Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Rain Washes Out PGA Again
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'Adults-Only' For The Rolling Stones?
COLUMBIA (AP) - The Rolling Stones have moved closer to performing at Williams-Brice Stadium, but one University of South Carolina board of trustees member would limit the show to adults-only.
The board voted to speed up its policy for off-season use of the stadium, a move that could bring the Rolling Stones to Columbia.
But state Rep. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, wants a ban on anyone under age 18.
“There’s a lot of rotten stuff going on out there in the guise of entertainment,” Fair said.Deaths
AW. Brown, Belvedere Margaret M. Byars, Windsor A. Ray Godshall, Gaffney Jimmy Hall Jr., Aiken Willard A. Howard, North Augusta Jennie E. Meyer, Beech Island Garnett N. Tanton, Stiefeltown Please see details on Page 12A.Inside Today
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Sunday, August 13, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 193
Utility Fight Looms Before CouncilAiken Standard To Add Saturday On August 19
The Aiken Standard will add a Saturday paper on Aug. 19, making it a seven-day a week newspaper.
The Saturday Aiken Standard will be delivered in the mornings. It will feature local sports, news, features and advertising.
The Aiken Standard had been published five days a week for many years until the addition of a Sunday paper in October of 1985. The Aiken Standard will remain an afternoon paper on weekdays and will be a morning paper on Saturdays and Sundays.
The decision to go seven days was based upon the desire of workers at the Aiken Standard to be able to better serve readers and advertisers. Growth in the market and the success of the Sunday paper factored in the decision. Sales of the Sunday paper grew at 6.6 percent during the past audit year, far surpassing the national average.
The Saturday newspaper will be delivered free to subscribers on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. Beginning Sept. I, there will be a 50 cents a month price increase for subscriptions. Home delivery will be $5.90 per month.
Current subscribers and those wishing to subscribe, however, will have until Sept. 30 to subscribe for up to one year at the current $5.40 per month rate.
Those wishing to sign up for the current rate may call the Aiken Standard’s Circulation Department at 649-5316 or you may do so at the Aiken Standard’s office at 124 Rutland Drive. The newspaper office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. You can also reach the Circulation Department’s Customer Service department until 7 p.m. each day by calling 649-5316.
The price of the Sunday paper in newspaper racks and newsstands will increase on Sept. 3. The Sunday paper has cost 50 cents since the paper was added. It will cost 75 cents in racks and on newsstands beginning Sept. 3.
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
The first shots in what could turn into a lengthy battle over a utility’s right to serve customers in newly annexed and developing areas will be heard Monday night at Aiken City Council.
Aiken Electric Cooperative representatives will go before council seeking a franchise agreement that would allow it to serve residential and commercial customers brought into the city by annexation.
At the same time, South Carolina Elec-
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trie and Gas Co. spokesmen will ask the council to deny the request on grounds that it has the right to those customers through past agreements defining service areas for the utilities.
“The issue is who is going to be (designated) to serve newly annexed areas,” said Cathy B. Novinger, a senior vice president with SCE&G. “We are not challenging Aiken Electric Cooperative’s right to continue to serve their existing customers although they may be annexed
into the city.”
Under state law and utility service district agreements fashioned about 16 years ago, a local government has the right to designate a supplier of electric power within its corporate limits, or it can choose to purchase power and be its own distributor.
In the Aiken area, competition among the two utilities has intensified in recent months due to rapid growth on the south side. The struggle has been underscored by Aiken Electric’s winning the right to provide power to the new Aiken Mall.
The cooperative won the duel for power
supply although the shopping complex has been annexed into the city.
An Aiken Electric Cooperative trustee, obviously pleased with the coup, remarked, “That mall will use a million dollars worth of power a year.”
In moving to block the cooperative’s bid for a franchise agreement, Ms. Novinger, who heads SCE&G’s governmental affairs and administration department, denies her company has any intention of interfering with customers Aiken Electric had before the annexation
(Please See UTILITY, Page 9A)
Schools Adjust To Higher Rolls
As the spacecrafts^, the atmosphere, it generates heat wknc f clocks direct radio signals to ground control. Signals are sent up to a satellite and relayed to Earth. There is a three minute blackout during this process Heat absorbing tiles covering the orbiter protect it trom temperatures that can reach 3,000° F.
With the engines off, the orbiter glides at about 344 mph. It is guided manually by the crew with the help of computers. Landing gear is deployed.
The shuttle touches down at Edwards AFB, Calif, at a speed of 211-225 mph
By DANA RODGERS Staff Writer
When students of Aiken County Public Schools return to school Aug. 21, they may notice changes that took place during the summer months.
Because of an increased enrollment, mobile classroom units have been added to the school system. School officials say its the greatest increase ever.
Early figures show an increase of 300 additional students for the school district this fall, according to District Superintendent Dr. Joseph R. Brooks.
Tile areas with the greatest growth are South Aiken, Millbrook and Kennedy, he said.
h Brooks cited two factors for the increased enrollment — the change in the primary contra tor at the Savannah River Site from V Pont to Westinghouse, and a general growth in population.
“We have 87 mobile units in the district,” Brooks said. “We have moved them to best meet the needs of the students this fall.”
He said permanent classrooms were added to Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary, Busbee Elementary and J.D. Lever Elementary, which freed 25 mobile units for use this fall.
With the increase in students, has also come an increase in faculty at the Aiken County Public Schools. Brooks said the total number of faculty members has not been released at this time.
Changes have been made in the curriculum as well, according to Brooks. The major differences will be “the implemen-
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tation of the new Comprehensive Education Bill” and the installation of a new reading series in the school district, which will affect grades K-8.
Also, this year’s graduating class is the first class that will have to pass the exit examination, Brooks pointed out.
According to last year’s tests results, 83 percent of those testing in the entire district passed it on the first try. Students are given four opportunities to pass the exam.
Brooks offered the following tips for those enrolling students in Aiken County Public Schools for the first time. He said parents should bring Social Security Cards and birth certificates of their children, in addition to records of immunization. The schools will begin to use students Social Security numbers as their identification numbers at school, he said.
Brazil Kidnappers, Police In Stalemate Over Escape
AP /R. Dominguez
SHUTTLE RETURNS: Final preparations were being made last night for today’s return of the Columbia’s secret mission. The re-entry procedure and landing site is illustrated here. For the story, please see Page 2A.
By The Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Four heavily armed fugitives holding three people hostage in an armored car demanded Saturday that police provide them with a helicopter so they could free their captives and escape to Paraguay.
Police surrounding the armored car on a highway in south central Brazil agreed to the demand. But the pilots of the only
two helicopters in the area declined to fly them unless the fugitives surrendered their arms.
Police were trying to negotiate an end to the impasse.
“We’re still at a tense stalemate,” police officer Nivaldo de Pirondi said in a telephone interview. “The kidnappers are getting restless.”
(Please See BRAZIL, Page 6A)
Windham: Efforts Earn S.C. Recognition
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Aiken City Manager Roland H. Windham was honored Saturday night with one of the two highest awards bestowed upon an individual by the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
Windham, Aiken’s city manager for 26 years, was presented the Allison Farlow Memorial Award at the association’s annual meeting on Hilton Head.
Also honored Saturday night was South Carolina House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Robert N. McLellan, who got the MASC’s Distinguished Service Award.
MASC President Betty Jo Rhea of Rock Hill said Windham was selected for the honor because of his “committed and dedicated service to the association and his city.”
The Farlow award recognizes a municipal official who has “contributed significantly to the advancement of municipal government in South Carolina.”
Windham began his municipal administration career in Sumter in 1952 as city clerk, treasurer and assistant city manager. In 1961, he accepted a similar position in Rock Hill.
Windham came to Aiken in 1963 to succeed Harding Hughes as city manager.
During the last 26 years Windham has directed growth that has seen the city’s services extended in every category and its annual budget reach well into the millions.
“It is one thing to marvel at Roland’s length of service,” said Ms. Rhea, “but it is another to examine his accomplishments and record during this time period.”
Ms. Rhea said Windham’s ability to un
derstand “the big picture” and “to look ahead” has allowed Aiken to manage the continuous growth associated with the Savannah River nuclear reservation.
“The large influx of people placed great demands on the Aiken area quality of life, but under Windham’s leadership the city met the challenge of rapid growth,” said Ms. Rhea.
The association president said the programs recommended and directed by Windham include a well-planned water and sewer infrastructure, an award-winning recreation program and a model public safety department.
Ms. Rhea also called attention to Windham’s service to the state association.
Windham served the MASC as a board member from 1983 to 1986 and represents the association’s interest on several state
(Please See WINDHAM, Page 9A)
AWARD WINNER: Roland H. Windham cited by Municipal Association of South Carolina.