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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Today Bush Speaks Out On Strike Page 2A A Quick Read Atwater Resigns Protests Continue WASHINGTON AP Students demanding that Republican National Chairman Lee Atwater be removed or resign from Howard Universitys board of trustees continued to occupy the campus administration building today as snow and freezing rain forced suspension of classes Atwater an Aiken native resigned Tuesday from the Howard Universi ty board of trustees hours after hun dreds of students took over the ad ministration building to protest his appointment The protesters at the predominant ly black campus had contended that Atwater was not sensitive to black concerns But Atwaters resignation did not immediately end the protest be cause students had a list of other de mands including better security and housing more blacks on the board of trustees and improvements in ser vices provided students Auto Insurance Bill Heading To House COLUMBIA AP The Auto In surance Reform Act is on its way to the full House but the question of when the debate will begin is para mount in the minds of supporters The legislation designed to low er auto insurance rates up to 22 per cent for most good drivers passed a House committee Tuesday after lengthy debate on whether to include a mandatory seat belt provision The vote in the Labor Commerce and Industry Committee was unani mous LCI Chairman Robert Brown D Marion said he hopes the House will begin its discussion of the legislation immediately after passage of the state budget bill which could come as early as two weeks To do that the majority of the House Rules Committee would have to vote to put the bill on special or der which moves it to the front of the House agenda Weather Cloudy Skies Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the mid 50s Please see details on Page 14A Deaths John I Beasley Tampa Fla Sylvia A Fox New Ellenton Carrie G Harsey Leesville Anthony Hazel Aiken Louise W Shugart Aiken Geneva S Smith North Augusta Carlton E Thomas Wagener Please see details on Page 14A Inside Today Bridge8B Calendar2B Classifieds6B Comics12A Crossword9B Cryptoquote7B Dear Abby12A Local Front1B Obituaries14A Opinions4A Sports9A Television12A Weather14A Page 2 A Senate Tempers Wear Thin Owner Rejects Cemetery Bid Wednesday March 81989 250 Aiken South Carolina Snow Sleet Expected To Hit State From Staff And Wire Reports Weather forecasters say the north coast and north midlands were expected to be hit hardest by a winter storm bring ing snow sleet and freezing rain to South Carolina but that no significant accumu lations were expected The National Weather Service said a low pressure system developing off the Georgia coast was expected to move northward along the South Carolina coast late Tuesday and Wednesday The weather service said the winter storm system was capable of producing accumulations of one to three inches of snow and ice over the north coast and the north midlands Accumulations of less than an inch were expected in the eastern piedmont the south midlands and the in land areas of the south coast Aiken is somewhat better off than most with a forecast of cloudy and cold skies sending down rain mixed with sleet in the morning only Aikens high will be in the 40s and its low will be in the 30s Minor snow flurries were reported in the Aiken area this morning In the early morning slippery conditions on bridges and roads made driving more hazardous Upstate weather forecasters Tuesday night called for a 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday but predicted little if any accumulation Snow possibly mixed with sleet could continue until early Wednesday after noon said meteorologist Dentim Robbins with the National Weather Service at the GreenvilleSpartanburg Airport The Upstate would fare much better Wednesday than either the north coastal or north midland areas where a winter storm warning was in effect for Tuesday night and Wednesday There was a pret ty good chance of one to three inches of snow in those areas Robbins said A combination of cold air from the Great Lakes and moisture from the At lantic coast could bring about the snow Robbins said The weather service said any frozen precipitation should taper off today Highs across South Carolina were ex pected to range from the mid 30s to the mid 40s Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of rain and lows in the 30s The weather service said it should be partly cloudy Thursday with highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s But Robbins said gusty winds today could mean the wind chill could get as low as the 20s or teens See SNOW Page 7A Aikens Environmental Problems Have Arrived Staff Photo By Phil Jones GROWTH SPOT Businesses are sprouting on every corner in Aikens fast growing south side Group Seeks To Identify Countys Trouble Spots By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Dr Joseph R Brooks superintendent of the Aiken County schools warns if you are robbed on your way to work or on the way back home the odds are nearly 9 to 1 your assailant will be a high school dropout Ronald B Bolton an Aiken developer says its about time people stopped trash ing Aiken Countys landscape and make a joint effort to keep a pretty face on one of the best places in thei Margaret J Weston V family planning and rural health care specialist is con cerned about drugs AIDS teenaged pregnancies and other social failings that have a debilitating effect on schools and neighborhoods John W Cunningham a former textile executive and now a banker says willy nilly helter skelter development with out a wellplanned foundation could be selfdefeating by exposing high density growth areas to potential blight These comments by prominent citizens focus attention on environmental prob lems that can surface in a fastgrowing county In Aiken County many of them have arrived Environmental issues carry significant weight in planning for Aiken Countys fu ture That work is being done by a citi zens group which is gathering informa tion on every facet of county life When the survey ends the information will be packaged by the Arthur Young Company into a Strategic Plan designed to help county leaders grapple with prob lems that come with progress It is a re sponse to management changeover at the SRP impact Report OVER VIEW EDUCATION BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT GOVERNMENT Savannah River Plant and expected ex pansion that may include replacement of aging nuclear reactors at the facility An effort to identify environmental threats before they become dangers com mands the attention of those who make longrange plans designed to enhance the quality of life Aiken County Council Chairman Carrol Warner agrees that goals for environ mental protection should carry a high priority with the planners He said Its past time to take a hard look at where we are and where we are going The chairman said establishing growth guidelines is especially critical to Aiken County where a building boom is clogging traffic crowding schools and changing neighborhood characteristics Its obvi ous he noted that growth especially on Aikens south side could create problems that may not have easy solutions See AIKENS Page 16A Smith Defeats Gunter In Rematch By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer After two months of waiting Rep J Roland Smith took his District 84 SC House of Representatives seat at 10 am this morning The Democratic candidate defeated Republican Ralph E Gunter with an unoffi cal vote of 1800 to 1404 One person cast a writeiri ballot and did not fill in a name for the candidate Smith defeated Gun ter in 12 of the 18 pre cincts voting in the election which was SMITH NA Election ResultsPage 1B held after the SC Election Commission overturned his apparent victory in the Nov 8 general election in a 50 vote I think that there were some folks that felt we should not have a reelection Smith said after the victory Smith who ran on his record said I think it is sad the new election for the simple fact that someone wants to satisfy his own ego I can hold my head high Gunter said after his defeat I can look people in the face and keep on going Gunter called himself the underdog in the race from the start and said I felt like from the start that the odds were stacked against me The Republican said that he did not know if he would protest the election He said that he would analyze the results and see what to do next if anything Gunter added that there might be pos sible legal action taken against certain groups that slandered him during the election which was held after he protest ed his 54 vote loss in November Smith who did not protest the Election Commisssions decision said that his ap parent 396vote victory was an indica tion that I have worked hard for my dis trict in the past 16 years I have served I felt from the very beginning that I would win with a greater number in an other election Smith said See SMITH Page 7A Taxes On Alcohol Tobacco Favored By Public By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Americans strongly oppose increasing general income taxes although large majorities are willing to levy higher taxes on tobacco alcohol and people with incomes over a year according to a survey released today The poll conducted by The Gallup Or ganization for the Times Mirror Co found that a majority of Americans 64 percent were even favorably disposed toward a national lottery to bring in revenues An even bigger majority 85 percent favored raising taxes on alcoholic bever ages to reduce the deficit and a just slightly smaller group 76 percent fa vored boosting taxes on tobacco products Four out of five Americans 82 percent favored increasing the income taxes of people with incomes above A smaller majority 59 percent endorsed a specific proposal that would create a new 33 percent income tax bracket for all in come over On the fundamental question of wheth er it is possible to cut the federal deficit significantly without a tax increase opin ion was evenly divided between the 45 percent of the public believing taxes are necessary and 46 saying they are not necessary The survey one of a series the Los An gelesbased news company has commis sioned on American attitudes was con ducted between Jan 27 and Feb 5 It consisted of onehour facetoface inter views with 2048 members of the general See TAXES Page 7A Thurmond Gearing Up For 90 Race By MATTHEW DAVIS States News Service WASHINGTON Sen Strom Thurmond will unofficially launch his campaign for the 1990 Senate race Wednesday night with a ahead fund raiser a bold signal that the 86year old Republican will not let age inhibit him from seeking an other term Sen Thurmond is already the Sen ates oldest member and if reelect ed he would be 94 when the term expires Furthermore should the Re publicans regain their majority in the Senate Sen Thurmond would be president pro tern of the body and thus third in line for the presidency behind the vicepresident and the speaker of the House But aides insist Sen Thurmond who began serving the Senate in 1954 is still physically fit to be candidate Thurmond His spokesman Christo pher Simpson boasted that every morning Sen Thurmond a native of Edgefield who has a residence in Ai ken spends almost an hour pumping See THURMOND Page 7A   

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