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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 24, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside Page 2A Panama Resistance Surprises US Romanian Dictator To Face Trial Page 2A A Quick Read Gorbachev Is Time Man For The 80s NEW YORK AP Mikhail Gor bachev whose political and econom ic reforms in the Soviet Union sparked a revolution that shattered communist control of Eastern Eu rope was named Man of the Decade by Time magazine Saturday The Soviet president previously named Times 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 cer tainly shape the future Time said The only precedent for such a choice by the magazine was its selec tion of Winston Churchill as Man of the HalfCentury in 1949 This year as world attention rico cheted from the stirrings of democ racy in the USSR 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 10 with a high in the 30s Please see Page 10A for details Deaths 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 tor details Inside Today Bridge7D Calendar4C Classifieds3D Dear Abby6C Local Front11A Obituaries10A Sports1B Weather10A Standard Published Early Todays edition of the Aiken Stan dard was published early so that em ployees could enjoy the holiday weekend with their families The Standard will publish a Mon day paper The newspaper will resume its nor mal to business office schedule on Tuesday News and sports events from the weekend will be updated in the Tues day edition Christmas Countdown ITS THE KJK5HT BEFOCE CHBISTMASJ Page lift Drug Raid Nets Three Arrests Sunday December 241989 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 confront ing 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 de scriptions of each and sent them in a questionnaire to House members asking that they respond by midDecember The researchers said the survey con ducted by their office for the fourth con secutive year was mailed Dec 1 and by the Dec 11 deadline 532 percent of the legislators responded In releasing the survey results the re search office said It is important to note that the survey results in no way reflect how House mem bers will vote on a particular issue Rath er 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 sur vey team assigned a rating of 5 to 1 points on priority with five points assigned at the top of the scale and 1 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 10 ranged from 260 points for hazardous waste disposal to 228 for local option sales tax Besides the top three items listed the surveys Top 10 was rounded out by 4 hazardous waste disposal 5 rural health care 6 highway safety 7 gov ernment consolidation 8 automobile in surance 9 wetlands protection and Please See HEALTH Page 4A Issues Top 10 For 1989 1 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 sates tax FUN IN THE SNOW Katie Hanson 5 slides down Canterbury Court while her friend Beth Bailey 8 falls backward in the background They were taking Staff Photo By Scott Webster advantage of the brief snowfall which dusted the Aiken area Saturday 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 10 am on Saturday but at press time Saturday night weath er forecasters at Augustas Bush Field were predicting fair skies for today Todays skies are expected to be clear with temperatures in the low 30s By nightfall the mercury is expected to drop to a chilling 10 degrees But on Saturday for one brief white coated afternoon all indications pointed to a white Christmas for Aiken By early afternoon on Saturday tem peratures 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 Caroli na Highway Patrol said the highway de partment maintence crew stayed on Please See SNOWFALL Page 4A 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 The Salvation Armys 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 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 Clearwater 29822 or PO Box 391 Graniteville 29829 The Aiken Jaycees are currently ac cepting donations for their fourth annual Christmas Shopping Tour The tour which enables the group to purchase clothing and toys for needy chil dren 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 Department of Social Services Donations to the Christmas Shopping Tour may be sent to PO Box 707 Aiken 29802 Contributions received to date include SALVATION ARMY Mrs Lamberts Economics Class South Aiken High William C Mr and Mrs Johnny Please See DRIVES Page 4A Footballs Best Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth COACH PLAYER OF YEAR Coach of the Year Dusty Triplett of Aiken poses with North Augustas Kurt Hurst player of the year For a complete list of the allarea team please see Page 1 B Schools Were In The News For Aiken County In 1982 ByTRACISHELTON 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 end less struggles to increase funding for the schools in the face of national and state wide budget cuts Zoning consolidation and single mem ber board selection also brought changes to the education system Heres a look at the main events and trends of the 80s Kicking off the decade and as a gen eral indicator of the nations increasing concerns for health in 1980 smoking was banned from all campuses in Aiken County v Midland Valley Silver Bluff and South Aiken high schools were construct ed in 1980 The schools opened in 1981 Langley Bath Burnettown Elemen taries consolidated to form Jefferson Elementary A DECADE IN REVIEW Windsor Elementary burned down All 200 students moved to Oakwood Elementary Aiken Elementary closed in 1983 v Kalmia Hills special education school was sold Pinecrest Elementary school became a the new special educa tion school District Superintenedent Ted B Wil lis retired after 31 years with the Aiken County schools Dr Robert W Paskel was his successor in 1982 Paskels term was short and in 1987 Dr Joseph R Brooks was chosen to replace him v Junior highs were eliminated and a middle school program was adopted Please See SCHOOLS Page 5A   

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