Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - January 11, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina
This Week In Brief
AIKEN -- Board Chairman Sally Bigger and Vice Chairman Robert H. (Bob) Slay were reelected to their respective positions for the coming year by members at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Bigger represents Area 2 and Slay is from Area 5. In other business the board endorsed the screening of the film “Growing Up” for middle school and junior high students. However, parents will have the opportunity to view the film before it is shown to the students.
A jury of six Aiken County citizens deliberated for about half an hour before finding 5C anti-nuclear demonstrators guilty of disobeying police orders to clear a road leading to the Savannah River Plant in a . trial in Aiken Tuesday.
Aiken Magistrate MadP^ Meek sentenced the protesters to $100 fines or ll days in jail.
The defendants were among 79 people arrested Oct. 24 when protesters blocked two roads leading to the government-operated plant. The plant makes plutonium and tritium for use in the nation’s nuclear weapons.
AIKEN -- Aiken City,,. Counicl approved on first reading a new plan to restore the Willcox Hotel. City councilman Skipper Perry told representatives of St.
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Volunteers Sought For Program
Dual Taxation Solution May Be Near
William Clyburn makes point to Carrol Warner while former louncilman Lloyd Olsen looks on.
By STEPHEN D. HALE Register Editor
AIKEN - The County of Aiken and its several cities have been arguing over dual taxation for almost six years - and when it is finally settled it will probably cost the average home owner in the unincorporated sections of the county about six dollars a year.
If figures and formulas similar to those that were produced by a joint committee two years ago are used to solve the long-simmering issue, the taxes on a $50,000 house out in the county will
go up about $6.
The taxes on the same
value house in one of the towns in the county would ero down about $20 a year.
While no one is going to refuse $20, it seems an almost insignificant figure when considered against the half-decade of discord the issue has caused between the county and its cities.
Dual Taxation is a term used to describe taxes paid by city residents for county services they don’t use. They don’t use them because they pay taxes to their city to provide them with the same services.
Residents of Aiken, North Augusta, Wagener, New Ellenton, Jackson and Beech Island pay to support their own police forces, for example, and many argue they should not have to pay
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of volunteers is being assembled for training.
The class begins Monday, Jan. 16 and runs for five days from 8:30 a.m. until noon. At the end of the week graduates are certified to tutor reading and are assigned a student for the semester. With some teacher supervision, volunteers are often able to choose the student they will tutor.
“You don’t need a degree or many other qualifications for our program,’’ said Elbe Miller, “you just have to have a desire to help children.’’
“If people come to us with that feeling we can give them the tools they need to work with the children,’’ Mrs. Miller said.
No fees are charged for the training and an average of about 12 people participate each session, according to Mrs. Miller.
“All kinds of people volunteer to help these kids with their reading,” said Mrs. Miller’s co-organizer, Dot Wilson. “Retired people, especially grandparents whose grandchildren live away from the area, find it very gratifying,” she said.
Mrs. Miller said they also have trained college and high school students, people from all walks of life and “parents whose own children have a learning disability are encouraged to take the training. Then they can use the training to tutor
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By STEPHEN D. HALE Register Editor
AIKEN - “Ive learned a lot,” said little eight-year-old Jeffrey Ready.
Jeffrey is a second grade student at Laurens Street
Elementary School and he is being tutored in reading by a volunteer.
The one-on-one volunteer tutoring program in the Aiken School District is five years old and another class
Jeff Ready, 8, boing tutored by Dot Wilson