Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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IRS Sends Bakkers $1.2 Million Tax Bill
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Evangelist Jim Bakker says he has always paid his taxes, but the federal government contends otherwise.
Bakker and his wife, Tammy, received a $1.2 million tax bill Thursday from the Internal Revenue Service. The lien ordered the Bakkers to pay $666,492 for 1981 and $565,434 for 1982, The Orlando Sentinel reported.
“I don’t owe taxes,” Bakker said when shown a copy of the lien. ‘‘I’ve always paid my taxes. It’s a part of the plot to destroy Jim and Tammy.”
The lien, filed in Orange County, protects the government’s interests by preventing the Bakkers from selling any property without IRS permission, said Jackie Bracey, an IRS public affairs officer in Greensboro, N.C.
She said tax liens would be filed wherever the Bakkers are believed to own property.
Vatican Makes Latin Mistake On Stamp
VATICAN CITY (AP) - A Vatican postage stamp issued to commemorate Pope John Paul IPs trip to Scandinavia contains a mistake in Latin, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
The Latin writing on the stamp was supposed to say ‘‘John Paul the Second Visits Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden,” but instead of the Latin word for Sweden — Svetiam — the stamp has “Sve-biam,” the agency reported Thursday.
Svebiam means Swabia, a region in southwest West Germany.
The Rev. Carlo Eger, director of the Vatican Latin foundation’s magazine, Lattinitas, told ANSA the mistake ‘‘is a huge error that should have been avoided.
‘‘Latin, unfortunately, is on decline even in the Vatican,” he was quoted as saying.
Latin remains the Vatican’s official language but its use at Mass was made optional after the Second Vatican Council.
Skies To Turn Cloudy
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 60s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Saturday with a 20 percent chance of a thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 90s. Please see details on Page 6A.
TessieC. Benton, Montmorenci Frontis Brooks, Rock Hill Isaac Butler Jr., Clearwater Richard M. Johnson Jr., Augusta Marian J. Kirk, Palm Harbor, Fla. Chistine N. Raborn, Waynesboro, Ga. Georgia V. Rowland, New Ellenton Joseph W. Spivey, Aiken Please see details on Page 6A.
Bush Returns From Success In Europe
County Planners Debate Subdivisions
Friday, June 2, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 132
New Restart Supervisor Begins Work At SRS
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Fifty-one U.S. Department of Energy employees at the Savannah River Site have a new supervisor today.
Robert E. Tiller began duties Thursday as acting director of a newly established site office that is overseeing preparations to restart the facility’s weapons production reactors.
Two groups of site employees report to Tiller’s office, according to local DOE officials:
✓ All those assigned to the office of the assistant DOE manager for reactor operations (John E. Patterson), which had
reported to P.W. (Bill) Kaspar, manager of the department’s Savannah River Operations.
✓ The reactor safety division, which had reported to the office of the assistant manager for health, safety and environment (Thomas F. Heenan).
A total of 51 department employees are affected by the changes, said Julie Madden, a spokeswoman with SRO.
The changes are part of a larger reorganization plan that Energy Secretary James D. Watkins announced on May 19.
Tiller, 54, deputy manager of the DOE’s Idaho Operations Office, will direct the restart office until a permanent director is found.
He will report directly to the assistant secretary for defense programs at DOE headquarters in Washington, and is responsible for keeping headquarters informed about any developments that could affect restart of the site’s three production reactors.
The 1950s-era facilities have been idled since last summer for DOE-ordered safety upgrades encompassing equipment, management and procedures.
The reactors supply the nation’s only source of tritium, a perishable radioactive gas vital in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Tritium decays at a rate of 5.5 percent a year and must be replenished periodically to keep weapons
Department officials express concern about dwindling tritium supplies, but don’t expect to restart any reactors before early next year.
Tiller’s office — officially known as the Special Projects Office, Savannah River Restart — will work directly with Kaspar and James S. Moore, president of Westinghouse Savannah River Co., the new SRS operating contractor.
Tiller will report to Washington “for all matters that relate to timely and safe restart, and the operation of the Savannah River reactors,” Ms. Madden said.
(Please See NEW RESTART, Page SA)
‘88 Relatively Crime Safe, Aiken County Data Reveals
By STEPHANIE WARNECKE-ADAMS Staff Writer
The year 1988 was a relatively safe one for Aiken County citizens, as the county showed large decreases in several major crimes from 1987.
In 1988, Aiken was the 10th largest county in the state, with a population of 121,600. However, 17 counties showed higher rate of crimes, according to annual statistics published by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Aiken County reported 460.1 crimes per 10,000 citizens. Horry County reported the highest number, with 866 per 10,000.
Both the city of Aiken and the county showed large decreases in several violent
and non-violent crimes from 1987 to 1988, while the state showed increases in all but one major crimes.
Aiken County reported decreases in the number of robberies, aggrevated assaults, simple assaults and larcenies.
The biggest decrease, 56 percent, was in robberies. Aggrevated assaults dropped by 44 percent and simple assaults dropped by 32 percent.
The Sheriff’s Department maintained a 46 percent overall clearance rate, according to Sheriff Carrol G. Heath. Every murder was cleared by arrest. One half of the forcible rapes and one out of every six robberies were cleared by arrest. One
(See ‘88 RELATIVELY, Page 14A)
Budget Generous To S.C. Education
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By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Education wins a lion’s share of the proposed 1989-90 state budget but significant tax reform will have to wait until at least next year.
State lamakers debated until the last minute then approved a $3.4 billion state budget on Thursday.
'Die 1989-90 budget, which goes into effect on July I, calls for $400 million more — or an additional 8 percent — in spending than the current budget and provides funds to increase the number of state employees by 1,100 to 40,000.
'Hie General Assembly gave approval to the budget only minutes before it was required under law to adjourn for the year. Adjournment came just hours after the budget was balanced following 12 days of debate by a compromise committee of Senate and House representatives.
‘‘I knew we’d make it. I knew that we’d use up every minute,” said Sen. James Waddell, D-Beaufort and chairman of the House and Senate budget conference committee.
The formalities of signing the budget will come today because the General Assembly pushed an agreement too late to complete everything before Thursday’s 5 p.m. mandatory adjournment.
Gov. Carroll Campbell will then review the budget. Campbell has the authority to veto specific budget items, which the General Assembly could then try to reinsert when it returns to Columbia June 19 to wrap up loose ends.
After the session ended, the governor said he still needed to review specific por-
Schools Reap $50,000 Bonus
COLUMBIA - Because of its multi-county school district status, Aiken County will get nearly $59,000 in additional funds In the $3.4 billion state budget approved this week by the General Assembly.
Rep. Tom Huff, R-North Augusta, said the capital improvements fund was included in a proviso to the budget bul and gives each county $250,000 for school construction needs in fiscal 1989-90.
Tile additional money for Aiken County was made possible by a provision that says any allocations to counties with multi-comity school districts must be done on a per-pu-pil basis.
Rep. Huff said because Aiken offers educational services to about 460 Saluda County students, the Aiken system will be reimbursed by the Saluda County Board of Education.
“That will give Aiken County anywhere from $45,000 to $49,000 in extra money for school building purposes,” said Rep. Huff. “Every county will get $250,000 flat out and that means Aiken could get about $300,000.”
tions of the budget, but seemed generally satisfied.
(Please See BUDGET, Page 14A)
Job Growth Falls To Lowest Level In More Than 3 Years
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The nation’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.2 percent in May but — in a signal of a slowing economy — job growth fell to its lowest level in more than tiiree years, the government said today.
The civilian jobless rate, taken from the Labor Department’s monthly household survey, fell from April’s 5.3 percent, in line with the expectations of analysts.
But non-farm payroll growth, taken from a separate survey of business establishments, was up by only 101,000, down from April’s revised growth of 206,000 jobs. The May growth was the
lowest month-to-month gain since 84,000 added payroll positions were reported in March 1986.
For the past three months, an average of only 160,000 jobs have been added to non-farm payrolls each month, down from the robust average monthly gain of 270,000 jobs reported in 1987 and 1988.
In other signs of an economic slowdown, the I .abor Department said the average private-sector nonagricultural workweek fell 0.3 hours, to 34.6 hours.
That decline was influenced by April figures that likely overestimated the work week because the survey did not take into account that Good Friday and
(Please See JOB, Page 6A)
Unrepentant Wright Sees Himself As Victim
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Jim Wright, still denying the ethics charges against him, is painting himself as a victim of political retribution and of a desire to accomplish too much, too fast in Congress.
In a 1%-hour luncheon with reporters and in a series of television interviews on Thursday, an unrepentant Wright said he decided last weekend to resign from Congress because he expected the ethics committee to recommend he be reprimanded, a move which likely would have
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cost him his speakership.
To fight that recommendation would have been too politically costly and tied the House in knots for a long time to come, he said.
Wright said he believed Majority Leader Thomas Foley, D-Wash., the man who will succeed him, is better suited to heal the wounds caused by the ethics fight.
“He does have a temperamental advantage in the sense of being more cautious, reasoned, less hurried,” Wright
said. “I was probably obsessed with the notion that I had a limited period of time in which to make my mark on the future. That was one of my attitudes, perhaps a failing.”
In the interview, Wright was by turns jovial and emotional, offering an unusual self-analysis and portraying himself as seeking to restore peace to the chamber he had plunged into turmoil during his stormy 2^-year tenure.
He reached back to memories of his adolescence in Dallas, when a football coach persuaded him to join the school debate team and he became interested in
Woodrow Wilson’s ideas for the League of
“From that time, I didn’t want to do anything except to come to Congress and to use whatever influence I could to help create the basis for a more peaceful world,” Wright said, his voice breaking.
“You get so self-righteous about these things, I guess, you think your way is right. So you get very determined and you try to make things happen in a way that you believe, in your finite judgment, is best. And maybe you are not the possessor of infinite wisdom. Maybe the other guys have got good ideas, too.”
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