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Tree Pruning 101 -- Part 1

Nothing irks me more than to see a tree improperly pruned. Well, improper planting and no watering of new trees irks me too, but I'll save that for another time. Today I'd like to focus on the basics of tree pruning and next month I'll talk about utility line pruning. Being a hands-on person it's usually easier for me to show how-to rather explain how-to but I'll try. There's just so much to explain about the subject that there are text books and day-long seminars specifically dedicated to tree pruning so bear with me.

January 25, 2013 | Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Stay away from Internet ‘soreheads’

A couple weeks ago we talked about the Internet and the opportunities it's opened for everyone around the globe.

January 25, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Obama 2.0: the sequel

President Barack Obama's critics are shocked, shocked to hear him sound in his second inaugural address like what he is, a liberal progressive. One wonders what they expected.

January 25, 2013 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Coaches, QBs hold keys to NFL title game

If anyone bet money in the off-season that two brothers would face off in the Super Bowl, the name Manning would have certainly come to mind first.

January 23, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Why I voted against the fiscal cliff ‘deal’

Recently, the Congress approved the so-called "fiscal cliff" agreement. I voted against the final version of deal. The reason is pretty simple: the agreement raised spending. Again. Indeed, its passage seems to reaffirm a disturbing truth about today's Washington: compromises always lead to more spending, more debt, and too often, more taxes.

January 23, 2013 | By U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney C-I contributing columnist | Columns


CSX has history of poor relations

A lot of Camden residents and others who pass through Camden had a rough time of it last week when CSX Railroad closed not one, but two crossings in Dusty Bend to replace a 2,000-foot section of track.

January 21, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Proudly confessing

NEW YORK -- To the world-weary, Lance Armstrong's confession to Oprah was just one more in a series.

January 21, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Youth Arbitration Program brings fresh start

The New Year brings new beginnings and a fresh start for many. It is with that in mind that I want to mention one of the great new programs in Kershaw County. The Kershaw County Youth Arbitration Program, which was first introduced in February of 2012, has been a fantastic addition to our county.

January 21, 2013 | By Ned Towell C-I guest columnist | Columns


The voucher scam

The beginning of the new session of the South Carolina General Assembly will undoubtedly bring renewed efforts to pass school voucher legislation. Like fire ant hills in the summer, some new version of voucher legislation pops up every year in Columbia. Proponents package it differently from year to year, but the basic premise when you strip away the slick marketing is that public funds would be used to support private schools.

January 21, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Sad farewell to an Internet freedom fighter

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Aaron Swartz, who took his own life Friday at age 26.

January 18, 2013 | | Columns


Cornwell trial stranger than fiction

Few things are as juicy as a high-profile trial involving wealthy celebrities, millions of dollars and accusations of dastardly deeds.

January 18, 2013 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Looking at the ‘nones’

National Public Radio (NPR) recently reported that a growing number of American citizens are losing their religion.

January 18, 2013 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Guns without roses

WASHINGTON -- Unlike many who recently have joined the debate about gun rights, I have a long history with guns, which I proffer only in the interest of pre-empting the "elitist, liberal, swine, prostitute, blahblahblah" charge.

January 16, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Pro legacy will lure Saban from Alabama

If not for a late night splurge at a strip club, Nick Saban could have been a mere footnote in the history of college football.

January 16, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Echo Taps

I can still hear the sound. Though many years have passed and many memories have drifted along the ebb and flow of my consciousness, I can still hear the sound.

January 14, 2013 | By Dwight deLoach C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Owens: Year in review

To say that 2014 has had its ups and downs would be an understatement. Honestly, I don't know what words or phrases I would use to describe how my 2014 played out. It wasn't the worst year ever, but it definitely wasn't the greatest.

December 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Noble: It all started with BBQ

Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of barbecue (BBQ). We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.

December 17, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: Talk about a wildfire

WASHINGTON -- First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.

December 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The loss of parents and their wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gunn: Partnership drives investment in health

You may have read about the letter of intent to be agreed upon between KershawHealth and MUSC Health/Capella Healthcare. This agreement is about more than simply the leasing of real estate and ownership of property. Ultimately, it is about an investment of organizational and financial resources in this community and its healthcare needs. MUSC Health/Capella Healthcare will invest heavily in programs, facilities, and services at KershawHealth that will increase our patient volume and, in turn, increase revenue. From an organizational standpoint, it will provide access to best practices and strategies to improve the quality of care provided, enhance ...

December 15, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Cahn: Remembering Ira

Dec. 30 isn't that far away.

December 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Tucker: Bring back intermissions

The popular web site Slate says intermissions should be brought back to movie theaters.

December 12, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: The cycle of the taxi wars

WASHINGTON -- Deregulating the taxi industry? Been there, done that.

December 12, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Phillips: Watch out for the Grinch

The holiday season is traditionally a time for joy and celebration. It's a time when we may be able to see family members and friends who we seldom get to see because of distance or available time. For many of us, it's the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. For others, there are options in the form of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever holiday celebration you may choose.

December 12, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Joseph: ‘The Christmas Truce’

Earlier this week, as I sat down at my desk stacked high with a rather large "catch-up pile," flipped on my computer and opened up my browser, I was greeted by a plethora of Christmas cheer. You know, the bright pop-up holiday ad-type cheer and the Top 10 gift list-type cheer among others. In my view as well were numerous articles on a variety of topics including "How to Raise the Bar for Your Holiday Decorations," "Picking That Perfect Tree," "Best Free Apps for Christmas Shopping," "Say Cheese: Time for the Dreaded Family Portrait" and the final two but no ...

December 12, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


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