Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

Commission For Minority Affairs Chair On A Mission To Revitalize Agency

By Barney Blakeney For the past two years retired, Air Force MSgt. Ken E. Battle has chaired the S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs and he’s gotten off to a running start. Locally, the Jacksonville, Florida native has gained a reputation among the few publicly announced Black Republicans. But in his position as chair of the…

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Mental Health Town Hall Meeting Reveals Need For Increased Funding

By Barney Blakeney Charleston Sen. Marlon Kimpson November 11 held a town hall meeting to discuss mental health issues in our community. It’s an issue that doesn’t just affect the Black community, he said, but one that transcends race, economic and social status. However, it is one to which government has given too little priority. The…

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Charleston District 6 Runoff As Much About Experience As Race

By Barney Blakeney The November 7 Charleston municipal elections produced a runoff in the District 6 race that potentially could radically alter the composition of Charleston City Council. Incumbent Rodney Williams’ loss in the Dist. 2 election insures the number of minority representatives on the council will decline from five to four. Should William Dudley…

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Charleston Enters Second Sister City Relationship With Panama City

By Barney Blakeney Two weeks ago Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and city council agreed in principle to develop a second ‘sister city” relationship. This time the relationship will be coupled with Panama City, Panama in Central America. Charleston currently is sister city to Spoleto, Italy. It’s a relationship that spawned the annual Spoleto Arts Festival…

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Constituents Refocus On An Academically Viable Garrett School

By Barney Blakeney Last week Charleston County School Board, after weeks of controversy and complaints from some in the community, continued a course previously decided and voted to follow its original plan to construct a new Center for Advanced Studies at North Charleston High School. A 2014 referendum was approved to fund three regional vocational…

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Project Street Outreach Serves 4th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner On Reynolds Avenue

By Barney Blakeney Project Street Outreach November 18 will host its fourth annual Pre-Thanksgiving event at 2025 Reynolds Ave. in North Charleston. Executive Director J. Denise Cromwell anticipates another successful event that offers a full course Thanksgiving dinner and an array of resources to active duty service personnel and their families, veterans, the homeless community…

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Pendarvis Win In House 113 Signals New Day

By Barney Blakeney    Shortly after the polls closed November 7 it was clear S.C. House Dist. 113 Democratic candidate Marvin Pendarvis would win the seat vacated in August by Rep. J. Seth Whipper. Pendarvis’ win signaled other victories. Charleston voters also approved a $20 million bond referendum to fund affordable housing initiatives. In Charleston…

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From The City Of Angels To The Lowcountry: Boeing’s Joan Robinson-Berry Embraces Core Principles

By Barney Blakeney As she’s progressed throughout her career at Boeing, Joan Robinson-Berry holds tight to three things from her humble beginnings: family first, faith forever and education matters. Those basic principles elevated her from one of the poorest neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles, CA, to places she had only dreamed of – international…

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