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Lizards need love, too

It's been more than 20 years ago, but I've never forgotten the pretty blonde girl who sat next to me in a class I had at the University of Georgia.

December 26, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Our sheriff and his ‘rescue squad’

We've all probably cringed at some time in life when blue lights flashed in your rear view mirror, but near Boykin those blue lights prompt a howl-fest of "welcome home" to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. Known as a tough law man, this long time law enforcement officer and his wife, Heather, are huge supporters of animal rescue organizations. In fact, they have five rescue animals of their own. Boomer is a 100-lb Bloodhound/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix adopted from SQ Rescue; Jill is a delightful Terrier mix from the Thiel-Meyer Adoption Center; The Outlaw Josie Wales (appropriately named says ...

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


Dave Brubeck was a master

I can't believe that, in my more than 17 years with this newspaper, I've never written about jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

December 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Recipe for a more humane world

As we approach the time of year that demands big changes and major resolutions, how about committing to one small, seemingly insignificant change? Instead of worrying about transforming our bodies, personalities, and entire ways of life, let's put into practice one change one day a week that will help transform the world. Just eat differently on Monday. By choosing vegetarian options just one day a week -- on Meatless Monday -- we can foster positive change for animals (and for ourselves as well) and make the next year a more humane one.

December 22, 2017 | Janet Williams C-I guest columnist | Columns


Three lives of Christmas trees

I've always liked Christmas tree farms. There's something nostalgic about them, plus I've always liked the way they look. Comparable to toy soldiers standing at attention, Christmas trees are stately, orderly, dressed for service and have a presence in the landscape. They may also have as many as three lives.

December 22, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Words that weren’t banned

WASHINGTON -- The recent excitement over an incredible story about the government trying to ban certain words reminded me of all the words and phrases I despise and wish were banned.

December 22, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Battling the holiday willies

There's not much good about getting older. In fact, there are exactly two things I find good about it: one, I'm not dead yet and two, I feel completely free to loudly indentifying those things that displease me.

December 19, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Collateral damage of ‘credibly accused’

WASHINGTON -- As the #MeToo movement gained momentum the past several weeks -- and more than a dozen powerful men accused of sexual misconduct were suspended, fired or banished into the outer darkness, it was reasonable to wonder where it would all end.

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


Water power: part II

We needed video of a serene mill pond where Boykin Spaniels might be trained to retrieve water fowl -- and the Boykin Mill Pond had been drained, as many ponds are during the autumn months of the year in our parts. So, Rickie Good and I headed out to Goodale State Park to film Adams Mill Pond since it was not on private property. Neither of us had ever been there before. I was surprised as we strolled toward the banks of the pond to increasingly hear the rush of falling water. The gates on the dam were open and the ...

December 19, 2017 | By Camden Archives Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Thankfulness

At this time of year, I tend to think backwards versus forward. I find myself reflecting a lot about people from my past and how they affected me. While tackling the yard work over Thanksgiving, I started thinking about teachers who helped direct my life in a positive way, even though I didn't appreciate them as much as I should have at the time.

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


In a galaxy far, far away…

Tonight, or tomorrow afternoon, my sons and I will see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." As father and sons, we are big Star Wars fans.

December 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An unchanging family

The newspaper was laying on the kitchen island so when I picked it, I flipped it over and glanced over the list of obituaries. I saw a last name I recognized and wondered if he might be kin to a man I once knew of. I hadn't heard the name in years. It is a surname known primarily in the Appalachians.

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


Season’s reason

More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could only find rest in a stable among cattle and sheep. This miraculous birth of an infant son caused the angels to rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. The holy newborn was no ordinary child: He was Jesus Christ, a manifestation of God's love. As time progressed, Christ led with a servant's heart and taught us that we should love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. We have learned that regardless of our circumstances or worship practices, we are all ...

December 15, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Women’s rage unleashed

WASHINGTON - That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded.

December 15, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The martyrdom of Al Franken

WASHINGTON -- With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

December 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Column: ‘…or of the press…’

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ...

January 19, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Buckley, Trump and immigration

CAMDEN, S.C. - While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip ...

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


Column: The EOC agenda

Last year, I wrote a column about the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) and why this superfluous group needs to be fundamentally reformed, or even better ...

January 19, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Duncan and Mary 'Found in collection'

Museums and archives have coined a term for those unexplainable objects or documents they inevitably have in their care. They are labeled "Found in Collection ...

January 19, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Darwin is calling

As if I needed yet more proof that the idiocracy is here, now and firmly established as the new normal in our society and our ...

January 16, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Gratitude in 2018

Hello 2018! A new year is upon us, and I am so excited about all the great things in store for our beautiful city! I ...

January 16, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


I couldn’t come up with anything, so…

(Remember "Noted and passed"? Let's go back six whole years to Jan. 9, 2012, when I had a little trouble -- like I am this ...

January 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Cooking in Connecticut

It is well known, by this point, that I married a Yankee from Connecticut. One who never knew the joy of comfort foods until he ...

January 12, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Sully’s purpose

Why do certain life events grab hold of our heartstrings so tight as though they'll never let go and others just pass right by ...

January 12, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cornbread and Carolina Gold

Granted that most cultural mythologies embody truths or would-be truths, studies of the South nevertheless reveal it to be a more complex, more fluid, more ...

January 12, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘Richard dances with the angels’

It was one of the more cryptic messages I've ever received.

January 09, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Like a child

WASHINGTON - I'm almost beginning to feel sorry for him.

January 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


CMA’s 2018 looks bright

How was your 2017? Did you keep your new year's resolutions? Did you exceed the goals that you set for yourself?

January 09, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Timely financial reporting is vital

Each October, many state agencies -- including public colleges and universities -- are required to submit to me their financial statements for the previous fiscal year. I ...

January 09, 2018 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


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