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The poor dirt farmer

There's nothing glamorous about being a farmer, nothing charming, little endearing and certainly few things easy about it. It is either a calling or a curse, depending on how one looks at it. Some are born into it and some just can't find a way to escape it for it's all they've ever known.

December 09, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The GOP’s toxic messaging

WASHINGTON -- As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.

December 06, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


What I AIN’T grateful for

Last week I told you about a lot of things for which I'm thankful.

December 06, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


‘Tis the season of lots to do

A blog I follow posted a piece last year about Christmas traditions. The woman who writes the blog is newly married and wanted to start some holiday traditions with her husband and carry them on if they should ever have children.

December 06, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Imagine your crimson pot

I'll be first to admit I'm a pushover when it comes to stories of do-gooders and their noble deeds of "giving back." As it goes, at this time of the year -- the season of giving -- many of us find ourselves looking for ways to be charitable, for ways to help others in some capacity. No doubt, the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's finds most of us in that feel-good benevolent mood (we hope). And in this bountiful season, exactly where we fall on the generosity meter quite frankly depends less on what we think determines our ...

December 06, 2013 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Spend the money and get what you want

Shopping for friends and family members can be fun, but it can also be very stressful. I can't tell you how many holidays have come and gone where I've waited until the last minute to buy Christmas presents for my nearest and dearest. It's not because I don't have the opportunity. Bien au contraire, mon ami, ce n'est pas vrai.

December 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Food stamps and turkey tales

WASHINGTON -- If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.

December 04, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Classically Carolina

"We are Camden, a place surrounded by history. Long a home of Native Americans, we were founded not long after Carolina was separated into North and South. Here, King Haigler, the Catawba chief, worked for peace among natives and colonists along the banks of the Wateree. Here, Patriots suffered one of the worst defeats in the Revolutionary War. Yet, from this place the tide of war would turn and ultimately lead to victory for a fledgling nation built on ideals of equality, freedom, and hope."

December 04, 2013 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Remembering Christmas 1941

Since the close of WWI, the United States had followed a foreign policy of isolationism and neutrality. As the 1930s drew to a close, the rise of Hitler in Germany and of Mussolini in Italy, and the continued aggression of Japan in the Pacific led to war in Europe and a change in United States foreign policy. The nation began serious preparations for the possible entry into this European war. That change in policy began to manifest itself throughout Kershaw County.

December 02, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Oh, the stories of woe

Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.

December 02, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Deputies’ lives touched thousands

I did not know Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Rob Evans, who passed away last week. I knew him, but only in the sense that I spoke to him a few times when the two of us happened to be at KCSO headquarters at the same time. Evans certainly seemed like a nice guy; I remember him smiling a lot.

December 02, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Talking turkey about Bleak Friday

WASHINGTON -- For children, Christmastime may be the favorite holiday, even if their families don't celebrate the birth of Christ. The twinkling lights and aura of magic that suddenly transfigure the most plebian edifices are nearly as seductive as a round-trip ticket to Never-Never Land.

November 29, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Time for a Thanksgiving cleanse

Since my family is traveling for Thanksgiving, I've decided to do a cleanse to celebrate the holidays.

November 29, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


What I’m thankful for

During this holiday season, I'm thankful for:

November 29, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Enjoying it while it’s there

People seem to get nervous when they realize you're past 25 years old and not only unwed, but also not even close to being wed. I don't really understand why it worries people so much, but I try not to let it bother me. Someone, who will remain unnamed and un-described, recently asked me "Haley, when are you going to get married?"

November 27, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


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That for which I’m thankful

(Due to our Thanksgiving deadlines, today's column was actually written Wednesday. The online version has been modified to reflect that, unfortunately, some plans -- even ...

November 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The memory of smell

It was after a speaking engagement in Chattanooga when I was signing books that an arm slipped over my shoulders from the back and a ...

November 24, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Abe Lincoln’s daddy

Abraham Lincoln is the biological son of John C. Calhoun. The Champion of States Rights is the father of the man who kept the union ...

November 24, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Moment of Nature - Nov. 24, 2017

The following information comes from my colleague Dena Whitesides and is reprinted with her permission and my edits.

November 24, 2017 | | Columns


Thankfully yours

I've said it before; I'll say it again; every day is, in fact, a miracle and a gift.

November 21, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Thanksgiving 2017

Last year marked the 25th anniversary that I have hosted Thanksgiving for family and friends. And, it's a really big deal for me.

November 21, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 21, 2017

Well, it's finally here; the last race of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. Every year I complain about the length of the season ...

November 21, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The future is now!

I'm pretty darned proud of what our school district is able to accomplish with the resources available to us. While our funding is somewhere ...

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


National adoption month

November is National Adoption Month and Thursday was National Adoption Day. Both celebrate the loving option of adoption, spreading awareness of thousands of children in ...

November 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Albany, Ga., needs us

On the Rondarosa, we have such frequent phone and DSL problems, that we've become good friends with our repair guy, Mike. Such good friends ...

November 17, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What did he say?

WASHINGTON -- Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: "I believe the women."

November 17, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The Price House

The Archives and Museum recently applied for a South Carolina state historical marker for the Price House. Administered by the S.C. Department of Archives ...

November 17, 2017 | By Camden Archives Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


It’s a crock

Paint me insane, but if I was stranded on a deserted island, I believe the one thing I would want -- besides a couple of beers ...

November 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Pedophiles and polar bears, oh my!

WASHINGTON -- Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former ...

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


Celebrating our accomplishments

Autumn's crisp air and bright colors encourage us to venture out and enjoy our exquisite hometown. This delightful time of the year inspires us ...

November 14, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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