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Yesteryear for April 4, 2017

14 YEARS AGO -- April 2-9, 2008

Posted: April 3, 2017 2:48 p.m.
Updated: April 4, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Sandhills Bank will return to Bethune but not at S.C. 341 and Chestnut Street, the address the bank occupied for decades. 

Sandhills will relocate its main branch, which was partially damaged in a fire that destroyed three other businesses to 300 King Street East, said Debra Outlaw, vice president. 

King Street is the name for U.S. 1 inside the Bethune town limits. The address would place the new building just south of Peachtree Street. 

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They had been hidden away in closets, stuck in drawers or safeguarded in vaults. But since the publication of “South Carolina Postcards, Volume III, Camden,” more than 200 postcards, photographs and etchings of Camden from the 1890s to the 1930s are now easily accessible to a great many people.

The visual history book’s authors are Howard Woody of Columbia and Davie Beard of Camden. It is the second by the same two authors covering people and places in Kershaw County. Volume VII, published in 2002, included the entire county during the same time frame.

In preparation for both books, Woody and Beard set up times when local citizens could bring their personal and family images from the past to the Camden Archives and Museum, where Woody scanned them and returned them immediately to their owners. “You don’t want them stolen or have someone spill Coke all over them,” Woody said.

He and beard even offered to go to people’s homes to scan images if they didn’t want to bring them out.

“The response was so good, “it seemed to me we just had so many images; it would be a shame to trim it to one book,” Woody said.

So, the second book on Camden alone was born.

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Columbia. Myrtle Beach. Sumter. Lexington. Leesville. Cayce. Pelion.

These are just a few of the South Carolina postmarks stamped on envelopes filled with coupons sent to Flonnie Higgins, known as the “Coupon Lady” both in and out of Lugoff-Elgin’s Larry Jeffers American Legion Post 195’s Auxiliary.

“I’ve even gotten some from North Carolina and Pennsylvania,” said Higgins, who sends those coupons to military families living on bases overseas. “The commissaries accept the coupons for six months after their expiration date. They’ve told me they really come in handy.”

When first interviewed in mid 2001, Higgins had clipped and sent about 10,000 coupons. Since her story appeared Sept. 10, 2001 – one day before the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. – her one-woman campaign has grown beyond her wildest dreams.  She said interest spiked following 9/11 and has remained steady ever since. 

On March 25, Higgins clipped and mailed her 300,000th coupon. She hit the 200,000 mark last July.

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Whether he’s delivering a creative sentence for a crime or pacing back and forth on a stage, wireless microphone in hand, Judge Joe Brown does not change much.

He’s the tough talking, straight walking jurist from the popular television show “Judge Joe Brown: -- the second most watched reality television courtroom show in the nation – that bears his name.

More than 500 people crowded into Phelps Auditorium Saturday night to listen to the judge deliver his message of tough love and personal responsibility. The program, sponsored by Sanders Creek Baptist Church, was part of the church’s Project Hope program and featured performances by church members, the Morris College Chorale and local dignitaries.


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