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The passing of some Southern giants

They are known by many different names: historic, significant, heritage and living legacy. No matter what we call them, they are unique and have persevered for over a century in the face of civil war, storms, droughts and human encroachment. They have also been witnesses to the everyday occurrences that surround them. "They" are some of Camden's giant trees. A giant tree, in my opinion, is one that measures 40 inches or more in diameter or 10 feet in circumference. Camden is fortunate to have trees of this size still in existence as they are long gone in most ...

October 25, 2013 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A much needed vacation

Today is my mom's birthday, so I'd like to begin this by saying Happy Birthday, Mama! You're the best!

October 23, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


The crux of Cruz

WASHINGTON -- Two things are often said in this town: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."

October 23, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Speaking the truth

The waitress set down the cup of coffee and I poured cream into the hot, black liquid while quietly reflecting, pondering something.

October 21, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The skinny on the Common Core Standards

When I'm traveling between schools, I alternate listening to sports talk radio, political talk radio and Motown CDs (showing my age, I guess). Recently, I was listening to a nationally syndicated radio show, and I heard the host ranting about the Common Core Standards and government brainwashing. I know we live in an age of overstatement, but this seemed over the top. It might be useful for someone working with the Common Core Standards at the ground level, versus in the sensationalistic world of talk radio, to provide some information about this topic. To be sure, I don't ...

October 21, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Uncle Pete and the shutdown

(This column was written prior to the end of the federal shutdown.)

October 21, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


An hour in the classroom

I spent an hour Thursday morning with Erica Peake's writing class at North Central Middle School (NCMS).

October 21, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


‘I Love Lucy’ Day

"I Love Lucy" Day was this week and I have to admit that "I Love Lucy" is, hands-down, my favorite TV show.

October 18, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Quaker Cemetery and rural garden cemeteries

A group of Irish Quakers were the earliest group of colonists to settle Camden, arriving here via the Wateree River in 1751. In 1759, Quaker Samuel Wyly gave the Friends, as the Quakers were called, 4 acres of land in the southwest corner of the town limits to be used as a burying ground. The burying ground tract is noted on the 1832 plat by tract "D." The small section denoted "C" was exclusively reserved for the Quakers, who from the beginning, it seems, planned to allow others to be buried outside that plot of land. The Quaker Meeting House ...

October 18, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Godfather IV

(This column was written prior to the compromise bill hammered out by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama to end the federal government shutdown.)

October 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Just how famous is that food?

"Enjoy our famous smoked salmon."

October 18, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The awesome English language

The rules for correct grammar usage are many. They, however, are equaled to or exceeded by the exceptions. No one believes me when I tell them I never write without a dictionary and thesaurus by my side; after all, I taught English for many years. One student asked me, "When are we going to do something else except grammar?" I am not sure I consoled her when I replied, "We will soon study literature and composition." She sighed with relief until I said, "However, grammar plays a part in both of these." I should have mentioned it is also a ...

October 16, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The absolute, ultimate, most awesome best thing ever

There's no denying it, whether you want to admit it or not, the holidays are practically upon us. That realization tends to affect people in one of two ways: excitement or dread. I am more of the excitement school. I do like the holidays for the most part, with the exception that it leaves me pretty broke when it's all said and done.

October 16, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


The stories they told

My parents told great stories. I've told you that. How they would both weave long, intriguing tales from not much of a story or one that was so good to begin with that it took little embellishment.

October 16, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


KershawHealth impacts people’s lives every day

What a difference a week can make. That point was driven home to me by three stories of care provided by KershawHealth during the middle of September. In the midst of all the discussion about healthcare and budgets, leadership and mission, it's easy to overlook the impact KershawHealth has on people's lives every single day. These three stories put that in perspective.

October 14, 2013 | By Donnie Weeks, KershawHealth president and CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Executive sessions for ‘specific purpose’

Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their ...

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


Alexander Young

From 1807 until his death in 1856, Camden was the home of an extraordinarily talented and intelligent individual named Alexander Young. He was born on ...

July 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 21, 2017

On July 8, under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. won his third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, although in this ...

July 21, 2017 | | Columns


Holiday PTSD

Welcome to July in South Carolina.

July 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular of presidents sometimes do great things.

July 18, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

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


A very good year!

Once the end of the school year arrives and the dust settles a bit, we are in full planning mode for the coming year, and ...

July 18, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Working for freedom of information

During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


We were told there’d be dirt

WASHINGTON -- That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother ...

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


The joy of a good mud hole

It's hard to find a good mud hole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

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


Coding movement sweeping the world, nation and state

All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding ...

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


Lessons from a ‘local’

Recently, during a visit to Gorges State Park in the North Carolina mountains, I was privileged to see an amazing, rare and, yes, somewhat unnerving ...

July 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump's lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that ...

July 11, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New life at Mather

I recently visited the new Cedarbrook apartment community and quickly realized it is perfectly suited to bring new life to the former Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy property.

July 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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