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Oh dear, bless her heart

She said it, of course, with smirk. Those women who really don't understand the ways of the women of the South seem to always speak about us in words that are vividly cloaked in disdain.

February 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


‘Running schools more like a business’

In the middle of more than $30 million in budget cuts our school district had to make during the economic downturn -- cuts that are not yet close to being fully restored -- a number of politicians and citizens told me that schools needed to be "run more like a business." That's a line I hear a lot. It's a good sound bite, especially from politicians and others who don't want to acknowledge the consequences of poor long-term decisions. But it doesn't reflect reality.

February 17, 2014 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Russian roulette

The game of Russian roulette consists of taking a loaded gun, aiming it at your head, firing it, and hoping the chamber will be empty. After I completed my Ph.D., I still lacked wisdom. When my husband wanted to give me a trip for a graduation present, I thought I had earned at least a trip to three locations, so I chose China, Egypt and Russia. Each location was different, but this article concerns Russia. The tourism brochures painted marvelous pictures of an elegant vacation with spas, up-to-date hotels and excursions. The brochures did not lie: the sites were ...

February 17, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Breaking: Woman charged as ruthless

WASHINGTON -- Groundhog Day isn't just a movie.

February 15, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Driving in the snow and ice

Many people who live in the South -- right here in Kershaw County -- think they're experts at driving in snow and ice, despite the fact that they virtually never have to do it.

February 15, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Move the Olympics to Camden

By the time this comes out in the Chronicle-Independent, our most recent episode of wintry weather should be behind us. I sure hope so and good riddance. As southerners, we're just not well-equipped or prepared for snow and ice. We don't get a lot of it, thank God. That's one of the many benefits of living here.

February 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Valentine’s Day in Camden

Here are some Valentine and anniversary stories of your friends and neighbors with a dash of local history.

February 15, 2014 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


I know what blue is

In the early stages so often we would hear, "What's happening to me?" Usually someone nearby could ease the worry with some kind, encouraging words convincing her she was fine and safe then quickly use the art of distraction to steer her away from this momentary fret. Instants like those were especially difficult for me. They delivered innate feelings of guilt. They reminded me of the harsh detail of what we had done. They were a reminder of the fact we had just noticeably lessened the radius of our mother's life. We had to -- her mind was no ...

February 15, 2014 | Paula Joseph | Columns


Looking past the performance

My sister and I recently watched the "Snapped: Jodi Arias" special documentary. My absolute favorite thing to watch on TV is crime investigation programming. I love that type of thing -- real-life murder mysteries and figuring out who's the culprit and how to punish him or her accordingly. That's what I consider real, riveting entertainment.

February 12, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Brains, bytes and Charleston’s (and South Carolina’s) future

Three separate newspaper stories this week, one national and two local, foreshadow the future for Charleston -- and that future has the potential to be very, very bright.

February 12, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Practice what you preach, Mr. President

WASHINGTON -- President Obama gave a lovely speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast -- and one is reluctant to criticize.

February 12, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Creating a plan for KershawHealth’s future

Benjamin Franklin famously remarked, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." That thought is as true today as it was more than two centuries ago, and it's as important for organizations as it is for individuals. Planning allows both people and organizations to identify strengths, recognize challenges, maximize resources, and plot a course for the future.

February 10, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What Charlie Tinker saw

(This is the third part of a three part series on a visit to Charlie Tinker's grave.)

February 10, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Community journalism’s just fine, thanks

It all started when I posted a link to an opinion piece on the Poynter Institute's website titled "Why is local news innovation struggling financially while national thrives?" Here's the comment I made when I posted the link on my Facebook page:

February 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Memories of riding

Few people know or would believe that I have often been a rider. Although living in Camden, the home of the Carolina Cup, and touring England, the site of Epsom Downs, I never rode or attended there. How, then, could I be writing about riding? My mother, a widow at 40 with two young children, left us to our own devices as long as she could check on us out the window. If we were actively playing, she did not intervene. Without a television, money or radio, we had to use our own imaginations for activities. Climbing trees and riding ...

February 10, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Noble: Babies, marriage and family in S.C.

Tackling "big issues" is tough. It's far easier for policy makers and politicians to make a speech or issue a press release with a ...

May 13, 2016 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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