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‘Richard dances with the angels’

It was one of the more cryptic messages I've ever received.

January 09, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Like a child

WASHINGTON - I'm almost beginning to feel sorry for him.

January 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


CMA’s 2018 looks bright

How was your 2017? Did you keep your new year's resolutions? Did you exceed the goals that you set for yourself?

January 09, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Timely financial reporting is vital

Each October, many state agencies -- including public colleges and universities -- are required to submit to me their financial statements for the previous fiscal year. I use those statements to produce South Carolina's financial report, which is used by lawmakers, credit rating agencies, and others to assess the state's financial condition.

January 09, 2018 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


Ready to be your voice

Last September, I was supposed to attend my first-ever meeting of the S.C. Press Association's Freedom of Information (FOI) Committee. Unfortunately, the effects of a certain hurricane required us to postpone that meeting. It's been rescheduled for next Friday (Jan. 12), one week from today.

January 05, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


A young girl and the UGA Bulldogs

It was an undeniable blessing when I, a college kid and part-time sports writer, was given the assignment to cover a University of Georgia football game. What I didn't know at the time is that that one assignment would provide a springboard to bigger opportunities as well as giving me friendships that remain many years later.

January 05, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Queen Carlson wins again

WASHINGTON - If karma is a b----, justice is a beauty queen.

January 05, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


‘If you’re gonna get ‘et...’

Like a lot of eastern Georgians I grew up with no contact with gators. I heard a rumor that someone had seen one crossing Poland Road from my granddad's pond. Never verified that. Never saw a gator growing up. My writing career, however, would put me around gators far more than I would have imagined as a boy in rural Georgia.

January 05, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


H.3931 is terrible legislation

There is a wolf in sheep's clothing working its way through our state legislature.

January 05, 2018 | By S.C. Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers C-I guest columnist | Columns


A resolution

Has another year gone by already?

January 02, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


New Year’s 2018

It was many years ago -- over two decades now -- that I attended a writer's conference in hopes of learning how to write a book and get it published.

January 02, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


See Rock City

In Mom's back yard stands a red and black birdhouse on a white pole. Its roof holds iconic words. "See Rock City." If it had not been for Garnet Carter and Clark Byers, that birdhouse wouldn't exist, for that birdhouse harkens back to a heralded part of Southern lore. Times were, you could drive along a back road and sooner or later you'd see a barn with its roof turned into an advertisement.

January 02, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Where has the Flat Rock Post Office gone?

Your columnist had occasion to travel along the Flat Rock Road several times a year after his sister-in-law moved to Lancaster County in the late 1940s. In the 1960s, he visited certain sites on the Flat Rock Road, while producing a television series, and secured photographs of a few of them.

January 02, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


My 2017 People of the Year

This was a strange year in terms of people having an impact. No one person, or group of people, had what I would consider a year-long impact on Kershaw County and its communities in a way that I would want to single them out.

December 29, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The tree

When I was a child, around the age of 5, my mama's brother went to fight in Vietnam. He was a career military man who served on helicopters that dropped into the jungles and picked up the badly wounded and dead. It scarred his heart forever.

December 29, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Articles by Section - Columns


Column: We need to talk

One hates to think we could actually start the day saying something like, "ho hum; another mass shooting," but sadly, it sometimes feels that way.

February 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Column: Appreciation to the farmer

Several years ago, when my agent and I were pitching my second book, we made the round of New York publishers, hoping to find enough ...

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


Column: Going Hogg wild

WASHINGTON -- It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as ...

February 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: The Alexander Young portrait

Well-known, long-time Camden resident William M. Shannon wrote a series of articles for the newspaper in 1876 that described Camden and its people of days ...

February 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Unsportsmanlike conduct

On Wednesday, February 7, I drove down to Columbia to watch my older son play in his last JV basketball game -- perhaps his last basketball ...

February 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: Small newspapers make big difference

Of the many factors that contribute to a community's quality of life, one that's often under-appreciated is the local newspaper.

February 16, 2018 | By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller C-I guest columnist | Columns


Column: Reflections

We all had that special teacher or coach who inspired us to believe and achieve while we were in school. Take a minute and think ...

February 16, 2018 | By Casey Robinson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Invasion of the bots

WASHINGTON -- If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia.

February 16, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Whispered prayer

Life experiences fuel writing, which is a mysterious thing. Something happens and it sends your mind to places long forgotten. Writing's beautiful. You startle ...

February 13, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Do-er or dow-er

Since the beginning of our time together, Tink and I have discovered that we pronounce words differently.

February 13, 2018 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Column: Karma loves football

WASHINGTON -- The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady's defeat ...

February 13, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: I wrote about it, then suffered it

I've written about the flu here in Kershaw County twice. It seems only fitting I should experience it, right? Well, no, actually I don ...

February 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Column: #Fairness

WASHINGTON -- Just minutes before the start of President Trump's State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton dumped a mea culpa onto her Facebook page ...

February 09, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Jazz

In 1903, when historian and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois heralded the Negro spiritual as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side ...

February 09, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: A call to civility

"I'm sorry."

February 09, 2018 | By Dennis Turner C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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