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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports NFL Continues WarmUp Page 9A A Quick Read Boy Shot By Playmate fn Game Of Robocop LAKE WORTH Fla AP A 7 yearold boy shot and wounded his 5 yearold playmate as they imitated characters in the movie Robocop police said Ronelis Frendeles was in guarded condition late Monday after being wounded in both legs by a single gun shot said police spokeswoman Lori Nedzweckas The 7yearold whose name was withheld by police found the 38cali ber handgun in the trunk of his un cles car Police described the shoot ing as accidental but said it remained under investigation The shooting occurred outside the older boys home across a parking lot from the police department in Lake Worth abou 60 miles north of Miami while the childs mother was grocery shopping about 12 blocks away The 7yearold told police he was imitating the halfman halfrobot character in the movie Robocop Under a Florida law set to take ef fect Oct 1 adults who fail to secure a loaded weapon that is used by a mi nor in an accidental shooting could be charged with a felony The charge carries up to five years in prison Report Of Giant Gator Starts Hunting Season CLEWISTON Fla AP A gi ant 18footlong alligator is living in Lake Okeechobee boaters and fish ermen claim but a state wildlife ex pert says he doubts it It looks monstrous bigger than our boat and we have a 19footer Rebecca Dunn who has been fishing on the lake with her fishingguide husband since 1966 said recently We see it all the time said Mrs Dunn who said she believes the alli gator is a female She throws her food up in the air way up then catches and eats it mostly fish and birds An 18foot alligator would break Floridas longest alligator record by nearly 4 feet The longest gator caught since re cords were first kept in 1977 mea sured just over 14 feet and weighed 714 pounds and was trapped last month in the Apalachicola River southwest of Tallahassee Trappers estimated it was 100 years old The heaviest gator caught in April near Gainesville weighed 1043 pounds and was 13 feet long It took a tow truck to lift it and three scales to weigh it Page 2 A Congressman Mourned On Capitol Hill 5 Beat Deadline For City Council Race Weather Cloudy Skies Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms The low will be in the low 70s Partly cloudy skies are fore cast Wednesday with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms The high will be in the upper 80s Please see details on Page 5A Deaths Herbert Boykin Bishopville Eulie A Garvin Montmorenci Geneva J Jackson Williston Jennie E Meyer Beech Island Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge7B Calendar2B Classifieds5B Comics4B Crossword8B CryptoquoteSB Dear Abby48 Local Front18 Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports9A Television4B Weather5A PuWc Library First Blows Struck In Utility Dispute By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken Electric Cooperative fighting to protect turf it regards as its own by vir tue of laws enacted years ago Monday night proposed to Aiken City Council a franchise agreement that would pay the city a 35 percent fee on all power sales within the corporate limits The cooperatives fee proposal struck the first blow in what may become an extended battle with South Carolina Elec tric and Gas Co over franchise rights inside newly annexed city limits Those Annual City ReportPage 1B Historical SurveyPage 1B rights are worth millions of dollars in fu ture revenues The citys share from a 35 percent fee and the annual amount of utility sales was not estimated but a cooperative spokesman indicated the income flowing into a power providers treasury could amount to as much as million within a decade City officials indicated it will be sever al weeks before a decision is made in the case There are no laws restricting the city to using only one energy provider and decisions in such matters are munici pal prerogatives Aiken Electrics representatives came to City Council in an effort to head off a proposal by that would have the latter declared as the utility supplier in the rapidly annexing areas of the city spokesmen made it plain that their proposal is not an effort to take away the cooperatives existing custom ers but to serve new customers in areas that elect to come into the city Aiken Electric greeted that proposal by its offer of the 35 percent franchise fee The cooperative noted that it currently is paying the city a 3 percent fee on all customer billings within the corporate limits a base located mainly in the growing south side The annexed areas which triggered the dispute lie in and about Silver Bluff and Pine Log roads and along SC 19 in South Aiken A large part of that area was ced ed to the cooperatives in territorial as signment legislation approved by the General Assembly in the early 1970s Please See FIRST BLOWS Page 12A TESTING THE WATER As Thurmond Lake rebounds from the drought Garret Oneil 7 of Augusta tests his Staff Photo By Scott Webster fishing luck He was at the lake with his sister Deana and his grandfather Ray Jackson of Clarks Hill Thurmond Lake Nears Full Pool By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The Thurmond Lake should be at its normal pool level in time for the Labor Day weekend and likely will continue at or near that status for some time a spokesman for the US Army Corps of Engineers said Jim Parker public affairs officer with the Corps Savannah District said Thur mond and the two other lakes in the sys tem Hartwell and Russell have re bounded from drought conditions of the last two years Hartwell reached full pool level Mon day Aug 7 and we expect the others to reach full pool before Labor Day said Parker Hartwell is the northernmost lake in the Savannah River chain At the middle of the past week Thur mond was only 810 inches short of hitting its normal stage of 330 feet Parker said the conditions of the three lakes have been so good in recent weeks that all the boat docks are floating Weve even had some people complaining that the lakes are top full Parker said keeping the lakes at their Staff Photo By Scott Webster EDGING UP Recent rains have been beneficial to Thurmond Lake The water may be a full pool by Labor Day weekend normal levels will depend on two things the amount of rainfall the Savannah River basin receives and the demand for power He said shortages of rainfall and in creased power demands could lower the Please See THURMOND Page 12A Peace Aim Keeps PLO Lines Open US Talks Consider Palestinians Rights By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The United States pledging to keep talking to the Palestine Liberation Organization despite deep pol icy differences says it aims for a Mid east agreement with Israel that promotes Palestinian political rights A conciliatory statement issued Mon day in Washington and Tunisia sought to repair the recent rift between the Bush administration and Yasser Arafats group while also urging the PLO to ap prove an Israeli election plan The statement by US Ambassador Robert Pelletreau Jr said the United States seeks a settlement based on Israel giving up territory in exchange for peace Also listed as firm principles in the US statement were security and recog nition for Israel and Palestinian political rights The statement did not say how those rights would be expressed Our immediate task is to find a practical means to translate these princi ples into political reality it said The PLO demands a state on the Israe liheld West Bank and in Gaza US poli cy opposes statehood and would have Is rael and Palestinians negotiate an arrangement acceptable to both sides The Palestinians should have a chance to determine their own future in negotiations with Israel as well as to run their daily affairs said a US official who demanded anonymity Meanwhile Richard Boucher a State Department spokesman pledged the United States would keep talking to the PLO to try to get negotiations started We dont expect a breakthrough in each particular meeting Boucher said in announcing that the talks begun last December had resumed in Tunisia Its an ongoing process The department last month accused the PLO of attaching unacceptable condi tions to its provisional approval of an Is raeli proposal for elections on the West Bank and in Gaza One was the demand for statehood The Bush administration supports the Israeli proposal to choose elected Pales tinian representatives for negotiations as the best way to get talks started Special Ed Strives To Meet Needs Of The Handicapped By DEMISE STUBBS Staff Writer One program that reaches into each Ai ken County school and touches the lives Bus RoutesPage 8A of many students every year is special education This department of the school district looks after the educational and social de velopment of the countys handicapped and learning disabled students From the time these students enter the fouryearold development program or whenever they become a part of the school system until the day they gradu ate from high school they have the sup port and guidance of the special educa tion teachers Please See SPECIAL ED Page 12A Poll Drug Abuse Rated Most Important Problem In Nation By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Teenagers and adults alike view drug abuse as the most important problem facing the country eclipsing fear of war the economy AIDS crime abortion and al cohol abuse as top concerns says a new Gallup poll The results said William Bennett the national drug policy coordinator give a very clear sense of direction to the Bush administration which is to unveil its drug strategy on Sept 5 The Gallup report was released as President Bush prepared to discuss drug strategy today in three meetings two with outside groups and one with his domestic policy council One adult in four and one teenager in three has come to believe that drug abuse is the countrys greatest problem said the poll released at the White House on Monday Six in 10 teenagers believelt is the greatest problem facing their generation In times of crisis such as war the public is willing to make great sacri fices to the public good said George H Gallup In key ways today the Ameri can people are in a wartime mode and sense a national emergency in the drug crisis Please See POLL Page 12A
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