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Yesteryear - May 22, 2013

33 YEARS AGO -- May 19-22, 1980

Posted: May 20, 2013 4:38 p.m.
Updated: May 22, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Camden Cotillion Club still going strong after 31 years

“I’ve missed very few since 1949,” Mrs. Kitty Shiver says. “I thoroughly enjoy the dances. When my husband was alive, he and I never missed going.”

She is referring to the Camden Cotillion Club, organized in 1949 and still going strong…

Kitty Shiver, the only charter member who still belongs today, remembers how the club got its start. She says there was a group of businessmen and their wives at a party at Southern Aviation School. They were having such a good time one of them suggested they ought to form a club and have regular parties and dances.

Clarkson Rhame was the first president of the club. “The women wore long dresses, long white gloves and the men wore tuxedos and sometimes they wore gloves, too.”

… The club always has a band. At the dance Saturday night, “Seabreeze” provided the music. Other bands which have appeared are “Hav’n’Fun,” “Second Nature” and “Reflections.” “Touch of Brass” will play at the September dance Mrs. Jacobs says…

Walking on the moon is a tough act to follow

What more can a man do after he has walked on the moon? As Air Force Gen. Charles M. Duke, Jr. says, “It’s a pretty hard act to follow.” But for Duke the biggest thrill of his life came years after his return from outer space when he found Christ and was born again.

 … “There had been a deep hunger in my life, but I turned my life over to the Lord.”

Duke, the 10th man to walk on the moon was in Camden Monday to speak before a packed audience of Camden High School students…

“We were 18,000 miles away when I saw the earth for the first time,” Duke recalled. “It was so beautiful…”

…Zero gravity, or weightlessness, in outer space, can be met with one of two responses, Duke said. “You’ll either say it’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened, or you’ll say don’t get close to me because I think I’m going to be sea sick.” He confided that he thought he was going to be sea sick…

Center Three: helping the helpless

“Each one of us has a handicap if we search for it. It depends on what the handicapping condition is,” Judie Baxley says.

Mrs. Baxley is the teacher in a Kershaw County school district program for profoundly mentally handicapped children based at the Kershaw County Vocational Center.

Nicknamed “Center Three,” the program is housed in a portable classroom. It looks much like a typical classroom for young children. A crib holds a collection of stuffed animals. A sink is low enough for a child to reach it. There are pictures of summer sports on a bulletin board. A mat is provided for naps.

The difference is in the four students. All are 6 or 7 years old…

Children like these are usually thought to be unable to communicate verbally, Mrs. Baxley says. They don’t have “everyday language skills.” However, she says, “in a very short time of working with these students, I have found each one of these children can really communicate to me his real wants and his real needs…”

Camden’s Ernie Mills scouting for the Red Sox

Ernie Mills is a familiar face during the spring and summer months at baseball games throughout South Carolina. His attendance at those games is more than just pleasure, it is work. Mills scouts South Carolina for the Boston Red Sox, with hopes of locating prospective Major League talent.

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