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Yesteryear for Aug. 20, 2014

21 YEARS AGO -- Aug. 19-25, 1993

Posted: August 19, 2014 9:27 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Silent prayer joins morning regimen at county schools

“As long as there are tests, there will always be prayer in school,” says the old joke.

But tests or no tests, beginning this week in Kershaw County, each school day will begin with a minute of silent prayer or meditation, according to a recommendation unanimously approved by the Kershaw County School Board earlier this month.

It is the “silent” aspect of the prayer proposal that keeps it on the constitution side of the public prayer debate, said Dr. Hap Corley, interim superintendent…. “As long as it’s not a prescribed prayer, a dictated prayer, I don’t really see anything wrong with that…. I really made the recommendation based on the advice of counsel.”

…The prayer request originated with a pair of Camden High School students, Jody Ratcliffe and Chuck Hall.  After dealing with school prayer as a hypothetical legislative issue this summer at Boys’ State, “I opened my eyes and really saw it could happen here,” Ratcliffe said.

The senior said he was concerned by what he perceived as a “lack of values and moral decay in America,” adding that he “firmly believes that prayer to Christ Jesus is the way to solve problems.”

Walking through history

For students of history, the lessons they learn can often seem like no more than the names of dead people and a string of incomprehensible dates. 

For students in the University of South Carolina’s Talented and Gifted program (TAG), however, the history of the American Revolution has been brought alive through a week-long program of field trips to different Revolutionary War sites around South Carolina.

The group of 16 junior high school students was chosen for the history program on the basis of achievement test scores, IQ and recommendations from teachers.  The program is sponsored by the USC Division of Continuing Education and ran from August 9-13.

The week of tours and presentations included trips to Statesburg, Cowpens, Kings Mountain, the South Carolina State Museum, the Columbia Historical Society and USC’s South Caroliniana Library.

One of their stops was Historic Camden, where they learned about life in South Carolina’s oldest inland city and how the one-year British occupation here affected the people and the war for independence.

4-H’ers put best voice forward

Area television viewers will see some familiar faces in the upcoming Public Lands Month commercial airing on WIS-TV in September.

Sixteen Kershaw County 4-H youths and adult volunteer leaders recently participated in filming of the commercial at Riverbanks Zoo.  Members of Kershaw County’s Clemson Extension Youth Development Program, the youths were asked to be featured in the commercial in November “Take Pride in America Sunday-Funday.”

Lansing Brewer, local Keep America Beautiful coordinator and county Extension 4-H agent, said he was proud of the group’s accomplishment and of the county 4-H program.  “We are fortunate to have such outstanding 4-H’ers, leaders and parents in Kershaw County.  They are not only willing to learn new skills but to reach out to help their community,” he said.


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