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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 11, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Medicare Program Could Help Many WillistonEIko Sweeps RSM Page 8A A Quick Read Nancy Thurmond Lobbying For Post From Staff And Wire Reports COLUMBIA Nancy Thurmond wife of Sen Strom Thurmond R SC is lobbying like crazy to be the nations new undersecretary for travel and tourism a newspaper to day quoted unidentified sources as saying But Mrs Thurmond denied to The State newspaper that she is vigor ously pursuing the subcabinetlev el job in the Commerce Department She did say however Im definitely interested She said she has discussed the posi tion with Commerce Secretarydes ignate Robert Mosbacher Sr and Lee Atwater who served as presi dentelect George Bushs campaign manager I dont know if I have a chance she said in an interview Mrs Thurmond who grew up in Aiken and now lives in Foxchase with her husband and children is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Paul R Moore of Aiken She is a former Miss South Carolina SRP Geologists Find Old Fault Savannah River Plant geologists have discovered a previously un mapped underground fault that runs the entire width of the nuclear weap ons plant officials said Faults which are cracks in the earths crust can cause earthquakes if they shift They are a general safe ty concern for SRPs nuclear reac tors which have received extensive seismic resistance improvements in recent months But the newly mapped fault 35 to 40 million years old has not been ac tive said Department of Energy spokesman William Whiting Weather Tonight will be cloudy cool and rainy with a low near 40 Rain will continue Thursday with a high near 50 and a low in the upper 30s Please see details on Page 11A Deaths Minnie Mae Carpenter Graniteville Leo H Herlong Johnston Mildred G Hewitt Graniteville Marcella Maddox North Augusta John H Neal Aiken Julian B Parkman Augusta Carrie M Penuel Thomson Ga Anna S Price Bath Fannie B Scarborough Augusta Please see details on Page 11 A Inside Today Bridge9B Calendar16A Classifieds78 Comics6B Crossword10B Cryptoquote8B DearAbby6B Local Front1B Obituaries 11A Opinions4A Sports8A Television6B Weather11A School Board Accepts County Decision Reagan To Bid Nation Farewell Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 N 10 Lawmakers Get To Work Press Seating Debated In Senate AP Laserphoto File FAREWELL SPEECH President Ronald Reagan will make his farewell address to the nation tonight at 9 pm The speech will be carried live nationally by the major television networks For details please see Page 15A By JAMES PATRICK And GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writers The 108th General Assembly got underway Tuesday with little fan fare in the House of Representa tives and almost immediate con troversy in the Senate The controversy revolves around banishing the press to the gallery above the Senate floor Debate started on the matter shortly after members of the Sen ate carried out their annual ritual of claiming prize seats which are selected according to seniority Sen Ryan C Shealy RLexing ton was one of the first to attempt to lighten the formal mood Proceeding to the speakers podi um Sen Shealy looked up at the balcony then said I want to see which one of these seats can be seen from the balcony The claiming of seats got so con fusing that all the Senators were asked to vacate their seats and move to the one they wanted when their name was called Shealys levity was aimed at the possibility of print reporters and photographers being banished to the balcony The issue which has gotten widespread publicity proved to be a major deliberation at the start of the session He had said earlier in lobby he thought the press ought to get some fishing poles and cups and lower the lines down to the Senate floor to give and receive messages Sen Shealy later said of a pro posed rule that the press could be present behind the railing on the senate floor but could not speak to each other or a senator I have no problem with the press being in In my opinion it is not the press that causes the problem I think each individual senator has the sense to limit conversations with the A compromise was proposed which would make the press stay behind the railing of the Senate chamber and have no contact with Senators on the floor This brought on a great deal of discussion about what constituted a salutation and what constituted a conversa tion The immediate decision was to delay debate on the matter until today Sen Thomas L Moore DAiken See LAWMAKERS GET Page ISA To Oppose Pay Raise By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer South Carolina congressmen say they are opposed to the 50 percent congressio nal pay hike endorsed and one said he has introduced legislation to halt the increase The pay increase linked to ban on hon oraria for members of Congress has been endorsed by President Reagan The increases would raise congressio nal salaries to a year to The pay hike will also apply to some oth er federal officials and judges All of South Carolinas legislators gressmen said they support1 a ban or restrictions on outside honoraria because the privilege has been abused The presidents endorsements to raise the congressional salaries and ban hono raria will become law if both houses of Congress fail to block it within 30 days All six of the representatives and the two senators from South Carolina said Dear Fellow Congressman letters and proposed legislation against the pay hike are floating around Capitol Hill In order for the pay raise proposal to be stopped congressmen must either pe tition for a vote on the House floor or introduce legislation against the raise that will be voted on by Congress Rep Arthur Ravenel Jr RSC said THURMOND HOLLINGS DERRICK PATTERSON RAVENEL TALLON SPENCE SPRATT getting legislation against the pay raise through the committee process is going to be tough because so many congress men want the raise I am opposed to the pay raises but I think it the pay raise proposal will make it through no matter what Rep Ravenel said I already have intro duced legislation to stop the pay and well just have to see where it goes from there The only way to get the legislation out of the committees would be to present a petition from congressmen to discharge it Rep Ravenel said he would sign for the discharge if it came to that None of the other South Carolina con gressmen said they were submitting their own legislation but they either said they were investigating proposals by oth er members they would support or they would only vote against the pay raise if legislation came up for a vote Im opposed to the pay raise and Im hoping I will get a chance to vote against it said Rep John M Spratt Jr DSC Rep Spratt said he is currently looking at the many pieces of legislation that have been proposed against the pay raise Within the next couple of weeks he said he would be supporting one of those pieces of legislation Rep Floyd D Spence RSC said he is hoping that Congress can get enough members to force a vote on the floor against the pay raise Rep Spence said he will support a res olution being circulated that is against the pay raise and will definitely vote Please See LAWMAKERS Page 15A Minorities Targeted Government Plans AntiSmoking Push By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Antismoking cam paigns have been most successful in get ting white men to put out their cigarettes and a new government report calls for more efforts aimed at women children minorities and high school dropouts who are not quitting as quickly The annual report issued by Surgeon General C Everett Koop on the 25th anni versary of the governments first such report says the proportion of American smokers has declined from 40 percent of the population in 1965 to 29 percent in 1987 These changes represent nothing less than a revolution in behavior Koop said in the report Thanks to the remarkable progress of the past 25 years we can dare to envision a smokefree society However he said smokers are dis proportionately found in groups that are harder to reach and this disparity may increase over time Please See WOMEN Page ISA A N D itness Good Health Demands Attention And Effort By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer When clothes wear out you can go to the store to buy more When your car breaks down you can visit the nearest car lot and buy a new one But when your body begins to break down theres nowhere to get another one If many people spent as much tune taking care of their health as they spend taking care of their cars or their clothes they could live longer and healthier lives In the day of fast foods long hours of television and fast paced lives people while becoming more aware of the need for good health are unable to identify their own bad health or even how to prevent it Good health generally includes a variety of characteristics good weight for the individuals size reasonable activity level normal sleep and normal blood pressure and cholesterol lev els The frequency of a person becoming ill can also be a factor in how healthy they are While good health can be expanded into a hundred different details most of these things are obvi ous items people can be aware of and control For those items less obvious such as blood pressure choles For a closer look at some of the keys to maintaining good health please see Pages 12A and 13A terol and anything involving blood work it is necessary to have regular checkups by a physician Men anri women of all ages need testing and checkups at different intervals during their lives But according to most physicians it is healthy to have at the very least one checkup a year Women should make appointments at least once a year to be examined for breast and pelvic cancer Older people should be examined for colon cancer and blood abnormalities more often than younger people Besides seeing a doctor on a regular basis in order to prevent serious medical problems or to catch them at early stages people can eat right and exercise according to Patty Wylie the chief clinical dietician at HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers Please See GOOD Page ISA