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Robert Mills’ trail in Camden

When I was a pre-teen, I absolutely devoured every Nancy Drew mystery book I could check out of the Charleston County Library or borrow from a friend. Oh, the adventures Nancy took me on as she snooped out the trail of a mystery. Each little clue she found led to another and another and they all eventually solved the mystery. The exotic situations in which she became involved were fascinating. She always solved the mystery, through each one's twisting, turning plot. Clue by clue.

January 17, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


In luck we trust

WASHINGTON -- As we evaluate the efficacy of the War on Poverty, a single, unquantifiable factor stubbornly demands attention: luck.

January 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Nightmares in the movie theater

I went with a friend of mine to see a movie this weekend. We had both been looking forward to seeing the movie for awhile and finally had the time to get to the theater. We chose to visit a nice theater in a nearby city where tickets are a bit more expensive to account for the plush, stadium seating. We arrived about 20 minutes before the showing, bought our tickets and found a nice seat, near the back in the center.

January 15, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Mental health and the SCDC

I am not a mental health expert, nor an expert on running corrections facilities, whether they be detention centers, like our county jail, or major institutions such as Wateree Correctional over the Sumter county line.

January 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


On state budget, lawmakers should try following the law

If you're like most well-informed South Carolinians, you have absolutely no idea what's in the state budget until the late spring or early summer, and by that time it's about to pass into law. If you want to know what's in the budget before it's too late to make a difference, you'll need to come to Columbia and spend three days a week from January to April, and attend a variety of budget subcommittee and committee meetings -- and even then you won't have any firm idea of which programs and agencies state leaders ...

January 13, 2014 | By Barton Swaim S.C. Policy Council | Columns


The bow maker

The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news because we Southern women do admire a package well wrapped.

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


KershawHealth: a solid foundation for the future

There is no doubt that 2013 was a stressful and challenging year for KershawHealth. But it was also the year this healthcare system celebrated its centennial, and I can assure you, there are very few hospitals that have duplicated this accomplishment. It's easy to see why. In the short time that I've been at KershawHealth, I've already seen tremendous strengths here that are a huge benefit, not only to the hospital, but to the community at large. It's clear that KershawHealth has a solid foundation to build on for the future.

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


Doing a lot with a little

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) recently released its crime statistics for 2013 and most categories of offenses were noticeably down from 2012. Kudos to the KCSO for having such a productive year. I won't go very deep into that here, as a story on the subject is planned for an upcoming issue of the Chronicle-Independent.

January 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Women’s lot in the past

Women have certainly achieved a higher place in society than in the past. They are educated, liberal and independent. Most modern women, however, have no idea how little power women had in the past. Society was a masculine one.

January 10, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dipping into the mailbag again

* My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County tells me his 3-year-old grandson went into the bathroom, and his mom was concerned he'd been in there for quite awhile, so she went in to check on him.

January 10, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The meaning of words

WASHINGTON -- In politics, it's all in how you say things.

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


There they go again

WASHINGTON -- If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014's midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore.

January 08, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


SC 2014: Are you better off…?

As the calendar turns to an election year here in South Carolina, all the usual political suspects are starting to offer up all the usual political rhetoric to try to win your vote, with one side telling you that our state's current economic forecast is cloudy with a chance of Armageddon, and the other insisting that prosperity, or at least whatever passes for it these days, is right around the corner.

January 08, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sherman’s war on S.C. civilians

Prior to invading South Carolina, Sherman stated his intentions in a communication with General Grant. "I do sincerely believe that the whole United States, north and south, would rejoice to have this army turned loose on South Carolina, to devastate that state in the manner we have done in Georgia…."

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


Healthcare industry blues for 2014?

As I spelled out near the end of last month, the biggest local story of 2013 was KershawHealth. As faithful readers know, as the healthcare organization celebrated its centennial, it became further bogged down by losses caused primarily by external factors. Those factors include continuing shifts -- thanks to the economic fallout of the last few years -- from inpatient to outpatient volumes, cuts in governmental and commercial reimbursements and South Carolina's decision not to expand Medicaid.

January 06, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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The scary part of Trump’s speech

I wrote today's column twice. I originally wrote a fairly straight-forward, "safe" examination of President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nation's ...

September 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The yankee and his music

Tink returned from a trip to Los Angeles and was recounting a conversation between himself and a friend during lunch. (Many in Southern California continue ...

September 22, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Main Street program showcases downtown Camden

Our hottest months are behind us as we begin to enjoy many upcoming events and activities. Our hours of day and night are roughly equal ...

September 22, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


More on the nuclear scandal

With each new revelation, our state's ongoing scandal of SCANA, Santee Cooper and their political dealing is providing new insights into how thoroughly corrupt ...

September 22, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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


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