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Tough times come, tough times go

Lately, I seem to be reminded of the old adage "tough times never last but tough people do." It has me wondering: do tough people simply outlast the tough times or is it that people actually become tough as a result of surviving adversities over and over? Perhaps the answer lies in what we find on the other side of those difficult times. Perchance on the other side of these really burdensome and painful moments in our lives lay tougher people. It does make sense. Trying and practicing to be tough over and over would have to deliver a positive ...

October 15, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Malala and Kailash at the best of us

There have been times when the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize seems political at best, pandering at worst. Nobel prizes, in various categories, including peace, are supposed to be awarded to the person or persons the Nobel committee believes have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

October 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A lifetime of bad decisions

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

October 13, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Strategic partnerships -- what are they?

KershawHealth's Strategic Plan, approved by the board of trustees earlier this year, makes it clear that various alliances are essential to the organization's future success in caring for our community. We must recognize that there are 13 not-for-profit and investor-owned hospitals within a 50-mile radius of Kershaw County and that, more specifically, KershawHealth competes with large healthcare systems in the Columbia metropolitan area. An openness to new ideas and new ways of partnering in a rapidly-evolving healthcare environment is the only strategy for success.

October 13, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lament for the hitchhiker

What's your first thought when you're driving down the road and you spot a hitchhiker?

October 10, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Words to the wise

WASHINGTON -- Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning.

October 10, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Living the American dream

I often offer up in my weekly column my thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics related to entertainment and pop culture. Those are things I'm personally interested in and know quite a bit about, at least in my own mind.

October 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Who will win the ridesharing war?

WASHINGTON -- Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Except less regulated.

October 08, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Spontaneous move

Last summer, I made one of the most spontaneous decisions ever in my life. I decided to go to Chicago: a massive city in land size and population that I never visited before. Spontaneity isn't exactly my middle name, so I was pretty nervous before I even paid for the essentials of my trip.

October 08, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


A honey of a year

This year was one of the best for my honeybees. At the beginning of spring, I never would have predicted such productivity. We had several surprises, but I'll discuss one in particular. Each spring, a beehive tends to "swarm." Most of us have heard of a bee swarm, but you may be amazed by the biology behind this bewildering bee business.

October 08, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


National Newspaper Week

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield's famous line was he "got no respect."

October 06, 2014 | By Bill Rogers S.C. Press Association Executive Director | Columns


Support your newspaper by spreading the news

No, I'm not asking for handouts. I'm merely taking advantage of this week being National Newspaper Week to remind you that whether you're reading this column in print, on your desktop or laptop computer, tablet or smartphone, the Chronicle-Independent is -- as I often state on our Facebook page -- your local hometown community newspaper.

October 06, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


What does a cemetery tell us?

For several thousand years historians and others have known a cemetery indicates a local town or community's awareness of its connection to past generations. This historical awareness imparts a sense of continuity from the past to the present and an expected continuation into the future. They know a cemetery tells one much about the history, traditions, burial practices, culture, etc. of a local area.

October 06, 2014 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


A salute to all our homemakers

You know how attics are. They're filled with junk, Christmas stuff and memories that you can't toss away. The other day as I was digging through boxes, bound and determined, to find a dress pattern from 15 years ago, I found a scrapbook from my high school FHA years.

October 06, 2014 | By Ronda Rich C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Economic development

When a radio interviewer recently asked a city council candidate about their plans to advance economic development in Camden and Kershaw County, the candidate answered that economic development is rarely a one-man show, but rather a team effort involving the city, the county and private investment.

October 03, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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My grandfather’s shirt

Recently, I got to thinking about my grandfather's shirt.

October 24, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Donald, dearest

WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush's speech last week at a forum hosted by his eponymous institute might as well have been titled "Dear Donald." The ...

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


What is a ‘no kill’ shelter?

I often find myself engaged in conversation about the no-kill movement. The conversation can either be cringe worthy or one of enlightenment. The term no-kill ...

October 24, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


How I somehow lost my folks at the South Carolina State Fair

In 1955, at the tender age of 4, my parents decided to take me to my first S.C. State Fair. I remember most of ...

October 24, 2017 | By Rusty Major C-I guest columnist | Columns


Admit, apologize, do better

To my fellow men of Earth, of any age:

October 20, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


This is Lewis Grizzard

Before our dear friend, Ed Parks, died, he would invite us up to his house in Highlands on a Sunday and say, "We'll have ...

October 20, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Me too: how I found my outrage

WASHINGTON -- Depending upon one's distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we've been ...

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


McRae’s Superfine Flour, continued

When I left you in the middle of the story of McRae's Mill in last month's column, I promised to continue this month ...

October 20, 2017 | By Camden Archives Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Autumn leaves and woolly worms

With the advent of autumn comes yet another memory I'll never lose, no matter how much I imbibe.

October 17, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON -- Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody's a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the ...

October 17, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


CACCE meeting was enlightening, informative

I have recently returned from a Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE) conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the content of the learning sessions as ...

October 17, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Schools can’t develop workforce alone

Every time there's a societal, economic or other crisis issue of some sort, public schools are usually expected to solve it … oftentimes without any ...

October 17, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why I’m not watching new ‘Trek’

For those of you who follow the goings on in the entertainment world, you might have noticed that the first new Star Trek TV show ...

October 13, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The big fish

Life hosts so many things to ponder. Have you ever pondered what 211 pounds of fish looks like, or better yet, what 1,540.08 ...

October 13, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Oct. 13, 2017

It's October, and only seven races remain in NASCAR's playoffs. (On a side note, I'm still stymied regarding the reason why NASCAR ...

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


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