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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Ciillliil Sports USC Remembers Joe Morrison Page 7A A Quick Read Free Tax Preparation Assistance Available Free tax assistance through the In ternal Revenue Services Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is now available in Aiken Two Aiken sites open Mondays Tuesdays and Fridays will remain open through the 1988 tax filing sea son which ends April 17 IRStrained volunteers staff the VITA sites and offer direct assis tance to area taxpayers in filing the basic tax forms Taxpayers do not need to make an appointment A site located in the Aiken County Council on Aging building at 159 Mor gan Street is open Monday and Fri days from 9 am till noon and 2 pm till 5 pm and Tuesdays from 9 am till noon A second site is located at the H Odell Weeks Activity Center at 1700 Whiskey Road and is open Mondays and Fridays from 9 am till noon and 2 pm till 6 pm and Tues days from 9 am till noon Taxpayers should bring the income tax package they received in the mail and their W2 forms to the VITA sites A copy of last years tax return is also helpful Homeless Man Wins Million Jackpot LAS VEGAS AP A homeless man who won a million jackpot says he plans to get an apartment but will continue to work at the recycling plant he has called home for years Don Sarbaugh said he also will con tinue his nightly habit of gambling at a casino but has no other firm plans for his new found wealth Im no different today than I was a week ago said the 54yearold for mer vagrant Im still a reclama tion engineer Sarbaugh was given his first in stallment of on Monday for hitting the jackpot on a Megabucks machine at the Palace Station casino He will be paid in annual install ments for 20 years Weather Fair skies and colder weather are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the low 50s Deaths Walter Adams Edgefield Queenie Baker Trenton Marjorie J Flaherty Greenville Dr Listen Gunter Wagener James Hooper Edgefield Roy Lawson Columbia Magaret A McLaurin Maxton NC Leatha Rising Bath Venie T Scott Greenwood Benjie Wilson Johnston Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar8B Classifieds4B Comics3B Crossword7B Cryptoquote5B DearAbby3B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television3B Weather54 Budget Choices Tough For Legislators Page IB Million Needed For NA Drainage Tuesday February 71989 250 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 33 House Turns Down Pay Increase By LARRY MARGASAK The Associated Press WASHINGTON The House voted 38048 today to reject a 51 percent pay raise today as lawmakers rushed to beat a midnight deadline and deny them selves an increase the public clearly doesnt want them to accept The House was making the first move to kill the increase for lawmak ers and the Senate was expected to swiftly turn its attention to the House measure At the White House press secretary Martin Fitzwater said The president will abide by the wishes of the Congress I would expect him to go along with whatever they decide He said Presi dent Bush would act quickly on whatever Congress sends to the White House Raise opponents cleared the path for rejection votes in both houses today af ter they engineered the collapse Monday of House Speaker Jim Wrights suggest ed alternative a 30 percent pay increase Wright DTexas reluctantly sched uled todays vote on a simple resolution of disapproval that would require sus pension of the rules and a twothirds ma jority Lawmakers for and against a raise predicted passage The speaker conceded after his forces were beaten decisively when they tried to adjourn the House let the full raise be come law at am Wednesday and then schedule a Thursday vote to scale back the increase to 30 percent The opening move in that strategy failed on a 23888 vote As Monday wore on everything ap peared to fall in place for opponents of the raise Senate Majority Leader George J Mitchell DMaine whose chamber voted 955 last week for a differ ently worded rejection bill last week said he would schedule a prompt vote on the House version Passage requires a simple majority Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole R Kan said President Bush would sign the rejection measure despite Bushs person al support for the raise Public clamor against the raise has been growing each day A weekend Gal lup poll asked 1001 adults from Friday through Sunday whether they favored or opposed increasing congressional pay from to the amount of the proposed increase The results with a fourpoint margin of error showed 82 percent opposed with only 15 percent in favor The raise was recommended by a pres idential commission Its rejection not only would keep congressional pay stuck at but would prevent federal judges and top Bush administration offi cials from getting a similar increase Please See HOUSE Page IDA How They Voted South Carolinas Congressmen were virtually unanimous in their sup port for a resolution which forced a vote on the federal pay raise Democratic Reps Butler C Derrick 3rd Elizabeth J Liz Patter son 4th District and John M Spratt Jr 5th District joined Republicans Floyd D Spence 2nd District and Ar thur C Ravenel 1st District in voting against adjournment which would have allowed the raise to take effect automatically Democratic Rep Robin Tallon 6th District did not vote All of the states Congressmen have gone on record saying they would vote against the pay raise if it came before the House for a vote Cold Threatens Crops Livestock In Southwest Deadly Winter Blast Claims 61 Lives By MITCHELL LANDSBERG The Associated Press Southwestern farmers struggled to save their citrus crops today and Idaho ranchers searched for livestock smoth ered in seemingly bottomless snow drifts as a deadly arctic air mass shattered more weather records across the nation Ice parts of the Southeast and Texas causing power outages fill ing hotels and causing hundreds of auto accidents on glassy roads New Orleans went ahead with its soggy Mardi Gras but other Louisiana towns decided that this Fat Tuesday would be spent indoors At least 61 deaths have been blamed on the weather since Jan 31 when frigid air broke out of Alaska Among the latest was a 59yearold Chi cago man found frozen to death Monday outside a metal shop where he often sold aluminum cans police said In Washing ton state divers found the body of a 53 yearold orchard worker whose car broke through the ice in Osoyoos Lake With the cold front stopped in its tracks no immediate relief is expected The cold continued to plague virtually the entire nation but especially the west ern third In Idaho Gov Cecil Andrus declared a state of emergency Monday in rural Clark County and the National Guard was expected to help ranchers today as they searched drifts as deep as 15 feet for buried cattle and sheep County Commissioner Ab Laird said he lost more than 600 sheep 700 cows and dozens of heifers and bulls on his proper ty near Dubois in eastern Idaho Chill Could Hit Thursday The arctic cold weather that froze Alaska last week and has chilled much of the cation this week should arrive in Aiken Thursday but tem peratures wont be quite so cold Highs in the mid 40s are forecast Thursday and Friday Saturdays weather will be a little wanner with a high in the 50s Lows will be in the mid 30s Thursday and in the upper 20s Friday and Saturday Colder weather is forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s Mostly sunny skies and cooler weather are forecast Wednesday The high will be in the low 50s In California Texas and Arizona cit rus fanners fretted as temperatures dropped below freezing in usually tem perate growing areas Growers brought out smudge pots and turned on giant fans to keep cropnlamag ing frost from settling In Californias San Joaquin Valley one grower reported temperatures dipping to 19 degrees Monday Todays low at 2 am EST was minus 37 degrees in Craig Colo The lowest temperature reported Mon day was Logan Canyon Utahs 54 below zero More than 40 record lows were set Monday San Francisco had its coldest February day ever its low of 31 shat tered a 102yearold record Ely Nev recorded its lowest temperature ever minus 30 Staff Photo By Phil Jones WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS Brian Frushour Tiffany Johnson and Zeke Miller jump rope for Heart at St Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken The annual event is a benefit for the American Heart Association and is a part of the schools physical education program Bjorn Borg Takes Overdose Aiken Continues To Lose Many Retail Sales Dollars By The Associated Press MILAN Italy Fivetune Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg was hospitalized today after swallowing bar biturates in an appar ent suicide attempt Italian news agencies reported The retired Swedish tennis star was report ed out of danger at the Milan Polyclinic after having had his stomach pumped He has been staying at the home of his Italian fiancee rock singer Loredana Berte A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that Borg 32 was admitted but refused to give any details From initial police investigations it appears to have been a suicide attempt said the ANSA news agency BORG According to the agency Ms Berte telephoned for an ambulance at about 9 am from her Milan apartment She was later reported to have been at Borgs hos pital bedside Borg and Ms Berte had planned to marry in Milan on Feb 26 but Italian newspapers recently said the ceremony had been put off because Ms Bertes di vorce from an industrialist has not yet come through Borg who dominated mens tennis in the 1970s and won the Wimbledon singles title five times was previously married to Romanianborn tennis player Mariana Simonescu He retired from tournament play in 1983 at the age of 27 He now runs a fash ion business and acts as a tourism am bassador for Sweden In January an aide to Borg was quoted as saying Borgs planned marriage to Ms Berte was stopped by the Roman Catholic Church By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer The amount of retail dollars lost in Ai ken County to other areas decreased by one percentage point from 1986 to 1987 the latest year for which figures were available the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce heard today Dr Robert E Botsch from USCAiken reported those 1987 figures at Aikens Wakin the Chambers monthly break fast meeting which is held at on the second Tuesday of at Houndslake Coun try Club That means that the county retained one percentage point more in retail sales during 1987 than it did in 1986 In 1987 Aiken County retained 43 percent of all retail sales losing 57 percent according to Dr Botsch No dollar figures as to the amount lost were available The rate of retention is still far below those of Sumter Orangeburg and Ker shaw counties which are statistically similar to Aiken County for the purposes of the survey Their combined index of sales retained for 1987 was 55 Were Aiken Countys percentage of re tention as high as those counties it would mean that million more would have been spent in the county Dr Botsch said The prime difference between those counties and Aiken County is the pres ence of Augusta just across the river he said although other factors play a part The index is based on a ratio of the disposable income available compared to the retail sales for the county in a given year For Aiken County in 1987 those fig ures were billion and million respectively being a ratio of 43 That ratio of retention has risen five percentage points since 1970 the first year for which figures were available Dr Botsch a professor of political sci ence at the University of South Carolina at Aiken began a survey of amount of retail sales lost in 1970 updating that in formation every year In order to obtain other facts and deter mine how to retain a higher percentage of retail sales Dr Botsch conducteda survey of 450 people in Aiken North Au gusta and the part of the county in be tween in 1987 Better quality and service are the prime factors for inducing persons to shop at home more Dr Botsch concluded Please See AIKEN page 10A   

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