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   Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - December 3, 1981, Aiken, South Carolina                                 "C . I- -  it rV  SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT  AIKEN. S. C. 29801  lo Lihr. U35 >    .    ...„ st. SW rl#  A Ikon, Sc 29801  217  Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications, Inc  Volume 5 •• Number 16  HOTLINE  Q. What is the secret of the gorgeous geraniums at the downtown Farmers & Merchants Bank? -- W f . F., Aiken.  A. F & M Vice President Wade Brodie, who has the green thumb of the organization and supervises the planters bordering the building, said "geraniums like cool weather.” He also explained that the concrete of the sidewalk absorbs heat during the dav^and radiates it to the boxes in the evening. Thus the geraniums escaped the recent frost.  He also admits applying Rapid-Grow to the plants at regular intervals. Brodie credits Willy Curry with the actual work of keeping the plants in prime shape.  Q. Could you tell me how long it should take lo receive a deed after a piece of property has been paid for? My son made his final payment on property last February and it is now the end of November and still no deed. Kvery time we call the agent, he always assures us the deed will be in the mail next week. -(J. II.. Graniteville.  A. A local real estate broker said a deed normally is passed to the  Aiken, S. C, Thursday, December 3. 1981  25c Per Copy  (Continued on Page 16)  $2.5 Million In Road Equipment Is Proposed  By KAY LAWRENCE  AIKEN -- A proposal to acquire new heavy equipment for the Public Works Department at a cost of $2.5 million was put before Aiken County Council by County Administrator Scott Barnes Tuesday night.  Barnes brought out that landfill and road equipment now operated by the county has deteriorated to the point where "a tremendous amount of money is put into repairs.”  Public Works Director Alvin Bryan told council that in the four months he has been on the job $90,000 had been spent on repairs. He said one piece of equipment dates to 1965 and several others to 1968, 1969 and the early 1970 s.  The county administrator advised council they had the bonding capacity to issue $2.5 million in general obligation bonds - in addition to bonds soon to be issued for a new Agricultural Building and possibly for a new courthouse.  Queried by the press as to the bonding limitation for the county. Barnes said about $7.2 million in bonds could still be issued. The Agricultural Building will cost $550,000. Barnes was reluctant to give a figure for the courthouse, since architects plans are to be presented next week, but he finally said estimates are between $3.5 million and $5 million.  MISS CHITLIN STRUT  Pretty Angie Williams of Neeses. S. C.. stood out even in a crowd of 35,000 at the Salley Chitlin Strut last Saturday. For other photos of tho annual jubilation see Page 9.  Council Chairman Carrol Warner was asked whether debt service for $2.5 million in bonds could be financed under a I percent increase in revenue allowed next year when the county 's tax reassessment program is completed.  He shook his head and said it  would have to come under "special programs" with special millage.  Under the state Tax Equalization Law - because revenue will increase sharply when all property is appraised at fair market value --  (Continuod on Pogo 16)  Blindness Doesn t Stop Lugenia Williams  By VIVIAN MILNER  AIKEN -- Mrs. Lugenia Williams, who lost her sight in adult hood, has had new vistas open up since then and now leads an active, productive and interesting life.  She presided recently at the sixth anniversary of the Aiken Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, of which she is president. She is also on the board of directors of the state association.  Don C. Capps, state president who spoke at the meeting paid tribute to her - “she participates in a positive, constructive manner."  A native of Aiken and graduate of Schofield, Mrs. Williams married Eddie Williams in June of 1935. He had a 3-year-old son, Eddie James, whom she raised. That December she and her husband went to work for the Taintor family who were  Aiken winter residents.  “I worked for 14 years for Mrs. Taintor." Mrs. Williams said. "In the summer we were caretakers. In the spring after she left we worked for the Ballazzis and the Von Stades. My uncle was the butler at the Post s and I helped him some at parties.  “My eyes didn't bother me so I didn't have examinations." she continued. "In 1948 my husband and I were shopping in Augusta. I didn't feel any pain but everything went cloudy. I went to the doctors and they told me I had glaucoma.  Drops were put in her eyes and she was told she would have to have surgery. She had the surgery in Columbia.  "I could see real good, drive a car, sew and read. They told me I d have to have drops the rest of my life."  Her husband became sick while they were working for the Taintors. In 1951 they moved to Lincoln Ave., across from the home of her mother and father. Carrier and Luther Lloyd. "My mother would take care of my husband until I got home."  Mrs. Williams developed a cataract and in 1955 had to have surgery. When she went home, her husband was very ill and died a week later. Her sight began failing.  Her mother died in May of that year and her father in August of the following year. By 1957 she could distinguish only light and shadows and someone had to accompany her.  "The Lord is sufficient for all things." Mrs. Williams declared. "He is the best of all doctors. I put  (Continued on Page 2)  Mrs. Williams Keeps House; Gives Plants Loving Care   

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