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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 1, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today A Quick Read Plea Doesn't Stop Lake Name Bill ATLANTA (AP) — Despite a plea from a former aide to Sen. Strom Thurmond, a state Senate committee has approved a bill which would refuse to put Thurmond Lake on state road signs and maps. Congress changed the name of Clarks Hill Lake on the South CaroU-na-Georgia border last year to honor the longtime Republican senator from South Carolina. A bill already passed by the state House would keep it Clarks Hill as far as the state of Georgia is concerned. Stanley Hackett, an Atlanta lawyer who once worked for Thurmond, told the committee Tuesday that naming the lake for Thurmond completes a deal that was struck in 1971 when another reservoir on the Georgia-South Carolina line was named for Sen. Richard B. Russell of Georgia. Hackett, whose account has been backed by former Georgia Sen. Herman Talmadge, said the deal called for another lake on the Savannah River to be named for a South Carolinian. But Senate Majority Leader Tom Allgood, D-Augusta, said that while he does not oppose honoring Thurmond, residents near the lake are upset about the change. “I don’t know of anybody in that community, either Georgia 01 South Carolina, who was ever consulted,” he said. The bill then won an 11-0 vote. All those voting were Democrats. The bill goes next to the Senate Rules Committee to compete for a place on the Senate calendar. Weather Rain In Forecast A 60 percent chance of rain is forecast tonight with a low near 40. A 90 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms are likely Thursday with rain heavy at times. The high will be in the mid 50s. Please see details on Page 6A. Deaths Eddie M. Bowel!, North Augusta Troy D. Cockrell, North Augusta Lee S. Davidson, Augusta James G. Key, North Augusta Larson Lanier, Metter, Ga. Irene H. Nelson, Bath Janie Lee Rowell, Aiken Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................6C Calendar...........................................3C Classifieds........................................4C Comics.............................................8B Crossword........................................7C Cryptoquote..................................... 5C Dear Abby.........................................8B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions...........................................1C Sports...............................................9 A Television.........................................8B Weather............................................6APick The Winners The Aiken Standard is sponsoring an Academy Awards contest. The person who correctly picks the winner in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress will receive $100. In case of a tie, a random drawing will be held to determine the winner. Please see page 8C of today’s newspaper for more details and an official entry blank. Page 2A Delay Threatens Car Insurance Reform Page IB Area Deaths Mirror National Statistics CO^ Wednesday, March I, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 52 Board OKs Sex Ed CROWDED CLASSROOM: These students at Millbrook Elementary School are an example of the crowded Staff Photo By Phil Jones conditions that exist in some Aiken County schools. Education — A Complex Issue Changing Social Patterns Make Liabilities Outweigh Assets In County School System EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles about the Savannah River Plant’s impact on Aiken County. Today’s topic is education. By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Teaching youngsters to read and write at a level that will prepare them for survival in a high tech society is getting more difficult, but those charged with the duty can’t afford to give up, according to Aiken County’s top school official. Dr. Joseph R. Brooks, superintendent of the Aiken County School System, said, ‘‘Any time we think we are falling short, then we have to go back and re-emphasize our purpose as educators and counselors.” The superintendent and the people who work in his administration have what some survey respondents believe is the toughest job in Aiken County — educating an annual enrollment of nearly 24,000 students. Complex issues surrounding schools and a BROOKS need to improve teaching facilities make education the No. I concern of most Aiken County residents. In almost every case, schools take priority among those drafting a Strategic Plan to cope witft the Savannah rarer Plant’s Impact un the community. According to a survey of the school system’s liabilities and assets, Dr. Brooks’ job promises to get even harder. Changing social patterns, rising costs of education, capital plant needs and shortages of tax revenues have made liabilities outweigh assets in the Aiken school system. The data, gathered at a time when the county appears moving toward a decade of exceptional growth, shows a school system in rapid transition. But at the time, there also is seen a striking contrast between the county’s ability to pay for improvements in education and the amount of money the schools get. Because of the Savannah River Plant, a diversified manufacturing base and healthy retail trade, Aiken has become one of the richest counties in the state. Per capita income is in the state’s top IO counties, the annual salary scale of households is above the national average and more than $1 billion a year is generated in the local economy. But despite these economic advantages, the county lags badly in the financial support it gives public schools. ‘‘We are near the bottom of the state’s SRP Impact Report >■ 4 OVERVIEW * EDUCATION 4 BUSINESS » ENVIRONMENT 4 GOVERNMENT 91 school districts in the amount of local money we spend on each pupil,” said Dr. Brooks, in stating the case for more money. He regards full funding as the foundation stone in turning out better students. But even as he deals with such controversial issues as sex education, discipline and escalating dropout rates and leads a search for better teachers and administrators, Dr. Brooks works under a heavy burden. He must balance a budget on tight money. The superintendent admits his biggest concern is obtaining adequate funding among a taxpayer population growing increasingly hostile about tax increases. In (See EDUCATION, Page 12A) State Curriculum Out; Panel Picks Program By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer The Aiken County Board of Education voted Tuesday night against the state-recommended curriculum for sex education in the middle schools and unanimously approved Me, My World, My Future. The school board put its stamp of approval on the sex education curriculum for grades 6-8 recommended by the advisory committee that spent past months debating the controversial component of the Comprehensive Health Education Act that became law in April. The 13-member Aiken County Comprehensive Health Education Advisory Committee, composed of community representatives and educators selected by the board, unanimously voted in December in favor of the text, Me, My World, My Future, produced by Teen-Aid, Inc. The result of the board’s favorable vote of the committee’s recommendation is an approximate $25,000 cost to the school district next year. Teachers Want Raise..................Page    1B “My feeling is ifs not a cost to the school district, but an investment for the future,” said Board Vice Chairman Jimmy Powell. In a preliminary presentation of next year’s budget at the board meeting at Greendale Elementary School last night, district administrators showed that the district plans to allot $25,000 for the texts. The exact cost of the texts presently figured by the school district totals $24,254.45. If AIDS materials are included, the cost would be $24,999.28. The advisory committee will meet to consider adding AIDS materials to the curriculum to complete requirements of the CHE Act. Because it is not clear whether the approved text meets all the requirements of the law, teacher committees will have to be hired during the summer to review and reorganize materials. According to district personnel, the material may not be completed by the beginning of 198D-90 school year because of District Instructional Division staff limitations. If the board had approved the state-proposed curriculum, the district would (Please See BOARD, Page 8B)Supplements -To Daily Diet May Be Harmful By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Vitamin, calcium and fiber supplements that Americans consume by the millions of doses are useless and potentially harmful, says a report today by the National Research Council. The massive NRC study called “Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk” recommends that higher-than-needed doses of vitamins be avoided and says that neither fiber nor calcium supplements have any value to health. Instead, the 1,300-page report said, people should eat a variety of foods that provide nutrients naturally. Particular attention should be paid to reducing dietary fat, alcohol consumption and salt intake, it sail7. The findings on dietary supplements come at a time when Americans are spending millions of dollars on vitamin pills, calcium powders and capsules, and on high fiber compounds. On vitamins, the NRC study said a good health recommendation is to (See SUPPLEMENTS, Page 8A) County Council Makes Grave Decision By GEORGE BURGESS Staff Writer The Aiken County Council refused to purchase the Schultz Hill cemetery with county money at its Tuesday meeting. Instead, the council voted 6-3 to sanction a fund raising drive to raise $10,000 to purchase the land located along U.S. I near North Augusta. A motion to use county money for the Sewer Lines...............................Page 1B purchase was defeated by a 5-4 vote. This vote came in the wake of County Attorney Robert M. Bell’s opinion that purchasing the property with county money and then giving it to a coalition of five churches would be illegal. Those favoring county purchase included District 8 Councilman Willar H. High tower Jr., District 6 Councilwoman Rose-mary B. English, District 3 Councilwoman La Warm Mckenzie, and District 2 Councilman Medwell Hill. Those in opposition included District 7 Councilman J. Allen Brodie, District 5 Councilman Eugene A. Duckett, District 4 Councilman William E. (Eddie) Butler, and District I Councilwoman Kathy D. Rawls. (Please See COUNTY, Page HA) DOE: Reactor Impact Study Is 'Prudent' By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Department of Energy officials say a grandfather clause means they’re not required to prepare an environmental impact statement before restarting the Savannah River Plant’s nuclear production reactors. They said they’re preparing that EIS because ifs environmentally “prudent” — not because of a pending federal lawsuit seeking to block restart of the idled reactors until the statement is completed. The lawsuit, filed by three environmental groups, says the National Environmental Policy Act requires that DOE finish the comprehensive environmental Piping Replacements..................Page    1B study before the weapons reactors go back on line. But department officials said Tuesday that SRP’s three operable production reactors aren’t subject to NEPA in this case because they were built before that law took effect in 1970. The reactors, the nation’s only source of perishable tritium gas for nuclear weapons, have been idled since last summer for DOE-ordered upgrades to management and equipment. Department officials said they hope to announce restart dates in mid-March. Three environmental groups — the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace USA and the Energy Research Foundation — filed suit in December, saying that reactor technical problems publicized last fall at congressional hearings make the restart a “major federal action” requiring an EIS. But department officials, who expect to file a response to the lawsuit within two weeks, say completion of that study won’t be a condition for restart. “It’s the department’s contention that ... these reactors are grandfathered under NEPA,” because they were operating prior to the enactment of that law in 1970, said Rebecca H. Craft, a spokeswoman with the DOE’s Savannah River Operations, on Tuesday. (Please See DOE, Page SA) Miss Texas Wins Crown Page 5A ;