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Yesteryear - Aug. 14, 2013

29 YEARS AGO -- August 13-17

Posted: August 13, 2013 4:06 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Floating freely

Balloon Classic now on its own

The Greater Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has cut loose the tether on the Palmetto Balloon Classic, and next year it will soar on its own.

In a unanimous vote taken at Thursday’s chamber meeting, the board voted to make the annual balloon festival a separate entity….

A board of 15 will govern the festival…

One major advantage of being a separate entity… is it will give the board a full year to work on the balloon festival....

Organizers called this year’s Palmetto Balloon Classic a phenomenal success, making up for a dismal 1983 event, which was almost completely rained out.  For the past two years the festival has been held at Woodward Field, but 1981’s inaugural event – later awarded the Governor’s Award for the best privately funded tourism attraction – was held at Historic Camden, and in 1982 it was moved to the Springdale Race Course.

The crossroads of a career

The difference between college baseball and pro ball can be measured in miles per hour.  It’s a pace that can only be experienced when you’re batting against it.

That’s what James Davis did.  For two years he played pro ball in the Cincinnati Reds organization and he’s seen the difference.

“When I went to pro ball from college, I started seeing 90 miles an hour at the plate,” Davis said.  “In college I was used to batting against 70 or 80 miles an hour.”

Now, however, the pace has slackened a bit and Davis has reached a crossroads of sorts.  Injuries have placed his playing career in jeopardy and have forced him to sit out the whole of the 1984 season.  He may or may not play pro ball again, and that’s about the size of it now.  It’s a decision his sore arm will probably have to make for him…

Sheheen selected to advisory post

State Rep. Robert J. Sheheen of Kershaw County is the new chairman of the South Carolina Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

ACIR, created in 1979 by Gov. Dick Riley’s Executive Order, was established as a permanent State Commission by the S.C. General Assembly in 1984.  In describing ACIR’s function, Sheheen said the commission is the only agency where the “triad” of governments in the state – municipalities, counties and the General Assembly – can meet to discuss issues and develop solutions to problems all three units of government face.

“ACIR affords the opportunity for leaders of the units of government to gather in a calm, reasoned atmosphere to identify issues and to develop alternative solutions to common problems,” he added.

Sheheen is a graduate of Duke University and the University of South Carolina Law School.  He is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and has served in the State House of Representatives since 1977…

Looking back over 100 years

No, it hasn’t always been easy, but Mrs. Nora Murphy of Lugoff says that she wouldn’t change a thing.

For most of us, the days of horse-drawn wagons, lye soap and scrub boards are things of the past, long since replaced by cars, detergents, “beauty bars” and Maytag washer.  But for Mrs. Nora Murphy, riding to church in a wagon and scrubbing clothes on a scrub board with lye soap were vital parts of a life she still recalls with some nostalgia.

Mrs. Murphy ought to know.  She turned 100 years old Wednesday.

…She’ll be the first to admit she doesn’t know the secret to longevity.

 “I don’t know, just trust in the Lord,” she says.

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