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A resolution

Has another year gone by already?

January 02, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


New Year’s 2018

It was many years ago -- over two decades now -- that I attended a writer's conference in hopes of learning how to write a book and get it published.

January 02, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


See Rock City

In Mom's back yard stands a red and black birdhouse on a white pole. Its roof holds iconic words. "See Rock City." If it had not been for Garnet Carter and Clark Byers, that birdhouse wouldn't exist, for that birdhouse harkens back to a heralded part of Southern lore. Times were, you could drive along a back road and sooner or later you'd see a barn with its roof turned into an advertisement.

January 02, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Where has the Flat Rock Post Office gone?

Your columnist had occasion to travel along the Flat Rock Road several times a year after his sister-in-law moved to Lancaster County in the late 1940s. In the 1960s, he visited certain sites on the Flat Rock Road, while producing a television series, and secured photographs of a few of them.

January 02, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


My 2017 People of the Year

This was a strange year in terms of people having an impact. No one person, or group of people, had what I would consider a year-long impact on Kershaw County and its communities in a way that I would want to single them out.

December 29, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The tree

When I was a child, around the age of 5, my mama's brother went to fight in Vietnam. He was a career military man who served on helicopters that dropped into the jungles and picked up the badly wounded and dead. It scarred his heart forever.

December 29, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Fake news IS the story

WASHINGTON - As a functional obsessive-compulsive, I'm never happier than at year's end when I get to make lists. Herewith, my picks for the most important stories of 2017:

December 29, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Wreckage along back roads

I seek beautiful wreckage along the back roads. It's out there, a chest of tarnished treasure. The key is that red, white, and blue shield you see in the photograph. I know it is a place to avoid. Rather than speed from one destination to another, I follow old roads into the past. And it is there that I ramble, detouring and losing track of time. It's there that mysteries occur to me, something that never happens on a rough-surfaced interstate where road noise drowns out your thoughts.

December 29, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reaping what one sows

There's this funny thing about writers, musicians, artists -- folks of that ilk. We all have what I like to call "Sally Field Syndrome." That is, we all are dying to know if you really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really like us.

December 26, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Hallmark Christmas

The way it happened was like something that would happen in a Hallmark movie. Wait a minute. It was a Hallmark movie that started it all.

December 26, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Lizards need love, too

It's been more than 20 years ago, but I've never forgotten the pretty blonde girl who sat next to me in a class I had at the University of Georgia.

December 26, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Our sheriff and his ‘rescue squad’

We've all probably cringed at some time in life when blue lights flashed in your rear view mirror, but near Boykin those blue lights prompt a howl-fest of "welcome home" to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. Known as a tough law man, this long time law enforcement officer and his wife, Heather, are huge supporters of animal rescue organizations. In fact, they have five rescue animals of their own. Boomer is a 100-lb Bloodhound/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix adopted from SQ Rescue; Jill is a delightful Terrier mix from the Thiel-Meyer Adoption Center; The Outlaw Josie Wales (appropriately named says ...

December 26, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dave Brubeck was a master

I can't believe that, in my more than 17 years with this newspaper, I've never written about jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

December 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Recipe for a more humane world

As we approach the time of year that demands big changes and major resolutions, how about committing to one small, seemingly insignificant change? Instead of worrying about transforming our bodies, personalities, and entire ways of life, let's put into practice one change one day a week that will help transform the world. Just eat differently on Monday. By choosing vegetarian options just one day a week -- on Meatless Monday -- we can foster positive change for animals (and for ourselves as well) and make the next year a more humane one.

December 22, 2017 | Janet Williams C-I guest columnist | Columns


Three lives of Christmas trees

I've always liked Christmas tree farms. There's something nostalgic about them, plus I've always liked the way they look. Comparable to toy soldiers standing at attention, Christmas trees are stately, orderly, dressed for service and have a presence in the landscape. They may also have as many as three lives.

December 22, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Column: My old friends Chuck and Will

This has been one of the weirder transitions from winter into spring. No doubt, that meme that's been making the rounds on social media ...

April 24, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Being corrected by others

It has been well over 10 years since I started a weekly newsletter for my readers which is free and primarily tells the stories behind ...

April 24, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: What CMA is and is not

Having lived in the area most of my life, I am continually amazed at how very little people know about Camden Military Academy (CMA). However ...

April 24, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Drainage pipe puppies

Have you ever been driving down the road and seen a litter of puppies popping their heads up out of a drainage ditch or seen ...

April 24, 2018 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Legislature needs to obey own law

On today's front page, I have an article looking back at the Kershaw County school board's April 10 meeting and a presentation on ...

April 20, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Mark my words

The new book I've written about Mama is a compilation of past columns about her as well as new stories that give an insight ...

April 20, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Put out the word

An elected official in Camden never wants to hear: "How come there's no place for kids to hang out?" One answer that doesn't ...

April 20, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: The history of Monument Square

Monument Square developed as a part of the 1798 "extended plan" of the town of Camden which is credited to Col. Joseph Kershaw. It was ...

April 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: The dogs of war are howling

WASHINGTON -- As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump's words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind:

April 17, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Mark my words

From time to time, as my writing career grew, Mama would say, "I built you, little girl. Don't ever forget that."

April 17, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Foreign chit-chat

The "last chance" dance was when the Australian gentleman spied the cute blonde lass and took a chance and asked her to dance and soon ...

April 17, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: School safety always a priority

The recent school shooting tragedy in Florida has obviously brought school safety to the forefront. From the day this tragedy occurred, I have very clearly ...

April 17, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: DSS claims it’s ‘making progress’

When we published my two-part "Orphaned and homeless" in-depth look at a teenager named "J.M." and how a jury found the S.C. Department ...

April 13, 2018 | | Columns


Column: My Atlanta angel

Writing amounts to solitary confinement. The hours alone reward you though when a book comes out: meeting folks who love books. When book events conclude ...

April 13, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Pride in city based on many aspects of life

The pride we feel for our city is based on many aspects of life. Chief among them -- loving people, generous businesses, dedicated community service organizations ...

April 13, 2018 | | Columns


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