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Column: My mother’s lovely peach tree

The old folks planted fruit trees. Pear, apple, cherry, wild plum, and peach trees. Pecan trees too. Vineyards of wild grapes … scuppernongs and muscadines. Folks in general don't do that anymore. Why should they? Just go to the store and buy fruit that's waxed and arranged in pretty rows. Nary a tree in sight. Dependent on strangers we are.

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


Column: Off to the races -- again

WASHINGTON -- You may have missed the starting shot, but the midterm races officially began last week with the Texas primaries. This coming Tuesday, voters in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District head to the polls for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Tim Murphy.

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


Column: Just two phone calls

I am not a politician. In fact, my only personal experience in the political realm occurred in high school when I was elected class secretary. Knowledge of the workings of government was, for me at least, primarily confined to my social studies textbook; it certainly had no relevance to my daily life. Only recently has my attitude changed. "Representative democracy," I finally see, is not just an answer to a test question; it's also a vital reminder that legislators work for us and that they can only do so effectively if we inform them of our views.

March 13, 2018 | By Janet Williams C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Flowers and your bucket list

This story is one of "small-towner" visits the "big city."

March 13, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: ‘Black Panther’ is everyone’s movie

I knew we were in for a very different movie experience while my sons and I waited in line to see "Black Panther."

March 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Celebrating outstanding women

March is Women's History Month. As announced by the National Women's History Project, the theme for 2018 is Nevertheless She Persisted. The phrase originated in February 2017 when Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced during Jeff Sessions' attorney general confirmation hearing. As Senator Warren was reading a letter, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reprimanded her and stated that her speech violated Senate Rule No. 19. Later, when referring to the incident, Senator McConnell said Senator Warren "appeared to violate the rule." He stated, "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

March 09, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Stop first, parse later

WASHINGTON -- At least they're doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida's proposed gun bill.

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


Column: From rear bumper to social media

Some folks collect stamps and coins. Others collect rare works of art.

March 06, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: A longing for pine pollen

Cold weather? Stay up North. My dash says it's 48 degrees as I drive by a swamp, yet singing frogs drown out my heater fan. They must be pleading for warm weather to arrive. Well, let me tell you, warm weather can't get here fast enough. Just the other night, I told a lady I couldn't wait to see daffodils and pine pollen. Yes, pine pollen. The color of spring is gold. Bring on daffodils and bring on yellow dust storms, sure signs winter is loosening its grip on the land.

March 06, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Easy doesn’t do it

He doesn't mean it.

March 06, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Tidbits about Wateree River bridge

In 1841, Thomas Whitaker was president and William Lang was treasurer of the Bridge Company. From 1863-70, John M. Desaussure was president and Colin McCrae treasurer of the company.

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


Column: For the record

When I was a child, from the time I was old enough to sit on the floor and play with my toes until far past the time I put on my first coat of mascara, I have loved records.

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


Column: I'm not going to remember...

Of the 10 leading causes of death in America, there is only one disease that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. This one disease has already affected 5.5 million people and by 2050, this number could rise to 16 million. Every 66 seconds, this one disease takes up residence in another person. And since the year 2000, the mortality of this one disease has increased by 89 percent. More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for a loved one suffering from this one disease and like so many of my generation, I was once part of that large ...

March 02, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: When local business thrives, so does community

If you've got shopping to do, the national "big-box" and e-commerce retailers can seem like an appealing option. They're often located close to the interstate. With huge advertising budgets, they bombard us with tantalizing deals and "doorbuster specials." And in the internet era it's easier than ever to make purchases with a few clicks on a laptop or smartphone.

February 27, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: The treasure of a friendship

Perhaps to some, it is an unlikely friendship but to me it is one I treasure. Nothing pleases me more than the moments of conversation I spend with One Arm, who lives up the road a bit.

February 27, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Column: My old friends Chuck and Will

This has been one of the weirder transitions from winter into spring. No doubt, that meme that's been making the rounds on social media ...

April 24, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Being corrected by others

It has been well over 10 years since I started a weekly newsletter for my readers which is free and primarily tells the stories behind ...

April 24, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: What CMA is and is not

Having lived in the area most of my life, I am continually amazed at how very little people know about Camden Military Academy (CMA). However ...

April 24, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Drainage pipe puppies

Have you ever been driving down the road and seen a litter of puppies popping their heads up out of a drainage ditch or seen ...

April 24, 2018 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Legislature needs to obey own law

On today's front page, I have an article looking back at the Kershaw County school board's April 10 meeting and a presentation on ...

April 20, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Mark my words

The new book I've written about Mama is a compilation of past columns about her as well as new stories that give an insight ...

April 20, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Put out the word

An elected official in Camden never wants to hear: "How come there's no place for kids to hang out?" One answer that doesn't ...

April 20, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: The history of Monument Square

Monument Square developed as a part of the 1798 "extended plan" of the town of Camden which is credited to Col. Joseph Kershaw. It was ...

April 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: The dogs of war are howling

WASHINGTON -- As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump's words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind:

April 17, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Mark my words

From time to time, as my writing career grew, Mama would say, "I built you, little girl. Don't ever forget that."

April 17, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Foreign chit-chat

The "last chance" dance was when the Australian gentleman spied the cute blonde lass and took a chance and asked her to dance and soon ...

April 17, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: School safety always a priority

The recent school shooting tragedy in Florida has obviously brought school safety to the forefront. From the day this tragedy occurred, I have very clearly ...

April 17, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: DSS claims it’s ‘making progress’

When we published my two-part "Orphaned and homeless" in-depth look at a teenager named "J.M." and how a jury found the S.C. Department ...

April 13, 2018 | | Columns


Column: My Atlanta angel

Writing amounts to solitary confinement. The hours alone reward you though when a book comes out: meeting folks who love books. When book events conclude ...

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


Column: Pride in city based on many aspects of life

The pride we feel for our city is based on many aspects of life. Chief among them -- loving people, generous businesses, dedicated community service organizations ...

April 13, 2018 | | Columns


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