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Publication: Aiken Standard November 29, 1989

Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Wednesday, November 29, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Page 2A Page IB Can Bearly Wait Photo Courtesy Of Aiken Choral Society CHRISTMAS TOUR: The Reynolds home on Highland Park Drive features a Teddy bear theme for the Aiken Choral Society's Holiday Homes Tour this Saturday and Sunday evenings. For the story, please see Page 1B. Economic Pace Likely To Drop By DAVE SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy grew at a moderate annual rate of 2.7 percent from July through September, the government reported today, but analysts say growth is slowing in the current quarter. The increase reported by the Commerce Department in the broadest measure of economic health was up from an advance estimate of 2.5 percent issued last month. The revision was about in line with economists’ expectations, but it could still cause the Federal Reserve Board to move more cautiously in its campaign to lower interest rates as a stimulant to growth. Most of the revision was attributed to a better-than-anticipated trade performance. The September trade deficit, which hit a five-year low, was unavailable when the advance estimate was made. Exports climbed at an annual rate of 1.6 percent in the third quarter, compared with an earlier estimate of no change, while imports grew only 9.5 percent, compared with a 15.1 percent jump in last month’s report. Consumer spending was also better than first thought, rising a brisk annual rate of 6.2 percent — the strongest since the first quarter of 1988 — compared with a preliminary estimate of 5.8 percent. Inflation, as measured by a price index tied to the GNP, improved dramatically in the third quarter, climbing at an annual rate of 2.9 percent after a 5.0 percent jump in Gross National Product Trillions of dollars, annual rate 3rd quarter $4.16 PE 2.7% Source: U.S. Dept of Commerce $ the April-June quarte!. Those ures were unchanged from the Vance estimate. The GNP grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the second quarter and for the first nine months of the year is averaging a 3.0 percent annual rate, just above the Bush administration’s forecast for the whole year. Still, many analysts believe the economy will have a tough time meeting the target because of a dramatic slowing in the current three-month period. A few predict the country will topple into a recession, ending the seven-month economic expansion that is unprecedented in peacetime. It would take only a 1.8 percent GNP increase in the October-De-cember quarter to match the administration forecast, according to a Commerce Department analyst, but most private economists expect a growth rate of 1.5 percent or (Please See ECONOMIC, Page 12A) Salvation Army's Kettle Drive To Benefit Needy At Christmas The Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive is under way. The familiar bell-ringers can be seen at locations throughout the Aiken area. Contributions may also be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 439, Aiken, 29802. Contributions received to date include: Dalton C. Herron Jr..........................................$10    OO Sheldon P Rideout......................................... $25.00 Mr. and Mrs. L L. Lillie....................................$5    00 Mr. and Mrs E. Wakefield Smith.................$15.00 Johnnie M. Kelly................................................$50    OO Margaret Adams..............................................$3    OO Daniel W Berry.........................................$10    OO Mary G. Christine..........................................$10.00 Evelyn Cote .................................................$10    OO Maria Stewart.....................................................$50.00 Mr.    and    Mrs.    T G. Sawyer    $30    OO Mr.    and    Mrs.    George D Tyler.................$20    OO Lewis C. Stringfield.................................... $5    OO Miriam L. Segrest....................................$25.00 Verna Sheldon................................................$10    OO Mr    and    Mrs.    J Monroe George    $20    OO Mr    and    Mrs.    Sidney Hartley....................... $30    00 Wilma Croft.............................................$5    OO Mr and Mrs. Ralph Pekkala..........................$25 OO Ernest Drummmgs.................................$10.00 Mr    and    Mrs.    Harold    Kimmel...........................$25.00 Albert Stanford................................................. $20 00 Miriam Smith................................................ $10.00 Mr    and    Mrs.    Dexter    G. White.................$25.00 Paul Dahlen....................................................$30 OO Mr    and    Mrs    Peter Jankusky......................... $20 OO James C. Williams.................................... $20.00 Mr. and    Mrs    W D Sandberg........................ $50 00 Mr. and    Mrs.    Stade Carlson............................$25 OO Mr. and    Mrs.    Daniel Miller................................$25.00 Mr and    Mrs.    William Schmidt.........................$15 00 Mr. and    Mrs.    William McKee........................ $15 OO Christian Gfaller ............................................ $10 00 Saint Gerard's Catholic Church.........................$50 OO Mr. and    Mrs    Erich G. Tuenge............ $10 OO Kathryn J. Keaton....................................... $10 00 K G Smith...................................................... $10 00 Mr. and Mrs. Michel DePujo........................ $50 00 Bonnie Cornwell (In memory of Charles Corn- well).................................,.........................$100 00 Ernest Arthur....................\..........................$10.00 Clement Konwinski..........................................$14 OO Mr. and    Mrs    Richard Daughenbaugh .....$10 00 Mrs. Glenn Holley........................... $10 00 Gloverville Box & Pallet Service................. $50 OO Mr and Mrs Willie R. Clark    $25.00 (Please See SALVATION, Page 6A) Congress Shows Its Determination To Back Rural Development Projects By KATHY KADADE States News Service WASHINGTON - Despite tight federal budgets, the chairmen of House and Senate Agriculture committees began a campaign this session to increase funding for rural development projects, and to reorganize their administration. At a hearing on Capitol Hill this month, a Department of Agriculture official announced that the Bush administration would not oppose a congressional plan to reorganize Office of Small Community and Rural Development, which administers the Farmers Home Administration, Rural Electrification Administration and Federal Crop Insurance Corporation programs. The proposed changes would preserve FmHA and the other offices, but would split some of the programs off into the Rural Development Administration, a new agency. If congressional proposals on the table now are passed next year, hundreds of millions in new federal dollars could also become available for rural development parallel with the realignment of FmHA and other offices as USDA. In addition, under a House proposal, the states would have more say in how rural development dollars are spent — for example, funds originally set for water and sewer projects could be transferred to pay for housing construction. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and (Please See CONGRESS, Page SA) Rabid Raccoon Captured In AikenTax Districts Would Fund Beefed-Up Patrols Gandhi Resigns After Election Loss Basketball Season Opens For Preps Page 9A A Quick Read Weather Clear And Cold Clear skies and cold weather are forecast tonight with a low in the mid to upper 20s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the mid 50s. Please see Page 12A for details.Deaths Mae Etta Davis, Aiken Lillian P. Eidson, Williston William Ferguson Jr., Allendale John Van Tuyl Stafford, Davenport, Fla. Please see Page 6A for details.Inside Today Bridge...............................................7B Calendar............................................6C Classifieds.........................................5B Comics..............................................7C Crossword.........................................9B Cryptoquote.......................................6B Dear Abby..........................................7C Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................1C Sports................................................9 A Television..........................................7C Weather...........................................12ARough Times Ahead, But DOE Firm Behind Stello By BUDDY WALLER Staff Writer Victor Stello Jr.’s appointment Monday to a top post in the U.S. Department of Energy “shows DOE is very serious about getting him confirmed” to head the nation’s nuclear weapons complex, a leading Stello critic said Tuesday. Stello, the Bush administration’s nominee to become DOE’s assistant secretary for defense programs, was named princi pal deputy assistant for defense programs while his nomination awaits action by a Senate committee. Since his nomination July 24, Stello has served as an adviser to Energy Secretary James D. Watkins. Monday’s appointment “unfortunately gives him a bit more authority” over DOE weapons facilities, such as the Savannah River Site, according to Stephen I. Schwartz, Greenpeace’s legislative coordinator for nuclear campaigns. Greenpeace and several other environmental organizations have fought Stello’s nomination to be assistant secretary, which would make him manager of DOE weapons plants. In September, Greenpeace published a report claiming Stello, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s executive director, has “a penchant for placing the interest of the nuclear industry ahead of those of the public” and a “longstanding emphasis on production over health, safety and the environment.” NRC regulates commercial nuclear reactors that produce electricity. Since his DOE nomination, Stello has been on loan from NRC to advise Watkins on the restart of SRS’s three idled 19508-era reactors. A spokesman at DOE headquarters in Washington, Philip D. Kief, said Tuesday that Stello was given the temporary post (Please See ROUGH, Page 12A) Former Olympics Star Asks Hungary Asylum BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian gymnast whose unprecedented perfect scores at the 1976 Olympics made sports history, has fled to Hungary and asked for asylum, the state-run MTI news agency reported today. The terse report said Comaneci, who retired from gymnastics in 1984, applied for political asylum after fleeing across the Roma- COMANECI nian-Hungarian border on Tuesday before dawn. She reportedly told Hungarian border guards that her escape had been organized “in advance under the guidance of a Romanian man,” the news agency said without elaboration. The report quoted her as saying she had left behind a “neatly furnished flat, a car and financial security for the sake of freedom.” Comaneci was quoted as saying she had been denied permission to work abroad as a coach or even travel, in spite of numerous offers and invitations. She has been planning a coaching and refereeing career. Superfast Computer Planned For Pentagon WASHINGTON (AP) - A Cam-** deluge, Mass., company will get $12 million from the Pentagon to help it build a computer that would be 1,000 times faster than today’s most advanced computers. Thinking Machines Corp. said the new computer would be capable of conducting I trillion mathematical operations per second, the company said in a statement released in Washington on Tuesday. The grant will come from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which has been awarding grants aimed at keeping the United States the world leader in high-speed computing. Danny Hills, co-founder and chief scientist of Thinking Machines, told The Washington Post in today’s editions that the company hopes to have a model with one-tenth the capacity of the final model ready in 1992. He declined to predict when the final product would be available commercially. High speed computers simulate events in the physical world numerically. By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County Council’s Judicial and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to support the establishment of special purpose tax districts that would provide the revenues to pay for expanded law enforcement. The committee, acting on complaints from residents of a Belvedere neighborhood, said it would ask the county attorney to research the procedures and ballot question wording for a referendum on the issue. The county attorney’s findings are to be handed over to the committee no later than February, and the panel will present the information to the full council. The committee said it would ask for swift action on the proposal in order that the referendum could be included on the November 1990 general election ballot. The special purpose district proposal would allow voters in Belvedere and other unincorporated areas to decide by majority vote if they want to increase their property tax millage to pay for extra police protection. Spokesmen for the Belvedere residents, who have been beseiged with numerous burglaries in recent months, sent their request for help to the committee, at the same time expressing willingness to pay additional tax millage for more protection. Committee Chairman LaWana and panel members Eugene Duckett and Rosemary English were listed as sponsors of the measure. The law enforcement request was among more than a dozen items on the committee agenda. In other action, the panel: ^ Said it would seek a meeting with postal officials to resolve confusion arising from postal addresses and street addresses entered for the same households in the 911 dialing system. ^ Heard the county emergency services director ask that duplication of road and street names be eliminated because of their adverse impact on 911 dialing. ^ Heard a status report on work performed so far in building the data base for the 911 system. ^ Backed an ordinance amending the 1990 budget to reflect a grant of $10,987 from the state that will help pay for a computer aid dispatch system in the sheriff’s department. ^ Turned down a current budget request for an additional clerk in the registrar’s office, but indicated support for the new position in the 1990-91 budget be- (Please See TAX, Page 6A) ;

  • Aiken Lillian P. Eidson
  • Allendale John Van Tuyl Stafford
  • Bonnie Cornwell
  • Dalton C. Herron Jr.
  • Daniel Miller
  • Danny Hills
  • Ernest Arthur
  • Ernest Drummmgs
  • Eugene Duckett
  • George D Tyler
  • Glenn Holley
  • J Monroe George
  • James C. Williams
  • James D. Watkins
  • Johnnie M. Kelly
  • Kathryn J. Keaton
  • L L. Lillie
  • Mae Etta Davis
  • Margaret Adams
  • Maria Stewart
  • Mary G. Christine
  • Michel Depujo
  • Miriam L. Segrest
  • Miriam Smith
  • Mrs E. Wakefield Smith
  • Nadia Comaneci
  • Patrick Leahy
  • Paul Dahlen
  • Peter Jankusky
  • Philip D. Kief
  • Ralph Pekkala
  • Rosemary English
  • Sheldon P Rideout
  • Sidney Hartley
  • Stade Carlson
  • Stephen I. Schwartz
  • T G. Sawyer
  • Verna Sheldon
  • Victor Stello Jr.
  • William Mckee
  • William Schmidt
  • Willie R. Clark
  • Williston William Ferguson Jr.
  • Wilma Croft

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: November 29, 1989

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