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“In the Heart of the Pines: Camden During the Hotel Era, 1882-1941” opens on July 7, 2014

It all really began with the Haile Gold Mine. The Eldredge family of New York – the Hobkirk Inn Eldredges – purchased the mine in 1880. The family owned gold mines in California, Virginia, and Mexico. Son, Frank W. Eldredge, was installed here as manager of the Haile mine. Frank's son, Inman, wrote that the living quarters at the mine "were a bit crude," so when his mother was expecting in 1882 his father bought Pine Flat from Mrs. William Shannon.

June 20, 2014 | | Columns


The strange business called politics

It was good to see a decent number of voters turn out for last week's primary election. Percentage-wise, it still could have been much better, but primaries are not known for having long lines to the voting booth, especially in an "off year" such as this one.

June 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Don Zimmer

Baseball is no longer the national pastime. Football long ago surpassed it in popularity here in the United States.

June 20, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


With phones we’re never alone

I've said it before, but cell phones today make it so we are never alone. I was texting with a friend of mine last weekend and she asked what I was doing. I told her I was going to the pool to swim and sunbathe. She asked if anyone was going with me and I said no. We got into a dialogue about how I often do things alone and how that doesn't seem to bother me as it does others.

June 18, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Cantor’s swan song

WASHINGTON -- About that stunning defeat.

June 18, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


One last countdown for Casey Kasem

(Editor Martin L. Cahn is on vacation, recuperating from surgery. This column first ran on June 13, 2009, and is republished here at his request in light of recent news that Kasem's daughters were planning to remove him from life support during the last few days.)

June 16, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Keep thy word

Not long ago, a friend of mine was huffing, puffing and carrying on something awful about an injustice she had recently suffered. She had dealt with someone rather devious and the result was, well, rather devious.

June 16, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Columns


Summer school work

I was talking with a community member recently who asked me what we do all summer since school is out. Although summer is obviously a time that schools are closed and teachers and assistants are off, the level of activity across the school district is actually pretty intense. Preparing to open school in a district with over 10,000 students and twenty buildings with a comprehensive instructional and extracurricular program is a huge undertaking that actually begins long before the previous school year has ended.

June 16, 2014 | Dr. Frank Morgan | Columns


The importance of voting

Over the last fifteen years, each of my five children, at one time or another has pleaded his or her case before (mom) court as to why he or she should accompany me to the voting booth that particular day. And why not? To the four year-old, it was an outing to unknown territory, always a diverting option in the midst of a cold, mundane November day. To the often-awkward middle-schoolers or the "tweeners", it was a chance for them to be seen - and heard, as they proceeded to inform me they know exactly whom I need to vote for ...

June 16, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Beyond book learning

One of the many pleasures in life is watching the skills and talents of other people, sometimes seeing things you'd never expect.

June 13, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Armed, dangerous and dead

WASHINGTON -- So much for the argument that having more people armed in public places will result in fewer gun deaths.

June 13, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


He had a heart of gold

Happy Father's Day! A few weeks ago I wrote the story of my mother here, just in time for Mother's Day. Now, let me share a few words about my father.

June 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Things not to leave in your car during the summer

I don't particularly want to write about makeup today, or any day really, but seeing as how I've burned through four sticks of eyeliner in a month, I thought it might be appropriate. I should start with the basic, obvious fact: it's summer and it's hot out most days and if you leave your bag of makeup in your car during the day, it's going to melt.

June 11, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


A farewell to friends

WASHINGTON -- You know how it goes. You lose track of friends and then one day, someone gets in touch to say the friend has left us to our mortal pursuits.

June 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


‘Chronicle’ is now 125 years old

The Chronicle-Independent hit a major milestone in May. We decided not to make a big deal out of it, especially since we're far more concerned about covering the stories of Kershaw County than being a story ourselves.

June 09, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Lessons from the critters

A pretty funny thing happened just the other day. I won't say where, because that doesn't really matter, but the upshot of it ...

September 19, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


How Democrats won the presidency

WASHINGTON -- Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty.

September 19, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 15, 2017

Dear Danica Patrick,

September 19, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


School construction projects update

Last November, voters in Kershaw County approved a two-question $129 million referendum to move forward with a number of critical school construction projects. These projects ...

September 19, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Who’s an ‘illegal immigrant’?

On Tuesday's front page, we published a story I wrote about 42-year-old Gheorge Iordache, who pleaded guilty in late August to 60 of 97 ...

September 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Shouting for joy

On occasion when I was child, we traveled up into the mountains to visit what Mama called her "home church," meaning it was the church ...

September 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


McRae’s Superfine Flour

Camden has long been known for its wheat flour production during the pre-Revolutionary period and for several decades after the war. "Fine Carolina flour" was ...

September 15, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Disasters and such

As Irma bore down on the U.S. mainland, the hysteria got more and more pronounced. It's only Friday as I write this -- she ...

September 12, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The worst is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen.

September 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Sept. 12, 2017

Labor Day weekend 2017 at Darlington Raceway was the best of times … and then it got better or, depending on where your personal driver allegiances ...

September 12, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Scandal, corruption, accountability

The current scandal of SCANA's (S.C. Electric and Gas parent company) and Santee Cooper's nuclear debacle is arguably the biggest scandal in ...

September 12, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


FOIA report could have been better

One of the agenda items during this week's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting was a report from Trustee Shirley Halley on topics ...

September 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Storytelling songs

When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no ...

September 08, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The real America

I believe it to be a reasonable assumption that lately in our country there has been a state of division, if you will. What we ...

September 08, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The new downtown

There's a revolution brewing and it's not what you think.

September 08, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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