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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Relatives Remember Crime Victims Rollings Limit Campaign Spending Rain Halts US Open PagelOA A Quick Read Bug Races Successful Even With A Few Bugs LORIS AP The bug races at the Loris Branch Library were deemed a success despite a few bugs in the system About 35 preschoolers in the li brarys summer reading program were told to bring their own insects and turtles to compete in the races Wednesday The turtle race was canceled how ever when only one entrant showed up Organizers at first planned to put numbers on the backs of the bugs which included small brown crickets rolypoly bugs and spiders so they could keep up with whose entrant was whose But that idea didnt work top well what with the contestants squirming so much so that plan had to be scrapped General pandemonium continued when the youngsters moved outside where racing circles were drawn on the parking lot The insects that crossed a line first won ribbons for their owners I dont know said Scott Sams 4 when asked if he was happy be cause his cricket won a blue ribbon I thought I would get a toy Air Force Graduates First Woman Test Pilot EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Calif AP Capt Jacquelyn S Parker is the Air Forces first wom an test pilot and the 28yearold flier has her eye on the space shuttle The work and the flying was as hard and challenging as everyone said it would be Parker said Now Im looking forward to putting it to use testing airplanes and hope fully someday fly the space shuttle Parker was one of 25 navigators pilots and flight engineers who grad uated last weekend from the Air Force Test Pilot School which runs a rigorous program to train personnel to test experimental research and prototype aircraft Weather Cloudy Rain Likely Mostly cloudy skies are forecast for tonight with a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Fri day will be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 80s Please see details on PageSA Deaths Alma C Barnette Langley Josie Elizabeth Bracknell Major McCormick Josie Lott Smith Augusta Thomas Washington Augusta Henry W Webb Aiken James Luther Wombles Augusta Please see details on Page 8A Inside Today Bridge8B Calendar5B Classifieds6B Comics2B Crossword9B Cryptoquote7B Dear Abby2B Local Front1B Obituaries8A Opinions6A Sports10A Television2B Weather8A Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 143 Aiken Wants DOE To Raise Payment Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth NEW RESIDENTS Steven Naifeh left and Gregory Smith take up residence in Joye Cottage BestSeller Authors Settle In Aiken Buy Joye Cottage Million Asked In Lieu Of Taxes On SRS Property By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Aiken County officials have asked the US Department of Energy to consider raising its annual payment in lieu of tax es to about million more than five times what the county got from DOE last year Barnwell and Allendale counties have likewise requested substantially high er payments for this year said DOE offi cials who are considering all three requests Since 1969 the Energy Department and its predecessor agencies have volun tarily made annual payments to compen sate the three counties for the 300 square miles of land otherwise developable and taxable that were taken to build the governmentowned Savannah River Site Aiken County got as its inlieu payment during 1988 while Barnwell got and Allendale according to DOE figures Aiken County officials have told the de partment that million would be a more equitable annual share for the county in light of rising local property values and other factors said Carrol H Warner county council chairman Warner said he assumed Barnwell offi cials also have asked for million or more though Barnwell County Tax As sessor Danny Creech declined to discuss specific amounts This year all three counties submit ted bills for the payments which were substantially higher than in previous years said Julie Madden a DOE spokeswoman at Savannah River DOE has contacted each county and requested their justification for the high er payment assessments but hadnt re ceived that information as of Monday Ms Madden said I dont think theyre challenging the requested Warner said but added if there ever is a time to justify it its now Our argument is that rural land in Aiken County has increased dramatical ly in value Warner said citing as evi dence the proposed Cedar Creek golf course and residential development on land bordering the plant The plant which makes US nuclear weapons materials includes about 75000 acres of Aiken County land that would be worth to an acre on the open market Warner said Please See AIKEN Page 14A By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Two of Americas most popular new writers who are shooting up the best sell er lists with their truelife tales about violence have purchased the historic 60 room Joye Cottage and will use the ram bling mansion as both a residence and workplace Steven Naifeh and Gregory Smith au thors of the bestselling The Mormon Murders and a series of other works some predict will top booksellers charts said Wednesday they plan to become per manent residents of Aiken Currently they are selling a New York apartment and are living at the Willcox Inn until arrangements can be made for a move into the cottage The Mormon Murders currently ranks No 3 on the New York Times best seller list for nonfiction and is llth on The At lanta Constitutions combined list The success of that truelife murder ac count has led the Harvard Law School graduates to prominence with appear ances on television and radio talk shows RebelHeld Doctor Freed In Lebanon By The Associated Press SIDON Lebanon A Belgian hostage Dr Jan Cools was freed today after nearly 13 months in captivity and turned over to a left ist militia leader in this southern port city an aide to the leader said Cools 32 a physician with the Norwegian Aid Committee NOR WAC was turned over to Mus tafa Saad leader of the Nasserite militia in Sidon 25 miles south of Beirut said the aide who insisted on anonymity The aide said three Belgian offi cials were at Saads residence with Cools but would give no other details and offers from publishers around the country We are anxious to get settled becausei we want to get on with our writing with out the distractions of moving Naifeh said Wednesday afternoon while sitting on a sofa in the massive living room of the home The Joye Cottage sale was arranged by Doris Johnson and Lisa Hosang of Eula lie Salley and Co but the purchase price of the residence and its three acres of land was not disclosed The property had been listed recently for by Mr and Mrs Todd Cole and Robert Lennon coowners But two acres of the original tract was sold and not included in that listing Joye Cottage listed on the National Register of Historic Places was built in the late 1800s and purchased by multi millionaire businessman and former Sec retary of the Navy William C Whitney in 1897 Please See BESTSELLER Page 14A Foley Memo Issue Lingers But Bush Keeps Faith In Atwater By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush says Republican Chairman Lee Atwater is doing a great job but a top GOP congressional campaigner questions Atwaters truthfulness about a Republi can memo that attacked House Speaker Thomas S Foley Ed Rollins cochairman of the Na tional Republican Congressional Com mittee said during an appearance in Indiana that he memo comparing Foley to homosexual congressman Barney Frank probably was written with Atwaters knowledge I dont think I take him at his word that he didnt know about it Rollins said Leaders in both parties condemned the memo Bush called it disgusting and its author Republican National Committee press aide Mark Goodin resigned Bush and Atwater both tried to lay the issue to rest last week saying Atwater did not know of the memo before its release Rollins questioned that account durin a news conference prior to a speech in Elkhart County Ind on Monday night He called the memo incident outrageous and said the RNC threw a life raft to the Democrats who were reeling after the resignations of former speaker Jim Wright and Majority Whip Tony Coelho Weve got to learn to stick with the issues ideology and integrity Rollins said It used to be candidates stuck to the high road and the low road Now its between the sewer and the gutter Rol lins comments were not widely publi cized at the time Bush did not mention the memo epi sode during a speech Wednesday night at a fundraising dinner on the eve of a twoday meeting of the RNC in Wash ington But he had high praise for Atwater Please See FOLEY Page 14A Cools was kidnapped on May 21 1988 near the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidiyeh where he worked on the outskirts of the southern port of Tyre A group calling itself Soldiers of Justice claimed reponsibility and it said Wednesday that it would free Cools as a gesture of goodwill AP Laserphoto EXPELLED BY CHINA Alan Pessin of Voice of America left and John Pornfret of the Associated Press pose after being told of their expulsion from China It was also reported Brian Baron of the British Broadcasting Corp was expelled However the report was later retracted as a misunderstanding 3 Sentenced To Death In China Unrest By The Associated Press BEIJING Three people were sentenced to death today in con nection with the burning of a train and the beating of security officials during prodemocracy demonstra tions in Shanghai last week news reports said In another display of the widen ing crackdown on dissidents state television in Beijing showed reput ed protest leaders being crowded into police vans their heads shav en and signs dangling from their necks describing their alleged crimes Numerous arrests were reported in other cities The death sentences in Shanghai were the first announced since Chi nese troops opened fire on prode mocracy demonstrators in Beijing on June 34 ending a 7weekold re form movement The hardline government since has reported arresting more than 1000 people in a nationwide crack down in which the student protest leaders have been branded as See 3 SENTENCED Page 14A
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