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Independence Day reflections

I love the Fourth of July -- everything it represents.

July 04, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Remembering Mr. Ben

A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden Isles, but we are normally on St. Simons or Sea Island so it had been a few years since I had been on Jekyll.

July 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Local heroes

He listened to the sharks attack his shipmates and prayed that he would be rescued. On Dec. 8, 1941, Coolie Hinson decided to drop out of Baron DeKalb High and fight the Japanese. He joined the Navy and, nine months later on the 8th of August in 1942, he was treading water because his ship, the USS Vincennes, was sunk in the Battle of the Savoy Islands.

July 04, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The ties that bind

The village blacksmith went to church on Sunday, sat among his boys, and heard the parson pray and preach. When his daughter's voice in the choir so sweetly rang out with long remembered melodies, once more he fondly thought of her mother who lay below in the church yard cemetery. With his huge calloused hand, he brushed a tear from his eyes.

July 04, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


The positivity factor

"So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'" -- Howard Beale, as played by Peter Finch, in "Network" (1976).

June 30, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


What’s ailing healthcare

WASHINGTON -- The Senate health care bill, which was scuttled Tuesday until after July 4, was doomed by two narratives: Republicans are mean, and poor people would be dropping like flies.

June 30, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The sorry state of women in South Carolina

It has always been a source of great bewilderment to me the huge hypocritical gulf between how we, as Southern men, talk about women -- and how we treat them.

June 30, 2017 | | Columns


Moment of Nature - June 30, 2017

This is what I often hear after meeting someone new and they discover I'm an arborist -- and most times I'm able to assist them. If you have a tree in your yard or one street-side, perhaps you've wondered about a particular tree thing. If so, here is Part 1 of some common tree questions I receive.

June 30, 2017 | | Columns


A funny thing happened at the mailbox

The day I received my very first package from this group, I nearly had apoplexy. That in and of itself should have clued me that maybe I did need to join them after all.

June 27, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Tink and the Garanimals

It is a sure bet, I am certain, that I am not the only wife with a husband who cares little about clothes. Like many wives, particularly Southern ones, I purchase his clothes and put together his wardrobe.

June 27, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My brain on NASCAR - June 27, 2017

I am willing to wager that mine wasn't the only dry eye in the Palmetto State when Ryan Blaney claimed his first-ever Monster Energy Cup Series victory at Pocono Raceway on June 11, driving the No. 21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing. In fact, I'm a little surprised our little ol' state didn't wash away entirely on a sea of happy tears.

June 27, 2017 | | Columns


Help pets have a happy, safe Fourth

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner. A few days of fun with family and friends, time spent at the lake or in the pool, and anticipation of sitting in an idling boat watching bright firework displays when it's finally dark. It seems like the best day of the summer as America celebrates Independence Day. Every year, I try not to notice the little niggle in the back of my head reminding me that tomorrow is July 5. For those of us in animal rescue, it's the day that we anticipate with dread. It's ...

June 27, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A possible end to gerrymandering?

Two special elections grabbed headlines this week. There was the U.S. House District 5 special election here in South Carolina, the outcome of which will be reported Tuesday. Nationally, a special election for Georgia's U.S. District 6 seat garnered far more interest. Republicans prevailed, but by far smaller margins than anyone thought possible.

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Can words be lethal?

WASHINGTON -- Words matter, journalists are fond of saying.

June 23, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Water power

The Camden Archives and Museum will mount an exhibit about Camden's cotton mill era in late January 2018. Most museum exhibits take months to research, develop and mount, so we are already exploring this topic. Camden's commercial cotton mill has historically been located at the lake on Little Pine Tree Creek, known long ago as "Factory Pond," and now as "Kendall Lake." The lake has held a place in Camden's history for more than 250 years.

June 23, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Holiday PTSD

Welcome to July in South Carolina.

July 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular of presidents sometimes do great things.

July 18, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

July 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A very good year!

Once the end of the school year arrives and the dust settles a bit, we are in full planning mode for the coming year, and ...

July 18, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Working for freedom of information

During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


We were told there’d be dirt

WASHINGTON -- That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother ...

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


The joy of a good mud hole

It's hard to find a good mud hole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

July 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Coding movement sweeping the world, nation and state

All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding ...

July 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lessons from a ‘local’

Recently, during a visit to Gorges State Park in the North Carolina mountains, I was privileged to see an amazing, rare and, yes, somewhat unnerving ...

July 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump's lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that ...

July 11, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New life at Mather

I recently visited the new Cedarbrook apartment community and quickly realized it is perfectly suited to bring new life to the former Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy property.

July 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 11, 2017

2015 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch is not a happy camper.

July 11, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


17 years

It was exactly 17 years ago Wednesday morning, to the day, that I walked in the doors of the Chronicle-Independent as an employee for the ...

July 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Ignorance is bliss

As a goal-oriented engineer who believes we should all be lifelong learners, the phrase, "ignorance is bliss" has always made me shake my head in ...

July 07, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Love of country

My family celebrated our country's 241st birthday in Pawley's Island this past Tuesday. Spending July 4th at the beach never fails to deliver ...

July 07, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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