Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 2, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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S.C. Unemployment Rises in January
COLUMBIA (AP) — Seasonal factors are being blamed for South Carolina’s unemployment rate rising to 4.6 percent in January, up from December’s 4.1 percent.
The expected slowdown in trade following the Christmas season was a major factor, said Robert E. (Jack) David, executive director of the Employment Security Commission.
“Construction and services also experienced temporary job losses, along wiht manufacturing, but manufacturing employment was still nearly 5,000 above the year-ago level,” he said Wednesday.
David said the state’s unemployment rate is relatively low at 4.6 percent and he expects it to drop again as warm weather returns and the summer tourism season approaches.
Total non-agricultural employment was 1,457,900, down 21,500 from December. Compared to December, construction employment was 90,800, down 2,700 jobs; manufacturing was 385,200, down 1,000; transportation and public utilities was 63,500, down 400; trade was 327,000, down 10,900; finance, insurance and real estate was 64,800, down 300; services was 257,100, down 2,700; and government was 267,700, down 3,500.
Soviets Hustle New Export Vodka
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under Lenin’s dour gaze from a giant portrait, Soviet officials uncorked their new export supervodka and hustled American guests like born-again capitalists, with grins, backslaps and heaping bowls of caviar.
Glasnost was in full flower Wednesday night at the Soviet Embassy, and warm feelings of “openness” were stoked by frequent gulps of Stolichnaya Cristall, the ultra-premium Russian vodka that will appear on liquor store shelves in IO American cities this week.
“You might ask, what is the difference between Stolichnaya and Stolichnaya Cristall,” Soviet ambassador Yuri V. Dubinin smilingly told the happy throng. “I suspect the effect is just the same, but Stolichnaya Cristall is better for your health.”
If Dubinin and his marketing comrades get their way, Stolichnaya Cristall will be good for the health of the Soviet economy.
Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 70s percent chance of rain. Skies will become partly cloudy Friday, and the weather will be warmer. The high is to be in the mid 60s.
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Thursday, March 2, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 53
Tower Will Spark Lengthy Debate
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Republicans are promising a vigorous and lengthy Senate debate over John Tower’s nomination as defense secretary, even as his chances of confirmation fade under the mounting weight of Democratic opposition.
Tower’s GOP allies made their fighting intentions clear late Wednesday while the man at the center of the storm said he has no intention of giving up. “Never surrender or retreat,” the former Texas senator said, quoting the commander of the Texas forces at the Alamo.
The full Senate arranged to begin debate shortly after noon today, although no vote was expected until next week at the earliest, and there were fresh Democratic pleadings that Tower withdraw his nomination.
Tower on Tuesday renewed his vow to abstain from drinking if he is confirmed.
Asked during a National Press Club appearance if he had broken any previous pledges, the twice-divorced Tower said he had broken his marital vows.
Tower also said he would not return to the defense consulting industry even if his confirmation fails.
Sen. William Cohen, R-Maine, said there would be a “vigorous” debate on the Senate floor, adding that the issue
involved is more important than a single nomination.
In a reference to the Senate’s majority Democrats, Republican leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., said, “We hope the door is not closed on the other side.”
But not a single Democrat has thus far supported Tower, and two Democrats announced their opposition in speeches on the Senate floor.
Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell had been expected to vote no, but the decision of Sen. David Boren of Oklahoma to oppose Tower was a blow to the Republicans.
By day’s end Wednesday, an Associated Press survey showed 36 Republicans in favor, 36 Democrats against and the remainder undecided or not answering. Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate.
Bush met at the White House with additional senators in his effort to win Demo
crats over to support the nomination. He summarized his appeal this way: “Do what you’ve got to do, but remember fair play, remember decency and honor and then remember also historically the concept of advice and consent where reasonable doubt is given historically to the president of the United States who after all is responsible for the executive branch of this government. ’ ’
But if Bush’s lobbying was paying dividends, there was no public evidence of it.
Boren is one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate. He met privately with Bush at the White House on Tuesday and said he looked forward to supporting the Republican president on numerous issues in the future.
But he said the nation needs a defense secretary for whom “there is broad support, a person about whom there is not
(See TOWER, Page HA)
Du Pont Transfers Doubled In 1988
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Nearly IOO Du Pont employees
at the Savannah River Plant transferred last year to the com-pany’s various commercial plants, a rate about twice the plant’s average annual transfer rate, officials said.
The Du Pont Co. attributes the increase to its planned withdrawal as SRP operating contractor on April I, after about 38 years at the helm of the nuclear weapons plant.
In addition, about 1,200 SRP employees last year announced plans to retire from Du Pont.
But new contractor Westinghouse expects to rehire all but about 300, keeping the net loss
from retirements within normal
A total of 97 Savannah River employees transferred to Du Pont commercial plants in 1988, according to company personnel figures. Normally between 40 to 60 transfer per year, said Rebecca A. Apter, a Du Pont spokeswoman at SRP.
“They’ve gone to a number of different places,” Ms. Apter said.
Du Pont, headquartered in Wilmington, Del., operates plants there and in several other states, including Texas. Du Pont product lines include dacron and nylon fibers. It also owns Conoco oil refineries, and operates some research and development and biomedical facilities, Ms. Apter said.
(See DU PONT, Page HA)
Reappraisal Shows Big Jump In Digest
By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer
The Aiken County Council will have to roll back the millage rate come July I in the 1989-90 budget.
Property values in Aiken County have risen an average 49 percent since a 1982 reappraisal.
The most recent appraisal, which was ordered by the S.C. Tax Commission in 1987, showed assessed values rising from $82,268,970 in 1982 to $124,139,350.
The figures are projected, but Auditor Jean Newsome-Smith and Tax Assessor Sallie Fox told the Aiken County Council Tuesday night they were comfortable with them.
The S.C. Tax Commission must approve the reappraisal. A audit of the reappraisal will take place
in about a month, according to Ms. Fox.
Figures released by Ms. Newsome-Smith Tuesday night showed South Carolina Electric and Gas as the largest taxpayer in the county. They paid $2.4 million in taxes.
Owens-Corning Fiberglas followed SCE&G with $1.3 million.
Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Southern Bell joined the million dollar tax payers with $1.2 million and $1 million tax bills, respectively.
Tile Aiken County Board of Education stands to gain more than the county from the reappraisal.
The entire digest, which includes real and personal property, increased from $184,551,150 to $213,374,560.
(See REAPPRAISAL, Page UA)
Litter Problem Is A Concern For City, County
By CHARLOTTE CASSELS Special To The Aiken Standard
War has been declared on a blight affecting all residents of Aiken County — the Litterbug. It costs large sums of money and the city and county can ill afford to rid the citiznes of the unsightly plague.
The sources of such trash, according to assistant city manager Steve Thompson, are fast food restaurants and convenience stores that account for about 90 percent of the total trash collected in Aiken. But people create the messes and long-term education is the most lasting solution to the problem.
The city of Aiken is doing a very good job of battling trash removal. It has created “Operation Cleanstreets,” which is presents! in an attractive brochure that is handed out by a speaker to any group that views a slide show which is available through the city of Aiken and the Cham
bers of Commerce of Aiken and North Augusta. A fresh order of bumper stickers proclaiming “I report litterers” and trash bags are also available to the public. The bags will be passed out to cars at the Triple Crown events.
The Aiken Chamber of Commerce works in conjunction with the city of Aiken to sponsor “Aiken’s Rakin’”, started by concerned citizen John Elliott several years ago, to clean up our community before the Triple Crown races and the Masters take place.
Aiken County has quite a different problem from the city, for its concern includes highways and many smaller communities. Alvin B. Bryan is the Director of Aiken County Government Administration Office. He said that at the present time there is only one truck with a driver, trustee and a group of inmates approved by county magistrates from the Aiken Youth Correction Center, to pick
up trash in the county. Bryan said it cost the county $60,000 for that service for one year and none can be added because of lack of money and political problems.
The county’s large contribution to litter-free areas is the purchase, placement and removal of 30 dumpsters. These are placed for those who have no trash collection service, but they have been heavily abused. For large amounts of trash, both the city and the county have only one landfill dump, which is located in Langley off Huber Clay Road. It can accept everything but hazardous wastes and is free to residential waste, open from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. seven days a week.
At a recent meeting of Bryan and W. Scott Barnes, Aiken County Administrator, Bryan said a Litter Commission was proposed to include the members of Aiken, Midland Valley, and North Augusta
(See LITTER, Page HA)Want To Rake?
Aiken’s Rakin’ is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, at 9 a.m.
This annual event is held before Aiken’s Triple Crown when the community experiences a great influx of visitors. This collective clean-up effort gives the businesses, residents and churches the opportunity to exhibit the pride we take in our community.
Any person, group or club who would like to volunteer a few hours on March 4 to pick up trash along a major road into or within the city may call David Stewart at 649-4760, Todd Stilp at 648-3974 or the Chamber of Commerce at 648-0485.
In case of rain, Aiken’s Rakin’ will be Saturday, March ll.
Trash bags will be provided by the city of Aiken and available at the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce through Saturday.
Staff Photo By Phil Jones
BEAUTIFICATION AND UNITY: Travis Trotter (left) and Chris Woodward, vice president and president of the Midland Valley High School Future Farmers of America, plant one of the 25 trees purchased as part of the “Growing Together with Pride Program" at Harrison-Caver Park.
Project Promotes Beautification And Unity
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
n .TARWATER — Beautification and unity are the underlying purposes of the “Growing Together with Pride Program” of the Midland Valley Area Council of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
The council decided during its first meeting in November to allow members and area residents to purchase Bradford pear trees to be planted in the area, said Melanie W. Hutto, assistant superintendent of Area III Schools, who serves on the council board.
“The project allows the council to visually do something to show unity in the area,” said June H. Murff, president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to showing a unified effort on the part of area businessmen, the trees, which were selected due to their beauty and ability to grow in the area, will add to the appearance of the valley area, Mrs. Hutto said.
Currently, approximately 25 trees have been purchased at a cost of $50 each.
The price includes the tree and the cost of a plaque, which is presented to the buyer during the council’s monthly meeting.
A number of the trees, which are being planted by the horticulture club from Midland Valley High School, have been designated to be planted around the Harrison-Caver Park and the new Langley library, which is still in the planning stages.
Council president Bobby D. Kelly Jr. was unavailable for comment on the program.
With 17 towns between Aiken and Augusta, the valley area needed a unifying force. The council has given the area that body.
The tree has become the symbol of the council and has helped to unify the area.
Before the coucil, which currently boast 75 members, was formed, “there was no real body of people that represnted the area,” Mrs. Murff said.