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Yesteryear - Oct. 23, 2013

32 YEARS AGO -- Oct. 19-23, 1981

Posted: October 22, 2013 9:14 a.m.
Updated: October 23, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Town’s charm remains despite many changes

Camden is a city which has managed to maintain its charm through increases in population, industrialization and other ravages of the first 80 years of the 20th century, Austin Sheheen says.

Sheheen, who lives on Kirkwood Lane, was a city councilman from 1952 to 1964 and mayor from 1964 until 1972. That was a period which brought many changes to the community. The Camden he remembers from his childhood was very different.

The town was “very quiet. It was mostly tourists and agriculture…. There were three nice hotels that opened at Thanksgiving and closed at Easter.”

The Kirkwood Hotel, the Hobkirk Inn and the Court Inn served a wealthy clientele. In the 1920s and the 1930s, “you’d see big limousines with chauffeurs” on the streets. There were three golf courses for the tourists, including a nine-hole course on what is now Kirkwood Circle. “I would venture to say the Kirkwood Hotel was one of the most outstanding hotels in South Carolina,” he says. It had 350 rooms and a dormitory for its employees….

Library sponsors free film

The Kershaw County Library is sponsoring a free showing of a classic Katherine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy film at 7 p.m. on Monday…

Due to an antiquated law, the library cannot give the actual title of the film in a newspaper story. However, the plot of the movie revolves around a computer engineer (Spencer Tracy), who wants to replace a research librarian (Katherine Hepburn) with a computer.

This film showing is part of the Kershaw County Library’s “Call Your Library” campaign. Admission is free, but those planning to attend should call the library in advance to reserve a seat.

On guard

SLED agent protects governors, celebrities

Working with presidents, movie stars and, needless to say, Gov. Richard Riley is just part of the job for a security agent at the governor’s mansion, says Teresa Woods.

Miss Woods, who lives on Heath Pond Road in Elgin, was in the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s uniform division at the mansion for about 18 months. She is now a SLED agent and has been back at the governor’s house since May. One of four female agents, “we’re mostly involved with Mrs. Riley or the children,’ she says.

…Quite a few dignitaries drop by. She met Jimmy Carter when he was president and Gov. Jerry Brown of California. “You start getting used to it.” However, a visit by actor Christopher Reeve was a different matter. “Superman impressed me a lot,” she says. The actor was working on a special for South Carolina Education Television and, as a SLED agent, she drove him to work. He was pleasant and asked about her job…

All’s fair…

It was a night of thrills, spills and chills

The hand reached out from the “Dunk the Jaycee” cage. Drops of icy water rolled down the slightly trembling fingers.

Boyd Black, Camden Jaycee in residence on this chilly Tuesday night, wanted some hot coffee.


 “It’s colder than a sardine’s elbow,” Black hollered….

…“I don’t know what I did wrong to deserve this; I think I showed up for a meeting one night.”

About that time an eager little girl stepped up to hurl a softball at the cage….

CHS teacher gets top state award

A Camden High School English and journalism teacher has been selected as South Carolina’s 1981 Teacher of the Year.

Mary Ann Blaskowitz was presented with the honor this morning by S.C. Superintendent of Education Charlie G. Williams.

“I’m extremely honored for Kershaw County, not just myself….”


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