Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

SCDOT Vows More Fairness, Inclusion In I-526 Widening Project

By Barney Blakeney In the past, highway construction usually meant devastation to minority communities. Local examples tell a sad story of displaced residents, disconnected families, divided communities and lost generational homes. As the I-526 WEST widening project commences managers vow that won’t be the case with the $1 billion, approximately 10-year undertaking. An Environmental Impact…

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Santee Cooper Sale Should Be a 2020 Legislative Priority, Says Gullah Geechee Chamber

By Barney Blakeney As the 2020 South Carolina legislative session gets underway, advocates for the sale of Santee Cooper electric cooperative hope this year legislators will approve its sale. They make a strong argument for that. Marilyn Hemingway and the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce are among those proponents. In a recent interview Hemingway, the…

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National Action Network Commits To Solidarity With Jews Amidst Anti-Semitic Crimes Uptick

By Barney Blakeney In response to the recent rash of hate crimes perpetrated against Jews, the National Action Network last week asked its local chapters to conduct press conferences to emphasize the organization’s support of and solidarity with the Jewish community. January 2, South Carolina NAN President James Johnson, along with Charleston attorney Larry Kobrovsky…

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A Few Top Stories From 2019

By Barney Blakeney 2019 was an eventful year. Here are some of its top stories: In November, the Charleston Police Department received the final report of the Racial Bias Audit conducted by CNA. The audit looked at use of force by the department’s officers over the past five years and found that from 2014-2018 there were about…

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Carolina Group’s Old School Party at ILA Hall Brought Friends and Schoolmates Together Again

By Barney Blakeney In 2016, Ronald ‘Pike’ Goodwin and Robert ‘Bobby’ Smalls sat at Smalls’ home catching up on their friendship. During their conversation, they reminisced about previous years when various local organizations held holiday galas that brought together old friends and schoolmates. The pair realized that few of those affairs are held these days.…

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Omegas Spread Christmas Cheer in The Port City

Many children will have a reason to smile as the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. made their way to Mitchell Elementary and the campus of the College of Charleston. The 11th Annual Mitchell Holiday Market was held on Thursday, December 19th, and it was another success for Mitchell staff and students. Reginald Terry,…

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