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Faith in times of tragedy

I cannot pinpoint the exact moment when I first heard that Gabbiee Swainson had been abducted.

August 28, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Columns


‘I Have a Dream’ lives 50 years on

Depending on what story you want to believe, I was either named for the bird Martin (likely a purple one) or for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There's also the more Jewish name origin, in that I may have been named for a female relative whose name was Matilda (or something close to that).

August 26, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


My chicken, myself

WASHINGTON -- In one of the early episodes of "Portlandia," the satirical show that makes fun of all things Portland, Ore., a couple dining out interviews the waitress about their potential chicken dinner.

August 26, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


GOP looks for love by Hillary-hating

Why are Republican Party leaders getting so worked up over a couple of television movies that haven't been produced yet? Oh, yeah. The proposed movies are about Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Grand Old Party's most galvanizing figure outside of President You-Know-Who.

August 26, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Columbia to Colombia -- a digital journey

Last week, I took a trip to Colombia, South America, with my son, J.P., a senior at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, S.C. In addition to being a great father-son trip that we will both long remember, a number of things happened along the way that reminded me of how the Internet and new technologies are changing the world -- and how we in South Carolina need to understand this new and changing world if we don't want to be left behind.

August 26, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Moment of Nature - Aug. 23, 2013

"Out of sight, out of mind" applies very well to the root systems of trees. The parts of a tree within the upper portions of soil are vital to tree health, but hidden from the human eye. The causes of root damage are many, the effects are significant and treatment options are limited.

August 23, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Back to the hootchy-kootchy tent

The words startled me as soon as I saw them:

August 23, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Finding my favorite music on the Web

I love music, and, like most other areas in my life, the "more unique" the better.

August 23, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Just clowning around?

WASHINGTON -- Children, children.

August 21, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Wedding memories of a lifetime

I have been to several weddings in my day and I'm very excited because I'll be going to another at the end of September. Of course, I'm excited to see two friends join their lives and these two are perfectly suited for each other and very much in love. And I'm always excited to participate in the fun and festivities of the wedding and reception. Weddings tend to be very beautiful and memorable events. I'd like to share some of my favorite wedding memories…

August 21, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


The wisdom of your neighbors

"That man could crawl through a barrel of fish hooks and not get a scratch on him." The late Troy Stevenson once used his mountain wisdom to describe a gentleman of questionable virtues.

August 21, 2013 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The meaning of Hillary

WASHINGTON -- Three years out and you'd think the deed was done: Madame President Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton.

August 19, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A new school year!

A couple of weeks ago after church, a rising first-grader I know came up to me and excitedly said, "I can't wait for school to start!" I second that emotion, as I suspect will a number of parents by this point in the summer. In the past few weeks, our schools have been coming to life with athletic and band practices and teachers working in rooms. I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard all summer across our district to have everything ready for a new year. That being said, I usually get a lot of questions ...

August 19, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘Making do’

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." These are the words of wisdom I often heard during my youth. I learned the lesson so well that I have never had a credit card or a debit card. Christian Community Ministries, Community Medical Clinic, Food for the Soul, and Wateree Community Action are a few of the many sources for help for the needy in present-day Camden. People during the "making do" generation, such as my widowed mother, had only a chicken yard and a garden. These frugal women did not just use the chicken feed ...

August 19, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Patch never matched local news

Last week, I wrote about Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos' purchase of The Washington Post and how the so-called "demise" of print news is something most community newspapers like the Chronicle-Independent have been fortunate to avoid. That's because the C-I and papers like it have been "hyperlocal" before anyone coined the term. We pretty strictly limit our coverage to news that happens inside the borders of Kershaw County. When we tackle something larger, we always "bring it home" by linking it to someone or something in the county.

August 19, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | 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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