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Yesteryear - Jan. 19, 2016

13 YEARS AGO -- Jan. 18-22, 2003

Posted: January 18, 2016 6:42 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Lugoff-Elgin Senior Mary Carolyn DeBruhl of Lugoff has danced away with the title of Miss Darlington County 2003. The Miss South Carolina preliminary was held at the Center Theatre in Hartsville. She performed a cloggin routine to “Banjo Fantasy” and won the talent award as well as the crown. Contestants also competed in interview, swimsuit and evening gown.

The 18 year old, who began competing in pageants as a sophomore, will represent Darlington County in the Miss South Carolina Pageant in July. 

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Photo caption: Kershaw County Fire Marshal Gene Faulkenberry and firefighters watch as fire crews hose down the smoldering debris from a fire that destroyed three downtown Bethune businesses. Faulkenberry has said SLED determined the fire was accidental although the state agency has not yet revealed an exact cause.

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Photo caption: He didn’t get a crown, but Britt Stokes took home the title and the trophy as Mr. L-E in the annual Lugoff-Elgin High School event. Britt was also the interview winner. Runners up were Noah Smith, third runner up and the senior class Dream Guy; Mike Bell, first runner up; and William Seay, second runner up. Other class Dream Guys included Brandon Dixon, freshman; Quinton Boykin, sophomore, and Tony Bolden, junior. Amanda Stevenson was named L-E Sweetheart and Leslie Gainer was the highest ticket seller.

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Camden may not be a metropolis, and it may not be the Riviera, but it was once a playground for the rich and famous. The period was known as the “Grand Hotel Era” and thousands of well-to-do people from the North descended upon this small, historic city to escape the winter wind and snow.

The era, which began in the 1890s and continued until World War II centered around three grand hotels, the Kirkwood Hotel, the Court Inn, and the Hobkirk Inn. The hotels and the heyday of Camden’s tourism will be explored by longtime friends Jack Daniels and Austin Brown at the quarterly meeting of the Kershaw County Historical Society.

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Photo caption: South Carolina’s Palmetto Gold and Silver awards recognize schools for high levels of academic achievement or improvement. Seven Kershaw County schools won cash awards out of 330 schools statewide. Shown here representing Silver winners were Camden High School Principal Reggie Dean, Kacson School Principal Cheryl Stover and Pine Tree Hill Principal Merryrose Radford.  Representing Gold winners were ATEC Director Alan Teal, Bethune Elementary Principal Theodore Jackson, Lugoff Elementary Assistant Principal Melissa Lloyd and Wateree Elementary Principal Janice Wood.

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Photo caption: The North Central High School Academic/Athletic Booster Club announced the winners of the school’s annual Miss Green and Gold and Mr. NC Pageant. Shown here are Mr. NC, Devin Lee, a senior, Miss Green and Gold, Ivy McCall, a junior, Miss North Central Personality, Carrianne Sweetland, a freshman, and Mr. Muscles, Michael Jones, a freshman.

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