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We are better than we think we are

South Carolina is a unique state. We are not like other states -- partly because of our history, our culture and our politics.

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


A funny thing happened on the way...

I wonder how we wind up at certain destinations, be it life milestones or just late night bad decisions.

January 31, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Carl Edwards' retirement

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, sporting a collared shirt and blazer rather than his trademark No. 99 Toyota logo-wear, Carl Edwards announced his retirement from full-time NASCAR competition.

January 31, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Jack Daniel and his legacy

A while back, a Los Angeles-based producer approached Tink and me to gauge our potential interest in writing a historical mini-series about the life of whiskey maker Jack Daniel. Though most people in Hollywood are incredulous that an accomplished television writer like John Tinker would just up and move to the Deep South, they are smart enough to know that it does, in fact, increase his creative I.Q. He is developing material by simply living among of a region of people so different from Beverly Hills or Pacific Palisades.

January 31, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Balding no easy task for most macho men

I have several friends who are bald or who are balding, and they are all quite excited about the discovery of a blood pressure medication that actually grows hair as a side effect.

January 31, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


You can’t come home unless you leave

I promised someone I would do this, so here goes: "I'm baa-aack!"

January 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Blue states in for a world of pain

WASHINGTON -- If blue states think they're going to be shielded from the coming Trump tsunami, they're sorely mistaken.

January 27, 2017 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My internship

For more than six years, the city of Camden has been fortunate to have its first certified arborist. Specifically, the job holds the title of urban forestry (which includes arboriculture, horticulture, and of course forestry) and is within the city's department of public works. Liz Gilland is the sole member of this department.

January 27, 2017 | By Lucas Joseph C-I guest columnist | Columns


So you think you know South Carolina?

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for all things South Carolina -- our history, politics, people, culture, places, food -- everything. And since we are such a wonderful -- and weird -- state, there's an awful lot to know and always something new to learn.

January 27, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Foundation stones

It's a little odd to have such a beautiful spring day in January. Not unheard of, not even uncommon, but odd nonetheless.

January 24, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


President. Trump.

WASHINGTON -- So, that happened.

January 24, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The trunk

When I was the age of four, Mama's uncle, a kind and successful man, died. The call came late one night that his life was ebbing away so Mama pulled me out of bed, smoothed my tousled red-tinted hair, and hauled me, still clad in pajamas, to sit vigil until her beloved uncle had crossed the river Jordan.

January 24, 2017 | Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Katie Ard Iseman Hero for Paws Award

Do you know a hero? Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but they share an electrifying passion to help others, even at their own risk of life. Beloved former Kershaw County fire fighter Katie Iseman had a passion for people and pets. She wanted to save lives and she did so in her career and in her volunteer time through fostering dogs for rescue organizations. That's why Fostering Foster Animal Rescue is honored to announce the new Katie Ard Iseman Hero for Paws Award. This annual award will be presented to an individual who exhibits compassion for animals ...

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


Building a better health care system

Eight years ago, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated that we would have to pass the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in order to figure out what was in it. Thanks to that irresponsible logic, the American people were forced into a healthcare system that is unable to keep the promises on which it was sold.

January 24, 2017 | By U.S. Sen. Tim Scott C-I guest columnist | Columns


Heavyweight match: Lewis v. Trump

WASHINGTON -- A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: "John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come."

January 20, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Another tale from the Pulitzers

A Facebook post by a friend of mine reminded me that there was another Pulitzer Prize winner I wanted to mention last week.

April 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Murder while you watch

WASHINGTON -- The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable.

April 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Salute to our armed forces

As Americans, we have several opportunities to celebrate the military members who stand and defend our great nation every day. Memorial Day. Armed Forces Day ...

April 21, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Preservation can be a lengthy process

You may have seen signs stating "Preservation in Progress" around the first floor of the historic Robert Mills Courthouse. Unfortunately, weather events over the past ...

April 21, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Darwin is watching: reprise

By now, everyone knows the Darwin Awards -- honorable mentions given to people, posthumously of course, who have died while doing bizarrely stupid things, thus taking ...

April 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Naked self-interest

Another week, another heretical speaker bullied and physically intimidated on an illiberal college campus.

April 18, 2017 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Still dressing up for Easter

It's funny how someone's opinion or a story will stick with you, how it will trail like a mist of a cloud over ...

April 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


EOC: overdue for reform or elimination

In addition to other weighty issues, this year's General Assembly is discussing whether or not the state superintendent of education should be appointed by ...

April 18, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Small papers can do big things

As of 2015, there were 1,331 daily newspapers. That includes dailies in smaller communities, but the vast number of "small" communities is where weekly ...

April 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Low rent for big bucks

WASHINGTON -- Despite recent revelations that Fox News and anchor Bill O'Reilly had settled five complaints of sexual harassment against him to the tune of ...

April 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Going off the grid

One summer night, a few years before Mama died, I tried to call her but there was no answer. An hour later with still no ...

April 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A teacher, a family and a state

This column is about three stories -- about a teacher, a family and a state. They are both historic and modern. But they are really about ...

April 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


'You will be assimilated...'

If you watched 60 Minutes Sunday, you might have seen the latest scare piece about how Silicon Valley is working very hard to warp and ...

April 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The tractor

It was time for spring cleaning around the Rondarosa which seems to always start with a ton of limbs, twigs and branches that have fallen ...

April 11, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My brain on NASCAR

It is an awful feeling, and in the manner of grim surprises since the beginning of time, you never see it coming.

April 11, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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