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A bum year in Washington

WASHINGTON -- What a massively disappointing year, and how slim the hopes for a more productive 2014.

December 24, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Christmas morning joy

Christmas morning is a time for family, food and tradition. It's such a beautiful and special occurrence and I love that this year we have a new addition to our Christmas morning tradition -- my adorable, precious and perfect nephew, Harrison.

December 24, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


KershawHealth is story of the year

At the end of past years, I've picked out a person or group of the year, sometimes both. This year, I'm not so much highlighting a group as I am an organization. Really, what I'm doing is recognizing the year's biggest story.

December 23, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Christmas tree memories

Christmas is the time that we pack expectations into every package we wrap and for weeks anticipate that one, perfect Currier-Ives day.

December 23, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Nelson Mandela, South Carolina, and ‘A better life for all’

"Imagine you're the head of, say, a big German manufacturing company, and you're thinking of putting a sizable number of jobs here in South Carolina," said a South Carolina business leader to me recently. "And then you open up your morning newspaper and see this kind of knucklehead stuff. Is it an absolute deal breaker? Hopefully not. But it certainly doesn't help."

December 23, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Carolina Ladies Aide Society visit Archives

"Camden in the Civil War: The Home Front" exhibit runs through Saturday, January 11, 2014. To cap off the run of this exhibit, the Carolina Ladies Aide Society from Summerville, S.C. will present a program that day from 10:00 until 4:00. This group specializes in living history, portraying women's roles during two eras of American's history – the Civil War period and the colonial period. Here, they will demonstrate life on the home front of South Carolina during the war. They research and document all of the clothing, mannerisms, customs, and items used in their presentations ...

December 20, 2013 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘What kind of experience…?’

Today is my last day at the Chronicle-Independent, but surely just the beginning of my exploration into the wonderful world of traditional and new media forms. Instead of a good-bye or reflection of my time in Kershaw County, I wanted to leave you with parts of three of my journal entries from a few weeks ago. Thanks to everyone I've worked with throughout the last two years; I've surely enjoyed Kershaw County and I'm sure I will see many of you again in the future.

December 20, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


The Army-Navy football spectacle

Poor Army.

December 20, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Dreaming of a penguin Christmas

WASHINGTON -- When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

December 20, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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


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The martyrdom of Al Franken

WASHINGTON -- With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

December 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A fondness for old gas pumps

Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself ...

December 12, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lead kindly light

Lead Kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead thou me on!

December 12, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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


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