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Yesteryear for March 21, 2017

31 YEARS AGO -- March 19-26, 1986

Posted: March 20, 2017 4:29 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Columbia psychic Mary Green will make an encore appearance before the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee Club Tuesday in Camden.

Mrs. Green’s appearance is scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Seafood Hut.

According to Jim Morton, chamber executive vice president, Mrs. Green, who first spoke to the chamber’s Coffee Club last September, is back by popular demand.

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With an election just under three weeks away, the three candidates for the two open seats on Camden City Council are just gearing up for the showdown. 

The seats are currently held by Mary Y. Clark, who also serves as mayor pro tem, and Clifton Alexander, both incumbents who are seeking re-election. Joining them in the race is newcomer Wyatt C. Minton II.

Mrs. Clark, who serves as assistant principal at Camden Middle School, is seeking her second term. Alexander, a retired appraiser with the Kershaw County Assessor’s office, is seeking his third term. Minton, a correctional officer at Central Correctional Institute in Columbia, is seeking his first term.

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Camden and Kershaw County law enforcement officials have given area video stores until April 1 to remove X-rated tapes from their shelves.

After that date, any video store owner caught renting X-rated tapes to the public will be prosecuted under violation of the state pornography statutes and community decency standards, according to Camden Police Chief John Arledge and Kershaw County Sheriff Hector DeBruhl.

DeBruhl and Arledge say there has been no public ourcry about the availability of thetapes locally, “but this is something we felt we needed to go ahead and do now before it gets out of hand as more stores open up,” says DeBruhl.

Both law enforcement heads say there was no resistance from video store owners and most have indicated a willingness to cooperate.

"Five out of the seven in town told me they would be glad to get rid of them," says Arledge. "But they felt forced to put them in because of the competition.

While most of the area video store owners contacted by the C-I say their business won't be affected one way or the otherby the ban on the tapes, there is at least one owner who is not happy about it.

"I totally disagree with it," he said. "I believe in freedom of choice. A person has the right to make a decision what to do in the privacy of his own home."

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Shelly Cunningham was recently crowned the 1986 Miss Camden. Dawn Dukes was named first runner up and Pamela Blaylock was second runner up. The pageant was held in the Bassett Auditorium at the Kershaw County Fine Art Center.

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