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(A shorter version of today’s column first appeared as a blog entry on the C-I’s free community website. To start your own blog, go to, look for Blogs in the left-hand column under our Photo Gallery and click “Post a Blog.”) We’ve gotten a few comments on our Facebook page regarding our decision to put our news, sports, opinion, Localife and other editorial content behind a paywall on the C-I’s new website, In talking with our publisher, Mike Mischner, for an article we ran a few weeks before the launch of the website, we came to this inescapable conclusion: People buy our newspaper -- whether from a newstand/rack or via subscription -- because we’ve been trusted for more than 120 years to bring you Kershaw County’s story.