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Yesteryear - Oct. 31, 2017

34 YEARS AGO -- Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, 1983

Posted: October 30, 2017 3:16 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Three 1983 Camden High School graduates have been nominated for national honors from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) for a Palmetto Leaf newspaper article they wrote on asbestos at the high school.

Robin Bishop, Mindy Blakely and Tal Johnson have been nominated to receive the NSPA’s Editorial Leadership Award, which will be presented at the organization’s national convention Nov. 19 in St. Louis.

The Palmetto Leaf entry is one of eight news articles which is being considered for the award.

More than 600 entries from throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico were considered for the prestigious honor, which is the only individual writing award the NSPA bestows to its member organizations.

The news story appeared in the Oct. 7, 1982, edition of the Camden High School newspaper and focused on the asbestos conditions at the high school.

Since the story appeared last fall, the inspection and detection of asbestos has already been completed at all district schools and the removal of asbestos at the high school has begun.

Leaf advisor Mary Ann Blaskowitz said the news article was a culmination of over a year and a half of work by the three students from the first time the newspaper was made aware of the problem.


Camden High School’s Scarlet Regiment band chalked up its highest score ever in the class 4A State Marching Band Festival held Saturday in Columbia.

The band scored 94.7 out of a possible 100 points to place fifth in the competition, which was won by Spring Valley High School with a score of 97.3


Gene Allen of Cool Springs Drive has been elected vice chairman of the Public Service Commission Merit Selection Panel. 

Allen, who is an engineering supervisor at DuPont’s May Plant, has been a member of the board since it was formed about three year ago. Members are appointed by the governor and the General Assembly. They review the qualifications of candidates for the PSC before they are voted on by the legislature.


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