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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


A swing to good sense in crime wars

Up against the wall, Mr. Mayor! Sometimes law enforcers need to be stopped, questioned and frisked, too.

August 16, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


‘Camden During the Civil War: The Home Front’ Explored at the Camden Archives and Museum

You may or may not be aware, but we Americans are in the middle of the Civil War Sesquicentennial now in the year 2013. Beginning in the year 2011 and running through 2015, the National Park Service and the Civil War Trust called for United States museums, parks, and civil war groups to hold an exhibit, a program, a reenactment, or some such event to commemorate the war. Not celebrate it -- commemorate that devastating period when the North and South waged war against each other from 1861 through 1865. The Camden Archives and Museum will honor that request by mounting ...

August 16, 2013 | | Columns


Newspapers and politicians in Maine

I'm a newspaper guy -- been at it for 41 years now -- so I usually come down on the side of the media when there's some kind of dust-up with a politician.

August 16, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


To have or have not -- a baby

WASHINGTON -- The media-created mommy wars haven't just jumped the shark and entered the realm of "Sharknado." Where women once debated ways to balance family-and-career -- a hyphenated oxymoron if ever there was one -- they're now clashing over whether having babies is really all that.

August 14, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The great high school reunion

Earlier this summer, I made the wise decision to see the Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby. I have to say I was an immediate fan of the film, not surprising as I love the book and Leonardo DiCaprio and modern remakes of classic works in general. I have read Gatsby close to 30 times by now, I'm sure, and the final words of the book have a way of replaying over and over again in my mind for days on end, as incessantly as if they were part of some Taylor Swift song -- "So we beat on ...

August 14, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Fitness and funny occurrences

My husband often gave me gifts -- many for no reason at all -- such as trips to foreign lands, jewelry, excursions to New York to see plays, etc. However, one of the gifts he presented to me with delight was not appreciated. I had just retired from teaching and wanted nothing more than to sit in a chair and never hear anyone call for Mrs. Pruett or Dr. Pruett again. Actually, I wanted to vegetate. Instead, my husband, who retired before me, signed us up for a New Life program. (I had no idea how lasting this contract was to be ...

August 14, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A family matter

WASHINGTON -- When The Washington Post Writers Group came courting several years ago, inviting me to join the company's syndicate, I remember well the pitch: We're a family.

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


Beyond sound bites

At the end of the most recent KershawHealth Board of Trustees meeting, I was approached by a television news reporter with a number of questions. I couldn't answer his questions at that time because they do not lend themselves to sound-bite answers, so I'd like to take this column to present a reasoned response to the questions.

August 12, 2013 | By Donnie Weeks, KershawHealth president and CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Print or online, C-I here to stay

Once a week, probably around age 12, I rode my bike up and down Urbana Drive in the Wheaton-Glenmont neighborhood north of Washington, D.C., delivering copies of the Montgomery County Journal. My bike was black with newspaper baskets over the back wheel, and I once did a great end-over-end cartwheel off it while trying to impress a girl. I didn't get the girl, but did break and dislocate all four left hand fingers and split open my upper lip. No applause, please.

August 12, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


GOP searches for its missing white voters

Remember how Republican leaders vowed to improve their outreach to minorities after Mitt Romney's demographic disaster in November? Well, not so fast, amigos. A lot of folks in the Grand Old Party's conservative wing prefer to tap another group that let them down: the "missing white voters."

August 09, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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A few simple thoughts

Lately, there's been noise about professional athletes showing their dissatisfaction with the president and the government by "taking a knee" during the national anthem.

September 26, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Where in the world is Dail Dinwiddie?

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Twenty-five years ago on Sept. 24, 1992, Dail Boxley Dinwiddie vanished.

September 26, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Time for the Barn Dance

Boots and jeans, mouthwatering food, and people coming together at idyllic Pear Tree Farm to help save canine lives is what Fostering Foster's 3rd ...

September 26, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


FireFest brings sense of pride

Each year, the Camden FireFest brings a sense of community and pride to our city that is unique to others.

September 26, 2017 | By Camden Fire Chief John Bowers C-I guest columnist | Columns


The scary part of Trump’s speech

I wrote today's column twice. I originally wrote a fairly straight-forward, "safe" examination of President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nation's ...

September 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The yankee and his music

Tink returned from a trip to Los Angeles and was recounting a conversation between himself and a friend during lunch. (Many in Southern California continue ...

September 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Main Street program showcases downtown Camden

Our hottest months are behind us as we begin to enjoy many upcoming events and activities. Our hours of day and night are roughly equal ...

September 22, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


More on the nuclear scandal

With each new revelation, our state's ongoing scandal of SCANA, Santee Cooper and their political dealing is providing new insights into how thoroughly corrupt ...

September 22, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lessons from the critters

A pretty funny thing happened just the other day. I won't say where, because that doesn't really matter, but the upshot of it ...

September 19, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


How Democrats won the presidency

WASHINGTON -- Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty.

September 19, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 15, 2017

Dear Danica Patrick,

September 19, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


School construction projects update

Last November, voters in Kershaw County approved a two-question $129 million referendum to move forward with a number of critical school construction projects. These projects ...

September 19, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Who’s an ‘illegal immigrant’?

On Tuesday's front page, we published a story I wrote about 42-year-old Gheorge Iordache, who pleaded guilty in late August to 60 of 97 ...

September 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Shouting for joy

On occasion when I was child, we traveled up into the mountains to visit what Mama called her "home church," meaning it was the church ...

September 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


McRae’s Superfine Flour

Camden has long been known for its wheat flour production during the pre-Revolutionary period and for several decades after the war. "Fine Carolina flour" was ...

September 15, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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