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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                AIKEN COUNU Sports USC Drilled In Semifinals Page 1B A Quick Read Catholics Can Eat Meat On St Pats Associated Press Twill be a grand St Patricks Day after all for millions of Cathobcs who faced the disheartening possibility of eating their cabbage and potatoes straight up Some fellas named OConnor and Quinn and a few of their pals have decided to make a wee bit of an ex ception March 17 to the rule forbid ding Roman Catholics from eating meat on Fridays during Lent The special dispensations grant ed by bishops in Irish enclaves throughout the country in recent days will permit many of the nations 53 million Catholics to have their corned beef and eat it too Up until the 1960s the Catholic Church banned meat on all Fridays 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 c s v ri because she realized her sons interest wasnt about to slither a way At 78 Haast remains a selfde scribed snakeaholic 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 Laborato ries which he started in Miami in 1946 He relocated the lab to Salt Lake City five years ago to concen trate on venom research and production Haast claims to be the first to stan dardize snake venom and produce it for research use Weather Sunny And Warm Today will be sunny with a high in the mid70s Tonight will be partly cloudy with a high near 50 Monday will be mostly sunny with a high in the mid70s 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 ENenton Ruth L Hanvey McCormick Paul K Hewitt Trenton James H Legree Neeses Rev Elton Merchant Langley Bernice H Walker Bearing Aloysius Ward Bebe K Woodward Lillie B Wright Gloverville Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Business Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Stocks Weather 5D 1C 9C 3D 3B 6D 4D 5C 9A 6A 1D 1B 2C 10A Terrorism Probed In Bombing Of Van VPSA To Fill Commissioner Vacancies Income Tax Cuts Point Of Debate House To Tackle State Budget Monday By DAVID REED Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA The House of Represen tatives begins deciding how to raise and spend the states money Monday and the main point of contention is not whats in the billion budget bill but whats been left out Gov Carroll A Campbell Jrs propos al to cut state income taxes and auto in surance taxes by million was adopted by the Budget and Control Board but re jected by the House Ways and Means Committee Gov Campbell has scheduled a news conference to promote his proposal Mon day afternoon a halfhour before the House is to start going through the budget section by section There are other potentially controver sial items in the appropriations act for the fiscal year that begins July 1 including s Pay raises for judges solicitors state employees legislators the gover nor the lieutenant governor and other constitutional officers An increase from to in the amount of state tax money that legisla tors can spend on postage each year See INCOME Page 8A Five Astronauts Ready For Space Shuttle Liftoff v Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth OLDTIMEY FUN Mona Smith of Williston enjoys the sunny day many drivers enjoyed for the Aiken Driving Clubs driving weekend which began Saturday Please see story on Page 9A By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Discov erys countdown was put on hold for sev en hours today but NASA said the delay should not affect the space shuttles scheduled launch on Monday with a crew of five Most of the holdup was blamed on gusty winds up to 30 mph that Buffeted the launch pad Friday and prevented workers from sealing up the engine com partment and removing work platforms NASA had planned to clear the pad at midnight to load propellants into the shuttles powerproducing fuel cells That activity did not start until 7 am 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 am Monday After four years of waiting the five as tronauts say they are more than ready to go Weve had a lot of ups and downs and a lot of frustrations over those years but this crew has held up incredibly well Were certainly ready to go the com mander 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 be hind them swiftly praised President Bushs selection of Rep Dick Cheney of Wyoming as defense secretary and said confirmation hearings would begin next week Bush announced the nomination of Cheney a sixthterm congress man and the No 2 Re publican leader in the House on Friday call ing him a widely re spected man of principle Dismissing as his tory the long battle over Tower that ended in defeat Thursday Bush predicted Cheney would win confir mation rapidly Shortly after the White House an nouncement leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said confir mation hearings would begin next week I know of no impediment to his nomi nation said Sen Sam Nunn DGa 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 back ground and financial material and con sistent with thoroughness and fairness The Pentagon has been without a de fense chief since Feb 1 Too much time has been wasted here said Bush who told reporters he ordered the FBI to speed up its back ground checks on Cheney The announcement just 24 hours after the Senate rejected Tower in the sharply See HEARINGS Page 8A Population Growth In Aiken County 136600 105625 39032 45574 49316 1900 1920 1940 1960 1980 Working Together Works CHENEY Local Governments Stress Cooperation 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 work ing at maintaining harmonious relation ships with each other Aiken City Manager Roland H Wind ham spokesman for a more conciliatory approach to working relationships says times are radically different from the notsodistant past when bickering and lawsuits kept everyone on edge Things have changed said Wind ham I think in the last two or three years we have seen some of the best co operation possible among local govern ments It is in our best interest to get along with one another Feuding among governments coun ty municipalities and special purpose SRP Impact Report OVERVIEW EDUCATION 1 BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT GOVERNMENT 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 unifica tion 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 litiga tion in efforts to certify rights The verbal disputes and legal entangle ments 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 governmen tal body was suing another over some thing to do with water sewer fire and other services not to mention taxation or revenue sharing See WORKING Page 12A   

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