Aiken Standard, March 12, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina .AMEN COUNTY PU 'BRAR* Sports USC Drilled In Semifinals Page IB A Quick Read Catholics Can Eat Meat On St. Pat's Associated Press — ’Twill be a grand St. Patrick’s Day after all for millions of Catholics who faced the disheartening possibility of eating their cabbage and potatoes straight up. Some fellas named O’Connor and Quinn and a few of their pals have decided to make a wee bit of an exception March 17 to the rule forbidding Roman Catholics from eating meat on Fridays during I^ent. The “special dispensations” granted by bishops in Irish enclaves throughout the country in recent days will permit many of the nation’s 53 million Catholics to have their corned beef and eat it, too. Up until the 1960s, the Catholic Church banned meat on all Fridays. Man Weathers 148th Snake Bite SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The first time William Haast brought home poisonous snakes, his horrified mother left home for three days. She , »> rr\Ur because she realized her son’s interest wasn’t about to slither away. At 78, Haast remains a self-described “snake-aholic,” who has kept his energy and enthusiasm though he just weathered his 148th snake bite. It is not surprising it was the viper, not Haast, who passed on. Haast is founder and director of the Miami Serpentarium laboratories, which he started in Miami in 1946. He relocated the lab to Salt Lake City five years ago to concentrate on venom research and production. Haast claims to be the first to standardize snake venom and produce it for research use. Weather Sunny And Warm Today will be sunny with a high in the mid-70s. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a high near 50. Monday will be mostly sunny with a high in the mid-70s and a low near 50. Please see details on Page 10A. Deaths Pansy Corbett, Wagener Ralph B Covar, Johnston Mary H. Cummings, Philadelphia Theodocia Franklin Mary Glover, Aiken Loyd Halliburton, New Ellenton Ruth L. Hanvey, McCormick Paul K. Hewitt, Trenton James H. Legree, Neeses Rev. Elton Marchant, Langley Bernice H. Walker, Dearing Aloysius Ward Bebe K. Woodward Lillie B. Wright, Gloverville Please see details on Page 6A. Inside Today Bridge  ......   SD Business..*,.  ....................1C Calendar...........................................9C Classifieds........................................3D Comics........................................  3B Crossword........................................6D Cryptoquote......................................4D Dear Abby.........................................5C Local Front.......................................9A Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions...........................................ID Sports......................................  1B Stocks..............................................2C Weather..........................................10A y I Page 2A Terrorism Probed In Bombing Of Van Page 9A VPSA To Fill Commissioner Vacancies Alfow Stand art* Sunday, March 12, 1989 Driving Weekend 50C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 61 Income Tax Cuts Point Of Debate House To Tackle State Budget Monday By DAVID REED Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA — The House of Representatives begins deciding how to raise and spend the state’s money Monday and the main point of contention is not what’s in the $3.3 billion budget bill, but what’s been left out. Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr.’s proposal to cut state income taxes and auto insurance taxes by $26 million was adopted by the Budget and Control Board but rejected by the House Ways and Means Committee. Gov. Campbell has scheduled a news conference to promote his proposal Mon day afternoon, a half-hour before the House is to start going through the budget section by section. There are other potentially controversial items in the appropriations act for the fiscal year that begins July I, including: ^ Pay raises for judges, solicitors, state employees, legislators, the governor, the lieutenant governor and other constitutional officers. An increase from $500 to $600 in the amount of state tax money that legislators can spend on postage each year. (See INCOME, Page 8A) Five Astronauts Ready For Space Shuttle Liftoff Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth OLD-TIMEY FUN: Mona Smith of Williston enjoys the sunny day many drivers enjoyed for the Aiken Driving Club’s driving weekend, which began Saturday. Please see story on Page 9A. By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Discovery’s countdown was put on hold for seven hours today, but NASA said the delay should not affect the space shuttle’s scheduled launch on Monday with a crew of five. Most of the holdup was blamed on gusty winds up to 30 mph that uffeted the launch pad Friday and prevented workers from sealing up the engine compartment and removing work platforms. NASA had planned to clear the p id at midnight to load propellants into the shuttle’s power-producing fuel cells. That activity did not start until 7 a.m. today. But NASA said the countdown has 37 hours of hold time built into it to allow for such contingencies. With seven hours lost, it still had 30 remaining. Liftoff is set for 8:07 a.m. Monday. After four years of waiting, the five astronauts say they are more than ready to go. “We’ve had a lot of ups and downs and a lot of frustrations over those years, but this crew has held up incredibly well.... We’re certainly ready to go,” the commander, Navy Capt. Michael L. Coats, said Friday as the five arrived here to make final preparations for flight. The crew originally had been assigned in 1985 to fly a 1986 mission, but those plans were interrupted by the Challenger (See FIVE, Page 8A) Hearings For Cheney Quickly Set By PAUL PAGE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Senators anxious to put the controversy over John Tower behind them swiftly praised President Bush’s selection of Rep. Dick Cheney of Wyoming as defense secretary and said confirmation hearings would begin next week. Bush announced the Jg.    A    nomination of Cheney, Wm    J    a sixth-term congress- . Pm    J    man and the No. 2 Re- ■    »    m publican leader in the House, on Friday, call-/% -v JA ing him a “widely re-&    ~    spected    man    of principle.” af    Dismissing    as    “his- flkW    tory” the long battle CHENEY    over Tower that ended in defeat Thursday, Bush predicted Cheney would win confirmation rapidly. Shortly after the White House announcement, leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said confirmation hearings would begin next week. “I know of no impediment to his nomination,” said Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., chairman of the committee and a leader of the successful effort to reject Tower. Nunn and John Warner, the ranking Republican on the armed services panel, said in a joint statement that work will be completed “as expeditiously as possible consistent with the president and the nominee providing the requisite background and financial material and consistent with thoroughness and fairness.” The Pentagon has been without a defense chief since Feb. I. “Too much time has been wasted here,” said Bush, who told reporters he ordered the FBI to speed up its background checks on Cheney. The announcement just 24 hours after the Senate rejected Tower in the sharply Population Growth In Aiken County 136,600 ’(Projected) 105,625 39,032    45,574 1900 1920 1940 1960 1980 2000 'Working Together Works' Local Governments Stress Cooperation SRP Impact Report (See HEARINGS, Page 8A) By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer It is an era of good feeling among the local governments of Aiken County. And elected officials and administrators around the county profess they are working at maintaining harmonious relationships with each other. Aiken City Manager Roland H. Windham, spokesman for a more conciliatory approach to working relationships, says times are radically different from the not-so-dis-tant past when bickering and lawsuits kept everyone on edge. “Things have changed,” said Windham. “I think in the last two or three years we have seen some of the best cooperation possible among local governments. It is in our best interest to get along with one another.” Feuding among governments — county, municipalities and special purpose (water, sewer, fire) districts — became so heated four years ago that civic groups rushed into the breach in an effort to bring calm. “Working Together Works,” a unification phrase coined by the North Augusta and Aiken chambers of commerce, be came a familiar slogan and set the tone for several truce sessions called to get government representatives together. The battles included not only disputes over tax distributions between county and cities, but skirmishes over territorial rights to water and sewer lines and fire protection coverage areas. In several cases, the warring sides turned to litigation in efforts to certify rights. The verbal disputes and legal entanglements involved not only Aiken County, the city of Aiken and the city of North Augusta, but entities such as the Aiken County Board of Education, the Valley Public Service Authority, the Breezy Hill Water and Sewer District, the Belvedere Fire Department and the Edgefield County Water and Sewer Authority. For a period lasting about three years, and at frequent intervals, a governmental body was suing another over something to do with water, sewer, fire and other services — not to mention taxation or revenue sharing. (See WORKING, Page 12A) n ;

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