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Yesteryear - May 31, 2016

19 YEARS AGO -- May 30 - June 3, 1997

Posted: May 30, 2016 6:13 p.m.
Updated: May 31, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County’s first economic development summit started on a high note as officials with Marubeni America Corp. announced plans for a new fabric dyeing and finishing plant located in Lugoff.

The new venture, Wateree Dyeing and Finishing Corp., will bring $20 million worth of capital investment and 74 to 80 jobs to Kershaw County. The new plant is expected to be up and running in one year and will put the finishing touches on nylon and polyester fabric produced by Wateree Textiles, which is also owned by Marubeni.

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Sanders Stoney Post 203 of the American Legion will celebrate its 47th anniversary at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at the post home at U.S. 1 and Cheraw Road. The speaker for the observance will be Columbia Police Chief Charles P. Austin.

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“At this stage of the game, I can’t stand surprises.”

R.H. Darby Sr. drew a laugh with this statement from the crowd at Thursday night’s Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. However, outgoing chamber President Bill Ligon said that no one should be surprised that Darby and Stanley Garber walked away with the chamber’s two highest recognitions.

Garber and Darby, both volunteer ambassadors for the chamber, received the W.F. Nettles award and President’s Award, respectively, for their service to the organization. Ligon said Darby, Garber, and the other ambassadors “are our conduit to the community. They call or visit every chamber member at least twice per year.”

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Camden Police Chief Jack Cobb may seem like a fixture in his corner office at the Camden Police Department, but when September ends, so will his 22-year career there.

Cobb retired from the U.S. Navy in 1975 after a 20-year career, working his way up from seaman apprentice to Chief Petty Officer. He mirrored that with his most recent career, working originally as a beat officer and gradually being promoted to his current position.

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Not long after Bobby Parnell, barely out of his teens, went to work as a firefighter for the Camden Fire Department, he set some high goals for himself. After more than 25 years of working to achieve those goals, the fire department chief will retire June 30 at age 45.

Parnell came to the department from DuPont. He started full time in October 1971, after nearly a year as a volunteer firefighter. He earned second lieutenant ranking in August 1974 and became captain of inspections less than three years later. He was promoted to assistant chief in July 1985 and finally realized his goal in February 1988. Along the way, Parnell worked under four chiefs: Carl Hammond, Dan McCaskill, Guy Mayer and Bobby Snyder.

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Shana Herndon will run her first marathon Saturday, June 21 in Anchorage, Alaska, for several reasons. Aside from being a member of the Leukemia Society’s Team-In- Training Program, she has personal reasons for wanting to make the race. The training program she is a member of is working to take part in the 26.2 mile race to raise funds to support the society’s quest for a cure for the disease. Herndon hopes to raise $3,300 -- that’s $150 per mile -- to help the society fund leukemia research.

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