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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 22, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports USC Clemson Games On Tap Page 11A A Quick Read Town Prepares For Mule Day WINFIELD Ala AP Mules the uncelebrated offspring of a don key 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 Ala bama town hosts the 15th annual Mule Day Proud mule owners from several states bring their animals to be judged Therell even be a reversal of his toric 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 sug gested we have a mule day said the chambers president Danny MeDan iel He said the mue is a dying breed more or less but had been the backbone of the country for a num ber 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 col lapse and killing eight people offi cials said Thirty people were in jured and up to 18 were missing and feared trapped in the rubble The blast occurred at at am 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 Weve 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 antiterrorist squad had been called in to help investigate Firefighters used heavy lifting equipment and thermal cameras to search for those trapped in the de bris said Kent Fire Brigade spokes man Kevin Simmons Kent police said 17 or 18 people were trapped The Defense Ministry said seven were missing Weather Investigation Continues On Bus Crash fagilB Trust Company To Finance Bond Issue Partly Cloudy Skies Partly 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 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 Bridge58 Calendar8B Classifieds3B Comics10A Crossword6B Cryptoquote48 DearAbby10A Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports11A Television10A Weather6A Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 232 Hugo Ravages Charleston DOWNTOWN AIKEN This was the scene in downtown Aiken at am 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 CoveragePages 9A 16A By NINA NIDIFFER Staff Writer Wind and rain spit forth from Hurri cane Hugo swept into Aiken last night dumping 303 inches of water into the area and sending mediumforce 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 in cludes Wagener Pelion Lexington and Calhoun Approximately 1000 customers lost power in the Gaston and Pelion area but the damage was expected to be re paired by midafternoon a spokeswoman said It was not nearly as bad as we pre dicted it was going to be but we have Storm Surges Many hurricane deaths occur from drowning Within the storms eye a vloient drop in pressure has a effect on th6 sea where walls of high water are generated and radiate outward flooding low coastal areas 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 AP 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 wili be sent to other areas of South Please See AIKEN Page 16A Death Toll 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 Theres just destruction every where Charleston Mayor Joseph P Ril ey said after a am tour of his rav aged city We have on our hands a degree of physical destruction that is un precedented in anyones living memory As dawn broke the first reports of deaths in the United States began coming in as rescuers found bodies in the wreck age 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 out side Columbia and a second in Berkeley County near Charleston An infant was killed in Union County NC when a tree fell on a house officials there said The hurricane passed through the city with winds of 135 mph and gusts even higher the National Hurricane Center re ported Riley called the hurricane a di saster of extraordinary dimensions Hundreds of thousands of people were without electrical power Thirty major buildings in downtown Charleston were flattened houses col lapsed all over the city and several peo ple were trapped beneath a collapsed condominium complex said Elizabeth Tarn of the Charleston County Police I cant believe it isnt going to be a terrible devastation said Rhett Bickley a spokesman at the states Emergency Operations Center in Columbia The impact happened at the worst tone in terms of flooding Hugo carried with it a tidal surge or a wall of water 10 to 15 feet high that coincided with high tide at At least 20 boats washed ashore includ ing a 50foot craft that washed up on a city street Police Chief Ruben Green berg said Hugo was downgraded to a tropical storm at 6 am by the National Weather Service which discontinued hurricane warnings Winds had diminished to 70 mph and further weakening was expect ed as Hugo moved across land The storm center was just south of Charlotte NC 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 immediate ly Tens of thousands of coastal residents warned well in advance spent most of Thursday boarding up homes and busi nesses then driving inland to stay hi shel ters 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 dutyfree imports of tex tiles apparel and shoes from Caribbean nations was deleted by a House trade subcommittee when the bill was sent to day to the Rules Committee The unexpected deletion made by Rep Sam Gibbons DFla chairman of the subcommittee followed a threat Wednesday by Rep Butler Derrick D SC that he would oppose textile trade concessions in the bill Please See TEXTILE Page 16A Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth CROWDED The Holley Inn was packed with outoftown residents seeking shelter from Hurricane Hugo last night as were other area motels and hotels Evacuees Find Shelter In City BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer With the wind and rain of Hurricane Hugo cutting a swath through South Car olina 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 Salva tion Army Capt Jerry Lyles of the Salvation Army in Aiken said about 62 evacuees from the Charleston area spent the night in Aikens two Salvation Army Shelters Capt Lyles said the families started arriving late Thursday night seeking shelter at either the Salvation Armys 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 Countys 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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