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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Death Ends Career Of Claude Pepper Page 2A A Quick Read Northeast Braces For Black Fly Invasion PORTLAND Maine AP With springtimes tardy entrance to north ern New England the dreaded black flies have started buzzing by and folks who stay outdoors are hunting for ways to avoid the blooddrawing bites They kind of tend to drive you foolish says James F Dill a Uni versity of Maine extension specialist in pest management They come in swarms and have a tendency to swarm around your head They seem to like to bite where clothing fits tightly like if youve got a sleeve they like to burrow in and bite there Of course theyll bite every where Dill said Blackfly experts and victims in Maine say their state may suffer more of the pests than any other in the region although New Hampshire state entomologist Ziegfried Thewke said the flies can be a nuisance throughout all northern states and even in the Midwest and parts of the West fort Jackson Named Best Army Facility COLUMBIA AP Fort Jackson has been named the worlds best US Army installation being honored for receiving the coveted Commander in Chiefs Award of Installation Excel lence amid fanfare and jet flyovers Fort Jacksons impact has been felt not just in Columbia and not just in South Carolina but throughout the world Gov Carroll Campbell said I should point out that Fort Jackson did not win the Commander in Chiefs Award for Installation Excel lence The people of Fort Jackson brought this award to Columbia Thats important because many of the people at Fort Jackson are with us temporarily whether its for basic training or a tour of duty in their army careers Campbell said But while youre here we like to consider each one of you South Caro linians because you help to maintain the highest level of community standards Weather Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 60s Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the low 90s Please see details on Page 4A Deaths Anthony Troy Cobb Bath Mary M Harsey Augusta Theodore R Hopkins Washington Ga Ruby L Leach Wagener Gertie H Williams Bath Elsie H Wilson Concord NH Please see details on Page 4A Inside Today Bridge4C Calendar3B Classifieds2C Comics7C Crossword5C Cryptoquote3C DearAbby7C Local Front1B Obituaries4A Opinions4A Sports7A Television7C Weather4A Page 2 A AIKEN covriiY 435 NEWBERRY AIKEN S C 14 Missing In Crash Of Marine Copter fagelB House Rejects Balanced Budget Bill Wednesday May 311989 County Wants To See Plan B Budget By CAROL WOODWARD StaffWriter The Aiken County Council remained deadlocked Tuesday night after a two and onehalf hour work session discus sion about the proposed budget for 1990 and ultimately asked the county adminis trator to present a Plan B at a special work session on June 5 County Council Chairman Carrol H Warner said the Council is in a dilem ma with the proposed budget People are expecting a tax decrease he said but instead it looks like they are going to have an increase in taxes We have promised the people a bal anced budget Warner said but it looks to me like we have close to a 9 mill tax increase Warner said his calculations show an increase in taxes by 89 mills due to roll ing back taxes to last years budget of about million adding on 1 percent which is allowed by law because of the reassessment of property taxes and in creasing the debt service fund by 39 Crack Cheap Thrill Trip In Fast Lane First In A Series By STEPHANIE WARNECKEADAMS Staff Writer Like a burglar it came onto the scene stealing the minds and bodies of all it encountered Then it leaped onstage for all to see Now crack cocaine is the center of attention splashed all over televi sion newspapers and magazines It has ravaged lives on the busy streets of urban America and the qui et avenues of Southern counties What is crack and why does it have such a hold on us The answer to this has remained elusive Doctors are just now beginning to understand the addiction and law enforcement is slowly learning how to deal with the problem Meanwhile many sit back and watch this deceptive new drug take control of someone they love Crack is a relatively inexpensive cocaine derivative About buys a Please See CRACK Page 6A SMOKING CRACK Bent Soft Drink Can The crack smoker draws on the tab opening of the can Crack is placed in the bed of ashes A bed of cigarette ashes is placed over the holes to act as a filter A large ball of cotton on the end of a long swab stick is dipped in alcohol lighted and So the Staff Graphic By Sharon Mclaughlin Price Index Reverses 2Month Slide By The Associated Press WASHINGTON AP The govern ments chief economic forecasting gauge shot up 08 percent in April as it reversed course after posting declines in the previ ous two months the Commerce Depart ment said today The upward turn in the Index of Lead ing Economic Indicators allowed the in dex to steer clear of the traditional signal of a forthcoming recession three de clines in a row The index designed to foretell econom ic activity six to nine months into the future had dropped a revised 06 percent in March and 03 percent in February Analysts said Aprils upturn which had been widely anticipated was consistent with the view that while the economy is slowing there still is enough strength left to power the record peacetime expansion through its seventh year It wasnt a good bet it isnt a good bet and its not going to be a good bet in the fall that a recession is about to occur economist James Annable of First Na tional Bank of Chicago said in anticipa tion of todays report Last months increase in the index was the biggest rise since a similar 08 per cent jump in January Using the threemonth rule of thumb for predicting recessions the index has correctly forecast all eight economic downturns that have occured since 1948 but it also has flashed false recession sig nals on five other occasions Most recently the index declined five times in a row in the months surrounding the October 1987 stock market crash from which the economy emerged unscathed In April eight of the 11 forwardlooking business statistics that make up the com posite index pointed upward led fay an increase in manufacturers orders for consumer goods Other indicators making positive con tributions were rising building permits a longer average work week higher stock prices a decrease in initial claims for jobless benefits slower vendor deliv eries signaling stronger demand a gain in orders for new plants and equipment and an increase in manufacturers un filled orders Three indicators pointed downward a drop in an index measuring consumer confidence a contraction in the money supply and falling prices for sensitive materials indicating slower demand The various changes left the index at 1457 percent of its 1982 base of 100 The index has advanced 13 percent over the past six months compared with a 17 per cent increase over the previous six month period Annable said recent reports on the economys performance indicate that growth will slow to a more sustainable level and suggest this economy is in bet ter shape for growth than even we opti mists thought Please See PRICE Page IDA mills and adding million to the budget for a Reserve Fund To have a rollback plus 1 percent we will have to increase taxes he said Its like a sleight of hand on first hearing it sounds okay but when you start to study it you see that to have a Please See COUNTY Page IDA Bush Calls For End To Cold War Direct Challenge Issued To Soviets By The Associated Press MAINZ West Germany President Bush today challenged the Soviet Union to bury the Cold War by ending the divi sion of Europe starting by tearing down the Berlin Wall Let Europe be whole and free he declared In a major speech clearly aimed at So viet President Mikhail S Gorbachev the president said popular demands for dem ocratic reforms are sweeping through the communist world forcing a reexamina tion of Cold War fears and security precautions The world has waited long enough said Bush who plans to visit Poland and Hungary in July The time is right Let Europe be whole and free The Cold War he said began with the division of Europe It can only end when Europe is whole Triumphant after his debut atthe NATO summit in Brussels Belgium the president spoke in the Rhine River city of Mainz before an audience in the Rhein goldhalle theater Four blocks away about 250 demonstrators protested Bushs visit under a heavy police guard The protesters waved banners and placards reading Bush Go Home Bush Is Not Welcome Here and Bush Hands Off Nicaragua The main bridge spanning the Rhine River was sealed off and helicopters circled the hall where Bush spoke In the capital of Bonn boats crammed with security agents in diving gear watched over the nearby Rhine when Bush made a farewell visit to US am bassador Vernon Walters Youth are the world and I hope what happened within NATO guarantees the future the presi dent told several hundred flagwaving Americans and West Germans who massed on the ambassadors lawn It was his first and only major address during a weeklong trip to Italy Belgium Germany and Britain After todays speech and a cruise down the Rhine Riv er Bush headed for London for talks with Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher Please See BUSH Page 10A ClassAtfs Pay Reimbursement Turned Down By DOE Staff Photo By Scott Webster NEW INDUCTEES Richard Dick Sheridan from Henry C Hank Caver B Henderson Johnson Jr and Gordon Craig Baynham were inducted into the Aiken County Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday night Please see story on Page 7A By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer The US Department of Energy on Tuesday officially refused to re imburse the Du Pont Co for million in severance pay distribut ed to Savannah River Site workers when the company withdrew April 1 as site contractor Du Pont must now sue as it has promised to get its money back refusal came in the form ofa 29page report entitled final decision In it department officials said they were rejecting Du Ponts re imbursement claim because s Du Ponts severance pay poli cy is not applicable to the circum stances of Savannah River department and its pre decessors never agreed to reim burse Du Pont for severance pay where there is a change in contractors change of contractors at the Savannah River plant did not result in a termination due to a lack of work of the sever ance payments would be unreason able and contrary to public policy PW Bill Kaspar manager of the DOEs Savannah River Opera tions signed the reports cover let ter addressed to Ernest F Ruppe vice president for petrochemicals at Du Pont headquarters in Wil mington Del Kaspar made the final decision to reject the claim though other department officials had previous ly denounced the idea of reimburs ing Du Pont The rejection which had been widely predicted clears the way for Du Pont to file its threatened federal lawsuit in an effort to win reimbursement Please See 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