Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 6, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
SEE HONORS, GRADUATES IN NAMES AND NOTES 14AS&S closes doors after 40 years
By HALEY HUGHES
NORTH AUGUSTA- Danice Mathis' jaw dropped Sunday w hen she learned S&S Cafeteria would close its doors for good soon after she and her husband finished lunch.
Danice and Mark lived in North Augusta for 15 years and regularly ate at S&S before mo\ mg to Atlanta. They were in town this weekend for a family wedding and stopped in the cafeteria for lunch. News of the restaurant’s closing caught the couple unaware.
“If we hadn't come here today, we wouldn’t have known,” Danice said. “I hate that.”
“Don't cry,” Mark joked with his wife.
The Mathises were two of approximately 500 that ate lunch at S&S on Sunday. Sundays are typically the cafeteria's busiestdays, due in large part
the number of churchgoers that descend on S&S after worship service, but this Sunday was even busier. Many people said they were eating there to show their support for the restaurant that had been in business for 40 years.
S&S opened in North Augusta in 1971.
Troy Hall called the closing a “tragedy." He and his family have dined at S&S after Sunday church for years. His wife, Stephanie, ate at S&S with her family when she was a young child.
Now, at 23, she ate there regularly after church, and longtime servers remembered her.
"We have a big family with kids, and it's wonderful to save money,” Troy said.
"Nobody w ants to come home after church and cook for two hours,” Stephanie said.
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S&S General Manager Dean Ashley estimated that approximately 500 people ate at the cafeteria Sunday before it closed its doors for good at 230 p.m.
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Dana Cheney watches as Daniel Brown conducts communion at an 18th century church service Sunday morning.
Sermon returns to 18th century for history event in North Augusta
By AMY BANTON
People gathered al the Willow Springs Meeting House on Sunday morning for worship and a bn of a history lesson.
An 18th century-sty led Anglican church serv ice was held Sunday as part of the North AugiKtn Living History Park s free event, Colonia! Times: Under the Crown.
Father Daniel Brown of the Church of the Holy Trinity in North Augusta led the serv ice tor the third year in a row. Being a local Anglican minister, Brown also carne?* the title of fusion un. With his strong faith and love for history, Brown wns able to lead the sen ice and strategically incorporate facts from the past throughout the pennon.
“I see faith through a lens ol history,” he said.
Wiping tla; sweat from his brow as the temperatures were steadily rising dial morning, Brown was dressed in 18th-century ministry anne, complete with wool socks. He dkfri’l let die uncomfortable hu/e of heal distract hun as he said Ute people of the 18th century and before endured Ute heat; back then, there really was no escape from it.
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‘ Life could be quick, brutish and short. It was a hard life. They took church extremely serious."Father Daniel Brown
Churc h of the Holy Trinity in North Augusta who conducted the church service at Colonial Times: Under the Crown
Brown led the \ lsitors through prayer, communion and "Amazing (/race” during the sen tee inside the tiny wooden meeting house. Ute sen ice lasted about an hour, but Brown said sen ices during that time period typically lasted for two hours.
He also shared with visitors a brief history behind the church, the importance it had to Ute people of that tune period and Ute hardships they faced.
“tile could be quick, brutish and short.
See video from the service at wwwaikenstandard.com.
It was a hard hie,” Brown said, citing dial many people bur ied more children than they raised during Ural tune, due to disease and other health asks. “They took church extremely serious.”
At ti tat tune, many of Ute small churches did not have a permanent minister, and, when his presence was made, he would come w ith uifonnanun and Ute latest news to go along with his sermon, Brown added. Ihat truvcling minister may have been one of Ute only solaces outside a small town to the people who lived there, and Brown said they were eager not only tor Ute sermon but also Ila information.
Charlies I liaison of Virginia was reenacting a loyalist officer, someone who was commissioned by Ute crown and who had authority to hold service when there was no chaplain present. Hudson has been coming to North Augusta to volunteer at Ute Liv i% History Park since Ute early 2000s and said that such event is beneficial to the community.
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The Testes, who are Cedar Creek residents, have known each other all of their lives and will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 9.
Childhood friends celebrate 60 years of holy matrimony
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
I alar Creek residents Evelyn and Jim feale enjoy each others’ company .
They like going oui to eat » in Aiken, play ing cards at Cedar C reek's community center and volunteering their time ut the community J un and Lvelyn will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, but really they will be eelebratuig an entire life spent together growing up in New Jersey.
“We’ve always enjoyed each others’ company,” said Jim. looking at a collage filled with pictures of their life together, from what they were babies to present day.
“I don’t know where the 60 years went,” Evelyn agreed The Teaks’ parents were
longtime friends belute Jim and Evelyn woe even benn, and, as children, Jun and I v elyn then I v elyn I ngel - grew up doing everything together, from walking to the mailbox to pick up Ute mail to taking turns riding in a toy car dial has now been restored and decorates Ute couple’s Aiken home In fact, Ute only time the couple has been apart in more titan 80 years was a two-year period shortly after their 1951 marriage when Jim was sen mg rn the military in Korea Though Jun’s family lived just ov er the state line in New York w hen they were teenagers, they still got together to attend grammar and high school dances, which Lvelyn said Iter parents allowed
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