Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 6, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken Posts Win; Gregg Park Falls
The Aiken All-Stars won their first game in the 13-14 year-old Dixie Youth World Series, while Gregg Park suffered a loss in the Pre-Majors Tournament.
Aiken scored four runs in the bottom of the first on its way to a 6-1 verdict over Virginia in the first round of the tournament in Gonzales, La.
Frank Roberts went six innings for Aiken and picked up the win. Cedric Johnson came on in relief in the last inning to preserve the decision.
Aiken next takes on North Carolina, a 5-4 winner over Florida, today at 6 p.m. in the winner’s bracket.
Gregg Park fell behind Florida 5-0, couldn’t recover and lost 13-3 in the first round of the Pre-Majors World Series contest in Texarkana, Texas.
Calvin Coach was credited with the loss as three Gregg Park pitchers faced the Florida Stars.
Gregg Park drops into the loser’s bracket and will play Mississippi today at 4 p.m. Mississippi lost its first round contest to Alabama, 8-3.
Hall Of Fame Inducts Four
A Quick Read
Stones' Promoters Say Concert Possible
By The Associated Press
COLUMBIA — Promoters for the Rolling Stones and University of South Carolina officials say a concert at Williams-Brice Stadium is a possibility after the football season is over.
“We’re going to keep the lines of communication open with both The Rolling Stones management and the university,” said Columbia attorney Jack Swerling, who is representing C&C Entertainment, promoters of several Rolling Stones dates in the Southeast.
“We’re not trying to put any pressure on USC. We’re just offering this concert to the city of Columbia, and the university just happens to oversee the facility where it would be staged,” Swerling said.
Officials at the state-supported school emphatically said “no” to promoters of the rock band, who were trying to negotiate a Sept. 30 concert at the stadium.
However, Swerling said promoters would “explore other options, such as alternative dates for a Columbia show.”
Today will be sunny and hot with a high near IOO. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low in the mid-70s. Monday will be partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the 90s and the low will be in the 70s.
Please see details on Page 9A.Deaths
Elizabeth Bettis, Hempstead, N.Y.
Hattie L. Brunson, Edgefield
Pete Busbee, Windsor
Ruth Butler, Aiken
Gail A. Fisher, Belton
Ella Mae Richardson Glover, Warrenville
Brittany Elyse Maroney, North Augusta
John Henry Rankin, Batesburg
Barnie Kelly Sanders, Windsor
Please see details on Page 9A.Inside Today
Shuttle Countdown Begins
Flea Market Attracts Thousands
Sunday, August 6, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 187
High Risk: Bush Avoids Perils But Not Anguish
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — George Bush had watched a hostage crisis help destroy one president and ensnarl another in scandal, so he knew full well he was plunging into high-risk territory when terrorists claimed to have killed one American and set an execution date for another in Lebanon.
For the first six months of his presidency, Bush had been largely spared from any pressures over the hostages’ plight, even though nine Americans remained in captivity in Lebanon.
That suddenly changed after Israeli commandos seized a Shiite Moslem cleric in Lebanon. Three days later, a shadowy organization called the Organization of the Oppressed on Earth declared it had
hanged Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins and released a videotape purportedly showing the execution.
Suddenly, Bush began to feel the sting of experiences that had bludgeoned Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Bush
spoke of “the overwhelming events” of the hostage crisis and commented, “These are not easy days.”
Bush was spending the weekend with family at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., while national security aides monitored the hostage developments at the White House.
The president did not have any policy staff with him and the hostage situation was considered “stabilized,” White House spokesman Jay Allison said Saturday.
He said Bush did routine paperwork, received intelligence briefing materials and made phone calls during the morning, then played tennis and went swimming.
Back in Washington, U.S. officials sought to downplay any negative inter-
All Systems Go
SCIENCE BUILDING: USC Aiken has set Monday as the target date to begin moving into the new Science Building. The four-story building will house the
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
departments of natural science. Please see story on Page 7A.
Push For Pari-Mutuel Betting Continues
By TOM STRONG Associated Press Writer
COLUMBIA — Proponents of legalized gambling on horses and greyhounds in South Carolina continue to bet on legislative success despite the death of an influential lawmaker, possible constitutional challenges, moral opposition and questions about whether the state can sustain a first-class track.
Pari-mutuel betting would generate $10 million annually for state coffers, bring 4,000 jobs to the state and eventually contribute $200 million in economic development, supporters say.
“I would jump on it right away. There’s no catch,” said Elliott Thompson, a lobbyist for the South Carolina Tourism Council.
Legislation that would put the issue be
fore the voters narrowly passed a House committee in April and will be before the full House when it reconvenes in January. A similar bill has made little progress in the Senate.
Horse owners, breeders and trainers take hope in the fact that 43 other states have pari-mutuel betting. Three that do not — South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina — are islands along the Eastern coast, where gamblers are marooned.
The future of pari-mutuel betting in South Carolina may depend upon action in neighboring states.
“It’s not a question of whether there’s going to pari-mutuel betting in one of those three states. It’ll be fairly soon. Which state it’ll be, I don’t know,” said Othniel H. Wienges, a St. Matthews thoroughbred breeder.
If Georgia or North Carolina acts first,
“it will diffuse the movement here. I think we need to get it before they do.”
Added Jim Fisher, president of the South Carolina Horse Council and owner of Dixieland Arabian Stud Farm in Orangeburg County, “If we’re the last kid on the block, if we’re low man on the totem pole, it’s going to pass us by.”
Efforts are under way in Georgia to establish pari-mutuel wagering but the outlook is considered poor for 1990 because it is an election year. In North Carolina, there is no pending pari-mutuel legislation.
Opponents in South Carolina claim pari-mutuel backers inflate the potential revenue for the state.
(Please See PUSH, Page 4A)
pretation of the Iranian news agency report on Iran refusing a U.S. message last week.
“Basically, we’ve been trying to get different people to weigh in,” said one closely involved source who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We have been able to get our messages, one way or another, through to the parties — certainly to the Iranians.”
It was last week — with telephone calls to world leaders on behalf of the hostages — when Bush initiated what his press secretary, Marlin Fitzwater, called “the most defined and high-level diplomatic effort I have ever seen” in the Bush and Reagan administrations.
(Please See HIGH, Page 4A)
By The Associated Press
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Iran said Saturday it has refused to accept a message from President Bush about the foreign hostages in Lebanon, but a U.N. spokesman working on the issue talked of “optimism in the air.”
In Washington, a government source said the Bush administration had succeeded in communicating with Iran, which is believed to have strong influence over groups holding hostages.
Algeria assumed a leading role in efforts to win release of the captives.
The pro-Iranian group Hezbollah, believed to be the umbrella for factions holding hostages, named five prisoners held in Israel that it wants released, in addition to a Shiite Moslem cleric kidnapped by Israel.
The statement indirectly endorsed demands made Thursday by the Revolutionary Justice Organization after it suspended threats to kill American hostage Joseph Cicippio.
Israel said it was exploring all ways of winning freedom for hostages but would not engage in “public debate” on the demands.
Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted an unidentified Foreign Ministry official as saying: “The U.S. administration sent a message to Iran’s Foreign Ministry last week through a third country. Since the content had nothing to do with Iran, the message was not accepted.”
Iran has denied involvement in hostage-taking.
The agency, monitored in Nicosia, said the official was responding to reports that Bush sent a message to Iran to prevent the killing of hostages. It gave no further details.
A closely involved source in Washington said on condition of anonymity, “Basically, we’ve been trying to get different people to weigh in.”
“We have been able to get our messages, one way or another, through to the parties — certainly to the Iranians,” the source said.
(Please See HOSTAGE, Page 4A)
Once-Segregated Swimming Pool Opens For Both Blacks, Whites
By The Associated Press
SALUDA — A swimming pool that was off-limits to blacks for 34 years reopened Saturday to both blacks and whites following complaints by a church group.
“It’s about time,” said Bernard Daniel, a 34-year-old black man who stopped outside the Saluda Swim and Tennis Club on his way to a wedding.
Few people showed up at the pool despite a temperature of IOO degrees.
Daniel said he and a friend tried to obtain a pool membership three years ago, but were refused.
“I was told it was for white men,” he recalled. Nothing was done at the time, although there were “people here who knew it was wrong,” Daniel said.
The pool in this town 45 miles south of Columbia was closed July 26 following publicity about the club’s refusal July 13
to admit three black youths who were part of a church group that had arranged to use the pool.
The land on which the club stands was deeded to the town in 1933 with the stipulation that it was for the use by the “white children” of the county and town of Saluda. The stipulation remained when the town sold the land to the Saluda Jaycees for $5 in 1955.
The swim and tennis club rents the land from the Jaycees and enforced the rule. After the church group complained, the Jaycees ordered the pool closed until it was desegregated.
A few black families purchased half-price memberships Saturday, but no one was waiting in line when the pool opened. About five black people swam, and about 50 cars stopped so occupants could get a
(Please See POOL, Page 4A)
Heat Makes Life Uncomfortable
From Staff Reports
By now, Aiken residents might feel the devil will be knocking on the door any minute — it’s just about hot enough to make the old fellow feel right at home.
Temperatures soared near IOO degrees Saturday, with the humidity making life even more uncomfortable. Today’s forecast calls for more of the same.
Heat-haters will undoubtably be staying indoors where air conditioning and iced drinks make the days more bearable. Heat-lovers can stay cool too, splashing around in ponds, lakes, or pools.
Those who are suffering without air conditioning and have no other way to beat the heat may find relief by going somewhere cooler, such as a mall, department store or movie theater.
Unlike Richmond County, Ga., Aiken does not have predesignated places
where people suffering from the heat can find refuge, said a spokesman for the Aiken Public Safety Department.
“We recommend that people who are overheated go to stores or public buildings that are air conditioned, ” he said.
Those who cannot take shelter indoors are warned to take precautions, because heat-related injuries are dangerous and can be deadly.
A few suggestions from local doctors are staying in the shade, keeping still as much as possible, and drinking plenty of liquids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol. Wearing light-colored clothing and a hat can also help.
Infants and small children should be kept in the shade and sponged with cold water every once in a while to help keep them cool.
Thus far, no heat-related injuries have been reported to HCA Aiken Regional Medical Centers, according to a spokeswoman.