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Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - January 14, 1982, Aiken, South Carolina SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT AI KEN S C 29801 A ton nc JuMlc LIbr ievberry St SW Alken Sc 29801 217 AIKEN COUNTY Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications Inc Volume 5 Number 21 Alken S C Thursday January 14 1982 25c Per Copy HOT LINE Q Whatwill be done with Eustis Park School now that classes will no longer be held there Also what is the status of Burnettown School Didnt somebody take an option on it BH Aiken A Randy Davidson public infor mation officer for the Aikon Coun ty School District said the Aiken County Community Action Com mission was considering leasing Eustis park for offices but this plan has been abandoned At pre sent the fate of the 30yearold school is undecided Burnettown School closed at the end of the 197980 school year was once proposed as the siteof a gasphol plantjferyagroup of in vestors but opposition developed in the community Davidson said the school was advertised for sale last fall but drew no bids It is still open for sale he said c Q I thought the library at USC Aiken was open to the public but one afternoon when I was there Continued on Page 16 FRENCH CELEBRATION Twirling to a lively French song are Joan Tower and young Claire Servy at an Epiphany party held last week by Alliance Francois d1 Alken a group devoted to French conversation and customs For other photos of the event see Page 9 County Council Replies to Suit Filed by Officials By KAY LAWRENCE AIKEN Replying to a suit filed by the county auditor and treasurer in November against Aiken County Council County Attorney C Wesley Smith has asked for dismissal of the case In the reply filed Monday in the Clerk of Courts office Smith contends the plaintiffs have failed to state facts to support their claim In the suit which named individual members of county council as defen dants Auditor George Williams and Treasurer Margie Plunkett asserted that the governing body failed to provide them with adequate funds per sonnel and equipment to carry out their duties as prescribed by state law As a result the two elected officials contended the mailing of personal property tax notices which amount to S4 to million annually was delayed by several months Both Auditor Williams and Mrs Plunkett said at the time the suit was filed that they had repeatedly brought their needs before Aiken County Council during budget preparation Point by point Attorney Smith denies allegations of the two plaintiffs He contends 12 fulltime employees are not needed in the treasurers office nor are eight needed in the auditors office He asserts further that salaries paid employees in the two offices are not inadequate and that they are com mensurate with salaries paid to other county employees with similar responsibilities Smith also contends computer service is not needed by either of fice for efficiency The plaintiffs have presented no facts on which to base any cause of Continued on Page 16 Betti Gantt Keeps Phone Switches in Order By VIVIAN MILNER AIKEN On April 30th Beth Gantt will have worked for 34 years for Southern Bell Telephone Com pany here Two years ago she took a job which has traditionally been a mans Shes a switching equip ment technician at the companys Laurens Street facility It was a job promotion I ap plied was tested took a physical and was selected explained erect little Mrs Gantt I can shinny up a ladder as good as any man In her department there are six men including her husband J E Gantt Shes the only woman It meant an increase in salary a change and a challenge she declared For her new work Mrs Gantthad on the job training then formal schooling in Columbia and then a fourweek course in Salisbury N C Actually Southern Bell has a continual training program to keep up with new equipment explained her immediate bossHi L Evans In her main duties she analyzes defects in equipment tests repairs and maintains telephone switching circuits and equipment in the com panys Central offices and installs repairs and adjusts equipment such as switches relays and amplifiers using hand tools Besides routine equipment maintenance she may remove or place connections on wire distributing frames and solder wires to terminal lugs Mrs Gantt may go out and main tain telephone switching equip ment at hotels and office buildings She moves and lifts up to a max imum of 60 pounds This job is involved with elec Ironies I read electronic blue prints she explained I was a little apprehensive whether the men would resent my coming in she admitted Its just the opposite Theyre very helpful including the boss For the past 10 years the telephone company has not con sidered whether men and women are in traditional jobs commented Evans All have been one of the guys both men and women with the common purpose to serve the customer Beth has adapted extremely well to this type of work Evans declared She has shown en thusiasm and she holds her own with the group with no problem Mrs Gantt was single when she first became an operator in the traf fic department After 13 years she became a service assistant there helping the operators After several years she went to the commercial department handl ing business accounts with Continued on Page 2 Pboto by VIvtaB MIUw Beth ReTroifred for Highly Technical Job
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