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A few pearls of wisdom

"That man is so crooked he could crawl through a barrel of fishhooks and not get a scratch on him." --Troy Stevenson

August 01, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Historical nuggets from an account book

About two decades ago, an inquiry came to the Kershaw County Historical Society from the public library of Farmington, Conn., concerning a 1790s Camden account book in its collection. They wished to know if we knew of any connection with Farmington that might explain why they would have this book in their collection. The letter was given to me to answer.

August 01, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Beware of sloppy journalism

Elsewhere on this website is our editorial about the Zemp Stadium scoreboard.

July 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Poor everyone

WASHINGTON -- Eventually, everyone in this town seems to wind up with the word "poor" in front of his or her name.

July 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Summer at CMA

The temperature is rising and vacations have commenced, which signals that summer is in full swing. That leads some to believe that school is out and Camden Military Academy (CMA) is closed. Nothing could be further from the truth. CMA offers both summer school and summer camp each year to enhance academics and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow.

July 28, 2017 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Moment of Nature - July 28, 2017

Having received positive feedback to last month's column regarding tree questions, I thought it appropriate to continue the series, as there are lots of questions about trees!

July 28, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Jumping the shark

P.J. O'Rourke, the editor of American Consequences and one of my heroes of journalism -- one of the funniest writers on the planet and possibly the only right wing humorist in existence today -- asked a very simple but vital question recently.

July 25, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Homage to a great editor

WASHINGTON -- Behind every great column is a great editor -- a truism never more so than when Alan Shearer puts highlighter (not red pen) to copy.

July 25, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The end to a great character

One of my favorite characters ever and one that readers have unfailingly enjoyed is my friend, Poet, the scion of a cotton family who speaks in lyrical tones and has always been interestingly unconventional.

July 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The love of animals

Your pedigree, history and looks don't matter for a special Kershaw County area couple. If you are an animal and need help -- Tony and Debby Marshall are waiting with open arms.

July 25, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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 very important circuit court ruling came down concerning how public bodies -- city and county councils, school boards, commissions -- enter executive sessions.

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 failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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 Nov. 23, 1783, in Auchtermuchty, Fifeshire, Scotland in to parents Andrew and Jane Young. He came to America in 1799 at the age of 16 and trained with the Baltimore silversmith, George Graham. Young came to South Carolina in 1801, according to his naturalization papers, and by at least 1807, he was in Camden.

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 case, the word "won" might be a bit of an understatement. He obliterated the rest of the field.

July 21, 2017 | | Columns


Holiday PTSD

Welcome to July in South Carolina.

July 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


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The scary part of Trump’s speech

I wrote today's column twice. I originally wrote a fairly straight-forward, "safe" examination of President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nation's ...

September 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The yankee and his music

Tink returned from a trip to Los Angeles and was recounting a conversation between himself and a friend during lunch. (Many in Southern California continue ...

September 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Main Street program showcases downtown Camden

Our hottest months are behind us as we begin to enjoy many upcoming events and activities. Our hours of day and night are roughly equal ...

September 22, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


More on the nuclear scandal

With each new revelation, our state's ongoing scandal of SCANA, Santee Cooper and their political dealing is providing new insights into how thoroughly corrupt ...

September 22, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lessons from the critters

A pretty funny thing happened just the other day. I won't say where, because that doesn't really matter, but the upshot of it ...

September 19, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


How Democrats won the presidency

WASHINGTON -- Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty.

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


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 15, 2017

Dear Danica Patrick,

September 19, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


School construction projects update

Last November, voters in Kershaw County approved a two-question $129 million referendum to move forward with a number of critical school construction projects. These projects ...

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


Who’s an ‘illegal immigrant’?

On Tuesday's front page, we published a story I wrote about 42-year-old Gheorge Iordache, who pleaded guilty in late August to 60 of 97 ...

September 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Shouting for joy

On occasion when I was child, we traveled up into the mountains to visit what Mama called her "home church," meaning it was the church ...

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


McRae’s Superfine Flour

Camden has long been known for its wheat flour production during the pre-Revolutionary period and for several decades after the war. "Fine Carolina flour" was ...

September 15, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Disasters and such

As Irma bore down on the U.S. mainland, the hysteria got more and more pronounced. It's only Friday as I write this -- she ...

September 12, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The worst is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen.

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


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 12, 2017

Labor Day weekend 2017 at Darlington Raceway was the best of times … and then it got better or, depending on where your personal driver allegiances ...

September 12, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Scandal, corruption, accountability

The current scandal of SCANA's (S.C. Electric and Gas parent company) and Santee Cooper's nuclear debacle is arguably the biggest scandal in ...

September 12, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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