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Camden strategic planning

Since my election in 2008, I have led our Council in designing an annual strategic plan. A strategic plan is a strong management tool which helps both the Council and the City staff to focus energy toward the same goals. It is a disciplined planning process to develop an annual vision. Before we begin the multi-step process covering vision, mission, objectives, values, strategies, goals and programs, we must review our current status. This planning also provides us with benchmarks for historic reviews. This plan becomes our focus for the future.

January 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The layers of MLK legacy

Camden Military Academy's (CMA) Martin Luther King Jr. Day program on Monday was short, sweet and definitely worthwhile. CMA's website says, "Education is a process of growth that develops the whole man -- mentally, physically, and morally. It is more than learning and retaining a mass of facts and figures." The goal is to take boys and create well-rounded and respectable men who are responsible for themselves, their families, and their community through skills learned at the academy. The idea of developing the whole self is a conversation that people don't have enough. Teachers and administrators do a ...

January 20, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Deer slayer (a misnomer)

To characterize me as a deer slayer, a hunter, or an outdoorswoman would be incongruous, to say the least. I do know how to handle a gun, having had a brother who assumed I might be of interest as a playmate if I knew how to shoot. Therefore, he dared me to shoot a double barrel shotgun and blow out the pantry window. Naturally, a challenge such as this required action. I shot out the window, was kicked a summersault, and expected the deserved whipping. (No one called or thought of DSS back then.) Mother, a widow, was too thankful ...

January 20, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A heritage of public facilities

The exotic snakes were released where Historic Camden now sits. The traveling carnival had gone broke and the owner of the snakes could no longer afford to feed them. so several large and non-native snakes were set free to fend for themselves in Pine Tree Creek. Jim Thornton said this incident happened during the Great Depression.

January 18, 2012 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Open field could create drama for women’s Aussie Open draw

Women's tennis may soon be in store for a new world No. 1 if current top-ranked player Caroline Wozniacki fails to reach the fourth round at this year's Australian Open. While Wozniacki has been considered the world's best for 65 straight weeks and is among the handful of favorites to take home the trophy in Melbourne, she will be going up against several notable players with stronger firepower and more impressive résumés.

January 18, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Pious baloney 2.0

WASHINGTON -- One thing we've learned since the Republican primary season began: There's an awful lot of pious baloney out there.

January 18, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A really long week

When I woke up a week ago this morning, I knew I would have a busy week. I just didn't know how busy.

January 16, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Where’s the truth?

Over the Christmas break, I spent a couple hours cleaning up my office and sorting through all the stuff I've accumulated since the summer. One of the folders I found contained a report from an organization called the South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG). This group is headquartered in Columbia and is reportedly funded in large part by out-of-state money. The SCRG is best known for its advocacy for school choice/tax credit legislation. These folks have a wealth of resources. At a hearing I attended during last year's General Assembly, the SCRG had three staff members, an ...

January 16, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why Obama’s ‘recess’ battle matters

It's easy to ignore President Barack Obama's dispute with Senate Republicans over his recess appointments if you don't care what the government is doing with your money.

January 16, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Washington’s anti-S.C. disposition

If you pay attention to the news -- and if you're reading this community newspaper it's likely that you do -- you're probably aware that the federal government just rejected South Carolina's recently-passed "Voter ID" law, which would require voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot in an election.

January 13, 2012 | Richard Sckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


Find the positive around you

Gratitude, says Deborah Norville, will make your life happier and more fulfilling.

January 13, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Has Ron Paul thought of this?

Dear voter: Are you dissatisfied with the possible presidential choices facing you in November? How about, say, a Ron Paul-Hillary Clinton ticket?

January 13, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Extracurricular programs help shape lives

In celebration of 100 years of shaping the lives of young women, Girl Scouts will reveal a new smile-shaped confection. The powdered sugar-dusted lemon cookie, called "Savannah Smile," honors Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace of Savannah, Ga.

January 13, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Clash of the nice guys

WASHINGTON -- Iowa front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have a little problem. Both are too nice to be mean to each other.

January 11, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lack of offseason moves may doom Atlanta’s divisional chances

After experiencing historic collapses during the end of last year's regular season, the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox were undoubtedly feeling a bit shaky heading into this winter's offseason.

January 11, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


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Tatum: Getting our just desserts

When I was a wise-elbowed, wet nosed kid barely out of college, a lot of people used to annoy me with questions about what I wanted to do for a living.

June 29, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Parker: Waiting for Obama

(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)

June 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: Getting executive sessions right

Listen up, local public bodies: the S.C. Supreme Court recently ruled in a North Augusta case which I hope will make clearer -- if not settle once and for all -- how you enter executive sessions.

June 26, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: A father to remember

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gilland: The Snake Tree (Part 2)

(In last month's column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn't handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.)

June 26, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Take it down

WASHINGTON -- In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late Monday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.

June 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Noble: Denmark Vesey and Clementa Pinckney

One of the questions of the tragic killing of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is, why him? And, why now?

June 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Phillips: The lost art of playing

I do have to admit having a love/hate relationship with technology. It's something we all rely on, more and more each day, it seems, but I don't have to look very far to find some negatives about it, too. The biggest is how reliant we have become on it, usually without even realizing it. Like many things, it has evolved and grown at a gradual pace so it hasn't been as noticeable as it would have been if changes suddenly occurred.

June 24, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


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