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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - November 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina • Huntsville Atlanta ALABAMA Montgomery ■florida Page 2A Page IB >tanoai Thursday, November 16, 1989    25C    Aiken,    South    Carolina    Vol.    122    No.    288 Suburban Fighting Tornado Damage Victor Stello Could Get DOE Post DHEC Disappointed In Pond Testing Hard Freeze In Aiken Tonight Because of a cold front which swept across the Southeast last night, strong winds and lower temperatures are forecast for the Aiken County area. Temperatures are expected to steadily fall throughout the day, reaching Into the 40s by this afternoon, 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 temperatures dip into the 20s. Skies are expected to be clear. Gusty winds ranging from 15-25 miles per hour are forecast for the period. The National Weather Service reported .37 of an inch of rainfall last night. 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. A Quick Reod More Vehicles Seized From Pee Wee Willing From Staff Reports State and county investigators have seized at least four more motor vehicles on property belonging to convicted Aiken businessman Edward F. (Pee Wee) Willing Sr., the Aiken County Sheriffs Department said. Sheriff Carrol G. Heath said South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents and sheriff’s investigators confiscated the vehicles at the home of Willing 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 $120,000 when new. Heath said investigators are examining more than two dozen other vehicles for altered vehicle identification numbers. Willing, 56, was convicted in Aiken County General Sessions Court last month for tampering with automobile serial numbers and allowing a stolen 1984 Cadillac to be dismembered and reassembled on the chassis of another Cadillac. Willing, who is the owner of BAW Auto and Truck Parts on U.S. I, 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 whites-only beaches to blacks and to repeal the law that allows local officials to segregate public facilities, President F.W. 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 high-level advisory group called the President’s Council, said the act would be repealed “as soon as possible” after Parliament recovenes on Feb. 2. By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer The Aiken County Legislative Delegation 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 Council’s Administrative Committee agreed with supporters of the proposal that the extension is needed, ana it will be brought up Dec. 5 during a meeting of council and legislators. The homestead exemption, which spares the first $20,000 of residential property’s fair market value from taxes, Food Bank To Expand  ................Page 2B is granted to those over 65 or totally disabled. The homestead claim, which must be filed between Jan. I and July 15 of each year, is made through the auditor’s office. Aiken County Auditor Jean Newsome has been pushing for the legislation, first requesting it in 1985 because of the number of homeowners unaware of the homestead 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 impacts on those property owners affected by a number of changes. The auditor said such changes include deaths of owners, or in case of joint ownership, deaths of spouses; filing or recording 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 exemptions that they do not have to renew homestead applications, but should refile if any of the above-mentioned changes had occurred. In addition to the extension, a resolution 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 Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Vital Records to obtain monthly lists of deceased so property owners can be informed about the need for refiling. Grim Hunt Begins For Storm Victims Theodore Certain S.C. Reserves Adequate To Recover From Hugo 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, N.Y. Norman Davis, North Augusta Archie M. Dean, Langley Girlie Livingston, Wagener Mary C. Monaco, North Augusta Please see Page 4A for details. BY CAROL WOODWARD Staff Writer South Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Nick A. Theodore said Wednesday he is against “any type of tax increase” to pay for damage done by Hurricane Hugo. “We have enough reserve funds to handle the needs of the state, without having a tax increase of some type,” Theodore said. Theodore was in Aiken Wednesday to address the Senior Men’s Club. Theodore told the club that when the General Assembly reconvenes in January, the effects of Hurricane Hugo will top the agenda for state lawmakers. “We now have a totally reformed agenda for the upcoming session,” Theodore said, “and it’s all due to Hugo. Probably THEODORE one of the most important issues confronting 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 Hugo’s damage are around $5 billion, according to Theodore. Theodore said other issues facing the legislature include local option sales taxes, 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 abortion issue was the hottest topic in the legislature.” The Senior Men’s Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of the montoh at 12:30 at Houndslake 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 3-mile 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 covering seven states, from Mississippi to Indiana to the Carolinas. Teams with cranes and floodlights searched for the injured or dead, hampered by temperatures that plummeted Carolina Storms........................Pogo 12 A to 22 degrees, wind-whipped rain and jumbles of smashed concrete, twisted metal and cars heaped IO to 14 feet high. “It’s total destruction where the tornado 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 afternoon 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 emergency agency. More than 500 people were left homeless, said Mayor Steve Hettinger. A worker at a building owned by the Madison County Jaycees said 42 people were staying there early today, and described the mood of the survivors as “shock, mostly, and disbelief.” “They’re thankful to be alive and they’re thankful their families are alive,” he said, adding that the shelter had received calls from around the country from worried relatives. The tornado was Alabama’s 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 treating the injured. Humana Hospital administrator David Miller said doctors had difficulty reaching the hospital because of blocked roads. Those in the tornado’s path spoke with awe of its fury. (Please See GRIM, Page 12A) September   Trade Ga Inside Today I NarrOWe J Bridge...............................................8C Calendar............................................4C Classifieds.........................................5C Comics..............................................7B Crossword.........................................7C Cryptoquote.......................................6C Dear Abby..........................................7B Local Front........................................1B Obituaries..........................................4A Opinions............................................1C Sports..............................................13A Television..........................................7B Weather...................!.........................4A By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. merchandise trade deficit tumbled from its 1989 high to an imbalance of $7.9 billion in September, its lowest level in almost five years, as imports dropped sharply from August’s record level, the government reported today. The Commerce Department said the September shortfall in the trade balance represented a huge 21.4 percent drop from a revised August deficit of $10.1 billion, which was the widest gap so far this Merchandise! T rade Deficit Buttons of dotters, seasonally adjusted; inport figures sxdude shipping and Insurance, fi^&^ugust ’89 Sept. *89 Bi 10.101 I'7.94 I Source: U S. Dept of Commerce S.C. Delegation Divided On Raising Congress Pay year. The narrowing imbalance resulted from a 3.9 percent decline in imports to $39.1 billion and a 1.9 percent increase in exports to $31.1 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 reforms, including a ban on special-interest speaking fees. Lawmakers hoped to move the package quickly through the House and Senate and send it to President Bush before adjourning next week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Bush announced Wednesday that he backed the plan, which would phase in the pay raise over 14 months, with a 7.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment on Jan. I and an additional 25 percent raise in 1991. Members of the South Carolina congressional 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 it’s combined with an elimination of honoraria,” said U.S. Rep. Arthur Ravenel Jr., R-S.C. Ravenel defined “modest” as a standard cost of living increase. By contrast, Reps. Elizabeth Patterson, D-S.C., and Butler Derrick, D-S.C., are adamantly opposed to any pay hike. (See S.C. DELEGATION, Page 12A) Prep Playoffs Roundup Pages 13-14ABill To Ask Extra Month On Homestead Tax Filing ;

  • Arthur Ravenel Jr.
  • Augusta Archie M. Dean
  • Butler Derrick
  • Carl Langley
  • Carrol G. Heath
  • Danny Cooper
  • David Miller
  • Elizabeth Patterson
  • Gaffney Blanche T. Brown
  • Gregg Avenue
  • Jean Newsome
  • Johnston Cinderella S. Cotton
  • Lula B. Albright
  • Nick A. Theodore
  • Norman Davis
  • Richard Ottman
  • Salley Octavia D. Butler
  • Steve Hettinger
  • Theodore Certain
  • Wagener Mary C. Monaco

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Publication: Aiken Standard

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Issue Date: November 16, 1989