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Bob Vila does not live here ...

And I can prove it.

March 21, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Workforce is number one business concern

The number one concern of businesses considering coming to central South Carolina, and therefore, Kershaw County, is workforce. Mike Briggs, President and CEO of the Central South Carolina Alliance (a not-for-profit organization that promotes central South Carolina as a valuable business location) shared this point at a recent Kershaw County Council meeting. We've heard this before, from our own Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns: "trained and ready workforce." I have also heard concerns about workforce voiced by existing local businesses, primarily from the perspective of: how can they find dedicated and reliable employees.

March 21, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The downtown duck pond

In 1798, a committee composed of James Kershaw, John Kershaw, William Lang, James Chesnut and Samuel Mathis surveyed the land which would be called "The Extended Plan of Camden." Before he died in 1791, Joseph Kershaw had a grand new vision for Camden, just as he had for the original site of the town south of York Street. Kershaw had drafted the plan to extend the town limits north from its original northern boundary of York Street up to present day Chesnut Street. As the survey committee laid out the bounds of the new streets and lots, James Chesnut paused ...

March 21, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rereading makes for ‘Goodreads’

If you've never heard of it, allow me to introduce you to Goodreads. It is a website, mobile app and Facebook page devoted to the love of reading. Via the website and app, you can share what you're reading with others, review the books you've read and more. Goodreads' Facebook page celebrates reading in all kinds of, usually fun, ways.

March 17, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The Irish among us

As the first Grand Marshall of the -- I hope annual -- Montessori Leprechaun Parade, I'm thinking today might offer an opportunity to comment on the Irish among us.

March 17, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


A perfect place to enjoy S.C.

If ever there is a perfect place to enjoy South Carolina, it is here, right here in Camden. Our hometown is quintessential Southern. We have great places to dine along with award-winning places to stay. We have entertainment, history, cultural arts and education. We have sports fields, waterways and event venues.

March 17, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The silent majority needs to help the sheriff

It's budget time in Kershaw county and agency heads are required to submit their budget requests to county council. For the past six years I have asked council to approve hiring additional deputies to begin the process of putting sufficient deputies on the road so we can answer calls on a timely basis and actually patrol our neighborhoods and rural areas. My requests have pretty much gone unanswered. The main reason for that is additional deputies will require a tax increase and nobody wants that.

March 17, 2017 | By Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews C-I guest columnist | Columns


Same old, same old

Will we ever get out of this spiral of polarization? Has Big Brother finally won?

March 14, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Congress's grizzly betrayal

WASHINGTON -- In its zeal to repeal, the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule forbidding the baiting, trapping and "denning" of bears and wolves in Alaska's national wildlife refuges.

March 14, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The dimestore

As best I can recall – and I've been thinking hard about this – I have only written one fan letter in my life.

March 14, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


What scares you?

Everyone has something that frightens them. For some it's stinging insects or snakes, for others large bodies of water, flying on a plane, or even dogs. We're not alone when identifying things that scare us; we can always find another person that shares the same fears. Many people are frightened of becoming the victim of a "stranger crime." Statistics have shown that many crime victims actually knew their perpetrator, so the thought of a "stranger crime" shocks the senses and grips the mind. Well, sometimes I'm afraid of "stranger crime" too. But the type of "stranger crime ...

March 14, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


South Carolina without the FOIA

(Sunday is the beginning of Sunshine Week, a national celebration through March 18 of access to public information.)

March 10, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Not your daddy’s marines

WASHINGTON -- An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will "go wild on them" for eternity.

March 10, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My brain on NASCAR

I watched the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 with my hands covering my face, peeking though my fingers like a skittish teenage girl at a scary movie. When it comes to frightening incidents, unpredictable plot twists and surprise endings, Stephen King has nothing on NASCAR.

March 10, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


S.C. is 50th in education

Some will think this is too strong. I don't. Just read on and make up your own mind.

March 10, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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What I wish my graduation speaker had said

At the end of this month, our high school seniors will be walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. High school graduation is a ...

May 16, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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