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Commission For Minority Affairs Chair On A Mission To Revitalize Agency

By Barney Blakeney For the past two years retired, Air Force MSgt. Ken E. Battle has chaired the S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs and he’s gotten off to a running start. Locally, the Jacksonville, Florida native has gained a reputation among the few publicly announced Black Republicans. But in his position as chair of the…

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Charleston District 6 Runoff As Much About Experience As Race

By Barney Blakeney The November 7 Charleston municipal elections produced a runoff in the District 6 race that potentially could radically alter the composition of Charleston City Council. Incumbent Rodney Williams’ loss in the Dist. 2 election insures the number of minority representatives on the council will decline from five to four. Should William Dudley…

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Pendarvis Win In House 113 Signals New Day

By Barney Blakeney    Shortly after the polls closed November 7 it was clear S.C. House Dist. 113 Democratic candidate Marvin Pendarvis would win the seat vacated in August by Rep. J. Seth Whipper. Pendarvis’ win signaled other victories. Charleston voters also approved a $20 million bond referendum to fund affordable housing initiatives. In Charleston…

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Clay Middleton: Charleston’s New Business Services Director Takes Work Personally

By Barney Blakeney Charleston’s Clay Middleton is a homegrown product symbolic of what’s best about the community – from humble beginnings springs the most fruitful results. Since late March, Middleton has served on Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg’s administration as Director of Business Services. His job is to assist small businesses to grow, develop and play…

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For Charleston Voters, Housing Referendum As Important As Council Elections

By Barney Blakeney Charleston voters will go to the polls November 7 to elect six councilmembers. They also will decide whether to approve a $20 million bond referendum to facilitate the creation of 800 units of affordable housing. While electing councilmembers to serve in the city’s even-numbered districts is important, equally important is approving the…

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