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Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - November 5, 1981, Aiken, South Carolina SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT AIKEN S C 29801 n no Fuhllc Llbr Dewberry St SW Aiken Sc 29801 21 AIKEN COUNTY Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications inc Volume S Number 12 Aiken S C Thursday November S 1981 25c Per Copy HOTLINE Q I see the rails on the old Post 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 Liber ty polish it hadto be ordered from a Georgia firm which in turn ordered it from a firm Well 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 of10 years suspended to 7 months and 5 years probation DUI third offense draws 3 years and suspend ed to 8 month or and 2 years probation house breaking and larceny is meted a sentence ai 30 days or 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 County Audit Is Approved By Council By KAY LAWRENCE AIKEN Aiken County Council hastily approved the 198081 county audit Tuesday night in order to be atye to issue S24 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 com pleted only that day by auditors Griffin Wade Cc Warner noted the audit showed Aiken County ended the fiscal year with a surplus of At budget time in July it was estimated the countyl would have a carry over of about Then at a council work session in midSeptember it was revealed the surplus had increased to Queried by a reporter Tuesday night as to how the surplus had now jumped to and why it could not have been estimated more ac curately 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 198081 and in an ef fort to be sure we would be in the black county departments were asked to hold the line on spending The results were savings that in creased the surplus she said Another question put by the PURE GOLD The delicate fanshaped 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 press as to why the computer in the finance directors office could not come up with more accurate figures on the surplus brought an answer that was not readily understan dable to a layman Chairman Warner explained Tuesday night that the county has now been advised by its Charleston bonding attorney to issue the S24 million in general obligation bonds for the jail Previously interest rates had been considered too high In the interim the county has bor rowed on the basis of bond an ticipation notes to fund jail con struction Warner said it is hoped interest rates on the bonds will be between 9 and 10 percent If bids come in Continued on Page 16 Bottle Collecting A Link to the Past By GERALDINE WILSON TRENTON Bottle collecting is a great hobby said Alvin Stevens Jr of Trendon After view ing 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 in kwell 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 dressing shoe polish or whiskey bottles This mean that the peo ple of the past ate a lot of salad kept their shoes clean and drank a lot of whiskey said Stevens jok ingly The fact that bottle collecting gives him a link to the past is one of the major reasons he finds the hob by so fascinating In fact he con siders himself to be an amateur an thropologist because the bottles give a definite picture of how peo ple 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 con tents were poisonous Stevens ex plained that the flask or preachers flask as it is sometimes called became popular because many people drank during prohibition and1 needed a way to easily conceal their bottle There are as many types of bot tles 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 collec ting is it can mean big profits if a Continued on Page 2 Alvin Stevens Jr Displays A Few Items in His Collection
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