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20 YEARS AGO -- July 1, 1994

Posted: July 1, 2014 12:12 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County ready for July 4

The Fourth of July means fireworks and parties, but officials are warning people that safety should be their top priority.

Kershaw County Fire Marshal Gary Elliot said, “Fireworks are the most unstable form of dynamite we live with. My suggestion is to go to the river and watch professionals do it (fireworks display). That’s the safest way, and it won’t cost you anything.”

If the public does use their own fireworks, Elliott recommends finding a hard surface, like a driveway, where there is less danger of starting a fire. Elliott also suggests having a water hose ready in case a fire does start. He added that it’s important to have adult supervision when children are using fireworks.

Georgia Osteen, who runs a local fireworks stand, reiterates what Elliott said.

“We’re hoping for a safe Fourth of July like we always do. Safety is the main thing,” Osteen said.

She agrees that parents should be watching any children who are using fireworks. Osteen is confident everything will run smoothly on the holiday, as long as parents “do their part.”

Local stands are equipped with a wide variety of fireworks, including an assortment designed for small children. Osteen said now that bottle rockets are illegal due to numerous related injuries, Texas rockets are sold instead. The Texas rockets were made as a safety replacement for bottle rockets, which were the most popular item in the past.

M-90s, which include several different types of fireworks, are one of the best-selling items now, according to Osteen. Artillery shells and 21-gun salutes are also popular.

A popular event in Camden is the annual fireworks show at Lake Wateree, which will begin when it’s dark enough for the audience to enjoy the full effects of the display. The show is put on by Phil Arledge, who holds a pyrotechnic shooter’s license from the Division of the State Fire Marshal.

Arledge said the show costs about $3,000, which is generated through donations from businesses, individuals and organizations.

Jenkins named Legionnaire of the Year

Joseph W. Jenkins was named Legionnaire of the Year by the James Leroy Belk Post 17 of the American Legion during a recent ceremony at the post home in Camden. Jenkins was presented the award by Post Commander Jerry Hubler. Hubler commended Jenkins for his years of dedicated service to the American Legion and for his service as post chaplain.

Sheriff’s office has help nabbing robber

With the help of a concerned citizen, Kershaw County sheriff’s investigators captured an alleged armed robber Tuesday night.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Michael Timothy Smith, 23, of North Jackson Road, Lancaster about 8:15 p.m. and charged him with armed robbery. Smith allegedly entered the Amoco Food Shop on West DeKalb Street that evening and threatened to cut the clerk behind the counter with a broken bottle in his demand for money, according to investigator Marvin Brown. He allegedly fled with $182.

A citizen who entered the store directly after the robbery took off after Smith, who was traveling on foot. The citizen, whose name wasn’t available by press time, caught up with Smith near Wylie and Laurens Streets, where he held Smith until deputies arrived, Brown said.

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