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Column: A dog named Merlin

In February, Camden native Lisa Berry was at work at the Camden Training Center when she first spotted the dog she now calls Merlin. Her friend and boss, Donna Freyer, who had been watching horses train in the woods called her and asked if she saw a stray dog wandering along the track. Since Lisa was out riding her horse, she set out to see if she could find the dog. She caught a glimpse of him, and what she saw concerned her. This handsome Golden Retriever mix was trailing a long rope behind him that seemed to be wrapped ...

October 23, 2018 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: This column is CBD infused

WASHINGTON -- As a new-product junkie, it was foregone that I'd swap a C-note for something called CBD, a cannabis extract promising relief from pain and anxiety, the twin banes of baby boomers recently awakened to the realization that, though their spirits be forever young, their joints definitively are not.

October 23, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: News deserts

I'm going to ask you to do something. The funny thing is, if you're reading this column, you're probably already doing it, but I'm going to ask anyway: Support this newspaper.

October 19, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: The sense of common sense

The other day I was at Mama's house, digging through kitchen cabinets trying to find a cast iron skillet that had once been there, when I stumbled across a large blue glass jar filled with various utensils that Mama had long used.

October 19, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: The hike

Last Saturday, I took part in the South Carolina State Guard's eighth annual Hurricane Hike. This was my fifth hike and, each year, participating always brings me back to my first -- the year an extraordinary occurrence changed my thinking forever. There are no coincidences in life, just reminders of a greater purpose. In honor of this year's event, I'd like to share a column I wrote about what happened on my first hike.

October 19, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Remembering Challenger

The race to the moon. Another thing today's kids miss. Was there anything more exciting than the race to put a man on the moon? It started on a cold October night back in 1957. Mom and Dad and sister, Brenda, and I stood out on a frosty lawn staring into the sky looking for Russia's Sputnik. There through the crisp clear night we saw it, blinking as it orbited Earth. If only we could have seen what Sputnik would lead to … weather satellites, GPS, telecommunications, and footprints on the moon.

October 19, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: 23andMe Too

WASHINGTON -- Now that the DNA is out of the bag, Sen. Elizabeth Warren can put her Native American heritage down for a nap -- maybe.

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


Column: Time -o- the year, again...

A few years back, I was in my kitchen making coffee, the better to clear some cobwebs out of my head, when I heard this bizarre noise coming from outside. It seemed to be this other-worldly voice, not really moaning, but not really articulating anything, either. As I had imbibed the better part of a good sized bottle of cheap merlot the night before, I worried that this might be some unintended consequence directly related to the words "large," "cheap," and "imbibed."

October 16, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Neva’s peace and joy

There was a woman and her husband I loved most of my life. Many people loved them because they were merry, kind and loving to all.

October 16, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: How important are state assessments?

Tests and school go hand-in-hand, but that is not necessarily bad. Let me shed some light on why I think state assessments are important.

October 16, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: National Newspaper Week 2018

This week, Oct. 7-13, is National Newspaper Week, the 78th such observance. This year's slogan is "Now More Than Ever," coming on the heels of last year's efforts to remind everyone that newpapers are a source of real, not "fake" news, especially here on the community journalism level.

October 12, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Nikki Haley’s comet has a long tale

WASHINGTON -- Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether to resign as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

October 12, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Cheerful giving

Arriving with autumn are falling leaves, playful spirits and a sense of cheerful giving. Each brings familiar feelings that surface each year during this beautiful season. Even though shedding leaves at this time of year fill us with the dread of raking them, we also pause to enjoy the beauty of their brilliant colors! The much anticipated cooler temperatures sometimes cause us to become playful as we take brisk walks, slow jogs, or evening strolls through downtown Camden. We decorate and dress for Halloween or simply wrap in a favorite, soft sweater and venture outdoors! And, then, we suddenly pause ...

October 12, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: CMA’s international presence

How do students from China and Russia find out about Camden Military Academy? Why do they choose a small boarding school in South Carolina? These questions are posed to me several times a year, every year. As I have written previously, CMA has students from 35 states and 14 countries. Fortunately, CMA has a tremendously positive reputation internationally but that is not the only reason for the enrollment of an international student.

October 12, 2018 | By Casey Robinson, CMA admissions director C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: What is Food For the Soul?

Every community has a population of homeless individuals and Kershaw County is no exception. Unemployment, poor mental or physical health, drug or alcohol addiction, domestic violence and family or relationship breakdowns are just a few reasons why men, women and children may find themselves hungry and living on the street.

October 09, 2018 | Michelle Hinson Food for the Soul board member | Columns


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Column: Archery needs help to hit target

Athletics is an important part of school life, from elementary school all the way through college. That is certainly true at Kershaw County's three ...

November 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: The fashion designer wannabe

To be truthful, I was 'agin' it from the beginning. To tell the unvarnished truth, I was quite a brat about it.

November 16, 2018 | | Columns


Column: Paula’s journey -- Part 3

Today, art joins cooking as one of Paula's passions. "There's a lady in town -- the 'Shell Lady,' who shelled our gas lanterns on ...

November 16, 2018 | | Columns


Column: Elections should be more competitive

There's a big lesson in the 2018 elections for the S.C. House of Representatives: The more competitive that elections are, the more likely ...

November 16, 2018 | By Andy Brack, Statehouse Report C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Weird news is the new normal

It's like they say: No matter where you go, there you are.

November 13, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Rural Route One

When I was a child growing up, our address was simply Rural Route One. Our road had no proper name and, for the first five ...

November 13, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Relief is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning ...

November 13, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Paula’s journey -- Part Two

Paula suffered agoraphobia early in life. This anxiety disorder makes you fear and avoid places or situations that might induce panic and feeling trapped, helpless ...

November 13, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: The election

Election Day 2018 turned into one of the more interesting mid-term elections of recent memory.

November 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Consider Antigua

Summer vacation may be over, but it is always the right time of year to travel somewhere new. For a long weekend, we're lucky ...

November 09, 2018 | By Stuart Pennebaker C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Remember Khashoggi

WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections are finally over, more or less, and we got what we got -- Donald Trump is still president.

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


Column: Paula's journey, Part One

When you see glistening oyster beds what comes to mind? An oyster roast? A mucky, perilous place? A driveway white with sun-bleached shells? Well, some ...

November 09, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Today is the day

For what it's worth, today is the big day. Election day. A moment for major change, a repudiation of an evil direction and intent ...

November 06, 2018 | | Columns


Column: The praying place

It was back in the summer, when the sun hung high and hot in the sky and the droplets of humidity fell like unwanted drops ...

November 06, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Our prince of scribes

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- As the famed author Pat Conroy began his journey from this earth two years ago, he might have dreamed of weekends like ...

November 06, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker | Columns


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