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Yesteryear for Feb. 28, 2017

17 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 28-March 3, 1999

Posted: February 27, 2017 4:46 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Add another name to the list of businesses that are part of the resurgence in the Dusty Bend area of Camden -- this time the U.S. Government.

A new 8,000-square-foot facility on S.C. 97 between Stewart Street and the Camden Fire Department’s Dusty Bend station is in the works. If all goes as planned, the new facility could be up and running as early as the spring of 2000, said Camden Postmaster Pat Gorman.

According to Gorman, the new post office will offer postal customers an array of services and amenites. There will be a complete section of post office boxes and parcel lockers and a full retail counter. With 30 customer parking spaces provided, there will be ample parking. The new post office will also have left-handed outside mail boxes, as opposed to the right-hand boxes on Broad Street downtown.

Most significant, but not necessarily most visible, delivery services will originate out of the new facility.

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The Yutaka company is expected to make an announcement in Camden that it will become the first tenant in Heritage Pointe Industrial Park in Lugoff.

The Japanese company has a plant in Cardington, Ohio, that supplies catalytic and torque converters and disc brakes to the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio. The Kershaw County plant may make the same products for the Honda plant in Florence.

The company will invest more than $20 million in the next five years and will create more than 150 full-time jobs. The company has been negotiating with the county to buy 50 acres in the park and to enter into a fee-in-lieu-of taxes agreement.

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Ten Kershaw County music students will perform in the Brevard Music Scholarship Competition Recital in the Wood Auditorium. Presented by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, the recital, which highlights area youth musicians, follows a full day of music competition and judging.

The contest will be adjudicated by Doug Graham, a music professor at the University of South Carolina and frequent performer of both classical and jazz works. 

This year’s contestants and their instruments are Elizabeth Ward, piano; Jennifer Moyer, clarinet; Stephanie Espinoza, trumpet; Kevin Smith, trumpet and saxophone; Julia Sellers, piano; Becky Campbell, trombone; Vicky Nooe, piano; and Belton Mickle, oboe.

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