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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - October 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Sports Tigers Back In Top 25 Page 7A A Quick Read GlowlnTheDark Lenses Available DALLAS AP To complete that scary Halloween costume an optom etrist has designed glowinthedark contact lenses Dr John Herron colors the lenses by dipping them into commonly used ophthalmic dyes After being treat ed the dyes become florescent green and red in the dark Youll be weird Herron prom ised But the rest of the world looks like it really is Herron began making them for others after he played a trick on a patient and she insisted on having a pair The lenses last about a week and cost a pair Theyre interesting and a conver sation piece Herron said And I thought it would be fun especially for Halloween The Dallas optometrist said he plans to put on a pair and light up a Halloween party Prices Dip HalfCent Per Gallon At Pump LOS ANGELES AP The aver age price of gasoline nationwide dipped about a halfcent a gallon at the pumps in the past two weeks a survey found The Lundberg Survey of 12000 gas stations showed the average retail price of all grades of gasoline in cluding taxes at 10912 cents a gallon on Friday down 53 cent from Oct 6 analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday The movement is not untypical for this type of year Its partially a response to seasonally lowered de mand but also to ample supplies she said Wholesale prices fell allowing re tailers to pass their savings on to cus tomers she said According to the survey selfser vice prices per gallon were regular unleaded 9774 cents premium un leaded 11487 cents regular leaded 9662 cents At fullservice pumps prices per gallon were regular unleaded 12726 premium unleaded 13992 cents regular leaded 12601 cents Weather Christian Forces On Alert County To Discuss New Jail Fair Skies Fair skies are forecast tonight with a low in the low to mid 40s To morrow will be mostly sunny The high will be in the upper 70s Please see Page 6A for details Deaths Travis B Abney Johnston Ray Brown Blackville ThelmaW Clegg Barnwell Glen W Elliott North Augusta Charles Jackson Jr Yemassee Willine Stewart North Augusta Wallace Waldo Johnston Please see Page for details 6A Inside Today Bridge6B Calendar8B Classifieds4B Comics3B Crossword7B Cryptoquote5B DearAbby3B Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions4A Sports7A Television3B Weather6A Monday October 231989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 264 Charleston Station Rode Out Hugo Thousands Relied On Info From Q107 By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer NORTH CHARLESTON During the darkest hours before and after Hurricane Hugo WKQB Q107 FM reached out to lowcrountry residents like a beacon in the night The station unlike many of its competi tors in the Charleston market was able to stay on the air until am Friday Although they lost power at their North Charleston studio at 10 pm the station returned to the air by using emergency generators The stations transmitter which is located in Ridgeville approxi mately 30 miles from Charleston lost power after midnight and forced the sta tion off the ahuntil 9 pm Friday said Roger Gaither operations manager As far as I know we were the first radio station back on at 9 oclock Friday night he said Most of the stations didnt return until the first of the week Gaither attributed his stations success in returning to the airwaves to advanced planning We were on substantially longer and back on substantially quicker because we took a lot of provisions to try to do that he said The station started preparing for Hu gos visit on Monday before most fore casters were sure that the storm would make landfall in the Charleston area Those preparations continued until the hurricane hit on Thursday night The station which usually offers a 25 minute music guarantee changed its contemporary rock format on Thursday to provide information to area residents We knew we would be having to provide a lot of information on Thursday so we suspended our music guarantee Gaither said We just provided whatever kind of in See CHARLESTON Page 3A South Carolina Recovers Staff Graphic by Melissa Culp Many cars including Helms were trapped on the lower northbound level of the Nimitz Freeway when the upper layer collapsed onto it Helm remained strapped in the front seat of his car for 90 hours His car was not crushed because of a ripple in the concrete Once rescuers had used the jaws of life to remove the drivers side door they were able to pull Helm out feet first Rescuers gouged a tunnel feet high and 4 feetwide through 15 feet of concrete to reach Helm LOWER ROADWAY Workers To Return To Bay Area Today Rescued Man Still Fighting For Life By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO A flotilla of fer ries and extra subways were mobilized to ease commuter gridlock today and res cuers indefinitely halted the search for survivors at an earthquakeflattened freeway when the rubble became too unstable Earlier 150 residents of a housing pro ject just 10 feet from collapsed Interstate 880 in Oakland joined thousands of home less becauseof fesrs that more of the highway couid fall And Buck Helm the beefy dockworker plucked from under the debris Saturday showed slight improvement Sunday but was fighting for his life Damage estimates from Tuesdays earthquake topped billion eclipsing House DestroyedPage2A Hurricane Hugo as the costliest natural disaster in US history according to the Independent Insurance Agents of America The death toll was 59 including 38 pulled from 1880 Dozens remained miss ing and thousands were injured and homeless We know there are more victims more cars But we dont know how many said California Highway Patrol Capt Mike Garver speaking about 1880 The unstable ruins forced authorities tr halt rescue work late Sunday A There was no estimate of when could resume Its kind of minute by minute California Department of Transportation spokesman Kyle Nelson said The first phase of the Bay Bridge re pair started when workers sawed a 50 foot collapsed section in half and lowered Please See WORKERS Page 3A Atlantis Prepares For Early Landing In Desert By The Associated Press SPACE CENTER shut tle Atlantis streaked toward an early landing today to avoid expected high winds at its California desert landing strip winding up a mission that sent the Galileo probe to Jupiter Mission Control decided Sunday to shorten the shuttles trip by two 90min ute orbits because the calmest winds at Edwards Air Force Base were predicted early in the day The five astronauts adjusted their schedules by going to bed 2 hours early Sunday night and 90 minutes early the previous night They were awakened to strains of Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band played by controllers at am Good morning Atlantis Mission Reentry heating is rath er spectacular if you see it in the darkness Commander Don Williams Control radioed to the craft Well Im not sure were flying like ea gles but its been fun so far Atlantis Commander Don Williams replied The astronaut also joked about a crossword puzzle and was told the crews morning mail had been beamed up If the winds were within the shuttles safety margins as expected the 97ton winged spaceship was to land at pm EDT today on a dry lakebed runway in the Mojave Desert at Edwards about 80 miles north of Los Angeles But if winds were too strong the land ing could be postponed until Tuesday or Wednesday the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said The forecast for the new landing tune called for headwind gusts of a maximum 23 mph flight director Ron Dittemore said Sunday The astronauts have six runways to chose from so crosswinds arent a problem This arternoon gusts were predicted to reach 35 mph Safety rules forbid land ings if headwinds reach 29 mph or cross winds reach 18 mph About an hour before landing Williams and pilot Mike McCulley were scheduled to fire twin braking rockets to drop the shuttle out of orbit and begin its dive through the atmosphere Reentry heating is rather spectacu lar if you see it in the darkness It looks like youre inside a fire looking out Wil liams said Sunday during a television in terview from space He described the fireball created by the friction created when the shuttle plunges through the atmosphere The main goal of the fiveday mission was to deploy the nuclearpowered Gali leo and that was accomplished about 6 hours after blastoff Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Fla The billion probe continued to oper ate flawlessly as it raced across the solar system on a 24billionmile roundabout journey to Jupiter Traveling at nearly 9000 mph the probe had logged more than 900000 miles as of late Sunday Looting Damages Evidence By The Associated Press TEGUCIGALPA Honduras Hun dreds of looters and curiosityseekers overran the wreckage of a Honduran jet crash hampering efforts to determine the cause of the weekend crash that left 131 dead Everyone trampled everything down said Barry Trotter head of a Na tional Transportation Safety Board team investigating the crash Honduran officials were unfamiliar with the importance of sealing off a plane crash site Trotter said Sunday The TANSAHSA Boeing 727200 crashed on approach early Saturday on the last leg of a flight from San Jose Costa Rica with a stop in Managua Nica ragua A survivor said the plane shook violently and seemed to plunge just be fore it crashed in flames into a hillside Fifteen of the 146 people aboard in cluding the pilot survived US Embassy spokesman Terry Knee bone said 15 Americans were on the plane ili Augusta Man Shot By Deputy and three survived Two were trans ferred to hospitals in the United States but all three were out of danger doctors said Trotter said the looting would not nec essarily cripple the investigation but that evidence had been obscured There are no ground scars that would show the angle the plane hit at how it broke up and dissipated energy how it Please See LOOTING Page 3A From Staff Reports An Augusta man was shot and another was arrested Sunday when they attempt ed to escape an Aiken County Sheriffs Deputy who spotted them in a of stolen vehicles according to Sheriff Car rol G Heath Deputy David Dobbins was on his way home at 10 pm Sunday when two vehi cles pulled up beside him at the intersec tion of Richland Avenue and York Street He recognized the cars as two 1990 Ponti ac Bonnevilles one blue and one red sto len Saturday night from Triangle Ponti ac Sheriff Heath said The drivers rolled down their windows to speak to Deputy Dobbins even though he was in uniform When they drove away the deputy followed the pair to Newberry Street where he exited his car and attempted to arrest them One of the cars drove around Deputy Dobbins at a high rate of speed and es caped but the other nearly drove right over him Sherrif Heath said The deputy then fired three shots through that cars back windshield striking the driver in the hand and back Shot was Tony Ricardo Williams 18 of 2608 Dublin Drive Augusta He was tak en to Eisenhower Army Medical Center on Fort Gordon Ga where he was listed in satisfactory and stable condition this Aiken Man Dies In Wreck An Aiken man was killed early Sunday in a onecar accident on Shiloh Church Road north of SC 19 Ernest Bach 46 of Aiken was pronounced dead at the scene at am after his eastbound car ran off the road and struck a pine thicket according to Aiken County Coroner Sue R Townsend Bachs wife Patricia was also in the car She was transported to HCA Aiken Regional Medical Cen ters where she is listed in stable condition The accident is still under investigation morning The car which escaped Deputy Dobbins became engaged in a chase with Depart ment of Public Safety officers The driver tried to race over a median on US 1 and blew out all four tires then hopped out of Please See AUGUSTA Page 3A