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Last September, I was supposed to attend my first-ever meeting of the S.C. Press Association's Freedom of Information (FOI) Committee. Unfortunately, the effects of a certain hurricane required us to postpone that meeting. It's been rescheduled for next Friday (Jan. 12), one week from today.

January 05, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A young girl and the UGA Bulldogs

It was an undeniable blessing when I, a college kid and part-time sports writer, was given the assignment to cover a University of Georgia football game. What I didn't know at the time is that that one assignment would provide a springboard to bigger opportunities as well as giving me friendships that remain many years later.

January 05, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Queen Carlson wins again

WASHINGTON - If karma is a b----, justice is a beauty queen.

January 05, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


‘If you’re gonna get ‘et...’

Like a lot of eastern Georgians I grew up with no contact with gators. I heard a rumor that someone had seen one crossing Poland Road from my granddad's pond. Never verified that. Never saw a gator growing up. My writing career, however, would put me around gators far more than I would have imagined as a boy in rural Georgia.

January 05, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


H.3931 is terrible legislation

There is a wolf in sheep's clothing working its way through our state legislature.

January 05, 2018 | By S.C. Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers C-I guest columnist | Columns


A resolution

Has another year gone by already?

January 02, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


New Year’s 2018

It was many years ago -- over two decades now -- that I attended a writer's conference in hopes of learning how to write a book and get it published.

January 02, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


See Rock City

In Mom's back yard stands a red and black birdhouse on a white pole. Its roof holds iconic words. "See Rock City." If it had not been for Garnet Carter and Clark Byers, that birdhouse wouldn't exist, for that birdhouse harkens back to a heralded part of Southern lore. Times were, you could drive along a back road and sooner or later you'd see a barn with its roof turned into an advertisement.

January 02, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Where has the Flat Rock Post Office gone?

Your columnist had occasion to travel along the Flat Rock Road several times a year after his sister-in-law moved to Lancaster County in the late 1940s. In the 1960s, he visited certain sites on the Flat Rock Road, while producing a television series, and secured photographs of a few of them.

January 02, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


My 2017 People of the Year

This was a strange year in terms of people having an impact. No one person, or group of people, had what I would consider a year-long impact on Kershaw County and its communities in a way that I would want to single them out.

December 29, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The tree

When I was a child, around the age of 5, my mama's brother went to fight in Vietnam. He was a career military man who served on helicopters that dropped into the jungles and picked up the badly wounded and dead. It scarred his heart forever.

December 29, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Fake news IS the story

WASHINGTON - As a functional obsessive-compulsive, I'm never happier than at year's end when I get to make lists. Herewith, my picks for the most important stories of 2017:

December 29, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Wreckage along back roads

I seek beautiful wreckage along the back roads. It's out there, a chest of tarnished treasure. The key is that red, white, and blue shield you see in the photograph. I know it is a place to avoid. Rather than speed from one destination to another, I follow old roads into the past. And it is there that I ramble, detouring and losing track of time. It's there that mysteries occur to me, something that never happens on a rough-surfaced interstate where road noise drowns out your thoughts.

December 29, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reaping what one sows

There's this funny thing about writers, musicians, artists -- folks of that ilk. We all have what I like to call "Sally Field Syndrome." That is, we all are dying to know if you really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really like us.

December 26, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Hallmark Christmas

The way it happened was like something that would happen in a Hallmark movie. Wait a minute. It was a Hallmark movie that started it all.

December 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Column: Unsportsmanlike conduct

On Wednesday, February 7, I drove down to Columbia to watch my older son play in his last JV basketball game -- perhaps his last basketball ...

February 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Small newspapers make big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper.

February 16, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Reflections

We all had that special teacher or coach who inspired us to believe and achieve while we were in school. Take a minute and think ...

February 16, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Invasion of the bots

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia.

February 16, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Whispered prayer

Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing's beautiful. You startle ...

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


Column: Do-er or dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

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


Column: Karma loves football

WASHINGTON -- The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady's defeat ...

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


Column: I wrote about it, then suffered it

I've written about the flu here in Kershaw County twice. It seems only fitting I should experience it, right? Well, no, actually I don ...

February 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: #Fairness

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes before the start of President Trump's State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton dumped a mea culpa onto her Facebook page ...

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


Column: Jazz

In 1903, when historian and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois heralded the Negro spiritual as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side ...

February 09, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A call to civility

"I'm sorry."

February 09, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Creeping up on a creepy holiday

Valentine's Day will soon be here and chances are, hapless guys all over America will be in the doghouse one way or another on ...

February 06, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: The legend of Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker was the most memorable kid in my first grade class. I spent 12 years matriculating with Bobby, but it was in the first ...

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


Column: Teach them to be loud...

Last week, a former physician for the American gymnastics team, who is not worthy of being named, was sentenced to up to 175 years in ...

February 06, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Connections between Thomas X Roads and Camden

If you journey north out of Camden on Stagecoach Road, you pass Goodale State Park. About 10 miles farther, you will cross a road that ...

February 06, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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