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Scratching my head, again

I swear, one of these days I'm going to either scratch my head completely bald -- I'm already more than halfway there -- or just shake it right off my shoulders.

June 13, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rodney teaches

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in. I inhaled deeply and leaned forward, my elbows resting on my knees.

June 13, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - June 13, 2017

One of the most exciting things to happen in NASCAR in a very long time didn't happen during a race. Rather, it happened when someone in Richard Petty Motorsports' PR department hit "Send."

June 13, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Police work needs good sense of humor

Being a police officer is definitely a challenging and dangerous career path. This includes the dangers to the heart and mind. Arriving at fatal collision scenes, responding to abused children and vulnerable adults, suicides, murders and death notifications are some of the things law enforcement officers take home with them every day. These are things that weigh on the mind and heart and can interfere with the well-being of an officer's family. This makes it all the more important that we take time to really laugh and enjoy a prank or two. Laughter is the best medicine any of ...

June 13, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The wonder of Wonder Woman

Let's get something straight right from the start: I did not go see Wonder Woman because I wanted to ogle Gal Gadot's body. I certainly didn't take my teenage sons and two of their friends to see it so they could be titillated by her Amazon costume.

June 09, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


From T.V. star to preacher

Mama was always proud for people who were able to pull themselves up and do well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them and delighted in their happiness and happenings.

June 09, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


“We’re just out walking...”

It was early in my relationship with my mother-in-law, Rose Mary, when I concluded the two of us were destined to be more like mother and daughter, or two loving friends who just happened to be smitten with the same guy. I remember telling her the title of "mother-in-law" didn't seem to genuinely describe the admiration I had for her. So from that moment on, I would introduce her, not as my "mother-in-law," but as my husband's mother, Rose Mary or as "Tete", the name used by her 24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. At times, we would laugh ...

June 09, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


McMaster, Trump and saving the planet

On Saturday morning, the newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up I saw the headline, "McMaster Backs Trump's Exit from Climate Accord."

June 09, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tech challenged -- and that’s OK

I recently read a pretty amusing story about a guy who went on vacation in Iceland.

June 06, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Hillary unbound

WASHINGTON -- Well, Hillary Clinton isn't going gently. That may be understandable, but it's not smart -- not for Clinton, not for her party and not for other female candidates.

June 06, 2017 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Death’s final scene

My husband, many times, had written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy for it. But death in Hollywood is often different than the way it is truly delivered.

June 06, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Images of the Kershaw/Cornwallis house

If you wanted to photograph a Camden building or scene before the Civil War, what would you photograph? We only know of three photographers chose to photograph: the Kershaw/Cornwallis House about 1858, the construction of the second town clock and King Haiglar tower about 1859 and the cadets in full uniform in front of Peck's Academy in early 1861.

June 06, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Memories of a modern bard

Across the vein of night/There cuts a path of searing light/Burning like a beacon/On the edges of our sight

June 02, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The janitor

The elementary school in which I received my 1st through 6th grade learning was a long, straight brick building with cement steps, an auditorium with heavy, red velvet drapes, a tiny library guarded by a grumpy, gray-headed spinster and a cafeteria that was in the basement down a flight of creaky wooden steps.

June 02, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


CMA graduation a life memory

Did you experience a little more traffic on the weekend of May 19-21? Did you have to wait a little longer at your favorite local restaurant for Sunday lunch? That weekend, Camden Military Academy welcomed more than 300 families to campus for end of the year festivities, culminating with the graduation of 62 cadets on Sunday morning.

June 02, 2017 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Why Guam matters (the CNMI, too)

"North Korea attack on hold," the banner read on CBS This Morning on Tuesday. I'm betting folks on Guam felt a little better after ...

August 18, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Summer intern program successful

During the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity to partner with multiple organizations in our community to work on projects that are ...

August 18, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Busting a few myths about the landmarks commission

As the oldest inland city in South Carolina, Camden is home to many historic properties. In an effort to help preserve the historic nature of ...

August 18, 2017 | By Shawn Putnam C-I guest columnist | Columns


In search of Joseph Kershaw’s plantations

Perhaps the most visible symbol representing Col. Joseph Kershaw, Camden's founding father, is the replica of his town house built in 1977 on the ...

August 18, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Stage etiquette: reprise

The following came to me several years ago from a fellow musician. It sums up what every band out there has experienced at one time ...

August 15, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


City slickers

Bree, my niece, Nicole's, 8-year-old daughter, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink's pick-up truck. We were in foothills of the ...

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


My Brain on NASCAR - Aug. 15, 2017

In a bizarre NASCAR twist that I never saw coming, the relationship between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch has taken a turn for the nice.

August 15, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The grit to say ‘Watch me!’

In my old age, I've been re-asking myself questions that I asked myself a lot when I was younger. Meaning of life kinds of ...

August 15, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cleaning out, looking back

One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...

August 11, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columns


NIP underway in the city

The city of Camden has many projects underway, including utility infrastructure, the new tennis/pickleball complex, launch of a Main Street SC program and many ...

August 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Small town papers have local role

HILLSBORO, Ohio – I don't read many of the online comments following my op-eds because I'm an old-fashioned journalist who prefers signed letters to ...

August 11, 2017 | By Gary Abernathy, editor (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette | Columns


S.C.'s nuclear meltdown: what next?

Here's the issue: SCANA (the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas) and Santee Cooper (the state-owned utility that provides power for 11 ...

August 11, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Monday, Monday...

Note: this happened awhile back. But it still smarts...

August 08, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cosmopolitan with a twist

WASHINGTON -- What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between ...

August 08, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Try to be that good example of a safe driver

Like every summer, people across the nation have been enjoying vacations and outdoor activities. This is a great time of year (as it usually increases ...

August 08, 2017 | Joseph M. Floyd | Columns


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