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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Sunday Silence Wins By A Nose Page IB A Quick Read Gilda Radner 42 Dies Of Cancer LOS ANGELES AP Comedian Gilda Radner one of the original stars of Saturday Night Live and the creator of such memorable char acters as Roseanne Roseannadana and Emily Litella died of cancer Saturday She was 42 Miss Radner died in her sleep about am at CedarsSinai Med ical Center hospi tal spokesman Ron Wise said Her husband ac tor Gene Wilder was at her side She had been di agnosed with RADNER ovarian cancer in 1986 and underwent nine months of chemotherapy which by 1988 had sent the disease into remission She had radiation therapy and other treatments including surgery as re cently as February and reentered the hospital on Wednesday Wise said Miss Radner had recently complet ed a book about her battle against the disease Cancer is about the most unfunny thing in the world she told Life magazine in a 1988 interview In recent years Miss Radner ap peared in several movies but she was best known for her roles on NBCs Saturday NightLive for five years ending in 1980 with such stars as Dan Aykroyd Chevy Chase Jane Curtin Laraine Newman Garrett Morris Bill Murray and the late John Belushi Weather Highs In The 80s Today will be partly cloudy with a high in the upper 80s and a low in the mid60s Monday will be partly cloudy with a high near 90 and a low in the mid60s Please see details on Page9A Deaths John Reid Barton Aiken Henry Grant North Augusta GE Jack Hester Burnettown John R Hill Aiken Lucille M Jones North Augusta Viola T Magruder North Augusta Henry Power Saluda Eleonore H Rudy North Augusta Ray Sloan West Columbia Mildred Garrett Usry Warrenville Alton Winston Williams Graniteville Please see details on Page 9A Inside Today Bridge5D Business1C Calendar4C Classifieds3D Crossword6D Cryptoquote4D DearAbby8C Local Front5A Obituaries9A Opinions1D Sports1B Stocks2C Weather9A Weddings6C Page 2 A Environmental Solutions On Shelf A Wl fa t s sV Page 5 A New Offices To Oversee SRS Restart Wrong Date The date that appeared on the front page of the Friday May 19 edition of the Aiken Standard was incorrect The Aiken Standard regrets any in convenience this mistake may have caused our readers Sunday May 211989 Aiken South Carolina City of Aiken 10Year Growth History Population 1979 14500 28 1989 18500 Increase Land Area I 1979 971 sq mi 38 1989 1335 Increase sqmi Water Customers 1979 9452 33 1989 12550 Increase Assessed Property Values 1979 290 1989 Increase Value Tax Mill 1979 279 1989 Increase Tax Miilage Rate 1979 142 mills 28 1989 102 mills Decrease 40 Total Budget 1979 182 1989 Increase 10367860 Percentage Of Property Tax In Budget 1979 44 5 1989 39 Decrease 5 City Budget Has No Tax Hike By CARL LANGLEY Stan Writer Aiken City Council will be handed a million fiscal 198990 budget Monday that reflects a city riding a spiral of growth that sweeps away for the present at least any possibility of increases in tax es business licenses and fee increase for most city services A clear pattern has emerged and that is a substantial growth for the area said City Manager Roland H Windham obvi ously pleased with the course the city is taking Windham gave credit for the cheery budget prospects to residential and com mercial growth which coupled with widespread annexation is adding new in come to the city coffers in property taxes and business charges The budget allows for a five percent wage increase for city employees two percent merit increases for many and the addition of seven fulltime and threepart workers In his budget message the city manag er praised the mayor and council for ad dressing headon in last years budget the potential for growth and planning accordingly Windham said the planning efforts have enabled the city to direct its finan cial resources at areas that could have presented longterm problems but can be addressed with the revenues spawned by growth He said these include public safety needs infrastructure improvements ex pansions and additions recreation sani tation collections and computerization of accounting and record keeping The budget is broken into two major categories a general fund appropria tion of and a utilities budget amounting to that puts the city on a balanced set of books at Windham noted that while taxpayers will see the value of their property going up because of reassessment the city is responding by reducing taxes by about 18 mills in a tradeoff required by state law Because of growth in the past 10 years Aiken unlike many cities has been able to reduce its tax millage from 140 to the projected 102 in the new budget a check of past budgets shows Windham said the proposed budget ex cluding the utilities capital fund repre sents a 165 percent increase over the pre vious years spending measure but all the funds are not new money He said the ordinance contains marked off to depreciation placed in a holding fund or reserve from the 198849 budget surplus The budget also contains no federal government funds although the city has gained preliminary approval for a community development block grant The budget also contains recommenda tions that the council authorize the hiring of six new employees in the Public Safety Department to meet demands for securi ty in recently annexed areas and one in public works to upgrade park See CITY Page IDA Senate Works Late To dqef Bi ByTRIPDuBARD Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA Senators agreed not to reduce the state tax on investments as they worked through lunch in a rare Sat urday session to finish the 198990 pro posed state budget Discussion on the proposed billion spending plan has already consumed 10 days of debate Shortly after the Senate reconvened Saturday morning members upheld on a 2910 vote their decision late Friday night to leave the capital gains tax at the cur rent 7 percent level That was a beautiful vote Sen John Land DManning said after the Senates action Saturday We had Democrats and Republicans crossing the line in sup port of the little man The Senate picked up the work pace in a nearly deserted Statehouse trying to finish the billion proposed budget in time to present it to the House on Mon day Conferees from the two chambers will spend next week trying to work out differences before presenting it to Gov Carroll Campbell for his approval The Senate version which uses about million in new revenue is about 85 percent larger than the current fiscal years budget It also includes about 1150 new state employees in addition to the approximately 40000 funded in full by the state now Debate has focused almost entirely on distribution of the new money with no serious effort made to redistribute sub stantially the billion approved last year Opponents of the rollback argued the action would benefit the wealthiest South Carolinians at the expense of other taxpayers But supporters said it would eliminate a windfall of tax revenue the state re ceived after federal tax laws on capital gains were changed in 1986 and would attract new investment to the state Bush Mitterrand Meet On Summit By The Associated Press KENNEBUNKPORT Maine President Bush said today he was ready to go oneonone in a re laxed personal way as he began a series of meetings with French President Francois Mitterrand to discuss an upcoming NATO summit Bush and Mitterrand met amid reports of a compromise on NA TOs shortrange nuclear arsenal Bush greeted Mitterrand at the presidents oceanside compound here Mitterrand arrived by heli copter and was to spend the day and part of Sunday with Bush Speaking to reporters moments before Mitterrand arrived Bush said I view this meeting as very important for bilateral relations which are very strong Im look ing forward to informal in depth wideranging consultations with President Mitterrand Bush said that he hoped the meeting would help to refurbish that relationship and strengthen it on a personal basis because I do believe that you avoid misunder standings if you go oneonone in a relaxed personal way Mitterrand landed at the heli pad set up at the Bush compound on a rocky point jutting into the Atlantic ocean As the French leader stepped from the helicop ter Bush clapped his hands twice and welcomed Mitterrand saying Bien venue Bush brushed off questions on the current turmoil in China and the proposed compromise on shortrange missiles in Europe saying Ill talk to you tomor row Bush and Mitterrand have a joint news conference set for Sun day in Boston after the presidents address to commencement cere monies at Boston University Although US officials disputed See BUSH Page IDA Staff Photo By Scott Webster DREAM CHILD Burnell Mitchell and Kathy Mitchell of Edgefield hold their new baby Alexx The child is a test tube baby born to them after years of trying to conceive Please see story on Page 5A Masses Defy Law To Protect Chinese Students From Army By The Associated Press BEIJING Hundreds of thousands of people defied martial law and swarmed through the streets of Beijing on Satur day keeping their huge prodemocracy uprising alive despite fears that a mili tary crackdown was imminent Huge crowds Tiananmen Square the focus of the daily demonstra tions and the symbolic center of China to protect students who have led the rallies from possible police attacks An estimated 3000 students who began a hunger strike in the square May 13 de cided to abandon their fast Saturday to conserve strength for the struggle ahead student leaders said Premier Li Peng on Saturday morning declared martial law for large areas of the capital saying we are forced to take resolute and decisive measures to put an end to the turmoil of the studentled demonstrations But the Peoples Liberation Army poised at various locations on the out of the city appeared paraiyzeu to act because of the huge crowds Supporters are going in by the truck load to protect the students on the square said one public transport work er We feel there will be bloodshed Military convoys that appeared on the street were quickly surrounded by crowds who appealed for them to turn back Many did Four truckloads of soldiers tried to en ter one street but a few thousand people swooped upon them surrounding the trucks and chanting Turn back turn back Onlookers cheered wildly when the trucks left The only violence reported Saturday was a clash between armed police and students in western Beijing in which stu dents said they were attacked with elec tric cattle prods One student injured in the attack said 45 students were hospitalized See MASSES Page 10A   

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