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Camden’s town plan ‘Revolutionary!’

We can thank William Penn of colonial Pennsylvania fame for the plan of Camden! By the time that Joseph Kershaw moved to this area in 1758, Philadelphia, Pa., was three quarters of a century old. Penn developed and published plans for Philadelphia, our country's first capital, between 1681 and 1683. In 1683, Penn's Surveyor General, Thomas Holme, published the plan they developed in "Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia." A revolutionary plan at the time, the new city of Philadelphia was to be built around a central public square of 10 acres. In each quadrant of the city ...

June 21, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Don’t shoot the messenger

I've always heard the phrase "don't shoot the messenger" throughout my life. I somewhat understood what it meant -- don't take your anger out on someone who is simply relaying unwanted information. It wasn't until I started my career as a reporter that I developed a deeper and more meaningful relationship with this quote. Being a journalist means that not only do I get to be the bearer of good news involving our community, but sometimes it also involves me being the bearer of bad news. In an ideal and perfect world the only news available to ...

June 19, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Googling ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!"

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


Statehouse ethics: just tell the truth

When I was a young boy growing up and my mother confronted me with something that I knew I had done wrong, I often stammered around, making excuses and trying to avoid fessing up. My mom's response was always the same: "Let's begin by just telling the truth."

June 19, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noted and passed

** A new Gallup poll indicates that Americans rank the performance of Congress at the lowest level since polling on the subject began. Only 10 percent of citizens say they have confidence in Congress, with no discernible difference among those who call themselves Democrats and those who say they're Republicans. Congress rates last on a list of 16 institutions, with the American military ranking first. The Gallup organization has been asking opinions of Congress since 1973, and confidence has been less than 20 percent since 2006.

June 17, 2013 | | Columns


Crisis of faith in government

WASHINGTON -- It is reassuring that in the midst of so much government dysfunction, the IRS has resolved the question of when and whether to tax tanning beds under the Affordable Care Act. Do not be concerned about that giddiness you feel. You are not having a nervous breakdown but are suffering a symptom commonly associated with recognition that the absurd has become the accepted norm -- and that you are, in fact, alone. Indeed, the IRS' tanning ruling comes in the nick of time. Amid incessantly breaking news -- NSA surveillance, IRS political targeting, DOJ seizing, and CIA shrugging -- Americans were beginning ...

June 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


KCSD has had a one terrific school year

The end of the school is a veritable kaleidoscope of activities and excitement, with happiness and even a little relief thrown in for good measure. For me, it's also a time to reflect on the school district's many accomplishments over the past year. To say the least, it's been one terrific year! This month, I wanted to review just a few of the many highlights of 2012-13:

June 17, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Game of Thrones is good, but tough TV

Back in March 2012, I wrote about my newfound love of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. I mentioned -- almost as a side note -- the brilliant HBO television series based on the books (and named after the first novel) Game of Thrones.

June 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Game of Thrones is good, but tough TV

Back in March 2012, I wrote about my newfound love of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series. I mentioned -- almost as a side note -- the brilliant HBO television series based on the books (and named after the first novel) Game of Thrones.

June 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Welcome to the good life

Were talking coffee and burgers today, folks.

June 14, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Secrecy scandal? Not so much

When is a scandal not really a scandal? Many are shocked to hear that the government, in its pursuit of terrorists as relentlessly as Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner, is massively snooping into our phone records and popular social networks without search warrants.

June 14, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Addressing the marriage question

I think it's safe to say that I've definitely reached the age where people often feel the need to ask the "marriage question." And by that, I mean frequent inquiries about to whom and when I'm getting married, why I'm not attached at the moment, etc., etc., etc. Which is fine. I don't mind answering that I'm not seeing anyone serious at the moment or that I'm not ready to settle down. I understand that it's just a common question that people are curious to know the answer to.

June 12, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Ideas always welcome here

For the past couple of years, Kimbrell's has been considering closing its Camden furniture store due to the declining downtown foot traffic. Recently, the CEO of Kimbrell's met with Camden officials and, upon hearing of our plans to revitalize Camden, committed to renovate the interior and exterior of their store at the corner of Broad and Rutledge. For those who want to see the eventual results of the ongoing renovation, check out Kimbrell's in downtown Sumter, almost the exact same building. There, Kimbrell's uncovered the second-story windows hidden behind mammoth aluminum cladding, replaced an aluminum awning ...

June 12, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tweaking real life

NEW YORK -- It was never quite clear what feminizing the workplace would mean when women en masse invaded corporate America a generation ago.

June 12, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Aging matters -- respite:

"I was tired, but it was a different kind of tired. This kind of tired comes from day after day of constant caregiving with no end in sight -- with no hope and no one to care. Respite allowed me to be with people who care and realize that some people understand what caregivers are going through." Like this elderly gentleman, who is a caregiver for his wife living with Alzheimer's disease, you may have a similar story. In fact, you will be surprised to learn that this may be a typical response from any one of the over 770 ...

June 10, 2013 | By Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Say 'no' to H. 3931

Where does your tax money go?

March 28, 2017 | By Jay Bender, S.C. Press Association attorney C-I guest columnist | Columns


Governing by ultimatum

WASHINGTON -- In a week that felt like a month, Americans got a clear view of Donald Trump's governing style and also of his fabled ...

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


Two strangers linked forever

Several years ago, an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently and, again as ...

March 28, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Military veteran continues to save lives

"It takes a village" to save unwanted pets in our community and there are large and small roles available for everyone. Disabled army veteran Elizabeth ...

March 28, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


So, this is middle age?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, you are considered middle aged if you are between 45 and 65 years old.

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Neil Gorsuch steals the week

WASHINGTON -- Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States.

March 24, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Asthma, allergies and tree sex...

Welcome to spring! For many people this is their favorite time of year, for many others it is a miserable time of year. According to ...

March 24, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Oh, if only I were king for a day

If only I were king for a day! That's a phrase declared by people who believe they can solve a problem if given the ...

March 24, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I guest columnist | Columns


Bob Vila does not live here ...

And I can prove it.

March 21, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Workforce is number one business concern

The number one concern of businesses considering coming to central South Carolina, and therefore, Kershaw County, is workforce. Mike Briggs, President and CEO of the ...

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


The downtown duck pond

In 1798, a committee composed of James Kershaw, John Kershaw, William Lang, James Chesnut and Samuel Mathis surveyed the land which would be called "The ...

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


Paying for enrollment growth

Kershaw County is growing, to be sure. The County's "Vision 2030" Plan, a very thorough and visionary document, contains a projection that the population ...

March 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rereading makes for ‘Goodreads’

If you've never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Goodreads. It is a website, mobile app and Facebook page devoted to ...

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Irish among us

As the first Grand Marshall of the -- I hope annual -- Montessori Leprechaun Parade, I'm thinking today might offer an opportunity to comment on the ...

March 17, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


A perfect place to enjoy S.C.

If ever there is a perfect place to enjoy South Carolina, it is here, right here in Camden. Our hometown is quintessential Southern. We have ...

March 17, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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