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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                UKEN COUNTY PUBLIQ Coming Sunday The 53rd Masters Tournament begins next week and the Aiken Standard will preview golfs annu al rite of spring with a special sec tion this Sunday The section will include an interview with defend ing champion Sandy Lyle plus a look at CBS golf director Frank Chirkinian A Quick Read Actress Kim Basinger Buys Georgia Town BRASELTONGa AP Kim Basinger has purchased Brasel ton from the family that founded it in 1876 and a real estate broker said she might establish a movie produc tion company in the tiny northeast Georgia town Herbert B Braselton Sr said Tues day that his family agreed to sell 1800 acres of property including the towns industrial park shopping center and bank for million to Miss Basinger a native of nearby Hart County The deals clos ing will come later this year Brasel ton said Ive worked with Kim on this for quite some time about 18 months said Charles Morris the Braselton real estate broker who handled the deal Morris said Miss Basinger has ex pressed an interest in developing Braselton into a tourist center and possibly establishing a movie pro duction company Attempts to contact Miss Basinger and her representatives were unsuc cessful Tuesday Braselton a town of 500 people about 40 miles north of Atlanta has been virtually controlled by the Bra selton family since William Harrison Braselton founded it in 1876 The property first was offered for sale five years ago for million But the price jumped after Chateau Elan winery and a Mitsubishi plant located in the area Were relieved we found some body we think will do good for the community Herbert Braselton said BASINGER Weather Cloudy Tonight Increasing cloudiness is forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of a thundershower and a low in the low 60s Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms and a high in the upper 70s Please see details on Page 12A Deaths Marie A Brown Aiken David P Burton Edgefield Joshua LCartin Aiken Cyril W Collins Aiken William W Coogler Chester Lillian W Duncan Aiken Phillip M Pierce Aiken Margaret H Raborn Aiken J Green Shuler Santee Please see details on Page 10B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5D 1C 3D 6B 6D 4D 6B 1B 10B 1D 9A 6B 12A Contra Aid Raised Impeachment Fears Owners In Mobile Home Park Unite The 61 st AWARDS Nominees BEST PICTURE Rain Man Mississippi Burning j Dangerous Liaisons Working Girl The Accidental Tourist ACTOR Gene Hackman Mississippi Burning Dustin Hoffman Rain Man Tom Hanks Big Edward James Olmos Stand and Deliver Max von Sydow Pelle the Conqueror I SUPPORTING ACTOR i Alec Guinness Little Dorrit Kevin Kline A Fish Called Wanda I Martin Landau I Tucker The Man and His Dream I River Phoenix Running on Empty iDeanStockwell Married to the Mob ACTRESS Melanie Griffith Working Girl Sigourney Weaver Gorillas in the Mist Meryl Streep A Cry in the Dark Glenn Close Dangerous Liaisons Jodie Foster The Accused SUPPORTING ACTRESS Joan Cusack Working Girl Geena Davis The Accidental Tourist Frances McDormand Mississippi Burning Michelle Pfeiffer Dangerous Liaisons Sigourney Weaver Working Girl FOREIGN FILM Hanussen The MusiC Teafcbc r Belgium Pelle the Conqueror Denmark Salaam Bombay India Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Spain DIRECTOR Charles Crichton A Fish Called Wanda Martin Scorcese The Last Temptation of Christ Alan Parker Mississippi Burning Barry Levinson Rain Man Mike Nichols Working Girl Leading Indicators Drop In February By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The governments chief economic forecasting gauge dropped 03 percent in February after posting sharp gains during the previous two months the Commerce Department said today Februarys decline in the departments Index of Leading Economic Indicators was the first drop since a similar dip last September and hadnt been exceeded since a 08 percent drop last July It was in line with widespread expecta tions that the economy will slow this year The leading index designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the future had advanced 06 percent in December and 07 percent in January af ter vacillating during much of 1988 With labor markets tight and factories operating close to peak capacity ana lysts say some slowdown is needed to keep the economy from overheating and inflation from spiraling However analysts are divided over whether the Federal Reserve Board can successfully engineer a controlled slow down that restrains economic growth just enough to ease inflation without causing a recession The Fed for a year has been pushing up interest rates in order to relieve inflation ary pressures and it intensified those ef forts after sharp price increases were re corded in January and February Irwin Kellner chief economist for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co in New York said in advance of todays report that the jagged behavior of the leading index suggests the economy has been slowing down from its overheated pace and that the economy is continuing to slow down as we work our way into the second quarter of 1989 See LEADING Page 12A Hijackers Surrender Without Resistance Dean Caple OSCAR NOMINEES The 61st Academy Awards presentation will be televised tonight by ABC at 9 pm Please see story on Page 8A Two Men Take Over Hungarian Airliner s Bv he Associated Press V FRANKFURT West Germany Two hijackers shot their way onto a Hungar ian airliner in Prague today and surren dered without resistance a few hours lat er when the plane landed in Frankfurt officials and witnesses said No injuries were reported in Frankfurt but a witness said a policeman collapsed during shooting as the two Slovaks armed with a rifle shotgun and gre nades forced their way onto the Malev aircraft in the Czechoslovak capital Authorities said 10 passengers and an undetermined number of crew members had been aboard the Sovietmade Tupo lev154 airplaine As far as I know all passengers are safe It ended without bloodshed air port spokesman Hans Rainer Otto told an Associated Press reporter on the scene He had no immediate word on the loca tion of the passengers Hungarian state radio reported earlier that the planes other 100 passengers were released before it left Prague Otto said the airplane was parked well away from the main terminals at conti nental Europes busiest airport The area See HIJACKERS Page 12A Cemetery issue Shelved After Lawsuit Announced By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Discussion of a proposal aimed at re solving the Shultz Hill Cemetery contro versy had to be shelved late Tuesday by an Aiken County Council committee after the panel was informed a civil suit had been filed in the dispute The suit was entered in Aiken County Common Pleas Court by Augusta attor ney Robert L Allgpod on behalf of Julia Elizabeth Larry Pitts and Eunice Sand ers Johnson and names the county and businessman Brian Coates as defendants The proposal before the Judicial and Public Safety Committee was yanked off the agenda after County Administrator W Scott Barnes informed committee chairman LaWana McKenzie about the lawsuit Barnes said it would not be in the com mittees interest to discuss the cemetery issue with a legal action hanging over the countys head In the filing Mrs Pitts and Mrs John son claim legal right to sue on grounds they are descendants of people buried in the cemetery They are seeking in damages against both the county and Coates along with punitive assessments The two also asked the court to grant a temporary injunction that would prevent further construction work in the area un til a ruling can be made on a motion for a permanent injunction The county and Coates have until pm April 10 to file a response against the request for the injunction Coates is owner of Shultz Hill property that includes portions of the 19th century cemetery His efforts to develop it for an automotive shop have been stalled by complaints about disruption of grave sites Before being told of the suit the coun tys Judicial and Public Safety Commit tee was prepared to discuss plans to hire See CEMETERY Page 12A The Du Pont Co will end its lengthy tenure as operator of the Savannah River Plant this Friday The year of advance work it took to make sure construction pro jects flowed smoothly and William Bebbingtons book on the Du Pont years are featured today in the fourth part of a series on Du Ponts relationship with Aiken County Please see Pages 6A and 7A Board OKs Purchase Of Sex Education Books By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer WAGENER The Aiken County Board of Education Tuesday night ap proved night purchasing Comprehensive Health Education materials for the dis tricts middle schools The curriculum Me My My Fu ture contains sex education components that will be incorporated in grades 67 and 8 next year The school board unanimously voted to order sets of the teachers guides parent grams and student books for each middle school at a cost of approximately The board also approved that the district order additional teachers guides stu dent workbooks parent grams and addi tional student pages from the texts dur ing the summer at a cost of approximately This amount will be designated in the 198990 budget The administration recommended that the board approve the purchase of some of the materials prior to next year in or der to review the material included in Me My World My Future and to reorga nize the materials for the middle schools This would be done prior to training the teachers Board members expressed at the board meeting at WagenerSalley High School some of the concerns teachers have about teaching sex education to the middle school students Because of the legalities of what teach ers can and cannot teach according to South Carolina law teachers are con cerned about how to respond to these sub jects if students bring them up for discus sion during class board members said The Comprehensive Health Education Act states that if teachers violate the law they will be subject to dismissal This has many teachers questioning what options they have how they will handle the topics in class and what kind of support they have from the district if something they said in class was misin terpreted by the students board mem bers said See BOARD Page 12A Lottery Bill Future Still Not Clear By The Associated Press COLUMBIA After 2 hours of de bate the prime sponsor of a statewide lottery bill said he doesnt believe the ex change has changed any minds on the Senate Finance Committee I dont see how it does said Ryan Shealy RLexington Both sides can use facts that support our position Tuesdays hearing was at least the third since the state lottery bill was first introduced in 1985 And at its conclusion the bill remained in the committee The bill has never made it out of com mittee though Shealy claims to have the votes this year Committee Chairman James Waddell DBeaufort said he ex pects the full committee to vote on the proposal next month During Tuesdays hearing the irresist ible force of statewide lottery revenues met the immovable object of moral disapproval The bill would put to the states voters a proposal to create a statewide lottery that supporters such as Shealy said could raise million Shealys propos al would distribute the money to local governments indigent health care and education But Shealy has consistently run into op position from religious groups such as the South Carolina Baptist Convention Opponents say lotteries are an immor al form of gambling that lead to a weak ening of the work ethic take money from the poor and promote a something for nothing attitude A good cause does not justify bad methods said The Most Rev Ernest L Unterkoefler bishop of Charleston in a statement read to the committee by spokesman Paul Beach See LOTTERY Page 12A   

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