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Yesteryear - May 24, 2016

24 YEARS AGO -- May 23-29, 1992

Posted: May 23, 2016 4:16 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Thirty years ago, a group of Camden High School boys who liked to make a little music joked that when they were old, they’d get back together to relive the good old times they had entertaining as a group called Trends.

“Now is that time,” Earl Rush said with a smile as he and Johnny Roland made plans early this week for a reunion concert under the name Reflections.

Rush, Roland, and the rest of their buddies will perform tonight at Old Camden Raw Bar.

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The United Way of Kershaw County’s new executive director brings a new face and new ideas to the job.

Donald Supplee officially took over the reins of director in April. Former director Elizabeth Ehrenclou resigned last year to take a job with the United Way of South Carolina.

A Columbia native, Supplee is new to the county and looks at the job in a unique way. “It’s definitely a challenge but it should be fun.”

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Jean Redfearn and Jane Lusk from Camden recently joined 5,000 math and science educators from around the country for the National Council of Mathematics 70th annual meeting in Nashville.

Redfearn and Lusk attended workshops and seminars to discuss new and innovative ways of improving mathematics education and raising student achievement. Highlights of the conference included addresses by U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander and astronaut Robert D. Cabana, NASA Johnson Space Center.

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Ruth Brooks of Bethune is one crafty lady. She’s not cunning or scheming -- she simply loves crafts.

She knits, quilts, crochets, does needlepoint, makes ornate lace tatting and plays a mean organ. She’s a farmer’s daughter, an expert pie maker, a former waitress and general store owner. And she’s 94.

Yup, at 94, Brooks is one of the small town’s best-loved and most talented residents.

The crafts come so naturally to Brooks that she can’t remember learning to quilt or even knit. She modestly admits that she “just picked it up.”

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Camden’s James Leroy Belk Post 17 of the American Legion has announced its 11 delegates to the 1992 Palmetto Boys State. While at Boys State, these delegates will receive practical training in democratic principles of government by setting up the apparatus of city, county, and state governments. They will actively participate in the organization, election, and function of these governmental units.

The delegates are Christopher Naso, Michael Fleming, John Lucas, Thomas Webb, John Paleto, Ryan Jones, Christopher Kelley, Lawrence Robb, Daniel Robertson, Astor Heaven and Charles Thrift.

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Leigh Fulmer, a fifth grader at Pine Tree Hill School in Camden, was one of nine statewide winners in South Carolina Wildlife magazione’s fifth annual 1991-92 Young Outdoor Writers’ Competition. Fulmer’s article on the peregrine falcon took third place in the fifth and sixth grade category. Her teacher, Deborah Wood, received a cash prize for sponsoring Fulmer and recognition for her school.

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Moving five of the county’s schools in one year is a big job and the Kershaw County school District needs the community’s help.

“Moving activities will span the next several week,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary Jones. “We are depending on community and business support to help us. So far, we have had excellent support and are very appreciative of our volunteers.”

Two new county high schools will open this fall -- the result of a $19.65 million bond referendum passed by voters in February 1990. When the new Camden and Lugoff-Elgin high schools open their doors, area middle schools will move into the quarters which housed the high schools in the past. The existing L-E Middle School building will open as an elementary school for all fourth and fifth graders in the West Wateree area.

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