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Yesteryear - Nov. 3, 2015

23 YEARS AGO -- Nov. 2-6, 1992

Posted: November 2, 2015 5:48 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Plans are underway for the American Society of Interior Designers Showhouse, sponsored by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Committee chairmen have been appointed by the FAC Executive Committee. They are making plans and recruiting volunteers, said Liza Van Horn, assistant director of the FAC.

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Photo caption: Committee members gather on the veranda of the Hobkirk Inn to discuss plans for the American Society of Interior Designers Show House. Shown here are Mary St. Georges, Rita Tanzer, Jim Rogers, Ruth Rogers, and Hilda McMahan.

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Niles Blackburn is a child of the 1700s. 

Even as he worked on the massive jets as a maintenance instructor and mechanical engineer for United Airlines, his heart belonged to the era of the British Redcoats and Continentals.

A newcomer to the Camden area, Blackburn and his wife, Ingrid, may be retirees now but they don’t intend to retire their love of the American Revolution military life and its trappings.

In fact, Blackburn, a pewterer, will be among the craftsmen demonstrating their skills at the annual Revolutionary War Field Days at Historic Camden this weekend.

Pewter is a combination of tin, lead, antimony, bismuth, and antimony and, Blackburn said, “there’s as many formulas for pewter as tjheir is grans of sand in the ocean because everybody had their own.” Because of the suspected harmful effects of lead, he said, pewter today is mostly tin and bismuth and antimony. Old pewter pieces are likely to be darker than more recent pieces because they contain more lead.

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Kershaw County officials will join Kmart executives for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, officially opening the Kmart store on West DeKalb Street.

Officials with Kmart Corp. also announced the appointment of Ronald L. Wyand as manager of the new Kmart store in Kershaw County. The grand opening celebration will continue Saturday when Barbie will host her own fashion show featuring the newest Barbie dolls and latest fashions and accessories, officials said.

The camden store, which employs 150 area residents, is part of Kmart’’s $3 billion renewal and expansion program. By 1995, officials reported, every Kmart nationwide will be modernized or expanded, totaling 2,500 stores with an additional 35 million square feet of selling space.

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Photo caption: Grapevine Al Hooper, 2, grabs the hand of his father, Alvin Hooper, amid the crowd on Broad Street in downtown Camden during the Camden Business Development Corporation’s Halloween Happening, which attracted over 2,000 ghosts and goblins.

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Photo caption: The Camden Optimist club recently installed its slate of officers for 1992-1993. Shown here are Randy Gleason, president; Larry Turner, lieutenenat governor for Zone Z; Tommy Shumate, secretary-treasurer; and Charles Boan, vice president.

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The Lugoff-Elgin High School Marching Pride placed seventh in the Class AAA South Carolina Marching Band Championships held in Fort Mill. The competition was among the top twelve marching bands in the state. The Marching Pride performed the music of Aaron Copeland.

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Valencia Harris has been named the Most Spirited Cheerleader among the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School cheerleaders for the last week in October.

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Photo caption: Mayor Phil Minges prepares to sign a proclamation declaring Nov. 4-21 as “Boy Scout Popcorn Sale Days.” Pictured with the mayor are Cub Scouts Colt Shirley, Jonathan Potter, Jeffrey Graham, Nathan White, Brandon Baker, Art Graham, chairman of the popcorn sale, and Tripp Clark, Wateree River district executive.

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