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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                MKFN COUNTY PUBLIC Inside Bradley Wins Fifth Term Page 3A A Quick Read Supersonic Jetliner Loses Piece Of Tail SYDNEY Australia AP A British Airways Concorde jet with 100 Americans aboard lost a nine foot piece of its tail today while try ing to set a speed record on a world circling journey but landed safely in Sydney Part of the rudder disintegrated while the supersonic jet was flying at 40000 feet at Mach 18 nearly twice the speed of sound from Christchurch New Zealand said British Airways spokesman Peter Stanton He said the pilot was unaware of any problem until he was alerted by the control tower at Sydneys Kings fordSmith International Airport However at least one passenger said the plane had shuddered and passen gers were tense There were no injuries among the 100 passengers all Americans who each paid for the 38343mile flight that started April 1 in London Hearings Begin Today On Rate Hike COLUMBIA AP South Caroli na Electric Gas Co is seeking its first rate increase since 1984 while the states consumer advocate is pushing for a million rate reduc tion in hearings beginning today be fore the state Public Service Commission has proposed a mil lion increase that would raise the av erage monthly bill of the utilitys res idential customers by We feel we have a strong case and the increase is moderate spokesman Brian Duncan said Tuesday The 369 percent increase would af fect 370092 residential customers and 105264 commercial customers residential customers who now pay an average a month per 1000 kilowatt hours could see rates climb to said Gary E Walsh assistant director of the utilities division for the Public Ser vice Commission The commission has set aside nearly two weeks for the hearings which were to begin today Weather Sunny Thursday Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 30s Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the low 70s Please see details on Page 3B Deaths Jodi Boland Charleston Robert Childs Augusta Lela D Collins Edgefield Jerome G Forseth Belvedere Alice P Vick Adrian Ga Please see details on Page 3B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5C 8B 3C 4B 6C 4C 48 18 3B 1C 7A 48 38 No Decision Made On Eastern Buyout PtiplB v Communities Rally Around Schools Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 88 m m m House Panel OKs Waste Commission WASHINGTON Energy Secretary James D Watkins suffered his first set back on Capitol Hill Tuesday when a House committee voted to establish a commission to advise him on ways to clean up the cesspool of waste at the nations nuclear weapons complex Moments before the vote Watkins told Rep John D Dingell DMich chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that he did not need another outside group to tell him how to do his job But it was Dingells idea to begin with and he led the committee in a 385 vote to report the bill to the House floor The measure would establish a Com mission on Department of Energy Envi ronmental Remediation Activities to help the administration develop a comprehen sive program to clean up the hazardous and radioactive waste at DOE nuclear facilities It would be comprised of 11 members including experts from the department Environmental Protection Agency state governments the scientific community and environmental organizations The panel will help identify sources of funds define the scope and extent of con tamination and recommend regulatory statutory and organizational changes to carry out the cleanup which is expected to take 20 to 30 years Within the weapons complex it is esti mated that over 3000 inactive waste sites need to be cleaned up Cost estimates for bringing the defense facilities into com pliance with federal and state environ mental laws range between billion See HOUSE Page 12A Kalmia Hill Receives Annexation Approval Staff Photo By Scott Webster FRAMEWORK Thomas L Mathis of Augusta who is employed by ULM Bros of Augusta works on the frame of the new Oil Change Express on Pine Log Road By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A 43acre section of Kalmia Hill that has been embroiled in controversy over commercial development was given an annexation green light along with a strictly residential zoning designation Tuesday The Aiken Planning and Development Commission agreed to recommend the area be brought into the city complete with single family residential status after several homeowners pleaded that case Homeowners in the Kalmia Hill neigh borhood voted last month to seek annex ation into the city at the same time let ting it be known they wanted the Rl zoning classification Report Few School Board Members Paid By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer Most South Carolina school board members serve without pay accord ing to SC School Boards Association reports Of the 91 school districts in South Carolina 554 percent of the school boards receive no fee for their services Following a vote to increase its pay by 185 percent the Aiken County Board of Education cited its low pay compared with the pay of other school districts as the main reason for its decision Of the 40 school boards that do re ceive salaries or pay for their ser vices 24 make less than what Aiken County School Board members will make if they receive their pay raise The board decided with a 71 vote two weeks ago to raise its members pay from a meeting to a meet ing James Moore cast the negative See REPORT Page 11A 1989 SCSBA Board Pay 51 School Districts receive no pay 40 School Districts do receive Of these districts 15 receive more than Aiken County after the proposed increase while 24 would receive less 1 That Receive Allendale Beaufort Berkeley Cherokee Darlington Edgcfielcl Georgetown Greenville Jasper Lancaster Lexington Oconce Pickens Richland Richand 5 Districts More Than Aiken per month v Bd mbr annually plus per mtg Chrm annually plus per mtg annually annually per month v Bd mbr annually Chrm annually Bd mbrf29S3 annually Chrm annually Bd mbr annually Chrm annually annually plus per mtg per mtg per special per standing committee mtg per 30 annually per month per 30 per 30 School Board Votes To Increase Teachers Pay By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to increase teach ers pay in its preliminary budget and to incorporate a staffing plan at the central offices Teachers previously requested the school board raise the teachers salary schedule from its present 63 percent to 10 percent above the state minimum teacher salary schedule Each year since 198364 this percent age above the state minimum has de creased from 89 percent to the current low of 63 percent above the minimum The average teacher salary in Aiken County has dropped from a ranking of 21 in 198384 to a current ranking of 32 in the state The school board is presently compil ing its 198990 budget In the base bud get the board allotted a 55 percent in crease above the state minimum for teachers next year The school board voted last night to tack on 35 percent to that figure and push the salary schedule to 95 percent above the state minimum In order for the district to be able to fund this extra 35 percent increase the Aiken County Legislative Delegation would have to approve the funding The school board will present its 1989 90 budget proposals to the Delegation on Monday April 17 at the County Council Offices Janice Cave president of the Aiken County Education Association told the school board that if it would support the teachers the teachers would support it She said she would encourage teachers to attend the meeting Monday night to show the Delegation their support of the increase on the salary schedule Board members stated that the salary schedule increase would be not only for teachers but for all district personnel See SCHOOL Page 11 A The Planning Commissions unani mous vote on Kalmia Hill came during a short meeting that also saw Aiken Asso ciates pull from the agenda its plans to seek site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval at the Wood ward Tract That property also has been caught up in controversy as neighbors in the area of the South Aiken project of apartments and office complexes have protested an exit road Victor Mills a representative of Aiken Associates said his company decided to remove the Woodward plans from the agenda in order to combine them and present the entire package at an April 24 See KALMIA Page 11A Satanic Cult Sacrifices 12 People By The Associated Press MATAMOROS Mexico A Satanic cult of drug smugglers who sacrificed and apparently cannibalized humans slaughtered 12 people including a US college student on spring break authori ties say Five people were arrested in connec tion with the killings and on drug charges by Mexican Federal Judicial Police which found the dozen bodies in graves at a ranch just south of the US border It was horrible Cameron County Sheriff Alex Perez told a news conference Tuesday in the Texas border city of Brownsville It was like a human slaughterhouse The suspects were US and Mexican citizens said Sheriffs Lt George Gavito who did not identify them further The dead included 21yearold Univer sity of Texas student Mark Kilroy who vanished last month in Matamoros Ga vito said Kilroy apparently was chosen at ran dom by drug smugglers who had hoped human sacrifices would protect them from harm Gavito said Kilroy was grabbed after the cult mem bers were told to pick one Anglo male that particular night Gavito said The cult had been involved in human sacrifices for about nine months he said and prayed to the devil so the police would not arrest them so bullets would not kill them and so they could make more money Authorities found candles and kettles full of body parts and animal bones said Oran Neck chief US Customs agent in Brownsville Also found were bowls and a caldron from which brains hearts and other or gans of victims were eaten Perez said They were cooking body parts in a big pot there on that ranch said Texas At torney General Jim Mattox Authorities would not identify the other victims but said all were males See SATANIC Page 12A   

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