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Yesteryear - July 1, 2015

20 YEARS AGO -- June 28-30, 1995

Posted: June 30, 2015 4:27 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Safe Escape

Rescue workers, firefighters and law enforcement officers were amazed that Robert Hannah walked away from a Monday wreck on 1-20 West. After Hannah’s truck blew out a tire, it crashed through a guard rail, skidded down the embankment, stopped just short of the water and burst into flames. Firefighters from Camden and Lugoff responded as well as officials with the S.C. Highway Patrol, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and the S.C. Department of Transportation. Hannah was transporting a load of fertilizer when the crash occurred. He suffered no injuries

Rezoning process for former Blaney School property

The fate of the former Blaney School property will soon be in the hands of Elgin officials, but not until the public has its say. A public hearing should be scheduled within the next few weeks concerning two zoning proposals made by the owners of the 11.53 acres of property, according to Elgin Mayor Paul Grooms.

Shane Granger, a developer of the downtown Elgin property, recently asked the Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone the acreage to a commercial status.

Granger proposed that 5.5 acres located on the U.S. 1 side of the property be used for a shopping center said Loretta Carr, zoning administrator for Elgin

A league of their own

As Jan Pierce ends her term as president of the Camden Junior Welfare League, she looks back with a great deal of satisfaction at the service organization’s contributions to the community in the past year. During her 1994-95 term, the league raised $28,000 -- the largest amount raised in any single year by the league, says Mrs. Pierce. Those funds are used to benefit the children of Kershaw County in numerous ways, including contributions to approximately 20 organizations. “I’m just very proud to be associated with this group,” she says of the organization, which began as the Junior Welfare Workers in 1928. As the Camden Junior Welfare League, the organization is still going strong with 51 members.

“The members have been enthusiastic and hard working. The league board and members could run a large corporation. Much thought and consideration goes into all the decisions we make,” says the league president, herself a certified public accountant and partner in Caswell, Cantey, Burch and Associates.

Starry night

Four men are plotting an explosion in Kershaw County but no one should be alarmed. These men are trained professionals and they’ll have the support of the fire department, local business people and hoards of spectators. The explosion they’re plotting is actually the Lake Wateree fireworks, set for Monday. Organizers decided to schedule the show for the day before the holiday because most people will not have the next day off, said Phil Arledge.

The show will begin with a 22-shot opening, followed by 104 shots and the grand finale of 114 simultaneous shots. “It’ll be a little bit of everything,” Arledge said.

The show costs around $3,000 and is funded entirely by private donations, Arledge said.

Champs forever

Midway Elementary School’s PTO recently sponsored a fund-raiser basketball game between local officials and members of the former Midway High School’s state championship basketball teams of the 1950s. The girls’ team brought home state championships in the 1953, 1954 and 1955. The boy’s team won the championship in 1957. PTO President Jimmy Bryson presented former players a plaque which is now displayed in the school in their honor.

Former Midway players included Eleanor McLaughlin (1952-55 team member), Charlotte Fowler (1953 team member), Buck Hall (1957 team member) and Grace West (1953-55 team member). Local officials playing in the fund-raiser game included Gene Hartis, Sheriff Steve McCaskill, county council member Tommy Cooper, Rep. Bill Cotty, school board member John Lee, Superintendent Dr. Ralph Cain and Director for Staff Development Chris Clancy.

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