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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Bishops Urged Dont Forget Baby Page IB Million Budget Set For NA San Francisco Blasts Saints Page 9A A Quick Read Sales Can Proceed In Rare Owl Site SEATTLE AP A federal judge cleared the way for timber sales dur ing the next year in Northwest old growth forests prime nesting spots for the rare spotted owl US District Judge William Dwyer issued a ruling Monday saying an agreement reached by Congress that allows for cutting some of the giant trees is constitutional according to Vic Sher lawyer for the Serra Club Legal Defense Club The brief order turned back a chal lenge by environmentalists and va cated an injunction against timber sales in Washington and Oregon and a scheduled Nov 13 trial date in the environmentalists lawsuit If we can identify the sales to I would hope we could start fairly quickly to auction federal timber on 13 forests affected by the lawsuit said John Butruille the Northwests regional forester for the US Forest Service Duck Stamp Artist Wins Recognition WASHINGTON AP In a dark ened government auditorium five judges are sifting through 603 artists works to choose the next official Duck Stamp for hunting licenses But theres more than prestige on the line for the winner also is likely to become a millionaire The painting for the new stamp being selected today will become the 57th Duck Stamp and bring instant recognition to the winner within the community of wildlife artists and conservationists not to mention substantial economic reward Well over a million of the stamps with the artists design will be sold for the 199091 waterfowl hunting sea son to be placed on hunting licenses For the federal government the stamp is a source of revenue for buy ing and protecting wetlands But the Duck Stamp created in 1934 and produced every year since then is much more than a source of federal revenue It is to wildlife art what the Pulitzer Prize is to journal ism and what the Miss America con test is to beauty pageants Weather More Clouds Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of rain The low will be in the 50s To morrow will be mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s Please see Page 6A for details Tuesday November 7 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 279 Barnes County Must Shift Tax Load By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer Too much of the tax burden in Aiken County is being placed on individual land owners Aiken County Administrator W Scott Barnes told chamber members at Aikens Wakin this morning We have too much of the total tax bur den being placed on the land owners than we should he told the club We need alternate sources of revenue Barnes who was introduced to the Ready For Service group by Tim Dangerfield said that the recent statemandated tax reassess ment caused nearly 5000 of the countys 70000 landowners to file appeals Residential and commercial parts of the tax digest have grown significantly in Aiken County he said One source of alternate funding being checked into by the county is the amount of money paid to Aiken County each year by the Department of Energy in lieu of taxes Barnes said DOE currently pays Aiken County per year for the use of the coun tys part of the 300square mile Savannah River Site he said That figure puts 1341 cents per em ployee into the county treasury Other large idustrtes in the county such as FMC and OwensCorning Fiberg las pay the county per employee each year in lieu of taxes he said It is an idea whose time has come to be addressed Barnes said to the coun tys efforts to get DOE to pay a more equitable amount of county taxes Turning his attention to Aiken Countys growth Barnes said We continue to be one of the fastest growing counties in South Carolina In the past five years the estimated worth of building permits in the county and the eight municipalities it serves has increased from million to million he said Building permits however are not the only growth area for the county Please See BARNES Page 12A SUBSTATION DEDICATION Aikens newest Public Safety substations are expected to be in operational early next week after dedication services Sunday Staff Photo By Scott Webster Shown is Substation 3 located on Richland Avenue The other substation is located on Silver Bluff Road For the story please see Page 1B Key Elections Watched For Trends By DONALD M ROTHBERG AP Political Writer Attention focuses on Virginia New Jer sey and New York City today as voters decide the outcome of campaigns testing attitudes on race and abortion and trying the publics tolerance for negative appeals As candidates wound down their cam paigns Monday the emphasis was on vot er turnout with Democrats warning against overconfidence and Republicans vowing to surprise pollsters who show them trailing Democrats L Douglas Wilder and Da vid Dinkins were hoping to break race barriers Wilder campaigning in Vir ginia to become the first black elected governor of any state and Dinkins bid ding to become New York Citys first black mayor SC At The PollsPage3A Aiken Votes For CouncilPage 1B In the New Jersey governors race Democratic Rep James Florio looked like a solid bet to defeat Republican Rep James Courter Preelection polls bolstered the Demo crats hopes in Virginia and New York Wilder had an edge over Republican J Marshall Coleman while a New York poll said Dinkins had a doubledigit lead over Republican Rudolph Giuliani Our tracking shows tiie undecideds are breaking our way said Coleman All we have to do is get the vote out Turnout is very important said Wilder Every Democratic election here has to depend on turnout and hopefully it will be there While race wasnt raised directly in ei ther contest both Coleman and Giuliani complained of a double standard imply ing their Democratic opponents were be ing judged leniently because they are black David Dinkins has a history of getting away with things that others dont get away with Giuliani said Monday as he insisted the election had become a ref erendum on integrity Coleman took a similar tack in Virginia last week Voters also were choosing mayors and city council members in cities large and small as well as state legislators in Vir ginia and New Jersey The candidates included longterm in cumbents like Coleman Young in Detroit and Kathy Whitmire in Houston Socialist Ben Nichols was favored to win election as mayor of Ithaca NY while Norm Please See KEY Page 12A Evasive Bush Not Encouraged About Early Release By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON President Bush said today he hoped the US decision to return million in frozen assets to Iran will help get underbrush cleaned out and lead to the eventual release of hostages I carry the fate of the hostages with me every single day Bush told a news conference at the White House a day be fore the first anniversary of his election He said he knew of no reason to be en couraged at this time however Bush convened reporters on the anni versary of his election victory and he used an introductory statement to sum up with satisfaction his first 10 months in office I enjoy it I like the challenge he said One of the first questions was based on statements by former President Carter who said Bush had reacted too cautiously to changes in the Communist world His questioner pointed out that Bush had said he would go to next months meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev with no initiatives to offer Id like to hear some specific sugges tions Bush said besides triple the spending He said he has no perception that European allies are unhappy with the pace of his USSoviet policies Bush said leaders in Western Europe dont seem to agree with some of the poltical criticism I get from Capitol Hill on dealing with the nations that have been in the Soviet sphere since World Warll Bush said that despite the impact of his veto of appropriations bills including abortion funding he is not going to budge on the issue He said abortion is not the most important issue on his agenda but that he will not approve measures that compel the use of tax dollars for abortion Please See HOSTAGE Page 12A Johnnie Bing Augusta W Harden Dicks Aiken Elizabeth Hafers Panama City Fla Frank E Marsh Beaufort Albert J Myers Augusta Susan P Porter Gaston Louis Stroman Aiken Please see Page 6A for Inside Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather Soviet Protesters Ignore Bolshevik Day Celebration By CAREY GOLDBERG Associated Press Writer MOSCOW Spurning official Red Square ceremonies to commemorate the Bolshevik Revolution at least 5000 peo ple marched through Moscow today to protest food shortages pollution Com munist rule and the secret police The unprecedented alternative march wound through the capital as President Mikhail S Gorbachev and the Soviet leadership stood atop the Lenin Mausole um and reviewed the traditional display of military hardware The official tolerance of a counterdem onstration on the hallowed national holi day showed how far the Soviet Union has come from the authoritarian rule of Gor bachevs predecessors But so did the toneddown nature of the Red Square celebrations marking the 72nd anniversary of the revolution that brough the Communists to power in Rus sia Not as much emphasis was placed on military might as in previous years Were tired of 70 years of Communist power with nothing having changed for the better and this is our protest said marcher Taisya Shlyonova a pensioner The demonstrators represented a broad spectrum of unofficial groups Leaders of the independent event steered their marchers away from Red Square and a possible confrontation with authorities or the thousands of marchers in the official ceremonies Responding to posters plastered around the city on the eve of Revolution Day the activists assembled near the Dynamo Metro station two hours before the start of official ceremonies Their route took them to a fork with one leg leading toward Red Square and some demonstrators initially headed that way However leaders made appeals from a sound truck and steered the marchers away from the square to a route sanc tioned by city officials Please See SOVIETS Page 12A V Bamberg County Battles Image As AIDS Capital Of S Carolina By The Associated Press BAMBERG Stunned by revelations about the prevalence of the AIDS virus in their community two years ago health officials and concerned citizens are educating residents about bow to avoid contracting the deadly disease Bamberg County became known as the AIDS capital of South Carolina when a local woman tested positive for the virus two years ago and identified more than 60 sexual partners The education al campaign seeks to turn that negative image into a positive one There most be a broad spectrum of education said Dr John Ross a sur geon involved in the education effort The entire community must know The AIDS virus is perfectly designed for wiping out the human race because theres no immunity to it The woman who tested positive for the virus was identified by authorities in the rural county of 18000 only as a drifter Several other residents tested posi tive for the virus in the wake of the womans revelations but it was not clear if they had contracted it from her because she was not identified by health officials This is a good community with good people but everywhere I went our AIDS problem was the first thing I beard aboat one resident said recent ly over coffee at a local restaurant It gave us a black eye Local healtb professionals agreed We became the AIDS capital of South Carolina and that hurt us said Dr Michael Watson a family physician and officer with the county health de partment I think were still suffering from that tag Now Watson and Ross are banking on Bamberg County becoming known for AIDS prevention and education Ross concern about the disease spurred him in June to found the Coali Please See BAMBERG Page 12A   

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