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Yesteryear - Jan. 15, 2014

22 YEARS AGO -- Jan. 13-17, 1992

Posted: January 14, 2014 8:51 a.m.
Updated: January 15, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Camdenites’ son honored

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Steve Andrews, son of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Andrews of Camden, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal recently.

Maj. Gen. Claude T. Ivey, deputy commander in Land-southeast, Izmir, Turkey, made the presentation.

According to Air Force officials, Andrews distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the U.S. as chief of the Spares Support Branch, Headquarters 23rd Air Force and Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., from 1987-1990.

…Andrews is a 1974 graduate of Camden High School and entered the Air Force in August 1974.  Andrews has been on a special duty assignment with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since September 1990.  He is expected to return to the States in September.  

Anderson says he won’t run

Camden Mayor James Anderson announced Thursday he will not run for another term as mayor.

“Come April 30, I’ll have served on council for 28 years,” Anderson said, “16 of those as mayor.”

Anderson said he was making the statement because he had a number of calls asking if he would run again.

“(The statement) is so the public will know I’m not running,” he said.  “There comes a time when you need to step down, and my time has come.”

Anderson said he planned to go fishing, garden and collect Indian arrowheads once he leaves office.

Spratt to host town meeting in Camden tonight

Camden is slated as tonight’s meeting site for U.S. Rep. John Spratt’s next stop during his series of town meetings focusing on medical care and the economy.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

“America medical care is the best in the world, but it suffers from two chronic problems:  high cost and limited access,” according to Spratt.  He said that when Congress begins its next session, the economy and medical care will top its agenda….

A future for things of the past

Two Camden residents want to preserve farm equipment from the 1930s in a rural setting

Every occupation has its tools of the trade, and farming is no exception.  Naturally, those tools have gone through monumental changes in the past 60 years.

Before the advent of tractors and chain saws, farmers still managed to get the job done.  It may have taken a little longer and have required a little more muscle, but fields got plowed, and logs got cut.

Walter and Susie Spradley of Camden have set themselves the task of collecting some of that pre-World War II farm equipment.  They want young people to have a sense of how farm work was done back then, to develop a sense of history and heritage.

“The kids don’t know there was a life before the push button,” he quips.

The Spradleys have accumulated quite a collection of farm equipment from various people and places in Kershaw County.  They used his truck to pull a rusty old hay rack out of a junk pile.

…Other treasures include a fertilizer distributor, a mule collar, a corn sheller, a harrow and a table logging saw….     

Moses named to national honor roll

Danita LaShawn Moses, a student at North Central High School, was recently named to the U.S. National Honor Roll, according to representatives of the U.S. Achievement Academy.

Her name will appear in the U.S. Achievement Academy Official yearbook, published nationally….

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