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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Womens Open Begins Page 7A A Quick Read Former Officers MEXICO CITY AP Four for mer military officers were executed today in Cuba foi drug smuggling the official news agency Prensa La tina reported from Havana The four were former Gen Ar naldo Ochoa former Col Antonio de la Guardia Font former Maj Ar mado Padron and former Capt Jorge Martinez They were sentenced to death last week after a courtmartial found they helped smuggle tons of cocaine into the United States All were stripped of their military ranks and thrown out of the Communist Party Ochoa 57 fought alongside Cuban leader Fidel Castro during the Cuban revolution and became one of the countrys bestknown war heroes The courtmartial also handed out prison sentences ranging from 10 years to 30 years to 10 other defen dants in the case Everybodys Same WASHINGTON AP If you call the Hyatt Regency in suburban Be thesda Md this weekend and ask for Jim Smith expect exasperation There will be about 50 Jim Smiths registered Theyre members of the Jim Smith Society Theyll be attending its an nual summer gettogether reveling in what they have in common a name Theyre only a fraction of the Jim Smiths who belong to the society Its membership numbers 1502 from virtually every state and many other countries The Jim Smith Society is the brain child of this will come as no sur prise a gent named Jim Smith A goodnatured James H Smith Jr 88 of Camp Hill Pa retired public relations man he is the self described founderpresidentnews letter editorchief bankroller He established it 20 years ago Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 70s Considerable cloudiness is forecast Friday with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the 90s Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Rosalyn Pearson Aiken Ellen W Robinson Ridge Spring Ethel Scott Aiken Bernice G Sisk Aiken Grethren D Smith Ridgeway Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weathei 7B 3B 5B 4B 8B 6B 4B 1B 6A 4 A 7 A 4B 6A Kemp Quizzed On HUD Cutbacks Legislators Predict Abortion Fight Thursday July 131989 Aiken South Carolina South Must Develop Tech By The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND Southern states need more educated workers and a speedier transfer of research to the mar ketplace if they are to continue their eco nomic progress according to a report re leased today The Southern Growth Policies Board recommends its 12 member states and Puerto Rico forgive some educational loans in some critical technical fields and use a portion of unemployment insur ance funds to finance worker retraining Underinvestment in human resources has left the region in an untenable posi tion as the face of global production and distribution changes the report says Louisiana Gov Buddy Roemer says the report recognizes the shift away from the Souths traditional industrial lure of cheap labor As the world grows smaller there are other parts of the world where labor is cheaper Roemer said Cheap is no longer good enough for the South We must now be the best He said the report is meant not as a blueprint for A B C action It is a calling to awareness on the part of the South The report is meant to encourage state governments to consider technological growth when forming policy If done properly board members believe the growth in technological proficiency will buoy Southern economic development Though the rural Souths share of high tech businesses grew into the early 1980s the region as a whole is regarded by many as technologically poor A report card issued earlier this year by the private nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development ranked South ern states on average 39th among the 50 states in terms of technological re sources the report says The board is a public interstate agency studying economic development in the South Its member states include Ala bama Arkansas Florida Georgia Ken tucky Louisiana Mississippi North Car olina Oklahoma South Carolina Tennessee and Virginia Board Chairman Gov Carroll Camp bell said the report shows states how to innovate in ways the federal government cannot We think we can fill a void Camp bell said We sec the flexibility of the states to be the innovators Were the laboratories Please See SOUTH Page 11A Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth TAX APPEAL Property owners line up to see appraisers at the county tax assessors office BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer Approximately 1804 taxpayers have filed appeals with the county tax asses sors office complaining their property has been reassessed for too much money Aiken County Tax Assessor Sally Fox said thats really not that large a num ber when you consider that we mailed out about 70000 tax reassessment notices But by pm on Wednesday 104 property owners had filed appeals for that day alone and about 20 more were waiting outside the tax assessors door Bob Brown of North Augusta said he wanted to see an appraiser about proper ty that belonged to his deceased mother thai had been appraised by a realtor for but was the tax as sessors office for Im like everybody Brown said I know I have to pay taxes but I want to be paying taxes that are fair and square across the board I want to be paying taxes that are fair and square across the board Bob Brown North Augusta Patrick Shanahan also of North Au gusta said he is more concerned with what he thinks is the unequal evaluation of land as opposed to dwellings He said his dwelling appraised at last year and this year but that his land increased from to Mrs Fox said she understands why some property owners are unhappy but pointed out that she and her five apprais ers are licensed appraisers and have the same qualifications as realtors when ap praising property See REASSESSMENT Page HA President Pleased With Reception On East European Tour By The Associated Press PARIS President Bush buoyed by his landmark visit to Eastern Europe joined other world leaders today for a spectacular Parisian party celebrating the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution On his way to tie French capita Bush voiced hope tha lis tour of and Hungary had given encouragement to those who want to go the path of reform political change economic change in those communist nations The gala events preceding a summit meeting of the worlds seven largest in dustrial democracies contrasted sharply with the presidents trip to Poland and Hungary where he promised to help both communist nations with major economic reforms Bush was greeted by French President Francois Mitterrand at the inaugural bi centennial event at the Place du Troca dero commemorating the Declaration of the Rights of Man That statement is sued in August 1789 set forth the French Revolutions aims of liberty fraternity and equality for all people The world leaders sat on a blue and white grandstand listening to a young man and woman who took turns reading the 17 articles of the declaration A chil drens choir dressed in white sang a song of joy played games and threw peace laurels flowers and childrens toys on the esplanade At the end of the ceremony the leaders burst into applause as a flock of doves flew over the palace Then chatting ami ably they left for a lunch given by Mit terrand who sat next to Bush during the ceremony Before leaving Budapest for the French capital Bush told Hungarian leaders that as your economy modern izes you will play an even greater role in the evolution of a new Europe a Europe that is whole and free Bush told his Hungarian hosts you are proving here in the heartland of Eu rope that the Rights of Man are the prop er birthright of us all In an impromptu news conference on Air Force One during the flight to Paris Please See OPTIMISTIC Page 11A SATISFIED A happy President Bush arrives in Paris No Wo By The Associated Press PARIS Leaders of the worlds seven major industrial democracies gather in Paris on Friday for their 15th annual eco nomic summit surrounded by Frances bicentennial hoopla and with a comfort able sense of economic selfsatisfaction The oil crises inflationary pressures monetary instability and other woes that dominated previous summits seem con tained giving the government leaders time to take an unhurried look at matters such as the environment and Third World debt The surge in the dollar that started in June sending economic shivers down the backs of many a government official has been cooled after massive intervention by central banks selling dollars An optimistic US Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady emphasized the Western Please See LEADERS Page 11A Soybean Nosedive Surprises Growers iff From Staff And Wire Reports A giant Italian agricultural company denied attempting to corner the soybean market and said a Chicago Board of Trade order to liquidate big soybean fu tures positions undermines the reliabil ity of its contracts Soybean futures prices nosedived Wednesday on the heels of the unusual order from the commodity exchange That order was widely seen as aiming to blunt an attempt to corner the market in which one party buys enough of a com modity to control its price and drive it higher Aiken County growers expect the re sults to be long range Jackson farmer Roy A Steed Jr said that the actions taken in Chicago Wednes day will definitely affect the price of the soybeans which he will harvest in late October to early November The market varies from day to day anyway and we are used to that but not that much ii ne day he said Soybean triers have several options available to help offset the fluctuations in the market Steed said Farmers can contract some or all of their crop at an agreed upon price before they harvest they can sell their crop af ter the harvest at current market prices or they can store the soybeans and wait for prices to go up he said Steed said that last year he contracted approximately 3500 bushels before he harvested This year however he has not contracted any of his soybean crop We may wish we had contracted some this year Area soybean farmers however say that they still have time to wait and see how the market rebounds from Wednes days decline before they decide what to do with this years crop Exchange spokesman Raymond Car michael said only that the order was is sued late Tuesday to correct a wide dis parity between the number of contracts outstanding and the actual supply of soy beans available The Chicago SunTimes quoting un identified analysts and trading sources reported that the order was targeted at Ferruzzi SpA Western Europes leading grain trader and one of the worlds larg est soybean professors See SOYBEAN ISA Average price per bushel received bv farmers S850 j n I F M A M J J A S 0 N D J F M A AP