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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Page 2A Czech Leaders Offering Reforms Page IB Counties Renew Narcotics Agreement North Augusta Sweeps Aiken Page 13A A Quick Read Statistics Show Trend Toward Later Birthing ATLANTA AP More women are putting off having their first child and that trend likely will con tinue federal health statistics show The national Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday that the percentage of US women having their first child after age 30 jumped fourfold between 1970 and 1987 But firsttime mothers older than 30 are still not the norm said Stephanie Ventura a researcher with the CDCs National Center for Health Statistics Most women are still in their 20s when theyre having their first child Declared Insolvent COLUMBIA Depositors with Se curity Federal Savings and Loan Corp wont notice any difference in their thrift since it was declared in solvent and taken over by federal regulators officials said The savings and loans 21 branches all in South Carolina will not be closed and its 83873 accounts which hold deposits of 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 in solvent Thursday after a division of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp found its liabilities to exceed its as sets by about million The chairman and chief ex ecutive 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 Weather Fair 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 Bridge6C Calendar6C Classifieds4C Comics3C Crossword7C Cryptoquote5C DearAbby3C Local Front1B Obituaries7B Opinions1C Sports13A Television3C Weather2B Christmas Countdown Friday December I 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 303 Ruling Could Reopen CoOp Can Of Worms By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A ruling favoring Berkeley Electric Co operative 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 Com mission decision means action designat ing primary power supplier in Aiken Electric Cooperative territory ap pears to clearly be counter to state law Wednesday the states utility regulator ruled unanimously that may not serve in Berkeley Electric Cooperatives assigned territory even after municipal annexation But C Dukes Scott an executive assis tant to the commission said the PSC rul ing applied only to the Johns Island case Aiken City Manager Roland H Wind ham said the city cannot comment at this time until we know what the PSC ruling is I cannot comment until we have some thing more definite Pate did not indicate what course of action the Aiken cooperative will take in light of the Johns Island ruling Pate claimed the Aiken case is identi cal to the Johns Island situation because of territories assigned rural electric co operatives and 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 ar eas portions of Horse Creek Valley and suburbs that have been annexed into Ai ken and North Augusta At the same time those agreements were drafted the state legislature re fused to interfere with municipal deci sionmaking leaving it up to municipal ities to decide on primary power suppliers Acting on the latter the Aiken City Council last week ended a monthslong battle between Aiken Electric and by designating the private power company the citys primary supplier At the same time the Aiken ordinance allows the cooperative to keep its custom ers who came into the city through an nexation 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 pub lic by preventing duplication of power lines by utilities even in annexed areas of municipalities said EE Strickland vice president and general manager of the Berkeley Coop In the Johns Island dispute had constructed power lines in Berke leys assigned territory after the city of Charleston annexed a portion of Johns Island Ruth Retiring Staff Photo By Girmy 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 US warplanes roared over Manila today in a battle to save President Corazon Aquinos 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 US F4 fighter jets flying combat air patrol roared over the capital from Clark Air Base 50 miles from the capital said a US Defense Department spokesman Air Force Lt Col Rick Oborn 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 Con gress and senior government executives are getting a hefty raise from a new eth ics law that will also bar members of the House but not senators from accept ing fees for speeches starting in 1991 President Bush signed the Ethics Re form 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 per appearance but they wont get the big pay raise of that members of the House voted for themselves in 1991 The legislation will raise top govern ment salaries by 35 percent over the next 13 months with House salaries jumping from to in 1990 and to more than in 1991 plus a costofliving adjustment The 435 members of the House will be barred from accepting out side speaking fees starting in 1991 Senate salaries would climb in 1990 Bush said in a statement that the new law contains impor tant reforms that strengthen federal ethical standards and generally hews to the principles he spelled out soon after his inauguration from to but there will be no automatic increase in 1991 Federal judges and top executive branch officials also would get an imme diate 41 percent raise and 36 percent compounded on that on Jan 11990 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 on Jan 1 1991 As suming a COLA of about 3 percent House salaries would be 39 percent above current levels After that annual pay adjustments of up to 5 percent would be made automati cally based on the governments index of privatesector wages and salaries House employees and other top federal executive and judicial officials would be barred from accepting speech fees begin ning in 1991 Currently House members are limited to earning speech fees equiv alent 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 be ginning in 1991 Officials could not re ceive directors fees legal fees or other income for professional services Book royalties would be exempt from the limits The new legislation also creates con flict 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 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 fond drives are well un der way throughout Aiken County The Salvation Armys annual ket tle drive is in full swing with the familiar bellringers stationed at lo cations throughout the Aiken area Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army PO Box 439 Aiken 29802 The sixteenth annual Valley Emp ty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs Including the Lang leyBathClearwater American Le gion Post 153 Samuel Swint Post 77 of the American Legion and the LBC Lions Club as well as individuals Last year the fund helped 243 fam ilies a total of 783 people Contributions to the fund may be mailed to PO Box 517 Langley 29834 PO Box 354 Clearwater 29822 or PO 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 edu cational 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 Me lanie Hutto raised concerns about the lack of minority and rural area represen tation on the commission panel Their objections were voiced when the Commission on the Future of Aiken Coun ty prepared to take a vote on eight mem bers chosen for the executive committee the key panel among three standing committees in the 64member commission The executive committee will carry out the directives of the commission as coun ty leaders put into play recommenda tions 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 Before the vote was taken on the com mittee 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 chairmanelect Willar A High tower Jr secretary and treasurer and John W Cunningham Bill Hixon Henry McKenney Mickey Smith and Bill Walther Mrs Clyburns and Mrs Huttos con cerns about the lack of broader represen tation emporarily 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 ex ecutive committee membership to 10 at a January meeting Indications are that meeting will see the seating of two additional members equipped with the qualifications to satis fy the concerns raised by Mrs Gyburn and Mrs Hutto Before the compromise was reached Sen Thomas L Tommy Moore D Clearwater a commission member at tempted to get a necessary unanimous vote that would have allowed the bylaws to be amended on the spot and up the panel to 10 But at least three nays were heard on the voice vote killing the senators effort Afterward Ryberg said he was one of those voting no and did so because he felt a large executive committee would ham per 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 be ing removed from the panel if its mem bership could be trimmed Before electing the executive commit tee 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 Com mission on the Future of South Carolina See COUNTY Page 12A   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