Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 29, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
AIKIN COUNTY PUBLIC UBRHOComing Sunday
The 53rd Masters Tournament begins next week, and the Aiken Standard will preview golf’s annual rite of spring with a special section this Sunday. The section will include an interview with defending champion Sandy Lyle, plus a look at CBS golf director Frank Chirkinian.
A Quick Read
Actress Kim Basinger Buys Georgia Town
BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) - Actress Kim Basinger has purchased Braselton from the family that founded it in 1876, and a real estate broker said she might establish a movie production company in the tiny northeast Georgia town.
Herbert B. Braselton Sr. said Tuesday that his family agreed to sell 1,800 acres of property — including the town’s industrial park, shopping center and bank — for $20 million to Miss Basinger, a native of nearby Hart County.
The deal’s closing will come later this year, Braselton said.
“I’ve worked with Kim on this for quite some time, about 18 months,” said Charles Morris, the Braselton real estate broker who
BASINGER handled the deal.
Morris said Miss Basinger has expressed an interest in developing Braselton into a tourist center, and possibly establishing a movie production company.
Attempts to contact Miss Basinger and her representatives were unsuccessful Tuesday.
Braselton, a town of 500 people about 40 miles north of Atlantia, has been virtually controlled by the Braselton family since William Harrison Braselton founded it in 1876.
The property first was offered for sale five years ago for $14 million. But die price jumped after Chateau Elan winery and a Mitsubishi plant located in the area.
“We’re relieved we found somebody we think will do good for the community,” Herbert Braselton said.
Increasing cloudiness is forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of a thundershower and a low in the low 60s. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms and a high in the upper 70s.
Please see details on Page 12A.
Marie A. Brown, Aiken David P. Burton, Edgefield Joshua L. Cartin, Aiken Cyril W. Collins, Aiken William W. Coogler, Chester Lillian W. Duncan, Aiken Phillip M. Pierce, Aiken Margaret H. Raborn, Aiken J. Green Shuler, Santee Please see details on Page 10B.
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Wednesday, March 29, 1989
ACTOR Gene Hackman
Edward James Olmos
“Stand and Deliver”
Max von Sydow
"Pelle the Conqueror"
ACTRESS Melanie Griffith
"Gorillas in the Mist"
"A Cry in the Dark"
FOREIGN FILM “Hanussen,
“The Music Teacher,” Belgium “Pelle the Conqueror, Denmark “Salaam Bombay, ” India “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” spain
"Running on Empty"
"Married to the Mob'
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Joan Cusack
"The Accidental Tourist”
"Mississipp i D urning "
DIRECTOR Charles Crichton
"A Fish Called Wanda"
"The Last Temptation of Christ’
AP/T. Dean Caple
OSCAR NOMINEES: The 61st Academy Awards presentation will be televised tonight by ABC at 9 p.m. Please see story on Page 8A.
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 76
Leading Indicators Drop In February
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The government’s chief economic forecasting gauge dropped 0.3 percent in February after posting sharp gains during the previous two months, the Commerce Department said today.
February’s decline in the department’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators was the first drop since a similar dip last September and hadn’t been exceeded since a 0.8 percent drop last July.
It was in line with widespread expectations that die economy will slow this year.
The leading index, designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the future, had advanced 0.6 percent in December and 0.7 percent in January after vacillating during much of 1988.
With labor markets tight and factories operating close to peak capacity, analysts say some slowdown is needed to
keep the economy from overheating and inflation from spiraling.
However, analysts are divided over whether the Federal Reserve Board can successfully engineer a controlled slowdown that restrains economic growth just enough to ease inflation without causing a recession.
The Fed for a year has been pushing up interest rates in order to relieve inflationary pressures, and it intensified those efforts after sharp price increases were recorded in January and February.
Irwin Kellner, chief economist for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. in New York, said in advance of today’s report that the jagged behavior of the leading index suggests “the economy has been slowing down from its overheated pace and that the economy is continuing to slow down as we work our way into the second quarter of 1989.”
(See LEADING, Page 12A)
Hijackers Surrender Without Resistance
Two Men Take Over Hungarian Airliner
Bv rte Associated Press
FRANKFURT, West Germany — Two hijackers shot their way onto a Hungarian airliner in Prague today and surrendered without resistance a few hours later when the plane landed in Frankfurt, officials and witnesses said.
No injuries were reported in Frankfurt, but a witness said a policeman collapsed during shooting as the two Slovaks, armed with a rifle, shotgun and gre
nades, forced their way onto the Malev aircraft in the Czechoslovak capital.
Authorities said IO passengers and an undetermined number of crew members had been aboard the Soviet-made Tupo-lev-154 airplane.
“As far as I know, all passengers are safe. It ended without bloodshed,” airport spokesman Hans Rainer Otto told an Associated Press reporter on the scene. He had no immediate word on the location of the passengers.
Hungarian state radio reported earlier that the plane’s other KW passengers were released before it left Prague.
Otto said the airplane was parked well away from the main terminals at continental Europe’s busiest airport. The area
(See HIJACKERS, Page 12A)
Cemetery Issue Shelved After Lawsuit Announced
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Discussion of a proposal aimed at resolving the Shultz Hill Cemetery controversy had to be shelved late Tuesday by an Aiken County Council committee after the panel was informed a civil suit had been filed in the dispute.
The suit was entered in Aiken County Common Pleas Court by Augusta attorney Robert L. Allgood on behalf of Julia Elizabeth Larry Pitts and Eunice Sanders Johnson and names the county and businessman Brian Coates as defendants.
The proposal before the Judicial and Public Safety Committee was yanked off the agenda after County Administrator W. Scott Barnes informed committee chairman LaWana McKenzie about the lawsuit.
Barnes said it would not be in the committee’s interest to discuss the cemetery issue with a legal action hanging over the county’s head.
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
WAGENER — The Aiken County Board of Education Tuesday night approved night purchasing Comprehensive Health Education materials for the district’s middle schools.
The curriculum, Me, My World, My Future, contains sex education components that will be incorporated in grades 6,7 and 8 next year.
The school board unanimously voted to order sets of the teachers’ guides, parent grams and student books for each middle school at a cost of approximately $800. The board also approved that the district order additional teachers’ guides, stu-
In the filing, Mrs. Pitts and Mrs. Johnson claim legal right to sue on grounds they are descendants of people buried in the cemetery. They are seeking $350,000 in damages against both the county and Coates along with punitive assessments.
The two also asked the court to grant a temporary injunction that would prevent further construction work in the area until a ruling can be made on a motion for a permanent injunction.
The county and Coates have until 4:45 p.m. April IO to file a response against the request for the injunction.
Coates is owner of Shultz Hill property that includes portions of the 19th century cemetery. His efforts to develop it for an automotive shop have been stalled by complaints about disruption of grave sites.
Before being told of the suit, the county’s Judicial and Public Safety Committee was prepared to discuss plans to hire
(See CEMETERY, Page 12A)
dent workbooks, parent grams and additional student pages from the texts dur-ing the summer at a cost of approximately $23,500. This amount will be designated in the 1989-90 budget.
The administration recommended that the board approve the purchase of some of the materials prior to next year in order to review the material included in Me, My World, My Future and to reorganize the materials for the middle schools. This would be done prior to training the teachers.
Board members expressed at the board meeting at Wagener-Salley High School some of the concerns teachers have about teaching sex education to the middle school students.
The Du Pont Co. will end its lengthy tenure as operator of the Savannah River Plant this Friday. The year of advance work it took to make sure construction projects flowed smoothly and William Bebbington’s book on the Du Pont years are featured today in the fourth part of a series on Du Pont’s relationship with Aiken County. Please see Pages 6A and 7A.
Because of the legalities of what teachers can and cannot teach according to South Carolina law, teachers are concerned about how to respond to these subjects if students bring them up for discussion during class, board members said.
The Comprehensive Health Education Act states that if teachers violate the law, they will be subject to dismissal.
This has many teachers questioning what options they have, how they will handle the topics in class and what kind of support they have from the district if something they said in class was misinterpreted by the students, board members said.
(See BOARD, Page 12A)
Lottery Bill Future Still Not Clear
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — After 2M> hours of debate, the prime sponsor of a statewide lottery bill said he doesn’t believe the exchange has changed any minds on the Senate Finance Committee.
“I don’t see how it does,” said Ryan Shealy, R-Lexington. “Both (sides) can use facts... that support our position.”
Tuesday’s hearing was at least the third since the state lottery bill was first introduced in 1985. And at its conclusion, the bill remained in the committee.
The bill has never made it out of committee, though Shealy claims to have the votes this year. Committee Chairman James Waddell, D-Beaufort, said he expects the full committee to vote on the proposal next month.
During Tuesday’s hearing, the irresistible force of statewide lottery revenues met the immovable object of moral disapproval.
The bill would put to the state’s voters a proposal to create a statewide lottery that supporters, such as Shealy, said could raise $100 million. Shealy’s proposal would distribute the money to local governments, indigent health care and education.
But Shealy has consistently run into opposition from religious groups such as the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Opponents say lotteries are an immoral form of gambling that lead to a weakening of the work ethic, take money from the poor and promote a “something for nothing” attitude.
“A good cause does not justify bad methods,” said The Most Rev. Ernest L. Unterkoefler, bishop of Charleston, in a statement read to the committee by spokesman Paul Beach.
(See LOTTERY, Page 12A)
Purchase Of Sex Education Books
BEST PICTURE “Rain Man”
“Mississippi Burning” “Dangerous Liaisons” “Working Girl”
“The Accidental Tourist”
SUPPORTING ACTOR Alec Guinness
"A Fish Called Wanda"
"Tucker; The Man and His Dream"