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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Tigers Upset Blue Devils Page 8A A Quick Read SC Unemployment Rises in January COLUMBIA AP Seasonal fac tors are being blamed for South Car olinas unemployment rate rising to 46 percent in January up from De cembers 41 percent The expected slowdown in trade following the Christmas season was a major factor said Robert E Jack David executive director of the Employment Security Commission Construction and services also experienced temporary job losses along wiht manufacturing but man ufacturing employment was still nearly 5000 above the yearago lev el he said Wednesday David said the states unemploy ment rate is relatively low at 46 per cent and he expects it to drop again as warm weather returns and the summer tourism season approaches Total nonagricultural employ ment was 1457900 down 21500 from December Compared to December construction employment was 90800 down 2700 jobs manufacturing was 385200 down 1000 transportation and public utilities was 63500 down 400 trade was 327000 down 10900 finance insurance and real estate was 64800 down 300 services was 257100 down 2700 and government was 267700 down 3500 Soviets Hustle WASHINGTON AP Under Le nins dour gaze from a giant portrait Soviet officials uncorked their new export supervodka and hustled American guests like bornagain capitalists with grins backslaps and heaping bowls of caviar Glasnost was in full flower Wednesday night at the Soviet Em bassy and warm feelings of open ness were stoked by frequent gulps of Stolichnaya Cristall the ultrapre mium Russian vodka that will ap pear on liquor store shelves in 10 American cities this week You might ask what is the differ ence between Stolichnaya and Sto lichnaya Cristall Soviet ambassa dor Yuri V Dubinin smilingly told the happy throng I suspect the ef fect is just the same but Stolichnaya Cristall is better for your health If Dubinin and his marketing com rades get their way Stolichnaya Cristall will be good for the health of the Soviet economy Weather Cloudy Skies Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 70s percent chance of rain Skies will become partly cloudy Friday and the weather will be warmer The high is to be in the mid 60s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Eddie M Bosweli North Augusta Paul B Leopard Graniteville Loia C Rowland Warrenville Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7B 3B 5B 4B 8B 6B 4B 1B 5A 4A 8A 4B 6A Page2A EPA Monitoring SC Waste Ban Bad Check Problem Examined Thursday March 2 250 Aiken South Carolina Tower Will Spark Lengthy Debate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Republicans are promising a vigorous and lengthy Senate debate over John Towers nomination as defense secretary even as his chances of confirmation fade under the mounting weight of Democratic opposition Towers GOP allies made their fighting intentions clear late Wednesday while the man at the center of the storm said he has no intention of giving up Never sur render or retreat the former Texas sen ator said quoting the commander of the Texas forces at the Alamo The full Senate arranged to begin de bate shortly after noon today although no vote was expected until next week at the earliest and there were fresh Demo cratic pleadings that Tower withdraw his nomination Tower on Tuesday renewed his vow to abstain from drinking if he is confirmed TOWER BUSH Asked during a National Press Club ap pearance if he had broken any previous pledges the twicedivorced Tower said he had broken his marital vows Tower also said he would not return to the defense consulting industry even if his confirmation fails Sen William Cohen RMaine said there would be a vigorous debate on the Senate floor adding that the issue involved is more important than a single nomination In a reference to the Senates majority Democrats Republican leader Bob Dole RKan said We hope the door is not closed on the other side But not a single Democrat has thus far supported Tower and two Democrats an nounced their opposition in speeches on the Senate floor Senate Majority Leader George Mitch ell had been expected to vote no but the decision of Sen David Boren of Oklaho ma to oppose Tower was a blow to the Republicans By days end Wednesday an Associat ed Press survey showed 36 Republicans in favor 36 Democrats against and the remainder undecided or not answering Democrats hold a 5545 majority in the Senate Bush met at the White House with addi tional senators in his effort to win Demo crats over to support the nomination He summarized his appeal this way Do what youve got to do but remember fair play remember decency and honor and then remember also historically the con cept of advice and consent where reason able doubt is given historically to the president of the United States who after all is responsible for the executive branch of this government But if Bushs lobbying was paying divi dends there was no public evidence of it Boren is one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate He met private ly with Bush at the White House on Tues day and said he looked forward to sup porting the Republican president on numerous issues in the future But he said the nation needs a defense secretary for whom there is broad sup port a person about whom there is not See TOWER Page 11A Staff Photo By Phil Jones BEAUTIFICATION AND UNITY Travis Trotter left and Chris Woodward vice president and president of the Midland Valley High School Future Farmers of America plant one of the 25 trees purchased as part of the Growing Together with Pride Program at HarrisonCaver Park Growing Together Project Promotes Beautification And Unity By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer CLEARWATER Beautification and unity are the underlying purposes of the Growing Together with Pride Program of the Midland Valley Area Council of the Greater Aiken Cham ber of Commerce The council decided during its first meeting in November to allow members and area residents to purchase Bradford pear trees to be planted in the area said Melanie W Hutto assistant super intendent of Area III Schools who serves on the council board The project allows the council to visually do something to show unity in the area said June H Murff president of the Greater Aiken Cham ber of Commerce In addition to showing a unified effort on the part of area businessmen the trees which were selected due to their beauty and ability to grow in the area will add to the appearance of the valley area Mrs Hutto said Currently approximately 25 trees have been purchased at a cost of each The price includes the tree and the cost of a plaque which is presented to the buyer during the councils monthly meeting A number of the trees which are being planted by the horticulture club from Midland Valley High School have been designated to be planted around the HarrisonCaver Park and the new Langley library which is still in the planning stages Council president Bobby D Kelly Jr was un available for comment on the program With 17 towns between Aiken and Augusta the valley area needed a unifying force The council has given the area that body The tree has become the symbol of the council and has helped to unify the area Before the coucil which currently boast 75 members was formed there was no real body of people that represnted the area Mrs Murff said Du Pont Transfers Doubled In 1988 By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Nearly 100 Du Pont employees at the Savannah River Plant transferred last year to the com panys various commercial plants a rate about twice the plants average annual transfer rate officials said The Du Pont Co attributes the increase to its planned withdraw al as SRP operating contractor on April 1 after about 38 years at the helm of the nuclear weapons plant In addition about 1200 SRP em ployees last year announced plans to retii e from Du Pont But new contractor Westing house expects to rehire all but about 300 keeping the net loss from retirements within normal rates A total of 97 Savannah River employees transferred to Du Pont commercial plants in 1988 ac cording to company personnel fig ures Normally between 40 to 60 transfer per year said Rebecca A Apter a Du Pont spokeswoman at SRP Theyve gone to a number of different places Ms Apter said Du Pont headquartered in Wil mington Del operates plants there and in several other states including Texas Du Pont product lines include dacron and nylon fi bers It also owns Conoco oil refin eries and operates some research and development and biomedical facilities Ms Apter said See DU PONT Page 11A Reappraisal Shows Big Jump In Digest By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer The Aiken County Council will have to roll back the millage rate come July 1 in the 198990 budget Property values in Aiken Coun ty have risen an average 49 per cent since a 1982 reappraisal The most recent appraisal which was ordered by the SC Tax Commission in 1987 showed assessed values rising from in 1982 to The figures are projected but Auditor Jean NewsomeSmith and Tax Assessor Sallie Fox told the Aiken County Council Tuesday night they were comfortable with them The SC Tax Commission must approve the reappraisal A audit of the reappraisal will take place in about a month according to Ms Fox Figures released by Ms New someSmith Tuesday night showed South Carolina Electric and Gas as the largest taxpayer in the county They paid million in taxes OwensCorning Fiberglas fol lowed with million KimberlyClark Corp and Southern Bell joined the million dollar tax payers with million and million tax bills respectively The Aiken County Board of Edu cation stands to gain more than the county from the reappraisal The entire digest which in cludes real and personal property increased from to See REAPPRAISAL Page 11A Litter Problem Is A Concern For City County By CHARLOTTE CASSELS Special To The Aiken Standard War has been declared on a blight af fecting all residents of Aiken County the Litterbug It costs large sums of mon ey and the city and county can ill afford to rid the citiznes of the unsightly plague The sources of such trash according to assistant city manager Steve Thompson are fast food restaurants and conve nience stores that account for about 00 percent of the total trash collected in Ai ken But people create the messes and longterm education is the most lasting solution to the problem The city of Aiken is doing a very good job of battling trash removal It has cre ated Operation Cleanstreets which is presented in an attractive brochure that is handed out by a speaker to any group that views a slide show which is available through the city of Aiken and the Cham bers of Commerce of Aiken and North Augusta A fresh order of bumper stick ers proclaiming I report litterers and trash bags are also available to the pub lic The bags will be passed out to cars at the Triple Crown events The Aiken Chamber of Commerce works in conjunction with the city of Ai ken to sponsor Aikens started by concerned citizen John Elliott several years ago to clean up our community before the Triple Crown races and the Masters take place Aiken County has quite a different problem from the city for its concern includes highways and many smaller communities Alvin B Bryan is the Di rector of Aiken County Government Ad ministration Office He said that at the present time there is only one truck with a driver trustee and a group of inmates approved by county magistrates from the Aiken Youth Correction Center to pick up trash in the county Bryan said it cost the county for that service for one year and none can be added because of lack of money and political problems The countys large contribution to lit terfree areas is the purchase placement and removal of 30 dumpsters These are placed for those who have no trash collec tion service but they have been heavily abused For large amounts of trash both the city and the county have only one landfill dump which is located in Lang ley off Huber Clay Road It can accept everything but hazardous wastes and is free to residential waste open from am until 4 pm seven days a week At a recent meeting of Bryan and W Scott Barnes Aiken County Administra tor Bryan said a Litter Commission was proposed to include the members of Ai ken Midland Valley and North Augusta See LITTER Page 11A Want To Rake Aikens Rakin is scheduled for Saturday March 4 at 9 am This annual event is held before Ai kens Triple Crown when the commu nity experiences a great influx of vis itors This collective cleanup effort gives the businesses residents and churches the opportunity to exhibit the pride we take in our community Any person group or club who would like to volunteer a few hours on March 4 to pick up trash along a major road into or within the city may call David Stewart at 6494760 Todd Stilp at 6483974 or the Chamber of Commerce at 6480485 In case of rain Aikens Rakin will be Saturday March 11 Trash bags will be provided by the city of Aiken and available at the Greater Aiken Chamber of Com merce through Saturday   

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