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Aiken County Register Newspaper Archive: April 19, 1984 - Page 1

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   Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - April 19, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina                                Alkm SC Permit No 104 Carrier trftorl AIKEN COUNTY Volume I Number 22 Aiken S C Thursday April 19 1984 25 Per Copy Paskel Considers Move To Tennessee By HELEN MARINE AIKEN of Schools Robert Paskel confirmed Tuesday that he was a candidate for the posi tion of superintendent of the Knoxville Tenn schools However he had not been in formed as reported in the Knoxville Sunday papers that he was one of the final four candidates I went up for an inter view last week Paskel said but so far I have had no official word Certainly I would consider the position if it were offered to me He added there had been no discussion of a contract or other conditions of employ ment When I came to Aiken he added I came to stay but circumstances can change Paskel assumed his duties of superintendent in July 1981 following the retire ment of TB Willis He was previously an assistant superintendent in the Dade County Fla school system Origiriar terms of Paskels contract were for three years and he received a oneyear renewal in January He perceives the oneyear renewal as a problem because one year doesnt lend itself to planning any long range objectivesand essentially Ive been asked to be a caretaker According to Paskel the new superintendent of the Knoxville schools will be named May 14 Concerning an unrelated school district matter Paskel said no decision had been made as to the future of Aiken Elementary school Aiken Elementary will no longer be used to house studentsaf ter the newsuper schoolin South Aiken is con structed The new school to replace Laurens Street and Aiken Elementary will be built near the ByPass and Hunt sman Drive At the present time the at torney for the school district is trying to confirm the terms of the Aiken Elemen tary deed If the rever sionary clause is Live Wire Robert Poske applicable the superinten dent said then well look at alternatives Something should be known by the fall Q The effect of the recent tornadoes on schools in the Carolines has not been very consistently recorded In Winnsboro a private school and a new junior high school were destroyed In a picture of the destruction in Newberry a threestory building evidently a school similar to Aiken Elemen tary appears to have been unharmed Are the new schools and the ones that have been built in recent years in Aiken County designed and con Continued on Page 12 Centennial Production To Be Celebrated By HELEN MARINE AIKEN We have been a part of this community for more than 30 years said Will Cole and we are now preparing for our 100th pro duction Will a founding father and director for the Aiken Community Playhouse was referring to the upcoming musical Cabaret He recalled the beginnings of Community Theatre in Aiken and said their first play George Washington Slept Here was staged at the Aiken Municipal Auditorium in 1952 That was his first stint as a direc tor and he added Jo Fritzlen and Lecil Cushman are probably the only others of the original group who are still in Aiken Since that time the ACP has offered serious drama mystery comedy old fashioned mellerdrama and musicals to the community It has come far since the days in the Municipal Auditorium The auditorium at Aiken Junior High now Laurens St was the site of productions for many years before the dream of their own building became a reali ty to ACP members As the result of a fund drive and dedicated effort the playhouse moved into its building in 1973 At last we had a home of our own Will said and we were able to rehearse build stages paint sets and prepare for a production ac cording to our time schedule instead of that of the city or of the schools It was a marvelous achievement In celebration of its 100th production the Playhouse is planning several special events involving past and present ACP members and others Preceding the opening night performance of Cabaret on May 11 a tent party and reception for those attending the play will be held There will be a nominal charge for this event A similar party will be held before the May 12 performance There will be eight perfor mances of Cabaret in cluding the two with the at tendant tent parties A matinee is set for 3 pm Continued on Page 12 Music master John McMahan engrossed In Cabaret   

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