Aiken Standard, March 13, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Page 2A Page IB Monday, March 13, 1989_25C__Aiken,    South    Carolina    Vol.    122    No.    62Cloudy Tonight Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of showers. The low will be in the low 50s. Partly sunny skies and warmer weather are forecast with a high in the low 80s. Please see details on Page 6A. Helicopter Crash Kills 12 In Arizona DesertMidland Valley Junior MissDeaths Frances C. Arnold, Jackson Donna B Bazemore, Winnsboro Willie Gunter, Salley Faye McGhee, Cleveland, Ga. Hasting L. Poole, Leesville Adell A. Rhodes, Beech Island William C. Widener, Langley Please see details on Page 6A.Inside Today Bridge..............................................5B Calendar...........................................3A Classifieds........................................3B Comics.............................................2B Crossword........................................6B Cryptoquote  .............................AB Dear Abby........................................2B Lewis Grizzard..................................3A Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.........................................6A Opinions...........................................AA Sports...............................................7A Television.........................................2B Weather............................................6A By The Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. — An Air Force Reserve helicopter crashed and burned in a fireball during a night training mission, killing 12 people and leaving the three others aboard missing and presumed dead, authorities said today. Sunday night’s crashed involved one of two CH-3E “Jolly Green Giants” that were flying from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to the Air Force’s Gila Bend Gunnery Range, according to a base spokesman, Capt. Mark Besich. The crash occurred in an uninhabited area adjacent to the Saguaro National Monument, about 20 miles northwest of Tucson. Officials said the downed aircraft was carrying a crew of four and ll passengers. Twelve people were pronounced dead at the scene and three others were unaccounted for and believed dead, said Pima County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Taylor. The search for bodies was to resume at dawn today, said Capt. Chuck Roque, an Air Force spokesman at the crash site. The victims’ names were not released. One witness, Mike Skrekas, said he saw the crash from his house a few miles away. “I looked up and I seen a yellow ball, like flames, coming out of the back,” he said. “Five seconds later I saw it hit the ground, and then there was a red fireball.” (See HELICOPTER, Page 10A) DOE Official Wants Tighter SRP Airspace RestrictionsSpecial Edition Coming The Aiken Standard will publish its 19th annual Triple Crown edition in Friday’s newspaper. The special section will include information on the three jewels of the Triple Crown — the Aiken Trials, Aiken Hunt Meet and Aiken Sulky Races — as well as other aspects of Aiken’s horse industry. By The Associated Press A Department of Energy security official says a plan to ask pilots to fly at least 2,000 feet above the Savannah River Plant is an improvement, but he’d like to see tighter restrictions. “DOE’s position is, there is the potential for an air threat against these facilities,” Toby Johnson, a U.S. Department of Energy security and safeguards official in Germantown, Md., told The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. Paul Gallant, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration, said national security isn’t endangered by allowing planes to fly over the 300-square-mile facility near Aiken. “The terrorist is going to fly in anyway,” he said. “These lines on the charts (denoting military installations) aren’t chain-link fences. The real benefit to security was not there.” Gallant said private and commercial pilots, such as air taxi and air ambulance services, have protested restrictions m the past. Air ambulance operators complained the bans could add flight time that could mean the difference between life and death for a patient, he said. Johnson, however, said recent events have magnified Savannah River’s strategic importance, underscoring the need for a ban of flights over the site. (See DOE, Page TOA) Wedded Bliss: Odds Stand At I In 3 Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth AIKEN TRIALS: Riders head out to the track for the first Saturday with the Trials, followed by the Aiken Hunt race at last year’s Aiken Trials. The Triple Crown begins Meet and the Aiken Sulky Races. Trials Marks Start Of Triple Crown By NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writer Aiken’s annual Triple Crown is about to begin, marking the culmination of the winter training season. The first of the races, the Aiken Trials, will be held this Saturday, March 18, at the Aiken Training Track. These races‘are noted for providing the first glimpse of horses that have gone on to be Eclipse Award winners and national champions. Part of this series of flat races will be the first test for young Thoroughbreds. Two of the five events will be for older horses, many of which have competed before. The gates will open to the public at IO a.m. Post time will be at 2 p.m. Tickets for the event may be bought in advance for $4 at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce. Tickets at the gate are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to ll. Aiken Trials Gates Open: 10 a m. Post Time: 2 p.m. Sponsored By: Aiken Jaycees. Tickets: $4 advance, $5 at the gate, $2 for children 6-11. Available at Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Lionel Smith Ltd., AWwm Orag, Woodruff Drug Parking: Some reserved spaces still available at $30 for the first and second rows. General admission parking is $5. Reserved spaces on the front and second rows are also still available at $30 each. The event is sponsored by the Aiken Jaycees for the benefit of Camp Hope. The Aiken Hunt Meet will be held March 25 at Clark Field. Six races will be run on the flat and over jumps for total purses of $38,500. The gates will open at IO a.m. and post time will be at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Children under 12 may attend free. Reserved parking is available through the Steeplechase Association at 643-9641. General admission parking is $5. Vans and oversized vehicles must park in a special area, but the cost is stiiw v The eve»rt is sported by SERTOMA Club of Aiken to benefit Helping Hands. April I will be the day the Standard-breds will trot and pace in their trial races at the Aiken Mile Track in the Aiken Sulky Races. The historic facility has long been the winter conditioning and schooling grounds for the fast driving horses that will disperse to major tracks in the spring. The gates will open at IO a.m. Post time will be at I p.m. (See TRIALS, Page 10A) lost Mail' Is Located And Processed A Quick Read Willard Scott Zings Gumbel On The Air NEW YORK (AP) - In his first on-air meeting with Bryant Gumbel since the release of Gumbel's memo criticizing his “Today” show colleagues, weatherman Willard Scott today kissed Gumbel on the cheek, then got off a zinger. Scott, plugging Purina pet foods, told Gumbel that Purina “makes all kinds of food for animals. They make goat food, they make horse food.” “They make it for the complete horse, so you wouldn’t be interested,” Scott added. Gumbel looked slightly chagrined, and Scott added, laughing, “I had to do something.” Scott was the recipient of the strongest criticism from Gumbel in the memo to the NBO show’s executive producer. Gumbel complained about Scott’s “bad taste” and the amount of time he spends sending birthday greetings to elderly viewers. The memo was written in the fall and was leaked two weeks ago, apparently after being taken from Gumbel’s computer file. Scott was on vacation last week, though he and Gumbel talked by telephone, with Scott making Gumbel take an on-air pledge against computer memo-writing. Gumbel was on vacation the week the memo was leaked. Weather Clemson, USC Get NCAA Bids Page 7A Shuttle Outlasts Weather Fog, Winds Delay Discovery Launch By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Discovery and its five crewmen waited out bad weather and thundered into orbit today to deploy a $100 million satellite that completes a network giving astronauts almost unbroken radio contact with Earth. The 113-ton winged spaceship, also carrying four crippled white rats and 32 chicken eggs amonjg its scientific experiments, vaulted off its seaside launch pad into a cloudless sky at 9:57 a.m. EST. Liftoff was delayed one hour and 50 minutes to allow fog to bum off and high-altitude winds to subside. NASA reported 8M> minutes after liftoff that Discovery had achieved a successful orbit 180 miles above the Earth. “All systems are clean as a whistle,” Mission Control commentator Brian Welch reported from Houston. The flight, postponed for nearly a month by mechanical faults, is the third since the Challenger disaster more than three years ago and starts NASA on an ambitious schedule calling for seven shuttle launches in 1989. A 703-foot geyser of flame trailed the $1.5 billion craft as it rolled onto its desired course and sped toward orbit. More than 45,000 people jammed viewing areas along nearby beaches. Two minutes and six seconds after liftoff, the flight passed a critical milestone when the two solid fuel booster rockets burned out and jettisoned on schedule. The failure of a booster rocket joint led to the loss of Challenger and its seven-person crew. (See SHUTTLE, Page 10A) Staff Photo By Phil Jones WINNER: Dana Michelle Smith of Gloverville was named Midland Valley Junior Miss Saturday night. Please see story on Page 1B. ;

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