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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 28, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Brent Richardson Harville Leads NA Juniors A Quick Read Robbers Bullet Lodges In Golf Ball MEMPHIS Term AP The golf ball Oliver Anthony put in his pants pocket turned out to be his best shot of the day when it snagged a bullet fired by a wouldbe robber The golf ball saved my leg and it might have saved my life said An thony 61 Police Capt Joe Holt said the bul let hit the ball dead center and lodged there leaving Anthony with a bruised leg Anthony said he was playing golf on a city course Sunday when a young man walked up brandished a pistol and demanded money I told him he better put that gun away before I wrapped a club around his head Then he started shooting Anthony said Anthony said four or five shots were fired but he did not know he was hit until he returned to the club house and noticed a hole in a pants leg When I emptied my pocket there was the golf ball with the bullet in it he said Holt said the gunman ran away af ter the shooting and no arrests were made Man Home Survive 5 Lightning Strikes NORTH CHARLESTON AP Robert A Brunson says he doesnt know why he and his home have been struck by lightning a total of five times but he says he has developed a real respect if not fear of the natural phenomena I cant explain it Brunson said shaking his head I just dont know why it happens The latest strike came over the weekend ripping apart a 10foot sec tion of brickandwood fence at the end of his driveway in the Evanston Estates community My wife and daughter were here he said They just went out of their skins China Recalls Overseas Ambassadors Weather Storms To Return Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the lower 70s Partly cloudy skies are forecast tomorrow with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the lower 90s Please see details on Page 7A Deaths G Ray Frye Leesville Lillie Jones Bronx NY William D Mabus Aiken Raymond M Reeves North Augusta Harold H Renew Aiken Please see details on Page 7A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 7C 4C 5C 2C 8C 6C 2C 1B 7A 4A 8A 2C 7A w i PUBLIC LIBRARY 435 NFW8ERRY ST SJV I S C Groundbreaking Held For GeneGap Wednesday June 281989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 154 House Steps Cautiously On Flag Issue By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The House will not rush to nullify a Supreme Court decision on flagburning says House Speaker Thomas Foley who contends the issue should not be used for crass political purposes Moving Tuesday to slow down a possi ble stampede for constitutional change Foley announced that hearings will be held in July on setting aside the court ruling that threw out flag desecration laws in 48 states He acted only hours after President Bush joined a chorus of lawmakers in proclaiming that a constitutional amend ment a process used only 26 times in the nations history is the only solution Safeguards Drafted By Watkins Environment Included In 10Point Proposal By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Saying he was not proud or pleased with what I have seen in my first few months in office Energy Secretary James D Watkins announced Tuesday a 10point planso upgrade the Department of EnergjvT compliance with environmental to safe guard the healthpf workers at the na tions weapons plants The measures may afford greater pub lic scrutiny of DOEs management of the weapons complex because they include plans for release of previously withheld data on DOE workers health and im proved safety and environmental documentation The plan also calls for an increased role for state governments in supervising compliance with federal and state envi ronmental laws We are beginning negotiations with those States hosting DOE nuclear facili ties to allow direct access and enhance State monitoring facilities Watkins said in a prepared statement Please See SAFEGUARDS Page 6A to change the 54 ruling Foley DWash said the House Judi ciary Committee hearings are not going to be rushed but they will not be obstruc tive They will be conducted calmly in the spirit of deliberation and care we are not seeking to inflame this issue he told reporters With senators already home for their July 4 break Foley gave House members outraged by last weeks ruling a chance to vent their feelings He scheduled an immediate vote on a nonbinding resolu tion expressing profound concern over the decision and the House passed it 411 5 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R Biden Jr DDeL said Tues day he favors seeking to nullify the ruling by passing legislation to prohibit burning the flag A law can be ruled unconstitu tional by the Supreme Court AP Laserphoto KINGS CHOICE Pervis Ellison holds his new Sacremento Kings jersey after being picked first in the NBA draft With him is NBA Commissioner David Stern For all the details see Page 8A Foley told reporters he will vigorously fight any attempt by conservative Re publicans to use the flag issue against Democrats President Bush scored points against Democratic presidential candi date Michael Dukakis last year by criti cizing the Massachusetts governors veto of legislation that would have required the states public school teachers to lead daily pledges of allegiance to the flag I am sure there will be people trying to play politics with it Foley said Anybody who suggests that there is a party difference in respect for the Ameri can flag is using this deep affection of Americans twisting it manipulating it using it for the most base and crass politi cal purposes US Index Takes 12 Dip In May Decline Sharpest Since 87 Crash By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The governments chief economic forecasting gauge plunged 12 percent in May the biggest decline since the stock market crash in late 1987 the Commerce Department re ported today The decline in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators was the third in the last four months as the gauge designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the future continued to flash strong signals of a significant decline in economic activity The 12 percent decline was significant ly steeper than analysts had been expect ing However economists generally be lieve the economy can escape a recession this year although they are looking for a major slowing in economic growth ac companied by rising unemployment The 12 percent drop in May followed a 06 percent gain posted in April The in dex had fallen 06 percent in March and 03 percent in February The May decline was the stepest since a 18 percent plunge in November 1987 Please See US INDEX Page 11A County School Board Settle Budgets Council Keeps Promise Not To Raise Taxes BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer The Aiken County Council kept its promise to taxpayers Tuesday night and voted 71 to adopt a million balanced budget for 1990 without raising taxes The new budget includes funding for Project DARE a drug prevention pro gram aimed at fifthgrade students de signed to educate them about the dan of drugs It also includes a drug prevention package to be channeled through the So licitors office that would provide the So licitor with an additional attorney three investigators and one clerk to handle drug related criminal cases The attor ney would also work with child abuse and neglect cases The attorney and one of the investiga tors would be funded by state and county funds and two investigators and the clerk would be funded by the county Also included in the new budget is an additional for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals which already had budgeted by the County The SPCA requested The additional money is to be used to fund the SPCA for four to six months while the County looks into the costs of operating its own dog pound Budget Glance Budget of million with a 45 millage rate approved by 71 vote Taxes wont be raised to accom modate budget DARE funded Drug Prevention Package five workers added to solicitors office Extra funds for SPCA Funds for Medicaid caseworker Currently the County has a contract with the SPCA whereby the SPCA pro vides housing adoption and humane dis posal of dogs cats and other animals brought to the SPCA by county residents Under the new budget the County will also fund one Medicaid caseworker to process Medicaid claims and applica tions for indigent care patients from Ai ken County who seek medical help at University Hospital in Augusta To fund the additions to the budget the Countys reserve fund of will be tapped leaving the reserve fund at The 1990 budget is a million bal anced budget with a 45 millage rate plus the one percent allowed by law and a rollback to last years budget of million Before taking a final vote Council Chairman Carrol H Warner cautioned the Council that passing the balanced budget would mean the County has to take a hard line in the coming year and not appropriate any money to different agencies until at least March of 1990 Education Costs Rise Slightly For Property Owners By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer Aiken County property owners can ex pect a tax increase next year due to the Aiken County Board of Educations unan imous approval Tuesday of its mil lion budget The 198990 school budget set the mill age rate at 784 97 mills more than the rollback amount of 687 from last years rate Due to county reassessment the school district will be required to roll back the operations millage levy from last years 84 mills Property reassess ment has increased the value of the mill from approximately to Sex Ed Materials ApprovedPage 1B School board members voted in May to use only 784 mills of the 84 mills previ ously approved by the Legislative Delegation The impact on the owner of a house at the 784 millage rate will be a increase according to Larry Clark comptroller for the school district At the 84 millage rate the owner of the same priced house would have to pay more in property taxes Property tax increases next year will generate million for the school dis School Budget General Special Revenue Debt Service School Building School Food Service trict according to budget reports This will increase the school taxes paid by the owner of a home from to The extra 97 mills above the rollback levy of 687 mills will fund improvement items such as a teachers salary in crease substitute teachers pay increase and a new reading program Next years budget is a million increase over the 1988S9 budget of million The budget is divided into six catego ries with the greatest amount of revenue generated for a general operations fund Please See EDUCATION Page 11A