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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Today Miss Texas Wins Crown Page 5A A Quick Read Plea Doesnt Stop Lake Name ATLANTA AP Despite a plea from a former aide to Sen Strom Thurmond a state Senate committee has approved a bill which would re fuse to put Thurmond Lake on state road signs and maps Congress changed the name of Clarks Hill Lake on the South Caroli naGeorgia border last year to honor the longtime Republican senator from South Carolina A bill already passed by the state House would keep it Clarks Hill as far as the state of Georgia is concerned Stanley Hackett an Atlanta lawyer who once worked for Thurmond told the committee Tuesday that naming the lake for Thurmond completes a deal that was struck in 1971 when an other reservoir on the GeorgiaSouth Carolina line was named for Sen Richard B Russell of Georgia Hackett whose account has been backed by former Georgia Sen Her man Talmadge said the deal called for another lake on the Savannah River to be named for a South Carolinian But Senate Majority Leader Tom Allgood DAugusta said feat while he does not oppose honoring Thur mond residents near the lake are up set about the change I dont know of anybody in that community either Georgia or South Carolina who was ever consulted he said The bill then won an 110 vote AH those voting were Democrats The bill goes next to the Senate Rules Committee to compete for a place on the Senate calendar Weather Rain In Forecast A 60 percent chance of rain is fore cast tonight with a low near 40 A 90 percent chance of rain and thunder storms are likely Thursday with rain heavy at times The high will be in the mid 50s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Eddie M Bowell North Augusta Troy D Cockrell North Augusta Lee S Davidson Augusta James G Key North Augusta Larson Lanier Metier Ga Irene H Nelson Bath Janie Lee Rowell Aiken Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 6C 3C 4C 86 70 5C 86 16 6A 1C 9A 86 6A Delay Threatens Car Insurance Reform Area Deaths Mirror National Statistics Pick The Winners The Aiken Standard is sponsoring an Academy Awards contest The person who correctly picks the winner in the categories of Best Pic ture Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor and Best Support ing Actress will receive In case of a tie a random drawing will be held to determine the winner Please see page 8C of todays newspaper for more details and an official entry blank Aiken Sou CROWDED CLASSROOM These students at Millbrook Elementary School are an example of the crowded Staff Photo By Phi Jones conditions that exist in some Aiken County schools Education A Complex Issue Changing Social Patterns Make Liabilities Outweigh Assets In County School System EDITORS NOTE TJiis is the second in a series of articles about the Savannah Elv er Plants impact on Aiken County To days topic is education By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Teaching youngsters to read and write at a level that will prepare them for sur vival in a high tech society is getting more difficult but those charged with the duty cant afford to give up according to Aiken Countys top school official Dr Joseph R Brooks superintendent of the Aiken County School System said Any time we think we are falling short then we have to go back and reempha size our purpose as educators and counselors The superintendent and the people who work in his adminis tration have what some survey respon dents believe is the toughest job in Aiken County educating an annual enrollment of nearly 24000 students Complex issues sur rounding schools and a BROOKS need to improve teaching facilities make education the No 1 concern of most Ai ken County residents In almost every case schools take priority among those drafting a Strategic Plan to cope with the Savannah itiver Plants impact on the community According to a survey of the school sys tems liabilities and assets Dr Brooks job promises to get even harder Chang ing social patterns rising costs of educa tion capital plant needs and shortages of tax revenues have made liabilities out weigh assets in the Aiken school system The data gathered at a time when the county appears moving toward a decade of exceptional growth shows a school system in rapid transition But at the time there also is seen a striking con trast between the countys ability to pay for improvements in education and the amount of money the schools get Because of the Savannah River Plant a diversified manufacturing base and healthy retail trade Aiken has become one of the richest counties in the state Per capita income is in the states top 10 counties the annual salary scale of households is above the national average and more than billion a year is gener ated in the local economy But despite these economic advan tages the county lags badly in the finan cial support it gives public schools We are near the bottom of the states SRP Report OVER VIEW EDUCATION 91 school districts in the amount of local money we spend on each pupil said Dr Brooks in stating the case for more mon ey He regards full funding as the founda tion stone in turning out better students But even as he deals with such contro versial issues as sex education discipline and escalating dropout rates and leads a search for better teachers and adminis trators Dr Brooks works under a heavy burden He must balance a budget on tight money The superintendent admits his biggest concern is obtaining adequate funding among a taxpayer population growing in creasingly hostile about tax increases In See EDUCATION Page 12A Board OKs Sex Ed State Curriculum Out Panel Picks Program By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Board of Education voted Tuesday night against the state recommended curriculum for sex educa tion in the middle schools and unani mously approved Me My World My Future The school board put its stamp of ap proval on the sex education curriculum for grades 68 recommended by the advi sory committee that spent past months debating the controversial component of the Comprehensive Health Education Act that became law in April The 13member Aiken County Compre hensive Health Education Advisory Com mittee composed of community repre sentatives and educators selected by the board unanimously voted in December in favor of the text Me My World My Future produced by TeenAid Inc The result of the boards favorable vote of the committees recommendation is an approximate cost to the school district next year Teachers Want RaisePage 1B My feeling is its not a cost to the school district but an investment for the future said Board Vice Chairman Jim my Powell In a preliminary presentation of next years budget at the board meeting at Greendale Elementary School last night district administrators showed that the district plans to allot for the texts The exact cost of the texts presently fig ured by the school district totals If AIDS materials are includ ed the cost would be The advisoiy committee will meet to consider adding AIDS materials to the curriculum to complete requirements of the CHE Act Because it is not clear whether the ap proved text meets all the requirements of the law teacher committees will have to be hired during the summer to review and reorganize materials According to district personnel the material may not be completed by the beginning of 198990 school year because of District Instruc tional Division staff limitations If the board had approved the state proposed curriculum the district would Please See BOARD Page 8B Supplements Daily Diet May Be Harmful By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Vitamin calci and fiber supplements that Americans consume by the millions of doses are useless and potentially harmful says a report today by the National Research Council The massive NRC study called Diet and Health Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk rec ommends that higherthanneeded doses of vitamins be avoided and says that neither fiber nor calcium supplements have any value to health Instead the 1300page report said people should eat a variety of foods that provide nutrients naturally Particular attention should be paid to reducing dietary fat alcohol con sumption and salt intake it satf The findings on dietary supple ments come at a time when Ameri cans are spending millions of dollars on vitamin pflls calcium powders and capsules and on high fiber compounds On vitamins the NRC study said a good health recommendation is to See SUPPLEMENTS Page 8A County Council Makes Grave Decision By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer The Aiken County Council refused to purchase the Schultz Hill cemetery with county money at its Tuesday meeting Instead the council voted 63 to sanc tion a fund raising drive to raise to purchase the land located along US 1 near North Augusta A motion to use county money for the Sewer LinesPage 1B purchase was defeated by a 54 vote This vote came in the wake of County Attorney Robert M Bells opinion that purchasing the property with county money and then giving it to a coalition of five churches would be illegal Those favoring county purchase includ ed District 8 Councilman Willar H High tower Jr District 6 Councilwoman Rose mary B English District 3 Councilwoman LaWana Mckenzie and District 2 Councilman Medwell Hill Those in opposition included District 7 Councilman J Allen Brodie District 5 Councilman Eugene A Duckett District 4 Councilman William E Eddie Butler and District 1 Councilwoman Kathy D Rawls Please See COUNTY Page 8A DOE Reactor Impact Study Is Prudent By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Department of Energy officials say a grandfather clause means theyre not re quired to prepare an environmental im pact statement before restarting the Sa vannah River Plants nuclear production reactors They said theyre preparing that EIS because its environmentally prudent not because of a pending federal law suit seeking to block restart of the idled reactors until the statement is completed The lawsuit filed by three environmen tal groups says the National Environ mental Policy Act requires that DOE fin ish the comprehensive environmental Piping ReplacementsPage 1B study before the weapons reactors go back on line But department officials said Tuesday that SRPs nree operable production re actors arent subject to NEPA in this case because they were built before that law took effect in 1970 The reactors the nations only source of perishable tritium gas for nuclear weapons have been idled since last sum mer for DOEordered upgrades to man agement and equipment Department of ficials said they hope to announce restart dates in midMarch Three environmental groups the Natural Resources Defense Council Greenpeace USA and the Energy Re search Foundation filed suit in Decem ber saying that reactor technical prob lems publicized last fall at congressional hearings make the restart a major fed eral action requiring an EIS But department officials who expect to file a response to the lawsuit within two weeks say completion of that study wont be a condition for restart Its the departments contention that these reactors are grandfathered un der NEPA because they were operat ing prior to the enactment of that law in 1970 said Rebecca H Craft a spokes woman with the DOEs Savannah River Operations on Tuesday Please See DOE Page 8A   

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