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Yesteryear for Aug. 5, 2015

17 YEARS AGO -- July 24-31, 1998

Posted: August 4, 2015 1:49 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Fellers Furniture celebrates half-century mark

The year was 1946, and John Fellers had just returned home to Newberry, after serving his country in World War II. Fellers, newly married and with two years to go on a degree from Clemson, had some decisions to make. 

“I didn’t want to go back to school, at that point,” said Fellers. Two years later, he and a fellow Newberry native, G.L. Summer, were presented the opportunity to go into business -- the furniture business. A store was becoming available over in Camden. Did they want to do it?

“We started out in what is now the Blake and Ford building, in 1948,” said Fellers. They stayed in that location for six years. Then in 1954, several events occurred. Summer left the business. Then Fellers bought some land at the edge of town on the Jefferson Davis Highway and built a new building. 

Bethune Lions promote sight conservation, serve community

Grady Newman recently became the president of the Bethune Lions Club, taking over the reins from outgoing president Norma Felschow. 

Lion Dayton Floyd, club reporter, said 1997 was a successful year for the Bethune Club.

The Bethune Lions Club served the community by donating $1,000 to the Bethune Rescue Squad and $1,200 to the Bethune Woman’s Club for lighting and a concrete walkway, Floyd said.

The club also participated in the annual Chicken Strut, was a financial supporter of Bethune High School’s “Paw Print” newspaper and helped sponsor a rodeo at the high school, he said.

Doby’s baseball journey finally gets to Cooperstown

Baseball will right a wrong on Sunday afternoon when the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. opens its doors to Larry Doby.

The induction of the Camden native to the sport’s most hallowed shrine comes more than 51 years after Doby broke the American League’s color barrier by playing for the Cleveland Indians against the Chicago White Sox in Comiskey Park on Saturday, July 5, 1947.

Art Outdoors

The second and third in a series of rotating sculptures have been installed on the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. The sculptures are the work of Charles Wright of Conway and Harry McDaniel of Asheville, N.C.

The outdoor sculpture series, initiated by Camden sculpture Allan Sindler, will maintain two sculptures in the grounds, rotating one off and replacing it with a new one every six months. 

Conservation Conversation

Two Kershaw County youth -- Ashley Sprouse and Catherine Newman -- were among 87 students from across the state who participated in the 31st annual Conservation Workshop for Youth. Held at Clemson University, this program is offered through a cooperative effort between the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the state’s 46 conservation districts. Foresters, biologists, soil scientists and other professionals lead field trips in the Jocassee Gorges area, where students learn first-hand about natural resources conservation.

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