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Column: A miracle on I-20

Benelli, a red Australian Shepherd, and her owner, Athena Hinkle, from Wilmington, N.C., were traveling on I-20 through Kershaw County on Jan. 12 on their way to visit family in Alabama. It was dark and raining outside but Hinkle felt safe as she drove with Benelli. She and Benelli have a special bond that was formed in 2016 when Benelli was a small pup and still with her litter. That bond was cemented when Hinkle's father gifted her with Benelli for Christmas that same year. Her last Christmas with her father. He suffered a fatal heart attack that ...

February 27, 2018 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Talk’s great; we need action now

We've talked.

February 23, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Seeking gun sanity after Parkland

WASHINGTON -- As pressures mount for Congress to "just do something" about mass shootings, Americans would do well to seek solutions closer to home.

February 23, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Moment of Nature - Feb. 23, 2018

After a weather week like this, it's hard to imagine any more winter, but don't get your lawn chairs out just yet. Remember, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow indicating six more weeks of winter! Hopefully, it won't be as "winter-like" as January.

February 23, 2018 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland | Columns


Column: The budget process

I talk about budget a lot. I do so because I think it's that important. The decisions made during the budget process directly impact the quality of services we will be able to provide students during the school year that starts this coming August.

February 23, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: We need to talk

One hates to think we could actually start the day saying something like, "ho hum; another mass shooting," but sadly, it sometimes feels that way.

February 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago, when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough interest to propel the book into an auction similar to my first one.

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


Column: The Alexander Young portrait

Well-known, long-time Camden resident William M. Shannon wrote a series of articles for the newspaper in 1876 that described Camden and its people of days gone by. He penned, "Among the new settlers after the [Revolutionary] war, many were the founders of the best society this district has ever known; founders, too, of its noblest and best families, names ever to be remembered with pride and reverence …" Among those, he described Mr. Alexander Young.

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


Column: Going Hogg wild

WASHINGTON -- It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as they learned about an active shooter prowling their school.

February 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Unsportsmanlike conduct

On Wednesday, February 7, I drove down to Columbia to watch my older son play in his last JV basketball game -- perhaps his last basketball game ever -- for Camden High School. It was the final game of the season and happened to be against Columbia High School, a team they'd faced at least once earlier in the season.

February 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Small newspapers make big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper.

February 16, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Reflections

We all had that special teacher or coach who inspired us to believe and achieve while we were in school. Take a minute and think about it. Who was yours? Recently, at Camden Military, we have experienced two occasions that have caused us to pause and reflect on this very question and I wanted to share those with you as well as share my most influential teacher during my school days.

February 16, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Invasion of the bots

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia.

February 16, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Whispered prayer

Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing's beautiful. You startle yourself with a luminous phrase. Writing's frightening. A thing sends your mind to places you avoid. Something last week sent my mind to a time I dread and it has me rethinking how I travel this road called Life.

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


Column: Do-er or dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

February 13, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Column: Nobody lied; it was worse

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a small schools report given to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance committee showing it will take ...

June 15, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Learning from your Dad

As we approach Father's Day, I was thinking about how well great Dads listen. In fact, how well one listens can be life changing ...

June 15, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Art of the deal -- nukes for condos

WASHINGTON -- Well, it happened: The president and the dictator met, shook hands, looked each other in the eye, smiled for the cameras -- and lied through ...

June 15, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Final thoughts

One of the groups I have met with on a regular basis throughout my tenure is Student Cabinet, which is comprised of student class presidents ...

June 15, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A few observations

Today is an election day. For what it's worth, I have already voted. That means I feel free to screech, caterwaul and criticize to ...

June 12, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: My dear Charles

WASHINGTON -- Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally encountered one foe over which ...

June 12, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Let them torch the Chinese flag, instead

My father died in 1970 at the age of 58. He was a veteran of both World War II and Korea.

June 12, 2018 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Column: The beauty of old bridges

File this column under "Progress." I guess. I remain a skeptic of much that is new and better and that includes the new bridges going ...

June 12, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Three bad apples

If you've ever watched CBS' Criminal Minds, you're probably familiar with its opening credits during which a montage of mugshots are shown. Look ...

June 08, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: The legend known as Red Farmer

When I stopped by to visit Talladega Superspeedway, my drive took me past the wildly popular Talladega Short Track, a one-third mile, red clay oval ...

June 08, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Homegrown ’maters are best

I decided, after a 30-year absence from any sort of involvement with agriculture, to attempt to grow my own tomatoes.

June 08, 2018 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Column: A Bee in Barr’s bonnet

WASHINGTON -- Call me naive -- I've been called worse -- but it never occurred to me that Roseanne Barr's firing would be viewed by some ...

June 08, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Worth almost a penny, maybe

Just in case anyone has a penny or two they wish to toss at something besides a wishing well, here are a couple of random ...

June 05, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Planet of the racists

WASHINGTON -- Roseanne Barr's appeal has so long eluded me that her further fall from disgrace has failed to dislodge even the slightest pebble of ...

June 05, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Chinaberry

A lovely shade tree, I played beneath its canopy; rolled its berries in my palm. It stood seven yards beyond an old hand-dug well. I ...

June 05, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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