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Column: Spirit invades body, wreaks havoc

The channelization business, where the spirit of somebody who has been dead for thousands of years moves into your body and starts talking out of your mouth, may be new and exciting to people like Shirley MacLaine, but not to me.

August 03, 2018 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


Column: The pulse, the beat

I would have to say I believe the most precious assets in our lives are living in ways and by actions that fill us with love, happiness and good health. We don't all use the same formula responsible for securing these valuable commodities, but I imagine we rank them extremely important. Regardless of what we accomplish and accumulate over the course of our time on earth, we are unable to take it with us. We all know this. Is it not our relationships with others, our human connectedness that strongly contribute to this wealth? Our personal bonds bring profound ...

August 03, 2018 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Uncle Rudy rattles the rafters

WASHINGTON -- Thank God for Uncle Rudy.

August 03, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: What Irma wrought

When Hurricane Irma was closing in on coastal Georgia, it never occurred to us that the Rondarosa, located more than an hour's drive north of Atlanta, would be vulnerable to its viciousness.

July 31, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: It wasn’t plastic

The year was 1958. On a cutting board beside a white enamel sink, Mom pounded fresh red cube steak with a green Coca Cola bottle, tenderizing a tough cut of meat. On other days she used that bottle capped with a perforated top to sprinkle water across white cotton shirts. As she ironed, the crisp fragrance of steaming cotton filled the kitchen. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Coke bottle wasn't going to end up in a stream, lake, or the sea.

July 31, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Still waiting on some answers

Since the news broke in May of former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) administrative assistant Sam Connell's arrest for allegedly embezzling no more than $10,000 from a sex offender registry fund, I've been trying to get answers to all sorts of questions.

July 27, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: S.C. looks good on fiscal transparency

My office was pleased to receive national attention recently for our efforts to shed light on how your tax dollars are spent.

July 27, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: The sing song of cicadas

This job affords me the luxury of being outside, which I enjoy. During these past eight years, I've had the opportunity to observe and capture many moments of nature up close as I prune young trees, perform tree exams and/or water our newly planted trees.

July 27, 2018 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: In defense of poodles

WASHINGTON -- It didn't take long after the Helsinki summit for European and American media publications to declare Donald Trump Vladimir Putin's pet dog.

July 27, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Some day, soon

I don't know that I remember exactly where I was the moment Neil Armstrong jumped off the ladder, landed on the moon and uttered his iconic line, but I do remember watching it.

July 24, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Born to fly, bound to run

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Republican Ashley Nickloes is the only woman in a seven-way primary race to fill a congressional seat held by one family for five decades. She's also the only military pilot in the race, running against a litany of odds, including the strong possibility that she'll lose to a popular career politician who hunts Bigfoot and made it easier for Tennesseans to eat their roadkill.

July 24, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Everybody’s dog

In many cases, who rescued who is a pretty good question, but in the case of one recent rescue dog, the better question is how many people did it take to get a dog to safety. Calls, emails, and texts were all pouring into my phone. All about a dog that was roaming around at one of Kershaw County's recycling and trash convenience centers or as some people refer to it, "The Dump." Lots of people were seeing her, a few were feeding her, some could pet her, and others she was following around as they unloaded their trash ...

July 24, 2018 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A folk artist preserves the past

Every community needs a Harold Branham. In a time when things old and quaint fall to modern ways, it's good to have someone with heart, talent, and memories preserve the past. That would be my friend, Harold Branham, a true folk artist. I first heard of Harold from Michele Jackson, the editor of the Blythewood Leader, back in 2008.

July 24, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A life filled with travels

I'm very lucky to have lived in and visited a number of places around the world and the U.S. during my 50-plus years on this planet.

July 20, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: The legacies

When Daddy and Mama died, there was no great wealth left behind -- though what they were able to leave was truly remarkable for two refugees from mountain poverty: a few pieces of property, including a small farm, some money in the bank, and not one penny of debt. Neither had ever possessed a credit card.

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


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Column: Mind(less) games

It's kind of funny, the lengths we guys go to hurt ourselves sometimes, all in the name of fun.

September 25, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: An offensive headline

The news story was very offensive.

September 25, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Florence isn’t finished yet

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- From dark and stormy to clear and breezy, the coastline that a million or so of us evacuated two weeks ago ...

September 25, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Saving lives together

Last week, South Carolina was confronted with the threat of devastating weather as Hurricane Florence took an angry path straight towards the Carolinas. There is ...

September 25, 2018 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Florence in the age of ‘fake news’

When I think about Hurricane Florence, two images come to mind.

September 21, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Campbell Street Corridor to be showcased

The African American Cultural Center of Camden opened its doors to the public on Feb 24. Located at 517 York St., the center is an ...

September 21, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson, Camden Archives and Museum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Change is good; you go first

As I craft my first article as the new Superintendent of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), replacing someone who dedicated 11 years to our ...

September 21, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger?

WASHINGTON -- In one of Brett Kavanaugh's responses to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl when he was in high school, a charge ...

September 21, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Reflections before the storm

OK, first I should apologize for last week.

September 18, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: The rest of the story

Now that I think back on it, I see how I was prepared and schooled at every turn to be a storyteller. Stories fascinated me ...

September 18, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Of Serena Williams and pay gaps

Earlier this week, I had some interesting "conversations" on Facebook after I commented on two posts by Vox. One story focused on an Australia newspaper ...

September 14, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Southern women love high heels

Recently, a friend was telling me that her mother, a most charming Southern woman, had to give up her high heels. She is 76 and ...

September 14, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Things left behind

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite ...

September 14, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: FireFest coming soon

Each fall, our Camden Fire Department (CFD) organizes a terrific, family-friendly event that is free and open to the community. If you have yet to ...

September 14, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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