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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 21, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Page 2A Environmental Solutions 'On Shelf' Sunday Silence Wins By A Nose Page IB A Quick Read Gilda Radner, 42, Dies Of Cancer LOS ANGELES (AP) - Comedian Gilda Radner, one of the original stars of “Saturday Night Live” and the creator of such memorable characters as Roseanne Roseannadana and Emily Litella, died of cancer Saturday. She was 42. Miss Radner died in her sleep about 6:20 a.m. at CedarshSinai Medical Center, hospital spokesman Ron Wise said. Her husband, actor Gene Wilder, was at her side. She had been diagnosed with RADNER ovarian cancer in 1986 and underwent nine months of chemotherapy, which by 1988 had sent the disease into remission. She had radiation therapy and other treatments, including surgery, as recently as February and re-entered the hospital on Wednesday, Wise said. Miss Radner had recently completed a book about her battle against the disease. “Cancer is about the most unfunny thing in the world,” she told Life magazine in a 1988 interview. In recent years Miss Radner appeared in several movies but she was best known for her roles on NBC’s “Saturday Night’Live” for five years ending in 1980, with such stars as Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray and the late John Belushi. Weather Highs In The 80s Today will be partly cloudy with a high in the upper 80s and a low in the mid-60s. Monday will be partly cloudy with a high near 90 and a low in the mid-60s. Please see details on Page 9A. Deaths John Reid Barton, Aiken Henry Grant, North Augusta G.E. (Jack) Hester, Burnettown John R. Hill, Aiken Lucille M. Jones, North Augusta Viola T. Magruder, North Augusta Henry Power, Saluda Eleonore H. Rudy, North Augusta Ray Sloan, West Columbia Mildred Garrett Usry, Warrenville Alton Winston Williams, Graniteville Please see details on Page 9A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................SD Business...........................................1C Calendar...........................................4C Classifieds........................................3D Crossword........................................6D Cryptoquote......................................4D Dear Abby.........................................8C Local Front.......................................SA Obituaries  ..................................9A Opinions...........................................ID Sports...............................................1B Stocks..............................................2C Weather............................................9A Weddings.........................................6CWrong Date The date that appeared on the front page of the Friday, May 19 edition of the Aiken Standard was incorrect. The Aiken Standard regrets any inconvenience this mistake may have caused our readers. Page 5A Stated Sunday, May 21, 1989 SOC Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 121 City of Aiken 10-Year Growth History Population 1979    14,500    28% 1989    18,500    Increase +4,000 1979 1989 Land Area 9.71 sq. ml. 13.35 38% Increase + 3.64 sq.mi. Water Customers 1979    9,452    33% 1989    12,550    Increase +3,098 Assessed Property Values 1979    $10,270,270    290% 1989    $39,407,900    Increase +$29,137,630 Value Tax Mill 1979    $10,592    279% 1989    $40,196    Increase +$29,604 Tax Millage Rate 1979    142    mills    28% 1989    102    mills    Decrease - 40 Total Budget 1979 $5,700,400    182% 1989 $16,068,260    Increase + 10,367,860 Percentage Of Property Tax In Budget 1979    44%    5% 1989    39%    Decrease * 5% $16M City Budget Has No Tax Hike By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken City Council will be handed a $16 million fiscal 1989-90 budget Monday that reflects a city riding a spiral of growth that sweeps away, for the present at least, any possibility of increases in taxes, business licenses and fee increase for most city services. “A clear pattern has emerged and that is a substantial growth for the area,” said City Manager Roland H. Windham, obviously pleased with the course the city is taking. Windham gave credit for the cheery budget prospects to residential and commercial growth, which coupled with widespread annexation, is adding new income to the city coffers in property taxes and business charges. The budget allows for a five percent wage increase for city employees, two percent merit increases for many and the addition of seven full-time and three-part workers. In his budget message, the city manager praised the mayor and council for addressing “head-on” in last year’s budget the potential for growth and planning accordingly. Windham said the planning efforts have enabled the city to direct its financial resources at areas that could have presented long-term problems but can be addressed with the revenues spawned by growth. He said these include public safety needs, infrastructure improvements, ex pansions and additions, recreation, sanitation collections and computerization of accounting and record keeping. The budget is broken into two major categories — a general fund appropriation of $10,491,370 and a utilities budget amounting to $5,576,890 that puts the city on a balanced set of books at $16,068,260. Windham noted that while taxpayers will see the value of their property going up because of reassessment, the city is responding by reducing taxes by about 18 mills in a trade-off required by state law. Because of growth in the past IO years, Aiken, unlike many cities, has been able to reduce its tax millage from 140 to the projected 102 in the new budget, a check of past budgets shows. Windham said the proposed budget, excluding the utilities capital fund, represents a 16.5 percent increase over the previous year’s spending measure, but all the funds are not new money. He said the ordinance contains $510,170 marked off to depreciation, placed in a holding fund or reserve from the 1988-89 budget surplus. The budget also contains no federal government funds, although the city has gained preliminary approval for a $350,000 community development block grant. The budget also contains recommendations that the council authorize the hiring of six new employees in the Public Safety Department to meet demands for security in recently annexed areas and one in public works to upgrade park (See CITY, Page IDA) Senate Works Late To Finish State Budget Bill By TRIP DUBARD Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA — Senators agreed not to reduce the state tax on investments as they worked through lunch in a rare Saturday session to finish the 1989-90 proposed state budget. Discussion on the proposed $3.4 billion spending plan has already consumed IO days of debate. Shortly after the Senate reconvened Saturday morning, members upheld on a 29-10 vote their decision late Friday night to leave the capital gains tax at the current 7 percent level. “That was a beautiful vote,” Sen. John Land, D-Manning, said after the Senate’s action Saturday. “We had Democrats and Republicans crossing the line in support of the little man.” The Senate picked up the work pace in a nearly deserted Statehouse, trying to finish the $3.4 billion proposed budget in time to present it to the House on Mon day. Conferees from the two chambers will spend next week trying to work out differences before presenting it to Gov. Carroll Campbell for his approval. The Senate version, which uses about $400 million in new revenue, is about 8.5 percent larger than the current fiscal year’s budget. It also includes about 1,150 new state employees in addition to the approximately 40,000 funded in full by the state now. Debate has focused almost entirely on distribution of the new money, with no serious effort made to redistribute substantially the $3.1 billion approved last year. Opponents of the rollback argued the action would benefit the wealthiest South Carolinians at the expense of other taxpayers. But supporters said it would eliminate a windfall of tax revenue the state received after federal tax laws on capital gains were changed in 1986, and would attract new investment to the state. Bush, Mitterrand Meet On Summit Baby Boy Mitchell By The Associated Press KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -President Bush said today he was ready to “go one-on-one in a relaxed personal way” as he began a series of meetings with French President Francois Mitterrand to discuss an upcoming NATO summit. Bush and Mitterrand met amid reports of a compromise on NATO’s short-range nuclear arsenal. Bush greeted Mitterrand at the president’s oceanside compound here. Mitterrand arrived by helicopter and was to spend the day and part of Sunday with Bush. Speaking to reporters moments before Mitterrand arrived, Bush said, “I view this meeting as very important for bilateral relations which are very strong... I’m looking forward to informal, in depth, wide-ranging consultations with President Mitterrand.” Bush said that he hoped the meeting would help to “refurbish that relationship and strengthen it on a personal basis because I do believe that you avoid misunderstandings if you go one-on-one in a relaxed, personal way.” Mitterrand landed at the helipad set up at the Bush compound on a rocky point jutting into the Atlantic ocean. As the French leader stepped from the helicopter, Bush clapped his hands twice and welcomed Mitterrand saying, “Bien venue.” Bush brushed off questions on the current turmoil in China and the proposed compromise on short-range missiles in Europe, saying, “I’ll talk to you tomorrow.” Bush and Mitterrand have a joint news conference set for Sunday in Boston after the president’s address to commencement ceremonies at Boston University. Although U.S. officials disputed (See BUSH, Page 10A) 'X4 JI Staff Photo By Scott Webster DREAM CHILD: Burnell Mitchell and Kathy Mitchell of Edgefield hold their new baby, Alexx. The child is a “test tube” baby born to them after years of trying to conceive. Please see story on Page 5A. Masses Defy Law To Protect Chinese Students From Army By The Associated Press BEIJING — Hundreds of thousands of people defied martial law and swarmed through the streets of Beijing on Saturday, keeping their huge pro-democracy uprising alive despite fears that a military crackdown was imminent. Huge crowds jammed Tiananmen Square, the focus of the daily demonstrations and the symbolic center of China, to protect students who have led the rallies from possible police attacks. An estimated 3,000 students who began a hunger strike in the square May 13 decided to abandon their fast Saturday to conserve strength for the struggle ahead, student leaders said. Premier Li Peng on Saturday morning declared martial law for large areas of the capital, saying “we are forced to take resolute and decisive measures to put an end to the turmoil” of the student-led demonstrations. But the People’s Liberation Army, poised at various locations on the out- siui ut of the city, appeared paralyzed to act because of the huge crowds. “Supporters are going in by the truckload to protect the students on the square,” said one public transport worker. “We feel there will be bloodshed.” Military convoys that appeared on the street were quickly surrounded by crowds who appealed for them to turn back. Many did. Four truckloads of soldiers tried to enter one street, but a few thousand people swooped upon them, surrounding the trucks and chanting, “Turn back, turn back.” Onlookers cheered wildly when the trucks left. The only violence reported Saturday was a clash between armed police and students in western Beijing in which students said they were attacked with electric cattle prods. One student injured in the attack said 45 students were hospitalized. (See MASSES, Page TOA) ;