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Yesteryear - Jan. 12, 2016

18 YEARS AGO -- Jan. 8-12, 1998

Posted: January 11, 2016 6:45 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2016 1:00 a.m.

When Family Court Judge William Byars of Camden went to Washington, D.C., in November, he carried with him in his wallet, as he always does, a picture of a little girl. He was in the capital to accept an award on behalf of South Carolina Families For Kids and to watch President Bill Clinton sign the Adoption 2000 Bill.

For Byars, the little girl in the picture is a reminder of why the adoption system in this state has had to change so radically in the past few years -- a change that helped bring about the passing of state and federal laws for the protection of children and helped the state bring home the award for child welfare and legal reforms from the national Department of Health and Human Services.

Accompanying photo caption: Family Court Judge William Byars displays the award he accepted in Washington D.C. on behalf of South Carolina Families For Kids (SCFFK). The award, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recognized SCFFK’s child welfare and legal reforms. Byars is chairman of the Bench/Bar committee of SCFFK, which was largely responsible for the work that helped the organization bring home the award. The Camdenite started the committee in 1994, and its goal since inception has been to view the legal and adoption systems through the eyes of a child.

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Colonial Bank of South Carolina is expanding its hometown touch with the addition of a fourth local branch. The newest Colonial Bank office opened for business Monday in Dusty Bend.

Located in the former Wachovia Bank building, which closed in October of 1996, the office provides Dusty Bend residents with a convenient place to bank, according to Colonial Chairman and CEO Guy Hutchins Jr.

The bank, which was originally Colonial Savings Bank, began in 1993 when a group of nine county business people joined together to provide Camden residents with a hometown bank. And although the name has changed and the business has expanded, providing homeowners service is still much a part of Colonial Bank’s mission as it was four years ago, Hutchins said.

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Chanda Cooper, a seventh grader at Camden Middle School, was named as the Midlands region winner in the 1997 FACE for Wildlife program, which teaches students fundamentals of wildlife management. Chanda is the daughter of Aubrey and Janet Cooper. She won the 9-13 year old division.

In addition to Cooper, other Kershaw County winners were Brittany McGougan (5-8) and Ross Beebe (14-19).

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“It’s all part of the job,” Sheryl Franke might say. But S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Home Health officials didn’t see it that way.

Ms. Franke was recently presented with the Meritorious Award for DHEC’s Annual State Home Health Awards in Columbia. Ms. Franke, a Lugoff resident, is a registered nurse with DHEC Home Health Services in Kershaw County. Her co-workers and patients agree that she goes to great lengths for her patients, especially in their time of need.

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Photo caption: Sleeping was probably much less important than snacking, talking, and giggling when Girl Scout Troop 443 held a sleepover recently at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The wide awake scouts are Kirstin Clark, Morgan Blankenship, Kristen Hutto, Kaitlin Sims, Kallegh Ward, Ashley Morgan, Anna Ford, Allison McAlpine, Charlotte Smith, Faye Daniel, April Ferral, Morgan Morris, MadelineTucker, Kristen Strater, Ashley Rupchick, Fraser Speaks, Samantha Ray, Emily Daniel, Jillian Hinson, Ashley Gardner, Wesley Hinson, Jessica Daniel, Megan Britt, Rebecca Smith and Hope Snipes. Also shown are troop leaders Faye Daniel and Maylene Smith.

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