Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 12, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
New USO Word: 'Undisciplined'
Page 5AA Quick ReadAlmanac Promotes $1 Columbus Coin
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - The Farmers’ Almanac, renewing its crusade to revamp the nation’s coinage and currency, is promoting a $1 coin to replace the dollar bill to pinch a few pennies for Uncle Sam and taxpayers.
Tile almanac’s 1990 edition, just off the presses, also calls for the elimination of the penny and 50-cent piece. The new $1 coin could be called the Columbus Dollar, honoring the explorer who discovered the New World, the publication said.
The almanac endorses a bill introduced by Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., to direct the Treasury to mint and circulate the Columbus Dollar and halt production of the $1 bill 18 months after the coin is placed in circulation.
Under the new system, the little-used $2 bill likely would become the most popular piece of currency, says almanac editor Ray Geiger.Dress, Hair Codes Increase In Schools
NEW YORK (AP) - For more and more high school students, mousse abuse is taboo. So is hair down to
there. And though they don’t necessarily have to dress for success, some say they must dress under duress.
Along with perpetual peer pressure to wear “in clothes and sport the latest trendy haircuts — whether ifs a Batman insignia or a moussed-up do — American teen-agers are facing dress and hair codes that impose official ideas of fashion.
In a flashback to the ’60s, some students are protesting what they consider infringements on their right to free expression.
And Gary Marx, a spokesman for the American Association of School Administrators, said stricter dress and hair codes have not yet become a national trend but sentiment is growing to strengthen such rules.WeatherFair Skies
Fair skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of an evening thunderstorm and a low near 70. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of an afternnon thunderstorm and a high in the low 90s. Please see details on Page 4B.Deaths
Mary M. Chapin, Newberry Raymond S. Cochran, Beech Island Dorothy B. Kemp, Denmark Ethel B. Kennedy, Graniteville Evelyn T. Kirkland, Clearwater Jim Norman, Ridge Spring Raymond J. Stokes, Corona, N.Y. Dennis Sullivan, North Augusta Betty H. Walden, Waynesboro, Ga. Mollie W. Wall, North Augusta Simmie A. Wood, Decatur, Ga. Please see details on Page 8A.Inside Today
Georgian Pleads Guilt/ In Drug Case
Tuesday, September 12, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 223
Services Post First Deficit In 3 Decades
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade edged up to $30.99 billion from April through June as the country recorded its first deficit in services trade in more than three decades, the government reported today.
The Commerce Department said the deficit in the current account was up 2 percent from a $30.39 billion deficit in the first three months of the year.
The current account, also known as the county’s balance of payments, is the most important trade statistic because it measures not only trade in merchandise but also trade in services. The services
category primarily reflects investment flows between countries.
The services portion of the current account fell from a surplus of $1.5 billion in the first quarter to a deficit of $176 million in the April-June quarter. It was the first quarterly deficit in the services category since 1958.
Analysts saw this decline as an ominous warning of what is in store for the United States in the future as more and more of the nation’s wealth will have to be transferred overseas to service the debt held by foreigners. Many economists believe that this transfer will ultimately lower Americans’ standard of living.
RIGGS A NO GO: New York Giants players Gregg Jackson, on ground, and Lawrence Taylor drop Gerald Riggs of the Washington Redskins in Monday night’s National Football League action. For the story, please see Page 5A.Hollings Sweetens The Drug Pot
The Charleston News And Courier
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., asserting more money is needed to fight the war on drugs, said Monday he will propose legislation that ups President Bush’s $7.9 billion proposal by $1.5 billion.
Tne increase would be used to boost funds for anti-drug law enforcement, interdiction and education, Hol-lings said at a press conference.
“He’d never fuss about this,” Hollings
said when asked about possible objections from Bush. “This is not only his package, but — umph — a little bit more.”
To fund the plan, Hollings suggested cutting all federal government appropriations for 1990 by six-tenths of I percent.
Entitlement programs such as Social Security, civil service, and military re-
(Please See HOLLINGS, Page 10A)
Buffalo Room Summoned To Liquor License Review
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission will seek to prove that a North Augusta restaurant discriminated against blacks when it holds a license revocation hearing Oct. 12.
Nicholas Sipe, the commission’s executive director, said notice of the hearing was served Monday to Rose Z. Salter, president of Salter Enterprises, Inc., which owns the Buffalo Room restaurant.
The restaurant refused to serve six government and NAACP officials. State Attorney General T. Travis Medlock was asked to look into the matter after commission officials said they could find no laws allowing them to revoke a liquor license based on alleged discrimination.
Medlock issued an opinion last week saying the commission had the right to revoke the license on those grounds because such alleged discrimination would show a lack of “good moral character”
required for holders of state liquor licenses.
Discrimination would also constitute criminal conduct, which could rsult in license revocation, according to the hearing notice issued by the commission.
“The burden is on us to prove this location has in fact violated the law,” Sipe said.
He said he did not know of any similar cases that have come up before the board.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is continuing its own investigation under the public accommodations section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, said Deborah Bastion-Wade, a department spokeswoman. The section prohibits discrimination on the basis of race in such public places as hotels and restaurants.
Sipe said he did not know if or how Ms. Salter was related to Bruce Salter, who also works at the restaurant. Salter said
(Please See BUFFALO, Page TOA)
The deficit rose in the spring quarter despite the fact that the balance on merchandise trade showed an improvement, narrowing by 2.3 percent to an imbalance of $27.72 billion in the second quarter.
The other segment of the current account, unilateral transfer payments, which cover U.S. foreign aid payments and pensions to Americans living overseas, fell by 11.4 percent to $3.1 billion in the spring.
The current account deficit reflects the sum of the deficits in services, merchandise trade and unilateral transfers.
For the first six months of the year, the current account deficit ran at an annual
rate of $122.76 billion, down only slightly from the 1988 deficit of $126.55 billion. The 1988 deficit reflected a 12 percent improvement from an all-time high of $143.7 billion in 1987.
Many economists predict the current account deficit will show little improvement this year and will actually begin to worsen again in 1990. They base this pessimism on the fact that the U.S. dollar has risen sharply in value against other currencies.
That increase is expected to cut into the growth of U.S. exports since a stronger dollar makes American goods more expensive on overseas markets.
SCE&6 Holds Edge For Power Rights
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
South Carolina Electric and Gas has won the first round before Aiken City Council in a battle over rights to provide power in newly annexed areas of the city.
Council Monday night gave unanimous first reading to an ordinance that grants a franchise to Aiken Electric Cooperative, but designates SCE&G as “the primary supplier of electric service to new customers in newly annexed areas.” While SCE&G was winning its municipal rights battle, the ordinance does protect Aiken Electric by framing an agreement that allows the public utility to retain existing customers that may be annexed into the city.
When, and if, tl<j/ ordnance becomes law, it will prevent Aiken Electric growth into neighborhoods that are annexed without a designated power provider.
A second reading and public hearing of the ordinance has been set tentatively for the Oct. 2 meeting of council.
“I am pleased. We are certainly pleased, looking at the summary,” said Cathy B. Novinger, a vice president of SCE&G. Her words were supported by SCE&G Aiken manager J. Sidney Ballen-tine III.
Strom Doolittle, interim executive vice president and general manager for Aiken Electric, would have no comment until he reads the six-page ordinance handed out at the meeting.
But Jerry Pate, a public relations spokesman for the cooperative’s state association, said the ordinance, if made law, would severely restrict the cooperative by impeding its growth.
Pate also said the failure to protect the cooperative’s territorial assignments in the fast growing south side and other areas will lead to “duplication of power lines and increased safety hazards.”
Pate said allowing both SCE&G and Aiken Electric to install and operate transmission lines that cross each other or run down the same sides of streets will lead to disputes that will have to be settled by council.
“It will put the city in the position of being a miniature Public Service Commission,” said Pate.
Pate also claimed the city will lose economically by not accepting Aiken Elec-Highlights
Aiken City Council
^ Approved buying 72-acre Woodward Tract at Pine Log and Banks Mill roads for $720,000.
^ Agreed to provide Beaver Creek Development inc. city water for 142-acre Beaver Creek Subdivision located off Silver Bluff Road.
Approved annexation ordinances dealing with 142.75 acres southeast of Southwood Subdivision, 7.5 acres on Two Notch Road containing a new medics* compter i?**d Iou1' lots on Hammon Drive.
- Accepted utilities and afreets in the Gatewood Subdivision off Powder-house Road.
^ Appointed Councilman Frederick B. Cavanaugh Jr. to city position on tho Commission on the Future of Aiken County.
Gave first reading to ordinance that could lead to a lease agreement on a private hangar at the Aiken Airport.
* Approved Martin Buckley as architect for proposed renovations at
trie’s 3.5 percent franchise fee offer for exclusive south side rights. He said the cooperative payment schedule would be worth an additional $145,000 over a 10-year period.
The ordinance sets 3 percent as the franchise fee, the same charged to SCE&G.
Pate and other cooperative spokesmen did not indicate if they would pursue legal action over the territorial rights issue.
Aiken Electric already has made a major gain on the south side — being designated as the power supplier for the Aiken Mall. But growth indications, according to various sources, are power rights in the area will be worth many millions of dollars annually by the turn of the century.
(Please See SCE&G, Page 10A)
Bakker Style: Lavish Condo, Air-Conditioned Tree House
By The Associated Press
CHARLOTTE — With testimony in the Jim Bakker trial sounding like a script from “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” witnesses described the PTL founder’s lavish homes, a $5,000 Christmas tree and a two-story, air-conditioned tree house.
With a wooden pointer, convicted former PTL interior decorator James Taggart used enlarged photographs of the Bakkers’ homes Monday as he described the decorating work he did for the evangelist.
Taggart’s testimony came three days after he was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison and fined $500,000 on tax evasion convictions.
Taggart and his brother David were convicted of evading $525,000 in income taxes on money they received from PTL. Prosecutors have indicated they might support a reduction in the Taggarts’ sentences in exchange for testi
mony against Bakker.
Taggart, 35, said Bakker ordered him to give his Highland Beach, Fla., condominium “a very glamorous look.” PTL bought and renovated the condo in 1982 af a cost of $500,000.
Taggart said he sought to give the oceanfront unit the “theatrical presence” Bakker liked — plenty of the mirrors and motorized drapes with none of the visible seams he hated.
Taggart said he decorated the condo for Christmas 1982 with a tree that cost $5,000 and featured hand-blown glass ornaments.
He said he used a special hoist to bring seamless, 25-foot cornices into the condominium. Draperies, bedspreads and headboards were added to a bedroom at a cost of $40,000. The master bedroom draperies could be opened and closed with a switch, he said.
(Please See BAKKER, Page 10A)