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Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - December 31, 1981, Aiken, South Carolina SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT AIKEN S C 29801 Aiken Fuhlic Libr Wewberry St SW Aiken Sc 29801 217 250 COUNTY RUSUC LIBRARY AIKEN COUNTY Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications Inc Volume 5 Number 19 Aiken S C Thursday December 31 1981 25c Per Copy HOT Q What is the Solidarity Is it one national union throughout Poland or is it one of several unions in that country R L Aiken A It is a national union encom passing many occupations miners shipbuilders agricultural workers in all about 18 different trades according to Dr George A Bowdler of the Political Science Department at USCAiken It has about 10 million members almost onethird of the population of Poland he said Its numerical strength makes it a political force in that country Lech Walesa is the top leader of the organization The main characteristic of the Solidarity Dr Bowdler said is that it is independent from the govern ment and the Communist Party which comprises a situation quite different fronrthat of other Soviet bloc countries Q Who plays the role of Smokey the Bear in all the parades Or is the bear purely mechanical E S New Ellentqn A Aiken County Ranger Ray mond O Scott said various persons connected with the Forestry Com Continued on Page 16 NEW BIKE What is more exciting than a new Christmas bike Kristen Erin Kramer 5yearold daughter of Mr and Mrs Willard Kramer gets an assist from her dad as she makes her cursion Budget Woes Topped News During 1981 By KAY LAWRENCE Budget problems beset both the county government and the school board throughout the first half of 1981 and continued to plague them in termittently the remainder of the year The spiraling cost of utilities and gasoline the demand for increased ser vices in a rapidly growing county the need for capital improvements and the desire to provide cost of living increases for employees had officials between a rock and a hard place Anticipated cuts in federal and state funds added to the agony of the budget planners They saw a glimmer of hope in 1982 when the Tax Equalization program is to be completed by March At that time all real estate property in Aiken County is to be listed at fair market value It is estimated that the value of a mill will increase from the present to Although by state law the increase in revenue the first year must not be more than 1 percent over the previous year and millage must be rolled back to achieve this if necessary there are some big loopholes to this regulation The county governing body or the school board may add on for new construction or new services provided they stipulate the millage for each project Although there is a promise of additional revenue officials are concerned about the reaction of the public to the reappraisals They feel citizens are not fully aware of the jump they will experience in their property values when all notices go out at the same time in March Chairman Carrol Warner of Aiken County Council has predicted from 4000 to 5000 tax payers will appeal their appraisals in the first weeks after the notices are mailed Other major happenings in 1981 Continued on Page 9 Sixth Graders Produce Lively Newspaper By GERALDINE WILSON BELVEDERE The Belvedere Chronicle is a most unusual newspaper It is unusual because it is totally produced by sixth graders and is completely hand let tered The newsy publication is the pro duct of Mrs Linda Jacobs class Section at Belvedere Elemen tary School The 28 members of the class had their interest in newspapers arous ed after studying about newspaper production This interest was fur ther stimulated by a visit to The Augusta Chronicle and Herald where they observed the assembl ing of the news and the printing process Mrs Jacobs reported the students were very impressed and very eager after that to put out their own newspaper which is on annual class project in conjunction with the study of newspaper pro duction The first edition of The Belvedere Chronicle was com pleted on Oct 30 and was so well received by the students and facul ty that the young people decided to continue publication on a monthly basis However they have since decid ed to publish every two months The second edition came out Dec 17 just prior to Christmas holidays The paper is still in its infant stage and there are a number of problems that have not yet been solved One of these is finding enough time for the work along with other class studies and pro jects The school day simply does not permit as much time to devote to the paper as we would like said Mrs Jacobs Only a few copies of the first edi tion of the Chronicle were distributed outside the 6C classroom However 900 copies of the second edition were distributed so that all the students faculty and staff might enjoy it Each page is neatly hand lettered with news stories and ar ticles set off by headlines The paper also publishes selected art work and poetry by the students Each class in the school has now elected a reporter who covers news events in his or her class and con veys them to Section 6C students in charge of news gathering Continued on Page 2 Belvedere Writers Charity Canlpt Editor Alan Daniel and Mark Walker r Works with
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