25 years ago (week of Nov. 8-14, 1970)It was reported that...


November 19, 1995|By Diane Mullaly from the files of the Howard County Historical Society library.

25 years ago (week of Nov. 8-14, 1970)

It was reported that a "dye-like" substance was visible in the Patapsco River below the Simkins Industries plant. Simkins was already facing water pollution charges.

Media Pennington, supervisor of counseling for county schools, and Lee Makowski, a county police officer, addressed the Howard County Women's Club about an alleged 60-80 percent level of drug usage in county schools. Mrs. Pennington declared that "only kindergarten through third grade are safe." Officer Makowski claimed that the situation was "so far out of control that we'll never catch up." County and school officials, while admitting the existence of a drug problem, questioned the statistical accuracy of the women's statements.

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