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Yesteryear - May 3, 2016

14 YEARS AGO -- May 2-9, 2002

Posted: May 2, 2016 6:36 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 2016 1:00 a.m.

The Lafayette Cedar tree in front of the courthouse in downtown Camden has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Trees.

Kershaw  County Chamber of Commerce and Visxitors Center Executive Director Buddy Clark made the nomination.

The aging tree is the last of a doube row of tresss planted to honor the French Marquis de Lafayette upon his visit to Camden in 1825. In 1777, Lafayette joined George Washington to fight for U.S. independence and he persuaded the French government to fight on the side of the colonies against Britain.

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Kershaw County students who want to attend Duke University have a new funding opportunity thanks to local attorney Robert J. Sheheen.

Sheheen, a partner in Camden’s Savage, Royall & Sheheen law firm and former Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives, has established a scholarship fund at Duke University that will benefit students with financial need from South Carolina, with preference to students from Kershaw County.

The gift is part of a Duke fund raising effort called the “Carolinas Challenge” in which gifts to establish scholarships for students in North and South Carolina are matched by the Duke Endowment of Charlotte, N.C. When it is fully funded, the Sheheen Family Scholarship will have a value of $100,000 in prinicipal that will produce annual income to aid selected students. 

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Camden based architect Henry D, Boykin will receive the 2002 South Carolina Historic Preservation Governor’s Award  during an evening ceremony at the S.C. Archives and History Center in Columbia.

The awared is presented by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the S.C. Department of Archives and History, and the Office of the Governor. It is presented to any person who has demonstrated lifelong dedication to the preservation of South Carolina’s historic structures, whether involved in hands-on construction, planning, management or regulation. The winner is chosen by a panel of judges, which considers the impact of the individual’s work on historic preservation in a particular community or throughout the state.

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The Aimin’ High Dance Company, uinder the direction of Aimee McElveen, took top honors at the South Carolina State Dance Championships, held April 19-21 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The 60 member dance team won 23 gold medals, three silver medals, and 22 overall awards. The group also won the platinum award, which is the highest honor at the competition. Additionally, the dancers were named the 2002 South Carolina State Champions for their production number, “The New Millenium.” The dancers competed in various categories, including clogging, tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, pompon, and production. The team members range in age from 5-49.

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Five Kershaw County teachers were named as finalists for the 2002 Teacher of the Year Award, which went to ATEC’s Barbara Rose. Finalists included Elizabeth Whitehead (Jackson School), Barbara Keith (Midway Elementary), Karen Faulkenberry (Lugoff-Elgin High), and Jean Holland (Camden Middle).


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