Aiken Standard, March 18, 1998, Page 2

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March 18, 1998

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 18, 1998, Aiken, South Carolina ♦ Graham calls for spending caution. Page IB Aiken Mantel My w 1997 AIKEN tanbark Clinton Probe goes back to Lewinsky Page 2A Vol. 132, No. 77 Aiken, South CarolinaWednesday, March 18,1998 25c Huskers win Nebraska takes golf tournament Page 11A>>- Bridge ................................6B Classifieds............................4B Comics................................10A Crossword............................7B Dear Abby..........................10A Movies ...........................12A Opinions..............................4A Sports..................................11A Television..........................10A Weather................................2A ♦ Deaths Phyllis C. Dinterman, North Augusta Mildred Henderson Houk, Aiken Curtis Johnson, Aiken Sarah Ghent Martin, Aiken Paul S. Miller, North Augusta Erie S. Robinson, Gloverville Obituary notices on page 2B. ♦ Ga. lottery Tuesday’s winning numbers: ('aah ll Midday: 2-5-5 ('aah ll Evening: 3-2-0 ( aah 4: 3-2-3-1 Fantasy 5: 7-18-20 23-33 The Big Game: 13 23 24-39-42 Big Money Ball: IO ♦ Index Staff photo by Scott Webster Michael Brown (left) and Marion Carter ride on a tractor Tuesday as they help set up the jumps for the Aiken Steeplechase at Ford Conger Fieltf. The Steeplechase will be held Saturday. Sun may be scarce on race day By NINA J NIDIFFER The 32nd renewal of the Aiken Steeplechase probably won’t be rainy, but it may not be sunny either. “No rain is forecast for Saturday, but you’ll have to keep your fingers crossed for sun,” said Matt Parker, a meteorologist with the Savannah River Site Weather Center. At least race-goers won’t be shivering in the cold. Temperatures are forecast for the low to mid-60s. Post time for the races will be at I p.m. at Ford Conger Field. Race entries Page UA All infield guests should be in place by noon. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Aiken Drug, Aiken Saddlery, Lorn mick Pharmacy, Palmetto Federal, Plum Pudding, Southern Saddlery, Stoplight Deli and Woodruff Drug. General admission reserved second row places are $30 and include a reserved second row space. Admission tickets must be purchased separately. General admission reserved railside places and subscriber railside parking are all sold out. However, there are lots of other good spots left, including guarantor packages that are $250 and include four tickets that grant admission to the Guarantors enclosure. The prerace tent party includes luncheon, open bar, musical entertainment and parking. A maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold. Guarantor railside packages are $350 and include four tickets and an exceptional railside space. This price includes the guarantor package as well as railside parking. However, these spaces are very limited. The traditional gala held the night before the race will be black tie this year. Tickets are $125 per couple ($62.50 per individual). The gala will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, musical entertainment and dancing in the Guarantor tent on Ford Conger Field. Groups of eight or more may reserve tables. For more information about ticket and package availability, call the Aiken Steeplechase Association office at 648-9641. Associated Press School budget debated Initial discussion has spending of $96M By BILL BENGTSON The Aiken County Board of Education resumed its annual economics course Tuesday evening, taking a long look at budget proposals for the 1998-99 school year. The major numbers of the evening were $94,663,360 (total estimated revenue) and $95,967,802 (total estimated spending), according to Brock Heron, the district’s comptroller, who has concentrated on budget-assembly efforts in recent weeks. Projections are for the district to have 133 fewer students next year, due largely to a dip in the birth rate. All in all, “we are poorer than we were last year, in relation to the rest of the state,” Heron said. “Local property taxes have been estimated with a normal growth of $10.39 million this year,” he said. “This should provide an additional $700,152 in local funds. In addition, we should also receive another $319,562 in state property tax relief.” Questions about where to spend the money took up more than two hours, as the board discussed priorities and requests from around the district. Salaries make up the vast majority of the year’s proposed expenditures, at $65,071,447, with fringe benefits following, at $15,733,251. Many smaller concerns, such as English as a Second Language 1998-99 proposal Projected revenue $94,663,360 Projected spending $95,967,802 New money $700,152 (local taxes) $319,562 (state tax relief) Possible new spending $245,308 to hire seven new 3rd grade teachers to lower pupil-teacher ratio to 20-1 and special education programs, took a major role in the discussion. A request from the City of Aiken to provide $46,000 in par tial support for three resource officers working in the city’s middle and high schools also got close attention. Proposed reductions of the pupil-teacher ratio popped up several times, and a request for (Please see BUDGET, page 9A) Coast, suburb counties show greatest growth Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND — The lady from Connecticut detected the difference right away. “She said one of the things she noticed is that we don’t blow our horns here. You wait behind someone patiently,” said Elaine Holliday Carnwath, a real estate agent for Wm. F. Hilton Co. on Hilton Head Island. Combine that Southern genteelness with seaside living, moderate weather and miles of golf courses, and it’s easy to see why Beaufort County is attracting retirees in droves. Coastal and suburban counties had the greatest population growth between April 1990 and last July, occupying the top nine positions in the state, according to new census figures released Tuesday. Beaufort County led the list at 28.3 percent growth. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 106,582 people lived there in 1997, up from (Please see GROWTH, page 9A) Top IO im IMI Change Beaufort 86,425    106,582 23.3% Lexington 167,611    200,371 19.5% Horry 144,053    169,178 17.4% York 131,497    150,502 14.5% Georgetown 46,302    52,336    13% Pickens 93,896    104,618 11.4% Aiken 120,991    133,980    10.7% Oconee 57,494    63,461    10.4% Kershaw 43,599    47,746    9.5% Lee 18,437    20,186    9.5% TVA makes tritium plans SOUTH CAROLINA AREA CODE MAP WASHINGTON — If it wins the Energy Department’s technology competition, the Tennessee Valley Authority intends to use commercial nuclear reactors in both Alabama and Tennessee to produce a key ingredient for nuclear weapons. TVA officials told top staff at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday that both the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant near Scottsboro, Ala., and the Watts Bar plant near Spring City, Tenn., will be producing tritium if TVA gets the nod from the Energy Department. The twin reactor Sequoyah Nuclear Plant near Chattanooga, Tenn., also might be used temporarily for tritium production if construction of Bellefonte cannot be completed in time to meet the Energy Department’s demands (Please see TVA, page BA) New area code in use Saturday By SHARON TAYLOR Because of what BellSouth calls phenomenal growth in South Carolina, telephone area codes will be split this weekend to add a third area code in the state. The coastal area, from Jasper County in the Lowcountry to Chesterfield County in the Pee Dee area, will receive the new area code 843 this Sunday. Some of the other areas involved in the change are Charleston, Hilton Head, Summerville, Beaufort, Florence, Dillon, Marion and Marlboro. The central part of the state, including Aiken, Columbia, Orangeburg, Newberry and Camden, will remain in the 803 area code. The Upstate area code will continue to be 864. There will be a six-month transition period from March 22 through September to allow businesses additional time to reprogram PBX systems, speed calling services and automatic dialers, according to Marcia Purday, a BellSouth spokesperson. “A special intercept message (Please see NEW, page 9A) ;