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Yesteryear - May 10, 2016

32 YEARS AGO -- May 9-13, 1984

Posted: May 9, 2016 4:35 p.m.
Updated: May 10, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Mary Y. Clark, who made history in 1982 by becoming the first woman to serve on Camden City Council, made history again Tuesday by becoming the first woman to be named mayor pro tem.

Council member Bratton deLoach, who had held the position for a number of years, nominated Mrs. Clark for the position at the council meeting Tuesday and she was elected by unanimous vote of council.

Asked if it took her by surprise, Mrs. Clark said: “It sure did. I’m flattered and honored to have been elected mayor pro tem by my fellow council members.

She said it was pointed out to her that she is the first woman to serve as mayor pro tem, “but I don’t like to think of it in male-female terms. I hope I was elected based on how I fulfilled my responsibilities as a councilmember and that my election is an indication of how they feel I can handle the mayor’s duties when Mayor Marshall cannot be present.

deLoach said he decided to nominate Mrs. Clark when he saw how smoothly she handled the Mayor’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped luncheon and the presentation made to composer Gian Carlo Menotti at the MADD festival.

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The main attraction will be up in the sky this weekend at the fourth annual Palmetto Balloon Classic, but for festival goers, there will be more than enough on the ground to keep them busy.

Between 60 and 70 craftsmen from throughout the southeast are expected to demonstrate and exhibit their wares Saturday and Sunday at the Classic on the airport grounds.

This year’s event will also offer two special guests, a television actor and a Playboy Playmate. Actor LeVar Burton and model and Playmate Cathy St. George, Miss August 1982, are expected to make appearances Saturday.

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Jean Dabney, who recently retired from First Federal Savings and Loan Association after more than 20 years of service is now affiliated with her husband at the Donald F. Dabney Insurance Agency. 

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Myrel Hermina “Mina” Gripper of Route 1, Elgin, has joined the staff of N.J. Gripper Realty as a real estate agent. Mrs. Gripper recently received her real estate license from the state Real Estate Commission. She successfully completed the real estate course at Midlands Technical College.

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The Camden High School band has become the first Region 4A band in the state to win the Outstanding Performance Award 8 consecutive times since its inception. The award is given annually by the S.C. Band Director’s Association. The unprecedented honor joins a long list of special recognitions the band has received during the 1983-1984 school year which concludes this week with the annual concert.

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Cadets of the Month for March at Lugoff-Elgin High School include First Lt. Rhonda Branham, Lt. Pam Harris, Sgt. Shannon Brown, and Lt. Col. Scott Sullivan.  Cadets are selected based on their leadership traits, academic performance and military bearing.

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The Kershaw County Historical Society has won the Achievement of Excellence Award, the highest award given by the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies.

The Kershaw County Organization was recognized for its excellence in the planning and observance of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Camden. In addition to a plaque, the society received a cash award of $150.

The society has cooperated with other agencies in Kershaw County to develop programs of historical interest. Foremost among these were activities commemorating the 250th anniversary of Camden during a five week celebration from April 2 to May 18, 1983.

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