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The Lafayette Ball Gown

The Camden Archives and Museum has been entrusted with the care of the famed Lafayette Ball gown worn by Margaret Evans Larkin Rochelle Starke in 1825 on the occasion of General Lafayette's visit to Camden. Margaret (1791-1872) was the wife of Thomas Starke (1789-1855). They resided in Fairfield County where Thomas was a planter of some means. Margaret wore this dress six months after the birth of her seventh child and it would have been a flattering style for a post-pregnancy figure.

May 16, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mad Men, I’ll miss you most

It's always a little sad when your favorite TV show announces it's in its last season. Sometimes a show stays on TV for way too long and wears out its welcome and sometimes it exits quiet and gracefully at the appropriate time. Unfortunately in many cases, the devoted viewers often feel it's a bit of a premature departure.

May 14, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


What the court got wrong

WASHINGTON -- The genius of the Constitution is to establish zones in which the rights of the minority are protected against majority oppression: freedom of speech and religion, for example, or equal protection of the laws. The role of the Supreme Court is, to borrow Chief Justice John Roberts' metaphor, to umpire the play within those zones, calling fouls on the majority when it oversteps.

May 14, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


What are the consequences of closing BES?

When I first moved into Kershaw County in 1999, I lived just inside the Cassatt zip code, close to Camden's. The following year, I began working for this newspaper as a staff reporter. My beats comprised covering the city of Camden, including crime; healthcare, especially as related to KershawHealth; and the town of Bethune.

May 12, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Mama writes a book (or wants to)

Dear Readers,

May 12, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Strategic partnerships will help KershawHealth’s future

The KershawHealth Strategic Plan approved unanimously by our Board of Trustees presents an ambitious, but achievable, road map for the organization's future, both short and long term. Essential to the success of the plan is the ability to form multiple strategic partnerships to strengthen existing healthcare services and provide essential capital for adding or expanding facilities.

May 12, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Death unto others

WASHINGTON -- When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won't find mine among them.

May 09, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The story of one mother

With Mother's Day only two days away, it's only natural, and appropriate, to reflect on and honor the world's maternal parents. One thing is a certainty: we all have, or have had, a mother. Allow me to tell you the story of one in particular.

May 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


The number 14

Here we go … again. It is time for caps and gowns, tassels and farewells, last times and the number 14. Graduation, life's remarkable onward-looking ceremony, is upon us accompanied with all its pomp and circumstance. For me, it's the second high school graduation in two years for our family. Two down, three to go, and 40 percent closer to becoming an empty nester. OK, I'm not intentionally rushing this thing called life, only trying to be real in what's ahead on the road.

May 09, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


I’d like some new blood, please

I need some new blood.

May 09, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Ennui and self-loathing in This Town

(Today's column was written prior to this past weekend's White House Correspondents gala.)

May 07, 2014 | | Columns


You gotta have fun

I spent some time this past weekend outside at the park. The weather was so nice and warm, but not uncomfortably so. It was perfect weather to just get out of the house and go for a long walk, which I did. I quickly noticed that I wasn't the only one with that idea; in fact, this was the busiest I'd seen this particular park (which is also a softball field complex) this year.

May 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Lives in Camden being changed through ‘Power of work’

Each year, the first week of May is Goodwill Week. This week is a time to recognize the people in the community that make Goodwill's work possible and celebrate Goodwill's long history of putting people back to work, which began when Methodist minister Edgar Helms founded Goodwill Industries in Boston in 1902.

May 07, 2014 | By Jeffrey Graham C-I guest columnist | Columns


Hurricane Hugo

Everyone knows the weather is an acceptable source of discussion. Politics, religion and family, however, are fraught with danger when a person talks or writes. As I was listening to the news and awaiting information about a recent impending storm, my mind wandered back to a number of years ago when Hurricane Hugo was a problem.

May 07, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Raised to shop better

Tink had been in Los Angeles for a week so that morning before his plane left LAX, it occurred to me that a good wifely thing to do would be to welcome him back to the Rondarosa with a home cooked meal.

May 05, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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A funny thing happened at the mailbox

The day I received my very first package from this group, I nearly had apoplexy. That in and of itself should have clued me that ...

June 27, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Tink and the Garanimals

It is a sure bet, I am certain, that I am not the only wife with a husband who cares little about clothes. Like many ...

June 27, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My brain on NASCAR - June 27, 2017

I am willing to wager that mine wasn't the only dry eye in the Palmetto State when Ryan Blaney claimed his first-ever Monster Energy ...

June 27, 2017 | | Columns


Help pets have a happy, safe Fourth

The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner. A few days of fun with family and friends, time spent at the lake or ...

June 27, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A possible end to gerrymandering?

Two special elections grabbed headlines this week. There was the U.S. House District 5 special election here in South Carolina, the outcome of which ...

June 23, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Can words be lethal?

WASHINGTON -- Words matter, journalists are fond of saying.

June 23, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Water power

The Camden Archives and Museum will mount an exhibit about Camden's cotton mill era in late January 2018. Most museum exhibits take months to ...

June 23, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The best schools in the U.S. and S.C.

Did you ever wonder what a truly great school looks like?

June 23, 2017 | | Columns


The dream v. the reality

If you missed Ag&Art weekend in Kershaw County, you missed out on a truly unique, fun and interesting event.

June 20, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Our new life in the dugout

WASHINGTON -- Kelley Paul had gone to bed Tuesday night as usual, with her cellphone set on "Do Not Disturb," except for family and close friends ...

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


Headless and history

Hobkirk Hill is named for a village and civil parish in Scotland.

June 20, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Seniors look back

One of the groups I meet with regularly is Student Cabinet, which is made up of student council officers from every grade from each of ...

June 20, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Behind the scenes

As you can probably imagine, it's impossible to, literally, include everything about a particular event, person or issue in a single article or even ...

June 16, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The unnecessary obituary

One of the dearest and oldest friends I have, had a close brush with death recently. He didn't just stand on the banks of ...

June 16, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


First responders are superheroes

When the call comes, they have the training, equipment and courage to respond. Be it during dinner or Sunday school, these superheroes work long hours ...

June 16, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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