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How it all caught up with 'em

We were cleaning up the dishes from Sunday dinner when Rodney called me into the living room where he was watching TV.

April 04, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The saga of Baron DeKalb's helmet

On August 16, 1780 Baron De Kalb received multiple mortal wounds at the Battle of Camden and three days later he succumbed from those wounds. At the time he was placed in a grave at the lower end of Camden on Meeting Street near Broad across from present day Historic Camden. In Historic Camden, Colonial and Revolutionary, Kirkland and Kennedy show this location on their "Diagram Four" which was a map of Camden in 1798.

April 04, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Pots of money, and fake news, too

After my report Tuesday ahead of that day's groundbreaking for the city of Camden's new tennis complex, I noticed that our link to the story on our Facebook page generated some comments showing there may be some misunderstanding about how money works in government.

March 31, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rapunzel, let down your hair

WASHINGTON -- Though Republicans profess to despise Big Government, especially the federal kind, it seems that what they really don't like is Democracy -- and indeed prefer a monarchy.

March 31, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Judy, the sad girl

The other day, I took a short cut down a back road, the likes of which I had not seen since I was a child in petticoats and Mary Janes and rode the big, yellow school bus.

March 31, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The future of flipping hamburgers

Last week, I saw the future of flipping hamburgers -- and most every other type of fast food. It was at a restaurant called Eatsa at 1626 K Street in Washington, D. C.

March 31, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Say 'no' to H. 3931

Where does your tax money go?

March 28, 2017 | By Jay Bender, S.C. Press Association attorney C-I guest columnist | Columns


Governing by ultimatum

WASHINGTON -- In a week that felt like a month, Americans got a clear view of Donald Trump's governing style and also of his fabled dealmaking approach.

March 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Two strangers linked forever

Several years ago, an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently and, again as then, I found myself fascinated by how it summed up the man that died and what that summation says about our society.

March 28, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Military veteran continues to save lives

"It takes a village" to save unwanted pets in our community and there are large and small roles available for everyone. Disabled army veteran Elizabeth Smith is a great example. She is part of our "animal rescue village" in Kershaw County.

March 28, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


So, this is middle age?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, you are considered middle aged if you are between 45 and 65 years old.

March 24, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Neil Gorsuch steals the week

WASHINGTON -- Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States.

March 24, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Asthma, allergies and tree sex...

Welcome to spring! For many people this is their favorite time of year, for many others it is a miserable time of year. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 27 million Americans both adults and children have been diagnosed with asthma. Of those, more than half also suffer from allergies. Asthma and allergies are triggered by many factors such as cigarette and wood smoke, dust mites, pets, molds, insects, certain foods and plant pollen. These allergens cause trouble when they are inhaled, swallowed, injected or touched.

March 24, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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


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Holiday PTSD

Welcome to July in South Carolina.

July 18, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump’s unique gift to America

BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Even the least popular of presidents sometimes do great things.

July 18, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Uncle Oscar and Aunt Fairy

One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...

July 18, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A very good year!

Once the end of the school year arrives and the dust settles a bit, we are in full planning mode for the coming year, and ...

July 18, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Working for freedom of information

During my 17 years with this newspaper, I have championed South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act (S.C. FOIA) and the cause of open ...

July 14, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


We were told there’d be dirt

WASHINGTON -- That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother ...

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


The joy of a good mud hole

It's hard to find a good mud hole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.

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


Coding movement sweeping the world, nation and state

All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding ...

July 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lessons from a ‘local’

Recently, during a visit to Gorges State Park in the North Carolina mountains, I was privileged to see an amazing, rare and, yes, somewhat unnerving ...

July 11, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Trump media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump's lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that ...

July 11, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New life at Mather

I recently visited the new Cedarbrook apartment community and quickly realized it is perfectly suited to bring new life to the former Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy property.

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


My Brain on NASCAR - July 11, 2017

2015 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch is not a happy camper.

July 11, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


17 years

It was exactly 17 years ago Wednesday morning, to the day, that I walked in the doors of the Chronicle-Independent as an employee for the ...

July 07, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Ignorance is bliss

As a goal-oriented engineer who believes we should all be lifelong learners, the phrase, "ignorance is bliss" has always made me shake my head in ...

July 07, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Love of country

My family celebrated our country's 241st birthday in Pawley's Island this past Tuesday. Spending July 4th at the beach never fails to deliver ...

July 07, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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