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Yesteryear for June 4, 2014

23 YEARS AGO -- June 1-7, 1991

Posted: June 3, 2014 10:11 a.m.
Updated: June 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Going out in style

As one of her Red Fox Road neighbors remembers, Eleanor Wells once had a unique idea to prepare for her passing.

She would have a pine coffin made in advance, and all her friends could carve their initials in it; then she could use it as a cocktail table until she needed it.

The idea never came to pass, but last Thursday, another one did.

A Camden resident since 1978, Mrs. Wells’ cabin had been the scene of numerous mid-September parties for her neighbors and friends. It became a tradition of sorts, one she wanted to continue at least once more.

On April 19 -- a little more than a month before her death at 80 from pancreatic cancer -- she sent the following instructions to Camden caterer Jack Brantley:

“Dear Jack:

“When I die I want you to come and put on a feast and I want my friends to come and enjoy your good food. You will be paid out of the estate.

“I wish to be cremated and ashes put in a box and buried in the horse pasture.

“How am I going to let my friends know that is what I want? Should I send out invitations? I have told some of my friends but maybe I have missed someone.

“Sincerely, Eleanor Wells.”


Students write award-winning essays

Two Kershaw County students captured top honors in the 1991 Environmental Essay Contest recently sponsored by Santee Cooper.

Russ Mischner, a seventh-grade student at Camden Middle School, was the first place winner in the 5th Congressional District, while Trina Henson, a seventh-grader at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, was named the second-place winner in the 5th Congressional District.

Over 4,000 seventh-graders began working on the project earlier this year. They researched household recycling, discovered solutions to the waste problem and voiced their own ideas on the topic.

The students received U.S. Savings Bonds as their award … with first- and second-place winners receiving $100 and $50 bonds respectively. Also, the winning schools received matching grants.


Students rewarded for their safety awareness

Students from all Kershaw County schools had an opportunity to win a bicycle, helmet, savings bond or gift certificate during Safe Kids Week May 13 to 19.

Names of students who participated in (bike) safety essay and poster contests were entered in drawings at each school for prizes, which were awarded following the campaign’s culmination Saturday, May 25.

The following are the winning students and their sponsors:

Antioch Elementary student Pam Williams won a bicycle donated by the Antioch PTO;

Blaney Elementary student Shane Salmond received a bike donated by Camden Personal Injury and Industrial Accident Clinic;

Camden Elementary student Anthony Clarkson won a bike donated by Pediatric Associates;

Camden Middle student Chrystal Arledge received a savings bond sponsored by SCN and a gift certificate sponsored by Camden Family Medical Associates;

Camden Primary student Debra Holder received a bike donated by Coca-Cola;

Bethune Elementary student Tiffany Woodall won a bicycle given by the Bethune PTO and the Safe Kids Coalition of Kershaw County;

Bethune Middle student Rodney Evans won a bicycle sponsored by Dr. Bill Biggins and Boykin and Munnerlyn Architects and Associates;

Lugoff Elementary student Stephanie Ross won a bike donated by the Body Connection;

Lugoff-Elgin Middle student Chris Moore received a savings bond and a gift certificate given by the Safe Kids Coalition of Kershaw County;

Mount Pisgah Elementary student Brian Horton received a bike donated by the Mount Pisgah PTO;

Pine Tree Hill student Stephanie Bailey won a bike donated by Wal-Mart;

Baron DeKalb Elementary student William Rowland received a bike given by the school PTO; and

North Central Middle student Tony Torruella received a bike sponsored by North Central High School.


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