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Richardson: Trailing a ghost

On the evening of August 15, 1780, Catherine Orr Alexander looked up at the night sky in Mecklenburg County and wondered exactly where her husband was. She knew he was in harm's way for he was serving with the Continental troops under Gen. Horatio Gates. Little did she know he was not very far away from Charlotte Town, just down the road toward Camden at Rugeley's Mill, encamped with the American troops who were preparing for an encounter with the British at the garrison at Camden. What ensued would become known as the Battle of Camden. It was ...

October 16, 2015 | | Columns


Op-ed: Reform road system first

If more money were the answer to the state's infrastructure woes, the topic would hardly be worth debating. The real trouble with South Carolina's roads, though, isn't a lack of money. It's a lack -- indeed, a total lack -- of citizen control or influence on road funding. How do we know more money won't produce better roads?

October 16, 2015 | By Jamie Murguia C-I guest columnist | Columns


Tatum: Your reputation precedes you

So, I walked into a neat little country store/artists colony thing up in the mountains last week. Having been drawn by the sound of a Martin guitar and an easy-going voice doing old folkie tunes from the hills and hollers, I sat down with a glass of tea for a listen.

October 13, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Don’t do it, Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON -- The worst job in the world, it turns out, isn't the U.S. presidency but speaker of the House of Representatives.

October 13, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: A childhood friend and lesson

When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as I, but more timid and less secure. Depending on the day, we were either best of friends or the worst of enemies.

October 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Noble: Race, guns, culture and change

I love South Carolina and the South -- I really do. And I consider myself a reasonably serious student of our history and culture.

October 13, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: ‘Disasters’ I’ve lived through, or missed

I've been very lucky.

October 09, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Parker: A Rose for racial reconciliation

OXFORD, Md. -- Long before there was a "Black Lives Matter" movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose -- an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago captured the dignity and spirit of America's black families at a time when stereotype and caricature prevailed.

October 09, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Arrants: The impact of cats - Part 2

(This is the second in a two-part series on the impact of cats on the natural world. In the first installment -- which elicited several comments from our readers -- Arrants looked at the history of cats and the statistical impact they have each year upon wildlife and the ecosystems they occupy.)

October 09, 2015 | By Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


National Newspaper Week highlights power of the press

The power of the press should never be underestimated and must never be abused.

October 09, 2015 | By Jim Zachary C-I guest columnist | Columns


Joseph: The sun will shine

After the storm, comes the sun. No matter how dark it gets, the sun will shine again. Or perhaps we should say, no matter how much rain falls, the sun will shine again. And it would shine bright on Tuesday of this week for most of South Carolina. But not after historic rainfall totals were reached; amounts only seen once in 1,000 years.

October 09, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Tatum: By the time you read this...

...I will be long gone. Out of sight; out of mind; not a moment too soon. It's vacation time and boy do My Beloved and I need it, but bad.

October 06, 2015 | | Columns


Parker: The GOP (New) McCarthyism

WASHINGTON -- The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.

October 06, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: Collecting stories by talking to everyone

Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.

October 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Teal: Hard Times Café changes owners

A few months ago, Steven and Jessica Mooneyhan of Cassatt purchased the Hard Times Café from H.C. Robinson. H.C.'s customer base has been retained and the Mooneyhans are adding new ones daily. Please read the following short history of the café and a description of "eating out" in the county before you then read why you may want to head to Cassatt and eat a meal at the Hard Times Cafe.

October 06, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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Column: An end to the evil of separation

On the surface, President Trump blinked.

June 22, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: The old courthouse

A road trip recently swung me down the back roads of Georgia and took me through a little town called Homer. I wouldn't have ...

June 22, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: He never wrote the book

Thank heavens Lyman C. Draper stayed away from Camden when he visited South Carolina in 1871! He got close, though, as close as Stateburg. I ...

June 22, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Life without fathers

There's something about being a writer that makes people confide in you. Why tell a writer, who uses life as raw material, your deepest ...

June 22, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Quiet heroes, silent icons

Father's Day was this past Sunday. I hope dads everywhere got a little love -- lord knows, they deserve it.

June 19, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Aunt Ozelle and the great magnolia

Frequently these days, my sister and I are brought together for a funeral or funeral home visitation of yet another family member, mostly those from ...

June 19, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Inhumanity rules the border

WASHINGTON -- Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating ...

June 19, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: All-America City awards

Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. The Award, bestowed ...

June 19, 2018 | By Laurey Carpenter C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Nobody lied; it was worse

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a small schools report given to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance committee showing it will take ...

June 15, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Learning from your Dad

As we approach Father's Day, I was thinking about how well great Dads listen. In fact, how well one listens can be life changing ...

June 15, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Art of the deal -- nukes for condos

WASHINGTON -- Well, it happened: The president and the dictator met, shook hands, looked each other in the eye, smiled for the cameras -- and lied through ...

June 15, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Final thoughts

One of the groups I have met with on a regular basis throughout my tenure is Student Cabinet, which is comprised of student class presidents ...

June 15, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A few observations

Today is an election day. For what it's worth, I have already voted. That means I feel free to screech, caterwaul and criticize to ...

June 12, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: My dear Charles

WASHINGTON -- Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally encountered one foe over which ...

June 12, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Let them torch the Chinese flag, instead

My father died in 1970 at the age of 58. He was a veteran of both World War II and Korea.

June 12, 2018 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


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