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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 3, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Inside pimkrs f Freeman Has Eye On Breeders7 Cup Page 9A A Quick Read Norths Pension May Be Reinstated WASHINGTON AP The House must decide whether to go along with a Senate vote to reinstate Oliver Norths annual pension re voked after he was sentenced for ille gally shredding documents in the IranContra scandal Let the vendetta end said Sen Jesse Helms RNC whose bill to restore Norths pension was ap proved by the Senate late Thursday on a 7817 vote OUie North has been punished enough But despite that plea the debate over whether to give North back his retirement pay dredged up bitter partisan feelings stemming from President Reagans efforts with North in a key role to evade con gressional restrictions and fund the Contra war in Nicaragua We are asked to bend the law for someone who broke the law said Sen Tom Harkin DIowa Norths defense was that he was just follow ing orders But we settled that issue at Nuremberg a reference to trials of Nazis involved in World War n atrocities The issue now goes to the House where similar legislation has been introduced but not yet acted on Jenrette Begins Public Service Work CONWAY AP Former con gressman John Jenrette has begun 200 hours of community service as part of his shoplifting sentence working in the Horry County public defenders office Ive done volunteer work all my life but this is the first time its got ten so much publicity Jenrette told reporters as he left the office to have lunch on Thursday his first day of work Its been a fun day he said Ive been helping them fix up their library Jenrette who has been suspended from practicing law said he had planned to apply for reinstatement to the bar once he completed his sen tence for conspiracy and accepting a Abscam bribe in 1980 He served two years in federal prison But Jenrette said he didnt know if he would apply for reinstatement be cause of his subsequent shoplifting conviction in Virginia Lawyers who have been suspended from practice may apply for rein statement but disbarred lawyers cant Jenrette now operates a consulting firm Weather Colder Weather Clear skies and cold weather are forecast tonight with a low in the mid 30s Some frost may be possible Mostly sunny skies are forecast Sat urday with a high in the 60s Please see Page 4A for details Deaths Martha K Andrews Aiken Daisy Belt Hayward Aiken Mrs Dimple M Herbert North Augusta S Margaret Shealy Columbia Please see Page 4A for details Inside Today Bridge5B Calendar3C Classifieds3B Comics6C Crossword6B Cryptocjuote4B DearAbby6C Local Front1B Obituaries6A Opinions1C Sports9A Television6C Weather6A Page 2A Salvadoran Guerrillas End Talks Page IB ATC Associate Degrees Approved WHEN COUNTY PUBLIC LjSR Friday November 3 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 274 Refugees Pack Prague Embassy By The Associated Press PRAGUE Czechoslovakia About 4000 East Germans were jammed into the West German Embassy in Prague to day with new arrivals pouring in each hour all eager to emigrate West despite promises of reform from their Commu nist leaders I dont believe that anything will change there one young man at the em bassy said Thursday declining to give his name The reforms are only for the outside world We want reforms without borders said another new arrival a 24yearold trucker from Leipzig Diplomats helped unload bedding and sleeping bags trucked in from West Ger many overnight to accommodate the swelling number of wouldbe emigres With East German diplomats process ing only about 100 applications a day it was expected the embassy and its gar dens which have a capacity of about 5500 people would be overflowing before an expected weekend rush of East Germans Embassy sources who put the number of East Germans at around 4000 just be fore noon said negotiations were under way with Czechoslovak authorities for extra space Czechoslovakias staterun media usu ally silent about the East Germans pack ing Bonns embassy reported swiftly on the latest wave of arrivals At least 8000 East Germans swarmed into Czechoslovakia after East Germany lifted a monthold travel ban Wednesday the official East German news agency ADN said It is the only country East Germans can visit freely Most of those flooding into the embassy here were in their early 20s At least 200 to 300 children could be seen behind a fence playing peacefully in the embassy See REFUGEES Page 3A The Changing Of Seasons Brings Fal Color To County By TRACISHELTON Staff Writer Fall has fallen upon us and with the cooler weather even people who have been hiding out in airconditioned build ings can now get out and enjoy the chang ing seasons Viewing fall foliage is a popular pas time As the nights get chilly and the morning dew turns crunchy under foot the leaves radiate the final flames of summer The cool weather and shorter days cause a corky layer of cells to form on the leaves inhibiting the formation of chloro phyll Without the chlorophyll which makes the leaves green they are free to turn the vibrant colors of autumn Around Aiken there are many places that showcase the beauty of natures metamorphosis The Aiken Recreation and Parks De partment covers more than 200 acres of parks playgrounds athletir fields and courts within the city limits All are free and open to the public One of the more popular spots is Virgin ia Acres the fields and picnic areas that surround the HO Weeks Activities Cen ter located at 1700 Whiskey Road The center was named in honor of our Mayor but the history behind Virginia Acres is an interesting one In the 1950s Virginia Acres was a hous ing development created for the influx of people who arrived in Aiken with the opening of the Savannah River Plant It was developed because at the time there was no housing available in Aiken said Anne Hagelston Ms Hagelston who works for the parks department said the houses were small very similar to the ones at Crosland Park Eventually the houses were aban doned and the land was offered to the city for the express purpose of creating a park Only two of the original buildings are still standing One now houses a crafts center Virginia Acres is now the site of a Vt mile track and 17 station fitness course and is a lovely spot to see colorful leaves Another scenic site is the everpopular Hopeland Gardens There you can stroll along the Touch and Scent Trail and see dogwoods cedars and oaks radiating red yellow and orange The 14acre estate is open from sunrise to sunset each day Hitchcock Woods on Aikens south side offers 1400acres of forest There are trails for riding walking hiking and even horseback riding Whatever your mode of transportation as long as its not motorized you can enjoy the rich colors and smells of fall in the woods Maps are located at the main entrances to help you find your way through the woods ponds and fields There are two state parks in Aiken county which also provide beautiful back drops for falls spectacular show Aiken State Park is located 16 miles east of Aiken between SC 302 and US 78 The park is only a few miles from the Savannah and South Edisto Rivers It of fers picnic and camping sites as well as fishing ponds and trails Along the various trails you can see Eastern red cedar water oak longleaf pine persimmon swampbay sweetbay gum hickory sassafras and wild black cherry trees There is also an abundance of wildlife in the park Squirrels deer possum rac coon and a variety of birds all call the park their home The hours are Thursday through Mon day 9 am6 pm The park is free however there is a charge for the campsites Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth A NIP IN THE AIR Fall is upon us and that means its time to view vibrant fall foliage before chilly winds wisk colorful leaves off their limbs Sources Government Panel Unsure Of Drilling Impact By The Associated Press WASHINGTON A panel of the Na tional Academy of Sciences warned to day against proceeding with oil explora tion off the California and Florida coasts saving there is not enough reliable tech nical information on potential damage to the environment The scientific panel also was critical of past environmental studies of the lease sites by the Interior Department saying that in some cases potentially adverse economic and social problems from oil development were ignored At each of the three sites the panel said it found inadequate and unreliable technical and scientific data to warrant going ahead with lease sales The conclusions were presented to a presidential task force that is reviewing whether to issue oil and gas exploratory leases for the three offshore sites The task force is scheduled to make a recom mendation to the White House by the end of the year The sites off northern and southern Cal ifornia and in the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida Everglades are among the most controversial government leases sought by the oil industry because of strong op position from environmentalists and resi dents in nearby coastal areas Last February President Bush put a hold on issuing the leases and directed a special task force headed by Interior Sec retary Manuel Lujan to examine the en vironmental concerns He also directed the Academys National Research Coun cil to examine the technical and scientific issues involved and make a report to the task force In its report the scientific panel con cluded that the available technical and scientific data from each of the three lease sites is currently inadequate for See SOURCES Page 3A Jobless Rate Steady At 53 Percent By The Associated Press WASHINGTON Unemployment held steady at 53 percent last month as the economy added 233000 jobs the govern ment said today in a report that showed continued troubles in the industrial sector The Labor Department said all of the nonfarm payroll growth for October came in the serviceproducing sector with most of that coming as schools and local governments added jobs for the school year The department revised September payroll growth downward to 201000 from the previously reported 209000 The manufacturing sector which lost a revised 88000 jobs in September lost an Unemployment Oct 88 Sep89 Oct89 53 City Council Candidates NoShows At CoOp Forum Source US Dept of Labor AP additional 13000 in October to post its fourth consecutive monthly decline Underscoring the weakness in that sec tor was new data showing the average manufacturing work week fell from 418 hours to 408 hours and overtime was vir tually nonexistent after averaging just under four hours a week for several months The automobile manufacturing industry continued to struggle losing See JOBLESS Page 3A By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer The five candidates running in Tues days Aiken City Council election did not show up Thursday night at a candidates forum hosted by the Citizens to Save Our Coop at Aiken Electric Cooperative Out of the five candidates only one an swered the cooperatives letter with a formal response said Stan Moody a spokesman for the group Incumbent Councilman Ronald A Ronnie Maxwell who is competing for one of two available atlarge seats wrote a letter to the group and explained that he had a prior engagement he said The cooperative wanted to discuss with the candidates the proposed power sup ply ordiance that the council will be con sidering on Nov 13 The controversial ordinance which passed first reading was blocked from going through a public hearing prior to its second and final reading when the Coop produced a court injuction halting the proceedings The state Supreme Court overturned the Circuit Court ruling on Oct 21 and cleared the way for the council to act on the proposed ordinance Council decided on Oct 26 to rewrite the ordinance and present it again for first reading The letter we sent out to these people on October 24 invited them to this meet ing Moody said We were just hoping to have the candidates come and give us their view points answer our questions about why they feel that way and also answer questions on the other issues per taining to the City Council election he said Moody stated Two of the candidates had a reason The others just said that they would not be attending   

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