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Small papers can do big things

As of 2015, there were 1,331 daily newspapers. That includes dailies in smaller communities, but the vast number of "small" communities is where weekly, twice-weekly and thrice-weekly newspapers like ours live and breathe.

April 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Low rent for big bucks

WASHINGTON -- Despite recent revelations that Fox News and anchor Bill O'Reilly had settled five complaints of sexual harassment against him to the tune of millions -- his ratings went up.

April 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Going off the grid

One summer night, a few years before Mama died, I tried to call her but there was no answer. An hour later with still no answer, I was pacing the floor and debating whether or not to jump in the car and take the 22- minute drive to her house.

April 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A teacher, a family and a state

This column is about three stories -- about a teacher, a family and a state. They are both historic and modern. But they are really about one very simple but very powerful idea -- expectations.

April 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


'You will be assimilated...'

If you watched 60 Minutes Sunday, you might have seen the latest scare piece about how Silicon Valley is working very hard to warp and control minds across the planet via phone apps and social media.

April 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The tractor

It was time for spring cleaning around the Rondarosa which seems to always start with a ton of limbs, twigs and branches that have fallen during the winter. For the past several years as the climate varies between too much rain and drought conditions, the trees have suffered terribly. A few huge oaks have uprooted while others gave up the ghost by breaking in half and falling over.

April 11, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My brain on NASCAR

It is an awful feeling, and in the manner of grim surprises since the beginning of time, you never see it coming.

April 11, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My experience at the FBI National Academy

The most frequent questions asked of me since returning from the FBI National Academy: "Are you now an FBI Special Agent?" and "Are you leaving the Camden Police Department?" No, I am not an FBI Special Agent. No, I am not leaving the Camden Police Department. The National Academy takes place at the same FBI Academy in Quantico where the FBI Special Agent training takes place. A lot of the instructors at the National Academy are FBI Special Agents and we received some training very similar to an agent. The training is accredited through the University of Virginia for both ...

April 11, 2017 | By Lee Boan, Capt., CPD Operations C-I guest columnist | Columns


I only write fiction at home

(Today's column is an extension of a Facebook post I wrote on Sunday, April 2.)

April 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The obfuscation game

WASHINGTON -- If there is one operative rule in this city's left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth -- a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel.

April 07, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The devil lives in our phones

My husband gave me the push I needed to take the leap and finally put down on paper how I really feel about the more than popular phone app Snapchat. I'm not even sure that's the correct way to spell it but we're going with it. Besides, the little respect I have for the app itself and its developers doesn't exactly warrant me to worry over trivial details as its correct spelling. I imagine now my sentiments for Snapchat are becoming evident. My older children, now in their early 20s, were just a tad over the ...

April 07, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Pug: the tragedy of what might have been

Pug Ravenel died last week. He was 79. Most people living in South Carolina today don't know who he was or what he did. But they should learn

April 07, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The lighter side of the dark

Many years ago, possibly as far back as my college days, I had a conversation with a young lady with whom I had occasionally kept company at the time. As I recall, she asked me if I found humor in everything.

April 04, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A tragic hero takes his leave

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- People who experienced the phenomenon of Charles D. "Pug" Ravenel can't have helped wondering what might have been -- if only he had won.

April 04, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


How it all caught up with 'em

We were cleaning up the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.

April 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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A look in alternative mirrors

When I was very young, up to perhaps early junior high, I wanted to be a doctor. I thought it would be neat (and, even ...

April 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Shutdown showdown

WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but ...

April 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Dying oceans and home rule

Over the 40 years I have known her, I have come to have great respect for my wife's political antenna. When she says something ...

April 28, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parks are important and necessary

Growing up, I was fortunate to live on a cul-de-sac, which was next to 10 acres of woods. All of us kids would spend hours ...

April 28, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Keeping the county working for you

This whole recent focus on a certain airline treating a passenger as "The Incredible Hulk" did with Loki in the movie fight scene has confirmed ...

April 25, 2017 | By Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns C-I guest columnist | Columns


Kudzu and change

In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover that people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been ...

April 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The cousin towns

It is a well-known fact that Joseph Kershaw designed and laid out the two-phase plan of Camden. He designed our fair city based upon the ...

April 25, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A sad lesson about dogs and mold toxicity

Doing the right thing is rarely easy. This month we're focusing on a foster dog's story that includes an important lesson for all ...

April 25, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Another tale from the Pulitzers

A Facebook post by a friend of mine reminded me that there was another Pulitzer Prize winner I wanted to mention last week.

April 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Murder while you watch

WASHINGTON -- The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable.

April 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Salute to our armed forces

As Americans, we have several opportunities to celebrate the military members who stand and defend our great nation every day. Memorial Day. Armed Forces Day ...

April 21, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Preservation can be a lengthy process

You may have seen signs stating "Preservation in Progress" around the first floor of the historic Robert Mills Courthouse. Unfortunately, weather events over the past ...

April 21, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Darwin is watching: reprise

By now, everyone knows the Darwin Awards -- honorable mentions given to people, posthumously of course, who have died while doing bizarrely stupid things, thus taking ...

April 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Naked self-interest

Another week, another heretical speaker bullied and physically intimidated on an illiberal college campus.

April 18, 2017 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Still dressing up for Easter

It's funny how someone's opinion or a story will stick with you, how it will trail like a mist of a cloud over ...

April 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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