Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 31, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
Death Ends Career Of Claude Pepper
A Quick Read
Northeast Braces For Black Fly Invasion
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With springtime’s tardy entrance to northern New England, the dreaded black flies have started buzzing by, and folks who stay outdoors are hunting for ways to avoid the blood-drawing bites.
“They kind of tend to drive you foolish,” says James F. Dill, a University of Maine extension specialist in pest management.
“They come in swarms and have a tendency to swarm around your head. They seem to like to bite where clothing fits tightly, like if you’ve got a sleeve, they like to burrow in and bite there.
“Of course, they’ll bite everywhere,” Dill said.
Black-fly experts and victims in Maine say their state may suffer more of the pests than any other in the region, although New Hampshire state entomologist Ziegfried Thewke said the flies can be a nuisance throughout all northern states, and even in the Midwest and parts of the West.
Fort jackson Named
Best Army Facility
COLUMBIA (AP) — Fort Jackson has been named the world’s best U.S. Army installation, being honored for receiving the coveted Commander in Chief’s Award of Installation Excellence amid fanfare and jet flyovers.
“Fort Jackson’s impact has been felt not just in Columbia, and not just in South Carolina, but throughout the world,” Gov. Carroll Campbell said. “I should point out that Fort Jackson did not win the Commander in Chief’s Award for Installation Excellence. The people of Fort Jackson brought this award to Columbia.
“That’s important, because many of the people at Fort Jackson are with us temporarily, whether ifs for basic training or a tour of duty in their army careers,” Campbell said. “But while you’re here, we like to consider each one of you South Carolinians because you help to maintain the highest level of community standards.”
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 60s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Thursday with a high in the low 90s. Please see details on Page 4A.
Anthony Troy Cobb, Bath
Mary M. Harsey, Augusta
Theodore R. Hopkins, Washington, Ga.
Ruby L. Leach, Wagener
Gertie H. Williams, Bath
Elsie H. Wilson, Concord, N.H.
Please see details on Page 4A.
14 Missing In Crash Of Marine Copter
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House Rejects Balanced Budget Bill
Wednesday, May 31, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 130
County Wants To See 'Plan B' Budget
By CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer
The Aiken County Council remained deadlocked Tuesday night after a two and one-half hour work session discussion about the proposed budget for 1990, and ultimately asked the county administrator to present a “Plan B” at a special
work session on June 5.
County Council Chairman Carrol H. Warner said the Council is in “a dilemma” with the proposed budget.
“People are expecting a tax decrease,” ; said, “but instead, it looks like they
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are going to have an increase in taxes.” “We have promised the people a balanced budget,” Warner said, “but it
looks to me like we have close to a 9 mill tax increase.”
Warner said his calculations show an increase in taxes by 8.9 mills, due to rolling back taxes to last year’s budget of about $18 million; adding on I percent, which is allowed by law because of the reassessment of property taxes; and increasing the debt service fund by 3.9
mills and adding $1 million to the budget
for a Reserve Fund.
“To have a rollback plus I percent, we will have to increase taxes,” he said.
“ It’s like a sleight of hand — on first hearing, it sounds okay, but when you start to study it, you see that to have a
(Please See COUNTY, Page 10A)
Crack: Cheap Thrill Trip In Fast Lane
First In A Series
By STEPHANIE WARNECKE-ADAMS Staff Writer
Like a burglar, it came onto the scene, stealing the minds and bodies of all it encountered. Then, it leaped onstage for all to see.
Now, crack cocaine is the center of attention — splashed all over television, newspapers and magazines.
It has ravaged lives on the busy streets of urban America and the quiet avenues of Southern counties.
What is crack, and why does it have such a hold on us? The answer to this has remained elusive.
Doctors are just now beginning to understand the addiction, and law enforcement is slowly learning how to deal with the problem.
Meanwhile, many sit back and watch this deceptive new drug take control of someone they love.
Crack is a relatively inexpensive cocaine derivative. About $20 buys a
(Please See CRACK, Page BA)
Bush Calls For End To Cold War
Direct Challenge Issued To Soviets
By The Associated Press
Staff Graphic By Sharon McLaughlin
Price Index Reverses 2-Month Slide
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government’s chief economic forecasting gauge shot up 0.8 percent in April as it reversed course after posting declines in the previous two months, the Commerce Department said today.
The upward turn in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators allowed the index to steer clear of the traditional signal of a forthcoming recession — three declines in a row.
The index, designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the future, had dropped a revised 0.6 percent in March and 0.3 percent in February.
Analysts said April’s upturn, which had been widely anticipated, was consistent with the view that while the economy is slowing, there still is enough strength left to power the record peacetime expansion through its seventh year.
“It wasn’t a good bet, it isn’t a good bet and it’s not going to be a good bet in the fall that a recession is about to occur,”
economist James Aimable of First National Bank of Chicago said in anticipation of today’s report.
Last month’s increase in the index was the biggest rise since a similar 0.8 percent jump in January.
Using the three-month rule of thumb for predicting recessions, the index has correctly forecast all eight economic downturns that have occured since 1948, but it also has flashed false recession signals on five other occasions.
Most recently, the index declined five times in a row in the months surrounding the October 1987 stock market crash, from which the economy emerged unscathed.
stock prices; a decrease in initial claims for jobless benefits; slower vendor deliveries, signaling stronger demand; a gain in orders for new plants and equipment; and an increase in manufacturers’ unfilled orders.
In April, eight of the ll forward-looking business statistics that make up the composite index pointed upward, led by an increase in manufacturers’ orders for consumer goods.
Other indicators making positive contributions were: rising building permits; a longer average work week; higher
Three indicators pointed downward: a drop in an index measuring consumer confidence; a contraction in the money supply; and falling prices for sensitive materials, indicating slower demand.
The various changes left the index at 145.7 percent of its 1982 base of IOO. The index has advanced 1.3 percent over the past six months, compared with a 1.7 percent increase over the previous six-month period.
Aimable said recent reports on the economy’s performance indicate that growth will slow to a more sustainable level and “suggest this economy is in better shape for growth than even we optimists thought.”
MAINZ, West Germany — President Bush today challenged the Soviet Union to bury the Cold War by ending the division of Europe, starting by tearing down the Berlin Wall. “Let Europe be whole and free,” he declared.
In a major speech clearly aimed at Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the president said popular demands for democratic reforms are sweeping through the communist world, forcing a re-examination of Cold War fears and security precautions.
“The world has waited long enough,” said Bush, who plans to visit Poland and Hungary in July. “The time is right. IM Europe be whole and free.”
“The Cold War,” he said, “began with the division of Europe. It can only end when Europe is whole.”
Triumphant after his debut at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, the president spoke in the Rhine River city of Mainz before an audience in the Rhein-goldhalle theater. Four blocks away, about 250 demonstrators protested Bush’s visit under a heavy police guard.
The protesters waved banners and placards reading “Bush Go Home,” “Bush Is Not Welcome Here” and “Bush — Hands Off Nicaragua.” The main bridge spanning the Rhine River was sealed off, and helicopters circled the hall where Bush spoke.
In the capital of Bonn, boats crammed with security agents in diving gear watched over the nearby Rhine when Bush made a farewell visit to U.S. ambassador Vernon Walters. “Youth are the world, and I hope what happened within NATO guarantees the future,” the president told several hundred flag-waving Americans and West Germans who massed on the ambassador’s lawn.
It was his first and only major address during a week-long trip to Italy, Belgium, Germany and Britain. After today’s speech and a cruise down the Rhine River, Bush headed for London for talks with Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher.
(Please See PRICE, Page 10A)
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Pay Reimbursement Turned Down By DOE
By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
INDUCTEES: Richard (Dick) Sheridan (from left), Henry C. (Hank) Caver, B. Henderson Johnson Jr. and Gordon Craig Baynham were inducted into the Aiken County Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday night. Please see story on Page 7A.
The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday officially refused to reimburse the Du Pont Co. for $64 million in severance pay distributed to Savannah River Site workers when the company withdrew April I as site contractor.
Du Pont must now sue — as it has promised — to get its money back.
?|OE’s refusal came in the form of'a 29-page report entitled “final decision.”
In it, department officials said they were rejecting Du Pont’s reimbursement claim because:
^ “Du Pont’s severance pay policy is not applicable to the circumstances of Savannah River.”
^“The department and its predecessors never agreed to reimburse Du Pont for severance pay where there is a change in contractors.”
^ “The change of contractors at the Savannah River plant did not result in a termination due to a lack of work.”
^“Reimbursement of the severance payments would be unreasonable and contrary to public policy.”
P.W. (Bill) Kaspar, manager of the DOE’s Savannah River Operations, signed the report’s cover letter, addressed to Ernest F. Ruppe, vice president for petrochemicals at Du Pont headquarters in Wilmington, Del.
Kaspar made the final decision to reject the claim, though other department officials had previously denounced the idea of reimbursing Du Pont.
The rejection, which had been widely predicted, clears the way for Du Pont to file its threatened federal lawsuit in an effort to win reimbursement.
(Please See Pay, Page IGA)