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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 8, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today Bush Speaks Out On Strike Page 2A A Quick ReadAtwater Resigns; Protests Continue WASHINGTON (AP) - Students demanding that Republican National Chairman Lee Atwater be removed or resign from Howard University’s board of trustees continued to occupy the campus administration building today as snow and freezing rain forced suspension of classes. Atwater, an Aiken native, resigned Tuesday from the Howard University board of trustees, hours after hundreds of students took over the administration building to protest his appointment. The protesters at the predominantly black campus had contended that Atwater was not sensitive to black concerns. But Atwater’s resignation did not immediately end the protest, because students had a list of other demands, including better security and housing, more blacks on the board of trustees, and improvements in services provided students.Auto Insurance Bill Heading To House COLUMBIA (AP) - The Auto Insurance Reform Act is on its way to the full House, but the question of when the debate will begin is paramount in the minds of supporters. The legislation — designed to lower auto insurance rates up to 22 percent for most good drivers — passed a House committee Tuesday after lengthy debate on whether to include a mandatory seat belt provision. The vote in the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee was unanimous. LCI Chairman Robert Brown, D-Marion, said he hopes the House will begin its discussion of the legislation immediately after passage of the state budget bill, which could come as early as two weeks. To do that, the majority of the House Rules Committee would have to vote to put the bill on special order, which moves it to the front of the House agenda.WeatherCloudy Skies Mostly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the mid 50s. Please see details on Page 14A.Deaths John I. Beasley, Tampa, Fla. Sylvia A. Fox, New Ellenton Carrie G Harsey, Leesville Anthony Hazel, Aiken Louise W. Shugart, Aiken Geneva S. Smith, North Augusta Carlton E. Thomas, Wagener Please see details on Page 14AInside Today Bridge..........................   8B Calendar...........................................2B Classifieds........................................6B Comics...........................................12A Crossword........................................9B Cryptoquote......................................7B Dear Abby.......................................12A Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries...................  14A Opinions..............................  4A Sports...............................................9A Television.......................................12A Weather..........................................14A Page 2A Page IB Owner Rejects Cemetery Bid »oe, <B\iu Wednesday, March 8, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 58 Snow, Sleet Expected To Hit State From Staff And Wire Reports Weather forecasters say the north coast and north midlands were expected to be hit hardest by a winter storm bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain to South Carolina, but that no significant accumulations were expected. The National Weather Service said a low pressure system developing off the Georgia coast was expected to move northward along the South Carolina coast late Tuesday and Wednesday. The weather service said the winter storm system was capable of producing accumulations of one to three inches of snow and ice over the north coast and the north midlands. Accumulations of less than an inch were expected in the eastern piedmont, the south midlands and the inland areas of the south coast. Aiken is somewhat better off than most, with a forecast of cloudy and cold skies sending down rain mixed with sleet in the morning only. Aiken’s high will be in the 40s and its low will be in the 30s. Minor snow flurries were reported in the Aiken area this morning. In the early morning, slippery conditions on bridges and roads made driving more hazardous. Upstate weather forecasters Tuesday night called for a 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday, but predicted “little if any” accumulation. Snow, possibly mixed with sleet, could continue until early Wednesday afternoon, said meteorologist Dentim Robbins with the National Weather Service at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. The Upstate would fare much better Wednesday than either the north coastal or north midland areas, where a winter storm warning was in effect for Tuesday night and Wednesday. There was a “pretty good chance” of one to three inches of snow in those areas, Robbins said. A combination of cold air from the Great Lakes and moisture from the At lantic coast could bring about the snow, Robbins said. The weather service said any frozen precipitation should taper off today. Highs across South Carolina were expected to range from the mid 30s to the mid 40s. Mostly cloudy tonight with a chance of rain and lows in the 30s. The weather service said it should be partly cloudy Thursday with highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s. But Robbins said gusty winds today could mean the wind chill could get as low as the 20s or teens. (See SNOW, Page 7A) Aiken's Environmental Problems Have Arrived Staff Photo By Phil Jones GROWTH SPOT: Businesses are sprouting on every corner in Aiken’s fast-growing south side. Group Seeks To Identify County's Trouble Spots By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Dr. Joseph R. Brooks, superintendent of the Aiken County schools, warns if you are robbed on your way to work or on the way back home the odds are nearly 9 to I your assailant will be a high school dropout. Ronald B. Bolton, an Aiken developer, says it’s about time people stopped trashing Aiken County’s landscape and make a joint effort to keep a “pretty face” on one of ti e hest places in the r’lle. Margaret J. Weston, V family planning’ and rural health care specialist, is concerned about drugs, AIDS, teen-aged pregnancies and other social failings that have a debilitating effect on schools and neighborhoods. John W. Cunningham, a former textile executive and now a banker, says “willy nilly, helter skelter” development without a well-planned foundation could be self-defeating by exposing high density growth areas to potential blight. These comments by prominent citizens focus attention on environmental problems that can surface in a fast-growing county. In Aiken County, many of them have arrived. Environmental issues carry significant weight in planning for Aiken County’s future. That work is being done by a citizens’ group, which is gathering information on every facet of county life. When the survey ends, the information will be packaged by the Arthur Young Company into a Strategic Plan designed to help county leaders grapple with problems that come with progress. It is a response to management changeover at the Savannah River Plant and expected expansion that may include replacement of aging nuclear reactors at the facility. An effort to identify environmental threats before they become dangers commands the attention of those who make long-range plans designed to enhance the quality of life. Aiken County Council Chairman Carrol Warner agrees that goals for environmental protection should carry a high priority with the planners. He said, “It’s past time to take a hard look at where we are and where we are going.” The chairman said establishing growth guidelines is especially critical to Aiken County where a building boom is clogging traffic, crowding schools and changing neighborhood characteristics. Ifs obvious, he noted, that growth, especially on Aiken’s south side, could create problems that may not have easy solutions. (See AIKEN’S, Page 16A) Smith Defeats Gunter In Rematch By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer After two months of waiting, Rep. J. Roland Smith took his District 84 S.C. House of Representatives seat at IO a.m. this morning. The Democratic candidate defeated Republican Ralph E. Gunter with an unoffi-cal vote of 1,800 to 1,404. One person cast a write-in ballot and did not fill in a name for the candidate. Smith defeated Gunter in 12 of the 18 precincts voting in the election, which was SMITH N.A. Election Results..................Page    IB held after the S.C. Election Commission overturned his apparent victory in the Nov. 8 general election in a 5-0 vote. “I think that there were some folks that felt we should not have a re-election,” Smith said after the victory. Smith, who ran on his record, said, “I think it is sad (the new election) for the simple fact that someone wants to satisfy his own ego.” “I can hold my head high,” Gunter said after his defeat. “I can look people in the face and keep on going.” Gunter called himself the underdog in the race from the start and said, “I felt like from the start that the odds were stacked against me.” The Republican said that he did not know if he would protest the election. He said that he would analyze the results and see what to do next, if anything. Gunter added that there might be possible legal action taken against certain groups that slandered him during the election, which was held after he protested his 54 vote loss in November. Smith, who did not protest the Election Commisssion’s decision, said that his apparent 396-vote victory was “an indication that I have worked hard for my district in the past 16 years I have served.” “I felt from the very beginning that I would win with a greater number in another election,” Smith said. (See SMITH, Page 7A) Taxes On Alcohol, Tobacco Favored By Public By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Americans strongly oppose increasing general income taxes although large majorities are willing to levy higher taxes on tobacco, alcohol and people with incomes over $80,000 a year, according to a survey released today. The poll, conducted by The Gallup Organization for the Times Mirror Co., found that a majority of Americans, 64 percent, were even favorably disposed toward a national lottery to bring in revenues. An even bigger majority, 85 percent, favored raising taxes on alcoholic beverages to reduce the deficit, and a just slightly smaller group, 76 percent, favored boosting taxes on tobacco products. Four out of five Americans, 82 percent, favored increasing the income taxes of people with incomes above $80,000. A smaller majority, 59 percent, endorsed a specific proposal that would create a new 33 percent income tax bracket for all income over $150,000. On the fundamental question of wheth er it is possible to cut the federal deficit significantly without a tax increase, opinion was evenly divided between the 45 percent of the public believing taxes are necessary and 46 saying they are not necessary. The survey, one of a series the Los Angeles-based news company has commissioned on American attitudes, was conducted between Jan. 27 and Feb. 5. It consisted of one-hour face-to-face interviews with 2,048 members of the general (See TAXES, Page 7A)Thurmond Gearing Up For '90 Race By MATTHEW DAVIS States News Service WASHINGTON - Sen. Strom Thurmond will unofficially launch his campaign for the 1990 Senate race Wednesday night with a $1,000-a-head fund raiser, a bold signal that the 86-year old Republican will not let age inhibit him from seeking another term. Sen. Thurmond is already the Senate’s oldest member and, if re-elected, he would be 94 when the term expires. Furthermore, should the Republicans regain their majority in the Senate, Sen. Thurmond would be president pro tem of the body and, thus, third in line for the presidency behind the vice-president and the speaker of the House. But aides insist Sen. Thurmond, who began serving the Senate in 1954, is still physically fit to be candidate Thurmond. His spokesman, Christopher Simpson, boasted that every morning Sen. Thurmond, a native of Edgefield who has a residence in Aiken, spends almost an hour pumping (See THURMOND, Page 7A) ;