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Yesteryear - Sept. 30, 2015

25 YEARS AGO -- Sept. 26 - Oct. 3, 1990

Posted: September 29, 2015 5:42 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Stop and go:

After years of pleading, the town of Elgin finally receives the green light for its traffic signal

It’s the kind of thing that only happens in a small town. A real small town.

A town of about 750 people, with a few stores, a couple of banks, a single police officer and a town council that meets once a month.

Only in a town where nothing extraordinary ever happens -- or, at least, hasn’t happened recently -- would there be a Friday morning ceremony of some 60 people to celebrate the fact that after years of pleading, the town finally secured a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Church Street.

The fact wasn’t lost on those who attended.

Mayor Loretta Carr told the Friday morning crowd that while most of the towns would not be so enthusiastic, this is, after all, the town’s first traffic light, “and my council and I have worked so diligently over the past three years it’s only appropriate to celebrate.”

Besides, Carr had promised voters that she would do everything within her power to get the traffic light, which has been a bone of contention with townspeople for years.

A caution light had been at the U.S. 1 intersection for years, but it did little to unclog the bottleneck of traffic that would build up on either side of Church Street, which intersects with the highway.

This was particularly true in the afternoon, when U.S. 1 is thick with traffic of people going to and from work.

Carr said several factories around Dentsville let out around 3 p.m. “It’s really bad around then,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Church Street traffic would build up with parents who had picked up children from Blaney Elementary School on nearby Smyrna Road and couldn’t get to U.S. 1.

It was after the school was constructed a few years ago that the complaints really increased, Carr said. 

Videos enhance studies

Students at Camden’s Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will be using laser discs to learn something more valuable than the lyrics to popular songs.

Pine Tree Hill recently purchased a healthy amount of video laser disc software with a $90,000 grant obtained by 5th Grade teacher Tami Clyburn.

The discs may resemble common audio compact discs, but they contain quite a bit more information. The discs hold both video images and soundtracks in two languages. One of the discs can store an amazing amount of information and any single frame can be located in approximately five seconds.

The disc player is similar to a VCR and is operated by remote control. The software is set up according to chapters which enable users to search rapidly for specific information. For example, if students are studying hurricanes and one child has a question about tornados, the teacher can proceed to the chapter on tornados in less than five seconds. Teachers may stop on a specific frame whenever students have questions. Because of these features, the discs are known as interactive video.

Proposed road could attract new industry

Justin Conder of Eastern Land and Timber Co. told the Kershaw County Economic Development Board that his company is willing to put in a road running from S.C. 601 to U.S. 1 to help make company land more attractive to industrial buyers.

Conder didn’t reveal the price of the land, except that it would be within the price range of the rest of the industrial property in the county. Conder said if it is a good industry, the price could be worked out.

Board chairman Marvin O’Neal said the board would need a response to the board’s questionnaire on industrial property before taking a position on the establishment of the new road.

The economic development board recently mailed out questionares to owners of potential industrial property. The information is being stored in the board’s data base, and can be called up for any prospective industries seeking to locate in Kershaw County.

Conder said the company “can’t sit on the land forever, because we have obligations to the bank.”


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