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Yesteryear - Feb. 11, 2015

35 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 10-16, 1980

Posted: February 10, 2015 5:07 p.m.
Updated: February 11, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Four fires in Camden during the weekend

The Camden Fire Department responded to four fires during the weekend, the worst of which caused heavy damage to the chimney and attic of a home on Pipeline Road, Assistant Chief Bobby Snyder said today (Monday, Feb. 11, 1980).

Snyder said the fire on Pipeline Road in the Knight’s Hill Section was caused by a faulty flue. He said the fire started at 1:52 p.m. Saturday in a home occupied by Carrie and Sarah Anderson.

The fire department sent two pumpers to the blaze and remained at the scene for about two hours, he said.

Another fire Saturday caused by a receptacle in the wall that shorted out caused light damage to a home occupied by Melvine Jones on Sycamore Road, the assistant chief said. He said the fire started at 3 p.m. and the fire department sent one truck which stayed for about 30 minutes.

An early morning fire Sunday caused moderate damage to a home at 1204 Pinehurst Drive, Snyder said. He said the fire started when a wood seal under a firebox caught fire at 6:05 p.m. Snyder said there was moderate damage to the fireplace and floor. The fire department sent one pumper to the house, owned by Clinton Chavis and remained until 7:33 p.m., Snyder said.

The fourth fire during the weekend started at 8:57 p.m. Sunday at a home owned by Easter Cantey at 102 Railroad Ave., the assistant chief said. Snyder said the cause of the fire was a heater on the floor which set the floor on fire. He added there was light damage to the floor.

The fire department sent two trucks to the fire, Snyder said, which returned to the station about 15 minutes later.

Hand-stitched quilts still made here

Rising energy costs? Mrs. Annie Lee Miller knows all about that and she has a method for coping with the problem -- quilts.

Miller, who is the mother of 15, began making quilts for her family years ago, but has since then expanded her service to others.

“When my children were young, I couldn’t afford blankets for all of them, so I made them quilts,” Miller said.
Most of her children are now grown, but Miller said quilting was a relaxing and enjoyable, so she continued with it and, before long, had too many quilts.

“With most of my children grown and out on their own, I decided to sell some of the quilts I’d made,” she said.
The response was good.

“I didn’t think people would still be interested in that sort of stuff, but they are,” she said.

Miller said some of her customers were surprised that a woman who’d raised so many children would still have the patience and endurance required for quilting.

County-wide beautification committee planned

The Greater Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and the Clemson University Extension Service announced Friday that they will be spearheading an effort to get a county-wide beautification committee started.

In making the announcement, Walter Sprouse, executive vice president of the chamber, and Judy Brock, county extension agent, said an organizational meeting for the committee will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. Sprouse and Brock said the idea for a beautification committee started when they went to a beautification meeting in Darlington.

“We started talking about what we could do and decided it would be a good idea to organize a beautification committee,” Sprouse said. “We’re going to help organize the committee and then we’ll be there when they need us.”

New music facility for Camden High School

After doing preliminary studies and waiting several months, Camden High School (CHS) is finally going to get a new music facility.

In December, the Kershaw County School Board of Trustees approved the funds for the renovation of the school’s existing bandroom and the addition of 5,600 new square feet to the building.

CHS band director Robert Wertz said they began the project by first surveying other large high schools in the state.

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