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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports North Augusta Sweeps Aiken Page 13AA Quick ReadStatistics Show Trend Toward Later Birthing ATLANTA (AP) — More women are putting off having their first child, and that trend likely will continue, federal health statistics show. The national Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday that the percentage of U.S. women having their first child after age 30 jumped fourfold between 1970 and 1987. But first-time mothers older than 30 are “still not the norm,” said Stephanie Ventura, a researcher with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “Most women are still in their 20s when they’re having their first child.”S&L Declared Insolvent COLUMBIA — Depositors with Security Federal Savings and Loan Corp. won’t notice any difference in their thrift since it was declared insolvent and taken over by federal regulators, officials said. The savings and loan’s 21 branches, all in South Carolina, will not be closed and its 83,873 accounts, which hold deposits of $685 million, will not be affected, said Kevin Shields of the Resolution Trust Corp. Security Federal Savings and Loan Corp. in Columbia is not affiliated with Security Federal Savings Bank of South Carolina, which is based in Aiken. Security Federal was declared insolvent Thursday after a division of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. found its liabilities to exceed its assets by about $27 million. The S&L’s chairman and chief executive officer, Elliott 0. Cooper, was fired and replaced by federal regulator Richard Millard, who will operate the thrift until it can be sold or merged with a sound institution, Shields said.WeatherFair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the 30s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast tomorrow. The high will be in the 60s. Please see Page 2B for details.Deaths Eleanor A. Byrd, Augusta William A. Davis, Aiken Cathy A. Doolittle, Jackson Colon J. Fox, Aiken Hazel R. Lamb, Edgefield Robert L. Rollins, Belvedere Marion D. Walton, North Augusta Please see Page 7B for details.Inside Today Bridge...............................................6C Calendar............................................6C Classifieds.........................................4C Comics..............................................3C Crossword.........................................7C Cryptoquote.......................................5C Dear Abby..........................................3C Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................7B Opinions............................................1C Sports..............................................13A Television..........................................3C Weather.............................................2B Page 2A Page IB Counties Renew Narcotics Agreement TUkrit Friday, December I, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 303 Ruling Could Reopen SCE&G, Co-Op Can Of Worms By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A ruling favoring Berkeley Electric Cooperative in a territorial dispute with South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. will have an effect on an Aiken City Council ordinance dealing with a similar issue, a spokesman said this morning. Jerry S. Pate, public affairs officer for the South Carolina Electric Cooperatives Association, said the Public Service Commission decision means action designating SCE&G primary power supplier “in Aiken Electric Cooperative territory appears to clearly be counter to state law.” Wednesday, the state’s utility regulator ruled unanimously that SCE&G may not serve in Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s assigned territory “even after municipal annexation.” But C. Dukes Scott, an executive assistant to the commission, said the PSC ruling applied only to the John’s Island case. Aiken City Manager Roland H. Windham said the city cannot comment at this time until “we know what tile PSC ruling is. I cannot comment until we have something more definite.” Pate did not indicate what course of action the Aiken cooperative will take in light of the John’s Island ruling. Pate claimed the Aiken case is identical to the John’s Island situation because of territories assigned rural electric cooperatives and SCE&G in agreements worked out by the PSC in the early 1970s. In those agreements, Aiken County was divided into defined districts, with Aiken Electric Cooperative assigned rural areas, portions of Horse Creek Valley and suburbs that have been annexed into Aiken and North Augusta. At the same time those agreements were drafted, the state legislature refused to interfere with municipal decision-making, leaving it up to municipalities to decide on primary power suppliers. Acting on the latter, the Aiken City Council last week ended a months-long battle between Aiken Electric and SCE&G by designating the private power company the city’s primary supplier. At the same time, the Aiken ordinance allows the cooperative to keep its customers who came into the city through annexation and serve any other cooperative customers who may later be annexed into the city. “The PSC decision upholds the intent of the General Assembly to protect the public by preventing duplication of power lines by utilities, even in annexed areas of municipalities,” said E.E. Strickland, vice president and general manager of the Berkeley Co-op. In the John’s Island dispute, SCE&G had constructed power lines in Berkeley’s assigned territory after the city of Charleston annexed a portion of John’s Island. Ruth Retiring Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth FAMILIAR FACE LEAVING: Ruth Houser, who has been a mainstay at the Aiken Post Office for 26 years, is hanging up her mail bag today for retirement. Please see story on Page 1B.Rebels Try To Oust Aquino By The Associated Press MANILA, Philippines — U.S. warplanes roared over Manila today in a battle to save President Corazon Aquino’s government after mutinous soldiers bombed her palace and seized two air bases in the strongest bid yet to topple her. Manila radio stations broadcast a statement from Mrs. Aquino this evening in which she said the “enemy is routed but is not yet vanquished.” She said “there is still a lot of fighting to be done.” She was not seen on national television. By sundown, the military chief of staff, Gen. Renato de Villa, declared that the sixth coup attempt against Mrs. Aquino had failed. However, sporadic fighting continued and mutineers still controlled the government television station and parts of Villamor air base, the air force headquarters. U.S. F-4 fighter jets flying “combat air patrol” roared over the capital from Clark Air Base, 50 miles from the capital, said a U.S. Defense Department spokesman, Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Obom. He did not report any firing by the American planes. At least 22 people were killed and 87 wounded during the coup attempt, most of them civilians, officials in the Philli- (See REBELS, Page 12A) Bush Signs Hefty Pay Raise Bill By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Members of Congress and senior government executives are getting a hefty raise from a new ethics law that will also bar members of the House — but not senators — from accepting fees for speeches starting in 1991. President Bush signed the Ethics Reform Act of 1989 Thursday evening before leaving the White House for Malta and the weekend summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Bush said in a statement that the new law “contains important reforms that strengthen federal ethical standards” and generally hews to the principles he spelled out soon after his inauguration. It also creates different pay scales and standards for senators and members of the House. Senators can keep making speeches for up to $2,000 per appearance, but they won’t get the big pay raise of $24,000-plus that members of the House voted for themselves in 1991. The legislation will raise top government salaries by 35 percent over the next 13 months, with House salaries jumping from $89,500 to $96,600 in 1990 and to more than $120,000 in 1991, plus a cost-of-living adjustment. The 435 members of the House will be barred from accepting outside speaking fees starting in 1991. Senate salaries would climb in 1990 Bush said in a statement that the new law ‘contains important reforms that strengthen federal ethical standards’ and generally hews to the principles he spelled out soon after his inauguration. from $89,500 to $98,400, but there will be no automatic increase in 1991. Federal judges and top executive branch officials also would get an immediate 4.1 percent raise and 3.6 percent compounded on that on Jan. 1,1990, as a catchup for two years without a cost of living adjustment. At a minimum, even if there were no inflation in the next year, House salaries would rise to $120,700 on Jan. 1,1991. Assuming a COLA of about 3 percent, House salaries would be $124,400 — 39 percent above current levels. After that, annual pay adjustments of up to 5 percent would be made automatically based on the government’s index of private-sector wages and salaries. House employees and other top federal executive and judicial officials would be barred from accepting speech fees beginning in 1991. Currently, House members are limited to earning speech fees equivalent to 30 percent of their salary; sena tors may make up to 40 percent. Income earned outside the House by members and top staff would be limited to 15 percent of congressional salary beginning in 1991. Officials could not receive directors’ fees, legal fees or other income for professional services. Book royalties would be exempt from the limits. The new legislation also creates conflict of interest rules for congressional staff and imposes new limits on gifts that members and staff may receive. They generally will be barred from accepting gifts costing more than $200 a year from anyone outside their family. The legislation also abolishes in 1993 a clause that allowed House members in office by 1980 to keep leftover campaign contributions when they retire. Bush said the legislation goes “far to carry out the... ethics reform principles I set forth in January.”Money Coming In Fund Drives To Help Needy Christmas fund drives are well under way throughout Aiken County. The Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive is in full swing, with the familiar bell-ringers stationed at locations throughout the Aiken area. Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 439, Aiken, 29802. The sixteenth annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays. The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs, including the Lang-ley-Bath-Clearwater American Legion Post 153, Samuel Swint Post 77 of the American Legion, and the L.B.C. Lions Club, as well as individuals. Last year, the fund helped 243 families — a total of 783 people. Contributions to the fund may be mailed to: P.O. Box 517, Langley, 29834; P.O. Box 354, Clearwater, 29822; or P.O. Box 391, Graniteville, 29829. (See MONEY, Page 12A) County Commission On Future Gets Off To Bumpy Beginning By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A commission formed to guide the educational, environmental and economic growth of Aiken County got off to a bumpy start at its organization Thursday night when two members questioned the makeup of its executive committee. Aiken Councilman Beverly Clyburn and District 3 School Superintendent Melanie Hutto raised concerns about the lack of minority and rural area representation on the commission panel. Their objections were voiced when the Commission on the Future of Aiken County prepared to take a vote on eight members chosen for the executive committee — the key panel among three standing committees in the 64-member commission. The executive committee will carry out the directives of the commission as county leaders put into play recommendations of Arthur Young & Co., a consulting firm which prepared goals and strategies to improve the quality of life in the county. Young was hired at a cost of $176,000. Before the vote was taken on the committee nominees, Mrs. Clyburn noted that there were no females involved, while Mrs. Hutto pointed out that smaller communities outside Aiken and North Augusta were not represented. Offered by a nominating committeee — and unopposed for the seats — were Dr. Robert E. Alexander, chairman; Greg Ryberg, chairman-elect; Willar A. Hightower Jr., secretary and treasurer, and John W. Cunningham, Bill Hixon, Henry McKenney, Mickey Smith and Bill Walther. Mrs. Clyburn’s and Mrs. Hutto’s concerns about the lack of broader representation temporarily delayed a vote on the panel, but the commission finally agreed to a compromise. The agreement allowed seating the eight members nominated, but puts the commission on record to increase the executive committee membership to IO at a January meeting. Indications are that meeting will see the seating of two additional members equipped with the qualifications to satisfy the concerns raised by Mrs. Clyburn and Mrs. Hutto. Before the compromise was reached, Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moore, D-Clearwater, a commission member, attempted to get a necessary unanimous vote that would have allowed the bylaws to be amended on the spot and up the panel to IO. But at least three nays were heard on the voice vote, killing the senator’s effort. Afterward, Ryberg said he was one of those voting no and did so because he felt a large executive committee would hamper the effectiveness of the organization. He said eight were “too many” and he would like to see five or less. Ryberg said he would not object to being removed from the panel if its membership could be trimmed. Before electing the executive committee, the commission agreed to expand its total membership to 64 by adding five at-large seats and unanimously approved a set of bylaws similar to those of the Commission on the Future of South Carolina. (See COUNTY, Page 12A) Christmas Countdown ;

  • Aiken Cathy A. Doolittle
  • Aiken Hazel R. Lamb
  • Augusta William A. Davis
  • Belvedere Marion D. Walton
  • Bill Hixon
  • C. Dukes Scott
  • Carl Langley
  • Corazon Aquino
  • E.E. Strickland
  • Edgefield Robert L. Rollins
  • Eleanor A. Byrd
  • Ginny Southworth
  • Greg Ryberg
  • Henry Mckenney
  • Jackson Colon J. Fox
  • Jerry S. Pate
  • John W. Cunningham
  • Kevin Shields
  • Melanie Hutto
  • Mickey Smith
  • Mikhail S. Gorbachev
  • Renato De Villa
  • Richard Millard
  • Rick Obom
  • Robert E. Alexander
  • Ruth Houser
  • Samuel Swint
  • Stephanie Ventura
  • Thomas L.
  • Willar A. Hightower Jr.

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: December 1, 1989

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