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Column: Creeping up on a creepy holiday

Valentine's Day will soon be here and chances are, hapless guys all over America will be in the doghouse one way or another on that special, special day.

February 06, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: The legend of Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker was the most memorable kid in my first grade class. I spent 12 years matriculating with Bobby, but it was in the first months of those school years that he carved an impression on me that would always bring a smile or gentle laugh when I remembered him.

February 06, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Teach them to be loud...

Last week, a former physician for the American gymnastics team, who is not worthy of being named, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for the molestation of young, aspiring athletes under his care dating back as far back as 1997. It is truly difficult to understand the shocking number of gymnasts this trusted team doctor was able to abuse, a number that has reached a disturbing 265 with the sad likelihood of growing. Dozens of parents were in court as their children testified about the abuse. Wiping away tears, mothers and fathers stood silently, stoically in support ...

February 06, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Connections between Thomas X Roads and Camden

If you journey north out of Camden on Stagecoach Road, you pass Goodale State Park. About 10 miles farther, you will cross a road that leads to Cassatt three miles away on U.S. 1. Next, you will traverse the Sandy Grove Community. Five miles farther, you cross the Bethune-Bishopville Highway at the Tiller's Ferry Community. A mile farther north, your journey takes you across Lynches River into Darlington County.

February 06, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Column: It’s been a long, hard week

This has been a tough week of hard news.

February 02, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Living in extreme winter

Maybe we'll get a light snow or two this winter. Being home with hot chocolate, soup, and coffee makes a snowy day a beautifully peaceful day. But what if you lived alone in a cabin in 12-foot snow and your nearest neighbor was 60 miles away? What if the power you rely on is bottled gas. No electricity. Just firewood. Long ago, I traded letters with a writer who faced that situation each winter. He lived alone in the remote reaches of Alaska, the Land of the Midnight Sun.

February 02, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: It was a good speech

WASHINGTON -- It was a good speech.

February 02, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Beauty product makeover

Makeup and skincare companies must think we're pretty shallow. Not only do their commercials promise the ability to defy the laws of nature by turning back the clock, but they also imply that we care for nothing beyond ourselves. The implication is that we'll buy any product just because, to paraphrase L'Oreal, "we're worth it." This idea certainly insults the intelligence and compassion of the women I know. Sure, we like to look good, but we also want to do good and the sad truth is that many companies today are trying to trick consumers into ...

February 02, 2018 | By Janet Williams C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Perchance to dream, darkly

The other night, I had a seriously weird dream. I don't know if it was from drinking too much cough syrup or if it was a combination of cough syrup, Hunter S. Thompson and Kung Pao Chicken, but whatever it was, it was a real corker. I'm still wondering if I need a week in the Bahamas, or something.

January 30, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Tink and the car

My husband is a simple man. This comes as a surprise to folks because of the high-profile family from which he comes and the job which he does.

January 30, 2018 | By Ronda Rich C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Shenanigans and tomfoolery

For two years I worked as a ticket agent for Southeastern Stages and Greyhound while going to graduate school at the University of Georgia. It was the most entertaining job I've ever had. I worked with a great group of ticket agents and baggage handlers. We came from all over Georgia. I was a wide-eyed innocent seeing things I'd only heard about. It was in the bus station lobby that I saw for the first time a man passing himself off as a woman and there that I saw a man shoot himself. As he approached the ticket ...

January 30, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: From fake news to witch hunt

WASHINGTON -- Conspiracies. Secret societies. Witch hunts.

January 30, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: So, it’s been a year already

It was this week one year ago that I returned to Camden and this newspaper.

January 26, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: A matter of time

WASHINGTON -- It was probably only a matter of time before some unbalanced person decided that he needed to take out a few members of the "fake news" media.

January 26, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Are you a sharp knife?

Here's a little quick quiz to test your knowledge of your neighboring and local communities, which may help you determine your place in the silverware drawer.

January 26, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Column: We need to talk

One hates to think we could actually start the day saying something like, "ho hum; another mass shooting," but sadly, it sometimes feels that way.

February 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago, when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

February 20, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Going Hogg wild

WASHINGTON -- It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as ...

February 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The Alexander Young portrait

Well-known, long-time Camden resident William M. Shannon wrote a series of articles for the newspaper in 1876 that described Camden and its people of days ...

February 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Unsportsmanlike conduct

On Wednesday, February 7, I drove down to Columbia to watch my older son play in his last JV basketball game -- perhaps his last basketball ...

February 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Small newspapers make big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper.

February 16, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Reflections

We all had that special teacher or coach who inspired us to believe and achieve while we were in school. Take a minute and think ...

February 16, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Invasion of the bots

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia.

February 16, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Whispered prayer

Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing's beautiful. You startle ...

February 13, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Do-er or dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

February 13, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Karma loves football

WASHINGTON -- The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady's defeat ...

February 13, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: I wrote about it, then suffered it

I've written about the flu here in Kershaw County twice. It seems only fitting I should experience it, right? Well, no, actually I don ...

February 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: #Fairness

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes before the start of President Trump's State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton dumped a mea culpa onto her Facebook page ...

February 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Jazz

In 1903, when historian and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois heralded the Negro spiritual as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side ...

February 09, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A call to civility

"I'm sorry."

February 09, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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