News Flash

Posted on: November 22, 2022

City of Charleston Announces Upcoming Holiday Events

As the holiday season approaches, the city of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs today announced its “Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston” calendar of city-produced holiday events and celebrations. Key dates include:

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: November 10, 2022

Storm-Related Operations to Continue Overnight and Until Nicole Has Passed

With local impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole expected to continue through midday tomorrow, representatives of the city's Emergency Management, Police, Fire, Stormwater, Public Services and Transportation departments will remain on emergency oper...

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Storm Updates
Posted on: November 8, 2022

City of Charleston Closely Monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole

City of Charleston officials are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole and have begun initial preparations for any potential impacts the storm may have here in the Lowcountry. City Emergency Management is working closely with state and regional officia...

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Storm Updates
Posted on: November 2, 2022

Little-Known Automatic Tax Cut Reduced City Property Tax Bills by $28 million in 2022

Last year, Charleston residents were told that city property taxes were set to rise in 2022.

So why did their actual property tax bills from the city go down?

As city C.F.O. Amy Wharton explained at a special City Council budget meeting last night, the answ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 20, 2022

City of Charleston Meets Federal Funding Milestone for Ashley River Crossing Project

The city of Charleston has reached a significant milestone for the Ashley River Crossing bicycle and pedestrian bridge by officially meeting all the requirements to use the federal grant funding awarded for the project.

The Ashley River Crossing will be ro...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 19, 2022

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs Announces 'Anonymous Ancestors'

The city of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs presents Anonymous Ancestors, on view from October 28, 2022 to January 29, 2023 at City Gallery, 34 Prioleau Street. City Gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, Oc...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 12, 2022

Following Successful Pilot, City of Charleston to Make Parking Rules on Upper King Street Permanent

After a successful pilot program lasting more than a year, the city of Charleston will soon make its weekend parking rules along King Street permanent.

The weekend parking rules, which prohibit street parking on King Street between Spring and Calhoun stree...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 11, 2022

Anson Burial Memorial Plans Announced

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Denny’s Chairman Brenda Lauderback, former General Director of Spoleto Festival USA Nigel Redden, sculptor Stephen Hayes and President of the Wells Fargo Foundation and head of Philanthropy and Community Impact...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 10, 2022

Charleston’s Residential Compost Program Expands, Adds New Drop Sites with Regional Partners

Charleston’s residential compost program is now serving more people. All residents in the Charleston region can take their food scraps to participating drop sites – for free – to be composted locally. Food scraps are then sen...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 5, 2022

Annual MOJA Arts Festival Continues Through October 9

The annual MOJA Arts Festival, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture, continues this week with a variety of free and ticketed performances, art displays and educational outreach.The festival highlights the many African-American and Carib...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 3, 2022

October 3 Hurricane Ian Recovery Briefing

LATEST UPDATES

Damage reports: As of 3 p.m., 336 rapid neighborhood-level assessments and 100 FEMA preliminary damage assessments had been completed. In addition, 256 damage reports had been submitted through the city’s damage reporting ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: October 1, 2022

October 1 Hurricane Ian Recovery Briefing

LATEST UPDATES

As recovery efforts remain fully underway, the city of Charleston moved to OPCON-3 at noon today, returning the city to normal operations.

Damage reports: As of 11:30 a.m., 209 damage reports have been submitted through the city&...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 30, 2022

September 30 Hurricane Ian PM Update

The city of Charleston moved to OPCON-2 at 8 p.m. this evening, as city crews continue recovery efforts that began this afternoon.

“While the city was fortunate to avoid a direct hit from Hurricane Ian, the impacts are still significant, with a n...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 30, 2022

September 30 Hurricane Ian AM Update

The city of Charleston is now experiencing the early impacts of Hurricane Ian, with some roads already closed. Emergency Management officials recommend citizens stay at home or in a safe place throughout the storm. (Link to road closures below) T...
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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 29, 2022

September 29 Hurricane Ian PM Update

At 2 p.m. today, the city of Charleston joined Charleston County in moving to OPCON-1 as Hurricane Ian approaches the Charleston area.

With strong winds forecast for the area starting Friday morning, the Charleston Fire Department and Cha...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 29, 2022

September 29 Tropical Storm Ian AM Update

Charleston, S.C. – The city of Charleston remains in OPCON 2 as officials prepare for impacts from Tropical Storm Ian.

Emergency declaration/ordinances: On Thursday morning, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Ian, Charleston Mayo...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 28, 2022

September 28 Hurricane Ian PM Update

City of Charleston moved to OPCON 2 Wednesday at 4 p.m. as officials prepare for impacts from Hurricane Ian. City Emergency Management is working closely with state and regional officials to monitor the storm’s track and coordinate preparation efforts.In ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 28, 2022

September 28 Hurricane Ian AM Update

City Offices Closing Thursday at 3 p.m., Five Parking Garages Opening Thursday at 5 p.m., Sandbag Distribution Extended, Additional City Events Cancelled 

City of Charleston officials continue to prepare for impacts from Hurricane Ian. City Emerge...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 27, 2022

City of Charleston Continues to Prepare for Arrival of Hurricane Ian

City of Charleston officials continue to prepare for impacts from Hurricane Ian. City Emergency Management is working closely with state and regional officials to monitor the storm’s track and coordinate preparation efforts.

Currently projected i...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 26, 2022

City of Charleston Closely Monitoring Hurricane Ian

City of Charleston officials continue to monitor Hurricane Ian and have begun initial preparations for any potential impacts the storm may have here in the Lowcountry. City Emergency Management is working closely with state and regional officials to monit...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Annual 11-Day MOJA Arts Festival Begins September 29, 2022

The annual MOJA Arts Festival, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture, begins on Thursday, September 29, 2022. The 11-day festival includes a variety of performances, art displays and educational outreach.

Moja, a Swahili word meaning &...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 15, 2022

Mayor Tecklenburg and Latinx Advisory Council Announce National Hispanic Heritage Month

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and the Mayor’s Latinx Advisory Council announced the city’s National Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 observances at a press conference Thursday.

“The Latinx Advisory Council has done an outstand...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: September 4, 2022

Mayor John Tecklenburg Releases Statement

Today, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg released the following statement in response to recent acts of violence in Charleston, including last night’s shootings on King Street and in West Ashley:

"So far this year, we've lost nin...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: August 17, 2022

The City of Charleston, Shifa Clinic Hosting First Clinic at Hope Center on August 19

City of Charleston Hope Center and Shifa Clinic Community Health Fair

The city of Charleston and the Shifa Clinic will host the first community health fair at the new Hope Center, 529 Meeting Street, on Friday, August 19, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Free health screenings will be available, including blood pressure, lung can...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: August 4, 2022

The City of Charleston Hosting Annual First Day Festival August 7

The city of Charleston will host the annual Back to School First Day Festival on Sunday, August 7, 2022 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Charleston Gaillard Center (2 George Street) and South Carolina Aquarium (100 Aquarium Wharf).

Sponsored by the city of Charlest...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 28, 2022

Annual ‘Operation Move Out’ Initiative to Begin July 29

The city of Charleston’s annual “Operation Move Out” initiative will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 29 and continue until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, excluding Sunday, July 31. During this time, tenants are asked to place...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 20, 2022

Volunteers, School Supplies Sought for City of Charleston’s Annual First Day Festival

The city of Charleston will host the annual Back to School First Day Festival on Sunday, August 7, 2022 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Charleston Gaillard Center and South Carolina Aquarium. Sponsored by the city of Charleston since 2003, First Day Festival is a...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 13, 2022

City of Charleston Deploys “Glutton” Electric Street Vacuum to Aid Cleanup Efforts Downtown

The city of Charleston is the first major city in the United States to deploy a “Glutton” electric street vacuum to assist the city’s Environmental Services Division cleanup efforts along King Street and in the Market.

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 11, 2022

South Arts’ 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Exhibition at City Gallery

The city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents South Arts’ 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowships Exhibition, on view July 15 – August 28, 2022 at City Gallery.

South Arts’ 2021 Southern Prize and State Fellowsh...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: July 1, 2022

Independence Day Celebration Canceled Due to Heavy Rains, Field Conditions

With significant water already on the field and more rain expected as we head into the weekend, Saturday evening’s free Independence Day concert and fireworks show at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park has been canceled.

Ticketholders who reserved paid pa...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Susie Jackson Freedom Memorial Garden to Open June 17

The Susie Jackson Freedom Memorial Garden will open to the public June 17, 2022, on the seventh anniversary of the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church. 

The memorial garden is located behind the Charleston County Public Library at 68 Calhoun Stre...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 14, 2022

Charleston’s ‘Bank On Charleston Youth’ Summer Virtual Financial Empowerment Series Starts Friday

This summer, the city of Charleston will host a virtual financial empowerment series for those in high school and college. This is the first time the program – ‘Bank On Charleston Youth’ – is being offered to the pu...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 8, 2022

$42 Million Historic Archer School Renovation to Bring New Life to Charleston’s East Side

Thanks to a collaboration with the Humanities Foundation, a $42 million rehabilitation of the former and long-vacant Archer School on Nassau Street will be redeveloped into 89 affordable housing units for seniors at or below 60% of the area median income....

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: June 7, 2022

City of Charleston Contracts with Trident Waste to Augment Collection Efforts in Response to Unusual

In order to ensure timely collection, the city has contracted with Trident Waste to augment city trash pickup efforts through the end of next week, as trash volumes continue to run well ahead of last year’s numbers.

For perspective: From January ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 25, 2022

Tecklenburg: Port's Cancellation of Cruise Ships Contract 'Great News' for City

Today, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg issued the following statement in response to the news that the State Ports Authority will be terminating its home port contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, the first step in its redevelopment of Union Pier.&nb...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 22, 2022

Mayor Tecklenburg Isolating at Home with Mild Symptoms After Positive Covid-19 Test

Charleston, S.C. — Mayor John Tecklenburg is isolating at home and showing mild, head-cold-type symptoms after testing positive for Covid-19.

Mayor Tecklenburg plans to attend all City Council meetings this week virtually, in accordance with CDC ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 10, 2022

As Crowds Return, City Works with Merchants to Clear Obstacles from Sidewalks

Charleston, S.C. — Following a suspension of enforcement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, city of Charleston enforcement officers will begin citing businesses using sandwich boards and pedestal signs within sidewalks’ rights-of-way on Mon...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Monday’s Bulk Trash Pickup Disrupted Due to Fire at Spring Grove Landfill

Charleston, S.C. — Due to a fire at the Republic Services Spring Grove Landfill in North Charleston on Monday, May 9, 2022, bulk trash (home construction materials, appliances, furniture, and the like) could not be collected today.

As a result, C...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: May 5, 2022

City testing new technology that could eventually give boots the boot

For years, cities and citizens alike have struggled with traditional parking-enforcement boots, which are used to immobilize vehicles due to excessive unpaid parking tickets.

Starting Monday, May 9, 2022, City of Charleston Parking officers will begin a pi...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Trash Pickup On One-Day Delay for Parts of Charleston; Garbage Pickup Remains On Schedule

Due to continued large volumes, trash pickup will be delayed one day for downtown, inner West Ashley and James Island residents for the remainder of the week. Outer West Ashley, Johns Island and Daniel Island will remain on a normal trash pickup schedule....

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 22, 2022

City of Charleston and Charleston County to Host First ‘Electric Lawn Equipment Expo’

Charleston, S.C. — The City of Charleston and Charleston County are hosting their first “Electric Lawn Equipment Expo” on April 30, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in West Ashley at ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 14, 2022

‘Sweetgrass Baskets of Peace’ Unveiled at Charleston International Airport Thursday

Charleston, S.C.— Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Explore Charleston CEO and Charleston County Aviation Authority Chair Helen Hill, Bloomberg Philanthropies Women’s Economic Development Initiative leader V...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 12, 2022

Trash Pickup On One-Day Delay For Parts Of City Of Charleston; Garbage Pickup Remains On Schedule

Due to unusually large volumes of debris created from last week’s wind and rain storms, trash pickup will be delayed one day for downtown, inner West Ashley and James Island residents for the remainder of the week. Outer West Ashley, Johns Islan...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: April 5, 2022

City of Charleston Closing Recreation Centers at 5 p.m. Tuesday, BZA Meeting Canceled

Due to the latest enhanced risk of severe weather from the National Weather Service for Tuesday evening – including a chance of damaging winds exceeding 60-plus mph, a low-end threat of isolated tornadoes and brief, heavy rainfall – the city will close it...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 30, 2022

City of Charleston Offers Special Event Parking Garage Rate for Cooper River Bridge Run Participants

Charleston, S.C.—The City of Charleston will offer a special event flat parking rate of $5 for Cooper River Bridge Run participants at three downtown parking garages beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, April 1, until 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2. ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 18, 2022

March 19 Farmers Market Canceled Due to Inclement Weather Forecast, Special Market Added March 26

Due to the risk of severe weather including high winds and thunderstorms forecast for Saturday, March 19, 2022, the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square has been canceled. 

Since this is the second week in a row that the market has been canc...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 15, 2022

Applications Open for Mayor’s Youth Commission

Applications are now open for rising 9th through 12th grade students in Charleston County interested in serving on the Mayor’s Youth Commission. 

About the Commission: The Mayor’s Youth Commission gives young people a meaningfu...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 11, 2022

March 12 Farmers Market Canceled Due to Inclement Weather Forecast

Due to high winds and heavy rain forecast for Saturday, March 12, 2022, the Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square has been canceled. 

The Market is expected to resume on Saturday, March 19, 2022, weather permitting. Please note, the market wi...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 10, 2022

City of Charleston to Host Small Business Opportunity Expo at Gaillard Center

The city of Charleston’s Business Services Division will host the 2022 Small Business Opportunity Expo on Thursday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gaillard Center, located at 2 George Street. The annual event provides an opportunity for l...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: March 8, 2022

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Creek by Creek

The city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents its newest exhibition, Creek by Creek, which will be on view March 18 through May 8, 2022 at the City Gallery, located at 34 Prioleau Street.

Creek by Creek is a collaborative effort by ar...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Mayor John Tecklenburg Releases Statement in Support of Ukrainian People

Today, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg released the following statement in support of the Ukrainian people as the flag of Ukraine flies at City Hall (photo here):

"Charleston has a long history of ceremonially raising national flags over City Hall, ...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 22, 2022

Registration Open for Mayor’s Youth Commission Virtual Summit Session

The city of Charleston Mayor’s Youth Commission will host a Virtual Summit Session regarding media information literacy on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The free session, open to middle and high school students throughout t...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 17, 2022

Backgrounder on "The Robert E. Lee Memorial Highway" Marker

Today, in response to media inquiries, the city released the following backgrounder on the Robert E. Lee Memorial Highway marker:

On July 21, 2020, the city of Charleston received an email from the Charleston School of Math + Science requesting the removal...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: February 3, 2022

Charleston City Council to Hold Special Meeting Tuesday, February 8

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022, Charleston City Council will hold a special meeting on Johns Island for the purpose of hearing appeals from property owners who believe they should not be included in the Johns Island Municipal Improvement District. The meeti...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 27, 2022

City of Charleston to Host Financial Empowerment Town Hall

The city of Charleston is partnering with local tax preparation and financial empowerment experts to host a virtual Financial Empowerment Town Hall on Monday, January 31, 2022 from 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.

Why it matters: Every year, residents who ar...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 26, 2022

City of Charleston to Host Mentor Recruitment Fair

The city of Charleston Mayor’s Mentoring Consortium will host a Mentor Recruitment Fair to raise awareness of the importance of mentorship and supporting local youth on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arthur W. Christophe...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 13, 2022

City Begins Final Phase of Denmark Vesey Statue Restoration

This morning, city Parks Department crews and expert representatives from the private sector began the final phase of repairs to the Denmark Vesey statue, during which the statue was detached from its base to allow the existing frame to be removed for rep...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 10, 2022

Incorrect Online Claims Lead to Confusion Regarding Proposed City Ordinance

Based on questions received by the city over the past several days, an online petition is apparently causing confusion about an ordinance that Charleston City Council will consider during their meeting tomorrow night.

The ordinance, which would create a Hu...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 4, 2022

City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay, on view January 17 through February 28, 2022 at City Gallery, located at 34 Prioleau Street.

Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay debuts the permanent col...

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City of Charleston News Flash
Posted on: January 4, 2022

City of Charleston to Host AmeriCorps VISTA Virtual Information Session for 2022 Site Selection

The city of Charleston will host a Virtual Information Session for the 2022 AmeriCorps VISTA Site Selection Process to provide an overview of the program, and review related regulations and site requirements for organizations interested in hosting a VISTA...

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City of Charleston News Flash