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Yesteryear - Aug. 26, 2015

27 YEARS AGO -- Aug. 24-28, 1988

Posted: August 25, 2015 3:55 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Margaret Buckelew of Camden spent a weekend in June training to be an astronaut. She wore a space suit, experienced zero gravity and simulated a Skylab mission from launch to landing.

Jody Brazell of Lugoff was the mission specialist on his flight and helped build a tripod as he walked in space. He learned how to deploy satellites, conduct experiments and check simulated flights at the Mission Control Center just like they do in Houston, Texas.

They both accomplished all this without ever leaving Earth.

Margaret, a 12-year-old Camden Middle School student, went to U.S. Space Camp near NASA’s Kennedy Center in Florida last June where she got to experience first-hand the astronaut’s training. Margaret was the payload specialist in charge of experiments on the simulated Skylab mission.

Jody, a 14-year-old Lugoff-Elgin Middle School student, went to the Space Academy July 28-August 3 in Huntsville, Alabama.

Jody also worked with English and German people his age.


Photo caption: Taking a break from constructing a room addition, Camden students Julie Hagins, Renee Price and Brady Williams, with other volunteers display the sign that says it all, “The Room That Love Built.” They spent a week in the hot sun renovating four houses for the less fortunate.


Photo caption: Two-year-old Brittany McKeithan shows her agility aboard skis while skimming along the waters of Lake Wateree recently. The daughter of Ricky and Jan McKeithan of Lugoff, Brittany took to the water last year on a hydro-slide as a 1-year-old.


Photo caption: Jimmy Wood holds an injured red tailed hawk, which was saved by the Raptor Rehabilitation Program at Riverbanks Zoo. The hawk was one of the birds exhibited in a program Wood and Laura Parker of the raptor program presented at a recent Camden Rotary Club meeting.


A young Southern musical comedy actress has been making waves above the Mason-Dixon Line this summer.

Amy Holland of Camden, who uses her given name, Amanda Holland, as her stage name, has spent the last several months performing with the Glassboro Summer Theatre at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.

A rising senior majoring in musical theater performance at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., she has added several featured roles to her resume this summer.

Miss Holland was selected for the Glassboro Summer Theatre through auditions in Atlanta. She is one of three Southern performers in the company of 15 actors who hail from throughout the United States.

During her tenure with the summer stock company, she was selected Best Supporting Actress for her role of Anytime Annie in 42nd Street and was chosen Best All-Around Company Member. Her other credits in New Jersey were Gretel in The Fabulous Fable Factory and Sugar Baby/Soubrette in Sugar Babies.

The daughter of Jean Holland of Camden and Ken Holland of Gaffney, Miss Holland will be remembered by Camden Community Theatre audiences for her supporting role in the comedy Don’t Drink the Water and her leading role in the musical South Pacific while she was a student at Camden High School.


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