Emanuel AME

Dylann Roof’s Friend Joey Meek to Plead Guilty

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black parishioners to death in Charleston last year is set to plead guilty. A plea agreement signed by federal prosecutors Monday shows that 21-year-old Joey Meek has agreed to plead guilty to lying to authorities and failure to report a crime. Authorities have said Meek failed…

Looking Forward, Chris Singleton Set for Baseball After Emanuel

Chris Singleton/WCIV NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Chris Singleton’s toughest moment on a baseball field had little to do with the game. Just 24 hours after his mother was shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church last June, the Charleston Southern baseball player held a press conference on the diamond. Standing there, late one humid Friday night, Singleton was surrounded…

Emanuel AME Welcomes New Pastor

  COLUMBIA, SC (AP)– It’s a historic moment for Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  For the first time since the church was founded 200 years ago, a woman is now serving as the church’s pastor. Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark was welcomed by church members Sunday.  She’s the first pastor named since Reverend Clementa Pinckney was shot…

Joe Riley Presides Over Last Charleston City Council Meeting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Forty years after taking office, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has presided over his last Charleston City Council meeting. Local media outlets report that Riley convened his final meeting Tuesday night. Riley has served as mayor of Charleston longer than anyone in the city’s 345-year history. Riley is retiring next month after 10 terms in office. During…

Charleston Considers Another Memorial to Church Victims

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston City Council is considering another memorial to the victims of the shootings at Emanuel AME Church. The council takes up a resolution Tuesday night to dedicate 15 trees outside the city’s new Gaillard Center in memory of those who were killed and wounded during the shootings last June. The street in front of the church…

Emanuel AME Pastor Sues Former Parishioners for Defamation

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The interim pastor of the South Carolina church where nine black church members were shot to death during a Bible study is suing members of his former church for slander. Multiple media organizations reported the Rev. Norvel Goff filed a lawsuit earlier this month against 18 members of the Reid Chapel AME in Columbia. The lawsuit…