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Publication: Aiken Standard December 13, 1989

Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina r Sports Page 2A SERTOMA Classic Opens Play Page 13A A Quick Read Most Distant Star Found In Milky Way BALTIMORE (AP) - Astronomers 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 astronomer with the Space Telescope Science 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 galaxy’s dark matter could be dim stars that are too faint to be seen, black hole remnants of massive stars that exploded 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 information on the percentage of de-icing 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 temperatures and pavement temperatures,” said John Giireath, 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 workers and trucks out and keep people on standby,” Giireath 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 Myrtie D. Dinkins, Aiken Barry D. Kinchen, Fort Worth, Texas Elizabeth J. Reynolds, North Augusta Please see Page SA for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................8D Calendar............................................ID Classifieds.........................................6D Comics..............................................2C Crossword.........................................9D Cryptoquote.......................................7D Dear Abby..........................................2C Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................8A Opinions............................................1C Sports..............................................13A Television..........................................2C Weather...........................................16A Christmas Countdown Hurricane Damage Goes Up In S.C Page IB it School Board Picks New Chairman AIKEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Wednesday, December 13, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 315 Morgan To Be Promoted To Solicitor Duties Begin When Harte Leaves Jan. I 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 announcement late Tuesday. His appointement must now pass a perfunctory vote by the House and Senate. Ms. Morgan currently is the deputy solicitor for the second judicial circuit. She will assume duties as solicitor on January I. 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 September, and will be entering private practice. The second judicial circuit includes Aiken, Bamberg and Barnwell counties. Ms. Morgan is a graduate of the College of Charleston, and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar Association in 1981. She has been with the second circuit solicitor’s 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 announcement, Ms. Morgan said she is “ex-ici ted 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: Morgan selected. Barbara R. Making A Point \ V '/% S AP Laserphoto THE ORGANIZER: Mikhail S. Gorbachev gestures as he organizes the Soviet Congress of People’s Deputies. For the story, please see Page 2A. Bill Would Be Cure For Tax'lnequities' By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Rep. Irene K. Rudnick, D-Aiken, has prefiled legislation aimed at “curing inequities” in the state income tax withholding system. Rep. Rudnick’s bill, according to legislative Council spokesman Harry T. Cone, would allow taxpayers    *    , to claim state exemp- af    v tions above their fed- Ii    5 eral exemptions on an-nual tax returns. Currently, the state a1- RUDNICK lows taxpayers to adjust their withholding 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 written after a constituent pointed out the disparity in the tax systems. Under the state code, taxpayers can claim $800 for each exemption but the federal return allows a $2,000 exemption. If two exemptions are claimed on the federal return, only two can be used on the state withholding form. “Prior to 1987 a taxpayer couldn’t adjust at all, but after 1987 he could adjust withholding exemptions, but it was limited to the number on the federal return,” said Cone. Cone said what the legislation would do is “allow the (Tax) Commission to promulgate 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 withholding and provide more monthly income 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 system’s main discrepancy is that while only $800 is allowed for each exemption during withholding, at filing time taxpayers are able to use the federal $2,000 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 Carolinas and Tennessee, and the cold was so bitter in the Plains that only penned-in polar bears seemed to be enjoying themselves and the Salvation Army bell ringers reported a drop in donations. “People don’t 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 IO 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 expected to remain bitter through the weekend. Polar bears at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., reveled in the cold, swimming in a pool that a pump kept from freezing over. “They’re insane,” zoo director Lee Simmons said. “Never mind the freezing temperatures, they’re 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 morning, and up to 3 inches of snow. Lows of 30 below were forecast in northern Minnesota, where in International 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 16,000 square feet of office space in Kalmia Plaza at a rate called “better, much better” than current market costs. County Administrator W. Scott Barnes confirmed Tuesday night that legal documents are being drawn that will provide the county rights to the space for $3 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 Ejay’s Restaurant in the east end of the plaza. The $3 a square foot cost means the county will pay about $58,000 a month for the 66-month term of the lease. The first six months will be rent-free to help offset county renovation expenses. Barnes said the leasing agent also agreed to a three-year renewal option “at our choice, with an inflation clause added at that time.” The county administrator said the rental fee was reduced considerably after lengthy negotiations by the county, which hopes to sublet about 4,800 square feet for state offices. BARGAIN DEAL: W Scott Barnes calls terms more than reasonable. Barnes said the sub-lease 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 $100 and insurance pay- (Please See COUNTY, Page 16A) Needy Not Being Forgotten In Hectic Rush Of Holiday Season As Christmas shoppers rush around    children, raised $4,000 last year. buying presents for family and friends,    The shopping tour will be held Dec. 23. some are taking the time to remember    Children that participate in the Christ- those who are less fortunate during the    mas Shopping Tour are selected for the holidays.    Jaycees by the Aiken County Depart- The Salvation Army’s annual kettle    ment of Social Services. drive is under way, with the familiar    Donations to the Christmas Shopping bell-ringers stationed at locations    Tour may be sent to P.O. Box 707, Aiken throughout the Aiken area.    29802. Contributions may be mailed to The    Couuibutious received to date Salvation Army, P.O. Box 439, Aiken,    include: 29802.    SALVATION ARMY: The seventeenth annual Valley Empty    Mr. and Mrs chester veiett................... $50 00 Stocking Fund campaign is also gearing    J; J* ££    —..........“ up for the holidays.    Ethleen Padgett................  $10    qq The fund is sponsored by several area    i  ........................!10    00 civic clubs, including the Langley-Bath-    Dorothy jackson.! $2s!oo Clearwater American Legion Post 153,    Evelyn Evatt....     $25    oo Samuel Swint Post 77 of the American    OX'.. Legion, and the L.B.C. Lions Club, as    a"d Mrs. r h. buatttebaum...............$200    00 well as individuals.    Mfrs andTs    wJ” SS Last year, the fund helped 243 families    p?*.0.'8** Wa,ers.....................................sic    00 - a total of 783 people.    Mr. anS0^.: ^    $25    OO Contributions to the fund mav be    Mr and Mrs. Charles Ormiston..................$20.00 mailed to: P.O. Box 517, Langley, 29834;    b,i.«oi'.Z................Jo SS P.O. Box 354, Clearwater, 29822; or P.O.    Mr and Mrs joe Roster..............................$5    0o Box391,Graniteville, 29829.    SSS.    ...................SiIS The Aiken Jaycees are currently ac-    Mr and Mrs. l.t. Fuimer....................’.."”$10.00 cepting donations for their fourth aor tai    J!*- iJ5,JlrInS8S!!.......................510    00 ^,r.    "    _    Mf and Mrs. Gordon Nichols.....................$10    00 Christmas Shopping Tour.    Mrs Ada Felton ......................................%2s    ™o The tour, which enables the group to    Arl,s Ha"...................................................$10.00 purchase clothing and toys for needy (Please See NEEDY, Page 16A) ;

  • Ada Felton
  • Aiken Barry D. Kinchen
  • Augusta Myrtie D. Dinkins
  • Barbara R.
  • Barbara R. Morgan
  • Buford M. Bledsoe
  • Carl Langley
  • Carroll A. Campbell
  • Charles Ormiston
  • Evelyn Evatt
  • Gordon Nichols
  • Harry T. Cone
  • Irene K. Rudnick
  • James Castor
  • John Giireath
  • Johnston Willie Collier Jr.
  • Lee Simmons
  • Mikhail S. Gorbachev
  • Mrs Joe Roster
  • Robert J. Harte
  • Robert L. Morgan
  • Samuel Swint
  • Scott Barnes
  • Texas Elizabeth J. Reynolds
  • W. Scott Barnes

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: December 13, 1989

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