Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - January 25, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina
Volume I -- Number IO
Aiken, S. C., Wednesday, January 25, 1984
25* Per Copy
On Elementary Schools
Aiken School Board Pledges Action
By STEPHEN D. HALE
WAGENER -- During their Tuesday night meeting here the Aiken County School Board committed itself to begin taking action on a proposed three-phase plan for upgrading school buildings in the county at their next regular meeting, Feb. 14.
Because two members said they would need more information before they could vote on the controversial closing of two Aiken element ary schools a vote on Area I facilities may not occur at the next meeting but the Board vowed to begin making decisions on the
other areas of the report then.
The district administration office presented a nine-year, three-phase proposal for modernizing school buildings and bringing them up to state standards. The program will cost an estimated $11 million to be paid for by a bond issue of the Board, according to the recommendation.
It is a common practice in South Carolina for school boards to issue bonds without putting the matter before the public for a vote, according to district comptroller B.T. Brinkley, Jr. More than $2 million of that
figure can be expected to be recouped from interest rates, according to district figures.
The indebtedness of the county taxpayers may eventually be much lower than those figures if the governor’s proposed one-cent sales tax hike is passed. A significant percentage of the revuenue from the governor’s plan would go to school building programs and that would bring considerable capital to the district, according to District Superintendant Robert W. Paskel.
The Board heard a presentation from Robert Smoak,
an Aiken attorney, and chairman of the Keep Aiken Elementary Committee, which presented a petition of 700 names they claim to have secured in favor of saving the schools from extinction. The administration plan calls for the replacement of that school and Laurens Street Elementary with a new school.
Among other arguments Smoak produced copies of the deed of the school to the Board which states that if the building ceases to be used as a school its ownership would revert from the
(Continued on Page 2)This Week In Brief
AIKEN - The decade old-controversy over city efforts to stem the slow decay of the Willcox Hotel may have finally been resolved when the Aiken City Council voted to allow a zoning change requested by developers Monday night.
The inclusion of the grounds of the hotel into the Central Business District make it possible for developers to restore the nearly century-old hotel as an inn and office building.
Representatives of the company that proposes to run the inn, Littlebrook Ltd., said they hope to be able to close a deal with the owner, Joseph Eways, by Friday.
Aikenite Is Ambassador's WifeForeign Forces Complicate Lebanese Situation
By STEPHEN D. HALE Register Editor
WASHINGTON, D.C. -Julie Cole graduated from Aiken High School in 1968. Now she is Julie Bouhabib and she has graduated to the international diplomatic scene as the wife of the Lebanese ambassador to America.
Her life now is one of state dinners and formal parties, the kind of atmosphere in which high-level contacts are made and from which great decisions are reached.
“We entertain a great deal,” Mrs. Bouhabib said during a Christmas W eek interview in Aiken at the home of her parents, George and Julia Cole.
“That is the nicest part of this lifestyle, we’ve met so many interesting and friendly people,” she said.
Mrs. Bouhabib said she and her husband have an average of two dinners a week and often entertain at lunch and even for breakfast. And once or twice a month their official residence is the scene of a formal, seated dinner for “forty to fifty people.”
She said that she and her husband have twice entertained the President of Lebanon, Amin Gemayel, and those dinners were also attended by Secretary of State and Mrs. George Schultz, National Security Advisor and Mrs. Robert
McFarlane and Marine Corps Commandant and Mrs. Paul Kelley.
The couple met on a blind date in 1970 while they were both students at Vanderbilt University and were married in 1974. Along with her many official duties she also has a full-time job as the mother of their three children, twins Amin and his sister Amal who are six years-old and three-year-old daughter Nada.
The Bouhabib’s have lived in the Washington area for several years. The Ambassador, Abdullah Bouhabib, was an official with the World Bank before the creation of the new Lebanese government and
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Ambassador and Mrs. Bouhabib