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Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - January 25, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina Bulk Roll U S POSTAGE PAID Alkn SC Permit No 104 Carrier AIKEN COUNTY Established 1983 Volume 1 Number 10 Aiken S C 25 1984 25 Per Copy On Elementary Schools Aiken School Board Pledges Action By STEPHEN D HALE WAGE NEE During their Tuesday night meeting here the Aiken County School Board committed itself to begin taking action on a proposed threephase plan for upgrading school buildings in the county at their next regular meeting Feb 14 Because two members said they would need more information before they could vote on the controver sial closing of two Aiken elementary schools a vote on Area 1 facilities may not oc cur at the next meeting but the Board vowed to begin making decisions on the other areas of the report then The district administra tion office presented a nine year threephase proposal for modernizing school buildings and bringing them up to state standards The program will cost an estimated million to be paid for by a bond issue of the Board according to the recommendation It is a common practice in South Carolina for school boards to issue bonds without putting the matter before the public for a vote according to district comp troller BT Brinkley Jr More than million of that figure can be expected to be recouped from interest rates according to district figures The indebtedness of the county taxpayers may even tually be much lower than those figures if the gover nors proposed onecent sales tax hike is passed A significant percentage of the revuenue from the governors plan would go to school building programs and that would bring con siderable capital to the district according to District Superintendant Robert W Paskel The Board heard a presen tation from Robert Smoak an Aiken attorney and chairman of the Keep Aiken Elementary Committee which presented a petition of 700 names they claim to have secured in favor of sav ing the schools from extinc tion The administration plan calls for the replace ment of that school and Laurens Street Elementary with a new school Among other arguments Smoak produced copies of the deed of the school to the Board which states that if the building ceases to be us ed as a school its ownership would revert from the Continued on Page 2 This Week In Brief AIKEN The decade controversy over city efforts to stem the slow decay of the Willcox Hotel may have finally been resolved when the Aiken City Council voted to allow a zoning change requested by developers Monday night The inclusion of the grounds of the hotel into the Central Business District make it possible for developers to restore the nearly centuryold hotel as an inn and office building Representatives of the company that proposes to run the inn Littlebrook Ltd said they hope to be able to close a deal with the owner Joseph Eways by Friday Aihenite Is Ambassadors Wife Foreign Forces Complicate Lebanese Situation By STEPHEN D HALE Register Editor WASHINGTON DC Julie Cole graduated from Aiken High School in 1968 Now she is Julie Bouhabib and she has graduated to the international diplomatic scene as the wife of the Lebanese ambassador to America Her life now is one of state dinners and formal parties the kind of atmosphere in which highlevel contacts are made and from which great decisions are reached We entertain a great deal Mrs Bouhabib said during a Christmas Week in terview in Aiken at the home of her parents George and Julia Cole That is the nicest part of this lifestyle weve met so many interesting and friend ly people she said Mrs Bouhabib said she and her husband have an average of two dinners a week and often entertain at lunch and even for breakfast And once or twice a month their official residence is the scene of a formal seated dinner for forty to fifty people She said that she and her husband have twice enter tained the President of Lebanon Amin Gemayel and those dinners were also attended by Secretary of State and Mrs George Schultz National Security Advisor and Mrs Robert McFarlane and Marine Corps Commandant and Mrs Paul Kelley The couple met on a blind date in 1970 while they were both students at Vanderbilt University and were married in 1974 Along with her many official duties she also has a fulltime job as the mother of their three children twins Amin andhis sister Amal who are six yearsold and threeyearold daughter Nada The Bouhabibs have lived in the Washington area for several years The Am bassador Abdullah Bouhabib was an official with the World Bank before the creation of the new Lebanese government and his appointment as am bassador The Bouhabib family comes from Roumebj Lebanon a mountain town Continued on Page 16 Ambascador and Bouhabib
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