It is said that a memorial, whether monument or statue is a promise from the present to the future -- our posterity -- about the past. The true value of that memorial is determined by how well we keep the promise. What John Hagins recently did here with our hometown Maria Kirby-Smith in honoring Joseph Kershaw and Catawba Chief Hagler is simply outstanding! Powerful personalities from our town and county's birth on whom the public can more easily ponder. John stepped up on the mound when no one else did and Maria hit a homerun with these two characters cut realistically ...
Hugh Munn, a Camden native who I rarely worked with but respected greatly, died Oct. 19.
Obama's final debate with Mitt Romney wasn't nearly as fascinating as the debate that Romney appeared to be having with himself.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 was another day with another full-throated proposal for ethics reform from the political class in Columbia. This time, our governor heralded the creation of a "commission" (at least she doesn't label it "blue ribbon") to make "recommendations" to the General Assembly concerning "reform" of the current ethics laws.
Facebook is the answer to everything, and you better buy an iPad, folks, because the Internet is slowly, but surely taking over our lives.
Only an archivist/museum person gets excited about brand new acid-free boxes. I felt like it was Christmas when the shipping boxes from Gaylord Bros. Inc. began to arrive! Finally, the work of rehousing the collection in proper containers could begin. So, box by box, each collection was taken out of its old container and placed in new packaging. The database was checked for accuracy and the new boxes were placed back on the shelves in the stacks. All but this one box … as I peered inside to see what it contained, a little face with an agonizing expression peeked ...
It's time to lay the Electoral College to rest – or at least to alter it from a system that worked well in the 1700s but is hopelessly outdated now.
Mitt Romney's wince-inducing suggestion for gender equality, "binders full of women," has become almost as much of major Mitt-ism from the second presidential debate as "Big Bird" was in the first.
Unfortunately for former World No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, her WTA success this year has come at the end of the season and not the beginning.
WASHINGTON -- Once again, Hillary Clinton has demonstrated herself to be the classiest person in the room. No wonder she's one of the most revered public figures in America.
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night from deadly smoke and fire alarms buzzing. You frantically wake your family and try to escape from the overwhelming black smoke. Feeling frazzled, you stumble down the stairs only to realize that the fire is blocking your escape out of the front door. What is your next step?
October 20, 1942.
Did the Taliban overplay their hand when they shot a 14-year-old Pakistani girl simply because she wanted to go to school? We can only hope.
Each of us has various benchmarks in our life.
When a person travels in a foreign country, he often uses the phrase, "Do you speak English?"
As much as I love Christmas, I have to give Thanksgiving just as much acknowledgement -- unlike a lot of television networks.
Gov. Haley recently took an 11-day trip to India. There are some who are grumbling, calling her trip just another post-election junket by a politician.
WASHINGTON -- By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s.
A long, long time ago... oh, wait, that's another pop culture reference.
It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.
As a part of writing this column, I go to lots of meetings, community events and conferences all across the state in my never ending search to find out about the people, businesses and community groups that are doing good and important things to make our state better.
• "Glenn," writes my friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County, "I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people. I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out."
WASHINGTON -- News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers -- and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.
This space in the Friday edition of the Chronicle-Independent each week is where I am allowed to share my personal stories, opinions and basically whatever is on my mind as I write this column. I know I complain about a lot of things and, eventually, the time may come when I have covered everything that aggravates me and the rest of the columns in my career won't be the kind where you can imagine me pounding my fist on my desk as you read them. But, if that day ever does come, it's a long way off.
In 2008, a group of graduate students from the University of South Carolina's Public History Program produced a study entitled, "The Camden African-American Heritage Project." It was the product of a student group assignment conducted in 2005-06. The students were assisted by many Camden residents in their search for the history of African-Americans in Camden from the Colonial period through the era of civil rights. Though able to spend only one semester researching and writing, the students pulled together an admirable overview of the lives of African-Americans here. In their final recommendations they suggested, among other things, that an ...
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