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   Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - January 7, 1982, Aiken, South Carolina                                 SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT  AIKEN, S. C. 29801  AIKEN  COUNTY  .!*»•» re • f uS" Ile Ll'br. ^35 ' T «-'berry St. SW rl*  Aiken, Sn 29801 217  CCU INTY  f FLL'-lC USR.AR'  Copyright 1981 by Romblor Publications. Inc.  Volume 5 — Number 20  Aiken, S. C., Thursday, January 7, 1982  25c Per Copy  Treasurer Makes Change In Cash Handling  By KAY LAWRENCE  AIKEN - Aiken County Treasurer Margie Plunkett announced at county council meeting Tuesday night that a new “cash management program” has been put into effect in her office, whereby Bankers Trust will supervise the handling of funds.  She described it as “another giant step forward in the managing of county finances. " She said the plan had the approval of County Administrator Scott Barnes.  Mrs. Plunkett said all three banks in the county were given an opportunity to bid for the contract. She added that the arrangement with Bankers Trust was not considered permanent, and that possibility of rotating banks in the future was being considered.  She said the object of the program is to get maximum return on investment of tax funds not currently needed. “There will be no idle funds -every tax dollar will be at work,” she declared.  The treasurer has previously handled investment of such funds herself and has reaped considerable revenue for the county.  It was explained that Bankers Trust through a computerized system will handle all incoming funds, will keep track of accounts payable and will handle all disbursements, including payroll checks.  Q. It is true there are now fish in Langley Pond and Horse Creek,  (Continued on Page 16)  . . . Youngsters can go crabbing on a South Carolina beach. Here Jim Kellett off Warner-Robbins, Ga., holds up two little fellows he caught at Hilton Head. However, his parents vetoed his idea that he take them home as pets, and he is about to return them to the surf. (Photo by Helen Marine)  The object is to maintain a “zero balance” so the maximum amount of funds may be invested. Investments will be made on an “overnight,” weekly, three to six months and longer term basis, Mrs. Plunkett said. Banks of the area will be given an opportunity to bid  for the investments.  Victor Grout, assistant vice president of Bankers Trust, also explained the program to council.  Members of the press inquired just how the bank would profit  (Continued on Page 16)  ‘Tony’ Cordahi Proposes French Choir  By DORIS PERMAR  AIKEN - Aiken's season of lovely Christmas music closed on a French note Tuesday evening. At the traditional Epiphany party on Alliance Francaise, Antoine Cordahi directed the club members in familiar French carols.  It s from such evenings of group singing that Tony dreams of a year-round French choral group in Aiken. The idea was sparked by the popular French singing movement called “Coeur Joie" (pronounced cur jwah), which means “happy heart."  With the help of Maurice Com-bier, brother of Charles Combier of Aiken. Tony and Ruth Cordahi visited many Coeur Joie workshops and concerts on their visit to France last year.  “I was so inspired I want to promote the same thing here," Tony said. "People of all ages gather regularly to sing for their own  pleasure. Their energy and commitment are marvelous.  “It’s a network of singing groups that grew out of the French Boy Scout movement in the 1940's," he explained. "It is a way to remind the people of their history and culture.  It caught on quickly. There are more than 14,000 members, and some choirs have between 150 and 200 voices. The poeple sing for the joy of it. Its not even necessary to read music.  “Although there are many choral societies in the U.S.,” he continued," there is no central organization nor nationalistic purpose as with Coeur Joie. Its somewhat like square dance groups in this country, where you visit other towns and have workshops."  "It's a suburban movement," added Ruth Cordahi. “There is great local support in the towns." Tony said he has been encouraged by ear  ly response to the idea in this area.  Originally from Egypt, Antoine Cordahi is ideally suited to the undertaking. He speaks French fluently. He is a member of the local chapter of Alliance Francaise, a group promoting an appreciation of French culture.  He has directed the Aiken Choral Society for six years, presenting two immensely popular concerts annually. He directs the adult choir of St. Mary Help of Christians Church and teaches a voice class at USC-Aiken for developing young soloists. He has also organized and directs the USCA Concert Choir which has given a number of performances.  Added to this, he coaches private voice students and teaches music and drama at St. Mary elementary school.  A pianist of concert calibre. Tony (Continued on Page 2)  Antoine and Ruth Cordahi Share Interest in Music and Antiques  EVEN IN WINTER  HOTLINE  Q. Singer Andy Williams bought the W.R. Grace estate about two years ago. Has he ever spent any time in Aiken since then? - F.H., Aiken.  A. A spokesman at Eulalie Salley & Co., which handled the real estate transaction, said Williams was in Aiken last spring and brought a planeload of friends at that time. He has come in very quietly at other times to spend a few days -mainly for rest and relaxation.  Q. Chairman Carrol Warner of Aiken County Council seems like a very hefty fellow. Do you know what i.birt size and suit size he wears? - J.L.C., Aiken.  A. The chairman, who stands 6-4 1 /* and has shoulders like a champion weight lifter, wears a size 17'/*-36 shirt and size 54 suit, extra long.  Incidentally, Mrs. Warner makes many of the neatly tailored sports jackets he wears.   

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