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Yesteryear for June 27, 2017

21 YEARS AGO -- June 27 - July 2, 1996

Posted: June 26, 2017 4:21 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden Mayor Phil Minges has announced he will seek a second term at the helm of city council in November.

Minges was elected mayor in April 1992, following a run-off victory over opponent Guy Hutchins. Prior to becoming mayor, Minges served three and half years on the Camden City Council.


After nearly a month of work, the Cunningham House at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site has a new roof and another tale of history to tell.

The house, which formerly bore a cedar shingle rood similar to those of homes in the 18th and 19th centuries, now bears a terne tin top also typical of the period. 

One major difference, however, is the number of contractors who do terne tin work is so small that the materials to do the job are made only by one company, in West Virginia, said John Wallace, who supervised the construction of the new roof.

Along with the difficulty in finding someone qualified to do the work is the problem of finding the archaic tools required to do the job, he said.

While some tools, like vise grip crimpers, are more easily found to bend the edges of the sheet metal, others, like a hand roofing double-seamer are more rare.


A Camden restaurant and bed-and-breakfast are covered in the summer ’96 issue of Sandlapper, The Magazine of South Carolina.

In her “Stop Where the Parking Lot’s Full” column, writer Aida Rogers visits Lucy’s, a gourmet restaurant on Broad Street. Aberdeen, an inn in Camden’s historic district, is included in”Sandlapper Slept Here,” a column by Managing Editor Dan Harmon.


Edyth Potter recently received a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

While at Union, Potter received the W.T. Thompson Scholarship. She has been called as an associate pastor of Waldensian Presbyterian Church in Valdese, N.C.

She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Potter of Camden.


Five county students were among 151 recent graduates of Columbia College. They were Rachel Caroline Blair of Cassatt, Tania-Leigh Myers Johnson of Lugoff, Leigh Ann McCaskill, Wendy Benton of Elgin and Nancy Anne Ward of Elgin.


Camden native Bob Pullum has been promoted from senior art director to vice president at Citron Haligman Bedecarre, a San Francisco advertising agency.

Pullum, 30, joined the agency in 1994 and has created award winning ads for Kenwood stereos, Copper Mountain ski resort and Ritchey Mountain Bikes.

Pullum has received two Effie Awards, recognizing the industry’s most effective advertising campaigns. He accepted the awards, presented by the American Marketing Association, June 5 in New York.


April Leigh Skeen, Miss Columbia Northeast 1996, recently selected Retta Simon, daughter of Liz and Billy Simon of Lugoff, as her Palmetto Princess, in conjunction with the Miss South Carolina Pageant. The Palmetto Princess Club began in January and is the first in the Miss America system. The purpose is to introduce young girls and women to the scholarship pageant program.


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