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Yesteryear for May 9, 2017

19 YEARS AGO -- May 8-15, 1998

Posted: May 8, 2017 5:36 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden resident Clay Carruth, Jr. was one of four new commissioners elected to the S.C. Public Service Commission by the General Assembly.

In a surprise move, the General Assembly unseated 5th District incumbent Warren Arthur of Hartsville, whose seat Carruth will assume in July. Three seats were opened up this year with the retirements of Cecil Bowers, also of Camden, Guy Butler and Rudolph Mitchell. Five candidates vied for the 5th District seat.

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City letter carriers in Camden will have their hands full doing more than just delivering mail Saturday.

The postal service employees will also be collecting food for less fortunate Kershaw County citizens.

Camden Postmaster Pat Gorman said the city letter carriers will participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Day.

A Camden woman, her mother and her daughter, who are descendants of the patriot reputed to have cast the first vote for the Declaration of Independence in 1776, have been inducted into the Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Camden Primary School third grade teacher Judith Carolyn Jones Terrell, her mother, Mrs. Ona Mary Stephens Jones of Franklin, Va., and her daughter Rawles Dian Terrell of Columbia – descendants of Declaration of Independence signer Josiah Bartlett, are the new DAR members.

Mrs. Mary Ann Martin, public relations chairwoman for the Hobkirk Hill NSDAR Chapter, said Mrs. Terrell and her family discovered their lineage in an old Bible that had belonged to Mrs. Terrell;s great-grandmother.

Mrs. Jones, a graduate of Elon College in North Carolina and a resident of Franklin, Va., for the past 50 years, was cleaning the home of an aunt who had died when she found the old Bible. Inside the Bible, on a sheet of paper, the aunt had written the names of her family members, leading all the way back to Josiah Bartlett.

Mrs. Terrell’s husband, Don, researched the information and found it to be authentic.

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Mary Lostetter of Lugoff-Elgin High School was recently named 1998 Kershaw County Teacher of the Year by the Kershaw County School District. Blaney Elementary School Principal Rose Sheheen was named 1998 Principal of the Year. Cathy Drees of Blaney Elementary School, Karen Long of Bethune Elementary School, Susan Brewer of Camden High School and Carmen Dennis of Jackson School were named honor roll teachers.

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An Elgin couple, who have spent the past 25 years as advocates for children in foster care and for foster parents who open their hearts and homes to children in need, received the state of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor recently.

M. Carl Brown, Jr. and his wife, Mary Fulmer Brown, were chosen by Gov. David Beasley to receive the Order of the Palmetto in recognition of their work on behalf of foster children and foster parents at the state, national and international levels.

The Browns have served as foster parents to more than 100 abused, abandoned or neglected children, many of them special needs children. They also have three children of their own and they have adopted four other children to love and nurture as their own.

Carl Brown currently serves as executive director of the South Carolina Foster Parents Association and operates its office out of the couple’s home in Elgin. He and Mary organized the association in 1976, with Carl serving as its first president. Through the state organization, the Browns have helped organize 40 local foster parents associations in counties throughout South Carolina.

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