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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, Aiken, South Carolina Corning tomorrow Complete reactor hearing coverage vol. 116 a no. 28 a 4 sections 34 pages Telephone Aiken South Carolina wednesday february 9,1983 All departments 643-2311 25< per single copy classified advertising 649-1555 ways gets six months on Willcox by Bill Baker staff reporter Bamberg a a six month reprieve recommended last week for the historic Willcox hotel was upheld yesterday in a second circuit court hearing. Judge Rodney a. Peeples upheld the master in equity report filed Friday by judge f. Alex Beasley which gave owner Joseph m. Eways six months to prepare and finance a renovation plan aimed at saving the deteriorating Structure. The City had asked that the Structure be demolished because it constitutes a fire and safety Hazard and violates City codes. It going to be demolished unless these things Are done a Rodney Peeples the conditions of the masters report were also upheld by judge Peeples. Those conditions include securing All openings to the Structure erecting a Fence and maintaining the Interior free of All flammable debris. The Aiken department of Public safety will also be Given Access to the property for periodic in addition judge Peeples made it dear that the six months Extension would be the final Chance to save the Willcox. A a it a going to be demolished unless these things Are done. If he a not going to do something with it then or. Eways would not have a leg to stand on in my court a judge Peeples said. The once famous hotel located at the intersection of Colleton Avenue and Chesterfield Street was built in 1897 when it was founded from a catering service run by an English Valet Frederick Willcox and his swedish wife. The hotels clientele included Winston Churchill mrs. John Barrymore John Jacob Astor and the Vanderbilt. A $482,000 renovation plan was submitted for Eways by architect Martin Buckley during the recently completed master in equity hearing. However Eways attorney Jack Early said at the time that financial backing for the plan had not been found. Early said yesterday that he had not been in Contact with Eways since the masters hearing but he said he understood that Eways was a diligently pursuing financing for the plan. The plan is the latest of several attempts by Eways to renovate the hotel. In 1971, Eways received a court order to submit renovation plans after the City threatened to condemn the by gilding As a nuisance and fire Hazard. However those plans were never you heard. What the people at the Aiken youth correction Center say about the Chain link Fence surrounding the facility its called four feet High and nine months Long since an escape attempt can add nine months to the escapees today Aiken county today id classifieds 5b comics 2c Community Calendar 4a dear Abby 2c for the Ftp Ord 4a Home Box office 5b obituaries 10a opinions in sports in television 2c weather 9a Sharon has begin in a bind countywide sewer plans Bill Day a consulting Engineer for the county Speaks during a meeting last night on the 201 sewer plan. Staff photo by Ginny Southworth sewer Cost is based on ifs by Bill Baker staff reporter seven dollars and fifty eight cents per month. That a the projected Cost per customer of a countywide sewer plan that could connect the unincorporated horse Cree Valley portion of the county to the present county sewage facility. That estimate As Well As other information concerning the county portion of the Federal 201 sewer plan was discussed last night in a Public hearing at Aiken technical College. However the $7.58 projection is based on a lot of ifs a if a customer uses 4,000 Gallons of water per month a if the county receives a Grant of 75 percent of the total funds for phase i of the $5 million Federal 201 sewer plan which would provide trunk lines from the horse Creek Valley pollution control facility to the Valley area a if the county receives certain governmental Grants and Low interest Loans for building the systems collectors a the individual lines running from the main trunk to particular communities. A modest projection of the Cost of individual hookups to those collectors is included in the monthly estimate but Bill Day one of the county a consulting engineers admits the Cost could be More. The 201 plan is required by the Federal government in order to compete with other areas of the country for Federal sewer project funds. The plan is being developed in three parts with the cities of Aiken and North Augusta responsible for plans covering their respective areas and the county responsible for a plan covering the unincorporated areas. Preliminary portions of the plan have already been filed with the Federal government according to Day. The county Hopes to receive its Grant sometime prior to oct. I when Federal binding of such projects drops from 75 percent to 55 percent. It s like the commercial a pay me now or pay me later a Ashley Little however it is a certainty that at least part of the plan will be funded Day said. When such funding will occur and How much of the plan will be included Are the questions that remain he said. Phase i of the project should be completed by 1985 if the projected Grants Are awarded and the county plan remains on schedule Day said. The crowd of about 50 Aiken county citizens gathered in the Aiken Tec auditorium heard from several speakers last night who described the need for such a sewer system. Margaret Weston director of the Margaret Weston clinic which serves the Valley area said that there is a relation Between the incident of gastrointestinal ailments and other diseases and the misuse of septic tanks. The danger occurs when septic tanks overflow and leave a surface water discharge mrs. Weston said. Septic tanks which Are used in much of the unincorporated portions of the county Are a significant problem according to William f. Thompson chairman of the county Public service authority which oversees the operation of the horse Creek Valley Plant. The county a septic tanks Are generally located in unsuitable soil Thompson said. In addition most of the tanks Are in areas which Are too heavily populated to support their use according to or. Charles Garlan District medical director for the lower Savannah District i. Or. Garlan said that although a medical Hazard caused by the county a septic tanks cannot be documented at this Point the septic tank problem could cause a medical epidemic in the future if precautions Are not taken. Ashley j. Little president of Aiken technical College said the Tec commissioners had voted last night to endorse the plan. They currently pump their sewage into a Lagoon and therefore do not pay a monthly charge. However it makes Good economic sense to pay the Small monthly charge associated with the 201 plan Little said. He explained that if the present Lagoon system fails in the future the College would be saddled with the entire Cost of providing a tie in with the projected sewer trunk line. A a it a like the commercial a pay me now or pay me later a he said. Stanley Wagher manager of the horse Creek Valley Plant reminded the crowd that septic tank service is not free. He said the Price of his septic tank is $22 per month As figured into his mortgage payments. In addition there is a periodic payment to pump out the septic tank he said. A third Public hearing on the county plan is scheduled for april 12. Additional Public meetings concerning the Aiken and North Augusta parts of the plan will also be minister holds on Tel Aviv Israel apr an inquiry commissions report holding defense minister Ariel Sharon responsible in the Beirut massacre and demanding his ouster has thrown Israel into political turmoil and increased pressure for Early elections. The three Man commissions findings put prime minister menschen begin in a bind. Its report said begin should fire Sharon if he refuses to step Down and Sharon is resisting. The prime minister met with his Cabinet for two hours tuesday without reaching a decision on Sharon a status and announced a second meeting for today. Israeli newspapers said most Cabinet ministers favored removing Sharon although some were willing to keep him in the government in a different Post. Israel radio said most factions in parliament had concluded that begins Only viable option was to resign and schedule an election within the next few months. The right Wing Dehiya faction which belongs to begins coalition sought to forestall Sharon a ouster by presenting a private Bill to parliament setting elections on oct. 25, two years ahead of schedule. It was not Clear when the Bill would come up for debate. A key figure in the ruling coalition said begin would not dismiss tile former general a bulwark of the prime ministers popularity with his right Wing constituency. A a it a hard for him to do such a thing a Avraham Shapira chairman of the parliamentary coalition told reporters after meeting with begin. A anyone who knows the prime minister knows he is a Noble Man and he respects Arik Sharon a nickname a As to what happens next Shapira said a that is in the hands of men Achem dozens of people protesting in Tel Avivm a Dizengoff Square demanded the whole government resign after the findings were released tuesday but Many israelis viewed the report As a testament to the country a democracy. A Only a nation with the moral strength of Israel could afford to publish such findings a said an insurance Salesman who asked not to be identified. A the state of Israel has been pro government protesters who gathered at the prime ministers office during tuesdays Cabinet meeting Sang a Zarik King of Israel when Sharon emerged. School Board backs Riley s tax package by Cathy Hughes staff reporter gov. Richard w. Dick Riley a tax equity package May not win the support of the state legislature but it did get the backing of the Aiken county Board of education last night. A vote in Columbia yesterday tabled gov. Riley a tax package in the . House. Please see Page 2a. But in last nights school Board meeting Robert h. Bob slay moved that the Board support the tax package since he believed it would provide More Money for the schools while lowering property taxes. Slay said he had heard the tax package could provide Between $20 and $40 More per student per year. Board member Henry p. Moseley was the Only one to oppose slays motion. Moseley said he Felt the tax package would cause tax increases at a time when South Carolina taxpayers have just swallowed a substantial tax increase. The Board was to communicate its sentiments to the legislative delegation this morning. A this is one of the few times in South Carolina history that we have cooperative Effort Between the governor and the state department of education to take Steps towards getting up from the Bottom of the Heap a Board member Linda m. Clary said in seconding slays motion. A we in education see it As a possible Way of making up for some of the Money that has been Cut a Board chairwoman Sally s. Bigger said. Earlier in the meeting the Board honoured its retiring chairman Clifton l. Williamson for his efforts for Aiken county education during his time on the Board. Williamson had served on the Board since 1975 before deciding not to run for re election last fall. Maintenance problems were also on the minds of the Board As it voted unanimously to allocate $50,-450 from its major maintenance fund to pay for safety repairs at four Aiken county schools. Four thousand nine Hundred dollars from the regular maintenance budget will be used to fund additional repairs to the schools. The most expensive repair will take place at Leavelle Mccampbell Middle school where the gym bleachers will be replaced to the tune of $32,000. Ridge Spring Monetta High school will get the second largest benefits. It will Cost $10,000 to repair the gym floor there $700 to connect the stage rigging to structural steel and $250 to replace a support column for a covered Walkway there. At Wagener Salley High school dislodged portions of the Brick Wall above the South Entrance to the agriculture building will be replaced or secured for $2,500, and the wires used to support stage rigging will be replaced for $1,000. The East Chimney at Aiken elementary school will Benefit from having Loose Brick replaced and cracks tuck pointed at a Cost of $4,000. Also at a meeting Board members said they were startled by the results of a poll of teachers and principals sponsored by the Aiken county education association. About half of those polled responded to the Survey which was held at the end of the first Quarter. The major complaints mentioned by those questioned were a being forced to participate in extracurricular activities rather than doing so voluntarily a problems with the Aiken county assessment program tests designed to show How Well students Are progressing in the prescribed curriculum paths. Because the tests Are poorly designed they often seem to be a futile Effort Many teachers said. Others said there were already enough tests in the year without a countywide test taking away from teaching time. Board member or. Durward b. Pridgen said he was disappointed that the teachers did not seem to be aware of the boards efforts to improve the testing program and suggested that a better method of teacher administration communications be developed. At the same meeting a report was made on the Progress toward improving the Acap tests. Only a limited number of tests Are recommended to be administered this year but problems with the faulty tests have been identified which could Lead to those problems being corrected. The Board approved a request from the area 2 advisory Council that drug detection dogs be allowed to put on a demonstration of their skills in Assembly programs this Spring at North Augusta High school Paul Knox Junior High school and North Augusta Junior High school. Nancy Smith assistant superintendent for area 2, said the advisory Council was inspired to seek out its own program after noting the Success of the marijuana dog program in area i schools. The Board approved several policies on second Reading a a policy on making the organizational Structure of schools within the school District More uniform. This would tend to affect North Augusta schools most since they differ from most of the District schools by having Junior High schools grades 7-9, instead of Middle schools grades 6-8. Board member Rod w. Greenway supported the present organizational Structure of the North Augusta schools. A a it a different from other parts of the county but its working and ifs working effectively a Greenway said. A these folks Are proud of their program and they like what they be out of work place a wanted and in the Aiken Standard classifieds Well run your and free for five Days for More information please Call 649-1555 adv. \

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