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Yesteryear - Oct. 20, 2015

31 YEARS AGO -- Oct. 20-26, 1984

Posted: October 19, 2015 6:16 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Six-year-old is youngest member of youth orchestra

Most Kershaw County six-year-old girls probably spent their summers frittering their time swimming, running, jumping and playing with their adoptable dolls. But little Ashley Hall just fiddled away most of her vacation.

The two hours a day the six-year-old violinist practices and the five performances she gave during the summer have culminated with her being accepted for the Columbia Youth Orchestra String Ensemble -- as the youngest child ever to be selected for the group.

YMCA gets gift of land from family

Mac and Nancy Willets signed documents Friday making official a donation of 8 acres of land to the Kershaw County YMCA.

The new YMCA property is located on Battleship Road between Chesnut Ferry Road and Five Bridges Road. It is immediately adjacent to Scott Park and on that portion of the Willets property currently being used by the Camden-Kershaw County Recreation Department for soccer fields and Baseball.

Camden’s wrought iron gates featured in watercolor show

A series of paintings of old Camden wrought iron gates, pillars and fronts of buildings are currently on exhibit at the C&S Bank’s gallery on Broad Street.

The work of watercolorist Sharon Marley, they are among some 25 paintings -- landscapes, still lifes and foral groupings -- in the show.

Gates are a relatively new theme for Ms. Marley, who first began noticing the fronts of buildings, flower boxes and fences during a visit to Charleston. Then her artist’s eye began zooming in on the wrought iron gates in front of Camden homes and buildings. 

Teacher of the Year earns statewide recognition

Kershaw County Teacher of the Year Nancy Wylie has been named to the state’s honor roll in the annual teacher of the year competition. 

It marks the third consecutive year that the county’s representative has been named to the honorable mention list.

Mrs. Wylie, a 4th Grade teacher at Camden Elementary School, will be recognized with other honor roll teachers and the state teacher of the year at a luncheon in December hosted by the R.L. Bryan Company.

In the four years the Kershaw County Teacher of the Year has been sponsored by the Pilot Club of Camden, all four county representatives have been recognized at the state level.

On a high note

Music will fill the air at Lugoff-Elgin (High School) Saturday as 38 high school bands from throughout the state participate in the annual S.C. Marching Band Festival. But it won’t be the same old song.

Representatives of the state’s class 2A and 3A schools will be on hand from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. to try and capture the top prize of the day -- a superior rating.

Scouting offers young boys chance to serve community

For years the Camden-Kershaw County Recreation Department had wanted to spruce up the entrance to Marion du Pont Scott Park, but because of a lack of manpower and money, the project was never undertaken.

That is until a resourceful young Boy Scout named Brent Amyette entered the picture. 

Amyette needed a service project to become an Eagle Scout, and the Scott Park beautification fit nicely with his plans. After getting the go-ahead from recreation director Doyle Allen, Amyette came up with a plan to install 160-feet of split –rail fence along the entrance and to plant 24 dogwood trees, 50 red tip shrubs, 40 loblolly pines, eight white pines and one magnolia tree.


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