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Yesteryear for Jan. 24, 2017

17 YEARS AGO -- Jan. 24-30, 2000

Posted: January 23, 2017 2:58 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The volleyball court in the gym at Camden Middle School looks normal- until the students start draping sheets over the net and bring out a big plastic ball to toss over it. The seventh-graders aren’t’ taking clown classes; they’re preparing to play Blackout, a mixed-up version of traditional volleyball. Many of the rules stay the same, but the ball is definitely different—softer so it doesn’t hurt like a hard volleyball—and the sheets add an element of excitement; players can’t see from which direction the ball is coming. The game is what attracted a camera crew from Highland Productions to the gym Wednesday to tape a show for a program called “Z Games,” which airs each Saturday and Sunday on The Disney Channel.


Old Man Winter must have needed a trip down South. Between 2 and 4 inches of snow blanketed Kershaw County in a sheet of white Monday during a freak storm that dumped anywhere from 6 inches to a foot of cold powder throughout the state, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).  Rain soaked the county for most of Monday but quickly turned to sleet at 4 p.m. and snow one hour later, paralyzing the area and state for the night. 


A bright, glowing full moon was shining over Camden Friday night, while a bright, glowing “Moon Over Buffalo” was shining at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. As directed by Jayce Tromsness, “Moon,” featuring a stellar cast, is extremely fast paced and extremely funny. Tromsness and his actors really understand the concept of the exaggerated form of comedy this farce is supposed to be, and they don’t miss a trick or a nuance. 


Kershaw County students have missed three days this week because of quirky winter weather. The question on everyone’s mind now is: When will those days be made up? “We’ll have to wait and see what the rest of the season brings,” said District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Cain. “That will be the prudent thing to do.” Cain said the district normally schedules make-up days for spring break. However, he thought the best alternative at this point would be to see how many more school days may be canceled due to weather before deciding when any days should be made up. 


A study by the Camden Police Department confirmed that traffic congestion and poor judgment by motorists are the two most serious traffic problems within the city limits. Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd was on hand at Tuesday’s Camden City Council meeting to discuss several traffic safety issues within the city limits. Floyd, who directed the department to begin keeping statistics when he arrived in Camden in 1996, also asked the South Carolina Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study and make recommendations for improvement with regard to several key problem areas. 


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