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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 18, 1998, Aiken, South Carolina Secret Service must testify Page 2A A I K E N I made Exhibit showcases slaves pottery Sunday Lucky 13 Glavine joins Maddux atop win column 1B Vol 132 No 199 Aiken South Carolina Saturday July 18 1998 25t Parachute fun Staff photo by Scott Webster Youngsters play with a colorful parachute at Hopeland Gardens this week They were enjoying the gardens and the games as part of the Aiken Parks and Recreation Departments summer day camp program Regions to merge with also announces second quarter earnings are 16 percent higher than last year By CARL LANGLEY Regions Financial Corp announced Friday that the rapidly growing southeastern banking chain has entered into a merger agreement with Bulls boro Bancshares of Newnan Ga The Regions said the agreement calls for the exchange of 365 shares of Regions common stock for each share of common stock Index Classifieds Comics Crossword Wheels Dear Abby For the Record Movies Opinions Sports Stocks Television Weather 4B 3B 5B 1C 3B 6A7A 3B 4A IB 7A 4B 2A Deaths Mary Alice Markham Cook Aiken Ella Ruth Jones Watkins Ridgeway LW Jack Youngblood Aiken Obituary notices on page 5A Ga Fridays winning numbers 3 Midday 165 3 Evening 793 The Big Gome 1324353944 Money Ball 24 in a transaction valued at about million owns the Bank of Newnan and has total assets of million with deposits of million and stockholders equity of million Carl E Jones Jr president and chief executive officer of Valley to honor veterans By SHARON TAYLOR A long nar row strip of land along SC 421 and Maple Street near Lynwood will become the Horse Creek Val Valley Veterans Park if the county releases the two blocks for its use Weve already had someone buy a bench and a brick and the town of has agreed to give for the project said Ralph Barber chairman of the project The park is not just for It is for the entire Horse Creek Valley Even though the names of 80 veterans from the Valley area who have died in past wars are included in the new Aiken Coun ty Veterans Memorial Park on Richland Avenue in Aiken Bar ber said the Valley wants the park to establish its own identity Engraved bricks with the names of living veterans of World War H the Korean Conflict Viet nam Conflict and other actions Regions said his company was pleased to expand into Newnan He said the Newnan bank has had excellent growth and is active in vibrant market areas We are looking forward to our new relationship with the Bank of directors officers employees and customers he said Besides the merger Regions management announced Friday that the corporation posted record earnings for the quarter and sixmonth period that ended June 30 Regions said its second quarter net income totaled million an increase of 16 percent over the second quarter of last year Per share earnings for the second quarter were 60 cents Regions has been on a strong growth pattern over the past months especially in its tions and mergers with other banking companies A Regions spokesman said the agreement should be completed before the end of the year Regions which recently added Palmetto Federal Bank of South Carolina to its group is a bank holding company with 500 offices in six southeastern states A Regions statement said after all pending acquisitions are com the companys total assets are expected to exceed bil lion Illustration by Sharon McLaughlln This drawing shows the monument planned for the Horse Creek Valley Veterans Park will be sold as a fundraising pro ject A twoline engraved brick is and a brick is People are already getting excited about the park said Jack Scott who serves as vice presi dent of the project We should know about the countys decision to release the land by our next meeting Aug 5 Barber and Scott said they hope an arrest made in connection with missing funds from the Aiken park will not discourage those in the Valley from support ing this park Plans for the park include a gazebo which could be used for Education panel picks chairman Associated Press COLUMBIA Spartanburg businessman William Barnet HI was elected Friday to lead the new committee that will oversee edu cation reform in South Carolina Barnet president of William Barnet and Son a resin and syn thetic fiber manufacturing com pany headed the Performance and Accountability Standards for Schools Commission The PASS Commissions report last year on shortcomings in the states public school system led the Legislature to adopt an account ability that among other things will grade schools yearly Rosie Berry principal of Paul Knox Middle School in North Augusta is a member of the com Gov David Beasley told the business leaders educators and legislators at Fridays first meet ing of the Education Oversight Committee that the states educa tion future is in their hands as they create learning standards for public schools and students under the new law Now comes the reality of what weve been fighting for so long the reality of a becoming law that will impact every child every classroom every grade every subject matter in South Carolina Beasley said The bot tom line on this committee is South Carolina is counting on you Barnet said his hopes for South Carolinas education system include goals outlined by the PASS Commission such as achieving the highest improve ment rate nationally and ranking 25th on national tests within 12 years Dissatisfaction with the states Scholastic Assessment Test scores which ranked last in the nation and continued poor per on other tests sparked Valley functions and a monument bearing the names of veterans who have died in wars The monu ment will be surrounded by flags and benches The monument will bear the inscription In honor of all the men and women of Horse Creek Valley who answered their call to protect and defend our precious freedom The land will be landscaped and maintained by the residents of Horse Creek Valley which includes the towns of Vaucluse Gran Madison New Hope War renville Gloverville Langley Jacksonville Lynwood Bath and Clearwater the accountability push Barnet said the oversight committee will state where we are and create mechanisms to get us where we want to be The committee which has an annual budget of just under plans to hire an execu tive director and staff for its accountability division The director will be paid a maximum including benefits and must have a masters degree the committee decided Applications will be taken through Aug 10 The committee wants to begin soliciting corporate donations to help fund a public relations cam that will let people know education is a priority in this state Barnet said Barnet said he did not know how much the committee hoped to raise because it is the first fundraising effort Other priorities include reviewing tests and assessment programs and making recom creating a grant pro gram to fund alternative schools and establishing a mentor pro gram for principals in forming districts and schools The committee elected Clara Heinsohn a North Charleston elementary school teacher as vice chairwoman The committee will have groups overseeing such issues as academic standards and assess ments improvement and assis tance and public awareness cam Business executives will lead those groups with educators as assistant chairmen Barnet said County opens door for elections job By CARL LANGLEY The application period has opened for the top job in the Aiken County Registrations and Elections office and a flood of applicants is expected A spokesman for the South Car olina Employment Security Com mission said Friday that two applications have been received so far but job seekers have until July 30 to put their names in the pot The employment service spokesman said he could not identify the two who were the first to seek the job A county source who asked not to be iden said at least a half dozen may seek the job Denton Johnson is retiring as executive director of the county elections office at the end of the year throwing open a job that pays annually Johnson said his physical con dition is limiting his activities but he will stay on through the Nov 3 general elections A job vacancy posting began circulating through the county Voter office offices a week ago giving appli cants 17 days in which to make their applications The job description contained in the vacancy posting said appli cants must have considerable knowledge of laws governing voting the ability to communi cate clearly and effectively and be familiar with computer systems The posting said a bachelors degree in business administra tion or political science or at least five years experience in voter reg are among the require ments The executive director oversees daily operations of the registra tion and election office including registration of voters updating voter records and maintaining voter registration files The executive director also is charged with keeping the public informed about all local state and federal elections training poll managers operating the polls and directing the office staff
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