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Parker: A new day in South Carolina

WASHINGTON -- The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.

July 15, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Phillips: What’s your soundtrack?

Sometimes the inspiration for my weekly column comes from the strangest of places. Often, there's a hot news story, usually controversial, I feel like espousing my opinion about. That's not so strange. Other times, I think back to something which has happened in my life, hopefully funny, to share with you. That also is not particularly strange. But this week the idea came to me as I sat at home playing my guitar and trying to figure out some new songs I had never played before. None of them were really "new," but they were new to me.

July 15, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Arrants: Finding nature anywhere

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a client kayaking down a creek on his property. As we slowly floated along the beautiful waterway, I couldn't help but remind him of just how fortunate he was to own several miles of such wonderful nature. He turned to me and commented on how cool it must be for me to be able to call it "my office." When I was heading out into the field the next morning, notebook and binoculars in hand, he called to me from across the road.

July 15, 2015 | By Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: Moving forward

In one surreal, beyond pustular moment, shots rang out in a house of worship.

July 13, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Gunn: PricePoint website offers guide to hospital pricing

Sticker shock -- we all face it at one time or another. Whether it's the cost of a home, an automobile or even a stay in the hospital, it's easy to be taken aback by the prices we pay. In an effort to help patient consumers make better informed decisions about their own care, KershawHealth is participating in PricePoint, the South Carolina Hospital Association's (SCHA) new website designed to clarify hospital pricing in our state.

July 13, 2015 | By Terry Gunn, KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rich: Them’s strong words

Once on the Andy Griffith Show, Ernest T. Bass tried to join the Army. Several times, Barney says comically, "He's a nut!"

July 13, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Cahn: ‘Hail to the R--’ er, what now?

The controversy about whether to rename the Washington, D.C., football team is not a new one. However, our controversy here in South Carolina regarding the Confederate battle flag, got me thinking about other symbols.

July 10, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Joseph: We bow to you, Charleston

Oh … the ever so wonderful sleepless nights of a worried parent. If we're lucky, they don't come often.

July 10, 2015 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Parker: When bragging is winning

WASHINGTON -- "So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?"

July 10, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Parker: The Don vs. The Bern

WASHINGTON -- Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.

July 08, 2015 | | Columns


Phillips: Just running around in circles

Years back, in the late 1990s during my first stint living in South Carolina, I was a NASCAR fan. Not as passionate about it as some people, for sure, but I was interested and watched every race on TV and even went to a couple of major races in Charlotte and one in Darlington. It was a lot of fun.

July 08, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Noble: The facts on guns and death in South Carolina

The recent murder of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has sparked many different reactions. Confederate flags are coming down, people are talking about race in different ways and the subject of guns and violence is now back on the agenda in our state and country.

July 08, 2015 | | Columns


Tatum: Oh, Doctor, please help me; I’m damaged

Hello, my name is Jimmy and I'm a hypochondriac.

July 06, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: The legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star makers, was meant to be part of my life. I say this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

July 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Teal: ‘Muscle’ memories

When we examine our experiences over time, our recollections of some of them stand out like posts supporting our "fence of life." These are memories we will never forget. Some refer to them as "muscle" memories, very strong ones.

July 06, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


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Rampell: The 2016 field is full of deadbeats

There's a certain demographic in this country -- it's unseemly to mention the specific population by name -- which has no sense of personal responsibility.

August 26, 2015 | | Columns


Phillips: The good, the bad and the ugly

Here at the Chronicle-Independent we are charged with the task of reporting the news. Way to state the obvious, right? But, simply put, it's ...

August 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Burns: Control our destiny; invest in our future

Open for Business! Recently Kershaw County had wonderful news in Economic Development with expansions at Suominen and Haier. Our leaders on the Kershaw County Council ...

August 26, 2015 | By Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns C-I guest columnist | Columns


Jenkins: Camping with kids

This summer was a busy one. Among other trips, we made our annual pilgrimage to Table Rock State Park to camp and commune. We've ...

August 26, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tatum: It’s a pretty theory, but…

So I read where a company called Snake River is now marketing a product called Dronemunition.

August 24, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Rich: A renegade way of life among the righteous

One day over lunch, a friend and I were talking about the murderous felons we know as Tink quietly listened.

August 24, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Rampell: China lets the market decide

Washington has finally found an issue which can unite both left and right: big, bad, currency-manipulating China.

August 24, 2015 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Cahn: School board almost gets exec sessions right

Back in June, I told you about a S.C. Supreme Court ruling in a North Augusta case concerning public bodies entering executive sessions. As ...

August 21, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rampell: ‘Advice’ for candidates plagued by economic delusion

WASHINGTON -- Forget Jeb Bush's bold promise of 4 percent economic growth, which Chris Christie subsequently matched. Never mind Scott Walker's attempt to one-up ...

August 21, 2015 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Richardson: South Carolina during the Revolutionary War

Catawba Chief King Hagler is a beloved symbol of Camden. His image made in iron has crowned the town's successive clock towers since 1824 ...

August 21, 2015 | | Columns


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