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First responders are superheroes

When the call comes, they have the training, equipment and courage to respond. Be it during dinner or Sunday school, these superheroes work long hours, in crazy situations we cannot even imagine. These special heroes answer the call to protect and save our citizens day and night.

June 16, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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 involved and have the most influence. They have seemingly unlimited funding and resources to make sure their voice is heard by local, state and national elected officials. This perspective ignored small business, who generate 54 percent of sales in the U.S. and provide 55 percent of all jobs (according to the Small Business Administration's small business trends website: https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/energy-efficiency/sustainable-business-practices/small-business-trends). Where is the voice of the ...

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


Scratching my head, again

I swear, one of these days I'm going to either scratch my head completely bald -- I'm already more than halfway there -- or just shake it right off my shoulders.

June 13, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rodney teaches

After Sunday dinner, while the others cleaned, talked or dealt with children, I sat down in a recliner matching the one that Rodney was in. I inhaled deeply and leaned forward, my elbows resting on my knees.

June 13, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - June 13, 2017

One of the most exciting things to happen in NASCAR in a very long time didn't happen during a race. Rather, it happened when someone in Richard Petty Motorsports' PR department hit "Send."

June 13, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Police work needs good sense of humor

Being a police officer is definitely a challenging and dangerous career path. This includes the dangers to the heart and mind. Arriving at fatal collision scenes, responding to abused children and vulnerable adults, suicides, murders and death notifications are some of the things law enforcement officers take home with them every day. These are things that weigh on the mind and heart and can interfere with the well-being of an officer's family. This makes it all the more important that we take time to really laugh and enjoy a prank or two. Laughter is the best medicine any of ...

June 13, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The wonder of Wonder Woman

Let's get something straight right from the start: I did not go see Wonder Woman because I wanted to ogle Gal Gadot's body. I certainly didn't take my teenage sons and two of their friends to see it so they could be titillated by her Amazon costume.

June 09, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


From T.V. star to preacher

Mama was always proud for people who were able to pull themselves up and do well in life. She rooted for them, bragged on them and delighted in their happiness and happenings.

June 09, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


“We’re just out walking...”

It was early in my relationship with my mother-in-law, Rose Mary, when I concluded the two of us were destined to be more like mother and daughter, or two loving friends who just happened to be smitten with the same guy. I remember telling her the title of "mother-in-law" didn't seem to genuinely describe the admiration I had for her. So from that moment on, I would introduce her, not as my "mother-in-law," but as my husband's mother, Rose Mary or as "Tete", the name used by her 24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. At times, we would laugh ...

June 09, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


McMaster, Trump and saving the planet

On Saturday morning, the newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up I saw the headline, "McMaster Backs Trump's Exit from Climate Accord."

June 09, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tech challenged -- and that’s OK

I recently read a pretty amusing story about a guy who went on vacation in Iceland.

June 06, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Hillary unbound

WASHINGTON -- Well, Hillary Clinton isn't going gently. That may be understandable, but it's not smart -- not for Clinton, not for her party and not for other female candidates.

June 06, 2017 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Death’s final scene

My husband, many times, had written of death and created numerous dying scenes in the make-believe world of television. Once he had won an Emmy for it. But death in Hollywood is often different than the way it is truly delivered.

June 06, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Images of the Kershaw/Cornwallis house

If you wanted to photograph a Camden building or scene before the Civil War, what would you photograph? We only know of three photographers chose to photograph: the Kershaw/Cornwallis House about 1858, the construction of the second town clock and King Haiglar tower about 1859 and the cadets in full uniform in front of Peck's Academy in early 1861.

June 06, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Memories of a modern bard

Across the vein of night/There cuts a path of searing light/Burning like a beacon/On the edges of our sight

June 02, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Coding movement sweeping the world, nation and state

All the way from the board rooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding ...

July 14, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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