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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Thursday, June 22, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Page 2A Page IB Grieving Baby Abandoned In Service Station Local Option Tax Has Last ChanceThurmond Has Spot In Dixie Book By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON — A new encyclopedia of Southern life and culture published this month offers readers a comprehensive look at the history, manners, language, architecture, food and people of the South. It is the nation’s first regional encyclopedia, and it is a lengthy work of over 1,600 pages. Scholars at the University of Mississippi, South Carolina and elsewhere spent IO yeans writing and editing the entries. The final product contains thousands of subjects dealing with Southern history and civilization. A reception to celebrate the publication of the encyclopedia was given Tuesday at the Senate by members of the Mississippi delegation. The guests of honor were professors and editors from Center for the Study of Southern Culture at Ole Miss, which sponsored the work. The encyclopedia was written to reflect “the evolution of the South toward a truly multiracial experience,” said William Ferris, director of the Southern Culture Center at Ole (Please See THURMOND, Page 8A) USO Assistant Acquitted Page 9AAQuick Read Roger Rabbit Back In 'Tummy Trouble' BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Roger Rabbit is back, and he’s in trouble. The hare- ____________ brained star of turns Friday in    ^ I iou- hie,” a 74-minute HT animated short    -sJBg appearing on the Dis- ney’s live-action feature “Honey, I 3BBB P Shrunk the Kids.” ROGER It is the first such Disney short in 25 years, and picks up where “Roger Rabbit ’ left off — with the title character in hyperkinetic distress. In ‘ Tummy Trouble,” Roger babysits Baby Herman, who promptly terrorizes his keeper yet again by swallowing a rattle. The two end up in a hospital (St. Nowhere) filled with threatening doctors, dangerous medical machinery and a shapely nurse, Jessica Rabbit. Like its predecessor, “Tummy Trouble” is loaded with a hutch of high-flying, totally improbable visual gags. Largest Video Store To Ban 'Temptation' FORT ILAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) —• It triggered riots and arrests, lawsuits and lectures. Several countries banned it. Now, the nation’s largest videostore chain has decided against stocking “The Last Temptation of Christ” at its 343 company-owned outlets. “It’s certainly unusual, but it was a corporate decision considering all that went on with the film,” said Wally Knief, spokesman for Fort Lauderdale-based Blockbuster Video stores. Nearly 80 percent of its 387 franchise locations also have indicated they won’t carry the video, said Knief. Blockbuster does not carry all kinds of films, such as pornography.Weather Taxpayers Seek Clarification Of Reassessments BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Property in Aiken County was reassessed this year for the first time since 1982, and close to 70,000 Aiken County residents have received letters from the tax assessor reflecting newly appraised property values that are at least 55 percent higher than before. And by noon on Wednesday, appraisers for the tax assessor’s office had talked with 400 property owners about the in creased value of their property, according to Aiken County Tax Assessor Sally Fox. Mrs. Fox said this year’s reassement actually started in 1986, when property values county-wide fell below 80 percent of the fair market value of property. For example, there were residential properties listed on the tax books as being assessed at $40,000, but realtors were appraising and selling that property for $80,000. The fair market value of that property would be $80,000, since that’s Thunderstorms FLAG SAVER: Daniel Walker, who scooped up the ashes of a burned U S. flag at the 1984 Republican Convention and buried them, is grieved by the Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of the demonstrator arrested in the incident. For story, please see Page 8A. what it would sell for. Under state tax laws, the tax assessor’s office can order property reassements if the county falls below the 80 percent mark. In 1986 Aiken County did fall short, and appraisers for the county began looking at property county-wide, Mrs. Fox said. In all, 58,234 real estate properties and 10,790 mobile homes in Aiken County were reassessed, Mrs. Fox said. Property owners unhappy with the new assessements have 30 days to make an appeal to the tax assessor’s office. In appeal cases, Mrs. Fox said her employees would look at the property again and check to see if any errors were made. If a property owner is still dissatisfied, he can take his appeal to a nine-member tax review board named by the Aiken County Council. After that, he can appeal to the South Carolina Tax Commission. (Please See TAXPAYERS, Page 5A) Bookkeeping Ploy Boosts GNP 4.4% Economists Hold To Belief Of 1989 Slowdown By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.4 percent in the first three months of the year, slightly better than previously believed, the government reported today. However, the Commerce Department said more than half the growth in the gross national product came from a rebound from last summer’s drought, a one-time boost that is more of a reflection of the government’s accounting methods than a measurement of the real economy. Discounting the bookkeeping entry to return expected farm production this year to its pre-drought levels, growth actually slowed dramatically in the Janu-ary-March quarter. The non-farm economy grew at a sluggish annual rate of 1.9 percent, compared with a 3.5 percent rate in the final three months of 1988. This slowdown is in line with many economists’ expectations. Private analysts predict the U.S. economy will slow dramatically this year under the impact of an anti-inflation campaign waged by the Federal Reserve. The central bank in March 1988 began to drive interest rates higher in an effort to dampen demand. The new GNP report contained some good news on the inflation front as a GNP price index rose at an annual rate of 4.6 percent, down from a preliminary estimate of 5 percent a month ago. The increase in the GNP price index that measures a fixed marketbasket of goods was up only slightly from a 4.2 per cent increase in the fourth quarter of 1988. The government said the downward revision came from slower price increases for farm products and industrial supplies than earlier estimated. Many analysts are predicting that overall growth will slow this year to what is known as a growth recession, a period when the economy keeps expanding but at such a sluggish pace that unemployment rises. Some economists believe that is already occurring. After falling to a 15-year low in March, the unemployment rate has risen to 5.2 percent, with job growth dropping in May to its slowest pace in three years. While the expectation of slower growth this year is virtually universal, there is still a hot debate over whether the slowdown will worsen into a recession, ending the record six-year peacetime economic recovery. The Federal Reserve sent signals last week that it has begun lowering interest rates slightly. Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the 70s. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the 90s. Please see details on Page 5A.Deaths Robert E. Ailstock, Williston Ella J. Blair, Edgefield John H. Calhoun, Jamaica, N.Y. Jack N. Conover, Aiken Sevil M. Elfert, Scranton Alice C Matthews, Coward Everett R. McGahee, Dearing, Ga. Erma K Rushton, Orangeburg Millen M. Trottie, Williston Tanner D. Wilson, Clearwater Please see details on Page 5A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................9B Calendar...........................................3B Classifieds........................................7B Comics.............................................2B Crossword......................................10B Cryptoquote......................................8B Dear Abby.........................................2B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................SA Opinions....................................4A Sports...........................................9A Television.........................................2B Weather............................................SA China Puts More To Death — Now 27 By The Associated Press BEIJING — Seven more “rioters” were executed today, bringing to 27 the number reported put to death in two days for their roles in protests against the violent suppression of the pro-democracy movement. The official Xinhua News Agency said the seven people executed in Beijing today were convicted of setting army trucks on fire, stealing army goods or assaulting soldiers when the military invaded the capital on June 3-4. The executions, ignoring international pleas for clemency, came a day after three men were executed in Shanghai for setting fire to a train June 6 after it ran through a barricade, striking and killing six protesters. Also Wednesday, 17 people were executed in the northeastern provincial city of Jinan, a reporter for a local newspaper said by telephone. Xinhua gave no details of today’s executions other than to say a court had rejected appeals of the seven, who were convicted Saturday and included workers but not students. Most executions in China are with a bullet to the back of the head. The Shanghai executions were the first announced for crimes allegedly committed during nationwide protests after the army killed hundreds of unarmed civilians in Beijing in June 4. None of the 27 people reported executed have been identified as students, who inspired the pro-democracy movement. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Li Jin-hua said today that it was “futile” for foreign countries to try to exert pressure on China. She said suppression of the nationwide “rebellion” was an internal affair and other nations should not interfere. Foreign leaders have urged China to be lenient with people arrested their roles in the pro-democracy movement. (Please See CHINA, Page 5A) Union Workers Seek Severance Share By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Savannah River Site union workers looking for a piece of the severance pay pie will send the Du Pont Co. a written request within three months, their attorney says. Those workers, mostly construction and crafts people, were not among the 6,500 site employees who shared $64.4 million in severance pay that Du Pont distributed when it withdrew as site contractor on April I. Many of those additional workers, estimated at up to 1,250, feel they’re entitled Safety Plan For SRS  Page 8A to severance as well, and a “core group” of IOO to 200 met Wednesday afternoon with Thomas D. Broadwater, a Columbia attorney they’ve hired to pursue remedies. Broadwater said his next step will be to send Du Pont a request via certified letter, and that state law mandates a six-month limitation for such appeals of wage decisions. He calculates there are about IOO days remaining in that period, which started April I. He is still gathering names of workers who want severance, and has at least 450 so far, he said this morning. He plans to list those names on his certified letter, he said. If the letter brings no response from Du Pont, he said, his next step will be a lawsuit that requests the “combined expected severance pay” for everyone listed. Du Pont’s severance formula specifies one week of pay for each year of service through Oct. 1,1985. Du Pont officials have said the construction workers (who became employees of Bechtel Savannah River Co. on (Please See UNION, Page SA) ;