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Yesteryear for March 12, 2014

29 YEARS AGO - March 11-15, 1985

Posted: March 11, 2014 8:45 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Students vie for county crown in district spelling bee tonight

For the first time ever, the Kershaw County School district will be participating in the nationally recognized Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee.

…According to district coordinator Linda Hall, guidance counselor at North Central High School, all schools in the country with grades 5-8 will have a representative at the competition.

…The following students will participate in the district spelling bee:

…Rebecca Lynn Blyther (6th grade - Antioch Elementary…), …Coticka Brown (6th grade - Baron DeKalb Elementary School), …Chad Davis (5th grade - Bethune Elementary School), …Robert Tidwell ( 6th grade - Bethune High School), … Jason Johnston (5th grade – Blaney Elementary School), …Tasha Sumter (5th grade - Camden Elementary School), …Cathy Bennett (7th grade - Camden Middle School), …Melinda Mills (5th grade - Lugoff Elementary School), …Susanna Quinn (8th grade - Lugoff-Elgin Middle School), …Mary Frances Brewer (5th grade - Midway Elementary School), …Janna Lykins (5th grade - Mt. Pisgah Elementary School)., … Paulette Preslar (7th grade - North Central High School), …Heather Brittanny West (5th grade - Pine Tree Hill Elementary School)… .

The district and regional spelling bee is being sponsored by the Columbia State-Record newspapers.

Bethune wins

Something was dangerously wrong for the Bethune Wildkittens Friday night in the Chapin High School gym. Betty Best had just fouled out with three seconds left in the game. As a result of that, Teresa Nichols was at the free throw line for Tammasee-Salem, and with the score 49-47, it looked like almost certain overtime. Nichols hadn’t missed a shot all night.

…Nichols hit the first end of a one-and-one, her 23rd point of the Upper State 1-A semifinal game. But to everyone’s shocking disbelief, especially her own, the second shot bounced harmlessly off the rim into Bethune hands. The Wildkittens won a subsequent jump ball and the game, 49-48, and they won the right to play Conference 3-A rival McBee for a fourth time this season, this time for the Upper State title….

Gone with the wind

Betty Lamar was frantically trying to close her house on Red Fox Road when she saw the fire – which had been contained to the other side of the street -- leap to the edge of the pavement.

She turned to the person helping her and said, “It won’t be here when we come back. Not anything.”

During a painfully agonizing period Tuesday afternoon, it looked as if Mrs. Lamar’s prediction would be fulfilled. The fire devoured homes, barns and animals along Red Fox Road, and only a dying wind and the persistent efforts of firefighters kept the entire area from going up in smoke.

Mrs. Lamar and her family were among the lucky ones. Her house, and countless others, were saved by enterprising neighbors and firefighters, and by the unpredictable meanderings of the fire itself, driven by shifting winds….

Dogged search

Losing a dog is never an easy experience, but for Jim Brodie and his girlfriend, Abbie, it’s proven to be more than merely sentimental.

Brodie’s dog, Kepler, has all the qualities of man’s best friend and then some. For one thing, he’s a Jack Russell Terrier….

They’re short but tend to stand tall, and, Brodie says, they are especially popular with people who work with horses because of their alertness and trainability….

But that is not Kepler’s most important asset.

For the past few years, Kepler has served as “a second pair of ears” for Abigail, who has an 80 percent hearing loss….

“He’s extremely protective of her,”…

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