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The chairman of the Charleston County School Board on Wednesday announced his withdrawal from the coming school board election in November. The Rev. Dr. Eric Mack, who has served on the board since 2014, said he wanted to “pursue other opportunities.” There are five other candidates for the western Charleston County seat, including incumbent Helen Frazier.

Mack’s withdrawal comes after the school board was accused of violating S.C. Freedom of Information Act laws in a pair of meetings in July. At the time, the school board failed to inform the public on voting agendas 24 hours in advance during the district’s July 18 meeting. Mack called it a mistake. S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson stepped in to alert the board of the violation and asked for the board to hold a special meeting to re-vote on the agenda items in question.

Meanwhile,  the school board has decided to recalibrate its focus to academic performance, according to media reports. But this shift in focus has parents and advocates worried as it may give Superintendent Don Kennedy too much power, as more responsibilities are taken away from the board and given to the superintendent. 

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New Publix in Ashley Landing expected to break ground in 2024. Construction for a planned Publix in the Ashley Landing shopping center in West Ashley is expected to begin in 2024. The new location of the Publix in the shopping center could bring better traffic flow and amenities to the area. 

Charleston leaders to discuss flooding issues on Johns Island. Charleston city leaders will discuss a new drainage project in the Barberry Woods neighborhood on Johns Island. The project is meant to restructure the drainage issue in the neighborhood to prevent flooding.

House candidate pens book criticizing Mace. Democratic congressional candidate Annie Andrews recently released a picture book that snipes at incumbent S.C. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-Isle of Palms, in the U.S. House race for District 1.

Governor, prison director challenge ruling on executions. Gov. Henry McMaster and S.C. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said they planned to appeal a Richland County judge’s ruling from last week that called the state’s two execution methods — firing squad and electric chair — unconstitutional.

Tropical Storm Fiona forms in the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical storm is expected to hit the Leeward Islands, as well as parts of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola. The storm poses no immediate threat to the United States. 

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