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Yesteryear for Jan. 31, 2017

29 YEARS AGO -- Jan. 30 - Feb. 4, 1988

Posted: January 30, 2017 1:26 p.m.
Updated: January 31, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden businessman William Gaither recently became the sixth candidate to announce for Camden City Council.

Gaither said he was running both in order to make a contribution and because he had been encouraged by friends. Gaither said it would be presumptuous to say what he would do in office, since he hadn’t served on council before. Gaither said his interest is to work for the citizens of Camden and in their best interest.

An April 18 election is scheduled for the office of mayor and two seats on council. Other candidates for council thus far are Carole Bundrick Demeter, Harry Ives, Dean Jordan, Phil Minges and Michael Stegner.


Camden City Council member Mary Y. Clark has announced she will offer herself as a candidate for mayor of Camden.

Mrs. Clark has served under both Mayor Bennie Marshall and former mayor James Anderson. The latter is currently running for the office.

Clark has been a resident of Camden since 1963, when her husband, Buddy, went to work with Du Pont’s May Plant. She is a graduate of the Mississippi State University for Women and has a master’s degree from Winthrop College. She has spent 31 years in public school education, with the last seven years in her current position as assistant principal at Camden Middle School.


The Camden Elks Ladies Auxiliary recently elected new officers. They are Isabel Crosby, chaplain; Rachel Huggins, treasurer; Faye Grant, secretary; Sue Dixon, first vice president; Pat Bair, president; Jesse Hachadoorian, installing officer.


The Camden Shrine Club and the Camden Shrine Ladies Auxiliary recently elected new officers. The new  Ladies Auxiliary officers are Ruth Henderson, corresponding secretary; Betty Hammack, vice president; Jackie Johnson, president; Wanda Lamkin, recording secretary; Debbie Horton, treasurer; and board members Polly Cook, Toots Montgomery, Frankie Morgan, Daisy Taylor, Kathryn Kelly, Pat Bozard.

Shrine Club officers include Marion Morgan, recording secretary; Bill Montgomery, vice president; Wayne Johnson, president; Willie Johnson, corresponding secretary; Bob Moody, treasurer; John Cook, chaplain; and board members Tim Horton, Charlie Whitehouse, Lloyd Taylor, J.F. Kelly, Bill Rush, Connie Catoe, Ralph White, George Sandy and N.L. Hall.


The Kershaw County YMCA recently held an open house at its new location in the old Camden Fitness Center facilities on Battleship Road. A variety of new programs are available at the YMCA due to the new facilities, including the Health Center, which features Nautilus and free weights, other exercise machines, sauna, juice bar, and more.


Being a member of the Drifters would be achievement enough for most people. For Ike Pollard, it became doubly sweet just a few weeks ago, when the Drifters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pollard, lead guitarist for the group, said he was “overwhelmed” by the award, although “It was really no surprise, because I felt sooner or later it was coming.”

Pollard, a Drifter for 18 years, wasn’t a member of the original combo that came up with hits like “Under the Boardwalk” or “There Goes my Baby.” He would be around, however, for such beach classics as (More Than a Number in) My Little Red Book.” And he isn’t likely to drift away now.

The Drifters were formed in New York in 1952 as a gospel group, says Pollard. The founding member was the late Clyde McPhatter, an important figure in the development of soul, and who was himself inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously last year. McPhatter also worked with another county native, Brook Benton of Lugoff.



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