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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Sports Prep Playoffs Roundup Pages1314A A Quick Read More Vehicles Seized From Pee Wee Willing From Staff Reports State and county investigators have seized at least four more mo tor vehicles on property belonging to convicted Aiken businessman Edward F Pee Wee Willing Sr the Aiken County Sheriffs Depart ment said Sheriff Carrol G Heath said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents and sheriffs inves tigators confiscated the vehicles at the home of Willling on Gregg Avenue Sheriff Heath said the seizures include a 1982 Chevrolet pickup a 1980 International tractor a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass and a 1981 Toyota Celica The sheriff said the International tractor reportedly was worth more than when new Heath said investigators are ex amining more than two dozen oth er vehicles for altered vehicle iden tification numbers Willing 56 was convicted in Ai ken County General Sessions Court last month for tampering with automobile serial numbers and al lowing a stolen 1984 Cadillac to be dismembered and reassembled on the chassis of another Cadillac Willing who is the owner of Auto and Truck Parts on US 1 was given consecutive sentences of 9 and 2 years His attorneys are appealing the convictions South Africa To Open All Beaches To Blacks CAPE TOWN South Africa AP The government has decided to open all whitesonly beaches to blacks and to repeal the law that allows local officials to segregate public facilities President FW de Klerk announced today The time has arrived to repeal this act he said referring the Separate Amenities Act which his National Party put into law in 1953 Since then the act has been used by white local governments across the country to bar blacks from parks libraries swimming pools civic centers buses and a range of other amenities De Klerk addressing a highlev el advisory group called the Presi dents Council said the act would be repealed as soon as possible after Parliament recovenes on Feb 2 Weather Hard Freeze Tonight Clear skies are forecast tonight with lows in the 20s A hard freeze warning is in effect Tomorrow will be continuing cold and mostly sunny with highs in the 40s Please see Page 4A for details Deaths Lula B Albright Gaffney Blanche T Brown Salley Octavia D Butler Johnston Cinderella S Cotton Rochdale NY Norman Davis North Augusta Archie M Dean Langley Girlie Livingston Wagener MaryC Monaco North Augusta Please see Page 4A for details Inside Today Bridge8C Calendar4C Classifieds5C Comics7B Crossword7C Cryptoquote6C DearAbby7B Local Front1B Obituaries4A Opinions1C Sports13A Television7B Weather4A Page 2A Victor Stello Could Get DOE Post Page 1B DHEC Disappointed In Pond Testing Thursday November 16 1989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 288 Bill To Ask Extra Month On Homestead Tax Filing By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The Aiken County Legislative Delega tion will be asked to sponsor a statewide bill allowing an extra month for property owners to claim a homestead exemption for residential property taxes Aiken County Councils Administrative Committee agreed with supporters of the proposal that the extension is needed and it will be brought up Dec 5 during a meeting of council and legislators The homestead exemption which spares the first of residential propertys fair market value from taxes Suburban Fighting Food Bank To ExpandPage 2B is granted to those over 65 or totally dis abled The homestead claim which must be filed between Jan 1 and July 15 of each year is made through the auditors office Aiken County Auditor Jean Newsome has been pushing for the legislation first requesting it in 1985 because of the num ber of homeowners unaware of the home stead exemption status change with changes in property ownership Ms Newsome told committee mem bers that the problem does not exist for those granted past exemptions but im pacts on those property owners affected by a number of changes The auditor said such changes include deaths of owners or in case of joint own ership deaths of spouses filing or re cording of wills changes in deeds rental of all or part of property changes in places of residence and remarriages of surviving spouses Last March Mrs Newsome began alerting property owners with 1988 ex emptions that they do not have to renew homestead applications but should refile if any of the abovementioned changes had occurred In addition to the extension a resolu tion prepared for the council encourages the probate judge to work out a process with the auditor to provide information on estates that qualify for the homestead excemption The resolution also asks that the county administrator work with the state De partment of Health and Environmental Controls Bureau of Vital Records to ob tain monthly lists of deceased so property owners can be informed about the need for refiling AP Laserphoto WATCHING FOR REBELS Salvadoran troops take cover behind a low wall as fighting with rebels moves into the suburbs For the story please see Page 2A Grim Hunt Begins For Storm Victims Theodore Certain SC Reserves Adequate To Recover From Hugo BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer South Carolinas Lt Gov Nick A Theo dore said Wednesday he is against any type of tax increase to pay for damage done by Hurricane Hugo We have enough re serve funds to handle the needs of the state without having a tax increase of some type Theodore said Theodore was in Ai ken Wednesday to ad dress the Senior Mens Club Theodore told the club that when the General Assembly re convenes in January the effects of Hurri cane Hugo will top the agenda for state lawmakers We now have a totally reformed agen da for the upcoming session Theodore said and its all due to Hugo Probably THEODORE one of the most important issues con fronting the legislature will be the issue of beach front management Theodore said he predicts there will be some reforms to the current Beach Front Management Bill He said the General Assembly has already relaxed some of the guidelines for rebuilding on beach front property Estimates of Hugos damage are around billion according to Theodore Theodore said other issues facing the legislature include local option sales tax es insurance reforms and changes in the Homestead Exemption Act He also said the abortion issue will be a hot and vocal one this year I would hesitate to even make a guess as to how it will be handled by lawmakers Theodore said Before Hugo the abor tion issue was the hottest topic in the legislature The Senior Mens Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of the montoh at atHoundslake Country Club By HOYT HARWELL Associated Press Writer HUNTSVILLE Ala Rescuers crawled through collapsed homes and shops today looking for more victims of a tornado that carved a 3mile stretch of destruction killing 19 people injuring 300 and leaving 500 homeless The tornado was one of a series that touched down Wednesday in an arc cov ering seven states from Mississippi to Indiana to the Carolinas Teams with cranes and floodlights searched for the injured or dead ham pered by temperatures that plummeted Carolina StormsPago12A to 22 degrees windwhipped rain and jumbles of smashed concrete twisted metal and cars heaped 10 to 14 feet high Its total destruction where the torna do hit Cars are piled on top of each other under piles of rubble where buildings used to be said Danny Cooper state emergency management director in Montgomery Gov Guy Hunt sent 50 National Guardsmen to help The tornado struck during the late af ternoon rush hour killing 19 people said Police Chief Richard Ottman More than 300 people were injured said Henry Jur nigan a duty officer at the state emer gency agency More than 500 people were left home less said Mayor Steve Hettinger A worker at a building owned by the Madison County Jaycees said 42 people were staying there early today and de scribed the mood of the survivors as shock mostly and disbelief Theyre thankful to be alive and theyre thankful their families are alive he said adding that the shelter had received calls from around the coun try from worried relatives The tornado was Alabamas deadliest since a 1975 twister killed 22 people in Birmingham said Cooper Along a highway near a destroyed apartment complex cars were flipped and smashed into telephone poles and crushed by trees The roadway was strewn with used bandages and medical gloves left by emergency workers treat ing the injured Humana Hospital administrator David Miller said doctors had difficulty reach ing the hospital because of blocked roads Those in the tornados path spoke with a we of its fury Please See GRIM Page 12A Hard Freeze In Aiken Tonight Because of a cold front which swept across the Southeast last night strong winds and lower tem peratures are forecast for the Aiken County area Temperatures are expected to steadily fall throughout the day reaching into the 40s by this after noon according to the National Weather Service Lows are expected to fall into the 20s tonight The front which spurred stormy weather across the state last night will continue to produce cooler weather throughout the weekend Highs are expected to reach only near 50 with lows in the 20s In addition hard freeze warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for tonight as tem peratures dip into the 20s Skies are expected to be clear Gusty winds ranging from 1525 miles per hour are forecast for the period The National Weather Service re ported 37 of an inch of rainfall last night September Trade Gap Narrowed By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The US merchan dise trade deficit tumbled from its 1989 high to an imbalance of billion in September its lowest level in almost five years as imports dropped sharply from Augusts record level the government reported today The Commerce Department said the September shortfall in the trade balance represented a huge 214 percent drop from a revised August deficit of bil lion which was the widest gap so far this erchandise ltde Defleft Import 101011 794 SC Delegation Divided On Raising Congress Pay Source US Dept of Commerce year The narrowing imbalance resulted from a 39 percent decline in imports to billion and a 19 percent increase in exports to billion The deficit is the difference between the two Please See SEPTEMBER Page 12A By The Charleston News And Courier WASHINGTON House members are scheduled to vote today on a salary and ethics package that would give them a 33 percent pay raise in return for ethics re forms including a ban on specialinterest speaking fees Lawmakers hoped to move the pack age quickly through the House and Sen ate and send it to President Bush before adjourning next week for the Thanksgiv ing holiday Bush announced Wednesday that he backed the plan which would phase in the pay raise over 14 months with a 79 percent costofliving adjustment on Jan 1 and an additional 25 percent raise in 1991 Members of the South Carolina con gressional delegation are divided on whether to vote themselves a pay raise even if the increase is tied to an outright ban on honoraria I would support a modest pay raise provided its combined with an elimina tion of honoraria said US Rep Arthur Ravenel Jr RSC Ravenel defined modest as a standard cost of living increase By contrast Reps Elizabeth Patter son DSC and Butler Derrick DSC are adamantly opposed to any pay hike See SC DELEGATION Page 12A   

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