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Yesteryear - July 5, 2016

33 YEARS AGO -- July 5-10, 1986

Posted: July 5, 2016 9:47 a.m.
Updated: July 5, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Helping to develop a breed of better informed, better qualified and more committed community leaders is a Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce goal, one it hopes to accomplish in the upcoming months.

The chamber’s new leadership development program, called Leadership Kershaw County. The chamber’s new leadership development program, called Leadership Kershaw County, will officially be introduced to chamber members with a kickoff breakfast at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. The purpose of this countywide leadership program is to help develop good leaders capable of identifying and addressing the needs of the community today and in the future.


Too strong and too vague were the primary charges leveled Monday against the city’s historic preservation ordinance at a public hearing on the proposed law. 

That kept Charleston architect Glenn Keyes, who helped write the ordinance with partner Amanda Griffith, fairly busy downplaying whatever negative appearance the ordinance might have.

Keyes said the purpose of the ordinance is simple: to protect and preserve Camden’s two historic districts by creating a board of architectural review that would review any projects in those districts would affect the overall appearance. That means anytime someone wants to build, demolish, or change a building in the district they would be required to detail the proposed change before the board.


The Kershaw County Historical Society recently elected new officers. They are Joanna Craig, president, Harvey Teal, vice president, Doris Scott, recording secretary, Kathee Stahl, executive secretary, and Dean Jordan, treasurer.


Louisa S. Watkins, a teacher in the Kershaw County and Orangeburg County public school systems for more than 30 years, has retired. Mrs. Watkins received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in education from South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. She pursued graduate studies at Columbia University, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and holds a specialist certificate from the state department of education. She is a member of numerous professional, civic and social organizations including the Kershaw County Education Association, Camden Teachers Council, International Reading Association, Kershaw County Fine Arts Center, Mental Health Association, NAACP, Voter Education Project, Black Caucus, S.C. State Alumni Chapter, Hadoth Chapter of Eastern Stars, an active member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, and president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Ten days, 430 miles, and more than $13,000 late, long distance runner Lansing Brewer of Camden and 10-year-old Matthew Johnson of Elgin arrived back home in Kershaw County. The two stalwarts had begun their 400 mile run from Augusta to Augusta, including a dozen Georgia and South Carolina cities, for the Augusta Ronald McDonald House on June 20. After its completion on Saturday, the two added another 30 miles to the distance by running from Columbia to Camden on Sunday. In honor of Brewer’s efforts, a room in the Augusta home will be named for Brewer’s father, the late William Austin Brewer.


Although their Christian faith was the only thing they had in common, young people from Bethesda Presbyterian Church and members of a fledgling congregation in Mexico worked, played, and cried together through a mentally and physically draining week-long building project on the U.S.-Mexican border. Following months of planning and raising money for their trip, the 14 youths and six adults from Bethesda spent last week laying the foundation for a Presbyterian church in Agua Prieta, Mexico.


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