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Our sheriff and his ‘rescue squad’

We've all probably cringed at some time in life when blue lights flashed in your rear view mirror, but near Boykin those blue lights prompt a howl-fest of "welcome home" to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. Known as a tough law man, this long time law enforcement officer and his wife, Heather, are huge supporters of animal rescue organizations. In fact, they have five rescue animals of their own. Boomer is a 100-lb Bloodhound/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix adopted from SQ Rescue; Jill is a delightful Terrier mix from the Thiel-Meyer Adoption Center; The Outlaw Josie Wales (appropriately named says ...

December 26, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Dave Brubeck was a master

I can't believe that, in my more than 17 years with this newspaper, I've never written about jazz legend Dave Brubeck.

December 22, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Recipe for a more humane world

As we approach the time of year that demands big changes and major resolutions, how about committing to one small, seemingly insignificant change? Instead of worrying about transforming our bodies, personalities, and entire ways of life, let's put into practice one change one day a week that will help transform the world. Just eat differently on Monday. By choosing vegetarian options just one day a week -- on Meatless Monday -- we can foster positive change for animals (and for ourselves as well) and make the next year a more humane one.

December 22, 2017 | Janet Williams C-I guest columnist | Columns

Three lives of Christmas trees

I've always liked Christmas tree farms. There's something nostalgic about them, plus I've always liked the way they look. Comparable to toy soldiers standing at attention, Christmas trees are stately, orderly, dressed for service and have a presence in the landscape. They may also have as many as three lives.

December 22, 2017 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Words that weren’t banned

WASHINGTON -- The recent excitement over an incredible story about the government trying to ban certain words reminded me of all the words and phrases I despise and wish were banned.

December 22, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Battling the holiday willies

There's not much good about getting older. In fact, there are exactly two things I find good about it: one, I'm not dead yet and two, I feel completely free to loudly indentifying those things that displease me.

December 19, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Collateral damage of ‘credibly accused’

WASHINGTON -- As the #MeToo movement gained momentum the past several weeks -- and more than a dozen powerful men accused of sexual misconduct were suspended, fired or banished into the outer darkness, it was reasonable to wonder where it would all end.

December 19, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Water power: part II

We needed video of a serene mill pond where Boykin Spaniels might be trained to retrieve water fowl -- and the Boykin Mill Pond had been drained, as many ponds are during the autumn months of the year in our parts. So, Rickie Good and I headed out to Goodale State Park to film Adams Mill Pond since it was not on private property. Neither of us had ever been there before. I was surprised as we strolled toward the banks of the pond to increasingly hear the rush of falling water. The gates on the dam were open and the ...

December 19, 2017 | By Camden Archives Director Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


At this time of year, I tend to think backwards versus forward. I find myself reflecting a lot about people from my past and how they affected me. While tackling the yard work over Thanksgiving, I started thinking about teachers who helped direct my life in a positive way, even though I didn't appreciate them as much as I should have at the time.

December 19, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns

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 saw a last name I recognized and wondered if he might be kin to a man I once knew of. I hadn't heard the name in years. It is a surname known primarily in the Appalachians.

December 15, 2017 | By Ronda Rich | 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 sheep. This miraculous birth of an infant son caused the angels to rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. The holy newborn was no ordinary child: He was Jesus Christ, a manifestation of God's love. As time progressed, Christ led with a servant's heart and taught us that we should love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. We have learned that regardless of our circumstances or worship practices, we are all ...

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. When I see a proud old pump, its dispensing days behind it, I feel a surge of pride tinged by sadness. Veterans of another era, they have been put out to pasture.

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

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Column: YOU have the right to know

It's Sunshine Week across the U.S., including right here in Kershaw County, S.C. This is the week the media -- newspapers, especially -- devote ...

March 16, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Column: A real character

Tink was away from home, working on a new drama series for Sony. He was leading the writers' room where a group of television scribes ...

March 16, 2018 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Column: Hillary, stop. Please.

WASHINGTON -- She can't let go.

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

Column: A Republican to remember

In the progressive spirit that marked the Republican Party for more than a hundred years from Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to Dwight Eisenhower's ...

March 16, 2018 | By Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: My mother’s lovely peach tree

The old folks planted fruit trees. Pear, apple, cherry, wild plum, and peach trees. Pecan trees too. Vineyards of wild grapes … scuppernongs and muscadines. Folks ...

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

Column: Off to the races -- again

WASHINGTON -- You may have missed the starting shot, but the midterm races officially began last week with the Texas primaries. This coming Tuesday, voters in ...

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

Column: Just two phone calls

I am not a politician. In fact, my only personal experience in the political realm occurred in high school when I was elected class secretary ...

March 13, 2018 | By Janet Williams C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Flowers and your bucket list

This story is one of "small-towner" visits the "big city."

March 13, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: ‘Black Panther’ is everyone’s movie

I knew we were in for a very different movie experience while my sons and I waited in line to see "Black Panther."

March 09, 2018 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Column: Celebrating outstanding women

March is Women's History Month. As announced by the National Women's History Project, the theme for 2018 is Nevertheless She Persisted. The phrase ...

March 09, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Stop first, parse later

WASHINGTON -- At least they're doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida's proposed gun bill.

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

Column: From rear bumper to social media

Some folks collect stamps and coins. Others collect rare works of art.

March 06, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Column: A longing for pine pollen

Cold weather? Stay up North. My dash says it's 48 degrees as I drive by a swamp, yet singing frogs drown out my heater ...

March 06, 2018 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: Easy doesn’t do it

He doesn't mean it.

March 06, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Column: Tidbits about Wateree River bridge

In 1841, Thomas Whitaker was president and William Lang was treasurer of the Bridge Company. From 1863-70, John M. Desaussure was president and Colin McCrae ...

March 06, 2018 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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