Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 26, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Braves Fall Short Again
A Quick Read
Brown Sings Blues After IRS Seizure
COLUMBIA (AP) — Even in a South Carolina prison soul singer James Brown is not safe from the Internal Revenue Service.
The federal tax agency has seized more than $40,000 found last week in “the Godfather of Soul’s” possession at a state prison, Corrections Department spokesman Francis X. Archibald said.
The IRS contacted the department after learning through news reports that Brown was found with more than $40,000 in certified checks from a Georgia bank and almost $600 in cash, Archibald said.
Brown still owes the IRS about $11 million in taxes, and the federal agency has several outstanding liens against him, according to records on file at the Aiken County register of mesne conveyance office.
The singer’s attorney, Buddy Dallas of Thomson, Ga., said the IRS liens against Brown date to the early 1970s, when a Baltimore business the singer owned was mismanaged.
Marine Leaders Told To Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) - Marines fight better when they fight smarter, says the commanding officer, so the order of the day mandates more
For sergeants, a book list starts by saying: “Read a minimum of two books (ideally four) annually ... The mandate for colonels is three to start, with “six ideally.”
The idea to tote books, not just guns, comes from the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. A.M. Gray.
“I firmly believe that professional reading is essential to the professional growth of our leaders,” Gray said in a recent message to all Marine barracks. “The profession of arms, in particular, has a profound body df knowledge which requires constant study if a leader is to remain proficient.”
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the mid 70s. Partly sunny skies are forecast Thursday with a 30 percent chance of mainly afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s.
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.House Begins Stealth Bomber Attack
No Decision Made For Schofield
Wednesday, July 26, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 178
Property Owners Object To Appraisals
By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer
A crowd of unhappy property owners squeezed into every available space in the Aiken County Council Chambers Tuesday to voice their grievances regarding Aiken County’s recent reassessment.
Representative Irene K. Rudnick, D-Aiken, called the meeting to give taxpayers who feel they have been unfairly reassessed an opportunity to be heard.
More than 150 people attended, many arriving an hour before the meeting to claim a seat. Those who arrived later stood at the back of the room or were squeezed out into the hallway.
During the two-hour meeting, the reassessment process and appeal processes were explained by Robert A. Bates, district supervisor, and J. Cecil Moore, property analyst, both representing the South Carolina State Tax Commission.
In the reassessment process, the county tax assessor determined the market
value of each piece of property using sale prices of similar homes in comparable areas, a description of the property, and .standard real estate appraisal procedures, Bates explained.
Property owners who did not agree with the new assessments had 30 days to file an objection with the tax assessor’s office. The assessor would then be required to schedule a conference with the owner within 20 days.
After the conference, a notice containing the final decision concerning the
property must be mailed to the owner. If the owner and the tax assessor still do not agree, the matter can be appealed further.
If the disagreement is not resolved before the end of the year, the owner is required to pay 80 percent of the proposed assessment in taxes, Bates said.
The majority of those who spoke at the meeting said that they were in the middle of the appeal process.
(Please See PROPERTY, Page 14A)
Waste Cleanup Funds Allotted
Star Wars Funds Transferred After Amendment By Sprott
Staff Photo By Scot, \ oster
READY FOR GAME: Bubb * Youmans, assistant coach for the Aiken team, gives instructions to his team prior to their taking he field yesterday at Citizen’s Field, For details, see story on Paae 11 A.
Victims Shocked By Pool Racism
By The Associated Press
SALUDA — Two of three black teen-agers from a church group that was turned away from a whites-only swimming pool say they were shocked that such overt racism still existed in South Carolina.
“More than anything, I was really hurt, and for about two hours the whole camp just cried together,” said 17-year-old Charlene Johnson of Rock Hill, one of three black youths among 50 young people in the United Methodist Church’s Salkehatchie program.
The other two black youths were Brad Africh, 14, and Bryan Ponds, 16, both of McBee.
After a long day on July 13 of restoring a dilapidated Saluda home, the volunteers — who came from all over the state — were looking forward to a swim at the pool owned by the Jaycees. In fact, they had made reservations.
But when they got there, the lifeguard took one of the program directors aside.
“She told me that we had a problem, that they couldn’t let the non-whites use the pool,” recalled the Rev. Frank Lybrand, pastor of Trinity United Church in Honea Path.
The company that operates the pool for the Jaycees refused to admit the teen-agers because the land on which it sits was willed to the Jaycees with a provision that blacks be excluded, Saluda Jaycees President Rickie Turner said.
Workers for the Saluda Swim and Tennis Club, which runs the pool for the Jaycees, offered to allow whites in the group to swim, but the entire group left, said Willie Teague, editor of the church newspaper.
“It was a slap in the face,” said Ms. Johnson said Tuesday. “We thought we went back to Saluda High School, where we stayed during our work, because of the rain that day. But at Vespers they said it was because three of us were black, and that if everybody couldn’t swim, nobody would.
“Everybody just cried and told us they did not agree with what happened and for us not to hold it against them,” she said. “I said I wouldn’t.
“My father and mother told me what it was like for them to grow up in a segregated world. I thought that was all part of the past and that I wouldn’t have to deal with that,” she said.
Bryan, a junior at McBee High School, said he had never experienced anything like that.
“To have somebody tell me I can’t swim in the pool because I’m black — that hurts,” he said Tuesday. “I guess it’s because that’s a small town and nobody felt like anyone would ever say anything about it. I’m pretty much over it now, but it took a while.”
Robert Booth, president of the swim club’s board of directors, said Tuesday that the pool was for members only. The club has no black members and no black has ever applied, he said.
“We will continue to operate as members only,” Booth said.
When asked if he would approve the membership application of a black, he said, “Right now, I don’t feel that I can answer that question honestly.”
Joseph B. Bethea, the bishop of South Carolina’s Methodists, on Tuesday asked the Jaycees to open
(Please See VICTIMS, Page 14A)
By Kathy Kadane States News Service
WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to support a proposal by Rep. John M. Spratt’s (D-S.C.) to increase next year’s Energy Department budget for cleanup of the nation’s weapons plants by $300 million.
In a 400-22 vote, lawmakers endorsed Spratt’s amendment transferring funds from the Defense Department’s Strategic Defense Initiative to the Energy Department’s cleanup program.
The vote brings the total amount authorized by the House for cleanup activities to $1.6 billion. This is the same figure appropriated by the House-passed energy and water appropriations bill.
Commenting on the adoption of the amendment, Spratt said, “This indicates Congress believes disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste, and restoration of the damage done by 45 years of building nuclear weapons, should be placed on equal footing with defense production goals.”
Spratt, a member of the Armed Services Committee, originally proposed the increase in an amendment to the Bush administration’s weapons procurement budget that was defeated in a committee vote.
But in action Tuesday morning during the debate on the defense authorization bill, the House cut $700 million from SDI, freeing funds for other programs favored by lawmakers.
Spratt called the increase in environmental restoration funds approved by the House Tuesday “just a down-pay-ment” on the cost of the cleanup program.
Last December, DOE officials estimated efforts to repair damage caused by spilled toxic and radioactive wastes at the weapons plants would take two decades and cost as much as $82 billion. The General Accounting Office, a congressio-
Petitions Nix Building NPR
Petitions with more than 25,000 signatures went to Washington Tuesday with representatives of area environmental groups, according to published reports.
The petitions opposed construction of new production reactors at the Savannah River Site, emphasizing instead cleanup of existing facilities.
In South Carolina, more than 10,000 signed the petitions; in Georgia the number topped 6,500. Copies were delivered to congressmen from both states.
The other signatures came from residents of other states that have Department of Energy facilities, including Idaho, Washington and Colorado.
The groups are asking that Congress approve an amendment to the 1990 Defense Authorization Bill that would delete construction funds for the new reactor.
nal watchdog agency, nas estimated the cost may be higher, perhaps as much as $110 billion over the next 20 years.
The environmental restoration funds will be spent at 17 nuclear weapons production sites around the country, including the Savannah River Site in Aiken, and at areas where the United States conducted underground and atmospheric ituclear bomb tests in the 1950s.
Nuclear explosives were detonated at sites in the Marshall Islands, and the Johnston Atoll in the Pacific, at Fallon, Nev.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Amchitka, Alaska; Carlsbad and Farmington, N.M.; and Grand Valley and Rifle, Colo.
Heartbeat Medication Is Suspected In Deaths
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A survey of cardiac specialists suggests that as many as 3,000 patients may have died prematurely after taking heartbeat control drugs that were found to increase risk of sudden death among some types of patients.
Dr. Joel Morganroth, professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said he estimated the toll after surveying 1,000 cardiologists to learn how many prescribed encainide or flecainide for patients who had mild heartbeat irregularities after recovering from a heart attack.
Morganroth, who also is director of cardiac research at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, said the estimate of 3,000
premature deaths was a rough number.
None of the surveyed doctors were involved in drug trials that tested encainide and flecainide, but the physicians were prescribing the drugs for the same type of patients in the trials.
Encainide and flecainide were approved in 1987 for preventing a type of cardiac arrhythmia that features extra ventricular beats.
A national study of the drugs, called the cardiac arrhythmia suppression trial or CAST, began in June 1987. It was halted abruptly in April when data showed sudden death rates increased among patients taking the drugs.
(Please See HEARTBEAT, Page 14A)
Giant Cuke Takes Vegetable Lead
Even with 22 entries in the tomato category, Hoyt Hamilton maintains his lead in this division of the Aiken Standard vegetable contest. The 2 pound, 4 6 ounce entry has held a firm lead for more than two weeks.
Gary Clark’s cucumber has the potential for being a “big pickle”. The 4 pound 1.90 ounce veggie took over the lead from Sam Christine, who had a 3 pound, 2.70 ounce cuke.
As of noon on Tuesday, there were 26 entries in the cucumber category.
The contest will accept entries until Aug. 2 for all gardeners except Aiken Standard employees and their families.
Weight is the only factor in the contest. The heaviest tomato and the heaviest cucumber will each win $100 prizes for the growers.
Second prize in each category will receive a $50 prize and third place takes $25.
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entries may De weighed in at the front desk of the Aiken Standard at 124 Rutland Drive between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A receptionist will weigh the entries and record the results.
The winners of the contest will be announced in early August with an article and photo that will appear in the Aiken Standard.