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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - September 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports 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 be cause of the threat from the storm The speculation ended Friday after noon with announcements by both schools Because of the hurricane fans go ing to either game are advised to leave earlier than usual Thats be cause traffic control from the SC Highway Patrol will be lighter than usual due to the damage Hugo caused in Charleston Prep Scores Midland Valley Lexington Strom Thurmond South Aiken 26 20 12 7 Greenwood North Augusta 35 7 WagenerSalley Pelion 24 14 A Quick Read Justice Minister Quits In Colombia BOGOTA Colombia AP Jus tice Minister Monica de Greiff re signed 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 Car acol network Ms de Greiff said she wrote a letter of resignation after be ing asked to do so by the president Ms de Greiff was Colombias sixth justice minister in three years The president has very right to ask for changes when he deems ap propriate 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 diffi cult times she said referring to the current war between the government and the nations powerful drug traffickers Weather Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy skies are forecast to day 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 John B Pinkie Wakefield Jr Aiken Please see Page 5A for details Inside Today Calendar12B Classifieds58 Comics6A Crossword8B Cryptoquote6B DearAbby6A Local Front8A Obituaries5A Opinions4A Sports6A Stocks7A Television6A Weather5A 10 Killed In British 2A SATURDAY SRS 8A en CountyJPuWic Li September 231989 Aikeny South Carolina 1212 Moi 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 It was pretty calm here overall said an official from the North Augusta De partment 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 inches of rain on the area but mostly spared local homes and buildings Nothing happened to my house said 15 yearold Jennifer Rhoads of North Au gusta echoing a popular refrain Miss Rhoads who attends North Augusta High School was working at the Pink Dipper 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 de scribe business at local groceries and ho tels though Most of them benefited from a storm which threatened destruction but did not deliver Danny Guys store the Food lion on Whiskey Road in Aiken sold a tremen dous amount of goods on the days preced ing Hugos arrival My big items were distilled water bread and milk the manager said We were real busy yesterday Krogers grocery store on Martintown Road in North Augusta had a similar ex perience The business was much like it is before a big snow is expected Manag er 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 ar eas to find room in thenestablishments were in for something of a surprise Fri day The hotel was full last night Thurs related Michael Patel general manager of the Aiken Best Western Many of the guests left this morning as expected but then the rooms started fill ing 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 SC AP Laserphoto mattress from a CLEANING UP Two Charleston residents salvage a flattened home as the cleanup begins in the wake of Hurricane Hugo By The Associated Press CHARLESTON HurricaneHugo punched this city of antebellum mansions with full fury and killed at least 11 people in the Carolines before weakening Friday and trailing off inland to the north South Carolinas 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 ML Love a Horry County administrator who toured the elite resort community near Myrtle Beach President Bush declared seven coun ties a federal disaster area It is the worst storm the worst disaster Ive ever seen anywhere Hugo downgraded to a tropical storm at 6 am had lost all characteristics of tropical storm and was weakening al though the system had maximum sus tained winds of 40 mph and torrential rains The storms last location was in Penn sylvania just west of Pittsburgh at lati tude 405 degrees north and longitude 81 Related StoriesPages 8A9A degrees west Officials said there would be no further tracking Ten of the US deaths were in South Carolina Eight died in counties sur roundjng Charleston and one in the Co lumbia area said Warren Hardy of the states Office of Emergency Prepared ness and Berkeley County Coroner Wil liam Smith An elderly man was found in the rubble of a house in Charleston city officials said In North Carolina a monthold baby was killed in Union Coun ty when a tree fell on a house The center of the storm advanced far ther west than expected targeting east ern Ohio western Pennsylvania and western New York before it was expected to wear itself out in Canada it was mov ing 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 man age considerable bluster Please See DESTRUCTION Page 10A Debris Litters Streets Of Elegant Charleston By PHILIP LORD and NINA JNIDIFFER Staff Writers Editors Note The following story was written following a telephone conversa tion 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 build ings 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 uprooted or split in two by the 135 mph winds spewed out from the hurricane as it raked the coastal city and surrounding areas Saint Mathews 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 de struction could be obtained immediately because streets leading to it were blocked Once used in the preCivil War slave trade the old market was converted into a tourist shopping district that attracted visitors from all over the world Anything from Charleston Tshirts to handmade baskets could be purchased at the vend ing booths Sara Taska 75 who has lived in Charleston all her life said that the dam age caused by Hurricanes Hazel and Da vid did not compare to that caused by Hugo I feel blessed she said I live in a brick house and the walls were just shak ing between and I never thought of such destruction Please See DEBRIS Page 10A Songwriter Berlin Dies At Age 101 By The Associated Press NEW YORK Songwriter Irving Ber lin who celebrated his adopted homeland with memorable melodies and simple but heartfelt lyrics in such standards as God Bless America and White Christ mas died Friday night He was 101 Berlin died in his sleep at pm said his soninlaw 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 Ber lin 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 Ber lin has no place in American music He is American music Bill Hartgrove evening manager at the Frank Campbell funeral home in Man hattan said services would be private Berlin along with 11 other American immigrants received a medal from President Reagan during the Statue of BERLIN Dies in sleep Liberty centennial celebrations in July On May 11 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 trib utes from celebrities like Frank Sinatra A quiet day with family That he al ways has He never had any big todos said his secretary Hilda Schneider Please See SONGWRITER Page 10A Foley Sees Bushs Plan To Cut Capital Gains Tax As Harmful By Tha Associated Press WASHINGTON President Bush defended his capital gains tax cut Fri day but House Speaker Thomas S Fo ley said support was growing for a ri val Democratic plan that would widen availability of Individual Retirement Accounts Foley called the Bush plan a posi tive harm to the economy but the president stood by his proposal and headed for a Maine tree farm to show case a business that might benefit from the legislation Tve 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 Agricul ture Department radio audience it would put money in the little guys pocket House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt DMo joined the longdis tance debate retorting from St Louis The Bush proposal doesnt put mon ey in the little guys pocket it picks his pocket Democrats fighting the Bush plan said statistics show SO percent of the benefits would go to people earning or more a year And Foley said the Democrats would keep push ing their own would raise taxes on the rich to pay for the new IRA tax breaks despite Bushs 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 Journal NBC News poll that said 49 percent of the people questioned prefer expansion of IRAs while 38 percent favor Bushs capital gains tax reduction idea The poll noted that the preference for IRAs was even greater among middlein come voters 53 percent to 35 percent A showdown vote on capital gains is expected next week during House de bate on a huge budget bill that also carries such contentious issues as re vising or repealing the Medicare cata strophic illness plan and expanding federally subsidized child care In advance of the capital gains bat tle both sides agreed it was close and they were fighting over the conserva tive mostly Southern branch of the Democratic Party including the group that pushed a Bushbacked plan Please See FOLEY Page IDA   

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