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Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - December 17, 1981, Aiken, South Carolina SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT AIKEN S C 29801 A iten no Fuhlle Llbr Wevberry St SW 29801 217 AIKEN COUNTY Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications Inc Volume 5 Number 18 Aiken S C Thursday December 17 1981 25c Per Copy a HOTLINE Q When will the county nursing home be completed and is it possi ble now to make an application for a patient Clearwater A The nursing homeis expected to be completed in February or ear ly March according to Aiken Coun ty Building Official Joe Busby Although applications for employment are being taken now at the Aiken County Council office and being forwarded to the firm which will manage the facility pa tient applications must bewritten directly to that firm National Health Corp Ernest Burgess Box 1398 Murfreesboro Tenn 37130 Later when the staff is selected there will be a local office where applications for patients may be made Q What does the W stand for in County Administrator W Scott Barnes name Warrenville A Its not Waldo or Wimberly or Wolfgang its simply William Revamp Plan For Council Areas Is Approved By KAY LAWRENCE AIKEN A reapportionment plan for eight county council districts which entails only minor changes in population and boundary lines of those districts was passed by Aiken County Council on third and final reading Tuesday night The plan must now be submitted to the US Justice Department for ap proval as required for nine states by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 The federal agency has 60 days to render its decision Gil Trapp retained by council to handle the revamping job told the panel several weeks ago he anticipated no drastic changes Populations of the districts hadnot changed substantially with the 1980 census and minority representation was fairly even throughout the county One goal of the remapping Council Chairman Carrol Warner said Tues day night was to clarify district lines and eliminate confusion at the polls Beech Island had been bisected by two districts under the former plan At the last election undividual members of some families in the Valley area were assigned to different polling places Under Justice Department rules Photo by Joe Lista A BABE AT CHRISTMAS Q Whatever happened to Joan Price who served on the first Aiken County Council back in 1972 I Each new infant is a miracle A babe born nearly 2000 years ago in a manger in Bethlehem changed the course of the world Above little Becky is admired fondly by her sister Sand Continued on Page 12 and her mother Pam Mrs Harry Dj Harmon of Aiken the population in each district must not vary by more than 5 percent above nor 5 percent below the norm The average population for Aiken Countys eight districts is 13203 Trapp explained that District 1 was too high with13960 A total of 855 residents were reassigned to District 6 District 2 was too low with 12562 A slice out of District 7 which smoothed out irregular boun dary lines brought the total up to Continued on Page 12 Salvation Army Is Santa in Area By VIVIAN MILNER AIKEN biggest Santa here during the Christmas season is the Salvation Army Its work is made possible by many who help and by thousands of people who drop con tributions into the kettles manned by bellringing volunteers The children of lowincome families who qualify get new toys and their parents are given a check to a local grocery store where they can pick out their choice of Christmas groceries according to Capt Robert E Melton This is our main program at Christmas in AiJken We do visit the Aiken Nursing Home and the New Ellenton Nursing Home and give each resident a box of toilet goods We visit with the residents too then The Salvation Army also gives each inmate of the Aiken Youth Correction Center a packet of need ed items and a copy of the Salva tion Army magazine the War Cry Every dollar contributed is stret ched to the fullest Toys and dolls are bought at wholesale during the summer Toilet goods are purchas ed from a company which gives a special price This year over 100 dolls were dressed by members of Town Country Club the Lila Williams Circle of the First Baptist church and the Altrusa club The dolls and other toys are grouped according to childrens ages Parents can pick any two toys for various age categories for each of their children up through 12 The Citadel on Gayle Drive NW just off Highway 19 will be decorated next week by the Junior Class at Aiken High Kettles will be manned by volunteers from the Pilot Club the Aiken High Key Club the Lions Rotary Altrusa Demolay South Aiken High Key club and South Aiken High National Honor Socie ty We can use individual volunteers too who can ring the bells for at least three hours Its good to have two bell ringers especially in cold weather They may call 6480461 if they want to help Capt Melton said The kettle was first used on a stormy night just before Christmas in 1894 A large ship was wrecked on the rocky coast near San Fran cisco Survivors cold wet and hungry were helped to a nearby Salvation Army building There was a depression and the Salvation Army was stretching its food resources to feed the jobless Soon the food ran out An ingenious young woman pick ed up the kettle and went out to a street corner in the bitter cold She set up a sign Keep the Kettle boil ing and that night there was soup Continued on Page 2 Capt and Mrs Robert E Melton and Mrs Undo Chrlstlnt Chairman of Christmas Committee Hold Dolls to be Given
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