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C-I adds local personalities as feature writers

Posted: April 9, 2013 6:01 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A playwright, bookseller, doctor, columnist and former staff member will begin writing feature stories for the Chronicle-Independent this month. Paddy Bell, Dr. Tray Dunaway, Bill Funderburk, C-I columnist Paula Joseph and former C-I Localife editor Sheila McKinney have all joined the paper as freelance feature writers.

Each will write about interesting people, places, events or artifacts that make Kershaw County unique. Their articles will appear, on average, once a week on the front pages of the C-I.

“I’m very pleased to welcome this diverse group of local writers to the C-I,” Camden Media Co. Publisher Mike Mischner said. “Their places in the community give them special perspective into the life of Camden and Kershaw County. That, in turn, makes them uniquely qualified to write feature stories about the community we all share.”

Bell is best known for having written “Dogs: The Musical,” produced in several venues, including the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County, and culminating in a run at the renowned Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival. She continues to write, spanning the genres of screenplay, short story and children’s literature. Bell is currently working on a series of children’s picture books and her father’s World War II story. She has also spent 26 years bringing music to the elderly at senior centers in the Midlands, and currently serves as the “birthday lady” for KershawHealth Hospice. Bell has been published in The Petigru Review, a South Carolina literary anthology.

Bell can be reached at

Dunaway practiced medicine in Camden as an on-call general surgeon for 17 years before writing a series of books, and most recently an iOS app, on medical coding and documentation. In 2001, he traded his scalpel for a microphone to start a physician education business and became a full-time professional speaker. Today he is an award winning keynote speaker on a variety of business of healthcare topics, has spoken in 47 states, and never has to buy soap because of his enviable hotel soap and shampoo collection. 

Dunaway can be reached at

Funderburk is the co-owner of Books on Broad with his wife, State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk. He has served for more than 30 years as a part-time English professor at the University of South Carolina. Funderburk is a retired attorney who practiced for 25 years.

Funderburk can be reached at

Joseph has been a C-I contributing columnist since 2010. She enjoys sharing her thoughts on living in Camden for more than 20 years and life with her husband and five children.

Joseph can be reached at

McKinney, the retired Localife editor of the C-I was with the newspaper for 25 years and received numerous South Carolina Press Association awards for feature writing, critical writing (theater reviews) and page design. Since her retirement in 2006, she has written a number of freelance articles and has done volunteer work with various organizations, including having served as a board member of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County.

McKinney can be reached at

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