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The sky’s the limit … literally

Look up above…in the sky! It's some kind of bird; no it's a small plane. Wait, it's neither. Now I see. It's an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, "UAV." Or perhaps you know it as "RAV" or Remotely Aerial Vehicle or as "RPV," Remotely Piloted Vehicle. An even more current term is "UAS," Unmanned Aerial Systems. For now, I'll stop with all the technical terms and use the name most of us novices are familiar with -- "drone." Merriam-Webster defines the particular "drone" I speak of here as "an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control ...

August 08, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Who’s your boss?

WASHINGTON -- Sometimes, under certain circumstances, McDonald's Corp. might be held partly responsible for its franchisees' bad behavior. Maybe. So announced the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel, a sort of independent prosecutor, this week.

August 06, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Don’t worry, your gun won’t be confiscated

Hey, gun owners! Smell something burning? That is the smoke screen generated by Congress, the NRA and the panic button pushers.

August 06, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Five good things happening in S.C. -- and why

Newspapers and the media are often accused of only reporting the bad things that happen -- and there's some truth in this. And it's particularly easy to fall into this trap in South Carolina where it seems that there is a lot more bad news than good.

August 04, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Youthful choices and mistakes

To this conclusion I have come: the most deadly years of our lives are the ages 16 to 21. Those years give us a headiness that comes from new freedom -- a driver's license -- and the passing of the torch from strict childhood rules to more trust, different restraints and relaxed curfews.

August 04, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Getting by giving

While a small child and later, my parents tried to teach me the moral and religious principle, "One gets by giving." The lesson didn't "take" until later in life when I came to understand more fully the principle, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

August 04, 2014 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


The last of the Enola Gay

There may still be about 1.4 million U.S. veterans of World War II still living, but the passing last week of Capt. Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, 93, in Stone Mountain, Ga., in many closes the story of that war.

August 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The man who played Tony’s piano

On the Maine island where Wife Nancy and I spend time, Church of Our Father sits nestled among the hills near a small harbor called Hulls Cove.

August 01, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Smart people, smart ideas

When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.

August 01, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Sick? Some of you can stay home

NEW YORK -- Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who've never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that's a good thing.

August 01, 2014 | | Columns


New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns


Rock of Ages

I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...

July 30, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Me Inc. offers plenty of dividends

WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."

July 30, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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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 ...

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 ...

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

March 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


My brain on NASCAR

I watched the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 with my hands covering my face, peeking though my fingers like a skittish teenage girl at a ...

March 10, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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