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   Aiken County Rambler (Newspaper) - February 18, 1982, Aiken, South Carolina                                 SECONO CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT  AIKEN, S. C. 29801  klVen ctg* Public Lifer. ^35 Newberry Bt. SW nl* Aiken, Sc 29801 217  *'*** Co,  Aiken, S. C., Thursday, FsiUitry ; J|, 1982  Approved  25c Per Copy  Council Splits Over Barnes’ Revamp Plans  By KAY LAWRENCE  AIKEN ~ Sharp disagreement among council members over Administrator Scott Barnes’ plan to revamp county departments took up nearly two hours of the Aiken County Council meeting Tuesday night.  The chairman of the Aiken County Planning Commission, C. B. Anderson Jr., also expressed disapproval of the administrator’s desire to bring the planning office directly under his supervision.  Despite lengthy controversy, council approved Barnes’ reorganization “in concept” on a 5-4 vote.  The vote was strictly on party lines - as was the vote on two ordinances necessary to put the departmental revamp into effect.  Each time the tally was 5-4, with Democrats Billie Trapp, Michael McElhaney, William Clybum, Medwell Hill and Fay Hatcher favoring the reorganization, and Republicans Mim Woodring, Ralph Cullman, and Chairman Carrol Warner against. The fourth vote in opposition came from Homer McGee, who was elected on the Democratic ticket but frequently votes with the Republicans.  Early in the discussion, council debated as to how much of what transpired in an “executive session” Feb. 9 should be brought out at the public meeting.    _  .    absent. It was decided Tuesday  I or details of reorganization plan,    night the vote must be ratified in  see Page 7.    public    meeting.  —-   .....——    The press, at one point, challeng-  *    «    ..    ed the legality of the executive ses-  The vote at the closed meeting    °  had been 4-3 in favor of Barnes'  Plan. Two members of council were  (Continued on Pogo 16)  Copyright 1981 by Rambler Publications, Inc.  HOT LINE  Q. Is it common practice for physicians of Aiken to charge their patients a fee (more than $200) to get them admitted to a hospital? This fee was aside from charges made by the hospital - A. R., Aiken.  A. Dr. Joseph Cunningham, president of the Aiken County Medical Society, said that “it depends on the degree of service required by the patient.” He added that the medical society has a grievance committee with whom a citizen may discuss a problem. Arrangements to meet with the committee may be made by calling Dr. Mark Meyer, incoming president of the society.  Q. Why doesn’t the Aiken County Library keep horse magazines, since so many people in this area work with or are interested in horses? - D. C., Aiken.  A. Scott Kantor, head librarian, said when he came to the library a few months ago there were no horse magazines. “Since then we've had to cut back on magazines, instead of add ng new ones because of limited funds,” he explained.  He added that the rising cost of subscriptions has also restricted the library on the number of magazines it can take.  (Continued on Page 16)  Volume 5 — Number 26  Photo by WHliaai Boll  I (MITH POLO SEASON  Warren Scherer scores a goal for the Charleston team as Aiken Polo opened its centennial season last Sunday at Whitney Field. Week-Long festivities are planned in April in observence of the 100th anniversary. For other polo photos see Page 12.  Students Grow and Sell Own Plants  By VIVIAN MILNER  AIKEN - A thriving horticulture course is taught in the vocational program at Aiken High School.  Now IO years old, the course has put some students immediately into the work for Aiken. Others have gone on to further studies at technical colleges or Clemson.  South Aiken High School students are eligible for the course and several are bused over to take it, according to Joe Wilson, one of the two instructors.  Recently Wilson was observed teaching a class of seniors in a three-hour course. The students were drawing landscape plans, using IO plant materials displayed that day and IO which had been studied in the previous class.  “We Leach in depth in the three-  hour course," Wilson explained. “A one-hour course. Exploratory Horticulture, is offered to tenth graders. If they like it, they can take the longer class their junior and senior year.”  Joe and the other instructor, Scott Smith, also teach an adult three-hour course every Monday night from 6 to 9 p.m. which is open to anyone in the community. “High School credit can be earned; but most people take the class for their own knowledge,’’ Smith said. For information, citizens may call 649-3350, he said, as the class is still open.  A trip is planned for the adult class to visit Park Seed Co. at Greenwood. The undergraduates will attend the Southern Living Show in Charlotte.  Besides classroom instruction, the students get practical experience working in two greenhouses - the shade house for shrubbery, and a garden area where they use a large rototiller.  Students plant winter and spring gardens. “The winter, gardens didn't fare too well this year, because of our hard winter,” Wilson said ruefully.  One of the greenhouses was built by the students, who covered a frame with polyetheline. "It is much more heat efficient than the commercially built greenhouse of metal and fiberglass,” revealed Wilson.  Pupils from a one-hour class came in to the student-built  (Continued on Pogo 2)  Alkon High Students Tim Fulmor, Jodi# Stout (I) and Molinda Pollock Work in Groonhouso   

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