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Yesteryear for Feb. 7, 2017

31 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 5-12, 1986

Posted: February 6, 2017 2:55 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Hermitage Lake and the surrounding property have been sold to an investment group which foresees a year-round, residential community bordering the lake.

Purchase price for the 917 acre tract, including the lake, was $850,000. It was bought from InMed, Inc., which operates Hermitage Cotton Mill.

Development of the property could begin as early as late February, according to Dennis McKittrick, a Charleston investment banker who is managing partner of the investors group. Comprised of six Lowcountry professional prople, the group is known as Hermitage Lake Associates.

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A new post office to handle the growth in the Elgin area is being planned by the U.S. Postal Service.

The federal government is seeking about 82,500 square feet of land for the building. Officials would prefer that it is in an area bordered on the north by the Southern Railway tracks, on the south by Blaney Road, on the east by Green Hill Road, and on the west by Surry Lane.

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Columbia audiences enjoyed Workshop Theatre’s production of the musical comedy, “Annie,” for some five weeks in November, December and January. And now Camdenites will have an opportunity to see excerpts from the show right here on the Bassett Building stage.

Camden’s own Boo Holland, who won the title role in the Columbia production over 307 auditioners, will be on the Bassett stage with Annie’s dog, “Sandy,” and six of the other “orphans” as a highlight of “Camden Capers,” a fund-raising variety show sponsored by the Fine Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

Violinist Sarah Johnson, the FAC’s artist in residence, and concert pianist Robin Zemp are also headliners on the bill, which will include more than a dozen acts ranging from classic music to ragtime to local politicians in a comedy number.

Zemp will play both Chopin and Joplin in “Robin Zemp in Town Hall.” Johnson will be featured in a novelty number titled “Sarah Johnson at Club 52.”

Jamie Guy, John McCarney and Dave Huntington will blend their voices in “Tin Horn Fugue” from the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.”

To add even more variety, Michele Hazelwood and her students will perform an aerobics number. Tim Shepard and his newly organized Community Chorus will perform a little PDQ Bach, Jason Missouri will tickle the ivories accompanied by a drum background while Price Brown dances in “The Paddock on Tuesday Night,” and Reid Buckley, Jack Daniels, John Woodhull, Bill Bailey and John Verity will team up for “The Whiffenpoof Song.”

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Ginger Gayle Greer of Lugoff has added yet another beauty title to her long list of pageant honors. The brown-eyed brunette was named Miss South Carolina-USA Saturday night in Wheelwright Auditorium on the campus of Coastal Carolina of USC in Conway.

She won a number of prizes, including a cash award, a wardrobe, a fur coat, jewelry and a three week vacation.

As Miss South Carolina-USA she will compete for the title of Miss USA in May at Lakeland, Fla.

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Come December, the Kershaw County Clerk of Court’s office will be without an Ogburn for the first time in 36 years.

Ed Ogburn, the county’s four-term clerk of court, said Wednesday he will not seek re-election. Willene Ogburn, his wife and clerk of the family court, will also retire when Ogburn’s term ends in December.

The Ogburns’ decision is expected to add an element of interest to what may have otherwise been a slow political year in Kershaw County.

Bobby Jones, Kershaw County Democratic Chairman, predicts a wide open Democratic primary contest for the office, predicting that six or seven Democrats may file for the office.


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