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McRae’s Superfine Flour

Camden has long been known for its wheat flour production during the pre-Revolutionary period and for several decades after the war. "Fine Carolina flour" was produced by Joseph Kershaw's mills on Pine Tree Creek according to the "South Carolina Gazette" and Kirkland and Kennedy in Volume 2 of "Historic Camden." Kershaw had three mill locations on Big and Little Pine Tree creeks. Perhaps the earliest were the grist and saw mills on Factory Pond, which we now know as Kendall Lake. On a plat for a deed from Samuel Wyly to Joseph Kershaw in 1762, the mill pond was ...

September 15, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Disasters and such

As Irma bore down on the U.S. mainland, the hysteria got more and more pronounced. It's only Friday as I write this -- she's not supposed to even be anywhere near South Carolina until today -- and everyone was quickly losing their minds.

September 12, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The worst is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen.

September 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 12, 2017

Labor Day weekend 2017 at Darlington Raceway was the best of times … and then it got better or, depending on where your personal driver allegiances lie, it got worse.

September 12, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Scandal, corruption, accountability

The current scandal of SCANA's (S.C. Electric and Gas parent company) and Santee Cooper's nuclear debacle is arguably the biggest scandal in our state's history during the last 100 years.

September 12, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


FOIA report could have been better

One of the agenda items during this week's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting was a report from Trustee Shirley Halley on topics covered during an Aug. 19 S.C. School Board Association School Law Conference.

September 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Storytelling songs

When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no stranger to country music and the great stories told in its songs.

September 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The real America

I believe it to be a reasonable assumption that lately in our country there has been a state of division, if you will. What we have seen many would describe as not a minor division, but rather a gross separation of our citizens. It would be nearly impossible to walk by a working television or computer screen without seeing groups from the left and the right fighting in the streets and flashing signs promoting hate and violence. If we only follow the sensationalism on social media or in the news, we will begin to buy into the concept America is ...

September 08, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The new downtown

There's a revolution brewing and it's not what you think.

September 08, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


High Flight

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,

September 05, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Radio Days

When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity. Back then, I always exclaimed of my extraordinary luck, but as I have grown older and more knowledgeable of such things, I now realize it was an enormous blessing.

September 05, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 5, 2017

I'm not even going to pretend to be unbiased on the subject of Darlington Raceway. "The Lady in Black" is simultaneously NASCAR's greatest and most flawed structural achievement, a lop-sided Southern belle with a mean streak 1.366 miles long.

September 05, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Revisiting Andrew Jackson in Camden

Recently, an undated and unsigned 47 page manuscript speech concerning Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) turned up at the South Caroliniana Library. I became intrigued with the possibility this manuscript might contain previously unknown information about Andrew Jackson in Camden. I immediately secured a copy for study.

September 05, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


What’s in a name?

Martin -- From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god Mars. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th century bishop who is the patron saint of France. An influential bearer of the name was Martin Luther (1483-1546), the theologian who began the Protestant Reformation. The name was also borne by five popes (two of them more commonly knonwn as Marinus). Other more recent bearers include ... the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King...

September 01, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


To brother Cromartie, with love

WASHINGTON -- There is something eternally bonding about a shared near-death experience, which is how I first met Michael Cromartie.

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


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In a galaxy far, far away…

Tonight, or tomorrow afternoon, my sons and I will see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." As father and sons, we are big Star Wars fans.

December 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An unchanging family

The newspaper was laying on the kitchen island so when I picked it, I flipped it over and glanced over the list of obituaries. I ...

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


Season’s reason

More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could only find rest in a stable among cattle and ...

December 15, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Women’s rage unleashed

WASHINGTON - That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded.

December 15, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The martyrdom of Al Franken

WASHINGTON -- With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

December 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A fondness for old gas pumps

Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself ...

December 12, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lead kindly light

Lead Kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead thou me on!

December 12, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Michael Smith, 10 years on

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, marked a grim 10th anniversary here in Camden and Kershaw County.

December 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The process worked

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before ...

December 08, 2017 | By Jay Bender C-I guest columnist | Columns


Down by the Catawba River

Driving north on U.S. 21 toward a "very small town," I watch the land change. Hills rise into view. Large rocks protrude from the ...

December 08, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Holiday overload

A couple of weeks before Labor Day, I walked into a major big box store. I was amazed at how expensive the Halloween stuff was.

December 05, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

December 05, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Keeping track of spending

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge ...

December 05, 2017 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


Another look at WWI

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States. Since Wilson spent much of his youth in Columbia and had relatives living there ...

December 05, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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