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South Carolina Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Noble Presents Platform To State’s Black Publishers

By Barney Blakeney S.C. Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble last week met with the publishers of the state’s three largest Black owned newspapers at the Charleston Chronicle office in downtown Charleston to present his campaign agenda. Noble faces two challengers – Columbia state Rep. James Smith and Florence attorney Marguerite Willis – in the…

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Charleston County Public Library Hosts Voter Registration Drives at 10 Branches Prior to Elections

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) and Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration (BEVR) are working together for the third year to host several voter registration drives between April and September, and patrons will have the opportunity to register to vote at 10 of CCPL’s branches. “Voting is one of our most fundamental rights…

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Don’t Expect Much Change From June 12 Primary Elections

By Barney Blakeney While many are convinced the November mid-term elections may influence the presidency for the next two years, if the lackluster appearance of candidate filings for the June 12 primary elections is any indication, the November general elections likely will produce more of the same. Political gerrymandering has reduced competition for election to…

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Bernard Fielding Receives Center For Heirs Property Preservation’s Commitment To Justice Award

By Barney Blakeney Former Charleston County Probate Court Judge Bernard Fielding March 8 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston became the eighth recipient of the Center for Heirs Property Preservation’s ‘Commitment to Justice Award’. Fielding, a Charleston attorney, was described as “A remarkable humanitarian and standard bearer of justice for all”. The Center for…

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The Bradley Blake Foundation and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Host Gun Violence Town Hall

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, marks its 110th year of “serving all mankind” through an international program of service. Under the leadership of International President, Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., adopted an advocacy, social justice and voter awareness-focused Connection Program entitled “A Call to A.C.T.I.O.N.: Advocate, Communicate, Train, Influence, Organize and…

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Reynolds Beats Out Taylor To Become Charleston’s Next Police Chief

By Barney Blakeney Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg last week announced Montgomery County Police Department Assist. Chief Luther Reynolds as Charleston’s new police chief. Reynolds beat out five candidates, including Charleston Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor, to win the position. When Chief Greg Mullen announced last year he would retire after leading the department for about…

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Legislators: No Immediate Solution To Schools Mass Shootings

By Barney Blakeney Since the February 14 murder of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, federal and state legislators to little avail have struggled to come up with legislation to reduce the potential for mass shootings on campuses. Several South Carolina legislators offered some thoughts. Walterboro Sen. Margie Bright…

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