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Yesteryear for Feb. 14, 2017

27 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 13-20, 1990

Posted: February 13, 2017 3:49 p.m.
Updated: February 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

After seven years in which the old Boylan Haven Mather Academy has continued to sit unused, a public hearing has been scheduled for March 6 to once again float the possibility of rezoning the property for commercial use.

The property, which has mostly sat vacant since it was closed in 1983, served black children for a number of years before declining enrollment forced the school to close to close its doors.

The school is owned by the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, which has been trying to unload the property for seven years. But every attempt to make the property viable has proved unsuccessful.

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Camden High graduate Ericka L. Burroughs has been awarded a scholarship to attend the College of Charleston.

Miss Burroughs will be receiving the Lettie Pate Whitehead Endowed Scholarship, which will become effective in the spring semester of the 1989-1990 academic year.

Burroughs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Burroughs, is currently a member of the Student Union for Financial Affairs and the Religious Council at the College of Charleston.

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“Steal Away Home,” a play depicting the plight of two young boys along the Underground Railroad, opens for a two day run at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County.

Produced by the York Street Players and utilizing the talents of almost 70 adults and children, this production, written by Aurand Harris and adapted from the book by Jane Kristoff, will bring an even deeper meaning to the script when roles stereotypically black and white and male and female are sometimes switched, says Larry Hembree, the FAC’s resident theater artist and director of the production.

The cast consists of youth and adults from all over the county and Columbia. Heading the cast will be Jeremy King and Angie Joye as Obie and Amos, who are heading from Cheraw, S.C. to Philadelphia in search of their freed father.

Other principal roles will be played by Sally Chandler, Mark Lawhorn, Pat Smith, Richard Thompson, Beverly Smith, Jason Boyd, Laura DeWitt, Nedra Stratford, Jan McKittrick, Rebekah Davis, Eric O’Neal, Gibson Tucker, Brian Chivers, Shane Joyner, William Young, Bill DeWitt, Courtney Owens, Tymara Hough, Kathryn Wood, Marie Engram, Rebecca Tucker, Alice Hartzog, Adrienne Middleton, Carolina Gravino, Lori Blevins, Bill Hicks and Harrison Bennet

Other cast members include Steven Jones, Julie Doar, David Hinson, Tobias Schreiber, Hunter Young, Katie Bruce, Matthew Lenix, Jennifer Radcliffe, Tiffany Springs, Justin Berry, Breck Murray, Kelly Jones, Chas DuRant, Katie Sahr.

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Actor Sam Wright, a native of Camden, can be heard -- if not seen -- in a starring role in the hit Disney film, The Little Mermaid. 

His voice is the voice of Sebastian the Crab in the animated musical feature film.

Both the film and Wright have received critical acclaim. A recent review in Newsweek magazine heralded Wright’s performance of the song, “Under the Sea,” as a showstopper.

Both “Under the Sea” and another of Wright’s numbers, “Kiss the Girl,” have been nominated for Academy Awards as best original song in a movie.

Wright also played a supporting role as Dizzy Gillespie in Bird, directed by Clint Eastwood. Bird is based on the tragic life of jazz virtuoso Charlie Parker.


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