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Yesteryear for April11, 2017

21 YEARS AGO -- April 9-15, 1996

Posted: April 10, 2017 3:49 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Camden High School Academic Booster Club will sponsor the second annual “Bovine Doo Drop” extravaganza Friday at Zemp stadium.

The club will divide the football field into squares for the doo drop. Tickets are on sale for $10. There will be two chances to win $1,000 as well as $100 prize to the seller of the most tickets and $100 to each seller of the grand prize tickets. Proceeds from the event will go to purchase academic materials for Camden High school.

More than $5,000 in proceeds were raised last year and went to purchase a MacIntosh computer system for the English Department, 20 graphing calculators for the math department, two color printers for the library, a video cassette recorder for the science department and maps for the social studies department.


Whether it’s a fire, a medical emergency or a crime in progress, when people call 911 they expect help to arrive in moments, if not sooner.

You have an emergency, make a phone call and the necessary personnel arrive -- it all sounds fairly simple.

But what happens behind the scenes to ensure that help arrives at the scene? It’s a process that has been reevaluated in recent months, and as the state requires, a final county plan is being development to improve the department’s equipment and software.

To fund such imoprovements, County E-911 Director Kirk Stropes has requested Kershaw County Council approve a 66 cent increase in the monthly 911 phone tariff. Phone customers have paid 34 cents for about 10 years since the county started the 911 system.

But if council approves the increase, each customer’s 911 bill could be raised to up to $1 per month for a maximum of three years.

According to state law, the increased collections can only be used for equipment, and the fees must be reduced after a three-year period. What the tariff will be reduced to after three years depends on the department’s budget.

While supporters said improving the technology could save lives and property as well as increase efficiency, opponents say a 300 percent increase is simply too steep.


Students at Blaney Elementary School made Valentine’s Day a little happier for some sailors off the coast of Bosnia -- even if they weren’t quite sure where Bosnia was.

Jennifer Ard’s kindergartner and first grade classes sent Valentines cards to sailors on board the USS Baltimore, a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea. The nuclear powered attack submarine is providing support for ground troops in the war torn region.


Tiffany Branham and Jeremy Border were winners of the Elementary and Junior Division of the South Carolina Piano Festival Association Competition, held March 8 at Newberry College. They, along with other winners, will be seen at 6 p.m. on SCETV. Tiffany is a ninth grade student at Lugoff-Elgin High School and Jeremy is a sixth grade student at Wateree Elementary School. Both are students of Judy Patrick.


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