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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 20, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Swifzer Calls If Quits PagelOA A Quick Read Voyager 2 Tracks Storm On Neptune PASADENA Calif AP The Voyager 2 spacecraft has discovered a 6200rnilewide dark spot on Nep tune and scientists believe its a gi ant storm similar to Earths hurri canes and Jupiters Great Red Spot The width is about onefifth of Nep tunes 30700mile diameter just as the 16000milewide Great Red Spot is about onefifth the size of Jupiter said Andrew Ingersoll a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology Voyager 2 was launched from Cape Canaveral in 1977 visited Jupiter in 1979 Saturn in 1981 and Uranus in 1986 Its twin Voyager 1 explored Jupiter in 1979 and Saturn in 1980 and is now heading toward interplan etary space I had gotten sort of discouraged from the Uranus encounter because Uranus was such a bland place In gersoll said Monday So Im happy to see such action on Neptune Executioner Prefers Beheading Criminals MANAMA Bahrain AP Saudi Arabias official executioner a skilled swordsman who has dis patched more than 600 convicted criminals says beheading is less dif ficult than chopping off the hands of thieves Frankly its easier to chop off a head since this act means the end of the story for the criminal Saeed Al Sayyaf 60 said in an interview with the Saudi newspaper AlMedina Chopping off a hand needs more courage since you are cutting off a part of the body of an individual who is to survive he said The act requires very skilled at tention to ensure that the sword does not slip or cut in the wrong place Saeed said in the interview which was republished by a Dubaibased Englishlanguage newspaper the Khaleej Times The executioner says he doesnt suffer remorse for his victims since he is carrying out Islamic justice as required by the Koran the holy book of Islam The Koran decrees that convicted murderers be beheaded and thieves lose a hand Weather Storms likely Cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 40 percent chance of thunder storms The lows will be in the upper 60s Tomorrow will be cloudy with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms Highs will be in the mid 80s Please see details on Page 6B Deaths Mary Alice Barr Columbia Walter Mitchum Langley Pilar B Rushton Monetta Estelle N Settles Aiken Robert W Woodruff Hephzibah Please see details on Page 6B Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 9B 3B 7B 2B 10B 5B 28 1B 6B 8A 10A 2B 6B Instance Reform Confuses Motorists Page IB Jackson Council Gives OK To Budget Tuesday June 20 1989 Aikeh South Carolina Vol 122 No147 Rescuers Save 950 From Crippled Ship Soviet Liner Rams Iceberg Off Crew Still Aboard To Keep Vessel Afloat By The Associated Press OSLO Norway A Soviet ocean liner with more than 950 people aboard rammed an iceberg in arctic seas and took on water today but all passengers were evacuated Some crew members stayed aboard to try to keep the ship afloat A Norwegian coast guard vessel and helicopters rescued passengers from the 630foot Maxim Gorky and others who al ready had fled to lifeboats and ice floes Most of the passengers are Western Eu ropean vacationers The cruise ship radioed northern Nor ways Rescue Central at am that it was listing after hitting an iceberg about 300 miles east of northern Greenland a coast guard spokesman said The Soviet news agency Tass said the accident occurred in fog Norwegian and Soviet officials report ed no injuries and passengers said the evacuation was orderly There was no panic at all said West Germany passenger Winfried Prince The Russian crew has worked perfectly in disembarking passengers into Life boats and also the Norwegians who picked us up have done a wonderful job so nobody has been hurt or even worse Prince told NBCs Today show in a radiotelephone interview from a rescue ship Norwegian officials said a pump keep ing the Soviet vessel afloat failed at noon but four or five Norwegian military ex perts went aboard with new pumps to try to save the ship Aiken County May Permits Permit Type Number Single Family 37 Hospital 1 Offices 2 Garages sheds 16 Public garage 1 Retail store 1 Warehouses 2 Farm buildings 4 Moving found 4 Renovations 6 Additions 11 Carports 3 Signs 4 Swimming pools 2 Miscellaneous 2 Total construction value Note Total does not include transfer fees City of Aiken May Permits Permit Type Single family Multi family Commercial Allother Total construction value Number 53 10 4 Not Avail North Augusta May Permits Permit Type Single family Nonresidential Alterations Signs Total construction value Number 4 4 28 2 Value Value Value Construction Surges In Aiken More Than Million In May By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Building in the Woodside and Hound lake residential areas coupled with apartment growth added more than million worth of new construction in the City of Aiken during the month of May according to building permits The Planning Commission figures show the investment in brick steel and mortar amounting to more than million ahead of county growth and near ly million more than North Augusta In the county construction permits to taled while North Augusta showing a slowdown after heavy growth early in the year had only on the books during May City Manager Roland H Windham said he was surprised that the citys building permits had surpassed the million mark during the month but he noted that we are getting good quality Besides Woodside and Houndslake sin gle family residential growth was scat tered widely but most of it tended to re main along Silver Bluff Road and in the south side The citys apartment construction fig ures were led by the first phase of The Colony at South Park a 152unit complex owned by Aiken Associates and located on the Woodward tract in the southside Aiken Associates obtained permits for 10 multifamily units at a combined value of The individual permits ranged from to with most of them above The commander of a coast guard boat Senja Sigurd Kleiven said 253 crewmen were being kept on board and the ship could go down if the pump was not re paired or replaced About 120 crewmen were rescued The Senja reached the stricken ship early today and picked up hundreds of passengers who had jumped into life boats or scrambled onto ice floes in near freezing temperatures and light rain said Kjell Larssen of the north Norway Rescue Center at Bodoe Others were res cued by helicopter from the ship or ice floes Norwegian officials and the Lloyds in surance company of London said none of the passengers were missing or injured The German travel agency Phoenix Flugreisen of Bonn which managed the cruise said said 551 Germans and 16 oth er west Europeans were aboard and that a plane will be sent to pick them up The Norwegian news agency said the passengers were from West Germany the Netherlands Austria Britain Italy Soviet Ship Rams iceberg Switzerland and Sweden Tass quoted Vladimir Nekhcroshev chief inspector for the Ministry of the Sea Fleet as saying 575 tourists and 377 crew members were on board The rescue center said it had received conflicting figures but said there were 379 crew members Please See RESCUERS Page 9A Sales Tax Fading Aiken Leaders Say By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken City Manager Roland H Wind ham said Monday night if the House and Senate cannot agree on a local option sales tax package this week the matter may be dead for at least two years Frankly I am not optimistic unless they can come up with something this week said Windham who spent the day Monday lobbying members of the legisla ture to get a bill passed Windham was joined Monday by Aiken County Council members Rosemary En glish and Kathy Rawls in seeking support for the bill Former County Councilman Ralph Cul linan also was lobbying for the measure Windham said the feeling among law makers Monday is local option would not be on a November 1990 ballot because those running for office dont want their names on ballots with tax proposals The local option legislation which would allow participating counties to im pose a onecent sales tax in exchange for big cuts in property taxes has less than three days to become law If the bill should pass it could mean as much as million to Aiken County and its local governments and tax rollbacks on houses land businesses and vehicles amounting to nearly that much The bill is in the hands of a Senate and House conference committee but both bodies are at odds over the structure of local option The Senate is holding out for a 75 per cent rollback on property taxes based on the appraised value of property and wants die tax lifted from food purchases The House where the bill originated so far has agreed only to a 65 percent roll back using assessed property values and is opposed to exempting food from the levy The bill gives voters in each county the opportunity through a November refer endum to approve the onecent tax hike with a mandatory rollback in property taxes Major opponents of the bill in the Sen ate are Sen Glenn F McConnell R New Seats In Assembly Not Likely In 89 By The Associated Press COLUMBIA State House and Senate members back for a short week of work have apparently killed for the year a move to expand the state Senate as they began what is expected to be a lowkey conclusion to the legislative year The General Assembly which has not met since June 1 returned Mon day to wrap up the 1989 legislative session Though they could work until Thursday most lawmakers expect to handle Gov Carroll Campbells bud get vetoes and the other houseclean ing measures they are restricted to considering in time to leave by Wednesday night Other bills not approved by the time lawmakers recess for the year could be considered in 1990 the sec ond year of the twoyear session Im happy to be back because this is the last three days and I know the Please See NEW SEATS Page 9A Charleston and Sen Ryan C Shealy R Lexington The Republicans want local govern ments to use referendums for any future increases in property taxes an amend ment almost everyone agrees would tie the hands of local governments but also would kill the bill Windham said Monday night the con ference committee was expected to go Please See SALES Page 9A Mentally HI Plea Sentence Given Starrett Angers Lexington Solicitor By The Associated Press COLUMBIA Richard Starrett a Georgia man described as a slave to his sexual desires before being sentenced to life in prison will have an uphill battle if he attempts to plead guilty but men tally ill to sexual assault charges in Lexington County authorities say The 29yearold Martinez Ga man was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years Monday after pleading guilty but mentally ill to the abduction and assault of a 12yearold Richland County girl Starrett was charged with kidnapping and firstdegree criminal sexual con duct stemming from the Dec 31 1987 abduction of the girl from her home Starretts attorneys and their lone witness Dr Harold Morgan on Monday portrayed him as a man whose behavior had been bizarre for years Morgan testified that Starrett suf fered from a sexual disorder known as paraphilia which includes exhibition ism and voyeurism He was living a nightmare said Richland County Public Deender David Bruck Everything he was doing at the time was the exact antithesis of what he believed in Before being sentenced Starrett said he hated bmself for what he had done With all the earnestness my troubled heart can muster I wish to apologize to the girl and her family Starrett said Please See MENTALLY Page9A
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