Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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A Quick Read
Boy Shot By Playmate In Game Of 'Robocop'
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) - A 7-year-old boy shot and wounded his 5-year-old playmate as they imitated characters in the movie “Robocop,” police said.
Ronelis Frendeles was in guarded condition late Monday after being wounded in both legs by a single gunshot, said police spokeswoman Lori Nedzweckas.
The 7-year-old, whose name was withheld by police, found the .38-caliber handgun in the trunk of his uncle’s car. Police described the shooting as accidental but said it remained under investigation.
The shooting occurred outside the older boy’s home across a parking lot from the police department in Lake Worth, abou 60 miles north of Miami, while the child’s mother was grocery shopping about 12 blocks away.
The 7-year-old told police he was imitating the half-man, half-robot character in the movie “Robocop.” Under a Florida law set to take effect Oct. I, adults who fail to secure a loaded weapon that is used by a minor in an accidental shooting could be charged with a felony. The charge carries up to five years in prison.
Report Of Giant Gator Starts Hunting Season
CLEWISTON. Fla. (AP) - A gi-ant, 18-foot-long alligator is living in Lake Okeechobee, boaters and fishermen claim, but a state wildlife expert says he doubts it.
“It looks monstrous, bigger than our boat, and we have a 19-footer,” Rebecca Dunn, who has been fishing on the lake with her fishing-guide husband since 1966, said recently.
“We see it all the time,” said Mrs. Dunn, who said she believes the alligator is a female. “She throws her food up in the air, way up, then catches and eats it, mostly fish and birds.”
An 18-foot alligator would break Florida’s longest alligator record by nearly 4 feet.
The longest gator caught since records were first kept in 1977 measured just over 14 feet and weighed 714 pounds, and was trapped last month in the Apalachicola River southwest of Tallahassee. Trappers estimated it was IOO years old.
The heaviest gator, caught in April near Gainesville, weighed 1,043 pounds and was 13 feet long. It took a tow truck to lift it and three scales to weigh it.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the low 70s. Partly cloudy skies are forecast Wednesday with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. Please see details on Page 5A.
Herbert Boykin, Bishopville Eulie A. Garvin, Montmorenci Geneva J. Jackson, Williston Jennie E. Meyer, Beech Island Please see details on Page 5A.Inside Today
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Tuesday, August 15, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 195
First Blows Struck In Utility Dispute
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
Aiken Electric Cooperative, fighting to protect turf it regards as its own by virtue of laws enacted years ago, Monday night proposed to Aiken City Council a franchise agreement that would pay the city a 3.5 percent fee on all power sales within the corporate limits.
The cooperative’s fee proposal struck the first blow in what may become an extended battle with South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. over franchise rights inside newly annexed city limits. Those
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rights are worth millions of dollars in future revenues.
The city’s share from a 3.5 percent fee and the annual amount of utility sales was not estimated, but a cooperative spokesman indicated the income flowing into a power provider’s treasury could amount to as much as $44 million within a decade.
City officials indicated it will be several weeks before a decision is made in the case. There are no laws restricting the
city to using only one energy provider and decisions in such matters are municipal prerogatives.
Aiken Electric’s representatives came to City Council in an effort to head off a proposal by SCE&G that would have the latter declared as the utility supplier in the rapidly annexing areas of the city.
SCE&G spokesmen made it plain that their proposal is not an effort to take away the cooperative’s existing customers, but to serve new customers in areas that elect to come into the city.
Aiken Electric greeted that SCE&G proposal by its offer of the 3.5 percent
franchise fee. The cooperative noted that it currently is paying the city a 3 percent fee on all customer billings within the corporate limits, a base located mainly in the growing south side.
The annexed areas which triggered the dispute lie in and about Silver Bluff and Pine Log roads and along S.C. 19 in South Aiken. A large part of that area was ceded to the cooperatives in territorial assignment legislation approved by the General Assembly in the early 1970s.
(Please See FIRST BLOWS, Page 12A)
TESTING THE WATER: As Thurmond Lake rebounds from the drought, Garret Oneil, 7, of Augusta tests his
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fishing luck. He was at the lake with his sister, Deana, and his grandfather, Ray Jackson of Clarks Hill.
Thurmond Lake Nears Full Pool
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
The Thurmond Lake should be at its normal pool level in time for the Labor Day weekend and likely will continue at or near that status for some time, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.
Jim Parker, public affairs officer with the Corps’ Savannah District, said Thurmond and the two other lakes in the system — Hartwell and Russell — have rebounded from drought conditions of the last two years.
“Hartwell reached full pool level Monday (Aug. 7) and we expect the others to reach full pool before Labor Day,” said Parker. Hartwell is the northernmost lake in the Savannah River chain.
At the middle of the past week Thurmond was only 8-10 inches short of hitting its normal stage of 330 feet.
Parker said the conditions of the three lakes have been so good in recent weeks that “all the boat docks are floating. We’ve even had some people complaining that the lakes are too full. ”
Parker said keeping the lakes at their
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EDGING UP. Recent rains have been beneficial to Thurmond Lake The water may be a full pool by Labor Day weekend.
normal levels will depend on two things — the amount of rainfall the Savannah River basin receives and the demand for power.
He said shortages of rainfall and increased power demands could lower the
(Please See THURMOND, Page 12A)
Peace Aim Keeps PLO Lines Open
U.S. Talks Consider Palestinians' Rights
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The United States, pledging to keep talking to the Palestine Liberation Organization despite deep policy differences, says it aims for a Mideast agreement with Israel that promotes Palestinian political rights.
A conciliatory statement issued Monday in Washington and Tunisia sought to repair the recent rift between the Bush administration and Yasser Arafat’s group while also urging the PLO to approve an Israeli election plan.
The statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert Pelletreau Jr. said the United States seeks a settlement based on Israel giving up territory in exchange for peace. Also listed as “firm principles” in the U.S. statement were “security and recognition for Israel and Palestinian political rights.”
The statement did not say how those rights would be expressed.
“Our immediate task ... is to find a practical means to translate these principles into political reality,” it said.
The PLO demands a state on the Israeli-held West Bank and in Gaza. U.S. policy opposes statehood, and would have Israel and Palestinians negotiate an arrangement acceptable to both sides.
The Palestinians should have a chance to determine their own future in negotiations with Israel as well as to run their daily affairs,” said a U.S. official who demanded anonymity.
Meanwhile, Richard Boucher, a State Department spokesman, pledged the United States would keep talking to the PIX) to try to get negotiations started.
“We don’t expect a breakthrough in each particular meeting,” Boucher said in announcing that the talks begun last December had resumed in Tunisia. “Ifs an ongoing process.”
The department last month accused the PLO of attaching unacceptable conditions to its provisional approval of an Israeli proposal for elections on the West Bank and in Gaza. One was the demand for statehood.
The Bush administration supports the Israeli proposal to choose elected Palestinian representatives for negotiations as the best way to get talks started.Special Ed Strives To Meet Needs Of The Handicapped
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
One program that reaches into each Aiken County school and touches the lives
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of many students every year is special education.
This department of the school district looks after the educational and social development of the county’s handicapped and learning disabled students.
From the time these students enter the four-year-old development program, or whenever they become a part of the school system, until the day they graduate from high school, they have the sup
port and guidance of the special education teachers.
(Please See SPECIAL ED, Page 12A)Poll: Drug Abuse Rated Most Important Problem In Nation
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Teen-agers and adults alike view drug abuse as the most important problem facing the country — eclipsing fear of war, the economy, AIDS, crime, abortion and alcohol abuse as top concerns, says a new Gallup poll.
The results, said William Bennett, the national drug policy coordinator, “give a very clear sense of direction” to the Bush administration, which is to unveil its drug strategy on Sept. 5.
The Gallup report was released as President Bush prepared to discuss drug strategy today in three meetings, two with outside groups and one with his
domestic policy council.
One adult in four and one teen-ager in three has come to believe that drug abuse is the country’s greatest problem, said the poll released at the White House on Monday. Six in IO teenagers believe it is the greatest problem facing their generation.
“In times of crisis such as war, the public is willing to make great sacrifices to the public good,” said George H. Gallup. “In key ways today, the American people are in a wartime mode and sense a national emergency in the drug crisis.”
(Please See POLL, Page 12A)