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Yesteryear for May 2, 2017

33 YEARS AGO -- May 2-9, 1984

Posted: May 1, 2017 2:59 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Liza VanHorn has been the quintessential girl-about-town for the last couple of months. As publicity chairman for the 1984 MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Festival, she’s not quite sure whether she lives on Rectory Square, at the Fine Arts Center or at the Chronicle-Independent, and someone said something about jher having a telephone growing out of her ear.

Well, the months of hard work and preparation for Mrs. VanHorn and hundreds of other MAD volunteers are nearly over. They can almost sit back, relax and enjoy the numerous professional musicians, singers, dancers and avocational entertainers lined up to perform during the five-day arts festival, which officially gets underway today at 12:30 p.m. with the first of three Noontime Chamber Music concerts at the Bassett Building.

Few outsiders can imagine the amount of work that goes into the annual event. People like Robin Zemp, musical director of “The Boy Who Grew Too Fast,” Gian Carlo Menotti’s 40-minute opera in English, which will be presented twice Saturday and twicve Sunday; Carol Thompson, technical director; Linda Goodale, theatrical director; Timothy Shepard;, conductor; and Mary Ellen Jordan, assistant to the musical director, are well aware of long hours and late nights of rehearsals and preparations.

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Television star LeVar Burton, who portrayed African slave Kunte Kinte in the miniseries “Roots” will get a bird’s eye view of the Palmetto Balloon Classic, May 11-13.

Officials of the Greater Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Educational Television Network (SCETV) confirmed that the actor will be in Camden next week to film the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) series “Reading Rainbow,” which he hosts.

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Contestants for this year’s Little Miss Camden Pageant include Mandy Brazell, Alisa Brown, Melissa Lemonds, Allison Williams, Shannon Webb, Tara Mosely, Ami Owens, Melissa Outlaw, Missy Morris, Cristal Bryant, Michelle Peaks, Catherine Owen, Kim Anderson, Billie McPherson, Rebecca Robinson, Chasity Boykin, Gwen Thomason, Tracy Sherrill, Michelle Brown, Kari Williamson, Jennifer Jeffers, Jamie Peake, Valerie Peake, and Chanda Brown.

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Five members of the Greater Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce have been elected to the chamber’s board of directors following a 10-day election process in late April.

The chamber members elected to the board were William F. “Buster” Beckham of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.; Teresa S. Bowers, manager of Camden Hardware; Dr. David Joseph, a dentist with the Joseph Dental Clinic; Marvin O’Neal of Educational Computer Services; and Dr. Gil G. Woolard, director of the Kerhaw County Vocational Center.

Hope H. Cooper, chamber president, said the new board members will begin their three-year terms July 1.

Retiring from the board this year will be Pete Cantey of Carswell, Green &Cantey; Bob Falls of the Kershaw County School District; Joe Jackson of Traders of Camden; Parker Young of DuPont; and Ernest Kinard of Savage, Royall, Kinard, Sheheen and Byars.

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