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Yesteryear for April 23, 2014

34 YEARS AGO -- April 21-25, 1980

Posted: April 22, 2014 9:44 a.m.
Updated: April 23, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Ewart takes new position in Darlington

Charles P. “Chuck” Ewart Jr., well-known Camden area realtor, announced today he has accepted appointment as executive vice president of the Darlington chamber of Commerce in Darlington, S.C.

Ewart, a Camden native … assumed his new position today.

Ewart has been general manager of Boykin-Jenkins Gallery of Homes for the past year … has been president of the “Backbone Club” of the Greater Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the chamber’s board of directors.

Jazz man Larry Conger and his band will be MAD performers

Freedom is the key to jazz, Larry conger says.

If you’re looking for a definition of jazz, “you’ll get a jillion different ones,” he says. But the improvisation performers are allowed is “probably it. It’s the one great basic difference. You’re allowed more freedom.”

Conger, who lives on Kirkwood Lane, is the leader of the Two Rivers Jazz Band. The group will be performing May 2 at MAD. You can take your choice about which two rivers are referred to in the name of the group, he says … he will say they are the Wateree and the Congaree, the rivers between Camden and Columbia. The reason … the members come from the two towns. John Haynes and Tony Torre are from Kershaw County. Joe King, Jim Spruill, Ralph Goodwin and Tommy Wix are from Richland.

“The type of jazz that I am interested in and I like and I perform is what is normally called traditional or Dixieland jazz and, of course, that’s a throwback to New Orleans jazz.

The “real art” of his kind of music is to make it sound simple …yet … full. “In the group that I play with, we only use the very basic components: a cornet, a clarinet, a trombone, a piano, a string bass, a banjo and drums.

Camden golfers win at Fort Jackson

The Camden golf team, led by a strong performance from number two man, Matt McCarley, won the First Annual Fort Jackson Invitations Monday. McCarley, who finished as second medalist for the tourney, fired a 70.

As a team, the Bulldogs shot 322. Irmo, who finished in second, shot 327. Spring Valley was third with 341 and Lexington had 348. The remainder of the field was rounded out by A.C. Flora, Richland Northeast, Lower Richland, Airport, Brookland-Cayce, and Dreher.

“This was a great tournament for us to win,” said Coach Guy Eckenroth. “It is the first tourney these boys have won as a team. Because this was the First Annual at Fort Jackson, it adds icing to the cake.”

Camden’s number one man, Jim Macfie, finished fourth overall with an 80. John Campbell, number five, shot 81 while number four man, Bobby Joseph fired an 82. Only number three man, Takashi Ishihara was off his usual game finishing with an 87.

Boat landing may be ready early in July

Kershaw County Council Chairman Austin M. Sheheen Jr. said today that a proposed boat landing to be built under the bridge crossing the Wateree River may be in use as early as the beginning of July.

“We’re working out the access routes for the entrance and exit now,” Sheheen said. He added that the Highway Department has nearly completed the plans.

Article published by Camden band director

The April issue of the “Instrumentalist”, a professional journal published by the National Band Association, features an article written by Pat Wylie. Mr. Wylie, … band director at Camden Middle … responsible for teaching the early skills that lead to Camden’s outstanding accomplishment in band performance.


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