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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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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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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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Stand Up, Speak Out: Advocacy for the 2018 General Assembly

The work of South Carolina’s 2018 General Assembly and community-wide advocacy will be the focus of “Stand Up, Speak Out,” Tuesday, January 9, 6 p.m., Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401. Presented by the League of Women Voters, the program is open to the community and free of charge. The League of Women…

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Chronicle News Story Spurs Meeting On Diversity At Sheriff Office

By Barney Blakeney A Charleston Chronicle news report last week prompted a meeting between some civil rights organizations leaders and Charleston County Sheriff Office administrators. The article said some CCSO employees believe the agency reflects a disproportionate representation of the county’s African American population. Charleston County’s population of approximately 350,000 is about one-third Black. About…

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CJCC set on improving local criminal justice system with the help of study, grant

  As part of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s (CJCC) six-part transformation plan to improve the local criminal justice system and make it more effective, efficient and equitable, the CJCC has been looking deeply into bond-setting practices. In bond setting, judges have limited time and information to make extremely important bond decisions that determine if, or…

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Pendarvis Pre-Files Bills to Improve Public Education, Expand Opportunity for Students

Representative-Elect Marvin Pendarvis (D-North Charleston) has pre-filed multiple bills aimed at promoting educational opportunity for South Carolinians. Pendarvis pre-filed H. 4439, the “South Carolina Promise Scholarship Act,” which would establish a scholarship program for South Carolina students seeking an associate’s degree, certificate, or diploma from state postsecondary institutions. This bill would cover the cost of…

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