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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Page 2A Panama Resistance Surprises U.S. Page UA Drug Raid Nets Three Arrests KSS cwntt rom. r ± aa Sunday, December 24, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 326 Health, Hugo, Waste Head House List By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer South Carolina House members have rated health care costs, Hurricane Hugo recovery and solid waste management as the three most important issues confronting the General Assembly in 1990. The issues rating, released by the House Research Office, was compiled from a point system used in surveying the 124 representatives who make up the lower body of the General Assembly. The House Research Office assembled a list of 27 major issues, with brief descriptions of each, and sent them in a questionnaire to House members, asking that they respond by mid-December. The researchers said the survey, conducted by their office for the fourth consecutive year, was mailed Dec. I and by the Dec. ll deadline 53.2 percent of the legislators responded. In releasing the survey results, the research office said: “It is important to note that the survey results in no way reflect how House members will vote on a particular issue. Rather, the sample is an indication of how responding House members think issues should be addressed during the upcoming legislative debate.” In settling on the major issues, the survey team assigned a rating of 5 to I points on priority, with five points assigned at the top of the scale and I at the bottom. The compilation showed health care costs accumulating 295 rating points, Hugo recovery got 291 and solid waste management tallied 289. The remainder of the Top IO ranged from 260 points for hazardous waste disposal to 228 for local option sales tax. Besides the top three items listed, the survey’s Top IO was rounded out by (4) hazardous waste disposal, (5) rural health care, (6) highway safety, (7) government consolidation, (8) automobile insurance, (9) wetlands protection, and (Please See HEALTH, Page 4A) Top IO For 1989 t. Health care costs 2. Hurricane Hugo recovery 3. Solid waste management 4. Hazardous waste disposal 5. Rural health 6. Highway safety 7. Consolidated government 8. Auto insurance 9. Wetlands protection 10. Local option sales tax Christmas Countdown Henrietta W. Bell, Springfield Mary H. Blume, Denmark Hutchinson J. Cone, Augusta Jarrett R. Ingram, Beech Island Corine McKelvin, Johnston Wayne L. Parson, Norcross, Ga. Stella S. Weeks, Denmark Please see Page 10A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................7D Calendar............................................4C Classifieds.........................................3D Dear Abby..........................................6C Local Front......................................11A Obituaries........................................10A Opinions............................................ID Sports................................................1B Weather...........................................10A Standard Published Early Today’s edition of the Aiken Standard was published early so that employees could enjoy the holiday weekend with their families. Tile Standard will publish a Monday paper. The newspaper will resume its normal 8:30 to 5:30 business office schedule on Tuesday. News and sports events from the weekend will be updated in the Tuesday edition. Drives Wind Down To Brighter Christmas For Needy The holidays will be a lot brighter for many less fortunate families as fund drives spaonsored by several groups wind down. 'Die Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive is under way, 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 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 Langley-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. The Aiken Jaycees are currently accepting donations for their fourth annual Christmas Shopping Tour. The tour, which enables the group to purchase clothing and toys for needy children, raised $4,000 last year. The shopping tour will be held Dec. 23. Children that participate in the Christmas Shopping Tour are selected for the Jaycees by the Aiken County Department of Social Services. Donations to the Christmas Shopping Tour may be sent to P.O. Box 707, Aiken, 29802. Contributions received to date include: SALVATION ARMY: Mrs Lambert's Economics Class — South Aiken Highschool...................................$50    10 William C. Lott.................................................$100.00 Mr and Mrs. Johnny Funderburk.................. $20    OO (Please See DRIVES, Page 4A) Gorbachev 1$ Time Man For The '80$ NEW YORK (AP) - Mikhail Got-bachev, whose political and economic reforms in the Soviet Union sparked a revolution that shattered communist control of Eastern Europe, was named Man of the Decade by Time magazine Saturday. The Soviet president, previously named Time’s Man of the Year in 1987, was chosen because he is “the force behind the most momentous events of the ’80s and because what he has already done will almost certainly shape the future,” Time said. The only precedent for such a choice by the magazine was its selection of Winston Churchill as Man of the Half-Century in 1949. “This year, as world attention ricocheted from the stirrings of democracy in the U.S.S.R. to the massacre in Beijing and the peaceful revolts in Eastern Europe, it became clear that we were witnessing a sequence of events that began well before 1989 and whose impact would extend into the next decade, perhaps the next century,” the magazine said. Weather Sunny But Cold Sunny skies are forecast today. The high will be in the low to mid 30s. Tomorrow will be mostly fair, with a warming trend developing. The low will be near IO, with a high in the 30s. Please see Page 10A for details. Deaths Staff Photo By Scott Webster FUN IN THE SNOW: Katie Hanson, 5, slides down advantage of the brief snowfall which dusted the Aiken Canterbury Court while her friend, Beth Bailey, 8, falls area Saturday, backward in the background. They were taking Snowfall Held White Promise BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer It almost was a white Christmas for Aiken County. Almost. Fluffy flakes of the white stuff started drifting down about IO a.m. on Saturday, but at press time Saturday night, weather forecasters at Augusta’s Bush Field were predicting fair skies for today. Today’s skies are expected to be clear, with temperatures in the low 30s. By nightfall, the mercury is expected to drop to a chilling IO degrees. But on Saturday, for one brief, white-coated afternoon, all indications pointed to a white Christmas for Aiken. By early afternoon on Saturday, temperatures in Aiken had dipped into the teens, and local roads were beginning to wear a white frosting of snowflakes. Sgt. Julian Thigpen of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the highway department maintence crew stayed on (Please See SNOWFALL, Page 4A) Football's Best Schools Were In The News For Aiken County In 1982 By TRACI SHELTON Staff Writer The 1980s brought many changes to education in Aiken County. Some of the biggest changes were structural. As Aiken County grew and changed, the schools were not spared growing pains. New schools were built, old schools were closed, some schools merged and one school burned down. Money — or lack of it — was one major problem that plagued the Aiken County Public School system. There were endless struggles to increase funding for the schools in the face of national and statewide budget cuts. Zoning, consolidation and single member board selection also brought changes to the education system. Here’s a look at the main events and trends of the 80s: ^ Kicking off the decade, and as a general indicator of the nation’s increasing concerns for health, in 1980 smoking was banned from all campuses in Aiken County. ^ Midland Valley, Silver Bluff and South Aiken high schools were constructed in 1980. The schools opened in 1981. ^ Langley, Bath, Burnettown Elemen-taries consolidated to form Jefferson Elementary. Romanian Dictator To Face Trial Page 2A Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth COACH, PLAYER OF YEAR: Coach of the Year Dusty Triplett of Aiken poses with North Augusta’s Kurt Hurst, player of the year. For a complete list of the all-area team, please see Page 1B. i    ~ • A • DECADE • ^ Windsor Elementary burned down. All 200 students moved to Oakwood Elementary. K- Aiken Elementary closed in 1983. ^ Kalmia Hills special education school was sold. Pinecrest Elementary school became a the new special education school. ^ District Superintenedent Ted B. Willis retired after 31 years with the Aiken County schools. Dr. Robert W. Paskel was his successor in 1982. PaskeTs term was short, and in 1987, Dr. Joseph R. Brooks was chosen to replace him. ^ Junior highs were eliminated and a middle school program was adopted. (Please See SCHOOLS, Page 5A) %    ii • IN • REVIEW • ;

  • Augusta Jarrett R. Ingram
  • Beth Bailey
  • Corine Mckelvin
  • Denmark Hutchinson J. Cone
  • Ginny Southworth
  • Johnny Funderburk
  • Johnston Wayne L. Parson
  • Joseph R. Brooks
  • Julian Thigpen
  • Kalmia Hills
  • Katie Hanson
  • Kurt Hurst
  • Robert W. Paskel
  • Samuel Swint
  • Scott Webster
  • Springfield Mary H. Blume
  • Stella S. Weeks
  • Ted B. Willis
  • Traci Shelton
  • William C. Lott

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: December 24, 1989

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