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Walker: Critter calls

Would you welcome seven fawns, six flying squirrels, four prairie dogs, nine tortoises and nine cottontail rabbits into your home … all at once? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" if you are Camden resident Margaret Buckelew. Buckelew is the founder and operator of Pine Tree Hill Wildlife Care and Exotic Rescue, and she answers the call of duty for wildlife and exotic animals in Kershaw County and several surrounding counties.

June 22, 2015 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Parker: A time to grieve

WASHINGTON -- Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge.

June 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Cahn: ‘Nawlins’ a worthwhile trip

My father and I managed to arrive before sundown, the downtown New Orleans skyline spread before us on I-10 as it jogged through the city before heading further west. Our actual destination: a small home in Metarie, La., just outside the Crescent City, where we would stay for the next four nights on my first-ever visit to the Big Easy, a belated 50th birthday present from my Dad.

June 19, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: Jeb!

WASHINGTON -- If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.

June 19, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Richardson: Preserving Camden’s heritage in the era of the modern age

"Why is Camden unique?" This is the first note on a faded yellow legal pad sheet found in a folder of papers from 1971 through 1973 found in the collection of the Camden Archives and Museum. These notes from the "Camden Committee" reveal the concerns of a group of Camden citizens in the early 1970s as Camden hurtled forward in the "modern age." We'll revisit this group's efforts in a bit. My advice, in hindsight, would be that they should have talked to Reid Buckley, who at the same time was writing a manuscript about his feelings about ...

June 19, 2015 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Parker: Bill's Clintonesque rebuttal

WASHINGTON -- It had a familiar ring:

June 17, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Phillips: The stuff some people pay for

Although the "official" first day of summer is still a few days away, around here we don't need the calendar to announce the arrival of the season.

June 17, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Rogers: Cell phones best option for police oversight

Hardly a week goes by now without the surfacing of a cell-phone video of police abuse, often of minorities.

June 17, 2015 | By Bill Rogers, SCPA Executive Director C-I guest columnist | Columns

Noble: S.C. education -- buckets, fires and computers

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire," said the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

June 17, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Tatum: Governing the passions...

The next time I am within earshot of an individual who uses the phrase "I have a passion for…" to describe anything other than the first moment he or she met their significant other, I'm very likely to passionately beat them senseless with a five pound bag of oranges.

June 15, 2015 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Rich: When a man finds his destiny

Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and can even believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't. That what he has is an illusion, a mirage he tried to turn into reality.

June 15, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

Morgan: A year of great accomplishments

It's hard to believe that the 2014-15 school year is over. The longer I work in this profession, the faster the school years seem to go. June is a month that I try to both reflect on the past year and set my sights on everything that needs to be done during the coming school year. In looking back at the past school year, I can say without any hesitation whatsoever that 2014-15 has been a year of great accomplishments. Here are some of our highlights:

June 15, 2015 | By Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Cahn: More to fix when it comes to agendas

A week ago, this newspaper applauded both the S.C. House and Senate for unanimously passing a bill requiring governing bodies to publish agendas and to require a two-thirds majority vote before amending those agendas during and up to 24 hours before such meetings.

June 12, 2015 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Parker: Pool party mayhem

WASHINGTON -- Video imagery doesn't get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African-American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries, and drawing his gun on other teens.

June 12, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Phillips: What now?

Every year around this same time, early June, a certain thought occurs to me. The timing is simply because this is graduation time at high schools, colleges and universities all through our area and the entire United States.

June 10, 2015 | | Columns

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Column: There be monsters

It seems I spend most of my time trying to make sense of all the noise these days.

March 20, 2018 | Jim Tatum | Columns

Column: Finding Dumpy

The female staffers at the Camden Archives and Museum are all "dog people." Our homes are blessed with the companionship of our various breeds of ...

March 20, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Column: What really happens in public schools

Normally when I'm out driving between schools or going somewhere during the day, I listen to a '60s and '70s music CD, which reflects ...

March 20, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns

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


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