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12 candidates, 12 ideas

In the 2014 election, the post of State Superintendent of Education is open. The incumbent Mick Zais is not running again. By my count, to date there are 12 people that are announced candidates -- 10 Republicans and two Democrats.

February 26, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A somber, but important anniversary

Of all the hundreds of stories I have written for the C-I, perhaps the most gratifying and the most tragic was "Death of a Deputy," a five-part series we published in 2009.

February 24, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Keeping the dream alive

By chance, we happened upon him in a small gift shop. The clerk recognizing me laughed and said, "What a coincidence! She just bought a copy of your book!" She gestured toward a small woman browsing through a group of men's sweaters.

February 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Should S.C. pay for surveillance?

Gov. Nikki Haley's executive budget grabbed a few headlines for its items on education, transportation and Medicaid waiver programs. One component of the budget was almost completely ignored, however, and it shouldn't be. The governor's proposed spending plan includes $8.5 million in total funds -- $5.3 million from the federal government -- for a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Fusion Center.

February 24, 2014 | By Shane McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Few today remember The Orangeburg Massacre

If you're now a 60-year-old native South Carolinian, you're unlikely to have any personal memory of the events known as the Orangeburg Massacre. You would have been 14 when it happened on Feb. 8, 1968 -- two years before the deaths of four white students at Kent State University in Ohio.

February 24, 2014 | By Jack Bass College of Charleston | Columns


The Mills Courthouse -- not!

Long before I came to work in Camden, my husband and I would drive up here from Sumter to have a lunch date some Saturdays. As we passed the Robert Mills Courthouse, the historic preservationist part of me would smile in satisfaction that the people of Camden preserved this landmark. Sumter's oldest courthouse, which Mills modified, was torn down in the name of "progress" years ago -- and they built a Maxway in its place! Really!

February 21, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Republicans getting to yes

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have excelled at concealing their brilliance in recent years and Democrats have exalted in their own good fortune.

February 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Do they really mean it?

Gentlemen, start your engines! It's NASCAR season again, with the Daytona 500 coming up Sunday. There's always a high amount of excitement in the air this time of year, as everyone starts the season with the same record and number of points -- zeros all across the board.

February 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Dreams of the luge and bobsled

If you've always harbored a desire to be an Olympic athlete but you have a hard time walking and chewing gum at the same time, I have two words for you:

February 21, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Once upon a time-ish

WASHINGTON -- It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one.

February 19, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The milk and bread crisis

What does a person who suffers from both lactose intolerance and celiac disease do during a natural disaster/state of emergency/winter storm? Since the staples of these said storms are "milk and bread," my guess is … she starves to death?

February 19, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


White guys in tall buildings

The other day, a long time South Carolina businessman remarked that in the past, the top 10 leaders in our state were the 10 white males that had the 10 biggest corner offices on the top floor of the 10 tallest buildings in the state.

February 19, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Something nice to say about Gov. Haley

Whether she got great advice from her team or she made the decision on her own, kudos to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley for declaring a state of emergency during our recent winter storm. It was absolutely the right thing to do.

February 17, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Oh dear, bless her heart

She said it, of course, with smirk. Those women who really don't understand the ways of the women of the South seem to always speak about us in words that are vividly cloaked in disdain.

February 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


‘Running schools more like a business’

In the middle of more than $30 million in budget cuts our school district had to make during the economic downturn -- cuts that are not yet close to being fully restored -- a number of politicians and citizens told me that schools needed to be "run more like a business." That's a line I hear a lot. It's a good sound bite, especially from politicians and others who don't want to acknowledge the consequences of poor long-term decisions. But it doesn't reflect reality.

February 17, 2014 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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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


The role of business in legislative affairs

Recently, I've been thinking about the role of businesses in legislative affairs. My perception has been that larger businesses are the ones who get ...

June 16, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Scratching my head, again

I swear, one of these days I'm going to either scratch my head completely bald -- I'm already more than halfway there -- or just ...

June 13, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rodney teaches

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in ...

June 13, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - June 13, 2017

One of the most exciting things to happen in NASCAR in a very long time didn't happen during a race. Rather, it happened when ...

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


Police work needs good sense of humor

Being a police officer is definitely a challenging and dangerous career path. This includes the dangers to the heart and mind. Arriving at fatal collision ...

June 13, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The wonder of Wonder Woman

Let's get something straight right from the start: I did not go see Wonder Woman because I wanted to ogle Gal Gadot's body ...

June 09, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


From T.V. star to preacher

Mama was always proud for people who were able to pull themselves up and do well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them ...

June 09, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


“We’re just out walking...”

It was early in my relationship with my mother-in-law, Rose Mary, when I concluded the two of us were destined to be more like mother ...

June 09, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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