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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports SERTOMA Classic Opens Play Page 13A A Quick Read Most Distant Star Found In Milky Way BALTIMORE AP Astrono mers have spotted the most distant known star in the Milky Way and say the accidental discovery could help determine the total mass of the galaxy That includes mysterious invisible matter that astronomers know exists but are unable to identify an astron omer with the Space Telescope Sci ence Institute said Tuesday Astronomers use the speed of stars to determine gravitational pull upon them and from its gravity the mass of the galaxy Astronomers theorize the galaxys dark matter could be dim stars that are too faint to be seen black hole remnants of massive stars that ex ploded early in galaxy history Smart Roads Help Carolina Officials COLUMBIA AP The highway department is monitoring sensors in South Carolina roads that tell the temperature and amount of moisture in the pavement officials say The sensors also provide informa tion on the percentage of deicing chemicals present and whether the road surface is frozen or not In the past we have always relied on information from the National Weather Service but there is no real correlation between air tempera tures and pavement temperatures said John Gilreath an engineer with the state Department of Highways and Public Transportation in Greenville If the pavement is not going to freeze there is no need to send work ers and trucks out and keep people on standby Gilreath said This way we can save time trouble and money Weather Cloudy And Cold Tonight will be cloudy and cold with a low in the 20s Tomorrow will be mostly sunny reaching the 40s Please see Page 16A for details Deaths Buford M Bledsoe Johnston Willie Collier Jr North Augusta Myrtle D Dinkins Aiken Barry D Kinchen Fort Worth Texas Elizabeth J Reynolds North Augusta Please see Page SA for details Inside Today Bridge8D Calendar1D Classifieds60 Comics2C Crossword9D Cryptoquote7D Dear Abby2C Local Front1B Obituaries8A Opinions1C Sports13A Television2C Weather16A Page 2A Hurricane Damage Goes Up In SC Page IB School Board Picks New Chairman Christmas Countdown Wednesday December 13 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 315 Morgan To Be Promoted To Solicitor Duties Begin When Harte Leaves Jan 1 BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Aiken attorney Barbara R Morgan was appointed Tuesday to the office of Second Judicial Circuit Solicitor by Gov Carroll A Campbell Gov Campbell made the announce ment late Tuesday His appointement must now pass a perfunctory vote by the House and Senate Ms Morgan currently is the deputy so licitor for the second judicial circuit She Making A Point will assume duties as solicitor on Janu ary 1 She will be filling the unexpired term of the current solicitor Robert J Harte Harte who has been solicitor since 1980 announced his resignation in Sep tember and will be entering private practice The second judicial circuit includes Ai ken Bamberg and Barnwell counties Ms Morgan is a graduate of the Col lege of Charleston and the University of South Carolina School of Law She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar Asso ciation in 1981 She has been with the second circuit solicitors office since March 1987 She has been Deputy Solicitor since July 1989 As deputy solicitor Ms Morgan is the chief prosecutor of all drug cases and as an assistant solicitor she was responsible for the prosecution of all child abuse and sexual assault cases In a brief interview following the an nouncement Ms Morgan said she is ex icited about the appointment and that she would like to thank Gov Campbell for appointing me and for affording me the privilege to serve the Second Judicial Circuit and the opportunity to work with our local law enforcement agencies in fighting crime Ms Morgan said the second judicial circuit has a great staff and added we are going to work hard to keep drugs from destroying the core of our society Ms Morgan is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert L Morgan of Aiken NEW SOLICITOR Barbara R Morgan selected AP Laserphoto THE ORGANIZER Mikhail S Gorbachev gestures as he organizes the Soviet Congress of Peoples Deputies For the story please see Page 2A Bill Would Be Cure For Taxlnequities By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Rep Irene K Rudnick DAiken has profiled legislation aimed at curing in equities in the state income tax withhold ing system Rep Rudnicks bill according to Legisla tive Council spokes man Harry T Cone would allow taxpayers to claim state exemp tions above their fed eral exemptions on an nual tax returns Currently the state al lows taxpayers to adjust their withhold ing exemptions but only in the same number as carried on the federal return Prior to 1987 state adjustments were not allowed Rep Rudnick said she had the bill writ ten after a constituent pointed out the dis parity in the tax systems Under the state code taxpayers can claim for each exemption but the federal return allows a exemption RUDNICK If two exemptions are claimed on the fed eral return only two can be used on the state withholding form Prior to 1987 a taxpayer couldnt ad just at all but after 1987 he could adjust withholding exemptions but it was limit ed to the number on the federal return said Cone Cone said what the legislation would do is allow the Tax Commission to pro mulgate regulations and try to come up with a scheme to match your liability with the withholding Cone who is single said he claims five exemptions in order to reduce his with holding and provide more monthly in come for a large house payment Besides withholding policies Cone said the state income tax withholding tables are badly out of date They need some tinkering with as well Cone said the state withholding sys tems main discrepancy is that while only is allowed for each exemption during withholding at filing time taxpayers are able to use the federal exemption when computing state tax liability Please See BILL Page 16A Plains Shivering In Bitter Chill Only Polar Bear Can Love By ARTHUR ALLEN Associated Press Writer Snow fell early today in the Carolines and Tennessee and the cold was so bitter in the Plains that only pennedin polar bears seemed to be enjoying themselves and the Salvation Army bell ringers re ported a drop in donations People dont want to stop and dig in their pockets for change said Salvation Army Lt James Castor in Kearney Neb The second snowstorm to hit Virginia in five days produced scores of accidents on slippery roads At least two people died About 10 inches of snow fell by early today in Powhatan County just west of Richmond and the city had up to 6 inches of snow Many schoolchildren today were enjoying their fourth straight day off Snow fell from South Carolina to up state New York In the Midwest and Great Plains temperatures were expect ed to remain bitter through the weekend Polar bears at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Neb reveled in the cold swim ming in a pool that a pump kept from freezing over Theyre insane zoo director Lee Simmons said Never mind the freezing temperatures theyre out there swimming The Peoria Rescue Mission a homeless shelter in the Illinois city reported a rush of people seeking a place to sleep with lows of 5 below zero predicted this morn ing and up to 3 inches of snow Lows of 30 below were forecast in northern Minnesota where in Interna tional Falls temperatures never crept above minus 2 below all day Tuesday Please See PLAINS Page 16A County Pleased With Terms On Leasing Of Office Space By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken County has reached a verbal agreement with a Columbia real estate company to rent some 16000 square feet of office space in Kalmia Plaza at a rate called better much better than cur rent market costs County Administrator W Scott Barnes confirmed Tuesday night that legal docu ments are being drawn that will provide the county rights to the space for a square foot The County Council has given concept approval for the lease he noted Barnes identified the leasing agent as Edens and Avant The office spaces are located behind Ejays Restaurant in the east end of the plaza The a square foot cost means the county will pay about a month for the 66month term of the lease The first six months will be rentfree to help offset county renovation expenses Barnes said the leasing agent also agreed to a threeyear renewal option at our choice with an inflation clause added at that time The county administrator said the rent al fee was reduced considerably after lengthy negotiations by the county which hopes to sublet about 4800 square feet for state offices BARGAIN DEAL W Scolt Barnes calls terms more than reasonable Barnes said the sublease proposal has been sent to the state Barnes said the rental fee is better much better than current market charges in the Aiken area He added the agreement also binds the landlord to all repairs over and insurance pay Please See COUNTY Page 16A V Needy Not Being Forgotten In Hectic Rush Of Holiday Season As Christmas shoppers rush around buying presents for family and friends some are taking the time to remember those who are less fortunate during the holidays The Salvation Armys annual kettle drive is under way with the familiar bellringers stationed at locations throughout the Aiken area Contributions may be mailed to The Salvation Army PO Box 439 Aiken 29802 The seventeenth annual Valley Empty Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing up for the holidays The fund is sponsored by several area civic clubs including the LangleyBath Clearwater American Legion 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 families a total of 783 people Contributions to the fund may be mailed to PO Box 517 Langley 29834 PO Box 354 Cleanvater 29822 or PO Box 391 Graniteville 29829 The Aiken Jaycees are currently ac cepting donations for their fourth anr ml Christmas Shopping Tour The tour which enables the group to purchase clothing and toys for needy children raised last year The shopping tour will be held Dec 23 Children that participate in the Christ mas Shopping Tour are selected for the Jaycees by the Aiken County Depart ment of Social Services Donations to the Christmas Shopping Tour may be sent to PO Box 707 Aiken 29802 CuiUi ibuliuiia received to date include SALVATION ARMY Mr and Mrs Chester Velett 00 Mr and Mrs LM Arnelt S3oflO Mr and Mrs Cothran Campbell S2S 00 Ethleen Padgett Mrs J Nelison Mr and Mrs DL Pennlnglon Dorothy Jackson 00 Ms Evelyn Evatt SJsoO Julie T Watson In Memory of Edward Wat Mr and Mrs RH Quattlebaum Mrs Dennis Selby Mr and Mrs Wallace Miles 00 Ms Grace Walers Inc I 00 Mr and Mrs Frank Holmes Mr and Mrs Charles Ormislon SZfloo Walter Goldman 00 Mr and Mrs Francis Driacotl Mr and Mrs Joe Rosier 00 Ashley Little William Nightingale Jr S1000 Mr and Mrs LT Fulmer Ms Lillian Wiggins Mr and Mrs Gordon Nichols Mrs Ada Felton S2 on Please See NEEDY Page 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