Charleston Chronicle Exclusives

Burgess’ Impact On North Charleston Police Department Still A Question Mark

By Barney Blakeney In a surprising move last week North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey named veteran police Asst. Chief Reggie Burgess the department’s new chief. Former Chief Eddie Driggers was named liaison to the mayor between the police and fire departments. While Burgess’ promotion is welcomed, some questions remain unanswered. Burgess is infinitely qualified to…

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CCSD Officials Hope For New Vision in 2018

By Barney Blakeney A lot happened with regard to Charleston County School District in 2017. Much of it had either negative or no significant impact on Black students, according to two school officials. Anjene Davis, a CCSD employee and advocate for public schools said constituents can expect much of the same from CCSD in 2018…

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Look Back At ‘17 To See What’s Ahead for Black Businesses This Year

By Barney Blakeney 2018 won’t produce positive results for Black businesses if the Black business community continues doing as it has in the past – fail to groom and develop entrepreneurs, map out a collective strategic plan and educate its leaders. That’s what three local business leaders said about the upcoming year in Black business.…

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Celebrants Opting To Stay In Charleston For King Observances

By Barney Blakeney None of the local NAACP branches will sponsor buses to the Jan. 15 annual King Day at the Dome march and rally in Columbia, opting instead to participate in other observances. But the Greater Charleston YWCA will continue its popular King Tribute in typical fashion. The Charleston Branch NAACP again will not…

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Asst. Chief Reggie Burgess Becomes North Charleston’s Ninth Police Chief

By Barney Blakeney On Thursday, January 11, 2018, Reggie Burgess, 52, will be sworn in at the North Charleston City Council meeting at 7:00pm as the Police Chief of the North Charleston Police Department, becoming the agency’s ninth police chief since the city’s incorporation in 1972. Current Chief Eddie Driggers will transition into an administrative position to…

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In 2017 Slager’s Sentence Eclipsed North Charleston’s 35 Homicides

By Barney Blakeney Crime underscores the year in review in Charleston County. Most notably, an unprecedented 35 homicides in the City of North Charleston that only was eclipsed by the sentencing of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager for the 2015 shooting death of Walter Scott. Charleston County finished the year with some 52…

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Charleston Rhizome Art Collective Again To Challenge Social Art Connection

By Barney Blakeney The Charleston Rhizome Collective has received a $300,000 grant from ArtPlace America, which will be used to provide an assortment of initiatives that continues the unique artisan partnership’s efforts in using art as a medium for expediting social change. Rhizome last summer presented “conNECKted: Imaginings for Truth and Reconciliation” at the City…

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Ebony City Soccer Club Ends Year Just Kickin’ It As Usual

By Barney Blakeney Ebony City Soccer Club, better known as the Lil Peles, this year completed 36 years in existence as one of the oldest youth soccer programs in the state. The club in 2017 continued to provide youth an alternative to traditional sports activities like football, basketball and baseball. Again this year the program…

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2017 Political Highlights Lacked Luster

By Barney Blakeney 2017 was an eventful year for Blacks politically that included some significant highlights. In November, Marvin Pendarvis was elected to fill the unexpired term left vacant by the retirement of S.C. House Dist. 113 Rep. Seth Whipper and North Charleston constituents saw Kevin Hollingshead elected to the Charleston County School Board, becoming…

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