Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 16, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Total Lunar Eclipse Can Be Seen Tonight
Weather permitting, the Aiken Astronomy Club will meet at 8 p.m. today to view the total lunar eclipse. Members and guests should meet
in the parking lot adjacent to the library on the USC Aiken campus. The meeting is open to the public.
Events are apparently planned around the state. The Midlands Astronomy Club is inviting the public to view the eclipse through its equipment from the Columbia Mall parking lot from 8 p.m. until the eclipse I passes after I a.m. Viewers in the Upstate can go to the YMCA soccer field on S.C. 93 near the Clemson campus, where the Clemson Amateur Astronomy Club will have telescopes set up.
An eclipse is not really that mysterious. It occurs with the Earth moves between the sun and the moon, throwing the moon into shadow and cutting off the light it reflects back to the Earth.
Although binoculars or a telescope can be a help, the eclipse can be observed with the naked eye. Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse will not harm the eye.
Eight-Year-Old Still Missing
Aiken County Sheriff Carroll G. Heath said Tuesday he has “no indication at this point of foul play” in the disappearance last Friday of 8-year-old Tilwana Cheatham of the Balltown community.
Heath said the last confirmed sighting of the missing child was between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, when an adult neighbor of Tilwana’s family and the neighbor’s son saw the girl walking toward Aiken near the Quick Shop convenience store on S.C. 19.
The sheriff added that his department is looking at the case both as a runaway and missing person incident.
He said the child had run away from home at least once before.
When last seen, Tilwana, the daughter of Johnnie and Patricia Cheatham of Jack Jones Street, was wearing a black shirt with white letters “TOM,” red flowered shorts and white tennis shoes, according to the neighbor.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a 20 percent chance of evening thunderstorms. The low will be in the 70s. Tomorrow will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The high will be in the 90s. Please see details on Page 16A.
Paul F. Britton, Graniteville
Mrs. Cecil Mae Fuller, Honaker, Va.
Wilbur W. Hatcher, Aiken
Willie B. Jackson, Salley
Willie Jones, Aiken
Ann Marie Taylor, Beech Island
Louis W. Wilson, Aiken
Please see details on Page 15A
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Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 196
Medical Complex Brought Inside City
By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer
An eight-acre tract containing a medical complex nearing completion was approved for annexation into the city Tuesday despite objections by two residents of Two Notch Road, site of the new building.
The Aiken Planning Commission, on a 4-0 vote and with commissioner Richard Sears abstaining, approved the request by Dr. Margaret Fitch and Paul Fitch for
property located near the Aiken Community Playhouse.
The owners asked that the Fitch Medical Park be annexed with a zoning classification of P, professional.
Lucy Knowles and Martin Buckley, residents of Two Notch Road, objected to speedy action on the annexation, saying residents had not been given adequate time to respond to an action that could destroy the residential character of the neighborhood and increase traffic flow.
Ms. Knowles told the commisisoners that the matter should be continued another month in order for opponents to present arguments against the annexation.
“You should continue this matter until next month to get public input,” she remarked.
Ms. Knowles said accepting the property into the city sets a bad precedent because construction is already under way. She also charged that the process
amounts to “spot zoning.”
The complex fronts on Two Notch Road, which runs south from the Aiken Training Track to Pine Log Road. Part of the road is unpaved because of the thoroughbred training industry located in the area.
Ms. Knowles claimed that the medical complex could increase traffic on Two Notch Road by as many as 800 cars a day.
(Please See MEDICAL, Page 14A)
Fashions Compete With 3 R's
Merchants Have Tips For Back-To-School
By LYNNE KATONAK
Summer is winding down, which means ifs shopping time for the back-to-school crowd.
What kind of clothes to buy is usually determined by the youngsters themselves, but local merchants offer suggestions as to what is “in” this season to help in the decision-making process.
“Plaids are very popular right now,” said Vicky Durden, co-owner of LU’ Dreams.
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Ms. Durden added that for girls, there are plaid skirts with corduroy tops decorated with a Scottie dog. There are also plaid, one-piece rompers (similar to a jumpsuit).
“For the boys we have navy corduroy knickers that are worn with a plaid shirt,” she continued.
Ms. Durden predicted that most children would start school in shorts because of the weather.
“We have shorts and button-down T-shirts in mix-and-match outfits,” she said.
For a little later in the season, the shop carries a line of light-weight denin made up into oversized jumpsuits for girls.
“They’re real cute,” she said.
Usa Mitchell at We Ix>ve Kids reported that she has stocked oversized shirts and pants for both boys and girls.
(Please See FASHIONS, Page 14A)
Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
SCHOOL DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN: Aaron Howell and Chnssy Mitchell are preparing to return to school this fall in the latest fashions. Clothes were provided by We Love Kids.
Schools Target Potential Drop-Outs In New Program
By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer
With high drop-out rates plaguing South Carolina schools, Aiken County is taking steps to decrease those numbers.
For the first time in the history of the school district, Aiken County is implementing an instructional program designed to target and keep at-risk students in school.
The Diversified Educational Experience Program gives students the opportunity to receive hands-on training and participate in group projects and programs throughout the school year.
‘We have two distinct components for the program," said Richard Summey, principal of Aiken’s Freedman Central School. “One, which is where we’re really giving emphasis this year, is the DEEP concept in the 17 middle and high schools.”
Four teachers who have been selected to instruct either math, language arts, social studies or science in their particular school have been in training during the summer to learn the DEEP concept
(Please See SCHOOLS, Page 14A)
These are the list of indicators used by the Aiken County School District to identify students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.
Students with four or more, or a combination of certain indicators, are identified as possible at-risk students. These students then qualify to be in a special drop-out prevention program in Aiken County middle and high schools.
^ Falls two or more grades below grade level in reading.
^ Has repeated two or more grades.
^ Has been suspended three or more times during the school year.
✓ Has met criteria for attendance intervention plan.
Cuts classes or is frequently tardy.
^ Participates in little or no extra-curricular activities.
v* Comes from a single parent family.
^ Is in foster care.
Is a former dropout.
^ Is eligible for free or reduced lunch.
Bush Feels Frustrated On Mideast
Military Use Possible; Reservations Remain
By ADAM PERTMAN
WASHINGTON — President Bush expressed frustration Tuesday at the continuing inability of the United States to get its hostages out of Lebanon or to halt the daily carnage in that Middle Eastern nation.
Bush said he would use military force “in an instant” if he thought it would help get American captives released or prevent further kidnappings.
But the president said a lack of accurate intelligence and the risk of endangering the lives of hostages and innocent civilians have tied his hands.
“If I could find a way to take those hostages, get them and bring them out and that required using the military force of the United States,” he said during a press conference at the White House, “make no mistake about it, I would do it in an instant.”
Despite the forceful phrase, the president sounded decidedly pessimistic about this country’s ability to achieve its goals on a range of foreign-policy matters — from getting the hostages released to finding a solution to the crisis in Lebanon to ousting Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega in Panama.
Bush, speaking as Syrian forces escalated their military offensive in Lebanon, said he was “heartbroken” by the violence that has killed or wounded thousands and driven 90 percent of Beirut’s 1.5 million residents out of the city. But he said there is little other countries can do beyond supporting the Arab League’s efforts to negotiate a halt to the fighting.
“We are in a very complicated situation in the lebanon, where I am not sure any outside power can do other than exhort people in the country to have the cease-fire and to withdraw foreign forces,” Bush said.
The president’s reference to foreign forces was aimed principally at Syria, though he did not repeat the State Department’s pointed criticism of the Syrian government in Damascus a day earlier. In its strongest statement to date, the department on Monday condemned Syria and its allies for the mounting conflict in Lebanon and said it complicated U.S. efforts to free the American captives there.
Syria, the only Arab nation allied with Iran, is believed to have influence with some of the hostage-takers. There have been reports that Washington has not pressed Syria harder on its military involvement in Lebanon because that could jeopardize chances for its help on the hostage issue.
Asked Tuesday whether that was the case, the president said flatly that any such notion is “wrong.”
Bush seemed generally downbeat
(PleaseSee BUSH, Page 14A)
Legislators Begin Refilling War Chests
By KATHY KADANE States News Service
WASHINGTON — Reps. Liz Patterson, D-S.C.; Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and other members of the South Carolina delegation have begun refilling their campaign war chests for their 1990 reelection races.
According to reports filed recently with
the Federal Election Commission, about 36 percent of $59,350 contributed to Rep. Patterson between Jan. I and June 30 from political action committees (PACS) came from the banking industry. The banking industry was the largest source of funds for Rep. Patterson, who serves on the House Banking Committee.
Other PAC contributions to Rep. Pat-
terson came from labor groups, medical lobby groups, the building and construction industry, and textile manufacturers.
She received donations from individuals totalling $16,602, according to the PEC report.
Sen. Thurmond, who serves on the Armed Services Committee, received substantial contributions from defense contractors — $37,000 so far this year.
The funds amount to about 21 percent of the $171,050 his campaign fund has collected from industry groups since January.
Individual contributions to Sen. Thurmond — totalling $196,000 — outstripped his PAC money. Of this amount, $16,000 came from attorneys. Sen. Thurmond is
(Please See CAROLIN A, Page 14A)