Aiken County Rambler, November 5, 1981

Aiken County Rambler

November 05, 1981

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Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - November 5, 1981, Aiken, South Carolina SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT AIKEN. S. C. 29801 AIKEN COUNTY XIV* ca . Public Libr. U35 'revfcerrv* st. SW cli Aiken, Sn 29301 217 Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications, inc. Volume 5 — Number 12Aiken, S. C., Thursday, November 5, 1981 25c Per Copy HOT LINE Q. I see the rails on the old Post O Cice building have been polished. Who gets the credit? - J. B., Aiken. A. James P. Greene Sr., owner of the building, said he was finally able to get the polish formerly used by the Post Office. Known as Liberty polish, it had to be ordered from a Georgia firm which in turn ordered it from a Pennsylvania firm. “We ll keep the rails shined from now on,” Greene promised. Q. Why do the local judges reduce penalties for serious crimes? For example: assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature draws a sentence of IO 'years, suspended to 7 months and 5 years probation: DUI, third offense, draws 3 years and $2,000, suspended to 8 month or $650 and 2 years probation; house breaking and larceny is meted a sentence of 30 days or $100. It seems stiffer penalties would act as a deterrent. - W. F., Aiken. A. This is a touchy question. Even an experienced and hardened reporter is reluctant to approach a judge as to why he gives sentences which appear lenient. There is something about donning a black(Continued on Page 16) PURE GOLDThe delicate fan-shaped leaves of this small gingko catch and reflect the crisp autumn light. For other photos of the magic that touches the countryside at this time of year, see Page 9.County Audit Is Approved By CouncilBy KAY LAWRENCE AIKEN - Aiken County Council hastily approved the 1980-81 county audit Tuesday night in order to be atye to issue $2.4 million in bonds for the renovated county jail. Chairman Carrol Warner explained that acceptance of the audit was a prerequisite to issuance of the bonds. The financial report had been completed only that day by auditors Griffin, Wade & Co. Warner noted the audit showed Aiken County ended the fiscal year with a surplus of $191,000. At budget time in July it was estimated the county would have a carryover of about $30,000. Then at a council work session in mid-September it was revealed the surplus had increased to $130,000. Queried by a reporter Tuesday night as to how the surplus had now jumped to $191,000 and why it could not have been estimated more accurately during preparation of the budget, Warner referred the question to Finance Director Frieda Walker. Mrs. Walker explained that the  ~ county did not meet its anticipated revenue for 1980-81, and in an effort “to be sure we would be in the black” county departments were asked to hold the line on spending. The results were savings that increased the surplus, she said. Another question put by the press as to why the computer in the finance director’s office could not come up with more accurate figures on the surplus brought an answer that was not readily understandable to a layman. Chairman Warner explained Tuesday night that the county has now been advised by its Charleston bonding attorney to issue the $2.4 million in general obligation bonds for the jail. Previously interest rates had been considered too high. In the interim, the county has borrowed on the basis of bond anticipation notes to fund jail construction. Warner said it is hoped interest rates on the bonds will be between 9 and IO percent. “If bids come in (Continued on Page 16)Bottle Collecting: A Link to the PastBy GERALDINE WILSON TRENTON - “Bottle collecting is a great hobby,” said Alvin Stevens Jr. of Trendon. After viewing his collection it was easy to understand what he meant. Among his many pieces is a whiskey bottle shaped like a schoolhouse, an octagon shaped inkwell and a pottery opium teapot. Stevens has been a collector since 1970 when he began helping a friend look for bottles. He read up on the subject and soon discovered he was hooked. Stevens explained that most of the bottles he has found are salad dressing, shoe polish, or whiskey bottles. “This mean ; that the people of the past ate a lot of salad, kept their shoes clean, and drank a lot of whiskey,” said Stevens jokingly. The fact that bottle collecting gives him a link to the past is one of the major reasons he finds the hobby so fascinating. In fact, he considers himself to be an amateur anthropologist because the bottles give a definite picture of how people of yesteryear lived. The many different shapes and emblems on bottles give perfect clues to activities in other times,” said Stevens. Many people were il-lerate in the past and therefore few labels were used. The shape of the bottle was important because the shape often told its content and it also made it easy to identify in the dark. A bottle with a long neck usually meant that it contained some type of chemical which had to maintain an even flow while pouring. The skeleton and crossbones emblem, still used today, meant that its contents were .poisonous. Stevens ex-plained that the flask or “preacher’s” flask, as it is sometimes called, became popular because many people drank during prohibition and needed a way to easily conceal their bottle. There are as many types of bottles as there are people to collect them, commented Stevens. Many people collect only the gold glass bottles while others prefer the blue glass. Still others collect bottles for their unique shapes or designs. Another major reason for collecting is it can mean big profits if a(Continued on Page 2) Alvin Stevens Jr. Displays A Few Items in His Collection ;