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Council Elections Tell A Tale Of Two Cities

By Barney Blakeney Jerome Heyward in North Charleston and Jason Sakran in Charleston both were elected November 5 in upset wins over two incumbents. Todd Olds and James Lewis Jr., respectively. Their wins signal changes beyond just in the representation of the districts, but also how their will impact their new constituents. In North Charleston,…

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Burgess Nomination To Highway Dept. Sparks Conjecture

By Barney Blakeney Just two years after being named North Charleston’s first Black police chief, Reggie Burgess has been nominated to become top cop at the S.C. Highway Patrol. I asked several North Charleston residents what they think. Pastor Thomas Dixon just lost a bid to become the city’s mayor November 5. Dixon said Burgess…

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North Charleston Leads The County In Homicides

By Barney Blakeney Efforts to address crime and policing continue as area homicides increase. Earlier this month, the Charleston Police Department received the final report of the Racial Bias Audit conducted by CNA. But even as the department vowed to use the opportunity to show its continued commitment to transparency and engagement with the community and to…

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Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Seeking Five Community Representatives

Charleston County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is kicking off the search for five new community representatives. Community representatives express the varied justice-related needs and concerns of Charleston County residents, gather and share community input, and provide voice and feedback from the community into the CJCC decision-making process. The CJCC is a collaboration of elected…

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SC State House Rep. Krystle Matthews to Kick Off Re-election Campaign with a Community Holiday Party, Voter Registration Drive, and Charity Toy Drive

Representative Krystle Matthews will kick off her re-election campaign for South Carolina State House District 117 with a community holiday party on Saturday, December 14, 4pm-6pm at the Bernie Sanders Headquarters Charleston office (8252 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406). The festivities are free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a…

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North Charleston Elections: Black Quality Of Life Should Improve, Says Rivers

By Barney Blakeney For some there hasn’t been enough time to consider all the ramifications of North Charleston’s November 5 municipal elections. Incumbent Mayor Keith Summey was re-elected. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Dist. 5 contender Jerome Heyward’s upset win over incumbent Todd Olds. The mayor’s seat and representation in all 10 council districts were…

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North Charleston Election Protests Denied – It Was A Miscarriage Of Justice, Says Singletary

By Barney Blakeney The National Action Network protested the North Charleston Nov. 5 municipal elections. The protest came because of voter suppression perpetrated in several of the races, said South Carolina NAN President James Johnson. The Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration November 11 denied the protest. Johnson said Sunday NAN launched the…

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