Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller, got in a bit of hot water recently while competing in the Miss America pageant, linking the Palmetto State and mobile homes in a manner that some people found offensive.
In 1923, at a small school house near Camden known as the Cleveland School, more than 300 people gathered for a graduation night celebration and play. At 9 p.m., one of the oil lanterns fell onto the stage and within minutes the school was engulfed in flames. Seventy-seven people lost their lives that night. During the past 100 years, we have made great strides in implementing fire codes and regulations to protect our citizens; but we must remain diligent.
WASHINGTON -- News consumers by now have absorbed the message that Republicans are going to defund Obamacare, shut down the government, ruin the economy and starve the poor.
Getting sick is the worst! I know most people will agree with me, no matter who you are. I'm not sick right now. At least, I'm not allowing myself to believe I'm sick. Yes, I'm coughing and sniffling, but I'm telling myself it's allergies. Positive thinking or denial, not sure which it is, but hopefully it will keep me from getting full-blown go-to-the-doctor kind of sick.
Well, folks, it's about that time again in the political election cycle when candidates for statewide offices are starting to make their announcements about running for office. If you're thinking about running for U.S. Senate, governor or the other statewide offices you know it's only about nine months until the June '14 primary and you need to do something soon.
When I was growing up, all young women had to have hope chests. This was a signal that their only hopes were to get married and find males to take care of them. No woman could have a dream of becoming a doctor, an airplane pilot, a mathematician or a chemist. In fact, the first time my mother asked me about the future, she said, "What kind of husband ...
Last week, I used a TV series to talk about bullies. This week, it's conspiracy theories through the lens of a single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (commonly referred to as TNG).
WASHINGTON -- About 30 years ago as a young reporter in Florida, I was assigned a series on gun control in response to gun violence, which had peaked in the U.S. in 1980.
We all know that in the global economy of the 21st Century, we in South Carolina are competing with Germany and Brazil just as much as we're competing with North Carolina and Georgia.
As the chief advocate for seniors and vulnerable adults in our state, I was deeply troubled and saddened that services for a federally-funded program designed to keep veterans in their homes instead of nursing homes is being terminated because of lack of support by the Veterans' Administration.
Terrie Hall, 53, a real life anti-smoking ad in the flesh died this week after a 13-year battle with mouth and throat cancer.
A new Senate bill to protect journalists has stirred up a hornet's nest of criticism over an old nagging question: who in the age of WikiLeaks is a "journalist"?
My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County writes to say the French bravado concerning Syria is just for show.
If you were a Carolina lady in the 1850s, you would likely have a copy of the latest and most fashionable cookbook of the times -- The Carolina Housewife. The little book was written by "A Lady of Charleston" and published in 1847. The "Lady" was Sarah Rutledge, daughter of Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Camden Archives and Museum has an 1851 edition of the book in our collection. ...
Have you ever had one of those nights where you cannot, no matter how you try, fall asleep? It's the most frustrating feeling to be sleepy and to know that with every minute you stay awake you're getting closer to the hour you have to get up and that you are cheating yourself out of precious sleep minutes?
WASHINGTON -- As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.
Last week I told you about a lot of things for which I'm thankful.
A blog I follow posted a piece last year about Christmas traditions. The woman who writes the blog is newly married and wanted to start some holiday traditions with her husband and carry them on if they should ever have children.
I'll be first to admit I'm a pushover when it comes to stories of do-gooders and their noble deeds of "giving back." As it goes, at this time of the year -- the season of giving -- many of us find ourselves looking for ways to be charitable, for ways to help others in some capacity. No doubt, the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's finds most of us in ...
Shopping for friends and family members can be fun, but it can also be very stressful. I can't tell you how many holidays have come and gone where I've waited until the last minute to buy Christmas presents for my nearest and dearest. It's not because I don't have the opportunity. Bien au contraire, mon ami, ce n'est pas vrai.
WASHINGTON -- If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.
"We are Camden, a place surrounded by history. Long a home of Native Americans, we were founded not long after Carolina was separated into North and South. Here, King Haigler, the Catawba chief, worked for peace among natives and colonists along the banks of the Wateree. Here, Patriots suffered one of the worst defeats in the Revolutionary War. Yet, from this place the tide of war would turn and ultimately lead to victory for ...
Oh, the stories people tell. Not always good ones, mind you but the kind that will make you fall down on your knees and thank the good Lord up above that you don't have a story like that.
I did not know Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Rob Evans, who passed away last week. I knew him, but only in the sense that I spoke to him a few times when the two of us happened to be at KCSO headquarters at the same time. Evans certainly seemed like a nice guy; I remember him smiling a lot.
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