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Yesteryear for Aug. 6, 2014

Posted: August 5, 2014 10:55 a.m.
Updated: August 6, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A quiet place

The grounds of Bethesda Presbyterian Church have been enhanced in the past several months by the creation of a meditation garden located next to the sanctuary. The project is the work of two people -- one is a long-time church member, the other is the outgoing pastor.

The garden was developed by Mrs. U.N. Myers as a memorial to her husband, Usher Newton Myers (1890-1968) and her son, Nettles Albertus Myers (1918-1977). The idea came from the Rev. Ken Borden, who delivers his final sermon at Bethesda on Sunday. After almost six years as minister of the DeKalb Street church, Borden leaves to pursue a postgraduate degree at the University of Toronto.

What resulted from their efforts is a special place to spend a quiet time.

The land was a gift to the church. It had been used as a parking lot for the movie theater.

After hours of consultation and many more hours of work, the meditation garden became a reality when rye grass began flourishing early this year. Plantings of loquat, magnolia, crepe myrtle and other shrubs native to this area add to the setting, which features black wrought iron Charleston benches.

Architect Henry Boykin designed garden and Hugh Dargan, a landscape, artist worked with him. The planting was done by John Lindsay, a Camden nursery.

Mrs. Myers also credits Jamie Guy for much of the project’s success. Guy, now an elder at Bethesda, was a member of the Board of Deacons during the development of the garden.

Columbia College alumnae plan luncheon

The Kershaw County Columbia College Alumnae Club will hold its first meeting of the season on Friday at the Seafood Hut.

An interesting program, business meeting and luncheon are on the agenda. The cost of a buffet luncheon is $2.75. A salad luncheon and beverage is $2. Reservations are not required.

A fund-raising project for the year will be discussed.

The goals of the club are to provide information, opportunities for fellowship and service to the college; to increase the membership of the local club, which currently includes 20 to 25 members; to increase contributions to the scholarship fund, which amounted to $300 last year; and to increase donations to the Surcie Shop, the profits from which are used to furnish Alumnae Hall; and to the college’s book collection.

(In addition to President Kitty Baxely), other officers of the club are Phyllis Higgenbotham, vice president; and Emily Jones, secretary-treasurer.

Chairman of the standing committees are Connie Caughman, telephone; Myrtle Cotty, membership; Sandy Fitts, projects; Rengie Cobb, recruitment; Shirley Baird, publicity; and Cornelia Murphy, scrapbook.

East Camdenites report twister-style storm damage

There were a lot of strange things flying around in the air Saturday afternoon in Camden. And one of them plopped right down in the front yard of L.M. Davis of 1531 Lee St.

Davis ventured out of his house shortly after a vicious thunderstorm plowed through the area Saturday, and found a porch awning about 3 feet wide and 5 feet long laying in his front yard.

Where it came from, he has no idea. But one thing is certain, he was one of the luckier ones in the east Camden area who endured tornado-like winds, hail and torrential rain from a severe storm which struck the area with little warning.

Many residents in the area swear the storm spawned a mini-tornado before leaving behind a bath of downed trees and other debris in about an hour’s time.

There were numerous reports of damaged trailers and homes from flying limbs and other loose debris in yards. However, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department received only one official report of any substantial damage.

A pine tree near the home of Betty Dixon of Hatfield Drive was uprooted and fell across a chain link fence onto the porch of her trailer. Kershaw County Sheriff Hector DeBruhl estimated about $1,000 damage.


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