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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


The way she was

The way she was was a long way from what she became. I can't help thinking about how life veers so far away from the beginning of the journey and how the destination can vary drastically from where it all started.

January 06, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The insufferable whistleblower

WASHINGTON -- Time has not deflated Edward Snowden's messianic sense of self-importance. Nor has living in an actual police state given the National Security Agency whistleblower any greater appreciation of the actual freedoms that Americans enjoy.

January 03, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


New year, new leaf

As the memories of Christmas fade behind us and we enter a new year, it is time once again to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead.

January 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Murph on...

Like many Americans, I continue to be amazed at the tremendous valor and humility of our military past and present fighting and protecting the very freedoms we welcome everyday. I never want to take their selfless service for granted. Since 9/11, our armed forces have been fighting what some would describe as the impossible -- the Global War on Terror -- including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They train and train then train some more. They answer the call of duty from their commander in chief swiftly and without hesitation. Most will tell you they are simply doing their ...

January 03, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


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Michael Smith, 10 years on

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, marked a grim 10th anniversary here in Camden and Kershaw County.

December 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The process worked

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before ...

December 08, 2017 | By Jay Bender C-I guest columnist | Columns


Down by the Catawba River

Driving north on U.S. 21 toward a "very small town," I watch the land change. Hills rise into view. Large rocks protrude from the ...

December 08, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Holiday overload

A couple of weeks before Labor Day, I walked into a major big box store. I was amazed at how expensive the Halloween stuff was.

December 05, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

December 05, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Keeping track of spending

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge ...

December 05, 2017 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


Another look at WWI

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States. Since Wilson spent much of his youth in Columbia and had relatives living there ...

December 05, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Never forget

I don't usually do this, but I'm going to use today's column to tell you about a story that hasn't been ...

December 01, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Economy of words

Sometimes, Tink -- usually in a gentle way but a bit abrupt at other times -- will tell me I'm taking too long to explain something ...

December 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Coming home

Funny thing about holiday rituals is they can, at times, resemble the dreaded double-edged sword to some family members. But know I use the word ...

December 01, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fake news will out

WASHINGTON -- The phrase "the truth will out" has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so.

December 01, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


To boldly go ... somewhere

I recently read where a guy who was planning to take it upon himself to prove the earth is, in fact, flat, hit a roadblock ...

November 28, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Big boxes and small towns

WASHINGTON -- Even though an estimated 115 million Americans rushed to malls and big box stores for Black Friday sales, others were reporting that the annual ...

November 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


SBA provides many services

The chamber board recently hosted Savannah Wilburn, economic development specialist from the Columbia office of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She gave an overview of ...

November 28, 2017 | By Amy Kinard, KC Chamber president C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Beauty and the dogs

Camdenite Stephanie Keel thinks every face has a story to tell -- and she should know. Stephanie is a modeling and talent developer. She scouts, trains ...

November 28, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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