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A perfect place to enjoy S.C.

If ever there is a perfect place to enjoy South Carolina, it is here, right here in Camden. Our hometown is quintessential Southern. We have great places to dine along with award-winning places to stay. We have entertainment, history, cultural arts and education. We have sports fields, waterways and event venues.

March 17, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The silent majority needs to help the sheriff

It's budget time in Kershaw county and agency heads are required to submit their budget requests to county council. For the past six years I have asked council to approve hiring additional deputies to begin the process of putting sufficient deputies on the road so we can answer calls on a timely basis and actually patrol our neighborhoods and rural areas. My requests have pretty much gone unanswered. The main reason for that is additional deputies will require a tax increase and nobody wants that.

March 17, 2017 | By Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I guest columnist | Columns


Same old, same old

Will we ever get out of this spiral of polarization? Has Big Brother finally won?

March 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Congress's grizzly betrayal

WASHINGTON -- In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and "denning" of bears and wolves in Alaska's national wildlife refuges.

March 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The dimestore

As best I can recall – and I've been thinking hard about this – I have only written one fan letter in my life.

March 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What scares you?

Everyone has something that frightens them. For some it's stinging insects or snakes, for others large bodies of water, flying on a plane, or even dogs. We're not alone when identifying things that scare us; we can always find another person that shares the same fears. Many people are frightened of becoming the victim of a "stranger crime." Statistics have shown that many crime victims actually knew their perpetrator, so the thought of a "stranger crime" shocks the senses and grips the mind. Well, sometimes I'm afraid of "stranger crime" too. But the type of "stranger crime ...

March 14, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


South Carolina without the FOIA

(Sunday is the beginning of Sunshine Week, a national celebration through March 18 of access to public information.)

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Not your daddy’s marines

WASHINGTON -- An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will "go wild on them" for eternity.

March 10, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My brain on NASCAR

I watched the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 with my hands covering my face, peeking though my fingers like a skittish teenage girl at a scary movie. When it comes to frightening incidents, unpredictable plot twists and surprise endings, Stephen King has nothing on NASCAR.

March 10, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. is 50th in education

Some will think this is too strong. I don't. Just read on and make up your own mind.

March 10, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


More sensory overload

There's something about longer days and warmer weather that really tickles the senses.

March 07, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


RIP, DNC

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support.

March 07, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Senior times and customs

What was the "lay by" period for cotton farmers?

March 07, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Across Gov. Richard I. Manning’s desk

About three dozen of the items crossing Manning's desk dealt with the operation of his plantations, his agent in Charleston and his banker. Manning was having to handle the availability of cotton seed, price of horses for sale, lumber for a house, shipping 350 bushels of corn, cleaning and scalding bacon, receiving a report that "the mill and [mill]dam has been completed since you left" and a "bill of repairs for Sulky for his Excellency Governor Manning."

March 07, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Too much testing going on

On April 9, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) into law. To many political historians, it is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of education-related legislation.

March 03, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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A teacher, a family and a state

This column is about three stories -- about a teacher, a family and a state. They are both historic and modern. But they are really about ...

April 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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