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The world is your runway

I've always admired people who take chances, who step out into the world and do something that seems scary and bold. I'm not always that way, so when I see someone take a step out of their comfort zone and into something new, I'm quite impressed.

December 18, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Holy suckitude!

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people -- her phrase "Embrace the suck."

December 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Wagging the Dog

A few months ago, I was talking with a mother of a private school student, and I asked her if she minded telling me why she chose a private school for her child. I've asked this question to numerous private school parents over the years, and I always learn something. But the answer I got in this case was one that I hadn't heard before. This mother said, "I don't want my child to be a test score." She went on to tell me that in her opinion, standardized testing in public schools had become more important ...

December 16, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Remembering those who left us this year

As we approach the end of 2013, I thought about those who have left us -- those whose deaths are notable either because of who they were or the circumstances of their passing. While everyone notes the passing of luminaries, what about the people we've lost this year in Kershaw County? My list is not long, although there were certainly a lot of obituaries to go through; some even made the front page.

December 16, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Where Charlie Tinker lies buried

(This is a three-part series on Charlie. This is the first installment.)

December 16, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What was the question?

Verbal communication can be very surprising. Sometimes it can be annoying. It can also be so amazing that the listener hardly has a reply except a gasp.

December 16, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


American Party of S.C. hot at State Fair

Like tens of thousands of other South Carolinians, I went to the State Fair in Columbia a few weeks ago. It was great fun, and all the usual attractions were there. But there was something new this year -- and it was hot.

December 13, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Clearing the clutter at year’s end

I walked into my room the other day and some horror movie music should have started playing, because it was a nightmare in the 29223 zip code. After standing in the doorway looking at all of my stuff, I made it my mission to get rid of everything I don't need, properly store what I'm not using and better organize everything that I use on a daily basis. I don't know too much about feng shui, but I'm pretty sure the concept is accurate. I couldn't remember the last time I'd opened my blinds ...

December 13, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


‘The Christmas Letter’

It's that time of year again, when "The Christmas Letter" arrives from friends.

December 13, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Make a girl laugh

WASHINGTON -- Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.

December 13, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The pope and the president

WASHINGTON -- We have reached a new level of political absurdity when the right is mad at the pope and the left wants to anoint his head with oil.

December 11, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Why Christmas is just awesome

I went with my friend, Jody, and her daughters recently to see the Christmas lights at Swan Lake in Sumter. It was so fun to spend an evening with the excitement of children at Christmas. I have a real love for driving around with the heat blasting in my face, Mariah Carey Christmas turned up and singing, as loudly as I can, "All I want for Christmas is YOU!"

December 11, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


What comes after the welfare state?

The welfare state is now omnipresent in every part of the United States. The federal budget is dominated by entitlement spending, with 45 percent of federal spending in 2012 going to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare (among other health care entitlements). Simultaneously, states are struggling under the fiscal burdens imposed on them by mandatory entitlement programs: for example, spending by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (primarily on Medicaid) has averaged $1.21 billion over the last three budget years.

December 09, 2013 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


The 11th hour: Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina

What if I told you that it's the 11th hour, and that the proof is Warsaw, Kiribati and South Carolina?

December 09, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drop off our kids safely, please

I'm the parent of a Camden Middle School (CMS) student. Each weekday morning, I drop him off after taking his brother to another school.

December 09, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | 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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