Aiken Standard, September 23, 1989

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September 23, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina mm Sports rn Gamecocks, Tigers To Play As Scheduled The University of South Carolina and Clemson University will both be in action today and tonight now that Hurricane Hugo has left the state. At one time, there was speculation the games would be postponed because of the threat from the storm. The speculation ended Friday afternoon with announcements by both schools. Because of the hurricane, fans going to either game are advised to leave earlier than usual. That’s because traffic control from the S.C. Highway Patrol will be lighter than usual due to the damage Hugo caused in Charleston. Prep Scores Midland Valley..... ......26 Lexington.......... ......20 Strom Thurmond ... ......12 South Aiken........ .......7 Greenwood........ ......35 North Augusta..... .......7 Wagener-Salley.... ......24 Pelion ............ A Quick Read Justice Minister Quits In Colombia BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Justice Minister Monica de Greiff resigned Friday after death threats from drug traffickers and said she quit because President Virgilio Barco thought “he needed another type of person” in the post. In an interview with the Radio Caracol network, Ms. de Greiff said she wrote a letter of resignation after being asked to do so by the president. Ms. de Greiff was Colombia’s sixth justice minister in three years. “The president has very right to ask for changes when he deems appropriate,” she said. She said she would have preferred to stay on the job. “I love Colombia and I think we all have to be united during these difficult times,” she said, referring to the current war between the government and the nation’s powerful drug traffickers.Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast today and tonight with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the 80s with a low in the 50s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and cool with a high in the upper 60s. Please see Page 5A for details.Deaths IJ John B. (Pinkie) Wakefield Jr., Aiken Please see Page 5A for details.Inside Today Calendar..........................................12B Classifieds.........................................5B Comics..............................................6A Crossword.........................................8B Cryptoquote.......................................6B Dear Abby..........................................6A Local Front........................................8A Obituaries..........................................5A Opinions............................................4A Sports................................................6A Stocks...............................................7A Television..........................................6A Weather.............................................5A SATURDAY SRS Decision/EconomicsVPage 8A fiken County Public L September 23, 1989 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 234 Aiken Was Prepared, Threat Never Came By KEITH WARD Staff Writer Hurricane Hugo, which was supposed to feast on Aiken County Thursday night, just ended up nibbling a little, much to the relief of area residents and businesses. inches of rain on the area, but mostly spared local homes and buildings. “Nothing happened to my house” said 15 year-old Jennifer Rhoads of North Augusta, echoing a popular refrain. Miss Rhoads, who attends North Augusta High School, was working at the Pink Dipper Whiskey Road in Aiken, sold a tremendous amount of goods on the days preceding Hugo’s arrival. “My big items were distilled water, bread and milk,” the manager said. “We were real busy yesterday.” “It was pretty calm here overall,” said an official from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety. “A couple of trees were knocked down, there were a few power outages, nothing special.” The city had no reports of any special emergencies. The hurricane, which devastated Charleston, dumped more than three ice cream parlor Friday afternoon, freed from classrooms for the day. Business has been slow, unusual for a day in which the school board cancelled classes. Slow would not be the Adjective to describe business at local groceries and hotels, though. Most of them benefited from a storm which threatened destruction, but did not deliver. Danny Guy’s store, the Food Lion on Kroger’s grocery store on Martintown Road rn North Augusta had a similar experience. “The business was much like it is before a big snow is expected,” Manager Nathan Wolfe remarked. Two of his biggest sellers were bottled water and batteries. Most local hotels, which had prepared for the mass exodus from the coastal areas to find room in their establishments, were in for something of a surprise Friday. “The hotel was full last night (Thursday),” related Michael Patel, general manager of the Aiken Best Western. “Many of the guests left this morning, as expected, but then the rooms started filling up again this afternoon.” The sudden influx was caused by Charleston residents and vacationers who intended to return to the oceanfront resort, only to discover that it was closed to them. “People were coming from as far away as Atlanta on their way to Charleston,” (Please See AIKEN, Page 10A) Destruction Trails Hugo Across S.C. By The Associated Press AP Laserphoto CLEANING UP: Two Charleston residents salvage a mattress from a flattened home as the clean-up begins in the wake of Hurricane Hugo. CHARLESTON — Hurricane* Hugo punched this city of antebellum mansions with full fury and killed at least ll people in the Carolinas before weakening Friday and trailing off inland to the north. South Carolina’s barrier islands were also hit hard as houses were blown off their foundations and boats were pushed ashore, stacked along the beaches two and three deep. “Garden City for all practical purposes is gone,” said M.L. Love, a Horry County administrator who toured the elite resort community near Myrtle Beach. President Bush declared seven counties a federal disaster area. “It is the worst storm, the worst disaster, I’ve ever seen anywhere. ” Hugo, downgraded to a tropical storm at 6 a.m., had lost all characteristics of tropical storm and was weakening, although the system had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and torrential rains. The storm’s last location was in Pennsylvania, just west of Pittsburgh, at latitude 40.5 degrees north and longitude 81 Related Stories.....................Pages    8A,9A degrees west. Officials said there would be no further tracking. Ten of the U.S. deaths were in South Carolina. Eight died in counties surrounding Charleston and one in the Columbia area, said Warren Hardy of the state’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Berkeley County Coroner William Smith. An elderly man was found in the rubble of a house in Charleston, city officials said. In North Carolina, a 6-month-old baby was killed in Union County when a tree fell on a house. The center of the storm advanced farther west than expected, targeting eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and western New York before it was expected to wear itself out in Canada. It was moving to the north at 30 mph. A hurricane is a heat engine fueled by warm, moist air over open oceans. When these giant storms hit land, they lose their wallop, although they can still manage considerable bluster. (Please See DESTRUCTION, Page 10A) Debris Litters Streets Of Elegant Charleston By PHILIP LORD and NINA J. NIDIFFER Staff Writers Editors Note: The following story was written following a telephone conversation yesterday between Miss Nidiffer, who went to Charleston Friday morning, and Lord, who is a native of the area. CHARLESTON — The once elegant tourist district of historic Charleston is littered with the debris of broken buildings, glass and other wreckage left by Hurricane Hugo, which ravaged the city early Friday morning. Marion Square, once known for the beautiful large trees that surrounded it, many of them ancient oaks, was forever altered by Hugo, but did not destroy the statues at the park. The old trees were either up-rooted or split in two by the 135 mph winds spewed out from the hurricane as it raked the coastal city and surrounding areas. Saint Mathew’s Lutheran Church on King Street was not left untouched by the devastation of Hugo. The historic church sustained damage to its steeple. Boards on the structure were left exposed to the elements as the hurricane made its way through the city. The Old Slave Market, located several blocks from the Battery, was severely damaged, but no estimates of the destruction could be obtained immediately because streets leading to it were blocked. Once used in the pre-Civil War slave trade, the old market was converted into a tourist shopping district that attracted visitors from all over the world. Anything from Charleston T-shirts to hand-made baskets could be purchased at the vending booths. Sara Taska, 75, who has lived in Charleston all her life, said that the damage caused by Hurricanes Hazel and David did not compare to that caused by Hugo. “I feel blessed,” she said. “I live in a brick house and the walls were just shaking between 1:30 and 2:30. I never thought of such destruction.” (Please See DEBRIS, Page 10A)Songwriter Berlin Dies At Age IQI By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Songwriter Irving Berlin, who celebrated his adopted homeland with memorable melodies and simple but heartfelt lyrics in such standards as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas,” died Friday night. He was 101. Berlin died in his sleep at 5:30 p.m., said his son-in-law, Alton E. Peters. Asked if Berlin had been ill, Peters said, “No, he was 101 years old.... He just fell asleep.” Peters said nurses were with Berlin when he died but no family members were present. An actor, singer, and songwriter, Berlin began his career in the early days of vaudeville and his songs for a time so dominated the stage and screen that the late composer, Jerome Kern, said: “Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music.” BERLIN: Dies in sleep. Bill Hartgrove, evening manager at the ■    -    -    -    J Frank Campbell funeral home in Manhattan, said services would be private. Berlin, along with ll other American immigrants, received a medal from President Reagan during the Statue of Liberty centennial celebrations in July. On May ll, his 101st birthday, Berlin continued his practice of not paying much attention to his personal holiday. A year earlier, he had declined to attend a gala on his centennial that included tributes from celebrities like Frank Sinatra. “A quiet day with family. That he always has. He never had any big to-dos,” said his secretary, Hilda Schneider. (Please See SONGWRITER, Page 10A) Foley Sees Bush's Plan To Cut Capital Gains Tax As Harmful By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush defended his capital gains tax cut Friday, but House Speaker Thomas S. Foley said support was growing for a rival Democratic plan that would widen availability of Individual Retirement Accounts. Foley called the Bush plan "a positive harm to the economy,” but the president stood by his proposal and headed for a Maine tree farm to showcase a business that might benefit from the legislation. “I’ve heard some on the (Capitol) Hill deride this as just another tax cut for the rich, but that simply is not the case,” Bush said of his proposal before leaving Washington. On the contrary, he told an Agriculture Department radio audience, it ’"would put money in the little guy’s pocket.” House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., joined the long-distance debate, retorting from St. Louis, “The Bush proposal doesn’t ‘put money in the little guy’s pocket’ — it picks his pocket.” Democrats fighting the Bush plan said statistics show SO percent of the benefits would go to people earning $100,000 or more a year. And Foley said the Democrats would keep pushing their own plan — which would raise taxes on the rich to pay for the new IRA tax breaks — despite Bush’s promise to veto it. “I think we are doing very well” in enlisting support, Foley told reporters. “We have a pretty good popular constituency.” Foley cited a Wall Street Jouraal-NBC News poll that said 49 percent of the people questioned prefer expansion of IRAs, while 38 percent favor Bush’s capital gains tax reduction idea. The ..... poll noted that the preference for IRAs was even greater among middle-in-come voters: 53 percent to 35 percent. A showdown vote on capital gains is expected next week during House de-Iget bill that also bate on a huge budget carries such contentious issues as re vising or repealing the Medicare catastrophic illness plan and expanding federally subsidized child care. In advance of the capital gains battle, both sides agreed it was close and they were fighting over the conservacy Southern branch (rf the five, mostly Democratic Party, including the group that pushed a Bush-backed plan (Please See FOLEY, Page IDA) ;

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