Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

Metanoia and Lowcountry Local First Collaborate For Reynolds Avenue Community Storefront Project Opportunity

By Natalie Prioleau The sun sets, casting shadows on boarded, empty and abandoned buildings in the North area of Charleston. Passersby can witness large vacant spaces throughout the intersections of Rivers Avenue and McMillan Avenue and Rivers and Reynolds Avenue. The scene is all that’s left of a previously thriving commercial shopping center and strip…

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CAJM To Focus On Police Bias Despite Declining Jail Populations

By Barney Blakeney For some it may be hard to accept that criminal justice reform efforts are making a lot of headway despite continued reports that inmate recidivism and jail populations are declining. So I asked Charleston Area Justice Ministry President Rev. Charles Heyward what the organization thinks about those recent reports. A June report…

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Unpredictable Irma Had Predicable Impact In The Lowcountry

By Barney Blakeney Tuesday morning Charleston awakened to sunny skies, calm winds and the relief of having weathered Hurricane Irma relatively unscathed. The late summer beauty of the Charleston skies however belied the events of the previous day as the city experienced the wrath and wonder of nature. Hurricane Irma threatened Charleston for three days…

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Marvin Pendarvis Wins House 113 Democratic Nomination

By Barney Blakeney Barely an hour after the polls closed September 5 on the Democratic primary elections to field a candidate to fill the unexpired term in S.C. House Dist. 113, North Charleston attorney Marvin Pendarvis was declared the winner. Pendarvis handily beat rivals Angela Hanyak and Charleston County School Board member, Rev. Chris Collins. Pendarvis…

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Charleston’s Free Verse Festival Debuts in October

By Erica Veal Charleston’s first Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, is passionate about promoting poetry and a value for writing, especially in schools and among black and brown youth. Yet, he said, his newfound status didn’t come with a blueprint or money. Taking his lead from a similar event in Miami, Florida, he created the Free Verse…

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Three Blacks In November Races To Regain Chas. Council Seats

By Barney Blakeney The ballots are set for Charleston City Council elections November 7. Twelve candidates are confirmed running for the six council seats to be elected. They will compete for seats in the even numbered districts – districts two, four, six, eight, 10 and 12. All six incumbents in those districts are seeking re-election.…

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Underfunded Mental Health Can Lead To Horrendous Crime

By Barney Blakeney The August 7 stabbing deaths of two young boys at the hand of their mentally ill uncle points to a need for more resources to support the mentally ill. Local law enforcement authorities say on any given day as much as 20 percent of the inmates at the Al Cannon Detention Center…

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