking back on some of our favorites.

In order of when they were published this year, Features Editor Kalyn Oyer (me) has a roundup of 30 arts and entertainment stories that were highlights of 2023, which together help define what this year in the Charleston arts scene looked like.

Jan. 8

The story of David Drake, an enslaved potter

As covered in The New York Times, our own arts critic Maura Hogan dove into the history of enslaved potter David Drake, whose stoneware vessels are on display at the Charleston Museum.

Jan. 15

Charleston Library Society celebrates 275th anniversary, launching new chapter while preserving past

We published a series of articles in honor of the Charleston Library Society’s 275th anniversary. It is, after all, the oldest cultural organization in the South and the second-oldest continuous circulating library in the country.

Jan. 19

Band of Horses drummer turning tour art into woodwork sculptures for first solo exhibit

The drummer for Band of Horses makes music for fans across the globe, but what some may not know is that he also makes art right here in Charleston. While on the road for weeks at a time, Creighton Barrett dedicates some free time at venues, on the tour bus and in hotel rooms to creating paper collages of sorts: stacks of colored cardstock sliced with an X-ACTO knife to form fantastical figures, shapes and ideas.

As we head into a new year, let’s look forward to the concerts already on the books that we can enjoy during the first month of 2024.

Here are some of my picks for shows to see to ensure a groovy start.

The Meaning of Life, The Universe & Everything

What: If you’re searching for the meaning of life as you head into the new year, perhaps the name of this show is a sign. “The Meaning of Life, The Universe & Everything” will feature performances by Jordan Igoe, Gam Gam, Old Soul, Indi’Gxld and Stone on New Year’s Day.

When: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1

Where: Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road

Price: TBA

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Charleston Scene

The Commodores

What: This funk and soul group that hails back to the ’70s and ’80s was once led by singer Lionel Richie. “Night Shift,” “Easy” and “Brick House” are a few hits you’ll hear from this band.

When: 8 p.m. Jan. 4

Where: Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Price: $79.50-$99.50

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Celebrity Showdown Hip-Hop Edition

What: Jeno Judges presents this special lineup of hip-hop with Unheard Entertainment. There will be performances by Jeno Judges, Kweena Dess, Y.O.G. Mez, Joi Giovanni, Neno Kasanova, Tiara Tanai, KSwayZ, Natasha, Yng Mattress and Unheard Entertainment.

When: 9 p.m. Jan. 5

Where: The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive

Price: $10

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Zack Mexico & 2 Slices

What: For the day after my birthday, I’ll be here on the deck at the Charleston Pour House to celebrate with a doubleheader from two bands I love. Zack Mexico brings a ferocious psychedelic indie rock energy with double drums, while 2 Slices is dance beat pop, keytar included.


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