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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Braves Fall Short Again Page 9A A Quick Read Brown Sings Blues After IRS Seizure COLUMBIA AP Even in a South Carolina prison soul singer James Brown is not safe from the Internal Revenue Service The federal tax agency has seized more than found last week in the Godfather of Souls possession at a state prison Corrections Depart ment spokesman Francis X Archi bald said The IRS contacted the department after learning through news reports that Brown was found with more than in certified checks from a Georgia bank and almost in cash Archibald said Brown still owes the IRS about million in taxes and the federal agency has several outstanding liens against him according to records on file at the Aiken County register of mesne conveyance office The singers attorney Buddy Dal las of Thomson Ga said the IRS liens against Brown date to the early 1970s when a Baltimore business the singer owned was mismanaged Marine Leaders Told To Read More WASHINGTON AP Marines fight better when they fight smarter says the commanding officer so the order of the day mandates more reading For sergeants a book list starts by saying Read a minimum of two books ideally four annually The mandate for colonels is three to start with six ideally The idea to tote books not just guns comes from the commandant of the Marine Corps Gen AM Gray I firmly believe that professional reading is essential to the profession al growth of our leaders Gray said in a recent message to all Marine barracks The profession of arms in particular has a profound body df knowledge which requires constant study if a leader is to remain proficient Page 2A Begins Stealth Bomber Attack No Decision Made For Schofield Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 70s Partly sunny skies are fore cast Thursday with a 30 percent chance of mainly afternoon and eve ning thunderstorms The high will be in the mid 90s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Velma Buxton Augusta John Lee Collins New Ellenton Franklin E Davis Conway Eugene C Mathis Trenton Eddie R Mims Johnston M Hansford Mims Edgefield Olga F Munz Largo Fla Danny Lee Richardson Warrenvilie Ida H Robinson Camden Carl N Youngblood Eko Please see details on Page 6A inside Today Bridge12C Calendar4C Classifieds10C Comics2C Crossword13C Cryptoquote11C DearAbby2C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports9A Television2C Weather6A Wednesday July Aiken South Carolina Property Owners Object To Appraisals By NINA J NIDIFFER Staff Writer A crowd of unhappy property owners squeezed into every available space in the Aiken County Council Chambers Tuesday to voice their grievances re garding Aiken Countys recent reassessment Representative Irene K Rudnick D Aiken called the meeting to give taxpay ers who feel they have been unfairly reas sessed an opportunity to be heard More than 150 people attended many arriving an hour before the meeting to claim a seat Those who arrived later stood at the back of the room or were squeezed out into the hallway During the twohour meeting the reas sessment process and appeal processes were explained by Robert A Bates dis trict supervisor and J Cecil Moore property analyst both representing the South Carolina State Tax Commission In the reassessment process the coun ty tax assessor determined the market value of each piece of property using sale prices of similar homes in comparable areas a description of the property and standard real estate appraisal proce dures Bates explained Property owners who did not agree with the new assessments had 30 days to file an objection with the tax assessors office The assessor would then be re quired to schedule a conference with the owner within 20 days After the conference a notice contain ing the final decision concerning the property must be mailed to the owner If the owner and the tax assessor still do not agree the matter can be appealed further If the disagreement is not resolved be fore the end of the year the owner is required to pay 80 percent of the pro posed assessment in taxes Bates said The majority of those who spoke at the meeting said that they were in the middle of the appeal process Please See PROPERTY Page 14A Waste Cleanup Funds Allotted Star Wars Funds Transferred After Amendment By Spratt Staff Photo By ScoK READY FOR GAME Bubba Youmans assistant coach for the Aiken team gives instructions to his team prior to their taking he field yesterday at Citizens Field For details see story on Page 11A Victims Shocked By Pool Racism By The Associated Press SALUDA Two of three black teenagers from a church group that was turned away from a whites only swimming pool say they were shocked that such overt racism still existed in South Carolina More than anything I was really hurt and for about two hours the whole camp just cried together said 17yearold Charlene Johnson of Rock Hill one of three black youths among 50 young people in the United Methodist Churchs Salkehatchie program The other two black youths were Brad ALrich 14 and Bryan Ponds 16 both of McBee After a long day on July 13 of restoring a dilapidat ed Saluda home the volunteers who came from all over the state were looking forward to a swim at the pool owned by the Jaycees In fact they had made reservations But when they got there the lifeguard took one of the program directors aside She told me that we had a problem that they couldnt let the nonwhites use the pool recalled the Rev Frank Lybrand pastor of Trinity United Church in Honea Path The company that operates the pool for the Jay cees refused to admit the teenagers because the land on which it sits was willed to the Jaycees with a provision that blacks be excluded Saluda Jaycees President Rickie Turner said Workers for the Saluda Swim and Tennis Club which runs the pool for the Jaycees offered to allow whites in the group to swim but the entire group left said Willie Teague editor of the church newspaper It was a slap in the face said Ms Johnson said Tuesday We thought we went back to Saluda High School where we stayed during our work because of the rain that day But at Vespers they said it was because three of us were black and that if everybody couldnt swim nobody would Everybody just cried and told us they did not agree with what happened and for us not to hold it against them she said I said I wouldnt My father and mother told me what it was like for them to grow up in a segregated world I thought that was all part of the past and that I wouldnt have to deal with that she said Bryan a junior at McBee High School said he had never experienced anything like that To have somebody tell me I cant swim in the pool because Im black that hurts he said Tuesday I guess its because thats a small town and nobody felt like anyone would ever say anything about it Im pretty much over it now but it took a while Robert Booth president of the swim clubs board of directors said Tuesday that the pool was for mem bers only The club has no black members and no black has ever applied he said We will continue to operate as members only Booth said When asked if he would approve the membership application of a black he said Right now I dont feel that I can answer that question honestly Joseph B Bethea the bishop of South Carolinas Methodists on Tuesday asked the Jaycees to open Please See VICTIMS Page 14A By Kathy Kadane States News Service WASHINGTON The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to support a proposal by Rep John M Spratts DSC to in crease next years Energy De partment budget for cleanup of the nations weapons plants by million In a 40022 vote lawmakers endorsed Spratts amendment transferring funds from the De fense Departments Strategic Defense Initiative to the Ener gy Departments cleanup program The vote brings the total amount authorized by the House for cleanup activities to billion This is the same figure appropriated by the Housepassed energy and wa ter appropriations bill Commenting on the adoption of the amendment Spratt said This indicates Congress be lieves disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste and res toration of the damage done by 45 years of building nuclear weapons should be placed on equal footing with defense pro duction goals Spratt a member of the Armed Services Committee originally proposed the in crease in an amendment to the Bush administrations weapons procurement budget that was defeated in a committee vote But in action Tuesday morn ing during the debate on the de fense authorization bill the House cut million from SDI freeing funds for other programs favored by lawmakers Spratt called the increase in environmental restoration funds approved by the House Tuesday just a downpay ment on the cost of the clean up program Last December DOE offi cials estimated efforts to re pair damage caused by spilled toxic and radioactive wastes at the weapons plants would take two decades and cost as much as billion The General Ac counting Office a congressio Petitions Nix Building NPR Petitions with more than 25000 signatures went to Washington Tuesday with representatives of area en vironmental groups ac cording to published reports The petitions opposed construction of new pro duction reactors at the Sa vannah River Site empha sizing instead cleanup of existing facilities In South Carolina more than 10000 signed the peti tions in Georgia the num ber topped 6500 Copies were delivered to con gressmen from both states The other signatures came from residents of other states that have De partment of Energy facili ties including Idaho Washington and Colorado The groups are asking that Congress approve an amendment to the 1990 De fense Authorization Bill that would delete construc tion funds for the new reactor nal watchdog agency has esti mated the cost may be higher perhaps as much as billion over the next 20 years The environmental restora tion funds will be spent at 17 nuclear weapons production sites around the country in cluding the Savannah River Site in Aiken and at areas where the United States con ducted underground and atmo spheric riuclear bomb tests in the 1950s Nuclear explosives were det onated at sites in the Marshall Islands and the Johnston Atoll in the Pacific at Fallen Nev Hattiesburg Miss Amchitka Alaska Carlsbad and Far mington NM and Grand Val ley and Rifle Colo Heartbeat Medication Is Suspected In Deaths By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A survey of cardiac specialists suggests that as many as 3000 patients may have died prematurely af ter taking heartbeat control drugs that were found to increase risk of sudden death among some types of patients Dr Joel Morganroth professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylva nia said he estimated the toll after sur veying 1000 cardiologists to learn how many prescribed encainide or flecainide for patients who had mild heartbeat ir regularities after recovering from a heart attack Mqrganroth who also is director of cardiac research at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia said the estimate of 3000 premature deaths was a rough number None of the surveyed doctors were in volved in drug trials that tested encainide and flecainide but the physicians were prescribing the drugs for the same type of patients in the trials Encainide and flecainide were ap proved in 1987 for preventing a type of cardiac arrhythmia that features extra ventricular beats A national study of the drugs called the cardiac arrhythmia suppression trial or CAST began in June 1987 It was halted abruptly in April when data showed sud den death rates increased among pa tients taking the drugs Please See HEARTBEAT Page MA Giant Cuke Takes Vegetable Lead Even with 22 entries in the tomato category Hoyt Hamilton maintains his lead in this division of the Aiken Stan dard vegetable contest The 2 pound 46 ounce entry has held a firm lead for more than two weeks Gary Clarks cucumber has the poten tial for being a big The 4 pound 190 ounce veggie took over the lead from Sam Christine who hud a 3 pound 270 ounce cuke As of noon on Tuesday there were entries in the cucumber category The contest will accept entries until Aug 2 for all gardeners except Aiken Stimfard employees and their families Weight is the only factor in the con test Yre heaviest tomato and the heavi est cucumber will each win torthe growers Second prize in each categmy will re ceive a and third place iMitrks oe weighed in at the front desk of the Aiken Standard at 124 Rutland Drive between am and pm Monday through Friday A re ceptionist will weigh the entries and re cord the results The winners of the contest will be an nounced in with an article and pliutu that uiil appear in the Aiken   

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