Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Khomeini Undergoes Surgery For Bleeding
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Iranian revolutionary patriarch Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini underwent surgery today to stop internal bleeding in his digestive system, Tehran radio reported.
The radio broadcast a statement from Khomeini’s office saying the 88-year-old Iranian leader was in satisfactory condition following the operation and that progress reports about his health would follow.
There have been persistent reports that Khomeini has been in poor health.
Woman Told Near End Of 4-Month Cave Stay
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Ste-fania Follini, who has spent more than four months sealed in a cave, learned Monday evening that her isolation experiment was almost over. She heard a human voice, laughed and said it was like an alarm clock.
Minutes after Miss Follini was notified on a computer screen that the experiment would end Tuesday, she heard another person’s voice few tile first time in four months and nine days.
“Stefarna, I’m your God talking to you,” experiment coordinator Maur-izio Montalbini said over an intercom.
The 27-year-old Italian woman looked at a video camera trained on her, laughed and said: “I didn’t think you would find me down here.”
Miss Follini woman has been living 30 feet underground since Jan. 13 without sunlight, clocks or other ways of measuring time.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast for today with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Today’s high will be in the mid 80’s. Winds will be W IO to 15 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of showers tonight with a low in the mid 60’s. Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high in the mid 90’s. Winds will be W 5 to IO mph. Please see details on Page 7A.
Herman E. Blake Jr., Concord, N.C.
Thomas Butler, Belvedere
Sister Mary Ignatia Gavaghan, James
Frances B. Greenwood, Aiken Belle I. Harrell, Augusta Mary R. Harsey, Winnsboro Clavings O. Hooper, Warrenville Tillman Key, Aiken Louise F. Lewis, West Columbia Christine Maddox, New Ellenton Gladys B. Riley, Aiken Isabelle W. Tuttle, Great Falls Gertrude P. Williams, Augusta Please see details on Page 5A.
ell Disagrees On S.C. Budget
Tuesday, May 23, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 123
Spiced-Up Budget Clears First Reading
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Aiken’s fiscal 1989-90 budget — a $16 million package spiced with pay raises, a property tax cut and a freeze on the cost of most city services — cleared first reading Monday night as City Council whipped through a two-hour session.
The city’s spending document, which will get second reading and public hearing in two weeks, topped a mostly routine agenda that contrasted sharply with pre
vious meetings at which horse stabling and land development stirred protests.
The budget, revealed over the weekend when City Manager Roland H. Windham released copies to the mayor and council, reflects the impact of a continuing residential and commercial boom within the city.
The city manager noted that during the past two years the city has gained $87 million worth of new construction and city tax collections from property have increased by $920,000 in the same period.
Windham, in a summary of the spending ordinance, told the administration the proposed budget not only keeps city services at “present good levels, but improves in many respects, while maintaining a balance of revenues available.”
The budget, which calls for a tax reduction of 18 mills — from 120 to 102 — to counterbalance property tax revenues enhanced by reassessment, sets up a general fund allocation of $10,491,370 and a utilities fund amounting to $5,576,890. Windham cautioned that the millage
cut could be offset slightly if the county finds the reassessment is too high. But he noted that those connected with the new appraisals appear satisfied with the
Councilmen Michael Anaclerio and Frederick B. Cavanaugh Jr. both praised the city’s departments and their staffs for taking care of growth needs while at the same time balancing the ledger.
(Please See SPICED-UP, Page 7A)
Sales Tax Still Alive For Cities
EARLY RALLY: Demonstrators rally in support of students holding Tiananmen Square as unrest takes on more strident tones in Beijing.
Students Press Demands
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
The executive director of the South Carolina Municipal Association believes supporters of a local option sales tax bill have “a good shot” at getting the legislation passed in the Senate.
“It’s going to take some hard work and some luck, but we think we’ve got a good chance at getting it passed before adjournment,” said Don Wray.
The bill, which allows local governments to impose another penny tax on a dollar sale, passed the House last month by a 73-26 vote and needs only Senate approval.
Sen. Thomas L. (Tommy) Moor*:, D-Clcarwater, said the Senate la s at least three controversial bills set for debate ahead of the local option tax package, but he indicated the measure could get to the floor.
Monday, the Senate and House were to appoint conferees to work out the differences the two bodies have in the state’s $3.4 billion bud
get for fiscal 1989-90.
If the Senate concurs with the House on the local option proposal, a November referendum will be held in each county. In it, voters will be asked to approve the tax increase in exchange for a mandatory 50 percent rollback in property taxes.
Any county failing to approve the tax would have to wait at least a year before reconsidering local option.
Wray said local option advocates are encouraging senators to get the bill set for “special order” so action can be taken before a mandatory June I adjournment next week.
“Time is running short, but we believe we can get it set for special order,” said Wray.
Under a special order designation the Senate will have to vote on the tax package. It requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to set the bill for special order, but Wray doesn’t expect any problems.
(Please See SALES, Page 7A)
By The Associated Press
BEIJING — The famed portrait of Mao Tse-tung in Tiananmen Square was splattered with paint today as hundreds of thousands of students, intellectuals and workers marched near the painting, demanding Premier Li Peng step down.
Despite exhaustion and some thinning of their ranks, student protesters decided today to press on with their 19-day occupation of the square until the government falls.
The vandalism of Mao’s gigantic portrait with red, black and blue paint by two young men was akin to blasphemy and an isolated incident in a remarkably peaceful popular rebellion that has galvanized much of the country.
A Chinese journalist who saw the attack said the two, wearing the white headbands of student protesters, were seized by students.
Student leaders said later that the vandals’ whereabouts were unknown and insisted the two
were not students.
Mao was Communist China’s founder and ruled the country for 27 years until his death in 1976. His uniform and the blue sky background were splattered and dots marred his chin and smeared between his eyes.
Workers later covered the painting with a tarp.
The pro-democracy student movement, launched last month with marches and class boycotts demanding press freedom and an end to official corruption, has won such widespread popular support as to tame martial law, which Premier Li declared in Beijing on Saturday.
Today’s march in the square was at least the third such huge outpouring of support for the students in a week.
Intellectuals from the Chinese Academy of Sciences led the protest, accusing Li of staging a military coup in his struggle with Communist Party cliief Zhao Ziyang. Li apparently acted on orders of the 84-year-old Deng.
Lack Of Quorum Forces Delayed Sex Ed Decision
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
The Aiken County Comprehensive Health Education Advisory Committee met for the last time Monday night, but because only six out of the 13 members showed, a human sexuality text was not voted on for next year’s secondary curriculum.
School district administrators and the Aiken County Board of Education selected an advisory committee in May 1988 to review sex education materials for the school district. The comprehensive health education law, passed in April of last year, requires that each county in South Carolina have sex education components implemented in the school districts’ curricula by the 1989-90 school year.
(Please See LACK, Page 7A)
Derrick Tops Honoraria List For S.C. House Delegation
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Butler Derrick leads the South Carolina House members in honoraria received in addition to their income, according to financial disclosure forms.
The disclosure forms filed annually by all 535 members of the House and Senate provide a look at Congress’ outside income and the wealth — or lack thereof — of each member. Each form lists a member’s money received, his assets and liabilities.
The financial disclosure statements released Monday show that honoraria — generally fees for outside speeches — were an important part of the incomes of many of the 435 House members, supplementing a federal salary which in most cases comes to $89,500.
Derrick, a District 3 Democrat, reported his income between $95,500 and $107,000. He gave $3,450 of his $30,300 in honoraria to charity.
Derrick's major holdings consist of real estate in his hometown, Edgefield. He lists himself as a director of the Doug-
Name: Derrick, Butler Party: Democrat Income: $95,500 to $107,000 Total Honoraria: $30,300 Honoraria given to charity: $3,450 Assets: $480,000 to $1.1 million Liabilities: $280,000 to $615,000 Other: Rep. Derrick’s major holdings consist of real estate in his hometown of Edgefield. He lists himself as a director of the Douglas and Chambertin Corp., which he said was formed to purchase a piece of real estate Rep. Derrick says he has 5 percent equity in the corporation.
las and Chamberlin Corp., which he said was formed to purchase a piece of real estate. Derrick says he has 5 percent equity in the corporation.
U.S. Rep. Robin Tallon leads the state delegation in total income. The District 6 Democrat reported his income as being
(Please See DERRICK, Page 7A)
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
REWARDED: For his work with the Aiken County Health Dept., Aiken pediatrician Dr. Eugene F. McManus has been named Volunteer Physician of the Year. For story, please see Page 1B.