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Early forecast: More gridlock

WASHINGTON -- Is the government's gridlock about to be dislodged? Imagine the capital as a giant set of pulleys and levers, operating at cross purposes. In the end, the forces tugging President Obama and Republican leaders apart may be more powerful than the ones pushing them together.

November 12, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Nothing in particular

No topic is heavy on my mind this week. There are a few new things that have got me excited, but not so excited that I can carry on about them in hundreds of words. I am excited that the Hallmark television network is showing Christmas movies, which in turn has me anticipating the day Lifetime and ABC Family start showing Christmas movies and programs as well.

November 12, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


The night shift

One of the most common reactions I get when people find out what I do is most people think I get paid to play. It's quite true that I enjoy my work and I never wish to go back to punching the 9-to-5 clock anymore than I wish to go to the same old boring place to work over and over again. Looking across the boundaries of genus and species, our representatives in nature all have a job to do that we call a niche. The jobs that are done in the natural world are as varied and as ...

November 12, 2014 | By Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The pieces of life’s puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

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


Musings from election night 2014

Being a journalist on election night can be exhilarating, exhausting, confusing, confounding or some combination of all.

November 10, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


KershawHealth celebrates community

KershawHealth recently premiered "What Matters Most," our newest marketing campaign and a tribute to the relationships we have formed throughout Kershaw County. It was extremely gratifying to see nearly 300 people gather at the Little Theatre in Camden for the red carpet premiere of the commercials and the accompanying feature video. It was equally exciting to see folks from all across the county and all walks of life united by the chance to see their community celebrated.

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


The freak show that is S.C. politics

(The following column was written prior to the Nov. 4 general election.)

November 10, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


An ‘ocean guy’ checks out the mountains

South Carolina is one of the few states blessed to have both ocean and mountains, something that is rare, indeed.

November 07, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Lena Dunham’s bare, naked truth

WASHINGTON -- Lena Dunham, creator of the sensational HBO series "Girls" -- and now the object of overwrought child abuse accusations by boys on the right -- seems the perfect antidote to election fatigue.

November 07, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Support your local merchants

I generally agree with the phrase "shop local," and I do so whenever possible. In a worldwide economy, especially in the modern world of online shopping, nearly anything can be purchased from anywhere and delivered right to your door.

November 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


What is The ALPHA Center?

So many people have told me that they don't know what The ALPHA Center, is that I decided to write a column about it. The ALPHA Center, an acronym for "All Life's Problems Have Answers," offers an important response to local citizens wrestling with substance abuse; addictions to alcohol, drugs and tobacco; anger management problems; and a familiar raft of behavioral issues.

November 07, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


A fall full of fungi

My students often ask me if the items we find in the woods are edible. I answer in the affirmative, explaining that anything they can fit down their esophagus is edible. The question is whether the item of interest will kill you. I get asked this a lot about mushrooms. Members of this kingdom are especially difficult to identify, and for every safe species, there is another, almost identical species that could be deadly. And so it is my standard practice to avoid consumption of any mushroom I find outside of the supermarket shelf.

November 05, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Good for you, Kaci Hickox

WASHINGTON -- Thank you, Kaci Hickox.

November 05, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Eureka!

The best my body has felt in a long time was last summer when I gave being vegetarian a try. I know that the foods a person eats play a major role in the state of his or her health, but I had no idea that altering my diet would dramatically change how I slept and how much energy I had. It even cut out my occasional night sweats.

November 05, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


The obituary call tree

Yes, I know that I am, occasionally, prone to embellishment. But trust me when I say this is the law and the gospel: I have a long-time friend who only calls me when someone dies. Most times, I know the person but sometimes I don't have a clue the person ever existed.

November 03, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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Country store memories

Each time the big rock hears a rooster crow, it spins completely around.

October 10, 2017 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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