Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 7, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Free Tax Preparation Assistance Available
Free tax assistance through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is now available in Aiken.
Two Aiken sites open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays will remain open through the 1988 tax filing season, which ends April 17.
IRS-trained volunteers staff the VITA sites and offer direct assistance to area taxpayers in filing the basic tax forms. Taxpayers do not need to make an appointment.
A site located in the Aiken County Council on Aging building at 159 Morgan Street, is open Monday and Fridays from 9 a.m. till noon and 2 p.m. till 5 p.m., and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. till noon. A second site is located at the H. O’dell Weeks Activity Center at 1700 Whiskey Road, and is open Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. till noon and 2 p.m. till 6 p.m., and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. till noon.
Taxpayers should bring the income tax package they received in the mail and their W-2 forms to the VITA sites. A copy of last year’s tax return is also helpful.
Homeless Man Wins $2.7 Million Jackpot
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A homeless man who won a $2.7 million jackpot says he plans to get an apartment but will continue to work at the recycling plant he has called home for years.
Don Sarbaugh said he also will continue his nightly habit of gambling at a casino, but has no other firm plans for his new found wealth.
“I’m no different today than I was a week ago,” said the 54-year-old former vagrant. “I’m still a reclamation engineer.”
Sarbaugh was given his first installment of $137,500 on Monday for hitting the jackpot on a Megabucks machine at the Palace Station casino. He will be paid in annual installments for 20 years.
Fair skies and colder weather are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the low 50s.
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$4 Million Needed For N.A. Drainage
Tuesday, February 7, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 33
House Turns Down Pay Increase
By LARRY MARGASAK The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The House voted 380-48 today to reject a 51 percent pay raise today as lawmakers rushed to beat a midnight deadline and deny themselves an increase the public clearly doesn’t want them to accept.
The House was making the first move to kill the $45,500 increase for lawmakers, and the Senate was expected to swiftly turn its attention to the House measure.
At the White House, press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said, “The president will abide by the wishes of the Congress. ... I would expect him to go along with whatever they decide.” He said President Bush would act quickly on whatever Congress sends to the White House.
Raise opponents cleared the path for rejection votes in both houses today, after they engineered the collapse Monday
of House Speaker Jim Wright’s suggested alternative, a 30 percent pay increase.
Wright, D-Texas, reluctantly scheduled today’s vote on “a simple resolution of disapproval” that would require suspension of the rules and a two-thirds majority. Lawmakers for and against a raise predicted passage.
The speaker conceded after his forces were beaten decisively when they tried to adjourn the House, let the full raise become law at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and then schedule a Thursday vote to scale back the increase to 30 percent. The opening move in that strategy failed on a 238-88 vote.
As Monday wore on, everything appeared to fall in place for opponents of the raise. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, D-Maine, whose chamber voted 95-5 last week for a differently worded rejection bill last week, said he would schedule a prompt vote on
the House version. Passage requires a simple majority.
Senate Minority leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., said President Bush would sign the rejection measure despite Bush’s personal support for the raise.
Public clamor against the raise has been growing each day. A weekend Gallup poll asked 1,001 adults from Friday through Sunday whether they favored or opposed increasing congressional pay from $89,500 to $135,000, the amount of the proposed increase.
The results, with a four-point margin of error, showed 82 percent opposed with only 15 percent in favor.
The raise was recommended by a presidential commission. Its rejection not only would keep congressional pay stuck at $89,500, but would prevent federal judges and top Bush administration officials from getting a similar increase.
(Please See HOUSE, Page 10A)
How They Voted
South Carolina’s Congressmen were virtually unanimous in their support for a resolution which forced a vote on the federal pay raise.
Democratic Reps. Butler C. Derrick (3rd District), Elizabeth J. (Liz) Patterson (4th District) and John M. Sprott Jr. (5th District) joined Republicans Floyd D. Spence (2nd District) and Arthur C. Ravenel (1st District) in voting against adjournment which would have allowed the raise to take effect automatically.
Democratic Rep. Robin Tallon (6th District) did not vote.
All of the state's Congressmen have gone on record saying they would vote against the pay raise if it came before the House for a vote.
Jumping For A Cause
Bjorn Borg Takes Overdose
By The Associated Press
MILAN, Italy -ve-time Wimbledon lampion Bjorn Borg as hospitalized today ter swallowing bar-turates in an appar-it suicide attempt, alian news agencies ported.
The retired Swedish nnis star was report-l out of danger at the dan Polyclinic after iving had his stomach pumped. He has »en staying at the home of his Italian ancee, rock singer Loredana Berte.
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed iat Borg, 32, was admitted but refused give any details.
“From initial police investigations, it jpears to have been a suicide attempt,’’ lid the ANSA news agency.
According to the agency, Ms. Berte telephoned for an ambulance at about 9 a.m. from her Milan apartment. She was later reported to have been at Borg’s hospital bedside.
Borg and Ms. Berte had planned to marry in Milan on Feb. 26, but Italian newspapers recently said the ceremony had been put off because Ms. Berte’s divorce from an industrialist has not yet
Borg, who dominated men’s tennis in the 1970s and won the Wimbledon singles title five times, was previously married to Romanian-born tennis player Mariana Simonescu.
He retired from tournament play rn 1983 at the age of 27. He now runs a fashion business and acts as a tourism ambassador for Sweden.
In January, an aide to Borg was quoted as saying Borg’s planned marriage to Ms. Berte was stopped by the Roman Catholic Church.
Cold Threatens Crops, Livestock In Southwest
Deadly Winter Blast Claims 61 Lives
By MITCHELL LANDSBERG The Associated Press
Southwestern farmers struggled to save their citrus crops today and Idaho ranchers searched for livestock smothered in seemingly bottomless snow drifts as a deadly arctic air mass shattered more weather records across the nation.
Ice cover^vast parts of the Southeast and Texas, causing power outages, filling hotels and causing hundreds of auto accidents on glassy roads. New Orleans went ahead with its soggy Mardi Gras, but other Louisiana towns decided that this Fat Tuesday would be spent indoors.
At least 61 deaths have been blamed on the weather since Jan. 31, when frigid air broke out of Alaska.
Among the latest was a 59-year-old Chicago man found frozen to death Monday outside a metal shop where he often sold aluminum cans, police said. In Washington state, divers found the body of a 53-year-old orchard worker whose car broke through the ice in Osoyoos I .ake.
With the cold front stopped in its tracks, no immediate relief is expected. The cold continued to plague virtually the entire nation, but especially the western third.
In Idaho, Gov. Cecil Andrus declared a state of emergency Monday in rural Clark County, and the National Guard was expected to help ranchers today as they searched drifts as deep as 15 feet for buried cattle and sht ep.
County Commissioner Ab Laird said he lost more than 600 sheep, 700 cows and dozens of heifers and bulls on his property near Dubois in eastern Idaho.
Chill Could Hit Thursday
The arctic cold weather that froze Alaska last week and has chilled much of the nation this week should arrive in Aiken Thursday, but temperatures won’t be quite so cold.
Highs in the mid 40s are forecast Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s weather will be a little warmer with a high in the 50s. Lows will be in the mid 30s Thursday and in the upper 20s Friday and Saturday.
Colder weather is forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s. Mostly sunny skies and cooler weather are forecast Wednesday. The high will be in the low 50s.
In California, Texas and Arizona, citrus farmers fretted as temperatures dropped below freezing in usually temperate growing areas.
Growers brought out smudge pots and turned on giant fans to keep crop-damaging frost from settling. In California’s San Joaquin Valley, one grower reported temperatures dipping to 19 degrees Monday.
Today’s low at 2 a.m. EST was minus 37 degrees in Craig, Colo.
The lowest temperature reported Monday was Ix)gan Canyon, Utah’s 54 below zero. More than 40 record lows were set Monday. San Francisco had its coldest February day ever; its low of 31 shattered a 102-year-old record. Ely, Nev., recorded its lowest temperature ever — minus 30.
Aiken Continues To Lose Many Retail Sales Dollars
By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer
The amount of retail dollars lost in Aiken County to other areas decreased by one percentage point from 1986 to 1987, the latest year for which figures were available, the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce heard today.
Dr. Robert E. Botsch from USC-Aiken reported those 1987 figures at Aiken’s Wakin’, the Chamber’s monthly breakfast meeting which is held at 7:19 on the second Tuesday of at Houndslake Country Club.
That means that the county retained one percentage point more in retail sales during 1987 than it did in 1986. In 1987, Aiken County retained 43 percent of all retail sales, losing 57 percent, according to Dr. Botsch.
No dollar figures as to the amount lost were available.
The rate of retention is still far below those of Sumter, Orangeburg and Kershaw counties, which are statistically similar to Aiken County for the purposes of the survey.
Their combined index of sales retained for 1987 was .55.
Were Aiken County’s percentage of retention as high as those counties, it would mean that $169,118 million more would
have been spent in the county, Dr. Botsch
The prime difference between those counties and Aiken County is the presence of Augusta just across the river, he said, although other factors play a part.
The index is based on a ratio of the disposable income available compared to the retail sales for the county in a given year. For Aiken County in 1987, those figures were $1.36 billion and $580 million respectively, being a ratio of .43.
That ratio of retention has risen five percentage points since 1970, the first year for which figures were available.
Dr. Botsch, a professor of political science at the University of South Carolina at Aiken, began a survey of amount of retail sales lost in 1970, updating that information every year.
In order to obtain other facts and determine how to retain a higher percentage of retail sales, Dr. Botsch conducted a survey of 450 people in Aiken, North Augusta and the part of the county in between in 1987.
Better quality and service are the prime factors for inducing persons to shop at home more, Dr. Botsch concluded.
(Please See AIKEN, page 10A)
Staff Photo By Phil Jones
WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS: Brian Frushour (left), Tiffany Johnson and Zeke Miller jump rope for Heart at St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken. The annual event is a benefit for the American Heart Association and is a part of the school’s physical education program.