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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 they perceive as problems to be solved. Probably the hardest part of being the former Mayor is listening to residents (still) telling me the town is going to pot.

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 the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. But there was another engagement here between the Loyalists and the Patriots that we rarely talk about. The actions of one of its main characters focus on a larger issue of the Revolutionary War that those of us with Patriot bloodlines don't often think about -- why some American colonists chose to support the British rule rather than take on the Patriot cause.

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 always include infrastructure. We must make responsible decisions, and we must not leave liabilities for the future.

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


What I wish my graduation speaker had said

At the end of this month, our high school seniors will be walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. High school graduation is a big accomplishment and one to be proud of. It's an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of 13 years of school and to remember all the important experiences of these years.

May 16, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sheheen’s message is the right one

(I am turning over my column today to a transcript of State Sen. Vincent Sheheen's speech to the 2017 Class of Junior Leadership Kershaw County, given at the class' annual dinner on April 27. I do this because I think it is exactly what everyone -- young and old -- needs to hear as we continue to deal with some unpleasant truths about our society while growing into an even better country than we already are.)

May 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Adjust your headlamp

Two weeks ago on a trail found somewhere between the middle of nowhere and a dense forest, 67 passionate, energetic hikers began a 30-mile walk in the park. Well … maybe "a walk in the park" is not the best way to describe it. Perhaps a grueling, elevation-changing, humid, snake-sighting, flash-flooding trek would be a better way to characterize these thirty miles. I should also mention we jumped on the trail starting at 3:30 a.m. wearing headlamps and were required to finish the miles within 12 to 15 hours.

May 12, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Do-right women in a do-wrong world

WASHINGTON -- For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope.

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


Fire good: reprise

I recently bit the bullet and did something I've been meaning to do for about two years now.

May 09, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The win-win twins

WASHINGTON -- Actors Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump are like twins separated at birth. Both became rich and famous -- by hook in one case and by whatever in the other -- each to his own mind born to win.

May 09, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mother's Day 2017

Tink and I stopped by to see my niece, Nicole, and somehow the conversation got around to the adventure I had, on my own, followed when I was barely old enough to vote.

May 09, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Remembering our fallen heroes

On April 25, our city council and mayor pro tem Deborah H. Davis proclaimed the week of May 14-20, 2017, as Police Week in the city of Camden. This is a great honor to the Camden Police Department as well as to officers nationwide. Many local governments make this proclamation annually in unison with the national proclamation which was first initiated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. Then, President Kennedy designated May 15 of every year to be "Peace Officers Memorial Day," and the week in which that date falls as "Police Week." Law Enforcement across the nation honors ...

May 09, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reading makes you well-rounded

The British newspaper Independent recently published an article titled "32 books that will make you a well-rounded person." The author was one of the publication's business reporters, Catherine Rice, so I'm not sure how ... um ... literally (yes, I know, you're groaning) I should take the list. In fact, a lot of people commenting on the article's webpage basically called it rubbish.

May 05, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A confederacy of dictators

WASHINGTON -- It should have been obvious, but I missed it: Steve Bannon has been banished and Dennis Rodman is whispering in the president's ear.

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


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Why Guam matters (the CNMI, too)

"North Korea attack on hold," the banner read on CBS This Morning on Tuesday. I'm betting folks on Guam felt a little better after ...

August 18, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Summer intern program successful

During the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity to partner with multiple organizations in our community to work on projects that are ...

August 18, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Busting a few myths about the landmarks commission

As the oldest inland city in South Carolina, Camden is home to many historic properties. In an effort to help preserve the historic nature of ...

August 18, 2017 | By Shawn Putnam C-I guest columnist | Columns


In search of Joseph Kershaw’s plantations

Perhaps the most visible symbol representing Col. Joseph Kershaw, Camden's founding father, is the replica of his town house built in 1977 on the ...

August 18, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Stage etiquette: reprise

The following came to me several years ago from a fellow musician. It sums up what every band out there has experienced at one time ...

August 15, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


City slickers

Bree, my niece, Nicole's, 8-year-old daughter, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink's pick-up truck. We were in foothills of the ...

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


My Brain on NASCAR - Aug. 15, 2017

In a bizarre NASCAR twist that I never saw coming, the relationship between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch has taken a turn for the nice.

August 15, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The grit to say ‘Watch me!’

In my old age, I've been re-asking myself questions that I asked myself a lot when I was younger. Meaning of life kinds of ...

August 15, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cleaning out, looking back

One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...

August 11, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columns


NIP underway in the city

The city of Camden has many projects underway, including utility infrastructure, the new tennis/pickleball complex, launch of a Main Street SC program and many ...

August 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Small town papers have local role

HILLSBORO, Ohio – I don't read many of the online comments following my op-eds because I'm an old-fashioned journalist who prefers signed letters to ...

August 11, 2017 | By Gary Abernathy, editor (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette | Columns


S.C.'s nuclear meltdown: what next?

Here's the issue: SCANA (the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas) and Santee Cooper (the state-owned utility that provides power for 11 ...

August 11, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Monday, Monday...

Note: this happened awhile back. But it still smarts...

August 08, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Cosmopolitan with a twist

WASHINGTON -- What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between ...

August 08, 2017 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Try to be that good example of a safe driver

Like every summer, people across the nation have been enjoying vacations and outdoor activities. This is a great time of year (as it usually increases ...

August 08, 2017 | Joseph M. Floyd | Columns


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