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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


The best schools in the U.S. and S.C.

Did you ever wonder what a truly great school looks like?

June 23, 2017 | | Columns


The dream v. the reality

If you missed Ag&Art weekend in Kershaw County, you missed out on a truly unique, fun and interesting event.

June 20, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Our new life in the dugout

WASHINGTON -- Kelley Paul had gone to bed Tuesday night as usual, with her cellphone set on "Do Not Disturb," except for family and close friends whose calls would always go through.

June 20, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Headless and history

Hobkirk Hill is named for a village and civil parish in Scotland.

June 20, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Seniors look back

One of the groups I meet with regularly is Student Cabinet, which is made up of student council officers from every grade from each of our high schools. I get very (very, very) honest feedback and a lot of extremely useful information and perspective from this group. At the last meeting of the year, I always ask the seniors in the group to talk about their plans and their favorite teachers and memories from their school careers. I'm always touched by what they have to say because it's all so genuine. I'm also always struck by the ...

June 20, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Behind the scenes

As you can probably imagine, it's impossible to, literally, include everything about a particular event, person or issue in a single article or even a series of articles in a newspaper.

June 16, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The unnecessary obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of the River Jordan and cast a longing eye to that other shore, he waded right into its sparkling, clear waters.

June 16, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


First responders are superheroes

When the call comes, they have the training, equipment and courage to respond. Be it during dinner or Sunday school, these superheroes work long hours, in crazy situations we cannot even imagine. These special heroes answer the call to protect and save our citizens day and night.

June 16, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The role of business in legislative affairs

Recently, I've been thinking about the role of businesses in legislative affairs. My perception has been that larger businesses are the ones who get involved and have the most influence. They have seemingly unlimited funding and resources to make sure their voice is heard by local, state and national elected officials. This perspective ignored small business, who generate 54 percent of sales in the U.S. and provide 55 percent of all jobs (according to the Small Business Administration's small business trends website: https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/energy-efficiency/sustainable-business-practices/small-business-trends). Where is the voice of the ...

June 16, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Scratching my head, again

I swear, one of these days I'm going to either scratch my head completely bald -- I'm already more than halfway there -- or just shake it right off my shoulders.

June 13, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rodney teaches

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in. I inhaled deeply and leaned forward, my elbows resting on my knees.

June 13, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Executive sessions for ‘specific purpose’

Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a ...

July 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans' relatively muted regret over their ...

July 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Alexander Young

From 1807 until his death in 1856, Camden was the home of an extraordinarily talented and intelligent individual named Alexander Young. He was born on ...

July 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - July 21, 2017

On July 8, under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. won his third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, although in this ...

July 21, 2017 | | Columns


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


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