Aiken Standard, September 22, 1989

Aiken Standard

September 22, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina 0UnV Puhi} Sports USO, Clemson Games On Tap Page UA A Quick Read Town Prepares For 'Mule Day' WINFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Mules — the uncelebrated offspring of a donkey and a horse — have no pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity. But the strong work animal of a bygone era will get some recognition Saturday when this northwest Alabama town hosts the 15th annual Mule Day. Proud mule owners from several states bring their animals to be judged. There’ll even be a reversal of historic farmland roles, with two mules riding in a cart pulled by two strong men, a Mule Day charity event. The late Curt Estes started Mule Day in 1975, leading a parade with ‘Old Kate.” “He just came to a Chamber of Commerce meeting one day and suggested we have a mule day,” said the chamber’s president, Danny McDaniel. “He said the mue is a dying breed, more or less, but had been the backbone of the country for a number of years and that we ought to honor the mule. Explosion Rocks Music School LONDON (AP) — An explosion rocked the Royal Marines School of Music in a southeastern coastal town today, causing one building to collapse and killing eight people, officials said. Thirty people were injured and up to 18 were missing and feared trapped in the rubble. The blast occurred at at 8:26 a.m. in a lounge in the barracks near Deal, about 70 miles southeast of London, the Defense Ministry said. “The building has collapsed,” said a ministry spokesman, speaking anonymously in keeping with British custom. “We’ve no idea of the cause of the blast at the moment. It is too early to tell.” Scotland Yard said a forensic team from its anti-terrorist squad had been called in to help investigate. Firefighters used heavy lifting equipment and thermal cameras to search for those trapped in the debris, said Kent Fire Brigade spokesman Kevin Simmons. Kent police said 17 or 18 people were trapped. The Defense Ministry said seven were missing. Weather Partly Cloudy Skies Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight 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 mid 80s. Please see Page 6A for details. Deaths Henry Culbreath, Johnston Emma E. Kelly, Augusta Carroll C. McDuffie, Columbia Steven W. Sanders, North Augusta Eva R. Swearingen, Aiken Please see Page 6A for details. Inside Today Bridge...............................................5B Calendar............................................SB Classifieds.........................................3B Comics............................................10A Crossword.........................................6B Cryptoquote.......................................4B Dear Abby........................................10A Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................6A Opinions............................................4A Sports..............................................11A Television........................................10A Weather.............................................6A c GS, Page 2A Investigation Continues On Bus Crash vary Page IB Trust Company To Finance Bond Issuej bifoil Stwtfctrh Friday, September 22, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 232 Hugo Ravages Charleston DOWNTOWN AIKEN: This was the scene in downtown Aiken at 5:15 a.m. this morning as the city lost power. Staff Photo By David Kidwell The city received just over three inches of rain and was battered with winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour. Aiken Misses Brunt Of Hurricane More Coverage..................Pages    9A,    16A By NINA NIDIFFER Staff Writer Wind and rain spit forth from Hurricane Hugo swept into Aiken last night, dumping 3.03 inches of water into the area and sending medium-force winds to howl around buildings and trees. Winds gusted up to 45 miles an hour, but usually kept steady between 20 and 30 miles an hour, not quite strong enough to bring down anything but old trees, a spokesman for the weather station at Bush Field said. But the wind did manage to bring down one or two trees, and littered the roads with branches and a layer of slippery pine needles. At least two trees landed inside houses, but complete details were unavailable this morning. Some Aiken County residents awoke to dark homes this morning, but the outages were not nearly as bad as local power companies had feared they would be. The Aiken Electric Cooperative was hardest hit in its north district, which includes Wagener, Pelion, Lexington and Calhoun. Approximately 1,000 customers lost power in the Gaston and Pelion area, but the damage was expected to be repaired by mid-afternoon, a spokeswoman said. “It was not nearly as bad as we predicted it was going to be, but we have Hurricane Damage Storm Surges Many hurricane deaths occur from drowning. Within the storm’s eye, a violent drop in pressure has a 'plunger* effect on the sea where wails of high water are generated and radiate outward, flooding low coastal areas. AP crews leaving Aiken to help them,” said Harriett Skinner, manager of member services and energy use. The Edgefield district experienced scattered outages, mainly around Mar-tintown Road in North Augusta. The Aiken district also had scattered, individual outages, but nothing major, Mrs. Skinner said. “In the Aiken and Edgefield district, there were probably 200 to 300 people without power at different times,” she said. “In Aiken the hardest hit area was around New Ellenton.” Power was expected to be returned to all customers by the middle of the day. When all the problems are solved here, crews will be sent to other areas of South (Please See AIKEN, Page 16A) I Death Toll I Stands At 3 By BRUCE SMITH Associated Press Writer CHARLESTON - Hurricane Hugo slammed into South Carolina with winds of 135 mph today, killing at least three people, leveling dozens of buildings and peeling others open “like a can opener.” “There’s just destruction everywhere,” Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley said after a 6:30 a.m. tour of his ravaged city. “We have on our hands a degree of physical destruction that is unprecedented in anyone’s living memory.” As dawn broke, the first reports of deaths in the United States began coming in as rescuers found bodies in the wreckage. Two people died in South Carolina and one in North Carolina, officials said. Earlier, 26 people died as the storm surged across the Caribbean. One body was found in Eastover outside Columbia, and a second in Berkeley County near Charleston. An infant was killed in Union County, N.C., when a tree fell on a house, officials there said. The hurricane passed through the city with winds (rf 135 mph and gusts even higher, the National Hurricane Center reported. Riley called the hurricane a “disaster of extraordinary dimensions.” Hundreds of thousands of people were without electrical power. Thirty major buildings in downtown Charleston were flattened, houses collapsed all over the city, and several people were trapped beneath a collapsed condominium complex, said Elizabeth Tam (rf the Charleston County Police. “I can’t believe it isn’t going to be a terrible devastation,” said Rhett Bickley, a spokesman at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Columbia. The impact happened at the worst time in terms of flooding. Hugo carried with it a tidal surge, or a wall of water, IO to 15 feet high that coincided with high tide at 2:13 a.m. At least 20 boats washed ashore, including a 50-foot craft that washed up on a city street, Police Chief Ruben Greenberg said. Hugo was downgraded to a tropical storm at 6 a.m. by the National Weather Service, which discontinued hurricane warnings. Winds had diminished to 70 mph and further weakening was expected as Hugo moved across land. The storm center was just south of Charlotte, N.C., and moving northwest at 25 mph. It was expected to turn to the north, and rainfall amounts of four to eight inches are possible in the path of the storm. Some tornadoes are likely in North Carolina and Virginia today, the Weather Service said. No injuries were reported immediately. Tens of thousands of coastal residents, warned well in advance, spent most of Thursday boarding up homes and businesses, then driving inland to stay in shelters and hotels or with relatives and friends. (Please See DEATH, Page 16A) Textile Lobby Wins Victory By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON - The textile lobby won a victory in Congress Thursday over the Bush administration on the question of increased textile imports. A provision in a trade bill which would have granted duty-free imports of textiles, apparel and shoes from Caribbean nations was deleted by a House trade subcommittee when the bill was sent today to the Rules Committee. The unexpected deletion, made by Rep. Sam Gibbons, D-Fla., chairman of the subcommittee, followed a threat Wednesday by Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C., that he would oppose textile trade concessions in the bill. (Please See TEXTILE, Page 16A) V CROWDED shelter from Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth : The Holley Inn was packed with out-of-town residents seeking Hurricane Hugo last night, as were other area motels and hotels. I Evacuees Find Shelter In City BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer With the wind and rain of Hurricane Hugo cutting a swath through South Carolina, evacuees from the Charleston area woke up in Aiken County this morning to a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs, grits and sausage, provided by the Salvation Army. Capt. Jerry Lyles of the Salvation Army in Aiken said about 62 evacuees from the Charleston area spent the night in Aiken’s two Salvation Army Shelters. Capt. Lyles said the families started arriving late Thursday night, seeking shelter at either the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Lodge or the Salvation Army Citadel Building. ‘We had 29 people at the one shelter, and 23 at the other,” Capt. Lyles said. “The youngest was three weeks old.” Richard Powell, director of Aiken County’s Emergency Services said the county fared pretty well under Hugo — although he said there were reports of downed trees and blown transformers. (Please See EVACUEES, Page 16A) ;

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