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Yesteryear - Nov. 6, 2013

28 YEARS AGO -- Nov. 4-8, 1985

Posted: November 5, 2013 1:54 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Versatile writer Flythe helping to put creativity back into the schools

With a name like Starkey Flythe, one would expect the owner to possess certain characteristics – a flair for the unusual and a knack for creativity.

And that is just what several hundred Kershaw County school children were exposed to in the past few weeks as Flythe, a native South Carolina author, shared his talents in the classroom as part of the Fine Arts Center’s School Arts Project.

The talented writer gave students at Mt. Pisgah and Pine Tree Hill elementary schools a brief introduction into the world of creative writing, and left encouraged that education may be turning the corner in the critical area of prompting students to use their imaginations.

 “We’re not creative enough,” he says. “We’ve lost our desire to be creative, and as a result have become a debtor nation. We’re not looking at inventions.

 “As a result, countries like Japan are beating the socks off us. People today are more concerned about what benefits a job offer.”

It’s just like a fairy tale

It’s a long way from Lugoff Elementary School to the royal palace in Jordan. But when Kinloch Howell got the call to be the teacher for the children of King Hussein and Queen Noor, there was never a moment’s doubt.

Kings and queens, palaces and princes. That’s the stuff fairy tales are made of. For most, these things are just an intangible dream left over from childhood. But for one Walterboro resident, a fairy tale will start Sunday.

The tale began once upon a time with a little girl named Kinloch Howell. She wanted to grow up to be a schoolteacher.

When she was 18, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Howell of Walterboro, decided to send her to college. She went to the University of South Carolina in the far-away city of Columbia, and studied early childhood education. And she became a school teacher in Lugoff.

Then one day she decided that teaching school in a different country would be nice. She applied with the Department of Defense. And the next thing she knew, she was on her way to Jordan to teach two real live princes.

There’s just one catch. Kinloch’s princes are only 5 and 6 years old. And, of course, she doesn’t know how the tale will end. But the rest of the story will begin to unfold when she leaves for Jordan Sunday….

History buffs will hear curator of state museum

The staff of the State Museum, slated to open in 1988, is currently in the midst of renovating Columbia’s vintage Mount Vernon Mill into a treasure house of history. The staff members’ days also consist of collecting artifacts, designing exhibits, discovering facts and teaching and enriching the lives of South Carolinians by providing programs that extend into local communities.

While the museum staff is reaching out to the state, the Kershaw County historical Society is endeavoring to reach out in the local community and expand its boundaries to emphasize the county’s importance as a part of the state as a whole.

In their mutual devotion to the history of South Carolina, the KCHS and the museum are cooperating to bring a special program to the county.

Roger Stroup, curator of history for the State Museum will speak at the KCHS’s first meeting of the fall…

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