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When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.

August 01, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sick? Some of you can stay home

NEW YORK -- Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who've never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that's a good thing.

August 01, 2014 | | Columns


New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns


Rock of Ages

I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...

July 30, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Me Inc. offers plenty of dividends

WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."

July 30, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The legend of Lloyd Seay

Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.

July 28, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Star Trek ... in the news!

OK, OK, yes I'm talking Star Trek again, but hang on, this is really more about newspapers than Star Trek. All right, maybe 50-50.

July 28, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


51 days in a car with boys

If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.

July 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The hand that rocks the ballot box

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women -- the so-called "Beyoncé voter" demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered.

July 23, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


S.C., immigration and ‘Us vs. Them’

First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment but a simple geo-political fact.

July 23, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Column: News deserts

I'm going to ask you to do something. The funny thing is, if you're reading this column, you're probably already doing it ...

October 19, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: The sense of common sense

The other day I was at Mama's house, digging through kitchen cabinets trying to find a cast iron skillet that had once been there ...

October 19, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: The hike

Last Saturday, I took part in the South Carolina State Guard's eighth annual Hurricane Hike. This was my fifth hike and, each year, participating ...

October 19, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Remembering Challenger

The race to the moon. Another thing today's kids miss. Was there anything more exciting than the race to put a man on the ...

October 19, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: 23andMe Too

WASHINGTON -- Now that the DNA is out of the bag, Sen. Elizabeth Warren can put her Native American heritage down for a nap -- maybe.

October 19, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Time -o- the year, again...

A few years back, I was in my kitchen making coffee, the better to clear some cobwebs out of my head, when I heard this ...

October 16, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Neva’s peace and joy

There was a woman and her husband I loved most of my life. Many people loved them because they were merry, kind and loving to ...

October 16, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: How important are state assessments?

Tests and school go hand-in-hand, but that is not necessarily bad. Let me shed some light on why I think state assessments are important.

October 16, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: National Newspaper Week 2018

This week, Oct. 7-13, is National Newspaper Week, the 78th such observance. This year's slogan is "Now More Than Ever," coming on the heels ...

October 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Nikki Haley’s comet has a long tale

WASHINGTON -- Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether ...

October 12, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Cheerful giving

Arriving with autumn are falling leaves, playful spirits and a sense of cheerful giving. Each brings familiar feelings that surface each year during this beautiful ...

October 12, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: CMA’s international presence

How do students from China and Russia find out about Camden Military Academy? Why do they choose a small boarding school in South Carolina? These ...

October 12, 2018 | By Casey Robinson, CMA admissions director C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: What is Food For the Soul?

Every community has a population of homeless individuals and Kershaw County is no exception. Unemployment, poor mental or physical health, drug or alcohol addiction, domestic ...

October 09, 2018 | Michelle Hinson Food for the Soul board member | Columns


Column: TV leeches prey on elderly

Miss Opal Puckett is 90 years old. She lives with her daughter, on a limited income.

October 09, 2018 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Column: Of war and superstition

Every family has superstitions. Bill Beck's was that every time you saw a white horse he licked two fingers and slapped his palm. This ...

October 09, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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