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Beyond the rubble of disaster….

Time and again, I am moved to emotion at the goodness of Americans particularly in instants of unexpected and horrific circumstances - natural disasters, terrorism, and life-shattering violence. It can be difficult knowing how to talk to our children about the loss and the fear surrounding events like 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Newtown, the Boston Marathon, tornados in Oklahoma, among others. Unluckily, the majority of our kids have seen the disturbing images on television from the collapse of the World Trade Center towers to the devastation in Oklahoma to the unspeakable carnage in Boston. At times, it may seem impossible to ...

June 07, 2013 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fight gangs, not each other

It was a kneejerk reaction to a kneejerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.

June 07, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Female breadwinners to cause downfall of society?

I'm not typically one to really keep up with the happenings on FOX News or really any other news type channel for that matter. I don't really watch TV all that often so I tend to get my news from a variety of websites. However, sometime Friday as I scanned my Facebook newsfeed I began to see a trend. There appeared to be some sort of hullaballoo regarding comments said on FOX News. The thing that caught my attention were the variety of people who were posting about what happened. It wasn't just those that refer to ...

June 05, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


The new F-word: Father

WASHINGTON -- News that women increasingly are the leading or sole breadwinner in the American family has resurrected the perennial question: Why do we need men?

June 05, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


End of school and an anniversary

The last days of May and the beginning of June mark a couple of passages for me.

June 03, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Wiley Kelley’s role in filling CSA ‘bread baskets’

Along the eastern edge of Kershaw County flow the Little and Big Lynches rivers. European settlers received land grants along these two rivers in the three decades preceding the Revolutionary War. They began to plant and cultivate crops in the rich bottom lands bordering these rivers and during the next half century, several large plantations developed. One such plantation was that of David and Elizabeth Tyner Kelley and their son Wiley Kelley (1795-1873).

June 03, 2013 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Droning about the end of war

WASHINGTON -- It's good to know that the war on terror is finally over. It was all so ugly, what with the beheadings and bombings.

June 03, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Sometimes, the small details are the best

One of the neat things about being a reporter is all the inside scoops you get.

May 31, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


What next? A drone war against the press?

Could a president order drone strikes against journalists? I'm not worried. No, really. Not much.

May 31, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Obituaries are different now

Obituaries are a lot more interesting now than they used to be, though perhaps a bit less truthful.

May 31, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Smiling faces. Beautiful places.

A friend of mine came through town the other week to stay with me for a night as a sort of rest stop on his current road trip. Naturally, he wanted to see all the many sites and attractions that the area has to offer. As we drove through downtown Camden and I pointed out all the historical houses and then crossed over the bridge separating Camden from Lugoff, he said to me "everyone waves here." I was a little confused by this statement. So I asked him what exactly he meant by that. I mean, I understood the words ...

May 29, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Columns


Ardent Sentry participation

Although hurricane season does not officially begin until June, Camden's own Charlie Company and the SC National Guard recently underwent training in the event that a large scale storm or other disaster hits our state. From May 16 to 21, the National Guard participated in Ardent Sentry, a major training exercise in South Carolina focused on disaster response and coordination procedures.

May 29, 2013 | By Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The case of the patented genes

WASHINGTON -- Angelina Jolie's genes threatened to kill her. But, for the time being anyway, she doesn't own them.

May 29, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Merida doesn’t need a makeover

Merida from Disney's Brave officially became Disney's 11th princess on May 11 and someone felt that she needed a makeover for her coronation.

May 27, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Columns


Input from home

I know I should probably write about the current multiple scandals in Washington. And with the investigations into the Benghazi terrorist attacks, the revelation of the Department of Justice pulling the Associated Press' phone records, and the outrageous political vendetta being revealed at the IRS, there would certainly be no shortage of material.

May 27, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney C-I contributing columnist | 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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