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Yesteryear for July 25, 2017

22 YEARS AGO -- July 24-30, 1995

Posted: July 24, 2017 2:58 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Ken Branham loves his neighbors, even if they do tend to slither and hiss when he pays them a visit.

The Camden man, who keeps a number of snakes in a mobile home next door to his own, spends his off hours trying to teach people that the reptiles are beneficial and more deserving of respect than they usually get.

His collection includes poisonous and non-poisonous varieties, including an 11-foot python. He also has several varieties seen locally, including timber and diamond back rattlesnakes.

Even though such poisonous varieties do live in the Midlands, he said many misconceptions exist about the habits of such species and their actual danger to humans.


At the summer meeting of the South Carolina Vocational Director’s Association, Dr. Gil Woolard was named to the Hall of Fame.

Dr. Gil Woolard is the founder of the Kershaw County Applied Technology Education Campus where he served as director for 24 years.

He led the expansion and development process that resulted in ATEC becoming the first such institution in South Carolina and one of the largest area Vocational Centers operating on a separate site, according to a press release.

Offering a combination of secondary, adult, manpower and community education to more than 85,000 students during this period, his programs were innovative and became models and standards across the state, the release stated.

His school received three national awards, numerous state awards, and one of AVA’s top-20-in-the-nation recognitions in 1979.


Several Camden students were recently awarded scholarships by Clemson University.

Jennifer Lynn Clarke of Camden received the Wallace O. Hardee scholarship and the Clemson Alumni Presidential scholarship, b oth for the 1995-96 academic year. She is a sophomore majoring in animal science.

Melissa Lorene Kane of Camden received the Edwin P. Rodgers Sr. scholarship. She is an agricultural major.

Bishop Brandon Bullock of Camden was awarded the Clemson Alumni Presidential scholarship. He is an engineering major.

 James Richard Park received the Coca Cola Clemson Scholars Program scholarship.

Paul Aaron Galloway received the William A. Kenyon scholarship.


A number of area students represented Kershaw County and the American Legion at the 60th annual Boys State at Wofford College. They included Laurin Burch, son of Robert and Jana Burch; Paul Naso, son of Carl and Mary Luce; Jeremy Lenix, son of Ronald and Nancy Lenix; DaShawn Dinkins, son of Pauline and Sammie Dinkins; Shawn Homan, son of Frances and Barry Whealton; Chris Parrish, grandson of Alma Parrish; Eric Lee, son of Richard and Julie Lee; Jared Tyler, son of Creig and Gilda Tyler; and Jamal Evans, son of Clara Evans.


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