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Oh, if only I were king for a day

If only I were king for a day! That's a phrase declared by people who believe they can solve a problem if given the authority. I admit that I have used that phrase before, but unlike some other people who bear the initials DJT, I would use that kingly authority to implement a logical, less-political approach to solving difficult issues, such as the controversial subject of healthcare reform.

March 24, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I guest columnist | Columns


Paying for enrollment growth

Kershaw County is growing, to be sure. The County's "Vision 2030" Plan, a very thorough and visionary document, contains a projection that the population of Kershaw County will increase to 72,000 people by 13 years from now. Most of this growth is expected to occur along the I-20 corridor between Elgin and Cassatt, although there is also indication of unforeseen growth in the North Central area.

March 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Bob Vila does not live here ...

And I can prove it.

March 21, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Workforce is number one business concern

The number one concern of businesses considering coming to central South Carolina, and therefore, Kershaw County, is workforce. Mike Briggs, President and CEO of the Central South Carolina Alliance (a not-for-profit organization that promotes central South Carolina as a valuable business location) shared this point at a recent Kershaw County Council meeting. We've heard this before, from our own Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns: "trained and ready workforce." I have also heard concerns about workforce voiced by existing local businesses, primarily from the perspective of: how can they find dedicated and reliable employees.

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


The downtown duck pond

In 1798, a committee composed of James Kershaw, John Kershaw, William Lang, James Chesnut and Samuel Mathis surveyed the land which would be called "The Extended Plan of Camden." Before he died in 1791, Joseph Kershaw had a grand new vision for Camden, just as he had for the original site of the town south of York Street. Kershaw had drafted the plan to extend the town limits north from its original northern boundary of York Street up to present day Chesnut Street. As the survey committee laid out the bounds of the new streets and lots, James Chesnut paused ...

March 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rereading makes for ‘Goodreads’

If you've never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Goodreads. It is a website, mobile app and Facebook page devoted to the love of reading. Via the website and app, you can share what you're reading with others, review the books you've read and more. Goodreads' Facebook page celebrates reading in all kinds of, usually fun, ways.

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Irish among us

As the first Grand Marshall of the -- I hope annual -- Montessori Leprechaun Parade, I'm thinking today might offer an opportunity to comment on the Irish among us.

March 17, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


A perfect place to enjoy S.C.

If ever there is a perfect place to enjoy South Carolina, it is here, right here in Camden. Our hometown is quintessential Southern. We have great places to dine along with award-winning places to stay. We have entertainment, history, cultural arts and education. We have sports fields, waterways and event venues.

March 17, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The silent majority needs to help the sheriff

It's budget time in Kershaw county and agency heads are required to submit their budget requests to county council. For the past six years I have asked council to approve hiring additional deputies to begin the process of putting sufficient deputies on the road so we can answer calls on a timely basis and actually patrol our neighborhoods and rural areas. My requests have pretty much gone unanswered. The main reason for that is additional deputies will require a tax increase and nobody wants that.

March 17, 2017 | By Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I guest columnist | Columns


Same old, same old

Will we ever get out of this spiral of polarization? Has Big Brother finally won?

March 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Congress's grizzly betrayal

WASHINGTON -- In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and "denning" of bears and wolves in Alaska's national wildlife refuges.

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


The dimestore

As best I can recall – and I've been thinking hard about this – I have only written one fan letter in my life.

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


What scares you?

Everyone has something that frightens them. For some it's stinging insects or snakes, for others large bodies of water, flying on a plane, or even dogs. We're not alone when identifying things that scare us; we can always find another person that shares the same fears. Many people are frightened of becoming the victim of a "stranger crime." Statistics have shown that many crime victims actually knew their perpetrator, so the thought of a "stranger crime" shocks the senses and grips the mind. Well, sometimes I'm afraid of "stranger crime" too. But the type of "stranger crime ...

March 14, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


South Carolina without the FOIA

(Sunday is the beginning of Sunshine Week, a national celebration through March 18 of access to public information.)

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Not your daddy’s marines

WASHINGTON -- An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will "go wild on them" for eternity.

March 10, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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A possible end to gerrymandering?

Two special elections grabbed headlines this week. There was the U.S. House District 5 special election here in South Carolina, the outcome of which ...

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Can words be lethal?

WASHINGTON -- Words matter, journalists are fond of saying.

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


Water power

The Camden Archives and Museum will mount an exhibit about Camden's cotton mill era in late January 2018. Most museum exhibits take months to ...

June 23, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The best schools in the U.S. and S.C.

Did you ever wonder what a truly great school looks like?

June 23, 2017 | | Columns


The dream v. the reality

If you missed Ag&Art weekend in Kershaw County, you missed out on a truly unique, fun and interesting event.

June 20, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Our new life in the dugout

WASHINGTON -- Kelley Paul had gone to bed Tuesday night as usual, with her cellphone set on "Do Not Disturb," except for family and close friends ...

June 20, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Headless and history

Hobkirk Hill is named for a village and civil parish in Scotland.

June 20, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Seniors look back

One of the groups I meet with regularly is Student Cabinet, which is made up of student council officers from every grade from each of ...

June 20, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Behind the scenes

As you can probably imagine, it's impossible to, literally, include everything about a particular event, person or issue in a single article or even ...

June 16, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The unnecessary obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of ...

June 16, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


First responders are superheroes

When the call comes, they have the training, equipment and courage to respond. Be it during dinner or Sunday school, these superheroes work long hours ...

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


The role of business in legislative affairs

Recently, I've been thinking about the role of businesses in legislative affairs. My perception has been that larger businesses are the ones who get ...

June 16, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Scratching my head, again

I swear, one of these days I'm going to either scratch my head completely bald -- I'm already more than halfway there -- or just ...

June 13, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rodney teaches

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in ...

June 13, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - June 13, 2017

One of the most exciting things to happen in NASCAR in a very long time didn't happen during a race. Rather, it happened when ...

June 13, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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