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Coming home

Funny thing about holiday rituals is they can, at times, resemble the dreaded double-edged sword to some family members. But know I use the word "dreaded" loosely and with humor. The "dread" often comes in the form of eye-rolls, uncomfortable sighs, snickers and whispers, and on occasion, the outright refusal of participation. The double edges represent the enjoyable and the not-so-appealing sides of our family holiday traditions and rituals. Suffice it to say most of us strive and hope to create an affable environment during the holidays for our children and extended family coming home. The task at hand can ...

December 01, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fake news will out

WASHINGTON -- The phrase "the truth will out" has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so.

December 01, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


To boldly go ... somewhere

I recently read where a guy who was planning to take it upon himself to prove the earth is, in fact, flat, hit a roadblock, or rather, a rocket block, as it were.

November 28, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Big boxes and small towns

WASHINGTON -- Even though an estimated 115 million Americans rushed to malls and big box stores for Black Friday sales, others were reporting that the annual spend-a-thon has lost its bang.

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


SBA provides many services

The chamber board recently hosted Savannah Wilburn, economic development specialist from the Columbia office of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She gave an overview of the organization's programs and services. Specifically, she covered highlights about the SBA's loan programs, federal contracting, and education opportunities.

November 28, 2017 | By Amy Kinard, KC Chamber president C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Beauty and the dogs

Camdenite Stephanie Keel thinks every face has a story to tell -- and she should know. Stephanie is a modeling and talent developer. She scouts, trains and places the potential "next face" in larger markets that will allow opportunities for being discovered. She's also a connoisseur of canine faces. Her heart for dogs beats strongly. So, it's no surprise that sometimes she sees the face of a dog on social media or in person and just knows that they're the one.

November 28, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


That for which I’m thankful

(Due to our Thanksgiving deadlines, today's column was actually written Wednesday. The online version has been modified to reflect that, unfortunately, some plans -- even on Thanksgiving -- go awry.)

November 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The memory of smell

It was after a speaking engagement in Chattanooga when I was signing books that an arm slipped over my shoulders from the back and a woman leaned forward to press her cheek against mine.

November 24, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Abe Lincoln’s daddy

Abraham Lincoln is the biological son of John C. Calhoun. The Champion of States Rights is the father of the man who kept the union together.

November 24, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Moment of Nature - Nov. 24, 2017

The following information comes from my colleague Dena Whitesides and is reprinted with her permission and my edits.

November 24, 2017 | | Columns


Thankfully yours

I've said it before; I'll say it again; every day is, in fact, a miracle and a gift.

November 21, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Thanksgiving 2017

Last year marked the 25th anniversary that I have hosted Thanksgiving for family and friends. And, it's a really big deal for me.

November 21, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 21, 2017

Well, it's finally here; the last race of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. Every year I complain about the length of the season, and then every year I'm sad to see it end. When that checkered flag waves at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19, Jimmie Johnson's championship reign will end -- temporarily -- and he will be replaced by either one of three former champions, or one shiny new one.

November 21, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The future is now!

I'm pretty darned proud of what our school district is able to accomplish with the resources available to us. While our funding is somewhere in the bottom third of the state, our results are generally in the top third or better. I am especially gratified by this given the huge financial hit our district took during the economic downturn, a hit from which we haven't completely recovered. We have been able to continue to perform academically because we do everything possible to focus our resources on schools and classrooms by operating "lean and mean" wherever else we can.

November 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


National adoption month

November is National Adoption Month and Thursday was National Adoption Day. Both celebrate the loving option of adoption, spreading awareness of thousands of children in foster care or other situations who are waiting to be adopted.

November 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Column: We need to talk

One hates to think we could actually start the day saying something like, "ho hum; another mass shooting," but sadly, it sometimes feels that way.

February 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago, when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

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


Column: Going Hogg wild

WASHINGTON -- It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as ...

February 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The Alexander Young portrait

Well-known, long-time Camden resident William M. Shannon wrote a series of articles for the newspaper in 1876 that described Camden and its people of days ...

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


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


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