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Owens: A surprising place of peace

There is no place more peaceful than a cemetery… or maybe it is one of the most peaceful places. I went to a cemetery deep in the country this weekend and there was no sound other than the wind blowing high up through the trees, and the rustling of leaves swirling daintily. I also heard one caw of a crow and the shriek of some other type of bird. However, these brief sounds only occupied my attention for a split second. The still silence in the air close to the ground left me alone with my thoughts -- mainly thoughts about ...

December 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Arrants: Culler has heart of an outdoorsman, soul of a poet

When I started working in conservation nearly 15 years ago, I was as green as fresh shoots on the smilax vines that grew prominently in the Carolina Bays in Poinsett Electronic Combat Range. Though I was raised in an extremely rural environment, I had very little knowledge of nature. I was, however, motivated to make up for this and began reading every natural history related book and magazine I could get my hands on. Between the covers of one magazine, I found the writings of a genius from right here in Camden.

December 10, 2014 | By Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Yesteryear for Dec. 10, 2014

County jobless rate still above state's average

December 10, 2014 | | Columns


Cahn: What are your favorite stories of the year?

Friday, I drove from our offices here on DeKalb Street in Camden to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) to deliver two of our two dozen or so entries into the SCPA's 2014 News Contest. This year, the SCPA began accepting most entries electronically, something I finished up Wednesday. Friday was the entry deadline. Two entries -- Sports Magazine (The Camden Horse & Equestrian's most recent edition) and General Excellence (our March 28 and Sept. 26, 2014, issues) -- we had to deliver in printed form.

December 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Rich: The joy of pinto beans and cornbread

One afternoon, I had a hankering, a primal-like craving, for a supper of pinto beans and cornbread with a tall glass of cold, rich buttermilk thrown in for good measure and extra filling.

December 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Morgan: I’m thankful for…..

For me, the holiday season is a time of joy and more importantly, thankfulness. It's a time that I try to reflect on the blessings that I often overlook in the everyday hustle and bustle that we all get caught up in. There are so many things for which I am professionally and personally thankful.

December 08, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Tucker: What I’m un-thankful for

It didn't take my friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County long to call me following my Thanksgiving column of last week.

December 05, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns


Rampell: How the U.S. economy got its mojo back

Unhappy with the economic recovery in the United States? Could be worse.

December 05, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Phillips: Another place and time

The inspiration and subject for this weekly column comes from a variety of sources. Some come easily while others are not quite so obvious. Writing about a holiday or something that's in the news doesn't require a lot of pondering, while other subjects don't present themselves quite as readily.

December 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns


Scully: The eRevolution is here

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, the NLC serves as an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.

December 05, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noble: Turkeys, Obama’s amnesty and America

In my family, it's a tradition that my daughter does all the cooking for Thanksgiving. Like all good traditions, it is a part of the fabric of our family holidays. On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, she and I went to the local Publix to buy all the ingredients for this special dinner. I know that it's special as the tape read $157.23 for this one meal's fixings, but we'll have to save the high price of groceries for another column.

December 05, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Social media is to blame?

I can't count how many times I have heard people say Facebook is addicting and how it (social media in general) is both a blessing and a curse. I have been told by some people that it has been a curse to them because it is addicting and they spend almost every hour of their time playing games, stalking people (online that is), being nosey and obsessively trying to find old friends and acquaintances.

December 03, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


A Thanksgiving

This season, I am thankful for the ways in which we connect with nature. For me, this happens by walking in the woods. Others connect through photography, art or even the internet. Another conduit is hunting. Some find it diametric that I could love wildlife so immensely while also ending the life of such organisms. However, hunting gave me the appreciation I have for life. When you watch life leave an animal because of your actions, your appreciation for life can be enhanced.

December 03, 2014 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Ferguson and the media circus

WASHINGTON -- As the curtain closes on the latest episode of "Ferguson," the media series, it is fair to wonder whether events might not have spiraled out of control to the extent they did had the media settled on another topic.

December 03, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


What I want my sons to learn about Ferguson

When I first started to write this column, I stumbled through my own interpretation of the events of Aug. 9 when Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr.

December 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


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Michael Smith, 10 years on

Yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, marked a grim 10th anniversary here in Camden and Kershaw County.

December 08, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


The process worked

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before ...

December 08, 2017 | By Jay Bender C-I guest columnist | Columns


Down by the Catawba River

Driving north on U.S. 21 toward a "very small town," I watch the land change. Hills rise into view. Large rocks protrude from the ...

December 08, 2017 | By Tom Poland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Holiday overload

A couple of weeks before Labor Day, I walked into a major big box store. I was amazed at how expensive the Halloween stuff was.

December 05, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Michael Flynn’s holiday cheer

WASHINGTON -- At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about ...

December 05, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Keeping track of spending

Travel spending is one of those areas of government that can be difficult to size up. Obviously, public officials often need to travel to discharge ...

December 05, 2017 | By S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom C-I guest columnist | Columns


Another look at WWI

In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States. Since Wilson spent much of his youth in Columbia and had relatives living there ...

December 05, 2017 | By Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Never forget

I don't usually do this, but I'm going to use today's column to tell you about a story that hasn't been ...

December 01, 2017 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns


Economy of words

Sometimes, Tink -- usually in a gentle way but a bit abrupt at other times -- will tell me I'm taking too long to explain something ...

December 01, 2017 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Coming home

Funny thing about holiday rituals is they can, at times, resemble the dreaded double-edged sword to some family members. But know I use the word ...

December 01, 2017 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Fake news will out

WASHINGTON -- The phrase "the truth will out" has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so.

December 01, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


To boldly go ... somewhere

I recently read where a guy who was planning to take it upon himself to prove the earth is, in fact, flat, hit a roadblock ...

November 28, 2017 | Jim Tatum | Columns


Big boxes and small towns

WASHINGTON -- Even though an estimated 115 million Americans rushed to malls and big box stores for Black Friday sales, others were reporting that the annual ...

November 28, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


SBA provides many services

The chamber board recently hosted Savannah Wilburn, economic development specialist from the Columbia office of the Small Business Administration (SBA). She gave an overview of ...

November 28, 2017 | By Amy Kinard, KC Chamber president C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Beauty and the dogs

Camdenite Stephanie Keel thinks every face has a story to tell -- and she should know. Stephanie is a modeling and talent developer. She scouts, trains ...

November 28, 2017 | By Andrea Walker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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