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The best countertops make a statement in your home that other features cannot. You've worked hard to incorporate unique designs and flavors throughout your home, so why should your countertops be any different?

At Real Deal Countertops, we aspire to combine the beauty and durability of natural stone with unrivaled, personalized attention to all customers. With the highest quality materials and the most helpful customer service, we give our clients the opportunity to make informed decisions that they feel good about for years. Our story in the countertop fabrication and manufacturing industry began more than 19 years ago, when Rafael Quedevez started out as a sales representative in Massachusetts. Working his way up through the ranks, Rafael soon made his way to South Carolina to open and manage his own companies. In 2013, we created real Deal Countertops. Since that time, we are proud to have served more than 5,000 customers in South Carolina and beyond.

Our leadership team combines more than 40 years of experience in the home remodeling service industry. Always striving to create a better product for our customers, we use the latest in robotics technologies and the sharpest minds in the business to craft countertops of unparalleled quality. Unlike other countertop companies in Knightsville, SC, we only source the finest stone slabs in the world.

At Real Deal Countertops, we offer a wide range of styles and materials to choose from, including:

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Quartzite

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Caesarstone

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Silestone

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Marble

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Sensa

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Pollar White

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Vicostone

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Quartz

We are committed to ensuring that granite, marble, and other unique, exotic stones are attainable to all who desire them. If you're in search of a trustworthy counter company with a team of knowledgeable, helpful experts, you have come to the right place!

Most Popular Countertops in Knightsville, SC

Choosing the best countertops for your kitchen is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a hard one. One of the best ways to narrow down your search is to find out what kind of countertop material you'd like to use. While it's true that material and style trends change over time, there are several counters that have always been top sellers.

Some of the most popular countertops we sell include:

Marble Countertops in Knightsville, SC

There's no way around it - marble adds jaw-dropping beauty to just about any room and is known for its good looks. It is a dense stone that comes in many different hues like greens, browns, pinks, greys, whites, and more. While marble countertops often have otherworldly beauty, they can be susceptible to stains and cracks. Marble is also considered one of the most expensive counters to choose from, though the truth is marble comes in a wide range of qualities and prices.

  • Pros: Stunning beauty, plenty of beautiful choices.
  • Cons: Not always used in kitchens due to chance of staining.
  • Popular Colors: Portinari, Shadow Storm, Super White, Lumen, Calacatta Linconni, Nobulato Honned, Shadow, Grey Imperiale Honed.
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Granite Countertops in Knightsville, SC

When it comes to popularity, granite countertops take the cake. Granite countertops usually contain a blend of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Granite can add an edge of elegance and even a country-chic feel to your kitchen, making it a well-rounded stone. Granite is durable and scratch-resistant, though it can require sealing and DIY chip repair.

  • Pros: Luxurious, rich look featuring natural stone that is durable, heat resistant, and scratch-resistant.
  • Cons: Hard material that may require DIY chip repair and sealing.
  • Popular Colors: Blue Jeans, Creama Pearl, Alure, Galaxy White, Luna Pear, Steel Grey, Ubatuba, Oro Brazil.

Quartz Countertops in Knightsville, SC

Quartz is a manufactured material that represents one of our favorite four-letter words: easy! If you're looking to add a high-end feel to your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent material to consider. Like granite, quartz countertops can add a decadent vibe to any room. Unlike granite, you may not have to seal quartz quite as often (if ever).

  • Pros: Quartz countertops come in plenty of colors to choose from and are easy to clean. They are also strong, scratch-resistant, and don't require sealing.
  • Cons: Quartz is not as heat resistant as other materials like granite counters. Sharp corners tend to crack, but that can be remedied with rounded corners.
  • Popular Colors: Noble Grey, Raw Concrete, Frosty Carrina, Shitake, Pebble, Pietra Grey, Sierra Madre, Arctic.
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Silestone Countertops in Knightsville, SC

A manufactured material made from quartz crystals, Silestone countertops are equal parts gorgeous and practical. Known for being a durable, non-porous choice, Silestone is resistant to stains, scratches, and even some forms of bacteria. Homeowners who choose Silestone do so because they can get a high-end look without having to worry too much about maintenance. Silestone counters look great in many different homes, from contemporary abodes with modern accents to vintage-looking kitchens.

  • Pros: Silestone countertops are non-porous, meaning germs and bacteria can't lodge themselves inside this material. This makes Silestone counters great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. This material also comes in a wide variety of colors and resists scratches and chips. Overall, Silestone is an excellent choice if you want to make a solid long-term investment without much upkeep.
  • Cons: While Silestone is great if you're looking for a low-maintenance counter option, it can be sensitive to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Silestone is also not recommended for outdoor use since the resins used to make the material do not do well with UV light.
  • Popular Colors: Daria, Gray Expo, Lagoon, Calacatta Gold, Arctic, Blanco City, Gris Expo, Desert Silver

Quartzite Countertops in Knightsville, SC

Not to be confused with quartz countertops, which are manmade, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is quarried much in the same way that granite is. If you're a fan of marble counters, quartzite mimics its looks without as much upkeep. Like granite, it is a very durable choice and adds an upscale feeling to almost any room you choose.

  • Pros: Since it doesn't require any special cleaners, quartzite looks great without much maintenance. When it gets dirty, soap and water should be all you need to clean. Quartzite is also a great long-term option since it doesn't wear down quickly at all.
  • Cons: Heat is required to form quartzite. However, you should avoid putting hot pots and pans on your quartzite countertops. Because quartzite comes in many different varieties, some forms of quartzite need to be sealed more often than others.
  • Popular Colors: Maya, Fusion, Locomotion, Callacata, Airy Concrete, Cocada White
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Which Countertop is Right for You?

If you're just beginning your search for new countertops, it can be a little overwhelming trying to whittle down your options. We've got good news - with over 19 years in the industry, our team of experts has learned a thing or two about countertops. When you come to the Real Deal Countertops showroom, one of our goals is to educate you about our products and your countertop options, so you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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How Will You Use Your Countertops in Knightsville?

The first and perhaps most crucial part of your countertop choice should stem from how you and your family use your countertops. For example, if you have kids, your counters will probably see a lot of activity. Between standard eating times and "in-between" meals that teens are known for, your counters might double as food prep stations. As such, you might need a countertop material that is resistant to most food and beverage stains. If you own a rental property that sees a lot of foot traffic from strangers, you might want to consider an economical material that is also durable.

  • Do you cook a lot?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
Once you figure out exactly how you'll be using your countertops, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
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How Much Upkeep Is Too Much?

Be realistic and honest with yourself about this question. Before you fall in love with how a countertop material looks, be sure you understand how much upkeep is needed. Some materials require more care, while others don't need much at all.

Keep these points in mind:
  • Materials like quartz only need to be wiped down occasionally.
  • Materials like granite, marble, and limestone will need to be sealed at least once a year.
  • Some materials may be durable but aren't stain resistant.

The bottom line is this: Assess the maintenance demands that come along with the materials you're looking at. Marble countertops in Knightsville, SC are elegant, but if you'e unwilling to keep them looking their best, why bother buying the material?

You should be aware that most countertop materials will require some form of upkeep, even if it' minimal. To help keep your counters in pristine condition, consider these care and precaution tips:

  • Many common foods contain acids that will dull or even damage the surface of stone countertops.Use coasters to protect your counters, especially if you'e drinking something with citrus juices or alcohol.
  • Do not place scalding hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
  • Use mats or trivets to place under hot dishes.
  • If you spill liquid on your countertops, blot the spill with a paper towel ASAP. Wiping the spill will cause it to spread.
  • Use mild soap and plain water to clean up stains.

Which Colors and Materials Match Your Home's Aesthetics?

For many homeowners, this question is almost always top-of-mind. After all, you want to choose colors and materials that fit well with other features in your home. When selecting your countertop materials, try to choose a tone that contrasts with your other amenities, like your cabinets. Don't go for a perfect match. As an example, black granite is a beautiful contrast to white cabinets.

Consider these questions when choosing your countertop materials:
  • Are there one or two colors that you love more than others?
  • Does your choice go well with the color of your kitchen's walls?
  • Do you want to switch up your kitchen's style or keep it the same?
  • Will you be painting your kitchen a different color in the future?
  • Will you be replacing your appliances soon?
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Real Deal Countertops Pro Tip:

Because your home's accessories and paint job may change with time, your countertops should have a versatile color. That way, you won't have problems matching them with new paint colors or appliances.

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Countertop Remodeling Done Right

At Real Deal Countertops, our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Unlike some countertop companies in Knightsville, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We strive for excellence with every transaction we complete and pledge to faithfully implement innovative techniques to ensure that our products remain affordable. With the help of Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen and bath will be painless and easy.

The appearance of a kitchen or bath depends on the right countertop selection, proper fabrication, and expert installation. Are you interested in granite countertops in Knightsville, SC? Maybe quartzite is a better choice for your family. Whatever you choose, know that our skilled installers and fabricators will make a template so that all custom pieces fit perfectly in your home.

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New Knightsville restaurant shows how Summerville area's dining scene is changing

Surrounded by chain eateries in a Publix-anchored strip mall, La Cuisine Du Chevalier — or La Chev, as most call it — has the buzz of an energetic lunch crowd ready for some midday human interaction.A trio of women attempt to corral four children while dunking grilled bread into large white bowls of bouillabaisse, brimming with mussels, shrimp and white fish, all steeping in saffron broth.Empty black shells are pushed aside at another round mahogany table, where two friends catch up over mussels and glasses of iced ...

Surrounded by chain eateries in a Publix-anchored strip mall, La Cuisine Du Chevalier — or La Chev, as most call it — has the buzz of an energetic lunch crowd ready for some midday human interaction.

A trio of women attempt to corral four children while dunking grilled bread into large white bowls of bouillabaisse, brimming with mussels, shrimp and white fish, all steeping in saffron broth.

Empty black shells are pushed aside at another round mahogany table, where two friends catch up over mussels and glasses of iced tea.

A man sitting solo at a two-top finishes his meal and tells the server he will be back next week.

These are the sights and sounds of a restaurant that’s become a neighborhood lunchtime favorite less than a year after quietly opening in November 2022.

I would have never found La Chev without a tip from a colleague, but I’m glad I came. That satisfaction extends to residents of the Knightsville and Summerville area, who have thanked owner Jason Tucker for bringing his Southern take on French cuisine to them rather than downtown Charleston.

“A lot of people were confused about why I did it here,” said Tucker, a Summerville resident. “I saw the direction of where the homes are going.”

Tucker struck out on his own after cutting his professional teeth at restaurants in Charleston’s French Quarter. Inside the strip center space that previously housed a Ladles sandwich and soup shop, the Johnson & Wales University graduate is teaming up with La Chev’s chef de cuisine, Jonathan DuPriest, who grew up in Knightsville.

Whether it’s crab dip with grilled bread or seared scallops over French onion cheese risotto, DuPriest is consistently coming up with new daily specials that the restaurant posts on its Facebook page, which takes the place of an actual website.

La Chev boasts separate lunch and dinner menus, but there are several crossovers, including the shrimp and grits, crab croquettes and yellowfin tuna — a dish that stood out after two visits to the restaurant.

The lightly-seared tuna, served cold, rests on a steaming hot medley of chopped asparagus, corn, confit tomato and cubed bacon. A speckled cream sauce pulls the vegetables together, adding sweet smokiness to the fresh but mild fish.

“It doesn’t just play with your taste buds, it plays with the temperature sensitivities of your palate, as well,” Tucker said.

With a nice crust and firm pink center, the tuna hits all corners of my mouth, leaving soft, peppery spice behind. Though served as an appetizer, I enjoyed it as my full meal with an order of duck coq au vin dumplings — a fun riff on a French classic — on the side.

During dinner, the white tablecloths are brought out and topped with larger appetizers and mains that allow for some “Lowcountry liberties,” Tucker said.

For instance, crab croquettes are more petite crab cake than filled-and-fried roll, but the flawed descriptor doesn’t take away from each delicate bite. Paired with a light and bright diced cucumber salad, the patties’ crab-to-filler ratio favors the former.

A trio of cheese-adorned meatballs, floating in tomato ragù and served with small wedges of garlic bread, is another appetizer that satisfies without reinventing the wheel.

The same can often be said for the restaurant’s dinner entrees.

Roasted salmon, stuffed with crab and served atop crisp green beans, is one example of an expertly cooked daily special. On the side, Carolina Gold rice is bound with cheese to form a thick patty, bringing substance and salt to the Southern grains.

Steak, which appears to have been marinated and spent some time in the oven, makes up for a lack of crust with a juicy, tender texture — almost reminiscent of the roasted filet of beef my mother serves at Christmas.

Meet the owner of Summerville’s only French-inspired restaurant

Listen to this articleJason Tucker reports that business is booming at the boîte known as La Cuisine du Chevalier, or La Chev, by the locals. The 40-seat restaurant, which translates to “the knight’s kitchen,” garnered rave reviews by online contributors when it opened in November at the former soup restaurant called Ladles in the Shoppes of Summerville.It only recently held a grand opening celebration.Tucker, who has lived in Summerville for the past 16 years, is no stranger to the restaurant bus...

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Jason Tucker reports that business is booming at the boîte known as La Cuisine du Chevalier, or La Chev, by the locals. The 40-seat restaurant, which translates to “the knight’s kitchen,” garnered rave reviews by online contributors when it opened in November at the former soup restaurant called Ladles in the Shoppes of Summerville.

It only recently held a grand opening celebration.

Tucker, who has lived in Summerville for the past 16 years, is no stranger to the restaurant business.

“My background is extremely diverse and it started back when I was 15-years’ old scooping ice cream in Central Pennsylvania,” he said.

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Over the years, Tucker has worked in numerous restaurants, from chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Cracker Barrel and the Hilton, to groups like Charleston Hospitality and more. After bartending his way through college in Virginia, the hard-working transplant accepted a management position from his employer, which took him to Summerville, where he has been ever since.

The father of two boys is also the operating partner at Wine & Tapas in Summerville and was buoyed by the popularity of the business. This inspired him to open a new restaurant, this time with a French flair.

“They call the area the French Quarter, but it lacked a French-themed restaurant, which never made sense to me, especially with the growth we are seeing in this area,” he said.

Tucker said that La Chev was designed to evoke the feeling of walking down the Champs-Élysées.

“It’s a cute café that’s quaint and all about the food and wine,” he said.

It doesn’t hurt that Tucker worked in the wine distribution business and is well-versed on what’s exceptional. He said that his goal is to bring people in by rivaling the quality that a customer would get in downtown Charleston.

“It’s all about the ingredients and there’s a lot of precision and thought that goes into each of our dishes,” he said, adding that chef de cuisine Jonathan DuPriest, who grew up in Knightsville, is Johnson and Wales-trained.

When it comes to dishes, Tucker said that the most popular lunch items that they serve are the French Dip and the shrimp and grits.

“A lot of people judge the quality of the restaurant by their shrimp and grits,” he said.

As for dinner, Tucker offers quite a few specials, ranging from steak dishes, to surf and turf, scallops, crabcakes, and salmon.

“Everyone says that it’s the best salmon served in the Atlantic Coastal area,” Tucker said.

For now, La Chev is taking reservations, except for the bar and outside area, so last-minute plans to dine can be accommodated if guests don’t mind sitting in either area.

Tucker also recently announced that they will be open on Sundays for brunch.

“We’re currently working on the menu which we will implement sometime around the end of July,” he said.

Kurry Seymour was a Ladles customer who was wowed by his first visit.

“This place brings a refreshing vibe to the Knightsville area and I am impressed by the décor, which was converted into a very fine, but very cozy dining experience,” he said.

Reviews like this are music to Tucker’s ears.

“I never thought I’d be in a situation where I’d be running two separate restaurants, but I love the feeling one gets when someone is happy with an experience. Making moments special is the best feeling in the world and having the opportunity to have someone really love what you’re doing, well, it doesn’t get any better than that,” he said, with a smile.

Stefanie Kalina-Metzger is a contributing writer for SC Biz News.

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Ladson           2.3   235 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 W Charleston Airpo   2.2   300 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   2 ESE Knightsville     1.8   200 PM  1/03  Public...Hampton County...   Yemassee               4.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Estill                 2.0   300 PM  1/03  Snow total.   Hampton                2.0   335 PM  1/03  Snow total amount....Jasper County...   2 E Ridgeland          6.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Ridgeland              4.0   342 PM  1/03  Public   3 SSW Jasper           4.0   500 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   Grays                  3.5   350 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   1 NNW Ridgeland        3.5   430 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   2 NE Hardeeville       3.0   405 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   Hardeeville            3.0   222 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   2 W Gillisonville      3.0   345 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   Robertville            2.0   330 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager***********************STORM TOTAL ICE***********************LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                          ICE           OF                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENTGEORGIA...Chatham County...   2 SW Windsor Forest   0.10  1100 AM  1/03  Trained Spotter   Isle Of Hope          0.08  1058 AM  1/03  Social Media   Tybee Island             T   830 AM  1/03  Emergency Manager   Thunderbolt              T   745 AM  1/03  Emergency Manager...Liberty County...   4 ESE Midway          0.25   325 PM  1/03  Public...McIntosh County...   Crescent              0.25  1200 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 W Carnigan             T   430 AM  1/03  Law EnforcementSOUTH CAROLINA...Beaufort County...   2 WSW Beaufort           T   813 AM  1/03  Social Media...Berkeley County...   2 ENE College Park    0.13  1030 AM  1/03  Trained Spotter...Charleston County...   2 NNW Charleston      0.20  1101 AM  1/03  Social Media   1 SW James Island     0.20  1151 AM  1/03  Social Media   4 ENE Mount Pleasant  0.19   132 PM  1/03  Public   1 E Mount Pleasant    0.18   631 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   1 ESE Charleston Air  0.13  1155 AM  1/03  NWS Office   2 W Charleston        0.01   935 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   1 NNE Mount Pleasant  0.01   918 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   2 NNE Mount Pleasant  0.01   855 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   3 S West Ashley       0.01   944 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   1 WSW West Ashley     0.01   840 AM  1/03  NWS Employee   3 NE Seabrook Island     T  1058 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   Seabrook Island          T   757 AM  1/03  Social Media   4 SSE Cainhoy            T   836 AM  1/03  Social Media   1 SSE Daniel Island      T   850 AM  1/03  Broadcast Media   1 ENE James Island       T   740 AM  1/03  Broadcast Media   3 NNW West Ashley        T  1033 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   9 NE Sullivans Islan     T   850 AM  1/03  Social Media   2 SE Charleston Airp     T  1015 AM  1/03  Local Official...Dorchester County...   3 SSW Summerville        T  1045 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement&&
COCORAHS PRECIPITATION SUMMARYNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC215 PM EST THU JAN 04 2018COCORAHS PRECIPITATION REPORTSTHESE REPORTS ARE CONSIDERED SUPPLEMENTAL AND UNOFFICIALVALUES ARE FOR THE PREVIOUS 24 HOURS ENDING AROUND 7 AM LOCAL TIME:COCORAHS PRECIPITATION REPORTS IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA:                                               SNOW   SNOW  WATER:                                        PCPN   FALL  DEPTH  EQUIVSC-DC-33  : SUMMERVILLE 0.4 SE       *   : 1.73 / 6.8 /  6.5 /   MMSC-CR-49  : NWS CHARLESTON SC        *   : 1.14 / 5.3 /  5.0 /   MMSC-CR-97  : CHARLESTON 5.0 WNW       *   : 1.06 / 5.0 /  5.0 /   MMSC-DC-49  : LADSON 4.8 S             *   : 1.05 / 5.7 /  5.7 /   MMSC-CR-88  : CHARLESTON 2.0 S         *   : 1.01 /  MM /  5.0 /   MMSC-CR-112 : MOUNT PLEASANT 7.0 NE    *   : 0.95 / 5.6 /  5.0 /   MMSC-CR-107 : MOUNT PLEASANT 6.2 ENE   *   : 0.94 / 5.3 /  5.3 /   MMSC-CR-120 : MOUNT PLEASANT 4.8 NNE   *   : 0.93 / 4.4 /  4.4 /   MMSC-CR-42  : CHARLESTON 2.8 NE        *   : 0.90 / 4.9 /  4.9 /   MMSC-CR-96  : CHARLESTON 5.2 ESE       *   : 0.87 /  MM /  4.0 /   MMSC-CR-33  : MCCLELLANVILLE 0.5 ESE   *   : 0.81 /  MM /   MM /   MMSC-BF-65  : HILTON HEAD ISLAND 5.0 NN*   : 0.77 /  MM /   MM /   MMSC-CR-99  : MOUNT PLEASANT 1.0 WSW   *   : 0.72 / 5.3 /  5.0 /   MMSC-BF-40  : BEAUFORT 4.3 SSE         *   : 0.70 /  MM /  1.0 /   MMSC-BF-02  : HILTON HEAD ISLAND 4.0 N *   : 0.68 / 1.5 /  1.5 /   MMSC-BK-56  : MONCKS CORNER 0.8 ESE    *   : 0.67 /  MM /   MM /   MMSC-BF-10  : BLUFFTON 6.2 WNW         *   : 0.65 /  MM /   MM /   MMSC-JS-03  : RIDGELAND 5.8 ESE        *   : 0.63 / 4.8 /   MM /   MMSC-CL-14  : GREEN POND 1.3 S         *   : 0.55 / 6.3 /  6.6 /   MMSC-CR-13  : CHARLESTON 4.6 SSE       *   : 0.54 / 3.8 /  4.0 /   MMSC-BK-46  : SUMMERVILLE 5.5 NNW      *   : 0.50 / 6.0 /  6.0 / 0.50SC-DC-53  : SUMMERVILLE 1.7 W        *   : 0.50 / 6.2 /  6.0 /   MMSC-CL-16  : COTTAGEVILLE 5.8 WSW     *   : 0.50 / 4.5 /   MM /   MMSC-CL-17  : COTTAGEVILLE 3.1 NNW     *   : 0.40 / 5.5 /   MM /   MMSC-CR-106 : MOUNT PLEASANT 6.7 NNE   *   : 0.40 / 5.5 /   MM /   MMSC-BF-23  : DAUFUSKIE ISLAND 1.7 SW  *   : 0.33 /  MM /   MM /   MMSC-BF-66  : HILTON HEAD ISLAND 4.1 NE*   : 0.29 /  MM /  1.5 /   MMSC-BF-59  : HILTON HEAD ISLAND 2.8 NN*   : 0.27 / 1.0 /   MM /   MMSC-CR-77  : MOUNT PLEASANT 3.1 E     *   : 0.26 / 3.0 /  3.5 /   MMSC-BF-50  : BLUFFTON 7.0 W           *   : 0.22 /  MM /   MM /   MMSC-BF-64  : SHELDON 3.7 SSW          *   : 0.20 / 4.1 /  4.1 /   MMSC-HM-07  : HAMPTON 0.8 SW           *   : 0.10 /  MM /   MM /   MMSC-AL-02  : ALLENDALE 1.7 SE         *   : 0.05 /  MM /   MM /   MMSC-BK-30  : SUMMERVILLE 9.1 NNE      *   : 0.02 / 6.2 /  6.2 /   MMSC-CR-94  : MOUNT PLEASANT 2.1 S     *   :    T /  MM /  4.5 /   MMSC-BK-43  : SUMMERVILLE 9.6 NNE      *   : 0.00 / 0.0 /  5.5 /   MMSC-BK-38  : MONCKS CORNER 3.6 E      *   : 0.00 / 0.0 /  5.0 /   MMSC-HM-02  : BRUNSON 1.6 SSW          *   : 0.00 / 0.0 /  2.5 /   MMSC-CR-78  : NORTH CHARLESTON 3.1 ESE *   : 0.00 / 0.0 /   MM /   MMSC-DC-37  : SUMMERVILLE 3.3 NW       *   : 0.00 / 0.0 /   MM /   MMSC-CR-60  : CHARLESTON 5.4 SSE       *   :   MM / 5.3 /  5.3 /   MMSC-BK-14  : MONCKS CORNER 3.2 NE     *   :   MM / 5.0 /  5.0 / 0.00SC-BK-40  : DANIEL ISLAND 0.7 SSW    *   :   MM / 5.2 /  5.0 /   MMSC-CR-32  : MEGGETT 1.8 W            *   :   MM / 4.5 /  4.5 /   MMSC-BF-35  : BEAUFORT 3.6 NNE         *   :   MM / 2.5 /   MM /   MMSC-BK-47  : MONCKS CORNER 6.6 SSE    *   :   MM / 7.0 /   MM /   MMSC-BK-55  : MONCKS CORNER 8.9 S      *   :   MM / 6.5 /   MM /   MMSC-CR-116 : CHARLESTON 3.2 W         *   :   MM / 5.0 /   MM /   MM:COCORAHS PRECIPITATION REPORTS IN SOUTHEAST GEORGIA:                                               SNOW   SNOW  WATER:                                        PCPN   FALL  DEPTH  EQUIVGA-CT-64  : SAVANNAH 10.4 E          *   : 0.72 /  MM /  0.5 /   MMGA-CT-50  : SAVANNAH 3.7 SSW         *   : 0.71 / 1.0 /  1.0 /   MMGA-MI-03  : DARIEN 4.2 NNE           *   : 0.64 / 0.5 /   MM /   MMGA-MI-05  : TOWNSEND 5.5 SE          *   : 0.62 / 0.3 /  0.5 /   MMGA-BR-02  : RICHMOND HILL 0.5 NE     *   : 0.48 / 1.3 /   MM /   MMGA-CT-17  : SKIDAWAY ISLAND 1.3 ENE  *   : 0.44 / 2.0 /   MM /   MMGA-EF-13  : MARLOW 0.0 S             *   : 0.34 / 2.9 /  3.0 / 0.34GA-CT-61  : SAVANNAH 4.6 NW          *   : 0.30 / 2.8 /   MM /   MMGA-EF-17  : SPRINGFIELD 2.4 E        *   : 0.30 / 3.0 /   MM /   MMGA-CT-60  : SAVANNAH 2.3 SSW         *   : 0.21 / 1.5 /   MM /   MMGA-CT-67  : BLOOMINGDALE 4.7 SW      *   : 0.20 / 2.5 /  2.5 /   MMGA-BR-05  : RICHMOND HILL 7.0 ESE    *   : 0.18 / 2.2 /   MM /   MMGA-CT-57  : SAVANNAH 4.7 ESE         *   : 0.17 / 1.5 /  1.5 /   MMGA-CT-19  : SKIDAWAY ISLAND 0.8 NE   *   : 0.15 /  MM /   MM /   MMGA-CT-38  : SAVANNAH 4.5 SSW         *   : 0.00 / 0.0 /   MM /   MMGA-CT-55  : SAVANNAH 1.7 W           *   : 0.00 / 0.0 /   MM /   MMGA-CT-01  : POOLER 1.2 NNE           *   :   MM / 2.5 /  2.5 /   MMGA-EV-01  : BELLVILLE 2.8 N          *   :   MM /  MM /  1.0 /   MM$$

Living the Life in Summerville: Primate sanctuary is saving thousands of lives

By Casey L. Taylor, JDTucked away near Summerville, SC – the place known as “Flowertown, USA” – is a sanctuary dedicated to gibbons (small apes). It’s a jungle-like wonderland that has lifesaving at the core of its mission.The International Primate Protection League (IPPL) sanctuary is a secret to many locals. It is situated on over 40 acres of land surrounded by lush woods. Neighbors are lucky enough to hear the songs and great calls of these interesting primates throughout the da...

By Casey L. Taylor, JD

Tucked away near Summerville, SC – the place known as “Flowertown, USA” – is a sanctuary dedicated to gibbons (small apes). It’s a jungle-like wonderland that has lifesaving at the core of its mission.

The International Primate Protection League (IPPL) sanctuary is a secret to many locals. It is situated on over 40 acres of land surrounded by lush woods. Neighbors are lucky enough to hear the songs and great calls of these interesting primates throughout the day and night.

The sanctuary is home to 36 gibbons, the smallest of the apes, who have been rescued or retired from laboratories, deplorable “roadside” attractions, or the pet trade. IPPL provides lifetime care to these incredible endangered species and works to educate the community on the plight of gibbons in the wild.

The gibbon residents at the sanctuary have indoor night houses that are hurricane-grade, expansive outdoor habitats, and aerial walkways that give them the choice to safely move about their designated areas as they wish. It is important to the organization that each sanctuary resident is given as much freedom of choice as possible in a captive environment, while keeping them safe. Despite most residents having a rough start to their lives, they thrive at IPPL. They even have some residents nearing the age of 60!

International Outreach

IPPL is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s remaining primates, great and small. For the last 45 years, IPPL has made a global impact by securing an export ban on primates from Thailand (saving thousands and thousands of lives) and working with over 20 reputable primate rescue and rehabilitation centers in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America.

IPPL not only supports their efforts to care for native primates who have been rescued and are in need of rehabilitation or lifetime care, but also to thwart poachers and illegal wildlife traffickers, as well as educate local villages and communities on how they can help be part of the solution in preserving native populations of primates.

Small Team, Big Impact

With a small but mighty team of animal caregivers, maintenance technicians, office staff, and dog nannies, IPPL provides compassionate lifetime care for every resident, which includes nutritious and delicious fresh produce three times a day for the gibbons, as well as veterinary care and enrichment — to stimulate those intelligent minds of theirs!

Forms of enrichment vary from food puzzles that the gibbon must figure out in order to get their healthy treats, to special time with their favorite caregiver. Bubble-blowing is a big hit with some of the gibbons. Tong, who was one of the first four original residents at the sanctuary, loves a good foot rub — what girl doesn’t?

Absolutely nothing beats a life in the wild, but for these residents that is sadly not a reality. The team at IPPL feels that the least they can do is make the rest of these individuals’ lives the happiest and healthiest they can be. From residents used in invasive human vaccination studies and locomotion tests, to those kept in less-than-favorable conditions, IPPL’s sanctuary is a safe and loving place for them to thrive and to live as gibbons should.

Casey L. Taylor, JD is the Executive Director of IPPL.

MORE ABOUT IPPL

The sanctuary is not open to the public as an attraction, but it holds educational events in the community and offers options to visit during special times. Sign up to receive their e-newsletters on their website (www.ippl.org) and be the first to know about opportunities and events.

'Nostalgic' flashback for former Knightsville Elementary graduates

Knightsville Elementary traditionally has its fifth-graders parade through the school in celebration of graduating from elementary school, but this year the school had a special twist on the tradition: they invited back 2017 high school and college graduates -- also Knightsville Elementary alumni -- to return to their old stomping grounds wish the fifth-graders good-luck as they set off for middle school.Drew Massey, graduating senior at Summerville High, called it nostalgic."It's weird to come back 10 years later," s...

Knightsville Elementary traditionally has its fifth-graders parade through the school in celebration of graduating from elementary school, but this year the school had a special twist on the tradition: they invited back 2017 high school and college graduates -- also Knightsville Elementary alumni -- to return to their old stomping grounds wish the fifth-graders good-luck as they set off for middle school.

Drew Massey, graduating senior at Summerville High, called it nostalgic.

"It's weird to come back 10 years later," she said.

Massey was one of approximately 25 returning graduates who participated in the walk. Summerville High graduates donned their signature green caps and gowns. A handful of Clemson University and University of South Carolina graduates also participated.

The returning students spoke to fifth-graders in their classrooms prior to the parade to offer words of encouragement and students also heard from college professors from Charleston Southern University and The Citadel.

Massey said she wanted to participate because it felt special.

"I saw a lot of them (students) crying," she said. "I think they thought it was special too."

The entire school lined the hallways, along with parents, faculty and staff, to watch all the graduates weave through the building. Younger students awarded the graduates with cheers and high fives along the way while the school played "Pomp and Circumstance" over the intercom.

Teachers wore little graduation caps as well and, if they still had them, they were invited to wear their old graduation robes.

Principal Claire Sieber referred to the returning graduates as the "continuance of the legacy of learning that started here at Knightsville."

"You have empowered our fifth-graders to rise on and continue their education. I'm looking forward to all that the future will hold," she said.

The idea to invite the former Knightsville Elementary students back was Assistant Principal Carey Hodge's idea. Hodge said she had seen a similar event in her former hometown.

Sieber and Hodge said they wanted to have a community connection with the fifth-grade parade this year. With the response they got, Sieber said she anticipates this will be a tradition going forward.

Hodge said their focus for the last couple of weeks has been words of encouragement. She said they have been working on coordinating the event for three months.

Hodge said she thinks the Knightsville Elementary students really enjoyed it.

"I'm seeing tears of...joy and miss -- they're going to miss us. I know it's very bittersweet for them," she said. "But it's always a great thing when kids don't want to leave."

"Above all we just want them to love, learn and lead," she said.

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