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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina MKF.N COUNTY PUBLIC IIPRARY Inside Bradley Wins Fifth Term Page 3A A Quick Read Supersonic Jetliner Loses Piece Of Tail SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - A British Airways Concorde jet with IOO Americans aboard lost a nine-foot piece of its tail today while trying to set a speed record on a world-circling journey, but landed safely in Sydney. Part of the rudder disintegrated while the supersonic jet was flying at 40,000 feet at Mach 1.8 — nearly twice the speed of sound — from Christchurch, New Zealand, said British Airways spokesman Peter Stanton. He said the pilot was unaware of any problem until he was alerted by the control tower at Sydney’s Kings-ford-Smith International Airport. However, at least one passenger said the plane had shuddered and passengers were tense. There were no injuries among the IOO passengers, all Americans who each paid $39,000 for the 38,343-mile flight that started April I in London. Hearings Begin Today On SCE&G Rate Hike COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is seeking its first rate increase since 1984 while the state’s consumer advocate is pushing for a $10 million rate reduction in hearings beginning today before the state Public Service Commission. SCE&G has proposed a $27.2 million increase that would raise the average monthly bill of the utility’s residential customers by $2.37. “We feel we have a strong case and the increase is moderate,” SCE&G spokesman Brian Duncan said Tuesday. The 3.69 percent increase would affect 370,092 residential customers and 105,264 commercial customers. SCE&G’s residential customers who now pay an average $67.47 a month per 1,000 kilowatt hours could see rates climb to $69.84, said Gary E. Walsh, assistant director of the utilities division for the Public Service Commission. The commission has set aside nearly two weeks for the hearings, which were to begin today. Weather Sunny Thursday Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 30s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the low 70s. Please see details on Page 3B. Deaths Jodi Boland, Charleston Robert Childs, Augusta Lela D. Collins, Edgefield Jerome G. Forseth, Belvedere Alice P. Vick, Adrian, Ga. Please see details on Page 3B. Inside Today Bridge..............................................5C Calendar...........................................8B Classifieds........................................3C Comics.............................................4B Crossword........................................6C Cryptoquote......................................4C Dear Abby.............. 4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries....................................... 3B Opinions...........................................1C Sports...............................................7A Television.........................................4B Weather........................................... 3B Page 2A No Decision Made On Eastern Buyout Page IB Wednesday, April 12, 1989 Steel Silhoutte 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 88 House Panel OKs Waste Commission WASHINGTON - Energy Secretary James D. Watkins suffered his first setback on Capitol Hill Tuesday when a House committee voted to establish a commission to advise him on ways to clean up the “cesspool of waste” at the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. Moments before the vote, Watkins told Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, that he did not need another outside group to tell him how to do his job. But it was Dingell’s idea to begin with, and he led the committee in a 38-5 vote to report the bill to the House floor. The measure would establish a Commission on Department of Energy Environmental Remediation Activities to help the administration develop a comprehensive program to clean up the hazardous and radioactive waste at DOE nuclear facilities. It would be comprised of ll members including experts from the department, Environmental Protection Agency, state governments, the scientific community and environmental organizations. The panel will help identify sources of funds, define the scope and extent of contamination, and recommend regulatory, statutory and organizational changes to carry out the cleanup, which is expected to take 20 to 30 years. Within the weapons complex, it is estimated that over 3,000 inactive waste sites need to be cleaned up. Cost estimates for bringing the defense facilities into compliance with federal and state environmental laws range between $35 billion (See HOUSE, Pagel2A) Kalmia Hill Receives Annexation Approval Staff Photo By Scott Webster FRAMEWORK: Thomas L. Mathis of Augusta, who is employed by ULM Bros, of Augusta, works on the frame of the new Oil Change Express on Pine Log Road. By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A 43-acre section of Kalmia Hill that has been embroiled in controversy over commercial development was given an annexation green light along with a strictly residential zoning designation Tuesday. The Aiken Planning and Development Commission agreed to recommend the area be brought into the city complete with single family residential status after several homeowners pleaded that case. Homeowners in the Kalmia Hill neighborhood voted last month to seek annexation into the city, at the same time letting it be known they wanted the RI zoning classification. Report:- Few School Board Members Paid By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer Most South Carolina school board members serve without pay, according to S.C. School Boards Association reports. Of the 91 school districts in South Carolina, 55.4 percent of the school boards receive no fee for their services. Following a vote to increase its pay by 185 percent, the Aiken County Board of Education cited its low pay compared with the pay of other school districts as the main reason for its decision. Of the 40 school boards that do receive salaries or pay for their services, 24 make less than what Aiken County School Board members will make if they receive their pay raise. The board decided with a 7-1 vote two weeks ago to raise its members’ pay from $35 a meeting to $100 a meeting. James Moore cast the negative (See REPORT, Page UA) 1989 SCSBA Board Pay Survey 51 School Districts receive no pay. 40 School Districts do receive pay.* * Of these districts, 15 receive more than Aiken County after the proposed increase, while 24 would receive less. t 5 Districts That Receive More Than Aiken County’ Allendale Beaufort Berkeley Cherokee Darlington Edgefield Georgetown Greenville Jasper Lancaster Lexington §5 Oconee Pickens Richland jfl Richland §2 $250 per month 13d. mbr. $4000 annually plus $25 per mig, Chrm. $5000 annually plus $25 per mtg. $3000 annually    ,..v $3705 annually $400 per month Bd. mbr. $2400 annually Chrm. $2700 annually Bd. mbr. $2953 annually Chrm. $7998 annually Bd. mbr. $3500 annually; Chrm. $4500 annually $2400 annually, plus $25 per mtg. $100 per mig., $50 per special mtg. $25 per standing committee mtg. $125 per mig./limit 30 $4800 annually $250 per month $100 per mtg./limit30 $100 per mtg./limit 30 School Board Votes To Increase Teachers' Pay By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to increase teachers’ pay in its preliminary budget and to incorporate a staffing plan at the central offices. Teachers previously requested the school board raise the teachers’ salary schedule from its present 6.3 percent to IO percent above the state minimum teacher salary schedule. Each year since 1983-84, this percentage above the state minimum has decreased from 8.9 percent to the current low of 6.3 percent above the minimum. The average teacher salary in Aiken County has dropped from a ranking of 21 in 1983-84 to a current ranking of 32 in the state. The school board is presently compiling its 1989-90 budget. In the base budget, the board allotted a 5.5 percent increase above the state minimum for teachers next year. The school board voted last night to tack on 3.5 percent to that figure and push the salary schedule to 9.5 percent above the state minimum. In order for the district to be able to fund this extra 3.5 percent increase, the Aiken County Legislative Delegation would have to approve the funding. The school board will present its 1989* 90 budget proposals to the Delegation on Monday, April 17, at the County Council Offices. Janice Cave, president of the Aiken County Education Association, told the school board that if it would support the teachers, the teachers would support it. She said she would encourage teachers to attend the meeting Monday night to show the Delegation their support of the increase on the salary schedule. Board members stated that the salary schedule increase would be not only for teachers but for all district personnel. (SeeSCHOOL, Page 11A) The Planning Commission’s unanimous vote on Kalmia Hill came during a short meeting that also saw Aiken Associates pull from the agenda its plans to seek site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval at the Woodward Tract. That property also has been caught up in controversy as neighbors in the area of the South Aiken project of apartments and office complexes have protested an exit road. Victor Mills, a representative of Aiken Associates, said his company decided to remove the Woodward plans from the agenda in order to combine them and present the entire package at an April 24 (See KALMIA, Page UA) Satanic Cult Sacrifices 12 People By The Associated Press MATAMOROS, Mexico — A satanic cult of drug smugglers who sacrificed and apparently cannibalized humans slaughtered 12 people, including a U.S. college student on spring break, authorities say. Five people were arrested in connection with the killings and on drug charges by Mexican Federal Judicial Police, which found the dozen bodies in graves at a ranch just south of the U.S. border. “It was horrible,” Cameron County Sheriff Alex Perez told a news conference Tuesday in the Texas border city of Brownsville. “It was like a human slaughterhouse.” The suspects were U.S. and Mexican citizens, said Sheriff’s Lt. George Gavito, who did not identify them further. The dead included 21-year-old University of Texas student Mark Kilroy, who vanished last month in Matamoras, Gavito said. Kilroy apparently was chosen at random by drug smugglers who had hoped human sacrifices would protect them from harm, Gavito said. Kilroy was grabbed after the cult members “were told to pick one Anglo male that particular night,” Gavito said. The cult had been involved in human sacrifices for about nine months, he said, and prayed to the devil “so the police would not arrest them, so bullets would not kill them and so they could make more money.” Authorities found candles and kettles full of body parts and animal bones, said Oran Neck, chief U.S. Customs agent in Brownsville. Also found were bowls and a caldron from which brains, hearts and other organs of victims were eaten, Perez said. “They were cooking body parts in a big pot there on that ranch,” said Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox. Authorities would not identify the other victims, but said all were males. (See SATANIC, Page 12A) ;