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The future is now!

I'm pretty darned proud of what our school district is able to accomplish with the resources available to us. While our funding is somewhere in the bottom third of the state, our results are generally in the top third or better. I am especially gratified by this given the huge financial hit our district took during the economic downturn, a hit from which we haven't completely recovered. We have been able to continue to perform academically because we do everything possible to focus our resources on schools and classrooms by operating "lean and mean" wherever else we can.

November 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


National adoption month

November is National Adoption Month and Thursday was National Adoption Day. Both celebrate the loving option of adoption, spreading awareness of thousands of children in foster care or other situations who are waiting to be adopted.

November 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Albany, Ga., needs us

On the Rondarosa, we have such frequent phone and DSL problems, that we've become good friends with our repair guy, Mike. Such good friends that we have his cell phone number.

November 17, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What did he say?

WASHINGTON -- Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: "I believe the women."

November 17, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The Price House

The Archives and Museum recently applied for a South Carolina state historical marker for the Price House. Administered by the S.C. Department of Archives and History, the marker program dates back to 1936. Over the years, more than 1,500 markers have been placed at various sites throughout the state, designating important places in our history and making it easy for the public to learn about the past. Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford decided, shortly after taking office, that the Price House needed to publicly take its place in the history of Camden, and particularly in the African-American community. So ...

November 17, 2017 | By Camden Archives Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


It’s a crock

Paint me insane, but if I was stranded on a deserted island, I believe the one thing I would want -- besides a couple of beers, of course -- is a great big ol' crock of soup boiling merrily away atop my signal fire. I can even smell the ingredients – fresh seafood, probably whatever creatures I could catch in the shallows, possibly flavored with a little hint of wild sage or lemongrass.

November 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Pedophiles and polar bears, oh my!

WASHINGTON -- Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn't do what he's alleged to have done, which might give the U.S. Senate another Democratic vote.

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


Celebrating our accomplishments

Autumn's crisp air and bright colors encourage us to venture out and enjoy our exquisite hometown. This delightful time of the year inspires us to reflect upon our many accomplishments and to envision a future with limitless potential. This is a time when our great nation pauses to remember the valor of our beloved veterans and when we count our blessings, embracing a thanksgiving state of mind. It is indeed a beautiful time of year!

November 14, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - Nov. 14, 2017

NASCAR's playoffs -- which I'm still stubbornly calling the Chase just because I think it's a better name -- are nearly finished, and I'm not feeling so great.

November 14, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Election 2017 a better reflection

There were no votes to be cast Tuesday here in Kershaw County, S.C. Nonetheless, looking at the outcome of Election 2017 across the country affords everyone -- including those of us here at home -- a chance to gauge the direction America is taking.

November 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Charlie, the patriot

It was on the eve of our national election that I ran upstairs to file a couple of things in my office. As I started to leave, a large storage box caught my eye. I had not noticed it before. I opened it and discovered that Charlie Tinker was wanting to talk again.

November 10, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


One year ago

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016.

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


The landscape of the soul

"The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due." - Winston Churchill, 1938

November 10, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Some gave all

Veterans Day is Saturday and no doubt there will be a number of opportunities to commemorate that special day this week.

November 07, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A quarter century of Clintons

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-five years ago on Nov. 3, 1992, William Jefferson Clinton was elected president of the United States -- and Hillary Clinton is still trying to take his place.

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


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In a galaxy far, far away…

Tonight, or tomorrow afternoon, my sons and I will see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." As father and sons, we are big Star Wars fans.

December 15, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


An unchanging family

The newspaper was laying on the kitchen island so when I picked it, I flipped it over and glanced over the list of obituaries. I ...

December 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Season’s reason

More than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could only find rest in a stable among cattle and ...

December 15, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Women’s rage unleashed

WASHINGTON - That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded.

December 15, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The martyrdom of Al Franken

WASHINGTON -- With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office.

December 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A fondness for old gas pumps

Something about old gas pumps pleases me. I think of them as elder statesmen, as senior citizens left behind by the rush of time itself ...

December 12, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lead kindly light

Lead Kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom, lead thou me on!

December 12, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Michael Smith, 10 years on

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, marked a grim 10th anniversary here in Camden and Kershaw County.

December 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The process worked

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before ...

December 08, 2017 | By Jay Bender C-I guest columnist | Columns


Down by the Catawba River

Driving north on U.S. 21 toward a "very small town," I watch the land change. Hills rise into view. Large rocks protrude from the ...

December 08, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Holiday overload

A couple of weeks before Labor Day, I walked into a major big box store. I was amazed at how expensive the Halloween stuff was.

December 05, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

December 05, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Keeping track of spending

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge ...

December 05, 2017 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


Another look at WWI

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States. Since Wilson spent much of his youth in Columbia and had relatives living there ...

December 05, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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