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The challenge goes to the victors

Last Tuesday's election here in Camden was the tightest I have seen. Mayor-elect Tony Scully won only 91 more votes than incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Graham to win the mayor's seat on council, a mere 2.5 percent difference. Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford and Councilwoman-elect Laurie Parks both earned approximately 27 percent of the vote. The other challengers, Johnny Deal and Peggy Ogburn earned approximately 23 percent each. The sports complex ballot question failed by only 254 votes, or 7 percent.

November 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Glad the elections are over

My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County is glad the elections are over.

November 09, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


The effects of legalizing marijuana

Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational marijuana use this week.

November 09, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Turkey time

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us once again and I'll be the first to admit I'm elated. The fourth Thursday in November has always been my holiday of choice. Waiting to see if Santa has pleased all the good boys and girls under our roof weighs heavier on the stress-o-meter than does the debate on how dry my turkey is. Make no mistake, as the meaning of Christmas is at the absolute top. Thanksgiving tends to be, for me, a bit more calming in a loud, laughter-induced kind of way. Its focus is somewhat more ...

November 09, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Hidden side of Obama’s race gap

In his 2008 "More Perfect Union" speech, presidential candidate Barack Obama declared, "Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now." Then he tried his best to ignore it.

November 09, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Unique gifts

Almost all former teachers have gifts from their pupils -- notes, pictures, jewelry, household dishes. I have an inordinate amount. One I gave back to the presenters because it was so precious: a counted cross stitch picture with a beautiful teacher dedication. You see, three students from the same family were involved. The male from the family had demanded that he be included when his sisters did the work, so he gave money to purchase it. When I retired, I thought they would have better use for it in their classroom. Only seamstresses have any idea how much work is involved ...

November 07, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Poll dancing

(Kathleen Parker's column was written Friday, prior to the election.)

November 07, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The ‘none of the above’ option

It's going to be hard for a country fella from Clearwater to be the next governor of South Carolina. Even I knew that as a naïve teenager and first-time voter six years ago. Yet there I stood at the ballot box, my finger resolutely picking Tommy Moore over Mark Sanford.

November 07, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


‘Free’ doesn’t mean we’re skimping

Free. It's a lovely word, isn't it? For most of us this week, "free" means voting for our candidates of choice or express how we feel about certain issues.

November 05, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


FEMA vs. ‘Romnesia’

Words have a way of coming back to haunt Mitt Romney, especially when he says them in front of television cameras.

November 05, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


‘A one-legged doll goes to kindergarten’

At about 6 a.m. on October 18, 1950, a baby girl was born in the Camden Hospital. Her parents lived in Kershaw County during the Great Depression and World War II and were members of Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation."

November 05, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Busting myths about Benghazi

Hear ye, hear ye! Sarah Palin hereby accuses President Barack Obama of the high crime of shucking and jiving or, more precisely, a "shuck and jive shtick" with "Benghazi lies."

November 02, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The best of the TV villains

There's a new television show called Nashville that's pretty eye-catching.

November 02, 2012 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Moment of Nature -- Nov. 2, 2012

Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From the ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse and unique southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of tree life is autumn leaf coloration. While we don't have the same level of dramatic leaf color as in the northeast, there are many trees here who's fashionable pops of color drape our southern landscapes.

November 02, 2012 | | Columns


S.C. DOR hack shows frailty of online records

It may not be if, but when. That is seemingly the foreboding consensus among cyber security experts as to the possibility of a devastating large-scale cyber attack in the United States.

October 31, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


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Tatum: Those critters of mine

Lately, I've been thinking: If there's anything to reincarnation, then I want to come back as one of my critters.

February 09, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Hillary’s golden tongue

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton's allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump's $1 ...

February 09, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: Hollywood gets it wrong again

It was a rare, precious afternoon for me. Dixie Dew and I were settled deeply into an easy chair with legs flopped across the ottoman ...

February 09, 2016 | | Columns


Rampell: Low-wage Senate workers get a raise -- and then the shaft

This story was supposed to have a happy ending.

February 09, 2016 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: Feds give orcas, dolphins new protections

I'm a sucker for orcas (a/k/a killer whales), dolphins and whales. I just love them. Depending on the species, they are, in ...

February 05, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Scully: The heart and mind of Bud Ferillo

During Black History Month, one particular white man is worth talking about. A descendent of the founders of Charleston, Bud Ferillo embodies a singular vantage ...

February 05, 2016 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: Paper or plastic and ‘glocal’ issues

A few years ago my company did some work for the city and mayor of Barcelona, Spain, developing innovative internet and new technology strategies. Both ...

February 05, 2016 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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