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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 14, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Aikman Shines In Exhibition Page 7A A Quick Read Representative Killed In Crash NEW AUGUSTA Miss AP US Rep Larkin Smith was found dead today in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in a forest authorities said The plane carrying the freshman Republican congressman and his pi lot disappeared from radar screens about 9 pm Sunday and was found early today Two bodies were taken from the wreckage said officials of the Harri son County Sheriffs office Rescuers spotted the wreckage from the air about 8 am and search ers struggled through heavy woods to reach the site 20 miles south of Hattiesburg said CB Easterling spokesman for the Perry County Sheriffs Department The plane carried the congress man and his pilot Chuck Vierling Smith 45 a freshman who suc ceeded Republican Trent Lott now a US senator was returning home to Gulfport from Hattiesburg on Sun day when the plane disappeared from radar screens said Charles Busby Smiths press secretary Dozens of military civilian and law enforcement rescuers searched for the plane in the DeSoto National Forest He left Hattiesburg at pm and went off radar at pm said John Walker a spokesman for the congressman Walker said the weather clear when the plane took off Busby said Perry County authori ties got a call about pm from a resident who reported seeing a plane go down in the heavily wooded area Smith who represented Mississip pis 5th Congressional District is a member of the House Judiciary and Government Operations committees He also served on special task forces concentrating on defense crime and problems of the savings and loan industry Smith a graduate of William Carey College wass a former police chief in Gulfport and was sheriff of Harrison County before being elected to Congress in November Weather Cloudy Skies Mostly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the mid 60s Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms The high will be in the upper 80s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Helen R Brodie Augusta Rosa Lee Brooks Twin City Ga Velma J Broome Augusta Annie G Ferguson Allendale Laura V Hampton Columbia Hubert C Haywood Warrenville Frank Keenan Warrenville Thomas B Lee Dayton Ohio Rev Lillie S Matthews North Augusta Charles T Marsh Aiken Roy A Miniard Camden Wilma B Sturkey Wagener James A Yon Lexington Please see Page 6A for details Inside Today BridgeSB Calendar8B Classifieds3B Comics2B Crossword6B Cryptoquote4B Dear Abby28 Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television2B Weather6A Vnfctiy I Violence Flares In Northern Ireland Lobbyist Local Option Tax Not Dead President To Sign Drought Relief Bill By The Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush is signing into law a compromise disaster relief bill providing almost million to farmers who lost crops from the drought that lingers in some states and from floods that afflicted others The legislation that Bush was signing today in the White House won final con gressional passage before lawmakers took their summer recess The million measure was scaled back from the billion farm relief bill that the House initially passed in June Lawmakers pruned it after Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter sent word that anything above million was unac ceptable to Bush Bush was also dispatching two aides with a congressional delegation bound for Addis Ababa Ethiopia today to bring back the remains of Rep Mickey Leland DTexas and other Americans killed in the crash of their mercy flight to a refu gee camp Frederick McClure the White Houses top lobbyist and a deputy Nicholas Ca lio will join four members of Congress on the mission Bush had dinner Sunday with Vice President Dan Quayle and his family at the vice presidents residence at the U S Naval Observatory where Bush himself hved for the past eight years The farm relief package is far less cost ly than the billion relief bill enacted during last years drought It will help farmers still facing parched fields in parts of the Great Plans and western Corn Belt as well as fanners in parts of the South where flooding wiped out rice and cotton crops To qualify for relief farmers in the government subsidy program for corn wheat cotton tobacco peanuts and sug ar must suffer a 40 percent crop loss The threshold will be 45 percent for soybean and sunflower growers and 50 percent for fruit and vegetable fanners On Wednesday Bush plans to join Bar bara Bush and other family members at their oceanfront home in Kennebunkport Maine where Bush has spent virtually every summer since boyhood except 1944 when he was flying bomber missions in the Pacific Bush will stay in Maine until Labor Day Sept 4 Weather Impedes Recovery Of Bodies AP Laserphoto WHAT A FINISH Payne Stewart celebrates a birdie putt on the final hole of the PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes on Sunday Stewart edged Mike Reid by one shot to win Please see story on Page 7A By The Associated Press ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia Hampered by low clouds and rain rescuers today began the grim task of recovering the bodies of Rep Mickey Leland and 15 oth ers who died when their airplane in crashed into a mountain in southwestern Ethiopia The bodies of the Texas Democrat and 11 others were found Sunday in the wreckage of the twinengine plane which disappeared Monday during bad weather on a flight to a refugee camp near the Sudanese border The others were presumed dead in the crash that one US Air Force pilot de scribed as awesome unsurvivable and the search for the other bodies began today in a steep ravine below a lagged cliff about miles of the capital The nose of the plane just ran into rocks said Rep Gary Ackerman D NY who was in the Elackhawk helicop ter that first spotted the wreckage of his collegue who was the chief architect and chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger The wings sheared off and the engine and fuselage were burned Ackerman said after returning to Washington late Sunday Flags were lowered to half staff at the White House while and President Bush and other leaders expressed sorrow at the death of Leland who was en route to inspect conditions of 300000 Sudanese civil war refugees at a camp in Fugnido about 100 miles southwest of the crash site The TwinOtter aircraft owned by Ethiopias relief agency crashed 4300 feet up the side of a 5500foot mountain A US C130 Hercules cargo plane and two Blackhawk helicopters carrying 100 US and Ethiopian recovery teams was sent from Ethiopias capital this morn ing but the helicopters twice were forced back by bad weather John Guerra a spokesman for the US Embassy in the capital said the weather cleared at midday and the helicopters re fueled and set off again for the crash site The bodies were to be flown to nearby Dembidola then ferried by the C130 to the capital where a team of military fo rensic experts was standing by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt Stan Reaction To DeathPage 10A Bloyer said in Washingon that the plane did not appear to be attempting an emer gency landing and basically disintegrat ed after apparently hitting the side of the mountain at cruise speed He said the condition of the wreckage made the body count difficult The wreckage is in terrain so rugged that medical teams including two doc tors had to be lowered to the site from helicopters said Haley At the very latest we have 12 bodies confirmed Haley said Sunday It is fair to say the others are presumed dead The bodies of the nine Americans were to be flown home via Torrejon Air Base outside Madrid Spain where full mortu ary facilities are available officials said Seven Ethiopians were also reported on board Lelands party consisted of two staff members an aide to Rep Ronald V Del lums DCalif a friend of the congress man three officers of the US Agency for International Development and the wife of one AID official ATC Has Plans For Expansion New Programs By KIM McNEELY Staff Writer Pending state approval Aiken Techni cal College will be offering some new pro grams as well as expansion in existing majors for the upcoming fall quarter Ronnie Booth assistant dean of student services said that presently the adminis tration is making strides to increase the nursing engineering and coop pro grams There are also plans to introduce a program in dental assisting and asso ciate degrees in arts and sciences Booth said that the dental assitant pro gram is a fouryear diploma program and will probably be implemented before the fall semester He added that ATC en gineering majors are in demand at Wes tinghouse but the ticket you need to get in is a degree Many older students do not furtner their education due to a reluctance to take the SAT exam We are an open USC Aiken Looking Forward To New Wave Of Students admissions school we dont require an SAT score Booth said He said that there is a developmental division in the school that works with placing many nontraditional students in the classes they need to be in Instructors at the school give a diagnostic test to stu dents that havent taken the SAT We start with them where the are when they get here and bring them up to snuff Booth said The developmental programs help the nontraditional and night students brush up on their math and reading skills He said that onethird of the students at ATC are working adults The average age of Please See ATC Page 10A By NINA J NIDIFFER Staff Writer USC Aiken is looking forward to its best year ever as it prepares to welcome a new wave of students for the fall 1989 semester Registration for the semester will be held Aug 1718 from 9 am to pm in the Student Activities Center on campus New students must apply for admission before going through registration They must also attend orientation Aug Id according Dr Chris P Plyler asso ciate chancelor for student services This s theme will be Freshman Festival They need to attend orientation in or der to better acclimate themselves with the campus he said They will find out who their advisors are on that day and make an appointment so they can sched ule their classes New and transfer students will also have to take placement tests so thov can be assigned to the proper English and math classes he said CalendarsPage 10A Bus RoutesPage 98 Priority a chance for pre registered students to add or drop classes will be held Aug 16 from 2 to pm Orientation and registration for senior citizens will be Aug 21 beginning at 1 pm Registration will continue until 6 pm Classes begin Aug 21 and Dr Plyler said the university is expecting classes to be filled with a higher enrollment than ever before We are up 18 percent across the said As of Aug 5 USCA had received 157 more student applications than at that same time last year and had accepted 142 of them Reflecting these figures Pacer Downs student housing is already full and has a waiting list Ilease See USCA Page 10A
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