If more money were the answer to the state's infrastructure woes, the topic would hardly be worth debating. The real trouble with South Carolina's roads, though, isn't a lack of money. It's a lack -- indeed, a total lack -- of citizen control or influence on road funding. How do we know more money won't produce better roads?
So, I walked into a neat little country store/artists colony thing up in the mountains last week. Having been drawn by the sound of a Martin guitar and an easy-going voice doing old folkie tunes from the hills and hollers, I sat down with a glass of tea for a listen.
WASHINGTON -- The worst job in the world, it turns out, isn't the U.S. presidency but speaker of the House of Representatives.
When I was 6, the boy with hair the color of cotton and eyes tinted sapphire came to live with us. He was the same age and size as I, but more timid and less secure. Depending on the day, we were either best of friends or the worst of enemies.
I love South Carolina and the South -- I really do. And I consider myself a reasonably serious student of our history and culture.
I've been very lucky.
OXFORD, Md. -- Long before there was a "Black Lives Matter" movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose -- an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago captured the dignity and spirit of America's black families at a time when stereotype and caricature prevailed.
(This is the second in a two-part series on the impact of cats on the natural world. In the first installment -- which elicited several comments from our readers -- Arrants looked at the history of cats and the statistical impact they have each year upon wildlife and the ecosystems they occupy.)
The power of the press should never be underestimated and must never be abused.
After the storm, comes the sun. No matter how dark it gets, the sun will shine again. Or perhaps we should say, no matter how much rain falls, the sun will shine again. And it would shine bright on Tuesday of this week for most of South Carolina. But not after historic rainfall totals were reached; amounts only seen once in 1,000 years.
...I will be long gone. Out of sight; out of mind; not a moment too soon. It's vacation time and boy do My Beloved and I need it, but bad.
WASHINGTON -- The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.
Southerners tend to collect stories. And, we tend to talk to anyone who will talk to us. The latter tends to lead to the first.
A few months ago, Steven and Jessica Mooneyhan of Cassatt purchased the Hard Times Café from H.C. Robinson. H.C.'s customer base has been retained and the Mooneyhans are adding new ones daily. Please read the following short history of the café and a description of "eating out" in the county before you then read why you may want to head to Cassatt and eat a meal at the Hard Times Cafe.
It's National Newspaper Week and our theme this year is The Power of the Press.
I'm thankful for my family, my job, where I live and the fact my car hasn't completely broken down.
WASHINGTON -- It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead ...
The holidays are a good time to reflect on all of the blessings we receive and have as a nation and community. One of the ...
If South Carolina does it one way, and most other states along with the federal government do it another way, we might wonder how likely ...
For awhile there, the older I got, the more I wondered how that happened.
WASHINGTON -- One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next?
An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that my precious friend Randy Parks, one ...
How fitting to write this article for the Chronicle-Independent because the Chronicle sparked a flame which has benefitted hundreds and hundreds of homeless pets.
On Tuesday, October 20, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee met to discuss and take testimony on S.868, a bill that would grant the power of ...
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