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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 9, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Berth in Final Page 1B A Quick Read Hungry Piranha Eludes Capture SANTA BARBARA Calif AP A hungry piranha nicknamed Alice is wreaking havoc on the natural deni zens of a city pond and has eluded capture by fishermen armed with hooks nets and electrical shock equipment Two of the razortoothed South American fish were recently spotted in the pond at Alice Keck Park a popular dumping ground for unwant ed pet fish Park visitors and workers began finding a number of partially eaten fish and turtles turned up missing legs Frogs fled for safer ground One of the piranhas was caught Friday on a hook baited with beef liver It was a good fight said city parks worker Bob Sloan who reeled in the piranha He came out of the water twice Ken Sasaki state Department of Fish and Game biologist said the fish was 17 inches long and weighed 2 pounds It had been caught once before but was tossed back when it wss misidentified as a pacu a harm less piranha lookalike ills Two AUSTELL Ga AP Police shot and killed a justfired CocaCola plant worker Saturday after the man killed two supervisors seized and re leased a hostage and emerged after seven hours with guns blazing They had no choice but to return the fire Cobb County Police Chief Culver Johnson said John Wallace 45 shot two men who reportedly fired him Friday night briefly held another employee hostage and then blockaded himself in an office at the CocaCola West Metro Sales Center Johnson said Wallace negotiated with police in this northern Atlanta suburb for most of the night Around 5 am po lice fired tear gas into the building and Wallace agreed to come out without his guns Johnson said But Wallace emerged firing his two guns at police who shot him Wallace was taken to Cobb Gener al Hospital where he later died ac cording to nursing supervisor Linda Cole Weather More Heat Today will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of late afternoon showers or thunderstorms Winds will be from south to southwest at 10 mph The high will be in the mid 90s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Elizabeth Bennett Augusta Boyd V Burnett Columbia Virginia McLennan Eckel Aiken Mrs GH Howard Bedford County Va Adiine Johnson Columbia Harry M Reynolds Clinton John Dee Walker Aiken Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Calendar Classifieds Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinion Weddings 5C 3D 5C 6A 5A 1D IB Government Mandela Botha Met Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy Vol 122 No 163 Gorbachev Praises Bush Deal Is Near By The Associated Press BUCHAREST Romania The Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies Satur day praised President Bushs NATO pro posal for deep cuts in conventional forces and said an accord on reductions could be reached next year But the twoday summit of the East Bloc military alliance in the Romanian capital ended with no concrete proposals on arms control or visible signs of healing in rifts that divide the bloc In remarks at a dinner Friday Soviet President Mikhail S Gorbachev said the annual gathering would give a serious palpable answer to Western proposals on cuts in conventional forces announced by Bush May 29 at a NATO summit in Brussels Belgium On behalf of the 16member North At lantic Treaty Organization Bush called for military cutbacks that would fix a ceiling of 275000 troops in Europe for each superpower and make deep cuts in tanks combat aircraft and artillery In a joint declaration the Warsaw Pact countries said the Bush plan converged with their proposals and that rapid pro gress in negotiating cuts was now possible During the meeting it was noted that the additional proposals regarding con ventional armed forces in Europe made at the recent NATO Council summit ses sion met halfway the allied socialist countries stand the Eastern alliance said Member countries of the Warsaw Pact the Soviet Union Poland East Germa ny Bulgaria Romania Czechoslovakia and Hungary said they expected de tails of the NATO proposals to be put for ward in Vienna Austria where both sides are participating in conventional arms reduction talks Even without knowing the fine print of Bushs proposal which will be formally presented in September the Warsaw Pact said conditions are ripe for agreement The opinion was expressed that the situation of the negotiations is such that the first understandings may be achieved already in 1990 provided that a construc tive approach is taken by all the decla ration said The Warsaw Pact has proposed a limit of 135 million troops for each side in Europe According to NATO to comply with Bushs plan the United States would have to remove 30000 troops from Europe while the Soviets would have to pull out more than 10 times that or 325000 Please See GORBACHEV Page 3A Staff Photo By Scott Webster YUMMY CONTEST Nicki Pollard 5 competes in the watermelon eating contest during Super Saturday festivities at the H Odell Weeks Center on Saturday Super Saturday is held each year in celebration of National Recreation and Parks Month Please see story on Page 6A Bush To Embark fa i f1 On Historic Trip By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush embarks Sunday on a his toric trip to Poland and Hungary offering encouragement for their revolutionary economic and political reforms and urging the rest of communist Europe not to be lagging way behind Bushs journey marks the first visit to Eastern Europe by an American president in nearly 12 years and the first ever to Hungary The trip also will take Bush to Paris for an economic summit with six Western allies and to the Netherlands for a oneday visit Bush hopes the Paris meeting will pro duce a coordinated aid program for Poland and Hungary which are in the forefront of reforms in Warsaw Pact countries but are struggling with massive foreign debt The fourday stop in Warsaw Gdansk and BUSH Budapest will be watched closely or comparisons with Mikhail S Gorbachevs triumphant visit last month to West Germany where he was greeted by crowds of hundreds of thousands of people and with the Soviet presidents justconcluded trip to France where the reception was more restrained Declaring himself unconcerned by Gorbachevs popularity in the West Bush said last week he expects a warm reception in the East US officials have been working with opposition groups in Poland and Hungary to turn out huge cheering Please See BUSH Page 3A Permits 1 By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Recordsetting June construction led by new apartment complexes and major businesses has raised the city of Aikens building valuations for 1989 above the million mark The June totals of nearly doubling May valuations of raised the citys sixmonth figures to The citys statistics furnished by the Planning and Development Department also show municipal projects exceeded building in unincorporated areas for the second month in a row Aikens June construction was led by the Churcnill Commons housing develop ment and businesses at the Aiken Mall The Churchill Commons permits show 240 apartment units a car wash and a clubhouse with a total value of While Aikens growth was on a roll the countys posting for June was set at and North Augusta ended the month at County projects ranged from every thing from boat sheds and chicken houses to major industrial expansion while North Augustas growth was mainly in single family housing An expansion at the Amoco Foam Products Plant in Beech Island was pegged at for the biggest single item in the county which also recorded worth of new homes and in renovations and repairs on residences and businesses In the agricultural category the county notched worth of new farm build ings and picked up two chicken houses worth a combined The county valuations were increased by worth of transfer fees and in warehouses Besides Churchill Commons the citys June figures show permits for four major commercial enterprises a new JC Penney Store and a Brendles in the Ai ken Mall the GeneGap day care facility and a Silver Bluff Road professional office The Penney store is valued at the professional office by Ted W Morton is on the books for Brendles is penciled in at and GeneGaps value was cited at June Building Permits Aiken County June Permits Permit Type Number Value Single family 28 Educational 1 11 Warehouses 3 Chicken houses 2 Farm buildings 4 Foundation 2 Renovation 8 Additions 11 Carports 2 Signs 2 Additions 2 Swimming pools 9 Transfer fees 5 Total Valuations tor June City of Aiken June Permits Permit Type Single family Multi family Commercial All other Number Value 34 240 7 25 Total Valuations for June North Augusta June Permits Permit Type Number Value Single family 10 Multi family 0 0 Nonresidential 2 S7000 Additions 26 Total Valuations for June Miss Berea SMITH Final Goal Shealy Hopes Lottery Is Approved By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer LEXINGTON Sen Ryan C Shealy is three years away from giving up his Sen ate seat and he has one overriding goal before he calls it quits in politics I want to see the people get a chance to vote on the lottery question the Lex ington lawyer and Republican remarked Sen Shealy a onetime amateur and professional boxer who fought about 10 matches in Aiken in the early 1950s has been a sometimes lonely spokesman for the gambling bill When the current General Assembly session ended Shealys fifth straight ef fort to get the lottery before the public Family AffairPageSA was locked up as usual in the Senate Finance Committee But he noted in a recent interview the lottery bill is still alive Its in the same status as when we had the hearings on it Shealy who served 12 years in the House and has been a member of the Sen ate since 1981 says he has never given up hope of getting the bill to the Senate floor and believes he is chipping away at the resistance The senator said a floor vote to brinu it nut of the committee failed in the last session by a 2418 count but he sees the 18 votes as a big gain in five years and need ed only seven more to bring it to debate About the stalling Sen Shely said Apparently there are who are afraid to let the people vote on it He then noted again polls taken on the lot tery by a lot of groups that show the pub lic favoring it by a 73 margin The senator said if the issue ever went on the November general referendum ballot it would pass by a wide margin thus allowing the legislature to write leg islation setting up a lottery Sen Shealy said there is plenty of rea sons to have a statewide lottery but the biggest would be the infusion of cash that Please See FINAL Page IJAi By The Associated Press GREENVILLE Kimilee Bryant of Greenville won the 1989 Miss South Caro lina Pageant Saturday night and will rep resent the Palmetto state in the Miss America contest in September Miss Bryant a 23 yearold Converse Col lege graduate beat out 42 competitors to capture the 32nd annu al pageant at the Greenville Memorial Auditorium She earned a spot in the statewide pageant as Miss Berea Last year Miss Bry ant finished fourth runnerup as Miss Greater Greer Miss Aiken County Tonya Marie Smith was among the top ten finalists Ms Smith a student at USC Aiken danced a ballet piece for the talent por tion of the competition Saturday night She also participated in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions after being named one of the ten finalists Mary Gainey of Greenwood Miss Greenville was first runnerup She is a 23yearold Converse graduate who ma jored in deaf education Miss Bryant who is studying music performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York sang Art is Calling for Me from the operetta The Enchant ress during the televised finals She said she hopes to perform and di rect professional operatic productions The field was cut to 10 contestants dur ing the finals based on interviews with the judges and earlier competitions in the swimsuit talent and evening gowns por tions of the pageant Miss Bryant succeeds the 1988 Miss South Carolina Anna Graham Reynolds of Greenwood She won an scholarship an invi tation to participate in the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City NJ jewelry clothing and other prizes The second ru inerup was Miss Golden Strip Heather Meeks 20 third runner up Miss Fort Mill
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