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The brand new Studebaker had a 40 gallon gas tank. In the early 1950s, a nice gentleman stopped at the Gulf station in Cassatt for a fill-up and the locals said the affable man stated he was traveling U.S. 1 from New York to Florida, where he was looking at various business opportunities. Walt Disney thanked everyone for their courtesy and then headed south.

May 05, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Camden Military Academy is a hidden gem

Like many of you, I grew up in Camden and I love my historic, picturesque community. However, I never really paid much attention or knew much about a hidden jewel in our community: Camden Military Academy.

May 05, 2017 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Trump right to focus on manufacturing

I recently read an op-ed from Paul Krugman titled, "Why don't all jobs matter?" In the article, Krugman took issue with President Trump's focus on manufacturing-related jobs. Taking issue with Trump is expected from writers like Krugman, but he shows he does not understand economic development when he equates the importance of manufacturing jobs to all other jobs. For balance, I will first say, of course, all jobs matter and there are steps supported by both Trump and others, such as Bernie Sanders that could be taken to help support jobs in all sectors. The popular sales tax ...

May 02, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Major, major, biggly biggly, enough, enough

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump couldn't be more relieved than this columnist for the end of the blasted first 100 days.

May 02, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Maxine, the Bible and the gun

Maxine, whom I've known and admired for many years, is my kind of Southern woman. She's exceedingly feminine, gracious, charming and tough as nails under her soft skin. Everyone who knows her loves her.

May 02, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


A part represents the whole in WWII service

If one eats a slice from a chocolate cake, he expects the whole cake to have a chocolate taste. If we examine the records of servicemen during WWII from a rural school district in Kershaw County, could we expect this "slice" to be similar to the remainder of the county or perhaps even similar to the state and nation? Suppose we put this hypothesis to a test.

May 02, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


A look in alternative mirrors

When I was very young, up to perhaps early junior high, I wanted to be a doctor. I thought it would be neat (and, even then, I probably thought profitable) to be a physician. I imagined myself being the kind of doctor kids would love to see -- the kind who would make even getting shots not so bad.

April 28, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Shutdown showdown

WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President.

April 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Dying oceans and home rule

Over the 40 years I have known her, I have come to have great respect for my wife's political antenna. When she says something about a politician or an issue, I have learned that it's best to pay attention.

April 28, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parks are important and necessary

Growing up, I was fortunate to live on a cul-de-sac, which was next to 10 acres of woods. All of us kids would spend hours during the summer in those woods; the girls would play with their Barbies, the guys would play with their G.I. Joes and make bike paths and jump ramps. I suppose that's where my love of the outdoors and trees first sprouted -- as well as my knowledge of poison ivy!

April 28, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Keeping the county working for you

This whole recent focus on a certain airline treating a passenger as "The Incredible Hulk" did with Loki in the movie fight scene has confirmed my conviction: organizations can act like idiots – especially when they forget the fundamentals.

April 25, 2017 | By Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns C-I guest columnist | Columns


Kudzu and change

In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover that people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been battling to gain the upper hand of the rapidly growing plant since the 1800s.

April 25, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The cousin towns

It is a well-known fact that Joseph Kershaw designed and laid out the two-phase plan of Camden. He designed our fair city based upon the Philadelphia town plan, with wide streets placed on a grid and interspersed with open public squares. What we Camden residents may not remember is that he also was involved in the design of another of South Carolina's charming Old English District towns -- Cheraw.

April 25, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A sad lesson about dogs and mold toxicity

Doing the right thing is rarely easy. This month we're focusing on a foster dog's story that includes an important lesson for all pet owners. It's not a happy story, but it's a story that should be told. Her story may help to save another life.

April 25, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Another tale from the Pulitzers

A Facebook post by a friend of mine reminded me that there was another Pulitzer Prize winner I wanted to mention last week.

April 21, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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The role of business in legislative affairs

Recently, I've been thinking about the role of businesses in legislative affairs. My perception has been that larger businesses are the ones who get ...

June 16, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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