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Yesteryear for June 11, 2014

25 YEARS AGO -- June 7-11, 1989

Posted: June 10, 2014 8:06 a.m.
Updated: June 11, 2014 5:00 a.m.

County seniors to graduate

Nearly 600 Kershaw County students will take one of their biggest steps toward adulthood when commencement exercises are held at the county’s four high schools Thursday evening.

Bethune High School will graduate 43 seniors. The graduate exercises will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the S.E. Johnson Memorial Stadium. The honor graduates are Denise McCaskill, Patty Horton and DeWitt Blackmon. Class officers are Steve Davis, president; Julie Horton, vice president; Terry Powell, treasurer; and Missy Sullivan, secretary.

Camden High School commencement exercises for its 261 graduates will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Zemp Stadium. Commencement speakers will be Jim McLeod and Sherry Elliott, who were selected by the honor graduates for these roles.

Diplomas will be presented to the 191 graduating students of Lugoff-Elgin High School during commencement exercises at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school stadium. Delivering remarks during the exercises are: Jay Reeves, invocation; April Gilchrist, welcome; Beth Frye, reflections; and Michele Fuller, farewell.

North Central High School will conduct commencement exercises for its 83 graduates at 8 p.m. Thursday in the high school stadium. Master of ceremonies will be Bryan Moseley; the invocation and benediction will be delivered by Elizabeth Koumas; the welcome will be extended by Jodie Young; and the farewell will be given by James D’Alessio.

Getting out of the kitchen

When Annie Anderson went to work in the cafeteria at Camden Elementary School in 1956, the corn had to be shucked and the beans snapped by hand.

Today, the main hand service needed by school food service staff to prepare corn and beans is a press of the can opener.

After 33 years of service at the same school location, Mrs. Adamson is hanging up her apron permanently … for retirement.

When she began her career, she recalled that Camden Elementary, a three-story brick structure, sat on the site where Camden Primary is now located. Ms. Adamson’s sister worked at the school and talked her into seeking a job there also.

Clara Massebeau was cafeteria manager when Ms. Adamson came on board. Mattie West was superintendent of lunches and Bill Langford was the school principal.

In those early years, Ms. Adamson said the process of getting lunch ready for an entire school was a long one, preparing fresh produce and cooking it on roaring stoves in overheated kitchens where the pots and pans hung from racks suspended from the ceiling. The menus then consisted of cooking practically everything from scratch, meaning some late hours in the kitchen.

SCN’s collection of art by S.C. artists to be on exhibit at FAC

“South Carolina National Collects,” a sampling of South Carolina National Bank’s corporate art collection, will open Sunday at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. A public reception, sponsored by the Camden office of SCN, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the FAC’s Bassett Gallery.

The exhibition, which features only artists with South Carolina connections, is on tour of the state through 1990. It will be in Camden until July 2.

Represented in the exhibition are works by Jasper Johns, William Halsey, Corrie McCallum, Alex Powers, Leo Twiggs, Philip Mullen, Ray Davenport, Marcus Durlach, Christine Kirstead, Edmond Yaghjian, Jean McWhorter and many more.

“Providing a market for South Carolina art and encouraging talented men and women to remain in this market are among the reasons for continuing the South Carolina National collection, said Virginia M. Grose, SCN senior vice president. “Artists bring a quality of life and a vision to a community which should be both nurtured and promoted. Industry’s continuing involvement in the arts can enhance an important part of our state’s resources.

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