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The tractor

It was time for spring cleaning around the Rondarosa which seems to always start with a ton of limbs, twigs and branches that have fallen during the winter. For the past several years, as the climate varies between too much rain and drought conditions, the trees have suffered terribly. A few huge oaks have uprooted while others gave up the ghost by breaking in half and falling over.

February 03, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


America is still great

Whichever way our pendulum swings, whether it's to the left or the right or somewhere in between, I think it is a reasonable assumption that many of us as of late have pondered over questions like: where do we go from this point forward, what are the important values we wish to live by, and what roles can we play in our communities to achieve these for ourselves and our families. We can begin by being reminded of the values, the principles, and the traditions that our great country was built upon. We can be reminded of our Founding ...

February 03, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


We are better than we think we are

South Carolina is a unique state. We are not like other states -- partly because of our history, our culture and our politics.

February 03, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A funny thing happened on the way...

I wonder how we wind up at certain destinations, be it life milestones or just late night bad decisions.

January 31, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Carl Edwards' retirement

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, sporting a collared shirt and blazer rather than his trademark No. 99 Toyota logo-wear, Carl Edwards announced his retirement from full-time NASCAR competition.

January 31, 2017 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Jack Daniel and his legacy

A while back, a Los Angeles-based producer approached Tink and me to gauge our potential interest in writing a historical mini-series about the life of whiskey maker Jack Daniel. Though most people in Hollywood are incredulous that an accomplished television writer like John Tinker would just up and move to the Deep South, they are smart enough to know that it does, in fact, increase his creative I.Q. He is developing material by simply living among of a region of people so different from Beverly Hills or Pacific Palisades.

January 31, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Balding no easy task for most macho men

I have several friends who are bald or who are balding, and they are all quite excited about the discovery of a blood pressure medication that actually grows hair as a side effect.

January 31, 2017 | By Lewis Grizzard | Columns


You can’t come home unless you leave

I promised someone I would do this, so here goes: "I'm baa-aack!"

January 27, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Blue states in for a world of pain

WASHINGTON -- If blue states think they're going to be shielded from the coming Trump tsunami, they're sorely mistaken.

January 27, 2017 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


My internship

For more than six years, the city of Camden has been fortunate to have its first certified arborist. Specifically, the job holds the title of urban forestry (which includes arboriculture, horticulture, and of course forestry) and is within the city's department of public works. Liz Gilland is the sole member of this department.

January 27, 2017 | By Lucas Joseph C-I guest columnist | Columns


So you think you know South Carolina?

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for all things South Carolina -- our history, politics, people, culture, places, food -- everything. And since we are such a wonderful -- and weird -- state, there's an awful lot to know and always something new to learn.

January 27, 2017 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Foundation stones

It's a little odd to have such a beautiful spring day in January. Not unheard of, not even uncommon, but odd nonetheless.

January 24, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


President. Trump.

WASHINGTON -- So, that happened.

January 24, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


The trunk

When I was the age of four, Mama's uncle, a kind and successful man, died. The call came late one night that his life was ebbing away so Mama pulled me out of bed, smoothed my tousled red-tinted hair, and hauled me, still clad in pajamas, to sit vigil until her beloved uncle had crossed the river Jordan.

January 24, 2017 | Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Katie Ard Iseman Hero for Paws Award

Do you know a hero? Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but they share an electrifying passion to help others, even at their own risk of life. Beloved former Kershaw County fire fighter Katie Iseman had a passion for people and pets. She wanted to save lives and she did so in her career and in her volunteer time through fostering dogs for rescue organizations. That's why Fostering Foster Animal Rescue is honored to announce the new Katie Ard Iseman Hero for Paws Award. This annual award will be presented to an individual who exhibits compassion for animals ...

January 24, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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S.C. FOIA is better now

The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently underwent some surgery. Things were a little dicey there for a while, but it's doing ...

May 19, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


FOIA reform

It's been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents.

May 19, 2017 | By S.C. Press Executive Director Bill Rogers C-I guest columnist | Columns


The future of Camden

Former elected officials, namely me, probably have no business writing columns about the city, but many people continue to imagine I can still address what ...

May 19, 2017 | By Tony Scully C-I guest columnist | Columns


The forgotten fort

Camden is proud of her Revolutionary War heritage. The Battle of Camden and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill play pivotal roles in the history of ...

May 19, 2017 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Doctor, doctor: part tres

I really dislike going to the doctor.

May 16, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


A Trumpian world of shifting reality

WASHINGTON -- Facts aren't facts; truth isn't true; reality isn't real.

May 16, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


City committed to strong infrastructure

Good government is forever working to sustain future prosperity and building for tomorrow. The city budget must always include infrastructure, just as our vision must ...

May 16, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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


Sheheen’s message is the right one

(I am turning over my column today to a transcript of State Sen. Vincent Sheheen's speech to the 2017 Class of Junior Leadership Kershaw ...

May 12, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Adjust your headlamp

Two weeks ago on a trail found somewhere between the middle of nowhere and a dense forest, 67 passionate, energetic hikers began a 30-mile walk ...

May 12, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Do-right women in a do-wrong world

WASHINGTON -- For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope.

May 12, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fire good: reprise

I recently bit the bullet and did something I've been meaning to do for about two years now.

May 09, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


The win-win twins

WASHINGTON -- Actors Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump are like twins separated at birth. Both became rich and famous -- by hook in one case and by ...

May 09, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mother's Day 2017

Tink and I stopped by to see my niece, Nicole, and somehow the conversation got around to the adventure I had, on my own, followed ...

May 09, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Remembering our fallen heroes

On April 25, our city council and mayor pro tem Deborah H. Davis proclaimed the week of May 14-20, 2017, as Police Week in the ...

May 09, 2017 | By CPD Chief Joe Floyd C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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