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More sensory overload

There's something about longer days and warmer weather that really tickles the senses.

March 07, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


RIP, DNC

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support.

March 07, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Senior times and customs

What was the "lay by" period for cotton farmers?

March 07, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Across Gov. Richard I. Manning’s desk

About three dozen of the items crossing Manning's desk dealt with the operation of his plantations, his agent in Charleston and his banker. Manning was having to handle the availability of cotton seed, price of horses for sale, lumber for a house, shipping 350 bushels of corn, cleaning and scalding bacon, receiving a report that "the mill and [mill]dam has been completed since you left" and a "bill of repairs for Sulky for his Excellency Governor Manning."

March 07, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Too much testing going on

On April 9, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) into law. To many political historians, it is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of education-related legislation.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Who I am

The other day an email arrived from a Korean War veteran who started off by saying, "I suppose someone else will get this, add me to your fan club and you will never hear a word of it. But here it goes anyway."

March 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Be home for dinner

In the year leading up to our past presidential election, I would often tell my children -- especially the ones of voting age -- being in the know about current events had never carried more weight than it did in that moment. They are forming their own opinions about the important issues, and our conversations on politics, religion, our economy and the like has taken on new life which is proving to be quite refreshing. Much of what they have learned and continue to grasp in present news comes predominantly from their life experiences, discussions with friends and family, and from plenty ...

March 03, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Big reform idea people love, politicans hate

It's a given that South Carolina's statehouse politics are dysfunctional on a good day and thoroughly corrupt on most days.

March 03, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Language and other lessons

People are still out there, after all these years, screaming about Political Correctness. It's a tired old argument. It's been beaten to death. We all know PC anything is vitally important to civilized communication in the 21st century. Either that or it's an idiotic, frivolous waste of time.

February 28, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Adjectively speaking

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer might owe Melissa McCarthy a thank-you note.

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


Restroom busters welcome

The Fabulous Pointer Sisters appeared in Atlanta recently at an outdoor amphitheater and there was much made over the fact there were several drug busts during the performance.

February 28, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Trees... they're for the birds

It may not come as a surprise that I have a lot of trees in my yard and those trees bring the birds, big and small. I relish the moments when I'm able to stop for an instant and enjoy a bit of backyard birdwatching.

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


Finding inspiration in new planets

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced this week that scientists using its Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a total of seven roughly Earth-sized planets in a previously discovered solar system's habitable zone.

February 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The community dipper

Many years ago, out of nostalgia mostly, I ordered a dipper from a local hardware store. If you're younger than 30, you might not know what a dipper is. Let me explain.

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


Naming a new KCSO K9

Chase, Shark, Skye, Charlie, Mario, Amigo, Sonic, Crush, Blackie, Rags and Bones. Get-him, Safie, Hunter, Kersh.

February 24, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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The missing

Thursday marked a tragic sixth anniversary for the people of Saipan, the principal island of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI ...

May 26, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An orb, a sword and a slap

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- By now you're exhausted by all the head-swiveling news -- the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president's trip to Everywhere; and ...

May 26, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Pinto beans, cornbread and buttermilk

My sister said once that she doesn't really like pinto beans because when she was growing up, Mama cooked a pot three or four ...

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


Pine tree pests and their characteristics

The unofficial start of summer is upon us and with it will come months of high temperatures, periods of no rain and occasional storms accompanied ...

May 26, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Chamber has much to celebrate

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center has a lot to celebrate! On May 12, the chamber hosted its Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony ...

May 23, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Good luck, Mr. President?

PALM BEACH - So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar ...

May 23, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Nimblewill

As the road twisted and turned while rising up through the elevation of the tree-smothered mountain, I slowed the car and looked at the place ...

May 23, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Horses, history and a call for help

A Sunday afternoon sitting on the porch talking history, horses and dogs with Janson Cox was almost more than I could ask for. Mr. Cox ...

May 23, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. FOIA is better now

The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently underwent some surgery. Things were a little dicey there for a while, but it's doing ...

May 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


FOIA reform

It's been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents.

May 19, 2017 | By S.C. Press Executive Director Bill Rogers C-I guest columnist | Columns


The future of Camden

Former elected officials, namely me, probably have no business writing columns about the city, but many people continue to imagine I can still address what ...

May 19, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


The forgotten fort

Camden is proud of her Revolutionary War heritage. The Battle of Camden and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill play pivotal roles in the history of ...

May 19, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doctor, doctor: part tres

I really dislike going to the doctor.

May 16, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A Trumpian world of shifting reality

WASHINGTON -- Facts aren't facts; truth isn't true; reality isn't real.

May 16, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


City committed to strong infrastructure

Good government is forever working to sustain future prosperity and building for tomorrow. The city budget must always include infrastructure, just as our vision must ...

May 16, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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